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Thanksgiving Offering

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When I was a child, I remember my parents helping my brother and me form a habit of giving a Thanksgiving offering each year on Thanksgiving Sunday. When I was younger, I didn't think much of it, and I kept doing it as a young man just out of habit. However, as I matured in my personal walk with Jesus, I realized the importance of expressing our gratitude towards God.

In 2 Corinthians 9:10-11, Apostle Paul writes, "He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God." Notice how Paul teaches the church in Corinth to express their thanksgiving to God. He points out that God is the one who supplies the seed to the sower. God is the one who provides everything in life, and one of the reasons he chooses to enrich you in your life is so that you may be "generous in every way," and through our generosity, we will help produce a culture of thanksgiving to God; recognizing his grace and mercy in our lives.

Thanksgiving offerings are not the only way in which we express our gratitude to our Lord, but it is a great opportunity. Sarah and I continue this tradition of giving a Thanksgiving offering each year, and we hope that our son, Nathan, will also grow up in a culture of thanksgiving and a humble recognition of God's providence in our lives. This year, our Thanksgiving offerings will be going to our 60th Anniversary Projects. You can choose to give a Thanksgiving offering this year by using one of the green Thanksgiving envelopes provided in the pews on Sundays during the month of October, or by giving online. I encourage you to consider making this a healthy tradition in your life.

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Experience the Gospel in Community

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As we learn to become gospel fluent through our sermon series in the Gospel of Mark, we are finding that the gospel was never meant to be viewed just as an intellectual practice. In addition to learning the gospel intellectually, we ought to experience the gospel in our daily lives.

The first disciples of Jesus—dubbed, "The Twelve"—did this in community with one another. In fact, the early church's regular expression of worship on the Lord's Day had an emphasis on communion service. When we think of worship today, we think of preaching and music as major components of worship. The first and second century churches, however, centred their worship experience around communion, which was a celebration of the Lord's Supper. This communion service on Sundays was a literal meal where Christians joined together in community to worship God and celebrate the work of Jesus Christ. The early church exemplified gospel fluency in that it emphasized both the intellectual learning and the experiencing of the gospel in community with fellow Christians. This is how we grow and mature as disciples of Jesus.

At South Delta Baptist Church, one of the primary ways in which we experience the gospel together is in community groups. These groups meet regularly (either weekly or bi-weekly) and study the bible, pray, and share life with one another. There's mutual support, encouragement, and accountability in these groups.

If you're not a part of a group yet, please consider joining a group today. Furthermore, we always need more community group leaders. If you sense God is calling you to serve as a leader in a community group, please sign up to lead a group. We will help train you as leaders and support you in your journey of leading a group at SDBC.

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Amazing SDBC God Stories

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Stories are powerful. They have the ability to not only convey information but also to inspire us to action. Stories also help us shape the legacy we leave for the next generation. As we celebrate our 60th anniversary at SDBC, we want to share our stories. Our stories are not really ours; they're God's stories of how He has worked among us in the past sixty years. Just as Israel passed on stories of God's wondrous works from generation to generation, we have the responsibility to tell God's stories and leave a legacy of faith, hope, and love.

We need your help in gathering stories for our 60th anniversary celebrations. Our goal is to share stories that highlight what God has done in our midst in the last sixty years. If you have been the recipient of God's ministry through our church, please share your story with us. This could be a story of how you came to know Jesus through a ministry of SDBC or how someone from our church invited you to church for the first time. It could be a story of how God comforted you in times of grief and mourning through compassionate people of our church. It could even be how God has blessed you and encouraged you in your walk of faith through a certain ministry of our church. Whatever God has done in your life through SDBC, we would love to hear about it.

Our hope is to gather many stories and create a collage of God Stories to display at our 60th anniversary banquet. These stories will be shared anonymously and will focus on displaying God's work through us. If you are unsure about sharing your story, please know that your story can be used to encourage others and move our church to praise God and be filled with thanksgiving. Stories are powerful, and God stories are the most powerful stories.

You can submit your stories through email or by dropping off a paper copy of your story at the church office during office hours or at the Connect Desk on Sunday. We ask you to write your story down in a couple sentences (one paragraph maximum) and submit it by October 6th. Although these stories will be shared anonymously, please write down your name and contact information when you submit your stories so that we could follow up with you and ask clarifying questions if we need to. We look forward to hearing your stories!

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