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Community Support for Starfish Pack

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This month, a local community movement called South Delta Local has started the South Delta Hot Chocolate Fest. Local bakeries and coffee shops from all over South Delta are taking part in this event by creating a signature hot chocolate drink or pastry that customers can order for a limited time only. South Delta Hot Chocolate Fest began on February 14th and runs until March 7th.

You might be reading this and thinking, "Why is Mary talking about a hot chocolate fest? I thought she was going to talk about Starfish!" Well, talking about the South Delta Hot Chocolate Fest IS talking about our Starfish Pack program, since one dollar from every signature hot chocolate or hot chocolate pastry sold is going to Starfish Pack South Delta!

One of the organizers had contacted me to learn more about Starfish Pack and expressed interest in supporting us through this hot chocolate event. I was so excited to hear this because, not only does that mean support for Starfish financially, but it also means that our community is aware of and cares about the South Delta Starfish Pack program.

Starfish is currently serving approximately 30 students each week. We are at six elementary schools and both of our local high schools; and numbers continue to grow. There is a definite need for this program, and each week we have an amazing team of volunteers that pack and deliver the packs to make this program possible. I think about how we began Starfish Pack two years ago with one school, spreading the word about this program as best we could, and I marvel at how God has blessed us with such amazing volunteers and community support. This has allowed us to grow and to continue to reach students and families who need this program.

I hope that reading this has encouraged you as it encouraged me when I heard about the support from this local community event. May we continue to love and serve our community and give all the glory to God, from whom all blessings flow. If you need something fun to do this weekend -- maybe go grab a hot chocolate! You can click here to see what local cafes and bakeries are participating in this event.

Posted by Mary Grierson

A New Podcast and a Spring Drive-thru!

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Episode Five of our SDBC Podcast came out yesterday! This episode highlights a community organization called BabyGoRound. BabyGoRound is an organization that serves low income families and moms all over the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley by providing essential baby items, such as gear, diapers, and clothing, needed to welcome a new baby into their home.

In this episode, Paul and I interview Lisa Brooks (Executive Director) and Alyssa Gibson (Marketing Manager) to hear about the BabyGoRound mission and vision, the origin story, and how they have helped our local communities, including South Delta. At the end of the podcast, you will hear us mention an opportunity to partner with us to support BabyGoRound! Click here to listen to episode five!

On March 27th, from 10AM-2PM, we will be having a Spring Drive-thru in the courtyard of SDBC. As part of this Drive-thru, we will be having a "New Items" drive for BabyGoRound. We will be collecting:

  • new sleepers (ages 0-24 months)
  • new baby outfits (ages 0-24 months)
  • new towels and/or washcloths (for ages 0-24 months)

This is an opportunity for our whole church family to come together to love and support our community and the greater community around us. Please consider joining us in donating these items to BabyGoRound!

As well as the donations for BabyGoRound, the Children's Ministry team is going to have a tent at the Spring Drive-thru! The team recognizes that they will not be able to celebrate Easter Sunday as they usually do with families, but they have a fun way for families to make Easter memorable and Jesus-focused at home! Families will be able to pick up a fun and exciting package at the drive-thru to enjoy together this coming Easter season. The team is already looking forward to seeing the families and kids that they have been missing so much! 

There are more details to come, but please mark March 27th on your calendar! The staff is looking forward to seeing you, handing out Easter packages to families, and collecting the items listed above for BabyGoRound!

Posted by Mary Grierson

Catching up With Staff: Jordan

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This week is our last week of the staff series! We have spent the last 15 weeks getting to know the staff here at SDBC and learning about how COVID has changed their lives and work. Can you believe it has been 15 weeks since the first interview? Time just flew by!

Today we hear from Jordan Scott, our Executive Pastor! Jordan is a fantastic leader, co-worker, and friend. Some notable aspects of Jordan that we all love and appreciate are his one-of-a-kind sense of humour, his gentle, yet persistent, realism, and his great love for people and this church. It is a total blessing to work with Jordan!

What is your role at SDBC and how long have you worked here?
I first started working at SDBC in the summer of 2006 as a youth intern. Since 2006, I've had the privilege of serving in a number of different roles on staff, including my current role as Executive Pastor. 

What is something about you that people in the church might be surprised to discover?
In my early twenties, I had the opportunity to go on a backpacking trip primarily through Europe. Part of this adventure included taking a ferry from Spain to Morocco in Africa. The first city we travelled to in Morocco was Marrakesh. We arrived midday and were dropped off at the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa square to the sights and sounds of something from Indiana Jones. We were immediately invited to watch a street performance. I thought this performance was musical in nature as a man started playing a flute-like instrument. Seconds later, a giant snake emerged from a basket. I have an incredible fear of snakes. I also have an irrational fear of snake charmers!

What are some of the things you love most about being part of the SDBC community/family?
I love that our church is committed to being a light in our community. We have always been a church that invests in initiatives and ministries that are centred around sharing the Gospel and connecting people to Jesus. My faith journey is reflective of this priority. I hope and pray that God continues to use SDBC as a missional force in our community!

How has your role shifted and changed since the start of COVID-19?
At the start of COVID-19, we had to pivot much of what we do offsite and into an online/digital context, which involved quickly planning, learning, and implementing new technology and new ways of doing ministry. A major part of this shift involved establishing new policies for staff, ministry, rentals, memorials, and weddings in order for our church to operate during COVID-19. We've had to continually make changes and tweaks as COVID has unfolded. Being a planner and strategic thinker, I've had to remain flexible as we've gone through a number of different phases of COVID-19 that make long term planning difficult.

What are some of the challenges and triumphs you have encountered in your life and work since the beginning of COVID 19?
A big part of why I love being a pastor is people. I love connecting with people and COVID has dramatically reshaped how I do that part of my job. I've missed the ability to gather in-person on Sunday mornings along with many of our weekly ministries. I've also found it difficult to do something as simple as grabbing a coffee at Petra's with people. While I am thankful for the ability to call someone on the phone or connect with someone on Zoom, being with people in real life is much preferred!

One of the triumph's I've noted over the course of COVID-19 is how well our staff has adapted, remained joyful, and grown. I'm incredibly thankful we have a fantastic staff team that is flexible, supportive, encouraging, and committed to SDBC.

How can we pray for you in this season of life?
Please pray for wisdom and discernment as we navigate the church forward during a challenging season of life full of uncertainty due to COVID-19. Pray that despite church being very different right now, that we would see people come to faith in Christ!

Click here to email encouragement to Jordan.

Posted by Mary Grierson

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