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Starfish Pack: Continuing to Serve

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You may be wondering, or have people asking you, "What is Starfish Pack South Delta doing at this time?" Since schools are not in session and distancing regulations are in place, our team had to get creative. We knew that the needs we were meeting were not going to go away at this time, and, if anything, they would be increasing.

I am pleased to let you know that we are continuing the Starfish Pack program. We made some significant changes to how the program is run and carried out, allowing us to continue to meet the needs of more than 20 families in South Delta.

Every week, a community partner helps us pick up our order from Save-On Foods and delivers it to our packing location. Two of our volunteers have taken this new adventure on and are doing all of the packing out of their own garage. They are wearing gloves and packing the food into plastic bags which will only be used once. From there, they deliver the bags to the schools and the school administration arranges the pick up with the families.

Until further notice, this is how Starfish Pack will continue to run. We are so thankful for our volunteers and the support of our community. This program has provided us yet another way to be the hands and feet of Jesus during this pandemic.

If you would like more information about Starfish Pack, please visit our website.

Posted by Mary Grierson

New Sermon Series: REJOICE

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We're entering into a new sermon series next Sunday. For the next few months, we'll be journeying through the Book of Philippians--a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the church in a city called Philippi. We're calling this series "Rejoice," because this word is found throughout the letter. For example, Philippians 4:4 says, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice."

You may be wondering how we could rejoice amidst a global crisis, but Paul was writing these words to a church that had its share of challenges and trials. In fact, Paul himself was imprisoned for his faith in Jesus at the time of his writing of this letter. So, if anyone understood the art of rejoicing amidst difficult times, it would be Paul, and he is the one urging the church to remember to rejoice even when times are tough. I believe Philippians will encourage us, teach us valuable lessons, and help us to hold fast to our faith in Christ during the challenges we're facing today. Most importantly, I trust that the Holy Spirit will use these words from the bible to do his will and propel us to live missionally in this important season of life.

Please pray that God will minister to our church family through this sermon series.

Posted by Paul Park

Reflecting On Easter

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Hey SDBC family! God is so good. As I think about this past Easter weekend, I am incredibly thankful for what he has done! I am overwhelmed by the love and sacrifice of Jesus and the chance to contemplate this as a church on Good Friday. I trust, even though originally designed to be experienced together in person, that we all felt drawn into Jesus' journey to the cross in a new and powerful way. I hope that as we heard scripture being read and shared communion together, we were reminded of his immense love. And as we ended in complete darkness (even though our homes were likely filled with beautiful sunshine) we hopefully had the sense that, when Jesus uttered those words,"it is finished," there was so much more going on, more than we often allow our minds to think: the author of life itself, experiencing the full weight of sin and death.

Then came the morning, on the third day. We heard Mark's gospel share these words: "He has risen; he is not here…But go, tell." We praise God for the certain victory Christ achieved through the resurrection. He IS risen! He IS alive! He IS King over all! Friends, this is why we are a people filled with hope, even in uncertain times. We worship a living God! I know many of our church family shared how encouraged they were by the way we creatively celebrated together on Easter Sunday. This is awesome. It was our longing as a staff team that we would find glory in the risen King! So let us not lose this hope!

Romans 8:10-11 proclaim an incredible resurrection truth we can live and move forward in. Be thankful and be encouraged.

"But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you."

Posted by Jayson Oldham

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