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Starfish Pack Needs More Help

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As you may know, we started up the Starfish Pack South Delta location here at SDBC in October! When we started, we were serving 10 students from one elementary school and now we are serving 23 students from five elementary schools!

Starfish Pack is one of the initiatives that we raised funds for at our 60th anniversary banquet and at our Christmas Eve service with a special offering.

This Thursday, we will start packing backpacks again after the Christmas break, and although we have an awesome team of individuals, because of the growth of this program we are in need of more help! We are looking for people to help us pack food on Thursday mornings at 10AM as well as a few more individuals to help with picking up empty backpacks from the schools on Wednesdays.

This initiative is a tangible way of loving and serving our neighbours in the community. The impact it is having on those receiving the backpacks is incredible, as some of these students would otherwise be arriving at school on Mondays hungry.

If you are interested in serving with Starfish Pack, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me or call the church office at 604-943-8244.

Posted by Mary Grierson

Awana Grand Prix Is Back!

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Happy New Year to you all! I trust you had a wonderful time over the holidays with your family and friends.

A new year can bring on many new commitments for families that can bring busyness to the household. Our Kids Team is committed to helping our families raise their children to love like Jesus and to show who Jesus is to others. We have been blessed by some of your stories of your kids: some who have accepted the Lord as their Saviour, a child’s desire for baptism, and children bringing their friends to our events. We are excited when we are able to come alongside parents who dedicate their children to the Lord. We find it an honour and pleasure to assist our families in any way we can as they raise their kids.

We have many new families who have started attending over this past year and we are eager to get to know them and serve them. One way we can do this is to have family events, and so we will have our first Grand Prix races on January 31st at 7PM. Families are invited to purchase a car kit from our Kids Team and create their own car to participate in the races to see who will be the fastest. You can purchase your $10 car kit from the bus starting January 5th. The kit includes a small pine block of wood, stickers, plastic wheels, axels, and instructions on how to construct a race car. You will be assigned a number, which is provided, and this number must be placed on the completed car.

As a family, you can design your car any way you want. If you need help cutting out your car, let us know and we can direct you to get help. We will need the cars back by Sunday January 26th, in order to weigh them and be ready for the races on the 31st. More information will be with the car kits when you purchase them.

Please join us on race day to see which family will have the fastest car! There will be prizes too! Important dates to remember are:

  • January 5th, 12th, & 19th: car kits on sale at the bus
  • January 26th: last day to turn in completed cars
  • January 31st: Grand Prix Races at 7PM

For more information, click the button below, or email Sue Gibson, our Director of Family Life.

Posted by Sue Gibson

God Is Doing Great Things!

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We live in a world that is busy. It feels like each week goes by in a flash and before we have time to reflect on anything, off we go to the next week. Taking time to slow down and reflect on what's happened in our lives provides us with a unique opportunity to praise and worship God. Reflection helps us to recognize how God has been active in our lives leading us, guiding us, shaping us, transforming us, challenging us, encouraging us, carrying us, and moving us closer into deeper relationship with him. As we enter the last couple weeks of 2019, I've spent time in prayer and reflection considering the various ways in which God has worked in and through us as a church. Here are just a few of the many things God has done in our midst over 2019:

February:

  • Jordan Scott transitioned into a new role as Executive Pastor
  • We had the privilege of baptizing Chelsea McKenzie

April:

  • Easter weekend with David Kitz performing The Centurion's Report
  • Easter prayer vigil prayer card request: 60 cards were received, which means 60 people are being prayed over from Easter 2019 until Easter 2020
  • At our Annual General Meeting celebration we voted in two new elders, Trevor Bakken and Dave van Til
  • Dave van Til became the new board chair
  • We launched a new sermon series in the book of Mark 

May:

  • Mary Grierson transitioned into a new full-time role as Community Life Coordinator
  • Our two interns, James Cox and Kaitlyn Shipowich, came on board in a full-time capacity from May to August
  • We had the privilege of baptizing Connor Bower, Vi Tunstall, Jaehun Jung, Eunsuk Sung, and Michelle Baker 

June:

  • Plans for SDBC's 60th anniversary were unveiled
  • We outlined our goal to raise 60K for three initiatives: Youth and Children's facility upgrades, Starfish Pack program, and a tutoring initiative
  • Gatlin Saip transitioned out as Director of Worship Arts at the end of June after powerfully leading us for the past two years 

July:

  • Our annual Salt Spring Island missions trip was a success with many people on Salt Spring impacted by the gospel
  • We launched a new Family Camp which was geared around families engaging the gospel together
  • Jayson Oldham was brought on as Interim Director of Worship Arts

September:

  • We held a special Back to School service which featured a youth band
  • We had the privilege of baptizing Zach Kozar

October:

  • We held our 60th Anniversary Banquet and Fundraiser @Tsawwassen Springs
  • We raised roughly 65K for our three initiatives, exceeding our 60K goal
  • Rick Burdett transitioned off staff after nine incredible years pastoring at SDBC and is now an SDBC supported missionary working for Outreach Canada as COO
  • We had the privilege of baptizing Sheila Williams 

November:

  • Annual Business Meeting celebration was held, where the 2020 Budget was approved
  • Kyle McDonald transition out as Youth & Young Adult Director after close to three years of effectively pouring into our youth and young adults

December:

  • Jayson Oldham was hired full-time as Director of Worship Arts

Over the course of 2019:

  • 11 new members joined SDBC
  • at least 12 people committed their lives to Jesus Christ
  • 2 new community groups were formed
  • 43 people joined community groups
  • 327 people are listed on our 2019 community group roster
  • 6 children were dedicated
  • 15 new families registered with Kids Ministry

This list could highlight so much more because God is doing great things in our midst! As we end 2019, I can't help but feel a sense of anticipation looking ahead to 2020. I can't wait to see what God is going to do in and through us as a church for the sake of his kingdom, his honour, and his glory. I encourage you to spend some time reflecting as we end 2019 along with prayerfully anticipating what God is going to do in 2020.

Posted by Jordan Scott

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