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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

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas is an annual reminder of God's faithfulness. As the angel Gabriel announced the birth of Jesus to Mary in Luke 1:31-33, he said, "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."

This statement wasn't vague at all; Gabriel couldn't be more explicit in saying that the Messiah (or the Christ) was coming. The promised Messiah that all the Jewish people were desperately waiting for was to sit on David's throne forever. The angel told Mary that this child whose name is to be Jesus (deriving from the Hebrew name Joshua meaning, "to save") was going to save this world from sin and rule righteously over his kingdom forever.

This is the hope of Christmas—that we can be confident in our faithful God who keeps his promises. The promises God made with Abraham, Moses, and David were perfectly fulfilled in Jesus. The coming of this Messiah King was the fulfillment of all Old Testament promises and prophecies, and Jesus is the evidence for us to believe that God will keep all of his promises he made to us: his promise to put an end to injustice one day; his promise to usher in his perfect rule and reign; his promise to wipe away our tears; and his promise to never abandon us and to be with us always until the end of the age.

No matter how you're celebrating Christmas this year, I encourage you to take a moment to remember this hope of Christmas. May this hope bring you unwavering joy and irrepressible peace. May it give you confidence to trust in God our Saviour. May it cause you to praise our King and worship him. This year, our staff is thankful for God's faithfulness in our lives, and we're so grateful to serve our great God alongside you. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, and we look forward to celebrating God's faithfulness in 2020 as well!

Posted by Paul Park

Celebrating Together

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This coming Sunday, December 15th, we will be celebrating the miracle of Jesus' birth together in a special way. Not only will we be having a Christmas service, but we will also be having a time of fellowship, celebration, and fun afterwards. There will be a hot chocolate station with whipped cream, marshmallows, candy canes, and more! As well, there will be live music in the foyer and the interactive Bethlehem Market that the SDBC Kids Ministry will be running in the chapel.

December 15th is not only a time to drink hot chocolate and listen to music, but it is also a chance to celebrate as a family and to meet new members of our church family that maybe you haven't met yet. It is a time to invite others in and to recognize the joy of Christmas: Jesus.

We hope to see you there as we celebrate together on the 15th, both during the service and afterwards during the festivities.

For more details regarding all our Christmas events, click here.

Posted by Mary Grierson

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