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A Story of Service

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I first came to SDBC in the mid 1980s, when the church was on 11A Street, after receiving an invitation from one of my grade 7 students at English Bluff Elementary School to attend a service where teachers were being honoured. In the early 1990s, Shirley and I, our children, and my mother began attending SDBC. We had moved from Richmond where we attended Broadmoor Baptist. However, for too many years we enjoyed the morning service and other special events at SDBC without being connected to the greater fellowship of believers.

That changed with an invitation to attend a men's bible study. Not long after, our group was challenged to reach out to the community and to serve those that needed help. The Helps Ministry that was a result of this challenge, led by Dave Sowerby, helped many people in Tsawwassen, Ladner, and beyond move from one accommodation to another. At the end of each move, the group would pray for the family and bless their new space. The team of helpers impacted many people and built strong relationships among themselves that continue to this day.

When I retired, I was introduced to Stephen Ministry by Rebecca van den Brink and Pastor Paul Johnson. Twelve years later I am one of a team of leaders for this compassionate ministry. As you may know, Stephen Ministers come alongside people experiencing a challenging time in their life. God has blessed this ministry with exceptional people who have volunteered countless hours to serve their care receivers. Stephen Ministers, because of the hours spent together dealing with very emotional situations, have developed a strong bond that will last a long time.

As a young boy, I watched my dad use his skills as a carpenter and home builder to volunteer not only at First Baptist in Vancouver but at Beulah Gardens Retirement Centre, also in Vancouver, and at Keats Camp on the Sunshine Coast. Today, I see the men in our bible study use their gifts to serve as caterers in the kitchen, babysitters for Moments for Moms, servers for the community dinners and Senior Scene luncheons, ushers at the morning service, and story tellers for Kids ministry. We serve not only to be connected to the faith community but because God tells us to love one another. There's no better way to love than to serve one another. Don't wait to be invited. Seek out an existing opportunity or create a new opportunity to serve God by serving others.

If you are interested in getting connected and serving at SDBC, visit our website.

Posted by Doug Thomson

Lift Highlight

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We hosted our first LIFT prayer and worship night on February 26th. Wow! What a special night of wonder. I am so thankful that God was gracious with his presence to meet with us and hear our voices cry out in song and prayer. I believe the many who came were unified in the Spirit of Christ and deeply encouraged.

The evening was intentionally informal and welcoming. We gathered around the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) as our worship guide, and worked through themes of adoration, dependence, confession, and mission. Many from our church attended with joy and humility and responded to God's goodness. For those who participate in the season of Lent, this evening, held on Ash Wednesday, was a springboard of heart and thought towards Easter.

I am so thankful for those that served and helped with everything. I trust God will continue to bring his people together in ways like this, for his glory.

Our next Lift event will take place in June. I encourage you all to join us!

Posted by Jayson Oldham

Starfish Pack: We Are Six Months In!

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Our church is the South Delta branch of the Starfish Pack program. Like it says on our website, hundreds of children in B.C. go to school on Monday morning having had no food over the weekend. Starfish Pack was created in response to this need. We will be partnering with the Delta School District to bring meals to two elementary schools in Tsawwassen. It costs $575 to sponsor a child for one year of this program, which will provide a backpack each Friday throughout the school year filled with 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and some healthy snacks.

When we started doing Starfish Pack in October we were serving one elementary school and 10 students. We are now serving five elementary schools and 20 students! Our hope is to eventually be able to serve all of the elementary schools in South Delta who require help.

However, in order to be able to serve this many, we will need to expand our volunteer team. Each week we need teams of willing volunteers to come to church at 10:15AM on Thursday mornings, pack backpacks full of the food, and then deliver the backpacks to the schools. Packing will take place every week for the entirety of the school year. We also need volunteers to pick up the empty backpacks from the schools every Wednesday. If you are interested in serving on this team, you will be added to the rotation based on the dates that work for you.

Come visit the Starfish Team on Sunday at the Spotlight Table for more information or if you have any questions about serving with us! You can also email me any questions you may have.

Posted by Mary Grierson

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