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Amazing SDBC God Stories

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Stories are powerful. They have the ability to not only convey information but also to inspire us to action. Stories also help us shape the legacy we leave for the next generation. As we celebrate our 60th anniversary at SDBC, we want to share our stories. Our stories are not really ours; they're God's stories of how He has worked among us in the past sixty years. Just as Israel passed on stories of God's wondrous works from generation to generation, we have the responsibility to tell God's stories and leave a legacy of faith, hope, and love.

We need your help in gathering stories for our 60th anniversary celebrations. Our goal is to share stories that highlight what God has done in our midst in the last sixty years. If you have been the recipient of God's ministry through our church, please share your story with us. This could be a story of how you came to know Jesus through a ministry of SDBC or how someone from our church invited you to church for the first time. It could be a story of how God comforted you in times of grief and mourning through compassionate people of our church. It could even be how God has blessed you and encouraged you in your walk of faith through a certain ministry of our church. Whatever God has done in your life through SDBC, we would love to hear about it.

Our hope is to gather many stories and create a collage of God Stories to display at our 60th anniversary banquet. These stories will be shared anonymously and will focus on displaying God's work through us. If you are unsure about sharing your story, please know that your story can be used to encourage others and move our church to praise God and be filled with thanksgiving. Stories are powerful, and God stories are the most powerful stories.

You can submit your stories through email or by dropping off a paper copy of your story at the church office during office hours or at the Connect Desk on Sunday. We ask you to write your story down in a couple sentences (one paragraph maximum) and submit it by October 6th. Although these stories will be shared anonymously, please write down your name and contact information when you submit your stories so that we could follow up with you and ask clarifying questions if we need to. We look forward to hearing your stories!

Posted by Paul Park

Worshipping as Family

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Jason, and his daughters, Abby and Mary, serve on the worship team together at SDBC. It's a unique experience, one that has richly blessed them as a family. Read below to hear their stories:

Jason: 
Our family began attending SDBC in September of 2014. At our previous church, I had been involved in the music ministry since I was a teenager, and while my family was encouraging me to serve, for some reason, I thought I needed a break from ministry. But that was me talking, and not the Lord. It wasn't only my family that had been prompting me. After a few months, I contacted the leadership of the worship team, had an audition, and got involved. I have been serving with this ministry since January 2015.

Soon after becoming a team member, I realized that was where my heart was called to be, and, since joining, my daughters have become team members as well, and I am so thankful and blessed to minister with them on Sundays. It is an amazing thing to be used together in ministry and a great testimony of the Lord's grace in my life.

Mary:
Similar to my Dad, I did not think that I wanted to get involved at SDBC right away when I first walked through the doors. However, God definitely had a different plan for me. He helped me face my crippling fear of being in front of people on a stage and He placed in me a passion to lead people to the Throne of God in worship. Being able to lead worship with my dad and my sister is an amazing gift. I am so thankful for them and I am so thankful for the SDBC worship team. 

Abby:
I joined the worship team at SDBC a few years ago. My Dad and sister had been involved for a while but I had held back because part of me felt like it was clearly more their area, than mine. But Mary encouraged me to be brave and give it a try because she knew how much I loved playing on a worship team and praising God through song. I've been involved ever since.

Musical worship has always been very near to my heart—I love that it is so deeply personal, a time to sing praises directly to the Lord, while also being such a beautiful time together as a congregation. There is no better sound to me than hearing the voices of hundreds of God's people all singing His praises together and I love being able to play a small part in leading the congregation in that song.

If you are interested in serving in worship arts, please contact Jayson Oldham, our Interim Director of Worship Arts, at .

Operation Christmas Child

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Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse that aims to spread the love and gospel of Christ through the simple act of giving Christmas gifts every year to children living in poverty, in over 100 different countries. This ministry began in 1990 when two people, Dave and Jill Cooke, were inspired to spread joy and love during Christmas after seeing a report on orphans in Romania.

Today, thousands of churches and individuals fill shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and more to be delivered to children all over the world for Christmas. It is a simple way to help those in need around the world and also to spread the joy and message of Christ during the Christmas season. Since 1990, shoebox gifts have been delivered to more than 157 million children, in over 130 countries. In 2018 alone, Canadians donated 517,437 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

This initiative doesn't end with the shoeboxes. After the boxes have been delivered, the OCC staff begins a 12 session bible study called, The Greatest Journey, to teach children and families all about who God is and what He has done for them. Through this teaching, millions of children are coming to know Christ as their Lord and Saviour, and it all begins with a simple shoebox.

This fall, SDBC will become a collection centre for these shoeboxes for the South Delta region. Starting this Sunday, shoeboxes will be available to be taken home to be filled in preparation for National Collection Week on November 18th-24th.

We encourage you to take a shoebox this coming Sunday from the Spotlight Table and commit to filling it with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, or anything else to help those in need and bring them joy this Christmas. We would also encourage you to do this as a family or a community group. Boxes will also be available in the front office for pick-up, during office hours (Monday to Thursday, 9AM-4PM).

If you have any questions about Operation Christmas Child, visit the Spotlight Table on Sunday to talk to a member of the team that will be heading up this initiative. You can also email Britni McDonald, who is the Local Logistics Coordinator for South Delta. 

For more information, click here.

Posted by Kyle McDonald

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