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What It Means to Father

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My kids rarely ever call me by my given name. When they do, they are either trying to get my attention or are just being snarky. From day one, they have always used a different name: Dad. I cherish this name far more than my given name. It's not the name alone that I treasure, but the deep and profound meaning behind it. The fact that three individuals on this earth refer to me as "dad" is humbling. I am so thankful to God that I have the privilege of loving and leading this crew of kids and teenagers as a father. It is one of the greatest joys and tremendous responsibilities I have been given. I'll be the first to admit, I don't have a perfect track record when it comes to being dad. I've been known to blow it--regularly. But truthfully, since the day Juli and I found out we were having our first child, my hope and prayer has been that God would allow me all the grace, wisdom, love, and strength needed to fulfil this role as a father. I know that being a great dad is one of the best ways I can bring glory to God.

There is a fourth little one in our family that has just begun to call me dad. This has been a strange and new experience for me. When I hear it, I am reminded yet again of the wonder and weight of this role. You might laugh, but "DubDub" (based on my life-long nickname "Dub") is the name we taught him to call me. For the last two and a half years that's the name I've heard. But since he arrived in our home, he has heard the other kids call me by a different name. I am sure in his beautiful little brain, he has wondered why, why the difference. Names and titles have huge meanings as these foster children grow, learn, and feel attachment. So this shift, though natural, has been super eye opening for me. To hear him, who has never known a biological father, say the name dad, has reintroduced me to the beautiful gift of what it means to father. It's kind of overwhelming really. I have the opportunity, by God's grace, to offer a child the type of relationship that could impact how they see themselves in this world. It's that profound.

So, onward we go fathers. God help us!! The cause is great. The calling is huge. Be overwhelmed, along with me, as we seek to best live up to this name: DAD.

Posted by Jayson Oldham

SDBC Young Family and Small Business Highlight

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My name is David Mueller and I have attended South Delta Baptist for about 16 years. I came to accept Christ at this church and also met my wife, Rachel, here. We have been married for 14 years and have three beautiful children, Payton age 7, James age 6, and Kai age 3.

During this uncertain time with COVID-19, God has been ever-present in our lives. Our usual chaotic lives where I am running a small business, my wife is working shift work as a registered nurse, and all of our kids are in too many activities, has slowed down. Through this, we have learned to enjoy our quiet time and spend more time together. We have been watching sermons together on TV and spending more quiet time with God. But I miss seeing everyone at church. I miss being present for sermons, talking with familiar faces, and sharing with others about how their week has been.

We have been struggling during this time. Our youngest son was diagnosed with a lifelong disability, my company, which I rely on to support my family, has slowed down, and Rachel had to step into the unknown in the hospital as a registered nurse. This new diagnosis, the stress of the unknown with our finances, and my wife putting herself at risk as an essential service worker has made my wife and I rely more heavily on God and trust in his love for us. Not only has this been a time for reflection, but it has been a time when we really needed to get on our knees and pray for God to help us.

My prayer request from the church at this time would be for more people to be brought closer to Christ. Please also be in prayer for all small business owners who are struggling at this time and for all essential workers. Also, please pray for children with varying disabilities who are having a difficult time accessing services and therapy, like my son.

Please pray with us for Dave, Rachel, their family, and other small business owners during this time.

Posted by David Mueller

Hangout with Pastor Paul

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We are excited to announce our first on-site gathering at our church. On June 11th and June 13th, Pastor Paul will share the word of God with us and lead us in a time of prayer. We will have chairs spread out in the gym to honour the physical distancing guidelines, and we will have hand sanitizer stations available for your use when you arrive. As per our safety protocols during this time, we will not be serving any food or beverages. Please feel free to bring your own non-alcoholic beverages to this event.

Due to the requirements for contact tracing and to ensure attendance of less than fifty people, pre-registration will be a requirement for all events for the foreseeable future. Here are the time slots for which you can register:

Thursday, June 11th:
1. 5:00pm-5:45pm
2. 6:15pm-7:00pm
3. 7:30pm-8:15pm

Saturday, June 13th:
1. 2:00pm-2:45pm

Please click this link to pre-register for this event, or call the church office during office hours (M-TH, 9AM-4PM) at 604-943-8244.

When you arrive at the event, you can expect to see a greeter who will confirm your registration. Please enter through the courtyard side of the gymnasium doors. As you arrive, we encourage you to use the hand sanitizer stations, and we will ask you to respect physical distancing guidelines of staying at least two metres apart from others. Please be respectful of these guidelines as it will help people feel more confident and comfortable when joining us for events at church. Furthermore, once the event is finished, we will ask you to vacate the gym in a timely manner due to cleaning procedures required before the next group. Our posture as we re-engage in on-site ministries will be what we learned in a recent sermon from Philippians 2:3-4: "In humility, count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."

The following are general guidelines for you to follow when you come to this event:

  • All events will require pre-registration. No walk-in events for now (following health authorities' guidelines for contact tracing).
  • No handshakes or hugs. Please greet one another with a friendly wave and a smile.
  • Respect physical distancing (2 metres or 6.5 feet) at all times.
  • We encourage everyone to use the hand sanitizer stations when you arrive at the event and frequently as needed.
  • Don't come to an event if you're sick or showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Please let us know if you started showing symptoms of COVID-19 after attending our event.
  • There will have to be strict event start and end times in order to allow a thorough cleaning and disinfecting process in between events.
  • Speak respectfully and graciously.
  • We won't be serving food and beverages. You may bring your own drink to an event, but no sharing or serving others.
  • Please feel free to wear masks to our events; we will not be providing masks at our events.

We look forward to sharing meaningful fellowship with you through this event!

Click here to pre-register for this event, or call the church office during office hours (M-TH, 9AM-4PM) at 604-943-8422.

Posted by Paul Park

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