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Meet Our SDBC Elders: Jason Uher

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This week we hear from Jason Uher! Follow along as he outlines how long he has served as an elder and what originally prompted him to become an elder. We are blessed to have Jason as an SDBC board member!

How long have you attended SDBC and how long have you served on the Board of Elders?
I have attended SDBC with my wife, Suzanne, and my daughters, Abby and Mary (Grierson), for seven years and I have just completed my first year as an elder.

What was it that prompted you to join the Board of Elders?
I had been asked to join the board a few times but the timing was never right for me. Last year when I was approached, I prayerfully considered the decision with my wife and felt it was the right time for me to serve in this way.

What is your specific role on the board?
Right now, I serve on the nominating committee.

What does it mean for you, personally, to be a part of the Board of Elders at SDBC?
It is a great honour to serve in this way and I do not take that responsibility lightly. It is a humbling experience to sit on a board with so many godly, experienced men and I am thankful to be a part of the board in this season. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for our church.

How does being on the board both challenge and encourage you in your life and walk of faith?
Being on the board at SDBC has been rewarding so far. But an area that I am challenged with, or maybe inspired by, is being around this group of men who continually challenge me spiritually. This team of men loves the Lord and they love the church. It is clearly evident by listening to each one of them speak. Each one has a rich history at SDBC, and I am challenged spiritually to continually check my heart and motives. I love the different dynamics as we interact as a team and love the diversity of heart each man brings. We don't always see things the same way and that is a great strength. The beauty in it comes from seeing how we work through the differences in a godly way to a resolution. My life and walk are greatly influenced by interaction with these guys because each one models what love and Christian leadership should look like. Proverbs 27:17 says, "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another;" this is what these men do.

Please remember to pray for Jason as he serves the church as a member of the board. You can email encouragement to Jason by clicking here.

Posted by Mary Grierson

Reconnect with Us This Summer

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Mark your calendars for Tuesdays during the summer as we have a great lineup of events for you and your family! Our SDBC Kids team has been hard at work planning for events full of fun and connection that will take place during July and August and we can't wait to welcome you back and spend time together this summer!

More details will be posted soon to our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram), but here's a quick glimpse of the events we will be running this summer:

Evening Picnic: Join us at Memorial Park in Ladner from 5-7PM on Tuesday, July 13th for our summer kickoff! This will be a time for families to reconnect, have some fun, and start the summer off right. You bring your picnic, we'll bring some games, and let's reconnect!

Wheels Parade: On July 20th at 1PM, ride on down to the church on your favourite self-propelled mode of transportation (bike, scooter, rollerblades, skateboard, etc.). Come with it decorated or spend some time at our decorating station transforming your wheels into a radical ride! Once your wheels are ready, it's time for the parade, followed by some skill demonstrations and an awards ceremony at the end! Event will take place from 1-3PM.

Beach Day: Surf's up at Centennial! Sun, sand, and good company await on July 27th. Come have some fun in the sun from 11AM-1PM, complete with a beachy scavenger hunt! Don't forget your lunch, hats, and sunscreen.

Come Create: Stretch your imagination with our Come Create event! Join us at the church from 1-3PM on August 3rd when you and your child(ren) will get to work together to make a fun project that you can take home at the end of the day!

Family's Choice: Let us know what YOU want to do! Email us your suggestions for events or activities that you and your family would like to do. We're here to serve you! Picnic at the park? Water fight at SDBC? Soap box derby? Keep your eyes peeled for emails and social media posts to vote on your preferred activity. The event will be held on August 10th!

SDBC Kids Mission: Deep Sea: Get ready, get set, and dive deep with your family! SDBC Kids Deep Sea Dive will be a hybrid on-site and at-home, multi-day event taking place from August 16-20th for you and your family to participate in. Get ready to explore the bible and dive deep into spiritual habits for kids!

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Meet Our SDBC Elders: Dave Dobson

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This week we hear from Dave Dobson! Follow along as he outlines how long he has served as an elder and what originally prompted him to become an elder. We are blessed to have Dave Dobson as an SDBC board member!

How long have you attended SDBC and how long have you served on the Board of Elders?
My family and I arrived at SDBC from Ontario in 2003 and I first served on the elder board between 2006 and 2009. My current time as an elder started in 2016 and I will complete my second 3-year term, and am due to come off the board, in April 2022.

What was it that prompted you to join the Board of Elders?
I care deeply about the local church and its purpose – to preach/teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and win and disciple believers and be a light of God's grace in the community. Seeing as I spend most of my days in the business world, and have gained specific skills and experience in leadership roles, I thought serving as an elder would be an ideal place for me to apply the talents and time God had given me.

What is your role on the board?
For the past five years I've served as chair of the board effectiveness committee (BEC). The BEC's mandate is to "provide guidance to the elder board on best practices for their official activities." This involves helping to define and clarify the relationship between the board and the lead pastor, lead board "self assessments" and "review and recommend to the board amendments of the constitution and bylaws to ensure they are current and appropriate for the governance of the church," among many other things. I am also a member of the lead pastor assessment committee.

What does it mean for you, personally, to be part of the Board of Elders at SDBC?
It is a great honour to serve the Lord and the congregation of SDBC and have a chance to provide input and make a real difference in the direction and ministries of the church. I enjoy this type of work which is strategic and collaborative in nature and affords me the opportunity to selectively and appropriately apply learnings that I have gained outside the church environment. I very much want to honour God with the opportunities he has given me and to learn how to faithfully, and boldly, "stand in the gap" as it says in Ezekiel 22:30. I never want it to be said of me that, "I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one."

How does being on the board both challenge and encourage you in your life and walk of faith?
Being on the board causes me to think deeply about the church and what we are doing to fulfill the Great Commission: "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'" (Matthew 28:16-20). I'm thankful to God that our church has had, and does have, some very effective board members who are committed to this same purpose. When we gather together as a board (with the pastors), we are there to do God's work. It may not always be easy, there may be difficult challenges to overcome, even strongly held different opinions that need to be expressed and understood, but we have always come to a good conclusion, because we are all committed to the same principles – we are here to serve, not take, and we come under the authority of scripture and are empowered by the Holy Spirit in our work. This is a wonderful thing that is rare in this world. Coming out of each board meeting I am encouraged and inspired to give even more of my life to this most important cause.

Please remember to pray for Dave as he serves our church with his passion for Jesus and love for the Church. Click here to email encouragement to Dave.

Posted by Mary Grierson

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