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Christmas at SDBC - God Sends

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With Christmas approaching, our focus is on the Advent season, and the events we will host to celebrate Christ's birth. So many centuries have come and gone since the "Word became flesh," and yet we still feel a sense of wonder, excitement, and anticipation for the Christmas season each year.

We will be celebrating Christ's Advent as a church family during the four Sunday worship services prior to Christmas, as candles are lit to commemorate Jesus' arrival.

On December 16th, join us for a special Sunday morning service, which will feature our Kids Christmas Choir. Afterwards, we invite you to stay for hot chocolate, fire-pit roasted marshmallows,  gingerbread decorating, carol sing-along, and more fun activities with your entire family.

That same evening, we are once again hosting a special Christmas concert, which will feature groups, solos, and our SDBC Choir, along with a 30-member brass band from the Salvation Army's Cariboo Hill Temple. Their performance last Christmas was so memorable and uplifting that we have invited them to join us again this year. If you are looking for a Christmas event to which you can invite your friends, family, co-workers, or neighbours, this is it!

On Christmas Eve, we will continue our tradition of offering two worship services: the main service at 5PM and an 11PM late-night service that will be led by some of SDBC's young adults. Both of these services will remind us of the true and greater meaning of the Christmas season, and cause us to reflect on the miracle and wonder of "God with Us." We hope you will join us.

Posted by Gatlin Saip

Men's Ministry Retreat

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Why is it so hard for men to get together? We are called to fellowship together in community (Hebrews 10:24-25). One of those communities are the men of South Delta. Despite the call to be in fellowship, many men find themselves isolated from their Christian brothers.

The bible calls us to fellowship together for many reasons: encouragement (1 Thessalonians 5:11); support (Galatians 6:2); learning (Acts 2:42); social health (1 Peter 3:8); and accountability (Proverbs 27:17) just to name a few. Our Men's Ministry believes this and works to create opportunities for men to fellowship together.

Over the last year, we have done a number of events where groups of men have gathered. A small group was able to snowshoe up Hollyburn Mountain and then enjoy a great lunch together. Many men, including those from our broader South Delta community, were able to listen to BC Lions quarterback Travis Lulay speak at our annual men's breakfast. Another highlight this past year was when a group of men went over together to Camp Qwanoes at the beginning of the summer for the annual work weekend. For those that don't know, Camp Qwanoes is our church's camp that serves to "love kids to a life like no other in Jesus" from the lower mainland and the island. We were able to work side by side on projects together and just hang out and socialize in a wonderful setting. New relationships were formed, and existing ones were strengthened through these experiences.

Our next upcoming opportunity to gather in fellowship is the fall men's retreat which will take place November 23rd-25th at Camp Qwanoes, located on the ocean in beautiful Crofton on Vancouver Island. We will be walking onto the ferry at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal on Friday, November 23rd, and will get picked up and transported to Qwanoes where we will enjoy the company and fellowship of men from South Delta and many other churches. Great food, amazing activities, worship, and great biblical teaching will fill the weekend and provide opportunities for fellowship and reflection. Sunday after lunch, we will be transported back the ferry where can enjoy the trip back to Tsawwassen. Are you being called to join us? For more information, and to register for this retreat, click the button below.

Posted by Landon Kitagawa

Thanksgiving Fundraiser Thank You

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Wow, what an amazing gift you have given First Steps Preschool! When I was told that the goal of raising $10,000 was reached through the Thanksgiving offering, I was incredibly humbled. Thank you, SDBC family, for your generosity towards our church preschool. Your contributions will have a direct impact on our church and community. Because of your faithful giving, we will be able to replace items that are over 20 years old, as well as add new resources to our classroom. We will be able to better support the needs of our children, provide higher quality learning, and a more play-filled experience for our current and future students. Keep your eyes on our classroom and outside playground to see what we will be purchasing over the next few months. Thank you for blessing First Steps Preschool!

Posted by Katie Yakiwchuk

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