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Being an Everyday Missionary This Christmas Season

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Depending on who you are, you may already be immersed in the Christmas season! I like to consider how many times I've heard "Feliz Navidad" to determine if we are in the Christmas season or not. Either way, Christmas plans are now being set in motion and soon our schedules will be full with family gatherings, church gatherings, school functions, special holiday traditions, winter activities, and Christmas parties.

During this holiday season, we, as a church, have carved out time to gather together to celebrate what Christmas truly means, God sending Jesus Christ. And part of celebrating this life changing truth means being on mission and helping point people to Jesus during this special time of year.

If you have adopted one of the suggested 8 Ways to be Missional into your daily rhythm of life, is there an opportunity to be intentional because it's Christmas? This might look like an invitation to our Christmas concert on December 16th, being hospitable and hosting a Christmas party or dinner at your home, gathering as a community group and considering a need in your neighbourhood that you could take on, introducing someone to church for the first time, or something as simple as wishing someone "Merry Christmas." We all have an opportunity to be on mission during this special time of year. Let's Love Like Jesus as we strive to be everyday missionaries! 

Posted by Jordan Scott

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

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