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Summer Fun

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I am so thankful that I grew up in Tsawwassen. I had a neighbourhood full of kids my age, the freedom to ride my bike to school with my sisters, and awesome events taking place around the community. I fondly remember the community events put on by SDBC; the summer events never failed to draw in families from around the community to come and join in on the fun at the church. My memories from these events, and the people I met there, are among some of the many reasons I started attending SDBC. As I am now helping to plan our summer events, one of my main goals is to draw in families from our church and the entire community and provide them with similar memories that I had growing up.

Our Carnival, which is the first event in our Summer Fun series, is fast approaching and our team is working hard to get things ready. We will have a series of carnival games, a giant inflatable slide, a bouncy castle, a dunk tank, and yummy food and snack options for people of all ages to enjoy. One of our goals with this event is to provide a fun, free event for the families in our community; to draw in families with the hope that they can meet some of our church families and form connections to get involved in our church. For this reason, I am encouraging everyone who reads this to invite someone to our carnival, and for you to join them. The more the merrier! There are many people in our community who have not heard the good news of Christ and as it says in Romans 10:14, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” This event is the perfect opportunity to live out the church's mission to Love like Jesus and show our community how much we love them.

So, come one, come all, and join us for our carnival on Saturday, July 21st at 11AM! For information on all our summer events, visit www.southdelta.org/summer

New Sermon Series

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We are quickly heading into full on summer mode in our community as we go through the last week of the school year this week, and we will see many people taking time off to go on vacations, hang out with friends and family, and to be out in the beautiful outdoors for which beautiful British Columbia is known. In fact, by the time you're getting this newsletter, some of you will be celebrating the last day of school; congratulations! 

Over the summer, if you're planning to be away from time to time, please know that our sermons are uploaded to our website weekly so that you could keep up with our sermon series in the David and the King series. We will be in this series until the end of summer, and on September 9th, we will be launching a new sermon series as a part of our Fall Launch Sunday. The new series will kick off with a mini-series called, Changing Landscape, where we will take a look at statistics, sociological patterns, church mission studies, and much more to understand where the church is positioned in North American culture today. As the title suggests, we are living in a changing landscape that James Emery White calls a "hinge moment," in history. We're living in a pivotal moment in history, so it is critical for us to understand the times in which we live and to learn to be effective in our mission for God in this changing landscape. We will follow up this mini-series with a sermon series in the book of Acts called Church on Mission. We will study how we can be a church on mission in today's post-Christian culture by studying how the church was on mission in a pre-Christian culture in the book of Acts. I believe this will be a spiritually enriching series for our SDBC family, and I look forward to sharing God's word with you through this new series in September! Please pray for our preaching team as we prepare for this series.

Posted by Paul Park

Staffing Changes

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Children's Ministry Update

For the last few weeks, we've been discussing our financial situation at our church, and we informed you that we'll be creatively looking to find efficiency in our expenses. One of the changes we're making to staffing is to no longer search for a Director of Children's Ministry. We allocated funds in our budget for this position, but it would not be wise to add to our staffing expenses in this time of financial difficulty. However, not having a director for SDBC Kids would detriment our opportunity for growth and especially in reaching young families in our community for Christ. Therefore, we made some changes within our existing staff to transition Sue Gibson into the role of Director of Family Life. Sue has been a committed member of SDBC for many years, and she has been a tremendously important part of our team. We're so thankful that she agreed to step into this role to oversee our SDBC Kids programs and our family ministries. 

Sue has already been overseeing our SDBC Kids team for several months now because the Director of Children's Ministry position was vacant. We've been searching for this position for a couple years, and we were not able to find the right person for the job. Our search team has interviewed candidates, and we have received several resumes, but God has not opened any doors. With Sue transitioning into this role, we would be well positioned for growth in this important ministry, especially since she has much experience in this ministry. Sue led our Children's Ministry as a director from 2001 to 2007. Even when she was not directing the ministry herself, she mentored others and supported this ministry for many years. Sue is an excellent director possessing the administrative, relational, and leadership qualities that we've been looking for in this position. Through our financial struggles, God has opened this wonderful opportunity for Sue to lead our SDBC Kids and Families ministries. Our staff is so thankful for God's direction in Sue's life, and we are excited to partner with Sue as she leads our Children's and Families ministries! Please pray for Sue and the SDBC Kids team as we make this transition over the summer. 

Posted by Paul Park

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