Last Tuesday, our church membership gathered for our Annual General Meeting, and celebrated with thanksgiving what God has done in the past year and looked forward to His continued work with great excitement. God has done so many amazing things through our church, and you can view a video that captures a small glimpse of how God worked through us by clicking on this link. At the AGM, we honoured Chris Campbell for the completion of his three-year service on the board of elders, and especially for his leadership during the lead pastor search process. Furthermore, we elected a new elder—Dale Leschert who has joined our board of elders for a three-year term. The lead pastor report given by Pastor Paul inspired us to continue to love like Jesus by sharing life and sharing mission as a community of Christ followers. He also challenged us to look compassionately on the many people in South Delta that do not yet know Christ, the thousands of people that will be moving into our community in the next five years, and the next generation—our children and grandchildren. Jesus was right; the harvest indeed is plentiful but the labourers are few. It is time for us to earnestly pray to the Lord of the harvest to send us out as His labourers for the gospel mission. It is time for us to sacrificially lay ourselves down so that others may come to know Jesus as King and Saviour. We can give sacrificially of our finances and our time. We can lay down our preferences so that we may win others (1 Cor. 9:22-23). Let's pray for this mission. Let's be on this mission together for the glory of our great God. All praise be to Him!
As we announced on Sunday, we will be raising funds to support three summer internships. We benefited from the Canada Summer Jobs grants in previous years, but because we could not check the newly required attestation box in good conscience, our application for the grants has been rejected this year (please read this blogpost for more information on this issue). Leadership development, however, is a tremendously important part of our duty as a church, and it is something that we have done well in the past. We hope to continue this legacy of investing in young leaders to develop them for Kingdom impact. We are looking to invest in two youth interns and an intern to work with SDBC Kids over the summer (May to August). In order for us to fund these internships, we are putting on a bake sale on Mother’s Day (May 13th) after the church service. All proceeds from the bake sale will go toward the summer internships. In addition to the bake sale, we are collecting a love offering for these internships on June 3rd during our Sunday morning service. Please come prepared to bless three young people with internships that will provide them valuable experience this summer. An important thing to note is that whenever we raise funds outside of our general budget, we are asking the congregation to give above and beyond what they already give regularly to the church. Please do not redirect what you would have given as a tithe or an offering to the church to support these internships, but consider giving above and beyond your current commitment to the church. We thank you in advance for your partnership in supporting these interns! May God be glorified by your sacrificial giving, and may the interns glorify God with their hard work for His Kingdom this summer!
Imagine looking out over the vastness of dark teal-blue water, surrounded by majestic mountains with seabirds flying overhead, and being soothed by the warm wind to the depth of your soul as you embrace God's wonderful creation. It doesn't get any better than this, does it?
Now add friends to this scene, both old and new. Whether they are friends that you touch base with regularly, or friends that you haven't seen for a while, there will be time for all of them. You will be able to connect on this weekend, surrounded by nature with no distractions. We will also be inspired by worship, scripture, testimonies, and times of prayer.
The Bridges 2018 planning team is looking forward to seeing what God will do among us, during these, and many other, God-filled moments during the weekend of September 28th-30th. Our desire is to facilitate a weekend away where women are able to CONNECT with each other. We want to bless the women who attend with time: time to relax, to meet with Jesus, to be inspired by what God is doing among us, and to enjoy each other's company. There will be times where we gather for a purpose, to meet God, but also times of fun! We will share delicious meals (that we don't have to prepare), play games, share candy and chocolate, relax in the hot tub, play tennis, or walk the forest of Keats Island. This will be a weekend to relax, build relationships, and CONNECT.
Please be in prayer for this weekend. Pray for the women who will attend, the planning team as they continue to organize the weekend, and for those who will be sharing with us during our different sessions.
For more information, visit our web site. Online registration for this women's retreat will open after the service on Sunday, April 22nd. Our team will also be at the Spotlight Table to answer questions and facilitate registration. Space is limited.