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Community and Connectedness

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"Don't forget your mask!"
"Can you pick me up some hand-sanitizer?"
"Six feet apart, six feet apart!"
"My house has never been so clean!"
"My house has never been so messy!"
"Do you want some cookies? I was stress baking again."

These statements, while some may be comical, are statements that have become part of our "new normal." In the last couple months, we have all had to adapt and change in order to meet the new regulations and challenges associated with COVID-19. It may be daunting and sometimes scary, but as a community, it is important for us to remind each other that God is still in control.

This past week I was listening to a webinar by Dr. Henry Cloud. In this webinar, he said one of the most powerful statements that I have probably ever heard. He was recounting the story of the disciples when they were on the boat in the storm. Dr. Cloud said, "The crisis that the disciples were facing did not end when they came safely to shore on the other side. No, the crisis ended the minute that Jesus entered the boat." As readers of that story we know that Jesus had been in the boat from the very start. Even in our crisis right now, we can have hope because Jesus is the overcomer, he is sovereign, and he is here with us through it all.

While we weather this storm, structure and routine are important elements to have in our daily lives. They may seem rigid and demanding to some, however, structure and routine actually allow our brains to have freedom and space to work within. One element of structure and routine that some of our congregants have continued with is meeting with their community groups, although it's now online rather than in person. I was talking to some of our community group leaders and I learned that community group has continued to be a time of encouragement, prayer, and healthy routine.

Many of our groups are choosing to meet at the same time they did before social isolation came into effect, to keep routine and consistency. One leader told me that committing to this time together emphasizes his group's priorities and the importance of keeping in touch to see how everyone is managing. He went on to say, "Coming together around God's word and hearing from each other is our glue." Another leader told me that "Joy overflows whenever we get to connect with each other. My sisters and brothers encourage me by saying we shall not be constrained and overwhelmed by the environment that we are in."

Some groups are choosing to continue with their studies and delve into the Word of God, while others are choosing prayer and encouragement to be the forefront of what they do when they meet together online. Either way, groups are reminding one another of the truth that God is sovereign and in control of this situation. The crisis is not over when we reach the other side, but the crisis is over the minute that Jesus steps into our lives.

Posted by Mary Grierson

Starfish Pack: Continuing to Serve

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You may be wondering, or have people asking you, "What is Starfish Pack South Delta doing at this time?" Since schools are not in session and distancing regulations are in place, our team had to get creative. We knew that the needs we were meeting were not going to go away at this time, and, if anything, they would be increasing.

I am pleased to let you know that we are continuing the Starfish Pack program. We made some significant changes to how the program is run and carried out, allowing us to continue to meet the needs of more than 20 families in South Delta.

Every week, a community partner helps us pick up our order from Save-On Foods and delivers it to our packing location. Two of our volunteers have taken this new adventure on and are doing all of the packing out of their own garage. They are wearing gloves and packing the food into plastic bags which will only be used once. From there, they deliver the bags to the schools and the school administration arranges the pick up with the families.

Until further notice, this is how Starfish Pack will continue to run. We are so thankful for our volunteers and the support of our community. This program has provided us yet another way to be the hands and feet of Jesus during this pandemic.

If you would like more information about Starfish Pack, please visit our website.

Posted by Mary Grierson

Persevering Together

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Many things have changed in the last few days. As a church family, we believe that we are called to love and serve one another and our greater community, especially in these challenging times. Even if we cannot gather in groups, there are still ways to reach out for help if you need it and there are ways to serve if you are able.

As a response to the growing needs in our community, we are going to be starting up two COVID-19 initiatives as a church body. These initiatives will allow us to love one another, serve one another, and stay connected in the midst of everything going on in our world. 

Phone Tree Initiative
Our first initiative is a phone tree. A phone tree is a system of making regular phone calls to each other to stay connected. We will be organizing this phone tree in order to reach out to those in our congregation and community who are unable to leave their house for various reasons, such as self-isolation. This initiative will allow us to stay in community with one another, enjoying fellowship, and spurring one another on in love as we trust in God's plan. If you are interested in receiving regular calls from our SDBC Phone Tree team please fill out the online form (link below). You can also sign up by calling the church office at 604-943-8244.

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Grocery and Supplies Initiative
The second initiative we will be starting is one that will allow us to deliver food and supplies to those who are unable to leave their homes. No matter what stage of social distancing we get to, we all need to purchase food and supplies. This initiative does not need to involve any direct contact or entering anyone's home. Rather, it can be as straightforward as receiving a grocery list, picking the groceries up, and delivering them to the recipient's front door. It is simply a way that we can be the hands and feet of Jesus by meeting tangible needs in this time. If you have any grocery or supply needs, please do not hesitate to let me know.

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If you are able to help pick-up and deliver groceries and supplies, please email me.

As we continue to run this race and press forward together in unity and love, let us remember this charge in Hebrews 12: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God."

May our community come to know Jesus through the love and care we have for one another.

Posted by Mary Grierson