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Tsawwassen Community Church Update

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected communities all across the country and it has impacted the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) as well. We applaud the leadership of TFN who have wisely taken steps to protect the wellbeing of those living and working on their land. Fortunately, there have been no reported cases of the virus. The TFN Executive Council is doing a tremendous job of prioritizing the health and safety of its members and communicating what efforts are being taken to do so.

Tsawwassen Community Church (TCC), as an ongoing ministry of SDBC which operates within the TFN community, has obviously needed to adapt to the restrictions put in place. In mid March our ministry team respectfully initiated contact with TFN to ensure we were responding appropriately. They replied with a very polite and caring email instructing us to indefinitely suspend our usual Sunday evening gathering in the Little White Church on Tsawwassen Drive. So, for two months now, we have not met together and we miss it dearly. One of our team members commented, "I am sure there is a silver lining here - I just haven't discovered it yet." Well, we've since discovered some of the silver lining and it echoes Pastor Paul's recent message from Philippians on the gospel advancing despite obstacles.

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, God has been faithful and good has happened. We've been able to continue a version of our Sunday evening dinner by delivering meals directly to homes along with an encouraging word or card, and an offer to pray for needs. The doorstep delivery, using proper protocols, has been very well received. We're grateful that we're at least able to offer this neighbourly gesture. In fact, it has turned out to be a wonderful way for us to connect, build relationships, and express care. There's something warm and amiable about visiting people at their homes. Another silver lining has been the privilege of making several new contacts along the way. We value the opportunities that have arisen as we seek to gain trust, make connections, and build friendships. It has been a time of good exposure within the community in a meaningful and respectful way, and we thank God for the "silver lining." Please continue to pray for us and the wonderful community of people at TFN whom we have the pleasure of serving. It continues to be a challenging time for all.

With gratitude,
The TCC Ministry Team

Posted by Terry Weatherly

God is Faithful

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It has been almost a year since we started to oversee the ministry at Tsawwassen Community Church, together with Owen and Lusine White and Garry and Brenda Horwood. It has been our goal to continue the Sunday evening service which includes a time of worship, a message, and fellowship over a shared meal so as to provide a time to gain trust, make connections, and build friendships. We also have the opportunity to connect with those who come to the Wednesday food bank and invite them to come to the Sunday service. We recently had two men who joined us for our Thanksgiving service! They were both genuinely blessed and thankful for a place to go to on a holiday which they might have otherwise spent alone.
      
God has also been faithful in leading others to have a heart for this ministry. One dear sister has played an integral role in helping us connect with those who live in Tsawwassen First Nation where she and her husband have lived for over thirty years. Interestingly, she used to attend the same church that we now refer to as TCC on Easters with her husband and his family. After years of being distant from God, through the prayers of her husband and encouragement from her parents, Shirley renewed her relationship with God and began attending TCC about three years ago. We first met her when she renewed her membership of SDBC six months ago. She is amazed at God’s timing and now has a passion to see other family and TFN members find fellowship at the church that some used to attend and to see the lives of those living with addictions or in poverty to be restored. Her prayers are already being answered as her niece and nephew have both recently come to faith and have felt welcomed and accepted in our small supportive community. The TCC team is so thankful for the work God is doing and are excited to see more God stories in the days ahead.

Posted by Terry Weatherly