Tuesday, 23 January 2018
You may wonder what we’ve been up to these last months. Here’s a little insight into our journey so far.
Location, location, location
Our townhouse is a 3 bedroom corner unit, in a complex of 30 units. We are located in northeastern Surrey, an area called Clayton Heights about 2 blocks from the Langley-Surrey border. There are lots of townhouses along with single family homes in the neighbourhood.
Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Excited girls in cozy pajamas.
The smell of cookies baking.
A cozy fireplace crackling (on a tv screen) and Christmas music playing in the background.
This was the setting for our Shine girls' Christmas party. Our smiling volunteers, dressed in an array of Christmas sweaters, flannel pjs, and festive (aka gaudy) flashing Christmas jewelry welcomed the girls in from the cold. And best of all, the Christmas tree was practically drowning in presents...
Monday, 18 December 2017
Many of us have treasured Christmas memories and traditions from when we were young. It's part of the warmth and excitement we feel in the build up to Christmas. We asked our Seniors to share a favorite Christmas memory or tradition... here are a few that we received...
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
On November 8 the playschool classes filled boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
These little ones have very big hearts.
We planned on filling 2 boxes, but that quickly turned into 4 boxes!!!
The playschool kids really got into it with one little one offering some pieces of Kleenex from his pocket...
Thursday, 23 November 2017
SBC loves Summerland and we want them to know it. Afterall, love is an action, not just a warm fuzzy feeling.
This Christmas season we want to encourage everyone to join in on the same advent calendar. A community advent calendar.
If your family is a normal family, pulling off an advent activity daily for TWENTY FIVE consecutive days is not only impossible but also sort of tortuous. Advent calendars have so many good ideas but that's kind of the problem....SO MANY ideas. Who can follow through? Not this lady. And not her minions...
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
- A Message from the Planning Team
Through many conversations over the last months, our team has decided to take a temporary break from IF:South Okanagan. For many in our team, we are entering into a time of transition that requires more of our attention and time and so we feel like, for the health of our families, it would be prudent for us to put IF: South Okanagan on hold...
Monday, 06 November 2017
Many of you have been following the ongoing activities of Mercy Tech Mission for quite some time now, and it occurred to me the other day that it’s time I shared with you the honest truth.
Okay, I’ll bet you weren’t expecting me to say that...
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
On the wall of our home is a phrase that states: “Family is a little world created by Love”. This is a great description of the Family of God and it is realized when members of that family gather together to serve one another and welcome others to join in. What follows is an example of this concept in action. Read carefully and recognize the very ‘character of God’ seen in the actions and attitudes of these people. Truly, they are ‘FAMILY’! (Pastor Del)
THEY ARRIVED in big black trucks and a multitude of miscellaneous cars. They carried chop saws, table saws, hand saws, shovels and drills and big hammers...
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
This past week, SBC began our fourth year of Practical Skills Workshops offered to our Summerland Community. Each year we offer 3 seasonal catalogues that contain up to 14 different workshops taught by gifted (and mostly retired) instructors from our church family. Some people ask, “What is the motivation for offering these courses?” To get more people to church? Evangelism? Fundraising? The answer is... none of these! We simply desire to enrich our church members by acknowledging their life skills and encouraging them to enrich someone elses’ life by transferring these passions and skills to others. In addition, we want to love and connect with those in our Summerland community with no strings attached...
Wednesday, 03 January 2018
January has arrived. All my attempts to railroad it did not stop it from arriving. Christmas break is coming to an end. No more sleeping in, no more food grazing all day, no more jammies all day, no more Netflix marathons. It is time to eat vegetables again, time to know what day it actually is, time to get feeding, cleaning, transporting kids again.
Tuesday, 05 December 2017
Most of you at SBC will remember Dean Martens. Dean is a larger than life figure with a loooong beard, bald head and booming voice who has attended for the past 5 years. Dean has lived life on a bumpy road in terms of marriage, finances and career, but his faith in Jesus has sustained him and kept him in pursuit of truth and purpose...
Monday, 27 November 2017
Every day…. It’s relentless; it’s important; it’s laborious; it’s fulfilling for some but tedious for others; it’s life giving; it’s lifelong; it’s expensive; it’s for everyone, of all generations, of all cultures… Every day… Hundreds of days… Thousands of days… Sigh! Any ideas on what “it” is?
Monday, 20 November 2017
We had an amazing time once again at our annual Pumpkin Olympics event. We had 71 youth and adults attend this year which is the highest it's been since I have been here. We spent our time carving pumpkins, trying to find the elusive golden pumpkin and then we took our carved pumpkins and smashed them...
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
At Summerland Baptist Church, we recognize that home is the primary place where children’s spiritual growth is nurtured. The goals of Faith at Home events are to support and empower families to be effective in training and teaching their children about Christ. We do this in three ways: by equipping, encouraging, and helping create a shared faith experience...
Monday, 30 October 2017
It’s all about relationships. REACHING, RESTORING, DEEPENING together as a church family and there is no better way than through small group experiences. Let’s face it… Sunday morning is BUSY and it’s not always easy to squeeze in a personal conversation or discussion in the midst of noise, a crowded foyer, kids bouncing off of walls and time constraints...