The Story of SBC

By Amanda Brown

For the past several weeks, our Leadership Board has taken a few minutes during our Sunday morning services to update us on what they are working and focussing on. A couple of weeks ago, Amanda shared with us and presented a video that highlights the exciting ways God led us as a church in the past and how He will continue to be faithful as we look to the future. In case you missed that morning, we are posting them here:

story of sbc teaserAs Lee mentioned last week, transitions can be hard.

Our church currently finds itself heading into a season of transition, with the news of our senior pastor, Larry, leaving this summer, as well as two beloved children and families staff members, Steph and Tammy, being called on to new opportunities, and even Heidi is leaving!

As one of the new members on the leadership board this year, I am seeing firsthand how much prayer, planning, effort and seeking of wisdom that goes into helping our church body navigate the waters of change. We continue to welcome your prayers.

I have seen in my own life and in the lives of others, that there often is a pattern to the seasons of our lives. There can be a time of orientation, when things are rolling along smoothly, life makes sense, things just click and you’re feeling good and comfortable. Then, something happens. Maybe it’s a flood. Maybe it’s some devastating news about your health or that of a loved one. Perhaps your husband gets lit on fire and you’re not sure things will ever be the same again. That is called disorientation. You don’t know which way is up, you’re floundering, you’re not sure you’re going to be able to carry on. Then…after walking through that time, doing the necessary work of naming the fear, the uncertainty, there’s the chance for re-orientation. Finding a way to move forward, to rebuild. And what gets built might be a little different than what was there before, it might be a little stronger, a little better, now that you know what you know.

During times of transition, it can be helpful to take time to remember what is true. To ask “who are we?” and “what are we doing here?” As I was thinking back on the history of SBC, and what our collective story holds, I was encouraged to remember the exciting trail that was blazed by those who went before us, and how God was there, directing the steps that have led us to this point today. And how there’s a new chapter coming, and we get to be a part of it.

Colossions 2:6 and 7 reads: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

As you watch this video presentation of the Story of Summerland Baptist Church, it’s our hope that you would indeed be reminded of the fact that we are rooted in Christ, and that He is the one who has sustained our church family for more than 100 years. He is the one who will continue the good work he has started in us.

Video Credit: Brad Riemer

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