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  • Walk This Way!

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    Walk This Way!

    “When you walk, nothing will slow you down. When you run, you won’t trip and fall. Hold on to my teaching and don’t let it go. Guard it well, because it is your life.” Proverbs 4:12-13.  

    This was the memory verse at our Walk this Way VBS, where campers learned the importance of following God’s teachings. We focused on the life of Paul, using his story to learn about how we can also follow Jesus. It was amazing to see the energy and enthusiasm of the campers as they explored truths about God through stories, skits, singing, games, and crafts. We are also incredibly grateful to our volunteers - we couldn’t have done it without you!

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    Photo Credit: Erna Schram (Thanks so much, Erna!)

  • 2016 'Father's Day' Ride

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    2016 'Father's Day' Ride

    Every June for the past twelve years, a group of men from Summerland Baptist church and beyond, have spent two weeks touring on motorcycles throughout Western Canada and the US. This year, we embarked on a courageous ride up the Sunshine Coast to the North Tip of Vancouver Island in search of beautiful scenery and sunshine. We found the scenery, but the sunshine eluded us for the most part!

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    These trips are intentional journeys to be enriched and bonded as men, and also to leave a trail of encouragement, assistance and ‘light’ to those we encounter… hence our name: Road Salt Riders… (Salt and Light of the Kingdom).

    This last June saw a group of 11 men from SBC and across BC and Alberta start our trip with cinnamon buns in Summerland, then travelling past Whistler, up the Sunshine Coast (we even visited the Greiners’ ocean hide-a-way!), over to Vancouver Island on the Powell River Ferry, up to Port Hardy and eventually to Alert Bay which was our furthest point North. Alert Bay is a First Nations community which boasts the tallest Totem pole in the world (172 ft) as well as a very informative cultural center. Once a thriving fishing community, Alert Bay is now a tourist attraction with jaw dropping scenery and wonderful cultural history. 

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    Following our time in the North, we travelled down Island to Parksville and then to Ucluelet and Tofino where we camped and did day trips to Long Beach, Schooners Cove (through the rain forest board walk) and then went Whale Watching (Otters, Hump Back and Grey Whales) on our way to Hot Spring Cove where a natural ‘Hot’ Waterfall fills tidal pools with hot mineral water to soak in. Then off to Port Renfrew and Victoria (note Don Bryce’s camp breakfast of champions!) before heading back on BC Ferries to the mainland and the ride home.

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    We encountered much ‘moisture’ along the way and our raingear was the daily clothing of choice, but we also had wonderful times of sharing, laughing, learning and hearing men share daily devotionals ‘from the heart’! (Rare and significant for us men!)

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    After yet another unique and rich motorcycle trip, I once again marvel at the artistic hand of God in this diverse land we call home, and the way He speaks clearly and distinctly to each man who tunes in to hear His voice. I am richer for these times, and more convinced than ever that: “since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that all men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

    God is evident all around us… pray for eyes to see and ears to hear… find others to share what you see and hear!

  • Something to Celebrate!

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    Something to Celebrate!

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    We want to express our congratulations to Paul Biro who has been nominated for the Canadian Country Music Association Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer Or Promoter Of The Year.

    Please take a moment to read this article in the Summerland Review to learn more about the award and about what Paul does, and be sure to congratulate Paul the next time you see him.

    The above article gives you a little glimpse into Paul's work and community life, but we couldn't resist also linking to the Biro's Date Night Challenge submission, as it illustrates so beautifully how as a team (in work and in life) they support and encourage and build each other up. If you missed it the first time, we hope you'll take a moment to read it now.

    Congratulations Paul and Sonia!

     

    Do you (or someone you know) have something to celebrate? A birth in the family? A milestone birthday or anniversary? A special award? As a church family we want to celebrate with you! We'd love for you to send the pertinent details and a photo or two to the church office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and we'll highlight it in one of our blog posts. Let's celebrate the good things that are happening in our lives!

  • Red Carpet Event

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    Red Carpet Event

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    Back in June, a very special event was held for our Middle School Girls. The whole focus of this Red Carpet Event was to clearly present the message to each girl that she is beautiful. She was created. And she is loved. A wonderful team of women came together to put on this amazing event and to make each girl feel welcome, valued and loved. Not only did the girls feel special and enjoy being pampered, relationships were forged between the volunteers and the girls who attended. We are thankful for the way God used this evening to impact both the girls and the volunteers. Below, Stephanie and Brin share their experiences of the night...

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    I have a daughter in Middle School so when I heard that Bree was hosting an event for them, I jumped on the volunteer team. A small group of ladies gathered in her living room, each bringing to the table their passion for decorating, food, make-up, hair and beautiful dresses! The idea was to create an evening for Middle School girls who often struggle with self worth and make them feel like the daughter of the King they are! I was inspired to give these girls an awesome evening, even though NONE of these areas are my natural gifts. I signed up to help set up and be at the dress station for the evening.

    Upon arrival, many girls were unsure, arms crossed and chins down. They were sent to the nail, hair and make-up stations. When they came into the dress area, they were more confident and feeling pretty. They also were served fancy drinks and food. Chocolate fountain and candy counter? Where has this event been all my life! As the girls eventually flowed into the dress area, we sent them off with a few to try. When they finally said, 'YES to the DRESS!', they were beaming! Each girl who attended could have brought me to tears. To see them feel beautiful on the outside was so awesome!

    Under every girl... including the ones who never wear dresses, is a girl who loves to have attention to their importance and beauty from God. We love to occasionally be fancy and spend time on hair, nails and make-up. Add a beautiful dress and our mannerism changes for the better!

    Although it is wonderful to feel beautiful on the outside, we wanted these girls to feel beautiful on the inside. That they are created by Christ, in his image and are so special! Amanda Brown spoke to bring attention to this inner beauty they have with Christ. What an amazing evening! One of the funnest events I have EVER volunteered for! Filled me up big time!

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    Brin also shares her experiences attending the event...

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    When I stepped into the church gym, I was amazed by the beautiful decorations. A kind face welcomed me and handed me a delicious drink. I talked and laughed with my friends while we waited for the night to start. Soon, Bree Young welcomed us all again and explained the night. And we were off. We got our makeup, hair and nails done while we were served more drinks. There was candy, appetizers, desserts and even a chocolate fountain to taste! Once we were ready we tried on dresses. We tried on as many as we wanted until we found “the one”. We got professional pictures done by Heidi McKelvey that looked amazing! Then we all sat down to listen to Amanda Brown, who talked to us about God’s view of beauty and the world’s view of beauty. She inspired me to remember that God loves me no matter what I look like or how I act. The whole night made me feel so beautiful and loved. I can’t wait to help with the Red Carpet Event next year so I can help with the event and show more girls they’re beautiful.

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    Did you know that SBC now has a Red Carpet Closet? Beautiful dresses are available to be borrowed by girls and women attending a special event. If you have a fancy dress in your closet that you no longer wear, and would like to donate it, please bring it to the church office. To find out more about the Red Carpet Closet or to borrow a dress, please click here.

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