Happy New Year everyone! It is crazy how fast time seems to fly by. This Christmas I was able to take a
little time to think back on the past years. It was in 2010 that I first joined the SCC staff team and now that it is 2020 I can’t help but wonder where the time has gone. My last update came at the beginning of November and if the past 10 years have flown by the way they have I am amazed that I can even remember the last two months. But here is the latest news from SCC Chase!
Our first season of youth wrapped up in early December and what a season it was. By our last event we
had seen over 20 different kids come through the doors since our September launch. Only a handful of which attend our church and less than half attend any church. It has really taken off and we are looking to continue to build and grow in the months ahead.
Chase Country Christmas fell on December 6th this year and SCC Chase was heavily involved in the
festivities again. We marched in the Parade and set up our live nativity in the Pocket Park. This year we added a photo booth and again handed out hot apple cider to anyone looking to stay warm. It was encouraging to see many from our campus volunteer to serve in various ways and watch them connect with the community.
One exciting event of this past year was our Christmas Eve Service where we had over 70 people in
attendance. To prepare for Christmas Eve we filmed the children of SCC Chase acting out a nativity play to
show during the service. Alongside that they preformed as a choir and sang two songs for everyone in
attendance. It was great to have the kids involved and to have parents and kids excited to be a part of the
celebrations. If you would like to view the video we made please visit our Chase Shuswap Community Church Facebook page.
Of all of these events though the highlight of the past two months was seeing the church care for
someone in need in our community. We exist to declare and demonstrate the transforming power of the
gospel and this past month we were able to witness an amazing demonstration of the gospel in someone’s
life. A need was brought up at one of our ladies IF Tables and through the generosity of the people in the
group the need was met above and beyond expectations. What made this even more amazing was that many of the people that chose to give gave not knowing the individual in need but choosing to be the hands and feet of Jesus regardless.
Through stories like this, and there are many more to share, we see daily God at work in Chase. In the
ups and downs of planting a church we are constantly reminded that God is at work in this community. As I have been praying for Chase and looking to the year ahead I am beginning to see a common theme in many of our encounters, care. Since SCC launched in Chase we have been showed with stories and people who have found a place at our church where they can rest, heal and be cared for. There are many people in this town who have experienced many different pains and struggles. SCC Chase has become a safe place for them to reconnect with Jesus and experience his love through his church. Getting to see and be a part of that has been nothing short of amazing. I don’t know what 2020 will hold for us in Chase, but I know that with God steering the ship it will not disappoint. Please continue to pray for our community and your sister campus in Chase.
Pastor Spencer Coers