First News

Cultural Humility

Recently, some of you have approached me, wondering how our church will walk alongside Indigenous peoples.

So, I want to take this opportunity to update you regarding this matter. These past few months, the leadership of our church has been discerning on how we can walk alongside Indigenous peoples. Not only that, but on how our church is to grow in cultural humility and cultural awareness in relation to indigenous peoples and other ethnic groups such as those of Asian, Latino, Africans and Afro descendants.  

To grow as a church that reflects the biblical vision of a worshipping community from every nation, tribe, people and language, we are taking two general steps. The first step is at the leadership level. Following that, we hope to take the next step with our larger congregation.

Here are our first two steps:

  • We are partnering with Tyndale Intercultural Ministry Centre to train our Pastoral Team and Church Leadership Team on cultural competency. Our Pastoral Team and Church Leadership Team have already started this training. Our hope is to include our Ministry Area Team members and the rest of our staff team in the next set of training sessions.

  • Following the training sessions, we will address our larger congregation with various opportunities to learn and grow as a church.

We would like to ask you to join us in prayer as we start this journey. This will not be a one-time thing, but this is a marathon. As disciples of Jesus, may we continue to grow in loving our neighbours as He loves us.

In Christ, our hope!
Filipe Balieiro
Director of International Ministries

Posted by Filipe Balieiro

Celebrating Phyllis Metcalfe's 100th Birthday

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This past Monday, I had the great privilege of visiting with Phyllis Metcalfe. My dear friend, Nancy Scambler, who initiated the idea of a visit, made sure to run it by Phyllis and her family and planned a safe visit. 

For a month, I waited and waited for the visit as I had not seen Phyllis in-person for well over two years. I missed her warmth, humour, and reminders that she has been praying for our church. I missed hearing her constant refrain: “God is good!”

Our Lord has been good to Phyllis. Did you know that she has never been hospitalized? 

Our Lord has been good to us through Phyllis. After arriving from Winnipeg in May 1957, she became a member of FBC in June 1957. Phyllis and I share one commonality. We became members of FBC when we were just about to turn 36 years old. In her 64 years at FBC, she taught young children in Sunday School (picking up children in her 1962 Ford Falcon!), served as a deacon, took part in the Muriel Harrington and Vimala Mission Circles, showed remarkable hospitality to newcomers and visitors at Pinder Hall, and participated in several weekly prayer groups for many years. Moreover, she worked as the Church Clerk for 24 years (1962 to 1986). After her retirement, she volunteered as a church receptionist for three mornings a week for 20 years! 

During the visit, I noticed several things. Her energy. Her floral apron. Her creased, leather-bound Bible. Her devotional titled “God’s Promises for Your Every Need.” 

As a person of prayer, Phyllis has and continues to rely on God’s promises. I’ve seen it in the ways that she continues to pray for our church. I’ve experienced it in the ways that she has kept my family in her prayers.

On September 22nd, Phyllis will be celebrating her 100th birthday. If you are able to, please be sure to let her know that she is loved and appreciated. 

As Phyllis would often remind me, God is good. 

All the time. He is good. 

With joy, 
Justin Kim
Executive Minister 

P.S. I would like to express my deep gratitude to Nancy Scambler for providing the details of Phyllis’s active service at FBC. 

Posted by Justin Kim

Belonging Course

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How can I picture God’s kingdom for you? What kind of story can I use? It’s like an acorn that a man plants in his front yard. It grows into a huge oak tree with thick branches, and eagles build nests in it.” 

“How can I picture God’s kingdom? It’s like yeast that a woman works into enough dough for three loaves of bread—and waits while the dough rises. (Luke 13:18-22, The Message)

As Jesus announced the good news of his Kingdom, he depended on the hospitality and generosity of others to do his work, to eat, and even to rest. Did his experience have an impact on his message? Curiously, in our times, the themes of mission, discipleship and hospitality are often seen as separate areas of our lives.

We would like for this course  to serve as a space of connection, integration and the deepening of the sense of discipleship in the different areas of our lives. Each session will help us embrace God’s call to hospitality through the study of Scripture, the sharing of our stories and the communal motivation to serve others in practical ways.

As we embark in this study about discipleship, mission and hospitality, we will combine a bird’s eye view of God’s grand narrative with specific encounters between Jesus and his followers (including ourselves) in order to imagine and engage in (new) ways of being the church in a city in need such as ours.

 Artwork: Anselmo Swan, Home No. 2, 2018.


Wednesday, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Renfew Park Community Centre, 2929 E 22nd Ave, Vancouver, BC CA V5M 2Y3


  • Sep 22: Life Together in the City
  • Sep 29: Loving the City
  • Oct 6: Finding Each Other in God’s Story
  • October 13: Eternal Life and Belonging
  • October 23 (Sat) - At Table with Jesus: Visit to A Rocha



Deadline: September 19


If you have any questions about the course, please contact David Nacho / Rebecca Thornber

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