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GOD WITH US

 Be not dismayed
Fear not the darkness
Jesus is here
He walks beside us

 Gracious is He
Through all our weakness
Forever faithful
Forever good 

Emmanuel
Emmanuel
God with us, living inside
Emmanuel*

If we had to choose the central theological theme of the Advent season surely we would select the incarnation. But how well do we understand that fundamental pillar of our faith?

This Advent season our sermons and worship services will examine four aspects of the incarnation of God in Christ, as we remind ourselves of the profound implications of the coming of Emmanuel, God With Us.

To help us grasp more of the significance of Jesus’ incarnation on…

  • November 29, John Tsang will speak from the Gospel of John 1:1-14 on The Word in Flesh.

  • December 6, Rebecca Thornber will speak from the Gospel of Luke 2:1-7 on Jesus in Israel.

  • December 13, Anthony Brown will speak from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians 1:15-29 on Christ in You.

  • December 20, Justin Kim will speak from the Gospel of Luke 24:36-49 on Christ in All Nations.

In the midst of the ongoing pandemic, which magnifies all of the other challenges in our lives, it is understandable that people would question how Christians can believe that God is with us. I hope that these messages will enable us to respond well to that challenge.

Anthony Brown
Senior Minister

*Lyrics from the song God With Us by Terrian Woods & Chuck Butler

Posted by Anthony Brown

First News | November 25, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION


ADVENT AT FIRST

God With Us

 Be not dismayed
Fear not the darkness
Jesus is here
He walks beside us

 Gracious is He
Through all our weakness
Forever faithful
Forever good 

Emmanuel
Emmanuel
God with us, living inside
Emmanuel*

If we had to choose the central theological theme of the Advent season surely we would select the incarnation. But how well do we understand that fundamental pillar of our faith?

This Advent season our sermons and worship services will examine four aspects of the incarnation of God in Christ, as we remind ourselves of the profound implications of the coming of Emmanuel, God With Us.

To help us grasp more of the significance of Jesus’ incarnation on…

  • November 29, John Tsang will speak from the Gospel of John 1:1-14 on The Word in Flesh.

  • December 6, Rebecca Thornber will speak from the Gospel of Luke 2:1-7 on Jesus in Israel.

  • December 13, Anthony Brown will speak from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians 1:15-29 on Christ in You.

  • December 20, Justin Kim will speak from the Gospel of Luke 24:36-49 on Christ in All Nations.

In the midst of the ongoing pandemic, which magnifies all of the other challenges in our lives, it is understandable that people would question how Christians can believe that God is with us. I hope that these messages will enable us to respond well to that challenge.

Anthony

*Lyrics from the song God With Us by Terrian Woods & Chuck Butler


ADVENT & CHRISTMAS CALENDAR

November 29: First Sunday of Advent
First Worship: The Word in Flesh | John 1:1-14 
Preacher: John Tsang

 Hi-Five Weekend: The Word (Logos) + Craft: Candle of Hope 

December 2

Fall Church Meeting: 7pm on Zoom. More info below.

December 6: Second Sunday of Advent

First Worship: Jesus in Israel | Luke 2:1-7 
Preacher: Rebecca Thornber

Hi-Five Weekend: God with Us (Immanuel) + Craft: Candle of Peace

December 8

Heads, Hands & Feet
Our youth, preteens and families will assemble kits for the marginalized community and hand them out at Shelter. Read more about how you can participate.

December 13: Third Sunday of Advent 

First Worship: Christ in You | Colossians 1:15-29 
Preacher: Anthony Brown

Hi-Five Weekend: The Resurrection & Life + Craft: Candle of Joy

 A Very Special Online Christmas Party Fun Time 
4-5pm on Zoom 
A family-friendly event aimed at bringing holiday cheer with music, games and lots of fun! Find out more below.

December 20: Fourth Sunday of Advent

First Worship: Christ in All Nations | Luke 24:36-49 
Preacher: Justin Kim

Hi-Five Weekend: Christmas Special: Light of the World + Craft: Candle of Love

December 24: Christmas Eve Readings and Carols

A short Christmas Eve Readings & Carol service video for you to worship at home. The video will include musical numbers, carols, readings by intergenerational congregants and a nativity tableau. Video will be available via First News email on Christmas Eve.

December 27

First Worship: Seeing Jesus Series | Colossians 3:1-17 
Preacher: Filipe Balieiro

Hi-Five Weekend: Holiday break

New Year Prayer Meeting: 2-3pm on Zoom. Registration opens 2 weeks prior.


A VERY SPECIAL ONLINE CHRISTMAS PARTY FUN TIME

It is true that our lives currently consist of too many Zoom calls. HOWEVER, coming on December 13 at 4pm is a Zoom call that you won't want to miss! Unlike the stuffy, boring work Zoom calls, this one will be FUN! This one will have GAMES!This one will have MUSIC! A VERY SPECIAL ONLINE CHRISTMAS PARTY FUN TIME is a family event aimed at bringing holiday cheer to what is otherwise a very stressful season! Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater and bring your best (worst) Christmas joke!

RSVP HERE to receive the Zoom link.


FALL CHURCH MEETING

The Fall Church Meeting of the First Baptist Church of Vancouver will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7pm on Zoom.

It is another opportunity to pull up to your computer, laptop, tablet or phone (no driving involved! Pyjamas optional!) and greet one another!  Everyone is invited. Members only will be able to vote.

Please RSVP here and the meeting link will be included in the confirmation email.

We will pray together, being grateful for all of God’s blessings and ask for His sustaining hand upon us that we might be faithful to His calling to serve Him in all we do. 

We will have an opportunity to consider:

  • The 2021 Budget

  • The Special Resolution regarding the HFTC Borrowing Agreement

  • An update from the HFTC Project (have you noticed the “hole” is being filled in?!)

  • A Q & A with David Nacho who will be joining us in January as our new Director of Street Ministries

Questions? I am sure you have them. Would you help us by emailing your questions ahead of time at  ? Your questions will be forwarded to the appropriate person and will be FIRST in line to be answered when we have our discussion. I know you would rather just do it in the meeting, but seriously, it will be a whole lot easier for everyone, if you would submit your questions ahead of time. Please and Thank You!

Looking forward to seeing you! Remember, we do need quorum to be able to do our required business, so please mark your calendars and set aside December 2 at 7 pm.

Blessings!
Claudia Wakeman
Moderator


UPDATE FROM CLT

The Search Committees for the Minister of Worship and the Director of Children and Family are well underway. The members for the Children and Family Committee were approved at the CLT meeting October 14 and are: Trung Duong, Chair, Katie Findlay, Lynn Paul, Tracy Powell, Noelle Wang, Asish Jacob, Jim Silva with Justin Kim, Daniel Fabiano, Anthony Brown and Claudia Wakeman as ex- officos.  Please continue to pray for both these Search Committees, particularly as they diligently discern the applications that are being received and begin to proceed in the task before them


NACHO FAMILY'S HOUSING NEED

We will be welcoming our new Director of Street Ministries, David Nacho, his wife Suzannah and their three children in January. They are moving to Vancouver from Costa Rica and we would like to help them with their move. They are seeking affordable rental accommodation, maximum $2,400/month including utilities, perhaps in East Vancouver or Burnaby, beginning January 1st. Good proximity to transit will be important. The minimum requirement is 3 bedrooms and they have a small dog. If you are aware of any such accommodation, please contact Jan at  .

If you are able to donate any of the following household items please contact Marjorie at  .

  • twin bed and mattress
  • dressers
  • night/bedside tables
  • 2 adult bicycles, 2 children’s bicycles (ages 6 & 10)
  • bike helmets
  • basic tools
  • children’s games, books, Lego, etc.

First News | November 18, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION


CONNECTION GROUP STORIES

East Van/Olympic Village Connection Group

Co-leaders: Nicha Kumkeaw, Tony Bosch, Edna Grenz

Our East Van/Olympic Village Connection Group began earlier this fall, with most of us not having known each other previously. Although we are meeting on Zoom I believe that we have made a good start at learning about each other by spending some time at the beginning of each session with some ice-breaker questions before delving into our Bible study and prayer. We are a group that is hoping to grow in our faith as well as in number. I look forward to the day when we will see each other in person in the context of FBC worship services and to celebrate that we know a few more people in the church family than we did before CoVid began. 


East Van Connection Group

Co-leaders: Karmie Tsang, Mark Anderson

The East Van Connection Group was formed in the fall of 2019 of FBC members who didn't know each other previously. In the short span of a year, we have become faith-journey friends who meet twice a month to have thoughtful sermon discussions and supportive times of prayer. We have grown to 11 members, and are thankful for the Zoom platform to continue meeting together safely and conveniently, something we don't take for granted in these challenging times, especially for those with health or mobility issues. As you can see from the photo, a few of us got together, socially distancing and with face masks, to surprise/celebrate a special milestone with one of our members, Don Wilson, on his 80th birthday this summer. 


Tuesday Men's Connection Group

Leader: Walt Polzen
 

The Tuesday Men’s Group was established some years ago when the prayers of FBC’s Women’s Ministry were answered. At that time there was no ‘formal’ FBC Men’s Ministry. The then Church Leadership Team approved the purchase of a 2 year men’s program renamed “First Men”, out of which evolved several small accountability groups, one of which is the still active Tuesday Men’s Group for older men. While a closer to noon meaning today, the earlier days scheduled the meeting at 7:30 AM…before the guys went to work! Meeting venues have included Hobbit House, Duncan Hall and now ‘Zoom’. The latter has been a challenge for some of the guys, but with the perseverance and patience of ‘tecky’ leaders like Ian and some of the guys wives, the group carries-on with some 14 (give or take) regular participants. While the group members have changed over time, with at least 6 having gone home to be with the Lord and others were added, the group thrives on the fellowship and sometimes challenging comradery wherein ‘Iron Sharpens Iron’. Prayer support in support of each member is foremost as is practical ‘hands-on’ help, birthday and anniversary celebrations. While all of the men are not FBC participants, they are a family of ‘Brothers-in-Christ’ who seek to follow the Lord Jesus in more meaningful ways. I would suggest that the aging season’ that most are in, has had something to do with sharpening the focus and meaning of each one’s journey through the life God have ordained and had them participating in. Leading such an eclectic group of guys has both its challenges and blessings! The Spanish Banks memorial service held for Frank Edwards in the picture below was a ‘blessing testament’ as unbeknown to any of us we learned that the proximity of where we met was also the place where Frank was baptised in English Bay some years prior to his being sent to be among us at FBC.


TREASURER'S REPORT

Year-end donation deadlines:
  • If made in person, gifts must be dropped off in the mailbox beside the entrance at 969 Burrard St. and must be received by noon on Dec 31.  
  • Cheques must be dated on or before Dec 31.
  • If cheques are mailed, envelopes must be post-marked on or before Dec 31.  It would be appreciated if you could mail your gifts earlier in December.
  • For online gifts, only payments reported by your bank as occurring on or before midnight Dec 31 2020 will be recorded as 2020 gifts.

FALL CHURCH MEETING

The Fall Church Meeting of the First Baptist Church of Vancouver will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7 pm on Zoom!

It is another opportunity to pull up to your computer, laptop, tablet or phone (no driving involved! Pyjamas optional!) and greet one another!  Everyone is invited. Members only will be able to vote.

Please RSVP here and the meeting link will be included in the confirmation email. 

We will pray together, being grateful for all of God’s blessings and ask for His sustaining hand upon us that we might be faithful to His calling to serve Him in all we do.

We will have an opportunity to consider:

  • The 2021 Budget
  • The Special Resolution regarding the HFTC Borrowing Agreement
  • An update from the HFTC Project (have you noticed the “hole” is being filled in?!)
  • A Q & A with David Nacho who will be joining us in January as our new Director of Street Ministries

Questions? I am sure you have them. Would you help us by emailing your questions ahead of time at  ? Your questions will be forwarded to the appropriate person and will be FIRST in line to be answered when we have our discussion. I know you would rather just do it in the meeting, but seriously, it will be a whole lot easier for everyone, if you would submit your questions ahead of time. Please and Thank You!

Looking forward to seeing you! Remember, we do need quorum to be able to do our required business, so please mark your calendars and set aside December 2 at 7 pm.

 Blessings!
Claudia Wakeman
Moderator


NACHO FAMILY'S HOUSING NEED

We will be welcoming our new Director of Street Ministries, David Nacho, his wife Suzannah and their three children in January. They are moving to Vancouver from Costa Rica and we would like to help them with their move. They are seeking affordable rental accommodation, maximum $2,400/month including utilities, perhaps in East Vancouver or Burnaby, beginning January 1st. Good proximity to transit will be important. The minimum requirement is 3 bedrooms and they have a small dog. If you are aware of any such accommodation, please contact Jan at .

If you are able to donate any of the following household items please contact Marjorie at .

  • twin bed and mattress
  • dressers
  • night/bedside tables
  • 2 adult bicycles, 2 children’s bicycles (ages 6 & 10)
  • bike helmets
  • basic tools
  • children’s games, books, Lego, etc.

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