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FIRST NEWS | JUNE 24, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION

Click the video below to watch this week's reflection by Anthony Brown.

Links mentioned in Anthony’s reflection:
 


SUMMER AT FIRST

During this summer, there are a number of ways we can grow together as a community. 

There will be opportunities to connect with others by areas. As of late, we have organized several outdoor, in-person gatherings such as the North Shore afternoon tea at John Lawson Park and the upcoming Richmond picnic gathering at Burkeville Park. We also have the Cambie (and Company) Coffee Conversation via Zoom as well as the weekly East Vancouver sermon discussion groups via Zoom. Fellowship opportunities such as these are being organized for the summer. 

Joining a Connection Group is another vital way to grow with others. A good number of our Connection Groups will continue to meet throughout the summer. New groups are birthed as well. Some Connection Groups have taken up the option of meeting outdoors. 

In addition, there are a number of growth and care classes that are planned. On July 11th, we are hosting a Zoom session on Options in Senior Living with Jamey McDonald. On July 20th and 27th, we are facilitating growth classes that revolve around the study of scripture using the Inductive Bible Study method and the process of writing study questions for small groups. 

It is a packed summer for our New Generations. We will have our youth hangout at Sunset Beach every other Tuesday, preteens hangout at Sunset Beach every other Tuesday starting July 7th, Grade 1&2 hangout on Wednesdays starting July 8th, and Grade 3&4 hangout on Thursdays starting July 9th. There is a VBS planned for August 10th to the 14th. Our hope is to host a Kickers Camp on August 17th to the 21st, provided that our safety plan is approved. Our young adults have a range of fellowship opportunities (e.g., cycling around Steveston, hiking at Deep Cove, stand up paddling) as well. 

Our Internationals community will continue to meet on a weekly basis—twice monthly via Zoom and twice in-person outside. 

In terms of the reopening process, we are constantly discerning on how we can do so in a manner that ultimately pleases our Lord. We are deeply mindful of our need to love our neighbours. Starting this past Monday, we reopened the church office for our church staff only. Starting on July 20th, we are planning to open our church office to our congregants by appointment only. Around late summer, if the number and rate of transmission remain low, we are hoping to reopen our church building with a number of weekly prayer meetings.

We are praying for you. We are praying that you will be further rooted in Jesus Christ.

With hope, 
Justin Kim
Executive Minister


COMMUNITY EVENTS

Guest Preacher: Larry Schram
CBWC B.C. Yukon Regional Minister
Sunday, June 28
Message: Jesus Knows
Text: Mark 14:12-26


Richmond Picnic Gathering

Sat, June 27 | 11am-1pm | Burkeville Park (1060 Catalina Cr.)

We are hosting a gathering as an opportunity for us to connect with each other and catch up in a safe environment. Bring your own food, we are going to encourage no food sharing outside your family circle. Please drop by and stay for 20-40 mins, (research indicates that the longer you spend together, the higher the possibility of transmission). Please rsvp John Tsang at   if you are planning to attend.


Options in Senior Living

Sat, July 11 | 9am | Speaker: Jamey MacDonald

If you or your family members are considering options for Senior Living, this will be very helpful for you to navigate the different questions such as: levels of assistance, public vs. private, and the financial side of the decision. It is so important to think ahead as sometimes the home that you would like to live in has a waitlist. Your speaker and presenter will be Jamey MacDonald. Jamey serves as the CEO of Beulah Gardens. Jamey will walk you through some of the factors and considerations and have a Q&A time. This is not primarily a workshop on Beulah Gardens but Jamey is obviously equipped to answer questions about that particular option.

To register, please send an email to  .


FAMILY NEWS

Jeff Morrison, (husband of Donna) passed away on Tuesday, June 23. Although not a believer for the majority of his life, Jeff was always supportive of Donna's involvement in the church. Two days before he passed, with the prayers of many, and by Donna's gentle guidance, Jeff happily received God's gift of salvation through Jesus. Pray for Donna and the extended family during this time of loss but thank the Lord for the joy of knowing that Jeff has come home spiritually.   

FIRST NEWS | JUNE 17 , 2020

PASTORAL REFLECTION

Click the video below to watch this week's pastoral reflection by John Tsang.


CELEBRATING OUR GRADUATES

These past few weeks have been a special season for some of our youth. Ally Reddekopp, Charlie Bystrom, Maya Schiller, and Noah Tsang graduated high school! We rejoice with them and their families for what they have accomplished. We praise God for the many ways that all of them have blessed our youth group and our church! We all know that school plays a very important role in their lives. And so, we want to celebrate this milestone. 

To FBC community: 
I encourage you to keep our graduates in your prayers for the next few months. Let us bless them, trusting that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in them.

To our Graduates: 
If you are already set on what you are going to do, may you know that God is with you. If you need time to think about what you are going to do, remember that God is gracious and will guide you as you discern.  

Remember that, in the end, your choices, university programs, and profession do not define who you are, but Christ is the one who tells you who you are!

I would like to close by praying the words of the Apostle Paul to the Philippians:

"Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God's Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears." - Philippians 1:3-6 (The Message)

In Christ, our hope!
Filipe Balieiro
Director of Youth Ministry


FAMILY NEWS

We are delighted with Joseph Lee and Zilla Fu who were married on Tuesday, June 16th, 2020. May the Lord richly bless the newlywed couple! 


Two beloved former FBC members of FBC passed into God's presence recently:
 
  • Walter Quiroga, on June 3, 2020. Walter was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Jane, in 2015
  • Graham Hunt, on June 14, 2020. Please pray for Graham’s wife Shirley and their family as they miss their husband, father and grandfather.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Options in Senior Living

Sat, June 20 | 9:30-11am

We will be hosting a zoom session on the topic of Options in Senior Living. If you or your family members are considering options for Senior Living, this will be very helpful for you to navigate the different questions such as: levels of assistance, public vs. private, and the financial side of the decision. It is so important to think ahead as sometimes the home that you would like to live in has a waitlist. 

Our speaker and presenter will be Jamey MacDonald. Jamey serves as the CEO of Beulah Gardens and has recently made FBC his home church community. Jamey comes from a long history of pastoral work, denominational leadership and now serves at Beulah Gardens. Jamey will walk you through some of the factors and considerations and have a Q&A time. This is not primarily a workshop on Beulah Gardens but Jamey is obviously equipped to answer questions about that particular option. 

To register, please send an email to  .


Richmond Picnic Gathering

Sat, June 27 | 11am-1pm | Burkeville Park (1060 Catalina Cr.)

We are hosting a gathering for the members, adherents, and friends in the Richmond neighbourhood on Saturday 27th from 11am-1pm. It is simply an opportunity for us to connect with each other and catch up in a safe environment. We will be holding it at Burkeville Park on beautiful Sea Island, it is a quieter area but a hidden gem of Richmond! Bring your own food, we are going to encourage no food sharing outside your family circle. Please drop by and stay for 20-40 mins, (research indicates that the longer you spend together, the higher the possibility of transmission). To get an idea of numbers and to manage the possibility of large numbers, can you please rsvp John Tsang at   if you are planning to attend. We really hope to see many of you.

 

 

FIRST NEWS | JUNE 10, 2020

PASTORAL REFLECTION

Click the video below to watch this week's pastoral reflection by Rebecca Thornber. *Happy Birthday, Rebecca!


AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BOB SWANN

Click the video below to watch an announcement from Bob Swann.


CAMBIE & COMPANY COFFEE CONVERSATION

If you were an animal, what animal would your personality be?  

This past Sunday, the Cambie area hosted its first “Cambie & Company Coffee Conversation”(CCCC?) online, via Zoom. It was a wonderful time to get to know our FBC local neighbourhood, as in response to the above ice-breaker, a whole menagerie of dogs, birds, fluffy cats—and even a dolphin—emerged from the dark isolation of quarantine into the warm luminescence that is being known!

It has been my prayer for some time that a sense of neighbourhood affinity would develop within the different geographical pockets of FBC family. Living now as quarantined diasporas, anticipating future building displacement, and honouring our historical heart-for-the-city, I am convinced this is one of the key ways we must follow the Spirit’s leading: cultivating a rapport for fellow FBCers who live closer than you’d expect! In Cambie, then, we look to host future coffee gatherings, begin a WhatsApp chat, launch new sermon-discussion Zoom groups, and gather in-person for socially distanced bike rides, etc.—all that we might cultivate local community, camaraderie, kinship.

Affinity: an attractive force generating relationships. May that force be the Holy Spirit

…and coffee. (Who knew so many animal species drink coffee?!?)

Stuart Campbell
Connection Group Coordinator


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Options in Senior Living

Sat, June 20 | 9:30-11am

We will be hosting a zoom session on the topic of Options in Senior Living. If you or your family members are considering options for Senior Living, this will be very helpful for you to navigate the different questions such as: levels of assistance, public vs. private, and the financial side of the decision. It is so important to think ahead as sometimes the home that you would like to live in has a waitlist. 

Our speaker and presenter will be Jamey MacDonald. Jamey serves as the CEO of Beulah Gardens and has recently made FBC his home church community. Jamey comes from a long history of pastoral work, denominational leadership and now serves at Beulah Gardens. Jamey will walk you through some of the factors and considerations and have a Q&A time. This is not primarily a workshop on Beulah Gardens but Jamey is obviously equipped to answer questions about that particular option. 

To register, please send an email to  .

Learn New Testament Greek!

Wondering how to productively spend all that quarantine time this summer? Well, you might never again have such a ripe opportunity to learn New Testament Greek! Stuart Campbell is soon beginning rounds teaching summer Greek with Regent College--but this time fully online! Just remember what ol' Martin Luther said: "If we neglect the biblical languages, the gospel will perish." Check out Regent College summer course offerings HERE.

 

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