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First News | August 19, 2020

Weekly Reflection


Fall Kick-off 2020

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we found new ways to gather together safely and responsibly. Over the course of the summer, we hosted over 30 in-person, outdoor Area Pastorate gatherings. We witnessed growth in Connection Group participation. Our New Generations and Internationals met in various outdoor settings—ranging from Sunset Beach to Deep Cove. Last week, we had our VBS. This week, we are running our Kickers Camp. We have much to be thankful for. 

The next phase of our reopening will primarily focus on care. In order to meet the growing care needs of our congregation as well as of our neighbours, we are planning to host several, in-person care ministry training opportunities at Pinder Hall. They are as follows: (1) Care Friends Training, (2) End of Life Care (will be offered 2 times), and (3) Sanctuary Course – Understanding Mental Health. Our priority is to equip our congregation to care for those who are most in need. In addition, we are aiming to further develop our Area Pastorates to identify lay leaders who can help with the care of those who are most vulnerable and isolated amongst us. 

One important date to mark on your calendar is our Fall Kickoff on September 12th. We will be gathering by areas from 10 am to 12 pm. At our Fall Kickoff, you will hear more about where we sense our Lord is leading us when it comes to our priorities and plans, especially as it relates to our reopening, displacement, and direction. We hope to see you there! More details will be provided by your Area Pastors. 

Yesterday, as our Pastoral Team met in-person at Sunrise Park, I came away sensing two things. The gift of each other. And the gratitude of knowing that our Lord brought us together. All of us, without exception, are created and called to grow in community. In his book “Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them” (I love this title! Ha), John Ortberg puts it this way: “Community is the place God meets us.” Perhaps, for you, this means taking the risk of joining a Connection Group—a small group of broken people who long for Jesus. 

With gratitude,
Justin Kim
Executive Minister


Camp at First 2020

Dear First Baptist Family,

Amid the pandemic season, we are so grateful that we had an opportunity to connect with some of the children and volunteers through Camp at First. 7 children and 11 volunteers participated this year and we had so much fun together.

This year’s theme is Rainforest Explorers: Jesus Leads the Way. With the help from Julie Thompson and Angeline Teay, we transformed Pinder Hall into a rainforest! At camp, we looked into the Bible and discovered that Jesus leads the way to the treasure of eternal life with Him!

Each morning, our camp started with a welcome and health tips session by our healthcare worker puppet, Halley. She reminded everyone to wash and sanitize their hands and led us to recite our health chant: “Be kind, be calm, stay safe, stay strong!” We would proceed with the Music Session after that and it was a great joy to see the children and volunteers worshipping God with actions! Our favourite song is definitely the theme song "Jesus is My Treasure" and you can listen to it in the recap video. During the Storytelling and Bible Challenge Sessions, the leaders and puppeteers worked together seamlessly to bring God’s word into the children’s life. At break time, the campers would learn about a unique animal during the “Featured Creature” Session. Before the end of each day, the children would make some crafts to bring home.

A huge and special thanks to Julie Thompson, who has put in so much time and effort to make camp this year a successful one. She went the extra mile to incorporate puppet shows to bring out the theme and contents of Rainforest Explorers. The puppet show was a brilliant idea as it was an excellent way for children to enjoy learning while following the Covid-19 health and safety guidelines. Julie also offered wonderful resources such as books, crafts, ideas and gadgets related to the Rainforest Explorers theme. The children loved every bit of it!

A huge shout-out to our puppeteers, the Wilkinsons gang (Ciara, Tikki, Darve, and Jemma) for serving and entertaining the kids with their talents. Our featured creature puppeteer, Teddy Kim, did a great job in doing research of the special animals and he is amazing with his animal jokes too!

I would also like to thank our committed and passionate leaders: Daniel Surya, Hellen Muuo, Neema Muuo, Alessandra Reddekopp, Nadia Schiller, and Sophia Porter, for serving and loving the kids with their incredible talents and gifts. We couldn’t have done it without this fantastic team!

Lastly, we are thankful for all who have prayed and supported us during this challenging season. Thank you for your love and for remembering us in your prayers. We believe that it is the power of God through your prayers that held everything so wonderfully together.

Jesus leads the way! Amen.

Joseph Leong
Summer Program Coordinator


Celebrating Bob Swann

Zoom Celebration

Sunday, August 23 | 1:00-2:30pm | Zoom

We will have an opportunity to get together for a Zoom celebration to honour Bob as he transitions out of pastoral ministry after 21 years of faithful service at FBC! If you missed the announcement from Bob, click here to watch the video.

Follow the link below to RSVP by Friday, August 21 and a Zoom invitation link will later be sent out via email.

RSVP HERE

Love Offering

We would also like to show our love and appreciation by collecting a love offering for Bob. If you would like to bless Bob through a financial gift, please write a cheque addressed to "First Baptist Church" and indicate "Love Offering for Bob Swann" on the memo line.

You may mail the cheque to First Baptist Church, 969 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y1 or drop it in the church mailbox beside the office door on Burrard Street. Please make your gift by August 31, 2020.

*Please note that this gift will not be tax-deductible.

FIRST NEWS | AUGUST 12, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION

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


AN UPDATE FROM THE CLT

Watch the video above by Claudia Wakeman for an update from the Church Leadership Team. Here's a summary:
 
  • Job reassignment: Filipe Balieiro to assume the role of Director of International Ministries effective September 1st.
  • Job reassignment: Daniel Foster Fabiano to assume the role of Director of Preteens & Youth Ministries effective September 1st.
  • Establishment of search committees for Minister of Worship and Director of Children & Family Ministries.
  • Annual General Meeting: Wednesday, September 30th on Zoom.
  • Celebrating Bob Swan: Sunday, August 23rd, 1-2:30pm on Zoom. More details below.

CELEBRATING BOB SWANN

Zoom Celebration

Sunday, August 23 | 1:00-2:30pm | Zoom

We will have an opportunity to get together for a Zoom celebration to honour Bob as he transitions out of pastoral ministry after 21 years of faithful service at FBC! If you missed the announcement from Bob, click here to watch the video.

Follow the link below to RSVP by Friday, August 21 and a Zoom invitation link will later be sent out via email. 

RSVP HERE

Love Offering

We would also like to show our love and appreciation by collecting a love offering for Bob. If you would like to bless Bob through a financial gift, please write a cheque addressed to "First Baptist Church" and indicate "Love Offering for Bob Swann" on the memo line.

You may mail the cheque to First Baptist Church, 969 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y1 or drop it in the church mailbox beside the office door on Burrard Street. Please make your gift by August 31, 2020.

*Please note that this gift will not be tax-deductible.


KICKERS SOCCER CAMP

We are ready and excited to reopening the Kickers Soccer Camp 2020 next week (August 17-21)! We are thankful for the opportunity to serve children and their families again this year. Learning soccer skills while having fun together and learning sportsmanship and team values are some elements that make up our week-long program. Together with our team of coaches, we want to represent Jesus to these youngsters.  

We would appreciate your prayers for the children and their families. For our coaches who grew up participating for many years and they are now serving as coaches. Please pray for the Lord to help us to follow the new protocols and for the Lord to protect us in the field. We trust that this year more than ever the light of Christ will shine in everything we do.

Thank you,
Jose Figueroa
Director of Kickers Soccer Camp


OUTDOOR GATHERINGS

West End/Downtown

Coffee/Tea and Prayer Gathering | Thursday, August 13
Location: Stanley Park
Join in any time between 9am-10:30am.

Picnic Gathering | Saturday, August 22
Location: Stanley Park
Join in any time between 11am-1:30pm.
RSVP: Justin Kim


Burnaby/Coquitlam

Picnic Gatherings
Saturday, August 15 | 11am-1pm
Location: Robert Burnaby Park
RSVP: Daniel Foster Fabiano


Richmond

Picnic Gathering
Saturday, August 15 | 11am-1pm
Location: Debeck Elementary/Neighbourhood Park
RSVP: John Tsang

 

FIRST NEWS | AUGUST 5, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION

Click the video below to watch this week's reflection by Kira Fondse.


CAMP AT FIRST

Camp at First is happening next week August 10-14, 2020! This year's theme is Rainforest Explorers: Jesus Leads the Way! As we dive into the mysteries of the rainforest with all its complexities and bugs, lots of bugs, we will learn together about Jesus leading us in all seasons and in all places. What a time to learn and be reminded of the truth that Jesus is with us and guiding us in all things especially in a pandemic!

Due to Covid-19 we have limited the numbers of campers and are putting in extra measures to keep everyone as safe as possible given the circumstances. As we look ahead to next week, I invite you to take the time to be praying for each of our campers and for our leaders' team. Here are some things to be praying for:

  • Pray for safety as our campers and leaders interact with each other
  • Pray for peace in this anxious season especially as we learn a new normal together
  • Pray for relationships between our campers and leaders
  • Pray for our campers’ and leaders’ relationships with Jesus.

Daniel Foster Fabiano
Director of Children & Preteens Ministries


CELEBRATING BOB

Zoom Celebration

Sunday, August 23 | 1:00-2:30pm | Zoom

We will have an opportunity to get together for a Zoom celebration to honour Bob as he transitions out of pastoral ministry after 21 years of faithful service at FBC! Please mark your calendar and we will follow up with a link to RSVP. A Zoom invitation link will later be sent out via email.

If you missed the announcement from Bob, click here to watch the video.

Love Offering

We would also like to show our love and appreciation by collecting a love offering for Bob. If you would like to bless Bob through a financial gift, please write a cheque addressed to "First Baptist Church" and indicate "Love Offering for Bob Swann" on the memo line.

You may mail the cheque to First Baptist Church, 969 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y1 or drop it in the church mailbox beside the office door on Burrard Street. Please make your gift by August 31, 2020.

*Please note that this gift will not be tax-deductible.


THE ART OF NEIGHBOURING

"What if Jesus meant that we should love our actual neighbour?" Our latest Connection Group study materials will invite us to get back the basics and actually take the second half of the great commandment literally. This missional study is based on the curriculum from the "Art of Neighbouring" group. You are welcome to use it for personal study or better still, for small group conversations around becoming a better neighbour!

To join a Connection Group, contact Stuart Campbell.

Click the button below to download the study.

THE ART OF NEIGHBOURING


OUTDOOR GATHERINGS

West End/Downtown

Picnic Gatherings | Saturday, August 22
Location: Stanley Park
Join in any time between 11am-1:30pm.

Coffee/Tea and Prayer Gatherings | Thursday, August 13
Location: Stanley Park Seawall Path
Join in any time between 9am-10:30am.

RSVP: Justin Kim


Burnaby/Coquitlam

Picnic Gatherings
Saturday, August 15 | 11am-1pm
Location: Robert Burnaby Park
RSVP: Daniel Foster Fabiano 


Richmond

Picnic Gathering
Saturday, August 15 | 11am-1pm
Location: Debeck Elementary/Neighbourhood Park
RSVP: John Tsang

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