First News

FIRST NEWS | MAY 6, 2020

PASTORAL REFLECTION

Click the video below to watch this week's pastoral reflection by Justin Kim.


COMMUNITY STORY

Click the link below to watch a video featuring our New Generations children, preteens and youth, sending their greetings and well wishes to all of us!


GROWTH CLASS

How can we build community and connect with others in our neighbourhoods? What does it look like to grow in the art of befriending and loving our neighbours well? 

Bring your own coffee or tea and join us for an online Zoom class led by Barry Jung on 'The Art of Neighbouring’ on Saturday, May 16th at 10am. We will have a chance to hear from Barry and his wife Joan about their experiences of reaching out to those around them. There will be a time for you to ask questions, as well as to share your own experiences. 

Please follow this link to register for the class.

We will send out the Zoom invitation, and instructions on how to connect, to those who have registered. 


MEMBERSHIP AT FBC

During this season of physical distancing it has been good to experience that we are still the church, even at a distance! If you consider yourself part of the First Baptist community, membership at our church would be a great next step.

We are planning on running online membership classes in the next month. If you are interested in becoming a member of FBC at this time please contact Rebecca at   by May 12th. 


FAMILY NEWS

Joyce Litani and Sandy Lee tied the knot on a beautiful Saturday morning, May 2, 2020! Joyce has been a part of the FBC community for many years. It was also Pastor Rebecca's first time officiating a wedding! We are very grateful for this good news and let's keep the newly weds in our prayers.


Please remember Jenny and family in your prayers as they gather for a graveside service on May 14 to remember the life of George Ratzlaff who passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord last Tuesday, Apr 28, 2020. Pastor Bob Swann will be leading the service at White Rock.


RESOURCES

 

Check out the "Ways to Help" section on our website home page to learn more about the ways you can be involved.

Click here for a list of government aids and benefits available for individuals due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Updated on April 29, 2020)

Click here for a list of communication apps for group video calls and messaging.

FIRST NEWS | APRIL 29, 2020

PASTORAL REFLECTION

Click the video below to watch this week's pastoral reflection "Contemplative Prayer" by Filipe Balieiro.


COMMUNITY STORY

Shelter Update

The Covid-19 chaos has changed our Shelter operations. We are no longer having guests sleep overnight in our Shelter. Our setup, and the fact that we have only one bathroom in the gym, makes spacing and safety almost impossible.

We are now having 8 to 10 volunteers come in every Tuesday night to help package the food that the cooks have prepared. The meals include a main course with rice or potato, cooked vegetables, raw carrots, small tomatoes, fruit and cookies. We try to maintain proper distancing and we now have enough masks for all involved. We purchase appropriate food trays and serve the clients at the door on Burrard Street. The people are also served drinks of milk and juice.

We are serving between 130-200 people each Tuesday night and they express their deep gratitude that we have kept up serving the meals. I thank God for the cooks and the volunteers who have been so faithful in making this happen. We would all appreciate your prayers for health and safety as we serve those in need on our streets.

With thankfulness and gratitude for all your support,
Bob Swann


LORD'S SUPPER PREPARATION

We, as a church, will continue to partake in the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of every month. Each Lord’s Supper will be administered by a pastor as part of our First Worship. We encourage you to prepare the elements prior to the service. If bread and/or grape products are unavailable, you may use other food and drink. 

Our very first one via First Worship will be on May 3rd (this Sunday).


RESOURCES

Check out the "Ways to Help" section on our website home page to learn more about the ways you can be involved.

Click here for a list of government aids and benefits available for individuals due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Updated on April 29, 2020)

Click here for a list of communication apps for group video calls and messaging.

FIRST NEWS | APRIL 22, 2020

PASTORAL REFLECTION

Click the video below to watch this week's pastoral reflection "Exploring Different Ways to Pray" by John Tsang.

Here are the links to the prayer resources John mentioned in his reflection:
 

COMMUNITY STORY

This week, we would like to share a six-week Bible study on Romans 11:33-12:3 written by Carolyn Watts. Carolyn serves as one of the lay leaders of the Prayer and Care Ministry Area Team.

"Shortly after I returned home from Afghanistan, too sick to continue my medical work among the people I loved, a mentor asked me to pray through Romans 12:1-2, offering my body again to God as a living sacrifice. I found that before I could do so, I had to soak in the preceding verses which helped me remember why I could trust this God who asks for all of me. That personal search became a six-week Bible study on Romans 11:33-12:2 for groups and individuals. A year ago I retitled it,  When Life Falls Apart: Relearning Trust in the God of Mercy.  Only God knew then that it would be ready to offer during a pandemic when for so many life feels like it’s falling apart! What I pray for my website, I also pray for this study: that those who read would find it a gentle, grace-filled space in which to listen together to God’s heartbeat and settle a little more deeply into God’s love." - Carolyn Watts.

Read more from Carolyn at hearingtheheartbeat.com , and download the study here . Free until May 15 th  with coupon code FBC2020 .


NEW SERMON SERIES

The story of Samson is an enigma to most of us. An Old Testament account full of sex and violence, which most of us know best from Children's Bibles and from Sunday School. A story about a man driven by his fleshly desires, who is never censured in the Old Testament and who is listed among the heroes of faith in the New Testament. 

Set in a desperate period in Israel's history, the Bible’s account of Samson’s life has remarkable things to say to us about the ways in which we view God and the ways in which God chooses to act in the world. 

Since each of the sermons over the coming four weeks will deal with a whole chapter of the book of Judges, please take the opportunity to prepare by reading the relevant chapter each week in advance of our weekly worship services. 

April 26    Judges 13   Four Views of God
May 3     Judges 14   Secrets
May 10    Judges 15   The Kingdom is Coming
May 17    Judges 16   The Absent Presence of God


RESOURCES

We've updated our website to reflect our Covid-19 response. Check out the "Ways to Help" section in the home page to learn more about the ways you can be involved. We are in this together!

Click here   for a list of government aids and benefits available for individuals due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Click here  for a list of communication apps for group video calls and messaging.

 

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