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FIRST NEWS | JULY 8, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION

Click the video below to watch a short reflection by Rebecca Thornber recorded at Porteau Cove!


ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE CLT

Click the video below to watch Claudia Wakeman sharing a message of encouragement from the Church Leadership Team (CLT).


NEW STAFF UPDATE

Joseph Leong - Children & Preteens Summer Program Coordinator

We are pleased to let you know that Joseph Leong is returning to serve as our Children & Preteens Summer Program Coordinator. In this role, Joseph will be working with the Director of Children & Preteen Ministries to develop opportunities for connection and faith formation for the NewGen. He will focus on preparing, coordinating and/or implementing the following programs and activities: (1) Summer Day Camp, (2) Sports Camp, and (3) Summer Day Activities (School Age and Preteen Hangouts). Joseph has spent over ten years in youth ministry and interned with our youth program, while studying at Regent College. He is happily married to Angeline Teay (our Communications Design & Strategist). 

Lily Arndt - Communications Assistant

We are excited to let you know that Lily Arndt has joined our team as a Communications Assistant! Born in the West End and raised in North Vancouver, Lily grew up at First Baptist Church and is a valued leader for our Youth Ministry. Lily has an interest in filmmaking and joins our communications team to bring her filming and editing skills to the production of our online Sunday services. She lives with her parents, younger brother, and dog Picnic.


NEW GEN SUMMER HANGOUT PROGRAMS

As we enter Phase 3 of BC’s restart plan, our New Gen team has planned out some fun but safe ways to stay connected with our youth, preteens and school-age children. Register for School-Age Hangouts HERE.

For more info, please contact

Youth: Filipe | Preteens: Danny | School-Age: Joseph


EMPLOYMENT

Director of Street Ministries

FBC is seeking an experienced Director of Street Ministries. Read more about the posting on our employment page. For questions or further information please contact Justin Kim.


COMMUNITY EVENT

Mission Presentation by Jose & Luz Figueroa

Sun, July 19 | 1-3pm via Zoom

We are excited to welcome Jose & Luz Figueroa to give us an update about their current mission work in Chile and their children's work with Today's Family Network. There will also be a Q&A session after the presentation. The presentation session will be held via Zoom. Please register via this link and we will send out a Zoom invite prior to the meeting. 

FIRST NEWS | JULY 1, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION

Click the video below to watch this week's reflection by Stuart Campbell.

Resources recommended by Stuart:
 
 
 
 

MISSIONS UPDATE

Hi FBC,

We want to thank you for faithfully supporting our translation work in Kingfisher Lake though a difficult time. Since we wrote our newsletter yesterday, passenger flights into the community have been halted because of a small outbreak in the nearest town, but I’ve been encouraged to see how much of a priority it is for the community leaders to make sure progress on the Oji-Cree Bible translation continues. Thank you for your prayers, and we will continue to follow FBC news from afar!

In Him,
Matt, Caitlin, Hazel & Elijah

READ OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER

About the the missionaries:
Matthew & Caitlin Windsor | Northern Ontario
Hazel ('16), Eli ('18)
Wycliffe Bible Translators; Language Program Facilitators collaborating with indigenous churches in Bible translation, literacy, and Scripture use.
Box 65 Kingfisher Lake ON P0V 1Z0

TheWindsorsUpNorth.com 


Canadian Baptist Ministries hosted an interview with Costa Rica Field Staff, David and Suzannah Nacho, on June 24 to talk about COVID-19 initiatives at Costa Rica. Learn about how the Nachos are doing and how has the pandemic has impacted the country, local church response and how can we pray together with them.

WATCH THE INTERVIEW VIDEO

About the the missionaries:
David & Suzannah Nacho | Costa Rica
Sofia ('09), Andrés ('11), Anna Laura ('14)
Providing leadership, direction to CETI (Community of Interdisciplinary Theological Studies), resource development, teaching (Theological education, integral mission)
APDO 505-2150 Moravia, San Jose, Costa Rica.
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NOON-DAY PRAYERS

 

When you travel to different places, there is something magical when you come across a grand old clock that chimes at key hours of the day. It causes us to pause, to look in that direction, to pause for a moment, to listen, and perhaps to reorient ourselves. May I invite you to put an alarm (or a chime) on your phones at 12:00 noon as a reminder to look up, to pause, to pray, and to remind ourselves to whom we belong, what the 'work of our hands' is all about, and why we are placed on this earth. Here are a couple of resources - Midday Prayer from Northumbria Community or a reflective prayer time PAYG, or simply go for a short walk as you pray to God. May you be blessed. 


EMPLOYMENT

Director of Street Ministries
 

FBC is seeking an experienced Director of Street Ministries. Read more about the posting on our employment page. For questions or further information please contact Justin Kim.


COMMUNITY EVENTS

Guest Preacher: Darrell Johnson
Sunday, July 5
Message: Stay Awake!
Text: Mark 13 ESV

Lord's Supper Preparation
We will be partaking in the Lord's Supper this Sunday. 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. 


Options in Senior Living
Sat, July 11 | 9am

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.  ur 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  .

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.   

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