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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.

First News | November 2020

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HFTC UPDATE

Photo credit: Justin Kim

The below-grade construction work for the Heart for the City project has continued steadily throughout the summer and fall. Thankfully, the project has not been slowed by the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, the construction work is slightly ahead of schedule, as the bottom six floors of the parkade have now been constructed, and the construction should reach ground level in December. This means that the church displacement is likely to arrive a little earlier than previously expected – likely to be in mid-2021, perhaps as early as May – subject to confirmation. 

The church displacement will give way to the removal of heritage church building interior, releveling of basement floor, seismic and structural upgrade including new foundations, drainage, and roof. As a result, we are speeding up our planning and preparation for our relocation. We are creating an inventory of everything in the church building and determining what will be stored, recycled, and discarded. Additionally, we are moving towards securing our displacement sites for worship, ministry, and administrative activities. More details will follow soon. 

More than ever, we need to be praying! We need prayer for many things. Please pray for the construction process and the continued safety and well-being of the construction workers. Please pray for all of our staff and leaders who are involved in the relocation work and planning. Please pray that the Lord will guide us in all of the decisions to be made. And, please pray that our church will continually be rooted and grounded in the love of Jesus Christ, living solely for the glory of God. 

In Christ Alone, 
Justin Kim
Executive Minister


LEST WE FORGET

Lest we forget. So often in this newsletter space, we ask you to not to forget dates, events, goings-on in our church life. Today, on Remembrance Day, the inherent call is to remember in a larger sense, along bigger themes of life, death, duty, and freedom, and how church life is ultimately best expressed as a connection to purposeful, redeeming LIFE as we best know it.


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 (document will be available next week)

  • The Special Resolution regarding the HFTC Borrowing Agreement (Document available on myFBC under the 'Entire Church' group.)

  • 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

*Please contact the church office at or leave a voicemail at 604-683-8441 if you need help accessing the meeting documents.


WE ARE HIRING

We are seeking a full-time Director of Children and Family Ministries to join our pastoral team. For more information, please click here for the posting. Please share the news and help us get the word out! If you have any additional questions, please contact Trung Duong at  childrenandfamily@firstbc.org


FAMILY NEWS

Shirley Hunt, a long-time member of FBC, entered into the presence of the Lord on Sun Nov 8th, 2020. Shirley was part of the Merle Mackenzie circle, had a joyful presence about her, and was loved by many. Please pray for her family during this time of loss.  


LAY LEADERSHIP NOMINATION

Is God calling you, or someone you know, to help us shape the future of First Baptist Church? We need passionate disciples of Jesus to serve as members of the Church Leadership Team and various Ministry Area Teams.

If you are interested, or know of members suitable to nominate, relevant details are available in the Lay Leadership and Nomination document as to the roles and responsibilities of the various service communities. Please fill out a nomination form by December 31, 2020.

If you have difficulties filling out the online form, please contact the church office at .

First News | November 4, 2020

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THE SANCTUARY COURSE

“This is the first time that I was able to talk about mental health issues within my family in a safe environment!”

“The videos, scripture, panelist, and material were top notch and very well-written.”

“The stories in the video were very powerful, real, and honest.” 

In February of this year, we conducted the Sanctuary course with over 20 people and above are some of the participant’s comments and feedback. It was such an enriching experience.  

Mental health has received a lot of attention over the last 5 years in schools, healthcare, workplace, and media. Rightly so. But surprisingly, one place that is lagging behind in terms of understanding mental and emotional health issue is the church. Sanctuary has provided a course that incorporates the best researched psychological insights with the additional perspective of faith and the Christian community in a wholistic approach to mental health. 

This course is for people with questions about mental health, individuals with loved ones who have experience with mental health, or those who may be personally living with mental health problems and challenges. If you are able, come and join us for The Sanctuary Course which will be held at Pinder Hall, in-person on the following date and time. All Covid safety protocols will be observed with distancing, masks, pre-assessment, etc. As well, there is a limited number of space available to ensure that health and safety requirements are met.  

Date and Time - Mon Nov 23 to Thu Nov 26, 2020 from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

For more information about the course and a short intro video – click here

For more information or to register, please send email to or call the church office and leave a message.


IN-PERSON PRAYER MEETING

Thursday, November 12 | 10-11:30am | Pinder Hall

Max. 20 participants

Please be sure to REGISTER HERE if you are planning to attend. For the in-person prayer gatherings, proper Covid safety protocols will be used. All participants will be required to wear masks and to sign a Covid-19 self assessment form 1 day before the event. 

If you have any questions, please contact John Tsang.


MISSIONARY SHARING

Sunday, November 8 | 1-3pm | Zoom

Join us for a time of sharing with Christina Winrich, one of our missionaries currently on home assignment after 4 years serving in Japan with OMF International. Christina will be returning to Hokkaido in late December to join a new OMF team.

"Our team is running a coffee shop and church plant. During the week our cafe is open for coffee and conversation; on Sundays we close for business and open for a church service. Our heart is to reach the many lonely and disconnected people in our neighbourhood, people who normally would never darken the door of a church. Through the relationships formed at the coffee shop we can show the the love of Jesus and find many opportunities to share His truth. In addition, I'll be teaching English part-time at a nearby university, where I can reach out to university students as well." - Christina

Please email Filipe at to join.


FALL CHURCH MEETING

Save the date! 2020 Fall Church Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 2 over Zoom. More details coming soon.


LAY LEADERSHIP NOMINATION

Is God calling you, or someone you know, to help us shape the future of First Baptist Church? We need passionate disciples of Jesus to serve as members of the Church Leadership Team and various Ministry Area Teams.

If you are interested, or know of members suitable to nominate, relevant details are available in the Lay Leadership and Nomination document as to the roles and responsibilities of the various service communities. Please fill out a nomination form by December 31, 2020.

If you have difficulties filling out the online form, please contact the church office at .

 

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