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First News | July 7, 2021

SUNDAY SERVICE PATTERN UPDATE

Dear friends, this coming Sunday we are marking a shift in our service pattern towards an afternoon time that will more closely reflect our situation moving forward from September 2021 when we will move into our temporary home, St Andrew’s Wesley United. At 3:30pm this Sunday, July 11, our final pre-recorded service will be shown in-person at our summer location at Coastal Church Commercial Campus and, in a first for First, streamed online. It is our hope as a pastoral team that you will either join us in-person or get together as a small group and watch this service online with family and friends at this new time.

Read more on our Reopening Plan Blog.


AREA PASTORATE GATHERING

Summer outdoor area gatherings are back! This is a great way to connect with church families in your area and enjoy the summer time together. Contact your area pastors if you would like to attend.

North Shore

Jul 21 (Wed) 6 pm - John Lawson Park
Aug 21 (Sat) 4 pm - Hugo Ray Park
Sep 18 (Sat) 4 pm - John Lawson Park

Contact: Anthony Brown


West End / Downtown

Jul 17 (Sat) 11am-1:30 pm
Aug 21 (Sat) 11am-1:30 pm

Location: Open space adjacent to Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club, Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant, and the tennis courts.

Contact: Joseph Leong


Kitsilano / West Point Grey / UBC

Jul 24 (Sat) 11am-1:30 pm
Aug 14 (Sat) 11am-1:30 pm

Location: Trimble Park 

Contact: Filipe Balieiro


Cambie + 

Jul 17 (Sat) 11am-1pm
Location: Queen Elizabeth Park (Up top, the grass near the tennis courts)

Aug 21 (Sat) 11am-1pm
Location: Douglas Park (By the exercise area at 20th and Heather)

Contact: Stuart Campbell 


Vancouver East / Richmond / New Westminster / Surrey

Jul 10 (Sat) 11am-1pm - Vancouver East
Aug 7 (Sat) - 11am-1pm - Vancouver East
Location: Memorial South Park

 

Jul 17 (Sat) 11am-1pm - Richmond, New West, Surrey
Aug 14 (Sat) - 11am-1pm - Richmond, New West, Surrey
Location: Debeck Elementary

Contact: John Tsang


Burnaby / Coquitlam / Port Moody

Jul 17 (Sat) 11am-1pm
Aug 21 (Sat) 11am-1pm
Location: Robert Burnaby Park

Contact: Daniel Fabiano

First News | June 30, 2021

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NEW SERMON SERIES

Picture the scene if you can. In the hilly region around Galilee, the Mediterranean weather warm and dry, Jesus makes his way down a mountainside with his disciples. He has just spent the night up on the mountain in prayer before selecting twelve of them to be apostles. These would be with him more closely during his ministry. Maybe there was a sense of expectation in the air as people waited to see what Jesus would do next, and what he would say.

We read that he came down to a level place, a plain, and was met by a large crowd of people from all over: Judea, Jerusalem and even Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear what he would say but also to be healed of their diseases. People crowded around him trying to touch him because we read “power was coming from him and healing them all.”

And in the midst of the bustle of this scene, Jesus turns to his disciples, raises his voice to be heard above the crowd, and begins to teach them.

What follows might be described as a manifesto for his kingdom. He tells them what it looks like to live as citizens of God’s kingdom in the midst of a fallen world. How they are to relate to God, to each other, and how they are to see themselves. He tells them what the most important thing is in life and how they can make sure not to lose sight of this.

Today, over 2000 years later, Jesus still speaks to us in this sermon. The priorities of his kingdom are still the same. As we step out of a season of isolation, a forced mountainside retreat in a way, we may also find ourselves moving back into the busyness of larger crowds. We will join our own gatherings outside on the grass in level places. But as we step back into the hurriedness of our lives, what do we need to remember about God’s kingdom? What priorities is Jesus calling us to have in this season?

This July we will begin a four week sermon series called Kingdom Living: The Sermon on the Plain looking at Luke 6:17-49. I invite you to come to this text with a sense of expectation. God has something for us in this passage today.

In Christ,
Rebecca Thornber
Minister of Discipleship & Community

First News | June 16, 2021

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NEWGEN UPDATE

For the last several months, the NewGen Ministries have been engaging and connecting with our children via different online platforms. God has been faithful to us, and we continue to see his hands working miraculously among our children and families in different and unique ways.

 Since the pandemic, we have started our Hi-Five Weekend program––weekly online resources for our early childhood and school-aged children. It has been awesome that we have five new fantastic members bringing new energy into the Hi-Five Crew! Dorothy Yoon, Super Dog, David Brown, Helen Brown, and Steve Milos! They have created incredible and creative video materials for our children. They bring a joyful and engaging presence to us while teaching the Word of God with their gifts and talents. A great shoutout to Soniya Mathew and Shufen Ong for preparing the weekly materials for the children and families. Not forgetting my amazing partners, Pastor Danny and Ellie! I am so thankful for all of them! 

We have also started a biweekly Zoom Hangout with the grade 3 and 4 children since January. Although nothing can compare to seeing them in person and giving them a hug, it has been life-giving and fun meeting them every second and fourth Friday of the month. We play games, watch short videos, share stories, and scratch our heads to think of the answers to riddles and “Would You Rather” questions. I am thankful for all the parents who made the Zoom Hangouts happen, and I give thanks to God for our precious children at FBC.

As we move into the summer, please continue to pray for us as we will be hosting two Kickers Soccer Camps in July and August. We pray that God continues to touch our children's lives so that they will be the witness of God in this generation.

 In Christ,
Joseph Leong
Interim Director of Children and Family Ministries


THANK YOU NOTES

Dear friends,

We thank you for keeping Anthony, Helen and Joshua in your prayers. Anthony will be returning to work starting next week. Please be sure to check below for the video update from Anthony.

Additionally, I want to relay two "thank you" notes.

First, Ayele Mekonen (our former custodian) and his son are doing well. They would like to thank you for your prayers and various expressions of practical support during a difficult season of mourning.

Second, by God's grace, we collected $14,415 for our 2021 Easter Special Offering. As a way to respond to God’s generosity, we discerned and decided to allocate a portion of our 2020 surplus to match what was collected. And so, a total of $28,830 has been sent to support the community and work of Strathcona Vineyard. Here is a message from Pastor Dawn Humphreys:

"We are absolutely blown away by this generosity. It has deeply encouraged our team. Thank you. Please let everyone know our heartfelt thanks for this gift and the other one we received at the end of last year. We do plan on sharing some of it with some of the organisations we know, who are working with Indigenous women."

May the generosity of our Living God, expressed most fully through the cross of Jesus, compel us to be more kind, more generous, and more loving.

In Christ,
Justin Kim
Executive Minister


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

You are warmly invited to attend our 2021 Annual General Meeting on June 23 at 7pm on Zoom. 
 
Since this is an AGM, we require a higher quorum than a normal general meeting, so we ask members to attend if they can. Everyone is welcome to attend, but only members may vote at the meeting.
 
Please follow this link to register and you will receive a Zoom link in the confirmation email.
 
Items on the agenda include:
 
  • Shelter Ministry Update by David Nacho
  • Treasurer's Report & Approval of Financial Statements
  • Nominating Committee Report
  • A word from our new Minister of Worship, Ben Ewert
  • Church update by Justin Kim
Please review the 2020 Annual Report, comprised of the 2020 In Review and the Financial Statements here. 2021 Winter Business Meeting minutes, 2018 & 2019 Revised Financial Statements are also available on myFBC in the Entire Church Group under 'Files'.

 

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