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FIRST NEWS | MAY 13, 2020

PASTORAL REFLECTION


HFTC UPDATE

Click the link below to watch the latest Heart for the City project update by Broek Bosma, Chair of the Project Oversight Committee.

Here are some photos of the ongoing construction taken by Fred Liebich and Justin Kim.


GROWTH CLASS

A reminder that if you’d like to attend the 'Art of Neighbouring' Growth Class on Saturday, May 16 at 10am, you will need to sign up online in order to receive the Zoom link. 
 
Please sign up by the end of the day on Thursday (May 14) following this link.

 

SANCTUARY MENTAL HEALTH MINISTRIES

 

Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries has recently released a 4 part video based series on Faith, Grief, and Covid19. This material is free and can be used by anyone. John will be hosting an introduction and orientation to this material over zoom. This material would be particularly helpful for those who would like to better understand grief and/or caring for someone who is processing grief. The same orientation will be offered at 2 different times: Thursday, May 21 at 10-11am or Saturday, May 23 at 10-11am.

To register, please email   and indicate which session you prefer. 


MEMBERSHIP AT FBC

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 15. 

 

 

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.

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