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First News | April 28, 2021

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CONNECTION GROUP STORIES

We are one of three connection groups meeting on the North Shore at the present time. The North Shore Bible Study has been around for a long time formed originally in the mid 1970’s, still have members attending from the original group. We are a group of 13 at the moment, meeting usually every two weeks for fellowship, prayer and bible study. Prayer is a big part of our agenda, maintaining a prayer & praise list of special needs of the group, beyond that to concerns for family & friends, the wider needs of the church family, ministers and ministries as well as several organizations and missionaries beyond our church. 

We are very thankful for Zoom, it has worked very well for us once everyone got comfortable with the technical issues. During this past season we invited several guests to visit with us to share their ministry and to get to know them better. Guests included were Abe Han, Anthony Brown, Rebecca Thornber, David Nacho and upcoming, Ricky Lee from Promise Vancouver. 

Through the summer months last year, because of Covid-19, we met in a park on numerous occasions, it was great to get together and look forward to perhaps doing the same thing this summer, if permitted.

Blessings
Barbara & Bryan Reid


Our women’s group started around four years ago from a desperate need to learn from God’s Word and the healing that it brings. The ladies in our group are spread out throughout Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, and Surrey. We don’t all go to FBC, and we even had a lady from Saskatchewan who joined us recently. We meet on a bi-weekly basis. It has been wonderful to grow in the knowledge of our Living God through His Word and to pray together. We love that we can be honest and open with one another. It has led to some powerful times of prayer. Before the pandemic, we enjoyed few social gatherings, and we hope to do that again one day!

In March 2020, before everything had shut down, we had started the Sanctuary Course. It was the perfect study for the beginning of the pandemic. We ended up meeting every week to either go over the materials or pray together during that anxious time. It was such a lifesaver to be able to vulnerably share and pray together as we entered a strange world. We were doubly reminded to place our trust and hope in our Living God, our strength and refuge. We love our group. We hope you have or will find a group of friends you can walk and grow with!  

Anna Kim

We would love to help you find or start a Connection Group! Your first step will be to contact Rebecca. We will do our best to assist you.


FBC FAREWELL TOUR

Virtual Live Tour | Friday, April 30, 6:30pm

It is time to lower the curtain on our time at First Baptist Church for the foreseeable future. But before we go, let's all take one final tour of the building before the renovations! Kurtis Findlay will be your guide as we go through the entire church from the very bottom to the very top! You will revisit places you haven't seen in over a year, and even discover places you've never been before -- all from the comfort of your living room!

This virtual tour will be streaming live on YouTube Facebook

*This event will be recorded in case you can't make it for the live viewing.


CONNECTING WITH GOD RETREAT

Sat, May 8, 9:30am-12:30pm, Zoom | Facilitator: Carrie Shuliger

In this half day retreat, we will be assessing our spiritual temperaments and evaluating our spiritual practices in order to discover ways we can deepen our relationship with God and support one another in our lives of faith. Our Spiritual temperament is the way we best relate to God, our most natural and meaningful approach to connecting with God, knowing God and loving God. Discerning our Spiritual temperaments helps to increase our self-knowledge—to understand who we are—they don’t completely label or define us, but they may help us articulate a part of our beautiful complexity and choose practices that fit.

Register here before May 5.

 

First News | April 21, 2021

STREET MINISTRIES UPDATE

As you know, during the pandemic, we have not been able to serve our guests inside our building. However, we have been blessed with great weather every single Tuesday of the year; so, no one has had to get wet.

Please pray for the volunteers and guests as we prepare to host our last meal out of our building on Tuesday the 27th. The opportunities for ministry for the rest of the year seem exciting, and we encourage you to contact David Nacho if you are interested in serving the poor in our city.

David Nacho
Director of Street Ministries


CONNECTING WITH GOD RETREAT

Saturday, May 8, 9:30am-12:30pm via Zoom 

In this half day retreat, we will be assessing our spiritual temperaments and evaluating our spiritual practices in order to discover ways we can deepen our relationship with God and support one another in our lives of faith. Our Spiritual temperament is the way we best relate to God, our most natural and meaningful approach to connecting with God, knowing God and loving God. Discerning our Spiritual temperaments helps to increase our self-knowledge—to understand who we are—they don’t completely label or define us, but they may help us articulate a part of our beautiful complexity and choose practices that fit.

Retreat Facilitator: Carrie Schuliger is a spiritual director who loves living in Lynn Valley with her husband and son. Her family moved from Boston to Lynn Valley in 2017 when her husband, Jeff, accepted a pastoral call at Hillside Church. She holds a master's degree from Carey Theological College and delights in being a witness to God's transforming love. She loves to take long walks in the forest with friends, is getting better at doing crosswords during this pandemic and is hoping that you are more aware of Jesus' love for you today.

Sign up for this retreat HERE by May 5th.


FBC VIRTUAL FAREWELL TOUR

Friday, April 30, 6:30pm

It is time to lower the curtain on our time at First Baptist Church for the foreseeable future. But before we go, let's all take one final tour of the building before the renovations! Kurtis Findlay will be your guide as we go through the entire church from the very bottom to the very top! You will revisit places you haven't seen in over a year, and even discover places you've never been before -- all from the comfort of your living room! This event will be recorded in case you can't make it for the live viewing.

Link to this live tour will be sent via First News on Wed, April 28.

 

First News | April 14, 2021

NEW GEN MINISTRIES UPDATE

Late last summer I read a book titled, “The End of Youth Ministry?” It was a strange title and book, considering that I was just starting in my new role as Director of Preteens and Youth ministries. In his book, Dr. Andrew Root points to the purpose of ministry as joy centered around the importance of sharing stories and hearing the story of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection.

No doubt we could all talk, debate, and reflect for a while about the purpose of ministry, but Root’s point is one that I have returned to often in this difficult season. Youth ministry, and I would add NewGen ministry, is for joy. 

Now I would be lying (and you all would know it) if I said that joy was our common experience this year; but that also wouldn’t be the whole story. In the midst of tremendous grief and loss, there have been glimmers of joy in NewGen. 

Seeing Youth and Preteens make Christmas cards for the seniors in our church gave me joy. Filming Hi-Five videos and seeing new leaders join our recording team gives me joy. Connecting over Zoom to hear highs and lows regularly, sharing prayer requests, watching some youth bake cookies together over Zoom, playing tennis with some of our youth, and random phone calls with leaders all have given me much joy even in the midst of this difficult year. 

And so, friends, as we enter this Spring season and look towards the Summer, I invite you to pray. Pray for joy as we celebrate milestones, serve together, pursue growing in relationship, and (hopefully) receive some more sunny weather! 

Blessings,
Daniel Foster Fabiano
Director of Preteens & Youth Ministries


CONNECTING WITH GOD RETREAT

Saturday, May 8, 9:30am-12:30pm via Zoom 

In this half day retreat, we will be assessing our spiritual temperaments and evaluating our spiritual practices in order to discover ways we can deepen our relationship with God and support one another in our lives of faith. Our Spiritual temperament is the way we best relate to God, our most natural and meaningful approach to connecting with God, knowing God and loving God. Discerning our Spiritual temperaments helps to increase our self-knowledge—to understand who we are—they don’t completely label or define us, but they may help us articulate a part of our beautiful complexity and choose practices that fit.

Retreat Facilitator: Carrie Schuliger is a spiritual director who loves living in Lynn Valley with her husband and son. Her family moved from Boston to Lynn Valley in 2017 when her husband, Jeff, accepted a pastoral call at Hillside Church. She holds a master's degree from Carey Theological College and delights in being a witness to God's transforming love. She loves to take long walks in the forest with friends, is getting better at doing crosswords during this pandemic and is hoping that you are more aware of Jesus' love for you today.

Sign up for this retreat HERE by May 5th.


FBC FAREWELL TOUR

Friday, April 30, 6:30pm

It is time to lower the curtain on our time at First Baptist Church for the foreseeable future. But before we go, let's all take one final tour of the building before the renovations! Kurtis Findlay will be your guide as we go through the entire church from the very bottom to the very top! You will revisit places you haven't seen in over a year, and even discover places you've never been before -- all from the comfort of your living room! This event will be recorded in case you can't make it for the live viewing.

Link to this live tour will be sent via First News on Wed, April 28.


COMMUNITY STORIES

As we are going into displacement from our church building, we are asking our FBC family to share some of their special memories at church - a favourite corner in the Sanctuary, a special prayer time in the Chapel and more! If you have some special stories to share, send them to .


I married my sweetheart at FBC in the Chapel on April 7,1993. It was an intimate group of my good friend, Susan Schellenberg, Al’s best friend Linda Zlotnik, our dear pastor Dr. Bruce Milne and his sweet wife Valerie. It was the Wednesday before the Good Friday service which as you can imagine was a busy time for our pastor but true to Bruce’s generous character he made time for us. After the wedding ceremony we had lunch at the Teahouse in Stanley Park.

There is also a really nice story regarding the generosity of David Connop, which you can ask me about whenever you see me next.

Shirley Lake

 

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