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.
Interim Director of Children and Family Ministries
THANK YOU NOTES
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.
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'.