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SERVE | BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER

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What is SERVE?

It’s an annual event where teenagers from Canadian Baptist churches across Western Canada come together to serve in a chosen community. Young people aged 12 and up converge on one urban center with the sole purpose of serving the local community in the name of Jesus. Read more here.

How can we, as a church, participate?

This year, we are excited to have 20 youth and 2 leaders joining the SERVE team to participate in service projects in Whitehorse, Yukon! You can help fund our mission trip by supporting our Bake Sale Fundraiser happening next Sunday, March 15. Be sure to bring some cash and stop by Pinder Hall after the service next Sunday for some delicious baked goods!

Thank you for supporting the NewGen Ministries and investing in the lives of our youth!

In Christ,
Filipe Balieiro
Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Posted by Filipe Balieiro

Responding to the COVID-19 outbreak

There are growing concerns around an outbreak of respiratory infections caused by a new coronavirus known as COVID-19. It is understandable that you may feel anxious about the situation.  

For the time being, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. Moreover, while B.C. has confirmed cases of COVID-19, the latest assessment from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control is that the risk of transmission continues to remain low for residents of British Columbia. 

 As a community following Jesus Christ, we must not be driven by fear. In all circumstances, what drives us is the call to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind; and to love our neighbours. Let us pray for those who are infected, suffering, and grieving. Let us pray for the medical professionals who are on the front lines. Let us pray for the institutional leaders and specialists who are seeking to find ways to monitor, contain, and address the outbreak. 

In order to protect those who are vulnerable, particularly our children, seniors, and those with pre-existing medical conditions, we encourage you to regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and hot water or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub. If you are feeling sick or exhibiting reported signs and symptoms, we encourage you to remain at home and contact your health care provider. 

 In consultation with a number of medical professionals, we assessed the risks and developed a number of risk reduction strategies. When it comes to our communal practices, starting from this Sunday, we will proceed with the following adjustments:  

  • Passing of Peace: While handshakes have been our norm, for the time being, we ask you to refrain from it. We encourage you to pass the peace verbally. Bowing or nodding is also another way to express our commitment to each other. 
  • Lord’s Supper: We will administer the Lord’s Supper in a way that combines the best practices from the two forms (intinction and trays). We encourage you to line up as you would for intinction. The server with the bread will tear it and place it in your hands. The server with the wine will hand out individual cups. There will be two rovers to serve bread and wine for those with limited mobility. We have asked our servers and rovers to abide by a set of health guidelines.  

For families with children, we will continue to observe the Wellness Policy in order to ensure the health and safety of all.  

It is unfortunate that the spread of misinformation has fueled fears, rumours, stigmas, and prejudices. As a community following Jesus Christ, may this be our prayer and practice: 

"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;  

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.  

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."

May the Peace of Christ rule in your hearts.  

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2020 Vision | Praying for God's Heart for the City

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2020 Vision | Praying for God's Heart for the City

Back in Bruce Milne’s time, First Baptist Church went through a visioning process which followed on from the church’s last capital campaign and the subsequent construction work that was undertaken. That process was entitled “2020 Vision.” We believe that this is a good title for a prayer campaign for this year involving a series of prayer events. It seems particularly appropriate to revisit this name, since much of what the Pastoral Team has been discerning about the future mission and ministry of the church is very much in line with what was discerned back during that earlier process. So we are calling this year’s prayer campaign “2020 Vision: Praying for God’s Heart for the City.” 

The plan is to hold one meeting each calendar month. Three of these will be incorporated into the regular congregational business meetings as focused times set aside for prayer for the project. In addition to guided times of prayer, the other nine gatherings will include updates on aspects of the HFTC project, and facilitated discussion on the future mission and ministry of the church (giving opportunities for people to talk about the direction of the church as well as praying about it together.) 

These monthly prayer gatherings will be scheduled on different days of the week and at different times of the day, to allow everyone to attend at least three during the year. They will be led by members of the Pastoral Team, under the direction of the Senior Minister, with input in some of them from Broek Bosma and other members of the HFTC oversight teams. 

In addition, to remind us all to keep praying between these meetings, we will distribute digital documents and laminated bookmarks that will include a list of key things for people to be praying about during the year. 

“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” - Samuel Chadwick

Anthony Brown
Senior Minister

Posted by Anthony Brown

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