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FIRST NEWS | AUGUST 12, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION

Click the video below to watch this week's reflection by John Tsang.


AN UPDATE FROM THE CLT

Watch the video above by Claudia Wakeman for an update from the Church Leadership Team. Here's a summary:
 
  • Job reassignment: Filipe Balieiro to assume the role of Director of International Ministries effective September 1st.
  • Job reassignment: Daniel Foster Fabiano to assume the role of Director of Preteens & Youth Ministries effective September 1st.
  • Establishment of search committees for Minister of Worship and Director of Children & Family Ministries.
  • Annual General Meeting: Wednesday, September 30th on Zoom.
  • Celebrating Bob Swan: Sunday, August 23rd, 1-2:30pm on Zoom. More details below.

CELEBRATING BOB SWANN

Zoom Celebration

Sunday, August 23 | 1:00-2:30pm | Zoom

We will have an opportunity to get together for a Zoom celebration to honour Bob as he transitions out of pastoral ministry after 21 years of faithful service at FBC! If you missed the announcement from Bob, click here to watch the video.

Follow the link below to RSVP by Friday, August 21 and a Zoom invitation link will later be sent out via email. 

RSVP HERE

Love Offering

We would also like to show our love and appreciation by collecting a love offering for Bob. If you would like to bless Bob through a financial gift, please write a cheque addressed to "First Baptist Church" and indicate "Love Offering for Bob Swann" on the memo line.

You may mail the cheque to First Baptist Church, 969 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y1 or drop it in the church mailbox beside the office door on Burrard Street. Please make your gift by August 31, 2020.

*Please note that this gift will not be tax-deductible.


KICKERS SOCCER CAMP

We are ready and excited to reopening the Kickers Soccer Camp 2020 next week (August 17-21)! We are thankful for the opportunity to serve children and their families again this year. Learning soccer skills while having fun together and learning sportsmanship and team values are some elements that make up our week-long program. Together with our team of coaches, we want to represent Jesus to these youngsters.  

We would appreciate your prayers for the children and their families. For our coaches who grew up participating for many years and they are now serving as coaches. Please pray for the Lord to help us to follow the new protocols and for the Lord to protect us in the field. We trust that this year more than ever the light of Christ will shine in everything we do.

Thank you,
Jose Figueroa
Director of Kickers Soccer Camp


OUTDOOR GATHERINGS

West End/Downtown

Coffee/Tea and Prayer Gathering | Thursday, August 13
Location: Stanley Park
Join in any time between 9am-10:30am.

Picnic Gathering | Saturday, August 22
Location: Stanley Park
Join in any time between 11am-1:30pm.
RSVP: Justin Kim


Burnaby/Coquitlam

Picnic Gatherings
Saturday, August 15 | 11am-1pm
Location: Robert Burnaby Park
RSVP: Daniel Foster Fabiano


Richmond

Picnic Gathering
Saturday, August 15 | 11am-1pm
Location: Debeck Elementary/Neighbourhood Park
RSVP: John Tsang

 

FIRST NEWS | AUGUST 5, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION

Click the video below to watch this week's reflection by Kira Fondse.


CAMP AT FIRST

Camp at First is happening next week August 10-14, 2020! This year's theme is Rainforest Explorers: Jesus Leads the Way! As we dive into the mysteries of the rainforest with all its complexities and bugs, lots of bugs, we will learn together about Jesus leading us in all seasons and in all places. What a time to learn and be reminded of the truth that Jesus is with us and guiding us in all things especially in a pandemic!

Due to Covid-19 we have limited the numbers of campers and are putting in extra measures to keep everyone as safe as possible given the circumstances. As we look ahead to next week, I invite you to take the time to be praying for each of our campers and for our leaders' team. Here are some things to be praying for:

  • Pray for safety as our campers and leaders interact with each other
  • Pray for peace in this anxious season especially as we learn a new normal together
  • Pray for relationships between our campers and leaders
  • Pray for our campers’ and leaders’ relationships with Jesus.

Daniel Foster Fabiano
Director of Children & Preteens Ministries


CELEBRATING BOB

Zoom Celebration

Sunday, August 23 | 1:00-2:30pm | Zoom

We will have an opportunity to get together for a Zoom celebration to honour Bob as he transitions out of pastoral ministry after 21 years of faithful service at FBC! Please mark your calendar and we will follow up with a link to RSVP. A Zoom invitation link will later be sent out via email.

If you missed the announcement from Bob, click here to watch the video.

Love Offering

We would also like to show our love and appreciation by collecting a love offering for Bob. If you would like to bless Bob through a financial gift, please write a cheque addressed to "First Baptist Church" and indicate "Love Offering for Bob Swann" on the memo line.

You may mail the cheque to First Baptist Church, 969 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y1 or drop it in the church mailbox beside the office door on Burrard Street. Please make your gift by August 31, 2020.

*Please note that this gift will not be tax-deductible.


THE ART OF NEIGHBOURING

"What if Jesus meant that we should love our actual neighbour?" Our latest Connection Group study materials will invite us to get back the basics and actually take the second half of the great commandment literally. This missional study is based on the curriculum from the "Art of Neighbouring" group. You are welcome to use it for personal study or better still, for small group conversations around becoming a better neighbour!

To join a Connection Group, contact Stuart Campbell.

Click the button below to download the study.

THE ART OF NEIGHBOURING


OUTDOOR GATHERINGS

West End/Downtown

Picnic Gatherings | Saturday, August 22
Location: Stanley Park
Join in any time between 11am-1:30pm.

Coffee/Tea and Prayer Gatherings | Thursday, August 13
Location: Stanley Park Seawall Path
Join in any time between 9am-10:30am.

RSVP: Justin Kim


Burnaby/Coquitlam

Picnic Gatherings
Saturday, August 15 | 11am-1pm
Location: Robert Burnaby Park
RSVP: Daniel Foster Fabiano 


Richmond

Picnic Gathering
Saturday, August 15 | 11am-1pm
Location: Debeck Elementary/Neighbourhood Park
RSVP: John Tsang

FIRST NEWS | JULY 29, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION

Click the video below to watch this week's reflection by Daniel.


COMMUNITY STORIES

Community stories are back! May these snippets of joy from our community make your day a little brighter and bring you much encouragement!

The Arndts

We have always encouraged our family to be creative in our downtime, so now that we are no longer rushing around going here and there, we have had more time to focus on our projects. Wil has so much more time to spend with the kids and feels more productive to be able to work from home. He has also been able to write more, which is one of his many passions. Lily has been missing friends, but has embraced zoom. When not chatting with her friends, she spends her time writing, drawing, playing piano and working on her projects as well as filming and editing for FBC. Grayson was able to thrive while learning from home, when school was in session, without all of the distractions. As well as working on his stop motion projects, he has really enjoyed working in the garden with his mom and taking evening bike rides with his dad. Annette is extremely grateful that she no longer needs to be the family taxi and, in addition to working as an art director from home, she has been able to focus more of her time on her artwork and practicing her mandolin. Then on the weekends we make pizza and have a family movie night. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this extra time and tackle that project you've always wanted to, now's the time.


Alice Owen

Does anyone else feel that the birds sing more loudly, the flowers are more abundant and everything is growing at warp speed? A hymn that I used to sing when I was a child keeps resonating in my heart and mind: Into the Heart of the Wildwood (T. Tiplady/J.E. Jones, 1933)

Verse 2
Birds in the branches were singing a song of joy
Bees o’er the blossoms were humming their sweet employ
And in the heart of the wildwood there seemed to be
One who of old walked in Eden walking with me.

Inspired by the imagery in this song and many others, I dug out my camera and have spent many afternoons taking pictures in the parks and gardens around me. I particularly enjoy watching the bumblebees as they lazily go from flower to flower in the afternoon sun. Even though the choir is unable to sing together right now, I still can hear our voices in harmony singing: “When through the woods and forest glades I wander and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees…. My God, how great Thou art!”


Suzana Espíndola

I've been collecting amazing pictures during my runnings. Oh, yeah! I became a runner during this quarantine. I needed to release all my stress, and I realized that being in contact with nature--praying and running--is helping me with that. I did my first 10km a couple of weeks ago! Also, I've never been so healthy (what the best way to protect against a virus if not increasing your immune system, right!?). I tried a couple of recipes (not much my strength, though), and I am writing A LOT (UBC is keeping me very busy). Well, I guess I can tell that my plans of slowing down during the quarantine did not work...


The Reddekopps

Our little family has been spending a lot of time together doing fun summer activities! We went blueberry-picking at Pittmeadows recently. Ally and Lyn baked blueberry crumble from our harvest and it was a big hit! We visited the driving range and practiced some golf swings! We have also been taking walks on trails at Port Moody and Coquitlam. While at home, the kids had an adventure in the kitchen and we enjoy playing board games together!


Mary Landell

During this pandemic, while I’m grateful to be a retired person living independently in good health, I’ve had a few anchors to keep me feeling vital and balanced. The fellowship of the Trinity and staying in the Word, plus the online presence of FBC has made me feel closer to and more grateful for the church community! I would also want to highlight an amazing opportunity I have to help a charity raise money while also promoting safe social distancing by making available quality face masks for people to purchase. The washable masks (patterned or black) have 2 layers of high-quality anti-microbial and hypoallergenic microfiber fabric (but are not a replacement for medical-grade masks). A charcoal filter is optional. Also available are colourful buffs (tubes) that can double as scarves, bandanas or even a temporary mask. That’s me in the photo wearing a buff and matching mask! Save the Mothers is an international, charitable organization equipping African leaders to save the lives of women and babies. Pregnant women are needlessly dying by the hundreds for lack of support, transportation, and medical help. The picture above is of a hopeful future Mom in Africa.

If anyone wants to purchase a mask or donate please visit https://www.savethemothers.org/urgent or contact me at   or 604.682.7579.


UPCOMING SERMONS

There are many distinctive elements of a local church that come together to form that church’s particular identity. These elements include the people who make up the congregation, the neighbourhood in which the church is located, the mission the church is committed to, and the beliefs that are central to the church’s life.

For the next three Sundays we will be looking at three of First Baptist Church’s convictions about the nature of the local church that help to shape our identity. What does it mean for us to be Baptist? What does it mean for us to be Evangelical? What does it mean for us to be Egalitarian?

Does being a Baptist church matter? What does “Baptist” even mean? Why do we call ourselves Evangelical, particularly when that title has gained such unwelcome associations in North America in recent years? And what does it mean for us to be egalitarian, holding to the equality of men and women in access to ministry roles in the church?

David: Experiencing the Sovereignty of God

At the beginning of September, we will be commencing a study of the relationship between God and David recorded in the Old Testament books of 1 & 2 Samuel. Our studies of Samuel will start at the point of the introduction of David in 1 Samuel chapter 16.

In preparation for this you are encouraged to read 1 Samuel chapters 1 to 15 and the book 1 & 2 Samuel for Everyone by John Goldingay, at least as far as the chapter covering 1 Samuel 15. John’s book is an easy and very helpful read and can be used as daily devotional reading since its chapters are only around 3 pages in length.

Links to get the book: Amazon (Kindle/Paperback)/ Regent Bookstore/ Book Depository

Anthony Brown
Senior Minister


STAFF UPDATE

We are excited to let you know that Daniel Surya is joining our team as our Pastoral Care Intern starting this fall! Here's a self-introduction by Daniel:

My name is Daniel Surya and I am a husband to a beautiful wife, Selly Meiliana, and a father to an energetic and awesome boy, Ben. We are Indonesians and we came to Canada last year (August 2019). I am a theological student at Vancouver School of Theology. Before I came here I was a spiritual advisor and also a Bible teacher at IPEKA Integrated Christian School. I am so grateful for the opportunity given to me to be part of the FBC ministerial team as I finish my study this academic year. I am thrilled and looking forward to getting to know you and also to be known by you as part of the FBC big family in Christ. 

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