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First News | January 20, 2021

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CARE & PRAYER

In the fall of 2020, the Caring Ministry conducted three in-person classes - End of Life Care (2x) and Sanctuary Mental Health. Those were very meaningful times of learning and interaction with one another. 

For Jan to Apr of 2021, we have put together a combination of zoom seminars and in-person classes. In addition to our regular offerings (Care Friends, End of Life Care, Sanctuary Mental Health), we have developed a few new ones which will be offered through zoom: Journey through Infertility and MiscarriageSingle Again (When My Spouse Passes Away), and Primer on Memory Loss and Dementia. For dates, times, descriptions, and how to register, please click here. Come and join us if you are able to.  

In the area of prayer, we continue to put together a weekly guide to pray for the world, our country, our city, for our church, and for one another. On the 4th Sunday of the month, we hold church-wide prayer times on zoom and this has become a wonderful way to fellowship with others. Finally, if you would like someone to pray with, we have a number of prayer companions who are available. For any of the above, please email 

 John Tsang
Minister of Congregational Care

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Church-wide Prayer Meeting
Sunday, January 24 | 2:00-3:30pm | Zoom
Register Here

First News | January 13, 2021

WEEKLY REFLECTION


DISCIPLESHIP & COMMUNITY

Dear FBC family, 

Happy New Year! As we continue in this strange season of restrictions I’m thankful for the technology that allows us to gather in a different way. I especially enjoyed seeing everyones faces at the online church-wide meetings and Christmas gatherings. 

Looking ahead to the coming year, we are planning to host more online Growth Classes. These classes are places to help us to grow as followers of Jesus by going deeper into Scripture, growing in the practices of the Christian life, and learning how to join God’s mission in our world today. 

Upcoming Classes

In February, I will be leading two classes on How to Prepare a Bible Study. These classes are for both for those who lead Connection Groups, as well as for those who have never led a Bible Study before. Together we will look at a passage of scripture and develop observation, interpretation and application questions related to that text.

These classes will be held on February 3rd and 10th from 7-8:30pm over Zoom

If you’d like to join, please email me at  .

Watch for more classes to be announced over the coming months! 

Warmly, 
Rebecca Thornber
Minister of Discipleship & Community


CHRISTIANS UNITY

Have a heart for Christian unity? Join Stuart and some of our brothers and sisters throughout the city in using these resources, prepared by the ecumenical Swiss sisters of Grandchamp, to pray and celebrate our Christian unity in this city.  

For more information, and to participate in next week's online service of prayer, music, and Scripture--Thursday January 21st at 4:30 pm--contact Stuart Campbell.


CALL FOR WORSHIP TEAM MUSICIANS

Calling all undercover FBC musicians! The Worship Team is seeking competent pianists, drummers, guitarists, and lead vocalists to join the team in recording the worship services in the coming months. If you would be willing to use your musical gifts at FBC in this way, please contact Kira Fondse at  , with your instrument, level of proficiency, and any questions you may have. We will discuss COVID safety protocols and scheduling, and from there, a trial rehearsal may be scheduled. We look forward to hearing from you!


UPCOMING EVENTS

Sat, Jan 23Care Ministry Seminar: Journey through Infertility and Miscarriage

Sun, Feb 3 & 10Growth Class: How to prepare a Bible Study

Sun, Feb 7 & 21Membership Class

First News | January 6, 2021

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PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR

Dear Friends,

As I spent parts of my morning reflecting on Psalm 23, you came to mind as I read this prayer by Dallas Willard in his book "Life Without Lack: Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23." Trusting that it was a prompt from the Holy Spirit, in prayer, I'm sharing it with you.

Lord Jesus Christ,
We are so thankful to you that you have said,
"Fear not, little flock,
for it is your Father's good pleasure
to give you the kingdom."

We are thankful for the ease with which
you walked upon this earth,
the generosity and kindness
you showed to people,
the devotion with which you cared for those
who were out of the way and in trouble,
the extent to which you even
loved your enemies
and laid down your life for them.

We are so thankful to believe
that this is a life for us,
a life without lack, a life of sufficiency
of your Father
and the fullness of life that was
poured through you,
and we're so thankful that you have
promised that same love,
that same life, that same joy,
that same power for us.

Lord, slip up on us today.
Get past our defenses, our worries,
our concerns.
Gently open our souls, and speak
your Word into them.
We believe you want to do it,
and we wait for you to do it now.
In your name, amen.

May the peace of Christ be with you,
Justin Kim
Executive Minister

P.S. As I'm making the final edits to this First News update, I've been fielding strands of messages from my friends in the United States. I must confess that I'm heart-broken. Will you join me in praying for the peace of Christ? Please be sure to check below for the letter from Anthony.


LETTER FROM ANTHONY

Dear FBC Friends,

I had planned to share a reflection on the pandemic this week, but, like me, you have no doubt been watching today’s extraordinary events in Washington DC. I can’t help but think, once again, that we have been studying the right book of the Bible these past months.

1 Samuel gives an account of Saul, a man chosen to rule his nation, but who fails in his responsibilities and who takes powers to himself that he is not meant to have. As a consequence, he is rejected as leader. However, he refuses to relinquish his position and chooses instead to do everything he can to retain his power.

He abandons the purpose of his office – to keep his citizens safe from the contagion of the Philistines – and instead he devotes himself and all of the resources of the state to his own interests, eventually raising an army in a vain attempt to remain in power.

As we have studied 1 Samuel together, many of us have been aware of these remarkable parallels.

Let me make two observations.

First, the Bible is an extraordinary book! There is nothing in the whole scope of human experience to which it does not speak. 1 Samuel records events from 3000 years ago and they show us that human nature has not changed, and that our God understands and is sovereign over all of these things. This is as true in our day as it was in Saul’s.

Second, since we are those who know that God is in control – we know it because we can see His sovereignty in the ways in which He acted in the past – since we can be confident that God is in control, we must pray - calling on the Lord to do as He has done time and time again in human history, whether in pandemics or political upheavals, to work things together to bring good out of evil.

Friends, let us be in prayer for our southern neighbours – that the Sovereign God would make His will to be done on earth as in heaven.

Peace be with you.
Anthony Brown
Senior Minister

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