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First News | October 28, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION


YOUNG ADULT CONNECTION MINISTRY

It has been… let’s say… an interesting year: so many uncertainties, fears, stress. But also so much love, caring, connection.

I began to be involved with the Young Adult Ministry in January. As someone who became a Christian in their early young adult years, I know that having a group of friends to share challenges with and to pray with makes a real difference in your journey with Christ. 

Our group has passed through the pandemic's most challenging time (at least I hope we have passed the most challenging time of this pandemic already!). We enjoyed each other’s company over the summer (social distancing events, of course) and we are still meeting every week, via Zoom, with the same love and care and we always continue to challenge each other. Yes, I feel challenged by each meeting we have. When I think I have a concrete answer for some topic we’re discussing, one of the group members will ask an interesting question and I’ll think: “ I had not thought that way before!”

The purpose of the Young Adult Connection Ministry (YAC-M) is to encourage young adults from FBC to seek and worship God, to share God’s love and mercy and to challenge each other. Together we talk about how life has been treating each one and about the challenges they are facing such as: university life, jobs, the pressure to achieve, living out their faith, relationship, sex, drugs, spiritual growth, attacks of the enemy in different areas, the power of prayer and the importance of fellowship. 

We learn how to fellowship, how to connect, how to pray and how to endure Zoom fatigue together! We meet every week in small groups. Once a month, we plan to have a worship time, with a time of prayer or a guest speaker sharing their experiences of how they incorporate their spiritual life into their professional life. (Btw, if you are willing to share your testimony and challenges, we would love to hear from you. We are looking for speakers for our meeting in January and on).

I have learned to love this group. I pray for each one of them, and I ask that the FBC family would pray for us: both for the leaders and for the young adults. Please pray for the Holy Spirit's guidance and wisdom to listen to God’s call on each of our lives.

And if you are a young adult (between 18-30 years old) who would like to join us, or if you would like to serve as a Young Adult leader, please consider being part of the YAC family. Contact to connect!

Love,
Suzana Espindola


COMMUNITY STORIES

The Goodwins

As the leaves turn, John and Rose-Marie will bear witness to more reading, prayer, reflection, all things online: lectures, meetings, friend chats, designs, and walking in the forest. No distant travels lately, but abundant joy with family at Rosewoods, including returnees to Canada, becoming Lawn Bowlers and avid E-bikers! Life has been well-balanced through our Holy God who provides work as never known before.


Bia Hanna

During the summer I did the Grouse Grind Trail every week and Gloria was my adventure companion. During the lockdown, my roommate Suzana encouraged me to sell some pies and she bought a mixer for me. I am grateful to the Lord our God for knowing FBC and to be blessed in many ways. I am thankful to be healthy and to have the opportunity to live in Canada!!!


Barbara & Bryan Reid

Yes, we have celebrated our 60th Wedding Anniversary and in many ways it seems like yesterday and other ways a long time ago. We met at Gladstone High School in 1956 and graduated together in 1958... We were married on a very warm October 1st 1960 at Collingwood Baptist Church Van. We built our first home on Elliott St in 1962 and In 1964 we welcomed our son Doug, then our daughter Michele in 1965, both born at Grace Hospital. In 1968 Bryan was transferred to Castlegar in the Kootenay’s and off we went with our family to start a 20 year stay there, but in 1988 moved back to Vancouver. Since those days our family has grown to include six grandchildren and a great grandchild due in March 2021. Our son Doug lives with his wife Gillian in St. John’s NF and our daughter with her husband Jeff. here in Vancouver.  

We do not take it for granted that we have been blessed with 60 years of marriage, we are very thankful for that and filled with gratitude to God.


Corina Kuban

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” As a music teacher at a local elementary school, it probably comes as no surprise that this quotation by Henry Van Dyke resonates strongly with me and has become the theme for this very unusual school year for me and the nearly 400 students that I have the privilege to teach. 

I know that I am not alone in using these past COVID months to dust off some old talents and develop new ones. As I shared with my students, over the summer I became very talented at enjoying playing tennis with my family. The fact that I am not the best at tennis (clearly!) didn’t stop me from spending many fun family times running around the tennis courts in our neighbourhood over the summer. 

There is freedom in acknowledging that it is okay to simply do my best at things, rather than be the best (my un-mopped floors bear testament to this!) Right now my best includes creating a sense of stability in these uncertain times for my family and my students. It includes going for regular and long walks with Chris, watching Jonas use his talents on the soccer field, supporting Mathea as she has switched to a challenging French Immersion program, and watching Anika’s dreams and aspirations unfold as an academic and artistic grade 11 student.

This chapter in my life is anything but silent (did I mention I teach music?!) but I am so very grateful for this fall’s return to routine, for health for me and my loved ones, and for the knowledge that I serve a Heavenly Father who tenderly cares for the flock in his care.

Community story sharing: If you have a story to share (a memorable event, a newfound hobby, a family recipe etc), please send Angeline an email!


DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS THIS SUNDAY

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1. Remember to set clocks back one hour before you go to sleep on Saturday!


LAY LEADERSHIP NOMINATION

Is God calling you, or someone you know, to help us shape the future of First Baptist Church? We need passionate disciples of Jesus to serve as members of the Church Leadership Team and various Ministry Area Teams.

If you are interested, or know of members suitable to nominate, relevant details are available in the Lay Leadership and Nomination document as to the roles and responsibilities of the various service communities. Please fill out a nomination form by December 31, 2020.

If you have difficulties filling out the online form, please contact the church office at .

First News | October 21, 200

WEEKLY REFLECTION


A CALL FOR SERVANT LEADERS

The Call

First Baptist Church believes deeply in the priesthood of all believers participating in God’s kingdom work – in our city and beyond. The lay leadership partners with our pastors to oversee and guide our life and ministry with Jesus. For this reason, a Nominating Committee is intentionally established in its governance.

Its members serve to listen prayerfully together and have conversations with its members, to discern those whom our Lord might be calling to serve as His servant leaders for a particular season to accomplish His purposes through FBC. Each year, in the Fall season, this committee extends a call for nominations from the congregation.

It is an adventure of creative and collaborative energy to partner and support our pastoral team. Together, we shape the ministry and presence of the Body through our many and varied ministries for our communal life and our neighbourhoods; to follow our Shepherd’s lead in being salt and light.

The Model

Who would be a suitable candidate to nominate? Jesus modelled and embodied his Father’s Kingdom values and meaning of kingdom “leadership.” 

Paradoxically, it is an up-side-down picture of a leader. Jesus came first–downwards–to lead by example in loving, nurturing, forgiving, blessing, even breaking religious traditions to heal on a Sabbath, touch the untouchables, being hospitable and extending friendship to all who come to Him. Down on His knees, He led the way - to wash disciples’ feet, pray, and finished leading in the ultimate sacrifice - laying down His life for His friends and enemies. Between the towel and the cross, He issues His invitation: follow me. Imitate me, my image-bearers.  

The Reason

Enter deeper into the life of discipleship – to grow and be stretched. Besides the opportunity to discover and exercise gifts the Holy Spirit gives, it is also to be open to the Spirit’s work of moulding and transformation, becoming more like Christ. Consider stepping into a different kind of soil this season—to be tilled, churned, fertilized, pruned in your growth as his disciples. In the process, witness the mystery of the kingdom of God come deeper into our own hearts, our lives with one another, and into our neighbourhoods. 

The service is humble, but one will be blessed, be better at “one-another-ing”, and bearing the fruits of the Spirit. Consider it going further in believing, belonging and becoming.

If you are interested, or know of members suitable to nominate, relevant details are available in the Lay Leadership and Nomination document as to the roles and responsibilities of the various service communities. Please fill out a nomination form by December 31, 2020.

If you have difficulties filling out the online form, please contact the church office at  .

Susan Ting
On behalf of the Nominating Committee


ZOOM PRAYER MEETING

Sunday, October 25 | 2:00-3:30 pm

REGISTER HERE and a Zoom meeting link will be sent to you via email one day before the prayer meeting.

Please contact John Tsang if you have any questions.


BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP 

Membership

Have you considered becoming a member at FBC? We believe church to be a covenant community—a group of disciples who are committed to corporately live under God’s rulership and to obey God’s will. If you think of First Baptist as your church home, membership is a way to express this commitment and to more fully participate in the life of the church. 

Will be running online membership classes this month. Classes will run Sunday, October 25th and Sunday, November 1st at 1pm on Zoom

If you would like more information, or to sign up for these classes, contact Rebecca.

Baptism

Baptism is a public declaration of our decision to become disciples of Jesus. It reflects our union with Christ in his death and resurrection and marks our commitment to follow him in all areas of our lives.

We are still baptizing in this season, although with modifications due to Covid. If you are considering baptism, email Rebecca for more information. 


INTRODUCING DAVID NACHO

We are pleased to announce that David Nacho will be joining us as the Director of Street Ministries on January 15, 2021.  Read more.

Introducing David Nacho

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We are pleased to announce that David Nacho will be joining us as the Director of Street Ministries on January 15, 2021. 

David will provide leadership for Shelter and related ministries, and together with our volunteers, work to further integrate these ministries into the life of the church by fostering a culture that encourages congregants to extend friendship and service to those who are most vulnerable. Alongside the pastoral team, David will expand the work of Shelter by developing new initiatives and strengthening partnerships with downtown evangelical churches, local faith-based organizations, and community partners. He will also work to facilitate continued ministry among the homeless and urban poor during our displacement.

Some of you might have known David and Suzannah well as both of them have been our CBM Partners in Mission for many years. David was born and raised in Bolivia in a Christian family and was baptized in 1994. In 1997, he immigrated to Canada, where he became a member of Grandview Calvary Baptist Church. 

After finishing his degree in Communications at Simon Fraser University, David began his studies at Regent College, where he and Suzannah met. David received a Master of Divinity (2004) and a Master of Theology at Regent College (2009). He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. program at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.

David and Suzannah got married in 2006. Since then, they have served with Canadian Baptist Ministries in Latin America in various positions, including youth ministry, community development, church mobilizing and, most recently, theological education at graduate and grassroots levels. David and Suzannah have three children: Sofia, Andrés, and Anna Laura. 

Let us keep David and his family in our prayers as they prepare to move from Costa Rica to Vancouver and begin this exciting new chapter at FBC. Let us welcome them as Christ welcomed us. 

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