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First News | April 7, 2021

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DISCIPLESHIP & COMMUNITY

In reading Daniel Im’s book No Silver Bullets, I was struck by his definition of discipleship as the direction in which we are heading. He notes that sometimes we try to define discipleship by measurable external factors, such as classes we’ve taken, or number of times we have read the Bible. Instead, he writes that seeing discipleship as a movement towards Jesus, with the focus placed on the direction we are heading better captures the growth in maturity that happens over time. We mature as we lean in to knowing Jesus more, and as we move towards him throughout our lives. I find this definition encouraging. It’s okay to not have it all together. The key is to keep our focus on Jesus as we move towards him.

Eugene Peterson also touches on this idea of life-long growth in his book A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. He compares the Christian life to being a pilgrim. Being a pilgrim involves a long journey, with a lot of ups and downs. It’s not always easy. But it’s through the ups and downs of the journey that God shapes us.

Where are you on this journey? Maybe you’ve just started out and are exploring what Jesus is all about. Maybe you’ve been a Christian for a while but you’ve hit a bump in the road and have started to question things. Or maybe you’ve been following Jesus your whole life and can look back at where he has been with you in both the good and the difficult places.

 Wherever you are, I’d encourage you to share your stories with each other. As a church we are meant to be on this journey together. If you’re not connected in our community I invite you to consider joining a small group, signing up for a class, or serving in some way. We’d love to get to know you and to walk alongside you!

Warmly,
Rebecca Thornber
Minister of Discipleship and Community


LOVE OFFERING FOR STUART CAMPBELL

Stuart Campbell will be closing out his time as a Pastoral Team member at the end of this month. Stuart has faithfully served amongst us for the last 3 years and 7 months. As a way to show our love and appreciation, we will be collecting a love offering for Stuart. If you would like to bless Stuart, Maria, and Jubilee through a financial gift, please mail a cheque with the memo indicating that it is given towards the love offering. Please make your gift by April 30, 2021. 

*Please note that this gift will not be tax deductible. The “Give Online” option is not available for this love offering. 


 

COMMUNITY STORIES

As we are going into displacement from our church building, we are asking our FBC family to share some of their special memories at church - a favourite corner in the Sanctuary, a special prayer time in the Chapel and more! If you have some special stories to share, send them to .

 

Here's an adorable one from Noelle Wang!

Just like Peter Findlay’s story, the little nooks and crannies of FBC have always been the most memorable. If you have a former preteen in your life who attended our Preteen Friday Night events, you’ll know that Hide and Seek or Sardines were always the favourite, and I was always one of the better “sardines”. 

One night, I hid in the closet in the hallway that led from the Sanctuary to the kitchen / main hallway, where they store all the round tables for Pinder Hall. The Internationals were in Pinder, so I hid behind the last two round tables left in the closet. Twenty minutes later, there were 6 of us “kids” hiding behind the tables, squished together and holding our breaths (and holding back our giggles) each time someone new opened the closet doors. Eventually, we had almost everybody in the closet, and with over 10 kids hiding behind a table, I had to move to make room for others.

Walking into First Baptist always made me feel like I just came home. I can’t wait to be back in our sanctuary, and will be sure to find all the best spots to hide for the next round of Hide and Seek or Sardines!

Noelle Wang


KICKERS SOCCER CAMP 2021

Provided that the situation in BC remains stable, we hope to run 2 Kickers Soccer Camps in the Summer:

Dates: July 5-9 (Camp 1) & August 16-20 (Camp 2)
Time: 10am-2pm
Location:  Jericho Turf West (1514-1598 Discovery St
Cost: $120 per child
Participants: Only for children entering Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1-7 in Fall 2021

More details and registration: firstbc.org/kickers.

First News | March 31, 2021

COMMUNITY STORIES

As we are going into displacement from our church building, we are asking our FBC family to share some of their special memories at church - a favourite corner in the Sanctuary, a special prayer time in the Chapel and more! If you have some special stories to share, send them to .
 
This week, we have some stories from Peter Findlay!
 

FBC special places and memories ... a lifetime’s worth.

The nooks and crannies of FBC have been an important part of my entire life, but as I think of them they are all associated with special people - the “Saints who have gone before.”

  • the old nursery (near the welcome desk area) where wonderful ladies like Jean Smoker, Jean Wilnoff, and my mom were the first to selflessly share God’s love with me and others.

  • the far back corner of the Sunday School room (now Shepherd’s Gate classroom). It was an unfinished storeroom, but on March 12, 1967, Mr. Glen Pegg prayed with me as I committed my life to Jesus in that room.

  • the Upper Hall (gym) where I attended Cub Scouts, led by Al & Marg Loden and “The “Dungeon” (the basement video room) where we teenagers probably gave Marg Linsey, then Ray & Edna-Mae Slade more grief than they deserved as our Sunday School teachers and youth leaders.

There are many more, but I’m out of space. FBC is a wonderful old building but it’s the godly, giving people who have made it special for 111 years.

Peter Findlay


NEW MAILING ADDRESS & OFFERING DROP-OFF

Starting this week, we will discontinue the use of our Burrard Street mail drop box. We encourage you to mail your cheques to our new office address. Thank you!

The First Baptist Church of Vancouver
1500 West Georgia Street
Suite 1300
Vancouver, BC V6G 2Z6


KICKERS SOCCER CAMP 2021

Provided that the situation in BC remains stable, we hope to run 2 Kickers Soccer Camps in the Summer:

Dates: July 5-9 (Camp 1) & August 16-20 (Camp 2)
Time: 10am-2pm
Location:  Jericho Turf West (1514-1598 Discovery St
Cost: $120 per child
Participants: Only for children entering Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1-7 in Fall 2021

More details and registration: firstbc.org/kickers.


HOLY WEEK

GOOD FRIDAY

April 2, 9am | First Worship online service video will be available on our website.

April 4, 10am | Live service on Zoom

We are so excited to be worshipping together live on Zoom as we celebrate Christ's resurrection! Sign up here and you will receive the Zoom link in your confirmation email. Just click on the link and join us on Easter Sunday, 10am!

The Lord's Supper Preparation
We will be partaking the Lord's supper together on Easter Day. Be sure to get the elements (bread/crackers and juice) ready in advance of the service.

 

First News | March 17, 2021

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CARE & PRAYER MINISTRY UPDATE

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel. 
~ Maya Angelou ~

 For some reason, the above quote by the great poet, Maya Angelou has stuck with me. Once we’ve taken care of a person’s immediate physical needs, how do we demonstrate care so that they feel loved? How do we care for others so that they feel a sense of hope? And how do we care for others so that they feel the peaceful assuring presence of God even when their world has turned upside down?  

One of the primary things we want to do through the Caring Ministry at FBC is to equip you to be a good and effective caregiver to your network of friends, family, and neighbours. To that end, we offer a number of opportunities to learn and grow in this area. Over the past few months, we held zoom seminars on Journeying through Infertility and Miscarriage and another one called, Primer on Memory Loss and Dementia. On Sat Mar 27th, we will be holding a seminar on Single Again – When My Spouse passes away.  We’ll think about the grief process, hear stories from some who have walked this path and learn how to care for those who have lost a spouse. As well, we also held a number of in-person classes in Pinder Hall – End of Life Care and Care FriendsDue to the move, I will be rescheduling the Sanctuary Course – Understanding Mental Health which was originally planned for April. 

On the fourth Sunday of every month, we hold a church wide zoom prayer time, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm. Come and join us for the next one on Sun Mar 28th. As well, we release a weekly prayer guide for our church members, our church, our city, nation, and the world. If you like to receive that, you can send an email to .

John Tsang
Minister of Congregational Care


HOLY WEEK SERVICES

Palm Sunday

March 28, 9am | First Worship online service video will be available on our website.

Good Friday

April 2, 9am | First Worship online service video will be available on our website.

Easter Live!

April 4, 10am | Live service on Zoom

Join us for a live service on Zoom as we celebrate Christ's resurrection! This is our first live Zoom service and we are so excited to be worshipping together with everyone! Sign up here and you will receive the Zoom link in your confirmation email. Just click on the link and join us on Easter Sunday, 10am!

EASTER MEMORIAL FLOWERS

 

On Easter Sunday, we will have a display of flowers to reaffirm our resurrection hope for friends and family. The flowers will remind us that death does not have the final word. 

If you would like to request a flower in memory of a loved one, you may use the form on myFBC  by March 28. Since we are not gathering in-person, we will send out an e-book with the name dedications via the Sunday First Worship email.

EASTER SPECIAL OFFERING

Each year, during Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, FBC collects a special offering that is used to support various causes and organizations. This Easter, the special offering will go towards supporting Strathcona Vineyard Church (Downtown Eastside) and Aboriginal Mother’s Centre Society.

There are two ways to give. You can give online by clicking here. Please make sure that you select “Easter Special Offering” under the Fund category. You can also give by mailing in a cheque. Please indicate that it is towards the “Easter Special Offering” on the memo section of the cheque. 

Designated Gifts: It is FBC's policy that designated gifts will be used solely for the stipulated purpose of the designated fund. However, when the purpose or project has been completed, or the special restricted fund has been closed, or the purpose of the special restricted fund cannot be completed as originally planned, the remaining capital will be distributed at the discretion of the CLT.

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