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First News | April 21, 2021

STREET MINISTRIES UPDATE

As you know, during the pandemic, we have not been able to serve our guests inside our building. However, we have been blessed with great weather every single Tuesday of the year; so, no one has had to get wet.

Please pray for the volunteers and guests as we prepare to host our last meal out of our building on Tuesday the 27th. The opportunities for ministry for the rest of the year seem exciting, and we encourage you to contact David Nacho if you are interested in serving the poor in our city.

David Nacho
Director of Street Ministries


CONNECTING WITH GOD RETREAT

Saturday, May 8, 9:30am-12:30pm via Zoom 

In this half day retreat, we will be assessing our spiritual temperaments and evaluating our spiritual practices in order to discover ways we can deepen our relationship with God and support one another in our lives of faith. Our Spiritual temperament is the way we best relate to God, our most natural and meaningful approach to connecting with God, knowing God and loving God. Discerning our Spiritual temperaments helps to increase our self-knowledge—to understand who we are—they don’t completely label or define us, but they may help us articulate a part of our beautiful complexity and choose practices that fit.

Retreat Facilitator: Carrie Schuliger is a spiritual director who loves living in Lynn Valley with her husband and son. Her family moved from Boston to Lynn Valley in 2017 when her husband, Jeff, accepted a pastoral call at Hillside Church. She holds a master's degree from Carey Theological College and delights in being a witness to God's transforming love. She loves to take long walks in the forest with friends, is getting better at doing crosswords during this pandemic and is hoping that you are more aware of Jesus' love for you today.

Sign up for this retreat HERE by May 5th.


FBC VIRTUAL FAREWELL TOUR

Friday, April 30, 6:30pm

It is time to lower the curtain on our time at First Baptist Church for the foreseeable future. But before we go, let's all take one final tour of the building before the renovations! Kurtis Findlay will be your guide as we go through the entire church from the very bottom to the very top! You will revisit places you haven't seen in over a year, and even discover places you've never been before -- all from the comfort of your living room! This event will be recorded in case you can't make it for the live viewing.

Link to this live tour will be sent via First News on Wed, April 28.

 

First News | April 14, 2021

NEW GEN MINISTRIES UPDATE

Late last summer I read a book titled, “The End of Youth Ministry?” It was a strange title and book, considering that I was just starting in my new role as Director of Preteens and Youth ministries. In his book, Dr. Andrew Root points to the purpose of ministry as joy centered around the importance of sharing stories and hearing the story of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection.

No doubt we could all talk, debate, and reflect for a while about the purpose of ministry, but Root’s point is one that I have returned to often in this difficult season. Youth ministry, and I would add NewGen ministry, is for joy. 

Now I would be lying (and you all would know it) if I said that joy was our common experience this year; but that also wouldn’t be the whole story. In the midst of tremendous grief and loss, there have been glimmers of joy in NewGen. 

Seeing Youth and Preteens make Christmas cards for the seniors in our church gave me joy. Filming Hi-Five videos and seeing new leaders join our recording team gives me joy. Connecting over Zoom to hear highs and lows regularly, sharing prayer requests, watching some youth bake cookies together over Zoom, playing tennis with some of our youth, and random phone calls with leaders all have given me much joy even in the midst of this difficult year. 

And so, friends, as we enter this Spring season and look towards the Summer, I invite you to pray. Pray for joy as we celebrate milestones, serve together, pursue growing in relationship, and (hopefully) receive some more sunny weather! 

Blessings,
Daniel Foster Fabiano
Director of Preteens & Youth Ministries


CONNECTING WITH GOD RETREAT

Saturday, May 8, 9:30am-12:30pm via Zoom 

In this half day retreat, we will be assessing our spiritual temperaments and evaluating our spiritual practices in order to discover ways we can deepen our relationship with God and support one another in our lives of faith. Our Spiritual temperament is the way we best relate to God, our most natural and meaningful approach to connecting with God, knowing God and loving God. Discerning our Spiritual temperaments helps to increase our self-knowledge—to understand who we are—they don’t completely label or define us, but they may help us articulate a part of our beautiful complexity and choose practices that fit.

Retreat Facilitator: Carrie Schuliger is a spiritual director who loves living in Lynn Valley with her husband and son. Her family moved from Boston to Lynn Valley in 2017 when her husband, Jeff, accepted a pastoral call at Hillside Church. She holds a master's degree from Carey Theological College and delights in being a witness to God's transforming love. She loves to take long walks in the forest with friends, is getting better at doing crosswords during this pandemic and is hoping that you are more aware of Jesus' love for you today.

Sign up for this retreat HERE by May 5th.


FBC FAREWELL TOUR

Friday, April 30, 6:30pm

It is time to lower the curtain on our time at First Baptist Church for the foreseeable future. But before we go, let's all take one final tour of the building before the renovations! Kurtis Findlay will be your guide as we go through the entire church from the very bottom to the very top! You will revisit places you haven't seen in over a year, and even discover places you've never been before -- all from the comfort of your living room! This event will be recorded in case you can't make it for the live viewing.

Link to this live tour will be sent via First News on Wed, April 28.


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 .


I married my sweetheart at FBC in the Chapel on April 7,1993. It was an intimate group of my good friend, Susan Schellenberg, Al’s best friend Linda Zlotnik, our dear pastor Dr. Bruce Milne and his sweet wife Valerie. It was the Wednesday before the Good Friday service which as you can imagine was a busy time for our pastor but true to Bruce’s generous character he made time for us. After the wedding ceremony we had lunch at the Teahouse in Stanley Park.

There is also a really nice story regarding the generosity of David Connop, which you can ask me about whenever you see me next.

Shirley Lake

 

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.

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