First News

First News | September 16, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION


CONNECTION GROUP MINISTRY

My most memorable and influential experiences of church have always been in a small group setting. It is in small groups that I’ve been able to get to know others in my congregation and for them to know me. It’s where I’ve been inspired in seeing how others live out their faith in this city. Small groups have also been the place where I could wrestle with Scripture and ask my questions. 

As we head into the fall during this strange season of not meeting to worship in person, small groups take on an even greater importance. They can be key places of community building, of discipleship and of mission. 

Connection Groups at FBC are neighbourhood based so that we can get to know those who live nearby and pray more intentionally for our communities. Typically, a gathering will involve working through discussion questions based on the sermon (you can take a look at the material here), spending time in prayer and thinking through how we can connect with our neighbourhoods.

We are hoping to launch a number of new groups this fall. If you’d interested in joining a Connection Group, contact your Area Pastor.

Many blessings for this new season,
Rebecca Thornber
Minister of Discipleship and Community


FALL KICK-OFF 2020

Last Saturday, our church family gathered in small groups by area to kick-off the new season! It was probably the strangest kick-off to the strangest season any of us have ever known. However, it was very encouraging to see our church family coming together, learning about our priorities and plans for the new season and praying for each other.

If you were unable to attend last Saturday, click here to read a message from Anthony for the church as we enter the new season.


FBC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Wednesday, September 30 | 7pm | Zoom

You are warmly invited and encouraged to sit at your computer, laptop, tablet, or phone (NO Driving Required!) and JOIN us! It will be the next best thing to actually seeing your FBC family!

It’s an AGM…. so, yes we need a quorum to do the required business!  Everyone is invited to come and participate, but only members will be able to vote.  

Please RSVP here and the meeting link will be included in your confirmation email. 

We will have time to pray and reflect on God’s goodness to us, as well as consider special resolutions concerning our Bylaws (read the special resolutions and briefing note here), hear from the Treasurer regarding the 2019 financial statements, consider the report from the Nominating Committee, including the new slate of candidates and “see” how church in a pandemic thrives in God’s grace to us.

Please review the 2019 Annual Report, comprised of the 2019 In Review (from the Winter Business Meeting) and the Financial Statements here. You will also find the nominations for the Nominating Committee and Membership Committee including the candidate bios here.

 Questions?  Because we are on Zoom, asking and answering questions from the “floor” is more difficult.  Please send your questions regarding any of the documents provided to this email address,   by September 29, so that we can address them.

 Looking forward to seeing you!

 Bless you all!
Claudia Wakeman
Moderator


FAMILY NEWS

Our dear Phyllis Metcalfe is celebrating her 99th birthday next week! We give thanks for her life, her testimony of faith in Jesus Christ, and her many years of serving in our church family. We pray for God's continuing blessing upon her. If you would like to send her birthday greetings, please do so by phone or a card in the mail. Please refrain from in-person visitation.

First News | September 9, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION


FALL CARE TRAINING 2020

One of the most enjoyable parts of what I do here at First is the equipping and training of others so that we can grow in our understanding and practice of caring for one another. For the upcoming fall season, I’ve put together 3 courses. 

CARE FRIENDS is the first and foundational course that looks at themes like: Biblical grounding for caring, listening skills, emotions, self-awareness, and understanding grief.  

The second is a new course and the focus will be on END OF LIFE CARE. How do I spiritually care for someone as they near the end of their life? Sooner or later, you will have a friend or someone close to you approach the end of life. We’ll examine three key areas to focus on. This will be offered twice. 

Third, I’ll be offering the SANCTUARY COURSE once again. This is an excellent video based course on Understanding Mental Health. 

For all of these courses, we will be meeting in person, at Pinder Hall, with steps and precautions taken to ensure Covid safety. The number of participants will be kept to a maximum of 8 people and the actual time spent together has been reduced. To see the dates for these courses please visit our website. To register for any course, please contact John at .

John Tsang
Minister of Congregational Care


FBC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

FBC Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, September 30 | 7pm | Zoom

You are warmly invited and encouraged to sit at your computer, laptop, tablet, or phone (NO Driving Required!) and JOIN us! It will be the next best thing to actually seeing your FBC family!

It’s an AGM…. so, yes we need a quorum to do the required business!  Everyone is invited to come and participate, but only members will be able to vote.  

Please RSVP here and the meeting link will be included in your confirmation email.

We will have time to pray and reflect on God’s goodness to us, as well as consider special resolutions concerning our Bylaws (read the special resolutions and briefing note here), hear from the Treasurer regarding the 2019 financial statements, consider the report from the Nominating Committee, including the new slate of candidates and “see” how church in a pandemic thrives in God’s grace to us.

Please review the 2019 Annual Report, comprised of the 2019 In Review (from the Winter Business Meeting) and the Financial Statements here. You will also find the nominations for the Nominating Committee and Membership Committee including the candidate bios here.

Questions?  Because we are on Zoom, asking and answering questions from the “floor” is more difficult.  Please send your questions regarding any of the documents provided to this email address,   by September 29, so that we can address them. 

Looking forward to seeing you!

Bless you all!
Claudia Wakeman
Moderator


SERMON SERIES INTRODUCTION

EXPERIENCING THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD

Messages on the relationship between God and David from the books of 1 & 2 Samuel.

This year we are going to read the Old Testament books of Samuel, focussing on the relationship between God and David. And the question we will keep coming to in different ways is: What does it mean for God to be sovereign?

Watch a video introduction to the sermon series: Experiencing the Sovereignty of God below:


FALL KICKOFF 2020

Saturday, September 12 | 10am-12pm
 

At our Fall Kickoff, you will hear more about where we sense our Lord is leading us when it comes to our priorities and plans, especially as it relates to our reopening, displacement, and direction. Click here to see more details.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to plan our in-person gatherings abiding to health and safety guidelines, please make sure to RSVP to your area pastor if you plan to attend.

First News | September 2, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION

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


NEW SERMON SERIES

Experiencing the Sovereignty of God

Messages on the relationship between God and David
from the books of 1 & 2 Samuel

“David? That’s the fairy tale about a boy and a giant, right?”

David’s story is the most comprehensive human story recorded in the Bible. His entire adult life from adolescence to death is chronicled over the course of forty chapters of the books of I & II Samuel and I Kings, and then retold over nineteen chapters of the book of I Chronicles. An extensive collection of David’s own songs and prayers are recorded in the Psalms, and the events of his life and the prophetic expectation of a new king in David’s line are continually referenced in the Gospels and in Paul’s letters.

Why is this one ancient Israelite so prominent in the Bible?

There are many good answers to this question, but as we read I & II Samuel together as a church we will see that two answers are of paramount importance. The first is the opportunity the account of David’s life affords us to observe the relationship between God and a single human being. The writer of Samuel gives us an honest picture of David, encouraging his readers to relate to him, particularly as David strives to walk faithfully with the Lord. His life is intentionally presented to us as a model by which to examine, understand and deepen our own relationship with God.

The second is the study of sovereignty. The process of David’s elevation to king over Israel, the contrast between Saul and David as rulers, and especially the relationship between David’s sovereignty and the sovereignty of God, all point us to profound truths about God and humanity at the heart of the books of Samuel.

Our messages from I Samuel will begin with the introduction of David in I Samuel chapter 16. In preparation for this you are encouraged to read I Samuel chapters 1 to 15. If you would like to do further preparation then you might like to read the book I & II Samuel for Everyone by John Goldingay, at least as far as the chapter covering I Samuel chapter 15.

Anthony Brown
Senior Minister

STUDY GUIDES

The study guides this year are designed to be used prior to the sermon. The guide provided each week will refer to passage of scripture that will be preached the following week to be used in preparation for this. Read this guide on how to use the studies. You can access all the study guides on our website:

1 SAMUEL STUDY GUIDES


COMMUNITY EVENTS

Fall Kickoff 2020

Saturday, September 12 | 10am-12pm

At our Fall Kickoff, you will hear more about where we sense our Lord is leading us when it comes to our priorities and plans, especially as it relates to our reopening, displacement, and direction.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to plan our in-person gatherings abiding to health and safety guidelines, please make sure to RSVP to your area pastor if you plan to attend.

West End/Downtown
Location: Stanley Park
RSVP: Justin Kim

North Shore
Location: Hugo Ray Park
RSVP: Anthony Brown

Cambie/South Granville/Oakridge/Kerrisdale
Location: Douglas Park
(by the trees just east of the community center)
RSVP: Stuart Campbell

Vancouver East
Location: Memorial South Park
(Host: Filipe Balieiro. Meet on the Ross side, near the lacrosse rink)
RSVP: John Tsang

Richmond
Location: Debeck Neighbourhood Park
(from No. 4 Road, turn into Dayton) 
RSVP: John Tsang

West Point Grey/Kitsilano
Location: Trimble Park
RSVP: Rebecca Thornber/Filipe Balieiro

Burnaby/Coquitlam
Location: Robert Burnaby Park
RSVP: Daniel Foster Fabiano


FBC Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, September 30 | 7pm | Zoom

Mark your calendars! First Baptist Church AGM is coming! It will be held on Zoom! September 30 at 7 pm. More information will be coming next week. We look forward to “seeing” you all!


FAMILY NEWS

Dr. Abe Voth entered into the presence of the Lord peacefully at home, in the company of Erika and his two daughters, on September 1, 2020. Abe was a well-respected and well-loved physician here in Vancouver and a faithful member of FBC. Abe will be dearly missed by his family and friends.  

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