First News

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.

Introducing Dr. Ben Ewert | Minister of Worship

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce our new Minister of Worship, Dr. Ben Ewert. 

Ben will provide pastoral leadership in developing and implementing the ministry of worship within the congregation and beyond. 

Ben Ewert was born in Gramado, Brazil, the son of missionary parents working for Janz Team Ministries (now Teach Beyond). At the age of 7, his family moved back to Canada, and he spent most of his formative years in Winnipeg, where he was baptized at the age of 17, a moment that marked an ever-burgeoning realization of a God-given vocation of musical worship.

Ben holds two undergraduate degrees with a major in piano performance (Prairie College and Trinity Western), a Masters degree (Choral Studies) from the University of Cambridge and a DMus (Choral Conducting) from the University of Alberta. His research has focussed on the interplay between liturgy, politics and music in the early works of James MacMillan. His academic interests lie chiefly in music and meaning at the intersection of sacred and secular culture.

Ben has been actively involved in musical worship ministry for over twenty years. He has been privileged to lead music and worship arts programs in non-denominational, Baptist, and Anglican churches both in Canada and the UK, and as precentor of the chapel at Churchill College, Cambridge. He is a baritone, often leads from acoustic guitar or piano, and has a deep desire to see a flourishing music ministry filled with homegrown musicians and composers that feed both the Church and the City. His favourite hymn of yesteryear is I bind unto myself today (trans. by Cecil Alexander) and, of recent times, Rising Sun (All Sons and Daughters). His prayer for the Church is that the Lord would ‘open our lips’ to worship, and that our lives would ‘show forth his praise.’

Ben is looking forward to joining the FBC pastoral team and will live in East Vancouver where he, his wife Krista and their three children, Jakob, Ella, and Audrey, will serve as a host family at Kinbrace, welcoming refugee claimants and asylum seekers to Canada. 

Let us keep Ben in our prayers as he enters this new chapter at FBC starting this summer. Let us welcome Ben, Krista, Jakob, Ella, and Audrey as Christ welcomed us. Let us pray for God’s guidance and provision as they make their way to Vancouver from the UK. 

I want to express my deep appreciation to our Worship Search Committee—Leona Adams (Chair), Mark Anderson, Michelle Casavant, Peter Findlay, Robyn Driedger Klassen, and Alessandra Reddekopp. I must also note the pastoral input by Rebecca Thornber and Anthony Brown throughout the search process. Despite the pandemic challenges, they faithfully served the Lord and laboured on behalf of our congregation for the past 6 months. 

Thanks be to God! 

In Christ, 
Justin Kim 

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