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First News | August 26, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION


KICKERS SOCCER CAMP 2020

Click the video below for a recap of Kickers Soccer Camp 2020!

Dear FBC family,

We are thankful for the opportunity to serve together in this historical year.

During the past months we have been receiving messages from parents consulting and we have been praying to the Lord for direction. It was hard to think that we would have a summer without Kicker’s Soccer Camp. We are thankful that FBC supported this ministry and we were able to welcome the children for another fun and meaningful time.

I can highlight two things that were important to me. One, was the opportunity to serve the children who participated enthusiastically despite the rain and the challenges of the new protocols. Secondly, the wonderful work of the young coaches who did a fantastic job and were an example of Christian guidance and care to the children. Thank you, Jonathan Lim, Luke Hardie, Melena Hacker, Jonas Kuban. These young people who were once participants are now serving together with me in this ministry.

“Thank you, FBC, for the opportunity to work at Kickers. I greatly value the chance to improve my leadership skills, work within a fantastic team, and have fun with the campers!" - Jonathan Lim

“I would like to thank FBC for providing me, along with the youth of Vancouver with a soccer camp as great and unique as Kickers. For the past 11 years, I have been lucky enough to attend Kickers as either a camper, or as a coach; a camp that truly communicates Christian values and soccer skills in the most joyful way possible.” - Luke Hardie

Thank you, FBC for your prayers, support, and the opportunity to serve together for such a time as this.

Jose Figueroa
Kickers Director 


On behalf of the Pastoral Team at FBC, I would like to say a special thank you to Jose Figueroa for directing Kickers this year! Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there was a great amount of change and new guidelines to implement, and I'm thankful for Jose's hard work to make it possible.

I would also like to thank the FBC family for praying for everyone involved. I trust and hope that the relationships started and fostered this year will continue to grow. Do keep our coaches and campers in your prayers as many of them prepare to go back to school this Fall. 

Blessings,
Daniel Foster Fabiano
Director of Children & Preteens Ministries


STAFF UPDATE

Joseph Leong - Interim Director of Children and Family Ministries

We are pleased to let you know that Joseph Leong will come on board as our Interim Director of Children and Family Ministries starting September 1st.

As we prepare to search for a full-time Director of Children and Family Ministries, Joseph will be filling the interim role by overseeing and working with the New Generations MAT and volunteers in various children's ministry areas: Early Childhood, School Age, Sunday weekly activities; mid-week children's programs; baptism classes, summer programs, and special events.

Most of you might have already known Joseph as our Youth Ministry Intern (2018-2020) and Children Summer Program Coordinator (2019 & 2020). He occasionally plays the guitar and sings in the worship team.

Joseph was born and raised in a loving Christian family and was baptized at Philadelphia Church Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at University Tunku Abdul Rahman and a Master of Business Administration at Multimedia University in Malaysia. Joseph went into full-time ministry right after his studies as he has always been sensing a deep call to serve the church, especially the next generation. He has spent over ten years in youth ministry—4 of which as a youth pastor in Malaysia. Currently, he is in his fourth year pursuing a Master of Divinity at Regent College. He is happily married to Angeline Teay (our Communications Design & Strategist) and they have been part of the FBC church community for 3 years.

Let us keep Joseph in our prayers as he enters into this exciting new chapter at FBC this September.


COMMUNITY EVENTS

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. We look forward to “seeing” you all!


Zoom Celebration for Bob Swann

This past Sunday, we had an amazing time sharing beautiful stories about Bob and Anne, and witnessing how God has used their lives to impact so many people around the world! It was extra special to gather together as a church family after so many months! It was a really lovely day. You can watch the recorded celebration session by following the link below:

ZOOM CELEBRATION FOR BOB SWANN

Love Offering

We would also like to show our love and appreciation by collecting a love offering for Bob. If you would like to bless Bob through a financial gift, please write a cheque addressed to "First Baptist Church" and indicate "Love Offering for Bob Swann" on the memo line.

You may mail the cheque to First Baptist Church, 969 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y1 or drop it in the church mailbox beside the office door on Burrard Street. Please make your gift by August 31, 2020.

*Please note that this gift will not be tax-deductible.

First News | August 19, 2020

Weekly Reflection


Fall Kick-off 2020

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we found new ways to gather together safely and responsibly. Over the course of the summer, we hosted over 30 in-person, outdoor Area Pastorate gatherings. We witnessed growth in Connection Group participation. Our New Generations and Internationals met in various outdoor settings—ranging from Sunset Beach to Deep Cove. Last week, we had our VBS. This week, we are running our Kickers Camp. We have much to be thankful for. 

The next phase of our reopening will primarily focus on care. In order to meet the growing care needs of our congregation as well as of our neighbours, we are planning to host several, in-person care ministry training opportunities at Pinder Hall. They are as follows: (1) Care Friends Training, (2) End of Life Care (will be offered 2 times), and (3) Sanctuary Course – Understanding Mental Health. Our priority is to equip our congregation to care for those who are most in need. In addition, we are aiming to further develop our Area Pastorates to identify lay leaders who can help with the care of those who are most vulnerable and isolated amongst us. 

One important date to mark on your calendar is our Fall Kickoff on September 12th. We will be gathering by areas from 10 am to 12 pm. 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. We hope to see you there! More details will be provided by your Area Pastors. 

Yesterday, as our Pastoral Team met in-person at Sunrise Park, I came away sensing two things. The gift of each other. And the gratitude of knowing that our Lord brought us together. All of us, without exception, are created and called to grow in community. In his book “Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them” (I love this title! Ha), John Ortberg puts it this way: “Community is the place God meets us.” Perhaps, for you, this means taking the risk of joining a Connection Group—a small group of broken people who long for Jesus. 

With gratitude,
Justin Kim
Executive Minister


Camp at First 2020

Dear First Baptist Family,

Amid the pandemic season, we are so grateful that we had an opportunity to connect with some of the children and volunteers through Camp at First. 7 children and 11 volunteers participated this year and we had so much fun together.

This year’s theme is Rainforest Explorers: Jesus Leads the Way. With the help from Julie Thompson and Angeline Teay, we transformed Pinder Hall into a rainforest! At camp, we looked into the Bible and discovered that Jesus leads the way to the treasure of eternal life with Him!

Each morning, our camp started with a welcome and health tips session by our healthcare worker puppet, Halley. She reminded everyone to wash and sanitize their hands and led us to recite our health chant: “Be kind, be calm, stay safe, stay strong!” We would proceed with the Music Session after that and it was a great joy to see the children and volunteers worshipping God with actions! Our favourite song is definitely the theme song "Jesus is My Treasure" and you can listen to it in the recap video. During the Storytelling and Bible Challenge Sessions, the leaders and puppeteers worked together seamlessly to bring God’s word into the children’s life. At break time, the campers would learn about a unique animal during the “Featured Creature” Session. Before the end of each day, the children would make some crafts to bring home.

A huge and special thanks to Julie Thompson, who has put in so much time and effort to make camp this year a successful one. She went the extra mile to incorporate puppet shows to bring out the theme and contents of Rainforest Explorers. The puppet show was a brilliant idea as it was an excellent way for children to enjoy learning while following the Covid-19 health and safety guidelines. Julie also offered wonderful resources such as books, crafts, ideas and gadgets related to the Rainforest Explorers theme. The children loved every bit of it!

A huge shout-out to our puppeteers, the Wilkinsons gang (Ciara, Tikki, Darve, and Jemma) for serving and entertaining the kids with their talents. Our featured creature puppeteer, Teddy Kim, did a great job in doing research of the special animals and he is amazing with his animal jokes too!

I would also like to thank our committed and passionate leaders: Daniel Surya, Hellen Muuo, Neema Muuo, Alessandra Reddekopp, Nadia Schiller, and Sophia Porter, for serving and loving the kids with their incredible talents and gifts. We couldn’t have done it without this fantastic team!

Lastly, we are thankful for all who have prayed and supported us during this challenging season. Thank you for your love and for remembering us in your prayers. We believe that it is the power of God through your prayers that held everything so wonderfully together.

Jesus leads the way! Amen.

Joseph Leong
Summer Program Coordinator


Celebrating Bob Swann

Zoom Celebration

Sunday, August 23 | 1:00-2:30pm | Zoom

We will have an opportunity to get together for a Zoom celebration to honour Bob as he transitions out of pastoral ministry after 21 years of faithful service at FBC! If you missed the announcement from Bob, click here to watch the video.

Follow the link below to RSVP by Friday, August 21 and a Zoom invitation link will later be sent out via email.

RSVP HERE

Love Offering

We would also like to show our love and appreciation by collecting a love offering for Bob. If you would like to bless Bob through a financial gift, please write a cheque addressed to "First Baptist Church" and indicate "Love Offering for Bob Swann" on the memo line.

You may mail the cheque to First Baptist Church, 969 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y1 or drop it in the church mailbox beside the office door on Burrard Street. Please make your gift by August 31, 2020.

*Please note that this gift will not be tax-deductible.

FIRST NEWS | AUGUST 12, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION

Click the video below to watch this week's reflection by John Tsang.


AN UPDATE FROM THE CLT

Watch the video above by Claudia Wakeman for an update from the Church Leadership Team. Here's a summary:
 
  • Job reassignment: Filipe Balieiro to assume the role of Director of International Ministries effective September 1st.
  • Job reassignment: Daniel Foster Fabiano to assume the role of Director of Preteens & Youth Ministries effective September 1st.
  • Establishment of search committees for Minister of Worship and Director of Children & Family Ministries.
  • Annual General Meeting: Wednesday, September 30th on Zoom.
  • Celebrating Bob Swan: Sunday, August 23rd, 1-2:30pm on Zoom. More details below.

CELEBRATING BOB SWANN

Zoom Celebration

Sunday, August 23 | 1:00-2:30pm | Zoom

We will have an opportunity to get together for a Zoom celebration to honour Bob as he transitions out of pastoral ministry after 21 years of faithful service at FBC! If you missed the announcement from Bob, click here to watch the video.

Follow the link below to RSVP by Friday, August 21 and a Zoom invitation link will later be sent out via email. 

RSVP HERE

Love Offering

We would also like to show our love and appreciation by collecting a love offering for Bob. If you would like to bless Bob through a financial gift, please write a cheque addressed to "First Baptist Church" and indicate "Love Offering for Bob Swann" on the memo line.

You may mail the cheque to First Baptist Church, 969 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y1 or drop it in the church mailbox beside the office door on Burrard Street. Please make your gift by August 31, 2020.

*Please note that this gift will not be tax-deductible.


KICKERS SOCCER CAMP

We are ready and excited to reopening the Kickers Soccer Camp 2020 next week (August 17-21)! We are thankful for the opportunity to serve children and their families again this year. Learning soccer skills while having fun together and learning sportsmanship and team values are some elements that make up our week-long program. Together with our team of coaches, we want to represent Jesus to these youngsters.  

We would appreciate your prayers for the children and their families. For our coaches who grew up participating for many years and they are now serving as coaches. Please pray for the Lord to help us to follow the new protocols and for the Lord to protect us in the field. We trust that this year more than ever the light of Christ will shine in everything we do.

Thank you,
Jose Figueroa
Director of Kickers Soccer Camp


OUTDOOR GATHERINGS

West End/Downtown

Coffee/Tea and Prayer Gathering | Thursday, August 13
Location: Stanley Park
Join in any time between 9am-10:30am.

Picnic Gathering | Saturday, August 22
Location: Stanley Park
Join in any time between 11am-1:30pm.
RSVP: Justin Kim


Burnaby/Coquitlam

Picnic Gatherings
Saturday, August 15 | 11am-1pm
Location: Robert Burnaby Park
RSVP: Daniel Foster Fabiano


Richmond

Picnic Gathering
Saturday, August 15 | 11am-1pm
Location: Debeck Elementary/Neighbourhood Park
RSVP: John Tsang

 

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