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First News | November 2020

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HFTC UPDATE

Photo credit: Justin Kim

The below-grade construction work for the Heart for the City project has continued steadily throughout the summer and fall. Thankfully, the project has not been slowed by the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, the construction work is slightly ahead of schedule, as the bottom six floors of the parkade have now been constructed, and the construction should reach ground level in December. This means that the church displacement is likely to arrive a little earlier than previously expected – likely to be in mid-2021, perhaps as early as May – subject to confirmation. 

The church displacement will give way to the removal of heritage church building interior, releveling of basement floor, seismic and structural upgrade including new foundations, drainage, and roof. As a result, we are speeding up our planning and preparation for our relocation. We are creating an inventory of everything in the church building and determining what will be stored, recycled, and discarded. Additionally, we are moving towards securing our displacement sites for worship, ministry, and administrative activities. More details will follow soon. 

More than ever, we need to be praying! We need prayer for many things. Please pray for the construction process and the continued safety and well-being of the construction workers. Please pray for all of our staff and leaders who are involved in the relocation work and planning. Please pray that the Lord will guide us in all of the decisions to be made. And, please pray that our church will continually be rooted and grounded in the love of Jesus Christ, living solely for the glory of God. 

In Christ Alone, 
Justin Kim
Executive Minister


LEST WE FORGET

Lest we forget. So often in this newsletter space, we ask you to not to forget dates, events, goings-on in our church life. Today, on Remembrance Day, the inherent call is to remember in a larger sense, along bigger themes of life, death, duty, and freedom, and how church life is ultimately best expressed as a connection to purposeful, redeeming LIFE as we best know it.


FALL CHURCH MEETING

The Fall Church Meeting of the First Baptist Church of Vancouver will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7 pm on Zoom! 

It is another opportunity to pull up to your computer, laptop, tablet or phone (no driving involved! Pyjamas optional!) and greet one another!  Everyone is invited. Members only will be able to vote.

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

We will pray together, being grateful for all of God’s blessings and ask for His sustaining hand upon us that we might be faithful to His calling to serve Him in all we do.

We will have an opportunity to consider:

  • The 2021 Budget (document will be available next week)

  • The Special Resolution regarding the HFTC Borrowing Agreement (Document available on myFBC under the 'Entire Church' group.)

  • An update from the HFTC Project (have you noticed the “hole” is being filled in?!)

  • A Q & A with David Nacho who will be joining us in January as our new Director of Street Ministries

Questions? I am sure you have them. Would you help us by emailing your questions ahead of time at  ? Your questions will be forwarded to the appropriate person and will be FIRST in line to be answered when we have our discussion. I know you would rather just do it in the meeting, but seriously, it will be a whole lot easier for everyone, if you would submit your questions ahead of time. Please and Thank You!

Looking forward to seeing you! Remember, we do need quorum to be able to do our required business, so please mark your calendars and set aside December 2 at 7 pm. 

Blessings!
Claudia Wakeman
Moderator

*Please contact the church office at or leave a voicemail at 604-683-8441 if you need help accessing the meeting documents.


WE ARE HIRING

We are seeking a full-time Director of Children and Family Ministries to join our pastoral team. For more information, please click here for the posting. Please share the news and help us get the word out! If you have any additional questions, please contact Trung Duong at  childrenandfamily@firstbc.org


FAMILY NEWS

Shirley Hunt, a long-time member of FBC, entered into the presence of the Lord on Sun Nov 8th, 2020. Shirley was part of the Merle Mackenzie circle, had a joyful presence about her, and was loved by many. Please pray for her family during this time of loss.  


LAY LEADERSHIP NOMINATION

Is God calling you, or someone you know, to help us shape the future of First Baptist Church? We need passionate disciples of Jesus to serve as members of the Church Leadership Team and various Ministry Area Teams.

If you are interested, or know of members suitable to nominate, relevant details are available in the Lay Leadership and Nomination document as to the roles and responsibilities of the various service communities. Please fill out a nomination form by December 31, 2020.

If you have difficulties filling out the online form, please contact the church office at .

First News | November 4, 2020

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THE SANCTUARY COURSE

“This is the first time that I was able to talk about mental health issues within my family in a safe environment!”

“The videos, scripture, panelist, and material were top notch and very well-written.”

“The stories in the video were very powerful, real, and honest.” 

In February of this year, we conducted the Sanctuary course with over 20 people and above are some of the participant’s comments and feedback. It was such an enriching experience.  

Mental health has received a lot of attention over the last 5 years in schools, healthcare, workplace, and media. Rightly so. But surprisingly, one place that is lagging behind in terms of understanding mental and emotional health issue is the church. Sanctuary has provided a course that incorporates the best researched psychological insights with the additional perspective of faith and the Christian community in a wholistic approach to mental health. 

This course is for people with questions about mental health, individuals with loved ones who have experience with mental health, or those who may be personally living with mental health problems and challenges. If you are able, come and join us for The Sanctuary Course which will be held at Pinder Hall, in-person on the following date and time. All Covid safety protocols will be observed with distancing, masks, pre-assessment, etc. As well, there is a limited number of space available to ensure that health and safety requirements are met.  

Date and Time - Mon Nov 23 to Thu Nov 26, 2020 from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

For more information about the course and a short intro video – click here

For more information or to register, please send email to or call the church office and leave a message.


IN-PERSON PRAYER MEETING

Thursday, November 12 | 10-11:30am | Pinder Hall

Max. 20 participants

Please be sure to REGISTER HERE if you are planning to attend. For the in-person prayer gatherings, proper Covid safety protocols will be used. All participants will be required to wear masks and to sign a Covid-19 self assessment form 1 day before the event. 

If you have any questions, please contact John Tsang.


MISSIONARY SHARING

Sunday, November 8 | 1-3pm | Zoom

Join us for a time of sharing with Christina Winrich, one of our missionaries currently on home assignment after 4 years serving in Japan with OMF International. Christina will be returning to Hokkaido in late December to join a new OMF team.

"Our team is running a coffee shop and church plant. During the week our cafe is open for coffee and conversation; on Sundays we close for business and open for a church service. Our heart is to reach the many lonely and disconnected people in our neighbourhood, people who normally would never darken the door of a church. Through the relationships formed at the coffee shop we can show the the love of Jesus and find many opportunities to share His truth. In addition, I'll be teaching English part-time at a nearby university, where I can reach out to university students as well." - Christina

Please email Filipe at to join.


FALL CHURCH MEETING

Save the date! 2020 Fall Church Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 2 over Zoom. More details coming soon.


LAY LEADERSHIP NOMINATION

Is God calling you, or someone you know, to help us shape the future of First Baptist Church? We need passionate disciples of Jesus to serve as members of the Church Leadership Team and various Ministry Area Teams.

If you are interested, or know of members suitable to nominate, relevant details are available in the Lay Leadership and Nomination document as to the roles and responsibilities of the various service communities. Please fill out a nomination form by December 31, 2020.

If you have difficulties filling out the online form, please contact the church office at .

 

First News | October 28, 2020

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YOUNG ADULT CONNECTION MINISTRY

It has been… let’s say… an interesting year: so many uncertainties, fears, stress. But also so much love, caring, connection.

I began to be involved with the Young Adult Ministry in January. As someone who became a Christian in their early young adult years, I know that having a group of friends to share challenges with and to pray with makes a real difference in your journey with Christ. 

Our group has passed through the pandemic's most challenging time (at least I hope we have passed the most challenging time of this pandemic already!). We enjoyed each other’s company over the summer (social distancing events, of course) and we are still meeting every week, via Zoom, with the same love and care and we always continue to challenge each other. Yes, I feel challenged by each meeting we have. When I think I have a concrete answer for some topic we’re discussing, one of the group members will ask an interesting question and I’ll think: “ I had not thought that way before!”

The purpose of the Young Adult Connection Ministry (YAC-M) is to encourage young adults from FBC to seek and worship God, to share God’s love and mercy and to challenge each other. Together we talk about how life has been treating each one and about the challenges they are facing such as: university life, jobs, the pressure to achieve, living out their faith, relationship, sex, drugs, spiritual growth, attacks of the enemy in different areas, the power of prayer and the importance of fellowship. 

We learn how to fellowship, how to connect, how to pray and how to endure Zoom fatigue together! We meet every week in small groups. Once a month, we plan to have a worship time, with a time of prayer or a guest speaker sharing their experiences of how they incorporate their spiritual life into their professional life. (Btw, if you are willing to share your testimony and challenges, we would love to hear from you. We are looking for speakers for our meeting in January and on).

I have learned to love this group. I pray for each one of them, and I ask that the FBC family would pray for us: both for the leaders and for the young adults. Please pray for the Holy Spirit's guidance and wisdom to listen to God’s call on each of our lives.

And if you are a young adult (between 18-30 years old) who would like to join us, or if you would like to serve as a Young Adult leader, please consider being part of the YAC family. Contact to connect!

Love,
Suzana Espindola


COMMUNITY STORIES

The Goodwins

As the leaves turn, John and Rose-Marie will bear witness to more reading, prayer, reflection, all things online: lectures, meetings, friend chats, designs, and walking in the forest. No distant travels lately, but abundant joy with family at Rosewoods, including returnees to Canada, becoming Lawn Bowlers and avid E-bikers! Life has been well-balanced through our Holy God who provides work as never known before.


Bia Hanna

During the summer I did the Grouse Grind Trail every week and Gloria was my adventure companion. During the lockdown, my roommate Suzana encouraged me to sell some pies and she bought a mixer for me. I am grateful to the Lord our God for knowing FBC and to be blessed in many ways. I am thankful to be healthy and to have the opportunity to live in Canada!!!


Barbara & Bryan Reid

Yes, we have celebrated our 60th Wedding Anniversary and in many ways it seems like yesterday and other ways a long time ago. We met at Gladstone High School in 1956 and graduated together in 1958... We were married on a very warm October 1st 1960 at Collingwood Baptist Church Van. We built our first home on Elliott St in 1962 and In 1964 we welcomed our son Doug, then our daughter Michele in 1965, both born at Grace Hospital. In 1968 Bryan was transferred to Castlegar in the Kootenay’s and off we went with our family to start a 20 year stay there, but in 1988 moved back to Vancouver. Since those days our family has grown to include six grandchildren and a great grandchild due in March 2021. Our son Doug lives with his wife Gillian in St. John’s NF and our daughter with her husband Jeff. here in Vancouver.  

We do not take it for granted that we have been blessed with 60 years of marriage, we are very thankful for that and filled with gratitude to God.


Corina Kuban

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” As a music teacher at a local elementary school, it probably comes as no surprise that this quotation by Henry Van Dyke resonates strongly with me and has become the theme for this very unusual school year for me and the nearly 400 students that I have the privilege to teach. 

I know that I am not alone in using these past COVID months to dust off some old talents and develop new ones. As I shared with my students, over the summer I became very talented at enjoying playing tennis with my family. The fact that I am not the best at tennis (clearly!) didn’t stop me from spending many fun family times running around the tennis courts in our neighbourhood over the summer. 

There is freedom in acknowledging that it is okay to simply do my best at things, rather than be the best (my un-mopped floors bear testament to this!) Right now my best includes creating a sense of stability in these uncertain times for my family and my students. It includes going for regular and long walks with Chris, watching Jonas use his talents on the soccer field, supporting Mathea as she has switched to a challenging French Immersion program, and watching Anika’s dreams and aspirations unfold as an academic and artistic grade 11 student.

This chapter in my life is anything but silent (did I mention I teach music?!) but I am so very grateful for this fall’s return to routine, for health for me and my loved ones, and for the knowledge that I serve a Heavenly Father who tenderly cares for the flock in his care.

Community story sharing: If you have a story to share (a memorable event, a newfound hobby, a family recipe etc), please send Angeline an email!


DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS THIS SUNDAY

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1. Remember to set clocks back one hour before you go to sleep on Saturday!


LAY LEADERSHIP NOMINATION

Is God calling you, or someone you know, to help us shape the future of First Baptist Church? We need passionate disciples of Jesus to serve as members of the Church Leadership Team and various Ministry Area Teams.

If you are interested, or know of members suitable to nominate, relevant details are available in the Lay Leadership and Nomination document as to the roles and responsibilities of the various service communities. Please fill out a nomination form by December 31, 2020.

If you have difficulties filling out the online form, please contact the church office at .

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