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FIRST NEWS | APRIL 8, 2020

PASTORAL REFLECTION

Click the video to watch the weekly pastoral reflection from Anthony.

LIBERIA UPDATE

It was a joy to host our very first livestream update with Bob this afternoon. Great work, Kurtis! If you missed the live session, click the player below to watch the recorded video of the update.

Bob will continue with a his second part of sharing next Wednesday, April 15, 3pm on Facebook Live.

COMMUNITY STORY

On March 15, our pastors, a CLT representative, and a few families gathered together to witness the baptism of Mia Kyriacou and Ally Reddekkopp. We had a simple worship session with a guitar for songs, a short message and prayer time together. As we sang the Doxology together in closing, we could all feel the presence of our Heavenly Father in our midst. We were once again reminded that God is near to us no matter the circumstances and He is worthy of all our praises.

See a photo slideshow with our singing recorded that day below. Click here for a full video of the baptisms.

 

Having witnessed Mia and Ally's profession of faith in baptism, we would also like to take this chance to virtually welcome Fabiano, Caroline, Sung, Margaret, Samuel, Melea, Fay and Noelle into membership.

"On behalf of the Membership Committee, I would like to welcome each one of you to First Baptist Church. We thank God for you and are delighted that he has brought each of you here, to be part of this community of God's people. May you be richly blessed as you find your place among us, to worship, to grow in your faith and to serve using the gifts our Lord has given you. May you be filled with God's love and peace."

- Claudia Wakeman, Membership Committee Chair.

You can read their testimonies here. 

PALM SUNDAY FAMILY ACTIVITY

Have you been following our weekly New Gen video updates? There has been a raging debate as to whether Danny is riding a cow or a horse. What do you think?! Anyways, last week, Danny and Filipe challenged our First families to share their Palm Sunday photos. Here are some incredibly adorable photos!

RESOURCES

  • Click here for a list of communication apps for group video calls and messaging.
  • Good Friday worship resources will be made available on the First Worship page on Thursday, April 9, evening.
Thank you for giving faithfully, particularly during these difficult times.

FIRST NEWS | APRIL 1, 2020

How are you structuring your day staying at home? This week, we have Rebecca sharing some of her daily rhythms and spiritual practices. Click the video below to watch.

Read the full liturgy Rebecca mentioned in her reflection here: A Liturgy for Those Flooded by Too Much Information by Douglas McKelvey


Speaking of spiritual practices, we came across these beautiful paintings shared by one of our FBC members, Sandi Smoker, who is a gifted artist. 

"Painting, for me, has become an important part of my spiritual practice, a natural expression of devotion from the stillness and quiet of morning prayer and scripture reading. Over these past weeks as I transitioned from prayer to painting, I felt my own fears and longings, my gratitude and helplessness emerge through colour and line. Sharing them with my community on Facebook and Instagram seemed like a good way to soften the impact of our situation by simply being in solidarity with each other. Scripture encourages us to comfort others through the comfort we have received. I feet the Holy Spirit's comfort as I paint and I paint to offer myself up as a comfort to others." - Sandi Smoker

See more of her work at @smokeypointarts 


 PASTORAL CARE/KEEPING IN TOUCH

During this time if you have any pastoral care needs, please do reach out to us. We’ve assigned Pastoral Team members to serve as Area Pastors, the list is below. Or, if you know of anyone that could use pastoral care, please do contact us as well.  

Anthony Brown – North Shore
Justin Kim – West End, Downtown
Rebecca Thornber – West Point Grey, Kitsilano
Filipe Balieiro – West Point Grey, Kitsilano
Stuart Campbell – Cambie, South Granville, Oakridge, Kerrisdale
Daniel Foster Fabiano – Coquitlam, Burnaby
John Tsang – Vancouver East, New Westminster, Delta, Surrey, Richmond
Bob Swann – Richmond, Shelter, Homeless friends, volunteers, and workers

Area Pastors will work with the leaders of our Connection Groups based in their area. If you have any care needs, please contact your Connection Group leader or Area Pastor. We are ready and happy to help and support you. You can also reach us by calling the church office or email us at  .  


CALL TO PRAY

1. Noon Time Prayer 

We are inviting you to pause in the middle of the day, at 12noon to pray for 10 to 15 minutes. It will be encouraging to know, that as many of us as possible, will be uniting our hearts to pray in this season. If for any reason, noon time does not work for your schedule, then perhaps at 7:30am or, 10pm. There are many things that we can pray for but if you would like additional guides, here are two options. First, use our weekly FBC prayer guide. If you'd like to receive that (it comes out Fridays), please send an email to . Secondly, If you would like to explore a contemplative way to pray, Pray as You Go offers daily prayers with sacred music, scripture, and reflective questions. This resource is both web based and app based. 

2. Prayer Needs or Requests 

If you have a prayer need or request, you can submit it by sending an email to  . Would you please indicate the level of circulation that you would like (confidential, Pastoral team only, church-wide).  

3. City-wide, Nation-wide Prayer Movements 

This crisis has stirred the hearts of God's people around the city and the country to pray collectively. 24-7 Prayer Canada is a ministry that seeks to help churches pray. They have a number of opportunities to pray with others during this time. Here is the link to that hub of resource. Let us unite our hearts in prayer!  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. (Rom 12:12-13)

4. A Prayer for these Times 

In this time of COVID-19, we pray to you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  
When we aren't sure, Lord, help us be calm;
When information comes from all sides, correct and not, help us to discern;
When fear makes it hard to breathe, and anxiety seems to be the order of the day, slow us down, God;
Help us to reach out with our hearts, when we can't touch with our hands; 
Help us to be socially connected, when we have to be physically distant;
Help us to love as perfectly as we can, knowing that "perfect love casts out all fear." Amen. 

 

FIRST NEWS | MARCH 25, 2020

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We, like many of you, are doing our best to adjust to the new normal. It has been an adventure! 

We hope you were able to join us for our very first virtual worship service this past Sunday! While we most certainly miss our in-person worship service, we were encouraged by the participation level and the positive feedback regarding the format and content of our First Worship!

Here are some of the photos shared by the FBC family via social media: 

We would love to hear from you! If you have an encouraging story, a morning reflection, a funny photo of your children, a newfound hobby, an amazing Instant Pot recipe--share it with us! You can tag @firstbc on Instagram, @First Baptist Church Vancouver on Facebook, or send them to Angeline. We will share snippets of our community life here with the hope of to keep us connected!

PASTORAL REFLECTION

Click the video to watch a short devotion message by Daniel.

PASTORAL CARE/KEEPING IN TOUCH

During this time when we cannot meet together in person as a church, it is even more important for us to care for one another. To that end, we’ve assigned Pastoral Team members to serve as Area Pastors.

Anthony Brown – North Shore
Justin Kim – West End, Downtown
Rebecca Thornber – West Point Grey, Kitsilano
Filipe Balieiro – West Point Grey, Kitsilano
Stuart Campbell – Cambie, South Granville, Oakridge, Kerrisdale
Danny Foster Fabiano – Coquitlam, Burnaby, Surrey
John Tsang – East Vancouver, New Westminster, Richmond 
Bob Swann – Richmond, Shelter, Homeless friends, volunteers, and workers

See here to get to know our pastors a little more.

Area Pastors will work with the leaders of the Connection Groups/Small Groups based in their area. If you have any care needs, please contact your Connection Group leader, or Area Pastor. We are ready and happy to help and support you. You can also reach us by calling the church office or email us at  . 

CALL TO PRAY

We are inviting you to pause in the middle of the day, at 12:00 noon to pray for 10 to 15 minutes. It will be encouraging to know, that as many of us as possible, will be uniting our hearts to pray in this season. If for any reason, noontime does not work for your schedule, then perhaps at 7:30 am or, 10:00 pm. There are many things that we can pray for but if you would like additional guides, here are 2 options:

  1. Use our Weekly Prayer Guide. If you'd like to receive that (it comes out Fridays), please send an email to 

  2. If you would like to explore a contemplative way to pray, Pray as You Go offers daily prayers with sacred music, scripture, and reflective questions. This resource is both web-based and app-based. 

If you have a prayer need or request, you can submit it by sending an email to  . Would you please indicate the level of circulation that you would like (confidential, pastoral team only, church-wide).  

Finally, this critical time has stirred the hearts of God's people around the city to pray collectively. We are aware of some of these movements and once we learn more, we will pass that information along to you. Let us unite our hearts in prayer!  

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. (Rom 12:12-13)

GIVE

Giving is an integral part of our discipleship. Your gift will help the church maintain mission and ministry commitments in a time when these commitments are more important than ever. We encourage you to give as an act of worship through these reliable, easy and safe secure systems:

  • Give Online 

  • Set up Pre-authorized Debit or Credit Payment by contacting our accountant, Teck-Ngee.

  • Mail your cheques to First Baptist Church, 969 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y1.

  • Other ways to give

ANNOUNCEMENT

For those internationals in our family: To help our English levels continue to grow and to maintain a sense of community, Stuart will be posting a daily link on the Internationals WhatsApp and Facebook pages to an article, video, or song, along with relevant new vocabulary. It would be wonderful if the posts become a conversation. Email Stuart to join the group.

 

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