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First News | October 21, 200

WEEKLY REFLECTION


A CALL FOR SERVANT LEADERS

The Call

First Baptist Church believes deeply in the priesthood of all believers participating in God’s kingdom work – in our city and beyond. The lay leadership partners with our pastors to oversee and guide our life and ministry with Jesus. For this reason, a Nominating Committee is intentionally established in its governance.

Its members serve to listen prayerfully together and have conversations with its members, to discern those whom our Lord might be calling to serve as His servant leaders for a particular season to accomplish His purposes through FBC. Each year, in the Fall season, this committee extends a call for nominations from the congregation.

It is an adventure of creative and collaborative energy to partner and support our pastoral team. Together, we shape the ministry and presence of the Body through our many and varied ministries for our communal life and our neighbourhoods; to follow our Shepherd’s lead in being salt and light.

The Model

Who would be a suitable candidate to nominate? Jesus modelled and embodied his Father’s Kingdom values and meaning of kingdom “leadership.” 

Paradoxically, it is an up-side-down picture of a leader. Jesus came first–downwards–to lead by example in loving, nurturing, forgiving, blessing, even breaking religious traditions to heal on a Sabbath, touch the untouchables, being hospitable and extending friendship to all who come to Him. Down on His knees, He led the way - to wash disciples’ feet, pray, and finished leading in the ultimate sacrifice - laying down His life for His friends and enemies. Between the towel and the cross, He issues His invitation: follow me. Imitate me, my image-bearers.  

The Reason

Enter deeper into the life of discipleship – to grow and be stretched. Besides the opportunity to discover and exercise gifts the Holy Spirit gives, it is also to be open to the Spirit’s work of moulding and transformation, becoming more like Christ. Consider stepping into a different kind of soil this season—to be tilled, churned, fertilized, pruned in your growth as his disciples. In the process, witness the mystery of the kingdom of God come deeper into our own hearts, our lives with one another, and into our neighbourhoods. 

The service is humble, but one will be blessed, be better at “one-another-ing”, and bearing the fruits of the Spirit. Consider it going further in believing, belonging and becoming.

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  .

Susan Ting
On behalf of the Nominating Committee


ZOOM PRAYER MEETING

Sunday, October 25 | 2:00-3:30 pm

REGISTER HERE and a Zoom meeting link will be sent to you via email one day before the prayer meeting.

Please contact John Tsang if you have any questions.


BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP 

Membership

Have you considered becoming a member at FBC? We believe church to be a covenant community—a group of disciples who are committed to corporately live under God’s rulership and to obey God’s will. If you think of First Baptist as your church home, membership is a way to express this commitment and to more fully participate in the life of the church. 

Will be running online membership classes this month. Classes will run Sunday, October 25th and Sunday, November 1st at 1pm on Zoom

If you would like more information, or to sign up for these classes, contact Rebecca.

Baptism

Baptism is a public declaration of our decision to become disciples of Jesus. It reflects our union with Christ in his death and resurrection and marks our commitment to follow him in all areas of our lives.

We are still baptizing in this season, although with modifications due to Covid. If you are considering baptism, email Rebecca for more information. 


INTRODUCING DAVID NACHO

We are pleased to announce that David Nacho will be joining us as the Director of Street Ministries on January 15, 2021.  Read more.

Introducing David Nacho

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We are pleased to announce that David Nacho will be joining us as the Director of Street Ministries on January 15, 2021. 

David will provide leadership for Shelter and related ministries, and together with our volunteers, work to further integrate these ministries into the life of the church by fostering a culture that encourages congregants to extend friendship and service to those who are most vulnerable. Alongside the pastoral team, David will expand the work of Shelter by developing new initiatives and strengthening partnerships with downtown evangelical churches, local faith-based organizations, and community partners. He will also work to facilitate continued ministry among the homeless and urban poor during our displacement.

Some of you might have known David and Suzannah well as both of them have been our CBM Partners in Mission for many years. David was born and raised in Bolivia in a Christian family and was baptized in 1994. In 1997, he immigrated to Canada, where he became a member of Grandview Calvary Baptist Church. 

After finishing his degree in Communications at Simon Fraser University, David began his studies at Regent College, where he and Suzannah met. David received a Master of Divinity (2004) and a Master of Theology at Regent College (2009). He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. program at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.

David and Suzannah got married in 2006. Since then, they have served with Canadian Baptist Ministries in Latin America in various positions, including youth ministry, community development, church mobilizing and, most recently, theological education at graduate and grassroots levels. David and Suzannah have three children: Sofia, Andrés, and Anna Laura. 

Let us keep David and his family in our prayers as they prepare to move from Costa Rica to Vancouver and begin this exciting new chapter at FBC. Let us welcome them as Christ welcomed us. 

First News | October 14, 2020

Weekly Reflection


CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRIES UPDATE

The Children & Family Ministries for this season intents to partner with families to stay connected and belonged through different approaches, particularly online, since the in-person meeting is not feasible.

Every week, the NewGen Hi-Five Weekend serve as an online platform for the children to learn the Word of God. We are currently using the materials from the book I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God by Diane M. Stortz. The children learn the different names of God through stories in the Bible. If you love storytelling and are interested in using your gift to teach the children online, drop me a note at and we would love to have you joining us in Hi-Five Weekend!

Earlier in October, we celebrated the dedication of Ada Elliott, daughter of Rochelle and Chris, at Queen Elizabeth Park. It was a beautiful service and our church family gets to share the joy by viewing a recording which was included in First Worship this past Sunday. We thank God for the nice weather, beautiful ceremony, and warm fellowship with the family. There will be a few more child dedications coming soon.

I want to thank Justin Kim, Daniel Fabiano, Soniya Mathew, and Julie Thompson for their tremendous support and guidance as I serve in this interim role with the Children & Family Ministries in September. I would not have had such a smooth transition without their great help. I also want to thank all of you who have prayed for the C&F Ministries and me.

As Advent is approaching, please continue to pray for us as we lead our children in knowing the true meaning of Advent and pointing them to God’s plan to rescue, redeem, and restore us.

Blessings,
Joseph Leong
Interim Director of Children & Family Ministries


A MESSAGE FROM BOB & ANNE SWANN

Dear First Baptist Family,

Anne and I cannot say THANK YOU enough for being a real family to us and for us. A FAMILY of God’s creation.

I came to First Baptist as a pastor on January 1st of 1999. You have prayed for us, supported us, and blessed our children ( David, Sarah, and Michael) in ways we could not even have imagined.

I have been allowed and supported to take 15 teams to Africa in that time, to direct 21 years of outreach to the homeless along with many amazing volunteers, and to make 4 journeys to Cree Nation Onion Lake Saskatchewan. These are only some of the experiences we have shared together. 

The weddings and funerals have allowed us to share deeply in your joy and in your sorrows. I, as a friend, a brother and a pastor, cherish these memories. When we all gather together again in Heaven it will be better than any mind has imagined.

The plan to retire on August 31st, 2020 was made many months before Covid-19 appeared. Therefore when Pastor Justin kept saying, “We are still going to celebrate your retirement in a meaningful way,” I found it hard to believe him. I did come to think that a quiet retirement would be just fine. But Justin, together with all of the pastors and you, surprised my family with an amazing celebration on Zoom.

In the middle of Anne’s recovery from emergency surgery on August 18th, you all out did yourselves! Your prayers, and your generous love gift have reinforced what I have said for years, “First Baptist Church Vancouver is a real, God given family and it is a privilege to be part of it. “

We know we are blessed. It is a joy to become volunteers together with you all. May God lead us together as we take care of each other and serve our hurting world.

Love in Christ,
Bob and Anne Swann


BAPTISM & MEMBERSHIP

Membership

Have you considered becoming a member at FBC? We believe church to be a covenant community—a group of disciples who are committed to corporately live under God’s rulership and to obey God’s will. If you think of First Baptist as your church home, membership is a way to express this commitment and to more fully participate in the life of the church. 

Will be running online membership classes this month. Classes will run Sunday, October 25th and Sunday, November 1st at 1pm on Zoom

If you would like more information, or to sign up for these classes, contact Rebecca.

Baptism

Baptism is a public declaration of our decision to become disciples of Jesus. It reflects our union with Christ in his death and resurrection and marks our commitment to follow him in all areas of our lives.

We are still baptizing in this season, although with modifications due to Covid. If you are considering baptism, email Rebecca for more information. 


PRAYER MEETING

Sunday, October 25 | 2:00-3:30 pm

REGISTER HERE and a Zoom meeting link will be sent to you via email one day before the prayer meeting.

Please contact John Tsang if you have any questions.

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