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First News | February 24, 2021

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GROWTH CLASS

How do we read the Bible well? Why did God choose to give us 66 books of such varying kinds over the span of more than 2000 years? What do we know about His intention for its use in our own lives and in the life of the church?

The Bible is not a rulebook, or a handbook to Christian life, or even an information source about God. Rather, it is God’s living Word, through which He reveals Himself to us and engages us in a relationship with Him.

How do we read the Bible in this way, using our Bible reading to enter into a daily encounter with the Living God? How do we know that we are understanding it correctly? And where do we turn for help when we reach parts that we don’t understand?

This class is focussed on helping each of us develop better Bible reading habits. It will be taught by Anthony Brown in two three-week blocks with a two-week break over Easter in the middle. It is suitable for any Bible reader, including those just beginning and those with many years of Bible reading behind them, as well as those engaged in teaching the Bible in small groups.

Growth Class: How to Read the Bible
This series of 6 classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30pm over Zoom.
Dates: March 11, 18, 25 and April 15, 22, 29

Register here by March 4.

 

First News | February 17, 2021

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SPIRITUAL READING

By now, you would have received the email releasing our Ash Wednesday service, we hope that it will minister to you as we begin this Lenten season. Previously, we introduced the concept of Almsgiving and we encouraged you to be particularly attentive to serving others (your neighbours, colleagues, family, and friends) in creative ways. 

Another way for us to grow during Lent is to read a good spiritual book. C.S. Lewis wrote (in the preface of Athanasius) that for every ‘new book’ we read, we should read an ‘older one’. Some food for thought there! Here is a short list. Hopefully, you will be able to find a gem:   

St. Augustine, Confession
Augustine’s autobiography is filled with nuggets of gold. The pear theft story in 2.9-14 is priceless!  

Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
Short reflections that have inspired Christians through the centuries. Free versions online for those who are extremely frugal.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity 
A collection of essays by C.S. Lewis. Begin with topics that interest you. Counting the Cost(Bk 4, chpt 9) is great!

Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer
This is a more difficult read but stay with it and you’ll find some real deep insights on prayer.  

Eugene Peterson, Memoirs
Short stories from the author’s life that invite you to reflect on your own. 

Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus – Reflections on Christian Leadership
Short little book of 80 pages that can be read in a day but will require a lifetime to put into practice. 

 Or, perhaps you can choose a book on your bookshelf (or Kindle) that you can reread for spiritual growth. Half-way through Lent, we’ll invite you to submit stories of how you’re experiencing God in this season. 

Blessings to you on this Lenten journey,
John Tsang


LENTEN NEIGHBOURHOOD CONVERSATIONS

In January, one of the ways we reached out to the neighbourhood, in particular in the "Cambie+" area, was through the ecumenical Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. (If you missed this, we still long for your participation and prayers: you can still watch the ecumenical service, featuring a few FBC faces, and follow the eight-day reflection guide.)

In February, another way to reach out to the neighbourhood is through Lenten reflection, prayer, and conversation. If you find yourself free on Tuesdays at 10 am (which, regrettably, the Pastoral Team does not), consider participating in the weekly Zoom Lenten reflections held by the Missional Commons Group (of Facebook). This online collective seeks to think well upon this essential Christian question: What does it look like to pay attention to what God is revealing to us in the stories of people in our congregations and neighbourhoods?

The Lenten conversations will run from February 16 to March 23. Based on the Lord's prayer, the dialogue will focus on how that foundational prayer is calling us to our own neighbourhoods.  The Pastoral Team would be most encouraged by your participation. Contact Stuart at , if you have any questions.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Wed, Feb 24Winter Church Meeting
 
 

First News | February 10, 2021

WEEKLY REFLECTION

Read a short reflection by Bruce Hindmarsh on Lent and Love
Abstinence, Intensity, and Love // Dust No. 26

Ash Wednesday Service

February 17 | Video will be sent out at 12pm via First News

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. We will be releasing a special Ash Wednesday service shaped around the well-loved Psalm 23 for us to enter into this season worshipfully.  Read more about the Lenten season here.


WINTER CHURCH MEETING

Wednesday, February 24, 7pm on Zoom

You are all invited to attend our next church meeting (everyone is welcome, though only members may vote). As much as we would prefer to see you in person with a smile and a hug – we will look forward to “seeing” one another via our computers, tablets or phones on ZOOM. We are getting accustomed to this new way of meeting!

 We will praise God together, celebrate His faithfulness to us, hear about “what is next” in the life of FBC and hear how God has been working among us. So much to be thankful for!

 The FBC 2020 IN REVIEW is ready for you to enjoy! Here’s the link.

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

 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!

 It will be a good evening. So please mark the date on your calendar, register your attendance and make plans to be there!

Bless you all,
Claudia Wakeman
Moderator


WE ARE HIRING

Passionate to equip and inspire our children and families to follow Jesus with intention? Know someone who has a heart for children’s spiritual development and family discipleship 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

 

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