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First News | October 7, 2020

WEEKLY REFLECTION

The video Joseph mentioned in his reflection can be found in the AGM Update section below.


PRETEENS & YOUTH UPDATE

What will preteens and youth ministry look like this year?

I’ll skip boring you with all the potential answers to focus on a keyword Belonging.

Belonging to a group is critically important for everyone and it is no different for our NewGen friends. There are many groups that call for their attention even in a pandemic. But belonging to a group where one can have Christ-following friends who love, encourage, laugh, challenge, doubt, discuss and pray with/for you is the unique gift of being a part of the good and beautiful community. 

And so, this Fall our teaching theme and activities have kicked off with an emphasis on Belonging. Through our weekly zoom calls, a photoscavenger hunt through downtown and dropping off Tim Horton’s gift cards to preteens our aim has been to either begin or grow our relationships and to share with each person that they are welcome and have a community to belong to. 

My hope and prayer that our NewGen leaders share with me is that each of our preteens and youth would know and experience that they Belong most importantly to Christ but that they also belong in our group and are a gift to us! 

We would love your prayers as we connect online and sometimes in-person. Pray that belonging to our group would be a reality for our preteens and youth. Pray that they may know they belong to Jesus. And in all these things may we grow together to better show the world what the good and beautiful community looks like.

Blessings,
Daniel Foster Fabiano
Director of Preteens and Youth Ministries


AGM UPDATE

An update from your moderator...

I just want to say thank you for coming to our very First Virtual AGM ! It was so very wonderful to “see” you all! And I know you were excited to see everyone too! And we discovered that we can do this!  

I also want to say that the “background crew”: Angeline, Soniya, Kurtis and Justin worked tirelessly most of September so that it could come off without a hitch!  I am so appreciative! And Eric kept me on track during the meeting, fielding the requests for questions. I needed that!

We more than met our quorum and passed all the motions. The new Nominating committee is already at work, and the new Membership Committee will be soon. You will have seen the news about in-person prayer meetings that we are all so pleased to hear about, as well as the scheduled zoom prayer times. We are all aware that we are totally dependent on our Lord to see us through this day, as well as the days ahead.

The highlight of the meeting has to be the video presentation, put together beautifully by Angeline: “FBC in Pandemic Mode!” It is just wonderful and will make your heart sing! Here’s the link if you haven’t seen it or if you want to enjoy it all over again!

Thank you for being such a great community!

Blessings!
Claudia Wakeman
Moderator


PRAYER MEETING

In-person Prayer Meeting - Cancelled

Regretfully, due to low registration, we will be cancelling the In-person prayer meeting scheduled for Sunday Oct 11th. Please do join us for the Zoom prayer meeting scheduled for Oct 25th if you are able and we hope to see many of you there. 

Zoom Prayer Meeting (open to all) 

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.


THANKSGIVING OFFERING

Each year, during Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, FBC collects a special offering that is used to support various causes and organizations. 

This Thanksgiving, the special offering will be used towards covering the cost of upgrading our audiovisual production software and hardware. During the pandemic, we have been blessed by the dedication and expertise of our support team. We want to provide them with the necessary tools to grow and thrive in their roles. We invite you to be part of God's work in our community and the ministries of FBC and we thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

If you would like to contribute to this offering, there are two ways to give. You can give online by clicking here. Please make sure that you select “Thanksgiving Special Offering” under the Fund category. You can also give by mailing in a cheque. Please indicate that it is towards the “Thanksgiving Special Offering” on the memo section of the cheque. 

Designated Gifts: It is FBC's policy that designated gifts will be used solely for the stipulated purpose of the designated fund. However, when the purpose or project has been completed, or the special restricted fund has been closed, or the purpose of the special restricted fund cannot be completed as originally planned, the remaining capital will be distributed at the discretion of the CLT.

First news | September 30, 2020

Weekly Reflection


Keep Death Daily Before Your Eyes - (From the Rule of St. Benedict, 480-543)

 

Psalm 90:12, Teach us to number our days and we may gain a heart of wisdom. Why would the ancient spiritual writers remind us to “keep death daily before our eyes”? What, if any, is the spiritual wisdom in being mindful that we could die anytime? What one commentator wrote about the modern person is that she lives as if she is immortal, constantly putting off what needs to be done today, and always thinking that there is time to fix the mistakes of life, until one day she is confronted with the final days and feel this deep sense of regret. As the Psalmist wrote, there is indeed wisdom in being mindful of our own mortality.   

Sometimes the end of life is more real than ever. Perhaps you have felt it yourself. Or maybe you have a parent or spouse that is getting more and more frail. Or perhaps you received a call that your brother has been diagnosed with a very serious illness and has only a few months to live. How do we care for someone as they approach the end of their life?  If you are able, come and join me as we reflect on this very important question. The same class will be held twice to accommodate people's different schedules.    

End of Life Care - Caring for those who are nearing the end of life.  

Group A – Wed Oct 14, Thu Oct 15, Fri Oct 16
Group B - Sat Nov 7, 14, & 21

All sessions will be held from 9:30-12:00 noon, at Pinder Hall with Covid safety protocols. Limit of 8 participants for each session. To register, email   

John Tsang
Minister of Congregational Care


FALL PRAYER GATHERINGS

Prayer is a central part of who we are as the people of God. To that end, we will be holding a series of in-person and zoom prayer gatherings in the fall. Here are the dates and times. 

In-Person at Pinder Hall (max of 20 participants each time)

Sun Oct 11th, 2:00-3:30 pm,
Thu Nov 12, 10:00-11:30 am and
Sun Dec 13th, 2:00-3:30 pm. 

Zoom (open to all) 

Sun Oct 25th 2:00-3:30 pm
Sun Nov 29th, 2:00-3:30 pm.  

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. 

Registration for the above gatherings begins 2 weeks prior to the event and you can do so through our church website event and/or through our regular weekly First News and First Worship announcements.


THANKSGIVING OFFERING

Each year, during Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, FBC collects a special offering that is used to support various causes and organizations. 

This Thanksgiving, the special offering will be used towards covering the cost of upgrading our audiovisual production software and hardware. During the pandemic, we have been blessed by the dedication and expertise of our support team. We want to provide them with the necessary tools to grow and thrive in their roles. We invite you to be part of God's work in our community and the ministries of FBC and we thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

If you would like to contribute to this offering, there are two ways to give. You can give online by clicking here. Please make sure that you select “Thanksgiving Special Offering” under the Fund category. You can also give by mailing in a cheque. Please indicate that it is towards the “Thanksgiving Special Offering” on the memo section of the cheque. 

Designated Gifts: It is FBC's policy that designated gifts will be used solely for the stipulated purpose of the designated fund. However, when the purpose or project has been completed, or the special restricted fund has been closed, or the purpose of the special restricted fund cannot be completed as originally planned, the remaining capital will be distributed at the discretion of the CLT.


FAMILY NEWS

Lena Dueck, a long time member of FBC entered into the presence of the Lord on Sept 16, 2020  Lena was involved in a number of ministries during the time that she attended FBC. She will be missed by her extended family, please keep the family (Noel and Karen Low Ah Kee) in your prayers during this time of loss..

 

FBC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – HOW TO

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FBC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm

Because of the current restrictions, the AGM will be held via Zoom and so, there are some special arrangements to make sure things run smoothly. Please note carefully the following instructions.

Walkthrough Video (written version below)

BEFORE THE AGM

Registration

  • Please register via this link if you plan to attend.
  • A Zoom meeting link will be sent in the confirmation email after registration.
  • The Zoom meeting link will be sent again in a reminder email on September 28.
  • We need a quorum for this AGM. Everyone is invited to participate, but only members will be able to vote.

Documents to be reviewed and approved during the AGM

Questions?

Please send your questions regarding any of the documents provided to this email address by September 29, so that we can address them.


 ON THE AGM DAY

Click here to see the 2020 AGM Meeting Agenda 

Pre-meeting time (15 minutes prior)

  • Click on the Zoom link in the confirmation/reminder email to join.
  • You will be directed to a ‘waiting room’.
  • Please make sure that you have your full name displayed on your account. If not, you can rename yourself by clicking on your participant name. This will greatly help the check-in process.
  • Meeting host will do a virtual ‘check-in’ and admit everyone into the main meeting room when the meeting starts.

 Meeting time

  • Please keep your microphone on mute and turn your video camera on for the first 15 minutes of the meeting to help with check-in.
  • Feel free to use the ‘Chat’ function to connect with others but we do ask everyone to refrain from chatting when a presentation is in progress. 

Voting

  • Only members are invited to participate in voting.
  • Any person who wishes to participate in the voting must have their own PC, tablet or smartphone. If a husband and wife are sharing a device, only one of them will be able to vote or otherwise participate in the meeting. If multiple members in a household would all like to participate in voting, please join the Zoom meeting on separate devices (PC, tablet or smartphone). The same Zoom meeting link can be used to join.
  • At the appropriate time during the AGM, the host will initiate the poll for voting.
  • The business item will be displayed on the screen and the person asking for the motion will move it and another person will be asked to second it. We will do this by using the ‘raise hand’ function on Zoom. Only members can move and second a motion.
  • Next, a poll will be launched for voting. You will see a poll window pop up on your screen, with the business item in the title. There will be 3 options for selection:
    • ‘Yes’ - in favour of the motion
    • ‘No’ – not in favour of the motion
    • ‘Abstain’ – formally decline to vote either for or against a motion
  • The poll will be active for 1 minute.
  • Once the host ends the poll, the result will be displayed and announced.

*Please do not worry if you have never done this before. We will do a few test runs to make sure everyone is familiar with the voting function

Questions during meeting?

  • We encourage you to review the AGM documents and submit any questions prior to the AGM by September 29 as accepting questions ‘from the floor’ on Zoom will be difficult.
  • To get in the queue for questions during the meeting, go to the chat box and send a private message to Eric Findlay. Search for ~Question from the drop down menu. Type a message and Eric will invite you to ask your questions when it is your turn.
  • You may unmute your microphone then, and ask away.
  • Please do not type your questions in the chat box as it will be hard to monitor.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to .

If you are facing any technical difficulties during the meeting, send a private message to ~Tech Support or email Kurtis Findlay at for support.

 We look forward to seeing you at our AGM! 

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