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Scripture Quilts

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The banners hanging in the Sanctuary this month are from what became a series of “Scripture Quilts” - this set used at Advent/Christmas.   The others were used at Lent, Pentecost, and Thanksgiving. They were done many years ago when Bruce Milne was Senior Minister - and joined the banners that once hung on either side of the Sanctuary and those still hanging in the back of the balcony.  

Margaret O’Leary, a long-time member of FBC, and an exquisite calligrapher did the lettering for me on this particular set.   Unfortunately, the fabric cutting, appliqué and quilting process did not translate her lettering well - I tried hard, but needed her forgiveness!

As well, we later hung the “Christmas Angel”, a very large “stained glass effect” banner in the midst of the organ pipes which was crafted by Linda Werner and myself.  When the sound system went in behind the pipes, the banner was retired!

 

Always, the banners were created with the prayer that they would serve as a prompt to worship our Lord.

Claudia Wakeman

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Becoming a Member

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WHY MEMBERSHIP?

The idea of membership at a church can feel countercultural today.  We may become members at our local gym or community centre, but why should we become members of a local church? 

Here are a couple of reasons to consider: 

1) To make a commitment to communityWhen we accept Christ and are baptized we become part of a new family. Membership at a local church is a way of affirming this. Through membership we are becoming part of a covenant community. It’s a commitment to know others and to be known, and to choose to help one another grow as disciples of Jesus. This in itself can be part of our witness in the world.

2) To discern corporately the voice of Jesus Christ. Under the guidance of church leaders who are called to equip the membership in the task of corporate discernment, we believe church members are called to participate actively in the corporate search for God’s will for the church. This is rooted in the biblical concept of the priesthood of all believers—a Baptist distinctive.

If you’d like to consider church membership, our next Membership Classes will be held on February 9th and 23rd from 11:30-1:30pm

Contact   for more info or to sign up. 

 Rebecca Thornber
Minister of Discipleship & Community

Care Ministry Training 2020

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When my father experienced signs of dementia, I did almost everything wrong. I corrected him, I tried to reason with him, and I got impatient with him. It wasn't that I didn't want to support and care, I simply didn't know how. If I had known what I know today, I could have been such a better support to my mom and my father. It is possible to learn how to care for one another better. To that end, we are offering three Care Ministry Courses (Care Friends, Care Minister I, Care Minister II ) and we are excited to offer a full slate of them for 2020 at multiple times throughout the year and in different formats to accommodate as many people as possible. As well, we've added three "Intensives"; special focus classes - Sanctuary Course (Mental Health and Faith), Caring for Seniors, and End of Life Care. Read more on our Care Training page.

I have been tremendously blessed every time I facilitated one of these courses. Here are some feedback and comments from previous participants: 

  • The material was effectively organized.  It helped  me to gain insight into the topic.
  • Instructor provided an appropriate balance between instruction and sharing of individual learners’ personal experiences.
  • It was amazing how quickly we bonded as a group. Being brothers and sisters in Christ was instantly felt.
  • Everyone should go through something like this... 

The first step is to sign up for Care Friends. After that, the order in which you take the other ones is not so crucial. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no obligation to be involved in the Caring Ministry of FBC. Come and let us grow together in the area of caring for one another. "By this", Jesus said, "the world shall know that you are my disciples if you love (and care for) one another." (John 13:35).

John Tsang
Minister of Congregational Care

For more information and registration, contact or call 604.683.8441.

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