Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Just a reminder that the office is closed this week so the staff can spend some extra time with their families. 
We will be back to regular office hours next week!

Also, our Sunday worship service this week, January 1st, will be at our regular time, 10:30am - noon.

 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Please join us for a candlelight Christmas Eve Service at First Baptist Church on December 24th from 6:30-7:30pm.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Christ at the Centre

Here is the short version of our video about Christ at the Centre. We will have the extended individual interviews available in the near future. Please check back often.


Christ at Centre from Aaron on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016



FBC’s 3rd Annual Talent Show

Kids and adults, get together with family and friends and prepare a group skit or song. Or perhaps a solo act is more your style. Anything is welcome! You can do a magic act, a puppet show, a flea circus, a reading, some yodeling etc., etc. Static displays are also a possibility. The only limit is your imagination and time. All acts have to be under five minutes long. So....start thinking and practicing.
Date: November 26th. Contact Berny & Jan Klassen or Alex & Tricia McLeod to let them know you would like to participate. This is a fun church event that you will not want to miss!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016



HALLOWEEN FOOD DRIVE
 
This Halloween make a difference in the lives of people in need in our community. Sign up to participate in our first Halloween Food Drive for the Cranbrook Food Bank. Claim a street near you where you will ask your neighbours to make a food or cash donation to the Food Bank. This is a great opportunity to learn to care for others as a family and people will already be expecting guests at their door that evening. Please email Aaron with what street(s) you would like to collect food on!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Spiritual Parenting Workshop
 
Parenting is a difficult task no matter what stage of life you are in. You are invited to a two day workshop in November called Spiritual Parenting. This is for parents of children of all ages, including teens! Even if you are a grandparent who regularly cares for grandchildren you will benefit from this time. The workshop is free of charge and will take place on Saturday Nov 5th and 19th from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Please sign up today by emailing Aaron Hansen (aaronh@fbccranbrook.org).
 
If you would like to learn a little bit more about the workshop, you can watch a video here.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Special Offering for Thanksgiving

For the next 2 Sundays we will be receiving a special offering that will go towards something Global. Our designated giving this October will go to the Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) crisis relief fund. If you would like more information about the CBM and this initiative, take a look at the CBM Sunday bulletin insert or click here.

As we take up our special offering for a global cause, we ask that you also remember our local Food Bank. We invite you to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank this Sunday.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Clues for Noticing God at Work

In talking about Christ at the centre of our lives, it can be easy to take on a lot of guilty conscience feelings because "we just aren't bringing the right sort of life to Jesus." Paul's words to the Roman believers are so important.

"Therefore, I urge you,(A) brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,(B) holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform(C) to the pattern of this world,(D) but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.(E) Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is(F)—his good, pleasing(G) and perfect will." (Romans 12:1-2 NIV)

Paul says "... in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice...." We bring our lives to God with openness. Openness to the Spirit of God to transform us so that we might become the person we have been created to be. 

In a recent Sunday service, we did a little exercise where we looked at piece of scripture and then edited it to reveal the opposite of what it said. Here is what we did:

We started with Romans 12: 9-16
 

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.(NIV)

Then we wrote in opposite words throughout the passage (not to rewrite scripture in our own words, but to contrast the fruit of a life lived with Christ at the centre and one lived without.)
 
9 Love must be fake. Love what is evil; cling to what is evil. 10 Be devoted to yourself in love. Honor yourself above others. 11 Always be lacking in zeal, deny your spiritual fervor, take from the Lord. 12 Be joyful in despair, anxious in affliction, unreliable in prayer. 13 Hoard from the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice unwelcoming.
14 Curse those who persecute you; curse and do not bless. 15 Complain with those who rejoice; celebrate with those who mourn. 16 Live in discord with one another. Do not be humble, but be obstinate to associate with people of low position. Do not be humble. 

As we go through life seeking to have Christ at the centre, it will be helpful to recognize the ways we respond to Jesus and the ways that we do not. I hope this little exercise is a helpful way to begin to see our lives so that we might truly be living sacrifices that are being transformed.  
  

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Church Potluck this Sunday!

Just a friendly reminder that our first potluck for the fall will be this Sunday, September 25th.
Please bring a dish to share and stay for lunch and fellowship after the service!
 

Thursday, 15 September 2016



VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED IN CHILDREN'S MINISTRY!!!! 

Ok we are STILL searching for a few small group leaders in elementary. We have some great kids looking for some older youth or adults to talk to them about who God is and what Faith is all about! This is not a huge commitment and you will only need to commit to 7 Sundays from now until Christmas! Please consider being a friend to these kids - it is such a wonderful and rewarding opportunity! These are the groups still needing leaders:

Kindergarten: 7 kids - need 1 small group leader
Kindergarten & Grade 1 Group: 8 kids - need 2 small group leaders
Grade 3: 8 kids- need 1 small group leader
Grade 4/5 Boys: 8 - need 1 more Male small group leader

Please contact Natasha (natasha@fbccranbrook.org) if you would like to get involved!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Sunday, September 11th is KICK-OFF SUNDAY!
 
Sunday service time will return to 10:30am this week. Coffee will be on from 9:45-10:15am, so come early for a time of fellowship.

This will be the day children will be moving up to their new groups according to age. On Sunday, September 11 our teachers and small group leaders will welcome them into their new groups / rooms. 

For those moving up into new areas (Preschool / Elementary) September will be an important time to help children adjust and learn the new routine of Sunday mornings.

We will also be having a fun family event at the Kootenay Trout Hatchery from 2-5pm on September 11th. Come out for fishing, a bouncy castle, games, snow cones and more!

Monday, 15 August 2016

Creation Care as Mission

Summer is birthday season in our family. What great opportunities to celebrate and communicate our appreciation for the people we love. One of those great ways that we communicate our love and appreciation at these celebrations is through the giving of gifts.

Many of us have been the recipients and givers of some truly wonderful gifts. As the giver, we invest our thoughts and emotions into finding the right gift, often trying to anticipate the response it will receive from the person we are getting it for. As the recipient, we receive the gift with the anticipation of, not only the gift itself, but all the energy that has gone into providing it.

Have you ever experienced, though, a gift being treated poorly after it is received? The person misuses it or neglects the gift altogether. This is a slap in the face isn't it. It truly hurts, as the giver, to see this happen. 

People are deeply loved by God, and God is passionate about our well being. Imagine the best gift giver you know of in this world and know that they are no where near as good as God.  James 1:16-18 says
"16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created."

In the beginning when God was creating the universe, he makes it all and calls it "good". Then he makes humans and places them into this creation and gives it to them to care for and look after. Everything that humans will need has been thought of and provided by God.

The earth is a gift, a good gift, from our Creator who loves us deeply.

You are welcome to disagree with me but I believe that Jesus' reconciling work was for all of creation. It was not just for humans. John's Gospel opens by giving us a description of the Word's intimate responsibility in fashioning the universe. In Paul's letter to the Romans Paul states that all creation groans in anticipation of being fully reconciled once again.

As we ourselves are being reconciled to God, we have the responsibility to pass this message along to the whole world. Our participation in cleaning garbage out of St. Joseph Creek was an act of declaring to the waters that nourish us that the Kingdom of God is at hand. 

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Summer Service Time & Office Hours

During July & August, our weekly Sunday worship service will be from 10am-11am.
Communion Sundays will be July 10th and August 7th.

Summer office hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 9am - 12pm.
If you are coming down to the office and it's not during one of the above times, just call ahead to see if someone will be around!
The office will be closed the week of August 8th-12th. 

Have a great summer! 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016


You are invited to the FBC KIDS
Year End Party!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

5:00 to 7:00pm

At Key City Gymnastics Club

Supper will be provided

Please RSVP to Pastor Natasha:


Email: natasha@fbccranbrook.org / Text: 250.919.4807

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Please join us this Sunday afternoon for our annual church picnic!

 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Tuesday, 10 May 2016


A Brief History

Here is a short story that reflects the history of the Church. Please feel free to comment or make your own additions or observations.



There was a city long ago where a humble business owner ran his small shop. The Owner had this ability to be able to anticipate the needs of the people who lived in the city. And so his business prospered as did the city. The Owner had children whom he trained to take on the business and these children learned to also anticipate the needs of people of the city and provided exceptional wares at reasonable prices. They began to open shops in other neighbourhoods and other cities and even other countries. Over the centuries the legacy of the humble shop owner was faithfully transferred from one generation to another and the stores and the communities they served were better because of it.
As one might expect though, after many years some of the descendants did not operate according to the values of the Owner. Somehow the importance of the family values was not perceived by these new owners. They started to dictate to the cities they were in what those citizens needed. Through clever marketing, and aggressive pricing they coaxed citizens to just buy what was on sale. This worked for a while, but soon the cities where these shops were started to suffer. Some of the descendants of the Owner began to look back on what past generations had done and what their business strategies had been. They discovered that what they were doing had significantly departed from the values of their ancestors. They called for reform in all the stores. Some heard the plea, and responded with change. Others heard the plea and responded by trying to drive this reformed business model out of town. In the end there was a split within the company. Some chose to return to what had been the practices of the early stores, while others chose to continue with the extra practices that they thought the business could not do without.

Today these stores still exist, and there have now been many divisions within the company. Each store has had reform and has tried to return to the original practices of the Owner. Those who still endeavour to meet the needs of their city do well and the city is better for it.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Easter Weekend



There are many things to do on a long weekend, especially around Easter. Included here are some of the best opportunities you will have to engage with the wonder of the Passion weekend. If you would like to volunteer to help out in some way please let us know in the office.


Tenebrae Service
Tenebrae, or “Service of Shadows” is one of the oldest traditions of the Christian church for the commemoration of the passion and death of Christ. As the Passion story unfolds through the readings and music, the darkness increases, until with the death of Jesus only one light is left burning. This is not necessarily a cheerful service, as it is an entering into the story of our Lord Christ on the night he was betrayed. It helps us appreciate more gloriously the explosion of light that is Easter. This service will take place Thursday evening at 7:00pm. It is a very participatory event and we are in need of about nine readers. Please contact Pastor Kevin if you are able to help out.

Good Friday Service at Knox
Our annual service with Knox Presbyterian church will happen at Knox this year at 11:00am.  (Northwest Corner of 3rd St. and Victoria Ave.)

Good Friday Stations of the Cross
This Good Friday we will be holding a special event to help our children understand and commemorate Easter. At the Stations of the Cross we will use our senses, creativity and our imagination to reflect upon Jesus and remember what he did for each of us. Each station will have a different activity to help us understand Christ's love and sacrifice for us. As a family you will take time at each station together. The church will be open from 3:00 to 5:00 pm for families to come and participate. It will take your family roughly 45 mins to complete and all ages are welcome.
Natasha Ewaskow also needs volunteers to help set up, help with stations and clean up. If you can help please contact her.

Easter Morning Breakfast
This year we will be hosting an Easter pancake breakfast prior to church. Bring the whole family down between 9am and 10am for some delicious pancakes (even gluten free). It will be a great way to begin the celebration of Easter with friends and family.

Resurrection Celebration Service
We will of course be rejoicing with great hallelujahs on Easter morning during our regular timed service. (10:30am in case you were wondering)