Join Pastor Natasha once again as she puts on a virtual family service!
Join Pastor Natasha as she hosts a family service video for December 6th!
Check out the video below for an important update from the Elder's Board. Due to the current pandemic and changes that are going on in our world, we as a church are also looking forward to changing in some ways. It may not be an option to continue doing church the way we always have, but we can look forward to changes with hope and anticipation. We do not fully know the ways we will need to change yet, but we ask for prayer in navigating these coming changes, and maintaining hope that God will continue to bring his kingdom in powerful ways, and use our church as a light in our community. You also can maintain hope in your heart that "there is one who holds the future," as Cory mentions in his update. So please partner with us in praying for wisdom, insight, and direction in this unforeseen time.
Thlipsis and Doxa
These two words are not simply a couple bad names for a new hamster, they are foundational words that pertain to our faith:
Tribulation and Glory
Granted the word tribulation brings up end times debates and itself is a word that is rarely used. Furthermore, when we accompany it with “glory”, an overused word for religious people who don’t like the thought of tribulation, I may seem like I am trying to confuse you rather than encourage you.
So, here goes. Let us expand tribulation to mean pain, suffering, pressure and being afflicted somehow or another. When we follow Jesus, our lives are (or should be) directed by different set of principles, morals, values, and goals, that pertain to God’s kingdom. All of these will be counter cultural, so when we try and live them out or when we go through something in the world, we will feel the pressure of this difference. It might take the form of pressure at work or school when you don’t partake in gossip or slander, but in fact stand up for it. It might mean that you continue to outwardly hope and trust in a good God, when cancer claims another loved one, and all those around you ask, “What kind of a God let this happen?”. There are many forms of this pressure and trouble. However, behind the scenes, and more accurately, at the centre of who you are, God is working out a counter cultural revealing of how powerful and brilliant God really is. For during the “thlipsis” you are going through God’s weight or substance of Glory is being amassed to be revealed one day; as if God one day will reveal through what you have gone through that His love, purposes and faithfulness could not be stopped by the afflictions of this world. It may be in your lifetime, it may be at another time, but assuredly we can trust the Bible when it says that Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33), and we are one with Him and his overcoming (Gal. 2:20). So, the encouragement is this. No matter the trouble and affliction you are going through, be patient (Rom. 12:12), it is developing endurance in you (Rom. 5:8), and God’s love can still be found in the midst of it (Rom. 8:35). And what is more, the hope and glory that will be revealed through what we have endured will be understood and celebrated at the centre of who we are, by the Holy Spirit. As the Apostle Paul declare: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:16-18)
May the strength and counsel of the Holy Spirit guide in this.
We wanted to let everyone know that Aaron successfully completed the ordination process. He went before the examination council yesterday to answer their questions. Aaron was very thoughtful and insightful as he responded. Many of the people on the council commented on the paper Aaron had written and what a great job he had done. The council unanimously affirmed Aaron and hence he was ordained as Reverend!!! Thank you Laird and Annalee Siemens for reading the letter of affirmation on behalf of our church and making the official motion for his ordination. Thank you also to those who tuned in via zoom and were blessed by the experience. The elders will be planning a service of affirmation of Aaron's ordination in the near future, so please stay tuned for details.
Once again - Congratulations Aaron.
Pastor Kevin, on behalf of FBC.
Our need for prayer is ever present, and praying together unites us, reminds us of our collective identity in Christ, and brings deep encouragement in our vast array of circumstances. That is why we will be hosting corporate prayer meetings on the first Thursday of every month from 7-8 pm. There will be a time of intercession, contemplation, and reflection. Please contact the office to reserve a spot. Come as you are.
Welcome Natasha Perich to our office team
Hi there, I want to officially introduce myself as the new Administrator here at First Baptist!
My Name is Natasha Perich, and I have lived in Cranbrook for a year and a half. I grew up in Richmond and Surrey, and spent the last few years in Abbotsford BC attending Columbia Bible College. There, I took courses in Outdoor and Applied Leadership. I got married in 2018, and took the first opportunity possible to move to Cranbrook. Some of my passions include gardening, sharing meals with people, and outdoor sports such as climbing, biking, and hiking.
What made me want to apply for the administrative position at the church was a burning desire to be more involved in the church, get to know the people of the church, and to be a voice of hospitality and love. I sincerely look forward to getting to know you!
- Natasha Perich