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THE WELL @VCBC

MAY 3 2020
PRAISE & WORSHIP SUNDAY


VCBC is a faith community that strives to live out God’s will in all areas of life and passionately commits to forming genuine disciples of Jesus Christ in love and unity.

Due to current COVID-19 situation, our in-person worship services are temporarily suspended. Please join us in corporate worship on Sundays 9:40AM via live stream available on our website.

For more information regarding our measures on COVID-19, please click here.

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ORDER OF SERVICE
Zoom Link to Worship Service
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WELCOMING
CALL TO WORSHIP - Hebrews 11:1
PRAISE & WORSHIP
CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER 
PRAISE & WORSHIP
SCRIPTURAL REFLECTION - Psalm 103 
PRAISE & WORSHIP SPECIAL MUSIC VIDEO - Raise a Hallelujah
SHARING OF COMMUNITY LIFE & CLOSING PRAYER

DOXOLOGY
GENERAL NEWS
  1. April 26, 2020 Members Business Meeting - The Board would like to thank all the members (there were just over 100 of you) who participated in our first online MBM.  All motions on the Agenda were approved and carried.  We greatly appreciate and enjoy the interactions we had with you during question periods.  We look forward to your feedback on the platform we used in conducting the meeting.   We also thank our administrative staff and technology committee for their tremendous dedication and support on logistical and technical aspects for the registration, sign-in tryout  and the MBM.
  2. VCBC Weekly Devotionals. Every Friday, 3 to 4 of our very own pastors and deacons will be sharing nurturing words to the congregation each week. You can download this week's devotionals via this link
  3. Online Prayer Retreat - How Long O Lord? (Saturday, May 23rd from 9:30am - 12:00pm) Let's come together to pray as a family for our world, church, and community. Leading up to the prayer retreat, from May 17-22nd, we will be providing daily resources for individual reflection and prayer. The link to register to the retreat is: https://forms.gle/cZb2M7vGR4avjXSg6. Contact: Etana Tam. Please see bulletin insert via this link
  4. Online Prayer Night - Please note that the start time for the Online Prayer Night has moved to 8pm every Sunday starting today via Zoom conference. Please click here if you would like to join us in prayer for our community and for the world in midst of the pandemic situation. 
  5. Online Sunday Life Group Module: "Is Young Earth Creationism Scientific?" Led by Henry Lew, the SLG class will be available every Sunday at 11:15am. The room will be at https://slg.vcbc.ca. Since the SLG class shares the same waiting space as the Virtual Basement, you will be redirected to the SLG room momentarily. Supplementary materials and session recordings are available at https://vcbc.ca/slg-creationism.
  6. JCKidz is now available online! Our JCKidz leaders have prepared online materials for children and their parents to continue their journey with God every week. Activities include worship, crafts, games, videos, and even prizes for completion! Please click here to access the materials or contact childrenvcbc@gmail.com for more details.
  7. Online Offering - It is now possible to make your tithing/offering online through your bank's Interac e-Transfer function.  Please click on the Give button on the Menu Bar at the top of the homepage on our website for detail or visit the Online Tithing/Offering page for full instructions.
  8. VCBC Community Care Initiative. We hope to offer support and care to those who are affected by the COVID-19 situation. If you wish to participate as a volunteer in providing groceries or daily necessities courier services, or if you know of someone who can make use of such assistance, please contact Cindy in the Church Office for more information.
  9. Join our online service via Zoom Webinar. Please note: Due to new Zoom security update, it now requires each user to register in order to participate. We also highly recommend that you use the Zoom app for better viewing experiences. Please click here for the browser link. For Zoom app users, please click here.
  10. Past livestream services are made available at https://vcbc.ca/past-webcast. Those who would like to request access subsequently may contact the church office for instructions.  Due to privacy concerns, please do not share it with others.
  11. The Health and Safety Committee has listed 5 Practical Steps to Stop COVID-19 Spread. We highly recommend you to read the full newsletter available via this link.
CONTINUITY PLAN UPDATE
  1. VCBC has implemented our shutdown protocol effective March 20, 2020 until further notice. Any physical access to the church building must be pre-approved by the Board of Directors during this shutdown period through requesting one of the moderators or Pastor Sam.
  2. Sunday Services have been relocated online via live streaming platforms. English Service live stream are available Sundays 9:40am. Members may visit our website (www.vcbc.ca) and click on the link available at the top of the page. If you cannot participate during the live stream times, you may visit www.vcbc.ca/past-webcast (password protected) to browse our past live streams. Please inquire the church office 604-325-6314 or english@vcbc.bc.ca to obtain password access.
  3. During this time, church’s phone number is forwarded to one of our secretaries. As a result, you may still call 604-325-6314 for any inquiry, and our staff will continue to serve you.
  4. In the mean time, the church also extends care to those who may be affected by the COVID-19 (Click for more details). Please contact the church office if you or someone you know of may be in need of assistance.
  5. The Charity Committee has allocated some funds to provide financial assistance to brothers and sisters who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact Charity Committee via email (charity@vcbc.bc.ca) in confidence.
MINISTRY NEWS & EVENTS
NEXT GEN

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
P2G Choir and Pioneer Clubs have been cancelled until further notice.

EDGe Youth Fellowships have resumed online. For more info, please contact Pastor Brian at brianlee@vcbc.bc.ca
MISSIONS
 
Save the date! this year's Tsawout Summer Trip is scheduled for August 16-21. For more information, please contact Brian Lew.
Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 situation, the trip status will continue to be evaluated. Please stay tuned for more details. 
MONTHLY PRAYER BLOG

June '20: God Who Heals

By Jack and Lisa Young


"I am the Lord, who heals you (Jehovah Rapha).” 
—Exodus 15:26
 


It seems appropriate to focus on our God who heals in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic.  A virus made up of little more than a strand of RNA is holding the power and might of nations under hostage.  The world longs for healing, for assurance that a cure or remedy will insulate us from being infected.  How do we, as Christians, pray to our God who heals?

In the context of Exodus 15, God is seen as a physical healer for the thirst of the Israelites.  He turned bitter undrinkable water to sweet life giving water.  And we know from the miracles of Jesus, He brought physical healing to many who encountered Him.  So we can call upon God to heal us from physical ailments.  However, will we miss the point if we only focus on the physical healing? 

The Hebrew use of the word Rapha encompasses the meaning to mend, cure, repair thoroughly and make whole.  It shows God’s heart for healing is broader and deeper than what we envision.  God’s concern is not only providing temporal relief to His people, but He sees the deeper brokenness in their hearts.  He longs to heal not only for a moment or lifetime, but for eternity.  Our God is the healer who has power not only to restore water, and provide a cure for coronavirus, but Jehovah Rapha is the healer of souls.

As Christians let us give praise that we know the God who heals.  But don’t get disappointed if the healing doesn’t come the way we expect because there is a deeper healing that He intends for all of us to enter into—a restored relationship with Him, within ourselves, and with each other. Let us listen well to the message He is sending to us through this coronavirus—the call to pause, even stop and reflect on the healing He wants us to experience in our land and in our selves. In the mean time let us pray…

"If it is possible, let this cup pass" (Matthew 26:39 ESV).  Do quickly, O Lord, the painful, just, and merciful work you have resolved to do.  Do not linger in judgment.  Do not delay your compassion.  Remember the poor, O Lord, according to your mercy.  Do not forget the cry of the afflicted.  Grant recovery.  Grant a cure.  Deliver us—your poor, helpless creatures—from these sorrows, we pray.

But do not waste our misery and grief, O Lord.  Purify your people from powerless preoccupation with barren materialism and Christless entertainment.  Put our mouths out of taste with the bait of Satan.  Cut from us the roots and remnant of pride and hate and unjust ways. Grant us capacities of outrage at our own belittling of your glory.  Open the eyes of our hearts to see and savor the beauty of Christ.  Incline our hearts to your word, your Son, and your way.  Fill us with compassionate courage.  And make a name for yourself in the way your people serve.

"Stretch forth your hand in great awakening for the sake of this perishing world." (from John Piper 2020, Coronavirus and Christ)
SUNDAY CHILDREN PROGRAM
Please note that all Sunday children program are currently suspended until further notice. You may learn more about our regular children programs via the descriptions below.
LIFE TOGETHER @ VCBC
Please note that all non-essential church ministries are currently suspended until further notice. You may learn more about our regular ministries via this link.
P2G CHOIR - parents & children ages 4-11
Contact: Richard Cheng (vcbc.children.choir@gmail.com)

PIONEER CLUBS - ages 4-11
Contact: Queenie Yip (childrenvcbc@gmail.com)
Click to learn more about our Children Ministry

EDGe YOUTH - grades 6-12
Contact: Pastor Brian (youth@vcbc.bc.ca)
Instagram @vcbcedge
Click to learn more about our Youth Ministry

JOURNEY - college to 25yrs
Contact: Eunice Wong (journey@vcbc.bc.ca)
Click to learn more about our Young Adult Ministry
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