Around Town: Homelessness Action, Flavours of Hope, William Brackney

First Baptist Church is expecting a couple of hundred visitors for their Homelessness Action Day October 14:

We have so much to be thankful for! Let’s give thanks to our Lord. For the last 20 years, First Baptist Church has been opening our doors to serve the poor. It’s just a natural part of who we are and is an act of Thanksgiving. People know that this church on this corner is also there for the poor.

First Baptist Church hosts this event as our part of the Homelessness Action Week, a week where different churches and organizations through the Lower Mainland raise public awareness on issues of homelessness and rally local solutions.

We partner with Ellen Silvergieter of St Paul’s Anglican Church, who is as an advocate for the poor. She does much of the organizing, and her husband helps with tax filing.

What will take place on the 14th? 

Drop-in 10 am to 3 pm

Our guests will have access to:

    • Hearing aid tests
    • Help with their income tax
    • Free pet food & other supplies through the SPCA
    • Naloxone kits
    • Free hair cuts
    • Nursing students doing blood pressure tests
    • Information around housing and support services
    • Free fresh sandwiches & goodies, coffee & tea
    • Free toiletry kits
    • Free reading glasses

The Union Gospel Mission Thanksgiving Dinner (October 14, 10 am – 6 pm) is also part of Homelessness Action Week.

There will be several events in New Westminster as well from October 12 – 18: a community walk from the Salvation Army October 12; a Thanksgiving lunch at UGM October 14; and a community breakfast at Holy Trinity Cathedral October 15.

An article in the New Westminster Record noted a final event October 18:

New Westminster is closing out Homelessness Action Week 2019 with a free screening of Us & Them, a documentary on homelessness that chronicles the filmmaker’s experience befriending four chronically homeless individuals who ultimately change the course of her life. It’s taking place at Holy Trinity Cathedral (514 Carnarvon St.) beginning with free refreshments from Greens and Beans Deli being served at 6 pm and the screening of the film from 7 to 8:20 pm, followed by a guided discussion until 8:50 pm.

Sharing Food. Sharing Culture

Flavours of Hope is “a non-profit social enterprise that supports and empowers refugee newcomer women to gain economic security and build social connections in communities through cooking and sharing culinary traditions and stories.”

Their focus will be front and centre in an event they are co-hosting next weekend:

As part of the City of Vancouver’s 10th anniversary Sustenance Festival, that celebrates food, art and culture in the community, Flavours of Hope and Grandview Woodland Food Connection are collaborating together to host a Sharing Food. Sharing Culture event on Saturday, October 19 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm at the Canucks Family Education Centre in East Vancouver.

Come and learn from three remarkable newcomer women chefs from Venezuela, Philippines and Saudi Arabia, who will share their favourite family recipes and stories of migration through the lens of food.

We will have three cooking stations to make some traditional sweet and savoury appetizers from different cultures. Participants will help to prepare the food and hear stories behind the dishes from the women chefs. We will share food together in a long-table style after cooking and discuss about the role of food in experiencing belonging and identity in the community.

I have written about  Flavours of Hope and its founder Trixie Ling here, here and here.

Festschrift for William Brackney

Colin Godwin (left) presenting the festschrift to William Brackney (right).

He was born into the Baptist fold and has made it his life study. Dr. William Brackney was recognized by Carey Theological College – where he teaches – for his long service and expertise September 28.

Carey’s president, Dr. Colin Godwin, presented him with a festschrift, Crossing Baptist Boundaries – the collection of essays by fellow Baptist scholars is dedicated to Brackney.

Here is how Carey describes his background:

Reared in a hybrid American/Southern Baptist context, Brackney has served as Vice President and Dean of the American Baptist seminary, Eastern Baptist; as Executive Director of the American Baptist Historical Society; as Dean of Theology at McMaster University and Principal of the Divinity College; as Chair of the Department of Religion at Baylor University; and a distinguished Professor Emeritus at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

He currently holds the Pioneer MacDonald Chair of Baptist Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College in Vancouver [which is affiliated with the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada].

In addition to his extensive exposure to American Baptists, Canadian Baptists, Southern Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Brackney has worked extensively in the Baptist World Alliance, where he became acquainted with Baptist leaders from all over the world. The author of numerous books and articles on Baptists, he has written on diverse aspects of Baptist life from a global as well as continental perspective.

Go here for the full write-up.

Taking a week off

I will not post a weekly update of Church for Vancouver next week (ie, October 16) because my daughter Katherine is getting married (to Michael) this weekend. Time to celebrate, spend time with visiting relatives, etc.

October 10, 2019

DivorceCare (ongoing, several locations) – October 10, 2019 - January 7, 2020 at All Day
Langley / Surrey LeaderImpact Forum with Don Van Meer – October 10, 2019 at 7:00 am - 9:00 am
South Surrey Christian Women's Annual Fall Fair Banquet – October 10, 2019 at 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Deborah Stephan: Shellseekers Art & Soul – Spiritual Disciplines Workshop (Thursday mornings) – October 10, 2019 - November 28, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pipe Organ & Politics: All Candidate Debate – October 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

October 11, 2019

True Girl: Pajama Party Tour 2019 – October 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cathy Peters: Anti-Child Sex-Trafficking – October 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Eisenhauers – October 11, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

October 12, 2019

A Rocha's Harvest Celebration – October 12, 2019 at 12:00 am - 4:00 am
Consonantia: a school of spiritual practice – October 12, 2019 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Alzheimer Café – October 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rend Collective: The Revival Anthem Tour – October 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

October 13, 2019

Homelessness Action Week – October 13, 2019 - October 19, 2019 at All Day
Pray for Hong Kong – October 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Jazz Vespers in the Valley: 'Brentwood Musickers' Dan & Ben – October 13, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

October 14, 2019

Homelessness Action Day – October 14, 2019 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

October 16, 2019

Jesus on Mission: Come and Surrender – October 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Election Forum: Vancouver East – October 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Six Primrose – October 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Awareness, Witness and Joy: Thomas Merton’s Vocation and Ours – October 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

October 17, 2019

Global Leadership Summit – October 17, 2019 - October 18, 2019 at All Day
Global Leadership Summit – October 17, 2019 - October 18, 2019 at All Day
25th Annual Fundraising Banquet featuring Dr. Marc Newman – October 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

October 18, 2019

Frankenstein Lost in Darkness, adapted by Peter Church – October 18, 2019 - November 2, 2019 at All Day
Real Truth Real Life Apologetics Conference – October 18, 2019 - October 19, 2019 at All Day
Telecare's 30th Anniversary Celebration! – October 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

October 19, 2019

Rummage Sale & Fall Fair – October 19, 2019 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Inspiring Dominican Saints: Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati – October 19, 2019 at 9:15 am - 12:15 pm
Through the Seasons: Encountering God's Faithfulness Women's Conference – October 19, 2019 at 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Intercessors Prayer Conference: Plug into the Power of Prayer – October 19, 2019 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sharing Food. Sharing Culture – October 19, 2019 at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
New Beginnings Fundraising Dinner – October 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harvest Thanksgiving with Rio Samaya Band – October 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Atesto Surrounded – October 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Before the Flood: Free Film Screening – October 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Roddan Jubilee Lectures: P.E. Moskowitz – October 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 20, 2019

Human Sexuality Series (Final Evening) – October 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 21, 2019

Dr. Ross Hastings: Book Launch & Public Lecture – Total Atonement – October 21, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

October 22, 2019

The Ruby Sunrise – October 22, 2019 - November 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

October 23, 2019

Chaplains Connect with ACTS Seminaries – October 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Christian Humanist? a Theology Seminar – October 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Unplanned at The Orpheum – October 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

October 24, 2019

Book Launch: And Yet, Undaunted – Embraced by the Goodness of God in the Chaos of Life – October 24, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Does Immigration Matter?: Catherine Dauvergne – Compassion, Law & Why Refugee Claims Matter – October 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Grand Embrace III with Wm. Paul Young, Dr. Brad Jersak, Cathy AJ Hardy & Lorie Martin – October 24, 2019 - October 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 4:30 pm

October 25, 2019

Endtime Prophecy Conference – October 25, 2019 - October 27, 2019 at All Day
Evening of Hope (Villages of Hope Africa) – October 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Art of Discernment in the Ignatian Tradition – October 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Grand Embrace III Evening of Music and Inspiration – October 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One Life, a Heart for Asia event – October 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Port Moody Pacific Grace Movie Night – October 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Barney Bentall – October 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

October 26, 2019

Gospel Reset Conference – October 26, 2019 at 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Six Ways to Reach God's World: a Heart for Asia event – October 26, 2019 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Worship Academy Conference – October 26, 2019 at 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
What is the place of Christianity in Canada today? A Cross-Canada Conversation – October 26, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Conversations With a Painting: a Memoir – October 26, 2019 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Revealing Jesus by Sade Oladapo – October 26, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
OM Partnership Project Dinner – October 26, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Evening of Hope (Villages of Hope Africa) – October 26, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Neighbourhood Stories – October 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Copy of Fort Night Comedy Presents, Saturday Night Improv – October 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

October 27, 2019

Six Ways to Reach God's World: a Heart for Asia event – October 27, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers in the Valley: Nick Apivor & Artie Devlin Quintet – October 27, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fleetwood Gospel Hall Community Dinner – October 27, 2019 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Interdenominational Hymn Singing – October 27, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
International Christian Response: Tass Saada – October 27, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

October 28, 2019

Journey 101 (Monday evenings) – October 28, 2019 - December 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

October 29, 2019

Early Music Vancouver: Purcell & Nyman – Music After a While featuring Iestyn Davies, Counter-tenor & Fretwork – October 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

October 30, 2019

Jesus Collective – October 30, 2019 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

October 31, 2019

Funfest - Game On! – October 31, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hallelujah Night – October 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 1, 2019

~sey yes~ a liturgy of not giving up on yourself (featuring Scott Erickson) – November 1, 2019 at 12:00 am
The Bez Fundraising Gala with Shari Ulrich – November 1, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Early Music Vancouver: Dowland Lachrimae featuring Les Voix Humaines & Lutenist Nigel North – November 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
James K.A. Smith: Augustine Our Contemporary – How to Find Yourself – November 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

November 2, 2019

Real World Spirituality with James K.A. Smith – November 2, 2019 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
More: a Retreat for Women – November 2, 2019 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Connaught Heights Craft Fair – November 2, 2019 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
St. John the Evangelist Café Church: Two Veterans & a Chaplain, Serving Canada – November 2, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
For King & Country: Burn the Ships Tour – November 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

November 3, 2019

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – November 3, 2019 at All Day
A Celebration of Christian Unity – November 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sinach Live in Worship – November 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 4, 2019

Christian Advocacy Society: Annual Autumn Fundraiser Banquet – November 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm

November 5, 2019

Fundraising Gala: New Hope in Motion – November 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 6, 2019

JustWork: A Taste of Dignity – November 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 7, 2019

Inspired Convention – November 7, 2019 - November 8, 2019 at 8:30 am - 1:45 pm
Michael W. Smith – November 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Our Dream Soars Higher: Pope Francis' Call to Civic & Political Love – November 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Vancouver WaterBash – November 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

November 8, 2019

Christina Martin – November 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

November 9, 2019

SENT Conference: a Church on God's Mission – November 9, 2019 at 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Alzheimer Café – November 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Danny Michel – November 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

November 10, 2019

Jazz Vespers in the Valley: Linda Szentes & Jazzlinks – November 10, 2019 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

November 11, 2019

Dr. Gary Chapman: 5 Love Languages Tour – November 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

November 14, 2019

ELO Forum – November 14, 2019 at All Day
Consecrated – November 14, 2019 at 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Does Immigration Matter?: Shachi Kurl – I Know What You Think About Immigration! – November 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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