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Combined Sunday Service

December 17, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm PST

ward Memorial Baptist Church WARD MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHRUCH


My House will be called A House of Prayer For all Nations”  Isaiah 56:7 ~ Mark 11:17

MISSION:  “Making God known by sharing the Love of Christ.”

VISION: “Transformation”- Romans 12:2 


Order of Service: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Opening Prayer/Worship: Worship Team
Scripture Reading: 1 John 4: 7-12

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Praise and Worship: contd..
Advent Reading and Lighting of the Love Candle
Sermon: John Manoah on “The Intention, Deception and Redemption of Love”


Baptism: Speak with Pastor Jusuf if you are interested in baptism.

WMBC is…

(Vision Statement) “Making God known by sharing the Love of Christ.”

(Mission Statement)“Transformation”- Romans 12:2 (Vision Statement)

– All are welcome at WMBC

Advent Reading and Lighting of the Love Candle

Thanks to all Volunteers  ( including G &I Shining Stars Youth Society, Bassel Hakka Lutheran, Pacific Grace Church Life Group, WMBC ) who prepared and delivered over 500 Care meals to the DTES. Thanks to donators and sponsors for their generosity in bringing joy to our neighbours.

Services: Note Changes

December 17, 2023 – Combined Services at 10:30 a.m. ( No evening service)

December 24,2023 – Combined Service in the evening at 5:00 p.m. (No morning service)

Prayer Sessions: Time –Wednesday: 7:00-8:30 p.m.; Sundays: 9:45 a.m.; Thursday: 7:00 p.m.

LIVE STREAMING OF WMBC SERVICES WILL BE ON SUNDAYS @ 10:30 A.M. https://wmbaptistchurch.ca In-person church services commence at 10:30 A.M. Invite families and  friends.

Celebration Zone on-site- Sundays @10:30 a.m.

ESL Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the downstairs Fellowship Hall.  Interested Volunteer teachers: contact Yvonne.

WMBC Church Retreat for Leaders, Coordinators, and their Families-December 3-6,2023 – Contact: Pastor Jusuf Wijaya and /or Chris Lim

Mark your December calendar:  Advent- December 3-December 24,2023

  • Advent week 1 – Hope -December 3
  • Advent week 2 – Peace-December 10
  • Advent week 3 – Joy-December 17
  • Advent week 4 – Love -24

 December 24, 2023

Invite friends and families to the combined Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 p.m.

There will be no morning service.

Christmas Play, “Be the Blessing”- postponed until Easter.

Shining Stars Care Meals for DTES will be on December 10, 2023. Hope to provide up to 600 delicious meals as well as hampers for newcomers. Financial donations are welcome. E-transfer to gissys.adm@gmail.com or contact Jen or Yvonne. Request for donations of new socks and or scarves. Target: up to 400 or more pairs of socks for DTES and hampers for families in need.

Note: Pop-up Plaza at Hastings and Kamloops is nearly completed. Check out the progress.

Health and Safety Precautions

Pray without ceasing, continue to be diligent.
Stay home, especially if showing symptoms.
Wash hands frequently with soap and water!!!
Sanitize hands and surfaces.
Wear masks; still consider others ( if in enclosed areas )

Cell Groups:

-Sephora Pierre-Louis and Hercules Tupas, E. Van., on Zoom, Saturdays @7:00 p.m.

Our Outreach Ministries
ESL Classes: Tues/Thurs @ 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
S.E.T.: Senior Enrichment Time @ 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. every 1st Friday of the month, ( except for January). Next S.E.T – January 12, 2023). Contact: Jennifer Lee, 604-880-1311.

 Women’s Gathering Group:  Contact Sephora Pierre-Louis

Shining Stars after-School Tutoring and Bible Club: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, @ 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.; Thursdays (TBA ); Connections/Youth: Fridays, 3:30 – 8:30 p.m./ 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

YA Fellowship – Meet at the Kwans on Sundays. Check Discord ,WhatsApp or contact Ps. Jeremy Kwan.

Shining Stars After-school/Youth activities for Elementary and High School, Grades 3-12       (Tues. & Wed., Thurs.-TBA ); Friday-Grade 7 and High School + only, from 3:30-8:30 p.m.  Special Events ending time: 9:30 p.m.

Shining Stars Christmas Dinner with students, volunteers, and parents- Thursday, December 21st, @ 5:45 p.m.

Young Adults -Sundays @12:30 p.m.

Vision School – Contact Chris Lim for location. Special Commissioning Event- December 11, 2023 @ Ward Memorial Baptist Church, 7:00 p.m. Prayers requested for Vision school sending missionaries.

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Child Shoe Boxes: Special thanks to all persons with generous and caring hearts who helped to fill 100 boxes. You will put a smile on the children faces and add the joy of Christmas to their hearts. The Lord loves a cheerful giver.

Prayer Care / Concerns:

Church Ministries; Church Unity and Growth; Missionaries; Our Community; Israel / Palestine, Haiti, Afghanistan,  Sudan, Russia and Ukraine; Turkey / Syria ; South Korea, Peru; Families’ displacement in countries due to wars, natural or man-made disasters, etc.; Peace/Safety Officers;  Shelters, Homeless;  Peace and Harmony across Canada / Reconciliation; Indigenous National Truth and Reconciliation; 2024 Shining Stars After- school programs, 2024 Shining Stars Camp Can-Do, Campers, Parents, Staff and Volunteers; Celebration Zone; Korean Fellowship; Seniors Enrichment Time (SET), Young Adults; Brothers and sisters who are ill.

Mission Focus:
Long Term Missions:
Tim and Kellie Hutton-BoliviaPaul & Sharyn Branson-Dominican Republic
Janzens-Brazil; Bill and Janice Dyck-Bolivia

 UPDATES for Mission Central/ Mission Fest

Mission Fest will be on February 15-17, 2024, at Westside Church, Vancouver. Keep the new team, organizers, speakers, and potential volunteers in prayers.

Theme: “Together With Him” https://www.missioncentral.ca/conferences/mission-fest-vancouver-2024

Early Registration Access

Are you eager to register to attend? We’re excited, too! We’re still working on preparing to post details of the conference to the conference website but general admission registration is now open.

Local Mission Outreach

-Shining Stars after- school –contact Yvonne M. Jones or Jennifer Lee.

-Seniors Enrichment Time (SET) –contact Pastor Jusuf Wijaya.

A warm Ward welcome if you are visiting in-person or online with us today. Contact Pastors with special prayer requests or concerns. THANKS  

Shining Stars Camp Can-Do Summer Classes and Adventures 2024 will begin on July 2nd.

Note: Donate your bottles and cans to  G&I  Shining Stars Youth Society. Proceeds go towards children locally and beyond, as well as care meals for the Vancouver’s Downtown East side.

Financial Donations are accepted throughout the year: It’s life giving as you impact lives into the generations.

Celebration Zone Volunteer teachers and assistants needed. Contact Yvonne and Jen.

Dear Lord, in this season of Advent, grant us hearts of humility, love, discernment, and compassion for all those whom you put in our paths. Although the chaos and atrocities of war, mental anguish, economic challenges, and daily struggles bombard our conscious thoughts, let us not be swayed from the purpose you have for us, as declared by Jeremiah, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”     (Jeremiah 29:11).

Colossians 3:15-“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18-“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Let us pray for cessation of current wars and forgiveness to reign in all our hearts so that true peace can be experienced.


December 17, 2023
10:30 am - 12:00 pm PST
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Ward Memorial Baptist Church
465 Kamploops St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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