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Harmony, Unity, Wholeness, and Justice, Peace, and Salvation—all are Shalom. Welcome to FUMC, where it is our desire to be a place of Shalom for all, a faith community joining together in the movement towards God’s vision for the world.

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Services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday

This is the most important week in the Christian year, as we remember Jesus' final supper with his friends and disciples, his trial, crucifixion, and death, and his resurrection. Here's a quick explanation of all our services this week:

Maundy Thursday, April 17th-- Footwashing Service (in English and Spanish): 7pm, in the FUMC church basement

The name comes from 'Mandatus' which means mandate or commandment, from John 13:34, where Jesus says: "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." As Anabaptists, we symbolise this commitment to love and service by washing one another's feet.

Good Friday, April 18th
Joint Service: 10:30 am, at Culloden Church (6060 Culloden St.)
Tenebrae Service: 8pm, in the FUMC sanctuary

It seems strange to call the Friday on which our Lord and Saviour was put to death "Good" -- and yet it is through Jesus' death that we are saved, and so it is good, even if difficult and painful. 'Tenebrae' means 'darkness' or 'shadows', and this contemplative and interactive service helps symbolise for us the darkness that comes with the death of Jesus, the light of the world.

Holy Saturday, April 19
While there are no services held today, this day can be a chance for personal reflection and prayer, as we remember the day between Jesus' death and resurrection, the day when Jesus' body lay in the tomb.

Easter Sunday, April 20 -- Easter Sunday Service: 10:30am at FUMC.

Christ is Risen! This is the most important day in the Christian year, the reason why we hold our worship services on Sunday, and the day when we are at our most celebratory. Jesus Christ defeated death and sin on our behalf, and in his resurrection we, too, are given new life, new purpose, and new hope.

Summer Service Worker Job Opportunity

First United Mennonite Church in Vancouver is looking for a Summer Service Worker able to focus on three key areas of ministry in South Vancouver this summer: 1) Outreach to neighbourhood children through a drop-in centre program, 2) Outreach to the neighbourhood in general through various special summer events (BBQ, movie nights, booth at the Fraser St. Festival, etc.), and assisting in our associated Spanish congregation’s Vacation Bible School program (largely run in English), 3) Organizing and participating in a week-long visit to Ahousaht (a First Nations community on Vancouver Island, accessible only by boat). There is also scope for the successful applicant to assist in other aspects of the life of the church (mission in the neighbourhood, youth events, worship services, preaching and teaching, pastoral visitation, etc.).

Funding for this job is dependent on the church receiving a Canada Summer Jobs Grant. The job is full time (40 hrs/week) to a maximum of 16 weeks (May-August), at a pay rate of $13.25/hr.

Applicant Qualifications:
Applicant must be a full-time student, and be planning to return to school in Fall of 2014. The successful applicant will be friendly, willing to meet and connect with new people, committed to work within an Anabaptist church context, and interested in mission, outreach and work with youth. Theological and pastoral training is preferred, but not required.

Deadline for Interested Applicants is Friday, April 4, 2014 --- if interested, please send a resume and cover letter to firstunitedmennonite@gmail.com or contact the church through fumc.ca

Encountering God: What have we witnessed?

Through this season of Lent, we encourage everyone to engage more deeply in the disciplines of prayer, confession, and meditation on scripture. Here are the themes, lectionary texts, and preachers for our services throughout Lent:

Lent 1: Encountering God in temptation (Mar 9th, Lydia Cruttwell preaching)
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32;
Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

Lent 2: Encountering God in our blessings (Mar 16th, Greg Thiessen preaching)
Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121;
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17

Lent 3: Encountering God through nourishment (Mar 23rd, Craig Thiessen preaching)
Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95;
Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42

Lent 4: Encountering God through anointing (Mar 30th, Lydia Cruttwell preaching)
1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23;
Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

Lent 5: Encountering God through renewal (Apr 6th, Lydia Cruttwell
Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130;
Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45

Lent 6 (Palm Sunday) Encountering God in jubilant praise (Apr 13th, Greg Thiessen preaching)
Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

Good Friday: Encountering God in broken bread: Good Friday (Apr 18th)
(Joint Service at Culloden Church, 10:30am, Greg Thiessen preaching)
Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16;
Philippians 2:5-11; Matt. 26:14-27:66

Easter Sunday: Encountering God in Jesus’ empty tomb (Apr 20th, Lydia Cruttwell preaching)
Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24;
Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-18