Oct
8
10:30 AM10:30

Thanksgiving Day Service

We will be holding a special Thanksgiving Service on Monday, October 8th so that we might gather as a congregation for prayer and praise of the Lord our Holy God.

He has given us so much to be thankful for! Salvation in Christ, fellowship together in the Holy Spirit, and everlasting security in the arms of our Holy Father!

We also praise Him for the various temporal blessings that we enjoy from our Heavenly Father. We give thanks for food and shelter, for employment and energy to carry out our various callings, for financial resources and assistance, and for a fine country blessed by many strong institutions to call home!

As we remember our blessings, we give thanks to God!

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Fundraising Bike Ride for Journey Home
Sep
29
8:00 AM08:00

Fundraising Bike Ride for Journey Home

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Team Vancouver APC invites you to join us at the Ride for Refuge in Richmond!

We’re teaming up to provide support to Journey Home Community. This organization exists to serve newly arriving refugee claimant families in the Metro Vancouver area. Money raised from our fundraising bike ride will be allocated to providing housing, resettlement assistance, and relational support for refugee families seeking asylum in our city.

Speak with Gerald or Amanda about sponsorships or participation!

The LATEST:

Goal: $1,000
Raised: $895
Donors: 10

90% of goal achieved

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Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

Study of Church History: Join us for Part 6 (AD 1900-2000)

All are welcome to join us on Wednesday night as we continue our study of church history! 

We are launching into the 6th and final part of Dr. W. Robert Godfrey's fantastic video series put out by Ligonier. 

If you'd like to watch the first lesson in Part 6, check it out here

It's called "A Remarkable Century" and we're excited to have visitors join us in learning about the changes that have occurred in the Lord's church through the centuries!

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Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

Church Picnic: Williams Park in Langley

Our church picnic will be held in Langley this year at the beautiful Williams Park. If you're a regular visitor or interested in joining us, please come! 

We'll have a bbq together and spend time in Christian fellowship. Chat with Gerald or Amanda about bringing a dish to share!

 

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Picture source - Tourism Langley: https://goo.gl/images/fwZqfW

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Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Communion Preparatory Service

Our congregation continues to hold regular services of preparation in the days leading up to our celebration of the Lord's Supper. 

We do this for a host of reasons which we'd love to explain to you in person. Among our reasons for continuing in this time-honoured practice is our appreciation for a time of personal reflection and biblical exhortation to reflect on Christ's death for our sins and the consequence this has in our lives. We also read in 1 Corinthians 11 about the Lord's instructions for us to examine ourselves and to discern well the meaning of the Lord's Supper. 

So we set aside time on the Wednesday night before Communion in order to hold a special preparatory service. We encourage you to join us and prepare your hearts to behold Christ and commune with Him by His Spirit in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. 

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Photo by Dylan McLeod on Unsplash

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Church Hike: Squamish
Aug
18
9:00 AM09:00

Church Hike: Squamish

Come one, come all! We're planning a summer hike in Squamish with our friends at the Coram Deo Reformed Presbyterian Mission Church. We're still working out the exact starting time and Rev. Patrick McNeely, our capable guide and host, will be sure to pick a route that works well for all involved. 

Bring friends, water, sunscreen, and questions for good trail discussions!

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Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Reformed Church History Series: Abraham Kuyper

What does a Dutch polymath, publisher, preacher & prime minister who died 98 years ago have to do with our current context? A lot!

Dr. Godfrey's lesson on Abraham Kuyper is a gem as he examines Kuyper's "vision of a pluralistic society that would not hinder our freedom to be Christians". 

Join us for a time of teaching, prayer, and praise!

 

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Amsterdam: Photo by B. Boer on Unsplash

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Youth and Young Adult Camp Weekend
Aug
9
to Aug 13

Youth and Young Adult Camp Weekend

The Mid August Long is happening again this summer and we are very excited to join you for an incredible weekend together. Come join other senior high youth and young adults as we come together around God's Word, around each other, and around some awesome interaction and activity together. Consider being a part of a weekend that will be a highlight for you during the summer of 2018!

Youth ages 16-30 have been invited from Reformed churches throughout the Lower Mainland and Northwest Washington. The camp will take place at the beautiful Dogwood Camp outside of Hope, BC. 

Our Pastor, Rev. Van Eeden Petersman, will be the conference speaker on the theme of "The Gospel in our Hurt". He will be leading several sessions and there will also be a series of mini-talks on Saturday morning dedicated to the topics raised by our theme. 

There will be worship services on Sunday as well with Rev. Van Eeden Petersman preaching. 

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mid-august-long-2018-tickets-34773899670?aff=eac2

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Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Reformed Church History Series: The Church in Europe

With Dr. Robert Godfrey's instruction, we will be exploring developments in the church in Europe that have a continuing impact on our own circumstances in Canada in the 21st century. 

In this lesson, #11 in Part 5 of the series, Dr. Godfrey will look at some of the revivals which spread throughout Europe as the Gospel of Christ was preached by faithful messengers in the midst of a turbulent century and turbulent continent. 

You're invited to come out for this time of teaching, praise, and prayer!

 

 

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Photo by Vishwas Katti on Unsplash

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Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

Reformed Church History Series: A Look at Roman Catholicism in the 19th Century

Our weekly study of Reformed Church History will continue with a look at developments which brought change to the Roman Catholic church during the nineteenth and into the twentieth century. 

Dr. Godfrey will explain the way in which the First Vatican Council, called by Pope Pius IX, served to entrench many of the problematic doctrines that led to the Protestant Reformation. 

All are welcome - contact us if you'd like to join!

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Jun
24
2:00 PM14:00

Communion Service and Mealtime Fellowship

With joy in Christ's finished work upon the cross of Calvary, we celebrate the forgiveness of our sins and remember His death for our redemption in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. 

We welcome you to commune with us and receive from the hand of our Gracious God the life-giving body and blood of our Saviour through the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts!

Following our 2 PM and 4 PM services, we will hold a fellowship meal together at the house of the Frasers. All are welcome!

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Jun
17
2:00 PM14:00

Regional Pulpit Exchange with Reformed Churches

As part of an effort to build wider ties and greater familiarity within the Reformed churches of the Lower Mainland and Northwest Washington, an exchange of preachers has been set up. 

Our pastor, Rev. Van Eeden Petersman, will be proclaiming God's Word in Lynden, WA and Burlington, WA. 

Rev. Gary Zekveld of the New Westminster URC will be preaching in our worship services at 2PM and 4PM. 

 May the LORD be praised as we continue to grow in unity and fellowship together!

 

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May
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Assembly of the Associated Presbyterian Churches

Our Pastor, Rev. Van Eeden Petersman, will be attending the Assembly of the APC in Inverness, Scotland. This annual gathering of all the member churches in our denomination serves as an opportunity for sharing how the Lord is building up His church, reviewing the challenging circumstances that we face, and renewing our passion for service in Christ's kingdom. 

As part of the Assembly's business, a 'Loyal Address to Queen Elizabeth' has been prepared and it reads as follows:

 

To the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty

The Loyal and Dutiful Address Of the General Assembly of the Associated Presbyterian Churches of Scotland and Canada

We, the General Assembly of the Associated Presbyterian Churches of Scotland and Canada, which met in Inverness this 22nd day of May 2018, desire to express the warmth of our humble devotion and loyalty to Your Majesty, Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and
in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” (1 Tim 1:5)

We give praise and thanks to God our Heavenly Father for His grace and favour extended towards your Majesty during your long and faithful reign over us. Your tireless service and selfless devotion to the Country and Commonwealth from the time Your Majesty took your coronation vows and throughout your reign, till the present day have been a wonderful example of dedicated Christian service to God and man. As Christians we constantly look to the Lord Jesus, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:6-8) So too, in our service of Christ, as we bear the cross, may we do so looking forward in certain
hope to that day where we shall wear the eternal crown.

The anniversary of Your Majesty’s 70 years of marriage to your beloved Consort, the Duke of Edinburgh, have also served our nation as a testimony to God’s divinely appointed institution of and intention for marriage as between one man and one woman for life. The love and commitment shown to one another through all the pressures and challenges of relentless public service and exhausting royal schedules over the years have also been a tribute to your Majesty’s dedication to God and commitment to uphold his Holy word. Therefore our prayer for Your Majesty, in both public and family life is that God would continue to give you daily grace and strength to clearly, faithfully and fearlessly bear witness to the gospel as a servant and disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ. Even King David - described as a man after God’s own heart – prayed, “Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my
hope is in you all day long.” (Psalm 25:4,5)

The country recently rejoiced over the birth of your latest great grand-son Louis, to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the marriage of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We pray that God would bless their homes and marriages and that all within the extended royal household would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and increasingly come to love and serve Him - Whom to know is Life eternal. “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3) And so, may the Gospel of salvation by “grace alone” through “faith alone” in “Christ alone” shine forth as the hallmark of Your Majesty’s household and be a light to our nation as we actively await the coming of the King of Kings and LORD of Lords.

Now may the God of peace … through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do his will, working in you what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21).

On behalf of the Assembly,
Donald Ross McFarlane
Moderator

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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Reformed Church History: The Impact of 2 Major Revolutions on the Church

Political Revolutions

As empires rise and fall, the Kingdom of Christ continues to advance on its journey towards the Last Day of Judgment and the revelation of the new heavens and the new earth. In our Wednesday night Study, we'll be looking at two major revolutions and their impact on church history. 

"Coming at the close of the eighteenth century, the American and French Revolutions had an enormous impact on subsequent history. While both movements were revolutionary in nature, you will see how different their aim and character were. In this lecture, Dr. Godfrey will highlight some of the key points of these events, showing especially how the American Revolution affected American church history." (From the Ligonier Church History Video Series description)

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Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Wednesday Night Study: Jonathan Edwards

Our weekly mid-week meeting will again be spent in times of singing, prayer, and study of the Lord's rule over His church. This week we will look at the impact of  Jonathan Edwards and the role he played in the Great Awakening. Join us!

 

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By Engraved by R Babson & J Andrews; Print. by Wilson & Daniels [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Wednesday Night Study: The Great Awakening

You're welcome to join us for our continuing study of Church History! This week we'll be studying the Great Awakening and its impact in New England and the rest of the American colonies (with, of course, consideration of its impact on Canada and Canadian churches too!)

"The Great Awakening was a time of great religious interest that began in New England and spread throughout the American colonies. It was spearheaded by the great preacher George Whitefield, and aided by America’s most prominent pastor and theologian, Jonathan Edwards. In this lecture, Dr. Godfrey will explain the history of this influential movement, focusing on its key figures. He will also look back to England and revisit the ministry and influence of John Wesley during this time period."

Excerpt from Jonathan Edwards sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God 

The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loath-
some insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked: his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten thousand times more abominable in his eyes, than the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours. You have offended him infinitely more than ever a stubborn rebel did his prince; and yet it is nothing but his hand that holds you from falling into the fire every moment. It is to be ascribed to nothing else, that you did not go to hell the last night; that you was suffered to awake again in this world, after you closed your eyes to sleep. And there is no other reason to be given, why you have not dropped into hell since you arose in the morning, but that God’s hand has held you up. 

Cf. Psalm 138:8

 

(For those just tuning in, we are continuing a video series on church history that has been put out by Ligonier Ministries. Each video lecture comes with a study guide that has discussion questions for us to reflect on together and portions of God's Word to meditate on. We've found it to be very uplifting and informative! It is truly amazing how the Lord has built up and preserved His church through the course of these quickly passing years!)

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Apr
8
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday, April 8th -- Guest Preacher: Rev Fletcher Matandika

Join us on Sunday, April 8th for our regular worship services with a special guest preacher, our former pastor, Rev. Fletcher Matandika. He will be preaching for us while our current pastor preaches at the Coram Deo Reformed Presbyterian Church in Squamish, BC. 

Rev. Matandika will be preaching in both services. 

If you haven't yet heard of Coram Deo in Squamish, it is a mission church of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America (RPCNA) which is being lead by Patrick McNeely. Mr. McNeely will be ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament on April 11th at a special ordination service. For nearly the whole of last year, the core group of this church planting effort in Squamish would come into Vancouver on Sundays and worship with our congregation. We've been most thankful for their presence and encouragement to us and look forward to seeing how God leads this continuing work to establish a faithful, confessional, and Reformed church in Squamish!

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Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Wednesday Night Study: John Wesley and George Whitefield

What do these two men mean in the history of the Christian church? Join us this week as we study the life and impact of John Wesley and George Whitefield as they served in England and North America. 

In this lecture, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey will introduce both of these men, the spiritual context within which they worked, and the results of their ministries. 

(For those just tuning in, we are continuing a video series on church history that has been put out by Ligonier Ministries. Each video lecture comes with a study guide that has discussion questions for us to reflect on together and portions of God's Word to meditate on. We've found it to be very uplifting and informative! It is truly amazing how the Lord has built up and preserved His church through the course of these quickly passing years!)

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Apr
1
2:00 PM14:00

Lord's Day Worship Services at 2pm and 4pm

With the start of a new month, we gather again for holy worship on the Lord's Day! Every Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ as he shattered the bonds of death and brought us with him into the eternal inheritance he has secured for you and me through his blood and righteousness!

If you would like to know more about the Christian gospel, please visit us and talk with our members! There are almost always other visitors in our services and so you won't be the only one who needs to be oriented to what is taking place in our worship. 

May God bless you today and always and fill you with hope in the certainty of Christ's resurrection from the grave!

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Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Wednesday Night Study: The Enlightenment

Join us Wednesday night at 7pm for our continued study of Dr. W. Robert Godfrey's lecture series on church history.

Our lesson this week will be on "The Enlightenment" and its profound impact on Western thought. What impact did this shift from a religious outlook on life to a 'humanist' outlook on life have in church and society? 

Please email pastor@vancouverapc.org  for directions to the private home where we have our regular midweek meeting. We'd love to see you there!

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Mar
25
2:00 PM14:00

Lord's Day Services & Start of a New Preaching Series!

"The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever." (Psalm 138)

As part of our new 'request-a-psalm' preaching series, we will be exploring a variety of psalms throughout the course of the next year. Once a month, Pastor Norm will preach from Psalms that have been requested by congregants.

First up... Psalm 138! May God bless our hearing and receiving of His Holy Word!

As always, this is our friendly encouragement to join us on Sunday at 2pm and 4pm for worship services. We'd love to see you join us!

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Mar
18
2:00 PM14:00

Ordination Service for Gerald Epp

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God has blessed our congregation with another deacon to serve in our midst and encourage us in our walk in Christ Jesus. We're excited that Gerald Epp is now ready to be ordained after a time of testing and training. 

I charge you, Gerald, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to be diligent in receiving the gifts of God’s people, wise and cheerful in the distribution of the same, sympathetic and self-denying in the ministry of Christian mercy.
— The Charge to the Deacon

As part of the service, our dear brother will be given this charge to carry out his duty well and with great diligence:

The Reminder
The office of deacon is based upon the interest and love of Christ for his church. This interest is so great that he deems what is done unto the least of his brothers as done unto Him, thus appointing the needy to represent himself in our expression of sympathy and benevolent service on earth. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' (Mat 25:35-36 ESV)

The specialty of the Deacon's office is, that it embraces of itself no other function, and that it binds its possessor to do what he can to prevent the ministry of the Word, or the work of the Eldership, from being hindered by the burden of temporal matters.

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Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

Carter in Performance!

One of our members will be a featured performer with the UBC Symphony Orchestra on March 9th! Carter Johnson won the 2018 UBC Concerto Competition and secured an opportunity to play on stage at the Chan Centre. We're all invited! 

To learn more, check out: https://music.ubc.ca/calendar-index/2018/3/9/ubc-symphony-orchestra-2018-concerto-competition-winner

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Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Congregational Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, Feb 28 at 7pm at the Frasers’ home. We will review our finances, approve our 2018 budget, and take time for discussion together. Session also asks that you would prayerfully prepare to vote on calling Gerald Epp to the office of Deacon as we are proposing that he be elected to this office of service in our congregation. Info for the meeting will be distributed soon. 

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Feb
25
2:00 PM14:00

Communion Service this Lord's Day at 2pm

Communion Service (Sun 2pm)

We will be commemorating our Lord’s death and receiving His life-giving gift in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper this coming Sunday.  After our services, we are all invited to the Frasers’ house for a potluck dinner.

All who repent and believe are invited to this sacred meal not because you are worthy in yourself, but because you are clothed in Christ’s perfect righteousness. Do not allow the weakness of your faith or your failures in the Christian life to keep you from this table. 

For it is given to us because of our weakness and because of our failures, in order to increase our faith by feeding us with the body and blood of Jesus Christ. As the Word has promised us God’s favor, so also our Heavenly Father has added this confirmation of his unchangeable promise. So come, believing sinners, for the table is ready.

Taste and see that the Lord is good (Ps. 34:8a).

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