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Scripture Memory: Answer to Prayer.

VERSE : Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

21 August 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Calvin Loh (When a Church Dispute Arises, Acts 15:1-41)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Yap Kim Sin (Encountering the Storms of Life, Mk 4:35-41)

28 August 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Colin Wong (Be Sensitive to the Spirit’s Leading, Acts 16:1-10)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (From Death to Life, Matt 9:18-26)

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A REPORT ON THE CHINESE SERVICE 2016

By Pastor Calvin Loh

 

Founded in 1965 by Rev Tow and a group of Chinese speaking brethren, the Chinese Service initially met on the Lord’s Day afternoon, but later changed to the morning so that the Chinese-speaking parents of the English Service members could attend as well. 

The original intention for the existence of the Chinese Service was to minister to the Chinese or dialect-speaking parents of the English Service brethren. This remained as the primary objective for the Chinese Service for many years, which explains why the majority within the congregation today comprises of senior citizens.

However, through the years the Lord has also led a few families to the Chinese Service, and this has enabled us to start a children’s fellowship group about two years ago. Today, we are praying that the Lord will help us to gradually grow into a congregation with a good mixture of the aged, the adults, the youth and the children.

GENERAL STATUS OF THE CHINESE SERVICE

As it is with any church ministry, the Lord Himself must sustain and bless our service for Him, or else we will merely be labouring in vain. With regard to this, we are thankful to God for seeing the Chinese Service through another year.

Worship Service and Pulpit Ministry- The average weekly attendance for the past year is 133. In comparison with the previous year, there is a slight drop in attendance, mainly due to an increasing number of members who are unable to attend worship services because of old age and illnesses.

Since the beginning of this year, the pulpit ministry has been focusing on the study of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, with the intention to encourage the congregation to live their life wisely and to serve the Lord with fervency in view of Christ’s imminent return.

Sunday School - The average weekly attendance for the past year remains the same at around 48 students. Although the various classes are usually conducted separately, a series of combined Sunday School workshops based on the topic ‘How to Serve in the Care Ministry’ was recently conducted from March to July. The attendance for these workshops has been very encouraging. We note that some of the members who attended were from the English congregation.

God willing, more combined Sunday School workshops will be organized in the near future.

Prayer Meeting – In order to encourage more members to join in the prayer ministry of the Chinese Service, a 15-minute pre-worship prayer session (10.30-10.45 am) has been started since the beginning of May. Led by the respective worship chairmen after the Sunday School, the members are encouraged to pray in unison, not only for the various needs of the Church, but also for the needs of the Christians in other countries, e.g. the believers who are suffering in the Middle East due to ISIS.

Thus far, the average attendance is about 30 to 40, which makes up about 40% of the congregation when the number of those who attend the usual bi-monthly prayer meetings are included.  

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS OF THE YEAR

Parent’s Day Dinner cum Gospel Rally – We thank God for helping the Chinese Service to organize the recent Parents’ Day Dinner cum Gospel Rally session in Yishun SAFRA. Although we only reserved 16 tables initially, the Lord has blessed us with an overwhelming response from both the Chinese and English congregation, resulting in the final count of 20 tables, which is 3 tables more than last year’s event. Some members who attended the dinner were very touched by the testimony given by the brother from the Helping Hand, and they believed that God will surely use the testimony as well as the message shared that night to minister to their non-believing parents and loved ones.

As the Parents’ Day Dinner is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to our loved ones, the Chinese Service committee will be organizing this event again next year on the 6th May. However, this time we would like to organise the event together with the brethren from the English congregation because we believe their input and help will enable us to do better, especially with regard to the programme. Having observed how other churches have organized their Parents’ Day dinner, we believe that the programme is one of the areas that we can do better.

Yishun Life Children’s Club (LCC)– Last year the idea of helping out with the Yishun LCC was tabled out within the Chinese Service committee, but it did not go through in the end because there were not enough helpers to sustain the effort. However, the committee members do realize that the Chinese congregation needs to beef up on the work of evangelism.

As such, we are now in the process of working together with the Yishun LCC committee to organize a party for the children on 19th November in order to reach out to them as well as to their parents.

CHALLENGES AHEAD

Aging Population – With the aging population, many members within the Chinese congregation are finding it increasingly hard to come to church on their own. In order to resolve this problem, some churches provide transport to fetch their members to and from their homes.

At present, the Chinese Service committee does not see this as a pressing need since many of these older members are still able to come on their own. However, this will become a serious problem for the Chinese Congregation in the next 5 to 10 years’ time. When this happens, we will have to consider the possibility of providing some form of transport for these aging members who are unable to come on their own via public transport.

The Need for Young People – At present, there are many areas of service within the Chinese Service e.g. setting up and manning of the PA system, the choir, pre-worship singspiration leader, worship chairman, taking charge of the after-service transport to MRT for worshippers...etc, but we do not have sufficient qualified young people or adults to serve in these ministries.

Therefore, besides nurturing our own children so that they can serve in the Chinese Service later on, the Chinese Service committee also sees the need to seek help from members of the English congregation.

Hence, if the Lord has indeed given you a burden to serve alongside with us in the Chinese Service, please do not hesitate to approach us and talk to us about it. We will be glad to explore with you the areas that you can be involved in.

Kindly contact Rev Calvin Loh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9271 1346 or sister Tan Bee Choo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9001 7660.

May the Lord continue to bless the Chinese Service.

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Be A Soul Winner

Be Equipped to share the gospel to Your Loved Ones and Friends.

Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship 2016

12 & 17 Sep, 2016

Register at LBPC Website or URL: bit.ly/gsed2016

Manual registration is available TODAY at the table in front of the sanctuary for the following time:

After First Service/before SS

After SS/before 2nd Service & After 2nd Service

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Golden Age Fellowship

Date      : Wednesday, 24 August 16

Time      : 10 am

Speaker   : Bro Tan Thiam Hong

Topic     :  Finishing Well

Venue  : Beulah Centre Room 4-2

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1) The annual Lively Teens Fellowship Camp will be held on 5-9 Dec 16. All teens who are 11-17 years of age are encouraged to join! More details will be announced when registration opens in Oct.

2) Infant Baptism on Anniversary Sunday, 16 Oct 16. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by 28 Aug 16. Please call the Church Office (6594 9399) or email Yin Chan giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

3) Musicians are needed for vigil services. Please contact Daniel Phang .

4) Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Dave Tang on the birth of a girl on 12 Aug 16.

5) Our condolences to Benson Ng and family on the homegoing of his father,  Mr Ng Khim Whee (77 years old) on 15 August 2016. 

Preaching appointment:  Rev Seet at Filipina Fellowship, 11 am and Thai Service, 2.30 pm. Rev Wong on overseas mission, 14-24 Aug. Rev Quek at Maranatha YAF, 1.30 pm. Rev Khoo on overseas mission, 13-26 Aug.

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

October 15 & 22 - The Cost of Discipleship

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25