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Scripture Memory: Expectant Living.

VERSE: Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”

 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

16 July 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (The Right Character, Matthew 5:5,6)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Colin Wong (A Heart that God Will Not Despise, Psalm 51)

23 July 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (The Right Conduct, Matthew 5:7,8 )

6:00 pm Evening Service

Bro Joel Seah (Jesus Loves Me Even When I’m Old, Psalm 71)

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GB Fortnight

 

This year GB Fortnight falls in July 16th–30th. Girls from Sembawang Secondary School, the 13th Company of the Girls’ Brigade Singapore will be in Life BPC from 8:30am - 1:30pm on 23 July 2017 for this event. It is yet another great opportunity for Lifers to mingle with the girls that we have been nurturing, get to know them better and point them to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who gifts eternal life to all who believe in Him.

GB Fortnight, a major event organized by GBHQ is an annual donation drive to raise funds for leadership training, community services and company outings. GB Fortnight teaches GB girls values like integrity, helping the needy, and faith as they seek to meet the target over two weeks. Todate, there are 82 GB Companies in Singapore and funds collected during GB Fortnight are utilised in accordance with the chart provided below by GBHQ:

 

Company Programs and Leadership Training:

(a)       Leadership Conferences and Camps

(b)       NCO Training Camps

(c)        Training Seminars, Workshops and courses

(d)       GB Friendship Day

 

Brigade Activities:

(a)       Officers’ Retreat

(b)       Ex-co Retreat

 

Community Service & Development Projects:

(a)       Local - Aged Homes and Orphanages

(b)       Overseas - GB Stations in Cambodia,

     Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand.

 

GBHQ advocates, “Our training programme is geared towards developing the TOTAL GIRL – spiritually, physically, intellectually and emotionally. Leadership and life skills training programs which incalcutes Christian moral values remain pillars of our training curriculum to ensure that GB girls acquire leadership skills and knowledge to meet the challenges confronting them today. We are mindful of the need to constantly review and refine our programmes and curriculum to better cater to these changing needs. GB girls are encouraged to share what they learnt in their homes, schools, community, nation and the region. As a gazetted institution of public character GBHQ rely wholly on the support of friends, sponsors and well-wishes, both individuals and corporations to help make a difference in the lives of GB girls and in the community.”

 

The girls and officers of 13th Coy attend these programs at GBHQ at least thrice a year and have often enjoyed such programs. Thus the mission by GBHQ – “Every Girl to be a Leader and every Officer a Servant Leader” – has somewhat been accomplished. Indeed our girls have often testified of the benefits of the respective training workshops and camps at GBHQ and the friendships which they have forged with contemporaries of other Companies. You will be able to read about this from one of the testimonies written by the girls below.

 

The GB Com would like to take this opportunity to thank Lifers for their generosity these past 3 years without which, our 13th Coy would not have met the target set by GBHQ. Our girls have always been very thankful and relieved that they could each meet the quota that was given to them. Please continue to encourage our girls with your kind and generous support this Sunday, 23rd July. For more information and activities that were conducted by church members for the first half of 2017, kindly refer to our church’s website – www.lifebpc/ministries/girls-brigade

 

We also wish to praise and thank God that the past 4 years of collaboration with the 13th Coy have seen some girls (1) professing Christ, (2) joining a Bible Study group in churches near Sembawang Secondary School on their own initiative, and (3) even getting baptized!  The Lord has certainly been gracious and merciful to these girls and Life BPC has been privileged to be a part of this local missions. The following two testimonies shared during GB Enrolment which took place in Life BPC in March 25th this year are included below for your reading and edification.

 

~ TO GOD BE THE GLORY! ~

 

Sgt. Asheela Sivarajan (joined a BS group on her own initiative together with her younger sister, also a member of GB):

 

Good morning. My name is Asheela and I'm here to share about my journey in Girls Brigade (GB). To be honest, when I was in Secondary 1, I only joined GB just because my friends join. Few weeks into the CCA, I started to regret. There was a time when I wanted to quit GB because it was boring and a waste of time. Well, that was what I used to think.

 

Listening to the occasional character development lessons conducted by the church ladies was what changed my perspective of GB. I used to think that all we are supposed to do is to practise drills and sing songs. GB is a Christian youth uniform group and hence through those lessons conducted where we learn more about the Lord Jesus Christ. As I grew up in a mixed religion family, where my dad is a Hindu and my mum is a Christian. Oftentimes I will visit churches and temples. I did not understand what I was supposed to do in church. With greater understanding of the bible due to the devotion sessions, I started to learn more about the Lord Jesus Christ and I have now come to accept him as my personal Lord and Saviour.

 

My years in GB have its ups and down. During those times at the NCO camps, I regretted joining GB. GB officers have high expectations in what we do during the camps. For example, after our meals, we need to arrange our water bottles and our materials neatly on the table. The officers will then carry out area cleaning inspection to see if we have kept the area clean and neat. It was a tedious task as we need to fall in and fall out and clean the area many times. However, there were times where I really enjoyed GB when we have character development lessons that I can learnt from.

 

I still recall of the lesson of Martha and Mary, and how we should be more like Mary and always have faith in the Lord. When I am stressed with my school work and exam preparations, I will pray to Lord to help me overcome. I believe that he will help me in my situation.

 

A message to all my Juniors; when you want to give up or quit GB, I would really encourage you not to. Being a member of GB has changed a huge part of my life, and I am sure it will do so for you. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the church ladies who has helped me grow and develop as a better person.

 

Sgt. Ang Li Ping

 

Good morning. I am Li Ping, a member of the GB. Today, I wish to share with you my 3 years in GB. My journey in GB can be described as a roller coaster ride. It was filled with ups and down that I wanted to quit at some point of time. I can say that attending GB meetings was really a tiring chore initially. I am a very awkward and quiet person and that I was really scared to speak to anyone and that I did not have many friends in GB. I remembered that my Sec one and two life in GB were very different. There were lots of training camps like recruits training, NCO and Thanksgiving Camps. There were also squad bonding and company outings and Values in Action Projects.

In my years in GB, I learned to be a better servant leader, to serve others with a willing heart like our Lord Jesus Christ and to lead and guide others to become a servant leader. I was given many opportunities in the NCO camp to train my confidence and leadership skill where I led and served other company's girls. GB may not be a very fun CCA but certainly it has helped me to train myself and build up my moral values. I find that some of us lack discipline and especially time management. In GB, I learnt to practise time management skills such as packing our stuff in 1 minute. I have applied it to my life to be alert and not wait for others to rush me.

 

My most memorable memory of girl's brigade was the 2015 Values in Action Overseas Trip in Batam. We went to a shelter home and primary school to help them paint and design the wall and interacted with the children, showing care, empathy, and love to them. Seeing the simple grateful smile on their faces touches me a lot. Sometimes, we forget to be grateful for what we already have and that we are blessed to be in a safe and clean country like Singapore. Through this experience and exposure, I learnt to have a grateful heart for what we have and not to take things/ people for granted especially our parents. Another memorable GB event for me was the GB leadership conference held in January. In this one day workshop, I learned to develop further in my leadership and my values.

 

Quoting from a workshop facilitator, "Leaders are light that guide paths.” Lastly, I would like to thank the church for always supporting 13th company and Ms Fong and Ms Joy Ann for always guiding us and training us to be better servant leaders. I would also like to welcome the new members into the GB family and encourage all of you girls to take up the challenge and be the light that guide others to become caring servant leaders.

 

~ June Tan ~

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 30th July 2017     Time: 8.00 am & 11.00 am

Topic: Come, Everyone Who Thirsts!

Speakers: Pastor Tan Soon Yong (English Service)

Rev Hendro (Mandarin/Cantonese)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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GAF Meeting

Date          :           Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Time          :           10.00am to 12.00pm

Venue      :           Beulah Room 4-2

Topic         :           Who is Worthy?, Psalm 15

Speaker    :           Bro Ong Beng Hong

Lunch is provided

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1)        Girls’ Brigade: Students from the GB company of Sembawang Secondary School will be coming to Life Church next Sunday. You may wish to support them by filling up their donation cards for GB Fortnight after both morning worship services.

2)        Combined B-P Churches Reformation 500 Conference from 9 to 12 Aug 2017. Speaker: Dr Michael Barrett. Venues: Calvary BPC (9 & 10 Aug) and Life BPC (11 & 12 Aug).

Please register at http://www.lifebpc.com/reformation-conference. Registration forms are also available at the front desk.

3)        You are invited to join the Door to Door Evangelism at Yishun on every 1st and 3rd week of the month. For enquiry, please contact Amos (9789 5311).

4)        Appeal for Traffic Marshals on the 11th (Fri) and 12th Aug 2017 (Sat) during the 500th Reformation Anniversary Seminars.

11 Aug: from 6.45 to 8.15 pm.

12 Aug: From 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm, From 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm, From  6.00 pm to 7.30 pm. 
Please call or text Dn David Tan. (Note: the timings are only for reference and can be changed depending on situation).

5)        Parking is no longer available at St James Kindergarten.

 

Preaching appointments: Rev Khoo at New Life BPC Chinese Service, 11.30 am.

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

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11