Notice Of Bangsar Lutheran Church 15th Annual General Meeting

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To: Bangsar Lutheran Church members,

As announced in church yesterday, 20 Mar 2016, notice is hereby given that the 15th Annual General Meeting of Bangsar Lutheran Church (“BLC”) will take place:

  • Date: Sunday, 10 April 2016
  • Venue: The Father’s House, 23 Jalan Abdullah, Off Jalan Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
  • Time: 12:00pm

Full notice of AGM has already been posted on the notice board and disseminated through the church e-mailing list.

Register Your Attendance

All BLC Members are invited to attend. Please note that we must achieve a quorum of 25%+1 of voting members for the AGM to proceed. We look forward to your attendance and participation!

Kindly confirm your attendance by returning the Registration Form by Sunday, 3 April 2016.

Proxies

BLC who are not able to attend the AGM, you are welcome to appoint a proxy. Kindly note:

  • You may nominate a BLC VOTING member who will be attending the AGM to be your proxy by filling in the Registration Form attached.
  • Proxies are allowed to participate in the AGM, ask questions and provide feedback during the meeting but are not given voting rights.
  • Voting Members – have right of voice and vote. Voting members are defined by the constitution as ‘adult members, regular and associate, who have attained the age of 18 years, and who participate in the worship services and life of the congregation, and who regularly receive the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.’

Thank you.

Blessings,
Leigh Wong
Chairperson, Bangsar Lutheran Church 2015-2017

“Renewed Beginnings” And Welcoming (Back) Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit!

Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit, his wife May Chin and their children.
Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit, his wife May Chin and their children.

This Sunday, 2 January 2016, we are delighted to welcome (back) Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit who will begin his tenure with us as Pastor of Bangsar Lutheran Church!

Sivin will be preaching from John 1:1-18, meditating on the theme, “Renewed Beginnings.”

At this time, we would also like to officially thank Rev. Augustin for his ministry to us as Pastor since 2011.

About Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit

Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit is a pastor from the Lutheran Church in Malaysia (LCM) and an alumnus of Seminari Theoloji Malaysia (STM).

Previously, he served as assistant pastor for youth and worship at Christ Lutheran Church, Setapak (1997-2000), and later as the founding pastor of Bangsar Lutheran Church (2000-2011).

Besides pastoral ministry, he also has been active in civil society, inter-religious engagement, and public discussion in the Malaysian new media scene. In December 2014, He completed his PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Society with the University of Agder, Norway.

Since January 2015, he has joined the faculty of Seminari Theoloji Malaysia (STM) as a lecturer in Contextual Theology and Sociology of Religion. He also serves as the director of the Institute of World Religions (IWR).

He is married to May Chin, and together they have four children.

Watchnight Service at Luther House Chapel

Luther House Chapel will host a Watchnight Service tomorrow night at 10:30pm, Thursday, 31 December 2015. A potluck supper will be held after the service. 
All are invited to join them in welcoming the new year with praises to Almighty God.

More information is available here.

#GettingToKnowYou – BLC Council 2015-2017: Chan Ee Lyn, Community & Stewardship

Earlier this year, May Jean stepped down as Secretary and Community Catalyst in view of her job posting overseas. Since then, we have been praying and searching for a new Secretary and Community Catalyst. We are glad that God has provided someone to step up as a Council Member: Chan Ee Lyn, who has agreed to be our Catalyst for Community & Stewardship!

Ee Lyn

Getting to know… Ee Lyn! 

As the Council Member overseeing Community & Stewardship, Ee Lyn is:

  • Chiefly responsible for strengthening fellowship and relationships WITHIN the Church. This includes initiating, planning and leading various initiatives towards encouraging fellowship among BLC Family members.
  • Maintains oversight over LiFE Groups
  • Specifically organises: Parents’ Day, Birthdays (if any), Farewells, Church Camps, Special Meals/Celebrations
  • Rosters the Fellowship after the service
  • In partnership with the Treasurer, assist and encourage all members of the congregation in extending Christian compassion and helpfulness to persons of all ages in need of material and spiritual aid. It shall co-operate with the Stewardship Committee of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia.

Tell us briefly about yourself?

  • Hometown: Penang
  • Occupation: Entrepreneur / Lecturer
  • Happily married with 2 lovely girls
  • For a living: Run a small business

How long have you been at BLC?
I’ve been in BLC since it began in April 2000 (since it’s founding!). 1st impressions – homely and the members were friendly.

What was your initial reaction to being asked to join/remain in Council?
Shocked & humbled as I’ve prayed to serve GOD in a greater capacity.

What do you do during your free time?
Painting & coloring, playing the keys, designing space

What’s your favorite…

  • Food: Malay cuisine
  • Drink: Coffee
  • Movie: Action movies
  • Smell: Coffee
  • Music genre: Christian / Pop
  • Book or literary genre: Science / Art
  • Conversation topic: Designing a space / Children

What would you consider your strength(s) and weakness(es)?

  • Strength(s): organized / disciplined / determined
  • Weakness(s): soft-hearted / multi-tasking / being particular

Can you share what your personal dream and aspiration is, for the next 10 years?
Owning a food outlet to cater for family needs

What is your dream for Malaysia (or the world), for the next 10 years?
Starting with unity within family members & unity among different races

What does it mean for you to follow Christ today?
To obey Him & trust that He will always provide in all ways.To do my best to serve, care & help others especially those in need.

What do you think God is saying to you lately?
Trust & Obey

What’s the most random thing you can think of right… NOW?
Numbers / figures

What’s the best way(s) to get in touch with you?

  • Catch me on a Sunday
  • Call/Whatsapp me.

 

Let There Be Light at Batu 20!

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Photo credit: Moh Foong

This past weekend, a group of adults and children from BLC went to help install solar-powered lights for our orang asli brothers and sisters at Cameron Highlands.

The project was mooted so that the children of Batu 20 could have a light source to read and study at night; without relying too much on a fuel-powered generator which cost more money than the community could afford for regular, consistent night-lighting.

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Photo credit: Moh Foong

While some of the team worked on installing the solar panel and lights, others conducted various activities including…

Playing games with the children:

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Photo credit: Moh Foong

Teaching the women of the community how to cook delicious Indian snacks (which is not something they’re used to making):

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Photo credit: Moh Foong

Refurbishing their blackboards (the kids were really helpful here):

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Photo credit: Moh Foong

A special thanks to Rubini, our Missions Catalyst, as well as the team working with her; for getting this project off the ground!

...and there was light! (Photo credit: Benson Ting)
…and there was light! (Photo credit: Benson Ting)

We also thank God for the generous person who donated the solar panel, the BLC Family who contributed funds towards the project, as well as the adult and children volunteers who made the trip up to Cameron Highlands!

More pics available here.

Insert requisite
Insert requisite “How many Lutherans does it take to change a light bulb?” joke here.

#GettingToKnowYou: Pastor Daniel

Sarah & Daniel Locke

We will be welcoming Pastor Daniel Locke to Bangsar Lutheran Church as an assistant pastor. He will be joining us, while his wife Sarah completes her internship at Luther House Chapel under Rev. Thomas Low. To help us get to know Daniel better, we have asked him to answer a few questions – in his own words.

Getting to know… Daniel!

Tell us briefly about yourself?
My name is Daniel and married to the love of my life, Sarah this past August. I was born on June 9 and baptized on July 19. I was raised in North Carolina.

I graduated from North Carolina State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, with a focus in Structural Analysis. Most recently I completed my third year, which was my internship year, of seminary. I am on track to graduate with a Master of Divinity degree in 2017. Sarah and I left behind our 4-year old husky, Cooper, with Sarah’s parents while we are in Malaysia.

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What are your first impressions of BLC so far? 
I have not attended worship at BLC yet; however, I have an incredible first
impression of the wonderful community that makes up BLC. I have been greeted
with open arms and an eagerness to get to know one another. I am anxious to join you in fellowship!

What do you do during your free time?
In my free time I really enjoy being outdoors, and playing sports. I play baseball, football (American and fútbol), frisbee golf, and basketball. I enjoy music, and love playing several instruments (piano, guitar, and trumpet). I also enjoy going to the cinema and I have an addictive personality for TV dramas.

What’s your favorite…

  • Food? Pizza & Fried Rice
  • Drink? Southern Sweet Tea
  • Movie? Back to the Future Trilogy
  • Smell? Vanilla
  • Music genre? Alternative Rock
  • Book or literary genre? Mystery, anything funny
  • Conversation topic? Sports

What would you consider your strength(s) and weakness(es)?
I consider myself to be energetic and enthusiastic. I am a strong leader, worship leader, public speaker, and musician. As an engineer, I am perceptive and creative. I also consider myself to be personable, approachable, and compassionate. I have a tendency to speak extremely fast and mumble my words. Another area of growth is writing since it was not a focus of my undergraduate degree.

Can you share what your personal dream and aspiration is, for the next 10 years?
My personal dream and aspiration for the next 10 years is to finish seminary and begin my professional career in public ministry with a worshiping community, whose needs match my gifts, while also challenging me to grow and learn each and every day. However, my dream comes second to being the best husband I can be to my loving wife, Sarah.

What is your dream for Malaysia (or the world), for the next 10 years?
Peace would be nice. Peace, respect, humility, and equality for all people in all places would be even better. I know these are (unfortunately) big dreams, but I think obtainable. With regards to specifically Malaysia, I am still learning this country and culture. However, the need for equality, respect, accountability, and civil rights (especially within the political system) has not gone unnoticed to me.

What does it mean for you to follow Christ today?
Following Christ today means trusting in the truth of the Gospel message, which promises us eternal life through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This message needs to be heard as much as it needs to be shared. Being a follower of Christ (today) means living a life worthy of God’s redemptive grace. It means living life in response to, and in the glory of, God’s promises, rather than compiling one good deed after another in order to achieve salvation. God has freely given; therefore we live. And following Christ today means proclaiming that good news in word and deed.

What do you think God is saying to you lately?
Listen and learn. I have the incredible opportunity to be here in Malaysia with my wife Sarah. It is truly a blessing that I have an opportunity to share in fellowship with you, the BLC community. I think I have a lot to learn from you and LCM, and I am extremely excited to listen to your stories, and learn about God’s work in the life of BLC. You have a story to tell, and I look forward to connecting your story with mine, through God’s story of grace, love, and mercy in Jesus Christ.

What’s the most random thing you can think of right… NOW?
A small child could fit within the veins of a blue whale.