Guest Speaker This Sunday (29 June): Rev. Dr. Jayakumar Christian

 

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This Sunday, 29 June 2014, we are very blessed to welcome Rev. Dr. Jayakumar Christian as our guest speaker at Bangsar Lutheran Church!

Rev. Dr. Christian, the National Director of World Vision India, has become one of the majority world’s most articulate theologian-practitioners on the role of the church among the poor. His book “God of the Empty-Handed: Poverty, Power, and the Kingdom of God” is essential reading in today’s urban mission settings. Dr. Christian received his Ph.D from Fuller Theological Seminary and was named alumnus of the year in 2002.

Rev. Dr. Christian and is in Kuala Lumpur as one of the Keynote Speakers at ISUM, the International Summit for Urban Missions, held in MCKL, Brickfields, 28th June to 1st July 2014. More details of ISUM at www.newurbanworld.org/summit.

Follow Rev. Dr. Christian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrJChristian

Here’s a preview of Rev. Dr. Christian and some of this thoughts:

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Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God – World Vision @ BLC

WorldVision Founder Quote at BLC
(Photo credit: Alpha Lim @alphalim)

This past Sunday, we were very blessed to have children from World Vision’s Child Sponsorship program visit us, in conjunction with an international humanitarian summit happening over the weekend. 

Worldvision At BLC
(Photo credit: Alpha Lim @alphalim)

There were three youths from Myanmar, along with their chaperone, as well as three other World Vision Malaysia staff members who came and shared with us their recent updates. Of particular note were the three youths, who spoke unrehearsed with pose and conviction on topics that included children rights, micro-financing, community development, and more.

Following that, we had Cheryl Lai who works at World Vision Malaysia on church engagement share the morning’s message based on this week’s Old Testament lectionary reading: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31.

Bangsar Lutheran Church is a proud sponsor of World Vision’s Child Sponsorship program and firmly supports the work of World Vision Malaysia.

Worldvision and Moh Foong At BLC(Photo credit: Moh Foong)

World Vision is an international Christian relief, development and advocacy
organisation dedicated to working with children, families and their
communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes
of poverty. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or
gender.

Please consider sponsoring a child today!

Click here to find out more about World Vision and the great work that they do.

Reminder: Join us to bring Christmas cheer to Rumah Hope kids this Saturday!

Tomorrow, Saturday, 8 December 2012, as part of our Advent and Christmas celebration and thanks to your generosity and graciousness, Bangsar Lutheran Church will provide school uniforms and school shoes to each of the 50 children of Rumah Hope.

The enthusiastic response to the Tree of Hope project has been wonderfully encouraging and we’re all set with our gifts, Christmas cards and activities for the Rumah Hope kids. Now, all we need is YOU!

Please join us tomorrow at 3pm to spend some time with the kids. We are planning to have some games, light refreshments and a time of giving out presents.

If you know your way to Rumah Hope, please feel free to make your way there on your own.For those who need transportation to Rumah Hope, we will meet at The Father’s House, Bangsar Lutheran Church at 2pm and drive together there.

Find out more about BLC’s Advent and Christmas 2012 celebrations here:

Join us to bring Christmas cheer to Rumah Hope kids!

Next Saturday, 8 December 2012, as part of our Advent and Christmas celebration and thanks to your generosity and graciousness, Bangsar Lutheran Church will provide school uniforms and school shoes to each of the 50 children of Rumah Hope.

The enthusiastic response to the Tree of Hope project has been wonderfully encouraging and we’re all set with our gifts, Christmas cards and activities for the Rumah Hope kids. Now, all we need is YOU!

Please join us next Saturday at 3:30pm to spend some time with the kids. We are planning to have some games, light refreshments and a time of giving out presents to the children of Rumah Hope.

If you know your way to Rumah Hope, please feel free to make your way there on your own. For those who need transportation to Rumah Hope, we will meet at the Luther Center driveway at 3pm and convey there together. Luther Center is easily accessible via LRT – just take the Putra/Kelana Jaya line to Asia Jaya and cross the street from the station. It’s a 5 minute walk from the station.

Find out more about BLC’s Advent and Christmas 2012 celebrations here:

As We Celebrate The Season of Advent…

As we celebrate the season of Advent, it is sometimes quite easy to get overwhelmed by all the activity that surrounds us – from church activities to Christmas present shopping – and distract us from using it as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.

Here are some great resources to help us celebrate the season of Advent more purposefully and meaningfully.

The first one is Occupy Advent – a resource to reclaim the holy season of waiting and watching for the Lord, encouraging us “slow down” and “simplify”. Check them out here:

The other one is a perennial favorite at BLC, called Advent Conspiracy. Advent Conspiracy is an international movement centered around bringing a deeper meaning to Christmas. The movement is characterized by its four founding principles: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All. The movement’s message is to avoid getting caught up in the consumerism surrounding the holiday in order to celebrate Christmas more fully.

Finally, as we journey towards Christmas, BLC would like to invite you to join us on the various activities we have lined up this Advent and Christmas season and focus our thoughts collectively on the theme, “Arise, shine, for your light has come“.

May you and your loved ones be especially blessed this Advent and Christmastime.

Advent and Christmas 2012 at Bangsar Lutheran Church, KL

  • Dec 1st (Sat) 4pm – German Charity Bazaar at Luther Centre (Caroling by BLC from 5:45pm – 6pm)
  • Dec 2nd (Sun) 10am – 1st Sun in Advent: Combined Advent service with Luther House Chapel at Luther Centre
  • Dec 8th (Sat) 3pm – Christmas Visit to Rumah Hope
  • Dec 9th (Sun) 7pm – 2nd Sun in Advent: Festival of 9 Carols, evening service (Note: no morning service at 10am)
  • Dec 16th (Sun) 10am – 3rd Sun in Advent: Youth Service
  • Dec 22nd (Sat) 3pm-4pm – Caroling at MPH Subang Parade
  • Dec 23rd (Sun) 10am – 4th Sun in Advent: Church Service
  • Dec 23rd (Sun) 3pm-4pm – Caroling at MPH 1 Utama
  • Dec 25th (Tue)  10am – Christmas Day morning service with lunch
  • Dec 30th (Sun) 10am – Sunday after Christmas morning service
  • Dec 31st (Mon) 11pm – Watchnight Prayer and Holy Communion

Prepping for our Rumah Hope visit!

Since we announced our Tree of Hope initiative, we’re pleased to report that all the children tags have been taken up and we’ve started to receive some lovely messages via the Christmas cards that are being returned.

We’d also like to update you on some of the activities that are happening with Rumah Hope as we gear up towards our visit on 8 December 2012!

First, on 5 November, Sarah brought a team from Oh Jun Hair Salon to provide hair cuts for the children of Rumah Hope. Oh Jun, who is Korean and is based in Ampang, was certainly looking forward to do his part for a good cause and we are very thankful that he was willing to come with his professional team of stylists!

Then, yesterday 26 November, Sarah and Wan Ching went out and started purchasing school uniforms and shoes for all 50 children of Rumah Hope! A huge kudos to the two ladies, as well as Keat Lim and Wan Ching’s kids: Mynn and Jearn for helping out late into the evening as well!


The super-efficient Wan Ching organizing buying different shoe sizes for 50 different Rumah Hope kids!


Loading up the car with the very industrious help of Jearn and Mynn (not pictured)!


A car full of school uniforms and shoes for the 50 Rumah Hope kids!

A huge thank you especially to Sarah and Wan Ching, as well as the rest of the Giving Tree Life Group for organizing this!