REMINDER: Join Us For A FREE Program, 23 Aug: An Introduction to Internet Safety – With YourWebSafety.com

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This is a reminder that the event, in partnership with YourWebSafety.com, “An Introduction to Internet Safety” is on as scheduled:

  • Date: 23 August 2014
  • Time: 10am-12pm
  • Where: The Father’s House, Bangsar Lutheran Church (Map & Contact)
  • Who should attend: Parents, teachers, youth ministers, and other interested adults, especially if have oversight over youth and children. Youth (aged 13-19) who are interested are also welcome to attend.
  • What the program covers:
    • Introduction to online safety
    • Understanding social media security
    • Basic Safety for Facebook & Instagram
    • General Tips
    • Online Safety Tools
  • How to attend: This is a FREE program – so there are no costs involved. This is also an open event, so please feel free to extend this invitation onwards. However, given the space limitations and to ensure an appropriate crowd size, please register your attendance at our Facebook Event page here: http://goo.gl/EvRWxc 

See you there!!!

 

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Join Us For A FREE Program, 23 Aug: An Introduction to Internet Safety – With YourWebSafety.com

BLCInternetSafety

Many of us are practically digital natives when it comes to social media, e-mail, blogs, and instant messaging (sometimes even during service)! However, there is a lot more to be learned about maintaining your safety online. This is especially so when it comes to our children, who face the ever-present threats of being sexually solicited, bullied or losing of private/personal information while being on the Internet.

With that in mind, we’ve partnered with YourWebSafety.com to deliver a FREE program: “An Introduction to Internet Safety”. This introductory program is designed for parents, teachers and youth on the dangers of unsupervised social media and internet usage, as well as, tips and tools you can use to keep you and your family safe online.

  • Date: 23 August 2014
  • Time: 10am-12pm
  • Where: The Father’s House, Bangsar Lutheran Church (Map & Contact)
  • Who should attend: Parents, teachers, youth ministers, and other interested adults, especially if have oversight over youth and children. Youth (aged 13-19) who are interested are also welcome to attend.
  • What the program covers:
    • Introduction to online safety
    • Understanding social media security
    • Basic Safety for Facebook & Instagram
    • General Tips
    • Online Safety Tools
  • How to attend: This is a FREE program – so there are no costs involved. This is also an open event, so please feel free to extend this invitation onwards. However, given the space limitations and to ensure an appropriate crowd size, please register your attendance at our Facebook Event page here: http://goo.gl/EvRWxc 

Presenter: V.Kugantharan, Founder / Speaker

V.Kugantharan (Kugan), the founder of YourWebSafety.com is a social media and internet technologist. He designed his first website at the age of 14 back in 1994 and by the age of 21 launched what would be one of the largest hip hop music portals in Asia. The portal evolved to an early form of social networking with thousands of users interacting daily giving him first hand insight to user behaviour and web safety.  His roles over the years have included: web developer, technopreneur, technical lead and knowledge consultant. He has given keynote talks at numerous organizations such as MDEC, SME Corp, Universal McCann, Malaysian Productivity Council and much more. Kugan is also an accomplished pianist.

From Kugan’s blog: Why I started Giving Talks on Internet Safety in Malaysia – http://yourwebsafety.com/started-yourwebsafety-impact-son/  

More info: http://www.yourwebsafety.com

Celebrating BLC’s Fathers

This past Sunday was Fathers’ Day – which also happened to coincide with Trinity Sunday.

After the sermon, we took the time to pray a special blessing for the fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, fathers-in-law, godfathers and all who played a “fatherly” role in our church family.

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We invited them forward and then had Ling Ling, one of our longest serving church members, to pray for the fathers of BLC. Then, together, we prayed for them and blessed them.

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We were also especially blessed by Michelle who, by her own initiative, prepared individually wrapped gifts (of an apple and a lovely bookmark!) for each father. The fathers also received a small gift from the church.WP_20140615_11_42_37_Pro_edited Happy Fathers’ Day!

More pics here.

Blessing Our Mothers

This past Sunday, Pastor Augustin preached on the week’s lectionary readings, which were also for “Good Shepherd Sunday“.

After the Holy Communion, we took the time to pray a special blessing for the mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, mothers-in-law, godmothers and all who played a “motherly” role in our church family.

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We invited them forward and then invited the children and youth to stand behind them.

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Then, together, we prayed for them and blessed them.

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Each one then received a small gift from the church.

Happy Mother’s Day – be blessed: you are more than you may realize!

Dear Parents With Young Children In Church

This article came by way of Joyce, via Facebook: “Dear Parents With Young Children In Church.

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This really struck a chord with me. When my wife and I had just returned from our time overseas and were looking for a church, one of the key reasons that “clinched” the decision for us to stay at BLC was when I saw how children were a real part of our worship services. And because they were a real part of our church services, it was easier for them to become a real part of our lives.

Before we had children of our own, we helped other parents take care of their children, seeing them crawl between our feet and chairs, prevented them from falling, and even played with them with funny faces or distracting toys to help their parents keep them entertained. In fact, it was the interaction with these parents and their then-young children that my wife and I learned how to deal with ours.

So, this really encapsulates for me the original vision for the worship life of our church, especially when it comes to parents, children and families. I encourage you to read the blog in its entirety here.

When you [parents with young children] are here, the church is filled with a joyful noise. When you are here, the Body of Christ is more fully present. When you are here, we are reminded that this worship thing we do isn’t about Bible Study or personal, quiet contemplation but coming together to worship as a community where all are welcome, where we share in the Word and Sacrament together.When you are here, I have hope that these pews won’t be empty in ten years when your kids are old enough to sit quietly and behave in worship. I know that they are learning how and why we worship now, before it’s too late. They are learning that worship is important.

I see them learning. In the midst of the cries, whines, and giggles, in the midst of the crinkling of pretzel bags and the growing pile of crumbs I see a little girl who insists on going two pews up to share peace with someone she’s never met. I hear a little boy slurping (quite loudly) every last drop of his communion wine out of the cup determined not to miss a drop of Jesus. I watch a child excitedly color a cross and point to the one in the front of the sanctuary. I hear the echos of Amens just a few seconds after the rest of the community says it together. I watch a boy just learning to read try to sound out the words in the worship book or count his way to Hymn 672. Even on weeks when I can’t see my own children learning because, well, it’s one of those mornings, I can see your children learning.

I know how hard it is to do what you’re doing, but I want you to know, it matters. It matters to me. It matters to my children to not be alone in the pew. It matters to the congregation to know that families care about faith, to see young people… and even on those weeks when you can’t see the little moments, it matters to your children.

It matters that they learn that worship is what we do as a community of faith, that everyone is welcome, that their worship matters. When we teach children that their worship matters, we teach them that they are enough right here and right now as members of the church community. They don’t need to wait until they can believe, pray or worship a certain way to be welcome here, and I know adults who are still looking to be shown that. It matters that children learn that they are an integral part of this church, that their prayers, their songs, and even their badly (or perfectly timed depending on who you ask) cries and whines are a joyful noise because it means they are present.

I know it’s hard, but thank you for what you do when you bring your children to church. Please know that your family – with all of its noise, struggle, commotion, and joy – are not simply tolerated, you are a vital part of the community gathered in worship.

What Our Sunday School Kids Did For Stations Of The Cross

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In preparation for the Stations of the Cross, our Sunday School kids pulled together to put up one of the stations. 

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This colorful cross was made by the children of our Sunday School out of egg shells. Every egg represented each of our lives – cracked by sin, crushed by the world. Yet, a beautiful mosaic is formed when we see our brokenness in the context of the Cross.  

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With this Station, the kids are encouraging us to think about our lives – cracked by sin, crushed by the world. To cope, we try to cover it up, patch it back together, or simply just live defeated. However, we need to think about that heavy cross that Jesus bore to Golgotha and remember that the cross He bore was for us. Only when we can see our brokenness in the context of the Cross, will we start seeing our lives as the beautiful work of His hands.

So, please accept the invitation of our Sunday School kids to spend some time during this week’s Stations of the Cross, looking at the cross and reflecting on this thought.  

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