#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.

 

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A Love Story, Randy Travis, Your Legacy… and a pretty busy Sunday

Yesterday was a pretty full day for us at BLC!

Pastor Augustin‘s sermon began with what’s probably the best lead up to introducing Randy Travis and his song, Three Wooden Crosses: How Pastor Augustin first started courting the woman who would eventually become his wife, Debbie!

Pastor Augustin’s then preached from this week’s lectionary readings and asked us, “What’s your legacy?” emphasizing the lyric from Three Wooden Crosses, “It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you. It’s what you leave behind when you go.”

This week also saw us bidding farewell to May Jean, our Council Secretary and Community Catalyst, who is departing to pursue a job opportunity overseas. We prayed a blessing over her as we sent her off into what God has in store for her.

After service, we had the third installment of our Church Council series of studies, which are designed to explore each portfolio and discuss how it aligns back to life at BLC. This week, we explored the theological foundations behind the Worship Ministry. The study was also designed to help our worship enablers to better understand why we do what we do when it came to our worship services. (We will be posting up a summary of the study on Worship shortly, but you can read the summaries for our first two studies here: Being Lutheran and Exploring Church).

Looking forward to next Sunday!

 

BLC Council Studies: Review & Re-cap: Exploring Church

Introduction: The Church Council will be embarking on a series of studies that are led by Pastor Augustin, to explore each of our portfolios – which aligns back to life at BLC. We encourage everyone from BLC family to join us especially if you feel particularly called to a specific ministry and wish to know more. If you wish to serve in the future, but do not know where to start, feel free to join every or any session at all! We have just completed our second study of the series and wish to provide a review of what we have gathered. The details of future studies are listed at the end of the article and we welcome you with wide arms to join us. For further details of how to, please scroll to the end of the article. Thanks!

– Sincerely, BLC Council Members

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Exploring Church

 July 12, 2015

The Father's House signboard

What is Church?

  •  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2: 9 (NIV)
  • Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1 Corinthians 3: 16 (KJV)
  • to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up Ephesians 4: 12 (NIV)

How do we recognize a church?

  • The gospel is purely preached.
  • The sacraments are rightly administered.

How does a church sustain its life?

  • Word
  • Sacraments

How is a church organized internally?

How is a church organized externally?

** Within Malaysia **

** Beyond Malaysia **

What are the Four Pillars of Church?

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2: 42 – 47 (NIV)

  • Discipleship (Teaching)
  • Fellowship
  • Breaking of Bread – Sacrament (worship) & Agape Meal
  • Prayer

What is the Mission of the Church – Why do we exist?

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Review: During the session, each one of us shared what the word “church” mean to us personally. We talked about how being a Holy Nation meant we were set apart, while being the body of Christ meant that the church is alive and grows, with Christ being the head that is leading the church. We also looked at the similarities of Corinthians to our world today, and how Paul guided the church based on the letters to the Corinth, among many other interesting discussions. If you wish to know more and have the notes to the session, please feel free to drop us a comment in the comment box and we will reach out to you.

In the next couple of months, we will be having the following studies after service and we are excited to have you join us.

  •  21-Jun-2015: Being Lutheran
  • 12-Jul-2015: Exploring Church
  • 2-Aug-2015: Worship
  • 27-Sep-2015: Stewardship
  • 25-Oct-2015: Mission
  • 15-Nov-2015: Community
  • 20-Dec-2015: Discipleship

In the coming session, when we talk about Worship, we anticipate interesting discussion on lithurgy, Worship from the Early Church and concepts as well as essentials of Worship. We will also seek to craft a vision for worship in BLC.

If you are interested in the topic that will be discussed on 2nd August 2015, please do drop us an e-mail, one week in advance (26 Jul 2015), to rumahpapa[dot]admin[at]gmail[dot]com or leave us a comment below. Lunch will be provided if you register and express your wish to have lunch to be provided accordingly.

See you there !

BLC Council Studies: Review & Re-cap: Being Lutheran

Introduction: The Church Council will be embarking on a series of studies that are led by Pastor Augustin, to explore each of our portfolios – which aligns back to life at BLC. We encourage everyone from BLC family to join us especially if you feel particularly called to a specific ministry and wish to know more. If you wish to serve in the future, but do not know where to start, feel free to join every or any session at all! We have just completed our first study of the series and wish to provide a review of what we have gathered. The details of future studies are listed at the end of the article and we welcome you with wide arms to join us. For further details of how to, please scroll to the end of the article. Thanks!

– Sincerely, BLC Council Members

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Being Lutheran

 June 21, 2015

Luther Rose

Introduction

During the 16th century, Martin Luther challenged the teachings, practices and structures of the Roman Catholic Church. He insisted that the central message of Christianity is the good news that sinners become reconciled to God by grace through faith because of the saving work of Jesus Christ. It is important to remember that Luther did not intend to start a new church. He wanted to reform the existing church so that the Gospel message was communicated clearly and that the church reflected that Gospel center. Lutherans organized into a separate church only after Luther’s views was repeatedly rejected by the Roman Catholic Church.

‘Lutheran’ as an Insult

The word ‘Lutheran’ actually began as an insult used by Luther’s opponents. Luther later tried to discourage his supporters from calling themselves Lutherans since they were followers of Jesus Christ and not followers of Martin Luther himself.

“What is Luther?” he once wrote. “After all, the teaching is not mine. Neither was I crucified for anyone.”

It was the gospel message that remained central for Luther, not his leadership. In a sermon preached in Wittenberg shortly after his return from Wartburg Castle, Luther insisted:

“I simply taught, preached and wrote God’s Word. I did nothing; the Word did everything.”

Core Lutheran Themes

  • Justification by grace through faith for Christ’s sake
  • Law and gospel
  • Means of grace
  • Theology of the cross
  • Saint and sinner
  • Vocation
  • Contextual theology

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Review: During the session, interesting discussion and elaboration on the above Core Lutheran Themes were made. Having attending a Lutheran church, it was interesting to know the Core Themes and some of the reasons behind what we do today. If you wish to know more and have the notes to the session, please feel free to drop us a comment in the comment box and we will reach out to you.

In the next couple of months, we will be having the following studies after service and we are excited to have you join us.

  •  21-Jun-2015: Being Lutheran
  • 12-Jul-2015: Exploring Church
  • 2-Aug-2015: Worship
  • 27-Sep-2015: Stewardship
  • 25-Oct-2015: Mission
  • 15-Nov-2015: Community
  • 20-Dec-2015: Discipleship

In the coming Sunday, when we talk about Exploring Church, we anticipate interesting discussion on what it means to be “church” and the role of Church Council. We will also learn about the Church set-up in regards to the LCM, KL District and many others.

If you are interested in the topic that will be discussed this coming Sunday, please do drop an e-mail by Friday (10-Jul-2015) to rumahpapa[dot]admin[at]gmail[dot]com or leave us a comment below. Lunch will be provided if you register and express your wish to have lunch to be provided accordingly.

See you there !

#GettingToKnowYou – BLC Council 2015-2017: Anand Addepalli, Building Maintenance & Stewardship

[Update, Nov 2015: With Ee Lyn becoming a Council Member, the stewardship portfolio has been merged together with the Community portfolio]

[Since we have just installed our BLC Council for 2015-2017, we thought it would be good to get to know them better. To do that, we are posting a profile of each council member – a profile a day for the next 7 days! The profiles will cover the roles and responsibilities of each council member, as well as a short question-and-answer interview – in their own words.]

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Anand Addepalli has been appointed to the 2013-2015 Church Council, overseeing the building maintenance portfolio. 

Under building maintenance, Anand will:

  • Be chiefly responsible for the proper maintenance and protection of all property entrusted to the congregation, and shall take care that the same is kept in good repair. Hence, serves as the key liaison for building repairs, maintenance, etc.
  • Establish and lead the Property Maintenance Committee/Core, if necessary.

Getting to know… Anand!

Tell us briefly about yourself?
It’s meee!!! ANAND – very few know the meaning of my name, which is “Happiness”! I’m married to Renu and blessed with 2 boys. The meaning of my name is complete with these blessings. I am from India, but have been working in Malaysia since 2004. Now I feel like Malaysia is My Second Home. I work as a Deputy Project Manager for a construction firm as a specialist in bringing concrete jungles to town.

How long have you been at BLC and what were your first impressions about it, when you first came?
I have been attending BLC since 2009 and baptized in 2010. As BLC is my first church, my first impression with BLC is my first impression towards Christianity. It was “WOW… Christianity is so cool and it means being a family.”

What was your initial reaction to being asked to join/remain in Council?
I couldn’t accept it at first and my immediate answer was NO. After few days and some prayers, I got a strong feeling to join the council. Now I accept this as an opportunity given by God to serve… and all I can say is I am “ANAND” (HAPPY)!

What do you do during your free time?
I hardly have FREE time… but still I manage to get some time for photography, keeping myself occupied with books, playing with the kids, and arguing with Renu!

What’s your favorite…

  • Food – Biryani, and also whatever RENU cooks…
  • Drink – Salt Lassi, Mango Lassi… Oh, any type of Lassi will do!
  • Movie – Pirates of Caribbean , Real Steel ( I love the emotions between son and father)
  • Smell – Concrete (LOL!)
  • Music genre – …Not in my list of “favorites”
  • Book or literary genre – Spiritual development and modern Christianity. Authors like Max Lucado, Nic Vujicic, etc.
  • Conversation topic – I’m an introvert and it’s hard to have a conversation with me. I’m a bit shy shy…

What would you consider your strength(s) and weakness(es)?
I’m a result oriented person, I move heaven and earth to get things done on time. “Never Give Up” is my theme. Well another strength is Renu, I couldn’t have been what I am without her support.

I am an introvert and it’s my biggest weakness.

Can you share what your personal dream and aspiration is, for the next 10 years?
To balance my career, family and church. Helping less privileged kids to get education, within my best capabilities. Yeah, nowadays I’ve also been thinking about writing “Christianity for Civil Engineers”.

What is your dream for Malaysia or the world, for the next 10 years?
A World free from Violence in the name of religion and free from Child Abuse.

What does it mean for you to follow Christ today?
Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.

What do you think God is saying to you lately?
There is a reason for everything that has happened and happening now… it’s all part of my story.

What’s the most random thing you can think of right… NOW?
Whether my formwork materials from Korea can be delivered on time… or else it’s a disaster…

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

  • Catch me on a Sunday
  • Call: +60(17) 356 1942
  • Email: anand[dot]addep[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Facebook: anand[dot]addepalli[at]facebook[dot]com

#GettingToKnowYou – BLC Council 2015-2017: Jamie Wong Zie Wei, Worship

[Since we have just installed our BLC Council for 2015-2017, we thought it would be good to get to know them better. To do that, we are posting a profile of each council member – a profile a day for the next 7 days! The profiles will cover the roles and responsibilities of each council member, as well as a short question-and-answer interview – in their own words.]

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Jamie Wong Zie Wei has been tasked to oversee the worship life of the church:

  • Plots and plans the direction of the worship life of the church with the Pastor, towards enriching the worship experience of the BLC Family
  • Oversees the music-centric worship enablers – including ensuring teams meet up regularly for practices, worship services start on time, worship enablers are given regular training
  • Oversees the non-music-centric worship enablers – including ensuring teams meet up regularly for training and teaching, that all roles are ready so that worship services can start on time
  • Responsible for the regular maintenance/replacement of musical instruments as well as technical systems, e.g. sound system, monitors, etc.
  • Rosters the following:
    • Worship leaders
    • Music team members
    • Visualizers
    • Audio Support
    • Greeters
    • Holy Communion Assists
    • Bible Readers
    • Altar Decorators

Getting to know… Jamie!

Tell us briefly about yourself?
Twenty-something, works at a bank, Petaling Jaya-born, and am still getting to know this weird and wonderful place a little better. Usually the one adult being towered over by tweens.

How long have you been at BLC and what were your first impressions about it, when you first came?
Been at BLC since 2007. My first thought back when there were still round tables, lighted candles, and dim lighting were: “This totally wasn’t what I expected”.

What was your initial reaction to being asked to join/remain in Council?
Pretty hesitant, but I thought it would be an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone.

What do you do during your free time?
My job doesn’t allow me very much of that, but I usually just space out a lot at the end of a long day.

What’s your favorite…

  • Food? My mum’s home cooking. But not the bitter gourd. Never the bitter gourd.
  • Drink? Tea, despite heart palpitations.
  • Movie? Don’t have one at the moment.
  • Smell? Dettol.
  • Music genre? Acoustic / indie.
  • Book or literary genre? Fiction.
  • Conversation topic? Whatever strikes my fancy/interest.

What would you consider your strength(s) and weakness(es)?
Um… I can follow instructions? And on the flipside, I’m not really good at giving out any.

Can you share what your personal dream and aspiration is, for the next 10 years?To learn what it means to walk closely with God, and making a tangible difference for those around me. Oh, and learning how to drive/bike/swim would be nice…

What is your dream for Malaysia (or the world), for the next 10 years?
Eradication of poverty, and thus equal opportunity for all children to (better quality) education that they deserve.

What does it mean for you to follow Christ today?
Uncertainties will always abound but it’s the certainties that keep you afloat.

What do you think God is saying to you lately?
Patience, and then some more.

What’s the most random thing you can think of right… NOW?
Lemons…

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

  • Catch me on a Sunday
  • Call/text: +60176682998
  • Email: jamiewongzw[at]gmail[dot]com