2016 BLC LiFE Groups

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BLC’s LiFE Groups are established small groups that meet regularly to build authentic relationships and encourage spiritual growth – to Live in Faith Everyday. We believe sustained life change happens best in the context of caring relationships built on accountability and trust.

In LiFE Groups, people study God’s Word together and discuss the issues and challenges of life.  It is also where they pray, care for one another, and are missed if they are absent for any reason. LiFE Groups are designed with everyone in mind: for all ages, stages of life, and spiritual maturity.

This year, we have six groups. Please consider joining one or even hosting one to get more plugged into the community life of BLC.

Aardvark

Meeting on alternate Fridays in Damansara Heights, with dinner.

This is a quirky group that meets with the intention to create and relate. Aardvark is purposeful in wanting to really get to know each other in a very real and authentic way. They are currently focused on the BLC Community Garden as a pet project.

If you’re a quirky older teen to adult, this might be the group for you.

Read the Bible with Kock Sheng and Ling Ling

Meets on Saturday afternoons in Puchong. Fellowship sometimes lasts until dinner!

A group that is dedicated to reading through the Bible from beginning to end. Note: it’s about just READING the Bible – this is not a Bible Study group. At the end of every book, they will host an open gathering in church and invite Pastor to provide an overview/review of the book they have just completed. They are definitely making great progress! Over two meetings, they completed 37 chapters of Genesis!

If you’re looking for companions to journey with you through reading the Bible, why not join this group?

Giving Tree

Meets on Fridays, primarily in PJ.

Giving Tree meets weekly over food, snacks and other yummy things for life updates and support in prayer. Occasionally, the group attempts Bible Studies and/or Scripture reading – but it can be challenging with toddlers and children playing nearby. The group see itself primarily as an extended family that tries to be there for each other. It’s a lot of fun and it certainly brings to life in concrete terms on what it means to “Live in Faith Everyday”

If you’re looking for people who are trying hard to live out their faith amidst noisy kids, rushed meals, traffic jams and more… you’re welcome to be a part of Giving Tree.

Men’s Accountability Group

This group has been meeting every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Saturdays at various restaurants in PJ.

This group is a rather high-commitment, high-trust group for men seeking accountability and support partners. They have been making good progress and are learning to trust each other more as they open up.

For men, especially those in ministry and leadership positions, this might be a good opportunity to join a group for accountability and support.

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Meets regularly over meals together, including on Sundays, at various locations including BLC.

This group meets regularly as a study, accountability and support group.

Women Encouraging Women

Meets monthly on the 4th Saturday of the month, at The Father’s House, Bangsar.

This group is for women to have a safe place to share struggles; to pray and be prayed for; as well as to help each other be spiritually accountable. There will also be a workout/exercise session as part of the group’s activities!

Start A Life Group?

If you would like to form a similar group, all you need are three people who are committed to meeting regularly over reading the Word and praying together. Let us know how BLC can support you in starting and sustaining one!
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#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!

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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.

 

Sermon Series: Fundamentals Of The Church (#ChurchFundamentals2015)

 

201509 Fundamentals Of The ChurchBased on Acts 2:42-47 (TLB), we will explore our BLC Family can follow the example of the early disciples: “They joined with the other believers in regular attendance at the apostles’ teaching sessions and at the Communion services and prayer meetings. A deep sense of awe was on them all, and the apostles did many miracles. And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything with each other, selling their possessions and dividing with those in need. They worshiped together regularly at the Temple each day, met in small groups in homes for Communion, and shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness, praising God. The whole city was favorable to them, and each day God added to them all who were being saved.”

DATE TIME TOPIC READINGS SPEAKER
6 Sep 10 am Prayer OT: Isaiah 35:4-7a

NT: James 2:1-17

Gospel: Mark 7:24-37

Pastor Augustin
13 Sep 10 am Discipleship/Fellowship OT: Isaiah 50: 4-9a

NT: James 3:1-12

Gospel: Mark 8:27-38

John Cheah
20 Sep 10 am Worship OT:  Jeremiah 11:18-20

NT. James 3:13-4:3,7-8a

Gospel: Mark 9:30-37

Pastor Augustin
27 Sep 10 am Stewardship OT: Num 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29

NT: James 5:13-20

Gospel: Mark 9:38-50

Pastor Augustin

If you’d like to follow or respond to the messages via social media, please hashtag it as #ChurchFundamentals2015. Find us at:

FREE Seminar: Spiritual Friendship – Following Jesus In The Company Of Friends – Dr. Tan Soo Inn

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Our friend, Dr. Tan Soo Inn, of Graceworks (and whom you might remember as our awesome camp speaker last year) will be conducting his first public lecture in Malaysia for a long, long time.

The FREE seminar is entitled, “Spiritual Friendship – Following Jesus In The Company Of Friends” and will explore how we live in an increasingly lonely world, even in the church; yet Jesus has called us His friends and wants His disciples to follow him in community (John 15:9-17). So how can we do this?

  • Date: Friday, 21 August 2015
  • Time: 8pm-10pm
  • Venue: PJ CTEE (Luther Centre) Level 5, Semenyih Room, No. 6, Jalan Utara, 46200 Petaling Jaya

The seminar will focus on two key aspects of spiritual friendship. First, it will look at the biblical teaching on spiritual friendship – what is it, and why is it so important? Next, it will explore how we can actually do it – what are some of the practical ways we can follow Jesus in the company of friends.

“We are living in difficult times in Malaysia. God has called us to be faithful witnesses so that we can shine in the darkness. We can only do this in community.” 

Registration is FREE, but please confirm attendance by emailing: engtee[at]stm2[dot]edu[dot]my.

More information and contact details are available below:

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The BLC Community Garden – The Big Dig!

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The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.
To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. – Alfred Austin

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. – Gertrude Jekyll

After mooting the idea earlier this year, we finally arrived on the day of The Big Dig for our “BLC Community Garden”!

The BLC Community Garden was mooted as an idea to utilize the space we have to plant herbs and vegetables (to start with) to bless the community, within BLC and beyond.

We hope the harvest from our garden can become a blessing to members of our Church (taking home some fresh herbs after service on Sunday for dinner!) and to the community around us (whether it is our neighbors opposite us – or even beyond: anyone who could use some fresh vegetables!). The BLC Community Garden is all about learning how to be Christ-followers TOGETHER – planting a community garden, we think, is one of the most creative, fulfilling, and relationship-building ways to do it.

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We partnered with Eats, Shoots & Roots, a social enterprise with a simple aim: To empower urban individuals and communities with skills and tools to grow their own food, and build a sense of resilience in the city. Eats, Shoots & Roots helped us lead The Big Dig and facilitated informal workshops about the process and techniques of building edible garden beds.

The day started off with a briefing and workshop by Eats, Shoots & Roots. After that, everyone was split into several working teams: one to work on the herb patch, another to work on the vegetable patch, in a “grow tong”. The children were also involved as a team of their own, and also as they helped here and there with various tasks.

After several hours of work, we finally completed building the two garden beds and are looking forward to a harvest soon!

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The Herb Patch, built with love, a little bit of OCD, and some anger management 🙂

Today’s Big Dig for the garden is a start of a journey. With the garden underway, we could also explore:

  • Enjoying fresh Church/Home-grown groceries
  • Workshops on gardening/sustainable lifestyle
  • Having Kitchen parties and/or cooking classes
  • Inviting friends and family members to hang out at church to co-labour with us
  • Having prayer walks in the garden
  • Connecting/partnering with other environmental organizations and schools
  • Becoming a teaching ground for others – ages kids and up!

 

We are grateful to have Clarice help us kick off this project, as well as Jason and Rubini for helping us organize today’s Big Dig! We are also encouraged to have a great turnout for today’s event – it was a blessing to meet new friends as well as get reacquainted with “old visitors”.

Here’s to the next adventure ahead with The Community Garden!

More pics from The Big Dig available here.

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Happy Father’s Day 2015 from BLC!

Wishing all the fathers, grandfathers, godfathers and all other fatherly figures a very Happy Father’s Day!

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This year we had a Fully Father-Fueled Father’s Day Service! With the help of many, we managed to put together a team of fathers fueling today’s Sunday service consisting of: Johnben leading the worship team (Benson, Yu-Chiet and Alpha), Anand as the usher and Steven as the Scripture Reader.

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Doing it the very BLC way, we started off with greeting slides inspired by Star Wars and had Sermon slides with dad-comic jokes from Zits and Calvin and Hobbes, among many others.

The very talented youth came together to perform a Father’s Day rendition of the cup song titled “You’re My Dad” with witty lyrics.

Pastor Augustin later began his sermon about forgiveness – forgiveness for absent fathers, hurtful fathers and abusive fathers. He continued on with how we should also appreciate our fathers, and finally urged all fathers to trust in the Lord when bringing up children, referring to how Jesus Calms the Storm in today’s Gospel Reading.

We ended with a prayer for the fathers led by a father himself, Pastor Augustin. 10304434_861282011922_1199858492493450930_n

But wait, there’s more! The pre-teens this year decided to create a series of games to participate with their fathers, starting with an almost deadly obstacle course where the blindfolded-fathers were led by their children, to reach a “Fear Factor, Food Tractor” station for food tasting. We take the safety of our fathers very seriously and prepared safety helmets for them. No fathers were hurt in our celebration today. 10424982_10152822854272541_6253800451518236359_n

There was also a thumb-war challenge where Keat Lim with super-powered thumbs claimed victory.

After the obstacle course, food tasting and thumb-wars, the fathers and children proceeded to re-pot cacti (I know, we just love risks!), to be taken home with them for the day! As far as we know, all thumbs and fingers were still intact at the end of the service. 11377192_10152822853857541_5056195197101296372_n

A note of thanks to all who made this possible today. BLC would again like to wish everyone a very Happy Father’s Day and we hope to have you join us in some of our fun activities next time around!

More pics from the day are available here.