Thank You For A Great Year, Pastor Daniel!

Farewell Daniel

Today, we bid farewell to Pastor Daniel Locke, who joined us a year ago to accompany his wife Sarah on her internship at Luther House Chapel.

As we got to know him over the year he has been with us, he has been tremendously generous with his talents and time. He enthusiastically served as an amazing preacher, multi-talented musician and worship leader, as well as as being regularly available for all sorts of occasions.

Needless to say, we will miss them – but we are glad to have made a friend in Daniel and Sarah. We continue to pray for them and wish them well as they complete their seminary education. We look forward to rejoicing with them when they receive their calls to serve in churches who would be very lucky to have them.

Stay in touch, you two!

More pics available here.

 

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#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.

Welcoming Pastor Daniel & Sarah to Malaysia!

Sarah & Daniel Locke

Bangsar Lutheran Church is looking forward to welcoming Pastor Daniel from the ELCA this September!

He will be with us for a period of one year, as an Assistant Pastor. He will not be an Intern, as Pastor Emily was, but he will be accompanying his soon-to-be wife as she serves her internship at Luther House Chapel under Rev. Thomas Low.

As of this writing, Daniel and Sarah are in a whirlwind of activities! Daniel has just finished his internship this past Sunday. He is now packing up all of his belongings and moving them to storage this coming Saturday. The following week, he and Sarah will get married, and then they’re headed to Malaysia.

(Phew!)

In his own words:

“My name is Daniel, and (soon-to-be) married to the love of my life Sarah.  I was born and 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 from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC.

I am taking a year-of-leave from seminary to be with Sarah during her 3rd (internship) year of seminary in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Sarah is serving at Luther House Chapel with Reverend Low.

I thoroughly enjoy traveling and exploring new regions of the world, and I am excited to spend the year in Kuala Lumpur experiencing ministry in a new and exciting context.

In my free time I love playing sports (basketball, football, baseball).  I have a passion for music and I enjoy playing several instruments (piano, guitar, and trumpet).  I look forward to worshiping with you and and getting to know you this year.”

Guests from ELCA this Sunday, 1 Feb 2015

This Sunday, 1 February 2015, BLC will play host to four guests from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA).

Rev. Marjorie Funk-Pihl will be preaching the sermon this Sunday. She is Assistant to the Bishop, SW California Synod, ELCA as well as a pastor of Mount Carmel Lutheran Church, San Luis Obispo, California.

Rev. Hitoshi Adachi, will be bringing greeting to our congregation from the ELCA. He is Assistant to the Bishop for Finance, Pacific Synod, ELCA.

Rev. Marjorie and Rev. Hitoshi will also be joined by Rev. Melanie Wallschlaeger, Assistant to the Bishop / Director for Evangelical Mission, Southwest Washington Synod, ELCA as well as Rev. Thiem Baccam, Chair, Laotion Caucus, Association of Asians and Pacific Islanders, ELCA.

We look forward to welcoming our guests this Sunday!

Emily Shipman: Ordination To Word & Sacrament

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Remember Emily?

She came and spent one wonderful year with us between mid-2012 to mid-2013 as our pastoral intern. We were sad to bid her farewell, but she had to return back to Wartburg Seminary to complete her studies.

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Well, we’re glad to note that she and her husband Zachariah have just recently completed their Master of Divinity studies and Emily has now been ordained as a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America on 15 June 2014 at her home congregation of Hope Lutheran Church, in Walker, Minnesota.

Both Emily and Zachariah have been called to serve the Northwest United Lutheran Parish in Western North Dakota, which has has congregations in Alamo, Ambrose, Crosby, Fortuna, and Wildrose. Emily and Zach look forward to their installation on 13 July 2014 at Crosby, North Dakota, which will also be Zach’s ordination on that same day. They are incredibly excited to serve there as pastors!

From Emily:

Thank you for joining with me in prayer at this special time, and for the role you played in walking with me in my faith journey.  The witness of others to the love and grace of God is truly important in nurturing the fellowship of believers. Thank you for all you do!

We continue to pray for Emily and Zach – seeking God’s abundant blessings on them and their ministry in this next chapter of their lives.

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Introducing Malaytionships – Zach and Emily’s Blog!

Did you know that Zach and Emily maintain a blog over at Malaytionships (www.shipmants-to-malaysia.blogspot.com)?

Think you could do something to give them more to write about – and write more often? Be part of their blog! Be their story fodder by inviting them out for lunch and hanging out with them to know them better! Emily certainly has surprising stories to tell as a gamer-chick who’s into first-person-shooters as well as a family photo(?) of everyone in combat gear and armed with paintball guns!