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.

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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.

Happy Father’s Day: What’s It Like Being A Father?

Wishing all fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers, spiritual fathers, and all who play a fatherly role in others a very Happy Father’s Day!

What’s it like being a father? Well, how much time do you have?

An Eventful Sunday – Celebrating Moms and Dads, and Welcoming Our New BLC Council 2013-2015!

We had a pretty eventful day today: celebrating our BLC moms and dads (biological, adoptive, spiritual, metaphorical, etc.) with our BLC Parents Day 2013 Celebrations as well as welcoming our new BLC Council with an installation service.

The day started early for some in what is now lovingly known as “Emily‘s Sweatshop” (courtesy of Jason!). We had to roll stacks and stacks of newspapers into balls… which were then used for games later in the afternoon. Unfortunately for us, the air-conditioning in the room failed… (and yes, Emily got little kids to work too!).

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Emily even found the time to have a little fun with one of her underaged “volunteers”! 😛

Mei Li set up a pretty neat altar decoration…

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…and Aaron even came decked out in the latest fatherly fashion!

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Since it was Father’s Day today, Rev. Thomas Low preached a moving sermon based on the life-example of Joseph, the father of Jesus.

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Then, we installed the new church Council for the 2013-2015 term!

Of course, any celebration would be remiss without the obligatory fellowship meal – i.e. lots and lots of #omnomnom!!!

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And, then, lots of laughter with games by Emily (the sweatshop did not labor in vain!)!

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And finally, family photos for everyone!

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A huge word of thanks to Jamie for organizing everything!

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Sermon: Joseph, A Most-Underrated Father – Rev. Thomas Low

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This morning, in conjunction with Father’s Day (and BLC’s Parents Day Celebration), Rev. Thomas Low preached a very moving sermon based on the life and example of Joseph, the father of Jesus.

Tracing the life of Joseph, Rev. Thomas talked about how Joseph:

  • Was a loving man towards Mary, despite the circumstances when he felt betrayed and had the right to shame and divorce her publicly;
  • Was loving towards Jesus, despite the gossip and scandal that surrounded His birth, bearing the burden of ugly rumors for the rest of his life to protect his beloved son, Jesus;
  • Was a devout man who obeyed God (who packed up and went to Egypt, and then back again) and had faith in God; and
  • Was a wise man who redeemed time –  it is not how long you live, but how well you live. Even though it was likely that Joseph died early (there are no more references to Joseph after the incident at the Temple when Jesus was 12), his impact on Jesus was indelible – Jesus even became a carpenter like his father.

Fatherhood is a awesome and frightening blessing. May your children drive you even closer to God. Leave them a legacy that lasts, even until they face the Throne of God at the end of their days.

And, as fathers (biological, adoptive, spiritual, or even just being a “father figure”…), may we be like Joseph – loving, devout, and wise.

Happy Fathers’ Day!

Update: BLC Parents Day – 16 June 2013

HappyParentsDayWe’ve got more information on this Sunday’s Parents Day Celebration!

As you already know, BLC will be celebrating Parents’ Day (combining Mother’s Day and Father’s Day) this coming Sunday, 16 June 2013, right after service. All parents, god-parents, people who have served, are serving and will soon be serving in any parent-like capacity are welcome! There will be light games, some gift-giving, and… of course, food.

Here’s the plan for the short little celebration, immediately after service ends at 12:00pm.

  • 12:00pm – Lunch is served!
  • 12:30pm – Light Games (there will be prizes!) with Emily Shipman
  • 12:50pm – Gift giving to all moms and dads (including god-parents, people who have served, are serving and will soon be serving in any parent-like capacity)
  • 12:55pm – Prayer of blessing
  • 1:00pm – End

Throughout the celebration, we will also have a photographer who will take family portraits for families in attendance. Feel free to come dressed thematically as a family!

Looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday!