Monday, December 31, 2007

Dec schedule

Fri 7 Dec - No CG
Fri 14 Dec - Girls' outing @ Jo's house
Fri 21 Dec - Social Night @ Settlers' Cafe
Fri 28 Dec - Thanksgiving session

Sat 15 Dec - Alvin & Yanlin's wedding
Tue 25 Dec - Christmas Day service

Dec services will all be evangelistic. Messages can be downloaded at www.bartley.org.sg.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

From Chris: Bartley News Network (Ep 1)

Excerpts:

LOCAL NEWS:

1. Standing Room only for Christmas Service!@Bartley Christian Church

It was almost a miracle to see the main worship hall packed full of worshippers before service began at 10 am. Latecomers had to stand at theback of the room throughout the entire service. If you consider the fact that the church had to open up 2 overflow rooms to cater for the largecrowd. Wow! The Lord must be very pleased to see such a good turnout for worship in Bartley Church. Snr Pastor William sure knows how to deliver a powerful Christmas message. ‘Jesus is coming again with to reign with authority and victory’. It is such a timely reminder on the urgency of the Great Commission. 2000 years have passed since Jesus ascended to heaven andit is estimated that more than 3 billion people around the world are still living without the hope of salvation.(http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html)

2. How the PSI level reached mildly dangerous level at How Sun Walk

On Christmas Day, between 5-7 pm, the Meteorological Department received calls from residents in How Sun Walk complaining about hazy conditions inHow Sun Walk. Officers from NEA were notified and found a cheerful caucasian man happily turning some sausages on a really tiny and smoky BBQ pit at Unit No. 4. ‘Must be a China-made BBQ pit.’ thought the NEA officers and left after completing their air quality tests, as they found only some lightly charred hotdogs and declined the offer to stay for dinner. I was fortunateto be invited to the christmas party hosted by Dave and Heather (ourfriendly couple from NZ). The lightly burned hotdogs were followed by more‘burnt offerings’ (lightly carbonized chicken wings). Obviously, this was a Christian gathering as the ‘burnt offerings’ were promptly finished. There were other delicious home-made food, such as baked vegetables, roast chicken and beef burgers. Heather once again impressed us with her baking skills and made a sweet NZ dessert called ‘Pavalova’ or something. We were also privileged to partake in a 3-year old wedding cake. Yes, it was a cake from their wedding saved for a special occasion. On the whole, it was a pleasant evening of fellowship and good food. Before the night ended, the group gathered for photo-taking and it took 2 fuzzy shots before Dave realized that the lights should be turned on for better effects. Thank God for digital cameras. Kudos again to Dave & Heather for being such excellent hosts.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Alvin and Yan Lin's wedding event pics

video

Hope you all enjoy some pictures of a truly great evening

Congrats guys

1st Dec 07: "My Journey, His Story" evangelistic dinner

BCC organized the "My Journey His Story" evangelistic dinner on 1st Dec 07 at Qian Xi Restaurant. The cg participated in the event as well with invited friends =)

Here're the milestones of the event (feedback from the working committee):

Largest number of visitors to one staged event.

We rejoice that the LORD prepared the hearts of so many friends to want to join us at this dinner. The number was over 350 visitors.

Prayer was harnessed by all.

The burden for souls led the Church to pray regularly on a daily basis. We recognise that the event was not just about a programme, but about people. Every prayer effort, from praying for names in the prayer jar, to the Intercessory Worship time held at an Elder's home, all led us to seek the LORD for His intervention and mercy for our loved ones. The LORD did not disappoint, as His gospel seed was sown.

Largest number of persons who indicated their desire to receive Jesus as Lord.

A total of 22 people indicated this great desire and 11 rededications. The rest are still being followed up and the numbers who responded to say they are interested to know more about Jesus areto be confirmed. In times like these, we can only look back in wonder and give praise to GOD, for His marvelous work in the hearts of our friends and family. The work of the gospel, I remind you, continues even now, as we may only reap the rest later on. Work has begun already to disciple new believers in the faith. As the staff rings each person to verify their spiritual need, we ask you for your supportand labour of love to grow these new brethren into maturity.

Here're some pictures from the day:

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Settlers's Cafe this Friday, 21 Dec 07!

Hello cg mates,

Since Dec is a time of celebration, this Friday cg meeting will be a social event at the following:

Place: Settlers' Cafe, nearest MRT station: Clarke Quay
Time: 7.30-10.30pm (3hrs of fun and laughter!)
Cost: Depends on the value packages that day. Kevin and I are members too, so there'll be some discount. =)












For those who can meet earlier, Kevin is free to meet for dinner first. Please contact him.
We'll meet at Clark Quay MRT at 715pm then walk over together. Those who'd be late just go straight. Settlers serve food so you can eat there if you don't mind.

Lastly, kindly RSVP with Chris asap!

See ya on Friday!

Cheers,
Li Fen & Heather

Monday, December 17, 2007

Chris: Thanksgiving for a blessed 2007 and blessings in 2008 ahead!

Hi all,

(Luk 1: 34-37, 45)
"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "Since I am a virgin?"
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of
the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called
the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her
old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For
nothing is impossible with God.”
“…Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be
accomplished!”

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Amidst all the Christmas festivities and multitude of celebrations (Alvin &
Yanlin’s wedding + Claire’s 1st month celebration + My Journey, His Story
dinner) in the month of Dec, I could not help but look back in wonder at how
the Lord has been faithful in His blessings for each and every one of our
own unique life circumstances over the past 12 months:

God’s Blessings in 2007
(Note: This list is not arranged in any particular chronological order or
importance.)

•Jonathan’s “miracle” birth as well as impressive growth &
development. May I cast the first vote for Jonathan to be our “Young Adults
CG Idol 2007”. He draws attention from young and old, during prayer
meetings, Sunday Services, weddings and even other babies’ 1st month
celebrations. He certainly oozes charm with his cute smile and funny
actions. He is also our “free” entertainment during CG meetings, courtesy of
Heather & Dave.:)
• Timothy & Yewya’s wedding
• Timothy & Yewya’s new flat
• Alvin & Yanlin’s wedding
• Alvin & Yanlin’s new flat
• Hongmei’s new job
• New CG members (hopefully, soon we’ll be a "mini UN" with members from
over the world):
- Fanny (from KL)
- Jo (from UK)
- Heidi (Lifen's friend)
- Jeanie (back from studies in OZ)
- How about Myanmar and Japan?
• Baptism:
- Amilyn
- Calvin
- Lois
• Membership transfer:
- Suyin
• Baby Claire’s birth
• Sin Hong’s commencement of her course in Australia
• Chris Tan’s completion of half-marathon (21 km)

As this is not an exhaustive list, feel free to add your personal
thanksgiving. This is the Season for Rejoicing and Thanksgiving.
Ho...Ho...Ho...

Wishing all a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year ahead.

God bless,

Chris Tan

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Gals dinner on 14 Dec 07

For all cg gals!

Please note we are having a western dinner at Jo's place on 14th Dec 07, 7:30pm. Jo's cooking! =)

Who's coming so far: Jo (of course), Heather, Yewya, Heidi, Renzi, Li Fen
For those who haven't replied, please let me know if you can come ok!

Update: Meet at 7:15pm at Aljunied MRT station.

Cya!

Cheers,
Li Fen