Announcements for 21 July 2019
CONNECT WITH US
Hello! Welcome to Grace Baptist Church! Do drop by the visitors' table before the service or provide us with your contact details at www.tinyurl.com/welcometogbc or through this QR code:
We look forward to getting to know you better and hearing how we can serve you!
Keen to find out more about joining the GBC community? We have a membership class called "Church Matters" which teaches through what we believe and what it means to be a church member. This class runs twice a year (Jan and Jul) and the second run starts today (21 Jul) with two more sessions on 28 Jul & 4 Aug. If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Eugene (email@example.com).
Stay Connected: Signup for our online newsletter and prayer updates at www.tinyurl.com/gbcenews. These two mailers are how the church leaders can send important information to members, encourage prayer, and keep everyone in the family informed.
TODAY 21 JULY | 9.30 AM–10.45 AM | classrooms on the attic floor (5th level)
Below 3: Nursery
Age 3–8: Zeal For His Father's House.
Theme: God hates sin because He is holy.
Memory verse: Isaiah 56:7b “For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”
Age 9–12: : Promise: God Will Not Bring Any Unnecessary Suffering into Your Life.
Theme: God does not delight in the difficulties of His children; He brings only the necessary suffering to teach His children to trust Him.
Memory verse: Lamentations 3:32-33 “…but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; 33for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.”
New and have questions? Please contact Mok Chuan Xin (98531017).
CHURCH LIFE ANNOUNCEMENTS
MEET GOD MID-WEEK (MGMW) | TUE 23 JUL | 8.00 PM | ROOM 310
The first chapter of the book of Esther begins with an elaborate description of a banquet (actually two). And it ended with the queen being deposed. What happened? Why? Join us on Tuesday 23 July as we study the chapter which sets the plot for the book.
EQUIP: LIFE TOGETHER IN THE WORD
Following Jesus in the midst of life's struggles isn't always easy. How can we bear one another's burdens and help others to press on towards Christ-likeness? For the second half of the year, EQUIP will focus on equipping us with the biblical resources we need to help one another grow in Christ.
August 23-24* – The Compelling Community: Bearing One Another's Burdens
* Sign up at: tinyurl.com/compellingcommunity
CLOBS SCHEDULE FOR JULY–NOVEMBER 2019
Our Centralised study for Leaders of Bible Study (CLOBS) sessions has resumed (9.30 am to 11.30 am) at Room 310 (Level 3 GBC). Come join us as we study the book of Romans together and learn what it means to be a community on gospel mission as we apply “Grace Together” in our CGs. The CLOBS schedule for rest of 2019 is as follows:
CG Leaders, do pen these dates down in your calendars. See you all there!
*We will focus on the passages in bold and briefly cover the passages in (brackets) for each session.
BAPTISM | TODAY 21 JUL | 9.00 AM
Jimmy Cheong, Crystalle Chua (Mrs Cheong), Clarice Cheong, Jillian Cheong, Gracia Teow, David Vun, and Esther Tan (Mrs Soh) are getting baptised today. Jennifer Chua will be joining us by transfer. We rejoice with them as they take this step of obedience to Christ.
The next baptism is on 25 August. If you wish to get baptised, please contact the church office or Pastor Eugene at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your intention or to find out more. Please also plan on attending the next Church Matters membership class starting today (21 Jul), with two more sessions on 28 Jul and 4 Aug.
PRAYER MEETING | FRI 26 JUL | 8.00 PM–9.30 PM | ROOM 519
"Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people" (Eph 6: 18). Join us as we immerse ourselves in prayer and thanksgiving for God’s grace and mercy in each other’s lives and the church. If you have any prayer requests, please send them to the church office.
GBC 60TH ANNIVERSARY THANKSGIVING SERVICE | SUN 18 AUG | 10.00 AM
We will be giving thanks to God for His faithfulness as we observe GBC’s 60th Anniversary at the Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 18 Aug at 10.00am. This will be a combined EC/CC service with a catered lunch after the service. As level 2 carpark will be used for the lunch, there will be limited parking on that day. We appeal to members to park off-site to make space for visitors and those who need it more.
Please be informed that the pantry will be undergoing some upgrading works from the 9 to 23 July 2019. We are only adding another sink to the pantry, so disruption should be at its minimum. The pantry can still be used and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
WORD OF APPRECIATION
The families of Jonathan Tan, Kiyoko and Koh Poh Gee, Patti, Matthew and David wish to express their thanks to the GBC family for your prayers, care and support during their recent bereavement. Our thoughts, prayers and words of sympathy are very much appreciated.
Carrie is on leave 16–24 July. Pastor Ian is on leave 22 July–16 August.
1. LOVE GIFT COLLECTION | SUN 28 JUL
We will be doing a special collection of a love gift for Gladiolus Place on Sunday 28 July during our service. We hope to love and care for our neighbour across the road as we give to support their practical needs. The love gift will be given out during our 60th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service.
For contribution by cheque, please indicate payee as “Grace Baptist Church Ltd” and mark “For Gladiolus Place” on the reverse side of the cheque.
For contribution by cash, please use the brown envelope at the pews and mark “For Gladiolus Place” and drop it into the red offering bags.
2. PRACTICAL HELP NEEDED | SUN 28 JUL | 11.30 AM–1.15 PM
Gladiolus Place will be undergoing some renovation and repainting which require the girls to shift their living quarters. They need 7–8 able-bodied people to help move some cupboards and furniture from two rooms on level 4 to two other rooms on level 3. Interested to lend a hand? Please contact Pastor Ollie at email@example.com or drop him a note at 96571672. Thank you!
LOVING AND SERVING OUR ELDERLY NEIGHBOURS IN MACPHERSON (BY LOVEAID)
Following up on the Compassion Ministry talk by LoveAid held end May, we have been invited to visit and help at LoveAid’s Elderly Ministry (JiaLe). This is an opportunity for us not only to love and serve our neighbours in Macpherson but also build friendships for gospel purposes. There are about 20+ elderly involved in JiaLe. They are comfortable speaking in dialect and some Mandarin, but they are also able to converse and understand English. What is more important is having a heart that desires to love and serve by providing friendship. JiaLe's upcoming events are:
JiaLe Coffee Club
17, 24 & 31 July
7, 14, 21 & 28 August
@ Blk 71 Circuit Rd, RC Zone C Office
JiaLe Breakfast Club
23 July, 6 & 20 August
@ Blk 71 Circuit Rd, RC Zone C Office
JiaLe Walk Club
Friday 30 August, 4.30–8.30pm
(Meeting point: Blk 71 Circuit Rd, RC Zone C Office)
Max no. of volunteers needed per activity: 4
You can come for one or more sessions. Interested? Please drop Pastor Ollie a note @ 96571672 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will send you more details. Please note the possibility of event cancellation if there are less than 5 participants or due to adverse weather. Thank you!
GRACEHAVEN FAMILY SERVICE | THURS 25 JUL| 7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM | GRACEHAVEN (3 LORONG NAPIRI)
The next monthly Family Service at Gracehaven is on Thursday night, 25 Jul. If you'd like to come along to spend time to love and serve the youth and staff of Gracehaven, please contact Cheryl Chan (email@example.com / 9829 7414) or Pastor Ollie (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 22 Jul 2019. We will once again be having Saturday outings with Gracehaven. The upcoming one is on Saturday, 17 Aug 2019, from 9am to 12:30pm. We invite you to volunteer for this as well. More details later. You may register your interest with Cheryl.
MISSION TRIP TO KATHY’S HOME IN PUA, NORTH THAILAND | 30 AUG–2 SEP
The next trip to minister to the children @ Kathy’s Home will be from 30 August to 2 September 2019. We have also scheduled 6-9 December 2019 for those who prefer to go in December. If you are interested to join the team or find out more about this ministry, please contact Siew Kim on 97525589 or Beh on 97886171.
CAMBODIA MISSION TRIP | 7–12 OCT
We are organising a Dental and Teaching Mission Trip to Cambodia from 7 to 12 Oct 2019. If you are interested, please contact Kim Cheng 90261754 or Thiem Heng 92960007.
WEEK AT A GLANCE
Activities for 21–27 July 2019: