For the Week of 8th February 2015 From our Team Ministry... YOUNG... IF I WAS: SCHOOLING... 1. I would study to gain the approval of others - 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 1. I would study diligently to make the grade 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2. I would remember my Creator and be passionate about His will - Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them. 2. I would make friends and be a good friend, always there for them - Proverbs 27:10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not. 3. I would be respectful and obedient to my parents and make them proud - Proverbs 23:24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: 3. I would keep myself pure for the Lord and and he that begetteth a wise child shall have my future spouse - 2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also joy of him. youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord 4. I would be careful to lay a firm foundation out of a pure heart. for the future - Galatians 6:7-8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man 4. I would do my best so that I can be soweth, that shall he also reap. exemplary - 1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh thy youth; but be thou an example of the reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. spirit, in faith, in purity. 5. I would be patient to persevere and complete 5. I would wait on the Lord and rely upon Him all that I started - Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore for strength - Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait seeing we also are compassed about with so upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and us, and let us run with patience the race that is not faint. set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, 21st Feb Elders’ and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Our Mission: We are called out to worship God in Spirit and Truth, to testify to the nations the Gospel of Christ and to make disciples for the glory of God Almighty. PAGE 2 FOCUS Right: Brother Timothy Tabalujan expressing his thanks to the church and bidding the church farewell as he has completed his national service and will be returning to Melbourne, Australia. We will miss him. Brother Bob Jackson will speak on "the Body of Christ" at our morning assemblies this morning. We are happy that John and Wendy Then from China were with us last Sunday for the Chinese New Year. All are invited to join the China Interest Group this afternoon to hear these experienced and effective missionaries from Zhang Jia Jie, China at 1-3pm in the Chinese Hall. They will be speaking of their preparation for mission, the ZJJ field and the vision and direction forward. Call Patrick before 11am for lunch. Come back tonight at 6pm to hear brother Henry Kong speak on “Welcoming the Year of the Sheep (2)”. Come and learn what the Bible has to say about sheep. Remember to bring a dish as you come for the evening assembly for the monthly potluck dinner after the worship. The theme for tonight's potluck is "Chinese New Year Dishes.” On Wednesday at 7:30pm, brother Adrian Teo will continue the lessons on “Discerning the Discipline of Worship” series. Make 2015 different by adding SPC to your spiritual walk with God. A mission trip is planned in April for India. PP’s India mission partner, brother Joel Madiki has proposed a VBS and Women's Retreat in April. Please contact brother Patrick to register your interest in this trip or another trip in 2015. From the current SPC worship series: "Find ways to really prepare for the gathered experience of worship. Prepare on Saturday night by going to bed early, by having an inward experience of examination and confession, by going over the hymns and Scripture passages that will be used on Sunday." Starting next week, we will add to the Focus (which is usually online by Friday afternoon), the main scripture text of preachers so all can prepare by reading ahead. Men to Serve today and next Sunday 8am Scripture Text: 11am Call to Worship: SR/OP: S. Leader: Communion: Preacher: Closing Prayer: Ushers 6pm Call to Worship Scripture Text: Opening Prayer: S. Leader: Communion: Messenger: Closing Prayer: Psalm 25:1-3 Psalm 27:1-3 Winston Chong Joseph Zeng Harry Wong Simon Goh Bob Jackson William Wong Joel Goh HI Team Tan Beng Chuan Isaac Tay Kelvin Koo Lim Li Chhoan Peter Lim Simon Goh Kenneth Kuek HI Team Winston Chong Psalm 25:4-7 Johnelle Jumao-As KC Cheang Simon Goh Henry Kong William Wong Tan Beng Chuan Psalm 27:4-5 Joemar Recomono Asher Jumao-As Lam Chern Woon Zachary Lee Simon Goh PPCOC's Vision: By God's grace, our vision is to be a vibrant, growing community of Christians where every member ministers to one another. Equipped by committed servant leaders and dedicated care teams at home, and passionate mission interest groups and partners abroad, we steward our resources responsibly for God's Kingdom. FOCUS PAGE 3 FAMILY This Week’s Sunday, 8th February 2015 7:30am Shuttle Bus Service 8:00am First Morning Assembly Speaker: Bob Jackson 9:30am Bible Classes for all ages 11:00am Second Morning Assembly 1:15pm Shuttle Bus Stops 6:00pm 7:15pm Evening Assembly Speaker: Henry Kong Monthly Potluck Pray for: Healing for Lian Chye’s medical condition and Audrey’s eye infection– Andy Wees Lord’s mercy and healing for lymph nodes on my neck – Lian Chye Nobleta Lopez to obey the Lord in baptism and for travel safety of Ely Cataggatan to Philippines – Linda Malana Travel mercy for Ely as she returns home to spend time with her family in the Philippines – Maribel Cammayo My mother’s recovery, in the ICU– Jenny Ngeow My friend, Nor Kiah’s well being – Ella Paguila Peace for all in 2015 – Grace Mariaraja Continued world peace – Fook Weng Thank God for: Wednesday, 11th February 2015 7:30pm The Discipline of Worship Instructor: Adrian Teo FACTS & FIGURES 8am Worship: 11am Worship: 6pm Worship: Total: 149 205 43 397 Morning Giving Evening Giving Total Contribution $15,349.00 _$2,029.00 $17,378.00 Brother Bob’s sermon – Ulric Sin, Lezel Tan, Maribel Cammayo, Brother Valmond’s sermon – Patrick, Henry His guidance and protection; the privilege to serve God and join M.A.R.C.H for Christ to work for God’s glory – Lynda Wee Watching over us and for your love which fills our hearts – Clarita Simon Letting us know that we are important no matter how small we are – Ehpril Cammayo Receipt No Donor Amount 3RsF 2007 3RsF 2008 3RsF 2009 Anonymous Anonymous Chinese Congregation MF 1789 Joann Ang $50 $500 $700 $2000 PAGE 4 FOCUS God’s Masterpiece – Introducing Phay Siew Hua Sister Phay Siew Hua turned 75 in December, and anyone who has spent time with this gem of a lady will testify to her gracious, cultured demeanor, and positive attitude despite recent health challenges. Phay is a retired primary school teacher. Her godson describes her as adventurous, strongwilled, caring and kind. An ex-neighbour who has known her for over two decades also paid tribute to her helpful nature – “Anyone who approaches her will not be left unaided.” The neighbour recalls that her talent and passion for gardening benefited the residents of the condominium. In her family she is known as a strict disciplinarian but one the garden. Unbeknownst to many, prior to her retirewho delivers on promises and is ultimately, kind and ment, Phay dabbled in business after 28 years of teaching, running a music school for almost 2 decades and willing to help. later, a retail store selling music scores. Originally born in Batu Pahat, she came to live in Singapore with her grandparents at an early age when Phay’s open nature makes it easy for her to reach out her mother passed away during the Japanese to non-believers in her neighbourhood, and friends, occupation. Phay was not born in a Christian family, ex-colleagues and relatives who are no longer attending but attended a mission school. She started studying church to restore them and include them in her the bible with a missionary from the Scripture Union fellowship circle. She draws spiritual encouragement when she was in upper primary, and also attended from the Kongs, sister Dorothy, and Eileen Lim’s Care Bethesda church at Bras Basah. She prayed the Sinner’s Team. She is a member of Wai Leng’s Care Team. It is Prayer but was not baptized until she was a mother – her hope that PP will be more sensitive to those around, by sprinkling. She has two children, Eugene and Julie. lifting the fallen, broken hearted and showing them Her grandson Jonathan, 7, is the apple of her eye and God’s love and mercy. Personally, she wants to be able prayed with her every day for her healing when she to create a new vision for her life that she can still be everything God has created her to be, despite her health was recently hospitalized. issues. What a refreshing attitude for one who has Phay attended Faith Community Baptist Church with come so far in life! her son, and although she was never fully at home with the lively ‘rock concert’ styled services, she She hopes to be used more by God by allowing herself continued to attend as she didn’t want to be a “church to be inconvenienced and to display the goodness of drop out”. By her own testimony, in 2004, the Lord God, taking bold steps to move forward with challenges directed her to move to Pasir Panjang and then through He has put in her heart. - June Dhanabalan a stranger-turned-sister, Linda Seet, led her to the Church of Christ. The simple, direct style of worship suited her, and she was made to feel at home and warmly welcomed. “I have not looked back. He has enriched my life’s journey richly and changed me into a different person – one always grateful for what he has done for me,” says Phay. Like those a fraction of her age, this independent soul enjoys pursuits such as concerts, movies, music, TV, travel, and being with her family and friends. She also enjoys domestic activities like cross-stitching, knitting, sewing, cooking and baking, in addition to working in To overcome every obstacle and difficulty better than before, believing that God can do exceedingly abundantly above all I ask and think, and that I am God’s masterpiece created in His image. May I step into the fullness of what God has in store for me. FOCUS is published weekly by the Church of Christ (English-speaking) meeting at 347 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118688 (Tel: 67788259. 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