The Christmas Cheer Gift offering is received each year during Sunday services in Dec. May we prayerfully consider setting aside a Cheer Gift even in this unique and challenging year, as the Lord convicts and wills. The Cheer Gift will be apportioned to the needy as well as our full-time staff (pastoral, operations & missionary) and associated missionaries as their year-end 13th-month supplement and, if in any excess, bonus.
Gathering together to worship God is biblically and spiritually significant despite the current restrictions. It shows us what being church is about for we do not follow Christ in isolation but in community – be it gathering online for a season or physically now that we are allowed to do so.
After 6 months, we are reopening our premises for worship services from Sunday 4 October 2020. Even though the government has announced allowance for 100, we will start with one service, in English, for 50 attendees at 9.00 AM. Eventually, we may increase the number or open up more services.
It is the privilege of members to participate in this AGM service not as a formal duty but as a time for celebration and mutual accountability. Our Lord is present even on AGM Sunday. In view of the COVID-19 situation, this AGM will be convened online:
Date: Sunday 16 August 2020 Part 1: 9.00 am – AGM Worship Service via usual platforms (Worship, Message, Lord’s Supper) Part 2: 10.00am – AGM continues on Live Zoom session (e.g. Reports, Accounts etc)
To participate in the AGM is to affirm your membership to the BFEC family, for no church can function healthily without members affirming their regular participation in their local church.
As such, Article 5 of our Articles of Association states: “All members of the church shall at such intervals and in such manner as may be required by the Church Council, affirm their membership failing which such members shall be transferred from the Register of members to a subsidiary register upon which their membership shall ipso facto be suspended, provided that the Church Council shall have the discretion to restore a person where a reasonable ex-planation has been given.”
Let us make it our goal to affirm our membership once again at this AGM service.
This year, the Elders are pleased to inform members of the following:
Appointment of Advisory Elder: Roland Tan
Appointment of new co-opted Elder: Derek Pang
Election of New Deacons: Kelvin Ng and Joseph Oh
Members, with the AGM conducted online, please check your email for:
1. PRE-REGISTRATION: we need you to pre-register your attendance at the link indicated in your email by 8 August 2020.
2. LINK TO THE ZOOM SESSION : this will be provided after you submit your pre-registration.
3. LINK TO ONLINE COPIES: The Notice of Agenda of AGM, 2019 Annual Report & Audited Accounts and Minutes of the last AGM will be made available for viewing online.
Updating Email and Mobile contact: However, if you did not receive the email, do ensure you update your email address and mobile contact with the church office at 96701800 immediately so that we can refurnish the links to you.
Printed Copies: The aforesaid documents will be made available upon request (SMS or WhatsApp to 96701800). These may be collected through prior appointment made at BFEC church office between 27 July – 8 August (Mon – Fri), 3pm to 6pm only.
Questions & Answers: With the time constraints of an online AGM and in the interest of giving opportunities for prayerfully-considered questions and answers, the Council invites members who have questions to submit them in writing to the Church Secretary. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8 Aug 2020. During the AGM, priority will be given to clarifications arising out of answers to these pre-submitted questions.
I am confident the Lord will be pleased and all of us mutually blessed.
BFEC has earmarked 2 opportunities where you and I can volunteer to serve the migrant workers in Singapore
‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
1) PROJECT PROVIDENCE
Project Providence is a crisis intervention alliance working in collaboration across organisations including churches, para-church organisations, and individuals with the capacity to serve migrant workers in Singapore affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. Many of these workers are faced with a very uncertain future including where to rest their heads.
What you will be doing:
Manning the Helpline for Migrant Workers – provide callers with information regarding accommodation, finance, emotional support, and support that other NGOs provide
Befriend Migrant Workers – be a friend, talk and listen.
Training will be provided. You do not have to be a trained counsellor to volunteer with Project Providence.
What is the commitment? Manning the helpline will be done remotely in your own home. The Helpline operates from 9am to 9pm daily and each volunteer mans the line on a 3-hour shift rotation. You can choose to man the Helpline on slots convenient to you, like in the evenings or weekends.
What if I know of Migrant Workers who need help? You may ask the migrant workers to contact the Project Providence helpline at 87177559 between 9am to 9pm
33 “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. 34 You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
2) CRISIS RELIEF ALLIANCE
Crisis Relief Alliance (CRA) needs volunteers with cars as well as those without cars to help with NON-CONTACT deliveries of essential stuff (ad-hoc meals, sanitisers, and other stuff when suppliers cannot provide delivery services) to migrant workers staying at factory-converted dorms in the Eastern zone of Singapore
As a volunteer, you will be given exemption similar to that of essential workers. CRA will provide an authorisation letter from the authorities.
How often are the deliveries? The volunteers will be notified as and when there’s a demand. The leaders in charge of the Eastern zone will coordinate efforts among the volunteers.
What if I can’t carry heavy stuff but I can drive my car? CRA will match volunteers to help. Those without cars but can carry stuff, with those who can drive but cannot carry stuff.
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