Pastoral Note 26 Feb 2022 – RIDING THE WAVE IN THE STORM

26 Feb 2022


35 On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. 37 And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. 38 Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. 40 And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” (Mark 4:35-41 – NIV)

Dear beloved Frankelites,

How are you feeling? 

The news is grim. Russia has struck Ukraine. The international markets will rattle even as world governments wrestle with a swift and suitable response. While it is a war geographically far away from us, the shock waves of lives lost and people displaced will no doubt ripple out. Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, that the situation there does not escalate further. This is not the first time acts of aggression of this scale have threatened to steal our peace. And it will certainly not be the last. 

Meanwhile, we are still coping with that other more immediate viral scourge. While the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel seems within sight, there is no doubt we are currently riding the peak of the Omicron wave. Suddenly, everyone knows someone who has caught the virus, or is on Health Risk Notice. 

The Council and church staff have been praying for a number of Frankelites who had been infected. If you are one of those who had recently contracted COVID-19, inform your leaders and shepherds so as to be assured of continued prayers for your healing and recovery. Do take the time to rest and secure the needed medication. 

It is understandably disconcerting for those navigating omicron with vulnerable seniors or unvaccinated young children in their care. With this variant being highly infectious, many have chosen to ride it out with as little additional exposure as possible. 

It can also be draining for those who are living in close proximity to those infected – having to care for them and, at the same time, take the necessary precautions. 

For some, it has hit much closer to home, as it did for me when my wife was diagnosed with it. Though you supposedly know what’s to be done, seeing the unexpected second line on your ART kit has a way of throwing you off, let alone any well laid-out plans you may have made. 

How can we stay calm and persevere in the midst of this and other disruptions?

In the account of the sudden storm in Mark 4:35-41, Jesus and the disciples were in the midst of executing their daily to-do’s. Going from place to place sometimes meant taking the boat across the Sea of Galilee where most of their ministry revolved, where the people were. In some sense, there was no avoiding the occasional storm if one depended on being out at sea as a matter of course. 

Yet what happened in this sudden storm gives us encouragement in three ways.

First, we see that even when our Saviour is with us (Jesus was physically with his disciples on the boat), sudden storms can still come at us. These may not only be sudden but severe. Many of the disciples were experienced fishermen and they knew the Sea of Galilee is a setting for the perfect storm, yet that evening, they were still shocked by the severity of it all. As long as we are on this old earth, we will still be subject to the consequences of sin and the fallen nature. And they can hit us hard. The encouragement here is that Jesus is with us even through these storms.

Second, sometimes our Saviour may not seem to respond to the storm but he surely hears our cries. Jesus was asleep at the back of the boat. But when they yelled out to Him for help, even as we, in crisis, honestly unload our feelings and fears on Him, he hears. (“Do you not care? The disciples accused Jesus.) He responds. Fear can immobilize us, as it did the disciples.  But when bad things suddenly happen in our lives, our Lord is longing for us to look to Him and to call out to Him. Instead of succumbing to the noisy barrage of bad news, he wants us to hear the Spirit whisper His comfort and assurance from His word: “Be strong and very courageous. I am your helper. I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:9; Hebrews 13:5,6).

The final and single most important encouragement here is that our God is sovereign and in control. Like Moses at the Red Sea, Jesus could have simply stilled the waves without saying a word, but that wasn’t his modus operandi here. I believe it is to our benefit that we hear him command the storm, “Hush, be still.” The winds and waves obeyed this demonstration of faith. In like manner, He who made us can still the storms in our hearts, if we but let Him. 

Brothers and sisters, Jesus challenges us to remember His promises. Let Him have our hearts as we pray and let him lead us by the hand, crisis by crisis, day by day. His grace will once again be sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). Remember, Jesus can use every circumstance and storm to develop us. He can use it to shape us for good if we love and follow Him (Romans 8:28). 

This miracle was done well before Jesus went to the Cross. Today, we know God had sovereignly demonstrated his greatest miracle with far greater consequences – doing what only he could engineer and execute – Jesus’ perfect sacrificial death and resurrection to save us from our wretched and fleeting lives into one that is free and eternal. In the book of Hebrews, we have been reminded how “he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (Hebrews 5:9). Because Jesus conquered sin and death, so shall we. And He will return to complete his restoration work for all who have entrusted their hearts to Him, making new and whole all that has been broken and marred (be it bodies, nature, relationships, work etc) in the new heavens and new earth. 

May the Lord encourage all our hearts with His word. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23).

He is near.

In Christ,

Elder Danny Chua
Chairman, BFEC

Priority registration for Bethesda Katong Kindergarten

Priority registration for enrolment in Bethesda Katong kindergarten for BFEC / BKC members.
Children born in the following years will be eligible for enrolment:

  • 2021 for Playgroup (when child turns 18 months)
  • 2020 for Pre-nursery classes
  • 2019 for Nursery classes
  • 2018 for K1 classes
  • 2017 for K2 classes

Hard copy application forms are available from the church office. Please return the form, duly completed, by 8 Mar 2022. Completed form can be emailed to by the above deadline. Thank you



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.’

Matthew 25:40


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.

How do I sign up?
Please contact if you would like to volunteer in this capacity.

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.

Leviticus 19:33-34


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.

How do I sign up to be a volunteer?
Please contact

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 13:1-2

Let Us Pray For Our Under-Shepherds Serving in 2020

(Elders, Deacons, Local Pastoral & Operations Staff, Missionaries, Ministry ICs, Cell Group Leaders, Sunday School Teachers and Helpers, Grow@Noon leaders, Young Adult Leaders) 

To follow Jesus …. Luke 9:23,24 

“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” 

To seek the Lord …. 2 Chron 7:14,15 

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears atten-tive to the prayer that is made in this place.” 

To be united as a church body …. Eph 4:1-3 

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with pa-tience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” 

John 15:16 
“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. ” 


Executive Elders
Alex Lo (Chairman)
Jimmy Tan(Dy Chairman)
Danny Chua(Dy Chairman)
Joshua Quek Mong Hua
Caleb Chua Soon Boon
Roland Tan
Chong Kum Wah
See Toh Ming Yew (on sabbatical)
Co-opted Elders
Daryl Liu
Jonathan Cho
Ethan Pang
Advisory Elders
Lionel Ong
Ernest Chew
Melville Szto
Deacons & Deaconesses
Ng Geok Chye
Jason Sin
Vincent Lim
John Teo
Ngoo Chih Yuan
Sharon Ngoo
Kiang Tzy Peng
Abigail Ng
Michael Mak (Treasurer)
Lucy Yeo
Wong Lee Pin
Derek Pang
Shirley Soo
Willy Ong
Ang Teck Soon (Chinese Ministry)
Adam Tang (Chinese Ministry)
Fong Chee Siong (Chinese Ministry)


Jimmy Tan -Elder (full-time)
Shirley Soo
Lim Seow Cheng
Ngoo Chih Yuan
John Teo
Francis Soh
Hwang Ching Yun
Sharon Ngoo
Lindis Szto
Kuah Leck Ping
Tan Fang Fang
Du Jian Hua
Kelvin Ng

Special Project workers

Mark & Clara Szto


OMF – (Japan) Daniel & Joylyn Lau
OM Singapore – Willy & Sharon Ong

Bethesda Katong Kindergarten

Principal: Wong Lee Pin

Ministry ICs

Admin & Operations: Shirley Soo
AV & IT: John Teo
BFEC Cares: Lindis Szto
Café LEAF: Jacy Tan
Chinese Ministry: Chong Kum Wah, Du Jian Hua
Chinese Evergreen Fellowship: Chong Kum Wah, Dyeo Hwee Cheng
Choir: Lindis Szto
Christ- Centred Support Group Limousine Ministry: Luke Roy Tan
Church Prayer Meeting: Letchumanan
Creche: Grace Lau
Estate: Ngoo Chih Yuan
Evangelism/Alpha: Ng Geok Chye
Faith@Home: Vincent Lim
Finance Committee: Michael Mak
Floral: Esther Liew
Foreign Indian Workers Fellowship: Letchumanan
Grow@Noon: Jonathan Cho, Daryl Liu & Abigail Ng
International Fellowship: See Toh Hui Ing & Monika Tan
JSS: Lucy Yeo
KSS: Lim Siew Gek, Jeodi Chua
Kampong Siglap: Ethan Pang , Jeremy Ong, Lau Mian Yi
Jesus Club: Fann Tay
Ladies Group: Dolly Tan, Betty Ong
Library: Lim Seow Cheng
Missions Board: Alex Lo
9214 and Frankel Lights: Letchumanan
Peranakan: Iris Teo, Harry Gay
Personnel Committee: Vincent Lim
READY magazine: Jimmy Tan, Diana Chin
Registrar: John Teo
Social Action: Goh Siew Hian, Lindis Szto
Ukulele For Christ: Francis Soh
W.A.T.CH: Caleb Chua , Kiang Tzy Peng
Working Adults Group: Ronnie Koh
Worship: Sharon Ngoo
Young Adults: Derek Pang

CG Shepherds

Danny Chua
Caleb Chua
Ong Teck Chye
Kiang Tzy Peng
Alex Lo
Joshua Quek
Ng Geok Chye
Jimmy Tan
Lindis Szto
Derek Pang

CG Leaders

William Koh
Low Kok Leong
Pang Tzer Fang
Caleb Chua
Lim Tzyy Chang
Tony Soh
Gerald Wong
Tan Chee Seng
Ong Teck Chye
Laurie Chan
John Zing
Kiang Tzy Peng
James Sim
Koh Pee Kiat
Poa Kheng Sin
Chew Lee Ching
Mark Lee
Lucinda Lee
Jason Sin
Jeremy Ong
Jermaine Yuen
Marcus Wong
Joshua Quek
Quek Bee Poh
Loh Meng See
Donald Foo
Lionel Ong
Paul Tan
David Poh
Teh Chee Kiang
Michael Mak
Patrick Lee
Florence Lee
Dyeo Kok Hong
Esther Chong
Max Leow
Julie Low
Kong Kin Piew
Andrew Teo
Ng Geok Chye
Nancy Ng
Joel Lim
Chong Shing Yan, Jocelyn
Jimmy Tan
Jamie Lau
Vincent Lim
Tang Hui Kheng
Ben Mah
Chua Hoe Chin
Helen Loo
Lau Mian Yi
Loh Meiling
Ethan Pang
Vanessa Pang
Cherlyn Ong
Derek Pang
Janis Pang
Tan Lay Chin
Ngoo Chih Yuan
Sharon Ngoo
Lindis Szto
Ng Tjoh Dju
Goh Kim Eng
Wong Lee Pin
Diana Chin
Irene Chiang
Irene Lim
Susan Lim


Teachers & Helpers
Grace Lau (i/c)
Jeannie Lim
Kang Ai Lin
Darlene Lim
Jeanine Cheok
Tan Hui Jin
Jacqueline Lim
Susan Neoh
Jessie Sim
Lye Skyh Pyng
Iris Tan
Joelle Lee
Cheong Hwee Leng
Kim Ng
Jermaine Ong

Kindergarten Sunday School

Danny Chua(Overseer)
Soontheri (Mentor)
Lim Siew Gek (Superintendent)
Jeodi Chua (Asst Superintendent)
Esther Chua(Group Leader)
Florence Lau
Chloe Chua
Luan Kho (Group Leader)
Rachel Cheong
Florence Tan
Andrew Koh
Alethea Koh (Group Leader)
Toh Siew Luan (Group Leader)
Linus Loh
Russell Tan
Esther Cheah
Irene Chua (co-ordinator)
Tang Hui Kheng
Brenda Ho (Jan & Feb)
Kuan Li Li
Adelene Ho
Matthew Heng
Davina Low
Matthias Ong (wef March)
Caitlyn Wong
Megan Lim
Elizabeth Cheah
Keona Leung
Laura Koh

Junior Sunday School

Lucy Yeo (Superintendent)
Avelina Koh
Dillon Koh
Lim Su Fun
Karen Sim
Damien Scholefield
Wong Lee Pin
Woon Jacqueline
Asst Teachers & Helpers
Ang Kim Heok (Secretary)
Tan Lay Hong (Special Projects)
Elijah Villavieja
Lim Pey Ling
Worship Team
Cecilia Chiew
Low Kok Leong
Brian Pereira
Adelene Sin
Janis Pang
Tan Swee Gek, Jacqueline

Grow @ Noon

Jonathan Cho (i/c)
Daryl Liu (Asst i/c)
Abigail Ng (Asst i/c)
John Teo
Tan Lai Yong
Chow Hung Peng
Andrew Chia
Kelvin Ng ( wef July)
Julienne Tan ( wef July)
Roland Tan
Lee Yen Ter
Tong Suit Chee
Tan Ying Kheng
Amanda Ho
Deborah Quek
Joanna Lo
Augustine Koh
Joshua Lee
Incoming YA helpers/leaders
Liew Weng Khay
Liew Kin Soon
Ben Mah
Loh Xin Ling

2020 Calendar

Theme Verse:
You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
John 15:16 (NASB)

Pulpit Series at a Glance

  1. Gospel of John – Life in His Name (26 Part)
    Jan 12 to Aug 30
  2. Missions & Social Action Month (4 Part)
    Sep 6 to 27
  3. Church-Wide Journey (7 Part)
    Oct 4 to Nov 15
  4. Topical Series (4 Part)
    Nov 22 to Dec 20

2020 Calendar Highlights

Special Services & EventsDate
Thanksgiving & Consecration SundaySun 5 Jan
Chinese New Year (Combined Bilingual Service @ 9am)Sun 26 Jan
Good Friday (Combined Service @ 9.30am)
Followed by Life’s Big Questions
Fri 10 Apr
Praise Sunday #1: Easter Sunday @ ECP
Baptism #1
Sun 12 Apr
Praise Sunday #2: Parent’s DaySun 10 May
46th AGM @ 9.30amSun 17 May
Vacation Bible SchoolTue 2 Jun — Thu 4 Jun
Praise Sunday #3: Church 62nd Anniversary
& Seniors’ Commendation
Sun 26 Jul
National Day Prayer WalkSun 9 Aug
Baptism #2Sun 16 Aug
Mid-Autumn CelebrationSat 26 Sep
Church-Wide JourneySun 4 Oct — Sun 15 Nov
Praise Sunday #4Sun 25 Oct
Christmas (Combined Service @ 9.30am)
Followed by Life’s Big Questions
Fri 25 Dec
Watchnight ServiceThu 31 Dec

Discipleship Model based Programs

“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

John 1:39

Win — Come & See

  • Good Friday Service: Apr 10
  • Life’s Big Questions (LBQ): Apr 10, Sep 11, Dec 25

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Matthew 4:19

Anchor — Come & Follow

  • Correctly Handling the Word of God: Jan 4 & 18
  • Precept Upon Precept: (Fortnightly) Jan 2 — Apr 30, May 14 — Jul 2, Jul 9 — Oct 29
  • BFEC Cares: Feb 14 — Mar 13
  • Baptism Class: Starting Mar 1, Jul 5, Oct 18
  • Church-Wide Prayer Journey: Oct 4 — Nov 15

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”  

Matthew 18:20

Team — Come, Be With Me

  • Shepherds & Leaders’ Meeting (SLM): Mar 21, May 9, Oct 3
  • Praise Sunday: Apr 12, May 10, Jul 26, Oct 25
  • Easter Sunrise Service & Baptism at ECP Beach: Apr 12
  • Parents’ Day: May 10
  • Leaders & Teachers’ Appreciation Lunch: Aug 29

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

CHarge — Go With Me

  • Sunday Prayer Hour (In addition to CPM on Fri): Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3, Jun 7, Jul 5, Aug 2, Sep 6,Oct 4, Nov 1

Mission Opportunites for Individuals and Small Groups

Where / Who
IP Ministry 1: Patrick Lee / Ngoo Chih Yuan
IP Ministry 2: Kong Kin Piew
East Asia
Ong Teck Chye (Bible Distribution)
Other ministries: Contact Church Office
Ilo Ilo, Barbaza & Libertad: Ng Geok Chye
Japan: Daniel & Joylyn Lau
Cambodia: Tan Hwee Yang

BFEC Vision

To be the Bride of Christ
ready at His return

BFEC Mission

We spur one another to grow as disciples of Christ living out fully God’s purposes for our lives

BFEC Core Faith Values 

R – Rooted in the Living Word 
E – Empowered by the Holy Spirit 
A – Abiding in Christ only 
D – Daring to Hope and to Love 
Y – Yielding Fruit to God’s Glory 

W.A.T.CH Process