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Bishop's Message
Written by Bishop Terry Kee   
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 17:54

Bishop Terry Kee

 

 

God has been good to us.

 

Someone came to me after the AGM suggesting that the contents of my report should be made available to all members of the LCS. It is a summary report of the grace of God upon the Lutheran Church in Singapore and the things He made possible for us. May God and God alone be praised.

 


1. ADMINISTRATIONS AND ORGANIZATION:

We are thankful to God that the proposed amendments to the constitution drafted by a committee headed by Rev. John Tan was endorsed by the Commissioner of Charities and passed the first reading at our AGM smoothly. It will be adopted upon acceptance at our next AGM.

 

Included in the amendments proposed are:

• Increase the number of Lay Representatives to the Exco

• Add a Prayer Committee

• Add an Audit Committee

• Allowing the Treasurer to serve up to a maximum of 2 terms of 2 years.

 

Our Treasurer, Kok Leong had worked hard and produced a comprehensive Employee Handbook (HR Handbook) as well as a Treasurer’s Handbook. They are both circulated to the congregation for implementation.

 

Rev. Fredric Lee was assigned to make a compilation of all the policies of LCS. It was discovered in the process that some of the policies drafted is yet to be approved. As such they need to go through the process of study, discussion and adopted before they can be included. We now hope to complete it by end 2011.

 

2. EDUCATION

The Education ministry of LCS for 2010 can be summarized as follows:

 

Youth

The create a greater sense of belonging and purpose, the LCS Education Committee co-ordinate and support a quarterly gathering of LCS Youth leaders in 2010. In addition to that, the English Youths had a combined camp from 12-15 December; The Chinese Youth had their camp from 3-5 December attended by 77 youths.

The English Youth Leaders’ Retreat at Visions farm from 21-23 January 2011 was attended by 35 youths.

To build upon the momentum, both the Chinese and English youth leaders will continue to gather quarterly to strengthen their sense of belonging as well as to equip them as leaders.

 

Sisters Fellowship

The Sisters re-affirmed the purpose of their ministry as N.I.C.E. Namely, Nurture, Inspire, Connect and Equip and launched their logo at their Annual Retreat in Yishun Christian Church (Lutheran) on 17 April 2010.

 

Seminars

The Seminar “Reading the Bible back to Front, Inside out and Upside down” by Dr. Victor Pfitzner from Australia on 8 May 2010 was well attended and much appreciated by those who attend.

A 3 day Seminar “Saving Conversations” by Dr. David Geisler was held in Queenstown Lutheran Church on 25th July, 31st July and 7th August of 2010 attracted a crowd of more than 160.

Bishop Jorma from Finland gave a lecture on “Ethics of the Golden Rule for LCS at Lutheran Church of our Redeemer on 11 September 2010.

 

Seminars for Pastors

In our efforts to help pastors preach better sermons, We invited Dr. Victor Pfitzner to gave a seminar on “Preaching Hebrews” on 11 May 2010 and Dr. Philip Baker from the US to gave a two day training Seminar for Pastors on 7th and 8th March 2011 on “Effective Preaching of the Gospel for the Real World”.

 

We had a Training Seminar on the use of First Communion Teaching Material on 22nd January 2011 and organized a series of workshops with Erich Knapp for Church musicians, choirs, pastors and worship leaders between 3rd to 10th April 2011.

 

Publications

We had published “What is a Lutheran Christian?” in both Chinese and English in 2010, “First Communion for Christian” in Chinese and English, Big Books on Child Communion with teachers’ guide in Chinese and English and Tan Ngiap Liam’s reflection on Psalmody – Year A.

Projects in the pipeline includes:

“Lutheran Basics” study guides in Simplified Chinese Characters; “Growing as God’s people” in Simplified Chinese Characters and a compilation of Chinese Lutheran Doctrinal lectures.

To facilitate the production of Chinese Lutheran Educational resources, Pastor Low Kim Cheng has been reassigned from Jurong Christian Church to Head Office to serve as Christian Education Developer as of 1 February 2011.

 

Development of Pastors

Preaching workshops and clinics has been planned for the development of pastors for 2011. Following the seminar by Dr. Baker (see above), the pastors meets regularly to work on their preaching skills.

 

Chinese Lutheran Theology Classes

We have scheduled a series of 9 lectures in July and August 2011 by Dr. Christopher Lee with intention to publish them for use by our congregations.

 

3.OUTREACH

Chinese New Year Evangelistic Concert

The Lutheran, The Anglican, The Methodist and the Presbyterian Church in Singapore jointly held 3 Evangelistic Concert over the Chinese New Year period for the Chinese speaking people in Singapore with one concert dedicated to migrant workers/students from China. LCS is responsible for the organization of the concern in 2012.

 

Lutheran Community Care Services

A New Centre was set up at Upper Bukit Timah to house the Western Team of the Student Work Services as well as the newly established Family Work Services. Due to the termination of the lease, we had relocated to #17-04 of Bukit Timah Shopping Centre.

The Restorative Centre of LCCS was granted approval as licensee of the International Institute for Restorative Practices in 2010.

 

St. Luke’s ElderCare (Yishun)

Under the good management of the Centre, Ms. Jenny Mah, the Centre had provided care for more than 400 elders and their family in the past 10 years. They had just celebrated their 10th Anniversary in February and extended another sector to their facilities.

 

Ang Pao Distribution

Ang Pao with the words “Know God, peace and blessing will follow you.” was printed and distributed to members for their use during Chinese New Year.

 

Mother’s Day Outreach

We also support a combined outreach banquet for mothers’ day on 17 May 2011

 

4.MISSIONS

Missions Personnel

Ms. Rosanna Hutagalung had returned to the field and was reassigned to Nonghan where she served before her furlough. We are in consultation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thailand about the possibilities of establishing a new outreach Centre by the next year.

Rev. Jimmy Khoo and Jennifer had completed their language studies and planned to return for a short mid-term break. They also planned to take this opportunity for their daughter to undergo her cleft lip repair surgery.

With the departure of Dr. Chang, Ms. Sally Lim was called to serve as LCS Missions director with major focus on Cambodia. She serves with the Missions Committee and reports to Rev. Nick Singh.

 

Cambodia

Thanks be to God, the 2 hostels in Phnom Penh is doing well with Pastor Vibol and his wife serving as Manager and Pastor. To date they are 22 men in the male Hostels and 15 women in the female hostels. They have devotions/fellowship twice a week and a worship service every Sunday that has an attendance of more than 30.

More than 100 youth and children attended the music camp at the Kampong Chnang Centre from the 28 April to 1 May. They were given harmonica, guitar, voice and mime lessons by a dedicated team from Vocal Hearts Singapore.

 

5.PRAYER

Two LCS combined prayer was organized for the year. The first was 11/06/10, attended by more than 100 people and the second was 15 October.

We also participated in the Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday, the Day of His Power Prayer Concert and the National Thanksgiving Prayer when Bishop Kee was invited to pray for the President, the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Member of Parliament and all in Civil Service.

 

6.CHURCH TO CHURCH RELATIONSHIP

The concept of Companion Church relationship (Based on ELCA model) was proposed and discussed at the Exco. The Exco moved that we explore Companion Church Relationship with the Lutheran Church in Australia, Lutheran Church in Malaysia and the Kinkki Evangelical Lutheran Church of Japan.

 

7.NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES

I am one of the Vice Presidents of the National Council of Churches Singapore and was called upon to represent the NCCS in the ASEM’s interfaith dialogue in Madrid from 7-9 April 2010.

 

8.TRINITY THEOLOGY COLLEGE

I served as Vice Chairperson of Trinity Theological College’s board of governors in 2010 and now serve as Chairperson as of January 2011.

 

Conclusion

In closing, I want to thank God for a wonderful team of Exco Members that work closely with me in the past 2 years and I want to make special mention of our Treasurer who did an excellent job of managing our finances and putting together the employee and treasurers’ handbook for LCS.


~ Bishop Terry Kee