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Emmanuel : God With Us

Part 1

We live in uncertain times. It seems that the world is heading into a greater time of instability than the current generation has experienced before. And it’s on that note, that so many felt that 2016 could not end sooner, in hopes that 2017 might bring better news and better days.
We hope that the weather gets better. We hope for happier times. We hope things improve. But hope, without action, can just be empty notions. You can hope to get a job, but you also have to put in work. You can hope to lose weight, but you have to put in the effort. The hope for the future, doesn’t just happen. It needs action.

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Church Lunch Sunday!

Church Lunch Sunday this coming Sunday!
We’re trying to be more creative in using the AUEA space since we moved in. And following on from Ben Frearson’s message this past Sunday on getting to know other church people that you may not have spoken to before [which you can catchup and listen to here]…  we’re introducing this thing called “Church Lunch Sunday”! It’s our first time, so please join us this Sunday after service downstairs at AUEA for a chance to have lunch, chat and share with each other! Tea and coffee will be available too. And there are rumours of baked goods.

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Connecting in a community

It’s been 2 months since we’ve moved into AUEA. A lot has happened since we moved in!
But today when I saw Chris (our lovely building manager who helps open up and set up the place for us… he’s usually sat in reception ready to help when most people come for service! yes that guy!) I said to him animatedly “You were in my dream recently!” “Oh, I hope it was good!”and I proceeded to explain to him, I was just walking into church on Sunday, and I saw him and a few others having a board-room style meeting in their reception area, and he laughed. I said “It’s official. If it’s in my subconscious now, that we’re here for church each week… It’s official! We’ve moved in!” and then we both laughed and went off our merry ways to do the tasks we were meant to do.

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Nomads, Exile, and Alienation

Over the past few months, I’ve read articles debating the difference between immigrants and expats. The questions of refusing or receiving refugees. The place of foreign workers in countries, and problem of sending them back where they came from. I read a dissertation from a friend about the philosophical problem of alienation, and am eager to read another dissertation on the question of inclusion.

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BCEC English Retreat 2016

At BCEC, we’ve been exploring a lot about our roles in our families, workplaces, schools, community, church and kingdom lately. I’m not entirely sure we can say we’re all experts and we’ve got it all sussed. But the good thing is, we’re exploring it, and seeing what it says in the bible about it, and trying to apply it to our lives.This year our BCEC English Retreat will be focusing on the 2016 church theme of seeking “His Kingdom Come”.

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2016 His Kingdom Come

I’m sorry. I’ve just come out of hibernation (Ok. Well not really. Just a hiatus from blogging). What? It’s 2016 already! My my!

So our awesome pastor Bert has introduced to our congregation/church, the annual theme of “His Kingdom Come”, an epic theme–as divinely inspired by our Mandarin side Pastor Li Qiang! It seems incredibly fitting in light of all the things happening in the media/world/our neighbourhoods/lives. We’ve spent the past couple of weeks at church exploring some things already, and will continue to embark on seeking first His Kingdom this year.

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