OVER THE PULPIT THIS SUNDAY (24th August 2014)

WS1 (9am) & WS2 (11.15am): Building Bridges to Christ & His Church [Acts 16:25-34; 1 Corinthians 9:20-23] by Rev Helen Hoe

OVER THE PULPIT NEXT SUNDAY (31th August 2014)

WS1 (9am) & WS2 (11.15am): Church School Sunday Topic by Rev Samuel Lee

SUNDAY PARKING IN CHURCH

Click Here for Parking Lot Layout in Charis!

With effect from February 2013, driveway parking for WS2 drivers will be allowed only in the sections marked D in the parking layout. WS1 and MS drivers are reminded to vacate from the lots marked as B, C and D by 10.50am.

DRIVEWAY PARKING

WS1 & MS drivers who park in the driveway and in front of the church office block during worship service hours are reminded to leave their contact details on their vehicle dashboard for ease of contact. For this purpose you may use the yellow paper slip provided at the stairway leading up to the Sanctuary. Drivers are also reminded to move their vehicles by 10.50am.

SUNDAY BUS SHUTTLE SERVICE
(for Ordinary Week)

We have a bus shuttle service on Sunday mornings to transport worshipers to church.
Look out for “Charis Methodist Church” sign on the bus.

A) Coming to Church in the morning
Pick-up Points:
(1) Car park in front of Eunos MRT Station along Sims Avenue,
(2) Marine Parade Community Building at 278 Marine Parade Road.

8.30 am – Pick up at Eunos MRT station
8.40 am – Pick up at Marine Parade CB
8.50 am – Arrive at Charis Methodist Church

B) Departing from Church to Marine Parade CB & Eunos MRT Station
Assembly Area: Under the porch in front of the church building

12.20 pm – Depart Charis Methodist Church
12.30 pm – Arrive at Marine Parade CB
12.40 pm – Arrive at Eunos MRT Station

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSURE

The Pastors & church office staff will be away in Malacca from 20th to 22nd August 2014 for a staff retreat. The church office will be closed for the duration. For matters requiring urgent pastoral assistance, please contact ministry staff Daren Lee (hp: 94769743). Children’s Vineyard Kindergarten will operate as usual.

SPIRITUAL SURVEY
Understanding Your Personal Results

Results of the recent spiritual survey are displayed on the [Worship Service] notice boards at the lobby below the Sanctuary. Charisians may review their personal results with the explanation sheet posted on the boards.

WORSHIP SERVICE PRAYER GROUP @ WS1 (Ordinary Week)

Pre-Worship: 8.40am in Room 201
Post-Worship: 11.15am in Room 304

CHURCH MUSIC SUNDAY @ WS1 (24th August 2014, 9am)

Church Music Sunday is a day set aside in our church calendar for worshippers to come together to worship God in music and songs. The theme for this year’s Church Music Sunday is “The Great Commission”.

The worship will be led by Charis Choir, supported by our own musicians: Piano & Keyboard – Noel Ong & Ian Lim, Bass Guitar – Marcus Tay, Drums – Samuel Teo, Saxophone – Johnson Lee, and two guest musicians, Organ – Ms Chong Ten Yeen and Cello – Ms Shernise Khor.

We encourage you to bring your friends and family members to join us on 24th August 2014 at WS1 (9am) for this worship experience and give glory to God in music and songs.

COMBINED HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE (7th September 2014, 10am)

There will be a combined Holy Communion Service on 7th September 2014 at 10am for WS1 & WS2. Mr Bob Fitts, who has a worldwide ministry in music, will be leading us in praise and worship and in the sharing of God’s Word. There will be no Sunday School classes that day so as to allow our SS/JXS students and teachers to join in the Worship Service.

The Mandarin Worship Service will commence as usual at 9am. Hence, all drivers are advised to note the parking arrangement by clicking here. The bus shuttle service will operate at the normal time schedule.

YAM: Let’s Come Together for Jesus!

Try your hand at cooking – for a good cause! Gazelle DG and YAM are heading to Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen again and we welcome you to join us, especially those who missed out in June! We will be doing everything from food preparation to cooking, and then packing and delivery. It will be a fun and meaningful morning for sure! Parents, bring your kids. They can help too! Also, feel free to ask your friends to come along.

Date: 30th August 2014 (Sat)
Time: 6.30am till around noon
Venue: Kembangan-Chai Chee Community Hub 11 Jalan Ubi, Block 6 #01-51, S(409074)

Trouble waking up so early? Unable to stay till noon? Afraid that your cooking skills may ruin appetites? No worries! You can come later or leave earlier, and there are plenty of tasks that needs helping out besides cooking! Please contact Huiwen (hp: 92488882) if you would like to participate in this meaningful activity. Let’s come together for Jesus!

CHARIS VINEYARD LEAGUE
The Mass Self-Exclusion Exercise

Date: 13th September 2014 (Sat)
Time: 6.30pm 9pm (Fellowship over dinner starts at 6.30pm)
Venue: Social Hall

The title is meant to capture your attention. Whilst it is expected that members of the congregation do not visit the casino, can that be said of our friends and relatives? Or would you be tempted to step into one just to experience the atmosphere… in the cruise ship… at the famous Marina Bay?

Perhaps what might be interesting in this talk is… why does a senior lay Christian have this passion to champion a cause in the context of a social evil. What can we learn from such a person, what is his motivation, what lesson can we apply?

Do join us in this session of topical talk organized by the CVL. This is definitely not a talk for seniors but for worshippers of all ages. You can invite your friends and relatives too.

Speaker: Mr Liew Heng San serves on the Board of the Singapore Bible College and as Chairman of the World Vision Singapore Advisory Council, among other corporate responsibilities. He worships at the Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church and is married with three sons.  Prior to his retirement in 2011, Mr Liew had held the appointments of CEO of the CPF Board, Permanent Secretary(Law), MD EDB and CE of LTA.

Dinner will be catered. Please register with:
~ Richard Tan (email: rchrd.tan@gmail.com / hp: 96889672)
~ Chiang Seng Meng (email: chiangsm@singnet.com.sg / hp: 91274140)

ALPHA 16

The weekly sessions of the Alpha Course will commence in two weeks. Currently, we have two groups scheduled as shown below. Registration for the course is still open. Please write to alpha@charismc.org.sg for more information and/or to sign-up. Have you invited your friends?

Every Saturday

Start Date: 30th August 2014
Time: 2.30pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Charis Methodist Church, 91 Koon Seng Road, S(427032)

Every Tuesday

Start Date: 2nd September 2014
Time: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Venue: 2 Kwong Avenue, S(348873)

If there are enough participants to set up another group, we will organize one at a timing and location convenient to the group members.

MANDARIN ALPHA
Introductory Dinner

Date: 6th September 2014 (Sat)
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Roland Restaurant (Marine Parade)

All Charisians are encouraged to bring your Mandarin-speaking relatives and friends. Please register at the Mandarin Alpha Booth at the Plaza on 10th, 17th & 24th August (Sundays).

STEPS Runathon 2014

Location: Punggol Waterway, Sentul Crescent (10-15mins walking distance from Punggol MRT)
Date: 30th August 2014 (Sat)
Time: 4pm – 9pm (registration starts at 2.30pm)

Running Distances: 5.5km/10km (fun-run) and 10km (competitive)

Registration is still open. However, race packs and runner tee will not be issued to runners who have registered after 28th July 2014. Please proceed to your collection point selected upon registration to collect your race packs on 17th August 2014 (Sun), between 1.30pm and 4pm.

Collection Points: Queenstown Chinese Methodist Church, Geylang Chinese Methodist Church and Kum Yan Methodist Church. Collection point at Toa Payoh Methodist Church has been switched to Kum Yan Methodist Church

To date, we have raised about $116,000 and a total of 700 runners have signed up. We are still $4,000 short of our $120,000 target.

Thank you for your participation and interest in STEPS 2014! Continue to walk with us and help raise funds for the chronically poor! For more information, please go to www.stepsrunathon.com.

METHODIST MISSIONS SOCIETY MISSIONS RALLY 2014

“Touching Hearts, Saving Souls” is theme of Methodist Missions Society’s first Missions Rally. We would like to encourage our younger generation to be involved in God’s mission by attending this rally. Details of the rally are given below:

Date: 5th (Fri) & 6th (Sat) September 2014
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Venue: Lee Kong Chian Performance Arts Centre, ACS (Independent)

Speaker: Ps Benny Ho (1st night) & Rev Malcolm Tan (2nd night)
Praise & Worship: Bob Fitts, Juwita Suwito & Alarice Thio

Tickets are required for entry. Please register your interest with XS or YAM Leaders, or with the Church Office.

More information is available on the [General] notice board and MMS website: www.mms.org.sg/MissionsRally01Home.html



OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

SUNDAY FLORAL OFFERING

We wish to acknowledge the frequent donations of Charis members for our Sunday Floral Offerings. These members often use this means of floral offering as an expression of thanksgiving to God in their lives. It has also been used in memory of loved ones, anniversary date etc. Their support and generosity have also greatly added to the ambiance of our weekly Sunday Services.

We have put up a weekly schedule for floral offerings on the [Church Office] notice board for your convenience. Dates for floral offerings may be chosen in advance. Do also remember to include your name, purpose and contact number on this schedule.

Please contact the church office for enquiries.

SUNDAY REFRESHMENT OFFERING

If you have enjoyed the refreshment provided and would like to contribute to this item as a service to the congregation, or as an act of thanksgiving, celebration of birthday, anniversary, baby first month or for whatever reasons that you are celebratory about, please put your name down on the Sunday Refreshment Offering Form posted on the [Church Office] notice board.

Kindly forward your cheque/cash to church office staff Thor Bee. This is a purely voluntary offering and refreshment will continue to be provided every Sunday even if no donation is forthcoming. However your contribution is always much appreciated!

WS2 FELLOWSHIP LUNCH

This monthly communal lunch is another avenue for Charisians to bless each other. You can do so by donating towards the cost of the lunch.

Indicate your donation on the WS2 Fellowship Lunch Offering form posted on the [WS2] notice board and state the reason that you wish to be printed in the Sunday bulletin as acknowledgement. Examples are: anniversary/birthday celebration; thanksgiving; remembrance; etc.

For your donation, please use the church’s tithing envelope (available at the entrance of the Sanctuary), indicate “WS2 Fellowship Lunch Offering” and drop it into the offering bag or give it directly to the church office. Thank you for your blessings!

SKILL TRAINING AND CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SUBSIDY

LCEC has approved a subsidy scheme to encourage members to upgrade their skills and Christian knowledge so as to serve God better. Application Form is available from the church office. Should you have any feedback on this scheme or any need for clarification, please speak to our Pastors or any LCEC members.

VOLUNTEERS FOR EMERGENCIES ON SUNDAYS
(During hours of worship)

We are putting together a list of worshippers who can provide medical assistance in an emergency, such as doctors, dentists, nurses, civil defence personnel and those certified to provide first-aid and/or CPR. Please call church office (O: 63445750) with your full name and designation, and the service you attend.

We will collate the names and phone numbers and put one list in the office and another in the ushers’ cupboard in our Sanctuary. Thanks for coming forward to volunteer your service.