Friday, December 01, 2006

Christmas Countdown

KAOG's Christmas production is getting really close, and there's so much to be done. Truth be said, nearly all of us in YA are involved in the Christmas production one way or another...well, on Friday, Stephanie, our art director needed more hands in decorating the stage and putting up Christmas trees, so we joined forces with her deco team and helped out with decoration. Together with the other carecellls, we managed to put up to sparkly Christmas trees outside the entrance. The guys did lots of climbing and removed to old missions deco and put up the theme The Wonder of Christmas.

There's still much to be done as we couldn't finish up the paper Christmas tree which Steff designed. I can't wait to see how it looks like after it's up. So the job had to be brought to next week, as it was already nearing midnight by the time I left, while the others was still hard at work.

Friday, November 24, 2006

YA at Hillsong United concert

Hillsong United, the youth ministry of Hillsong church, paid a visit to Kuala Lumpur last week 24th Nov. It was the first time the team, consisting of Joel Houston, Jonathan Douglas, Michelle, Matty, Jad etc. (can't remember who else) came to KL for a concert at SIBKL. Needless to say, the RM20 a piece ticket was sell-out a couple of weeks before the concert. We went as a carecell, albeit in different transports and different times...we just had a blast there.


I went early and made it to the RM15 workshop, which was well worth the small fee. We heard from Ps Chrishan, one of the United pastors, and then from the band. Well, it was mostly Joel and JD and Matty talking, in a Q & A session, which was alright. We did learn quite a bit of stuff, but most of all about the heart and passion these people put into what they do. I must say some participants asked some weird questions, which the pastor couldn't understand...but apart from that, all was well. The poor guys just got in from Jakarta and had to rush to rehearsal before the well anticipated concert that nite.

We grabbed a quick bite and thought we'd head up to the main entrance early enough, but boy were we wrong. Though we were early, the line was already going from the 5th floor to the 3rd floor, lining down the staircase, the stuff staircase. We probably stood in line for well over an hour. sweating away. Thank God for SIB's really nice comfy chairs in the sanctuary, and possibly good air flow, there wasn't any stench of sweat in there.

As the concert was about to begin, the place became overcontained with people, young and old. Looked like the organisers oversold the usual. MTV VJ finalist, Bernard Hiew took the stage with Ps Lindy, working the crowd, throwing Tshirts from United, worth RM60 to the crowd, flinging CDs and albums... they wanted to get the more senior people to go to another room with live streaming, using the excuse that it was going to be loud. If I was a senior, I probably will feel rather annoyed at the repetitions of that announcement. But as I was not, what most annoyed me was the banning of photography! I had hoped to take some great concert pics...and my hopes were dashed, especially since I had seen people taking pics in their other concerts around Asia, in Philliphines, Japan elsewhere. But here, in Malaysia, it was not allowed, and the MC VJ threatened that any sight of a recording device may be snatched away by their bouncers. My, now they have bouncers in church eh....

And then the much awaited concert finally started, with a spectacular multimedia presentation that took the attention away from the guys trying to set up in darkness on stage...and it all started with a bang...the signature united opening, followed by fast uptempo and then slow worship songs....the presence of God was heavy and people started worshipping no doubt. The crowd's singing was really loud, and their jumping just shook the whole auditorium, until the projector screens starting shaking as well.

JD's crazy dance moves got everyone screaming at the end...and as the night ended, the people shouted for more. The band had to come back on stage, standard encore protocol I guess, did a couple more numbers and called it a night. There was a call of hands for those who wanted to accept Christ as well, apparently a number of people did.

After 2 hours of non stop singing, dancing, praying, worshipping, it was finished. We proceeded outside to take a look at merchandise, and found the exhorbitant pricing on the Tshirts too much to bear, I didn't get it in Hillsong, might as well not get it now.That's the last of Aussie we have of this year.

Friday, November 17, 2006

The Covenant

It was supposed to be Oikos Nite and we all decided to watch a movie in house. After some exchanges of email during work :P...The Covenant was decided.

The girls had their eye candy while the rest munch away on foodies..the show was probably only 2 out of 5? But it was just a time of hanging out, relaxing our minds and having some fun. No oikos came unfortunately....some had to work late and some couldn't manage to rush from Puchong...

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Czone Leader's Retreat in Broga

Czone leader's from all the Carecells got together on Nov 11 for a planning and prayer retreat in Broga.

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Broga is only about 20 minutes away...but on the day we travelled there, it was raining heavily and as expected, the bottle neck road was pretty jammed up. Upon reaching there, the place was quite wet and puts off any plans of Captain Ball for a while.

The leaders had a session with Ps Chan, vision casting. We then did some planning for the year 2007, all the activities and major events that were to take place.

That night we went to a small restaurant in Broga for dinner.

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Then we had prayer throughout the night. It was a refreshing time with the Lord. Besides that of course, some of us spent much time playing basketball and frisbee, cycling etc.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Combined Czone Carecell November

Last Friday, 10 Nov, all Czone cells except Utar and Cyberjaya gathered in church for a combined carecell.

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We had a time of Gel with games, and then had a good time searching through the Bible to identify certain verses given by Nicky, and match it to its context. We had to choose verses as given on the board to match Who are we in Christ, The Great Commandment and The Great Commission. It was fun and got us flipping quickly as it was a competition between three groups.

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The different carecells mixed together allowed us to get to know each other more...we had a fruitful time of discussion on Who we are in Christ and how we can apply it to our every lives.

The night is not complete without supper! We all proceeded to Ayza and feasted away. Check out the pics!

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Friday, August 18, 2006

YA Bowling Event

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We bowled our hearts out!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Alpha Track team invaded KAOG!

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these 21 enthusiastic and excited people invaded our church and immediately got themselves attached to us for the past 2 weeks they were here. (30/July ~ 13/August)
eheh... sounds like some alien beings from outer somewhere...

well, actually they are quite alien to kajang; they're all from Singapore, Trinity Christian Centre and this was their first group visit here.

and as soon as they landed, they were everywhere; they were instoppable - they inhabited as many Carecells as they could find; populated our Sunday services; appeared out-of-nowhere at out HotDog Party; laughed, chatted and ate with and among us. it's simply amazing how they were able to conceal their real identity. :-P

ok ok... it's getting lame.

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the team, headed by Ps Edwin Sam, ranged from professional working adults to undergraduate students who have taken off from their work (as in quit their permanent job) or taken leave from their university to join this program which they call Alpha Track for 3 months. their last 2 weeks were spent ministering to the many Carecells here in KAOG.

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some of us YA members had the opportunity to drive them around for breakfast and lunch on the 2 Sundays before they headed home to Singapore. from those meal times, we got to know each other better especially with the girls when we spent some time shopping at Parkson during the short duration of their rest time. -female bonding session, guys...-

it was a great time having them around... making new friends and learning new things from them. do hope they'd make another visit back to our church. i personally think the bold step that they took to join this 3 months' programme, takes a lot of faith in God. you don't just quit your job even for God's work; it's never that easy. would you do it?

but these people believe that God has in store for them wonderful and great things in their life and God is faithful in keeping His promises. they're relying on God for their needs and i'm certain from the testimonies they've given, they have been greatly blessed.

it's also by their step of faith that has indirectly encouraged many of us in the church to step up and serve God, it has once again stirred the fire in every one of us.

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thank you Alpha team - come invade us again, anytime! :D!