报导:张鸣凤

经过一段时间的研讨与策划,年会妇女会终于在今年224日星期五下午3时如期开办了一个介绍读书会的讲座。地点在卫理大厦五楼的会议室,出席人数约25位,包括年会妇女会的17位职员及几位牧者,讲员黄传贤牧师(博士)及黄陈秀娥师母。

当天,讲座会的主席陆素梅姐妹(妇女会文书)欢迎所有赴会者的光临,叶月娥姐妹(妇女会副会长)以诗歌带领大家进入敬拜赞美主。张鸣凤姐妹(妇女会会长)致词时感恩大家的出席,简述读书会乃是今年妇女会的活动之一,合作伙伴有二,即吉隆坡永恒智慧书局及怡保创意恩惠资源中心。目的是要通过读书会来鼓励姐妹们培养阅读的兴趣,继而培育属灵的成长,丰富个人的生活素养。

何榕生牧师被邀请作会前祷告,讲座会的第一位讲员黄传贤牧师讲述:阅读不仅乐趣无穷,也潜移默化地带来生命更新,得蒙上帝的祝福。黄牧师称他本身已进入退休年龄,但在天国事奉的事业上永不言退。因此,2014年退休回到怡保,再次推动创意恩惠中心,盼望更多人从阅读当中得蒙激励,扩展上帝奇妙的作。透过小组读书会,让神的话语改变朔造我们,如蜕变的彩蝶,散发上帝诸般的荣美。

说到阅读,很多人会摇头叹息,觉得手上的书总是看不完,可能是个人的能力不足,时常看到一半就转移视线。但是透过小组阅读,即一小群人同时在阅读一本书,就会彼此激励,从互相分享中引发一股带动力,催逼各人不断地看下去。黄牧师引述当年他在金宝卫理公会牧会时,前牧者陆清华牧师曾积极鼓励年轻人看书,引领年轻人回到圣经扎根,建立稳固的属灵基础,才能使一粒种子,经过时间的熏陶熬炼,终于变成大树,坚定委身于天国的事奉。

接下来黄陈秀娥师母也分享她对阅读的负担源自当初陪同牧师在美国深造时,放眼四周,皆是爱书的人。无论是在巴士上,街上候车,或是稍有空闲的时刻,人人皆手上有书。她深受感动,立志回国要鼓励阅读活动,特别是在基督徒渴慕追求真理的环境下提升阅读风气,勤读神的话语,与主建立更密切的关系。师母谓透过小组读书会,多思考,多分享,能适时调整自己的心态,甚至偶尔会解决个人思考的盲点,开启我们多元的思考向度与思维的辩证。黄师母在讲座会上为每人准备一份说明书,详述如何开始读书会、流程、扩展,以致最后考虑成立小型图书馆的可能性。黄牧师也特地送予每人一个精美的文件夹。

读书会的简介过后,会长张鸣凤姐妹称,妇女会已在年会层面定下一年四次的小型读书会计划,在永恒智慧书局的大力鼓励之下,首要步骤是选定一本好书,分发到那些愿意参与读书会的姐妹职员手中(共17位),随即开始在各自的家中阅读指定的部分,然后定下每三个月集合一起,在黄师母的带领下彼此分享阅读领受。在此特别感谢永恒智慧书局慷慨资助弱小教会的姐妹们成立小型阅读站,这将成为2018年妇女会阅读计划的延续活动。妇女会也在会上奉献一千令吉予创意恩惠资源中心。

讲座会上,主席也邀请陈莲娜传道(永恒智慧书局的阅读活动的导师)分享,陈传道谓她将尽力在堂会进行阅读活动时给与协助及适当的指导。接下来,会众席上的颜子钧牧师及陈明文传道也陆续发言,这是一项值得鼓励进行的活动,特别是在主日学及青少年事工上。

接近傍晚6时,在黄传贤牧师的祝福之下,读书会的介绍讲座便圆满结束。赴会者参阅黄师母从怡保创意恩惠中心带来的一些属灵书籍后,便移步到一楼的五饼二鱼茶座享用妇女会准备的自由餐。

妇女会把奉献交予创意恩惠资源中心(右一与二是黄传贤牧师 与师母,左一与二是妇女会顾问沈瑞益与会长张鸣凤)。

黄传贤牧师分享阅读的重要与心得。
黄陈秀娥师母分享如何进行小型读书会。
张鸣凤姐妹分享妇女会活动之一:读书会
讲座会参加者大合照

 

新春期间分发红包予4单位

“我实在告诉你们,这些事你们既做在我这弟兄中一个最小的身上,就是做在我身上了。”马太福音2540节这样说。

 

遵循耶稣基督的教导,关怀弱势群体,砂华人年议会妇女会特在新春期间进行年度活动,实际关心社会需要,将自己有的分给他人。

 

在年妇社会关怀组组长黄玉渊的安排下,妇女会代表们于123日上午将拨款与红包送往卫理关怀中心、凯胜之家、诗巫卫理福儿院与诗巫肾脏基金会。

 

卫理关怀中心是卫理公会砂华人年议会属下的特殊儿与残障关怀事工,中心设有儿童部与成人部,以进行不同的训练与教导。

 

凯胜之家则是年会属下的福音戒毒中心,更是一间生命塑造中心。

 


Methodist Women of Sibu South District held a “Colourful talentime” meeting at Jaya Methodist Church in morning of 25/3/2017. The theme was “Colourful Life”. 210 sisters from 10 churches within the district attended.

Rev. Tang Sin Hie was the speaker for this morning. He said all things on earth are temporary. If we were to chase after them, we would make our life difficult. We had to go for things with real value, then our life would be colourful. He quoted I Corinthian 4:9 “We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men.” Angels and men are watching our lives, so we need to live a colourful one. Rev. Tang stressed that our life would only be colourful if we worship God and reciprocate His love. He elaborated:

(A) Life turns colourful as we worship Him

 

Worship is a way of expressing our love for God. Through worship, we listen to our God speaking to us. Worship is inseparable from life, they are like practice and competition. Worship in church is practice, while life in the outside world is competition.

(B) Life turns colourful as we serve

Serving God is beneficial for us. To serve God truly is to serve people. Our Church and family are the platforms for our service. Ladies are particularly influential at home. Serving God is a life time matter, irrespective of our age.
After a spiritual feast. Ladies from various churches began to present their talentime show, including cross talk, Fu zhou jingle, songs, Psalm recital, harmonica, storytelling, riddles and hymns. Next came the games for everybody to enjoy.
Sister Ting Yong Ding, Chairman of Sibu South District Methodist Women, stated that the purpose of the gathering was to allow all of us to know each other and enjoy our fellowship. She quoted the women of noble character in Proverbs as an encouragement to all sisters, and as an affirmation of women’s contribution to family, church and society. Our faith needs to be passed on from generation to generation, and we also need to tell the next generation the importance of Methodist Women to all sisters.

Contributed by Sister Kiu Suok Hee