Happy New Year 2011

Sermon summary 9th January

Isaiah 43:18-19 Do not remember (dwell on) the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

These powerful verses remind us in the new year that we need to perceive our circumstances through God’s eyes rather than idolize what we want and what we don’t have.  We should avoid lingering on the thoughts that lead us away from God. The first 2 commandments  deal with idolatry so if it is that important to God, then it is important to us. Therefore, don’t let your circumstances dictate your faith in 2011.

This year, which is our 10th Anniversary of the Dongshin English Service holds lots of promise with the fulltime appointment of Andy Gilman as Pastor who has been consistently serving the church for many years in a leadership capacity.  He will be available at the main church building on the 4th floor (Tuesday – Saturday from 9-5pm) as well as his usual duties on Sunday. We pray that God will increase Andy’s wisdom and vision for our English Service as well as the wider Daegu community.

As part of the vision, we will be having sign-ups next week for small groups that will be held after the Sunday service and this is an essential part for developing relationships and deepening your knowledge of the bible. We have some quality leaders to guide and encourage you in the small groups and be prepared to make a 6 month commitment to the group.

Also, we will be running a Foundations class which is a 6 week course for any church member to investigate what Dongshin Church stands for in terms of biblical and spiritual direction. The course is an excellent opportunity to examine God’s word in more detail to have a clear understanding of what it means to be a christian. It has a maximum enrollment of 20 people so we will have sign-ups next week for that as well.

Finally, the end of 2010 was enjoyed with a unique sofa sermon and the Annual Christmas party that involved games and a gift exchange.The sofa sermon was an interview with 4 people and they discussed how they celebrated Christmas and the way that Jesus was incorporated into that day.  Also, the question was posed about spiritual gifts and all were encouraged to seek the Lord about it by using the bible (Matthew 6:33), what people said about what we are good at, what we felt compelled to do and what we liked to do.

After that, we played Bible ‘catchphrase’ by one person asking their team members to guess a common phrase from the bible without saying any of the words in the phrase.  It was well fought and even at the end of the regular session. We had to go onto the advanced version having phrases like ‘you shall love your neighbour as yourself’ and ‘They shall mount up with wings like eagles’.  Afterwards, we had a fun time exchanging gifts and it could be changed 3 times before it was safe in 1 person’s arms. Poor SJ and Gloria had their gifts taken at least 6 times!

God bless everyone in 2011

 

Special Donations to the Orphanage

It’s the season of giving and what better way is there than to bless the children at Shin Saeng Won orphanage this Christmas. We are having a special offering over the next 2 Sundays.  Please give generously in the box at the rear of the service or write “orphanage” on your tithe envelope.

God bless the children

Merry Christmas in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

With December 25th looming and advent being explained at church every Sunday, we hope you haven’t forgotten the annual Dongshin Christmas party which this year, will be on Sunday Dec 26th at the conclusion of the service.

Like last year, we will have a special gift exchange where gifts need to be wrapped and to the maximun value of 10,000 won. So if you want to enjoy the fun and food, please bring along a gift and a celebratory mood as we will have some Christmas games and fellowship together.   Afterwards, we will have some yummy food! Any questions, please talk to Karl at church.

Saturday 4th Dec 1pm Sports afternoon

It is so on! Get rid of that excess Thanksgiving food that went to places where it isn’t needed! Come for a run around at the Children’s Park near Beo Meo Intersection. From the intersection, it is south and on your left opposite Outback Steakhouse. Once at the park, go up the hill and to your left (between the trees where you will see a big building and a train next to it. On the left of the building is an astro turf pitch where we will play so please wear long pants for safety. Daniel will be co-ordinating the sports and if you need any help, please call him on 010-3569-4431.
Hope to see you there
Go hard or go home.

Thanksgiving Aftermath

Thanksgiving day at Dongshin is in the history books and what an evening! Thanks to all the people who assisted with the setup, cooking, serving and anyone else who pitched in. It started with games in the main room (say Beast, bird, fish) and then moved down to the dining area where people were able to socialise and enjoy a taste of home. The evening entertainment was the 1st annual gobbling contest which was won by Danni as she impersonated the gobble of a turkey least likely to be eaten for thanksgiving. In a gobble tie, special mention goes to Karin for performing the cutest gobble closely followed by Karl who tried to woo Nate (the MC) with a Marilyn Monroe inspired rendition (you had to be there to see it and it will never be repeated). After that, we had pumpkin pie for dessert and cleaned up. To commemorate the occasion, a poem was written by Karl
2010 Feast of Thanksgiving
Fantastic cooking
Fabulous decorations
Flavorsome food
Fulfilling fellowship
Fun and Frivolous games
Freaky gobbling
Flirtatious singing
Full and hopefully forgiving bellies
Final goodbyes
F’ankful friends

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner 21st November – Bring your second stomach

Hey y’all, it’s that time of year when we get together for a good ole-fashioned pigout! The dinner will mainly be for people who attend Dongshin Church however you are welcome to invite friends to join us on this auspicious occasion. It will be held after church from 5-7pm and we will require some assistance in 2 areas,
Room Preparation and cleanup
Kitchen preparation
Also we will need people to act as ushers and welcomers. Please ask Andy, SJ, Karin or Karl at church to see how you can help at this awesome event.

We look forward to everyone having plenty to be thankful for and also give thanks to the one who created good food, Jesus Christ.
See you in two weeks.
Dongshin Team

Kurios conference aftermath

The 2010 Kurios conference is in the history books, we had some wonderful worship, stupendous speakers, , worthwhile workshops, satisfying sustenance, fantastic fellowship, wet weather and a gracious God! Thankyou to the support team and all the helpers that made the weekend work so well and we would like to hear from anyone who is interested in blogging about their time at the weekend and any reflections. Thank you to all the attendees for your attitude and assistance in making this conference a success and we hope that you had a meaningful experience with God.
Kind regards
Dongshin Team

KURIOS Conference bus rides

Thankyou to those who have responded to the bus ride request. We want to make sure everyone gets to the conference so if you need a ride and haven’t emailed, please send an email to donghsinenglish@gmail.com asap
The times available are
Pick up Time
Dongshin Church Friday, 7pm Chimsan Retreat Center 1 van
Dongshin Church Friday, 8pm Chimsan Retreat Center 1 van
Dongshin Church Friday, 9pm Chimsan Retreat Center 1 van
Dongshin Church Friday, 10pm Chimsan Retreat Center 1 van
Dongshin Church Saturday, 8am Chimsan Retreat Center 2 vans
Return
Chimsan Retreat Center Saturday, 10pm Dongshin Church 2 vans
Chimsan Retreat Center Sunday, 11 am Dongshin Church 1 bus
God bless you
Dongshin Team

KURIOS Conference registration CLOSED

Hi Everyone,
due to an overwhelming response from the pre-registration, all 80 places have been taken and we are really sorry but owing to the size of the conference facility, we are unable to accomodate additional people. If you are interested, then please let us know at church or email and we will place you on a waiting list as it is possible that people may cancel at the last moment. We appreciate the people who have taken the opportunity to pre-register and we know that God will bless our time together.
Dongshin Team

2010 Church Conference "Kurios", October 22-24th

Click on the images below to print and view the full details, if you would like them as PDF files, please email us at dongshinenglish@gmail.com

You need the registration form to officially sign up for the conference, so click on the image below and you may save it, print it, and submit it.

It’s time to start thinking about the annual church conference and what a glorious event is being planned to bless you, the church and God! You don’t want to miss the 2nd annual Dongshin English Church “Kurios Conference 2010”!!! Retreat with your family and your friends for an amazing weekend to seek the God of the universe. There will be:
• Workshops
• Music
• Food
• Prayer
• R&R ~ rest and relaxation
• Activities
• …and much time to meditate on our Lord’s Word and listen for His voice.

We are inviting other churches around Daegu to join us for the weekend so everyone is welcome. Find contentment in the power of communication with God and allow yourself to be changed by Him on this beautiful autumn weekend that He will give us.
The theme of the conference is “Contentment” and please pray for this conference that God will be glorified and that we will have a deeper understanding of God’s character as we take time out from our schedules to be in God’s presence and fellowship with each other.
We will be staying at a lovely facility in Cheongtong Wachon on the way to Pohang (North-East of Daegu). http://chimsan.net/village_main.html

Sermon Sunday 5th Sept, Changing perceptions of God

Acts 10:24-48 portrays the story of one man, Cornelius who is responsible for salvation being extended to the Gentiles and Peter who obediently goes to meet Cornelius and preaches a simple message of the gospel. The holy spirit comes and the rest is history. God used these two men to bring salvation to the gentiles and ultimately us and does it unconventionally which is usually God’s way. Compare the world sense and spiritual sense, we see that:
The world says law and order, Jesus says love Matthew 22:37 & 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
The world says get, Jesus says give Luke 9:12-17
Think about these paradoxes of Jesus
*The way first is last, *The way of success is service, *The way of security is vulnerability *The way of protection is forgiveness, *The way of life is the way of death (death to self, society and family)
*Want to be free, give complete control to God, *Want to become great, become the least
*Want to discover yourself, forget yourself, *Want honour, honour yourself with humility
*Want to get revenge, bless and love your enemies Luke 6:27
Finally, as a Christian brother and sister, God shows through the bible that our perception should be that
I am accepted…
John 1:12 I am God’s child.
John 15:15 As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 I have been justified.
1 Corinthians 6:17 I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
1 Corinthians 12:27 I am a member of Christ’s body.
Ephesians 1:3-8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
Colossians 1:13-14 I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
Colossians 2:9-10 I am complete in Christ.
Hebrews 4:14-16 I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.
I am secure…
Romans 8:1-2 I am free from condemnation.
Romans 8:28 I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
Romans 8:31-39 I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
Colossians 3:1-4 I am hidden with Christ in God.
Philippians 1:6 I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me. Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven.
2 Timothy 1:7 I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
I am significant…
John 15:5 I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.
John 15:16 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
1 Corinthians 3:16 I am God’s temple.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.
Ephesians 3:12 I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
God bless you and let us bless him with our prayers this week.
Remember to scroll down for details on the October Church conference.

Survival Korean Class – You will survive!

It’s that time of year again when you think, hey wait a second – how do I get around Daegu? What do i say if I want something? How do I get a discount?
Well, we have the answer starting from Saturday 11th Sept. Invite your friends to join with you and we have 2 levels to help you enjoy the Korean culture and environment.
Please contact Daniel directly a.s.a.p

INSTRUCTOR: Daniel Kim (Leader of kids ministry) 010-5467-1198 sinyounghan@hotmail.com
TARGET: Survival Korean Class is for all foreigners from all over the world
TEXTBOOK:
– Beginner’s Korean 1 (Language Plus) for Beginners – Beginner’s Korean 2 (Language Plus) for Intermediate Students (Cost is 15,000 including tape)
FOCUS:
1) Mastering basic vowels and consonants 2) Reading and practicing Korean words3) Learning survival expressions
WHERE?:
New Comer’s Education. Room
(On the first floor of Dong-Shin Church Main Sanctuary)
TIME?:
11:30-12:30 for Beginners
12:30-1:30 for Intermediate Students
PERIOD?: 3 Months
REGISTRATION FEE: 20,000 won

You can do it 당신이 그것을 할 수

Annual Duck Boat Race July 18th (after church)


It’s that time again for the chance of pedaling glory as we take to the Duck boats once again. Come and prove your determination and endurance or just come to hang out and enjoy Su Seong Lake.
All you need is 10000 won to cover food and boat-hire and we will see you there, it’s going to be legendary

Special Sunday Service Jun 13th

This Sunday, the English service is going to invade
join the main service downstairs in the auditorium. This will be a great time to mix with our Korean brothers and sisters and enjoy the worship – the choir is awesome! Please be at the English church service room (Rm505) around 1:30 and we will go downstairs around 1:45.
God bless you and stay cool if possible.
Any prayer requests, please email dongshinprayerministry@gmail.com

Sermon 9th May Freedom to Obey Acts 5:29-32

Main points from the sermon are
We are freed to obey by the Gospel, for God’s Glory with Joy
I. To Obey We Must Have The Spirit of God
II. To Obey We Must Know our Sins are Forgiven
III. To Obey We Must Believe That Jesus Has Been Raised by God and Seated at His Right Hand
Key Quote “The gospel is the whole provision of God from start to finish for everything we lack to glorify and enjoy Him.”

Other bible verses
Romans 8: 6-11 Hebrews 12:1-2 Exodus 9:12, 10:20, 11:10

Discussion questions for small groups / or during the week
1. Do you think it is easier to fear God, or People? Try to give an example with your answer. (Acts 5: 29)
2. Why do you think God wants us to obey Him if we’ve already been forgiven? And what does it mean to obey God anyway? (Beyond “DO THE RIGHT THING”)
3. Describe what obedience in response to God’s mercy is to you? How have you experienced it? How might your experience of grace need to be changed by what we learned from this text today?
4. Can you ever Really Be 100% free from sin? Is it right to expect to be? Is it wrong to not expect to be?
5. Talk with the group about how you might experience freedom from sin with one another and in other areas of your lives. How might you become more real about your sin and more free to obey with Joy.

Final passage to meditate on:
THY MERCY MY GOD LYRICS by Sandra McCracken.
Thy Mercy, My God
1. Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,
The joy of my heart. and the boast of my tongue;
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast.
2. Without Thy sweet mercy I could not live here;
Sin would reduce me to utter despair;
But, through Thy free goodness, my spirits revive,
And He that first made me still keeps me alive.
3. Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart;
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground,
And weep to the praise of the mercy I’ve found.
4. Great Father of mercies, Thy goodness I own,
And the covenant love of Thy crucified Son;
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine.
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine

Have a blessed week, don’t forget the church picnic on May 30th.

Reflection on Sermon 18th April – Seeing ourselves the way that God sees us

Are you willing to stand with warts and blemishes in front of God and others?
Are you ready to be honest with yourself, others and with God. We can’t hide anything from God, He knew us before we were born, He knows our thoughts, heart, and our desires. Don’t try to cover your warts, who are you trying to fool? Be the best YOU, that you can be. You don’t need to be anybody else BUT yourself.

Four important things that God gave us.
1. Love – By showing your love to one another, shows that you are a child of God
2. Power – He gave us power to be disciples of God
3. Grace – To show beauty and good will to others
4. Honesty – He wants us to be honest to our self, others and to Him

Hate sin the way God hates sin, Love people the way God loves people, and remember the Gospel is about our hearts.
– April 18 Sermon Reflection by Tharine Rabie

Boardgame Evening Results

Last Sunday 20 of us stayed behind to join together for some snacks, superb company and stupendous games. One of the games we played was Dongshin Jeopardy and if you would like to try, you can follow the link below. The winning team had 4800 points and congratulations goes to Vanessa, Merrick, Suzanne, Gabi, Greg, Tharine & Karin
http://www.superteachertools.com/jeopardy/usergames/Apr201015/game1271511613.php

Also we played Apples to Apples, a game where you match the adjective card to the noun cards in your hand (for example, the word was ‘pale’, and people put down cards that reflected that description. One person is the judge and the winning card for that round was ‘rollercoaster’).
After numerous rounds and full-on debates, we had a winner who received a large bag of M&M’s for her trouble.
Finally we played a bean farm game and traded and planted beans to harvest for gold coins. Beans planted included blue beans, black-eyed beans, garden beans, stink beans, soy beans and cocoa beans.
It was a great night with everyone enjoying the fellowship, fun, frivolity and feast (pizza and chicken).
Looking forward to the next event in May, the Massive May Church Picnic.

Special message for next Sunday 17th

In conjunction with Hasbro and the Parker Brothers, we are pleased to announce an epic boardgames afternoon/evening after church. Also we will have a video as well if you find yourself disillusioned with the games. If you have any entertaining games / card games, please bring them along (and teach us how to play).

If you are interested, there will be a prize for the person who can quote the following to Karl once he enters the room on Sunday (Rm 505).
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God: and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

Easter – time for celebration

As we head towards this weekend, let’s reflect on the tremendous sacrifice that Jesus did for us. Here are some verses to ponder from the biblical account of Jesus’ death on the cross / crucifixion / his burial and his resurrection -the following passages of Scripture: Matthew 27:27-28:8; Mark 15:16-16:19; Luke 23:26-24:35; and John 19:16-20:30.

If you would like to join the main Korean congregation, there are 2 opportunities:

On Friday night in the main church auditorium, there will be a special Easter service at 8pm.

On Sunday, there is a mass celebration at the World Cup Stadium in Siji starting at 3pm however we will still be running our regular service at 2pm.

Sunday 12 noon Services

Join us for a multi-cultural and vibrant Christian experience in English! See the Direction page for the step-by-step “how-to” on reaching us Sundays at 12 noon.