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International Church of Bangkok

Advancing the Work of Jesus!

Welcome to our weekly newsletter


Covid 19 measures for ICB
The Thai government has relaxed many restrictions but Bangkok Christian College, where we normally meet, has yet to reopen so we must wait a little longer before we can meet and worship in-person.
ICB Zoom-only services will continue while we pray that we can resume in-person soon.


November’s Outreach Partner
is the

Thai Tai Church
also known as the
Thai Faith and Music Foundation
To find out more and how you can help, please go to our Outreach section towards the end of this newsletter

 Let’s Join together for Communion this Sunday! 

7th November 2021

10 am. via Zoom

Please prepare your bread and wine (grape juice) beforehand

On-line ONLY

Stay at Home and Please Join us on ZOOM!

(computer, tablet or smartphone)

Due to COVID19 health measures, our worship service will NOT be in-person this Sunday

Wherever you are in the world, please join us online using the Zoom application or
  this link via your browser:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85269401114…
(tick “Always allow https://us02web…. to open Zoom”)
Meeting ID: 852 6940 1114
Passcode: 249320
Please also see “Online Notes” below


Online Notes
About ICB worship on Zoom:
Please come on time and allow a minute or two to connect.
You will be muted” upon entering the zoom room with the musical prelude on. Please stay muted during the service.
Pastor Chee suggests, “while you listen to the prelude, please pray for the service to run smoothly for God’s glory.  There’s plenty of time to chit chat in the break out rooms after the service.”
This Sunday’s Sermon
is delivered live on Zoom by our minister,
Revd. Chee Keong Yong
Revd. Chee’s sermon theme is entitled:
“Mark’s two cents worth”
Our Scripture Readings are:
Epistle: Hebrews 9:24-28*
Gospel: Mark 12:38-44* (*click for online Bible)

Pastor Chee’s brief & notes:

Most of us church people would have heard a sermon or two about this story. This particular text comes around once every three years in the RCL lectionary. It is the time of the year when most churches embark on their stewardship campaign. In this respect, ICB is no different. The members of our Finance Committee may want all members near and far, young and old etc., to be reminded at this time of year, that your church needs your financial support. So on this first Sunday of November, this text from Mark will be a good starter for us all to renew our pledges and financial commitment to ICB. After all, when we consider the two mites from the widow and how Jesus highlighted her giving (proportionately higher than the other people), hopefully, we may be encouraged to play our part.

While I like to go along with preachers from all over the world to kick off our stewardship campaign with this text from Mark 12:38-44, I would like to digress from the usual line of thought from most. I believe that there is more than meets the eye about this story from Mark. To go along with most without fully understanding Mark’s line of thought would be to do injustice to the text.

We have been looking at Mark’s Gospel for a good spell this year. All the stories that Mark gave build upon each other. Mark was concern that he presented a Jesus who inaugurates a new Kingdom with a whole set of different values. It can be construed that Mark was very much a revolutionary or reformist at heart. He was not content with the status quo. Much was wrong with the religion and politics of the day.

The Jesus that he had come to know in the three years of journeying with him was no “aquarium keeper” – keeping up with pretences. Religion is serious business with God. The rich and powerful will have no place in this new kingdom if they continue to flaunt their wealth and subjugate the poor.

The poor widow will be closer to the Kingdom than any other in this story. Now this is a scary thought, would you not think? Read the text again. Do you see yourself as one of the “teachers of the law in long flowing robes” or “rich people throwing in large amounts” or as “the poor widow with two mites”?

I was watching a documentary last evening on television about health insurance in the USA. It costs USD$2700 per month to get diabetic medication in the USA while the same medication goes for USD$700 across the border in Canada. The medication is from the same company. This is not a matter about the USA – it is about the world we live in. How did it get to this stage? How do “religious people” allow our institutions to subjugate the masses and divide them into the haves and have-nots?

As your minister, it is my intention that I prompt all of us to think and ponder over such issues. This is, after all, following the story-teller Mark in resounding God’s call – love mercy, deal justly and walk humbly (Micah 6:8).

I want to kick off ICB stewardship campaign not by highlighting ICB’s needs but by highlighting God’s word to all in His Kingdom. In my tenure here, this is where my heart lies – “Love your city – Bangkok”. We are a church only when we care for all around us. In times such as this, we cannot do less in loving and caring for the community.

Blessings,
Chee

Please scroll down below for notices about Sunday school in October, our weekly on-line prayer meetings on Thursday evenings, as well as this November’s Outreach Partner: Thai Tai Church

VISIT our
ICB Sunday School Facebook Page!!

HERE
https://www.facebook.com/ICB-Christian-Education-106748784983710
(copy this URL into your browser)
ICB is a fully self-supported congregation.
We gladly receive your donations.
KBank a/c 003-1-09408-9
More information on the ICB Website

Thank you!

Announcements
from our Minister


In-person services are being prepared for when regulations allow …….We are hoping that Sunday morning in-person worship services can resume later in November. Please keep a lookout on email, ICB website, Facebook or Line (morning service group) for further announcements about when in-person will start.
For now, we will continue on Zoom, only.
We plan also to try to continue live streaming on Zoom even when we can meet in-person again.
Please pray and bear with us as we go forward in what is continued uncertainty; but we will not go ahead with in-person gatherings until we consider it is safe.


Weekly Prayer Meeting – Thursdays at 7pm
CHRISTIAN OUTREACH
The International Church of Bangkok
partners with Christian ministries throughout Thailand to advance the work of Jesus.

5% of ICB’s yearly total income goes directly to the outreach partners. Members and friends are also encouraged to give directly.
Bank transfers are easy to do and very welcome
Please Donate NOW when it’s Most Needed!!
KasikornBank (KBank):  003-1-09408-9
Transfer your donation to the ICB Bank account above and please email your transfer confirmation with the message:
“For Outreach: month/year (or name of O/R partner)”
[email protected]

ICB’s Outreach Partner
for November 2021

Thai Tai Church
in Bangkok and
Maha Sarakham (in NE Thailand)

A church serving all regardless of background
The Story behind the Thai Tai Church
After 4 years of Christian mission work in low-income neighborhoods of central Bangkok’s Huai Khwang District (เขตห้วยขวาง),  Pastor Revd. Ruth and Director Revd. Inchai Srisuwan soon discovered the spiritual needs of the community had “no soil to grow in”. Churches in the area did not welcome slum dwellers.
As the children and young people had no church to call “home”, they founded  the Thai Faith and Music Foundation in 1998, setting up the Thai Tai Church the following year to provide open worship space for all regardless of background. The words Thai (ไทย) & Tai (ไท) mean freedom and independence – “free from slavery or sin”.
Church Planting in Isaan (NE region)
In 2015, Revd. Ruth and Revd. Inchai moved to become full time ministers in Huai Ang in Maha Sarakham Province, where their their son, Pastor Atiraat, had before introduced music and sport activities to reach local villagers. This small church sanctuary, built using Korean missionary funds, was dedicated in March of the same year.
Bangkok Ministry Continues to Expand

Pastor Atiraat and his family moved back to continue his parents’ Thai Tai Church ministry in Bangkok at a new location in Ramkhamhaeng Soi 190. This low-income community houses 2000 families, giving ample opportunity to mingle with locals and spread the Good News.

“What an opportunity to attract passers-by!”
Bible study classes for children are conducted on the sidewalk where street vendors sell their wares. This way, more people are interested to hear the Good News.

ICB’s funding contributes to school scholarships for the youth both in the Capital and Isaan. The students are always very grateful for the continuing partnership with ICB.

Revd. Dr Ruth Srisuwan asks us to pray:
  1. For God to take away Covid 19 from us so we can gather together again in worship. Also, that we will soon be able to resume teaching the children.
  2. For all our Thai Tai Church family: Ruth, Inchai and Pastor Atiraat, his family and our church members who also contracted Covid 19 of whom 9 are still in recuperation. Although we still worship on line, may God strengthen us soon to meet in person.
  3. For ICB Church, may God’s blessing be on all ICB church members to remain far from Covid 19.
Find out more about our outreach partners

Missed a sermon?
Want to hear one again?

If you missed any of the recent sermons or would like to hear one or more again, recordings are available from Rev. Chee himself. Please let him know which Sunday(s) you are interested in and he will send you the link.
Send an email to: [email protected]
Internati­onal Church of Bangkok (ICB)
Advancing the Work of Jesus!

ICB is an English language congregation, composed of native and non-native speakers.
We are committed to welcoming people of all backgrounds to Christian worship for a diverse, inclusive and unifying faith experience.
We seek to advance the work of Jesus Christ by promoting and supporting spiritual growth, community and service to others.

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