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Holy Communion This Sunday for online worship, please remember to prepare. We continue our practice of observing Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month. We created a video to offer guidance on how to prepare for Holy Communion at home. If you haven't seen it yet, or could use a reminder, we hope this may serve you in preparing for the Lord's Supper this coming Lord's Day.

Deacon Nomination The Deacon Nomination Committee is open to receiving names and prayer for the next deacon term. Any BCEC members who want to submit names can contact any member of the committee. Please pray for the Lord to lead and provide in this process. This year's Deacon Nomination Committee includes Kevin Fong, Pastor Barry Lam, Pastor Enoch Liao, Jessica So, Timothy So, and Elder Bak Fun Wong.

Children Sunday School (CSS) 2022-2023 School Year Registration
CSS will start the new school year for age 0 to rising fifth graders on 9/11/2022. Parents/legal guardians must complete the registration for your children online on or before 8/21/2022 so that we can plan for each class accordingly. Register at https://bcec.net/NTkids. Please contact the CSS Committee if you have any questions.

Children Sunday School (CSS) Teachers & Teacher Assistants Needed! Since 2003, CSS has been one of the Children Ministries at BCEC. Currently, CSS serves children from age 0 to rising fifth graders. We have five classes this upcoming school year. Each class includes co-teachers and a teacher assistant. If you sense the Lord's calling to serve His children, we invite you to join us in this mission on the Newton campus. Please contact Pastor Barry or the CSS committee if you are interested or need further details.
Note: Teachers and Teacher Assistants must be BCEC members or associate members.


Next Baptism is on September 18, 2022. Baptism is a ceremony where a Christian publicly declares his/her faith in obedience to Christ. Download the application here. The application deadline is Sunday, August 21.

Safety & Security Training The Newton Campus will hold a safety & security training with the Newton Police department. All Sunday ministry teams like hospitality, worship, children’s, and youth ministries are highly encouraged to attend. We will meet on Saturday, September 10 from 10am to 1pm. A simple lunch will be provided. More information including RSVP coming soon.


Worship Nite: An Evening of Song & Prayer is an opportunity to gather for corporate worship and prayer. In addition to singing songs to God, various brothers and sisters will lead us in prayers of adoration, confession, filling up, and dedication. If you plan to join us, we invite you to familiarize yourself with the songs so that we can more focus on offering songs and prayers to God. You can listen to the playlist on YouTube or Spotify. The program is Friday, August 12 at 120 Shawmut Ave in the Multi-Function Room. Doors open at 7:15pm.

Young Adult Retreat 2022 Young Adult Retreat will be September 23-25! You can register at http://tiny.cc/yar22. Registration starts this Sunday, August 7 at 3pm and ends on September 4. Details can be found in the link. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ryan So.


Cambodia Short-term Missions Team Reaching out to children in children home and elementary school, minister to college students and Cambodian people. Ability to speak English or Mandarin. Tentative dates: December 18-30, 2022. Approximate cost is $3,200. BCEC members will be subsidized upon approval. Please email missions.committee@bcec.net if interested. Deadline is September 15.

Chinatown August Moon Festival is on Sunday, August 14. Set up 7:30-9am or clean up 4:45-6pm (including tables & tents) to help share BCEC with our local community. Sign up here.

Staff Absences Pastor Ken Liu away 7/31-8/12. Pastor Enoch Liao away 8/6-11, 8/13-15. Please contact other staff for assistance.

Newton Renovations Update See here for updates and photos. Please pray for the safety and well-being of all the contractors. Pray that the renovation will go smoothly and for the work to be done in a timely manner. 

Ordination & Installation as Assistant Pastor Ceremony for Steve Liu will be on Sunday, August 28, 2022, 3:30pm at 120 Shawmut Ave in the Multifunction room. All are invited.

BCEC Job Posting BCEC is seeking to hire the following positions:
    1. Director of Student Ministries (Newton)
    2. Director of Children's Ministries (Newton)
    3. Administrative and Ministry Support Coordinator
Please click on BCEC Job Portal for more information.

Until Further Notice Please note that there's no eating in our buildings without prior staff permission. Thank you.

Parking Please be mindful when parking on the streets to not block any driveways. Also, there is no parking in the staff parking lot on Sundays.

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Financial Assistance from the BCEC Charity fund is available for those who have trouble sustaining basic needs of life because of COVID-19.  Please speak to your pastoral staff. 

Online Library BCEC has subscribed to an online church video library by Right Now Media which allows our church members free online access to thousands Christian videos on marriage, parenting, etc. for adults, students, and children. Sign up by text, BCEC to 49775, or see the QR code below.
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Upcoming Dates

8/7 Holy Communion

8/12 Worship Nite

8/14 Chinatown August Moon Festival

8/15-19 Chinatown VBS

8/21 Baptism Application Deadline

8/28 Ordination Ceremony for Steve Liu

9/10 Safety & Security Training

9/15 Cambodia STM Deadline


9/18 Baptism

9/23-25 Young Adult Retreat

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Online Prayer Meeting on 
Wednesdays 7:30-8:00pm, hosted by Pastor Ken Liu. We invite people to join us as we pray for our church with an emphasis on the English congregations.

If you would like to call into the prayer meeting, please contact Helena Fong.
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  • Pray for global partners Jordan & Lois serving in East Asia, using education as a platform for the Gospel. Pray for their safety and for God to grant them wisdom to cope with tightening control by local authorities.
  • Social Responsibility Pray for the wildfires in California and Alaska. Pray that God will provide refuge and comfort to those who have been affected and that He will also strengthen the hands of the firefighters risking their lives to contain the fire.
More Opportunities to Serve

Newton Youth Ministry both on Friday and Sundays are now meeting in-person. We are still looking for volunteers who have a heart to serve the youth as counselors. If you're interested in serving as a counselor, please contact Pastor Ken for more information.

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August 7, 2022
Due Honor: Honoring God (10)
Ryan So

1 Kings 3:1-15
English Standard Version

Solomon made a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt. He took Pharaoh's daughter and brought her into the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the Lord and the wall around Jerusalem. The people were sacrificing at the high places, however, because no house had yet been built for the name of the Lord.

Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

15 And Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. Then he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.


2 Chronicles 1:7-13
English Standard Version

In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said to God, “You have shown great and steadfast love to David my father, and have made me king in his place. O Lord God, let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” 11 God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honor, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.” 13 So Solomon came from the high place at Gibeon, from before the tent of meeting, to Jerusalem. And he reigned over Israel.

BCEC Connections 
BCEC Connections, a publication to inform, involve, and unite the BCEC extended church family. The latest publication is available here. (Winter 2022, Issue 50)
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