The letter from HR come in quite late. My previous job contract ended 05 Aug 2016, but I only receive letter in 12 Aug 2016 Fri evening which dated 05 Aug 2016. There is a pay increment of over 3% plus and extend for another year contract with a completion a month bonus of previous contract credit in next month pay roll. I had been working for 2 years 5 months which my pay increased three times as 5 months job contracted completed also increase pay. So on average quite close to 5% increment. This is due to bad economic growth this year which my boss told me he is a perm staff this year no increment except mine is on contract under client costing.
So I went to open house as previous post I call the church to ask for more enquires. The timings are rather long. At start I will be put under probation 3 to 6 months to join choir ministry which have to come every Saturday for practice and rehearsal from 1.30pm to 5pm plus. If I show some improvement I will be out of probation to serve in 7pm Saturday miracle service. Then I will be on roster for fortnightly like Saturday 1.30pm to 5 plus, then dinner then 7pm Saturday miracle service plus next day Sunday continuous for 9pm and 11.15pm services. I ask What about the services in Sunday afternoon 3.15pm no choir but support singers. She said that the support singers will not be train by her in the choir but under a pastor normally selected from choir if they serve long enough and good. So I do not have too much time I decided to call off the audition not to join church choir to serve in ministry. My vocal teacher knows about this later on and said the timing is also too much for this church.
I had just attended last Saturday church ministry open house which is lighthouse evangelism at woodlands Singapore. Before that one week ago last Sunday 22 May 2016 I heard about the announcement of church open house ministry called WOW stands for worship, operations, works of arts as previously was known as music and drama department, so I approach the counter after the service.
So a church staff who she is in charge of choir told me that just sign up for the ministry even I told her that I would want to know the schedule as I am very busy and sure crash many time cannot serve at all. She said that the schedule can be arranged. So I sign up hand written on the paper by leaving my name and contact which ministry I want to serve which is both choir and musical instrument. As the handwriting is not very clear, I went to church web site online to register as choir as only can select one then put in musical instrument played is piano. One day later the church called me up at night after my Monday night class that I sign up for choir need audition so can come for open house first.
As I attended open house, I seen all the ministry which they explain what they do, but they do not tell me exactly what is their schedule to serve clearly enough. As I have piano lessons weekly Sunday 1pm and Saturday 4pm vocal lessons, I could not have time to serve, especially in weekend I sleep in the morning wake up almost noon or even later Saturday and Sunday as weekday work the whole day. Unless I can give up my music lessons even both of them to serve in church ministry as you cannot excepted me to cancel music lessons often that both private lessons are quite flexible compare to music school.
After the open house, the ministry head will contact me next week which is this week for follow up, maybe I would ask the schedule before arrange for audition. I think is very unlikely for me just go for audition to be accepted first or reject as my schedule most likely will not work out. I cannot except ministry head to contact me telling me to go audition first later a few days if contacted to be accepted then talk later about the schedule to fit mine right?
I had been thinking about should I post it in my blog for quite a few weeks about this issue after I send out a letter to this church. But seems they have video streaming online on their Saturday miracle service so I had been watching a bit for a few weeks, some testimony shared on stage. Since I believe given sufficient time like a few weeks for them to do a bit of adjustment but they did not try to correct it, then I would post it here. I believe miracle service have many ideas and way of sharing it rather than this way.
21 Feb 2016 Sun
Senior Pastor Rony Tan
Lighthouse Evangelism Woodlands
81 Woodlands Circle Singapore 738909
Hi Pastor Rony
This letter is writing about your church bulletin today Healing of Hyperthyroid and High Blood Pressure for next week Saturday miracle services to be preach. It had been a concern to me for many years for these kind of healing testimony similarly being talk about in many churches. Of course almost all medical treatment will have different side effect whether is light or heavy that you have to overcome it to lead a happy active life. If God promise that you get healing easily simply attending miracle service and go back pray mediate on God words, then I would like to say it is a cheap grace if shared out on the stage it is not very edify. And if this kind of testimony used on others that medical treatment does not help much reduce it or no need to have it anymore, it will cause much serious problem not able to enjoy happy active life. I recommend such kind of testimony can keep it to yourself no need to share in stage. But I have no right to control if this continue on.
On previous letter dated 22 Dec 2012 request to resign from your church membership to Pastor Colin which church had send reply that my membership was removed from church roll, till now it had been a right decision which I think. I put an excuse that I attend New creation church is I worried the church think I left church and nowhere to go church, I will turn cold to God and church will be sadden. Right now I do not have a home church to go for a very long time and not going to find a home church now as not needed. I was water baptize in City Harvest Church for a purpose of making it as my home church but after that I had many problem and left the church.
I hope the church will have a better testimony to share like battling illness to be recovered or getting a little better even to enjoy happy active life like God had given you a doctor which is Jesus and medical treatment which is Holy Spirit. In this case SATAN will say Good and left you which is winning the battle with devil. Testimony like Reducing to avoid doctor and medical treatment are cheap meaning become loser and if really God give you a miracle not too good to ask people follow God in this way. And if really God works in miracle in such a cheap way then can ask Government no need to invest in medishield life give us money better as most of the different faith God will heal miracle no need medical treatment.
Another reason why I resign church membership after one year is I not serving in any ministry even regularly attending cell group at that time. Plus I do not practice tithing so serve no purpose to keep the membership. I treat it as visitor to go church right now. I do not follow your church teaching too well. At start I going church to learn about Jesus and Holy Spirit. Once I have both with God I can be on my own no need to attend church regularly as normally people like me suffering from Schizophrenia a chronic illness long time ago till now does not get along with any brother and sister well for long. Like going learn driving passed got license as got Jesus and buy a car as got Holy Spirit but need to obey traffic rule in order to drive.
By Nurul Azliah Aripin | Yahoo Newsroom – Fri, Nov 27, 2015
A week after six City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders convicted for fraud were sentenced to prison, the prosecution filed an appeal on Friday, saying the sentences ranging from 21 months to eight years were “manifestly inadequate”.
In a media statement issued by the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the prosecution said it was appealing against the sentences imposed on all the six accused.
On Friday last week, Judge See Kee Oon sentenced CHC co-founder Kong Hee to eight years in jail, the longest of the sentences handed down.
Former finance manager Sharon Tan got the lightest sentence of 21 months in jail.
Ex-finance committee member John Lam was sentenced to three years in jail, former finance manager Serina Wee to five years, deputy pastor Tan Ye Peng to five years and six months, and former CHC fund manager Chew to six years.
All of the six individuals were convicted last month of criminal breach of trust involving S$24 million and using S$26.6 million to cover it up in a bid to boost the pop music career of Kong’s wife, Sun Ho, in the US.
In a Facebook post later that day of his sentencing, Kong said he was “saddened” by the length of the sentence.
“I am presently studying the judgement and sentence carefully with my lawyers, and will make a meaningful decision whether to appeal in due course,” he said.
By Nurul Azliah Aripin | Yahoo Newsroom – Thu, Oct 29, 2015
Former Mandopop star Ho Yeow Sun, 43, is now officially a pastor at City Harvest Church.
Her 51-year-old husband Kong Hee, who is also the founder of City Harvest Church, posted a video of her ordination on 19 October, two days before he, along with five others connected to the church were guilty of criminal breach of trust.
The two-minute clip shows Ho being ordained by someone who appears to be Dr Michael Scales from New York’s Christian College (NYACK), as well as her husband Kong, who was one of the six church leaders declared guilty for misappropriating church funds to finance Ho’s singing career.
During the ordination, Ho was seen kneeling on the stage, in front of thousands of congregants, with several others standing behind her.
Kong held her head while praying, before handing her his Bible.
“I pray when she speaks, fire will come out of her belly,” he said.
In the caption, Kong asked the congregants to pray for the church’s next generation of leaders, saying “Please continue to pray for Sun & our new generation leadership team, as they work together for CHC 2.0!”
As a pastor, Ho will be responsible for leading City Harvest Church, and providing counsel and advice to its congregants.
Kong, who is also the founder of the mega church, was suspended from his duties at the church after he was charged for three counts of criminal breach of trust.
He is currently waiting the prosecution’s written submissions to court, which will take place on 6 Nov. His lawyer will respond with a mitigation plea on 20 November. Sentencing is expected to take place either on the same day or at a later date.
TODAY reports: Judge See Kee Oon says Kong Hee capitalised on the church’s climate of paranoia and fear in 2003 to galvanise support for the Crossover Project.
- POSTED: 23 Oct 2015 08:24
SINGAPORE: Criticising what he called the culture of insecurity that six City Harvest Church leaders convicted on Wednesday (Oct 21) operated under, Presiding Judge of the State Courts See Kee Oon saved some of his strongest words for church founder Kong Hee in his 270-page written judgment released to the media on Thursday.
The six leaders – Kong, his deputy Tan Ye Peng, former church accountant Serina Wee, former church investment manager Chew Eng Han, former church finance manager Sharon Tan and former church board member John Lam – were found guilty on all counts of criminal breach of trust and/or falsification of accounts.
The judge had delivered his oral judgment, a condensed version of the written grounds, on Wednesday. He found that they had acted dishonestly and in breach of the trust reposed in them to cause wrongful loss of S$50 million to the church and to defraud auditors.
The judge said Kong capitalised on the church climate of paranoia and fear in 2003 to galvanise support for the Crossover Project – using his wife Ho Yeow Sun’s secular pop music to reach out to non-Christians.
The collective fear arose after then-church member Roland Poon publicly commented that church funds had been used to promote Ms Ho’s music career. Kong’s response to the incident revealed “both his personal dominance and deep insecurity”, said judge See.
The pastor rallied the church “around the big idea that … CHC’s leaders and by extension the entire church were being maligned and under attack, and hence had to be discreet”, the judge added.
The effort to keep the church’s financing of the Crossover discreet led to the set-up of Xtron Productions to manage Ms Ho’s career. The criminal charges in this case relate in part to sham bonds worth millions of dollars that the church bought from Xtron to channel church funds to the Crossover Project.
All six leaders’ committed zeal for the Crossover vision may have clouded their objectivity and judgment and obscured the need to safeguard money that was not theirs to use as they wished, said Judge See. They chose to create cover stories and clever round-trips concealing their unlawful conduct, he added.
“The allure of power that can be exercised in secrecy is difficult to resist. When shrouded under a cloak of invisibility, much like the mythical ring of Gyges, persons in such positions of power have no fear of accountability and tend to become their own worst enemies,” he wrote.
The ring of Gyges is a mythical artefact that grants its owner the power to become invisible at will, mentioned in Greek philosopher Plato’s The Republic.
Judge See wrote: “It has thus been wisely said that the real tragedy is when men are afraid of the light, and if they choose not to come into the light they do so for fear that their deeds will be exposed, as they surely will in time.”
Kong would not have been able to act alone and could not orchestrate every move, and the five other leaders were both trusted and trusting, he added.
Noting that none of the six was aware of all the details, the judge said it could be because there were far too many moving parts in the plan for the Crossover to the United States, which grew more ambitious over time.
The US foray involved Ms Ho’s debut English album, which had hip-hop star Wyclef Jean roped in at one point. It led to the church’s sham bond investments worth S$24 million in Xtron and another company, and four of the leaders then misused another S$26.6 million of church funds to try to cover up the first amount.
“But this may have also been the inevitable consequence of CHC’s election to carry out its affairs and operations relating to the funding of the Crossover in a discreet fashion. This was merely a euphemism for a culture of insecurity mired in secrecy and opaqueness where asking difficult or awkward questions was taboo,” the judge wrote.
Separately, Kong broke his silence on the verdict on Thursday, posting on Facebook his belief that God would use the outcome of the case for good.
The pastor also thanked his supporters and said: “The days and steps ahead are challenging, but with God’s grace and love, I have no fear.”
The six will be back in court on Nov 20, where they could be sentenced.
(From top left, clockwise) City Harvest Church’s Kong Hee, John Lam, Serina Wee, Sharon Tan, Tan Ye Peng and Chew Eng Han have been found guilty of all charges on Oct 21, 2015. Ooi Boon Keong/TODAY
They were ‘inextricably tangled’ in two conspiracies of misusing church monies, says judge
By Kelly Ng
Published: 9:14 AM, October 21, 2015
SINGAPORE — The six City Harvest Church (CHC) leaders have been found guilty of various charges of criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts.
CHC founder Kong Hee, his deputy Tan Ye Peng, former church accountant Serina Wee, former church finance manager Sharon Tan, former investment manager Chew Eng Han and former CHC board member John Lam were today (Oct 21) convicted of three to 10 charges each.
All six are out on bail. The bail stood at S$1 million each for Kong Hee, Tan Ye Peng, John Lam and Chew Eng Han. The bail for Serina Wee and Sharon Tan was at $750,000 each. They are not allowed to travel.
Delivering his oral judgement this morning, Presiding Judge of the State Courts See Kee Oon said that all six were “inextricably tangled” in two conspiracies of misusing church Building Fund monies to buy sham bond investments to finance the Crossover Project — which aims to use the music of church co-founder and Kong’s wife Sun Ho to evangelise — and thereafter misusing make church funds to cover up the first amount to defraud auditors by falsifying accounts. More than S$50 million was found to have been misappropriated.
JC See found that while Tan Ye Peng, Chew, Wee, Sharon Tan and Lam had acted in trust of Kong’s leadership, it does not exonerate them. “No matter how pure the motives and how ingrained the trust in leaders, these do not exonerate the accused persons.”
While the extents of their involvement were distinct, Judicial Commissioner (JC) See said none could be excluded from their implication in the conspiracy.
He added: “They had convinced themselves morally and legally permissible to temporarily use money from CHC funds when they knew it was not.”
JC See said he could not accept that the accused persons genuinely believe sale of Ms Ho’s albums would generate enough to redeem the bonds, and therefore cannot accept their claims that they believed the bond investments were genuine.
He also found that use of Building Fund monies to finance the Crossover shows dishonesty, as the Crossover “was not for the purposes (the fund was meant for) since by (the accused persons’) own admission it was meant to service mission”.
The prosecution will have to file written submissions by Nov 6, while the defence will file mitigation pleas by Nov 13. Oral submissions to be delivered on Nov 20 at 9.30am.
They will be sentenced at a later date.
Shortly after the judgement, Ms Sun Ho issued a statement on CHC’s Facebook page saying that the CHC Management Board are “disappointed by the outcome”. Ms Ho said Kong Hee and the rest are “studying the judgement intently and will take legal advice from their respective lawyers”.
CHC’s operations will continue, with the new management and new Church Board that were introduced in 2012 running the church, said Ms Ho who called on the church to “stay on course with CHC 2.0”.
“God is making us stronger, purer and more mature as a congregation,” she said on behalf of the CHC Management Board.
Separately, the National Council of Churches (NCCS) said it was “saddened” by the conviction of the six CHC leaders. “It is our hope and prayer that good will come out of this whole episode, especially as a reminder to pay greater attention on church governance in the matter of management of funds,” said the NCCS president Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup and NCCS General Secretary Rev Dr Ngoei Foong Nghian in a statement.
NCCS also urged the Christian community to pray for the church, and noted: “NCCS wishes to assure all fellow Singaporeans that while it appreciates the freedom of worship in our nation, it will also guide and advise members of the Christian community to constantly observe the law of the land.”