Chinese New Year Celebration Held in Murphy

Chinese New Year Celebration Held in Murphy

House of Joy Fellowship held a Chinese New Year celebration at First Baptist Church Murphy.

Terence Fung, pastor of House of Joy Fellowship said, “We had this Chinese New Year

celebration and banquet because this is the special occasion where we pass blessings and share

food together, like a family. We want to share our joy and the love of God with many Chinese

families as well as non-Chinese friends in this area.”

The celebration began with an elaborate banquet which consisted of a variety of traditional

Chinese food. The walls were lined with beautiful hand-crafted signs of well wishes. Kelvin

Wong, a volunteer at House of Joy Fellowship, created the signs, he said, “These are traditional

well-wishes. Wishes for peace in the country, that husbands and wives are good to each other,

business people are profitable, and students reach a higher level of studies and others.” Wong

was a Baptist missionary in China, he is retired now.

There were approximately 50 people in attendance. The celebration included a lion dance which

was led by performers playing percussion instruments. Attendees were invited to pop balloons

simulating fireworks. Traditional Chinese songs were sung including Gongxi Gongxi He Xin

Nian (Blessings, Blessings for New Year!), Zhu Fu Ni (Blessing you!) which was

reworded from a Chinese opera called Di Nu Hua (Flower of Princess) and others. Pastor Fung

delivered a message in mostly Mandarin and some Cantonese. He self-interpreted the message

into English as he went along. The message focused on the topic of having a heart of piety and

contentment.

Fung explained how the celebration they held differed from other Chinese New Year

celebrations, “In most Chinese New Year celebrations, blessings are the central theme. As

Christians, we recognize that true blessings ultimately come from God, from whom eternal

blessings are given through Jesus Christ. So, we focus on emphasizing the Good News of Jesus

Christ in our New Year celebration.

Fung said they started House of Joy in 2018. He said, “We started it in early 2018 because we

found that there were more than 400 Chinese families living in Murphy and its surrounding area,

but there were no Chinese churches in this area. Our goal is to share the love of Christ with the

Chinese residents in this area and care for their needs, especially the spiritual needs.”

First Baptist Church Murphy is the sponsor in planting House of Joy Fellowship in Murphy.

Fung said, “We are so thankful for the support of FBCM’s pastor and deacons. They allowed us

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to use their facilities for our Sunday Schools and other events. Currently, we are joining the

English Sunday worship at FBCM. The Lord willing, we will have a Chinese worship when our

congregation grows.”

In addition to attending church on Sundays at FBCM, House of Joy Fellowship alternatingly

meets at Pastor Fung’s house and another member’s house on the first and third Saturdays of the

month at 6:30 p.m. They meet for fellowship and Bible study. Pastor Fung lives in Richardson,

three miles from FBCM. There are currently 13 members, and an average of three visitors at

each meeting.

Pastor Fung graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary and has a Master’s degree in

Theology. He also has a Ph.D. degree in Higher Education from the University of North Texas

and a M.B.A degree. Before he started House of Joy, he taught in a seminary in Hong Kong and

pastored a Chinese church in Frisco. He is also an ordained minister.

To find out more about House of Joy Fellowship, find them on their Facebook page

@hjfellowship or email them at office.hjcc@gmail.com or call Pastor Terence Fung at (469)

288.6771.




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