May 28, 2015
Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!
Thank you all for wearing red last Sunday to celebrate Pentecost – not Santa Claus, even though they sort of rhyme :-) I’m still “red”-faced for forgetting to wear red myself! But wasn’t it wonderful to hear from Shally and Crystal about their experiences of God?
So now that we’ve discussed the spiritual gifts in Romans 12, let’s worship God by offering ourselves as living sacrifices. In other words, it’s time for many of us to “redeem” our spiritual gifts! God gave them to us, let us use them for his purpose of building up our church!
Here are some areas where you can immediately redeem your spiritual gifts:
1. Children’s Ministry – Speakers, teachers, assistants are needed for our 10 am Children’s worship every Sunday. Contact Shirley Tai at email@example.com Also at least 8 more volunteers are needed for VBS this summer. Please sign up at VBS.ecanaan.org
2. Youth Ministry – Anyone who cares our youth and wants to encourage them to thrive and grow spiritually are invited to apply to be a youth counselor. Contact Chris Liu [email Chris]
3. Missions Fund-raiser on June 21. We are looking for volunteers to help set up and staff three booths. Contact William Effendy [email William]
4. Leaders! Deacons, elders, small groups, fellowships, Sunday worship, events, etc.
5. Artists and designers! For all our communication needs.
6. And many more…
Some of us are doing too much. Please take a break! But for everyone else, please redeem the gifts that God gave you at Canaan! As you do so, you’ll discover a desire to see God’s eternal purpose fulfilled in you and at Canaan!
Now for a few friendly reminders about this weekend:
SATURDAY, MAY 30 offers many opportunities…
— Pastor Paul Liu (the Good TV show) will give a seminar in Mandarin on A wonderful life begins with the family between 10-12:30. Register at ecanaan.org. Invite Mandarin speaking friends/family, especially those with young children to this free event is sponsored by CTCC Family Ministry.
— Taiwan Summer Mission Training (10:00am to 2:00pm, Room 160)
— Taiwanese Aborigines U.S. Cultural Tour performance at church (2:30-4:30pm, Worship Hall 1). All are welcome.
— Family Potluck and Movie Night (Fellowship Hall, 5-8 PM). This event is for your families, to build up their community and friendships, and to encourage them to have faith discussions with their children in a fun atmosphere. It is also a great outreach opportunity for your families to invite people outside Canaan. We’ll watch Chicken Run! RSVP at kids.ecanaan.org
SUNDAY, MAY 31
1. Judy and Roland Chow (and kids), and Daniel Tsai. will share about their mission to Belize during English service. We encourage everyone to hear and support this exciting mission work!
2. During English service, we’ll be reflecting on the Trinity (since it will be Trinity Sunday). I’ll be preaching about the reasons Christians believe in God as Three-in-One from the perspective of the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
3. This Sunday, continue to register for our annual church retreat!
This year’s accommodations will be much better than last year’s. We’ll have units available for families with babies and young children. The walking distance between buildings will be much shorter. Also, we’ll be situated right next to the athletic facilities and fields, so you can walk to the basketball gym, the tennis and volleyball courts, the exercise rooms, etc.
Please register at retreat.ecanaan.org or fill out the registration forms. Registration is not complete until payment is received. Please make checks payable to “CTCC” and write “Retreat Fee” and the name of the main contact person on the memo line. Checks may be mailed to CTCC Retreat, 4405 Fortran Ct., San Jose CA 95134 attn: Ida Tsai for Retreat or given to EM retreat coordinators James Chang or Rachel Hung at Canaan. We will also put a box in Worship Hall 3 to collect registrations/checks this Sunday.
FEES: $160 (13 years old and above), $90 (3-12 years old), and free for 2 year old and below (no bed allocated).
ABOUT THE ENGLISH ADULT/YOUTH TRACKS
Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness! – Jesus (Matthew 25:23)
Canaan’s English and Youth Ministries are emphasizing the importance of “stepping up” our service to the Lord and building English Ministries 2.0. We want our English ministries to be an upgrade over tired and failed English ministries. It takes work and effort!
But we can get so caught up with serving that we forget how to invest energy in the areas that allow us to bear better quality fruit for God. Sometimes, we also serve out of fear, habit, and obligation rather than hope and joy. Instead of flourishing, we often wind up burying our spiritual gifts.
In this year’s English and Youth retreat tracks, we want to encourage our attendees to “steward” our spiritual gifts for the better yield. We will hear and reflect on a series of messages that will equip us to use wisdom in our service as well as inspire us to serve with joyfulness.
Becky Chiang-Luoh is a Bay Area native and grew up attending Canaan as a youth. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Communications, she heard God’s call to go into ministry and currently serves with InterVarsity/USA at Cal ministering to fraternity and sorority students. Becky loves fun games, hosting friends at home with her husband David, drinking coffee, and all things design related.
Have a great weekend! See you at Sunday worship!
Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries
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OTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
visit canaanem.org for more information
The weekly Canaan English Ministry Calendar has been updated. Go to canaanem.org/calendar/
We are preparing for an exciting season of mission. Many of us will be going on Taiwan and Belize Short Term Missions. Vacation Bible School is gearing up. Please pray for everyone who is leading and participating!
Taiwan Short Term Mission Calendar:
5/30 (Sat) 10:00am to 2:00pm Mission Training (Room 160);
6/20 (Sat) 10:00am to 8:00pm Mission Training;
6/21 STM commissioning and fundraising.
6/30 night to SFO to take 7/1 AM early morning flight to Taipei.
Our missionaries to Belize will be: Judy and Roland Chow (and their daughters) and Daniel Tsai. Please pray for and support them as well as our Taiwan Short Term Missionaries.
PROMOTION SUNDAY (June 7)
— Join us in celebrating our graduating students (5th grade, 8th grade, 12th grade, college, grad school). Promotion ceremony for families and students in preschool to completing 5th grade meet in the Fellowship Hall (10:00-10:15).
— VBS Summer Camp Volunteer Staff Training will be in Worship Hall 3, 1:30-3:30.
— VBS supplies drive in June: Visit the VBS Donation Tree in the Fellowship Hall and take a donation slip! Bring donated/borrowed items to the VBS Donation Box by the end of June. Thanks!
— Richard & Jessie Robers, missionaries from North East Taiwan Christian Church will share about their mission in WH2 at 1:30 PM. All are welcomed to participate and pray for these missionaries in Taiwan.
YOUTH YARD SALE (June 13)
Benefitting Nepal quake victims through Samaritan Purse If you have things to donate please contact Wendy- Huang [Email Wendy]
MEET DARREN OEI (June 14)
We will have a special Second Hour guest speaker! Darren Oei, Daniel Tsai’s friend, and staff at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in San Diego, will share about his call to campus ministry where part of his focus is on reaching the LGBT community for Christ. If you ever wanted to learn how to share the love of Christ to your gay friends or relatives, come and learn about Darren’s unique ministry.
FATHER’S DAY (June 21)
A Short Term Mission Commissioning will take place at the end of English worship service (Worship Hall 3). This will be followed by a Go Mission Fund Raising event in the Fellowship Hall. Second hour activities will be determined by each class or group. Contact William Effendy [email William]
SECOND HOUR THIS SUMMER
— Our Youth Sunday School class will merge back into a single class for the summer (because so many families are traveling). We will return to separate Junior High and High School classes in the Fall. Contact Pastor Chris Liu [email Chris].
— The Romans’ Revolution: Beginning June 28, our English adults and young adults will study Paul’s letter to the Romans. Learn how revolutionary this letter was for Martin Luther, Karl Barth, N.T. Wright, and the world!! Contact Nelson Lu [email Nelson].
— If you are interested in learning how to use our church’s Audio-visual equipment to support our worship services, please let William Tai know. He will begin training sessions on July 5 [email William.