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Tim Tseng

I'm Pastor of English Ministry at Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church (San Jose, CA), independent scholar and theological educator.
Tim Tseng has written 229 posts for Canaan English Ministry

Be a Revolutionary!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Greetings, Canaan English ministries members and friends,

To be a disciple of Christ is to be revolutionary.

I know that this is difficult to digest since we are so used to using our faith to defend “traditional” values. But let us remember that “in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Cor 5:17). Jesus himself said following him is like “new wine…poured into new wineskins” (Luke 5:38). The gospel is not about being conservative or liberal – it’s about being revolutionary.

Many of you are aware that SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the U.S.) has just struck down bans on same-sex marriage, ruling that same-sex couples may now marry in all 50 states. The overwhelming response of conservative Christians has been grief, anger, or resignation. I recommend that you read Christianity Today’s editorial by Mark Galli, “Six Things To Do after the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage: Now is not the time to sulk.”

It’s a very helpful response for those who think homosexuality is unbiblical. The reason why I asked Daniel Oei to share with us his ministry to the LGBT community is give us (adults and youth) a healthy way to address this issue. We will have opportunities to explore this further in our sermon series through the book of Judges and later in the year. (By the way, if you want to support Darren’s ministry, you may donate on-line at https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate#17795)

letter-to-the-romansBut let me restate what I said at the beginning. Being a disciple of Christ is about being revolutionary – neither conservative nor liberal. Paul’s letter to the Romans is an example of how revolutionary the gospel is. I invite you to join me tomorrow during second hour (11:30 a.m.; Worship Hall 3) as we kick off a new Sunday school series. Our youth, young adults, and adults will study Romans this summer in three classes. Find out how revolutionary this letter was for Martin Luther, Karl Barth, N.T. Wright, the world. and you! Become a revolutionary for Christ!

A few quick updates:

1. Congratulations to Eric Chou and Vicky Chen! Eric will be entering the Doctor of Pharmacy program at USC this fall. Vicky will begin a PhD in Education in the areas of language, literacy, and technology at U.C. Irvine. She has already moved to Irvine.

2. There will be a fire drill this Sunday after worship service. Be prepared to follow and exercise evacuation procedures.

3. This Sunday is the deadline to apply for baptism and church membership via transfer, or confirmation. Pending session approval, candidates will be welcomed at the All-Church worship service on July 26 (10 a.m.).

4. We raised more than $5,000 during our Go Missions! fund raiser last Sunday. Special thanks to everyone who helped provide and sell food items!

LOOKING AHEAD

  • June 30-July 18: Canaan Taiwan Short Term Mission. Contact William Effendy [email]
  • July 7: Young Adults meet at one location (7:30 p.m.). Contact Frances Ang [email], Ming Su [email], or Eve Wu [email].
  • July 10-July 19: Belize Short Term Mission (with Lord’s Grace Church). Contact Pastor Tim [email]
  • July 12, 19, 26: Canaan A/V Tech Training. Contact William Tai [email]
  • July 13: Session Meeting
  • July 18: ELT Meeting (9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) – tentative. Contact Pastor Tim [email]
  • July 25: VBS Staff training #2 (Fellowship Hall, 9:30 am -12 noon) Contact Shirley Tai [email]
  • July 26: All-Church Welcome Service, VBS Commissioning, VBC Setup and Decoration for all staff.
  • July 28-August 1: Vacation Bible School! Contact Shirley Tai [email]
  • Aug 2: VBS Sunday at Canaan (afternoon clean up) Contact Shirley Tai [email]
  • Aug 7-9: Canaan All-Church Retreat (UC Santa Cruz – Stevenson College). Contact Elder Scott Tsai [email]
  • Aug 23: Second Hour Mission sharing – Taiwan Teen Prison Fellowship
    Sept: English Ministry serves Sunday lunch. Contact Stanley Chow [email]
  • Sept 4-7: English Ministry Camping Trip (Mt. Diablo). Contact Mike Ling [email]
  • Sept 19: English Ministry All leader micro-retreat (9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) Contact Pastor Tim [email]

Early update: Father’s Day and Summer Missions Commissioning

Monday, June 15, 2015

Happy Monday, Canaan English ministries and friends,

I’m sending this early (and brief) update to give you the heads up about an exciting Sunday coming! We will celebrate Father’s Day, commission and raise funds/awareness for our summer missionaries. Bring the entire family! Here goes…

happy-fathers-day-religious-11. Deacon Christina Chen has an important request:

Dear Canaan families, 

Father’s Day is this coming Sunday. I would like to make a slideshow and dedicate it to all the fathers. Please send photos to me by Thursday night.

Thank you!
Christina
[Email Christina]

2. Thank you all who attended yesterday’s second hour with Darren Oei!

Talking openly about sexuality –  especially homosexuality – is very difficult for Asian American Christians. But we must, if we are to reach the minds and hearts of the current generation with the gospel. I’m proud of all of you who engaged Darren and wrestled with the challenge of being a disciple in our society. Let me know if you want to discuss this matter with me in a safe environment or would like to follow up on the conversation. Darren also welcomes your thoughts and support. He can be reached here

3. This Sunday, part 1 “In the Hands of a Woman” (Judges 4:1-10)

It may seem strange to hear a sermon about Deborah, a woman judge of Israel, on Father’s Day. Well, it is strange. But come and find out if it can be done!

Speaking of powerful women, let us pause for a moment and thank God for the life and testimony of Elisabeth Elliot, one of the most influential Christian woman of the 20th century. The venerable missionary, author, and speaker passed away yesterday. Here is her obituary in Christianity Today and a wonderful tribute in Today’s Christian Woman.

4. This Sunday, part 2 “Summer Missions day”

It is fitting, then, to call attention to our summer missionaries this Sunday. Many of us are gearing up to sell food, drink, and snacks (and maybe other items) during this Sunday’s lunch hour. After worship service, we will commission our missionaries in Worship Hall 3. Bring your family and friends to this festive occasion!

5. Finally, 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

THEME: Good and Faithful (Matt 25:14-29)

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.

OUR SPEAKER:

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!

Flourishing: Why Some People Thrive While Others Just Survive, by Stephen R. Graves

BOOK TO PREPARE FOR THE RETREAT

Also, a good book to read in preparation for the retreat is Flourishing: Why Some People Thrive But Others Just Survive, by Stephen R. Graves. You can download the book by clicking the cover on the left or here: https://canaanpromise.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/flourishing_book.pdf

See you Sunday!

Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries
[email me]


OTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
visit canaanem.org for more information
The weekly Canaan English Ministry Calendar has been updated. Go to canaanem.org/calendar/

MISSIONS UPDATE

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
6/20 (Sat) 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Mission Training(Room 160);
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. They will be in Belize July 10-19. Please pray for and support them as well as our Taiwan Short Term Missionaries.

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!! I will kick off the study by leading an overview on 6/28. 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].

Welcome Darren Oei tomorrow! (Second Hour, WH3)

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Dear Canaan English ministries and friends,

I’m delighted to invite you to join us in Worship Hall 3 during tomorrow’s second hour to meet and hear from our special guest, Darren Oei. Darren is Daniel Tsai’s classmate and friend. He is on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at U.C. San Diego. Tomorrow, he will share his testimony and his call to campus ministry. A major part of his ministry is to reach the LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered] community for Christ. If you have relatives, friends, classmates, and co-workers who are gay, come and learn about Darren’s experience of sharing the love of Jesus Christ to them.

Why is this important? The LGBT community is not a new group of people, nor are they only found in white populations. But after a quick look at the media in recent years, it is clear that they have gained more attention and presence. Today’s youth and young people are familiar with the LGBT community. Christians who want to share Christ’s love need to be guided by wisdom and understanding.

Currently, Christians approach the LGBT community and their concerns in three general postures:
1. Neither welcoming nor affirming
2. Welcoming and affirming
3. Welcoming, but not affirming

Those who are neither welcoming nor affirming usually don’t distinguish between homosexual orientation and practice. It is considered a sin that is easily repented of, therefore gay people who cannot change their orientation are not welcomed (or forced to keep it a secret). Some Christians (including a very large segment of evangelicals) who hold this posture have been very hateful or fearful – such as Westboro Baptist Church. In my opinion, these groups have damaged the name of Christ by associating Christianity with hatred, fear, and discrimination.

There are also a significant group of Christians who welcome and affirm the LGBT community. For them, the primary mission of the church is to welcome the stranger and love the neighbor. Many do not believe that homosexual orientation or practice is sinful. Some may agree that parts of the bible do not affirm homosexual practice, but believe that the overall thrust of the bible is about love and grace. Today, some Protestant denominations such as Episcopalian, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the United Church of Christ have decided to ordain gay ministers and/or perform same sex marriages. Recently, a number of prominent evangelicals such as Tony Campolo, City Church (San Francisco), and theological ethicist David Gushee (a classmate of mine) have shifted to this position from the third position.

Finally, Roman Catholicism and a very large portion of evangelicalism have adopted the welcoming, but not affirming posture. These Christians publicly welcome the LGBT community to join them, but will not affirm homosexual practice. They will not marry gay couples even though, for the most part, they allow gay members to participate fully in the congregation. This is because they see homosexual orientation and practice as two different things. Therefore, a person who may feel same-sex attraction, but doesn’t act upon those feelings has not violated the bible. The burden to love and welcome LGBT people falls on the church since that community has historically been discriminated against and socially rejected – to a great extent by Christians.

A large number of Asian American evangelical leaders like Ken Fong (who wrote about this in the last issue of Inheritance Magazine), InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and myself adhere to this third position. We want to understand and love our LGBT Christian sisters and brothers so that God’s love can be experienced in a real way.

When Darren meets us tomorrow, I hope you’ll come with a heart open to better understand and love, and to bear a positive witness to LGBT people – within and outside our church.

Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries

Promotion Sunday is here

Congratulations graduates!

2015 CTCC graduates poster

It’s Time to Redeem Your Spiritual Gifts!

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?

Redeem Spirit's GiftsSo 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 shirley.tai@ecanaan.org 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

Canaan Annoucements 15_05_24.004THEME: Good and Faithful (Matt 25:14-29)

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.

Our speaker:

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
[email me]

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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/

MISSIONS UPDATE

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.

Happy birthday, people of God!

pentecostsunday--2-

May 22, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

I have a few friendly reminders about this Sunday:

Pentecost-wear-red1. This Sunday is Pentecost! We celebrate the Holy Spirit’s descent upon the church. During English service, we will hear testimonies. TO HELP US CELEBRATE, PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR SOMETHING RED 

2. Please contribute to our Disaster Relief fund to support relief efforts in Nepal after the devastating earthquakes. This Sunday will be the last time that we’ll collect for Nepal. Please write “NRF” or “Nepal Relief Fund” on your check memo line.

3. This Sunday is also the DEADLINE FOR THE EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION for our annual church retreat. Please consider coming! Invite your friends!

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:

– The early bird registration fees are $140 (13 years old & above), $70 (3-12 years old), and free for 2 year old & below (no bed allocated). Deadline 5/24.

– Registration fees after Early Bird period are $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

Canaan Annoucements 15_05_24.004THEME: Good and Faithful (Matt 25:14-29)
‘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!’ – 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.

Our speaker:

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
[email me]

* * *
OTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
visit canaanem.org for more information
The weekly Canaan English Ministry Calendar has been updated. Go to canaanem.org/calendar/

MISSIONS UPDATE
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).

YOUTH YARD SALE (June 13)
Benefitting Nepal quake victims through Samaritan Purse If you have things to donate please contact Wendy- Huang [Email Wendy]

wear-red-2MEET 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.

Tools for Building Our Church

May 14, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

It’s Thursday, and I’m still catching my breath! What an wonderful Mother’s Day Sunday! Pastor Chris Liu and May dedicated baby Joshua during worship service. We honored our moms and sisters with a light meal. And those of us who stayed after lunch were treated to a musical concert. Have a look at it all (thank you Chris Su for the beautiful photos and Daniel Tsai for the excellent photo slide tribute):

Click here for the Mother’s photo slides:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-2OlIHNlwCSY0k1R2w2bnIyc1E/edit

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Oh, and by the way, now that our Phase I Building Fundraising campaign has ended. I’m happy to announce that we have reached 87% of the $500K pledges needed for this project (approximately $435K)!! Let us thank God for inspiring many to pray and support the stewarding of our church facilities!

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Peter tells us that we are “like living stones” who “are being built into a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5). The church is about people who worship God and build communities of disciples. Yet, every church needs tools to enhance our common effort to glorify God and proclaim his salvation. So I’d like to share with you four of the tools we use and invite you to use them as we reach for EM 2.0!

1. Audio Visual and IT

We have a very strong AV/IT system, but need to enlarge our pool of AV/IT experts. William Tai will be offering “hands on” training for anyone who would like to learn how to operate our AV/IT system in July. Community service credit may be available for students who learn and then help out during worship service or other events. Let William Tai know if you’re interested! We are jokingly calling this Tai Tech College.

2. Website

We use WordPress.com for our English ministry website (canaanem.org). WordPress is an easy to use site that can, with some creativity and care, produce very beautiful websites. I try to maintain it weekly, but it can be improved greatly. So if anyone is familiar with WordPress or would like to learn how to use it, let me know. We need updated content for our small groups and fellowships.

3. Planning Center Online

Do you like the moving background behind the worship song lyrics whenever you worship in English service? How about the slides? All these are generated by Planning Center Online, a powerful and sophisticated volunteer management and visual presentation tool. We have been using PCO for both worship services and children’s ministry. How can you help improve our usage of PCO? Simple: update and respond. You can update your profile by logging into your account on planningcenteronline.com. You can select the dates that you are able or not able to serve, indicate whether you prefer to be texted or emailed for reminders, and set up a number of other parameters. When you receive a reminder or notification, please respond as soon as possible. It really helps our leadership to know your availability at least two weeks in advance.

4. Apple’s Keynote

I use Keynote to produce our weekly worship bulletin, worship slides, and announcement slides.  Both Pastor Chris Liu and I use keynote for our sermon slides as well. Powerpoint can work, too, but I’ve found keynote to be easier to use. We welcome anyone who is artistically inclined to help us design slides. 16X9 widescreen format is best for worship hall 3.

I am not particularly gifted artistically or technologically, but I have learned how to use all these tools in order to help improve our English Ministry’s communication, volunteer, and public relation systems. Our elders and deacons have also had to learn how to use these tools. But we want to invite anyone who is especially gifted in these areas to jump in. Doing so would free up me and our leadership to spend more time and energy into ministering directly with our people.

So please bring your gifts that build up the church as your spiritual offering to the Lord (see Romans 12:1 and 1 Peter 2:5)!

Have a great weekend! See you at Sunday worship!

Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries
[email me]

* * *

OTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
visit canaanem.org for more information
The weekly Canaan English Ministry Calendar has been updated. Go to canaanem.org/calendar/

MISSIONS UPDATE

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;
  • 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.

ALL-CHURCH RETREAT • U.C. Santa Cruz (Aug 7-9, 2015): EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MAY 24!

We will stay in Stevenson College where dorms, classrooms, restrooms, and the dining hall are all close by. We will also have some apartments to accommodate disabled, seniors, and families with babies. Please register at retreat.ecanaan.org or fill out registration forms and give them to James Chang or Rachel Hung.

  • Early bird registration fees are $140 (13 years old & above), $70 (3-12 years old), and free for 2 year old & below (no bed allocated). Deadline 5/24.
  • Registration fees after Early Bird period are $160 (13 years old and above), $90 (3-12 years old), and free for 2 year old and below (no bed allocated).
  • The English Adult and Youth track theme will be “Good and Faithful.” Our speakers will be Pastor Ted Kau and our Youth track speaker will be Becky Chiang-Luoh.
  • Rachel Hung  and James Chang are representing the EM/YM on the retreat planning team. Please let them know if you are interested in helping! [Email Rachel, Email James]

PROMOTION SUNDAY • JUNE 7

If you are graduating from 5th grade, high school, college, or graduate studies, please send me a head shot by May 1 so that we can create our annual Promotion Sunday brochure. On the Sunday, 5th graders will join our worship service for the first time and will be welcomed.

MEET DARREN OEI ON JUNE 14

On June 14, we will have a special second hour guest speaker! Darren Oei, of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in San Diego, will share about his call to campus ministry with a focus on reaching the LGBT community. 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.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (JULY 28-AUGUST 1)

Online registration for our popular Vacation Bible School (VBS) summer camp is open for students (grade 5 and younger) and volunteers (grade 6 to adult) atvbs.ecanaan.org. More info at vbs.ecanaan.org, or talk to Shirley Tai [email Shirley].

ENGLISH MINISTRY CAMPING TRIP • Mount Diablo (Sept 4-6, 2015)

Contact Mike Ling for more information [email Mike].

Appreciating our moms and sisters

May 4, 2015

May the fourth be with you! And APPRECIATION to our MOM’S and SISTER’S! Thank you Tobi for putting together this video (which was screened yesterday during the offertory by AIR). Thanks all for sharing images of your mom!

Christ the Redeemer

May 1, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

May is Asian Pacific American heritage month. It is also Mental health month! Some friends have suggested to me that there is a correlation! Let’s reflect on God’s redeeming work in our Asian American history!

Vietnamese-refugees-evacuated-via-helicopterYesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and arrival of Southeast Asian refugees to the United States. Sandwiched in the painful stories of our Southeast Asian brothers and sisters (e.g., the Killing Fields in Cambodia, the Vietnamese refugee camps, etc.) are little vignettes of compassion, kindness, and hope. I was in high school when my Chinese church in Brooklyn, New York, decided to sponsor and resettle Southeast Asian refugees. I remember being asked to stop studying or playing ball to help my dad and our church’s lay leaders pick up gaunt, weary, and traumatized Vietnamese and Laotian families from the airport. We spent hours trying to sort out all the paperwork and helping the refugees settle into small apartment units in predominantly African American and Hispanic neighborhoods. It was difficult for everyone involved, but the experience reminded me that by serving those who are suffering, I was able to get a glimpse of God’s redeeming work as many of the families got on their feet and relocated/reunited with fellow Southeast Asians in other parts of the United States. There is no doubt that being part of my church’s refugee resettlement effort encouraged me to enter the ministry.

Forty years later, some of the most energetic and engaging Asian American Christians I know are children of these refugees. They’ve organized a largely young adult movement called Southeast Asian Catalyst http://seacleaders.com/. Five years ago, they held their national gathering at Canaan.

Forty years later, there are glimmers of optimism in the Southeast Asian American community (see “40 Years of Optimism for Southeast Asians in the United States“). So God is at work, redeeming painful situations and creating new possibilities. May we all find something in our lives where we can see Christ the Redeemer!

* * *

We are grateful to Betty Hsu for displaying her photos of the 2011 Taiwan Summer Missions in Worship Hall 3!

Please contribute to our Disaster Relief fund to support disaster relief efforts in the Nepal after the devastating earthquake. We will collect this fund for four weeks. Please write “NRF” or “Nepal Relief Fund” on your check memo line.

This Sunday will be VBS T-Shirt Day: VBS staff have 11:20 group photo on the Fellowship Hall stage! Registered VBS staff are wearing VBS shirts today to encourage everyone to pray for VBS, register as volunteers and students, and invite friends! Register at vbs.ecanaan.org or at the Fellowship Hall VBS table as VBS volunteer to get your shirt and join the team (6th grade and up may volunteer)

Finally, here are this week’s helpful resources (I’ll share more in the next few weeks):

Bible Gateway – the best free accessible on-line bible resource available:
https://www.biblegateway.com/

Relevant Magazine – one of the best on-line magazines for young adult Christians
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/

Have a great weekend! See you at Sunday worship!

Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries
[email me]

* * *

OTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
visit canaanem.org for more information

The weekly Canaan English Ministry Calendar has been updated. Go to canaanem.org/calendar/

PLEASE GIVE TO THE CHURCH RENOVATION FUND

Our Phase I Building Fundraising campaign will end in 15 days (5/15). We are currently still  significantly short at only 45% of the $500K needed for this project.  Please continue to keep this in your prayers, because we know in Him everything is possible! If you have not filled out a pledge form yet, please prayerfully consider this project and your contribution to it, and return the forms before 5/10.

MUSICAL CONCERT ON MOTHER’S DAY TO SUPPORT BUILDING PROJECT

Come to an exciting Musical Concert to support the Church Building Project on May 10th at 2 pm! Enjoy the talents of Canaan musicians. Over 10 programs, ranging from solos, choirs, to handbells & string quartets. Everyone is practicing hard to give their best to support this important ministry. This concert will conclude our Fundraising Drive for Phase One Rebuilding Project on 5/15. Come and show your support!

MISSIONS UPDATE

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;
– 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.

MOTHER’S DAY RECEPTION • MAY 10 (11:30 AM)

Anyone interested in honoring our mothers and sisters? Let Stanley Chow know! [email Stanley]

PROMOTION SUNDAY • JUNE 7

If you are graduating from 5th grade, high school, college, or graduate studies, please send me a head shot by May 1 so that we can create our annual Promotion Sunday brochure. On the Sunday, 5th graders will join our worship service for the first time and will be welcomed.

FATHER’S DAY • JUNE 21

Go Mission Fund Raising, Short Term Mission Commissioning.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (JULY 28-AUGUST 1)

Online registration for our popular Vacation Bible School (VBS) summer camp is open for students (grade 5 and younger) and volunteers (grade 6 to adult) at vbs.ecanaan.org. More info at vbs.ecanaan.org, or talk to Shirley Tai [email Shirley].

ALL-CHURCH RETREAT • U.C. Santa Cruz (Aug 7-9, 2015) UPDATED!

We will stay in Stevenson College where dorms, classrooms, restrooms, and the dining hall are all close by. We will also have some apartments to accommodate disabled, seniors, and families with babies. Please register at retreat.ecanaan.org or fill out registration forms and give them to James Chang or Rachel Hung.

– Early bird registration fees are $140 (13 years old & above), $70 (3-12 years old), and free for 2 year old & below (no bed allocated). Deadline 5/24.
– Registration fees after Early Bird period are $160 (13 years old and above), $90 (3-12 years old), and free for 2 year old and below (no bed allocated).
– The English Adult and Youth track theme will be “Good and Faithful.” Our speakers will be Pastor Ted Kau and our Youth track speaker will be Becky Chiang-Luoh.
-Rachel Hung  and James Chang are representing the EM/YM on the retreat planning team. Please let them know if you are interested in helping! [Email Rachel, Email James]

ENGLISH MINISTRY CAMPING TRIP • Mount Diablo (Sept 4-6, 2015)

Contact Mike Ling for more information [email Mike].

Romans 12 and the renewal of Asian American Christianity

April 24, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

mind-of-christ-graphic2Betty and I returned from our Southern California trip on Wednesday evening. Thank you for your prayers during our visits to my brother’s family in San Diego and my friends in theological education and Inheritance Magazine. I felt rejuvenated by the stimulating conversations about the future of Asian American Christians.

So what about that future? The people I chatted with had a very guarded and cautious optimism. While Asian American Christians are gaining recognition as leaders within American Christianity, there is a need for renewal – especially among East Asians (Koreans, Taiwanese, Chinese, and Japanese). This group is the best educated and wealthiest Asian Americans. Yet they are materialistic, narcissistic, consumerist, and seekers of convenience, comfort, good food, and entertainment – in short, conformists “to the patterns of this world” (Romans 12:2). And these are just the Christians! This does not bode well for the future of the Christian movement in America, let alone Asian America.

The renewal that is needed is not just in prayer and worship. Although these are very important, they can be merely outward and performative forms of spirituality. Rather, Asian Americans (both immigrant and American-born) need what Paul calls the renewing of the mind.

Don’t confuse this type of renewal with the acquisition of biblical or theological knowledge. Too many Asian American Christians act like having knowledge of correct doctrine is enough. So they diligently follow popular teachers or teachings, yet are not challenged to an authentic renewal of the mind.

An authentic renewal of the mind is knowing and living God’s will (please read Romans 12 over and over again). This is a renewal of faithful integrity. It is knowing how our faith in Jesus Christ connects to our values, goals, and daily life choices. It is about resonating with God’s will in what I do with my money, choice of friends, and free time. It is caring about what God cares about.

My colleagues and I believe that real renewal will happen when Asian American Christians become builders and producers rather than consumers and comfort-seekers. In other words, when everything we do in life is motivated by a desire to see God’s will be accomplished on earth, we will truly understand what it means to live in faithful integrity. And that’s what EM 2.0 is all about!

Have a great weekend! See you at Sunday worship!

Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries
[email me]

* * *

OTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
visit canaanem.org for more information

The weekly Canaan English Ministry Calendar has been updated. Go to canaanem.org/calendar/

PLEASE GIVE TO THE CHURCH RENOVATION FUND

By God’s grace, as CTCC continues to grow, there is a need to reconfigure the physical space here to better serve the needs of the church. Session has determined a 2-month period, from 3/15 to 5/15, where we will actively raise funds for Phase One of the Reconstruction Project. Please get a “Phase One Building Fund Faith Pledge Form” in the back of the Worship Hall. The form will be available until 5/15. Please take it home and lift up this project in your prayers. Then return the completed pledge form to the Finance deacons or place it in the offering bag as soon as possible, but no later than 5/15. Ed Chen [email Ed] or Arthur Saye [email Arthur] for more information.

Canaan Annoucements 15_04_26.004MUSICAL CONCERT ON MOTHER’S DAY TO SUPPORT BUILDING PROJECT

Come to an exciting Musical Concert to support the Church Building Project on May 10th at 2 pm! Enjoy the talents of Canaan musicians, Over 10 programs, ranging from solos, choirs, to handbells & string quartets. Everyone is practicing hard to give their best to support this important ministry. This concert will conclude our Fundraising Drive for Phase One Rebuilding Project on 5/15. Come and show your support!

MISSIONS UPDATE

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;
– 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.

CHURCH LUNCH SERVICE • APRIL

Our English and Youth Ministry is in charge for the month of April. f you haven’t received an email from SignUpGenius about church lunch service in April, please go to this link and sign up to help:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d44a8ac2aa75-emlunch

The service coordinator for this Sunday, April 26, will be Stanley Chow. Let him know if you have any questions. [email Stanley]

MOTHER’S DAY RECEPTION • MAY 10 (11:30 AM)

Anyone interested in honoring our mothers and sisters? Let Stanley Chow know! [email Stanley]

PROMOTION SUNDAY • JUNE 7

If you are graduating from 5th grade, high school, college, or graduate studies, please send me a head shot by May 1 so that we can create our annual Promotion Sunday brochure. On the Sunday, 5th graders will join our worship service for the first time and will be welcomed.

FATHER’S DAY • JUNE 21

Go Mission Fund Raising, Short Term Mission Commissioning.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (JULY 28-AUGUST 1)

Online registration for our popular Vacation Bible School (VBS) summer camp is open for students (grade 5 and younger) and volunteers (grade 6 to adult) at vbs.ecanaan.org. More info at vbs.ecanaan.org, or talk to Shirley Tai [email Shirley].

VBS shirts are now available for pickup in the Fellowship Hall VBS table for volunteers who completed registration. All VBS volunteers wear VBS shirts on 5/3 (VBS T-shirt Day) and join group photo at 11:20 on Fellowship Hall stage. Register at vbs.ecanaan.org as VBS volunteer this week to get your shirt and join the team!

ALL-CHURCH RETREAT • U.C. Santa Cruz (Aug 7-9, 2015) UPDATED!

Canaan Annoucements 15_04_26.002We will have English Youth, English Adult, Children’s, Mandarin, and Taiwanese tracks. We’ll also be at Stevenson College where there are newly renovated housing accommodations. Registrations forms will be available this Sunday! Please take advantage of Early Bird registration which will end on 5/24. Registration fees during Early Bird registration period are $140 (13 years old and above), $70 (3-12 years old), and free for 2 year old and below (no bed allocated). Registration fees after Early Bird period are $160 (13 years old and above), $90 (3-12 years old), and free for 2 year old and below (no bed allocated). For more information and online registration, go to retreat.ecanaan.org.

Our English Adult track speaker will be Pastor Ted Kau and our Youth track speaker will be Becky Chiang-Luoh. Both the youth and adults will share the same theme: “Good and Faithful.”

Rachel Hung [email Rachel] and James Chang [email James] are representing the EM/YM on the retreat planning team. Please let them know if you are interested in helping!

ENGLISH MINISTRY CAMPING TRIP • Mount Diablo (Sept 4-6, 2015)

Contact Mike Ling for more information [email Mike].

English Service 10 AM

July 5 : Pastor Chris Liu “ All Glory To God" (Judges 7:2)

Worship Location (Hall 3)

Enter through door 1 or 8

Upcoming Events

  • Everglow Fellowship Night July 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Room_160_Youth_max24
  • English Worship: Chris Liu "All Glory To God" (Judges 7:2) July 5, 2015 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am WH3_max120
  • EM Young Adults Fellowship July 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm WH2_max100
  • Everglow Fellowship Night July 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Room_160_Youth_max24
  • English Worship: Tim Tseng "Jephthah's vow" (Judges 11:29-40) July 12, 2015 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am WH3_max120
  • Everglow Fellowship Night July 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Room_160_Youth_max24
  • EM All Leaders Micro-Retreat July 18, 2015 at 9:30 am – 2:00 pm WH3_max120
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