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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 246 posts for Canaan English Ministry

Guitar Workshop and more!

January 22, 2016

Dear Canaan members and friends,

I trust you’ve had a good week!

Thanks everyone who took time to become more familiar with the current Syrian Refugee crisis. Special thanks to those who supported World Vision’s work with refugees or got involved with International Rescue Committee’s efforts in the Bay Area! Please keep displaced people around the world in your prayers.

Also advanced thanks to Shirley Tai for helping out with tomorrow’s Emerging Leaders’s Seminar! God is raising up leaders for Asian American churches!

See you Sunday!

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


Announcements:

THIS SUNDAY (Jan 24):

  • Your 2015 contribution receipts are available to be picked up in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Our Adult Sunday school starts a new series on “Interpreting the Bible” (11:30 a.m., Room 227).
  • Guitar Workshop (11:30, Worship Hall 1) Join a guitar workshop sponsored by our Praise Band leaders. Maybe you can join our Praise Band or even become a Praise Band leader! Contact Mike Ling [mail].
  • Google Apps training (1:15-2:30 in Worship Hall 3)
    All CTCC members can apply a ecanaan.org email account by sending request to googlesupport@ecanaan.org

Children’s Ministry Coworkers’ Training Fellowship (Feb 6)
We encourage all coworkers or anyone interested in working with kids to attend on Saturday, Feb. 6 (10-11:30am in Worship Hall 3). The training topics are: “It’s All About Age” and “Show and Tell”. Contact Nicole Lu [email].

Super Bowl Viewing Party (Feb 7)
Yep, we’ll have a family-friendly party! It starts at 3 PM and we will meet in Worship Hall 3. Contact John Tang [mail] or Matt Lee [email] for details. Invitations will be available this Sunday to be shared with guests.

Photography Seminar (Feb. 21)
The class will be taught by Betty Hsu and Chris Su.They will meet at 2 PM (room TBA). Contact Chris Su for more information [email]

The English Ministry Retreat (Aug 26-28)
Save these dates! The retreat for youth and adults will be held at Redwood Glen Conference Center, an ideal conference center for us. Hotel-style accommodations, cabins (for youth), and tent camping available. Distance between swimming pool, basketball courts, athletic fields, meeting areas, and hiking trails are very short. Elder Shirley Tai is leading a team to organize the retreat [mail]. Please speak to her if you have any questions and/or would like to help. Visit canaanem.org/em-retreat-2016/ for details.

Many parts form one body

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Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body — whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. – 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (NIV)

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Families holding hands

January 15, 2016

Dear Canaan EM members and friends,

Our beginning of the year leaders’ micro-retreat took place last Saturday. As usual, I felt tired afterwards. But I’m also excited about what God will “cook up” this year for us.

Every year, God brings new people from different life stages into our leadership and church. Every year, we are challenged to form one body. Paul knew. 2000 years ago, he encouraged the diverse Corinthian believers to embrace their unity in Christ without rejecting their diversity.

May 2016 be the year our English Ministry bears the fruit of unity – what Paul calls the “more excellent way” – love. May God be our first love. May we all first love!

See you Sunday!

Blessings,
Tim Tseng

Stand in the gap for refugees:

SYRIAN REFUGEE SUNDAY:

Thanks to everyone who supported our efforts to bring attention to the Syrian Refugee Crisis last Sunday!

KEEP IT UP!

Here’s how…
1. Make a Refugee Responder pledge through World Vision. Refugee Responder is not a set amount per month, that amount can be determined by you. Pick up a pledge folder, tear off the completed perforated response card, and give the card to Pastor Tim or William Effendy (or place in offering basket).
2. Volunteer to help refugees in Silicon Vally through International Rescue Committee. Sign up at http://www.rescue.org/us-program/us-northern-california-ca/san-jose-volunteer-opportunities

Announcements:

WORKSHOP THIS SUNDAY (SECOND HOUR):

Pastor Tim will lead a workshop for all adults called “The Church’s Place in the World.” We’ll talk about how we can experience fulfillment and joy while remaining obedient in our service to God and his world.

EMERGING LEADERS SEMINAR (JAN 23):

God is raising up leaders for Asian American churches! Through the Healthy Church Leaders Initiative, a small group of men and women will spend next Saturday at Canaan getting equipped to serve! Contact Pastor Tim if you’d like to help out or are interested [email].

GUITAR WORKSHOP NEXT SUNDAY (JAN 24):

Join a guitar workshop next Sunday (second hour, worship hall 1) sponsored by our Praise Band leaders. Maybe you can join our Praise Band or even become a Praise Band leader! Contact Mike Ling at this [email].

SUPERBOWL OUTREACH PARTY? (FEB 7):

This is the last weekend to decide whether we will host an outreach party on Feb. 7. We need help to set up the second floor for viewing, invite guests, provide food, host activities and games, and clean up. Please Pastor Tim know if you are interested [email].

First Love (Happy New Year, too!)

Dear Canaan English Ministry members and friends,

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s celebration! I certainly did. So I’m feeling refreshed and excited about the new year. 2016 will be a very important year for me and for Canaan’s English Ministry, so please pray for the following:

1. My calling.I will be entering a time of discernment about my future with Canaan this year (my current contract ends in January 2017). I face a number of decisions and need to have some burdens lifted. These will help me see what is next. Ask God to give Canaan, me, and my family clarity by the end of the year.

2. Our Young Adults. Pray for them to continue to grow and thrive. Many of the “older” young adults are transitioning into a family life stage. We also need to build up the “younger” young adults (college students and recent grads). We have an excellent core team (Rachel Hung, Vicki Saye, Chris Su, Ming Su, Louis Weng, Eve Wu), so I am confident that God will use them to build up a healthy young adult fellowship.

3. Our Families. Pray for them to blossom. Deacon John Tang is organizing a core team to provide connections and resources for our families beyond our small groups.

4. Everglow Youth. Pray that our youth will build a firm spiritual foundation. We anticipate a large increase of youth this year. Pray for Pastor Chris, counselors, parents, and youth core as they help our youth grow their personal walk with Jesus, their Christian worldview, and their love for the Church.

5. New leaders and servants. Pray that God will stir the hearts of more of our people to serve and lead. We are short on deacons this year, so I’ve been doing more volunteer coordinating than in the past. I would like to do more equipping, shepherding, and teaching – so pray that God will raise up leaders to serve and coordinate.

5. First Love. Above all, pray that people will know Canaan’s English Ministry by our love for God, one another, the neighbor, the enemy, and the least of these. Pray that anyone who visits our worship services, steps into our fellowships, participates in our bible studies and small groups, and shares our personal lives will conclude that – for people at Canaan – love comes first!

So, this Sunday, we’ll kick off the new year with a Sermon series on God’s love. God’s love is the starting point for true love. In other words, we can only understand what love really is by knowing and experiencing God’s love first.

I look forward to an exciting and, what I believe will be, a decisive year! Please let me know you are praying and don’t hesitate to call me if you have any suggestions or questions.

See you Sunday!

Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries
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Director (volunteer)
Healthy Church Leaders Initiative
Asian American Leadership Center
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He Qu Escape into Egyp

Syrian Refugee Sunday
January 10, 2016

As a little boy, Jesus and his parents were refugees (as depicted in He Qi’s painting and Matthew 2:13-15). Indeed, Israel’s history and the first Christians is filled with experiences of displacement and temporary homelessness. I believe that God has a special place in his heart for refugees.

So I invite you to continue to think about responding to the on-going Syrian Refugee crisis. With the help of World Vision, we will devote some time to being more aware, praying for, and responding to this crisis on January 10th. There will be a special offering as well as opportunities to sponsor a child.

Here is a link to a small group study and discussion resource on this topic from World Vision. I hope you’ll have a look at it [download small group study]

A very merry EM update

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


And enjoy these announcements, please…

This Sunday, let’s welcome Pastor Gabriel Tseng of Crosswalk Community Church in Sunnyvale. He will be our guest speaker. Gabe is partnering with Pastor Tim on the Emerging Leaders Program. Pastors Tim and Chris and Children’s Ministry director Nicole are visiting family in Southern California during the Christmas break this year.

Second hour room assignment changes for this Sunday. The young adults group will meet in Room 119 (Choir Room) and the adults will meet in Room 140. We anticipate another change on January 3. By then the second floor will be ready for us to use.

Pray for our English Leadership Micro-retreat (Jan 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Worship Hall 3). Our leadership team, youth, young adult, family ministry teams, small group leaders, and praise band members will meet to prepare our 2016 English Ministry year. Lunch and child care will be provided. Contact me for details.

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is offering classes in Mountain View, San Jose, and Livermore, beginning this Jan. 24th. Contact William Effendy for more information and scholarships [email].

Canaan EM Mentor-Discipleship Program – coming soon! Frank Hsueh and Pastor Tim will launch a mentor-match and discipleship program in 2016. Contact Frank for more information [email]

Pray for the Emerging Leaders Program of the Healthy Church Leaders Initiative is launching! See healthychurchleaders.wordpress.com/emerge/ This new church leadership development ministry that Pastor Tim is leading (as a volunteer) is designed to cultivate leaders who serve Asian Americans in the Bay Area. Our first program is designed to mentor emerging leaders who are considering vocational ministry.

Syrian Refugee Sunday (Jan. 10). Join our church as we learn about, pray for, and do something about the current crisis of refugees from Syria. We will be working with World Vision.

Our Praise Band leaders are leading a Guitar Jam Session during second hour on January 24. Join us if you are interested in playing better guitar! More details to come!

The English Ministry Retreat will be held August 26-28, 2016 at Redwood Glen Conference Center. Elder Shirley Tai is leading a team to organize the retreat. Please speak to her if you have any questions and/or would like to help! And visit CanaanEM.org for more information.

A big thank you to the following!
– Betty, Shally, Chris Su, and Vicki for helping to organize last Sunday’s Christmas Party.
– Stanley Chow and a bunch of folks who helped set up the new stage platform pieces in Worship Hall 3
– William Tai for setting up the new AV system in Worship Hall 3.
– Elder Mingyuan and the facilities team for reconfiguring and improving Worship Hall 3 so quickly.

See you next week!

Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries | canaanem.org
Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church

Director (volunteer)
Healthy Church Leaders Initiative
Asian American Leadership Center

I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum put pum

December 17, 2015

Dear Canaan members and friends,

inspirational-christmas-stories-the-little-drummer-boy-14eThe best gift we can give to Jesus this Christmas is to love Canaan church and its people. Christians aren’t perfect. That’s why congregations always struggle to attain the biblical ideals of community and witness. Indeed, we church people need to constantly correct our assumptions and behavior to align with God’s desire to redeem his creation.

Nevertheless, we are all called to build up local churches by learning to love their flawed people. So in 2016, would you consider how you can love Canaan more? Like the song of the drummer boy, give what you are able to out of reverence for Christ and love for his people.

So… we really need people to serve with love. Don’t let Shally be the only person to volunteer :-) Please sign up here! –> sign-up-now3

This Sunday will be very special. We will have a special Christmas worship service. But please note – the best part of the Christmas worship comes at the beginning. If you come late, you’ll miss it! So come before 10 a.m. Special thanks to Christina Chen for organizing the Christmas special worship!

During the second hour (11:30 a.m.), we’ll have a short, but fun party. We’ll bid farewell to Jeremy Lee, who will be leaving for medical school after giving many years of extraordinary service to Canaan. Chris Su is preparing food. We’ll play games and do other fun stuff. Special thanks to Betty Tseng for organizing the Christmas Party.

See you at church this Sunday!

Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD [email]
Pastor of English Ministries || CanaanEM.org
Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church

Director (volunteer)
Healthy Church Leaders Initiative
Asian American Leadership Center

Enjoy this video!

Announcements

– Thanks everyone who helped with Compassion Network’s annual Tree of Hope program last week. Special thanks to Felicia Wu for coordinating it. Photos will be shared during the Christmas Party.

– On Sunday, Dec. 27, we will have a guest speaker, Pastor Gabriel Tseng of Crosswalk Church in Sunnyvale. He is partnering with Pastor Tim on the Emerging Leaders Program. Pastors Tim and Chris will be visiting family in Southern California during the Christmas break this year.

– Pray for our English Leadership Micro-retreat (Jan 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Worship Hall 3). Our leadership team, youth, young adult, family ministry teams, small group leaders, and praise band members will meet to prepare our 2016 English Ministry year. Lunch and child care will be provided. Contact Pastor Tim for details [email].

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is offering classes in Mountain View, San Jose, and Livermore, beginning this Jan. 24th. Contact William Effendy for more information and scholarships [email].

Canaan EM Mentor-Discipleship Program – coming soon! Frank Hsueh and Pastor Tim will launch a mentor-match and discipleship program in 2016.

– Pray for the Emerging Leaders Program of the Healthy Church Leaders Initiative is launching! This is a church leadership development ministry that Pastor Tim is leading (as a volunteer) to cultivate leaders who minister to Asian Americans in the Bay Area. Our first program is designed to mentor emerging leaders who are considering vocational ministry. We are looking for 10 participants in our first cohort group. Sign up by December 10th. Have a look at the website.

Syrian Refugee Sunday (Jan. 10). Join our church as we learn about, pray for, and do something about the current crisis of refugees from Syria. We will be working with World Vision.

– Save these dates: The English Ministry Retreat to be held August 26-28, 2016 at Redwood Glens Conference Center. Redwood Glens is an ideal conference center for our English Ministry. Hotel-style accommodations, cabins (for youth), and space for tent camping are all available. Walking distance between swimming pool, basketball courts, athletic fields, meeting areas, and hiking trails are very short. Elder Shirley Tai is leading a team to organize the retreat. Please speak to her if you have any questions and/or would like to help! [email Shirley]

The Vanishing Christmas Card

December 10, 2015

Greetings, Canaan EM members and friends!

7aaf40c4-ec1c-4a3f-9f1c-2dcc9843127bBetty and I used to mail Christmas cards to our friends and relatives. We’d include a lengthy family newsletter, too. But with the rise of social media, we’ve transitioned to sending digital greetings. Nevertheless, we really appreciate people who continue to put the effort into sending out cards. We especially like family photo cards because we can enjoy seeing children grow up and noticing how the parents are aging.

I love connecting with people. But I’m sad to confess that over the past few years, I’ve failed to even post digital Christmas greetings. It’s hard for me to keep up this particular discipline of connecting (I’ve just about stopped wishing happy birthday to my Facebook friends). My life has been very fulfilling, but super-saturated. So something had to be sacrificed. For us, it was the annual Christmas greeting card – both paper and digital. I feel bad about it, but to be fair, we have a huge friendship list. What we haven’t figured out is what to replace the disappearing Christmas card with.

Studies have shown that in recent years, more and more Christians have responded to their super-saturated lives by giving up regular Sunday worship. This continues a long trend of abandoning church meetings. In the 1950s, the Sunday evening worship service was largely given up; in the 1960s, the Wednesday evening prayer meetings nearly vanished; in the 1970s, the Sunday School hour drew fewer and fewer people. Small groups and house churches have plateaued. The more Americanized Asian immigrants become, the less engaged they are with their local church community.

Now not all of these practices are relevant for us. I wouldn’t want to restore Sunday evening worship (unless we had a large number of people who wanted it). But without high touch, all the high tech we have won’t do much to increase our love for one another. The author of Hebrews implied that meeting together is necessary to maintain our hope and to encourage one another:

23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:23-25 (NIV)

I don’t have all the answers, but I invite you to help us think about what it means for Canaan’s English Ministry to be an unswervingly hopeful community that challenges one another towards love and good deeds. My sermon this Sunday will address this issue by looking more closely at what it means to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ!

1a693539-1f0d-45e7-8f75-d47b2ec3c928See you at church this Sunday!

Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries
Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church

Director (volunteer)
Healthy Church Leaders Initiative
Asian American Leadership Center


Announcements

  1. Tonight, many of our Young Adults will be volunteering at Second Harvest food bank. Contact Ming Su if you have any questions.
  2. Thanks to everyone who will be helping Compassion Network’s annual Tree of Hope program this Sunday and Monday. This program provides Christmas presents to needy kids (13 & under) in Fremont, Union City & Newark. Contact Felicia Wu [email]
  3. Christmas Celebrations!
    • Young Adults on Thursday evening (Dec 17) contact Rachel Hung [email]
    • Everglow Youth on Friday evening (Dec 18) – followed by a lock-in. Contact Chris Liu [email]
  4. Christmas Musical and Party (Dec 20): We’ll have a special worship service to celebrate Christmas. This will be followed by a party during the second hour. Would you like to help out? Let Betty Tseng know [email].
  5. Opportunities to Serve in 2016: Please use and refer as many people as possible to our 2016 Canaan English Ministry Service Opportunities webpage: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e44a5ab2c7-2016
  6. Canaan EM Mentor-Discipleship Program – coming soon! Frank Hsueh and Pastor Tim will launch a mentor-match and discipleship program in 2016. Contact Frank [email]
  7. Emerging Leaders Program of the Healthy Church Leaders Initiative is launching! This is a church leadership development ministry that Pastor Tim is leading (as a volunteer) to cultivate leaders who minister to Asian Americans in the Bay Area. Our first program is designed to mentor emerging leaders who are considering vocational ministry. We are looking for 10 participants in our first cohort group. Sign up by December 10th. Have a look at the website: https://healthychurchleaders.wordpress.com/emerge/
  8. Syrian Refugee Sunday (Jan. 10). Join our church as we learn about, pray for, and do something about the current crisis of refugees from Syria. We will be working with World Vision [website]
  9. Perspectives in World Christianity is offering classes in Mountain View, San Jose, and Livermore, beginning this Jan. 24th. Contact William Effendy for more information [email].

Transformers

December 3, 2015

Greetings, Canaan English ministries members and friends!

Mass Shootings USA Map 2015We live in a time of terror and violence. Though I have strong opinions about who to blame and what could be done, as a Christian, my starting point is the belief that humanity needs to be transformed. One historian has called the United States a “gunslinger nation” because our cultural sanction of violence as a way to resolve conflict.

The story of Christianity in America has been the hopeful struggle to transform American selfish, fearful, and violent tendencies into a nation of peace, love, and justice – especially West of the Mississippi. Christians did this by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and planting churches that were to be salt and light in a brutal world. And for the most part, they succeeded.

But in recent years, something has gone wrong. It’s not just that Christianity is losing its influence in America (it is). Asian American Christians, in particular, are either “circling the wagon” or avoiding church commitments. In the first case, many have become fearful of the unsafe world outside the church. In the second, many have uncritically allowed a narcissistic and consumerist culture to have greater influence than Jesus.

Many of us are finding it impossible to be faithful to our calling to transform the world when we let these approaches dominate us. In fact, we can become dead weight to those who want to be faithful.

As we prepare to receive Jesus, the coming King, during this Advent season, let us stay alert to our calling. Let us be mindful that transformation begins when we yield ourselves to God’s will and live graciously. It begins with us when we learn to truly love as Jesus loved.

See you at church this Sunday!

[All church service at 10 a.m. in Worship Hall 1 and English welcome reception at 11:30 a.m. in Worship Hall 3]

Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries
Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church

Director (volunteer)
Healthy Church Leaders Initiative
Asian American Leadership Center

Announcements

  1. Opportunities to Serve in 2016: Please use and refer as many people as possible to our 2016 Canaan English Ministry Service Opportunities webpage: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e44a5ab2c7-2016
  2. Canaan EM Mentor-Discipleship Program – coming soon! Frank Hsueh and Pastor Tim will launch a mentor-match and discipleship program in 2016.
  3. Emerging Leaders Program of the Healthy Church Leaders Initiative is launching! This is a church leadership development ministry that Pastor Tim is leading (as a volunteer) to cultivate leaders who minister to Asian Americans in the Bay Area. Our first program is designed to mentor emerging leaders who are considering vocational ministry. We are looking for 10 participants in our first cohort group. Sign up by December 10th. Have a look at the website: https://healthychurchleaders.wordpress.com/emerge/
  4. Volunteers are needed for Compassion Network’s annual Tree of Hope event that provides Christmas presents to needy kids (13 & under) in Fremont, Union City & Newark next Sunday and Monday (Dec 13 & 14). Contact Felicia Wu [email]
  5. Christmas Musical and Party (Dec 20): We’ll have a special worship service to celebrate Christmas. This will be followed by a party during the second hour. Would you like to coordinate about 30 minutes of activities and the snacks? Let Pastor Tim know [email].
  6. Syrian Refugee Sunday (Jan. 10). Join our church as we learn about, pray for, and do something about the current crisis of refugees from Syria. We will be working with World Vision [website]
  7. Perspectives in World Christianity is offering classes in Mountain View, San Jose, and Livermore, beginning this Jan. 24th. Contact William Effendy for more information [email].

Give Thanks to the Lord!

Wednesday, November 26, 2015

Greetings, Canaan English ministries members and friends!

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See you Sunday! 

Tim Tseng
Pastor of English Ministries

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Turkey Bowl XIX – tomorrow!

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Join us for flag football, 9:15am at Kennedy Jr. High, 821 Bubb Rd, Cupertino. Please contact Jeremy Lee [email] or Norman Wu [email] for details.

2. No Young Adult fellowship tomorrow.

3. No Everglow Youth fellowship on Friday.

4. Advent season begins this Sunday. Come and decorate Christmas tree and worship hall after service! Bring an ornament or two!

5. Sign up to serve in English Worship in 2016
It’s time to sign up to help lead worship service in 2016! Let Pastor Tim know if you would like to be an MC, greeter, provide refreshment support, join a choir, be part of the Praise Band, be an AV tech, help out with Good Friday or other special worship services, or do anything else to serve the Lord! It’s time to sign up to help lead worship service in 2016! Let Pastor Tim know if you would like to be an MC, greeter, refreshment support, or do anything else to serve the Lord! Or sign up at CanaanEM.org.

6. If you are interested in assisting Sr. Pastor as a ministry coordinator, please contact Pastor Su [email] (650-995-5345)

7. New ministry! Healthy Church Leaders Initiative
Please pray for and consider supporting the Healthy Church Leaders Initiative, a new ministry that helps pastors and other church leaders to thrive in Asian American settings. I am volunteering to direct this ministry, which is part of the Asian American Leadership Center. Visit our website: https://healthychurchleaders.wordpress.com/

8. Sunday, December 6
– All-church Advent and welcome service (Worship Hall 1, 10 AM)-. We will have baptisms, communion, receive new members, ordination of elder, installation of new terms of elder, deacon, and elected co-workers.
– During the second hour, the English Ministry will hold a reception in honor of our new members: Jerry Chang (baptism), Tobi Chen (confirmation), Matt and Jessie Lee (transfer). Come and welcome them!

9. Luke Medical Missions English Ministry conference:
Fellowship & networking will be held on Dec. 19 (3:00 – 6:30 PM with dinner following) at the Hyatt House, Silicon Valley (75 Headquarters Dr., San Jose, CA). This free event includes dinner. We will get to hear from several speakers, including our own Crystal Chen Ling. For more information and to register for the conference, check out our webpage: http://lukechristian.org/2015/11/12/121915-winter-conference/

 

Struggle to Love

Friday, November 20, 2015

Greetings, Canaan English ministries members and friends!

I struggle to love people. Especially people that appear so preoccupied with themselves, their families, and their friends that faith, life purpose, church, and a hurting world don’t seem to matter. But I have to always examine myself because I am guilty of doing the same.

As I preached through Judges and I Corinthians with you this past year, I learned a valuable lesson. If I claim to love God and follow Jesus, I must love my brothers and sisters in Christ. And I show our love by putting the interests of others above mine and devoting myself to building up the church.

It’s hard for me to love my Christian brothers and sisters when I don’t feel appreciated, heard, or affirmed. There are many other reasons why I struggle to love, but just one reason why I must love the members of the body of Christ – namely Jesus’ self-sacrificing love for me and all humanity despite how poorly he was treated.

I look forward to learning along with you how to sustain my “first love” for God and how to “first love” others in 2016.

As we conclude the Christian year, I want thank you all for supporting Canaan’s English ministry and being patient with my weaknesses.

Jesus reigns! May God’s name be glorified!

Tim Tseng
Pastor of English Ministries

P.S. Special thanks to Stanley, Julian, William Tai, and Vincent Chen for clearing out the second floor storage room and moving a piano to room 117 last Friday. I’m excited that we are starting our facility improvement!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. This Sunday:
    – We will celebrate Thanksgiving and The Reign of Christ (a.k.a. Christ the King Sunday). We’ll also appreciate our deacons and elders and present the Christmas tree. Come and hear our brothers and sisters share their testimonies, too!
    – Tien Dao Christian Bookstore will host a book fair in the Fellowship Hall. Devotional books and Christian gifts are available for purchase with discounts.
    – Operation Christmas Child concludes. All shoeboxes will be collected. Drivers are needed to drop off the shoeboxes. Monetary donation is still needed to cover the shipping cost. Please write a tax deductible donation to CTCC, memo: OCC. Thank you, Wendy Huang, for coordinating OCC this year.

turkeyBowl_20152. Turkey Bowl XIX
Join us for flag football on Thanksgiving Day, 11/26, 9:15am at Kennedy Jr. High, 821 Bubb Rd, Cupertino. Please contact Jeremy Lee [email] or Norman Wu [email] for details.

3. Let’s celebrate Advent!
Bring Christmas tree ornaments on Sunday, November 29th. Join us in decorating the Christmas tree and our worship hall.

4. Youth Group This Week

Hi everyone,

We have a lot going on this weekend, so please read carefully!

On Friday, the guys and girls will be doing separate activities. The guys will be meeting at church during our regular meeting time (8-10pm) to prepare for our Sisters Appreciation Night. The girls are currently planning their own girls night out activity.

On Saturday, we have our Sisters Appreciation Night. We are asking the brothers to come to church at 4pm to help setup and the sisters can come at 6pm. We will be meeting in the Main Lobby (blue wavy wall room) at church and should be done around 8pm.

For Sunday 2nd Hour, we will be splitting up into High School and Middle School classes. Arthur and Vicki will be leading the High School group and they will meet in Room 150. I will be leading the Middle School class and we will meet in our youth room (160). Both classes will be looking at The Parable of the 4 Soils.

Some upcoming notes:
– Turkey Bowl (flag football) on Thanksgiving day (11/26) from 9:30am-12pm at Kennedy Middle School.
– No fellowship next Friday (11/27) for Thanksgiving break.
– Dec. 4 activity night ~ Laser Tag

Have a great rest of the week!

In Him,
Chris Liu
Associate Pastor of English Ministries

5. Young Adults:

As 2015 is coming to an end, here is a heads up for upcoming meetings for the rest of the year so you can plan accordingly:

11/23 – YA Core Team conference call
11/26 – (Thanksgiving) – No meeting
12/3 – Regular Small Group at Vicki and Arthur’s
12/10 – Large Group volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank (6-8 PM)
12/17 – Large Group Christmas gathering
12/24 (Christmas Eve) – No meeting
12/31 (New Year’s Eve) – No meeting

Rachel Hung

6. Luke Medical Missions English Ministry conference:
Fellowship & networking will be held on Dec. 19 (3:00 – 6:30 PM with dinner following) at the Hyatt House, Silicon Valley (75 Headquarters Dr., San Jose, CA). This free event includes dinner. We will get to hear from several speakers, including our own Crystal Chen Ling. For more information and to register for the conference, check out our webpage: http://lukechristian.org/2015/11/12/121915-winter-conference/

7. Sign up to serve in English Worship in 2016
It’s time to sign up to help lead worship service in 2016! Let Pastor Tim know if you would like to be an MC, greeter, provide refreshment support, join a choir, be part of the Praise Band, be an AV tech, help out with Good Friday or other special worship services, or do anything else to serve the Lord!

First Love, the Antidote to Phariseeism.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Greetings, Canaan English ministries members and friends!

I spend a lot of time asking myself, “what makes Canaan’s English Ministry so special?” That is, what makes us so attractive that people are willing to drive great distances and give generous amount of time and resources just to be part of this faith community?

The obvious answer is that we attract people who like to be part of an intergenerational faith community and feel comfortable in a Taiwanese environment. But more and more Asian American Christians (especially those who just graduated from college) are drawn to churches that claim to be more centered on the “Bible,” “True Doctrine,” or “Passion” than churches like Canaan. Being intergenerational is not good enough for them. So I feel that Canaan’s English ministry needs to counter this “new Pharaseeism” with a resoundingly biblical and healthy theological response: First Love Christianity. I shared glimmers of this with our EM 2.0 theme. Next year, I’d like us to build on our existing strengths by being known as “First Love” Christians (EM 2.1). We’ll spend time during the English and Youth Leadership Micro-retreat on January 9 to explore what this means (WH3 9 am – 2 pm). I hope you will join us.

See you Sunday!

Tim Tseng
Pastor of English Ministries

ANNOUNCEMENTS

IMG_37741. A belated congratulations to Joy [email] and Robert Dong [email]! Joy gave birth to Gwyneth Dong on 10/5/15 at 11AM. She measured 18.5″ and weighing 5 lbs 8 oz.

2. Let us welcome our new members at the next all church worship service (Dec. 6, 10 a.m. Worship Hall 1). Joining us will be:
– Matt and Jessi Lee (membership transfer)
– Tobi Chen (confirmation)
– Jerry Chang (baptism)

3. Operation Christmas Child (OCC) packing party. Tomorrow evening (Nov 13) at Canaan. Led by Youth Parents and a Potluck (7 pm). Bring items for the shoeboxes as well if you have any. Contact Wendy for more details.

4. This Sunday:
– We will conclude our sermon series on 1 Corinthians during English service. For many who were burnt out or discouraged by the difficulties of becoming the church God desires, Paul offers a final word of encouragement – be the resurrection!
– After worship, we will need help to move a piano and other EM items from the second floor to the first. The remodeling of the second floor and Worship Hall 3 will begin next week. More details will be shared at service.
– At 11:30 a.m., 2015 Congregational meeting (Today, 11:30, Worship Hall 1). All are welcome to attend, but only active Canaan members may cast ballots. Please check your membership status which is posted in the Fellowship Hall.

5. Youth update:

I hope you are all doing well. Thanks to all those who came out this past Friday to help with the Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing. I think the youth had a lot of fun going to the store and purchasing their own items to pack their personal shoebox. It was also neat because one of the store workers asked them where they were from and they were able to share that we are from Canaan Church and what we are doing!

This Friday and Sunday, we will continue our lessons on Jesus’ parables. Last Sunday, we looked at the parable of the moneylender and how he forgave both a large debt and a small debt. The main point was that we all need forgiveness and how great it is that Jesus has died for everyone and we our debts have been forgiven (big and small). We also looked at the parable of the lamp on the stand and again how God has called us to be light to the world and to live for Him every day.

A couple of reminders for upcoming events. We have Girl’s Appreciation on Saturday (11/21). It will be from 6-9pm. There will be no official youth group no Friday (11/20), but we will ask the guys to come out on Friday so we can do some preparation and setup for Girl’s Appreciation the following day.

There is also no fellowship 11/27 due to Thanksgiving.

Have a great rest of the week!

in Him,
Chris Liu
Associate Pastor of English Ministries
Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church [email]

6. Consistory gathering will be held Saturday (11/21) in Worship Hall 3 (10:30-12:30) to be followed by English Leadership Team lunch meeting. All current and newly elected deacons and elders are expected to attend.

7. Next Sunday, Nov 22 is Thanksgiving and Leaders Appreciation day. Help will be needed to set up the Christmas tree and decorate the worship hall after service. We then begin our Advent Season on Nov 29th.

8. Turkey Bowl XIX – Join us for flag football on Thanksgiving Day, 11/26, 9:15am at Kennedy Jr. High, 821 Bubb Rd, Cupertino, Please contact Jeremy Lee [email] or Norman Wu [email] for more details.

9. The Luke Medical Missions English ministry fellowship & networking event, will be held on Dec. 19 (3:00 – 6:30 PM with dinner following) at the Hyatt House – Silicon Valley (75 Headquarters Dr., San Jose, CA). This free event includes dinner. We will get to hear from several speakers. For more information and to register for the conference, check out our webpage: http://lukechristian.org/2015/11/12/121915-winter-conference/

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Tim Tseng "Unveiled Love" 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

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