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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 220 posts for Canaan English Ministry

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]

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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/

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].

Spiritual Gifts: Serving

April 17, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

Thanks everyone who participated in last week’s silent auction for the building fund! More than $13,000 was raised or pledged. Looking forward, there will be a building fund raising concert on May 10th at 2 p.m. Thanks Arthur, building fund raising committee, and volunteers for all your hard work!

Apologies for the multiple emails announcing the silent auction last Saturday. We had a blockage in our email system. When the blockage was removed, all the backlogged emails in the queue were released, thus flooding your inboxes. The problem has been resolved.

In addition to maintaining our facilities, building up Christ’s body is also about offering our gifts and talents to our local church. As we saw in last Sunday’s sermon, the church is faithful to her Lord when all her members are engaged in proclaiming God’s kingdom rather than maintaining a comfortable social club. Brothers and sisters who bring the gift of prophesy to the church raise our consciences and spur us out of complacency and apathy. The best way to appreciate this spiritual gift is to allow our hearts to be pricked and a have desire to change.

Giving Tree-300x249This Sunday, Pastor Chris Liu will return from paternity leave to share about the gift of serving. I will be in Southern California this weekend to visit relatives and conduct ministry with Inheritance Magazine and other Asian American Christian leaders. Betty and I will be back the following Sunday.

Have a great weekend and 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/

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.

MISSIONS UPDATE

Thank you William Effendy and all who came out to support City Team San Jose the last couple of months.

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!

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 April 19 & 26 will be Stanley Chow. Let him know if you have any questions. [email Stanley]

EVERGLOW YOUTH

Beginning this Sunday, we will have two Sunday youth classes: Middle High and High School students (and other configurations, too). The High School class will meet in Room 150 while the Middle School class will remain in the Youth Lounge.

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) NEW!!

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 will be available this Sunday for pickup on 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) NEW!!

We 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.

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].

Thank you EM!

April 9, 2015

Easter Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

2770057-231801-thank-you-vector-stampLast weekend was the most incredible display of service and worship leadership that I’ve seen among our English Ministries! A big, big thank you to Christina Chen and Wendy Huang for organizing and leading the praise portions of our all-church worship service last Sunday. Our Praise Band and choir did a tremendous job!

Many of us also led the Easter Egg hunts for our kids. Thanks Children’s Ministry!

Thanks to so many (especially our youth) who served lunch! Thanks to Chris Su for leading the lunch service.

And appreciations again to everyone who led the wonderful Good Friday service and the San Jose City Team kitchen service ministry!

Welcome Ming and Mei..001It was great to hear the testimony of our newest member, Ming Su. Meixuan also officially joined Canaan, but was sick. I’m sure we’ll hear story again. Both Ming and Mei are already serving and leading. We welcome you, dear brother and sister, to our church family!

God is good. He stirs up his people’s desire to glorify his name and advance his kingdom. We are so grateful to start the season of resurrection with such enthusiasm and joy!

This Sunday, we start our Easter sermon series on the “Gifts of the Spirit” by looking at the git of prophesy. God builds up his people by gifting them and then empowering them to share their gifts. As we build towards English Ministry 2.0, let us prayerfully consider what our gifts are and be ready to share them for the common good!

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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/

Canaan Annoucements 15_03_29.003THIS SATURDAY!
Luke Christian Medical Missions English Ministry Event – April 11, 2015 (10:30 am – 2:00 pm).
Hilton Garden Inn San Jose/Milpitas, 30 Ranch Drive Milpitas, CA 95035. Register at:http://bit.ly/1BCFkBX

THIS SUNDAY

SILENT AUCTION FOR BUILDING RENOVATION
Contact Arthur Saye [email Arthur] if you’d like to get involved with a fun silent auction!

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.

MISSIONS UPDATE

City Team San Jose
Our City Team San Jose Kitchen support service at 580 Charles St, San Jose 95113 concludes next Saturday, April 18 (9 am – noon). Contact William Effendy [email William] for more information.

Belize Summer Mission (July 10-19, 2015)
– The deadline for application is this Sunday, April 12.
– There are only 2-3 slots available for Canaan. The two ministry foci is to lead a Vacation Bible School and help with the construction/up-keep of the Chinese/Taiwanese church in Belize. We are looking for someone to be a sous chef (who is exempt from VBS), worship leaders, and youth counselors.
Schedule:
Friday, July 10 – travel to Belize
Saturday-Sunday (July 11-12) – getting oriented, visit city and church, prayer wa.lk
Monday-Friday(July 13-17) – VBS/Chuch construction/evening hang out with youth.
Saturday (July 18) – Cave tubing, zoo visit, ice cream party, etc.
Sunday (July 19) – return to U.S.
– Let me know if you are interested or have any questions [email me]

CHURCH LUNCH SERVICE • APRIL
Our English and Youth Ministry is in charge for the month of April. We especially need youth for April 5th. If 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
Service Coordinators are:
– April 12 – Chris Su
– April 19 & 26 – Stanley Chow
Let Deacon Stanley Chow know if you have any questions. [email Stanley]

EVERGLOW YOUTH. Beginning APRIL 17, we will have two Sunday youth classes: Junior High and High School students (and other configurations, too). One class will meet in Room 150, while the other will remain in the Youth Lounge.

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 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) atvbs.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)
We 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. 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]

See you Sunday!

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

Special update: Good Friday and Easter Services

Dear Canaan EM members and friends,

This is a special update. It contains valuable information about our upcoming Good Friday and Easter services plus more! Please email it to your friends and family who may want to join us for the special services.

Canaan Annoucements 15_03_29.006GOOD FRIDAY • 7:45 PM in Worship Hall 3

I want to give a special appreciation to Frances Ang for organizing our English Good Friday Service. Leaders like Frances are like rare diamonds. At Canaan, we are blessed to have her and several other excellent leaders. May we always love and cherish our pearls of great price [PGPs]!

So come and commemorate the crucifixion with us next Friday! Bring your entire family. If you have kids, pre-register them for the Children’s Program at kids.ecanaan.org

Good Friday Children’s Programs • 4/3/15
7:30 to 9:30 pm
• Age 3 to PreK: Room 117
• Kindergarten to Grade 5: Room 118
• Please pick up children promptly at 9:30.

“Pearl of Great Price” [PGP] Elder Shirley Tai is looking for volunteers to help with the Good Friday and Easter Sunday Children’s Programs. Please register or let her know [email Shirley]

By the way, Professor Matthew Ryan Hauge (Azusa Pacific University) has written a helpful article called “What is the Meaning of the Cross?” for a website called “Bible Study and the Christian Life.” I recommend this wonderful resource for anyone who wants to be enriched in their faith:
http://www.biblestudyandthechristianlife.com/what-is-the-meaning-of-the-cross/

Canaan Annoucements 15_03_29.004ALL CHURCH EASTER SERVICE • 10 AM in Worship Hall 1

Our English Ministry praise band and choir will be leading the worship time. We will welcome new believers and members as well as celebrate the Lord’s Supper. All church services are usually very packed, so come early to get a seat! Many thanks to PGP Christiana Chen, Wendy Huang, and Meixuam Lim for their leadership for Easter service.

Easter Sunday Children’s Programs • 4/5/15

6-36 months
• 10am – 12:30pm nursery care

Ages 3-5
• 10am – 12:30pm Little Worship, Sunday School (175)

PreK to grade 5
• 10-11am Children’s Worship large group (lobby)
• 11-12:30 small groups, Sunday School (175,115,116,117,118)

Egg hunts for nursery to grade 5
• Children will receive egg hunt bags. Egg hunts will be part of the regular 11:30 classes (11:25 for nursery egg hunts).

APRIL: Recycle Easter eggs in Fellowship Hall bin.

EASTER SECOND HOUR • 11:30 AM in Worship Hall 3

Our English ministry will hold a reception to welcome our newest members and collect offering. Come and hear our newest members journeys of faith and celebrate! Many thanks to PGP Eve Wu for organizing the reception!

Canaan Annoucements 15_03_29.007Easter Sunday Egg Hunts • 4/5/15
Children will receive egg hunt bags and be led to egg hunts by teachers during 11:30 Sunday School hour.

11:25-11:30 Nursery egg hunts (parents welcome)
Nursery A: 6-18 months. Nursery B: 18-36 months.

11:40-12:25 Egg hunts outside classrooms
11:40am – Preschool & PreK (Room #175)
11:50am – Kindergarten (Room #115)
12 noon – Grade 1 (Room #116)
12:10pm – Grades 2 and 3 (Room #117)
12:20pm – Grades 4 and 5 (Room #118)

Canaan Annoucements 15_03_29.004EASTER LUNCH SERVICE
Our English Ministry is in charge of setting up and serving lunch in April. Because so many of our EM adults will be helping out with the Easter programs, we really need our youth to take care of most of the lunch service for Easter. Please sign up at CanaanEM.org or speak to PGP Stanley Chow [email Stanley]. This Sunday PGP Chris Su will be the lunch coordinator. Volunteers should met him in the kitchen at noon.

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SAN JOSE CITY TEAM UPDATE • William Effendy

Tomorrow, a number of us will go to City Team San Jose to help with kitchen preparation. We thank PGP Deacon William Effendy for organizing these opportunities to serve the poor and the homeless. William has written a quick update about last Saturday’s service:

We had 8 people on 3/21/2015 event.
Attendees: William Tai, Anthony and Camilia Cheng, Robert Dong, Joy Lai, Brian Chen, Daniel Tsai, and me. No injury :)

Next event (3/28/2015 – tomorrow) is booked by youths (14 people).
Attendees: Judy and Roland Chow, Tobi, Joanne, Vinchen Chen, Christian Chen, Irene, Irene’s Dad, Jack, Jamie, Albert, Brandon, Vincent, and Tim.
Some youths need a ride, so I will standby at the church from 8:AM to 8:30AM.

Please continue pray for this Saturday (3/28/2015).
1. For safety in the kitchen
2. Youths can see that they are taking part in God’s work through SJ City Team
3. What they are doing is not merely a charity/volunteer work, but to exercise their faith through simple thing (not small in God’s eyes)

Thanks,
William

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MARCH IS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

As you can tell, many of our church’s PGPs are women. Throughout history, God has raised up women to lead his people. I am an egalitarian so I stand firmly behind efforts to empower our sisters for leadership. I’ve been a member of Christians for Biblical Equality for many years: http://www.cbeinternational.org/.

Many Christian leaders (including John Piper and John MacArthur) call themselves “complementarians.” They believe that God has assigned different roles based on gender, and, for the most part, they believe that women should submit to men and not be allowed to preach or officially lead in the church. To me, many of the reasons for proscribing or defining women’s roles are random and inconsistently applied.

Nevertheless, I can fellowship with complementarians – as long as we can all agree that God does indeed raise up women to lead and minister his people.

This Mother’s Day (May 10th), we will honor not only our mom’s, but also all our sisters who are, indeed, Pearls of Great Price for Canaan and God’s Kingdom!

Stepping up to see the king!

March 26, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

Ultimately, it’s all about inviting people to follow Jesus and helping them become worshipers of God, isn’t it? Nothing is a better testimony to the truth of the gospel than to see busy people serve and lead in their churches. That’s because, despite all their commitments to family, study, work, raising kids, maintaining friendships, these folks are willing to publicly show that the body of Christ is their top priority. We come closer to our vision of EM 2.0 when more busy brothers and sisters “step up” and help us to lift up Jesus and draw more people to him. So thanks Bob and Dennis, Ed and Arthur, Rachel and James, Ming and Mei, William Effendy and Chris Su for your EM adult leadership over the past couple of weeks!

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HOLY WEEK IS COMING (March 29-April 5)
True followers of Jesus believe every week (indeed, every moment) is holy. But the week between Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem and his resurrection is extra holy. Let us pause during that week to worship a God who triumphs over evil and corruption by service and sacrifice!

6a00d8341bffb053ef017d42583a57970c-450wiPALM SUNDAY • March 29
We will celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and mark the beginning of Holy Week this Sunday, Palm Sunday. My message will be called “This is the Day” (John 12:12-16). Let us ask ourselves how we can prepare our hearts and lives to receive Jesus as king.

WEDNESDAY • April 1
– Egg-stuffing and egg hunt volunteers needed! Sign up at kids.ecanaan.org. Volunteers are needed to help stuff eggs on Wednesday, 4/1 (7:30-8:00 in room 117) and Friday, 4/3 (6:30-7:30 in Fellowship Hall).
– Good Friday Service set up and preparation. Contact Frances Ang for more information. [email Frances]

Canaan Annoucements 15_03_29.006GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE • April 3, 7:45-9:30 PM (Worship Hall 3)
– This year’s Good Friday Service is being organized by Frances and Tim Ang and Meixuan Lim and Ming Su. Invite friends to reflect on the Seven Last Words of Christ! Please wear black or dark colors!
– Good Friday Children’s Programs (7:30-9:30pm) are available for preschoo/preK (ages 3-5) and Kindergarten to Grade 5, for parents attending Good Friday services at Canaan. Pre-registration required at kids.ecanaan.org.

EASTER SUNDAY • APRIL 5

– All Church Worship Service 10 AM (Worship Hall 3)
English Ministry will be leading the praise and worship at the All Church service, which starts at 10 AM in Worship Hall 1. New believers will be baptized and new members welcomed!
No changes to Children’s Ministry programs; all classes will proceed as usual. Older elementary kids will not be joining parents at the joint services in 2015.

Canaan Annoucements 15_03_29.007– Children’s Egg Hunts 11:30 AM
Easter egg hunts by age/grade on Easter Sunday morning for children in grade 5 and under. Invite friends! Children will be escorted by teachers to egg hunts during their regular Sunday School classes.
Volunteers are also needed to hide eggs and assist with egg hunts on Sunday, 4/5, 11:15-12:30.

– English Ministry Reception 11:30 AM (Worship Hall 3)
During the second hour, English Ministry will gather in Worship Hall 3 to hear from our new members and to have a reception in their honor. No second hour programs will be offered.

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MISSIONS UPDATE

City Team San Jose
Our City Team San Jose Kitchen support service at 580 Charles St, San Jose 95113 begins this Saturday!! Thank you all for serving last Saturday. There are two more opportunities to serve – 3/28 and 4/18 (9 am – noon). Contact William Effendy [email William] for more information.

Canaan Taiwan Short Term Mission (June 30-July 18)
The deadline to apply for our Taiwan Summer Mission Team has been extended to next Sunday, 4/5. Contact William Effendy. [email William]

Belize Summer Mission (July 10-19, 2015)
– The deadline for application is April 12.
– There are only 2-3 slots available for Canaan. The two ministry foci is to lead a Vacation Bible School and help with the construction/up-keep of the Chinese/Taiwanese church in Belize. We are looking for someone to be a sous chef (who is exempt from VBS), worship leaders, and youth counselors.
– Schedule:
Friday, July 10 – travel to Belize
Saturday-Sunday (July 11-12) – getting oriented, visit city and church, prayer wa.lk
Monday-Friday(July 13-17) – VBS/Chuch construction/evening hang out with youth.
Saturday (July 18) – Cave tubing, zoo visit, ice cream party, etc.
Sunday (July 19) – return to U.S.
– Let me know if you are interested or have any questions [email me]

Luke Medical Missions is offering a Taiwan MSCE Mission (Medical Students Cultural Exchange) on July 11-19, 2015 at Mackay Medical College for American students in medical, pre-med, nursing, and hearing and speech pathology/therapy to serve as camp teaching assistants. Students in health science fields such as public health, PT, OT also also welcome. We’ve even had linguistics and engineering students join us as we run a bunch of English-learning activities.
We also welcome applicants to consider other optional service opportunities in Taiwan on July 20-25 as well as a more extended stay/shadowing/service in a Christian Hospital for 2-4 weeks (we can match for these).
The application deadline is March 31.
MSCE home page: https://mscesummercamp.wordpress.com/
Application: https://mscesummercamp.wordpress.com/apply/

Canaan Annoucements 15_03_29.003Luke Christian Medical Missions English Ministry Event – April 11, 2015 (10:30 am – 2:00 pm).
Hilton Garden Inn San Jose/Milpitas, 30 Ranch Drive Milpitas, CA 95035. Register at:http://bit.ly/1BCFkBX

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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/

CHURCH LUNCH SERVICE • APRIL
Our English and Youth Ministry is in charge for the month of April. We especially need youth for April 5th. If 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
Service Coordinators are:
– April 5 & 12 – Chris Su
– April 19 & 26 – Stanley Chow
Let Deacon Stanley Chow know if you have any questions. [email Stanley]

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.

SILENT AUCTION FOR BUILDING RENOVATION • APRIL 12
Contact Arthur Saye [email Arthur] if you’d like to get involved with a fun silent auction!

EVERGLOW YOUTH SUNDAY. Beginning APRIL 17, we will have two Sunday youth classes: Junior High and High School students (and other configurations, too). One class will meet in Room 150, while the other will remain in the Youth Lounge.

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 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)
We 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. 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]

See you Sunday!

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

All in

March 19, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

DSC_0055I really mean it when I say that every member is a minister. Last Sunday’s testimonial panel showed us that everyone has a calling to discern God’s will, thoughts, and desires. Together, as ministers, we interpret God’s word and presence. Thanks Maggie Wu, Frank Hsueh, and John Tang!

This Sunday, Bob Lin will lead the Praise Band during worship. Dennis Chi will be our MC. I believe that parents with very young children should not be asked to serve in church as much as youth, young adults, and parents with older children. But it is alway inspiring when parents with little kids still step forward to serve the Lord. So to Bob and Dennis – as well as all our other parents with small kids who remain committed to serving – a big thank you for setting an example of faithfulness to all of us!

You may have noticed that we haven’t had a “Canaan People” column in the worship bulletin for the last few weeks. I’ve given up trying to maintain this column because of lack of responsiveness and lack of time. I believe I’m called to be a shepherd, but have spent increasingly more time as a volunteer coordinator or system support manager over the past few years. So please help me! Canaan’s English Ministries 2.0 can become a reality when all of us are all in. I believe that God will raise up more people to model commitment, reliability, and responsiveness!

Mandarin Gospel SundayDon’t forget –

If you understand Mandarin (or have relatives and friends who prefer to use Mandarin), invite them to our Mandarin Ministry’s outreach service this Sunday, March 22 between 10 am to noon.!

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MISSIONS UPDATE

City Team San Jose
Our City Team San Jose Kitchen support service at 580 Charles St, San Jose 95113 begins this Saturday!! Thank you all for signing up for Saturdays 3/21, 3/28, 4/18 (9 am – noon). Contact William Effendy [email William] for more information.

Canaan Taiwan Short Term Mission (June 30-July 18)
The deadline to apply for our Taiwan Summer Mission Team has been extended to next Sunday, 4/5. Contact William Effendy. [email William]

Belize Summer Mission (July 10-19, 2015)
– The deadline for application is April 12, not last week. Apologies for the mistake.
– There are only 2-3 slots available for Canaan. The two ministry foci is to lead a Vacation Bible School and help with the construction/up-keep of the Chinese/Taiwanese church in Belize. We are looking for someone to be a sous chef (who is exempt from VBS), worship leaders, and youth counselors.
– Schedule:
Friday, July 10 – travel to Belize
Saturday-Sunday (July 11-12) – getting oriented, visit city and church, prayer wa.lk
Monday-Friday(July 13-17) – VBS/Chuch construction/evening hang out with youth.
Saturday (July 18) – Cave tubing, zoo visit, ice cream party, etc.
Sunday (July 19) – return to U.S.
– Let me know if you are interested or have any questions [email me]

Luke Medical Missions is offering a Taiwan MSCE Mission (Medical Students Cultural Exchange) on July 11-19, 2015 at Mackay Medical College for American students in medical, pre-med, nursing, and hearing and speech pathology/therapy to serve as camp teaching assistants. Students in health science fields such as public health, PT, OT also also welcome. We’ve even had linguistics and engineering students join us as we run a bunch of English-learning activities.
We also welcome applicants to consider other optional service opportunities in Taiwan on July 20-25 as well as a more extended stay/shadowing/service in a Christian Hospital for 2-4 weeks (we can match for these).
The application deadline is March 31.
MSCE home page: https://mscesummercamp.wordpress.com/
Application: https://mscesummercamp.wordpress.com/apply/

Luke Christian Medical Missions English Ministry Event – April 11, 2015 (10:30 am – 2:00 pm).
Hilton Garden Inn San Jose/Milpitas, 30 Ranch Drive Milpitas, CA 95035. Register at: http://bit.ly/1BCFkBX

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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/

HOLY WEEK (March 29-April 5)
True followers of Jesus believe every week (indeed, every moment) is holy. But the week between Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem and his resurrection is extra holy. Let us pause during that week to worship a God who triumphs over evil and corruption by service and sacrifice!

PALM SUNDAY • March 29
My message will be called “This is the Day” (John 12: 12-16) and we will celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and mark the beginning of Holy Week.

WEDNESDAY • April 1
– Egg-stuffing and egg hunt volunteers needed! Sign up at kids.ecanaan.org. Volunteers are needed to help stuff eggs on Wednesday, 4/1 (7:30-8:00 in room 117) and Friday, 4/3 (6:30-7:30 in Fellowship Hall).
– Good Friday Service set up and preparation. Contact Frances Ang for more information. [email Frances]

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE • APRIL 3, 7:30-9:30 PM (Worship Hall 3)
– This year’s Good Friday Service is being organized by Frances and Tim Ang and Meixuan Lim and Ming Su. Invite friends to reflect on the Seven Last Words of Christ!
– Good Friday Children’s Programs (7:30-9:30pm) are available for preschoo/preK (ages 3-5) and Kindergarten to Grade 5, for parents attending Good Friday services at Canaan. Pre-registration required at kids.ecanaan.org.

EASTER SUNDAY • APRIL 5

All Church Worship Service 10 AM (Worship Hall 3)
English Ministry will be leading the praise and worship at the All Church service, which starts at 10 AM in Worship Hall 1. New believers will be baptized and new members welcomed!
No changes to Children’s Ministry programs; all classes will proceed as usual. Older elementary kids will not be joining parents at the joint services in 2015.

Children’s Egg Hunts 11:30 AM
Easter egg hunts by age/grade on Easter Sunday morning for children in grade 5 and under. Invite friends! Children will be escorted by teachers to egg hunts during their regular Sunday School classes.
Volunteers are also needed to hide eggs and assist with egg hunts on Sunday, 4/5, 11:15-12:30.

English Ministry Reception 11:30 AM (Worship Hall 3)
During the second hour, English Ministry will gather in Worship Hall 3 to hear from our new members and to have a reception in their honor. No second hour programs will be offered.

CHURCH LUNCH SERVICE – APRIL (English and Youth Ministry in charge for April)
If 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
Let Deacon Stanley Chow know if you have any questions. [email Stanley]

EVERGLOW YOUTH SUNDAY. Beginning APRIL 17, we will have two Sunday youth classes: Junior High and High School students (and other configurations, too). One class will meet in Room 150, while the other will remain in the Youth Lounge.

MOTHER’S DAY RECEPTION • MAY 10 (11:30 AM)
Anyone interested in honoring our mothers and sisters? Let Stanley Chow know!

PROMOTION SUNDAY • JUNE 7
If you are graduating from 5th grade, high school, college, or graduate studies, please send me a head shot 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.

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)
We 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. 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!

ENGLISH MINISTRY CAMPING TRIP • Mount Diablo (Sept 4-6, 2015)
Contact Mike Ling for more information.

See you Sunday!

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

Sipping Lemon Honey (and Ginger) Tea

March 13, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

11 bigstock-honey-lemon-and-a-cup-of-tea--31917989I’ve been sipping lemon honey tea (and sometimes with ginger, too) all week – fighting a stubborn cold that has robbed me of my voice. And now Betty is sick, too. I think I’ll have recovered enough to serve as MC this Sunday, but am not sure that Betty will be well enough to help co-lead the “Finance and Faith” second hour interactive class with Roland Chow. We are grateful that God has given both of us good health over the years and want to treat this current ailment as an opportunity to rest. Please pray for us!

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Luke Christian Medical Missions English Ministry Event – April 11, 2015 (10:30 am – 2:00 pm)

Ironically, I got sick just after I joined the Luke Christian Medical Missions English Ministry leadership team! This is an exciting opportunity to build a network of Asian American Christians who want to promote missions in local and overseas healthcare arenas.

If you are a Christian healthcare provider or aspiring to become one, come to Luke Christian Medical Mission’s event on Saturday, April 11, 2015 when Christian healthcare providers from throughout the Bay Area will gather together for a time of fellowship, networking, and mutual edification!

Dr. Frank Dennis, a retired medical missionary to Taiwan, will share with us about his decades of experience as a orthopedic surgeon during a time when healthcare in Taiwan was still largely inaccessible and rather limited. We’ll also get to hear about several opportunities to use our healthcare skills to God’s glory both here in the Bay Area and abroad!

Location: Hilton Garden Inn San Jose/Milpitas, 30 Ranch Drive Milpitas, CA 95035

Registration begins at 10:30 AM. The event begins at 11:00 AM, will end by 2:00 PM and will include a free lunch!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Emily at (408) 634-6014. You can also email us at lukechristianmedicalmission@gmail.com.

Register at this Evite: http://bit.ly/1BCFkBX

Luke Christian Medical Mission English Ministry Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lukechristian.mm

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SUMMER INTERNSHIP (from Jeffrey Kuan)

If you are an Electrical or Computer Engineering student, Jeffrey Kuan’s company is looking for summer interns. Go to http://www.reflexionmedical.com/#!ee-summer-intern/c24x5 for details.

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THIS SUNDAY…

by-grace...ephesians-2-8bWe will continue our Lenten sermon series on “Cleaning House” by hearing from Maggie Wu, Steve Pham, and Frank Hsueh about their experience of God’s grace. Some come and learn of God’s presence in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ!

Also, as I alluded to earlier, a new second hour class that addresses practical questions about finances and Christian faith will be led by Roland Chow and Betty Tseng. I’ve previewed their syllabus and am certain that this very interactive class will be very substantive and enjoyable. They will meet in room 119 at 11:30 a.m. Contact Betty Tseng [email Betty]or Roland Chow [email Roland] if you are interested or have any questions.

Our choir class continues this Sunday in Worship Hall 1 (11:30 a.m.). Contact Wendy Huang [email Wendy] or Christina Chen [email Christina] for more info.

From William Effendy, EM Missions Deacon [email William]:
– The deadline to apply for the Taiwan Summer Mission Team (6/30-7/18) is this Sunday!
– We are seeking 3 more volunteers to serve at City Team San Jose on Saturday, March 21 (9am-Noon).

Elder Peili [email Peili] is offering a Google Apps Booth this Sunday in the fellowship hall during lunch time. Our church uses Google applications for communication. All members are encouraged to acquire an ecanaan.org email address. Bring questions such as gmail, calendar, drive, group, sites, etc. to the booth!

Taiwan School open house celebration will be held at the Taiwanese American Center (second floor, 2:10-3:30). Details at etaiwanschool.org or 408-263-7188

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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/

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE • APR 3, 7:30-9:30 PM

This year’s Good Friday Service is being organized by Frances and Tim Ang and Meixuan Lim and Ming Su. The service begin at 7:30 pm on April 3. Invite friends to reflect on the Seven Last Words of Christ! Register kids for the Friday children’s programs at kids.ecanaan.org.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

– Contact Elder Shirley Tai at CLT@ecanaan.org since Children’s Ministries Director Nicole Lu is currently on maternity leave.
This Sunday is the deadline to donate plastic Easter eggs and small toys/stickers/wrapped nut-free candies in the Fellowship Hall bin for the Easter Egg hunt.
– Our popular Vacation Bible School (VBS) summer camp will be held 7/28-8/1! Online registration 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].

MISSION AND SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

City Team San Jose
Our City Team San Jose Kitchen support service at 580 Charles St, San Jose 95113 is just about ready! Thank you all for signing up for Saturdays 3/21, 3/28, 4/18 (9 am – noon). Contact William Effendy [email William] for more information.

Summer Missions:
Belize Missions with Pastor Brian Leong of Lord’s Grace Church (July 10-19). The Belize mission information file and applications are now available. Let me know if interested [email me].
Luke Medical Missions is offering a Taiwan MSCE Mission (Medical Students Cultural Exchange) on July 11-19, 2015 at Mackay Medical College, July 20-25 for other service opportunities in Taiwan (optional). We also welcome applicants to consider possibility of a more extended stay/shadowing/service in a Christian Hospital for 2-4 weeks (we can match for them). The application deadline is March 31.
MSCE home page: https://mscesummercamp.wordpress.com/
Application: https://mscesummercamp.wordpress.com/apply/

SAVE THESE DATES
– English Ministry will be serving Sunday lunch in April. EM Deacon Stanley Chow will be seeking volunteers to help out. Contact him [email Stanley] for more information.
Everglow Youth. Beginning April 17, we will have two Sunday youth classes: Junior High and High School students (and other configurations, too). One class will meet in Room 150, while the other will remain in the Youth Lounge.
– August 7-9, 2015. All-church Retreat at U.C. Santa Cruz. We 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. Volunteers are needed to help organize the retreat! Please let me know if you are interested in helping! [email me]

See you Sunday!

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

Five Years

spring-aheadREMINDER: Daylight Savings begins this Sunday! Move your clock one hour forward. This means we’ll have one less hour of sleep, so please plan for extra sleep and wake up an hour earlier!

March 6, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve been at Canaan for five years now. Time really flew by quickly. But during these years, God has taught me so much. For as long as I am called to serve here, I look forward to more of his lessons through you.

Over the years, a generation of high school and college students have transitioned into the next life-stage. After helping our young adult ministry reboot, I’m grateful that it is growing, becoming more self-sustaining and attractive to new comers.

We’ve also seen more young families join our ministry. This has been so exciting! I pray that our potential to reach unchurched families in our community and to nurture our Christian families will become a reality in the next few years.

My hope and prayers are for our entire English Ministry to be rooted in gratitude to Christ, recognizing that our salvation comes at a tremendous cost. As a firmly rooted and grateful people, we will endeavor to bear fruit – not just materially and with our careers and relationships – but also in our spiritual lives, our service to this church and our community. But for this to happen, we must to be willing to be led by the Holy Spirit and by those whom God called to shepherd our church.

I look forward to more years of spiritual growth and missional advance in our English Ministry and our entire church.

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This Sunday, we will continue our Lenten sermon series on “Cleaning House” by reflecting on the episode where Jesus drove merchants and money changers out of the temple. Last Sunday, I was delighted to have so many folks come up and talk to me about my sermon. It was a great opportunity to go deeper into God’s word since sermons only scratch the surface of what God is saying to us. I hope we’ll go even more deeply this Sunday!

Our young adults, led by Chris Su [email Chris] and Ming Su [email Ming], will be starting a Young Adults Community Hour this Sunday (11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Worship Hall 3). College students, recent college graduates, and young adults, please stay after worship service and help kick off this new opportunity for fellowship and ministry!

Also, the new choir class starts this Sunday in Worship Hall 1 (11:30 a.m.). Contact Wendy Huang [email Wendy] or Christina Chen [email Christina] for more info.

Canaan Basics will be held during the community hour this Sunday (Picnic table in Worship Hall 3, 11:30 a.m.). Even if you are not ready to be baptized or to become a church member, this is a good opportunity to discuss what it means to be a follower of Jesus and a member of his body. The next opportunity for baptism, confirmation, or to join Canaan as a member will be Easter Sunday, April 5. The deadline for application is this Sunday. Let me know if you have any questions [email me]

During the lunch hour (12:30-1:30), come and invite friends to the Vacation Bible School (VBS) Preview Party in the Fellowship Hall! Preview our VBS music/shirts/materials, purchase music CDs, and pick up invitations for friends! Gifts will be given to all who have completed their registration (VBS.ecanaan.org) and paid $45/student. The VBS nursery program is free (but only open to children its family members who registered as VBS staff). By the way, our popular VBS summer camp will be held 7/28-8/1! Online registration 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].

Elder Peili is offering a Google Apps Booth and 3/15 at fellowship hall during lunch time. Our church uses Google applications for communication. All members are encouraged to acquire an ecanaan.org email address. Bring questions such as gmail, calendar, drive, group, sites, etc. to the booth!

Children’s Ministry Update:
– Contact Elder Shirley Tai at CLT@ecanaan.org since Children’s Ministries Director Nicole Lu is currently on maternity leave.
– Also, Sunday, 3/15 is the deadline to donate plastic Easter eggs and small toys/stickers/wrapped nut-free candies in the Fellowship Hall bin for the Easter Egg hunt.

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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/

SUNDAY, MARCH 15

– We’ll have a testimony panel at the March 15 English worship service. The theme is “By Grace.” 3-4 persons are invited to share their testimonies based on this theme.

– The adult second hour class, “Finance and Faith,” led by Roland Chow [email Roland] and Betty Tseng [email Betty] will meet in Room 119 at 11:30 a.m.. Limited enrollment. Contact them for more information.

Taiwan School open house celebration will be held at the Taiwanese American Center (second floor, 2:10-3:30). Details at etaiwanschool.org or 408-263-7188

MISSION AND SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

City Team San Jose
Our City Team San Jose Kitchen support service at 580 Charles St, San Jose 95113 is just about ready! Thank you all for signing up for Saturdays 3/21, 3/28, 4/18 (9 am – noon). Contact William Effendy [email William] for more information.

Summer Missions:

  • Our Taiwan Summer Mission Team (6/30-7/18)! Contact Pastor Chris Liu [email Chris Liu] or mission deacon William Effendy if you are interested [email William]. The brochures and applications are now available and the deadline to apply is March 15th.
  • Belize Missions with Pastor Brian Leong of Lord’s Grace Church (July 10-19). The Belize mission information file and applications are now available. Let me know if interested [email me].
  • Luke Medical Missions is offering a Taiwan MSCE Mission (Medical Students Cultural Exchange) on July 11-19, 2015 at Mackay Medical College, July 20-25 for other service opportunities in Taiwan (optional). We also welcome applicants to consider possibility of a more extended stay/shadowing/service in a Christian Hospital for 2-4 weeks (we can match for them). The application deadline is March 31. MSCE home page: https://mscesummercamp.wordpress.com/ Application: https://mscesummercamp.wordpress.com/apply/

SAVE THESE DATES
Everglow Youth. Beginning April 17, we will have two Sunday youth classes: Junior High and High School students (and other configurations, too). One class will meet in Room 150, while the other will remain in the Youth Lounge.
– August 7-9, 2015. All-church Retreat at U.C. Santa Cruz. We 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. Volunteers are needed to help organize the retreat! Please let me know if you are interested in helping! [email me]

See you Sunday!

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

Feed Me!!

February 25, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

little_shop_of_horrors_by_moon_manunit_42-d30r6z8When was the last time you remembered a sermon? I confess that I can’t remember even the best sermons I’ve ever heard or preached. It may surprise you when I suggest that remembering the content of sermons isn’t really that important.

Why? Because when we emphasize the retention of content, we are tempted to believe that the sermon is what feeds us spiritually. Like Audrey, the gluttonous flesh-eating plant in the show The Little Shop of Horrors, we bellow out, “Feed me!” each Sunday only to return home dissatisfied. When we are too dependent on the sermon to feed us, we will not grow spiritually.

Some pastors (me included) are tempted to turn the sermon into a seminary or graduate school lecture. We want the sermon to be deep and substantive because we mistakenly believe that it is the main source of spiritual growth. But that is not what sermons are meant to be. The sermon, ultimately, is just spiritual milk. It is designed to provide just enough to get the listener started in faith.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with craving spiritual milk – or soy milk for those who are lactose intolerant (1 Peter 2:1). All infants need it and adults shouldn’t eliminate it from their diets. But the bible urges us to go beyond spiritual milk by eating “solid food” (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Hebrews 5:11-6:3).

How can we go beyond spiritual milk then?

First, treat the sermon like a shepherd’s rod, not our sole source of spiritual nourishment. It is good to remember sermons, but not just for their content. The sermon is what a pastor uses to position, point, and prod us towards green pastures.

Second, “set aside” (e.g., make holy) ample time and energy to graze. Small groups, fellowships, service, mission, and especially the Sunday community hour (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) are places where we can enjoy solid food. Attending workshops at the BASS convention next Friday and Saturday would be an excellent way to imbibe in and learn how to cook good solid food.

Finally, practice feeding on solid food, namely having:
1. a relationship with Jesus himself, the living Word (John 15:1-15),
2. consistent engagement with the bible, the written Word (John 5:39; 2 Tim 3:16), and
3. a high commitment to building up the church. preaching the gospel, and serving the world in Christ’s name (Eph 4:1-16).

For our English Ministry to reach the next level (2.0), let’s try to move out of the infant’s ward and into gourmet restaurants for solid spiritual food. I pray that our sermons and worship services have encouraged you to go beyond spiritual milk. So come and engage our Lenten sermons :-) The theme is “House Cleaning” – a reminder that we need to clean our spiritual homes in preparation for honored guests – especially Jesus!

NOTE: After this Sunday, our Children’s Ministry director, Nicole Lu and our Associate Pastor, Chris Liu, will be on m/paternity leave. Pray for them as they prepare for the arrival of their new babies!

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OTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
visit canaanem.org for more information

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

Canaan Annoucements 15_03_01.0062. The annual BASS Church Workers Convention (Mar 5-7) will be held at Redwood Chapel Community Church in Castro Valley. This is an event where people from churches across the Bay Area attend lectures and workshops about the various areas of church life – including church work and such areas as counseling and personal development. Canaan is registered as a church, so you do not need to pay a registration fee to attend – but you do need the church registration code. If you would like to attend, please see Torence Lu [email Torence], Nelson Lu [email Nelson], me [email me], or Pastor Chris [email Chris Liu] to obtain the code. Shirley will carpool to BASS Convention on Friday morning Mar 6 until 2 PM. Meet at her home [email Shirley]. For more information and to register individually (which is required), see bassconvention.org.

Canaan Annoucements 15_03_01.0053. Our popular VBS summer camp will be held 7/28-8/1! Online registration is open for students (grade 5 and younger) and volunteers (grade 6 to adult) at VBS.ecanaan.org.

4. Come and invite friends to the VBS Preview Party next Sunday 3/8 in Fellowship Hall (12:30-1:30)! Everyone will be able to preview VBS music/shirts/materials, purchase music CDs, and pick up invitations for friends. Gifts will be given at the 3/8 VBS preview party to all who have completed their registration (VBS.ecanaan.org) and paid $45/student. The VBS nursery program is free (but only open to children its family members who registered as VBS staff). More info at vbs.ecanaan.org, or talk to Shirley Tai [email Shirley].

Canaan Annoucements 15_03_01.0035. The next opportunity for baptism, confirmation, or to join Canaan as a member will be Easter Sunday, April 5. Applicants and inquirers should join Canaan Basics, which will be offered on March 8. Let me know if you are interested and would like an application for baptism and/or membership [email me].

6. Don’t forget! Daylight Savings Time begins March 8. Move your clocks ahead one hour, lose one hour of sleep. So go to bed earlier so that you won’t be late for 10 AM worship!

spring-ahead7. The next Testimony Sunday is March 15. The theme is “By Grace.” 3-4 persons are invited to share their testimonies based on this theme from the lectionary texts for that Sunday (Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21] Let me know if you are interested [email me].

Canaan Annoucements 15_03_01.0048. Sunday Community Hour update (11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.):
– Everyone: New choir class starts on 3/8 in Worship Hall 1. Contact Wendy Huang [email Wendy] or Christina Chen [email Christina] for more info. Pianists are needed.
– Adults: “Money Management, the Bible, and You” class (tentative title) will be led by Roland Chow [email Roland] and Betty Tseng [email Betty] on March 15. Limited enrollment. Contact them for more information.
– Everglow Youth: Beginning April 17, we have two Sunday youth classes: Junior High and High School students. Contact Pastor Chris Liu for details [email Chris Liu]
– Young Adults: Chris Su [email Chris Su] and Ming Su [email Ming] are thinking of starting a “Young Adults connect” time during Community Hour. Contact them if you would like to help or participate!

9. Service Opportunity: City Team San Jose Kitchen support needed at 580 Charles St, San Jose 95113. Only a few slots are available for Saturdays 3/21 (9 am – noon). Contact William Effendy [email William].
– Duties: Help prepare and serve food to the homeless and program residents; clean up dining room and kitchen after meals; sort and shelve food.
– Qualifications: All volunteers must be over 14 years old. All female volunteers should dress modestly. We strongly urge that all females be accompanied by at least one adult male.

10. Summer Mission Opportunities update:

  • Our Taiwan Summer Mission Team (6/30-7/18)! Contact Pastor Chris Liu [email Chris Liu] or mission deacon William Effendy if you are interested [email William]. The brochures and applications are now available.
  • Belize Missions with Pastor Brian Leong of Lord’s Grace Church (July 10-19). The Belize mission information file and applications are now available. Let me know if interested [email me].
  • Luke Medical Missions is offering a Taiwan MSCE Mission (Medical Students Cultural Exchange) on July 11-19, 2015 at Mackay Medical College, July 20-25 for other service opportunities in Taiwan (optional). We also welcome applicants to consider possibility of a more extended stay/shadowing/service in a Christian Hospital for 2-4 weeks (we can match for them). The application deadline is March 31. MSCE home page: https://mscesummercamp.wordpress.com/ Application: https://mscesummercamp.wordpress.com/apply/

11. SAVE THESE DATES: August 7-9, 2015. All-church Retreat at U.C. Santa Cruz. We 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. Volunteers are needed to help organize the retreat! Please let me know if you are interested in helping! [email me]

See you Sunday!

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

Black and Red

Ash Wednesday – February 18, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

the_modern_chinese_wedding_banquet4b4820bd02a0fa6507adThis year, the Lenten Season and the Lunar New Year start at the same time. It’s odd to give or get red envelopes filled with cash just after we mark our foreheads with black ash (even if it is symbolic). But I don’t think our cultural and spiritual heritages clash. The emotional juxtaposition of celebration and confession is difficult to hold together, but reflects, nevertheless, the down-to-earth and realistic understanding of life that Christian faith offers. Jesus does not offer us an escape from the tensions of joy and suffering, but gives us meaning and purpose as he walks with us through the contradictions of life.
So let’s celebrate the Lunar New Year not as most people would. Rather, let us be reminded that our cause for celebration is rooted in Jesus’ ultimate triumph through the valley of the shadow of death!

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Hey Everglow youth! Welcome back! I heard you had a wonderfully inspiring retreat. Even though we missed your presence at worship service, I hope you’ll remind the entire church to encourage you to take your faith to the next step!

This Friday, the Everglow parents are hosting a Lunar New Year Potluck Celebration. If you’d like to come, please ask Mr. Wendy Huang [email Wendy] what you can bring to the dinner.

Next Tuesday at 7:45 pm, our Young Adults Fellowship will hold a Lunar New Year Hotpot! Invite your friends. For details contact Chris Su [email Chris].

This Sunday, Pastor Chris Liu will begin our Lenten Sermon series with a sermon  entitled “Preparing for Ministry” (Mark 1:9-15). During Lent, our sermons will focus on a “House Cleaning” theme. Is there “dirt” in our lives that need to be cleaned up? Come with ready hearts.

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ash-wednesday-clipart_13922520451Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.

Here are three resources and opportunities for Lent:

1. 40 Ideas for Lent 2015 (by Rachel Held Evans)
http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/40-ideas-for-lent-2015

2. Living Waters: Reflections and Activities for Lent (by World Vision)
http://church.worldvision.org/in-the-margins/resources/living-water.html?campaign=318013125

3. Fast from Fast Food campaign (by Interfaith Workers Justice)
http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1035/p/salsa/web/questionnaire/public/?questionnaire_KEY=1745

As many as four million fast food workers across the country are struggling to make ends meet. Many workers are standing up for $15 per hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.

In solidarity with workers, we pledge to Fast from Fast Food and commit to pray for them, their families and the growing Fight for $15 movement every day, from Feb. 18 until April 4. Fast from Fast Food coincides with the 40-day Christian season of Lent, a period of prayer, fasting, repentance and sacrifice. It is also a time of solidarity, particularly with those who have the least.

People of all faith traditions are invited to join in the fast by committing to Fast from Fast Food and “go without” for 40 days. By doing so, we are also choosing to walk hand-in-hand with our brothers and sisters who are leading the struggle that would lift millions of working families out of poverty and put us all on a road back to prosperity.

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

2. The BASS [Bay Area Sunday School] Convention (March 5-7, 2015] offers excellent workshops for anyone who serves in church. Visit bassconvention.org and get the church registration code from Nelson Lu [email Nelson]. Shirley will carpool to BASS Convention on Friday morning Mar 6 until 2 PM. Meet at her home [email Shirley].

3. Service Opportunity: City Team San Jose Kitchen support needed at 580 Charles St, San Jose 95113. Only a few slots are available for Saturdays 3/21 (9 am – noon). Contact William Effendy [email William].
– Duties: Help prepare and serve food to the homeless and program residents; clean up dining room and kitchen after meals; sort and shelve food.
– Qualifications: All volunteers must be over 14 years old. All female volunteers should dress modestly. We strongly urge that all females be accompanied by at least one adult male.

4. Summer Mission Opportunities update:

  • Our Taiwan Summer Mission Team (6/30-7/18)! Contact Pastor Chris Liu or mission deacon William Effendy if you are interested [email William]. The brochures and applications are now available.
  • Belize Missions with Pastor Brian Leong of Lord’s Grace Church (July 10-19). The Belize mission information file and applications are now available. Let me know if interested [email me].
  • Luke Medical Missions is offering a Taiwan MSCE Mission (Medical Students Cultural Exchange) on July 11-19, 2015 at Mackay Medical College, July 20-25 for other service opportunities in Taiwan (optional). We also welcome applicants to consider possibility of a more extended stay/shadowing/service in a Christian Hospital for 2-4 weeks (we can match for them). The application Deadline: March 31 MSCE home page: https://mscesummercamp.wordpress.com/ Application: https://mscesummercamp.wordpress.com/apply/

5. Don’t forget! Daylight Savings Time begins March 8. Move your clocks ahead one hour, lose one hour of sleep. So go to bed earlier so that you won’t be late for 10 AM worship!

6. The next Testimony Sunday is March 15. The theme is “By Grace.” 3-4 persons are invited to share their testimonies based on this theme from the lectionary texts for that Sunday (Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21] Email me if you are interested.

7. The next opportunity for baptism, confirmation, or to join Canaan as a member will be Easter Sunday, April 5. Applicants and inquirers should join Canaan Basics, which will be offered on March 1, 8, and 22. Speak to me for more details [email me].

8. SAVE THESE DATES: August 7-9, 2015. All-church Retreat at U.C. Santa Cruz. We 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. Volunteers are needed to help organize the retreat! Please let me know if you are interested in helping! [email me]

9. Are you interested ins starting a VisionQuest group? Let me know and I’ll help you set one up! [email me]

10. Finally, a word to everyone who serves:

This year, there is no reimbursement budget for Sunday snacks and refreshments. Please consider donating so that we can continue to offer snacks and refreshments each Sunday.

Our volunteer coordination system is called Planning Center Online (PCO). If you are serving, please respond at least 3 weeks in advance to requests. Better yet, please schedule your available dates to serve at least a year in advance.

  • Members of Praise Band and Greeters should contact Christina Chen [email Christina];
  • Sound and video tech should contact Brian Chen [email Brian];
  • Snacks and Coffee/Tea set up & clean up should contact Stanley Chow [email Stanley];
  • MCs should contact me [email me];
  • Children’s ministry should contact Nicole Lu [email Nicole] or Shirley Tai [email Shirley].
  • See you Sunday!

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

English Service 10 AM

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Apr 26: Tim Tseng "Teaching"

Worship Location (Hall 3)

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Upcoming Events

  • English Worship: Tim Tseng "The Gift of Teaching" April 26, 2015 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am WH3_max120
  • Everglow Fellowship Night May 1, 2015 at 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm Room 160
  • English Worship: Chris Liu "The Gift of Encouragement" May 3, 2015 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am WH3_max120
  • EM Young Adults Fellowship May 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm WH2_max100
  • Everglow Fellowship Night May 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm Room 160
  • English Worship: Tim Tseng "The Gift of Giving" May 10, 2015 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am WH3_max120
  • Everglow Fellowship Night May 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm Room 160
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