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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 212 posts for Canaan English Ministry

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
visit canaanem.org

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

Hacking for Jesus

February 11, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

2015_02_08 Life in Motion.017It was fun to have my sermon “hacked” by those who worshipped in English Service last Sunday. I hope that we also were inspired by Jesus’ active life of healing people! There’ll be more “hacking” in the future!

This Sunday, most of our youth will be attending the annual inter-church Youth Retreat. It’ll be a great experience. Pray that God will use that time to awaken and deepen their walk with Jesus. During English service, we will conclude our Epiphany sermon series about Jesus, the Architect of Christian Life with a message that reflects on Jesus’ Transfiguration (Mark 2:2-9).

We then enter the Season of Lent on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 18th). Our sermon focus will shift to “House Cleaning” to help us prepare for Jesus’ journey to the cross by letting God cleanse our hearts and minds. Let’s make our lives and our ministry at Canaan habitable for God!

After service, our Recent College Grad group will meet to discuss Strengths Finder 2.0. There will be no youth activity, but the Acts bible study will be available for everyone.

By the way, a special thanks to Matt and Jessie  and Arthur and Vicki and anyone else who hosted a Superbowl party for Canaan people and friends on Feb. 1! Thanks to John Tang for helping to organize the one held at Matt and Jessie’s restaurant. That was one of the most memorable Super Bowls – and I trust that we all had good fellowship!

Up next: Lunar New Year celebrations…

  • Parents of Everglow will host a dinner on Friday, Feb. 20th at 7 p.m. Invite your friends! [email Pastor Ralph Su]
  • Our Young Adults will have their annual Hot Pot Lunar New Year Celebration on Tuesday, Feb 26 at church (7:30 p.m.) Invite your friends! [email Pastor Chris Liu]

VERY IMPORTANT. The Canaan People column needs someone to share for this Sunday and the future! It only takes a few minutes to share about yourself to our community in the Canaan People column of our weekly bulletin. Please go to bit.ly/iamcanaanpeople today and let us know who you are and why Canaan is so special to you! The more people who share, the better! Many thanks to all who have already participated.

Other Important Announcements
visit canaanem.org

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 6 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 for STM 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].
  • New Life Community Church Medical Evangelism Missions in Honduras (Aug 16-22) in partnership with Luke Medical Missions. Let me know if interested [email me]. The deadline to apply is this Sunday, Feb. 15th. Visit: http://honduras.newlifesj.org  An informational video can be found at: http://www.newlifesj.org/honduras-2015/honduras-2015-missions-trip-information-video/
  • 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 memberwill 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

The Victorious Life

February 4, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

victoryHaving trouble sitting through sermons? Does Bible study feel boring? Finding it difficult to pray regularly? Not motivated to invite and encourage people to follow Jesus? Far too many of us are living a defeated Christian life – defeated by the demons of busy-ness, misplaced priorities, and self-centered thinking. In my message this last Sunday, I wanted us to see that Jesus has authority over all these demons because he is God’s son. In the same way, we also have authority over our demons because we are God’s children. Once we’ve experienced salvation through grace in Christ, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a life of service and ministry. Having this power and authority means that there is nothing that should dominate, enslave, or hinder us from living a victorious Christian life – unless we allow them to. So be bold, y’all!

This Sunday, we’ll continue to explore how Jesus’ ministry focus sets a pattern for balance in our lives (Mark 1:29-39). Afterwards, our Acts study and Recent College Grads connect will resume.

VERY IMPORTANT. The Canaan People column needs someone to share for this Sunday and the future! It only takes a few minutes to share about yourself to our community in the Canaan People column of our weekly bulletin. Please go to bit.ly/iamcanaanpeople today and let us know who you are and why Canaan is so special to you! The more people who share, the better! Many thanks to all who have already participated.

Other Important Announcements

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

2. The Annual Inter-church Youth Retreat is Feb 13-16! Speak to Pastor Chris Liu for the registration form and more information [email Chris]. Everglow Fellowship and Sunday activity will be canceled on Friday and Sunday.

3. The BASS [Bay Area Sunday School] Convention (March 5-7, 2015] offers excellent workshops for anyone who serves in church. Visit bassconvention.org and speak to Nelson Lu [email Nelson] or Shirley Tai [email Shirley].

4. Service Opportunity: City Team San Jose Kitchen support needed at 580 Charles St, San Jose 95113. Saturdays 3/21, 3/28, or 4/18 (9 am – noon). We have reserved 8 slots for each Saturday. 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.

5. 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 for STM 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].
– New Life Community Church Medical Evangelism Missions in Honduras (Aug 16-22) in partnership with Luke Medical Missions. Let me know if interested [email me].

6. 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].

7. SAVE THESE DATES: August 7-9, 2015All-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]

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

See you Sunday!

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

Between Mulan and the Superbowl

January 28, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

If you worshiped with us this past Sunday, you were treated to three wonderful testimonies. It seemed as if the Holy Spirit inspired Ming, Tobi, and Mei to remind us that responding to God’s call often means making difficult choices, enduring disappointments, and walking through the valley of the shadow of death. Every follower of Jesus is a minister. It was good to be ministered by you!

So far in our Epiphany sermon series, we are discovering that the pattern of life that Jesus set for us is about servanthood, baptism into ministry, ministering by engaging people, and heeding a call that requires us to bear our crosses daily.

This Sunday’s message will highlight another part of life that Jesus models for us: living with authority (Mark 1:21-28). If you ever felt like you’ve lost control over your life and that life’s demands are overwhelming, then come and see what Jesus did!

This Sunday, we’ll also have a very important Town Hall meeting during the Community Hour (11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.) in Worship Hall 3. Everglow Youth and Mandarin Parenting class will still be held, but other classes will be cancelled. I encourage everyone else to attend whether or not you are a member. The main topic for the Town Hall will be to discuss the plans for remodeling our church building. Members of our session will be available to respond to our questions. We’ll also hear more about and ask questions about the fund-raising committee’s plan.

Then, at 3:18 p.m., consider joining one of two Superbowl parties that are being hosted by our members. Unlike Superbowl parties that are just for friends and family, our parties are opportunities to connect with new people – both churched and unchurched. Followers of Christ seek to redeem every moment for ministry. Why? Because we are all ministers! Besides, ministry can be really fun!

One of the Superbowl parties will be with our Young Adults. Contact Arthur Saye [mail] for details. The other is for all age groups. It will be hosted by John Tang and Matt Lee – and held at Matt’s restaurant, Sonoma Chicken Coop – Almaden (5925 Almaden Expressway, San Jose CA 95120). Contact John Tang [mail] for details.

Canaan Annoucements 15_01_18.004Also, a reminder that this Saturday, the Children’s Ministry is hosting a Family Potluck and Movie Night (Fellowship Hall, 5-8 p.m.). We will watch Mulan. Contact Nicole Lu [email]. Register at kids.ecanaan.org

VERY IMPORTANT. The Canaan People column needs someone to share for this Sunday and the future! It only takes a few minutes to share about yourself to our community in the Canaan People column of our weekly bulletin. Please go to bit.ly/iamcanaanpeople today and let us know who you are and why Canaan is so special to you! The more people who share, the better! Many thanks to all who have already participated.

Other Important Announcements

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

2. The Annual Inter-church Youth Retreat is coming Feb 13-16! Speak to Pastor Chris Liu for the registration form and more information [email].

3. The World Christian Conference will be held at Redwood Christian Park on Feb 13-16. The theme is “Blessed to be a Blessing” Register by Feb 2nd at wcfellowship.org/wcc/2015/

4. The BASS [Bay Area Sunday School] Convention (March 5-7, 2015] is looking for volunteers to serve as ushers and information desk managers. Visit their web page at bassconvention.org/volunteer.cfm and sign up or contact Deacon Nelson Lu [email]

City Team San Jose 2015_01_255. Service Opportunity: City Team San Jose Kitchen support needed at 580 Charles St, San Jose 95113. Saturdays 3/21, 3/28, or 4/18 (9 am – noon). We have reserved 8 slots for each Saturday. Contact William Effendy [email].
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.

6. Summer Mission Opportunities:
– Our Taiwan Summer Mission Team (6/30-7/18)! Contact Pastor Chris Liu or mission deacon William Effendy if you are interested [email]. The brochures for STM are now available.
Belize Missions with Pastor Brian Leong of Lord’s Grace Church (July 10-19). The Belize mission applications are now available. Let me know if interested [email].
– New Life Community Church Medical Evangelism Missions in Honduras (Aug 16-22) in partnership with Luke Medical Missions. Let me know if interested [email].

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].

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

See you Sunday!

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

Jesus the Architect

January 21, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

Architect ToolsOne of the great perks about following Jesus is that we get to see his vision for humanity. Jesus is not the kind of architect who simply drafts a blueprint for others to follow. He rolls up his sleeves and shows us how to live. He gives us the tools and energy we need to flourish!

Our current sermon series highlights Jesus’ pattern of life. In the incarnation, Jesus shows us a God who joins us in service of others. In his baptism, Jesus teaches us that we are all ministers. And last Sunday, Pastor Chris Liu preached that Jesus’ life was about investing in, inviting, and impacting the people around him. This Sunday, a few of our brothers and sisters will share their testimonies and show us yet another pattern of Christian living – namely, sharing about God’s presence in our lives. So come and see!

Other Important Announcements

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

2. 2014 contribution receipts will be ready for pick up until the end of January. If your mailing address has changed in the past year or two, please contact Justin Lin to update your record.

3. The World Christian Conference will be held at Redwood Christian Park on Feb 13-16. The theme is “Blessed to be a Blessing” Register by Feb 2nd at wcfellowship.org/wcc/2015/

Canaan Annoucements 15_01_18.0044. The Children’s Ministry Family Potluck and Movie Night will be held on Sat, Jan 31 (Fellowship Hall, 5-8 p.m.). We will watch Mulan. Contact Nicole Lu [email]. Register at kids.ecanaan.org

5. We’ve decided not to have an all-church Superbowl Party on Feb. 1. Instead, some of our families will open their homes to people who would like to come, watch the game together, and have some food and fellowship. Contact John Tang for more details [email]

6. The Annual Inter-church Youth Retreat is coming Feb 13-16! Speak to Pastor Chris Liu for the registration form and more information [email].

7. The BASS [Bay Area Sunday School] Convention (March 5-7, 2015] is looking for volunteers to serve as ushers and information desk managers. Visit their web page atbassconvention.org/volunteer.cfm and sign up or contact Deacon Nelson Lu [email]

8. Summer Mission Opportunities:
Canaan Annoucements 15_01_18.006- 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 for STM are now available.
Belize Missions with Pastor Brian Leong of Lord’s Grace Church (July 10-19). Let me know if interested.
– New Life Community Church Medical Evangelism Missions in Honduras (Aug 16-22) in partnership with Luke Medical Missions. Let me know if interested.

9. Service Opportunity: City Team San Jose Kitchen Help needed at 580 Charles St, San Jose 95113. Saturdays 3/21, 3/28, or 4/18 (9 am – noon). We have reserved 8 slots for each Saturday. Contact William Effendy [email].
– 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. 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 in March. Speak to me for more details.

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

12. Canaan People column: Share about yourself to our community in the Canaan People column of our weekly bulletin. Please go to bit.ly/iamcanaanpeople and let us know who you are and why Canaan is so special to you! Thanks to all who have already participated.

See you Sunday!

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

Are you having an Epiphany?

word-made-fleshJanuary 6, 2014

Happy Epiphany Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

I heard once that if Jesus had come to earth in the form of a Southern hillbilly, it would have been called “the intarnation.” Sorry, that was really bad – but I can’t promise that I won’t do that again.

In last Sunday’s message, I wanted us to see that Christ’s incarnation was God assuming the form of not just any human, but that of a servant. According to Philippians 2, Jesus literally became a slave and gave his life away to save us and the world. And throughout the four gospels, Jesus teaches us to imitate his servant’s heart. As we begin our Epiphany sermon series about Jesus as the architect of life, let’s remember that God’s servant heart was the reason for the incarnation and that our servant hearts are the foundations for authentic Christian living.

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Of course, servanthood is just one aspect of the Incarnation. Here is a list of great quotes about the Incarnation: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/incarnation

This Sunday, we’ll look at baptism, the beginning of Jesus’ ministry – and start of the Christian life. Go to http://canaanem.org/2015-theme/ to view future sermons.

Other Important Announcements

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

2. Question for everyone. Shall we host a Superbowl Party on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 3:30 pm at church? If so, we will be looking for volunteers to make it an outreach and family-friendly event. So talk among yourselves – we’ll decide by next week.

3. The Annual Inter-church Youth Retreat is coming Feb 13-16! Register this Sunday for the early bird rate. Speak to Pastor Chris Liu for the registration form and more information [email].

4. The next English testimonial service will be on Jan. 25. We invite at least three persons to share their stories that reflect on these lectionary texts: Mark 1:14-20; Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 and/or Corinthians 7:29-31.

5. The BASS [Bay Area Sunday School] Convention (March 5-7, 2015] is looking for volunteers to serve as ushers and information desk managers. Visit their web page atbassconvention.org/volunteer.cfm and sign up or contact Deacon Nelson Lu [email]

6. 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 in March. Speak to me for more details.

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

8. Canaan People column: Share about yourself to our community in the Canaan People column of our weekly bulletin. Please go to bit.ly/iamcanaanpeople and let us know who you are and why Canaan is so special to you! Thanks to all who have already participated.

See you Sunday!

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

Now in flesh appearing…

December 30, 2014

Dearest Canaan English Ministry members and friends,

Greetings from Redondo Beach! Betty and I are wrapping up a fun Southern California mini-vacation. We’ve been doing more exercise and cultural appreciation than eating – well worth it!

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The new year is almost upon us. I hope you are getting ready to “upgrade” our English Youth and Adult ministries! Even as we thank God for giving us growth this year, let us not be content. So many people still need to hear the gospel accurately. The nations still need healing; the world still needs hope. All of us, young and old, are called to build up church communities that can mean the difference between despair and fulfillment.

This Sunday, we wrap up the Christmas Season with a message about the incredible reality that, in Jesus Christ, God became a human. This is called the “Incarnation.” In the Incarnation, Jesus does not only empathize with us. He shows us what an authentic human life looks like. So our Sunday sermons during this Epiphany Season will explore how Jesus is the architect of the Christian life. Have a look at this page for an overview of the upcoming messages: http://canaanem.org/2015-theme/

Other Important Announcements

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

2. Our Annual English Ministry leadership micro-retreat will be held on Saturday, Jan 10 at 9 a.m.. Pray for this half-day retreat as we prepare for the 2015 year. Pastor Brian Leong of Lord’s Grace Chinese Christian Church will be our featured resource person. Let me know if you are interested in joining.

3. The next English testimonial service will be on Jan. 25. We invite at least three persons to share their stories that reflect on these lectionary texts: Mark 1:14-20; Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 and/or Corinthians 7:29-31.

4. The BASS [Bay Area Sunday School] Convention (March 5-7, 2015] is looking for volunteers to serve as ushers and information desk managers. Visit their web page at bassconvention.org/volunteer.cfm and sign up or contact Deacon Nelson Lu [email]

5. 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 in March. Speak to me for more details.

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

7. Canaan People column: Share about yourself to our community in the Canaan People column of our weekly bulletin. Please go to bit.ly/iamcanaanpeople and let us know who you are and why Canaan is so special to you! Thanks to all who have already participated.

See you Sunday and Happy New Year!

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

Jesus Is Here!

December 25, 2014

Dearest Canaan English Ministry members and friends,

Merry Christmas!

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It was such a joy to be part of last night’s Christmas caroling experience! Our home was the final stop of what was an exciting evening of travel, singing, and fellowship. Thank you Elder Shirley Tai for organizing it – and thanks to all the carolers for bringing joy to the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior!

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Last Sunday, five families dedicated themselves to raising their children in Christian faith. It was truly fitting to celebrate the hope that children bring in conjunction with Christmas.

In my sermon, I shared that the hope that Mary felt in anticipation of the birth of Jesus was surrounded by uncertainty and potential public shaming. Yet, Mary yielded to God’s purpose for her, sang the first Christmas carol, and became the first Christian theologian! All this despite not knowing what her son Jesus would accomplish! The song, “Mary, Did You Know?” offers words of comfort not just to Mary, but also to all of us who have taken the leap of faith.

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In the next two Sundays, Pastor Chris and I will share Christmas messages. A number of our brothers and sisters have expressed concern that America is in decline because we have taken Christ out of Christmas. Instead of saying Merry Christmas, more and more people say Happy Holidays. Well, I hope that our Christmas sermons will help us think about this as we review what Christ’s birth means. I look forward to seeing you all!

By the way, here are this Sunday’s songs for English worship:

Beautiful Savior

O Come All Ye Faithful

Sing to the King

Whom Shall I Fear

Forever Reign

Other Important Announcements

1. The weekly Canaan English Ministry Calendar has been updated. Go to canaanem.org/calendar/ Because New Years is on Thursday, please send me announcements no later than next Monday so that the bulletins can be printed on Wednesday.

2. Our Annual English Ministry leadership micro-retreat will be held on Saturday, Jan 1o at 9 a.m.. Pray for this half-day retreat as we prepare for the 2015 year. Pastor Brian Leong of Lord’s Grace Chinese Christian Church will be our featured resource person. Let me know if you are interested in joining.

3. The next English testimonial service will be on Jan. 25. We invite at least three persons to share their stories that reflect on these lectionary texts: Mark 1:14-20; Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 and/or Corinthians 7:29-31.

4. The BASS [Bay Area Sunday School] Convention (March 5-7, 2015] is looking for volunteers to serve as ushers and information desk managers. Visit their web page at bassconvention.org/volunteer.cfm and sign up or contact Deacon Nelson Lu [email]

5. 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 in March. Speak to me for more details.

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

7. Canaan People column: Share about yourself to our community in the Canaan People column of our weekly bulletin. Please go to bit.ly/iamcanaanpeople and let us know who you are and why Canaan is so special to you! Thanks to all who have already participated.

See you Sunday!

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

Christmas Eve Caroling with English Ministry – sign up now!

It’s not too late!

Sign up for singing or being a stop for 2014 Christmas Eve Caroling with Canaan English Ministry youth and adults! Go to:

bit.ly/caroling2014  or

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SNQlfAS4uCFRqW3Fs3ashYpftuWkQlhCDShLD0qEzrA/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

Join us (adults and youth in English Ministry at Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church) for Christmas Eve caroling anytime between 7pm and 10pm on December 24. Sign up to be a caroling stop (group will come to your place to sing 1-2 songs), or sing with the group, or both! Detailed schedule of the evening will be emailed to you at the email address you provide, in case you can only join part of the evening and want to know where the group will be at a particular time. The Christmas caroling group will start 7pm at church for a brief “rehearsal” and then travel together from home to home, ending up back at Canaan no later than 10pm.

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English Service 10 AM

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Mar 1: Tim Tseng "Getting Out of the Way” Mark 8:31-38

Worship Location (Hall 3)

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Upcoming Events

  • English Worship: Tim Tseng "Getting Out of the Way" Mark 8:31-38 March 1, 2015 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am WH3_max120
  • English Worship: Tim Tseng "Cleaning Up" John 2:13-22 March 8, 2015 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am WH3_max120
  • VBS preview party March 8, 2015 at 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm FH_max400 Preview and registration for volunteers and students for 2015 V BS summer camp. Details at vbs.ecanaan.org. Contact Shirley.tai@ecanaan.org or vbs@ecanaan.org for questions.
  • English Worship: Testimonies March 15, 2015 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am WH3_max120
  • English Worship: Tim Tseng "Giving Up" John 12:20-33 March 22, 2015 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am WH3_max120
  • English Worship: Palm Sunday, Tim Tseng "This is the Day" John 12: 12-16 March 29, 2015 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am WH3_max120
  • English Welcome Reception April 5, 2015 at 11:30 am – 12:30 pm WH3_max120
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