A Retreat for College students, Young Adults, Singles, and Families
Building on this year’s English Ministry theme, “Connect” – connecting to God, God’s people (the church), and God’s world - the goal of our retreat will be invite everyone connected to Canaan’s English Ministry to “Come Together” and build up a community of love and unity. We especially encourage those who have not been as involved with Canaan’s English ministry recently or feel a bit disconnected to come and learn how to be a Christ-centered community!
Our speaker will be Sabrina Chan, Senior Area Director, Silicon Coast, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Sabrina Chan has been leading InterVarsity ministry in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 3 years. But she calls herself a Texan because of her 15 years there – first as a student at Rice University, then as a computer engineer, and finally 9 leading InterVarsity at the University of Texas. While there she also helped plant and lead a church community – Mosaic Austin. The church ordained her in 2009.
She recently completed her MA in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and has also served on InterVarsity’s Asian American Leadership Team for 9 years. She mentors staff and students in leadership development, and preaches regularly at her church. She enjoys hanging out with her husband Kevin, bike commuting, photography, live music, and breakfast tacos.
DATES: Friday, August 9 (evening) through Sunday, August 11 (lunch)
LOCATION: U.C. Santa Cruz, College Nine Apartments
These recently built apartments nestled among beautiful redwood trees at U.C. Santa Cruz are furnished with linens and convenient for retreat participants, including families with small children. The apartments are very close to the dining hall (good food with large selection) and retreat meeting rooms. Each apartment unit has 2-4 bedrooms and its own kitchen, living room, and bathroom.
Please do not let cost deter you, your friends, and family from coming! We want all of Canaan EM’s adults to participate! The following is a breakdown of fees (subsidized by Canaan); they include lodging for two nights, meals, and Campus activity fees:
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
After you register, we will email you a summary of charges. You can then write a check to "Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church" and give to Shirley Tai or Torence Lu. [updated]
Friday, August 9
Saturday, August 10
Sunday, August 11
Young Adults are dancing tomorrow; TGIF Small group is having a game night!
It was fun to have an opportunity to present the basic gospel at English service yesterday! Thanks Jeffrey Kuan for sharing his testimony (which I’ll call, “Three Strikes and You’re In!”). The image below links to a slightly modified version of yesterday’s presentation, which includes links to the songs we used. Enjoy sharing it with friends and relatives!
Sign up soon for the International Students Fellowship this coming Friday evening at Valley Church (Cupertino): http://isisfbay.org/southbay/schools/de-anza/
Greetings Canaan EM’ers and friends,
We will face our biggest challenge of the year to our faith this Sunday! Can we make it to church for worship an hour earlier? Yes, daylight savings time is upon us. Please don’t forget to move your clocks ahead an hour.
Kidding aside, I believe that the real greatest challenge for many of us will be to consider Canaan our Truest Family (i.e., what Timothy Keller calls the church). How can children, youth, singles, and married people come together at Canaan and become a True Family – Christ’s transforming presence in the world?
This Sunday’s message will suggest when our hearts are transformed by the gospel, we will be able to share our lives and our love to one another with grace and truth. We cannot rely on our own strength to build a loving and caring community. But we can yield our minds, hearts, and desires to the Holy Spirit so that he can bring us together as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Once we are yielded to his leading, we become more sensitive to how God has gifted us. We become aware that we are called to ministry regardless of our abilities, status, or seasons of life. We are then moved to serve within and outside of Canaan.
When you and I have our next conversation, could you prayerfully consider how God might be leading you in ministry and service? It would be great for our church if every one of us is actively seeking God’s will and serving. But it is more for the sake of your walk with Christ and spiritual growth.
The more we yield to God, the more joyful our engagement with God’s word and our service at Canaan will be. And God will transform us to become the Truest Family!
See you Sunday!
P.S. Here is a list of Opportunities to serve at Canaan. Please let me know if you feel led to engage your faith with us:
We ask God to move mountains but forget that God also wants to move you. In fact, it’s possible that YOU are that BIG mountain. — Eugene Cho, Founding & Lead Pastor of Quest Church (Seattle, WA)
Every Sunday morning, all over the world, preachers stand in front of their congregations and do the impossible: they speak human words that only partially articulate God’s Word. And hope. And trust.
That God will use their words
to make his people a channel of salvation,
to mold his people into a work of art and beauty,
to move his people closer to their authentic calling and purpose
Every Sunday morning, all over the world, preachers stare into stony faces that stare into mobile devices or empty space. And ponder. And wonder.
At the miracle that God still redeems and transforms the world…
Those of us who worship at Canaan are no different than the millions of Christians around the world. All of us bring our inattentive minds and hearts, impure motives and thoughts, and unrealistic expectations to church each Sunday.
Yet, by Christ’s grace, we are still chosen to be instruments of God’s righteousness and ministers of God’s reconciliation. We are called to connect for God!
Would you join me and allow God to move you? Can all your social, work, school, and family connections be used for God’s purpose and to strengthen Canaan’s ministry? Here are four quick suggestions:
1. Use the Sunday second hour and lunch hours for God: Attend classes, help with Children’s Ministry, develop relationships with visitors, etc.
2. Have two or three one-on-one conversations with people each week: Have a meal, coffee or tea with friends or potential friends. Have conversations with them about (but not exclusively about) God and Christian faith.
3. Plug into a small group: We have a good small group ministry. Invest in them and invite others to join.
4. Place Canaan into your heart: Canaan’s ministry to the world and reputation in our community is shaped by you. So think about Canaan. Pray for Canaan. Build up Canaan. Breathe Canaan. God called you here to be his people. You are Canaan.
Let us not merely come to church each Sunday. Rather, let us be the church. Let’s expect to find our true purpose and identity in Christ! Let’s experience the fullness and joy of His life in us!
May God move mountains like us!
See you Sunday!
Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries
Connect4God - Visit canaanem.org
1. Summaries from last two Sunday messages:
- Feb 3 based on Luke 4:21-30.
Jesus showed up to challenge us to really hear him and
set us free from our self-centered bigotry which
prevents us from connecting with all God’s people.
- Feb 17 based on Luke 4:1-13
In the wilderness for 40 days, Jesus disconnected
from the devil’s bad advice,
and revealed that the purpose of humanity is
to live by God’s word,
to worship God alone, and
to trust in God’s care
2. BAPTISM AND MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS are due 3/10. A brief orientation session will be held before the 3/31 welcome service – followed by a membership class in April.
3. THIS SUNDAY: Second Hour class, Heresies – What Christians Refuse to Believe will be led by Pastor Tim and Nelson Lu. We will explore the heresy of Arianism, namely, the view that Jesus was not divine.
On Ash Wednesday, we are reminded that God created humanity out of dirt or dust:
”for dust you are and to dust you will return” (Gen 3:19, NIV).
So here is a nice video that reflects on “dirt”: