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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 224 posts for Canaan English Ministry

Happy birthday, people of God!

pentecostsunday--2-

May 22, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

I have a few friendly reminders about this Sunday:

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

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

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

This year’s accommodations will be much better than last year’s. We’ll have units available for families with babies and young children. The walking distance between buildings will be much shorter. Also, we’ll be situated right next to the athletic facilities and fields, so you can walk to the basketball gym, the tennis and volleyball courts, the exercise rooms, etc.

Please register at retreat.ecanaan.org or fill out the registration forms. Registration is not complete until payment is received. Please make checks payable to “CTCC” and write “Retreat Fee” and the name of the main contact person on the memo line. Checks may be mailed to CTCC Retreat, 4405 Fortran Ct., San Jose CA 95134 attn: Ida Tsai for Retreat or given to EM retreat coordinators James Chang or Rachel Hung at Canaan. We will also put a box in Worship Hall 3 to collect registrations/checks this Sunday.

FEES:

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

– Registration fees after Early Bird period are $160 (13 years old and above), $90 (3-12 years old), and free for 2 year old and below (no bed allocated).

ABOUT THE ENGLISH ADULT/YOUTH TRACKS

Canaan Annoucements 15_05_24.004THEME: Good and Faithful (Matt 25:14-29)
‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ – Matthew 25:23

Canaan’s English and Youth Ministries are emphasizing the importance of “stepping up” our service to the Lord and building English Ministries 2.0. We want our English ministries to be an upgrade over tired and failed English ministries. It takes work and effort!

But we can get so caught up with serving that we forget how to invest energy in the areas that allow us to bear better quality fruit for God. Sometimes, we also serve out of fear, habit, and obligation rather than hope and joy. Instead of flourishing, we often wind up burying our spiritual gifts.

In this year’s English and Youth retreat tracks, we want to encourage our attendees to “steward” our spiritual gifts for the better yield. We will hear and reflect on a series of messages that will equip us to use wisdom in our service as well as inspire us to serve with joyfulness.

Our speaker:

Becky Chiang-Luoh is a Bay Area native and grew up attending Canaan as a youth. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Communications, she heard God’s call to go into ministry and currently serves with InterVarsity/USA at Cal ministering to fraternity and sorority students. Becky loves fun games, hosting friends at home with her husband David, drinking coffee, and all things design related.

Have a great weekend! See you at Sunday worship!

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

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

MISSIONS UPDATE
We are preparing for an exciting season of mission. Many of us will be going on Taiwan and Belize Short Term Missions. Vacation Bible School is gearing up. Please pray for everyone who is leading and participating!
Taiwan Short Term Mission Calendar:
5/30 (Sat) 10:00am to 2:00pm Mission Training (Room 160);
6/20 (Sat) 10:00am to 8:00pm Mission Training;
6/21 STM commissioning and fundraising.
6/30 night to SFO to take 7/1 AM early morning flight to Taipei.
Our missionaries to Belize will be: Judy and Roland Chow (and their daughters) and Daniel Tsai. Please pray for and support them as well as our Taiwan Short Term Missionaries.

PROMOTION SUNDAY (June 7)
Join us in celebrating our graduating students (5th grade, 8th grade, 12th grade, college, grad school). Promotion ceremony for families and students in preschool to completing 5th grade meet in the Fellowship Hall (10:00-10:15).

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

wear-red-2MEET DARREN OEI (June 14)
We will have a special Second Hour guest speaker! Darren Oei, Daniel Tsai’s friend, and staff at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in San Diego, will share about his call to campus ministry where part of his focus is on reaching the LGBT community for Christ. If you ever wanted to learn how to share the love of Christ to your gay friends or relatives, come and learn about Darren’s unique ministry.

Tools for Building Our Church

May 14, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

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

Click here for the Mother’s photo slides:

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

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

1. Audio Visual and IT

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

2. Website

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

3. Planning Center Online

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

4. Apple’s Keynote

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

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

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

Have a great weekend! See you at Sunday worship!

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

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

MISSIONS UPDATE

We are preparing for an exciting season of mission. Many of us will be going on Taiwan and Belize Short Term Missions. Vacation Bible School is gearing up. Please pray for everyone who is leading and participating!

Taiwan Short Term Mission Calendar:

  • 5/30 (Sat) 10:00am to 2:00pm Mission Training;
  • 6/20 (Sat) 10:00am to 8:00pm Mission Training;
  • 6/21 STM commissioning and fundraising,
  • 6/30 night to SFO to take 7/1 AM early morning flight to Taipei.

Our missionaries to Belize will be: Judy and Roland Chow (and their daughters) and Daniel Tsai. Please pray for and support them as well as our Taiwan Short Term Missionaries.

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

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

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

PROMOTION SUNDAY • JUNE 7

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

MEET DARREN OEI ON JUNE 14

On June 14, we will have a special second hour guest speaker! Darren Oei, of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in San Diego, will share about his call to campus ministry with a focus on reaching the LGBT community. If you ever wanted to learn how to share the love of Christ to your gay friends or relatives, come and learn about Darren’s unique ministry.

FATHER’S DAY • JUNE 21

A Short Term Mission Commissioning will take place at the end of English worship service (Worship Hall 3). This will be followed by a Go Mission Fund Raising event in the Fellowship Hall. Second hour activities will be determined by each class or group.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (JULY 28-AUGUST 1)

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

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

Contact Mike Ling for more information [email Mike].

Appreciating our moms and sisters

May 4, 2015

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

Christ the Redeemer

May 1, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great weekend! See you at Sunday worship!

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

* * *

OTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
visit canaanem.org for more information

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

PLEASE GIVE TO THE CHURCH RENOVATION FUND

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

MUSICAL CONCERT ON MOTHER’S DAY TO SUPPORT BUILDING PROJECT

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

MISSIONS UPDATE

We are preparing for an exciting season of mission. Many of us will be going on Taiwan and Belize Short Term Missions. Vacation Bible School is gearing up. Please pray for everyone who is leading and participating!

Taiwan Short Term Mission Calendar:
– 5/30 (Sat) 10:00am to 2:00pm Mission Training;
– 6/20 (Sat) 10:00am to 8:00pm Mission Training;
– 6/21 STM commissioning and fundraising,
– 6/30 night to SFO to take 7/1 AM early morning flight to Taipei.

Our missionaries to Belize will be: Judy and Roland Chow (and their daughters) and Daniel Tsai. Please pray for and support them as well as our Taiwan Short Term Missionaries.

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

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

PROMOTION SUNDAY • JUNE 7

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

FATHER’S DAY • JUNE 21

Go Mission Fund Raising, Short Term Mission Commissioning.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (JULY 28-AUGUST 1)

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Mike Ling for more information [email Mike].

Romans 12 and the renewal of Asian American Christianity

April 24, 2015

Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great weekend! See you at Sunday worship!

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

* * *

OTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
visit canaanem.org for more information

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

PLEASE GIVE TO THE CHURCH RENOVATION FUND

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

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

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

MISSIONS UPDATE

We are preparing for an exciting season of mission. Many of us will be going on Taiwan and Belize Short Term Missions. Vacation Bible School is gearing up. Please pray for everyone who is leading and participating!

Taiwan Short Term Mission Calendar:
– 5/30 (Sat) 10:00am to 2:00pm Mission Training;
– 6/20 (Sat) 10:00am to 8:00pm Mission Training;
– 6/21 STM commissioning and fundraising,
– 6/30 night to SFO to take 7/1 AM early morning flight to Taipei.

Our missionaries to Belize will be: Judy and Roland Chow (and their daughters) and Daniel Tsai. Please pray for and support them as well as our Taiwan Short Term Missionaries.

CHURCH LUNCH SERVICE • APRIL

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

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

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

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

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

PROMOTION SUNDAY • JUNE 7

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

FATHER’S DAY • JUNE 21

Go Mission Fund Raising, Short Term Mission Commissioning.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (JULY 28-AUGUST 1)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Mike Ling for more information [email Mike].

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]

* * *

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

* * *

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

* * *

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

English Service 10 AM

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May 24: Pentecost Testimonies (wear red)

Worship Location (Hall 3)

Enter through door 1 or 8

Upcoming Events

  • English Worship: Testimonies - many merciful tongues May 24, 2015 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am WH3_max120
  • Everglow Fellowship Night May 29, 2015 at 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm Room 160
  • English Worship: Tim Tseng "The Spirit of Adoption" (Romans 8:12-17 ) May 31, 2015 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am WH3_max120
  • EM Young Adults Fellowship June 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm WH2_max100
  • Everglow Fellowship Night June 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm Room 160
  • English Worship: Tim Tseng "Hear O Israel" (Deuteronomy 6:4-12) Pro motion Sunday June 7, 2015 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am WH3_max120
  • Everglow Fellowship Night June 12, 2015 at 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm Room 160
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