March 24, 2010
Greetings sisters and brothers at Canaan!
I’m just beginning to catch my breath! Last weekend may have been just another mundane weekend at Canaan for you. But it was new to me! I joined the community group that met at John and Ring Tang’s home on Friday, the consistory meeting on Saturday, and Sunday’s worship and installation service – everything flew by so quickly! As a former academic, I’m accustomed to a slower pace, but I really enjoyed it all! I’m grateful for the warm reception at the installation service. The New York Jets football gear that English Ministry leaders gave me were awesome gifts! Maybe I’ll wear them this Sunday. 🙂
As we enter the Easter season, I am feeling a sense of newness because of Canaan. I pray that you will experience a deep spiritual renewal as well. Many of us are transitioning into different stages of life and may be feeling stretched. Others may continue to feel suspicious or disappointed by their recent experiences at Canaan. It may not feel like renewal right now. But God is with us and is making a way for us through our deserts. God will quench our thirst and fill our hunger. God will renew us. To help guide us along the path of renewal, the Easter season Sunday messages will explore ways to revitalize our spirituality.
Then during Pentecost season (May 23 – Nov 21), we will engage a new Sunday message series called “Re-boot with Luke.” If you feel ready to “re-boot” your walk with the Lord and if you feel ready to help our English ministry “re-boot” its mission, then join us! Luke’s Gospel will show us how Jesus lived, taught, and ministered to people; and will help us “re-boot” our excitement for discipleship and ministry!
Please pray for me and our pastoral staff and our English ministry leadership team (Elder Chris Lin, Elder Ed Chen, Hubert Hsieh, Wendy Huang, Byron Wang, Jonathan Weng, and William Tai) as we strive for renewal and to re-boot!
Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 >> Email me!
Interim English Pastor
Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church
Office: 408-942-2822 x113
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P.S. I’ve set up an English Ministry blog at https://canaanpromise.wordpress.com/. It is still under construction and your suggestions and participation are welcome!
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This Sunday is Palm Sunday at Canaan – March 28, 2010
…an opportunity to create a culture of Christian renewal!
– English worship (Worship Hall 1): Tim will speak on “My Little Pony and Jesus” (Luke 19:28-40)
– Children’s Sunday School (Nursery through 6th Grade, various rooms)
– Adult English fellowship (Main Lobby) All English service people are invited to gather for snacks and fellowship (Youth are welcome to have snacks before going to Sunday School). This will be a great opportunity to meet face-to-face in a more relaxed environment.
– High School Sunday School (Room 160)
– Junior High Sunday School (Room 163)- Children and Little Worship Services (Nursery through 6th Grade, various rooms)
– Lunch (Fellowship Hall)
– English service worship team meeting
Wednesday, March 31: There will be no prayer meeting. We are preparing for the combined Good Friday service.
Friday, April 2: All church Good Friday service (7:30 PM). There will be no Youth Fellowship meeting.
Check bulletin for location and time of Community Group meetings
Important VBS announcement:
Vacation Bible School is a great way for us to reach children and their parents for Christ! It is also a fun way to build each other up by working and fellowshipping together. So I hope that many will volunteer! For online info and registration go to http://VBS.ecanaan.org or Contact Shirley Tai, VBS Director – Tim Tseng
April 4 (Easter Sunday) Paper registration forms and invitations will be available
April 11: VBS Preview and Information Meeting (1-2pm in Worship Hall 2). CTCC summer VBS will be 8/3-8/7 for kids age 3 to grade 6.
May 31: Deadline for student discount & staff applications
TBD: VBS T-Shirt Day (for registered kids & staff)
TBD: Games and fundraisers at Fellowship Hall VBS table
Aug 1: VBS Decorating: Help us move furniture & decorate!
Aug 7: VBS Finale open to all (Saturday, 11:30-12:00)
Aug. 8 (Sunday right after VBS): VBS decorations left up for all to enjoy and VBS kids sing in each service, new families introduced, please help take down VBS decorations after lunch
People to contact:
Nicole Lu, Children’s Ministry Director 408.858.6627 (cell) Email Nicole
Jeremy Lee, Youth Ministry Director 408-221-7436 (cell) Email Jeremy
Shirley Tai, VBS Director, EMAIL SHIRLEY
Contact other staff, elders, and deacons at http://www.ecanaan.org/english/subcat1/coworkers.htm