Thursday, May 27, 2010
Dear brothers and sisters,
We are now in the season of Pentecost! Even though I was not at my best this past Sunday, I was delighted to see so many who were at their best at church! Thanks everyone who wore red to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Pentecost is the season for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world. Between now and Advent Season (Nov. 28), Canaan will focus on evangelizing our neighbors and supporting many missionary and outreach efforts. Canaan’s English ministry will reboot our Young Adults group and hold an off-site retreat for youth, young adults, and families. We will also support Vacation Bible School (VBS) and provide opportunities to equip parents. I also pray that we’ll be able to initiate college outreach and leadership development ministries the fall.
The most immediate need is to support fund-raising efforts for the Short Term Mission (STM) and Vacation Bible School. Please download the attached information and guidelines regarding the upcoming Basket Silent Auction.
I am eager to see what the Lord will do among us this year – I hope you are, too!
Please pray, volunteer, and give!
Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨
Interim English Pastor
Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church
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We’ll kick off our activities in June by supporting a Short Term Missions project (led by Jeremy Lee) and Vacation Bible School. Support our silent auction – download instructions here
Here is a preview:
1. Short Term Missions with Young Life 2010 [more about Young Life 2010 in Missions tab]
Young Life is a camp held in the rural areas of Taiwan for disadvantaged kids. These kids come from remote and broken families where the average adult male lives to be 50 years old due to alcohol abuse. The camps serve the neglected and abused youth through providing the resources to overcome stigmas and old habits while encouraging new directions in life. It is a one week live-in bilingual camp that brings friendship through songs, classroom activities and games to many impoverished aboriginal youth with a message of hope and love. Jeremy will lead a team from our church to the rural parts of Yilan (宜蘭) and Hualien (花蓮) to serve aborigines communities.
On Sunday, June 6, we will do a Fund Raiser for the Short Term Mission (STM) team. Our team will give each student a package of school supplies. Please support us by purchasing a lunch plate with an accompanying drink. Our goal is to raise $1000 to purchase these supplies for the kids and have classroom materials for when we teach.
2. Vacation Bible School outreach [VBS tab for more information]
Volunteers needed! On Saturday (June 12) and Sunday (June 13), our CTCC English ministry optometrist Crystal Chen will offer free vision screenings for our neighborhood Alviso school kids at Alviso Public Library on Saturday (3-4:30 PM) and at Canaan on Sunday (2-4 PM). Crystal would need 4-5 youth or adults to help each day. Spanish language ability is great but not necessary. Email Crystal.
On Sunday (June 13), we will do an auction basket fund raiser for STM and Vacation Bible School and a VBS bake sale: We hope to raise $1000 to sponsor 15-20 lower income kids from the Alviso community to attend VBS at greatly reduced cost.