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Sports Day is coming! (Aug 27)

August 19, 2011

Dear Canaan EMers and friends,

Apologies for lateness of this week’s e-update. Like last week, I only have a few important announcements to share.  The most exciting is to invite y’all to come to the upcoming, annual, all-church Sports Day on Saturday, August 27th (10 AM- 3 PM)! For parents with young children, there will be a parent-child mini-hike around the part. William Tai and Jeremy Lee are organizing two softball teams representing the EM. Sports Day will be held at Baylands Park The English service has been asked to help with clean up. Register with your fellowship group leader or with Jonathan Weng today! So come, eat, and play!!

– Tim Tseng

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City Team Oakland Praise Team (Rehearsal this Sunday at 1 PM)

Tim Tseng and Syeffy Sie are organizing a team of people to lead Praise and Worship for the homeless at City Team Oakland on Sunday late afternoon, Sept. 18th. Our praise team will play the aungklung and other songs. There will be a rehearsal this Sunday at 1-1:30 in Room 115! The worship in Oakland is from 7:10 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The format of the worship is completely up to the group leading (e.g. traditional worship, songs, testimonies, musical, skit, etc). If you wish to stay and serve dinner with the group coordinated by Bob Burke at 8:05 p.m., then please bring a cap or head covering per sanitary regulations for food service. If you are interested, let Tim and Syeffy know!

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OMF International Heart for Asia Missions Conference [early bird discount extended to August 21)
“God Above All Gods”
Saturday, October 1, 2011  9:30am – 4:30pm
Pleasant Hill, CA
$30.00/adult and $15/child (includes lunch)
Children’s program for ages 5-11.

Register at <>

(Early-bird discount before August 21, 2011)

For info:

Workshops include topics on:

  • Embracing God’s call and the joys of living as a missional Christian
  • Practical and creative ways of reaching the nations and our communities
  • Reaching urban, rural, and tribal people groups.

Do you ever feel like there are too many advertisements, interests, etc. vying for your attention? In America this is definitely true. We need to be reminded repeatedly “Who our God is” and “whose worship He deserves.” He deserves the worship of all peoples for He is far above their gods. This is the theme of our upcoming local missions conference in the East Bay. Will you join brothers and sister who care about Asia to worship the Most High God and together seek him in drawing people of every language to Him? This is not just for the “spiritual” or for those “called to the mission field.”  Everyone should be involved in enjoying God and bringing God’s glory to the ends of the earth.  You can do so by Learning, Praying, Welcoming, Sending, Mobilizing or Going.


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Our Spiritual Growth Team wants to pray for you!

Please send your prayer requests and praises to and our Spiritual Growth Team will pray for you during the Prayer Fellowship (Sundays at 1:30 PM, Room 150). Your prayer requests will remain confidential unless you specify that you’d like others (or the whole church) to pray for you.

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Playdate fund-raiser
A night of fun and games for a good cause.

Join us for an opportunity to meet other young singles in the Bay Area, while also funding a missions trip to Taiwan.

No need to worry about awkward silence or lack of conversation topics: this is not your typical dating event.

With each partner you meet you’ll have the opportunity to complete fun mini-challenges and games, followed by a casual mixer and refreshments.

All proceeds will go towards a Taiwan Missions Trip hosted by AeF(American e Friend) in partnership with Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church.

Event Details
Location: the beautiful Hakone Gardens
Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Time: the event will take place from 7:30pm-10:00pm. Come early at7:00pm to enjoy the grounds free of charge.
Fee: $25 per person
Sign Up: To sign up or get more information, please email Frances and Tria at:

Space is limited, so sign up quickly! There will be a screening process to ensure the best possible chance for matches, but if you are not chosen for this particular event, don’t be discouraged — there will be future events that you may be a better fit for.

Join us for this great opportunity to meet new people and find a potential spark.

We hope to see you there!

Jeremy Lee

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Our new Youth Pastor Chris Liu will be installed on August 28th at 12:15 PM. Please come and welcome Pastor Chris!

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A group of us will be participating in an event called Move to Stop Modern Day Slavery held by California Against Slavery on Aug 28 (Sunday afternoon). It’s a 2-mile stroll around San Leandro Marina Park and now costs $40 per person. If you’re interested, contact Joy Hsu! Visit:

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Canaan Baby Clothes Ministry. Do you have baby clothes or gear in good condition to share? Stop by Canaan’s nursing room (126) to drop off baby clothes and gear on the table. You may take needed baby clothes and gear from the marked boxes too.


About Tim Tseng, Ph.D.

I am Pacific Area Director of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship's Graduate and Faculty Ministries. I'm also a historian, theological educator, and pastor.


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