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1. Congratulations to Mike and Crystal Ling! Crystal gave birth to Hudson Jordan Ling (7 lbs 15.5 ounces) on Sept 12, 2011!
2. Greeter Training Party (9:45-10:45 AM, Main Lobby)! Come and learn how you can make Canaan a more welcoming community! Contact Jonathan Weng [email]
3. Pray for our City Team Oakland Praise and Worship Team who will be leading a group of homeless people in worship tonight in Oakland.
4. Youth Ministry Open House next Sunday (9:45 AM Room 160, followed by English worship) for youth parents and other adults who are interested in learning about the vision and philosophy of our Youth Ministry. Meet our new Youth Pastor, Chris Liu and the Youth Ministry Team. The Open House will also be extended to the English worship.
3. Children’s ministry opportunity still open! Teachers and helpers wanted!
> 10:00am-11:15am (1st Session)
Nursery Room – 13 helpers
Little Worship –3 teachers
Children’s Worship 1
Children’s Worship 2
Worship Our Way “WOW” (10:50am-11:10am) – 2 teachers
> 11:30am-12:30pm (2nd Session)
Nursery Room – 12 more helpers
Preschool SS – 1 teacher; 2 helpers
PreK SS– 1 teacher; 2 helpers
Kindergarten SS – 1 teacher
1st Grade SS – 1 teacher; 3 helpers
2nd/3rd Grade SS
4th/5th/6th Grade SS – 2 teachers
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September 16, 2011
Dear Canaan EMers and friends,
Nathaniel was 9 and Benji was 6 when our family moved from Rochester, New York, to the Bay Area. It was the summer of 2000. Betty and I were not yet forty years old and we arrived with many dreams and hopes. Along the way, we celebrated our fifteenth anniversary. It was a long trip, but a very happy one, because we did three things well:
1. Trust the driver
Betty and I took turns driving our mini-van across the country. We carefully mapped our trip and never complained or criticized the one who was driving. I don’t recall one argument along the way!
2. Have fun
Though it would have taken us only a few days to complete the trip, we decided to turn the move into a vacation. With plenty of stops along the way, we had a chance to visit old friends in Denver and see many wonderful sites. Especially enjoyable was family rafting down the Colorado River in Moab, Utah! Listening to a Harry Potter book on tape was also a lot of fun (in-car video monitors had not yet been invented).
3. Give each person space
There were many moments of quiet along the way. Each person needed his or her own space. Sometimes the boys wanted to play Gameboy rather than talking to us. Sometimes Betty wanted to read a book or nap.
Because we worked hard to do these three things well, our family really bonded. The trip didn’t always go smoothly. We had a flat tire in the middle of the desert in Nevada. On occasion the boys were upset because they missed their friends in Rochester. But because of this intense trip, our family developed a strong sense of care and commitment that has lasted to this day. Indeed, we experienced some of our most difficult trials after we moved to California. But God used that trip to shape us so that we would have the resilience to survive as a family.
As our congregation reads Exodus together during the next several Sunday messages, imagine what the children of Israel had to endure on their journey through the wilderness. What kept their community together? What temptations did they face? How did they overcome adversity?
Canaan’s EMers, we are embarking on a new journey (especially after “In Sync” becomes a reality). The road won’t always be smooth. But if you are willing to hang tough together for a little while longer, I believe God will mold us to become a caring people with a very special mission. Along the way, let’s not forget to trust the drivers, have fun, and give each other space to grow! And let us keep our eyes on the prize!
Tim Tseng, Ph.D. 曾 祥 雨
Pastor of English Ministries
Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church
P.S. The new Sunday schedule that lists the Children’s Ministry classes and EM Second hour programs can be found in the Announcements tab. Please have a look!