September 13, 2012
Greetings Canaan EM’ers and friends,
During last Sunday’s adult second hour workshop, I revealed that I did not believe that God would destroy all of creation when Jesus returns again. I’m grateful that no one left the room (or at least no one was “raptured”)! While I believe that there will be accountability for sin and evil, my reading of the Bible affirms that God will make all things new without destroying His original work of creation. In fact, as biblical scholar N.T. Wright suggests, at Christ’s resurrection, the Kingdom of God has been inaugurated. Fallen Creation is now being restored and renewed. And we are all part of this march towards the New Creation.
What this means is that politics and work, regardless of how much we detest them, are redeemable. Even though there is salvation for us after we die, escape from this world into heaven or our private lives is not part of the gospel! Neither is shielding ourselves from the problems of this world. Christian citizens have a responsibility to help transform our government and other institutions to look and act like they ought in the New Creation. We have a responsibility to create life-giving cultures and organizations. We have a responsibility to overcome injustice and evil with good.
During this Sunday’s second hour, Nelson Lu and I would like to invite you to walk through the 2012 American election issues with eyes of Christian faith. Join us as we journey to becoming salt and light for the world!
Small Groups Are Flying High!
Our adult small group ministry is picking up steam! Almost all our adults have joined a small group. There are still a few small groups that can add more members (we’ve capped the number of participants to 12 adults per small group). Please let me know if you are interested in joining a group!
Go to canaanem.org/small-groups/ for updated information.
Farewell to Silverwood Service – cancelled
Last week, I mentioned that I was planning to organize a short English service to bid farewell to our church’s old site at Silverwood Avenue in Mountain View on Saturday, Oct. 13. But after reviewing all of the exciting activities that are being scheduled, I would like to cancel this event.
For example, a Praise Band/Worship Arts micro-retreat is being planned. So is a Small Group Leaders meeting and Large Group Fellowship meetings for our Young Adults and Marriage/Family ministries. Finally, the English and Youth Leadership Teams are scheduling an end-of-the year Leadership retreat. All of these rank higher in my priority at the moment.
So if there are no major objections, let’s cancel the “Farewell to Silverwood” service.
Sign up to provide refreshments for pre-worship snack time
We especially would like to invite our youth and young adults to provide refreshments. Youth can ask their parents to help them buy their favorite snack items! You (or your parents) will be reimbursed or receive a donation receipt. Sign up at http://bit.ly/emworship12 Contact Deacon James Chang for more details.
Upcoming Equipping Events
1. This Saturday morning (9/15), International Student International (ISI) is offering a training session at Valley Church in Cupertino. Come and learn how you can reach international students. ISI (International Student Inc) is our supported mission organization with purpose to share Christ’s love with international college students. ISI has a quarterly welcome dinner event to welcome new international students. The last welcome dinner was held on 8/30/2012. Here are the highlights:
- 375 meals were served last Thursday
- 250 New students came
- we received 10 Interest cards indicating an interest in knowing more about Christianity.
- More churches involved than ever; total of 7 new churches
- Table hosts connected with students with several already visiting or joining your church activities last weekend
- many new students came to ISF last Friday (20 of the 35)
- 15 new students are signed up for Saturday’s Hike to Castle Rock
The training is one of the follow up activities. Hopefully we have people who have interest in this kind of ministry. Contact William Effendy right away if you are interested. [EMAIL WILLIAM EFFENDY]
2. Saturday 9/26: Overseas Missionary Fellowship Heart for Asia Conference at Community Baptist Church of San Jose (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The 2012 OMF International Heart for Asia Conference, in partnership with Community Baptist Church of San Jose, seeks not only to create awareness of God’s mighty and proactive works in East Asia, but also to facilitate and equip God’s people into their next steps towards their missions journey with the Lord. This conference is a one-day event set out to immerse you in transforming messages, personal dialogue with East Asian people-group advocates, powerful testimonies, guiding connections with various ministries, intimate and engaging prayer time for the nations and all out worship of our King of kings. To register go to omf.org/omf/us/get_involved__1/regions_events/northwest_region
3. 9/27-29: New Awakening San Jose Conference, organized by JAMA. To be held at Jubilee Christian Center and Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. For more information, pick up a brochure on the back table or go to jamanewawakening.com Workshops are held on Saturday; speakers on Thursday and Friday evenings
See you Sunday!
Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries
Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church
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