January 24, 2014
Beloved Canaan EM’ers and friends,
In my neighborhood, peach and cherry blossoms are already appearing – likely caused by the unusually dry and warm winter we are having in the Bay Area. Of course, hidden beneath these signs of an early Spring is an uncomfortable foreshadowing of drought. But at Canaan’s English Ministry, there are signs of renewal. God is raising up exciting leaders who are helping our young adult ministries build momentum. Our staff has been prayerfully considering strategies to build up our youth ministry. So many signs of renewal are on their way. Come to our next Town Hall meeting on Feb. 2 at 11:30 (Worship Hall 3) and find out more!
I have three important announcements to share:
I. The Superbowl Party Challenge! (Open to everyone)
Yes, it’s taken me a while to get over last Sunday’s football game. I didn’t even want to think about a Superbowl without the Niners in it. But the time has now come – shall we at Canaan accept the challenge of having a Superbowl Party on Feb. 2 (3:30 PM) anyway? It all depends on you. If enough people sign up at this link, http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E44A5AB2C7-superbowl, we’ll have a Superbowl Party at church. But here are some additional challenges:
A. It must be a “family-friendly” event. That means we need to create an environment where significant others, spouses, and kids who are not that interested in football to also have fun. We will need volunteers who can lead non-Superbowl activities during the game.
B. We must meet at a location in the church that is more comfortable for more people to gather. The fellowship hall instead of the youth room, for example, will allow more flow between the game and non-game activities. And it’s closer to Room 175 where our younger children can play freely under watchful eyes of parents.
C. We must have pizza and wings! But also feel free to bring drinks and other Asian style refreshments.
So please sign up by next Wednesday!
II. Helping out InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Asian Pacific conference at Santa Cruz (Feb 7-9)
Becky Chiang-Luoh (IV staff at U.C. Berkeley and Canaan member) has asked us to donate snacks or money for this conference. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the Northern California, Reno, and Hawaii region is holding a number of ethnic student conferences to help students to grow in their understanding of identity and how that intersects with faith. Becky is helping to lead the Asian Pacific American student conference this year. They are hoping for several hundreds of college students to attend the conference on Feb 7-9 in Santa Cruz. See a promotional video for the conference here: http://vimeo.com/81942839
Email Becky at this LINK and let her know that you’d like to donate money or food ASAP!
III. Come hear from novelist Jennifer J. Chow on Sunday, Feb. 23rd!
Jennifer J. Chow, author of The 228 Legacy, will share about her book and her testimony at English Ministry second hour on Sunday, Feb. 23rd (Worship Hall 3), followed by a book signing in the Fellowship Hall at lunch time. Jennifer is a Chinese-American who married into the Taiwanese culture. The 228 Legacy was inspired by the family stories she heard after viewing photos of a two-million-person human chain commemorating 228. She has traveled multiple times to Taiwan and visited placed dedicated to the incident. Her experience with the elderly comes from a gerontology specialization at Cornell University and her geriatric social work experience. She was interviewed in the most recent issue of _Inheritance Magazine_ where she shares how her Christian faith encouraged her to envision reconciliation in the face of the 228 incident in Taiwan. The link to her book is inhm.ag/228legacy You can visit her online at jenniferjchow.com
That’s all for now!
See you Sunday!
Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: Ph.D.
Pastor of English Ministries
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