June 11, 2014
Dear Canaan English Ministry members and friends,
I’ll be heading out to Orlando, Florida to teach a two-week History of Christianity class for new staff for Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) at their Institute for Biblical Studies (http://ibs.cru.org/). I’m very excited to have this opportunity to share one of my passions with the more than 35 students who have registered for the class. Please pray for me, the students, and for Betty – who will be holding down the home front while I’m gone.
Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries
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I have just a few announcements to share this week:
1. Welcome Pastor Steve Hong, our guest speaker for this Sunday’s English worship service and Second Hour workshop. A former engineer & missionary, Steve started the non-profit “Kingdom Rice” [kingdomrice.wordpress.com] as a vehicle for two initiatives.
1) to be a missionary in San Francisco, evangelizing the unchurched and
2) to equip Christian leaders in evangelism and discipleship in an Asian context.
Steve has trained leaders from dozens of organizations, churches, and seminaries here and abroad. His latest project is designing print, video, and strategy to equip new missionaries of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) reaching students in Asian and Latino contexts. He’s been married to Cathy for 12 years and has a son, Jason 8 years, and can often be found playing uke in local cafes as part of his lifestyle evangelism.
2. From Christina Chen:
Dear EM brothers and sisters: Father’s Day is almost here! We will make a slideshow dedicated to all the fathers. Please send your photos to Tobi by June 13. If kids want to make a short video (under 15 seconds!) with a message for their dad, you’re welcome to! – Christina
3. VBS is looking for 20 more volunteers. Sign up your kids or volunteer for our 2014 Vacation Bible School! July 29 to August 2 (Tuesday to Saturday; 9:30am to 12:30pm) for ages 3.5 to 6th grade. Online Registration is open at vbs.ecanaan.org!
4. I will be starting a discipleship/leadership small group shortly. This initiative will be for adults who feel led to invest in, build up, and use their gifts for Canaan’s English Ministry.
5. Church Retreat (Aug 15-17) at U.C. Santa Cruz
Come to our church’s summer retreat in refreshingly cool and allergy-free Santa Cruz! At this family-friendly retreat, we’ll dream of ways to go public with our faith! It will also be a great opportunity to build friendships and spiritual community with one another.
• Pastor Youwan Kang of the Mountain View Chinese Christian Church will be our English adult program speaker. The retreat theme will be “IPO (Incarnational Public Offering)
• Pastor Joe Lin at EFC Alhambra will speak to our youth. The youth retreat theme will “Going Public.”
Please pick up a registration form in the back of our worship halls or register on-line at:
-> Ages 12+: Regular $160 (prepaid between 5/25-6/22); Non-Canaan $200
-> Ages 3-11:Regular $90 (prepaid between 5/25-6/22); Non-Canaan $150
-> Ages 2 and under: Free
• For financial assistance, contact Elder Peter Hsu.
6. Marketplace Silicon Valley: working college students seeking to connect faith to work
Here is an excellent opportunity for our college students who will be working or doing internships in the South Bay this summer. We are also seeking one or two persons to serve as mentors. Let me know if you’re interested!
From Josh Harper
May 14, 2014
Here is a rundown of the details for the Marketplace Silicon Valley Program. Feel free to send to any or all of your college youth returning home for the summer. Feel free to disperse to other pastors in the area as well. The Tuesday night program meetings will be open to the public and we will gladly welcome visitors.
Marketplace Silicon Valley is InterVarsity’s summer vocational discipleship immersion. We hope to provide challenging and thought provoking teaching on a theology of work, evangelism in the workplace, justice and money, sustaining spiritual disciplines, and community. This program is designed for college students who have a summer internship or job and want to learn how to integrate their spiritual life with their work.
The program will begin on Friday June 20th with a vision dinner, where we will lay out the vision and plan for the summer and create space for the participants to get to know each other. The following day, Saturday, June 21st will be an orientation for the program. This will last most of the day.
Each week will include one or two lunch hour meetings with a mentor from your place of work, or near your place of work. We will also have a weekly program night, which at this point is tentatively Tuesday nights, from 6:30-9:30. During this time we will learn about the integration of work and faith, sustaining spiritual disciplines, and witness in the workplace. We will hear testimony of people from all different work environments, short talks on certain topics and longer time devoted to the theology of work. Place is TBD.
Three or four times over the summer we will gather for a longer workshop. The first is the orientation weekend of June 20-21. The second is a Justice and Money workship that will be July 12-13 in San Francisco. The third will be the debrief/integration workshop on July 26-27. The program will end on Friday August 1st, but participants may continue to meet with their mentor throughout the duration of their work assignment.
There will be an optional Friday/Saturday workshop in the East Bay on June 27-28 on passion and service and this will include going through the Strengthsfinder material with an accredited trainer and walking away from the weekend with a deeper understanding of your gifts and strengths and how you might want to use them for the common good. This will be optional, but you are highly encouraged to attend.
The cost is a sliding scale from $50-$250. These program fees will cover some of the cost of administrating this program, speaker honoraria, food, retreats, and other expenses. If you have a non-paying internship, you may pay $50, if you are making a modest amount, you may pay something in the middle, if you have a well paying summer job, we ask that you pay the full amount. This is well worth the money. Scholarships are available if even the $50 is out of your price range.
How to Register
To register, please send the director an email/letter of intent with the following information. Name, School, Year in School, Place of work for the summer, Living arrangements for the summer (i.e. address of where you expect to live) I will have a more formal registration page later. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please invite your friends to join too. It is open to any student who is working this summer and is willing to be at all or most of our programming.
Also, please know that this is a pilot project (read version 1.0). It will not be perfect, but it will be good. Your grace for our process of figuring this out is appreciated. We also invite you to give honest feedback to help grow this project into a viable ministry in cities across the country. In Silicon Valley terms, you have the option to get in on this ministry before the IPO, which will amount to nothing in earthly money, but is a big deal in the kingdom ;).
Grace and Peace,
Josh Harper [email Josh]
National Director of Urban Projects
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
7. Looking ahead (save these dates and pray requests)
- The Summer Sermon Series (June 1-August 31) will be “Acts – Turning the World Upside Down.” We will explore how the first Christians impacted their world and because a force of confluence for us to emulate.
- June 22 (12:30 pm) is our annual fundraiser for Summer Missions.
- July 3-19: Taiwan Short Term Summer Missions. Contact Chris Liu [Email Chris]
- July 29-Aug 2: Vacation Bible School.
- Aug 15-17: 2014 Church Retreat at U.C. Santa Cruz.
- Sept. 12-14: EM Camping Trip (Half Moon Bay). Contact Mike Ling [Email Mike]