March 26, 2015
Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!
Ultimately, it’s all about inviting people to follow Jesus and helping them become worshipers of God, isn’t it? Nothing is a better testimony to the truth of the gospel than to see busy people serve and lead in their churches. That’s because, despite all their commitments to family, study, work, raising kids, maintaining friendships, these folks are willing to publicly show that the body of Christ is their top priority. We come closer to our vision of EM 2.0 when more busy brothers and sisters “step up” and help us to lift up Jesus and draw more people to him. So thanks Bob and Dennis, Ed and Arthur, Rachel and James, Ming and Mei, William Effendy and Chris Su for your EM adult leadership over the past couple of weeks!
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HOLY WEEK IS COMING (March 29-April 5)
True followers of Jesus believe every week (indeed, every moment) is holy. But the week between Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem and his resurrection is extra holy. Let us pause during that week to worship a God who triumphs over evil and corruption by service and sacrifice!
PALM SUNDAY • March 29
We will celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and mark the beginning of Holy Week this Sunday, Palm Sunday. My message will be called “This is the Day” (John 12:12-16). Let us ask ourselves how we can prepare our hearts and lives to receive Jesus as king.
WEDNESDAY • April 1
– Egg-stuffing and egg hunt volunteers needed! Sign up at kids.ecanaan.org. Volunteers are needed to help stuff eggs on Wednesday, 4/1 (7:30-8:00 in room 117) and Friday, 4/3 (6:30-7:30 in Fellowship Hall).
– Good Friday Service set up and preparation. Contact Frances Ang for more information. [email Frances]
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE • April 3, 7:45-9:30 PM (Worship Hall 3)
– This year’s Good Friday Service is being organized by Frances and Tim Ang and Meixuan Lim and Ming Su. Invite friends to reflect on the Seven Last Words of Christ! Please wear black or dark colors!
– Good Friday Children’s Programs (7:30-9:30pm) are available for preschoo/preK (ages 3-5) and Kindergarten to Grade 5, for parents attending Good Friday services at Canaan. Pre-registration required at kids.ecanaan.org.
EASTER SUNDAY • APRIL 5
– All Church Worship Service 10 AM (Worship Hall 3)
English Ministry will be leading the praise and worship at the All Church service, which starts at 10 AM in Worship Hall 1. New believers will be baptized and new members welcomed!
No changes to Children’s Ministry programs; all classes will proceed as usual. Older elementary kids will not be joining parents at the joint services in 2015.
– Children’s Egg Hunts 11:30 AM
Easter egg hunts by age/grade on Easter Sunday morning for children in grade 5 and under. Invite friends! Children will be escorted by teachers to egg hunts during their regular Sunday School classes.
Volunteers are also needed to hide eggs and assist with egg hunts on Sunday, 4/5, 11:15-12:30.
– English Ministry Reception 11:30 AM (Worship Hall 3)
During the second hour, English Ministry will gather in Worship Hall 3 to hear from our new members and to have a reception in their honor. No second hour programs will be offered.
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City Team San Jose
Our City Team San Jose Kitchen support service at 580 Charles St, San Jose 95113 begins this Saturday!! Thank you all for serving last Saturday. There are two more opportunities to serve – 3/28 and 4/18 (9 am – noon). Contact William Effendy [email William] for more information.
Canaan Taiwan Short Term Mission (June 30-July 18)
The deadline to apply for our Taiwan Summer Mission Team has been extended to next Sunday, 4/5. Contact William Effendy. [email William]
Belize Summer Mission (July 10-19, 2015)
– The deadline for application is April 12.
– There are only 2-3 slots available for Canaan. The two ministry foci is to lead a Vacation Bible School and help with the construction/up-keep of the Chinese/Taiwanese church in Belize. We are looking for someone to be a sous chef (who is exempt from VBS), worship leaders, and youth counselors.
Friday, July 10 – travel to Belize
Saturday-Sunday (July 11-12) – getting oriented, visit city and church, prayer wa.lk
Monday-Friday(July 13-17) – VBS/Chuch construction/evening hang out with youth.
Saturday (July 18) – Cave tubing, zoo visit, ice cream party, etc.
Sunday (July 19) – return to U.S.
– Let me know if you are interested or have any questions [email me]
Luke Medical Missions is offering a Taiwan MSCE Mission (Medical Students Cultural Exchange) on July 11-19, 2015 at Mackay Medical College for American students in medical, pre-med, nursing, and hearing and speech pathology/therapy to serve as camp teaching assistants. Students in health science fields such as public health, PT, OT also also welcome. We’ve even had linguistics and engineering students join us as we run a bunch of English-learning activities.
We also welcome applicants to consider other optional service opportunities in Taiwan on July 20-25 as well as a more extended stay/shadowing/service in a Christian Hospital for 2-4 weeks (we can match for these).
The application deadline is March 31.
MSCE home page: https://mscesummercamp.wordpress.com/
Luke Christian Medical Missions English Ministry Event – April 11, 2015 (10:30 am – 2:00 pm).
Hilton Garden Inn San Jose/Milpitas, 30 Ranch Drive Milpitas, CA 95035. Register at:http://bit.ly/1BCFkBX
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OTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
visit canaanem.org for more information
The weekly Canaan English Ministry Calendar has been updated. Go to canaanem.org/calendar/
CHURCH LUNCH SERVICE • APRIL
Our English and Youth Ministry is in charge for the month of April. We especially need youth for April 5th. If you haven’t received an email from SignUpGenius about church lunch service in April, please go to this link and sign up to help:
Service Coordinators are:
– April 5 & 12 – Chris Su
– April 19 & 26 – Stanley Chow
Let Deacon Stanley Chow know if you have any questions. [email Stanley]
PLEASE GIVE TO THE CHURCH RENOVATION FUND
By God’s grace, as CTCC continues to grow, there is a need to reconfigure the physical space here to better serve the needs of the church. Session has determined a 2-month period, from 3/15 to 5/15, where we will actively raise funds for Phase One of the Reconstruction Project. Please get a “Phase One Building Fund Faith Pledge Form” in the back of the Worship Hall. The form will be available until 5/15. Please take it home and lift up this project in your prayers. Then return the completed pledge form to the Finance deacons or place it in the offering bag as soon as possible, but no later than 5/15. Ed Chen [email Ed] or Arthur Saye [email Arthur] for more information.
SILENT AUCTION FOR BUILDING RENOVATION • APRIL 12
Contact Arthur Saye [email Arthur] if you’d like to get involved with a fun silent auction!
EVERGLOW YOUTH SUNDAY. Beginning APRIL 17, we will have two Sunday youth classes: Junior High and High School students (and other configurations, too). One class will meet in Room 150, while the other will remain in the Youth Lounge.
MOTHER’S DAY RECEPTION • MAY 10 (11:30 AM)
Anyone interested in honoring our mothers and sisters? Let Stanley Chow know! [email Stanley]
PROMOTION SUNDAY • JUNE 7
If you are graduating from 5th grade, high school, college, or graduate studies, please send me a head shot so that we can create our annual Promotion Sunday brochure. On the Sunday, 5th graders will join our worship service for the first time and will be welcomed.
FATHER’S DAY • JUNE 21
Go Mission Fund Raising, Short Term Mission Commissioning.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (JULY 28-AUGUST 1)
Online registration for our popular Vacation Bible School (VBS) summer camp is open for students (grade 5 and younger) and volunteers (grade 6 to adult) at vbs.ecanaan.org. More info at vbs.ecanaan.org, or talk to Shirley Tai [email Shirley].
ALL-CHURCH RETREAT • U.C. Santa Cruz (Aug 7-9, 2015)
We will have English Youth, English Adult, Children’s, Mandarin, and Taiwanese tracks. We’ll also be at Stevenson College where there are newly renovated housing accommodations. Rachel Hung [email Rachel] and James Chang [email James] are representing the EM/YM on the retreat planning team. Please let them know if you are interested in helping!
ENGLISH MINISTRY CAMPING TRIP • Mount Diablo (Sept 4-6, 2015)
Contact Mike Ling for more information. [email Mike]
See you Sunday!
Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries