April 17, 2015
Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!
Thanks everyone who participated in last week’s silent auction for the building fund! More than $13,000 was raised or pledged. Looking forward, there will be a building fund raising concert on May 10th at 2 p.m. Thanks Arthur, building fund raising committee, and volunteers for all your hard work!
Apologies for the multiple emails announcing the silent auction last Saturday. We had a blockage in our email system. When the blockage was removed, all the backlogged emails in the queue were released, thus flooding your inboxes. The problem has been resolved.
In addition to maintaining our facilities, building up Christ’s body is also about offering our gifts and talents to our local church. As we saw in last Sunday’s sermon, the church is faithful to her Lord when all her members are engaged in proclaiming God’s kingdom rather than maintaining a comfortable social club. Brothers and sisters who bring the gift of prophesy to the church raise our consciences and spur us out of complacency and apathy. The best way to appreciate this spiritual gift is to allow our hearts to be pricked and a have desire to change.
This Sunday, Pastor Chris Liu will return from paternity leave to share about the gift of serving. I will be in Southern California this weekend to visit relatives and conduct ministry with Inheritance Magazine and other Asian American Christian leaders. Betty and I will be back the following Sunday.
Have a great weekend and Sunday worship!
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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/
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.
Thank you William Effendy and all who came out to support City Team San Jose the last couple of months.
We are preparing for an exciting season of mission. Many of us will be going on Taiwan and Belize Short Term Missions. Vacation Bible School is gearing up. Please pray for everyone who is leading and participating!
CHURCH LUNCH SERVICE • APRIL
Our English and Youth Ministry is in charge for the month of April. f you haven’t received an email from SignUpGenius about church lunch service in April, please go to this link and sign up to help:
The service coordinator for April 19 & 26 will be Stanley Chow. Let him know if you have any questions. [email Stanley]
Beginning this Sunday, we will have two Sunday youth classes: Middle High and High School students (and other configurations, too). The High School class will meet in Room 150 while the Middle School class 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 by May 1 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) NEW!!
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].
VBS shirts will be available this Sunday for pickup on the Fellowship Hall VBS table for volunteers who completed registration. All VBS volunteers wear VBS shirts on 5/3 (VBS T-shirt Day) and join group photo at 11:20 on Fellowship Hall stage. Register at vbs.ecanaan.org as VBS volunteer this week to get your shirt and join the team!
ALL-CHURCH RETREAT • U.C. Santa Cruz (Aug 7-9, 2015) NEW!!
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. Registrations forms will be available this Sunday! Please take advantage of Early Bird registration which will end on 5/24. Registration fees during Early Bird registration period are $140 (13 years old and above), $70 (3-12 years old), and free for 2 year old and below (no bed allocated). Registration fees after Early Bird period are $160 (13 years old and above), $90 (3-12 years old), and free for 2 year old and below (no bed allocated). For more information and online registration, go to retreat.ecanaan.org.
ENGLISH MINISTRY CAMPING TRIP • Mount Diablo (Sept 4-6, 2015)
Contact Mike Ling for more information [email Mike].