May 1, 2015
Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!
May is Asian Pacific American heritage month. It is also Mental health month! Some friends have suggested to me that there is a correlation! Let’s reflect on God’s redeeming work in our Asian American history!
Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and arrival of Southeast Asian refugees to the United States. Sandwiched in the painful stories of our Southeast Asian brothers and sisters (e.g., the Killing Fields in Cambodia, the Vietnamese refugee camps, etc.) are little vignettes of compassion, kindness, and hope. I was in high school when my Chinese church in Brooklyn, New York, decided to sponsor and resettle Southeast Asian refugees. I remember being asked to stop studying or playing ball to help my dad and our church’s lay leaders pick up gaunt, weary, and traumatized Vietnamese and Laotian families from the airport. We spent hours trying to sort out all the paperwork and helping the refugees settle into small apartment units in predominantly African American and Hispanic neighborhoods. It was difficult for everyone involved, but the experience reminded me that by serving those who are suffering, I was able to get a glimpse of God’s redeeming work as many of the families got on their feet and relocated/reunited with fellow Southeast Asians in other parts of the United States. There is no doubt that being part of my church’s refugee resettlement effort encouraged me to enter the ministry.
Forty years later, some of the most energetic and engaging Asian American Christians I know are children of these refugees. They’ve organized a largely young adult movement called Southeast Asian Catalyst http://seacleaders.com/. Five years ago, they held their national gathering at Canaan.
Forty years later, there are glimmers of optimism in the Southeast Asian American community (see “40 Years of Optimism for Southeast Asians in the United States“). So God is at work, redeeming painful situations and creating new possibilities. May we all find something in our lives where we can see Christ the Redeemer!
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We are grateful to Betty Hsu for displaying her photos of the 2011 Taiwan Summer Missions in Worship Hall 3!
Please contribute to our Disaster Relief fund to support disaster relief efforts in the Nepal after the devastating earthquake. We will collect this fund for four weeks. Please write “NRF” or “Nepal Relief Fund” on your check memo line.
This Sunday will be VBS T-Shirt Day: VBS staff have 11:20 group photo on the Fellowship Hall stage! Registered VBS staff are wearing VBS shirts today to encourage everyone to pray for VBS, register as volunteers and students, and invite friends! Register at vbs.ecanaan.org or at the Fellowship Hall VBS table as VBS volunteer to get your shirt and join the team (6th grade and up may volunteer)
Finally, here are this week’s helpful resources (I’ll share more in the next few weeks):
Bible Gateway – the best free accessible on-line bible resource available:
Relevant Magazine – one of the best on-line magazines for young adult Christians
Have a great weekend! See you at Sunday worship!
Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries
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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
Our Phase I Building Fundraising campaign will end in 15 days (5/15). We are currently still significantly short at only 45% of the $500K needed for this project. Please continue to keep this in your prayers, because we know in Him everything is possible! If you have not filled out a pledge form yet, please prayerfully consider this project and your contribution to it, and return the forms before 5/10.
MUSICAL CONCERT ON MOTHER’S DAY TO SUPPORT BUILDING PROJECT
Come to an exciting Musical Concert to support the Church Building Project on May 10th at 2 pm! Enjoy the talents of Canaan musicians. Over 10 programs, ranging from solos, choirs, to handbells & string quartets. Everyone is practicing hard to give their best to support this important ministry. This concert will conclude our Fundraising Drive for Phase One Rebuilding Project on 5/15. Come and show your support!
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!
Taiwan Short Term Mission Calendar:
– 5/30 (Sat) 10:00am to 2:00pm Mission Training;
– 6/20 (Sat) 10:00am to 8:00pm Mission Training;
– 6/21 STM commissioning and fundraising,
– 6/30 night to SFO to take 7/1 AM early morning flight to Taipei.
Our missionaries to Belize will be: Judy and Roland Chow (and their daughters) and Daniel Tsai. Please pray for and support them as well as our Taiwan Short Term Missionaries.
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)
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) UPDATED!
We will stay in Stevenson College where dorms, classrooms, restrooms, and the dining hall are all close by. We will also have some apartments to accommodate disabled, seniors, and families with babies. Please register at retreat.ecanaan.org or fill out registration forms and give them to James Chang or Rachel Hung.
– Early bird registration fees are $140 (13 years old & above), $70 (3-12 years old), and free for 2 year old & below (no bed allocated). Deadline 5/24.
– 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).
– The English Adult and Youth track theme will be “Good and Faithful.” Our speakers will be Pastor Ted Kau and our Youth track speaker will be Becky Chiang-Luoh.
-Rachel Hung and James Chang are representing the EM/YM on the retreat planning team. Please let them know if you are interested in helping! [Email Rachel, Email James]
ENGLISH MINISTRY CAMPING TRIP • Mount Diablo (Sept 4-6, 2015)
Contact Mike Ling for more information [email Mike].