May 22, 2015
Greetings Canaan English Ministry members and friends!
I have a few friendly reminders about this Sunday:
2. Please contribute to our Disaster Relief fund to support relief efforts in Nepal after the devastating earthquakes. This Sunday will be the last time that we’ll collect for Nepal. Please write “NRF” or “Nepal Relief Fund” on your check memo line.
3. This Sunday is also the DEADLINE FOR THE EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION for our annual church retreat. Please consider coming! Invite your friends!
This year’s accommodations will be much better than last year’s. We’ll have units available for families with babies and young children. The walking distance between buildings will be much shorter. Also, we’ll be situated right next to the athletic facilities and fields, so you can walk to the basketball gym, the tennis and volleyball courts, the exercise rooms, etc.
Please register at retreat.ecanaan.org or fill out the registration forms. Registration is not complete until payment is received. Please make checks payable to “CTCC” and write “Retreat Fee” and the name of the main contact person on the memo line. Checks may be mailed to CTCC Retreat, 4405 Fortran Ct., San Jose CA 95134 attn: Ida Tsai for Retreat or given to EM retreat coordinators James Chang or Rachel Hung at Canaan. We will also put a box in Worship Hall 3 to collect registrations/checks this Sunday.
– The 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).
ABOUT THE ENGLISH ADULT/YOUTH TRACKS
THEME: Good and Faithful (Matt 25:14-29)
‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ – Matthew 25:23
Canaan’s English and Youth Ministries are emphasizing the importance of “stepping up” our service to the Lord and building English Ministries 2.0. We want our English ministries to be an upgrade over tired and failed English ministries. It takes work and effort!
But we can get so caught up with serving that we forget how to invest energy in the areas that allow us to bear better quality fruit for God. Sometimes, we also serve out of fear, habit, and obligation rather than hope and joy. Instead of flourishing, we often wind up burying our spiritual gifts.
In this year’s English and Youth retreat tracks, we want to encourage our attendees to “steward” our spiritual gifts for the better yield. We will hear and reflect on a series of messages that will equip us to use wisdom in our service as well as inspire us to serve with joyfulness.
Becky Chiang-Luoh is a Bay Area native and grew up attending Canaan as a youth. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Communications, she heard God’s call to go into ministry and currently serves with InterVarsity/USA at Cal ministering to fraternity and sorority students. Becky loves fun games, hosting friends at home with her husband David, drinking coffee, and all things design related.
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/
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 (Room 160);
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.
PROMOTION SUNDAY (June 7)
Join us in celebrating our graduating students (5th grade, 8th grade, 12th grade, college, grad school). Promotion ceremony for families and students in preschool to completing 5th grade meet in the Fellowship Hall (10:00-10:15).
YOUTH YARD SALE (June 13)
Benefitting Nepal quake victims through Samaritan Purse If you have things to donate please contact Wendy- Huang [Email Wendy]
MEET DARREN OEI (June 14)
We will have a special Second Hour guest speaker! Darren Oei, Daniel Tsai’s friend, and staff at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in San Diego, will share about his call to campus ministry where part of his focus is on reaching the LGBT community for Christ. If you ever wanted to learn how to share the love of Christ to your gay friends or relatives, come and learn about Darren’s unique ministry.