*What's Your Story? Adults will gather to read and reflect on Russell Jeung's spiritual memoir, At Home in Exile, even as we consider our own stories of life and faith. Gather at 9:30 a.m. in the Annex for a time of rich reflection and Spirit-prompted growth.
*Pick It Up Pauses - Great thanks for all who participated in our first two "Pick It Up Chinatown" efforts. Due to upcoming conflicts with our own schedule (Lent, Mother's Day, HC Family Day Party, etc.) we will pause our participation until the summer.
*Lent is Right Around the Corner - Ash Wednesday kicks off the season of Lent on Mar. 1st. We will gather for a reflective time of worship at 7:00 p.m. We will hold “SOUP Lite” this year following worship each Sunday (a time for nourishing bowls of soup with intentional conversation and prayer.) Soup makers are sought for each week starting Mar. 5th! Please sign up today! Thank you.
*Save the Date - Sunday, Mar. 26th at 2:00 p.m. Russell Jeung presents: "Following Jesus in a Trump Empire: One Asian American Christian Perspective." Invite community circles and friends! All proceeds from his book sale go to refugee ministries.
*2nd Annual Kumi Benefit Ride & Walk, Apr. 29th - Commit now to ride, walk, or volunteer! Reach out to your circles to raise funds for capital needs of KCVS. All donations made by Apr. 1st will be doubled by a generous matching grant! Let’s do this!
*Huge Thanks for All on a great start to 5th Sundays Working Worship! Appreciations for your generosity in bringing all the items needed, for your effort in putting together the care packages, and for sharing them as a sign of God's love. We now have a supply for you to take from to give out regularly!
*Special Offering for the National Chinese Caucus Today - As a church affiliated with the Chinese Caucus of the UMC, we are invited to contribute to their ongoing ministry of seeking to equip, empower, and advocate for us in the larger arenas of the Annual Conference and General Conference. Your generosity is appreciated.
*We Celebrate the Lunar New Year Today - Following worship, please join in for a time of fellowship and feasting. You are encouraged to build connections with our CM brothers and sisters during this time!
*New Adult Study Launches - We start our growing and learning time with a study of At Home in Exile, the spiritual memoir of Dr. Russell Jeung. He tells a moving and inspiring story weaving together his family's history, his faith, and his life work. Signed copies are available today for $13. Dr. Jeung will be with us on Mar. 26th! Mark your calendars and invite friends.
*New Hospitality Schedule Starts Next Sunday, Feb. 12th - Please check our online worship servant schedule to see when you're scheduled! www.chinesecommunityumc.org -- members tab -- English worship schedule.
*Prayer Invite -
-The new school year for KCVS launches tomorrow, Feb. 6th! Let’s hold the staff, the students, and the families in God’s care.
- We will hold a Family Night for Homework Club families on Friday, Feb. 10th. Please pray for those who will come and for the possibility of forming a family fellowship. We give thanks to the leadership of Pastor Meina and Christine Li.
As we continue to move into a different political reality in the United States, the church finds itself in shifting theological territory. Change is not something that the church, a giant multifaceted institution, handles very well. One good thing about change of any kind, though: it helps us reassess our values.
In the few chapters we call the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches about the church’s values. Here’s a clip:
You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. [from Matthew 5]
Individuals and faith communities are searching out where to go from here. Jesus’ wisdom? Be the light.
How are we the light? Depends on whom you ask, doesn’t it? But when we are the light, says Jesus, others will notice. No matter how we vote or what our political affiliation, we are still the light.
·We do what we know is right. We follow Jesus.
·We remember that truth is our currency. We speak, share, and write the truth. Once we shrink from telling the truth, what do we have?
·We honor those who are most vulnerable: the poor, the sick, the very young and very old, those with disabilities.
·We welcome the immigrant, the refugee, and the stranger as if we were welcoming Jesus himself.
·We work for fairness and justice. We lift up people of all races, nationalities, religions, people of different genders.
·We live in hope.
·We are always listening, always aware that we may be wrong, always looking for the best in those with whom we disagree.
·We say—not just to those like us, but especially to those different from us—“we have your back.”
This is what Jesus did. This is what Jesus taught.