Sunday, April 23, 2017

2017-4-23 Worship Videos

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2017-4-23 English Ministry News and Notes

*2nd Annual Kumi Benefit Ride/Walk, Saturday, Apr. 29th - it takes a village...... and while we are enormously grateful for the outpouring of generosity, it would be great to have the congregation join the celebration at 2 PM. If people let Ben or Jane know TODAY, they can taste the wonderful meal prepared by chefs at CVUMC for only $10.  There is also still room for a driver and photographer volunteer on April 29th. Celebrate the Risen Lord, Kumi-style, and support the kids at KCVS
Please hold this event in prayer as the bikers bike, the walkers walk, and the many volunteers join together to support.  Deep gratitude for your generosity and care!  It's not too late to give!

*We Join Together for 5th Sunday Working Worship Next Sunday, Apr. 30th - Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.  We will spend a part of of our worship time cleaning up our neighborhood.  You are encouraged to bring your own work gloves, we'll supply the rest!

*AO Circuit Holy Land Pilgrims head out May 1st through 12th!  Pastor Emily will be out of contact during that time.  If there is a pastoral emergency, please contact Pastor Meina (meinako12@gmail.com, 510.685.9621)
*Adult Sunday School "Rests" Sunday, May 7th and resumes on May 14th. 

*Save the Date - Our 130th anniversary will be celebrated on Pentecost Sunday, June 4th.  Plans are underway for a special celebration. Please plan to be a part of it!


Celebrating Easter for 50 Days, Robert B. Kruschwitz

Resurrection changes everything.... This is why I need more than just Easter Day. If Easter were only a single day, I would never have time to let its incredible reality settle over me, settle into me. I would trudge through my life with a disconnect between what I say I believe about resurrection and how I live (or fail to live) my life in light of it.
Thanks be to God, our forebears in faith had people like me in mind when they decided that we simply cannot celebrate Easter in a single day, or even a single week. No, they decided, we need fifty days, seven Sundays, to even begin to plumb the depths of this event.  Kimberlee C. Ireton
“The implications of the resurrection lavishly overflow a one-day container,” Mark Roberts notes in his winsome invitation to celebrate Eastertide, the fifty-day season to mark Christ’s resurrection which begins on Easter Sunday. We need the extra time to explore, savor, and grow into those amazing implications.
Eastertide is an ancient and widespread practice. In the first few centuries Christians marked special events that occurred between Christ’s resurrection and the formative events on Pentecost. Today Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate the Easter season for 40 days, until the ascension of Jesus. Roman Catholics and many Protestants honor a 50 day Easter; their lectionaries provide special readings through the Seventh Sunday after Easter.
Joining with Christian believers in earlier centuries and across various traditions and using this time to draw on the rich resources of the church year are two good reasons to celebrate Easter for 50 days. But the most persuasive reason is that the implications of Christ’s resurrection deserve such extensive attention. “Or, perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the God who raised Jesus from the dead deserves our attention,” he writes. “Moreover, we deserve to have our faith stretched, deepened, and renewed through a season of reflection upon and celebration of the resurrection of our Lord.”
In a time when so many of us feel powerless, it would be wonderful to rediscover the power of the resurrection. “Eastertide invites us to be creative, both in personal devotions and corporate worship,” Roberts concludes. It leads us to ask: “How can we worship God in light of the resurrection?” “How do we experience the reality of our own resurrection from death to life through the grace of God in Christ?” “How might we live for fifty days—and beyond—as resurrection people?”


Sunday, April 16, 2017

2017-4-16 Worship Videos

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Justine Chan Baptism

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Today, we celebrate the baptism of Justine Estelle Chan.  As we do so, we remember our own baptisms and give thanks! 
Baptism is one of two sacraments that we celebrate as Methodists (the other is communion). In a sacrament, God uses common elements - in this case, water - as means or vehicles of divine grace. Baptism is administered by the church as the Body of Christ. It is the act of God through the grace of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit.
Understanding the practice as an authentic expression of how God works in our lives, we strongly advocates the baptism of infants within the faith community: "Because the redeeming love of God, revealed in Jesus Christ, extends to all persons and because Jesus explicitly included the children in his kingdom, the pastor of each charge shall earnestly exhort all Christian parents or guardians to present their children to the Lord in Baptism at an early age" (2012 Book of Discipline).  Children can then confirm (or not) this decision for themselves later in their growth in the ritual of Confirmation.
We wholeheartedly celebrate and welcome Justine and hold the Chan-Samjee family in our prayers.
Justine Estelle Chan is just shy of 9 months old today.  She was born in July of 2016 to proud parents, Aaron Chan and Anne-Sophie Samjee, and thrilled grandparents, Steve and Laura Chan.  Justine is the younger sister of Victor.  The Chan-Samjee family currently live in Geneva, Switzerland but are awaiting word of a possible move later in the year (Thailand and Chile are in the running!)
Justine is curious and adventurous at this stage of development. Aaron and Anne-Sophie pray that her love of learning and adventure will never end, whether it be in her faith journey or in their many travels.  Although this is her first trip to California, it should be the first of many, and she is already becoming a good traveler having already visited Spain and Scotland.  Justine's name means "justice" which is paired with her brother's middle name Olivier, a symbol "peace." So far they get along together well like "peace" and "justice".  We pray that both continue to live up to their names. 

2017-4-16 English Ministry News and Notes

 *Happy Joyous Easter!  We welcome each and every person to worship this morning and are glad that you are here. If you are new to the community, we invite you to connect with us by filling out the white "Welcome" card in the pews. May the mystery and promise of Easter bless you today and the weeks to come.

*Great Thanks to all of our wonderful Easter Party volunteers - your presence, effort, and welcome made it possible to host the families of Homework Club!

*Kumi Benefit Ride/Walk II, Apr. 29th - We celebrate the amazing generosity that has enabled us to be in arms reach of our $40,000 fundraising goal!  Thank you and praise be!  It's not too late to join the fun or pitch in.  Please connect with Jane or Becky.

*Fifth Sunday Working Worship is Around the Corner, Apr. 30th - We'll gather to deepen our sense of God's call to worship in service to the world.  Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. and will include praise, prayer, a brief message, and then getting busy cleaning up our neighborhood!

*AO Circuit Holy Land Pilgrimage is Set to Depart - Nine members of our congregation plus pastor and family will head for Palestine/Israel on May 1st - 12th.  Please pray for their final preparations and the leading of the Spirit all throughout the way.

*We welcome new custodian, Bonnie Pan, to the CCUMC Community.  We give huge thanks for the great work and loving commitment of Wendy Wong.  Please pray for Wendy as she seeks a great fitting job!


World News This Week in Prayer

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24
We are stumbling on our way toward the day of Resurrection, gracious God. Stumbling and falling, sometimes crawling on our knees toward the cross, hoping that when we lift our tear-filled eyes, it will be empty, that the tomb will be empty, that your promise of New Life will indeed be real and we can sing with our hearts and voices:
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
But these recent days have been difficult ones in which to see the reality of Resurrection, filled as they have been with death and destruction. Amid the darkness of Good Friday, we turn to you, Creator God, not as we ought but as we are able, trying to discern our place, our role, in the healing of this hurting world, seeking to be the people you are continually calling us to be, and to find hope and joy and peace, so that we can sing with our hearts and voices:
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
And here, Easter is upon us. The day of Resurrection is here and our newly opened eyes are encouraged by signs of New Life and Hope:
· Malala Yousafzai, born in the Swat Valley, Pakistan, the young woman shot by the Taliban for going to school, being made the youngest ever U.N. Messenger of Peace.
· Amnesty International report that global executions have fallen 37% since 2015, with the USA being removed from the top 5 for the first time since 2006.
· The coastguard of Italy and their rescue of more than 300 migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea on flimsy rubber boats.
· A restaurant in Tripoli, Lebanon offering free meals to the poor and needy, feeding 185 to 200 daily.
· Pope Francis rallying many Roman Catholic leaders to oppose immigration crackdowns throughout the world; and his planned visit to Egypt to meet with the Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II.

Amid the glowing light of truth and new life, the reality of grace and hope for our world, we give thanks, not as we ought but as we are able, opening our hearts and hands, our minds and wills to your leading, Holy One, living in the assurance that in you there is indeed Resurrection and New Life, and so we sing with hearts and voices:
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Let it be so.   Amen and amen.