Sunday, January 25, 2015

English Ministry News and Notes 2015-1-25

  • AIF. Wednesday, January 28 at 2:30. Volunteers needed to share in a time of discipleship with children from the Homework Club
  • KIPP King Interact Club will be hosting a benefit dinner on February 21st at CCUMC. Donations of the following are still needed: 50 cans of Chicken Broth (14oz size); 2 bottles of Olive oil ( 16oz size); 4 bottles each (16oz size) of Thousand Island Dressing, Ranch Dressing, and Worcestershire Sauce; 7 to 10 baked goods (cakes, cookies, desserts). Proceeds are going towards getting resources for a village in Kenya.
  • Schedule for Lent/ Holy week
  • February 15, Sunday: Parallel worship at 10:30 a.m. Please bring a dish to share at our potluck lunch celebrating the Lunar New Year following worship
  • February 18, Ash Wednesday Service, 7:00 p.m.
  • February 22 - March 22, Sundays: Lenten Worship followed by reflections shared over a simple meal of Soup and Bread
  • March 29, Palm Sunday
  • April 3, Ecumenical Good Friday Service, 2:00 pm, location TBA
  • April 5, Sunday: Easter Early Morning Service, time TBA
  • April 5, Easter Sunday Worship at 11:00 a.m.

Laity Sunday

 
Laity Sunday focuses on the celebration of the ministry of all lay Christians. In many local churches, Laity Sunday is observed by having lay persons lead all parts of the worship service.
 
Our theme for Laity Sunday is "Engaging in Community Action." What does this theme mean to you? To me, it means taking the time to commit yourself to "doing"! It means to jump in and experience the energy of the people around you that are helping to make a difference in the lives of others.
 
The slide show of pictures that Burt put together for this Laity Sunday will show you the fun and camaraderie of people who are engaged in the church and in the community. There are so many ways to take action, and I hope you will be inspired!

 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Revival


Come and claim the power of new life in our District! There was a time when we Methodists were actually criticized for our enthusiasm! It's time once to pick it up and lift it up and share our hopes and dreams for the life of the Gospel among us! No "program" or "institutional agenda!" Just Holy Spirit worship and opening our hearts to God's love! God is indeed doing a new thing in our District and our Conference! Come, worship, celebrate and receive the gift of Spirit, Worship, Fellowship and more! Learning and Dialogue Opportunities having to do with claiming new life and hope!
OFFERING: Special Offering for the Bridges District $100k Challenge for Imagine No Malaria!

English Ministry News and Notes 2015-1-18

  • MLK Celebration at Taylor Memorial UMC. Monday, January 19, 1:00 - 3:00. Featured speaker - Connie Rice, Civil Rights Activist, Lawyer, and Author
  • Laity Sunday. Sunday, January 25 featuring inspiring reflections from our certified Lay Ministers.
  • AIF. Wednesday, January 28 at 2:30. Volunteers needed to share in a time of discipleship with children from the Homework Club.
  • KIPP King Interact Club will be hosting a benefit dinner on February 21st at CCUMC. To make it successful, we will need some helping hands and some donations. Connect with Jeffrey Lu and look in the social hall to see the donation sign up sheet.
  • Schedule for Lent/ Holy week
  • February 15, Sunday: Parallel worship at 10:30 a.m. Please bring a dish to share at our potluck lunch celebrating the Lunar New Year following worship
  • February 18, Ash Wednesday Service, 7:00 p.m.
  • February 22 - March 22, Sundays: Lenten Worship followed by reflections shared over a simple meal of Soup and Bread.
  • March 29, Palm Sunday
  • April 3, Ecumenical Good Friday Service, 2:00 pm, location TBA
  • April 5, Sunday: Easter Early Morning Service, time TBA
  • Easter Sunday Worship at 11:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Worst Day of My Life by Pastor Nancy Chang

1. CAN YOU REMEMBER THE __________ DAY OF YOUR LIFE?
1 Samuel 30:3 So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.

2. IT'S OKAY TO __________, TO __________
4 Then David and the people that were were him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to week. ...6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved...

3. __________ YOURSELF IN THE LORD
but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. 7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. 8 And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop?

4. __________ TO THE VOICE OF THE LORD AND __________.
And he answer him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all... 10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Besor.

5. YOU WILL __________ EVERYTHING AND MORE
18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives. 19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing ........

6. __________ IS THE FINAL STEP
26 And when David came to Ziklag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Judah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the Lord;

English Ministry News and Notes 2015-1-11


  • Today we are pleased to welcome as our guest preacher, Pastor Nancy Foon Chang. She is a first cousin of Gloria Gee. She grew up in Suisun, CA, and sovereignly became a Christian at age 16 when she read a tract she picked up at her sister's wedding. She was the first Christian in her family of 7 siblings. After graduating from UC Berkeley and teaching one year elementary school in San Francisco, she vacationed in Hawaii and was awarded a grant to pursue her Master's degree in Education and a PhD in Anthropology at the University of Hawaii. After working at the University of Hawaii for 8 years, she resigned to become Principal of her church's Christian School. In 1990 she became Associate Pastor of Grace Bible Church in Honolulu until her retirement in 2000. She continues to share her testimony around the world.
  • PLEASE check the worship calendar for your upcoming worship duties. You can find the updated schedule at http:chinesecommunityumc.blogspot.com/
  • We still need hospitality sign-ups for 2015! Please sign up in the social hall!
  • Pastor Brenda is planning the AIF schedule for 2015. If you are interested in being a part of this FUN ministry, and are available on a Wednesday afternoon (exact dates still to be determined), connect with Pastor Brenda!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

English Ministry News and Notes 2015-1-4

  • Sunday, January 11, Guest Speaker, Pastor Nancy Chang. Pastor Nancy Chang is a former professor at the University of Hawaii, she has shared inspirational messages all over the world. Come and hear her testimony about overcoming adversity and persevering through trials.
  • PLEASE check the worship calendar for your upcoming worship duties. You can find the updated schedule at http://chinesecommunityumc.blogspot.com/ We still need hospitality sign-ups for 2015! Please sign up in the social hall!

Holiday Greetings from our Covenant Missionaries

Dear partners, supporters, friends and families,
We appreciate very much your faithful prayers and your financial support to enable us serving God in reaching Cambodia for our Lord Jesus Christ.
We also appreciate so much for your partnership to serve our Lord Jesus Christ in sharing God's love and God's salvation to the people in Cambodia.
Please pray that God continues to bless Cambodian Christian people to glorify His name in this suffering land of Cambodia.
May your Holiday Season be blessed with Peace, Love and Joy.
Sending you our HEARTFELT wishes with Joy that never Ends...
A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!
Marilyn & Joseph Chan

Epiphany: Revealing, Radiating, Reminding

Barbara Bate former staff member of the General Board of Discipleship.

Epiphany is an unfamiliar word to many of us -- even to many Christians. Here are some phrases that may help it to make more sense:
  • a revealing of the presence of God;
  • the light of God radiating outward and inward;
  • a gift, a reminder that God is here.
Why does this word "epiphany" matter in the church?
 
The time after Christmas is often a letdown within a secular, consumer-focused culture. But in the Christian "kin-dom," the story is different. Light expands into dark places. Newness appears in the midst of routine. Life bursts out of the expected deadness in the natural world.
 
Here is one example. It occurred in Zimbabwe, in the middle of July 1997. I was traveling to the rural village of Bindura to preach and lead a workshop for lay preachers in that area. After worship, I was able to visit a children's village called S.O.S. It is one of several places in Zimbabwe where orphaned
and "dumped" children (that is the word used by the African people there) are raised, schooled, and loved in small groups presided over by local house mothers. Most of those women are active United Methodists, and they bring the children from the S.O.S. house to worship each Sunday.
 
On the day of my arrival, I heard about a newborn infant who had been found in the weeds by a local police officer. He had heard her crying while he was walking home along the path outside the village. He took her to S.O.S. The women on the staff determined that the baby was probably four days old
and apparently unharmed. In the two weeks before I saw the baby, she had been fed, held, given a place to stay, and a name. The name she was given? Christina.

I watched her napping on one Sunday afternoon, and I realized that she was vulnerable and in one sense abandoned--perhaps by a mother whose family would not accept the presence of a child with an unnamed father. But Christina was also a gift -- to the community of people who were prepared to dedicate themselves to her well-being, to the pastor who supported the ongoing ministry of S.O.S., and even to this visitor from the United States who saw the power of God in her young life. She is a reminder that in the eyes of God, every child is sacred -- in Bethlehem, in Brooklyn, in Bindura.

Where are the epiphanies that are awaiting your attention? Watch and listen, and you will find them.