RCAC Weekly Issue 49/2016

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Dear RCAC Family:

Welcome Mr. & Mrs. He and their daughter (Bobby’s friends) visited us Sunday.

Here are the main points of the message: I am the Living One – Revelation 1:9-20

What is Christ for you today?

  1. Know what you believe
  2. Act according to what you believe
  3. Tell people what you believe

May the LORD bless you in this Christmas Season, you will refresh your knowledge in Christ, practice your faith and spread the Good News: Christ is among us. Peace, love and joy be with you.

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  • We will collect a Special Year-End Offering for C&MA this coming Sunday. Please indicate in your offering envelope C&MA
  • A new quarter of Sunday school curriculum will start in Dec. We will study the book of Joshua, Judges and Ruth. Please come Sunday 10:00 am for the Sunday school class.
  • Choir practice after church today
  • Dec. Board meeting will be held after lunch today
  • We will resume our Wednesday morning bible studies 12/14. Please come and join us in learning and sharing
  • Regular Church cleanup is scheduled Dec 17 10:00 am. Please come and help us in keeping the church clean and neat.
  • Christmas Eve Service will be held 12/24 (Saturday) at church. Potluck dinner will be 5:00 pm and meeting 6:45 pm
  • Youth Retreat will be held Dec 26 to Dec 29 at Big Bear Conference Center. Contact Ian if you are interested
  • There will be no Friday Fellowship on Dec 30.
  • Year-end fellowship gathering will be held Dec 31 (Saturday) 5:00 pm at David and Miko’s residence

December 8, 2016

RCAC Weekly Issue 48/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome Pastor Yap visited us Sunday. Welcome Margie and her mother (Sister Chong) came to worship with us.

Here are the main points of the message: The Blessed Hope – Revelation 1:1-8

The two main themes of the book of Revelation are “Worship and Witness”.

1:3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

Reading aloud the words of the prophecy implies to read it during a worship gathering. And live out a life with regard to the prophecy.

We live in a VUCA world (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity & Ambiguity). Things are changing fast and we seem to lose control of our future. But keep our hope in Christ. He is our King of kings and LORD of lords.

1:7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.

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Family Fellowship will be held at Sun and Wei’s residence this coming Saturday 12/3

A new quarter of Sunday school curriculum will start in Dec. We will study the book of Joshua, Judges and Ruth. Please come Sunday 10:00 am for the Sunday school class.

We will have Potluck lunch this coming Sunday, please bring your favorite dish to share

We will collect a Special Year-End Offering for C&MA on Sunday Dec 11.

Christmas Eve Service will be held 12/24 (Saturday) at church. Potluck dinner will be 5:00 pm and meeting 6:45 pm.

Youth Retreat will be held Dec 26 to Dec 29 at Big Bear Conference Center

There will be no Friday Fellowship on Dec 30

Year-end fellowship gathering will be held Dec 31 (Saturday).

November 30, 2016

Devotionals – Give thanks always (1 Thessalonica 5:16-18)

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16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Chapter 17 of Acts tells us Apostle Paul and Silas arrived in Thessalonica (in Paul’s second missionary journey). The previous chapter tells us this journey was directed by the “Holy Spirit” (Acts 16:6-10). We would expect walking in God’s plan means it would be easy and smooth. However, it did not happen that way, it turned out this mission trip was a tough one. Here, they were recently jailed in Philippi and “requested” to leave. They arrived in Thessalonica just to repeat the same pattern. The ministry went well in the beginning. Then opposition came, even resulted in a riot (Acts 17:5). And again Paul and Silas needed to escape to Berea.  That is the situation. But in his letter to the church of Thessalonica, Paul reminds the Christians to give thanks in all circumstances.  Perhaps it is easy to give thanks in good situation, but what about a bad one?  Is it easy for you to give thanks this year? Let’s give thanks through our faith. Faith is a commitment. Giving thanks through faith is something we repeat frequently regardless of the situation. Trusting the good LORD will provide and take care!

Prayer

May the LORD help us follow His will. Give thanks now! There is always something good and hopeful if we turn to Him.

November 23, 2016

RCAC Weekly Issue 47/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a great celebration and sharing on Saturday (11/19). We also celebrated with Sister Molly Tseng and Sister Isela Tu for their baptism on Sunday. It was a wonderful event.  I want to welcome everyone, especially their families and friends who came Sunday for worship and witnessing their baptism.  Hope we will see them again.

Here are the main points of the message: Faith as a Commitment of Love: Matthew 22:34-40

As beloved children of God, this is what He expects from us:

  • Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind
  • Love your neighbor as yourself
  1. We love God’s Truth
  2. We love His Kingdom
  3. We love God’s Family
  4. We love the world and the people He created

 

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Due to Thanksgiving preparation and holiday we do not have Wednesday Bible Studies this week (11/23) and Friday Night Fellowship (11/25). See you all on Sunday (11/27)

We will collect a Special Year-End Offering for C&MA on Sunday Dec 11.

We will start a new quarter of Sunday school curriculum in Dec. We will study the book of Joshua, Judges and Ruth.  Please come Sunday 10:00 am for the Sunday school class.

November 23, 2016

RCAC Weekly Issue (46/2016)

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome everyone coming to worship Sunday.

Here are the main points of the message: No Fear in Love – 1 John 4:7-21

What is your dream church?

God lives in us and we love one another. His love makes complete in us

How can we get there?

  1. Be Christ-Centered
  2. Bear the Mark of God’s Children
  3. Keep His command
  4. Do not fear but love
  5. Fight the Enclave Mentality
  6. Create a culture of invitation

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  • Praise the LORD for the Annual Congregational meeting. We passed the goals and the budgets. May the LORD help us to accomplish what has been planned.
  • Church regular cleanup this Saturday Nov 19, 10:00 am. Please come and help us to make the church nice and clean
  • Thanksgiving gathering will be Nov 19 (Saturday) at church. 5:00 pm potluck and 6:45 pm sharing meeting
  • Baptismal Service will be held November 20 (Sunday). We have 2 sisters will be baptized this Sunday. Come and celebrate with them.
  • Next Week is Thanksgiving. We do not have Wednesday Bible Studies and Friday Night Fellowship

November 16, 2016

RCAC Weekly Issue 45/2016

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Dear RCAC family:

Welcome Rev. and Mrs. Wong visited us Sunday. Praise the LORD for the message delivered by Rev. Wong.

Here are the main points of the message: How to renew your strength: Isaiah 40: 27-31

How to exchange the strength? (from human’s strength to God’s strength)

  1. Stop Complaining
  2. Turn your eyes to Jesus
  3. Wait in hope
  4. Experience the exchange

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  • Annual Congregational meeting will be held Nov 13 after worship. We welcome everyone to stay for the message, especially member, please reserve your time to come. It is an important meeting for church member to participate in making decision on the future ministry.
  • Time to celebration! Thanksgiving gathering will be Nov 19 (Saturday) at church 5:00 pm potluck and 6:45 pm sharing meeting
  • Baptismal Service will be held November 20 (Sunday). If you have the burden to get baptized, please let pastor know.  For now, we have two sisters preparing for the baptism, PTL.

November 10, 2016

 

Devotionals – Tomorrow

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Finally, tomorrow is November 8. It will be a big day, very emotional for many. Our nation is so polarized, no matter who wins the election there will be half of us not so happy on Wednesday morning. Moreover, the puzzle is whoever wins; we are not sure whether it will be good or bad.

At this time, I will pray and ask the LORD to give us wisdom.

2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

I pray that our president will be someone who fears the LORD and bring peace and goodness to the world.

Voting is a privilege and it is also a way to serve the society. I encourage you to vote. Vote according to faith.   Also, beside election of the president, there are many propositions and measures which directly affect our lives, our culture and our future. All these require you carefully examine and make good choice.

As for the presidential candidate, I agree with John Piper that Christians are under no moral obligation to vote, especially for someone who is not fit to be our president. We are not called to participate in evil so don’t vote to compromise. Pray and lift up your choice to the LORD. God still reigns.

20 …”Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
21 He changes times and seasons;
he deposes kings and raises up others.
Daniel 2:20-21

Don’t worry and don’t be afraid. He has His master plan and He continues to act tomorrow! We are called to trust on Him, just like Daniel and his three friends!

November 7, 2016