Weekly Newsletter 17 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Praise the LORD for Sister Melissa MacDonald’s message on Sunday. Here is a summary: “Vision of a Healthy Church” Matthew 28:19-20

  • A healthy church is known by their love and grace – John 13:34
  • A healthy church makes disciples – Matthew 28:19-20
  • A healthy church puts the mission of Jesus first
  • A healthy church recognizes and releases people – Matthew 19:14, 1 Timothy 4:12, Acts 2:38-39, Romans 13:3-5
  • A healthy church passes on faith – Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Psalm 78:5-7

May the LORD bless RCAC to be a healthy church

April

Pastor Wayne Chu returned from the District Conference. The theme of the Conference was “Leadership Challenges”.  Many valuable lessons learned from the speaker.  It was also a great time to connect with other co-workers in Christ.

Tomorrow evening, we have a special event: a combined meeting on the topic of “Blessed Family”, it will be presented by our guest speaker, Rev. William & Mrs. Tan. 7:00 pm dinner and 8:00 pm meeting
Saturday: Mandarin fellowship at Shelton and Gail’s residence 5:00 pm potluck and 6:30 pm meeting

May

Rev. William Tan will deliver a message on Sunday

It is the first Sunday of the month, we will have potluck lunch. Please bring your favorite dish to share

May 8, Missionary Calvin Lai and Mrs. Lai will come. Pastor Lai will deliver a message and give us an update of the ministry we supported.

May 14 is an Envision Service Day. We will be going to Watts L.A. to do one day community work. Cost is $25. Please make a check to RCAC and memo: “Mission Day May 14”, if you want to participate.

Board of Ministries will be held on Mary 15 (Mother’s Day on May 8).

Our training on Board member and Elder is rescheduled to May 21 Saturday. I encourage you to come. Let us learn to be a good steward and spiritual leader.

REACh College/YA Retreat during Memorial Day Weekend, 5/27/16 Friday evening to 5/30/16 Monday afternoon, Contact Ian for link to online registration form or if you have any questions.

June

REACh Youth Camp  June 16 to June 19. For Registration form, please contact Asa or Amy

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from Psalm 67:1-2

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine on us—
so that your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.

願神憐憫我們,賜福於我們,用臉光照我們,
好叫世界得知你的道路,萬國得知你的救恩。

 

April 28, 2016

 

Devotionals – Greater Desire – Galatians 5:16-18

 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

In battling with the evil desire, some focus on stopping people doing this and that. But that is only behavioral, the “heart” issues does not resolve. Deep down in people’s heart they still have the desire to sin. The only way is to yield to the Spirit of God. Let the desires for God grow, in the way that it will overtake everything. When we have a greater desire for God, we would not want anything else. That, of course is a spiritual discipline, it takes time and effort, but shouldn’t it be our goal.

A practical application: write them your desire of this world. Pray and ask the Spirit to replace it with His fruit. Continue to pray every day. I am sure you will experience the change

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, give us the greater desire of you. Make your Spirit grow inside of me: I want to see the fruit

April 21, 2016

Weekly Newsletter week 16 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

I want to welcome and give thanks to the LORD for everyone came to worship on Sunday. Welcome, especially, Travis (Nate’s friend) worshiped with us Sunday.

Highlights from the message “Do not put the Lord your God to the test” Numbers 11:4-23

  • 准备去应许之地
    Prepare to go to the Promised Land (1-10)
    數點民數 Take a census of the whole Israelites community
  • 反叛,拒绝去 Rebel and refuse to go (11-25)
    全死在旷野 All died in the wilderness
  • 准备取应许之地
    Prepare to take the Promised Land (26-36)
    數點民數 Take a census of the whole Israelites community

We entered into the second part of the Book of Number. Rebellious is sin and the wage of sin is death. The second part of Number witnesses this truth. As for the way of God’s discipline, the Bible tells us God may gave the sinners over to their sinful desires.
Psalm 81:12
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts
to follow their own devices.
The result is death and destruction.   It gives us a severe warning and we all need to examine our heart. Jesus Christ who overcame temptation in the wilderness will give us the power to overcome our unbelief and rebellious.  May the Spirit shine on us and help us to repent any rebellious.

April

This Sunday April 24, Melissa MacDonald, our C&MA Children Ministry Director will come to RCAC to preach and also conduct a seminar on Children Ministry.  I have already collected some questions for the Q&A session. Please reserve your time to come. It will be a great time of learning and sharing

Pastor Wayne Chu will attend District Conference at Cathedral City from April 25-27.

April 29-May 1. Rev. William & Mrs. Tan (retired missionary and pastor from HK) will visit us. They will hold a seminar on Friday, Saturday on the topic of “Blessed Family”.

Friday:        Combined meeting at church
7:00 pm dinner and 8:00 pm meeting
Saturday:   Mandarin fellowship at Shelton and Gail’s residence
Sunday:      Rev. Tan will deliver a message

May

May 8, Missionary Calvin Lai and Mrs. Lai will come. Pastor Lai will deliver a message and give us an update of the ministry we supported.

May 14 is an Envision Service Day. We will be going to Watts L.A. to do one day community work. Cost is $25. Please make a check to RCAC and memo: “Mission Day May 14”, if you want to participate.

Board of Ministries will be held on Mary 15 (Mother’s Day on May 8).

Our training on Board member and Elder is rescheduled to May 21 Saturday. I encourage you to come. Let us learn to be a good steward and spiritual leader.

REACh College/YA Retreat during Memorial Day Weekend, 5/27/16 Friday evening to 5/30/16 Monday afternoon, 4 days, 3 nights at the Canaan Resort in Lake Elsinore, CA Cost for a College Student or 2016 graduated senior = $80/person. Young Adult = $110/person. Please contact Ian for link to online registration form or if you have any questions.

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from Acts 7:55-56

55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

55 司提反被聖靈充滿,定睛望天,看見神的榮耀,又看見耶穌站在神的右邊, 56 就說:「我看見天開了,人子站在神的右邊!」

April 21, 2016

Devotionals – Raised up by God – Acts 5:29-32

This is the message from the very beginning of the church. Jesus chose to come to this world. He chose to die on the cross because of His obedience. But God has raised him from the dead. His resurrection shows us He is LORD and Savior. He was received to heaven, siting at the right hand of the Father. Through him our sin will be forgiven.

Peter, John and the other Apostles were “chosen” to tell the world about these. They were not powerful people with good background, not wealthy and not highly educated. But they were the “witnesses of these things” because of their obedience to Christ. They could do that because of the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore they were not afraid, they continued to preach even being threatened.

Does it help us to witness in our increasingly hostile culture? Can we continue to be the voice of Jesus Christ? Do you choose a lowly position because of the obedience to God?
Trust in our LORD Jesus and follow his example.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, praise you for your obedience and your death on the cross. Give us power to be an obedient messenger of your Good News.

April 14, 2016

Weekly Newsletter week 15 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome Andy (Geraldine and Celine’s classmate) and the Liu’s family (UCR) who came Sunday. I pray that we will worship the LORD at RCAC again.  An application from the message “Set out with God” Numbers 9:15-23

These are what we needed to walk with God:

  • Set out and rest in God’s way and God’s timing
  • Everyone needs to participate, need to be in sync
  • Every tribe has different tasks
  • Keep themselves holy (Because God is among them)

April

This coming Saturday April 16 is our Annual Spring Cleanup. Please come and help. There are many projects available. I am sure there are something for you.

April 24 Sunday, Melissa MacDonald, our C&MA Children Ministry Director will come to RCAC to preach and also conduct a seminar on Children Ministry. Please reserve your time to come.

April 29-May 1. Rev. William & Mrs. Tan (retired missionary and pastor from HK) will visit us. They will hold a seminar on Friday, Saturday on the topic of “Blessed Family”.

Friday: we will have a combined meeting at church 7:00 pm dinner and 8:00 pm meeting
Saturday: Mandarin fellowship at Shelton and Gail’s residence
Sunday: Rev. Tan will deliver a message

May

May 14 is an Envision Service Day. We will be going to Watts L.A. to do one day community work. Cost is $25. If you are interested, please contact Pastor for more info.

Our training on Board member and Elder is rescheduled to May 21 Saturday. I encourage you to come. Let us learn to be a good steward and spiritual leader.

REACh College/YA Retreat during Memorial Day Weekend, 5/27/16 Friday evening to 5/30/16 Monday afternoon, 4 days, 3 nights at the Canaan Resort in Lake Elsinore, CA Cost for a College Student or 2016 graduated senior = $80/person. Young Adult = $110/person. Please contact Ian for link to online registration form or if you have any questions.

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from Acts 5:29

30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.

30 你們掛在木頭上殺害的耶穌,我們祖宗的神已經叫他復活。 31 神且用右手將他高舉,叫他做君王、做救主,將悔改的心和赦罪的恩賜給以色列人。

April 14, 2016

Devotionals – Be teachable Acts 4:33

The Bible tells us the Apostles were bold. They continued to testify Jesus is LORD. This was to fulfill the promise in Acts 1:8: with the power of the Holy Spirit, they proclaimed the resurrected LORD. There were thousands who responded. However, the opposition was great. The priests, the teacher s of the law and the elders did not believe. The strange thing was they couldn’t deny the miracle the Apostle did. The sign and wonder was right in front of their eyes. Why couldn’t they see the truth? Because they were so full – full of themselves. When a cup is full, it cannot be filled. How sad it is! It could be our problem today too. We have too many of our own thinking, own agenda and own plan. Sometimes, we could not see the wonder of God. We complain about the reality and we lament about our weakness. But what about the power of God? We do not see God is working among us. Indeed, we need sensitive ears, discerning mind and a teachable heart. I believe the Holy Spirit so ready to teach us and lead us into all truth.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, fill us with your Holy Spirit that we will be sensitive to your teaching. We will be both humble and confident in the light of your truth.

April 7, 2016

Weekly Newsletter 14 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome everyone coming to worship on Sunday. A quick summary of the message “Find yourself in the family of God” Number 1:1-19

We will be learning from the book of Number for the next few weeks. Here are the main points in chapter 1, they are also the recurring themes in the book.

  1. 听从神,顺服领导,并按照命令而行
    Obey God, submit to the leaders and follow order
  2. 預备好站出來, 服侍你的群体
    Be ready to step up and serve your group
  3. 团队式服侍整个社团 Serve as a team for the whole community
  4. 領受神的应许 Claim God’s promise

 

April

Pastor Theo Lai will be coming to teach this Friday 4/8 for the Youth group on Friday night.

Traffic alert: There will be a closure of far right lane on westbound 91 between Green River Road and Orange County line from April 8 at 9:00 pm to Sunday April 10 at 9:00 am. Please plan ahead for anticipated delays.

Our training on Board member and Elder will be postponed because the sudden change of schedule of our trainer. I will reschedule and let you know.

Family Fellowship will be meeting at Sun and Wei’s house this Saturday. Please let Shelton or David know if you’re planning to go.

April 16 Spring Cleanup. We need a lot of help from you.

April 24 Sunday, Melissa MacDonald, our C&MA Children Ministry Director will come to RCAC to preach and also conduct a seminar on Children Ministry. Please reserve your time to come.

April 29-May 1. Rev. William & Mrs. Tan (retired pastor from HK) will visit us. They will hold a seminar on Friday, Saturday on the topic of “Blessed Family”. More detail will be announced.

May

May 14 is an Envision Service Day. We will be going to Watts L.A. to do one day community work. Cost is $25. If you are interested, please contact Pastor for more info.

REACh College/YA Retreat during Memorial Day Weekend, 5/27/16 Friday evening to 5/30/16 Monday afternoon, 4 days, 3 nights at the Canaan Resort in Lake Elsinore, CA Cost for a College Student or 2016 graduated senior = $80/person. Young Adult = $110/person. Please contact Ian for link to online registration form or if you have any questions.

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from Acts 4:33

33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all

33 使徒大有能力,見證主耶穌復活,眾人也都蒙大恩。

April 7, 2016