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Devotional –  Stand firm, and you will win life – Luke 21:19

It was the Great Shakeout Day yesterday (October 19 10:19 am).  The students at school they all practiced earthquake drill. “Drop, Cover and Hold On”.  I don’t know how serious they practiced. I guess they did, perhaps because our memory on the disastrous earthquakes happened recently in Mexico is still fresh.  Indeed, earthquake experience is not nice, even a small one, it leaves a strong sense of insecurity and destruction in people’s mind.

The Bible has some mentions of earthquake.  Many of them connect to the wrath of God to the world. It is also a sign of the end time:  11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.  Luke 21:11, Jesus told His disciples.  Besides earthquakes and other disasters, there will be persecution because of our belief in Christ.  Therefore, let us take heart and prepare.

13 And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”

The promise from Christ is “19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

October 20, 2017

RCAC Weekly issue 42/2017

Welcome everyone who came Sunday (10/15) to worship. Welcome Rev. Bill Malick, our District Superintendent came and delivered the message.  Welcome John, Karen, Brenda from China Outreach Ministries.  Welcome Ralph (Brenda’s husband) and his students from Arrowhead. Welcome also Justina, friend of Zuleika

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Main points for the message on Sunday 10/15 – Generous Heart – 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

The blessings of generosity:

  • God will give you a cheerful heart
  • Your righteousness will endure
  • Make your ministries more effective
  • People will pray for you
  • Results in praise to God

 

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Our first RCAC Family time will be this Saturday Oct 21 from 9:00 to 12:00 at RCAC.  RCAC Family Time will be a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and connecting with each other.  It will also give our children an opportunity to play with each other outside of the busy Sunday schedule & classroom setting.   Equally important, this will give us an opportunity to serve alongside with our older children and demonstrate to our young ones the meaning of servant hood.

We are participating in cleaning activities from 9-11 and then fun activities and maybe eating from 11-12.  The more people we have, the more time we will have for fun!  Even if your child might not be old enough to help, come hang out anyway.

Update of the Building Project: We submitted the plan to JCSD and are waiting for approval. We are working on the application on mortgage. We also work on re-casting vision on how to use the building. We will communicate it to the Church later.

Retreat is next week!  Oct 27 to Oct 29.  Please take the packing list from Shelton. If you need ride, contact Shelton too.

The Nominating committee nominates:
Jenny Truong as secretary
Betty Seto as Treasurer
Ed Ng as Elder

This is the time for the congregation to make nomination.  First, you will need to obtain the written consensus of the nominee. And then you will need to have two supporting signatures from RCAC members. Submit your nomination to Pastor or the Nominating Committee (Ed Lu, Betty Seto, Wendy Yao or Stephanie Zhao) before November 3. We will have an election on November 5.

October Events:

Oct 29 is our Church Retreat and we will have our worship service at Thousand Pines.  No worship service will be held at 9640 Jurupa Road

November Events

Nov 5 Daylight Saving ends

Nov 11 Annual Planning meeting: Please submit your short-term and long-term goals to Pastor and Board members. If you have any suggestion to the ministry, please also submit to Pastor and Board members

Nov 18 Saturday Thanksgiving gathering

December Events

Dec 3 Congregational meeting

Dec 23  Christmas special program

October 19, 2017

Devotional – No branch can bear fruit by itself – John 15:4

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

Our theme this year is “Take root and bear fruit” and the theme of our upcoming retreat is “Bear Fruit now”.   I believe the LORD has been guiding us.  I see clearer and clearer that the LORD is giving us many opportunities in evangelism and mission.  However, this passage reminds that if we want to bear fruit, the number one requirement is we need to remain (abide) in Christ.

We need to have a consistent spiritual life. Daily devotional and prayer is essential to abide in Christ. Spend time other fellow Christians in fellowship can make us encourage each other. Consistent worship attendance keeps us focus every week.  All these require commitment.  Someone says, if you want to cultivate a good habit, you will need to keep practicing in three weeks.  So let us try it!  Start with a consistent quality time with Jesus every day.  Let’s see if we can build a good habit in 21 days!

October 12, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 41/2017

Welcome everyone who came Sunday (10/8) to worship.

Main points for the message on Sunday 10/8 – Extend your boundaries – Micah 7:11-2

The Prayer of Jabez

10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.  1 Chronicles 4:10

God has given us sign that He has prepared something great for us.  There are ministry opportunities right in front of us.

How do we get ready?

  • Same heart and same mind as Christ

–       Prepare ourselves in the truth

–       Prepare skill in evangelism

  • Commitment

–       Prayer

–       Consistent attendance

–       Financial

–       Unity

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Update of the Building Project: We submitted the plan to JCSD and are waiting for approval. We are working on the application on mortgage. We also work on re-casting vision on how to use the building. We will communicate it to the Church later.

The theme of RCAC’s 2017 biennial retreat is “Bear Fruit Now”. It will be held at Thousand Pines Retreat Center Oct 27th to Oct 29th.  Not too late to register (Day camp is welcome too). Please sign up by completing and returning the registration form to Shelton Yuen or David Wang.  You can also register online at app.campdoc.com/register/tpcc/rcac1027 Please see Shelton or David for more information.

Family Fellowship will be meeting at David and Miko’s house this coming Saturday 10:14 5:00 pm

242 Fellowship is meeting at Shelton and Gail’s house this coming Sunday 10/15 5:00 pm.

The Riverside Public Health Department provides free flu vaccinations to senior citizens and younger persons with chronic health conditions. There is a flyer posted the locations that you can make appointments for the flu vaccinations

2017 Eng-SPN Care Clinic Flu Flyer.

October Events:

Oct 15 Our District Superintendent Bill Malick will come and deliver a message

Oct 21 is our regular Church cleanup

Oct 29 is our Church Retreat and we will have our worship service at Thousand Pines.  No worship service will be held at 9640 Jurupa Road

November Events

Nov 5 Daylight Saving ends

Nov 11 Annual Planning meeting: Please submit your short-term and long-term goals to Pastor and Board members. If you have any suggestion to the ministry, please also submit to Pastor and Board members

Nov 18 Saturday Thanksgiving gathering

December Events

Dec 3 Congregational meeting

Dec 23  Christmas special program

October 12, 2017

Devotional – Solomon’s Prayer – 2 Chronicles 6

We find the prayer of Solomon after he finished building the Temple in 2 Chronicles 6.  Here are some of the main points of the prayer:

  • When people of Israel sin against You, they come to confess, Lord God, for the sake of your Name, please forgive them
  • When people sin against their neighbors, they come and confess, Lord God, please forgive them
  • When there are famines, plagues, wars and natural disasters, Lord God, please have mercy on them
  • When foreigners came to worship You, Lord God, show Yourself to them so they can know You
  • When people of Israel go out to fight, they come and ask for Your favor, Lord God be with them and grant them victory
  • When people of Israel sin against You and being punished and captured, if they repent, bring them back to the place You have chosen to worship You

In the New Testament, we know the Temple is a shadow of something greater and better, which is the “body of Christ”.   Perhaps this prayer can serve as a guide for us to pray when we come together to worship at church

October 6, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 40/2017

Welcome Lulu visited and worshiped with us Sunday.

Main points for the message on Sunday 10/1 – Genuine Faith – 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

What is Faith?

  • Faith is belief, relationship and commitment
  • Faith is expressed by following God’s way
  • Faith is strengthened by God

Faith is real in every period of history

Faith is NOT:

  • Faith is NOT just to receive blessings
  • Faith is NOT indulgence

Faith is real because God is faithful

Highest Purpose of Faith is to give Glory to God

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Update of the Building Project: Please continue pray for the progress of the building project. We will submit the plan to JCSD and the application on mortgage. We also work on re-casting vision on how to use the building. We will communicate it to the Church later.

If you have the burden to help the situation in Houston/Florida and Puerto Rico, CAMA provides relief to those in the areas.  To learn more on how you can be involved click here or give now.

The theme of RCAC’s 2017 biennial retreat is “Bear Fruit Now”. It will be held at Thousand Pines Retreat Center Oct 27th to Oct 29th.  Not too late to register (Day camp is welcome too). Please sign up by completing and returning the registration form to Shelton Yuen or David Wang.  You can also register online at app.campdoc.com/register/tpcc/rcac1027 Please see Shelton or David for more information.

October Events:

Oct 8 Nominating Committee meeting after Church          October Board of Ministries meeting after lunch

Oct 15 Our District Superintendent will come and deliver a message

Oct 21 is our regular Church cleanup

Oct 29 is our Church Retreat and we will have our worship service at Thousand Pines.  No worship service will be held at 9640 Jurupa Road

October 5, 2017

Devotional – Everything comes from you – 1 Chronicles 29:10-20

This is the prayer of King David towards the end of his reign.  He had a heart to build the Temple for the LORD but the LORD chose Solomon.  Yet David prepared everything for Solomon.

Since we are in the middle of our building project, here are a few things we can learn from his prayer:

  1. Everything comes from the LORD. We give because it is from the LORD. “We have given you only what comes from your hand” (v14)
  2. Our lives on earth are short and limited, we should make a good use of it to give and serve. “Our days on earth are like a shadow”  (v15)
  3. It is our blessings and joy to give and serve.  God is pleased if we do it willingly.
    “And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you” (v17)
  4. It is all for the glory of the LORD.  “A temple for your Holy Name”  (v16)

September 29, 2017