RCAC Weekly Issue 39/2017

Welcome Patrick, Helen and Chris from NoCal visited and worshiped with us Sunday.

Main points for the message on Sunday 9/17 Share the Blessings of the Gospel – 1 Corinthians 9:16-23

Our true blessing is our salvation in Christ:

  • Your sins are forgiven
  • You become a child of God
  • You have a new nature, holy and righteous
  • You are part of the body of Christ
  • You have eternal life
  • You experience joy, love and peace

We experience the blessings through:

  • Serve: Preach the Gospel
  • Love: Identify with People
  • Know: Practice the Truth

Our reward:

“We do it to get a crown that will last forever.”  1 Corinthians 9:25

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Praise the LORD for the testimony given by Lisa Wang on Sunday.

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We received the approval from the State of California on our amendment on the Article of Incorporation. Please continue pray for the progress of the building project. We are working on the revision of 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.

Mid-Autumn festival gathering is this coming Saturday (9/30). 5:00 pm potluck and 6:30 pm meeting. It will be a fun time to enjoy good food and hangout. We prepare a Gospel message, pray that it will be an opportunity to introduce Christ to them.  Pray also for good weather because we are going to be meeting in the courtyard.

The theme of RCAC 2017 biennial retreat is “Bear Fruit Now”. It will be held at Thousand Pines Retreat Center Oct 27th to Oct 29th.  A day camper participation option will be available for $50/person. 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.

We will have potluck lunch this coming Sunday 10/1. Please bring your favorite dish to share.

242 fellowship will be held Sunday 5:00 pm at Chuck and Betty’s residence this coming Sunday 10/1

September 28, 2017

Devotional – Who is wise? Hosea 14:9, James 3:13

At the end of the book of Hosea, the author asked: “Who is wise?” We know from the Wisdom tradition of Israel, they regard wisdom as the discernment to make right decision, so that they can live in fruitful and prosperous lives. And who is “wise”?  “The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them”  It means those who walk in the ways of the LORD are wise. It is consistent to the main teaching in Proverbs.

We find an echo in James, chapter 3: Who is wise and understanding among you?” James 3:13

Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom”

Those who are in Christ are wise! They possess the Holy Spirit of Wisdom.  These Wisdom is displayed in good characters: Pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  And in good deeds: in particular in maintaining peace.  That is the theme continue from James chapter 3 to 4.

Wisdom is not just an intellectual quality, it is how to live!  And this Wisdom yields all the good fruit!

18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”  3:18

With the Holy Spirit of Wisdom and credited as righteous in Christ, let us live out this Wisdom from heaven and we will reap a harvest of righteousness.

September 22, 2017

 

RCAC Weekly Issue 38/2017

Welcome everyone coming to visit and worship Sunday. Welcome Lydia, Josh Yeung and Laurent Mak of Silver Lining coming to give us sharing and information of their ministries. May the LORD continue to bless them and guide them in serving the poor in the field.

Here are the highlights of the message on 9/17 Get Ready to Preach the Gospel – Acts 16:1-10

Two main focuses in the passage:

  • Involve young people in ministry  (Timothy and Luke)
  • Obey God’s guidance  (Follow and discern)

Isaiah 55:8-9

  • God Restricts (v7-8)
  • God Reveals (v9-10)
  • God Reassures (v11-15)

Then we obey

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We almost finished the block wall. Still, when you come to church, slow down and be very careful, park near the basketball.  Please be patience on any inconvenience caused.  Also, continue to pray for the State of California to approve our amendment on the Article of Incorporation, which is needed for application of mortgage. Pray also for the revision of plans and the City will give us approval soon. We need you participation and prayer

Many have seen the devastating reports from Houston/Florida. If you are moved to help, CAMA is partnering with the Southwestern District leadership to coordinate and provide relief to those in the region

To learn more on how you and your congregation can be involved click here or give now.

Mid-Autumn festival gathering will be held Sept 30 (Saturday) 5:00 pm potluck and 6:30 pm meeting

The theme of RCAC 2017 biennial retreat is “Bear Fruit Now”. It will be held at Thousand Pines Retreat Center Oct 27th to Oct 29th.  A day camper participation option will be available for $50/person. 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.

9/24 Sister Lisa Wang will give us a testimony of her Summer STM experience

September 21, 2017

Devotional – Natural Disaster and Man-made Calamity – Matthew 24

When Jesus were sitting on Mount Olives, the disciples came and ask, what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Matthew 24:3

Then Jesus answered: “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.”

When I look at our world today, it is filled with natural disasters and man-made calamities. We ask question like: Why does this thing happen?  We easily fall into extremes: everything happens is a judgement to our sins. On the other hand, there are just “natural disasters”, “natural” phenomena that will always happen and it has no meaning, it will pass.

But Jesus told us they are all “signs” and pointing to the end! Moreover, Jesus said, All these are the beginning of birth pains” The Bible uses the allegory of a woman going into labor to describe the end time. The birth pains will come more frequent and more serious and then the labor will come. In the same way, we will see more and more of the natural disasters and man-made calamities. That is not the end, but the beginning.

Here is something we need to do: 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

Stand firm in our faith in Christ and continue the hard work of spreading the Gospel to the end of the world.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, help us to fix our eyes on you, ready to listen, stand firm in difficulties and ready to bring the Gospel to the sinners, oppressed and wounded.

September 15, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 37/2017

Welcome Pastor Lai and Mrs. Lai visited us. Praise the LORD for the message delivered by Pastor Lai. Welcome also the Leung’s family.

Here are the highlights of the message on 9/10 Jesus’ purpose of coming to this world – Matthew 6:9, 33

Why did Jesus come to this world?

Jesus came to this world to establish God’s Kingdom

  • His Messages centers on God’s Kingdom
  • Lord’s prayer: Your kingdom comes, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
  • Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness
  • He used parables to teach the truth about the kingdom
  • The Sermon on the Mount is the constitution of the kingdom
  • God’s desire is for us to reign with Christ in His Kingdom.

 

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Regular Church Cleanup will be this Saturday 9/16 10:00 am. Please come and help us to make the church clean and neat.

Lydia and Josh Yeung of Silver Lining will come this Sunday to share their ministries. Please join us this Sunday to listen to the wonderful things God has done.

242 fellowship Sunday 9/17 5:00 pm at Ralm Jung’s residence. All are welcome.

We almost finished the block wall. Still, when you come to church, slow down and be very careful, park near the basketball.  Please be patience on any inconvenience caused.  Also, continue to pray for the State of California to approve our amendment on the Article of Incorporation, which is needed for application of mortgage. Pray also for the revision of plans and the City will give us approval soon. We need you participation and prayer

Many have seen the devastating reports from Houston/Florida. If you are moved to help, CAMA is partnering with the Southwestern District leadership to coordinate and provide relief to those in the region

To learn more on how you and your congregation can be involved click here or give now.

Betty Seto and Wendy Yao were elected to be the representatives from the congregation to the Nominating Committee. Thanks for everyone participating in the election.  Nominating Committee meeting will be held Sunday after church

Mid-Autumn festival gathering will be held Sept 30 (Saturday) 5:00 pm potluck and 6:30 pm meeting

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.  A day camper participation option will be available for $50/person. 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.

9/24 Sister Lisa Wang will give us a testimony of her Summer STM experience

September 14, 2017

 

Devotional – Love your neighbor as yourself – Leviticus 19:18, 33-34

33 ˜When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

To love your neighbor is a commandment given by God (If you see “I am the LORD your God”, you know that is some of the most important teachings in the Old Testament).  God is just. He treats everyone in a fair manner. He is the God of poor and needy. In this same way, He expects us to do the same. In this passage, the Israelites are reminded that they were foreigners in Egypt. God’s people were referred as Hebrew, basically mean foreigner. Show your kindness to the foreigner, as you all needed that.  This concept does not change in the New Testament, Peter reminds the disciples that you are all aliens and foreigners in this world (1 Peter 2:11).

When Jesus was asked what is the most important commandment. He replied to love God and then to love your neighbor as yourself.  And it is more important than burnt offerings and sacrifices!

Love is the central theme in the Bible. God wants us to love beyond our emotion, our relation and our reasoning, but to love unconditional.

I know so many people they are immigrants.  Contrary to certain political viewpoint, immigrants are usually law-abiding. Even more, they are in general more receptive to the Gospel message (When a person goes in a new place, the person in general will be more open to new idea).

Let us see thing in God’s perspective and understand why this is happening.  God places them among us so that we can show them the love of God and they will become a “citizen of the Kingdom”.  This is the heart of God and it is also our responsibility.

September 8, 2017

 

 

RCAC Weekly Issue 36/2017

Welcome Bud Spencer (Mrs. Henk’s  neighbor). Welcome Della’s friends visited us Sunday

Here are the highlights of the message on 9/3 Be a faithful servant of Christ – 1 Corinthians 4:1-17

We learn to be a faithful servant of Christ through the example of Apostle Paul and Timothy

4:1 This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Learn to be a Faithful Servant

  • Courage to be disliked
  • Humility
  • Tough love

 

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We almost finished the block wall. Still, when you come to church, slow down and be very careful, park near the basketball.  Please be patience on any inconvenience caused.  Also, continue to pray for the State of California to approve our amendment on the Article of Incorporation, which is needed for application of mortgage. Pray also for the revision of plans and the City will give us approval soon. We need you participation and prayer

Many have seen the devastating reports from Houston. If you are moved to help, CAMA is partnering with the Southwestern District leadership to coordinate and provide relief to those in the region
To learn more on how you and your congregation can be involved click here or give now.

We will have an election of the Nominating Committee this Sunday. Two will be elected out the four candidates to join Pastor, Ed and Stephanie to form the Committee. This year, we have the following positions needed in the Board: Elder, Secretary and Treasurer

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. A day camper participation option will be available for $50/person. 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.

Upcoming Events

9/10 Pastor Calvin Lai will come to deliver a message this Sunday. He will give us an update of the field work too

9/17 Next Sunday we have Silver Lining (Lydia and Josh) coming to share their ministries in the field

9/24 Sister Lisa Wang will give us a testimony of her Summer STM experience

9/30 Mid-Autumn Festival gatherings

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September 7, 2017