RCAC Weekly Issue 20/2017

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Dear RCAC family:

Welcome everyone coming to worship on Sunday (5/14). Welcome Alice and Alan (Wendy’s friend) from Riverside

Key verses of the message on May14 – The LORD Builds – Psalm 127

Unless the Lord builds the house,     the builders labor in vain.

This psalm gives us a good reminder, it directs our attention back to the LORD. He is the one who builds our family, our church and our nation.  Give reverence to Him and trust in Him.  This psalm has comforting message: By trusting Him, we labor and expect there will be result. We also rest when we need to, knowing that the LORD will keep and sustain we work during the day.

He grants sleep to those he loves.

While we tried our best to take care of our children, we believe that:

Children are a heritage from the Lord,     offspring a reward from him

Our parents on earth represent the LORD to take care of us.  We give thanks to our earthly parents. We love and honor them.  If you are parent, remember you are steward to take care of what the LORD has entrusted you.  The LORD loves our children too. He will provide them more than we can give, He will guide them and give them wisdom better than what we can offer.  Let us trust in the LORD

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Praise the LORD we had a great time of hiking and picnic on May 13. Thanks Lawrence and Ian in organizing the event.

242 fellowship will meet this Sunday (May 21) 5pm at Chuck and Betty’s home Everyone is welcome to attend.

General Council of C&MA will be held May 30 to June 4 at Columbus Ohio.  We will collect a special offering to Great Commission Fund on. Pastor will take the offering and offer it during the mission rally at the General Council. Please prepare your offering and we will collect it Sunday May 21

 

The youth summer camp will be held at Pine Springs Ranch Christian Youth Camp & Retreat Center on June 15-18. The theme is The True Voice based on John 10:27-28. Price is $210. The deadline to register is May 21 (this Sunday). Please see Megan Ma if you have any questions.

The Pastor have received some prayer request card.  I read them and also pray accordingly.  I believe the LORD listen to our prayers and He is pleased that we lift up our burdens to Him.  If you have any prayer request, there are prayer request cards on the back of the chair, please fill in the card and put in the suggestion & prayer box in the lobby. We would like to pray for you.

We print more copies of the Church Directories. We placed them on the table in the lobby, please take a copy.

May 18, 2017

Devotional – Love binds them all together in perfect unity – Colossians 3:14

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Colossians chapter 3 tells us that as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, we need to practice all kinds of goodness, especially forgiveness.  Forgiveness is the key to the Gospel: Through Jesus, the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.  This is the one of God: while we are still sinner, Christ died for us. Christ gave His life to us in a total sacrificial way.  Through this love, we can be healed and we can come together to worship Him.  For any community, love is glue, without it, everything will be broken, fragmented.  With love, a perfect unity will be demonstrated and people will know that we are His disciples.

This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. Let us celebrate the sacrificial love our mother has provided to the family.  Yes, indeed, a family needs love to bind everyone together.

Prayer

We pray for all the families in the church that they can practice and experience the sacrificial love of our LORD Jesus Christ.  Bear with each other and forgive as the LORD forgave us.

May 12, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 19/2017

Dear RCAC family:

Welcome everyone coming to worship on Sunday (5/7). Welcome Stephanie and Kong, Leah’s friends from Biola visited and worship with us Sunday. Welcome Mr. and Mrs. Wang coming back from Tampa.

Main points for the message on 5/7 Put it into practice – Philippians 4;4-9

Our need:

To be with God, experience His peace, to overcome disappointment, failure and difficulty in life.

God’s promise:

  • And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • 9 And the God of peace will be with you.

Condition:

  • Rejoice always
  • Pursue Righteousness
  • Pray and give thanks
  • Do what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable — anything that is excellent or praiseworthy

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“On Sat, May 13, from 10 am to 1 pm, we are going to have a church hike.   We’ll meet at Shelter 8 at 10 am at Carbon Canyon Regional Park at 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea, CA.  Entry fee is $5 per vehicle; pets are allowed.  Park amenities include hiking trails, children play area, picnic tables, BBQ grill are at Shelter 8, and portable water and restrooms are near the shelter.  Individuals are to bring their own brown bag lunch.  You are welcome to use the BBQ grill and picnic tables.”

 

General Council of C&MA will be held May 30 to June 4 at Columbus Ohio.  We will collect a special offering to Great Commission Fund on. Pastor will take the offering and offer it during the mission rally at the General Council. Please prepare your offering and we will collect it Sunday May 21

 

The youth summer camp will be held at Pine Springs Ranch Christian Youth Camp & Retreat Center on June 15-18. The theme is The True Voice based on John 10:27-28. Regular price is $210. The deadline to register is May 21. Please see Megan Ma if you have any questions.

 

The Pastor have received some prayer request card.  I read them and also pray accordingly.  I believe the LORD listen to our prayers and He is pleased that we lift up our burdens to Him.  If you have any prayer request, there are prayer request cards on the back of the chair, please fill in the card and put in the suggestion & prayer box in the lobby. We would like to pray for you.

We print more copies of the Church Directories. We placed them on the table in the lobby, please take a copy.

May 11, 2017

Devotional – Deal with failure, frustration and shame – Hebrew 2:18

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2:18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

In this world, we face many failures.  Life cannot be always smooth and easy.  It is because there is sin and we are living in a sinful world.  Sometimes other people sin, but often we sin too.  Our sinful desire drives us to somewhere we should not go, results in pain, failure and shame.

It is not easy to accept failure, experience frustration and expose to shame because sometimes it is not totally our fault.  How do we deal with these feelings?   Come to Jesus.  He understands how we feel.  He went through temptation, suffering and crucifixion.  He can give us comfort and strength to face adversity.  When we see failure, frustration and shame as an invitation of grace, we have a new perspective.  It can be something that makes us better and stronger, indeed a gift from God.  Also, failure, frustration and shame can be a way to expose the idolatry and sin in our heart.  Yet it is another way that leads us to Christ.

Prayer

Let us fix our eyes on our LORD Jesus. LORD Jesus you are merciful, carry us when we are weak and weary. Let us deal with idolatry in our heart and let us worship you

May 5, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 18/2017

Dear RCAC family:

Welcome everyone coming to worship on Sunday (4/30)

Main points for the message on 4/30 The Sheep and the Goats – Matthew 25:31-46

We continue the study on Christ is our Coming King. Matthew 24 and 25 are the teaching from the LORD on the topic of end time. In Chapter 25, He used 3 parables tell us what we should do while we are waiting for His return

  • The parable of the ten virgins – Teach us to keep watch
  • The parable of the ten talents – Teach us to serve faithfully
  • The sheep and the goats – Teach us about the judgment

On the Judgment Day, the King will separate the sheep and the goats.  The sheep symbolize the righteous and the goats symbolize the wicked. The righteous will be rewarded and the wicked will be punished. This is a very Jewish concept that everyone at the moment will agree. However, who is the righteous? They are the one who serve the King, or the least of these brothers or sisters.   So it is whoever is in need. We are being saved by grace through faith of course. It is also consistent in the Gospel of Matthew that faith needs to produce fruit.  From the fruit, we can test the faith.

The reward for the righteous:

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

The punishment for the wicked:

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

 

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This coming Sunday 5/7 is the first Sunday of May. We will have Holy Communion and we will have potluck

Family Fellowship will be meeting at David & Miko’s this coming Saturday 5/6 at 5:00pm.   Dinner is potluck.  Please let Shelton or David know if you & your family are planning on coming or not.

We will have a music presentation for Mother’s Day, a song called “A Mother Love”.  Please come for the rehearsals. All are welcome to come and praise the LORD and show our gratitude to our earthly mother.

  • 5/07  Sunday after lunch
  • 5/14  Presentation in service

On Sat, May 13, from 10 am to 1 pm, we are going to have a church hike.   We’ll meet at Shelter 8 at 10 am at Carbon Canyon Regional Park at 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea, CA.  Entry fee is $5 per vehicle; pets are allowed.  Park amenities include hiking trails, children play area, picnic tables, BBQ grill are at Shelter 8, and portable water and restrooms are near the shelter.  Individuals are to bring their own brown bag lunch.  You are welcome to use the BBQ grill and picnic tables.

General Council of C&MA will be held May 30 to June 4 at Columbus Ohio.  We will collect a special offering for Great Commission Fund. Pastor will take the offering and offer it during the mission rally at the General Council. Please prepare your offering and we will collect it Sunday May 21

The youth summer camp will be held at Pine Springs Ranch Christian Youth Camp & Retreat Center on June 15-18. The theme is The True Voice based on John 10:27-28. Registration starts on April 2. Early bird price is $195 if registering before May 7 and regular price is $210. The deadline to register is May 21. Please see Megan Ma if you have any questions.

The Pastor have received some prayer request card.  I read them and also pray accordingly.  I believe the LORD listen to our prayers and He is pleased that we lift up our burdens to Him.  If you have any prayer request, there are prayer request cards on the back of the chair, please fill in the card and put in the suggestion & prayer box in the lobby. We would like to pray for you.

We print more copies of the Church Directories. We placed them on the table in the lobby, please take a copy.

May 4, 2017

Devotional – Receive mercy in our time of need – Hebrew 4:16

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16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need

The world teaches us not to show our weakness, not to apologize even we are wrong, always show up as a strong one.  But in the bottom of our heart, we know it is not true. It is just a false image we put up and want people to believe. Inside, we are weak and fragile.

Christ knows us well, we do not need to hide or pretend to be someone we are not.  Yes, indeed, we have many needs: physically and spiritual.  We have struggles with study and work. We have problems in our relationship.  Yet, we know God’s mercy and grace is sufficient for us.  We come to God with confidence because we are in Christ.  We can open our hands to receive mercy and grace in our time of need. He will surely comfort us and give us strength.

Nothing wrong to tell God we need Him (and Him alone).  This is something we need to experience more, we need to give testimony more.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, let us come to you and ask you to help. You are our Savior. You will not leave us struggling but help us in the time of need.

 

April 28, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 17/2017

Dear RCAC family:

Welcome everyone coming to worship on Sunday (4/23)

Main points for the message on 4/23 Keep Watch – Luke 12:35-48

Christ is our Coming King

11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”  Acts 1:11

Statement of Faith of C&MA

  1. The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible, and premillennial. This is the believer’s hope and is a vital truth that is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.

While you are waiting…

  • 有期待等候 Wait in expectation
  • 過聖潔的生活 Holy living: Live a sanctified life worthy of your calling
  • 忠心事奉 Faithful Service Work hard in completing the task the Master’s task

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Praise the LORD and big thank you for those who came back for the Annual Church Cleanup (4/22).  If you missed the chance to serve, we have our regular church cleanup every month (3rd Saturday).  Come and help. We want to see more people stepping up, taking ownership of task that God has entrusted us to take care.

We will have a music presentation for Mother’s Day, a song called “A Mother Love”.  Please come for the rehearsals. All are welcome to come and praise the LORD and show our gratitude to our earthly mother.

 

4/30  Sunday after lunch

5/07  Sunday after lunch

5/14  Presentation in service

 

“SAVE THE DATE – We are planning to have a church picnic/hiking on May 13, 2017 (Sat) at Carbon Canyon Regional Park located on State Highway 142 east of State Hwy 57.  The event will be from 10 am to 1 pm.  Entry fee is $5 per vehicle.  Further details to follow.  This is a great opportunity for a pre-mother’s day family outdoor activity.  If you have any questions, please contact Lawrence Tai.”

The youth summer camp will be held at Pine Springs Ranch Christian Youth Camp & Retreat Center on June 15-18. The theme is The True Voice based on John 10:27-28. Registration starts on April 2. Early bird price is $195 if registering before May 7 and regular price is $210. The deadline to register is May 21. Please see Megan Ma if you have any questions.

I (Pastor) have received some prayer request card.  I read them and also pray accordingly.  I believe the LORD listen to our prayers and He is pleased that we lift up our burdens to Him.  If you have any prayer request, there are prayer request cards on the back of the chair, please fill in the card and put in the suggestion & prayer box in the lobby. We would like to pray for you.

We print more copies of the Church Directories. We placed them on the table in the lobby, please take a copy.

April 27, 2017