RCAC Weekly Issue 10/2018

Welcome everyone came to worship on March 4

Here is the summary of the message on March 4: Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven – Psalm 32

On March 4, we continue our series of RCAC Core Values. We moved on to the third core value – Word. By that, we mean the Word of God.  It is a huge topic.

We believe the Bible is the Word of God:  It is God speaks to us and also God,
God inspires people to speak to Him, especially in the case of Psalms.

The Word of God:

  • Tells us who God is
  • Shows us our sin
  • Leads us to Christ
  • Bring us blessings

If we want to receive blessings in Christ, come to Christ and confess.

The main theme of the Psalm 32 is Confession:

  • v1-v2 Conclusion  (Blessings)
  • v3-v7 Experience  (Confession)
  • v8-v11 Testimony (Teaching others)

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
    and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
    my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
    the guilt of my sin.  Psalm 32:5

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

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March

Daylight Saving will start on March 11 this Sunday.

We would like to encourage brothers and sisters to take Holy Communion together in the sanctuary.  We will only serve Holy Communion in the sanctuary starting March

Choir Practice for Good Friday and Easter will be held after lunch Sunday

We started our Mission Conference.  We had a great time of listening to the sharing from our Missionary. You still have chance to come, here are events: Wednesday Morning Sharing: 10:00am at church.

  • Friday night sharing: 7:00pm potluck dinner, 8:00pm combined group of sharing
  • Sunday: Combined Sunday School at 10:00am. Our Missionary will teach us about conflict resolution: Peace Making principles.
  • The Missionary will deliver a message during worship.
  • Please reserve your time to come. Listen to what God is doing in the field and pray that we can participate in the Kingdom’s ministry

All-In: Youth and Children ministry training will be held at the Grove March 17 Saturday 9:00am to 3:00pm.  Pastor encourages all Youth leader and teachers of Children ministry to attend this training.  Please let Pastor know if you can go.

Good Friday service will be held March 30 7:00pm at Church

April

Easter Service will be on April 1. We will have baptism on Easter, if you would like to get baptized or become a member of RCAC, please contact Pastor

Special Announcements

For the fellowship luncheon after Sunday worship: RCAC subsides the lunch and would like to see people staying for fellowship.  We are seeing a deficit continuously.  I would like to remind brothers and sisters to contribute to the luncheon ministry.  This is our responsibility.

 

Devotional – Do not give up – Galatians 6:9-10

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Continue from the devotional last week. I have an insight this week that we need to press on, in particular in doing God’s work.  We need to be firm and persistent in doing good work, even when we experience set back and failure. It is especially true on our building project. I know it is taking a very long time (but praise the LORD for the encouragement from Pastor Dave).

It is also true to mission and evangelism work.  It is so often we give up too early and too easily.  We need to keep on praying and wait on God’s timing and His guidance. He will prepare the people to listen and give us the word to say.  The Bible uses planting as an example.  After we plant the seed, we may not see anything immediately, but if we continue the hard work, we will eventually see the sprout, the flower and the fruit.

May the LORD encourage us.  May He sustain the work of our hands that we can see the result of our effort in Christ.

RCAC Weekly Issue 9/2018

Welcome everyone came to worship on Feb 25.

Here is the summary of the message on Feb 25: The test of Christ’s love – Luke 10:35-37

On Feb 25, we continue of series of RCAC Core Values.  We are on the second core value – love.  Love God and love the others as yourself.  Essentially, these two things are one, because “If we cannot love the brothers and sisters we see, how can we love God who we cannot see” paraphrase from 1 John 4:20.

“Who is my neighbor?” The teacher of the law asked.  Jesus answered that if you have the heart of God, with love and compassion, you will see the neighbor God has prepared for you to love and care.

From this passage in Luke, we see:

  • God loves everyone. We ought to do that same. We should be give “label” to people and instead see people as God’s creation, bearing God’s image. When we serve and love the others, we are expressing our love to God
  • Love means action – “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” 1 John 3:18
  • Christ shows us what love is. His standard is always higher than our standard. His way is always higher than our way.  We can only depend on Him and learn from Him what love is.

Jesus requires us to

  • Love God
  • Love our brothers and our sisters
  • Love our enemy

Conclusion:

The Epistle of Hebrews gives us a very good reminder how loving God and loving others are connected:

“13:15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”  Hebrews 13:15-16

March

We would like to encourage brothers and sisters to take Holy Communion together in the sanctuary.  We will only serve Holy Communion in the sanctuary starting in March

Sunday March 4 is the first Sunday of the month. We have potluck lunch. Please bring your favorite dish to share

Choir Practice for Good Friday and Easter will be held after lunch Sunday

242 Fellowship this Sunday will be held at Shelton and Gail’s residence @ 5:00pm

Mission Conference will be held next week (March 7-11).  We have Missionary coming to share with us.  Here are the events:

  • Wednesday Morning Sharing: 10:00am at church.
  • Friday night sharing: 7:00pm potluck dinner, 8:00pm sharing
  • Saturday family group sharing: TBD
  • Sunday: Combined Sunday School at 10:00am
  • The Missionary will deliver a message during worship.

Please reserve your time to come. Listen to what God is doing in the field and pray that we can participate in the Kingdom’s ministry

Daylight Saving will start on March 11 (Sunday)

All-In: Youth and Children ministry training will be held at the Grove March 17 Saturday 9:00am to 3:00pm.  Pastor encourages all Youth leader and teachers of Children ministry to attend this training.  Please let Pastor know if you can go.

Good Friday service will be held March 30 7:00pm at Church

April

Easter Service will be on April 1. We will have baptism on Easter, if you would like to get baptized or become a member of RCAC, please contact Pastor

Special Announcements

For the fellowship luncheon after Sunday worship: RCAC subsides the lunch and would like to see people staying for fellowship.  We are seeing a deficit continuously.  I would like to remind brothers and sisters to contribute to the luncheon ministry.  This is our responsibility.

 

Devotional – We reap what we sows – Galatians 6:7-10

The Bible tells us “for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” Galatians 6:7

“8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption” Galatians 6:8 

We see clearly this is the case in our society (even though many try to deny it and find excuse to explain it away).  We are living in a generation that we are reaping the evil seeds personally and corporately.  If we continue to ignore it and continue to allow ourselves (and our children) to indulge in sin – to abuse the “so called freedom”, we will reap more death, the consequence of sin.

On the other hand:

“the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”  Galatians 6:8-9

We say farewell to a faithful servant of God, Billy Graham.  There are millions of people being touched by his message.  He sowed many good seeds. Many came to Christ because of his faithful.  We praise the LORD for his life and his service.

You may read the story of Billy Graham from the C&MA website:

http://www.cmalliance.org/news/2018/02/21/farewell-billy/

Brothers and sisters, what seed you are sowing today? May the LORD help us to grasp “the opportunity, to do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10

RCAC Weekly Issue 8/2018

Welcome everyone came to worship on 2/18. Welcome Juno and Lavinia (Della’s friends).

Praise the LORD for the message delivered by Rev. David Gilmore, Senior Pastor of NorthGate Community Church, Cathedral City, titled: “The Righteous Lives by Faith” – Genesis 22:1-19

Four steps for us to receive blessings from the LORD

  1. God gives us test to reveal to us where our heart is. What do we treasure the most? Are we willing to give it up for Him?
  2. Obey God and His command is the requirement to receive blessings
  3. Wait on God. He has his timing
  4. Trust that God will provide

Reference Scriptures:

  • James 2:21-26
  • Hebrews 11:6

May God increase our faith that we will trust in Him and obey him. Then we will receive His blessings.

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Choir:
For our Easter season, we’ll be revisiting some thoughtful & contemplative hymns for our Good Friday and Easter services.
Good Friday service is Friday, March 30th at 7:00 pm   (Choir: “Beneath the Cross – Medley”)
Easter service is Sunday, April 1st 10:00-Noon (Choir: “I Will Glory in the Cross”)

Rehearsals will begin this Sunday February 25th.  It will be a short rehearsal to get your music and intro the songs.  Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!

February

We give thanks for those who came back for RCAC family time: Great time of fellowship and we cleaned up and decorated for the Chinese New Year Celebration

Praise the LORD for our Chinese New Year Celebration. We saw many new faces. I pray that the Gospel presentation and our lively presentation would give a positive impact to our friends that they will be interested to know more about Christ and our Church.  Thanks very much for Pastor Tin coming and his presentations. It is truly one of a kind. Praise the LORD for his creativity and the gift of evangelism

March

Mission Conference will be held March 7-11

Daylight Saving will start on March 11 (Sunday)

March 17: All-In Youth and Children ministry training will be held in the Grove Community Church 9:00am to 3:00pm.  It is a great training and refreshing moment for Youth leader and Children ministry volunteer.  Please let pastor know if you would like to attend.

Good Friday service will be held March 30 7:00pm at Church

April

Easter Service will be on April 1. We will have baptism on Easter, if you would like to get baptized or become a member of RCAC, please contact Pastor

Special Announcements

We would like to encourage brothers and sisters to take Holy Communion together in the sanctuary.  We will only serve Holy Communion in the sanctuary starting in March

For the fellowship luncheon after Sunday worship: RCAC subsides the lunch and would like to see people staying for fellowship.  We are seeing a deficit continuously.  I would like to remind brothers and sisters to contribute to the luncheon ministry.  This is our responsibility.

Devotional – Persistent Prayer – Luke 18:1-8

Prayer is so important in our Christian life but very often Christians struggle with prayer. Here in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells us a parable to teach us to pray consistently and do not lose heart. Why is it important? Two reasons: First, it is a timing issue. Sure, God will listen and answer our prayer. But most of the time, He has His own timing which is usually different from ours.  We want to see things happen right away, but God wants to teach us to be patient and trust Him more. Second, prayer is not magic.  Prayer is a process to help us align our heart to God’s heart.  Prayer helps us to understand God’s plan so that we will be keeping in step with Him.  That needs time and again needs patience.

Note that the judge in this parable is NOT representing God’s character.  Jesus is using the “Rabbi formula” – giving an earthly example and tells us “how much more” God is better than that example. Even that unjust judge would listen to the helpless widow.  Our loving God sure will listen to us.

“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (v8)

What is your burden in your heart? Have you persistently prayed for it?

RCAC Weekly Issue 7/2018

Welcome everyone came to worship on 2/11.

Thanks. Bro. Ralm Jung for the message. The outline of the message on Sunday 2/11 –  I am a runner, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27  Hebrews 12:1-3

I Corinthians 9.24-27: Race to win

  1. How I started running–No natural talent
    —Suffering
    —Why I did it
  2. Natural talent—academics
    —Loved to learn
  3. Christian foundation—learning
    —Christian Reformed Church & Woodcrest Christian
    —Foundation in the Bible (study & prepare)
    —Simplicity, develop a relationship with God
    —Love with Heart, Soul, Mind (pastor Chu)

Hebrews 12.1-3: Run with Endurance

  1. My story
    —Stopped running for 6 years (Bike/BK/RqB)
    —Bill Vaughn (coaching)
    —LA Marathon 1994 (racing)
  2. Endurance
    —Through coaching, I learned to study
    —Through the marathon, I learned to prepare
  3. Christian endurance
    —Learn to study your craft—studying the gospel
    —Learn to prepare—spreading the gospel
    —We are children of God—love who you are

I am a runner; I run for God

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February

2/17 9:00am RCAC family time. Please come to join us in fellowship and help us to cleanup and decorate for the Chinese New Year Celebration in the evening.

2/17 Chinese New Year celebration 5:00pm potluck and 6:30pm meeting.  Please review your time and bring your friends to come.

2/18  242 Fellowship will be held at Chuck and Betty’s residence 5:00pm

Please continue to sign up for offering flowers for Sunday worship.  If you have any questions, or if you are interested in helping with flower arrangement, please contact Brother Lawrence Tai.  He can be reached by email at LTai99@hotmail.com”

March

Mission Conference will be held March 7-11

Daylight Saving will start on March 11 (Sunday)

Good Friday service will be held March 30 7:00pm at Church

April

Easter Service will be on April 1. We will have baptism on Easter, if you would like to get baptized or become a member of RCAC, please contact Pastor

Devotional – Jesus Cares – Luke 7:11-16

11 Soon afterward  he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12 As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” (ESV)

I could understand sometimes, we would distance ourselves from the unfortunate. Perhaps, because we feel like we could not do anything, or we are so afraid we would get “infected.  Once I read, “Care is compassion, to care is to be human”.  Indeed, we are capable because we all receive this gift from God.  We just need to make the first step.

Jesus shows us: He cares.  His heart went out to this poor widow.  “He had compassion on her”.

Will you have compassion to the poor, to the sick and to the sinner?

14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.

Once we care, the Spirit will prompt us to ask God to give His grace.  It is not that we have power. But it is His healing and His power.

When I care for someone, I will pray and ask God what would be the best for this person.  God is gracious, He would give us what we need to reach out to this person.  Then we will see God’s glory and know that God is among us!

16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!”

 

RCAC Weekly issue 6/2018

Welcome everyone coming to worship on 2/4.  Welcome Joy (Celine’s roommate), Lavinia and Alan (Della’s friends) and Serena (Joan’s friend) visited us Sunday and worship together.

The highlights of the message on Sunday 2/4:  The Greatest Task for us – Matthew 22:34-40

RCAC Core Value 核心價值

  • Family   家庭
  • Love      愛
  • Word     神的話語
  • Mission 宣道

We focused on our second core value “Love”.  The main scripture of the teaching is from Matthew 22:34-40.   Jesus tells us the greatest commandment is to “Love God” and “Love the others”.    There are three things I would like to emphasize:

  1. God is Love: if we want to learn how to love, we need to believe in God
  2. We love because he first loved us
  3. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind

God loves us with His unconditional love

He wants us to respond to His love by

  • Building a relationship with Him
  • Follow His command to obey Him
  • Mediate on His Word to know Him

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February

This coming summer, Adelaide will be participating in a service project with a team from CBU. They are currently fundraising by collecting shoes (old or new) until February 11th. There will be a box in the foyer until Feb. 11th. If you have any questions or would like details about the trip, feel free to talk to or contact Adelaide.

Please continue to sign up for offering flowers for Sunday worship.  If you have any questions, or if you are interested in helping with flower arrangement, please contact Brother Lawrence Tai.  He can be reached by email at LTai99@hotmail.com”

2/11 This Sunday we will have our February Board of Ministries meeting

2/17 Saturday Morning we will have RCAC Family time. Please come to enjoy a time of fellowship and help us in cleanup, preparing for the Chinese New Year Celebration on that evening

2/17 Chinese New Year celebration 5:00pm potluck and 6:30pm meeting.  Please review your time and bring your friends to come.

Devotional – He shares in our humanity – Hebrews 2:14-18

“No one is an island”, we all need friends, especially when we are suffering and in pain. There are so many people who are lonely, feeling depressed and they couldn’t find anyone to talk to. Even though we don’t know how to help them, sometimes, just being with people in suffering is already a great help.  The word compassion literally means “to suffer with.”  Suffering with us: it is the theology of incarnation. The letter of Hebrews tells us Our LORD Jesus came in to this world as fully human in every way. Sure, He wants to identify with us and much more than just a friend, he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God (Hebrews 2:17).  Priest is someone standing between human and God. His task is to make atonement and pray for the people.

Praise God we have our LORD Jesus Christ. He walks with us and gives us help in every moment.  Let us always come to Him and ask Him for mercy and compassion.  Let us also act like Jesus, to offer our presence to those who are in pain and suffering.