Church News 02/26

1) LAUNCH TEAM MEETING: NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 5 – Our next launch team meeting for our church plant (Anchor) will be Sunday, March 5, 1-3pm in the English chapel. Lunch will be provided! Please mark your calendar. We’ll be planning, training and praying! For more details, please speak with Pastor Ben. In the future, there will be a launch team meeting every first Sunday of the month, at 1-3p in the English Chapel.

2) OUTREACH TEAMS FORMING: Our launch team together has formed some outreach teams and we need your help and feedback! These outreach ideas are geared towards inviting our unchurched friends. If you are interested in joining a group, please contact:

— Basketball Outreach: Philip Lai

— Sports (besides basketball) Outreach: Naomi Jow

— Coffee Brewing/Tasting: Brian Hwang

— Music Outreach: Ivan Wong

— VBS (June 27-30) : Angela Woo

— Website and Design: Jeremy Jow and Trisha Chan

— Social Media: Tiff Mau

— Welcoming: Johan Wong

3) CHURCH PLANT COMING FALL 2017: ANCHOR COMMUNITY CHURCH: In the fall of 2016, after much prayer and discussion with leaders in all congregations, we sensed that God was calling us to this next phase of our English congregation. God has been faithful in building up our congregation up to this point, but as we looked out at our community, we began to dream about how we could better reach out to those who are currently unconnected to any church. We see many who, though externally prosperous, are struggling to find meaning and identity amidst the many pressures of career, school, family, relationships and a tumultuous political climate. We also firmly believe that there is great power in the gospel of Jesus, and that he offers us much more than good morals and a ticket to heaven. Rather, he is the sure and steadfast anchor for the soul (Hebrews 6:19), giving us a new identity that can root us in the storms of life. We dream of young families, young adults, and college students coming to find this anchor for their souls.

4) OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE: If you are not currently serving in our church, there are many opportunities. Multimedia team, Children’s ministry, Youth Ministry, Worship Team, Welcoming Team, are just a few examples. If you would like to use your gifts and passions to serve our church, please speak with Pastor Ben or any leader.

Church News 02/19

1) NEXT LAUNCH TEAM MEETING: MARCH 5 – Our next launch team meeting for our church plant (Anchor) will be Sunday, March 5, 1-3pm in the English chapel. Lunch will be provided! Please mark your calendar. We’ll be planning, training and praying! For more details, please speak with Pastor Ben. In the future, there will be a launch team meeting every first Sunday of the month, at 1-3p in the English Chapel.

2) OUTREACH TEAMS FORMING: Our launch team together is planning three outreach groups. We would love your help and feedback! These outreach ideas are geared towards inviting our unchurched friends. If you are interested in joining a group, please contact:

— Basketball Outreach: Philip Lai

— Coffee Brewing/Tasting: Brian Hwang

— Music Outreach: Ivan Wong

3) PLEASE PRAY FOR THE YOUTH RETREAT GOING ON RIGHT NOW! The youth and youthworkers are at the 2nd nature youth retreat. Please pray that God would work mightily at the retreat! Also pray for the youthworkers who are ministering to the youth.

4) CHURCH PLANT COMING FALL 2017: ANCHOR COMMUNITY CHURCH: In the fall of 2016, after much prayer and discussion with leaders in all congregations, we sensed that God was calling us to this next phase of our English congregation. God has been faithful in building up our congregation up to this point, but as we looked out at our community, we began to dream about how we could better reach out to those who are currently unconnected to any church. We see many who, though externally prosperous, are struggling to find meaning and identity amidst the many pressures of career, school, family, relationships and a tumultuous political climate. We also firmly believe that there is great power in the gospel of Jesus, and that he offers us much more than good morals and a ticket to heaven. Rather, he is the sure and steadfast anchor for the soul (Hebrews 6:19), giving us a new identity that can root us in the storms of life. We dream of young families, young adults, and college students coming to find this anchor for their souls.

5) OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE: If you are not currently serving in our church, there are many opportunities. Multimedia team, Children’s ministry, Youth Ministry, Worship Team, Welcoming Team, are just a few examples. If you would like to use your gifts and passions to serve our church, please speak with Pastor Ben or any leader.

Church News 02/12

1) CHURCH PLANT LAUNCH TEAM MEETING TODAY, 1-3PM: This meeting will be held immediately following our worship service and includes lunch. During this meeting, we will discuss the vision of the new church plant, which launches this fall, and what it means to officially be part of the launch team, as well as tangible next steps for us. All are welcome to come to this meeting to learn about joining the launch team.

2) STORY BEHIND THE CHURCH PLANT NAME: ANCHOR COMMUNITY CHURCH: In the fall of 2016, after much prayer and discussion with leaders in all congregations, we sensed that God was calling us to this next phase of our English congregation. God has been faithful in building up our congregation up to this point, but as we looked out at our community, we began to dream about how we could better reach out to those who are currently unconnected to any church. We see many who, though externally prosperous, are struggling to find meaning and identity amidst the many pressures of career, school, family, relationships and a tumultuous political climate. We also firmly believe that there is great power in the gospel of Jesus, and that he offers us much more than good morals and a ticket to heaven. Rather, he is the sure and steadfast anchor for the soul (Hebrews 6:19), giving us a new identity that can root us in the storms of life. We dream of young families, young adults, and college students coming to find this anchor for their souls.

3) OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE: If you are not currently serving in our church, there are many opportunities. Multimedia team, Children’s ministry, Youth Ministry, Worship Team, Welcoming Team, are just a few examples. If you would like to use your gifts and passions to serve our church, please speak with Pastor Ben or any leader.

Church News 02/05

1) 2ND NATURE YOUTH RETREAT FEB 17-20: REGISTER ASAP! The 2nd Nature Youth Retreat is coming up very soon — you won’t want to miss it! Please register ASAP. See Jon Lau or any youth leader for more details.

2) CHURCH PLANT LAUNCH TEAM MEETING NEXT SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 1-3PM: During this meeting, we will discuss the vision of the new church plant, which launches this fall, and what it means to officially be part of the launch team, as well as tangible next steps for us. FREE LUNCH will be provided! All are welcome to come to this meeting to learn about joining the launch team — please invite friends to the facebook event! The meeting will be held in the English Chapel on the 1st floor.

3) STORY BEHIND THE CHURCH PLANT NAME: ANCHOR COMMUNITY CHURCH: In the fall of 2016, after much prayer and discussion with leaders in all congregations, we sensed that God was calling us to this next phase of our English congregation. God has been faithful in building up our congregation up to this point, but as we looked out at our community, we began to dream about how we could better reach out to those who are currently unconnected to any church. We see many who, though externally prosperous, are struggling to find meaning and identity amidst the many pressures of career, school, family, relationships and a tumultuous political climate. We also firmly believe that there is great power in the gospel of Jesus, and that he offers us much more than good morals and a ticket to heaven. Rather, he is the sure and steadfast anchor for the soul (Hebrews 6:19), giving us a new identity that can root us in the storms of life. We dream of young families, young adults, and college students coming to find this anchor for their souls.

4) OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE: If you are not currently serving in our church, there are many opportunities. Multimedia team, Children’s ministry, Youth Ministry, Worship Team, Welcoming Team, are just a few examples. If you would like to use your gifts and passions to serve our church, please speak with Pastor Ben or any leader.

Church News 01/29

1) CHURCH PLANT LAUNCH TEAM MEETING ON FEB. 12, 1-3PM: During this meeting, we will discuss the vision of the new church plant, which launches this fall, and what it means to officially be part of the launch team, as well as tangible next steps for us. Lunch will be provided. All are welcome to come to this meeting to learn about joining the launch team — please invite friends to the facebook event! The meeting will be held in the English Chapel on the 1st floor.

2) STORY BEHIND THE CHURCH PLANT NAME: ANCHOR COMMUNITY CHURCH: In the fall of 2016, after much prayer and discussion with leaders in all congregations, we sensed that God was calling us to this next phase of our English congregation. God has been faithful in building up our congregation up to this point, but as we looked out at our community, we began to dream about how we could better reach out to those who are currently unconnected to any church. We see many who, though externally prosperous, are struggling to find meaning and identity amidst the many pressures of career, school, family, relationships and a tumultuous political climate. We also firmly believe that there is great power in the gospel of Jesus, and that he offers us much more than good morals and a ticket to heaven. Rather, he is the sure and steadfast anchor for the soul (Hebrews 6:19), giving us a new identity that can root us in the storms of life. We dream of young families, young adults, and college students coming to find this anchor for their souls.

3) COLLEGE GROUP KICK-OFF FEB. 4 AT BIOLA: There will be a college group kick-off on Saturday, Feb. 4, 7pm at Biola. There will be FREE HAWAIIAN BBQ! Invite your friends who are not currently committed to a church! Exact Location TBA.

4) OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE: If you are not currently serving in our church, there are many opportunities. Multimedia team, Children’s ministry, Youth Ministry, Worship Team, Welcoming Team, are just a few examples. If you would like to use your gifts and passions to serve our church, please speak with Pastor Ben or any leader.

5) UPCOMING EVENTS:

Adults

Feb 4 – College Group Kick-Off

Feb 12 – Launch Team Meeting

Church News 01/22

1) INDOOR GAMES THIS AFTERNOON IN YOUTH ROOM: FITS (fun in the sun) is changed to fun in the youth room today. We’ll be playing fun group games at 3pm. Contact Naomi Jow for more details.

2) COLLEGE GROUP KICK-OFF FEB. 4: There will be a college group kick-off on Saturday, Feb. 4, here at church. Stay tuned for more details.

3) CHURCH PLANT NAME – ANCHOR COMMUNITY CHURCH: Last week at the retreat, we announced the new name for our church plant: Anchor Community Church. Our dream is that the church plant will be a place where people can find the anchor for their souls in Jesus (Hebrews 6:19). Stay tuned for updates, as we will be doing many things in the next nine months to prepare to plant. One thing you can do right now is pray. Pray that this church will be place where the unchurched can find Jesus, pray for your unchurched friends, and pray that we would be united as we prepare.

4) OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE: If you are not currently serving in our church, there are many opportunities. Multimedia team, Children’s ministry, Youth Ministry, Worship Team, Welcoming Team, are just a few examples. If you would like to use your gifts and passions to serve our church, please speak with Pastor Ben or any leader.

5) UPCOMING EVENTS:

Adults

Jan 28 – Young Adult Home Group

Feb 4 – College Group Kick-Off

Church News 01/01

1) ALL-CHURCH COMBINED SERVICE NEXT SUNDAY @ 10AM: Next Sunday is our annual all-church combined service to worship together with Mandarin and Cantonese congregations. Please note that the time is 10am and it will be in the sanctuary. There will be no Youth Sunday School next Sunday.

2) ENGLISH RETREAT IS JAN 14-16: You can still sign up! We will be having an English retreat (college and up) on Jan. 14-16 (MLK weekend) – we have already booked a cabin by Lake Arrowhead. The cost is $85. Scholarships are available; don’t let cost keep you from going – speak to pBen. It will be a great time of relaxing, bonding and growing together as a church body. We will also discuss, pray and plan for the church plant! Even if you are not sure if you will be part of the church plant, it will still be a beneficial time for you. There will be no English Adult service here on Jan. 15 because most of us will be at the retreat. Also, there will be no Youth Friday Fellowship on Jan. 13 so that the youthworkers can go on the retreat.

3) YOUTH 2nd NATURE RETREAT IS FEB. 17-20: The Youth are going on a retreat with the 2nd Nature Network (network of a churches in our area) on Feb 17-20. Please speak with Jon Lau for more details.

4) C GROUP APOLOGETICS STUDY ON THURSDAYS: C Group (college) will be meeting weekly on Thursdays during winter break at Chris Wu’s house and we will be studying and discussing how to respond to tough questions/objections about God and Faith (Apologetics). Talk to Jeremy Jow for more info.

5) POWERPOINT HELP NEEDED: Our powerpoint team is looking for more volunteers. If you are interested please speak with Jeremy Jow.

6) UPCOMING EVENTS:

Youth Adults

Jan 6 – Friday Fellowship                       Jan 5 – C Group

Jan 13 – NO Friday Fellowship              Jan 7 – Young Adult Home Group

Jan 20 – Friday Fellowship                    Jan 14-16 – Ezone Retreat

Feb 17-20 – 2nd Nature Retreat          Jan 28 – Young Adult Home Group