eGoodNews – May 21 2020

Prayer Life

Lord Jesus Christ,
We are so thankful you said, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
We are so thankful for the ease with which you walked upon the earth,
the generosity and kindness you showed to people,
the devotion with which you cared for those who were out of the way and in trouble,
the extent to which you even loved your enemies and laid down your life for them.
We believe this is a life for us,
a life without lack…
the sufficiency of your Father…
the fullness of life…
poured through you…
You have promised [to give us] that same love,
that same life, that same joy, that same power…
Lord, slip up on us today.
Get past our defenses, our worries, our concerns.
Gently open our souls, and speak your Word into us.
We believe you want to do it,
and we wait for you to do it now.
In your name,
Amen.

From Dallas Willard (1935 – 2013)


This Week…

Please pray together with us this week for:

• Pray for our city especially for ongoing wisdom in the struggle against Covid 19. Join other Christians on May 28-30 for a time of prayer and fasting. There is no set format for this time of fasting – just fasting as God leads you and seeking God’s heart and will for our city!

• Pray for our church during this time of transition.

• Pray for our worship services this weekend as we continue with our sermon series entitled “Courageous”. This coming Sunday we will look at Matthew 14:25-33, “Courageous in Life’s Storms”

 

Donation receipts 2019-2020

Donation receipts for the year ended 31 March 2020 have already been emailed to donors. If you have not received yours, please confirm your email address to us so we can update our records.

office@communitychurch.hk (Office)

accounts@communitychurch.hk (Candy So-Treasurer)

 

Make a difference in our city

  • 10K Initiative

 

If you’re willing and able to

1. Use of Proceeds – to go directly towards grassroots individuals which are shepherded by any partner churches of HK Church Network for the Poor, which has received Board approval to set up a Relief Fund with zero administrative fees

2. Extra mile – donating upfront as needs are immediate

3. Double Extra mile – setup a matching scheme

Email Pastors at pastors@communitychurch.hk for inquiries.

  • To serve

Feeding HK Video – 18MAY20

 

Outreach Video

 

Please go to the outreach page or call/email Grace Ghattas at grace@communitychurch.hk for more information and answers on how you can be regularly engaged with our local community.

 

Community Church Policy Regarding the Coronavirus 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 NIV

 

The following is our policy regarding the implications of the Coronavirus on church activities.  While we do not want to ‘partner with fear’, we do want to exercise appropriate caution and do our part in helping to contain the virus in Hong Kong.  The situation is obviously dynamic, and so we will be reviewing these policies as more information emerges. 

Let’s continue to pray steadfastly for our city, and through the power of the Holy Spirit be a ‘non-anxious’ presence in our city, offering the peace of Jesus Christ, which has the power to ‘guard our hearts and our minds.’

 

Sunday Services: This Sunday we will be offering in-person and online Worship Services at 9:30 and 11:30. Feel free to share our Youtube link to invite your friends and family to join us online.

 

For those who will be joining us in person, please note the following guidelines:

-We will be removing 50% of our seats from the sanctuary. We have created an overflow room in the classroom in order to accommodate as many people as possible. Once our sanctuary and overflow seats are filled up, we will unfortunately need to turn people away.

-We will perform a temperature check on each person

-We are asking everyone to wear a face mask while at church and to use hand sanitizer when you arrive

-We will not be serving any food or drink in the church, except for communion (which will be in the self-contained cups)

-We will not be offering Sunday School for children (Shine) or Youth at this time

-Please rest at home and join us online, if you are feeling unwell or have been with someone who is unwell or is currently in quarantine

 

Shine Kids and Spectrum Youth ministries: We will keep in sync with the government’s school closures.  We will suspend Spectrum Youth on Friday nights and our Sunday Shine Kids programming UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

Lifegroups: If your group would like to meet on the church premises, you are welcome to do so as long as the number of people at any one meeting is no more than 8. If you group meets in a private home, this restriction does not officially apply and we leave it to the discretion of the group leaders to decide how best to meet, taking into account what might be in the best interest of the group members.

 

Church events: Large church events will be cancelled or postponed, e.g., we have cancelled our annual CNY event for the elderly, our CNY visit to St. Barnabas, and the Super Bowl fellowship event.  Smaller events will be determined on an individual basis. The RE service will be suspended UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

Prayer: Please continue to pray daily for our city, for our church, for all those in the mainland and around the world who have been affected by this virus.  Pray especially for our leaders to make wise decisions and for the healthcare professionals who are on the frontline.  Pray for our church that we might lead with wisdom and calm while modeling appropriate caution, and that we might be an expression of Jesus’ love and peace during this challenging time in our city.  Finally, let us know if there are ways we can be praying for you and/or your family.  It’s important that we come alongside one other in prayer. 

 

If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact the church office or one of the pastors.  We will continue to keep a close eye on the developments of the virus, and will communicate updates as appropriate. 

 

Shine Kids Update

Keeping in sync with the government’s school closures, we will continue to suspend our in-person Sunday Shine program until further notice. However, we are still offering our Shine Online program. The links for that are sent out in the weekly Shine email. If you’re not receiving the weekly Shine email and would like access to the Shine Online content, please email Marilee at marilee@communitychurch.hk.

 

This month in Shine Online we will be looking at determination.  The early church is full of stories of people who continued following Jesus even when things were truly difficult.  We will set the foundation for determination by hearing the story of Jesus’ final orders to his disciples.  The next week we’ll examine where our power for determination comes from learning of the Holy Spirit’s coming at Pentecost.  We’ll see some practical examples of determination through the stories of Peter and John’s arrest and Stephen’s martyrdom.  Finally, we’ll end with an encouragement to stay determined even when we have questions with the story of Philip and the Man from Ethiopia.  This month’s focus on determination is a timely message for our children as we journey through Covid-19 together.  And don’t forget our monthly memory verse: Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become tired of doing good.  At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up.”

 

Shine now has two Spotify playlists!  “Shine Big Kids Community Church Hong Kong” and “Shine Little Kids Community Church Hong Kong.”  Next time you need to take a break, why not have a dance party, worshipping God with your kids!

 

Youth Ministry Update

SPECTRUM YOUTH – YouTube Devotions (The Power of 5)

How we’re going to get through May! https://youtu.be/HyU1QxFb8KY

Why We Don’t Pray and How to Overcome It https://youtu.be/DfF0RtXkdXA

5 Ways to Pray https://youtu.be/d1ZdCrK8dpQ

When We Combine Grief with Gratitude https://youtu.be/e_H5tud5I2s

5 Ways To Be the C.H.U.R.C.H https://youtu.be/cJx-dfc4FUU

 

Pray that I may proclaim it as clearly as I should. Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:4-6 (NIV)

 

We love our city, our people and respect our government and health authorities and by being obedient to the measures and advice in place, we will do our bit by flattening the curve even more to protect and preserve the welfare and prosperity of Hong Kong.
As a Spectrum community, we aim to show this love by ensuring the health and safety of our youth and their families remains the priority. Therefore, all Spectrum activities with a max of 8 participants (including youth and leaders) will continue indefinitely, this included Confirmation Class with a maximum of 8 attendees including Grace.

 

Loving our neighbour means regularly seeking and serving in ways to help those in need within our city. Please refer to our Outreach page https://communitychurch.hk/ministry/outreach

 

In the meantime, Grace is in touch and communicates regularly with each of our youth and young adults.

We give thanks to God daily for the provisions we already have and trust in His sovereignty, wisdom and never failing love for us. We believe he is with and for us, step by step and day by day.
Onwards we continue through Mighty May!

 

For more info and any questions, feel free to email Grace (grace@communitychurch.hk), or call her on 5912-3880 or have a chat when you see her at church or out and about.

 

Upcoming Events…

Stories of Community – Every Wed @12:30pm

Stories of Community is a weekly FB Live, which shares the stories of people in Community Church, how they came to Christ and how they are seeking to share his love in the broader community of Hong Kong. Each Wednesday at 12:30, we will interview individuals from our church family. Yesterday we’ve interviewed Jessica Kam (Feel free to review her interview through our FB Page). We will take a break next week (27 May), so please join us in June as we share our stories of Community!

 

Fast For Our City – 28-30 May

A citywide 3-day Christian fast leading up to Pentecost (31 May 2020). Join us and other churches across Hong Kong as we pray and fast for our city! We are one city, one church, one people. Find out more here.

 

Baptism Class – May 31 (Sun)

Interested in exploring or taking this next step along the journey of faith? Baptism is an important part of the Christian experience and is a physical declaration of one’s identity in Christ. If you are not yet baptized and want to learn more, please join our Baptism class on May 31 at 1:15 pm at Church. If you are interested, please sign up here or contact Pastor Wade at wade@communitychurch.hk.

 

All-Church Celebration Supper/ Church Annual Meeting – Jun 13 (Sat)

Don’t miss our annual Celebration Supper on June 13 starting at 6:00pm here at J+. As part of the All-Church Celebration, we will also hold our Church Annual Meeting, where we will conduct the official matters of electing our council for the upcoming year, as well as present our financial results for the past year.

Please mark your calendars and invite your family and friends to join us.

 

Bulletin

Hope For All Church Update 

At HFA church we are starting a Women’s ministry from 20th of May 2020 to empower and nurture new believing mothers in their faith journey, and to come alongside them in their often challenges-filled everyday-life.

 

If you are interested in engaging in these ministries, please let us know.

We would love to have professional counsellors to help us as we minister to these women.

 

If you are interested in ministering with us, please do not hesitate to contact us at sandra@hopeforall.hk (Admin, Sandra Lee), ebson@hopeforall.hk (Pastor Ebson), call at 57020102 or visit our website, www.hopeforall.hk.

 

Community Church Hong Kong’s Youtube Channel

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel to watch our Sunday livestream for both services (9:30am and 11:30am)

 

 

 

 

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