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Almighty and merciful God, who is the strength of the weak, the refreshment of the weary, the comfort of the sad, the help of the tempted, the life of the dying, the God of patience and of all consolation; you know full well the inner weakness of our nature, how we tremble and quiver before pain, and cannot bear the cross without your divine help and support. Help me, the, O eternal and pitying God, help me to possess my soul in patience, to maintain unshaken hope in you, to keep that childlike trust which feels a Father’s heart hidden beneath the cross; so shall I be strengthened with power according to your glorious might, in all patience and long-suffering; I shall be enabled to endure pain and temptation, and, in the very depth of my suffering, to praise you with a joyful heart.
From Johann Habermann (1516 – 1590)
Please pray together with us this week for:
• Continue to pray for our church, our city and our world in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Pray that each of us as followers of Jesus Christ might reflect his love and light to those around us during these challenging times.
• Pray for our worship together that we might draw near to the “God who gives endurance and encouragement” (Romans 15:5). This week in our Sunday worship we are studying Matthew 20:29-34, ‘God hears our Cries’.
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: For these coming two Sundays, March 29 and April 5, we will move both worship services to online only. Worship services will be broadcast at their normal times of 9:30 and 11:30 am. We look forward to seeing you online, and please invite your friends to join us by sharing our Youtube link.
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: We will suspend all meetings and Lifegroups, which meet on the church premises effective Thursday, March 26 until Easter Sunday, April 12. During this time we encourage all Lifegroups to meet via Zoom.
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 been 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
We will keep in sync with the government’s school closures. We will suspend our Sunday children’s Shine program until further notice. Additionally, we have decided to cancel our annual Easter party for the kids (originally scheduled for March 28) due to the most recent announcement regarding school suspensions.
If you’re not on our email list and want access to the weekly Shine Online content, please email Marilee at email@example.com.
Feel free to email Marilee at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Youth Ministry Update
As Jesus said, we are to love one another. 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 will be temporarily suspended until Tuesday 7th April. The exception to this is Confirmation Class with a maximum of 4 attendees including Grace.
We are also to love our neighbour. We love our city, the people and respect our government authorities and by being obedient to the measures and advice in place, we will do our bit by flattening the curve even more to ensure the welfare and prosperity of Hong Kong.
In the meantime, Grace will be in touch and communicate 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 us, step by step and day by day.
Onwards we go through Mighty March.
For more info and any questions, feel free to email Grace (email@example.com), call at 2891 6166 or have a chat when you see her at church or out and about.
One – Hearing the Word Campaign – From Feb 26 to April 12
For the second year in a row, Faith Comes By Hearing Asia (FCBH Asia) in collaboration with Hong Kong Evangelical Fellowship (HKEF) is running a Bible listening campaign in Hong Kong from February 26th to April 12th, for a total of 47 days.
Our theme for the campaign is “ONE”, meaning “ONE Word. ONE Church. ONE City. ONE Lord.” As an initiative to express the unity of believers in Hong Kong under the Word of God, this campaign aims to demonstrate that Christians are ONE Church and that there is only One Body of Christ. We will listen together to His Word, starting with the book of Matthew: the genealogy of Jesus Christ; and then the book of Ephesians, the unity and reconciliation of the whole creation.
English | Cantonese | Mandarin | Tagalog | Indonesian | Korean
To take part in this meaningful campaign, all you need is to download the app “One Hearing the Word”, which is now available on IOS and Android platform. Download the app today and share it with your friends and family!
For more information, please visit https://go.onehtw.com or scan the QR code to download the app.
Friday Lenten Reflections Livestream – Mar 27 (Tomorrow) @12:30pm
Online CORE – Essentials Course – Mar 29 (This Sun)
Class 3 of CORE will be held this Sunday at 1:30-3:30pm online.
Class 1 – Church Family (Mar 15)
This is a basic introduction to our church family and is designed to clearly explain who and what our church is. The class will cover, How to become a Christian, Our Statement of Faith, 3 Levels of Belief, the importance of getting connected (Life Groups) and Healthy Conflict Resolution.
Class 2 – Spiritual Growth (Mar 22)
This class will help you develop the habits needed to jump-start your spiritual growth. It will give you an overview and practical experience in two essential habits (prayer and reading the Bible).
Class 3 – Serving and Sharing Christ (Mar 29)
At Community Church we believe that every believer is called to serve and share Christ. During this class you will learn the Spiritual Gifts God has given you and how you can use those gifts to serve others. You will also be able to reflect on your own story of salvation and how you can share that story with others in order to connect them with God.
At the end of CORE you will have the opportunity to fill out, sign and submit the Membership Application or wait until another time. To sign up, please click here. For more information, please contact Pastor Brenda (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Community Church Wednesday Livestream – Apr 1 (Wed) @12:30pm
Holy Week Schedule – Mark Your Calendars
Hope For All Church Update
Please pray for HFA:
Numbers: We give thanks to God for bringing new people to our church weekly. We are almost reaching the maximum capacity of our space. Please pray for wisdom as we nurture those who come to us, and for creative options for our worship gathering.
Health: Please pray continually for God’s protection against all diseases in the church.
Finances: Please pray for HFA finances in view of what’s happening now. Given that many of our people fall into the low-income or no-income category, we are praying for new ways to fund the church and for new connections to help the needy – please pray for God’s provision. We trust in him.
If you are interested to know more about HFA, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com (Admin, Sandra Lee), firstname.lastname@example.org (Pastor Ebson), call at 57020102 or visit our website, www.hopeforall.hk.
Outreach Activities – PeaceBox 2020
Our church family, along with other churches in HK through the Hong Kong Church Network for the Poor, is packing Peace Boxes for the underprivileged. Despite what’s happening around us, we still have the opportunity to reach and serve our community in practical and life-giving ways.
We have until Sunday March 29th (Community Sunday) to pack 150 PEACEBOXES for the poorer kids, youth, families and the elderly in HK. For ideas, there’s a sample PEACEBOX on the Outreach table in the circle area. For more information, please contact Grace or email her at email@example.com.
Now, more than ever, our neighbours are in need. Poor in Hong Kong: life is hardest for the elderly, jobless and single-parent families living on a pittance
Bass and Guitar Players Needed
If you are interested, please speak to Anita when you see her at church or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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