We thank you, our Father, for all the provisions made for the needs of the bodies and souls of people, for the ordered course of nature and for the miracle of the harvest by which our life is sustained. Teach us to distribute to all according to their need what you have intended for their sustenance. We thank you for our physical life, with its strength and gladness, and for the glimpses of the eternal which shine through human joys and woes. We praise you for the human mind and its powers to survey the world in its length and breadth, and for the infinities of thought and truth which carry our imagination beyond our comprehension. We thank you, too, that the world which exceeds our comprehension is not lost in mystery, but that through seers and saints, and finally Jesus Christ, we have been given light upon the meaning and mystery which surrounds you. Grant us grace to walk in humility and gratitude before you.
From Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 – 1971)
AUGUST re: Special, Hope and Healing for Hong Kong – Recording is now available online
It was our pleasure to have Dr. Christian Chan shared from his experience as a clinical psychologist and associate professor at the University of Hong Kong at our August re: Special service on the topic of “Hope and Healing for Hong Kong” . The recording for the sharing is now available online.
Meanwhile, our next re: will be on 4th September, 7:30-8:30pm, at Community Church and the topic is “Inadequacy and Identity”. Bring your friends and join us!
Children’s Ministry Update
This month, we will continue to have summer programming for the kids. This involves everyone learning, playing, and growing together instead of splitting up by age like we do during the school year. Each Sunday, the kids will do a variety of activities (such as crafts, discussion, games, and more) which will correspond with the short videos provided by Orange (the curriculum we use) that we view each week. To know more about Orange, check out their website here: https://thinkorange.com/.
Speaking of summer, we will need volunteers to help with classroom management. No preparation is required! We simply ask that you come to service 15 minutes early to join prayer, encourage kids to listen/participate, and be able to help facilitate things like bathroom trips and clean up. If you’re interested in helping, please either fill out this survey or find the sign-up sheets at the welcome desk.
We are also in the process of recruiting more teachers and teaching assistants for our regular Sunday School classes that will start up again in the fall. In total, we need 24 teachers and 8 teaching assistants to run our classes each Sunday. Whether you are brand new to teaching or have been taking a break for a while and want to jump back in, we would love to connect with you! Find the sign-up sheets at the welcome desk to express your interest in serving!
It’s party time! We are celebrating the start of a new school year on Sunday, September 1 at 9:30 and 11:30 am with all kids from 3 to 11 years old. It’s gonna be a blast. Don’t miss out on the fun! If you have any questions, find Pree on Sunday.
If you would like to be involved, support and/or have any questions, please contact Pree at email@example.com.
Youth Ministry Update
As our youth trickle back into HK after a long, (or not long enough!) adventurous summer, we welcome everyone back and join together as we launch into the new school year with an exciting start!
9th – Youth Junk (boat has been donated by Edward Chau from Valley R.F.C and a $ignificant amount of fund$ have been contributed by a generous donor of the Community – THANK YOU!).
16th – Welcome Back Party at SYS Park
23rd – Launch New Curriculum (THE POWER OF 5) and The Great Debate – Topic will be revealed on the night.
30th – The Blue Line Challenge!
SUNDAY SPECTRUM – (9:30am and 11:30am services)
Align the Sunday curriculum with the Sunday sermon by making it more youth-friendly and continue with the Greater Than (by Francis Chan) series.
Volunteers to teach Spectrum Youth
Now more than ever, our youth need godly men and women to rise up and share how God has navigated their lives to give the hope they have. It no longer takes a village to raise a child. It now takes a community to raise a generation. Please sign up at the welcome desk and speak to GG for more info.
SAVE THE DATE – Sunday 8th September from 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Annual Spectrum Family Meeting – Sunday 8th September from 1:30pm – 3:00pm. Lunch provided for both the parents and youth.
Get to know our youth program, other parents, the leaders and I (Grace G, Youth Director). We welcome you to join as you seek to best prepare your youth for these crucial and formative years and together we journey through the highs and lows, with Christ at the centre of it all.
CONFIRMATION CLASSES – Commencing at church on Sunday 27th October 2019 1:30pm – 4:30pm (meeting every fortnight), concluding on Sunday 31st May 2020.
For more info and any questions, feel free to email Grace (firstname.lastname@example.org), call at 2891 6166 or have a chat when you see her at church or out and about.
Hope For All Vacation Bible School : Roar – Aug 19 to 23 (Next week)
Date: August 19-23, 2019
Time: 9:45am-1:00pm (finishing at 2.00pm on August 23)
At VBS Roar! kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a faith that powers them through this wild life. Join us in the African savanna—full of bright, vibrant colors, untamed grasslands, and majestic views. VBS is available for kids of age 6 to age 12. Spots fill up fast, so please make sure you register TODAY at http://hopeforall.hk/events. If you would like to help in this year’s VBS, please contact Ebson at email@example.com.
Marriage Night – Aug 30 (Fri)
We are so excited to broadcast a one-night filmed event “Marriage Night” for married and engaged couples. This Marriage Night is for couples to laugh and learn as they hear from marriage experts and discover how to honor God through their relationship. The speaker lineup includes Francis and Lisa Chan, and Les and Leslie Parrott. Details of the event are as follows:
Baking Volunteers Needed in Sept
Thank you for those who have baked communion bread and refreshments within these 3 months; we are really “fed by” your generosity and love. Let’s take a break in August! For those who want to “feed” the congregation in September, please sign up at the welcome desk on Sunday or email the Church Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of you have left your containers at Church, please free feel to take them back from the pantry this Sunday!
Newcomers’ Lunch – Sept 1 (This Sun)
New to Community Church? Want to meet others who are new? Want to know more about Community Church? If you do, we invite you to a luncheon with the Community Church Team on September 1 (Sunday), at 1:15-2:30pm for a time of lunch, fellowship and questions. There’s no cost or obligation. We’ll try to answer all your questions and give you a good understanding of our church. Please sign up at the Welcome Desk on Sunday or sign up online.
Graphic Design Volunteer Needed
We are looking for a Graphic Designer to help us produce attractive and accessible promotional materials, including event flyers, newsletters, and posters.
Come and learn with other creatives in the body as we aim to take Community Church media to a whole new level.
Email email@example.com if you are interested.
Video Team Volunteers Needed
Do you have experience with filming or video creation and are interested in serving in a creative way at Community Church? If so, please speak with Ben Tatlow after the service or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Hope For All Church Update
Hope For All church just finished its three days mini DTS course successfully. Thanks for your prayers and support. We saw around 33+people turn-up and had a powerful experience with the Spirit of God. We have many testimonies of how God delivered and healed people which we will post in the FB videos -please follow up with us. One individual committed to come to the church at the end of our program.
Please continue to pray for the upcoming VBS program especially for protection and safety.
If you want to know more about HFA or DTS (“Be the Salt and Light”), 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.
We will appreciate your help.
Community Church Spotify Playlist
Are you following our Spotify playlist?
We recently updated this to include new songs that we will be introducing in this Summer – Autumn season. Follow it here so that you can familiarise yourself with these songs beyond Sundays.
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
Haven of Hope (HOH) is seeking volunteers who can journey alongside the elderly and medically terminal folks who are on their final journey home.
HOH believes in giving all their residents every opportunity to live out their times with love, dignity, joy and peace and to keep on keeping on until they’re called home.
Please express your interest to help out to Vicki Lee or GG at church, or via email (at email@example.com) and we will ensure you’re informed of the activities accordingly. God bless you and thank you for your consideration.
1. Lantern making with patients + families + staff: 28/8 (Wed, 3:30-5pm) or 4/9 (Wed, 3:30-5pm) – 3 to 5 volunteers
2. Mid-autumn Festival Celebration – Singing of Golden Oldies and afternoon tea: (Sat pm): 24/8 (Sat) or 31/8 (Sat) – musicians and volunteers (around 10)
Haven of Hope also has the following regular activities that need volunteers:
a. the first and the last Wed of each month, 10-11am: Dim Sum brunch with residents
b. Every Fri, 2:30-4pm: Music Therapy
c. Weekday(TBC), 11:00-11:45am: a new cell group for male residents.
eGoodnews is a weekly electronic newsletter of the Community Church Hong Kong (www.communitychurch.hk).
IF YOU HAVE ANNOUNCEMENTS TO BE INCLUDED……
In order to streamline our flow of information, please submit all items for inclusion in future editions of eGoodnews directly to the Church Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Articles for submission should be of general interest to the entire congregation and comprise 100 words or less. The deadline to submit articles to appear in the next edition of eGoodnews is Monday, Aug 19, 2019. THANK YOU!!!