Dear brothers and sisters,
Greetings in the name of our Lord! Shalom! God be with you
despite the COVID-19 pandemic. May the Lord be with you especially if you are
impacted in anyway because of this pandemic.
Today is April 1. Some may think immediately it’s April
fool’s day! Well, this is not a prank! April 1 signals for us a new milestone
in the blessings of God in RCAC, in spite of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the second week of the month of March, we have suspended all worships,
Sunday school, fellowships and our other activities, that is, within the
building of our Church. But the CHURCH goes on even more so without and outside
the CHURCH BUILDING. We have found new ways, especially through the use of the
internet, to communicate and get together. Our pastors, elders and deacons /
deaconesses continue to engage daily with our people through phone calls,
emails, WhatsApp and WeChat, Zoom meetings... Indeed the blessings of God have never ceased
to be poured on us all.
April is the beginning of new blessings of the Lord. I would
like to highlight them for us so as to offer thanksgiving to the Lord, as
1. A new series of preaching for the spring quarter
(April-June) begins. The series is entitled ”Jesus calms the storms in our
lives” and I will start the series with “Jesus calms a storm” (Mark 4:35-41)
this weekend and speak to all five congregations in our Church, including the
English, Putonghua, Cantonese and AYAYA. This same theme will be followed by
other pastors. All the messages will be available on our websites and ready to
be seen at the different service times that we usually worship. The productions
of these video clips are the result of many people that work tirelessly behind
the scene. Enjoy!
2. Online giving begins on April 1. Many of you have been wondering
how you can continue to give to the Church. We thank you for this love for
Christ and His Church. Indeed, the offering in March was way below the monthly
budget of around $130,000.00 mainly because of the lack of ways to give the
offering. From April 1, you have the convenience to go online and just click
the Online Giving icon on the top right hand corner of our RCAC website, and
follow the steps. Indeed the Scriptures tell us that it is more blessed to give
than to receive.
3. Since our Pastor of Putonghua ministries left us at the
end of February, 2019, we have been without a full time pastor for over a year.
The transitional pastoral team under the leadership of Rev. Mathew Wong has indeed
done a great job in this transition and we have grown both in terms of numbers
and spiritual maturity. Now after a year of waiting before the Lord, open
recruitment and search, and official process of interviews and licensing by the
District, we are delighted to inform you all that Pastor Mark Liu will
officially be our Pastor of Putonghua Ministries starting April 1, 2020, having
finished his studies at Regent College. Indeed Mark as an intern has already
helped us a lot during this difficult time of transition. Mark, welcome to RCAC
and we look forward to working as a team together.
There are many other things I could share, but let me just
highlight these three blessings. May we continue to follow Jesus closely even
as we have to keep “physical distancing.” “Physical distancing” is not “social
distancing” and nothing can separate us from the love of God.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Your servant in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Simon Lee, Senior Pastor
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