Church Updates

Week of August 14th , 2022

Church Updates

Due to recent reports of CIBC members testing positive for COVID in recent weeks and days, CIBC will continue to enforce the requirement for masks to be worn at all times. Please see our full set of guidelines posted to the church website.

We remind you to continue wearing your mask and use sanitizer. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND fellowships or services if you are experiencing any symptoms of sickness (sore throat, coughing, fever, etc).  We advise you to get tested and to quarantine.  If you do test positive for Covid, please inform the church office at (510) 452-1772 or contact Deacon Ken Wong at the church so we can begin contact tracing and inform anyone you came in contact with.

TFC (Cantonese Young Family Fellowship) and GLU (English Young Family Fellowship) will be hosting a "Summer Carnival" this Saturday, 8/13, from 2pm to 6pm, at Castro Valley First Baptist Church to outreach to Tri-Valley neighborhood children.  Online registration is available on the church website.


This Sunday, 8/14, during English IBF time, two of our missionaries will be sharing updates on their ministries.  Kenny & Sarah and also Hudson Tam.  The sharing during IBF will begin around 10:35am in the Social Hall.


August 20-21 will be the annual Oakland Chinatown Streetfest, so parking in the Chinatown area will be limited.  Come early next Sunday to get a parking space near church.


On Sunday, August 28th, there will be a General Congregational Meeting (GCM) in-person only from 12:30pm to 1:00pm in the Sanctuary.  The agenda to be determined.


2022 All Church Camp group photo is now available. A link to download a digital copy of the photo is available on the church website. If you are interested in ordering an 8x10 inch hard copy, please fill out the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside of Room 101 and the Fellowship Hall by this Sunday, August 14th. The cost is $2 each.


Stock-Up Time for Operation Christmas Child - Now is the time to prepare for "2022 Shoebox Ministry", especially with all the "back-to-school" bargains!  If you would like to serve in this ministry this October through November, please contact Lannie Mok at . A friendly reminder that no candies or toothpaste is allowed inside the shoeboxes. Shoebox Send-off will be November 20. 

The English Caring Ministry will continue to include Jeanette Fong. Brenda Teensma has replaced Junelle Chay in the English Caring Ministry Team. We have established a new email address: , accessible by both Brenda and Jeanette. This new email will make it more convenient for you to communicate your prayer needs. You can continue to contact Jeanette Fong via the following personal email: or at (510) 351-6251 (Home Phone).

The 2022 FLOWER CALENDAR is available for signup. It is posted on the Church Ministry and Church News bulletin board on the hallway. If you wish to sign up, please use the flower envelopes placed on the wall next to the flower calendar, and designate your date(s) to commemorate someone or something.


The Cantonese Tuesday Bible Study class will be live streamed via Zoom from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (NO in-person class at church) or from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM every Tuesday. Starting May 24th, we will be studying the book of Psalms – Book I.  If you would like to join the class, please email Pastor Patrick Lai at to register.


The English Youth Fellowships will be meeting in person at CV First Baptist Church in Castro Valley. The address is: 18550 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA, 94546. Our regular meeting time will be from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM on most Friday nights.


The Chinese CPR (College Prep Review) ministry for high school students and New Creation Fellowship for middle school students will be meeting in person on most Saturdays, from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.


English Sunday School (adult and youth): The English Sunday School (adult and youth) will be meeting at church after English worship service.


Cantonese Adult Sunday School: The Cantonese Adult Sunday School will have In-Person Only class every Sunday, from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, without any more Zoom meetings.

Mandarin Adult Sunday School: Please note that the Mandarin Adult Sunday School will be meeting in-person every Sunday, from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM, and it will also be live-streamed via Zoom at the same time. Please check the church website at for more information.


English Children’s Church/Sunday School: Please note that the English Children's Church will be meeting at church this Sunday. Children should come with their parents to the adult worship time at 9:00 AM. After the worship music, the children will move to room 313 for the rest of the time until about 10:10 AM, and then go to their Sunday School classes.  Children joining from home can join the class at 9:25 AM via Zoom. Parents can pick up their kids after the Sunday School hour. The Pre-school Sunday School starts from 11:45 AM to 12:00 noon via Zoom only.

Cantonese Children Sunday School: The Cantonese Children Sunday School will be meeting in-person only every Sunday, from 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM. All students will be meeting in Room 320, and different room assignments in the future.


Cantonese Children’s Worship and Beginner’s Church: Please note that the Cantonese Children’s Worship (1st -5th Grade) will start from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM in-person ONLY at church (Room 221 and 322) this Sunday. The Cantonese Beginner’s Church (3 years old to Kindergarten) will be meeting in-person ONLY at church this Sunday at 11:00 AM.  If you would like to join the worship, please email us at to register.

Sunday Worship:  This Sunday, 8/14, the English in-church worship service will begin at 9:00 AM and will also be live-streamed on Youtube at the same time. The Cantonese in-church worship service will begin at 11:00 AM and will also be live-streamed on Youtube. The Mandarin in-church worship service will begin at 11:00 AM and will also be live-streamed from church. Check the CIBC website at for links. The parking lot is available to everyone on a first come first serve basis.

Online Giving:  We can now accept separate donations for the Benevolent Fund and we’ve set it up to accept credit card donations for your convenience.The church will pay the credit card fee from the bank.


Offering and benevolent donation can also be sent by mail to the church at Chinese Independent Baptist Church Oakland, 280 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94607