Church Updates

Week of November 27th, 2022

Church Updates

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.

November Love Offering: During the entire month of November, we will be taking a Love Offering for our Missionaries. For Online Giving, please select the Fund Designation “Love –Missionaries”.  For all other donations, please indicate on the check or donation envelope, it is for “Love – Missionaries”.


The church office will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving holidays.


2022 Shoebox Ministry –We have sent off 760 boxes last week!  For those who dropped off boxes on your own or packed them virtually, please report how many shoeboxes you made at so we can include your boxes in the total tally.


Virtual packing is still available!  Build a box online!



We will continue to distribute the 2022 CIBC Church Directory this Sunday, November 27th and the following couple Sundays when you check in for worship services.

English Adult Sunday School Classes for the Winter Quarter:

We are starting to take sign-ups for 2 new Sunday School classes starting in December for the English congregation. The first will be The Peacemaker - Biblical Conflict Resolution, which will be taught by Pastor Tim and Brandon Wong. The second will be Evangelism, taught by Eric Arnason and Deacon Ken Wong. As Pastor Tim shared last Sunday, we want the adult Sunday School to provide biblical, practical equipping to help everyone be better teachers, ministry leaders, and evangelists. These classes are our first step towards this goal.


Please sign up for the classes here: More information and in-person sign-ups will be available this Sunday in IBF.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Sunday School!


The Chinese Youth Sunday school and worship service will restart this Sunday, Nov. 27th.  Sunday school will be meeting in-person at 9:45am in Rm 320, and the worship will begin at 11:00am in the Amphitheater every Sunday. 


A new Nepal Short-term Missions team is forming in April 2023 for medical and food ministry with return to sites in Nepal. Increased costs of fuel, food, and supplies have prompted the need for financial support (team members are contributing for their own personal support). Tax-deductible gifts towards the medical mission can be sent to CIBC-Oakland, marked Nepal Medical Team 2023 while support checks designated towards the food ministry can be sent to Agape your neighbor, PO Box 580874, Elk Grove, CA 95758. For the latter, please include your email address to receive your tax-deductible receipt.

Please note that the Children’s Church, Children Sunday School and Beginner’s Church will be combined under the joint leadership of the English Children and Chinese ministry teams.  The purpose of uniting these activities is to provide an effective children’s ministry to the whole church during in-person worship services.  The new arrangements are as follows:


1)  English Beginner’s Church (3-5 years old)                       9:00am -10:30am        Room 202


2)  Children’s Church (1st-5th grades)                                   9:20am -10:30am        Room 313              

   · Note: The Children will participate with the Congregation in the Sanctuary from 9:00am to 9:20am.

   · Between 10:30am and 10:50am, the children will be provided with snacks and have supervised free time.

    They can be picked up by their parents during this time, or they can remain in the room until their

    teachers escort them to their Sunday school class rooms at 10:50am. 


3)  Children Sunday School (1st-5th grades)                        10:50am-12:00pm 

·  1st-2nd Grade: Room 315

·  3rd Grade: Room 311

·  4th-5th Grade: Room 312

·  Note: After Sunday School classes, children will return to Room 313 until their parents pick them up, after 12:15pm.


4)  Cantonese Beginner’s Church (3-5 years old)                  11:00am-12:15pm       Room 202

    ·  Note: Both English and Cantonese preschoolers are welcome to attend.


For further clarification or registration, please email

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 Jude.  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 every Sunday at 10:50AM.


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.

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.

Sunday Worship:  This Sunday, 11/27, 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