Church Updates

Week of April 11, 2021

Church Updates

This year’s virtual VBS will be June 21st – 25th online.  Registration opens this weekend, but we still need volunteers to help.  If you can help, please go to this link and sign up to help https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScF1YXa2pie3nQ7vri6hjAfeGkOygn2vH7VKfzLvBukXrdRRg/viewformand someone will contact you.

 

Starting now until May 16th, we will be accepting a love offering for Pastor Larry. For online giving, please select 'Love Offering (Benevolent)' and specify in the 'Donor Envelope Number' line that it is for Pastor Larry. If you send a check to the church, please note on the memo line it is for Pastor Larry.       

 

There will be an online farewell event for Pastor Philip Gee and family on Sunday, April 18th at 1:00 PM.  The link will be posted on the church website.  The event will be held on Zoom and there will be some limited time for brothers and sisters to express their appreciation during the Zoom session.  During the entire month of March, we will be taking a love offering for the Gee family. The link to the virtual farewell card for the Gee family is now available on the church website and also on the church Facebook page.

 

2020 Tax Statements: If you need a copy of your 2020 donation tax statement by mail or email, please contact Jenny Bang at cibcfinance@cibc-oakland.org

           

English Children’s Church/Sunday School: Please note that the integrated English Children’s Church with Sunday School will start from 10:30am to 11:30am this Sunday, then Pre-school Sunday School starts from 11:45am to 12:00 noon.

 

Cantonese Beginner’s Church and Children’s Church: Please note that the Cantonese Beginner’s Church (3 years old to Kindergarten) will start from 9:30am to 9:45am through Zoom this Sunday, and the Cantonese Children’s Church (1st -5th Grade) will start from 2:00pm to 3:00 pm. If you haven't received an email notice yet and would like to join the worship, please email us at children@cibc-oakland.orgto register. Thank you!

 

Sunday Worship: This Sunday,4/11,the Cantonese Service will begin live streaming at 8:00AM and 11:00AM. The English Services will be available on our Youtube channel beginning at 7:00 AM, and the Mandarin Service will be broadcast at 11:00AM. Check the CIBC website at www.cibc-oakland.orgfor links.

 

OnlineGivinghttps://www.cibc-oakland.org/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.

Community Announcement

As the church is preparing to reopen for gatherings and worships, the church would do the best it could to provide a safe environment for gathering in-door. Another way to help you to be safe healthwise is to receive the COVID-19 vaccinations when it is available for you. We encourage our church families to receive the COVID-19 vaccination for this reason. 

California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program: California has rolled out a grant for small business recently, and the amount is from $5,000 to $25,000. We encourage every business owner to apply for it.

 

Round 6: Wednesday, April 28th at 9:00 AM through Tuesday, May 4th at 5:00 PM. Please visit  CAReliefGrant.comfor more information. 

 

Eligible applicants: current waitlisted small businesses and nonprofits not selected in Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 and new applicants that meet eligibility criteria

 

Details:  Applicants not selected to receive a grant in Rounds 1, 2, 3 and 5 do not need to reapply as they will be automatically moved into Round 6. New applicants will need to apply on this website.

The following links are information on the “Great Plates: Free Meals Delivered to Seniors” program. Please peruse the information to find out if you and/or your loved ones are interested and qualified. 

 

https://covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/

https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/great-plates-delivered-participants-faqs.pdf

 

Week of March 7, 2021

Church Updates

Remember to advance your clock by one hour: Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 2:00am.

 

A personal message from Pastor Philip Gee:

Eight years ago, you kindly welcomed me and my family with open arms to serve at CIBC.  You prayed for us until we found our home after visiting 100 houses, nurtured us as we adjusted to Bay Area living, celebrated with us when our son graduated from high school, mourned with us when Kim lost both parents, and showed great patience, graciousness, and forgiveness when I made my share of blunders.  We have truly enjoyed every moment here.  However, we have sensed that God is closing this chapter of our ministry and has opened a new chapter in our lives.  It was purely sensing that the Lord was leading us in a different direction.  We will be returning to the church we previously served, the Davis Chinese Christian Church, where I will serve as their English pastor.  Our last Sunday will be Easter, April 4th. Our first Sunday in Davis will be May 4th. In between, we will move and rest. Unfortunately, the COVID situation prevents us from saying good-bye personally. We certainly will miss the IBF- no one does IBF like CIBC!  Many try to imitate but no one can compare!  We will miss Oakland Chinatown, inexpensive Chinese food.  Most importantly, we will miss fellowshipping with all of you.  We would garner your prayers as we transition, especially finding a home.  What will happen next?  The church leadership just learned about our plans a week ago so please give them time to evaluate the needs and plan accordingly. 

 

There will be an online farewell event for Pastor Philip Gee and family on Sunday, April 18th at 1:00 PM.  The link will be posted on the church website along with a link to an online virtual farewell card where you can leave personal thoughts, photos and messages.  The event will be held on Zoom and there will be some limited time for brothers and sisters to express their appreciation during the Zoom session.  During the entire month of March, we will be taking a love offering for the Gee family. Any and all donations to online giving (in March) towards the Love Offering/Benevolence category will be collected for the Gee family.  If you do not use online giving, you may send a check (payable to CIBC) to the church with a note that it is for the Gee family.

 

2021 BASS Convention: The online virtual convention will take place March 5-6.All workshops will be over Zoom.Those still wishing to register may still do so at www.bassconvention.org . Registration is free to all.

 

2020 Tax Statements: If you need a copy of your 2020 donation tax statement by mail or email, please contact Jenny Bang at cibcfinance@cibc-oakland.org

           

CIBC is planning to replace our existing pews in the Sanctuary with individual chairs.  We plan to find a new home for our old pews.  We recognize that some pews were donated by certain families, so if you would like to keep that pew or keep the small dedication plaque, please contact Deacon Ken at administrativedirector@cibc-oakland.orgby the end of February.  Or, if you would like a pew for your home, please let us know.

 

English Children’s Church/Sunday School: Please note that the integrated English Children’s Church with Sunday School will start from 10:30am to 11:30am this Sunday, then Pre-school Sunday School starts from 11:45am to 12:00 noon.

 

Cantonese Beginner’s Church and Children’s Church: Please note that the Cantonese Beginner’s Church (3 years old to Kindergarten) will start from 9:30am to 9:45am through Zoom this Sunday, and the Cantonese Children’s Church (1st -5th Grade) will start from 2:00pm to 3:00 pm. If you haven't received an email notice yet and would like to join the worship, please email us at children@cibc-oakland.orgto register. Thank you!

 

Sunday Worship: This Sunday, 3/7, the Cantonese Service will begin live streaming at 8:00AMand 11:00AM. The English Services will be available on our Youtube channel beginning at 7:00 AM, and the Mandarin Service will be broadcast at 11:00AM.  Check the CIBC website at www.cibc-oakland.orgfor links.

 

Please also note that it will be communion Sunday, so please prepare accordingly.

 

OnlineGiving:https://www.cibc-oakland.org/online-givingWe 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.

 

Community Announcement

As the church is preparing to reopen for gatherings and worships, the church would do the best it could to provide a safe environment for gathering in-door. Another way to help you to be safe healthwise is to receive the COVID-19 vaccinations when it is available for you. We encourage our church families to receive the COVID-19 vaccination for this reason. 

California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program: California has rolled out a grant for small business recently, and the amount is from $5,000 to $25,000. We encourage every business owner to apply for it.

 

Round 3 (waitlisted from Rounds 1 and 2):Friday, March 5th through Thursday, March 11th, 2021. Please visit CAReliefGrant.com for more information. 

 

Eligible applicants: This is a closed round and only available to eligible applicants who were waitlisted in Rounds 1 and 2 – only existing applicants will be selected. If you were waitlisted, you do not need to reapply. New applications will not be accepted in this round.

 

The following links are information on the “Great Plates: Free Meals Delivered to Seniors” program. Please peruse the information to find out if you and/or your loved ones are interested and qualified. 

 

https://covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/

https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/great-plates-delivered-participants-faqs.pdf

Week of January 24, 2021

Church Updates

A personal message from Pastor Philip Gee:

Eight years ago, you kindly welcomed me and my family with open arms to serve at CIBC.  You prayed for us until we found our home after visiting 100 houses, nurtured us as we adjusted to Bay Area living, celebrated with us when our son graduated from high school, mourned with us when Kim lost both parents, and showed great patience, graciousness, and forgiveness when I made my share of blunders.  We have truly enjoyed every moment here.  However, we have sensed that God is closing this chapter of our ministry and has opened a new chapter in our lives.  It was purely sensing that the Lord was leading us in a different direction.  We will be returning to the church we previously served, the Davis Chinese Christian Church, where I will serve as their English pastor.  Our last Sunday will be Easter, April 4th. Our first Sunday in Davis will be May 4th. In between, we will move and rest. Unfortunately, the COVID situation prevents us from saying good-bye personally. We certainly will miss the IBF- no one does IBF like CIBC!  Many try to imitate but no one can compare!  We will miss Oakland Chinatown, inexpensive Chinese food.  Most importantly, we will miss fellowshipping with all of you.  We would garner your prayers as we transition, especially finding a home.  What will happen next?  The church leadership just learned about our plans a week ago so please give them time to evaluate the needs and plan accordingly. 

 

2020 Tax Statements: The 2020 donation tax statements will be ready by the end of January 2021. If you need a copy of your statement by mail or email, please contact Jenny Bang at cibcfinance@cibc-oakland.org or (303) 550-0932.  

 

General Congregation Meeting (GCM) on 1/31:  There will be a GCM (General Congregational Meeting) on Sunday, January 31 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM via Zoom.  Links to the meeting will be posted on the church website at www.cibc-oakland.org . The agenda will include a year end financial report, the installation of the 2021 church council members and other items to be determined. 

 

CMC Global Conference: Praise the Lord that 78 spots have registered for the conference. After the event, people who have registered will be able to review all the workshops and plenary sessions on the watch page until the end of January. For more information, please go to www.cmcglobal-afc.org

 

English Children’s Church/Sunday School: Please note that the integrated English Children’s Church with Sunday School will start from 10:30am to 11:30am this Sunday, then Pre-school Sunday School starts from 11:45am to 12:00 noon.

 

Cantonese Beginner’s Church and Children’s Church: Please note that the Cantonese Beginner’s Church (3 years old to Kindergarten) will start from 9:30am to 9:45am through Zoom this Sunday, and the Cantonese Children’s Church (1st -5th Grade) will start from 2:00pm to 3:00 pm. If you haven't received an email notice yet and would like to join the worship, please email us at children@cibc-oakland.org to register. Thank you!

 

Sunday Worship: This Sunday, 1/24, the Cantonese Service will begin live streaming at 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM. The English Services will be available on our Youtube channel beginning at 7:00 AM, and the Mandarin Service will be broadcast at 11:00 AM.  Check the CIBC website at www.cibc-oakland.org for links.

 

Online Giving: https://www.cibc-oakland.org/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.

 

Community Announcement

California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program: California has rolled out a grant for small business recently, and the amount is from $5,000 to $25,000. We encourage every business owner to apply for it.

 

Round 1 closed on January 13, 2021. Round 2 will open at 8 a.m. on February 2nd through 6 p.m. on February 8th. Round 2 is the final application window for the Program. Please visit https://www.californiasbdc.org/covid-19-relief-grant and CAReliefGrant.com for more information. 

 
1. Approval notifications for Round 1 will be on a rolling basis from January 15 to January 22, 2021. Please check your email or text.
2. Any applicants not awarded in Round 1, but eligible, will be automatically considered for the second round. You do not need to reapply.

The following links are information on the “Great Plates: Free Meals Delivered to Seniors” program. Please peruse the information to find out if you and/or your loved ones are interested and qualified. 

 

https://covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/

https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/great-plates-delivered-participants-faqs.pdf

Week of January 3, 2021

Church Updates

The church staff will be off on January 1st, 2021 in observance of New Year.

           

CMC Global Conference: Praise the Lord that 78 spots have registered for the conference. After the event, people who have registered will be able to review all the workshops and plenary sessions on the watch page until the end of January. For more information, please go to www.cmcglobal-afc.org 

 

2020 Tax Statements: The 2020 donation tax statements will be ready by the end of January 2021. If you need a copy of your statement by mail or email, please contact Jenny Bang at cibcfinance@cibc-oakland.org or (303) 550-0932.  

 

2020 Reimbursements: To ensure that we close our 2020 financial books accurately and in a timely manner, please submit all eBlue Reimbursement Forms no later than January 17, 2021. Please email the forms and receipts to cibc280fnnc@yahoo.com

 

English Children’s Church/Sunday School: Please note that the integrated English Children’s Church with Sunday School will start from 10:30am to 11:30am this Sunday, then Pre-school Sunday School starts from 11:45am to 12:00 noon.

 

Cantonese Beginner’s Church and Children’s Church: Please note that the Cantonese Beginner’s Church (3 years old to Kindergarten) will start from 9:30am to 9:45am through Zoom this Sunday, and the Cantonese Children’s Church (1st -5th Grade) will start from 2:00pm to 3:00 pm. If you haven't received an email notice yet and would like to join the worship, please email us at children@cibc-oakland.org to register. Thank you!

 

Sunday Worship: This Sunday, 1/3, the Cantonese Service will begin live streaming at 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM. The English Services will be available on our Youtube channel beginning at 7:00 AM, and the Mandarin Service will be broadcast at 11:00 AM.  Check the CIBC website at www.cibc-oakland.org for links.

 

Please also note that it will be communion Sunday, so please prepare accordingly.
 

Online Giving: https://www.cibc-oakland.org/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.

Week of December 27, 2020

Church Updates

The church staff will be off on December 25th in observance of Christmas and half day on December 31st and January 1st, 2021 in observance of New Year.

           

Cantonese New Year's Eve Online Program on 12/31: The Cantonese congregation will be having a New Year's Eve online program on December 31, from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Please check the CIBC website at www.cibc-oakland.org for links.

Opening up CMC Global Conference Registration to Friends and Family: CIBC paid for 100 registrations for our church family. With one week remaining before the conference begins on 12/28 - 12/30, we still have remaining slots and would now like to open the registration up to family and friends of yours who do not attend CIBC. They should use our access code: 5f8991 when registering but must indicate Chinese Independent Baptist Church Oakland as the church and not their own. Please register for this event before 12/28 to receive the links before the event and to have access to the recordings after the event ends. 

Here are the steps to register for the conference:

 

1. Go to www.cmcglobal-afc.org 

2. Select register now as an individual.

3. You have to establish a personal account by giving them your email address. They will send you a verification code. You put in this code and continue.

4. Put in personal info like name, address, gender, which sessions you want, and Church affiliation.

5. After everything is filled out, it will say $25 due. Below is a box where we put the code: 5f8991 and then select ‘No Payment Needed’, and then ‘Complete’.

 

2020 Donations: For donations to be included in your 2020 tax year, they must be submitted to CIBC by Sunday, December 27, 2020 and dated as such on the check. If you are currently using the Online Donation system, all donations for 2020 must be completed online by 12:00 pm on Monday, December 28. Anything received after that date/time may not be included for 2020. No exceptions. If you have any questions, please contact the Finance Committee at cibc280fnnc@yahoo.com or cibconlinegiv280@yahoo.com

 

2020 Reimbursements: To ensure that we close our 2020 financial books accurately and in a timely manner, please submit all eBlue Reimbursement Forms no later than January 17, 2021. Please email the forms and receipts to cibc280fnnc@yahoo.com

 

English Children’s Church/Sunday School: Please note that the integrated English Children’s Church with Sunday School will start from 10:30am to 11:30am this Sunday, then Pre-school Sunday School starts from 11:45am to 12:00 noon.

 

Cantonese Beginner’s Church and Children’s Church: Please note that the Cantonese Beginner’s Church (3 years old to Kindergarten) will start from 9:30am to 9:45am through Zoom this Sunday, and the Cantonese Children’s Church (1st -5th Grade) will start from 2:00pm to 3:00 pm. If you haven't received an email notice yet and would like to join the worship, please email us at children@cibc-oakland.org to register. Thank you!

 

Sunday Worship: This Sunday, 12/27, the Cantonese Service will begin live streaming at 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM. The English Services will be available on our Youtube channel beginning at 7:00 AM, and the Mandarin Service will be broadcast at 11:00 AM.  Check the CIBC website at www.cibc-oakland.org for links.
 

Please also note that it will be communion Sunday, so please prepare accordingly.
 

Online Giving: https://www.cibc-oakland.org/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.

Community Announcement

 

The following links are information on the “Great Plates: Free Meals Delivered to Seniors” program. Please peruse the information to find out if you and/or your loved ones are interested and qualified. 

 

https://covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/

https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/great-plates-delivered-participants-faqs.pdf

March 17th, 2020

 

During this three-week period, we are asking our members to be in full compliance to the order. We do this not just to protect ourselves and our families, but to show love to our communities, and to obey our God-appointed government authorities. The church office will also be closed during this time.

 

In addition to the cancellation of in-person fellowships and worship gatherings, we are asking small groups and prayer groups not to meet in-person at all, and to use video conferencing apps such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, WeChat, etc.and others to host meetings virtually.

 

On next three Sundays (3/22, 3/29, 4/5), we will be providing recorded worship services in all three languages accessible through the CIBC website (please click the “Live Stream” button). 

 

For ministry, small group, and prayer group leaders, here are some initial guidelines:

 

  1. Make sure you have up-to-date contact info for your members and can easily contact them. Consider creating a group through WhatsApp, WeChat, or other chat applications for your members.
     

  2. Make sure you familiarize yourself with at least one of the video conferencing options listed above (Zoom, Google Hangouts are free for general use).
     

  3. For groups with elderly members, members with compromised immune systems, or other high-risk groups, please reach out to see if there are any particular needs or difficulties with getting groceries or other day-to-day tasks that the healthy members can help with.
     

  4. For groups with members who struggle with technology, please explore other ways to meet and communicate, such as phone calls or conference calls.

 

As you have all undoubtedly heard, effective 12 am this morning, we are all under the shelter-in-place order placed by six counties in the Bay Area, including Alameda and Contra Costa. You can find the exact details here: http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx.

Please be in prayer for each other as we all adjust to these drastic changes. If you have any immediate and urgent non-medical needs, please contact:

 

Pastor Philip Gee (English): (510) 908-1205

Pastor Patrick Lai (Cantonese): (510) 415-7763

Pastor Larry Wong (Mandarin): (510) 780-6052

 

March 15th, 2020

In these times of panic and fear, it is important for us to remember our calling as children of God, followers of Jesus, and ambassadors of God’s love to the world. It is with the goals of caring for our church family, loving our community, and obeying our government that the pastors and deacons have drafted a plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a short summary of our discussion for the two remaining Sundays in March (22nd, 29th). The Pastors and Deacons will reassess the situation after this Sunday to determine longer term plans on what to do for April.

 

Sunday Worship (March 22nd, 29th)

  • The English and Cantonese worship services will be pre-recording the worship services and sermons for our members to view from home. The videos will be on YouTube and made available for viewing on Sunday mornings. The link will be available on our website (look for the “Livestream” button). All other Sunday ministries: Sunday school, children’s church, nursery, will be cancelled or changed the online format.

 

  • The Mandarin Services will use Zoom to live stream the service at 11:00am only. The 9:30am service is canceled. Church family should stay home. The Zoom meeting ID will be published through the church website. Sunday school is also canceled.

 

Fellowship Groups

No fellowships will meet at church. All groups are encouraged to break into smaller groups (no more than 10 people) and meet in individual homes. Group leaders and sponsors can make decisions on how to best divide their groups and where to meet.

 

Youth groups & Fellowships

English and Cantonese- Pastors and sponsors will determine how to best divide and relocate our groups.

 

Prayer meetings

Continue meeting at homes. Bill Lau will continue to lead the weekday prayer group at church.

 

Pastor Joseph’s Bible study will start going online on Tuesday 3/17

 

Offerings

Use the online offering method available on church website or mail in.

https://www.cibc-oakland.org/online-giving

Address: 280 8th street, Oakland, CA 94607

 

Sources of Updated Information

Information Hotline [Pre-recorded updates after 3/17]

(510) 452-5467

 

Website

https://www.cibc-oakland.org

 

CIBC Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/Chinese-Independent-Baptist-Church-107381656040284

 

Ministry leaders will also be kept informed of the latest updates to pass on to their members and act as points of contact and information

 

Care and Community

These changes are not just a change in size and location. They will require all of us to change our thinking and step up to BE the church, now that we can’t be AT church. We will need to be prayerful and creative to keep connected with one another and make sure no one is left isolated. Call each other, pray for each other, invite each other over to watch the service on Sunday (but no more than 10 people!), reach out to your friends and neighbors who may be isolated and scared. Let’s use this time of fear and panic to let the light of the gospel shine.

 

Sincerely,

CIBC Leadership

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LOVING ONE ANOTHER SACRIFICIALLY,

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