Church Updates

Week of May 15th , 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 during the month of May, 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.

Save the date: The 2022 CIBC All Church Camp will be on the Memorial Day Weekend, 05/27 - 05/30, at Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds. Our camp theme for this year is “Be strong and courageous”. Our theme is drawn from the book of Joshua, verse 1:9. Praise the Lord that 222 individuals have registered for All Church Camp so far. Please note that a limited number of rooms have just become available on a first come first serve basis. So please help the planning committee by registering now. This enables the committee to get the additional rooms before they are gone. The registration will be available this Sunday, in-person during English IBF time in the Social Hall, after the Cantonese service in Room 101 and after the Mandarin service in the Fellowship Hall. Online registration is also available at  or on the church website.

All Church Camp registers: Please sign up the online waiver for Family groups, Individual (including the Unaccompanied Minors) and Chaperones at  (Note: Standard=Lodge, Economy=Cabin), or check the church website for the link. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Bang at (510) 629-5508. 

COVID Requirements for All Church Camp:

  • Sisters and brothers that will be attending All Church Camp are required to show proof of Covid Vaccination. Please show Covid Vaccination Card at the camp registration booth located at the Alliance Redwoods site when you arrive. (Photo copies or cell-phone photos of your actual vaccination card are acceptable) 

  • Those without proof of Covid vaccination are required to take a PCR or at-home Covid test within 72 hours prior to the camp (no earlier than May 24th) and contact Jenny with your test results (Negative or Positive). 

  •  If you experience any Covid symptoms or you suspect you have Covid, please take an at-home test. In the case of a positive Covid test result, you must not attend the All-Church Retreat and fees will be fully refunded.

  • There will not be any paid activities, and the swimming pool at Alliance Redwood will not be available this year. 

  •  All attendees should bring their own water bottles, cups or mugs.

  • Children with allergic reactions to certain types of foods should bring their own snacks for safety precautions.

There will be an in-person Cantonese and Mandarin team leadership training workshop on May 14th, from 9:45am to 4:15pm, and May 15th, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm in the social hall. Child care will be available, please sign up online at


Due to the All Church Camp over the Memorial Day weekend, there will be a combined English Adult & Youth Worship service at 9:00am, and a combined Cantonese and Mandarin Worship service at 11:00am on May 29th. Children's Worship, IBF and Sunday school classes for all three congregations will be cancelled. 


CIBC will be hosting a Summer Bible Camp (6/20-6/24 and 7/25-7/29).  This will be an outreach program for kids in Chinatown.  Pray for teachers and helpers to volunteer and that we can effectively reach children in Oakland Chinatown. They are looking for leaders for crafts, recreation, closing ceremony, video/photographer and an emcee.  If interested, please fill out the staff recruitment form at the check-in table in Room 101 and drop off the form in the CE mail box. Either Deacon Patrick or Hazel will be there at the check-in table if they need further explanation, or you can also email them at


Vallejo Chinese Christian Church invites you to the Ordination Service for Pastor Raymond Yu on Sunday, June 12 at 3pm at First Baptist Church Vallejo, 2025 Sonoma Blvd, Vallejo, CA 94590.

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, 5/15, 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: 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