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Week of March 29th, 2020

 

We are into the third week of the Shelter In Place mandate and I am impressed and am blown away by all the creative ways the church family has found to connect with each other and the fervency to do so. With school shutdowns extended to May 1st, we are learning to share with one another’s pains.

 

Currently, we have several prayer groups, small groups, and youth fellowship meetings that are being conducted on the internet. If you would like to receive information, please contact me and I will connect you with the right person(s).

 

Several parents have asked if there are any resources we can provide to help them spiritually nourish their children. Pastor Tim, on his Youth Ministry update, provides a link to this very helpful article:

I wanted to share a great article with you: <https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2020/march/family-worship-during-covid-19.html>

Using the acronym F.A.M.I.L.Y., this is a great guide to leading family worship time. I hope you find it helpful!

 

In April, we will be navigating through uncharted territories: conducting a Good Friday service (April 10th) online and celebrating the resurrection on Easter Sunday, also online.

 

Finally, Scripture does mention a form of “Shelter In Place” with Paul’s imprisonment in Rome. Paul tells Timothy that though he is in chains, God’s Word is not (2 Timothy 2:9). That is, he did not allow his physical limitations prevent him from ministering to others with God’s Word. My prayer is that as the scattered CIBC church, we will use this great opportunity to reach out to others with a word of encouragement from God’s word- perhaps a shut-in, a neighbor, a friend or family that we have not connected with in a while. Who knows? Our words may bring a lost one a step closer to knowing Christ, encourage a down-hearted soul, or sharpen another’s spiritual iron.

 

Grace & Blessings,

 

Pastor Philip

教會最新動態

牧者心聲

3月29日

 

我們已到了「居家避疫令」的第三週,教會家庭彼此建立聯繫的創意方式和熱切給我特別深刻印象。隨著學校停課時間延長至5月1日,我們也在學習彼此分擔痛苦。

 

我們現有祈禱小組,生活小組和青年團契聚會,這些都在互聯網上進行。如果您想參加這些小組,請聯絡我。我將把您與負責人聯繫起來。

 

幾位家長問我們是否可以提供資源來幫助他們在靈性上餵養孩子。林褆名牧師在青年部的最新動態中提供了這篇非常有幫助的文章,我也想與你分享:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2020/march/family-worship-during-covid-19.html

這文章是帶領家庭崇拜的重要指南。我希望你覺得對你有幫助!

 

在四月,我們將進入未知領域:在網路上進行耶穌受難日敬拜(4月10日),並在在網路上慶祝復活節主日。

 

最後,聖經也提到了一種“被囚”的處境,保羅被囚禁在羅馬。他告訴提摩太,儘管他被捆綁,但神的話語卻不被捆綁(提摩太前書2:9)。也就是說,保羅不容許自己身體的限制阻止他使用上帝的聖言去服侍他人。我的禱告是,作為分散了的CIBC教會,我們將利用這巨大機會,以上帝的話語鼓勵其他人 -- 他們也許是我們中間那久居在家中,或鄰居,朋友或家人。我們的話語可能會使迷失的人更接近認識基督,鼓勵沮喪的靈魂,或磨練他人的靈性。

 

願神賜福和恩典。

 

朱耀強牧師

教会最新动态

 

牧者心声

3月29日

 

我们已到了「居家避疫令」的第三周,教会家庭彼此建立联系的创意方式和热切给我特别深刻印象。随著学校停课时间延长至5月1日,我们也在学习彼此分担痛苦。

 

我们现有祈祷小组,生活小组和青年团契聚会,这些都在互联网上进行。如果您想参加这些小组,请联络我。我将把您与负责人联系起来。

 

几位家长问我们是否可以提供资源来帮助他们在灵性上喂养孩子。林褆名牧师在青年部的最新动态中提供了这篇非常有帮助的文章,我也想与你分享:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2020/march/family-worship-during-covid-19.html

这文章是带领家庭崇拜的重要指南。我希望你觉得对你有帮助!

 

在四月,我们将进入未知领域:在网路上进行耶稣受难日敬拜(4月10日),并在在网路上庆祝复活节主日。

 

最后,圣经也提到了一种“被囚”的处境,保罗被囚禁在罗马。他告诉提摩太,尽管他被捆绑,但神的话语却不被捆绑(提摩太前书2:9)。也就是说,保罗不容许自己身体的限制阻止他使用上帝的圣言去服侍他人。我的祷告是,作为分散了的CIBC教会,我们将利用这巨大机会,以上帝的话语鼓励其他人 -- 他们也许是我们中间那久居在家中,或邻居,朋友或家人。我们的话语可能会使迷失的人更接近认识基督,鼓励沮丧的灵魂,或磨练他人的灵性。

 

愿神赐福和恩典。

 

朱耀强牧师

March 20, 2020

 

Hello Church Family,

 

We are four days into the mandated shelter in place order, we pray you all are doing well.  We wanted to give you a quick update on what CIBC has done in those four short days. With the shelter in place, the church office has closed and we have discontinued all in person fellowship groups.  The staff is working remotely and is still responding to emails.  We are encouraging fellowships and prayer groups to meet using other methods like Zoom video conferencing or telephone conferencing. 

 

The leadership has formed a smaller response team who will work on ways to help you all communicate and fellowship with each other while sheltering in place.  They will help groups set up communication lines and is working on plans to ensure all of our brothers and sisters are being cared for.

All Sunday worship services will now be online.  We realize that last week, there were many technical difficulties, so this week, the Cantonese and English worship services have been pre recorded so the audio and video will be much better.  The Mandarin will use Zoom and Youtube live on Sunday to broadcast their service.  So, please plan to join the English Worship service at 9:30 am and the Cantonese and Mandarin services at 11:00 am.

 

If you have any concerns or are aware of any needs, please contact one of your congregation’s Pastors or Deacons. 

Updated information can also be listened to on the church’s information line: 1(510) 452-5467.

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 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

3月20日

灣區「居家避疫令」已施行了四天,我們祈求你們一切都安好。想為你們提供CIBC在這四天所做的更新消息。因「居家避疫令」,教會辦公室已關閉,各個團契的集會也停止了。職員在家中處理教會事務,回復電郵。我們鼓勵團契和禱告會使用其他方法聚會,例如 Zoom 視頻會議或電話會議。

教會領袖已成立了一個較小的專責小組,他們將致力於幫助大家相互交流和團契。他們將幫助團契和小組建立溝通渠道,並正在策劃方案,以確保我們所有的兄弟姐妹都得到照顧。

 

所有星期天的崇拜都將在網上播出。我們得知上周的崇拜有很多技術問題,因此本主日已預先錄製了粵語和英語崇拜,音響及視頻會更好。普通話崇拜將在周日使用 Zoom 和 Youtube Live 直播服務。因此,請計劃在上午9:30加入英語崇拜,並在上午11:00加入 廣東話或普通話崇拜。

 

如果您有任何疑問或需求,請聯繫您所屬會眾的一位牧師或執事。您也可以用電話查詢: 1(510)452-5467,收聽最新的信息。

 

在我們嘗試適應這些急劇變化時,請彼此代禱。

如果您有任何非醫療的緊急需求,請聯繫:

 

  朱耀強牧師(英語):(510)908-1205

  黎伯樂傳道(廣東話):(510)415-7763

  黃儉昌牧師(國語):(510)780-6052

 

3月17日

 

大家都知道,湾区6个县政府(包括Alameda and Contra Costa县)在今早凌晨起实施居家避疫令 ,要求民众如非必要,尽量留在家中以对抗新冠肺炎。您可以在此处找到详细信息:http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx。

在这三周内,我们要求我们的会友遵守这项「居家避疫令」。这样做不仅是为了保护自己和我们的家人,而且是向我们的社区表达爱意,并服从由上帝任命的政府机构。在此期间,教会的办公室也将会关闭。

除了取消团契和敬拜聚会之外,我们还要求小组和祈祷会不以集会形式,而改用视频会议功能(例如Zoom,Google Hangouts,WhatsApp,WeChat等)进行聚会。

以下是一些给我们的事工,小组和祈祷小组的负责人的指引:

    1.  确保您拥有组员们的最新联系方式,并可以容易与他们联系。可以考虑通过WhatsApp,微信

         或其他社交应用程序为您的组员成立通讯群组。

    2.  确保您熟悉上面列出的其中一款视频会议。

    3.  若小组有年老成员,或低免疫能力的成员,或是高风险群体的成员,请主动看看他们是否需

         要其他组员帮助他们购取日用品或完成其他日常任务。

    4.  对于有困难使用现今社交应用程序的成员,请尝试其他开会和交流方式,例如电话或电话会

         议。

 

在这三个主日(3/22, 3/29, 4/5),我们将通过CIBC网站提供三种语言的崇拜(预先录制), 请按“网上播出”收看。

在我们尝试适应这些急剧变化时,请彼此代祷。如果您有任何非医疗的紧急需求,请联系:

    朱耀强牧师(英语):(510)908-1205

    黎伯乐传道(广东话):(510)415-7763

    黄俭昌牧师(国语):(510)780-6052

 

3月15日


在这恐慌的时刻,重要的是要记住我们被召作上帝的儿女,耶稣的门徒,及上帝的使者。为了关顾我们教会的家庭,服从我们的政府并为我们的社区负责,牧师和执事们筹划了应对COVID-19的方案。以下是我们在3月(22日,29日)剩下的两个星期日的改变。牧师和执事们将在本星期日之后重新评估情况,以确定4月份的长期计划。更新咨询方法请看最新动态查询方法。

周日崇拜 (3月22日,29日)
•英文和广东话崇拜活动将预先录制崇拜和讲道,让崇拜能在家中进行。这些视频将在YouTube上播放,并在周日的早晨供观看。在我们的网站上,将有 “网上播出” 按钮。所有其他星期日聚会:主日学,儿童崇拜,托儿服务将会取消。
•普通话崇拜将使用ZOOM 只在 11:00 am直播。 沒有9:30am崇拜。Zoom ID将通过教会网站发布。普通话主日学也会取消。

团契聚会
取消在教会举行团契聚会。鼓励所有团契分成小组 (不超过10人)在家中聚会。小组组长和导师可决定如何分组及如何改变形式。

青年团契
英文和广东话:牧师和导师将决定如何分组和聚会地点。

 

祈祷会
继续在家里聚会。刘执事将继续在教会领导祈祷会。

 

查经班
彭锦辉牧师的查经班将于周二3月17日开始在网上进行。

 

奉献
可以使用教会网站上的提供的在线奉献方法或邮寄到教会: 
https://www.cibc-oakland.org/online-giving
地址:280 8th street, Oakland, CA 94607

 

最新动态查询方法:
电话查询: (510)452-5467 [3月17日之后的预先录制]
网站查询: https://www.cibc-oakland.org
CIBC脸书: https://www.facebook.com/Chinese-Independent-Baptist-Church-107381656040284
事工负责人将充当联系和信息中心, 了解最新动态后,传递给其他成员。

 

关怀与社区
这些改变不仅仅是聚会大小和地点。也要求我们各人改变思维,并成为教会,不只是来教会。我们需要保持祷告的心和创造力,在这时保持彼此联系,确保没有人被孤立。互相打电话,互相代求,邀请大家在星期日一同上网敬拜(最多不超过10人聚会!),关心可能被隔绝或害怕的朋友和邻居。让我们利用这段恐慌的时刻使福音的光芒照耀出来。

 

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