English Ministry UPDATES


Sent Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Dear English Congregation,

  1. Praise God for the World Vision Global 6K Walk for Water we participated in last weekend.  Here’s a link to pictures

tinyurl.com/cec6kphotos

  1. Also, I wanted to share with you this puritan prayer called the “Valley of Vision”

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,

Thou has brought me to the valley of vision,

where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;

hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold

Thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox

that the way down is the way up,

that to be low is to be high,

that the broken heart is the healed heart,

that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,

that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,

that to have nothing is to possess all,

that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,

that to give is to receive,

that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,

deepest wells,

and the deeper the wells the brighter

Thy stars shine;

Let me find Thy light in my darkness,

Thy life in my death,

Thy joy in my sorrow,

Thy grace in my sin,

Thy riches in my poverty

Thy glory in my valley.

  1. Prayer & Social Hour during Monday Lunch 12-1pm is still going on: (come join us)

https://zoom.us/j/315072093

As always, you can reach us by responding to this email or the following links:

Prayer Request Form 

Care Request Form

Sincerely in Christ,

Pastor Jimmy & the EMT Care Team


Update (May 4 - May 10)
Sent Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Dear English Congregation,

  1. First, I want to share the youtube link for the recorded worship from this past Sunday.  A shout out to all those who contributed and worked hard for weeks to make that happen.

  1. EMT Game Night- Saturday, May 9th, 8pm (slight change from 7pm in the previous email).  Here's the link:

https://zoom.us/j/98293656154

  1. Many of you may be wondering how long this is all going to last?  Even when the shelter in place order is lifted and we move from phase to phase of reopening, how long will we wear masks?  How long will we have to maintain social distancing?  How long, O Lord?  In Psalm 13, David asks this question (4x), please note how he ends the psalm.

1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?

    How long will you hide your face from me?

2 How long must I take counsel in my soul

    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?

How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;

    light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,

4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”

    lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;

    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

6 I will sing to the Lord,

    because he has dealt bountifully with me. (ESV)

May we trust in God's steadfast love and rejoice in His salvation even as we wait during this global pandemic.

  1. Once again, if you have any prayer or care needs, please let us know by responding to this email or via the links below

Prayer Request Form 

Care Request Form

  1. And last but not least, we still have Prayer and Social Hours- Monday Lunch (12-1pm)

https://zoom.us/j/315072093

Sincerely in Christ,

Pastor Jimmy & the EMT Care Team

PS- attached are a few pictures of some hospital staff who received part of the donation of masks and bread from our joint Chinese Church venture to bless our San Diego community as well the distribution at the Herald Christian Health Center.


Update (April 27 - May 3)
Sent Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Dear English Congregation,

Our prayers continue to be with you as this stay at home order persists.  Whether you’re anxious to get out and go somewhere, or thriving being home with loved ones, we hope you continue to be rooted and established in Christ our Rock.  The EMT Care Team has been making efforts to reach all of you, if for some reason you have not been contacted please do reach out to us, emtcareteam@cec-sd.org.  Here are some updates for what we are doing.

  1. It seems our people are pretty “zoomed” out.  We’ve reduced our offerings for our Prayer and Social Hours to- Only Monday Lunch (12-1pm) https://zoom.us/j/315072093
  2. You can always reach us through the links below:

            Prayer Request Form 

            Care Request Form

  1. Again, Communion Supplies are available for delivery to your doorstep, just let us know by Friday, May 1st for our Communion Sunday Worship Service May 3rd.
  2. We will be holding an all English congregation Game Night-join us for some online games at 7pm on May 9th https://zoom.us/j/98293656154
  3. Ways to Help-
  4. See Churchwide Covid-19 Updates (https://cec-sd.org/covid19/)
  5. If you’re interested in thanking healthcare and frontline workers with food, contact Kelly Lang.
  6. Other resources for these times:
  7. John Piper has a free book called Coronavirus and Christ available for download https://www.desiringgod.org/books/coronavirus-and-christ
  8. Tim Keller has a series of video devotionals

https://gospelinlife.com/trusting-god-in-difficult-times/?home_banner

We’ll leave you with this...Jude 24 Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. 25 All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen. (NLT)

Blessings,

Pastor Jimmy & the EMT Care Team


Update (April 13 - April 19)
Sent Monday, April 13th, 2020

Christ is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!

We trust you had a glorious Easter weekend celebrating our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Continuing on in 1Corinthians 15, be encouraged by Christ's victory over sin and death, and thus, let us continue to stand firm!

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

  1. Here are the Zoom links for the Prayer & Social Hours for this week:  Note: we will only be holding it for Monday lunch and Thursday evenings only.  We're also looking to begin a monthly game night, so be on the lookout for that in the coming weeks.

Monday LUNCH hour: 12pm-1pm

https://zoom.us/j/315072093

Thursday evening: 8 pm-9 pm

https://zoom.us/j/547217540

  1. Praise God in the past few weeks, the Care Team has delivered communion elements, helped seniors with groceries as well as tech issues, and been reaching out to the body! Also, we praise God for some Aletheians who volunteered with another church to help with a food bank.  Some members of CEC have donated blood. And other members have donated masks to local hospitals!  Praise God for the church being the hands and feet of the gospel message in word and in deeds!

The Care Team is looking for more ways to reach out to the local community, such as doing something nice for our healthcare workers.  Contact us via this email or Kelly Lam directly if you're interested.

  1. As always, if you have a prayer or care requests you can submit them via the links below.  We are here for you!
  • A Prayer Request Form has been created for you to submit any prayer requests for yourself or someone you know.
  • A Care Request Form for needs such as grocery runs for seniors, technology help tuning into Sunday services or Zoom help, pastoral counseling, etc.

We pray that you'll live this week and every week in light of the resurrection!

Graciously Yours,

The EMT Care Team


Update (April 6 - April 12)
Sent Monday, April 6th, 2020

Greetings CEC family,

On this Holy Week let us remember the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ from the words of the Apostle Paul which gives us much hope: 1Corinthians 15:20-22

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.  

  1. Reminder:  Good Friday Service this Friday, April 10th 7:30pm  please note we will be celebrating communion during this service, please prepare grape juice and bread (or substitutes) for yourselves or email us (emtcareteam@cec-sd.org) and EMT Care Team will deliver communion elements to your doorstep.  Link for the worship service is here: https://zoom.us/j/492848437
  2. Here are the Zoom links for the Prayer & Social Hours this Week, hope to see you at one or more of them!

Monday LUNCH hour: 12pm-1pm

https://zoom.us/j/315072093

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evening: 8 pm-9 pm

https://zoom.us/j/547217540

  1. Also remember, if you need anything, prayer or otherwise, feel free to submit requests via the links below:  as our shelter in place order continues, more needs may arise, such as grocery runs, please contact us via email or the links below and we will assist in any way we can.
  • A Prayer Request Form has been created for you to submit any prayer requests for yourself or someone you know.
  • A Care Request Form for needs such as grocery runs for seniors, technology help tuning into Sunday services or Zoom help, pastoral counseling, etc.

Have a blessed week!

-EMT Care Team


Update (March 29 - April 5)
Sent Sunday, March 29th, 2020

Hey English Congregation,

It was so good to worship with you all this morning via Zoom!

Here's a verse to encourage you during this time:

Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
   so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
    so why should I tremble? (NLT)

Here are the Zoom links for the Prayer & Social Hours this Week, hope to see you at one or more of them!

Also remember, if you need anything, prayer or otherwise, feel free to submit requests via the links below:

  • Prayer Request Form has been created for you to submit any prayer requests for yourself or someone you know.
  • Care Request Form for needs such as grocery runs for seniors, technology help tuning into Sunday services or Zoom help, pastoral counseling, etc.

Have a blessed week!

EMT Care Team

Have any questions?

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever” — John 14:16