Week of February 19th, 2017
Alliance Missions focus these next two Sundays – We have the privilege of welcoming Rev. Teyet Moy who serves an international work with The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Teyet has lived and worked in Taiwan for many years, and now works in a creative access country. We are glad to have our brother with us this Sunday as he shares his burden and vision with us. Welcome to Tampa!
The theme of our conference this year is Prepare the Way for the Lord: and all people will see God’s salvation. It is based on Luke 3:4-6 (quoting Isaiah 40) – “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all people will see God’s salvation.’”
New one-on-one English conversational classes and reaching internationals – Like to be a part of a new outreach ministry to internationals next year? Please see Wills Chang or Leticia Uy. We wil have an additional training meeting with Pastor Matt Scott from Purdue on Sunday, March 26th in the afternoon.
Short-term missions – Pastor Ed and Sally and Bill Lai will be leading some of our youth to Málaga, Spain in July. Pray for God’s full provision and preparation in the months ahead. This is a new outreach and iniative of the C&MA in this important part of Europe. Please continue to pray for Larry and Krista Lain as they establish a new Envision Site (see http://www.weareenvision.com/) in the city of Málaga in southern Spain. This will be a base of operations for both training interns and receiving short-term missions teams. It will also support the Cinderella’s House project to rescue women from human trafficking. Please pray for God’s blessing on this project. Pray for the Lains as they currently are involved in Spanish language study.
Here is part of a newsletter from the Lains who serve in Spain:
“The Lord is already bringing together many strategic partnerships in Malaga, Spain! We’ve enjoyed learning language, prayer walking in the poorest neighborhood, praying for food distributions among North African refugees and immigrants, playing games at English night with local Spaniards, hearing about the vision to plant the first evangelical church in our neighborhood, joining in Art events with a local art ministry, dreaming with a partner ministry about a potential coffee shop start up, proclaiming freedom and joining with social justice focused ministries.”
VBS dates for this year are June 12-16: Please pray about this great opportunity to serve and impact the lives of so many children. We will be meeting and planning together every other Friday evening. Please see Linda Cheung for more details.
Next Sunday (2/26) will be a Combined service with international workers, Michael and Mei-Chu Liang, who serve in Panama among the Chinese. The Liangs will also be sharing on Friday (2-24) evening to Mandarin speakers at 7:30pm and they will meet with the Cantonese Bible study on Saturday (2-25) morning at 10am.
Men’s Bible Study will begin again on Saturday, March 4th at 9:30 am. We plan to meet every first Saturday of the month. Please put us on your calendar!
General Member Meeting: will be held on 3/5 after Chinese service, to discuss transferring a portion of Designated Fund to General Fund.
Choose a Bible Reading Plan for youself during 2017 – It is still not to late to start your Bible reading plan for this year. http://www.ligonier.org/blog/bible-reading-plans/
Pray for Pastor Sam Seaman & Ginny and for Pastor Joe Brown & Mary – For the health of Pastor Joe Brown. He and Mary continue to serve with our Mixed-marriage ministry each month. Pastor Sam Seaman will be sharing with us today.
Membership update – If you are a member, please help us update our church information. If you would like to become a member, please talk to Leticia Uy.
English Worship Service begins at 10:45 am every Sunday. Please be on time. Kids Praise Ministry contunues to serve. Please be praying with us for these new changes.
Baptism – If you are interested in baptism, see Pastor Ed.