Dear RG family,
Little did I realize when I preached the sermon on December 11 about "Where was God When...? Part 3" that it would be partly in preparation for the unexpected tragedies that would happen to our RG family members. They started with the news that Jab, P. Irma's son, had been killed after he was struck by a bus. And the second event was the news that our brother-in-law, Ivan, had died almost instantly after having a heart attack.
The sermon has been a source of encouragement to and reminded us that, yes, Emmanuel... God with us is truly with us, always. Jesus, himself, felt abandoned by God when he was hanging on the cross for your sins and mine. So "God With Us" understands our feelings and questions we have when we feel that God is not there for us, or our friends and relatives.
(I posted the sermon on RiverGrace ICF... https://www.facebook.com/RiverGrace-International-Christian-Fellowship-227582273968659/ if you care to read it. If you don't use FB and would like a copy, I will email it to you if you let me know.)
Please continue to pray for Irma's family and for ours. The viewings will be on Monday, and the burial on Tuesday morning US time.
Again, you are reminded that this coming Christmas Sunday, December 25, we'll have a bilingual joint worship service at 11:00AM with our mother church, Yan Yue. Please remember that the service is an hour earlier than normal. We will have our normal fellowship lunch after the service. Rev. Tse will preach in Chinese, and P. Tommy will translate.
There will be no activities in the afternoon because Yan Yue will use use the church hall.
Also here's another reminder that on January 1, we'll have our RG family retreat after the service on New Years Day led by Pastor Tommy.
Lineup for this coming Sunday, December 25
- 10:00am - Pre-service prayer
- 11:00am - Worship Service - Rev. Kelvin Tse, P. Tommy translator
- 1:30pm - fellowship lunch
Activities this coming week...
- Wednesday, December 28
11:00am - Wednesday Morning Fellowship
7:00pm - Life Group
Next Sunday - January 1
- Worship service at 12:00pm - Rev. Tse
- RG family retreat from 2-6pm - P. Tommy
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and may you feel God's presence with you this Christmas.
Love and blessings,