Dear RG family,
I got "The Call" from Queen Mary Hospital yesterday. As it happened, they scheduled my surgery on July 30th, which, of course, is the day Cindy gets into Hong Kong, but not until the evening. Thus I asked if they can postpone it for a day or two. The person I talked to, I'm not sure if it was a nurse, doctor or administrator, simply said it wasn't a problem, and she would inform the doctors.
The good news is that it seems I have moved up on the list. I'll keep you informed. In the meantime I'm thinking about backup plans for the time of surgery and recovery afterwards.
This coming Sunday is Harmony Day. We will still have our service at 12 noon, but it will be shortened and finish by 1:00pm. Tommy will lead us in some songs and time of prayer.
We will not serve lunch at church as we need to be at the playground to set up the booths by about 1:30. So you may want to think about brining your own sandwich or snack. We will have water at the playground and perhaps will try to have some other snacks or food.
While I would be happy for all of you to go to Harmony Day, if you can't, don't stay away from the service for that reason!
I would like to encourage all of you to consider joining the T4T training that RiverGrace will be offering starting July 10. Grant McAllister will be doing perhaps 12 weeks of training on the 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoon each month. This training will teach you how to tell your story, God's story, land even start churches or small groups.
In a church like RiverGrace, with our brothers and sisters who may not be in Hong Kong long-term, I believe that training is vital so that when it's God's time is for you to leave us, he can use you wherever you go. It's also vital to the development, of the whole church, even for those that make Hong Kong their home. The more and better we are equipped and trained to do effective ministry, the more we can be used by God to change our world.
There are two opportunities for you to join the T4T training. First, you can join on Wednesday at 11:00am. This is our normal fellowship time. The training would be every week for as long as necessary... 3-4 months. Secondly would be the Sunday training as mentioned above. The Wednesday training will be done in English only, but the Sunday training will be translated into Cantonese.
On Sunday July 10th, we've invited anyone from the Hong Kong Evangelical Church to join us for an introductory session for the course. I also invited anyone who attends to come to have lunch with us at 1:30, however I told them they need to let us know ahead of time so we can prepare enough food.
Please pray for this course and for all who attend. It may be a good tool for church growth for both Yan Yue and RiverGrace.
Next week, on Wednesday, we'll have the last English class, as scheduled. If there is still a desire to continue on the part of those who have been enjoying the class, we may consider extending it in some format.
We'll also be starting a Cantonese class at 5:30. This is an outreach particularly for those Mainland Chinese students who have a desire to live and work in Hong Kong after they conclude their university studies in Hong Kong. Louisa will be teaching that class. To this point we have 2 new contacts who have registered. Please let others know about the class. I can give you fliers if you need them.
The idea is to have them attend the Cantonese class, then join the Life Group fellowship dinner if they'd like, and even perhaps stay for the English class or fellowship. Please remember this new outreach in your prayers.
The Wednesday Morning Fellowship will meet as normal at 11:00. And the Life Group English class will meet at 7:00.
Lineup for this coming Sunday, June 26
- 10:00am - Worship Team practice - P. Tommy
- 11:00am - Pre-service prayer meeting
- 12:00pm - Worship Service - P. Tommy
- 1:15 - Harmony Day
2:05 - Rehearsal for our songs, I Saw the Light / I'll fly Away
Activities this coming week...
- Wednesday June 29
11:00am - Wednesday Morning Fellowship.
5:30 - Cantonese Class
7:30pm - Life Group / English class - Michael
- Next Sunday, July 3 - 12:00pm - P. Dave
July 10, 2:45m - T4T Sunday training
July 13, 11:00am - T4T Wednesday training
Hope to see you on Sunday!
Love and blessings,