Dear RiverGrace family.
Please remember to make every effort to come at 11:50 this Sunday, as we'd like to take a photo with Yan Yue to commemorate our time together.
Can you believe it? We have only 3 more Sundays to be in Yan Yue, and so we're working hard to finish all the arrangements in a timely manner.
With that in mind, here are some upcoming important dates and things to remember.
For the membership transfers to be processed on October 15 at the HKEC United baptism, we need all the information by this coming Sunday. If you have not filled out the membership form, even if you are not yet considering baptism or membership, we still would like everyone to fill out the information form.
On October 1, our last service with Yan Yue, there will be a joint worship, but it will not be at the church. It will be at Shuen Douh Camp where we have celebrated anniversaries in the past. There will be a sign-up sheet if you plan to go, so please sign up in the next two weeks. They need to plan on how many lunches they will have. That outing will include a joint worship (I preach), barbecue lunch, and activities. We'll give other details later. The cost is on a free-will basis. We'll give more details later.
In moving to United Christian College, we will have to be flexible and do some things differently than we've done them at Yan Yue. While it gives us more options, it will also be a bit more work in such things as setting up and cleaning up. Thus, we are going to need the help of everyone, just like we've been talking bout in Nehemiah where everyone in the city helped in some way. There will be a sign-up roster starting on Sunday. You can add your name where you are willing to serve.
The following are a few ways you can volunteer to serve. We need a few stronger bodies to help set up and take down before and after the service. We will also still need a hospitality team to help with lunch preparation, even if we don't cook at the beginning. We also are going to need some to be greeters and ushers, and some IT people for the computers and sound equipment. And, of course we'll also need our teams of musicians and worship leaders. Please think and pray about how you might serve.
September 17 will be our last Sunday to prepare/cook lunch at Yan Yue. Therefore we will celebrate the September birthdays that Sunday. After lunch, we need to pack up the things in the kitchen that we want to keep and use later.
We will still have lunch on September 24, but it will be pizza or other things brought in. That afternoon we, we are preparing to have our big move to Shek Kip Mei. We will need people to help load the truck which we will hire, and also we'll need some people in Shek Kip Mei to help unload the things, and get the things too where they need to be. If everyone can help out, the move will go quickly and easily. As the Chinese saying goes, "Many hands make light work!"
This coming Sunday, during lunchtime, Cindy will meet with the ACTS ladies. Pastora Irma was planning on doing it, but she will be in the Philippines for one week starting tomorrow.
This coming Sunday I will be preaching from the book of Nehemiah again, this time from chapter 8. The title of the sermon is "The People and the Book". This, of course, refers to the Bible. Nowadays, many people ignore it, or think that it's old-fashioned, and therefore doesn't apply to us anymore. As Christians, would people consider us to be people of the Book? Do we live our lives as people who believe that God's words in the Bible are the whole truth and nothing but the truth?
Andrew will lead the worship songs, and we'll have our lunch following the service.
Lineup for this coming Sunday, September 10
- 10:00am - Worship team practice - Andrew
- 11:15 - Pre-service Prayer Meeting
- 11:50 - Photo Taking with Yan Yue and RiverGrace
- 12:00pm - Worship service - P. Dave - Nehemiah 8
- 1:45pm - Fellowship lunch (ACTS ladies will meet after they get their food)
- 2:45 - Sunday Connect Groups
Activities next week...
- Wednesday, September 13
11:00am - Wednesday AM Connect Groups
7:00pm - Wednesday PM Connect Group
- Sunday September 17
12:00pm - Worship service, Paul Schuster
Pack up the kitchen items after lunch
September 24: after the service and lunch, move equipment to UCC
October 1: Joint worship with Yan Yue Church at Shuen Douh Camp
October 8: First time to have our service at United Christian College
Please continue to pray for a smooth transition! See you all on Sunday.
Love and blessings,