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English Ministry News DECEMBER 2011

ISSUE 21

Merry Noel?! 12/25 (XO‟11) INSIDE THIS ISSUE: November „11

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Review Thanksgiving

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Dinner Thanksgiving

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Worship December „11

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Preview Reflections for

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Christmas SLPC Christmas 3 Events EM Calendar /

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TYBS From the

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Pastor‟s Desk

Do you know what “Noel” means? It is a French word m e a n i n g “Christmas” and has its Latin root from the word natalis meaning “birth”. Christmas season ro lls around again What am “i” doing this Noel? as we acknowledge Jesus Christ, who is called “Emmanuel” or “God with us” and who is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Indeed, God was born 2,000 years ago as baby Jesus in a manger to parents Joseph and the virgin Mary (Luke 1:34-35). At EM, we celebrate Christmas this year with “iNoel” which is an outreach dinner. It’s outreach because we want to share

this good news about Jesus, who is Lord and Savior for all people. It’s dinner because there’s a 12-course banquet prepared for us! And we all love food! Everyone is welcome because, well, the banquet table God is planning in heaven is open to everyone who will receive Jesus’ invitation. And you’re invited to iNoel! So many people in Taiwan celebrate Christmas with gifts and parties, but they don’t even realize what the “Christ” really means for this season. Thus, let us have fun together—Christians and nonChristians—as we celebrate with gifts and parties, and most importantly, with Jesus. We have put on a very promising show this year with music, dance, food, games, stories, photo booth, and many gifts, including an iPad2. All the ingredients are included so “reach out” to the ones you care about and get your tickets now. * Tickets available after EM Worship on 7F or at SLPC office (9F) for NT300 each. Buy table tickets!

LEARN MORE: 

Who had turkey for Thanksgiving?

Who won the Thanksgiving Games this year?

What is Little Siloam?

What does Noel mean?

What Christmas events are at Suang-Lien?

T.Y.B.S. in Luke (NT) & First Chronicles (OT)

Can I reserve a table at iNoel?

Almost half way there with the Two-Year Bible Schedule! Congratulations and keep up the good work in your readings and monthly worksheets. Here’s background information for your December readings: Luke: Luke is a doctor, a Gentile, a historian, and the author of the Gospel of Luke, in which he presents

an accurate account of the life of Jesus, who is the perfect human being and Savior of humankind. In Luke 19:9 -10, Jesus says, “Today salvation has come to this house… For the Son of man came to seek and to save what was lost.” 1 Chronicles: At this time, the Israelites had been scattered and are now returning

home to rebuild, thus the author Ezra focuses on unifying God’s people, tracing the Davidic line, and teaching that genuine worship ought to be the center of individual and national life. Key characters are David and Solomon as much of this book parallels 2 Samuel and serves as a commentary to it. These events occurred from about 1000-960 B.C.


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MONTH IN REVIEW: NOVEMBER 2011 Outreach: Thanksgiving Outdoor Worship (TKO’11) at Xin-Sheng Park (新生公園) experienced the favor of God, who brought sunshine and great fellowship. Worship: Guest preachers from Taiwan Seminary on 11/13 (Ah Sah Pha) and 11/27 (Rev. Dr. Jonathan Seitz) as church and seminary support one another. Many special

offerings of contemporary praise (11/6), International Day of Prayer (11/13), and EM Choir with Little Siloam Blind Children’s Choir (11/27). Fellowship: Carecells combined on 11/22 for a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner on 7F. Many thanksgivings and prayers were shared with one another. Discipleship:

Press

on

with “TYBS” readings and works h e e t s . “Basic Bible Reading in English” continued through November, and will pick up again in 2012. Service: Many including from Dolce* carecell helped to make TKO’11 a wonderful success in worship, lunch and games.

A special treat on 11/27 as EM Choir paired up with the Little Siloam Choir.

The children

from the Little Siloam Choir are

partially

or

completely

blind and yet they can praise the Lord with joyful hearts

Thanksgiving Dinner (11/22) EM’s carecells combined on 11/22 for a traditional Thanksgiving potluck dinner as everyone contributed in more ways than one. We ordered a turkey but people brought foods like pasta, salads, drinks, and more to share. It’s the good old Thanksgiving tradition as we brought our plenty and blessed one another.

We also brought our stories and praises as we acknowledged the greatness of our God to whom we owe innumerable thanks. Steve shared the story about the first Thanksgiving, Paul brought his guitar to lead us in singing, and Scott and Susie had a dual with the “wishbone”. What a great way to give thanks!

Thanksgiving Worship (11/20) For the third time since EM was born in March 2006, we held our worship in the great outdoors to celebrate Thanksgiving. It seems each year the weather is questionable the week before until Saturday night, but then as we step out in faith on Sunday morning, the Lord stops the rains and blows away the clouds! Praise the Lord for making every TKO we’ve planned a wonderful and memorable experience for those who attend. Congratulations to the winning team of our Thanksgiving Games. They include Paul, Leighton, Eugenie, Edsel, and Huang-An from Wen-Ting’s team. All in good fun. A special mention for Elyn, Samuel, and Jenny, who were the other team leaders as well as Christy, Ralph, and Sophy, who led us in worship. Thanks!

As the day went on (11/20), less clouds, more sun, absolutely no rain! From that day on, may we have less doubts, more faith, and absolutely more God in our lives!


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ISSUE 21

MONTH IN PREVIEW: DECEMBER 2011 Outreach: Our biggest outreach event of the year is XO’11 as we celebrate with a fun dinner on 12/25 to the theme of “iNoel.” Buy your tickets now! Reserve a table for ten!

Advent means “coming” and it’s a season on the church calendar starting four

Sundays

before

Christmas

in

which we anticipate the coming of Jesus. one

Fellowship: Joining carecell allows you to build up yourself as well as others. Check it out and see how many benefits you can receive from carecell!

With each week, we will light

more

candle

at

EM to

start

worship until all candles— candles—including the white

Worship: Ps. Peter will preach on the Kingdom of Heaven from Matthew 25 on 12/4 and 12/11. Dr. Steven Lakkis from TTCS will share God’s word on 12/18, and our Christmas worship is on Christmas Day 12/25 at 1:30 PM (baptism service in the morning on 10F starting 10:00 AM). Special offerings include praise from Music Team (12/4), communion (12/11), Choir (12/18), and Christmas worship (12/25, 1:30 PM, 7F).

“Christ

candle” —are

lit

on

Christmas Sunday (12/25).

Discipleship: Do your “TYBS” readings and worksheets (due 12/25) and receive a NT50 certificate to the local Christian bookstore. Anticipate new discipleship courses for 2012. Service: Many coworkers needed for not just weekly events like Sunday worship or carecell leaders, but also for special events like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Glorify God by discovering and using your talents. Speak to Ps. Peter to find out where you fit in.

Keeping “Christ” in Christmas (Reflections) “If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. If our greatest need had

been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer. But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.” “Christ was content with a stable when he was born so that we could have a mansion when we die.” An

interviewer

walked

down the streets at Christmas time, to where everyone was shopping. The interviewer stopped one woman and asked, “What is the meaning of Christmas?” Laughing, she responded, “I don’t know. Is that the day that Jesus died?” There was some truth in her answer.

SLPC Christmas Events 12/17-25 EM has lots to celebrate for Christmas, but don’t forget that Suang-Lien has other ministries also celebrating! We encourage you to join them as there is great variety in how we express our gratitude to God for sending His Son Jesus to show us the way, the truth and the life. 12/17 (Sat) Tea House and Testimony (1:30 PM, 10F in Taiwanese) Youth Ministry Christmas Worship (6:30 PM, 10F in Mandarin) 12/23 (Fri) Christmas Outreach (7:30 PM, 10F in Taiwanese) 12/24 (Sat) Christmas Eve Music Concert (7:30 PM, 10F in Taiwanese)

Enjoy a Merry Christmas at SuangSuang-Lien Church!

12/25 (Sun) Christmas Worship and Baptism Service (10:00 AM, 10F in Taiwanese) Children’s Christmas Worship and Celebration (10:00 AM, 8F & 9F in Mandarin) EM Christmas Worship (1:30 PM, 7F in English) EM Christmas Outreach “iNoel” (6:00 PM, Li-Yan Banquet in English/Mandarin)


December 2011 Join us for Sunday worship at 11 AM (7F) and lunch fellowship in café area. Note: Christmas Worship on 12/25 will be at 1:30 PM (7F) due to the morning baptism service (10AM, 10F).

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1 2Ki 21-22

2 2Ki 23-25

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E NGLISH M INISTRY SuangSuang-Lien Presbyterian Church

9:30 AM Baptism Class #1 (802)

111 ZhongZhong-Shan North Rd, Sec 2 Taipei, Taiwan (ROC)

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11 AM Worship 12 PM Lunch 1 PM Choir

6 Lk 3-4

7 Lk 5-6

7:30 PM Chrysalis 7:30 PM Agape

7:30 PM Dolce* 7:30 PM Music

13 Lk 13-14

14 Lk 15-16

7:30 PM Chrysalis 7:30 PM Agape

7:30 PM Dolce* 7:30 PM Music

20 Lk 23-24

21 1Ch 1-2

7:30 PM Chrysalis 7:30 PM Agape

7:30 PM Dolce* 7:30 PM Music

27 1Ch 9-10

28 1Ch 11-12

7:30 PM Chrysalis 7:30 PM Agape

7:30 PM Dolce* 7:30 PM Music

8 Lk 7-8

9 Lk 9-10

10 Pr 9 9:30 AM Baptism Class #2 (802)

Fax: 02.2523.1361 slpcenglish@gmail.com www.slpcenglish.org

A DIVERSE PEOPLE WHO LOVE GOD AND LOVE OTHERS AS OURSELVES

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12 Lk 11-12

11 AM Worship 12 PM Lunch 1 PM Choir 1 PM Xmas “Flyering”

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11 AM Worship 12 PM Lunch 1 PM Choir

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Christmas 10:00 AM Baptism Service (10F, TW) 1:30 PM Worship 2:30 PM Snacks 6:30 PM XO’11 iNoel

26 1Ch 7-8

15 Lk 17-18

16 Lk 19-20

17 Pr 10 9:30 AM Baptism Class #3 (802) 1:30 PM Xmas Tea House & Testimony 6:30 PM YM Xmas

22 1Ch 3-4

29 1Ch 13-14

23 1Ch 5-6

24 Pr 11

7:30 PM SLPC Xmas Outreach

7:30 PM SLPC Xmas Eve Music Concert

30 1Ch 15-16

31 Pr 12 7:00 PM SLPC YearEnd Prayer Service

c = Communion Carecells on Tues/ Weds nights.

TYBS Readings: 2Ki: 2 Kings 21-25 Pr: Proverbs 8-12 Lk: Luke 1-24 1Ch: 1 Chronicles 1-16

From the Pastor‟s Desk

Rev. Peter Chen 陳道南牧師

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As my son Aaron reaches 8 months old in December, I can’t help but be amazed at the gift of life. My wife Precious Gift of Life Melody and I were looking at some early videos of Aaron as we are reminded how small and fragile he was and how far he has come. And although he’s grown much, there’s still so much more for him to grow and experience, including walking and talking. One day he’ll be able to look at me and instead of “Goo-goo, gaa-gaa”, he’ll be able to communicate his exact thoughts and feelings with me. I look forward to that day. And December reminds me not only of the first

arrival of Jesus Christ in his birth 2,000 years ago, but also of his second arrival, which is to come. Through Jesus, we have received the gift of life as well as the gift of eternal life. As wonderful as it may be to enjoy my family members on this earth now, the most amazing relationship will be with God in heaven. When Jesus comes the second time to earth, this verse will be fulfilled: “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12) I look forward to that day.

Articles in this edition of EM News reflect the opinions and personalities of the English Ministry at Suang-Lien Presbyterian Church. If you would like to contribute to EM News—opinions, testimonies, photos, etc—please email to slpcenglish@gmail.com.


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