FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021 UPDATE
“When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” . . . 18His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. 19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” —Genesis 50:15-21
“God is in control.” Those were the timely and encouraging words that Pastor David Woo gave last Sunday during our worship service. During this time of a global pandemic, it’s extremely difficult to imagine how God could be using this crisis for good. And, as Pastor David mentioned, it’s nearly unimaginable how the persecution of Christians in Afghanistan could yield anything we’d consider “good.” Those are examples of two global crisis, yet there are also our own. How could the betrayal of our own family members be used for good in the hands of God? It certainly takes a lot of faith and trust to understand the hand of God as Joseph did. So what do we do about this Scripture verse?
If this passage has been God-given to us and our church family, it’d be a wise practice to meditate and pray over this story. We don’t need to jump to any conclusions or applications—perhaps to simply recognize that God is God who is able to use tragic events (sometimes deeply tragic events) to bring about His good plan. Thankfully, we don’t need to understand it, just recognize that “God is good and that He’s able.” We can trust that His work is not yet done no matter how we think.
- YOUTH GROUP HYBRID MEETING FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, from 7 to 9pm. This Friday, we will be continuing our series on community in order to deepen our fellowship and to help ease us back into in-person meetings as our students return to school. If you’re coming in person, please have your parents pick you up between 8:45 and 9:00pm. Also, please remember to bring your Bibles and journals for reflection time. Our ZOOM link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/uZUpcuCqrjMui2i37AlFLdlfn-CT7H076A
Two updates: 1) We will continue to have hybrid youth group meetings (7-9pm) for the next two weeks (10/15 and 10/22). But on the last Friday of this month (10/29), we hope to have a fun event planned! Stay on the lookout for more details coming soon! 2) Attention all students and parents: Will you be in town and willing to help set up Church Christmas decorations in the sanctuary on Friday, November 26? (It’s estimated that it’ll take 3 hours.) The Friday after Thanksgiving is often a busy day but we hope that we can still meet and serve JEC by decorating for the Advent season, which begins on 11/28. Students and parents are invited. Please RSVP and let us know.
- NOMINATIONS FOR CHURCH OFFICER (ELDER AND DEACON) CANDIDATES. The Nominating Committee has started the process of seeking God’s will for church officers starting in 2022 and will be presenting nominees at a forthcoming Congregational Meeting. As part of the nomination process, our bylaws allow for identification of potential nominees by the congregation. If you are a Journey member and wish to submit the name of a fellow Journey member for consideration as a candidate, please 1) confirm with the potential candidate that he/she accepts your nomination and 2) send your submission to Curt Ogawa at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission is Sunday, October 24, 2021. Once names are received, they will be forwarded to the Nominating Committee for prayer and consideration. To assist the congregation with information on church officer spiritual maturity requirements and expectations, a brief handout is available upon request from Curt.
- SERVE MINISTRY DRIVE-THRU FOOD DISTRIBUTION, THIS SATURDAY SEPT 16. Our ministry to our neighborhood takes place every third Saturday of the month, from 8:00am – 12:00pm on the church campus. The SERVE Ministry is now accepting gently used, clean MEN’s clothing, MEN’s shoes, sleeping bags and blankets ONLY. Please no clothes with holes, rips or stains. No used socks or underwear. Leave donations in box in the sanctuary lobby.If you would like to help, contact Diane Yee at email@example.com.
- CHILDREN’S MINISTRY Update: Thank you parents for participating in the Children’s Ministry meeting. We are looking forward to starting a twice a month class, during the worship service, in mid-November. Please pray for God’s blessing on the planning for this re-start of our Children Ministry. Peter: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- VOLUNTEERS NEED TO JOIN CFP (PROPERTY) TEAM: Help is needed to maintain Journey’s campus for our Lord’s ministries. CFP is capable of training anyone, require a helping heart to serve. If you have any questions please contact: Bill Wong email@example.com.
- NEW NIGHT FOR WOMEN’S MINISTRY BIBLE STUDY! Our Women’s Ministry Bible Study will be moving to the 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings, starting on Thursday, October 21. The time will be from 6:45 to 8:30pm on Zoom. We will be doing an online 11 week study on the Gospel of Mark, taught be Francis Chan through Right Now Media. Please sign up via email to Trudee Joe by October 16th at firstname.lastname@example.org
- OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD IS COMING! It’s that time of year to bless a child with an Operation Christmas Child shoebox filled with goodies. We will collect boxes until Sunday, October 31 and will pray over the boxes on Sunday, November 7. You’ll find Operation Christmas Child boxes in our church foyer. Call Julia Wong for questions (714) 928-7886 or email email@example.com
- WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE BAPTIZED OR BECOME A MEMBER OF JOURNEY? As the holiday season approaches, our church wishes to acknowledge those who wish to formally express their faith in Jesus Christ through baptism or by becoming a church member. If you’re interested, or wish to know more, please sign your name on the list at the guest table or email Debbie Lum at Debbie@JourneyEC.org
- JOURNEY HAS RESTARTED OUR CHURCH PRAYER TEAM!
Praise God that we’re able to meet inside to worship again! Yet, we recognize that our church has many prayer needs to address, including our PNC’s search for a pastor and the personal requests of anyone who wishes to receive prayer after service. If you’re interested in joining our prayer team after Sunday service, please contact Cherry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- PASTOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE WEEKLY PRAYER UPDATE:
Scripture Reading: James 1:5-8
Prayer Prompts: Pray for the PNC (Jonathan H, Josh C, Kyle N, Linda W, Perry W, Terri W, Trudee J) to seek God’s wisdom as they review resumes and prepare to contact potential pastoral candidates. Pray for church leaders to seek God’s wisdom in the interim period.
- NEWEST UPDATE ON OUR CAMPUS HEALTH GUIDELINES. Dear Journey, the Covid-19 pandemic has continued to have profound effects on how we live, raise our families, work and worship. Since the onset of this pandemic, the Church Leadership has remained focused on continuing with worship gatherings that would ensure the health and safety of all congregants, especially the most medically vulnerable.As the second “surge” of Covid-19 disease (and related deaths) is receding and anticipated “booster” doses of Covid vaccines become available, the overall risk of transmission risk of SARS Co-V2 in our community and for in-house worship services is finally diminishing. If the current trend continues, we are hoping to relax the current restriction of singing during worship service on November 14, 2021.
This target date is projected based on data that included:
- Decreasing incidence in Covid-19 disease (Covid test positivity rates) in our community.
- Increased vaccination compliance rates (and prior infected persons) resulting in trend toward “herd immunity” status (although may not be fully achievable but substantially decreased risk).
- Recent data verifying the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccine in preventing hospitalization or death.
- Availability of third dose mRNA vaccines for immune-compromised persons.
- Booster vaccine availability with data supporting improved vaccine efficacy in persons with waning immunity or for those in whom a 3rd dose (Moderna/Pfizer mRNA vaccines)was approved.
- Improved understanding on actual risk of transmissibility of “break thru” infections.
- Continued compliance with masking for indoor gatherings.
We encourage everyone to stay safe, get vaccinated and pray for God’s provision for physical, mental and spiritual health, The Church Leadership Team of Journey Evangelical Church
IF YOU WISH TO MEET ON CAMPUS, you must notify Sherrie Yokoro at sherrie@JourneyEC.org prior to your requested visit due to security and COVID safety precautions. (Please email and not call the church.)
- CHINESE CONGREGATION LIVE ZOOM WORSHIP – ONLINE EVERY SUNDAY Cantonese at 10:30am, Mandarin at 2:00pm. We welcome anyone and everyone! If you need English translation, please contact Pastor Paul Eng, email@example.com. Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5177707416
- PRAYER NEEDS CONTACT the DEACONS: Pat Leung (Pat@JourneyEC.org), or Cherry Chin (Cherrychin1@aol.com).
- ZOOM TELECONFERENCING: The church has 3 accounts for connecting our ministries and groups. These are overseen by Terri Wong (meetings@JourneyEC.org)and potential users need to request with her at least 48 hours in advance so the Zoom usage schedule may be coordinated.