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DECEMBER 2013!

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8 South Bay Close REPULSE BAY, HONG KONG

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CHURCHOFALLNATIONS-HONGKONG.ORG

Celebration of Thanksgiving
On Thanksgiving Day this year, we were blessed with nice and clear weather, an abundant supply of sumptuous food and Thanksgiving sweet treats, the fellowship of over a hundred friends of CAN, missionaries and adorable little ones, and a great worship attended by 110 members and friends of CAN at which we gave thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ who has provided us with all we that have, and also the most important gift of all our salvation! The Anthem presented by CAN’s Kids’ Praise Team really says it all... “How great is our God!”

"Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1
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Note from Pastor Vic

Thankfulness is a key part of every Christians life." When we have an attitude of gratitude we look at life differently. We concentrate more on what we have than what we don't have. We have contentment with what ever we have in life. "Paul said " I have learned to be content." He given to us we tend to look at them as a way we can show is also the one who says,"be thankful in all things". Thankfulness to God leads us to worship. Hebrews says "be thankful and so worship God". " When we focus on what God appreciation to God and bless our neighbor. Simply when we acknowledge our blessings we want to be a blessing to others. May God give us all grateful

Pastoral Acts
We thank God for...
The marriage of Catherine Siu & Maury Wong on October 27! The baptisms of Dylan John Linker (October 6) and Carlo Cagnin (November 24)!

has done and is doing for us we hearts as we get ready to are motivated to worship Him." celebrate the birth of our Thankfulness gives us a healthy perspective on possessions. When we appreciate all that God has greatest gift, Jesus the Christ. In the joy that we share in Christ, Pastor Vic

From Our Beloved Former Secretary...
Dear Friends at CAN-As John and I gathered with friends and family in the US this past week to celebrate Thanksgiving, we also gave thanks for the 7 years we were in Hong Kong and at, for our friends and church home at Church of All Nations, and for the 3 1/2 years that I was privileged to work as secretary and bookkeeper for the CAN congregation. "Thank you, too, for the chance to say "see you again" (not farewell!) at church on November 17th, and for your kind words and thoughts in cards and notes. God bless you all as you begin the season of Advent and prepare to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus! In Christ, Susan Mehl

A Note of Thank you..
We have enjoyed our time with you. Our prayer is that The Lord will bless all that we have done together. Thank you for the warm welcome for Shirley and myself. It has been a joy to work with you. A special thanks to Joel, Megan, Pat, Alice and Dave W. for all the extra work to orient us and make us comfortable in the parsonage. Thanks to all who invested time in the interviews. They were very helpful to give me a balanced understanding of CAN. And the 25 people who gave great time and effort to study and discuss Church Unique and build a foundation for developing a strong vision for CAN. While we have been with for a short period of time, this has been an indelible experience for Shirley and myself. We have enjoyed getting to know you and will remember you with great fondness. In the joy we share in Christ, Pastor Vic and Shirley

WORSHIP AT CAN
November/December
9am - Traditional 11am - Contemporary

Special Worship Celebrations
December 15th, 11am Children’s Christmas Cantata Tuesday, December 24th - 7:30 p.m. Candle Light Service Wednesday, December 25th - 10:00 a.m. Christmas Day Service

General Offerings Figures
$52,615

$60,000
$30,755 $16,952

$45,000 $30,000
$8,350

$21,933

$15,000 $0

Nov 3 Nov 10

Nov 17

Nov 24

Nov 28

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP

Silient Night ....Christmas Eve 2012

Rev. Carl Hanson preaching Christmas Day sermon that included unwrapping "the Gift."

Advent Wreath 2012

Introducing Rev. Dr. Scott Rische
Serving as CAN’s vacancy pastor beginning in January.

Rev. Dr. Scott Rische will be serving Church of All Nations during the winter period of pastoral vacancy. Scott serves as director of Pastoral Leadership Institute International and is based in Shenzhen. Scott brings a history of dynamic leadership and commitment to a personal life of

Pastoral Call Committee Update
Please be continuing to pray for the effo rts of our call committ ee as they seek the Lord’s guidance in who will become CAN’s next senior pastor.

witness. In addition to Pastor Scott, missionaries Carl Hanson and Joel Scheiwe are available for pastoral care. Scott F. Rische received his B.A. from Concordia Wisconsin in 1984, his M. Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1988, and his D. Min. from Bakke Graduate School in Seattle, WA in 2006. Scott was called from St. Louis seminary to plant a new congregation, Lord of Life, La Fox, IL in 1988 where he served for eight years." Scott"then served as lead pastor of First Lutheran Church in El Cajon, CA for 13 years." In September of 2009, First Lutheran Church formed City Transformation Ministries to support their vision of church planting, and in that same year, Scott stepped down as lead pastor"to become an assistant pastor and the Director of City Transformation Ministries. Since January 2011,"has been"serving as the full-time Executive Director of Pastoral Leadership Institute International. In August of 2013, Scott and his wife moved to Shenzhen, China. " Scott has been married to Lori for 29 years, and they have four children, David (Lindsey) Rische, Sarah (Zach) Pfannenstiel, Benjamin, and Hannah.

If you have questio ns about the call proces s or LCMS pastors yo u know who may be a good fit for CAN, please contact Pat Klekamp.

FAMILIAR FACES
REV. JOEL SCHIEWE & REV. CARL HANSON
We are very thankful for our LCMS Missionary Pastors who will continue to provide Word & Sacrament ministry to the CAN Community.

Children’s Ministry / Youth Ministry
CAN Youth All youth are welcome to join us for discipleship, fellowship, and service events. Contact Megan for more information canfamily@hkis.edu.hk
“Place these words on your hearts... Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children...” -Deut. 11:18-19a
••• All Children’s Ministry will resume the week of January 5th. Have a blessed Christmas break!

Upcoming Youth Events Dec. 6 ! 7pm Youth Group @
Tai Tam Band Concert Dec. 8 ! 4-6pm Family Soup Night @ HKIS Tai Tam

Buzz Sunday School
Classes begin around 10am Age 3 – Age 5 - Room 503A Grades 1 & 2 - Room 503B Grades 3-5 in the UP 6/F Faculty Lounge.

OUR 2013 CHRISTMAS CANTATA!
CAN’s annual cantata is a musical production of the Christmas story led by the children of the congregation. This year’s theme reminds us that all signs of Christmas should point to Jesus!

Dec. 13 ! 5pm Youth Group

CAN Kids Praise Team
A discipleship opportunity for students Grade 1 – Grade 5 at HKIS who have a heart for singing and using their voices to praise God! Thurs., 3pm. HKIS Students can register online @ churchofallnations-hongkong.org!

EVERY SUNDAY Resumes January 5 10am Youth Discipleship @ CAN Youth Room

Little Lambs Children’s Church
A short 20-minute lesson during the sermon portion of the 11am worship service. Designed for children age 3 – grade 2.

Our performance will be during worship on Sunday, Dec. 15 @ 11am.
We will have a reception following the worship service downstairs in the Blue Room.

Have a gift for sharing the Gospel with young hearts?
CAN Children’s Ministry can always use more willing hands and hearts! Contact Megan if you interested in using your gifts to enrich the spiritual nurture of children in our community! canfamily@hkis.edu.hk

We’ll provide the coffee & hot cocoa. Please bring your favorite Christmas cookies to share!

HOLF VISIT
Date: Sunday, December 29 Time: 1-5pm Location: Depart CAN at 1:15pm and travel to HOLF in the New Territories What to Bring: Your family & friends and your best singing voice Details: FPSC is planning a trip to Home of Loving Faithfulness (HOLF) on December 29. !

Outreach & Fellowship

Visit their website at!http:// www.holf.org.hk/!to see the amazing facility that is home to the severely handicapped. ! If you'd like to join us, please let Mary Ewing know at mewing@hkis.edu.hk.
We will mingle a while with the residents, then sing some Christmas carols and hymns. ! A bus will leave CAN at 1:15 for a scenic drive into the New Territories, with a departure from HOLF at 4 to return to the southside of Hong Kong via Shatin, Kowloon Tong and Central.

DINNERS FOR EIGHT
Dinner for Eight is designed to connect people in our community over a meal. The day of the week and time of the meal can be determined by the group. Each group will have a “host” who will decide if they will host the meal at their house – providing the entrée and assigning side dishes, beverages, & dessert OR host the meal at a restaurant of their choosing. After the first meal, someone else may volunteer to host. The purpose is only for connecting fellowship over food! New groups will form in January and meet through May. Each group should meet about 3 times. If you would like to join or host a group for the Spring, contact Megan Birney, canfamily@hkis.edu.hk

Calling all crafty people! Do you knit? Crochet? Sew? Make stationary? Scrapbook? Look for more information in January on a new monthly fellowship opportunity for creative creators! Contact Mary Evelyn Daniels for more info!

CWEF High School Scholarships in China
“You gave me the opportunity. You made my family’s life full of hope. I think that if everyone’s heart is full of love, then this world would be lovelier. When I graduated from junior high school, I decided to stop learning and return home to help my mom. But, I found that if I give up learning, I would be just like a bird which has no wings, eager to fly in the sky, but too difficult to do. My Families in China bear the burden of mother knew my thoughts and tuition and school fees for their told me that she wants me to children to attend public high school. keep learning. After I heard my For high-achieving rural students mother’s words, I have never who have overcome so much to test thought of stopping my study into the top-level public schools in their county, the cost is often more again. I know that the best way than their family can bear. to thank my parents is to keep on learning.” Lu, currently a year 2 student in Yunnan Province “While we work, we have to stand though the entire day, and sometimes we even have to work overtime during the evening. It did not feel so bad on the first day, I was not very tired. Day after day, as the time extends I started to feel more and more tired. Standing made my feet ache but I could not give up, even if there is pain and tiredness I have to persist. If I cannot persist then I would not have enough money to pay my school fee, in addition I won’t be able to go to school. I simply have to school because my sister worked so hard up to now to provide me the Church of All Nations continues its opportunity to go to school. I partnership with Concordia Welfare will study hard, although & Education Foundation to make the studying is not the only way dream of attending high school a out, studying is the best option reality for young women and men in for me.” China. Xu, Currently a year 2 high Last year Church of All Nations families supported scholarships for school student in Guangdong 65 students! Students live in China’s Guangdong and Yunnan Provinces. Participants in the scholarship program also join in life skills and English enrichment programs. Marty Schmidt will lead a volunteer group to work with some of the scholarship students in January.
Please join us in giving these young people the opportunity to change their future through education! A one year scholarship is HK$3135/US $400. Gifts may be given to Church of All Nations and designated CWEF Scholarship. Contact Iantha Scheiwe any questions - director@cwef.org

Street Sleeper’s Party - January 18th, 2013
Consider supporting the event in the following ways:

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The annual Street Sleeper’s Party will be held at Concordia Lutheran School in Sham Shui Po on January 18, 2014, and more than 80 guests are expected. This event provides food, clothing, and Christian fellowship for some of Hong Kong’s homeless people who live mostly on the streets of Hong Kong. Deaconess Carol Halter and her Chinese associates work with and know many of the “guests.” CAN has long supported this party in a variety of ways: • Collection of Donations (both at CAN and HKIS):

Gently used clothing Monetary gifts Volunteers

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Leftover holiday goodies (cakes, cookies, fruit, etc)—collection points are at CAN and near the LP and UP school offices or the MS and HS Teachers’ lounges Gently used clothing (women’s and small-sized men’s/teens sizes) and blankets—collection point is space P1 #74 in the HKIS High School Parking garage

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• Monetary Gifts to help purchase one new set of warm clothing for each guest — we would like to raise HK$8000 to finance the purchase of 100 sweatsuits at HK$80 apiece - donations may be put in the offerings, marked “Street Sleeper Party” • Volunteers

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To sort donations prior to the party (mostly on Friday, January 17) To attend the party and help with activities (CAN hires a bus, leaving from the church at 9 am)

Last year the Street Sleepers Party served over 10 0 people so you can imagine tha t many volunteers are needed to support these event! Contact Karen Ng at cansec@hkis.edu.hk or Chenhsi Hanson at chlhanson @gmail.com if you would like to be on the volunteer list for the party or if you can help with pr e-sorting on the afternoon of Frida y, January 17.

A bus will take volunteers from CAN to Sham Shui Po on the day of the party, and leaves the party again at 12:30 to return to Repulse Bay. #

Joined Together in Christ...
Stewardship at CAN As we approach the season of thanks and gifting, we remember that: • God revealed his unbounded love for us through his son Jesus; • We are joined together in that love; • We are sent here and now with gifts that are further signs of God's love --including our gifts of talents, time and resources. Everything that we have, God has given us in the first place. With God's blessings, we each have unique opportunities to respond to His love and share it. CAN thanks God and our church family worldwide for the talents, time and resources that enable us to share and spread the good news of God's great love. We also ask our congregation at this time to consider prayerfully and deliberately how each of us can use and share our gifts in ministry. This is especially important as our church works on two important challenges: - carrying out our active ministry plans, even as we call a new pastor; - funding 100% of the mission work of our Family Life Director, Megan Birney. Please join with us as God blesses CAN with minds to understand needs, hearts to care, and hands to give. To find out more, connect with any of us listed below, or call Pastor Vic Hippe or Megan Birney at 2812-0375. In God's love, CAN Stewardship Board Vincent Li, Thom Garetson, Mary Garetson, Paul Strecker "...you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but...members of His household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit."
Ephesians 2:19-22 (New International Version)

Can You Share Your Talents and Time?
Here are just a few current opportunities to share in the life of our church. Check the yellow weekly service bulletin for more! -CHILDREN'S/YOUTH MINISTRY: Adult leaders and assistants.
(Contact Megan Birney 6904-3908; Robyn Steuernagel 2552-5464)

-MUSIC MINISTRY: Musicians in contemporary or traditional styles.
(Contact Dave Werner 2553-0499; Robyn Steuernagel 2552-5464)

-ALTAR CARE: Prepare and care for the altar for specific worship services.
(Contact Church Office 2812-0375)

-COUNCIL SECRETARY: Participate in, monitor, and document our council and congregational monthly proceedings. (Contact Vincent Li 2838-1225) -CAN COMMUNICATIONS: Graphic Design help is welcome! (Contact Megan Birney) -SOCIAL MINISTRY BOARD: Help plan and coordinate CAN social ministry projects.
(Contact Persephone James 6628-4190)

-PRAYER CIRCLE: Participate in the informal, heartfelt, and essential petitions and intercessions of our community. (Contact Church Office 2812-0375)

Sharing Your Financial Gifts in Ministry
CAN is blessed with extraordinary opportunities for ministry, and needs your continued gifts of time, talent and financial support to realize them. This year our congregation planned ministries and programs based on financial gifts of HK$3.308 million (weekly average of HK$63,610). We are funding 100% of the missionary work of Megan Birney, our Family Life Director, who continues to grow our ministry to children and youth. We support and participate in service ministries in Hong Kong, Macau, China and the Philippines. (eg. this Fall we helped renovate the relocated CCS orphanage in Manila, and are donating HK$32,000 for new cribs and beds.) To prepare for our new pastor, we refitted our parsonage for the first time in 17 years.
Approximate budget allocations: 32% Education and Fellowship 25% Worship and Music Ministries 15% Social Ministries 28% Operations, Supplies and Staff

As of 31 October, general gifts for the fiscal year totaled about HK$1,174,000, significantly below budget due to summer months. With careful management of expenses, there was an operating deficit of HK $85,000. Designated Gifts for special projects totalled about HK$451,000. As we move through Fall, every gift from the heart will be needed. Can you help with regular giving or special gifts? CAN's ministry is funded solely by current congregational giving. It does not receive funding from HKIS or any external sources. Please join with us as God continues to bless CAN with minds to understand needs, hearts to care, and hands to give. Thanks to all for your gifts from the heart!

December
Sunday 1
9am Traditional Worship 9:30am Cantata Rehearsal 10am Education Hour 11am Contemporary Worship 12:30pm FPSC 5:30pm Elders 7pm Church Unique 8:30pm Christmas Tree Decoration 9am Women’s Bible Study 7pm Walking with the Lord

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9am Moms with Young Kids Fellowship 3pm CAN Kids Praise Team

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6pm Youth Fellowship

9:30am Young Adult Bible Study

@Central Starbucks

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9am Traditional Worship 9:30am Cantata Rehearsal 10am Education Hour 11am Contemporary Worship 12:30pm FPSC 12:30pm Confirmation Retreat 4pm CAN Soup Night

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9am Women’s Bible Study

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9am Moms with Young Kids Fellowship 3pm CAN Kids Praise Team

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5pm Youth Group Movie Night

9pm Cantata Dress Rehearsal

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9:45am Cantata Prep 10am Adult Bible Fellowship 11am Worship – Christmas Cantata 12:30pm FPSC

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9am Traditional Worship 11am Contemporary Worship 12:30pm FPSC

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7:30pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

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9am Traditional Worship 11am Contemporary Worship 12:30pm FPSC

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