Good Friday 受難節
All-Church Worship Service
April 2, 2021 4月2日2021年
April 2, 2021 4月2日2021年
Elder Rudolf Mak, Ph.D. was born and raised in Hong Kong but lived in the West for over 2/3 of his life. He has received support by ATLPC since the 1980’s. God has gifted him in a ministry of networking and mobilization. Elder Rudolf was active in student ministry, short term missions, teaching and mobilizing all over the world. He has served in various areas of China in ministry for almost 4 decades. Currently, he is focused on establishing a mission ecosystem for China.
Colleen Wong is currently on staff with Deoworks as the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Platforms, with a focus on national leadership development. Deoworks is a Gospel-centered non-profit consulting company connecting the body of Christ to facilitate ministries within the Kingdom of God and to incubate ideas which contribute to the furthering of the Kingdom.
These documents will be removed after Nov. 22, 2020.
What is an Elder?
These Nominees would serve on the Board of Session, 2021-2023.
What is a Deacon?
These Nominees would serve on the Board of Deacons, 2021-2023.
What is a Trustee?
These Nominees would serve on the Board of Trustees, 2021-2023.
Dear Members and Friends,
This year has, to say the least, been a difficult one for the ATLPC family. Among us are many who have lost jobs, are dealing with health issues, or have even lost a friend or loved one to the Coronavirus. Many more of us have simply had to deal with the stress of living in lockdown, being physically isolated from our communities and colleagues and being kept from the things that make our lives feel “normal.” As they say, not normal is the new normal.
These times remind us of the fragile nature of our lives, and that no matter what material comforts and wealth we may surround ourselves with, it could all be taken from us by a virus embedded in a drop of water, or by an ember carried by the wind. In the 21st Century, our physical lives still hang by a thread.
What do we have, then? If we are a part of God’s family, we know that, in spite of the terrors of this world, our eternal souls rest safely in the shadow of His wings, and that no disease or disaster can separate us from His love. And we have our own community of brothers and sisters to support, care and pray for us. It has never been more important for us to support and share God’s love with one another than right now.
This year, our Stewardship thoughts are this: If you are facing a personal or financial crisis this year, please don’t hesitate to contact any of our pastors or deacons. They can assist you from the resources of the church while keeping your concerns confidential. Our purpose as a community of believers is to build each other up, and helping one another through times like these is at the very heart of it.
If God has blessed you and sustained you materially this year, we hope you will prayerfully consider how you can further the church’s ministries through your financial gifts. With so many in our church family facing financial difficulties, and with our long physical separation from one another due to the Coronavirus, giving this year has dropped. Through God’s grace we have been able to limit the deficit so that, with the help of a forgivable Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan, we may be able to come through 2020 without having to dip substantially into our reserves. However, as lock-downs and social distancing requirements appear to be continuing into the new year, we expect 2021 to be as challenging as 2020. In addition, we are still obligated to make a payment of $100,000 to PCUSA early next year from our Building Fund for the purchase of our church facility. So we hope that you will consider the financial support of our church ministries as a part of your calling, and look for ways to step forward, both in your giving for the remainder of 2020 and in making your 2021 pledge.
Enclosed you will find a 2021 pledge card with spaces for you to give your support to both the General Fund and the Building Fund. On behalf of Session and the Stewardship Committee, we ask that you prayerfully consider how God is calling you to support both funds. You can return the card to ATLPC by mail or by dropping it off in the church mail slot (at the Commonwealth entrance) any time before December 18. Alternatively, you can pledge online by filling out our Google Form at www.ATLPC.org/pledge2021/.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. May God bless and honor your generosity.
In His Service,
Elder Ken Wong
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On this 2020 Election Day I thank God for your faith and your citizenship in heaven! When the Apostle Paul first used the word “citizenship” with the Philippians, the most coveted citizenship of their time was Roman, not American, of course. They could have hardly imagined a republic like our own today, but their Roman citizenship was prized beyond all other status that could be purchased, given, or inherited in the ancient world.
For the Apostle Paul, the transformational power of Christ is the reason why this heavenly citizenship means so much – a transformation of hearts and minds that begins when we believe and a physical transformation that will take place in the future through our Savior’s mighty power. I praise God that among us there is no debate, or decision to make, about Him!
The importance of today’s election is not minimized by a reminder of these things. We are citizens of heaven, but also called as Christians to be salt and light in this world (Matthew 5:13-16). If you have not done so already and are able, get out and vote! Let’s pray for, and seek after, honesty, humility, and charity in the United States of America. May the Lord Jesus, our Savior from heaven, give us wisdom and insight; grace and peace; humility and love. If you would like to know more about such an attitude and its relevance for this election and beyond, I have attached a couple of articles that are especially good.
Blessings in our Savior King, Jesus Christ,
Pastor Jack Davidson
Pray for those who are elected to public office in our nation, in all levels of leadership -local, state, and national- that they will want to govern in accordance with God’s will and His word.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen as His heritage!
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, ask God to heal those who are sick, protect the weak, strengthen our frontline medical workers, and bring solutions to the coronavirus.
For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
Pray for racial reconciliation and healing in communities across our nation that have been impacted by decades of racism—and ask God to change the hearts of those who still discriminate against others based on the color of their skin.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
“Will God Deliver You or Not?”
Psalms 3: 1-2, 8; 1:1-3
Rev. Dr. Jack R. Davidson
詩篇 3 篇 1-2, 8 節; 1篇 1-3節