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Letter to the Congregations (March 2020)

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

May the Peace and Joy brought by the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

This year, Easter Sunday falls on Sunday, 4/12. The purpose of celebrating Easter every year is to help us to remember that Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross, was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day. His resurrection proves that He is God.

This year in this Lent season, we are having a new experience. The world is infected with COVID-19. The side effect is unbelievable. People are rushing to the store and market to buy toilet papers and rice! This frenzy hunting is another kind of ‘suffering’. The melting down of the stock market is really some kind of ‘crucifixion’ to the American. People everywhere are praying for the quick recovery from the COVID-19, so that all kind of business may joyfully celebrate Easter.

Starting from 3/17, 9 counties in the Bay Area are implementing the ‘Shelter in Place’ policy. The church is no exemption from this. Chinatown and the financial area in San Francisco are very quiet. People from all kinds of businesses are crying out, ‘When will the business come back?’

Dear brothers and sisters, we had been very lucky for a long time since WWII. We have been relaxing even when people on the other side of the world are crying, mourning, and suffering. We take it for granted that this kind of lifestyle would last forever. So, have we been awakened by COVID-19? Life is always full of surprises. Let us keep watch and be vigilant. Get prepared!

In what way should we Christian stand in this hour? First, do we really believe that God is in control? Did you notice that the White House always hold prayer meetings in times of national emergency? Let’s keep praying at home for others. Let us hold each other close with prayer. Second, to whom we look up to for our help? The Dow Jones Industrial Index or the Resurrected Lord Jesus?

Our building will be closed by the order of the ‘Shelter in Place’ but the Church is still alive! Please join our Sunday Service when links are posted on our Facebook group.

I hope that we can have Easter Service on 4/12 at church, but please pay attention to the ‘Shelter in Place’ notice.

In Christ,

Pastor Ernest Kan


The English and Chinese translation of this letter can be downloaded here.

CUMC During Shelter-in-Place Order

The COVID-19 response recommendations being issued have evolved on a daily basis as more information is gathered.  The recommendations also varied from community-to-community.  In this age of instant access to information, please be aware of the sourcing of the information you are reading and forwarding.  CUMC is following the guidance issued by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), which is coordinated with similar agencies in the Bay Area.  You can find information on personal practices to help limit your risk and also Health Orders for how organizations are to be operated at the SFDPH website.

In compliance with current guidance from the authorities in San Francisco for Sheltering-In-Place, CUMC will be suspending operations and the church will be closed until the Health Order is lifted.

Tremendous efforts from those in front of the camera (our speakers and worship teams) as well as those behind the camera (information technology and audio-visual teams), enabled us to live stream the worship services on March 15th.  These teams are diligently exploring ways to enhance the video viewing experience in the future.  If you wish to view the March 15th services or archived sermons, you may access them via the Posts tab on CUMC’s Facebook page or as YouTube videos after post-processing at the CUMC website:


We are striving to a recorded YouTube video worship service made available for March 22nd.  Please check the CUMC Facebook page and website.

These are challenging times for us all and it may be hard to understand why a loving God would allow things like this to happen.  God did not promise to remove us from the struggle, but He did promise to walk us through the struggle.  Please remember those who may be struggling with the isolation orders, those who have been afflicted by COVID-19, families who are caring for them, the healthcare workers who are stretched to their limits, and the officials who are making the policy decisions on how we are to proceed.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.  He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Weekly Announcements: March 1st, 2020

  • Sunday School and Fellowship will be held on the fourth floor at 10:30AM.
  • The Finance Committee will meet on Sunday, 3/1, at 1:00 pm. in the chapel.
  • Our Sunday School staff will participate in the Sunday School Convention from 3/5 – 3/7 at Redwood Chapel Community Church, Castro Valley. The church is going to register as a group.
  • The Administrative Board will meet on Sunday, 3/15, at 1:00 pm. in the chapel.
  • Next Sunday (3/8) is the beginning of daylight saving time. Please make sure you wind your clock ahead one hour on Saturday night (3/7) before going to bed.

Weekly Announcements: February 23rd, 2020

  • CUMC has registered for the annual BASS Church Workers Convention in Castro Valley on Friday March 6th and Saturday March 7th. Convention information can be found at https://bassconvention.org/index.cfm. The CUMC registration code is TJTKB to sign up online for a badge/express pass that gains you access to the convention. For additional information, contact Stan Fong.
  • The Finance Committee will meet on Sunday, 3/1, at 1:00 pm. in the chapel. The Administrative Board will meet on Sunday, 3/15, at 1:00 pm. in the chapel.
  • Please remember that Ash Wednesday will be on Wednesday, 2/26,/2020.
  • 42nd Annual CCHP – Chinatown YMCA New Year Run 5K & 10K Run/Walk will be on March 1, 2020 at around 7:30-9:30 am.

Weekly Announcements: February 16th, 2020

  • We are going to have our All-Church Luncheon today, Feb 16th. Please stay for the simple lunch prepared for all.
  • The next monthly hangout will be at 5:30pm on Saturday, February 22, 2020, in the social hall. Join us for an evening of painting and dinner. Please RSVP by February 19 and contact Stephanie or Cindy with any questions.
  • CUMC has registered for the annual BASS Church Workers Convention in Castro Valley on Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th. Convention information can be found at https://bassconvention.org/index.cfm. The CUMC registration code is TJTKB to sign up online for a badge/express pass that gains you access to the convention. For additional information, contact Stan Fong.
  • The Finance Committee will meet on Sunday, 3/1, at 1:00 pm. in the chapel.

Weekly Announcements: February 9th, 2020

  • The next monthly hangout will be at 5:30pm on Saturday, February 22, 2020, in the social hall. Join us for an evening of painting and dinner. Please RSVP by February 19 and contact Stephanie or Cindy with any questions.
  • CUMC has registered for the annual BASS Church Workers Convention in Castro Valley on Friday March 6th and Saturday March 7th. Convention information can be found at: https://bassconvention.org/index.cfm. The CUMC registration code is TJTKB to sign up online for a badge/express pass that gains you access to the convention. For additional information, contact Stan Fong.
  • The 2020 Summer Day Camp will be starting during the weekdays from 6/8 to6/26 from 9:00—3:00 pm. $50.00 per week, including lunch and snack. This activity is good for kids from kindergarten to grade 8.

Weekly Announcements: February 2nd, 2020

  • Sunday School and Fellowship will be held on the fourth floor at 10:30AM
  • The Chinese congregation will host the Chinese New Year Festival community outreach on Saturday, 2/8 from 2:00—4:00 pm. The English congregation is welcome to host jointly with the Chinese congregation so that we could promote our ministries in Chinatown more efficiently and effectively. Please pray for the outreaching project.
  • The next monthly hangout will be at 5:30pm on Saturday, February 22, 2020, in the social hall. Join us for an evening of painting and dinner. Please RSVP by February 19 and contact Stephanie or Cindy with any questions.
  • CUMC has registered for the annual BASS Church Workers Convention in Castro Valley on Friday March 6th and Saturday March 7th. Convention information can be found at https://bassconvention.org/index.cfm. The CUMC registration code is TJTKB to sign up online for a badge/express pass that gains you access to the convention. For additional information, contact Stan Fong.

Weekly Announcements: January 19th, 2020

  • All Church Luncheon on today, 1/19, shortly after the Chinese-Speaking Worship Service at around 12:45 pm.
  • The January to March Charity Fund collection will go to support the Cemetery Ministry running by Chinese Christian Union of San Francisco.
  • The Jan. – June, 2020 Flowers Fund Chart is posted in the hallway. Donations are welcome. Please put your flower offering into the pew envelopes with the specific dates.
  • 2020 Chinese New Year will be on Saturday, 1/25. The Chinese congregation will host the Chinese New Year Festival community outreach on Saturday, 2/8 from 2:00—4:00 pm. The English congregation is welcome to host jointly with the Chinese congregation so that we could promote our ministries in Chinatown more efficiently and effectively. Please pray for the outreaching project.

Weekly Announcements: January 5th, 2020

  • All Church Luncheon on Sunday, 1/19, shortly after the Chinese-Speaking Worship Service at around 12:45 pm.
  • The January to March Charity Fund collection will go to support the Cemetery Ministry running by the Chinese Christian Union of San Francisco.
  • The Jan. – June 2020 Flowers Fund Chart is posted in the hallway. Donations are welcome. Please put your flower offering into the pew envelopes with the specific dates.

Weekly Announcements: December 29th, 2019

  • There will be a Worship Meeting this Sunday, 12/29, after the service. This will be a good opportunity to bring up any changes/issues compliments about worship team so we can better serve the congregation and glorify God.
  • The budget for next year, the leaders for all fellowships and groups, as well as the committee list were accepted in the Charge Conference that was held on 11/24/2019. May the Lord strengthen them. Please support them with your prayer as well as your commitment that the Lord be glorified. We are going to have the Installation Service for these great leaders next Sunday, 1/5/2020.

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