同心合意立志把主的福音带给奥克拉荷马所有讲汉语和喜欢中国文化的人,直到地极!

   20157月末)

亲爱的家人们:

        大家这个夏日过得还好吗?无论您人在中国还是在美国,无论您是忙于工作学业还是在家休息,无论您是出游还是探亲,我想让您知道,我和莎莎以及西北国语教会所有的弟兄姐妹一直在为您祈祷。愿您每一天都能与主同行,并沐浴在祂的恩惠中。

        上帝是应当称颂的,因祂以厚恩待我们。今年夏天,教会又有一批弟兄姐妹因为毕业或其他原因而转到别的城市,包括云龙、林杉等。但上帝在我们中间又兴起了一些新的同工来担当教会的侍奉,包括Linda, Vickey,
中华, Grace,  Ice等。我们为着从西北国语教会走出去的弟兄姐妹祝福,求主使他们在别处能继续为主服侍。我们更要为新兴起的教会同工代祷,求主加添他们力量、智慧和恩赐,使他们的侍奉能日渐成熟,更加讨主的喜悦。

        可喜的是,这个夏天我们迎来了大江的妻子Leah姐妹、Linda的母亲等。 我们也特别为假期出行的弟兄姐妹代祷。包括回中国的Lisa阿姨,Lucy和诗卉,群富和ShellHelen姐一家,悠悠等。在这个月底,陈文玲姐妹会带儿子回美,Lucy和诗卉会回美,黄源浩(黄国斌的大儿子)和刘诗乾(莎莎的表弟)会来美。

       上周主日719日我讲了基督徒要“保守我们的心”。在讲道中我提到《罗马书》122节的话,“不要效法这个世界,只要心意更新而变化,叫我们察验何为神的善良、纯全,可喜悦的旨意”。是的,我们的心需要不断被主的灵更新,以便可以明白上帝的心意,跟上上帝的脚步。本周日726
我们最后一次在体育馆二楼崇拜。 午餐后,我们把我们教会的家搬到小礼拜堂(位于一楼,与母会大堂平行;)。82日我们将正式在小礼堂崇拜。对调整聚会地点,我有两点和大家分享。

1. 感谢上帝美好的预备。小礼拜堂比原来的体育馆二楼更加庄重,更像一个崇拜的地方。愿新的聚会场所帮助我们提高敬拜的素质,使我们崇拜时能更加守时,态度能更加敬虔认真。

2. 我们的挑战是:西北国语教会需要在质量和数量更好地成长。教会成立三年多以来,在上帝的祝福及弟兄姐妹的齐心努力下,我们在浸礼的人数上、聚会的人数上、财务奉献上、及委身程度上都有很大的成长。然而,我们教会的目标是最终要成为独立自养的华人教会。明年下半年,教会在经济上的外援都将停止。那时,我们需要完全自给自足。对此,我们在主里有信心继续成长,为主得人如得鱼,使更多人成为主的门徒,使教会得到更大的复兴。

        今年8-9月份,教会有两件事需要大家代祷,支持和参与。


第一,821日晚在牧师家里举行迎接新生活动。请代祷,求主带领更多学生、学者,能敞开心怀,愿意参与教会生活,也愿意领受基督的福音。并恳请大家为这项事工贡献力量和智慧。


第二,96日西北国语教会将迎来四周年庆典。我们计划上午举行庆祝活动,下午举行团契茶话会。请大家特别为此代祷,求上帝带领我们的庆祝,使各项活动都能荣耀主的名,让大家经历主的同在和恩惠。


最后,愿主的愛继续激励我们在主里成长。“凡事都不可亏欠人,惟有彼此相愛,要常以为亏欠,因为愛人的,就完全了律法”(罗马书13:8)。

 

祝:主恩永偕

 李春海牧师


2015
720

 

 

Pastor’s Words

   (In the end of July of 2015)

Dear Family,

        How have you been in this summer? I first of all want to let you know, Shasha and I and our Northwest Mandarin Church family are  praying for you whether you are in China or in U.S.A, whether you are busy with your work or staying at home for recreation, whether you are travelling or visiting your relatives. We hope you can walk with the Lord daily. May you shower with His abundant grace!

       Our Lord is worthy to be praised because He blessed us with his great mercy. In this summer, a few brothers and sisters transferred to some other cities because of school or some other reasons, including Yulong, Linshan and others. And God raised some new coworkers to serve at our church. We pray for the believers who went out from our church that they can continue to serve the Lord with their gifts in their living places. Meanwhile, we ask for wisdom, power, and gifts for our new coworkers from the Lord, so that they can please the Lord with their hearts.           


We are very excited to welcome Leah – Da Jiang’s wife and Linda’s mother among us in this summer. We also want to have our special prayers for our brothers and sisters in China, including Lisa, Lucy & Shihui, Jeff & Shell, Helen’s family, and Youyou. At the end of this month, Wenling Chen (Chunli’s wife) will take her son back to OKC, Lucy & Shihui will be back, Yuanhao Huang (Guobin Huang’s first son) and Shiqian Liu (Shasha’s cousin) will come to U.S.

       I preached “To Guard our Heart” in the Last Sunday of July 19th. I mentioned Romans 12: 2, “Do not confirm any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Yes, our minds need to be renewing constantly, so that we can understand God’s will and catch up with His steps. This Sunday will be the last Sunday we worship at Mezzanine–the second floor above the gym. After lunch, we will move to chapel (it is paralleled with auditorium).  We will worship at Chapel on August 2nd.  As far as this transition, we want to share two points.   

1.  Praise the Lord for His perfect preparation. Compare with Mezzanine, chapel is more solemn; it is more like a worship place. This new gathering place will provide a better environment to worship. Hope we all come on time for worship and be more devout in Him. 

2. Our challenge is to grow more in quantity and quality.  In the past three years, we have grown in the numbers of baptism and worship attendance, in offering, and in the degree of commitment. However, our goal is to become an autonomous church, a financially self-supported church.  All outside financial supports will not end until the second half of next year of 2016. At that time, we will become a financially self-supported church totally. We are confident in the Lord that God will bless us to win more lost souls, make more disciples, and revive our church greatly.     

In August and September of 2015, we ask you to pray, support and be involved in our two ministries.


First, we will have Welcome Party at pastor’s house in the evening of August 21st. Please pray for more students and visiting scholars who are eager to attend church and are willing to receive the Good News. Your talents and effort for this ministry are needed. 


Second, we will celebrate our Fourth Year Anniversary on September 6th. Our plan is to have celebration in the morning, and have fellowship/ Tea Party in the afternoon. We covet your prayers! May the Lord lead our celebration!  We hope everything we will do is to glory Him, and help people to experience our God more deeply.  


Last of all, we can strive to grow by God’s unfailing love.  “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law”(Romans 13:8) .

 

Blessings,

Pastor Chunhai Li

7-20-2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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