To make disciples of Jesus Christ by sharing His good news with all people, especially with those of Chinese descent, and helping them grow as followers of Christ, so that together we will bear witness of His glory in Austin, in the surrounding areas, and to the ends of the earth.
Dear ACC Family,
As you know, COVID-19 cases have arrived in Austin. Austin Public Health is requesting that events with 10 or more in attendance be cancelled or postponed. To protect ourselves and to help reduce the transmission of the virus, we decided to start online streaming for all three worship services and to temporarily suspend onsite services starting March 15, 2020. The onsite services will resume as soon as conditions improve and gathering is no longer a risk.
During this period, pastors and worship service coworkers will continue to serve to provide the online streaming worship services. During this period we will not have Friday or Sunday youth and children's programs. Information regarding the impact to other ministries under the English, Cantonese and Mandarin congregations will be provided by the pastors of the respective congregations.
In this difficult time, remember what Paul told us in Philippians 4:6-7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Let’s pray for God's help to get us through this crisis with peace of mind and as a good witness for Him.
By His grace,
Austin Chinese Church Elder Board
Moving to the Unknown
Thrive: Living By Faith, Not In Fear
Hebrews 11: 8-10, Genesis 11: 27, Genesis 12: 4
None of us like to operate when things are unknown. We need to have as much data and evidence to make the best decisions for our lives. Yet, many times, God calls us to move when things are unknown to us, when we have no assurance that we understand what is happening or where we are going. That's when faith plays a critical role to usher us into a trusting relationship with God as he leads us to what is known to him.
Announcements & Events
Fund Relief Updates
UPDATE: Now that we are facing a pandemic situation, ACC would like to continue the relief effort by broadening the scope to include the whole world, with our initial focus on providing medical supplies to the hospitals/clinics in Austin and other US cities. If you’d like to participate, you can prepare a check to “Austin Chinese Church” with “Coronavirus Relief - World” on the memo and mail it to church. Or you can give online by logging into your church account, and in the drop down menu, there’s an option to give to the “Coronavirus Relief - World” account. Church Council is currently researching the organizations to donate to and will keep you updated.
Fund Raising for Benevolence: This fund is to provide financial support to ACC members who are suffering from significant financial difficulties in the pandemic situation. Please write "Benevolence" on your check memo or choose "Benevolence" when giving online. The deadline for both of these contributions is April, 26, 2020.
Doreen Wong, the ACC Children's Ministry Director for AWANA and Summer JAM, will resign by the end of May 2020 and become a full-time missionary. We are actively searching for a Lord's servant to fill the part-time position of the Children's Ministry Director. For details of the position please refer to ACC website. Interested brothers and sisters please send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org before 4/19/2020.
Every Friday from June 5 to Aug 14, we will have summer JAM children program at church. We start at 7:30PM and end at 9:30. During this time, we will worship Jesus, study bible, learn about Jesus. We gather together, have fun, exercise, and play games. We also offer creative classes to do craft and build things. This is a great opportunity for the kids to learn bible foundation in a fun environment. Bring their friends and hang out on Friday evenings.
Register here at https://acc.church/2020jam. If you register before April 7, you can enjoy the $10 early bird special. We hope to see you and your friends this summer. Remember to register online soon!
Even though our children cannot meet at campus, we strongly encourage parents to continue the faith experience with them at home, here are the links to Family Faith Experience for different age groups:
4th-5th graders: https://acc.church/promiseland4th-5th
2nd-3rd graders: https://acc.church/promiseland2nd-3rd
K-1st graders: https://acc.church/promiselandk-1st
2-4 years old classes: https://acc.church/promiseland2-4year
*Those files will be updated every week.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or visit us at austinchinesechurch.net/Promiseland/
Good Friday Service | April 10
Join us as we reflect upon the Crucifixion and to contemplate the renewed life we have been given as Christ-followers. We will stream the service online starting at 7:30 PM. More details to come.
First Time Visitors
Due to temporary suspension of onsite service, we would like to stay in touch online if you are visiting our church for the first time. Please complete the short Contact Information form at: www.acc.church/visitor. We are glad you came to worship with us today!
We are currently looking for leaders who would like to invest in Middle and High School students on Friday evenings and/or Sundays during 2nd hour at Lighthouse by leading small groups. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Minister Dominic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in Discovery Groups?We have three Discovery Groups that will be re-convening in an online format beginning Sunday, 3/29. We welcome you to join us! If you would like to sign up for a Discovery Group class and have not previously attended a class this term, just complete the brief contact information form at: acc.church/dgsignup, and someone will send you more details. Please come and learn with us!
Doing Justice, Loving Mercy
11:00a - 12:15p
Come explore what the Bible says about God's heart for the most vulnerable people in society. We will delve into topics including racism, criminal justice, orphan care, immigration, and poverty, and contemplate our response as believers to these issues. Guest speakers, interactive lectures, and Scripture study will grow our hearts for generous justice and mercy in Christ's name.
The Art of Parenting
11:00a - 12:15p
Ephesians 6:4b exhorts us to “bring up [our children] in the training and instruction of the Lord.” The purpose of FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting is to help you set up a parenting framework that is biblical, reliable, and intentional. Topics will include forming character, applying discipline, building relationships, nurturing identity, and preparing for mission.
Out of Egypt (Bible track)
11:00a - 12:15p
Our exploration of the Bible resumes in Genesis 37, with the story of Joseph, and continues through Exodus and into Leviticus. We will study the Scriptures together to see how God redeemed His people, provided for His people, and received their worship.