Volume 1, Issue 54| December 7, 2017
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Greetings,
This Sunday marks the Second Sunday of Advent, otherwise known as the Sunday of Peace. Where are you seeing peace in your lives right now? Use the hashtag #morepeacePCC on social media to express the ways that you are seeing peace in your life and in our world during this Advent season. I'll be preaching on the subject of peace on Sunday. We will also be continuing our conversations about who we are as a church community during teatime this Sunday. A reminder that we are still worshipping in Cameron House. Hope to see you this Sunday.
Blessings,
Tad Hopp
 Communications Coordinator
 Presbyterian Church in Chinatown
Upcoming Events

December 19 Worship & Nurture and Mission & Evangelism Committees meet
Advent Tea Time Conversations
Our English Worshiping Community (EWC) discussions on our values, vision and concerns continues on Sundays Dec. 10 and 17. The English elders (EC) invite you to help us hear what is important in the life of EWC by using the question sheet we started last Sunday. Click here to access the questions.
We will focus on questions #5-8, beginning right after teatime. Please plan to stay until 2:00. We will have char sui bau available. If you are unable to attend please send your written responses to any of the questions to an elder or to Tad. On Sunday the 17th, the EC will present a summary and notes and invite additional comments.   
Moving Back
The workers are busy finishing up so we can be back in the church for worship on December 24. But, we'll need help to move back those items that have been in storage. We're expecting to move many items back starting Thursday December 14. We anticipate needing a work party to help on Sunday December 17. We expect to move chairs back into the sanctuary beginning Monday December 18. Dave Chan would like a leader to take on each of a list of tasks. The tasks are posted on the What's New page  www.pccsf.org/whatsNew  Talk with Dave Chan or Dave Miller if you're available to help and if you'd like to take leadership on one of the tasks.
Hashtags for Advent
  This year, for Advent, we at PCC are going to be experimenting with hashtags so that we can enjoy Advent in a new way. Using the five hashtags of #morehopepcc, #morepeacepcc, #morejoypcc, #morelovepcc and #morelifepcc, we will each be invited to take a picture or write up the ways that we are experiencing hope, peace, joy, love and life in our own lives during this season of Advent.

Here are some examples of things that PCC members hash tagged for last week's #morehopePCC!

Looking forward to the start of Advent! #morehopePCC


-Tad Hopp
News from Mission & Evangelism Committee
The annual Inter-Faith Homeless Vigil wil be held on December 21st from 5:30-6:30 PM at Civic Center Plaza. Those who died homeless will be remembered. Please join in and bring a candle.  

It's time again for the Christmas Joy Offering.  Please give generously! The funds will go to help those who faithfully served the church and are now in need themselves, and to foster future racial ethnic leaders through Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and student's scholarships. We will take the special offering on December 24th at morning and evening services. You can also donate through the PCC website donation page with a note to designate your gift for the joy offering, or at presbyterianmission.org/give/christmasjoy

Monday, December 18, 6:30PM - Let's celebrate Christmas at our annual 
Potluck Dinner at Jean Chin's. Bring enough food for 4-6 persons. Suggestions: appetizers, salad, vegetables, meat entrees, or any other item you wish. Desserts are also welcome. Please RSVP to Jean ( click here to email Jean ))
so she can prepare enough rice. 

In addition to bringing food, we ask that you purchase Gift Cards from Safeway, Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, or from Blik or FLAX, art supply stores. (Purchase cards in $10.00 denomination. If you wish to spend more, buy several at $10.00 each.) These cards will support resettled refugee girls who are involved in The Vision Project, a program of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). (Churches in SF Presbytery, including ours, have supported IRC and its programs.)  

Any questions? Contact Mildred.
The Adaptive Leadership Adventure
The English Commission has decided to participate in an educational discernment process that will be sponsored by our Presbytery. The process is being led by two Presbyterian Pastors--Rev. Jim Kitchens and Rev. Deborah Wright, who have formed an organization called "PneuMatrix". PneuMatrix's goal is to help churches adapt to changes that are taking place in many Christian arenas so that they can respond more effectively to God's call.
San Francisco Presbytery has agreed to work with PneuMatrix for one year and PCC was approached by one of the leaders to participate in this program.

Some highlights of this program are:
-Eight churches are participating together for one year
-Each church has its own Adaptive Leadership team of eight to ten members, including two active elders.
-Each team is being led by one of the PneuMatrix consultants and will meet once a month except for Christmas and Easter for a total of ten meetings. The first and last meetings are being held with the other church teams.
-The team is reading the book " Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory " by Tod Bolsinger.  Anyone who is interested is also encouraged to read the book along with the team .
-There will be three phases to this process. The first phase lasts over 3 months and includes learning what the concept of Adaptive Change are all about. This phase is structured to allow sufficient time for reflection and discernment about the life of our congregation.
-We will be receiving more information concerning the content of the middle and last phases but we anticipate that we will be able to generate some concrete goals to share with and to consider together in our Worshipping Community.

The initial launch and orientation happened on September 6th
Our English Worshipping Community team members include Ed Chin, Eddie Kam, Josh Chuck, Mark Fong, Norma Chan, Rachel Wong, Sing Quan, Pastor Kimberly Elliot, and Diane Go. Our consultant is Jim Kitchens. So far, we have had meetings as follows: September 6th (Launch meeting), October 22nd, November 13th.

The cost for the program is $1,000, which includes having Rev. Kitchens and Rev. Wright available for consultation during the second year after completion of the ten sessions.
Please join us for our update on January 7th during Sabbath Sunday lunch.
Please continue to be in prayer for our team.

Anti-Racism Workshop Presented by the Presbytery of SF
CROSSROADS WORKSHOP-"RACISM, POWER, & DOMINANCE IN THE US AND THE CHURCH"
  • Date: Saturday, December 9th
  • Time: 9 am - 5 pm
  • Location: Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana
  • 1941 High Street, Oakland, CA 94601
  • FREE of CHARGE
  • Lunch will be provided, but donations are WELCOME!
For more information on this workshop, please visit the SF Presbytery website.

For all those still in need of a ride to this event, Linda Lee has 3 more seats in her car. Please contact Linda if you'd like to reserve a space.
Regional Gathering of the Presbytery
The Western region of SF Presbytery willl gather on Wednesday evening, December 13th from 6 - 8 PM at Covenant Presbyterian Church (321 Taraval at Funston) in SF. Dinner will be provided. Please bring desserts, drinks and a small monetary donation to cover the cost of the food.
This is a chance for those of us in SF to gather together for fellowship, food and fun. We will also be contributing to a mission project. Please bring toiletries or feminine hygiene products to donate to SafeHouse.
All are welcome, pastors, deacons, elders and members of a church in SF. Hope you can join us.
A New Way to Give to PCC
Some great news for our congregation. You can now make a gift online to support your church community! Click on the "Give Now" button at the bottom of the PCC home page. Click here to go to the PCC website
You can also donate directly through the donation page.
You can also click the Give Now Button at the bottom of the E-News and that will also take you to the donation page. Or you can scan the QR code on the right and be taken directly to the Donation page.
You select how you would like your gift to be made and which worshipping community you would like it to go toward. You can add a note if you want to dedicate the gift to someone special. You can also add a note to indicate your pledging #. For questions about how to give, see Tad Hopp. For questions about your gift, see Dave Soohoo or Winchell Quock.
Holiday Concert Tickets
Tickets are now on sale for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Christmas Concerts. Our own Tad Hopp is a proud member of this group and he'd love to see all of you in the audience. Our Christmas Concerts are always a fun time filled with plenty of holiday standards along with a few new tunes that are guaranteed to tickle your funny bone. These concerts are very popular and will sell out so make sure to purchase your tickets sooner rather than later!
Friday, December 8th at 8 PM
Saturday, December 9th at 2:30 PM
Saturday, December 9th at 8 PM
Pastor Kimberly's Sabbatical
Pastor Kimberly has started her sabbatical. She expects to return mid-January 2018.

Dave Miller has agreed to be the coordinator for our English Worshiping Community while Pastor Kimberly is away. 
Cameron House Parking Lot Policy
Please see attached document. Cameron House has updated their parking lot policy and wants to make all of us at PCC aware of it.  Policy is attached here!
 
The Deacons would like to give special thanks to the following people for taking the time to provide treats for Tea Time for everyone to enjoy.

12/10 Birthday Cake & Donor's Treats
12/17 Sabrina Gee Shin
12/24 Sharing of Holiday Goodies
12/31 Sharing of Holiday Goodies
If you're interested in providing treats, please sign up with Mary Wong Leong. If you’d like to make a monetary donation towards tea time, see Dayton Leong. Also, it would be great if people could help with clean-up after Tea Time. The more people that help, the less time it will take. 
   
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Deadline for E-News
All news and requests must be submitted to our Communications Coordinator, Tad Hopp, by Wednesday at 6 PM. 
Newsletter will be sent out on Thursdays.  
About the Church
  Presbyterian Church in Chinatown is a family oriented church active in the community and fully embraced in the spirit of Micah 6:8  To do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God.
Whether you are just visiting, searching for a home church, or have questions about your faith, Christianity or the Bible, we invite you to explore everything we have to offer. "Empowered by God's love through Christ, we welcome, celebrate and serve our community."
Our English Worshipping Community worships together at 10:45 AM on Sundays followed by Tea Time at noon. Feel free to join us this Sunday!

 
Presbyterian Church in Chinatown 
925 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94108
415-392-1500
Parking
The church has no parking lot, and on-street parking is difficult in Chinatown.
Parking garages include  [Portsmouth Square] ,
Another parking option on weekends is Golden Gateway Garage for $3. A shuttle runs up the hill to Chinatown every fifteen minutes. The church will validate your parking. 
Public Transit
Buses that pass near the church are the 1 California, 30 Stockton, 45 Union-Stockton, 8X, 8AX and 8BX plus the cable car.
For trip planning via public transportation from anywhere in the Bay Area, visit