“A TD Christmas” on Friday! – details inside

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Hey TD!

This Friday is our annual “A TD Christmas” extravaganza! Come dressed like Christmas – red, green, and whatever Christmas clothes you have!  We’ll be having our annual visit to the convalescent home, where we’ll be strolling the hallways to visit our dear elderly friends and sing them Christmas carols.

When we return back to the Hsiehs’, we partake in another TD Christmas tradition – Sandra’s world-famous chili dip, accompanied by Christmas fun!

Meet at the Hsiehs’ home at 6 p.m.  The elderly sleep quite early, so we will need to head over there soon after.

If you would like to bring some Christmas treats, snacks, drinks, or whatever, they will be welcomed!

For more info, ask you small group leaders!

See you Friday!

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TD Sat. – Thanksgiving Weekend Fun For Family and Friends!

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Hey TD!

We have a weekend extravaganza of fun for the whole family! You, your family, and friends can come to one or both Saturday events:

10 a.m.  – It’s SOS Saturday!  Our Thanksgiving visit to the Care Center!

Come join us as we join our elderly, widowed, disabled, wonderful friends at the Care Center to bring fellowship, friendship, and God’s love and touch.  Meet at the Hsiehs’ at 9:30 a.m.

2 p.m. – “2018 TD Ultimate Frisbee Tournament”!

This is fun and healthy for the whole family. It’ll be a great time to work off all of that Thanksgiving feasting and get some exercise 🙂 Don’t know how to play? No worries! We’ll have games for beginners to advanced.  This will be a great way to spend healthy time with your family and friends, and will be an opportunity to bond and build community.

Please rsvp with your small group leaders as to which event(s) you’ll be participating in.

See you Saturday, TD!

“My Experience at SOS Saturdays” by Emily Wang

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27

Hey TD!

This Saturday at SOS Saturday, we can do just that, visit orphans and widows! We will meet to visit the care center at 9:30 a.m. and the foster home at 12:30 p.m. Reach out to a TD leader for details!

Here’s what our own Emily has to say about her experience at SOS Saturdays:

My Experience at SOS Saturdays by Emily Wang

Greetings readers of the TD blog!

To start with an introduction, my name is Emily. I am thrilled to write about my experience at the SOS Saturdays, and perhaps even encourage you to come! SOS Saturdays are volunteer opportunities that usually occur every month. However, SOS Saturdays go beyond the sphere of the school definition of volunteer work. SOS Saturdays extend to service for those in need and the spread of God’s love.

I understand there are reasons hampering some readers from coming. Personally,  I was intimidated by SOS Saturdays. Even now, it would be a lie if I did not admit to my fear. With my minimal experience in interacting with people in addition to my awkwardness in social situations, SOS Saturdays that required communication with unfamiliar people was something out of my usual cup of tea. Yet through gradual workings, I came more frequently.

Truthfully, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact reason why I decided to come to the SOS Saturdays, as there are many. One reason being the theme of metamorphosis and the renewal of a person in Christ as I learn what it means to live for God and being a Christian. Although I am aware that I am not completely transformed, SOS Saturdays give some insight regarding the topic by serving others, which we are called to do.

The second reason is the wonderful encouragement that I have received from people at TD! I am grateful to be in a pleasant atmosphere. Hence, I encourage everyone who is reading this to experience SOS Saturday for themselves if they have not already! The experience is definitely a motivation in itself. Being able to bring a sprinkle of light and love to people who might not experience it everyday is something special.

Additionally, everyone was able to engage with a variety of people. Through interactions, we learn from each other, for every individual has their own story to share. In cases in which instigation of a conversion is difficult, it is still delightful to have others for company! After all, being able to bring cheerfulness in their routine lives by being a friend or transform someone’s world is a blessing especially if the transformation is through God.

From a recent personal experience, I was able to spend time reading the Bible with a residence at the care center. At first, I was hesitant to read for the Bible was in another language. Yet when we were reading, there was a connection that broke the language barrier.

Besides the care center, a visit that had impacted me was at the Union Rescue Mission. The environment was very unfamiliar. It was a world that I had never faced, so the it created discomfort and apprehension especially with my tendency to imagine the worst outcomes for a given situation. Looking back, that day challenged my willingness in carrying out the command to serve to people in need by the necessary disposal of my horrors and uneasiness. In such ways, SOS Saturdays confronted my fears and changed me to a better person in the continual process.

Once again, I recommend every reader to come! I am grateful for your audience, and I look forward to serving together in the future! Have a lovely day, afternoon, evening, or dawn! – Emily

Serve Our Society (SOS) Saturday!

You cannot lead well if no one wants to follow you … and no one wants to follow selfish people …

Hey TD!

Will you begin to take the steps towards learning how to become the future leaders our church and our society desperately need?

It begins by intentionally loving God and loving others, especially the “least of these.”

This Saturday, we have SOS Saturday and you will have a chance to begin taking those steps.

Care Center

Meet in front of the Hsiehs’ home at 9:30 a.m. You will return at noon.

Hillsides Children’s Services

Meet at the Hsiehs’ home at 12:30 p.m. We will return by 2:45 p.m.

Let’s get going, TD!

“A TD Christmas” This Friday! (see details)

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Hey TD!

Our annual Christmas celebration, “A TD Christmas,” is this Friday!

Please come to my home at 6:30 p.m.  We will be leaving shortly thereafter to go Christmas caroling at the Care Center. Afterwards, we’ll have a great time together celebrating Christ’s coming with fun, games, food, etc.

Sandra will be making her famous, once-a-year, irresistible chili dip.  Feel free to bring any Christmas treats, snacks, food to share!  You don’t have to, but if you’d like to, it would be welcomed!

Dress Christmas-y and we’ll see you on Friday! – Arthur

Come Celebrate Gwen’s 98th at SOS Saturday!

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Hey TD!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! One of the best ways to give thanks is to give back.  Jesus calls His own dear children to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Well, when I or one of my family members has a birthday, we celebrate!

TD’s dear friend at the care center, Gwen, is celebrating her 98th birthday tomorrow.  She is a gem – so with it, so polite, so thoughtful (crocheting little Hannah a vest), and so classy (as Angela puts it). Come join us as we try to surprise her and bless her on her big day! And if you want to bring her a little something, feel free!

Meet at my home at 9:30 a.m. as usual.  See you there! – Arthur

Come Serve at SOS Saturday!

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Hey TD, it’s time for another edition of Serve Our Society Saturday!  This Saturday, we will once again visit our friends at the So. Pasadena Care Center.  Our visits mean so much to them that we cannot NOT go!  They really look forward to our visits.

Meet at the Hsiehs’ at 9:30 a.m.  and get picked up by noon. There will be no lunch this week due to a meeting.

Make the time to do what’s good and right, TD, and you know God will bless you as you do!

“‘They that honor Me, will I honor,” says the Lord …” 1 Sam. 2:30