2015 Easter Celebration & Egg Hunt

We will be celebrating Easter again for the second year at Newhall Park San Jose. With families from our community residing in the area, it seems to be a fitting place to celebrate and meet new friends. Join us for this FREE Easter Egg Hunt and celebration of Jesus with us on April 5, 2015 at 10:30am. RSVP is not mandatory but would be helpful. All are welcome to join! There will be an epic egg hunt including a separate egg hunt for the younger kids. There will also be crafts, food, and new friends to make. Rain or Shine!

You can RSVP on our Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/509084622563772/

Map of Newhall Park in San Jose.

Haven Fall Retreat 2014

We had an awesome and relaxing time at our fall retreat in Rio Del Mar. We stripped it down, removed all the agendas and just focused on community, fellowship and spending time with God. Check out some of our pictures from our Facebook gallery!

He is Risen!

We celebrated a big gathering at the Newhall Park in San Jose with our friends and neighbors. It was a great time of celebration and fun with the kids and getting to know our neighbors. Members of Haven live in the complex next to Newhall Park and thought it would be a great way to build community and meet their neighbors by hosting the Haven Easter Celebration at the park near their home.

It was our first time throwing a very largely advertised event. We had no idea who was coming and only 5 people had RSVPed on the Facebook event page though no one was required to RSVP. We weren’t sure how many eggs or snacks to buy. About 80 kids & parents showed up it was just enough for everyone. It echoed the message the Jesus love for us is enough. We had a great time with delicious snacks and good conversation. Can’t wait until the next one!

The big kids egg hunt. Waiting for the green light to attack!

Hunting!

The little kids egg hunt getting ready!

The young ones going for it!

Balloons were a big hit. So were new and old friends!

Easter Sunday 2014

We will be having an Easter event including a short sharing time and tons of fun for the kids. It’s a FREE event and all our welcome to join!

10:30AM at Newhall Park in San Jose. For more information, email us or check our Facebook page for updates! Rain or Shine People!

Baby Dedication

Last month, we held our baby dedication for 4 kids. It was a blessed time. For us as a community, it is incredibly important to incorporate our children into our community–that what we do includes them as well.

As each child was blessed and anointed by one of our leaders and our own loved ones. The community and parents made vows to each other to be spiritual leaders and examples for the children and to keep each other accountable as family would. We offered the congregation to make this commitment to the children of Haven.

This was also a great opportunity for us to invite our loved ones and friends who don’t typically attend a church and to see what we are doing and why. Why as parents we find it significant to dedicate our child unto the Lord–that these little ones are a blessing from him and every good and perfect gift comes from up above.

A small outline of our baby dedication :)

*In OT, God decreed the firstborn belonged to Him.  Every firstborn had to be redeemed. (for all the firstborn are mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set apart for myself every firstborn in Israel, whether human or animal. They are to be mine. I am the Lord.” – Numbers 3:13 NIV)
*We are not Israelites and we are not bound to offering a sacrifice in place of our children because Jesus was sacrificed in place of our firstborn.
*We are responsible to raise our firstborns to know the Jesus who died for in their place.
*As a community of believers, we have a responsibility.  Jesus says: (…whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. -Matthew 18:5, 6 NASB)… basically, don’t be stumbling blocks.
*We can take a higher calling: participate in the raising, praying for, edifying, teaching, disciplining, and loving our the children.

The lady of the group, Miss Juliette was not present for this dedication but we had a separate dedication for her on Easter Sunday.

And now, some photos!






Good Friday and Easter Sunday Service

GOOD FRIDAY :: ENCANTO CLUBHOUSE :: APR 6th, 7:30PM

This Friday, folks! Directions to Encanto Clubhouse. Refreshments (but no dinner) will be provided.

EASTER SUNDAY :: HELLYER PARK :: APR 8th, 11AM

Directions to Hellyer Park. NO SUNRISE SERVICE THIS YEAR!!! But instead of waking up early, Invite FRIENDS for a nice time of BBQ and Easter Eggs (so make sure you invite your friends who have kids!). There will be an Easter program as well, of course.

Holiday Projects at Haven!

Our house communities have been involved in a few Love projects this holiday season. Here’s an update on what we’ve been up to!

SJSU CARE PACKAGES
This past December, we teamed up again with SJSU’s AACF (Asian American Christian Fellowship) to anonymously pass out care packages on the school campus. From past experiences, they were widely well received and people liked that there no strings attached–that we were simply there to show an act of love and kindness without a speech or “recruiting” them to go to church. We also were able to have the other Christian fellowships involved this time around as well. We were encouraged from the students at AACF that took time out of their studying schedule to help us pack 1000 care packages! We hope that this will spark a flame to pass on for others to show unconditional love.


Shopping at Costco for the snacks!

Packing in the SJSU engineering building with the AACF students


Students who received the care packages in the library and tweeted about it

CARE PACKAGES & CLOTHES DRIVE FOR THE VICTORIANS
Every 3rd Sunday, we meet for a all-church worship gathering at Le Petit Trianon Theater in downtown San Jose. Next to do is a housing program called the Victorians. A few of them join us for Sunday worship and sometimes we go over there to hang out. This past Christmas, we celebrated with them with a pizza party because they LOVE their pizza. We also put together hygeine packs for them that consisted of shampoo, socks, toothbrushes and other toiletry necessities. Additionally, one of our church members organized a clothing drive for them so they could go “shopping” and get some clothing. Everyone pitched in and had a great time.

Putting together the hygiene packs

Pizza time!

CHRISTMAS COOKIE PARTY
Every year for the past 3 years, a couple in our community hosts a cookie exchange. Not only do we have a fantastic cookie contest but we also bake extras to pack up and donate to Unity Care, a transitional foster care program. We also sewed together some funky sock monkeys for the kids!

We hope everyone had a great holiday season in remembering the birth of our Savior.

Here is a special Christmas song that Warren recorded!

Upcoming Events for December!

SAN JOSE STATE / AACF CARE PACKAGES PREPPING! @ SAN JOSE STATE 7PM.
Some of our house community groups have teamed up with AACF from San Jose State to pass out care packages during finals week. The packages have a few snacks for the students to enjoy! It is a LOVE project and we are trying to maintain anonymity so there should be no identity of who is giving these out except that they are from people to love other people. They will be passing these out the week of December 5! Contact rachel (at) kingsfamily.net for more info!

BLESSING THE VICTORIANS :: LUNCH, HYGIENE PACKS AND POSSIBLE CLOTHING DRIVE :: 12/18 @12PM
I’m excited to announce that after next LPT Worship service, we’re going have lunch with and pass out hygiene packs to the Victorians who are neighbors next door! We’d like to do a clothing drive too, so let’s start it now, if we don’t get enough it can be ongoing.

To make these hygiene packs, we’ll be having an…

ALL HAVEN HYGIENE PACKING PARTY :: CARD MAKING :: POTLUCK :: 12/13 @ 7PM Contact missjenniferhuang (at) gmail.com for more info!

The Tuesday before LPT, we’ll be packing essential hygiene items for the Victorians. We’ll also write some cards and blessing to them =] Please plan what to bring for the potluck with your house group. Directions to the Brizuelas’.

Items that the Victorians need most are (these and others will be provided):
Soap
Shampoo
Combs
Disposable razors
Toothbrush
Toothpaste

You DO NOT NEED TO BRING the above. Haven will be providing the contents of these hygiene packs. Two Tuesdays from now on the 13th, we will be PACKING them together. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends, especially those who don’t know Jesus!

CLOTHING DRIVE :: BRING CLOTHES ON 12/13

Please bring your old clothes (or new underwear)! Last time friends and co-workers contributed too, so ask yours!

Items the Victorians need the most are:
Socks
T-shirts
New Underwear
Heavy Jackets

We need you to BRING THE ABOVE for this to be a success!

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A House Group Thanksgiving

From our Thursday Night House Community:
One week prior to Thanksgiving, our young home group had our very first holiday meal together. We had an early Thanksgiving pot luck feast, with plenty of food to go around. It was a great time for everybody to catch up with each other. And, since our group has only been meeting for two months at this point, we also used the time to know one another better through sharing and stories.

Giving the diverse nature of our group, there were plenty of tales from the recent and not-so-recent past. As mashed potatoes and gravy were passed around, we discussed jobs, school, and family, as well as random and silly topics. Despite the varied nature of the members, each could relate to the others’ struggles, or, at the very least, lend a sympathetic ear.

Sooner than anybody expected, the hour grew late, and it was time wipe the cupcake crumbs from our mouths, pack up leftovers, and head off into the night. Even without any games or ice breakers, our Thanksgiving dinner went by quickly, and we all came away with stronger ties of friendship–and maybe a pound or two heavier.