CAPSTONE CHINESE CHURCH (PCUSA)

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626-353-2444

2733 S 10TH AVE

Arcadia, CA

91006

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Capstone Chinese Church is a church emphasizing and targeting its work primarily on Mainland Chinese people.The birth of the church was at the home of the Rev. and Mrs. David Chao. In 1994 they registered the church with the State of California as Capstone Chinese Church. Gradually the church grew beyond the capacity of the Chao's home, and they contacted the Presbyterian Church for a place to worship. At first they worshipped at Village Presbyterian Church in Arcadia, but unfortunately there was a split in the church, with some of the people remaining at Village, and other part moved to Arcadia Presbyterian Church with the Rev. and Mrs. Chao, with the help of San Gabriel Presbytery. The Presbytery also introduced the Rev. and Mrs. Carl Blanford, retired missionaries of the Presbyterian Church USA, to become advisers for the new church.In January 2002 Pastors Chao and Blanford approached Logos Seminary for a student intern to help with the growing ministry of the church. The Seminary assigned Bob Huang to this position. In July 2003, Rev. Chao retired because of poor health, and the church invited Bob Huang to be the pastor. In January 2004 Bob was ordained as an elder in the Arcadia Presbyterian Church, and served in this position until May 2008.The survival and growth of Capstone Chinese Church was due to the support of San Gabriel Presbytery and Arcadia Presbyterian Church. In May 2006, Bob obtained the Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary (Southern California). In March 2008 the church was accepted by the Presbytery and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA as a new church development. This is the first Mandarin Chinese Church to be established in the United States under the auspices of the General Assembly. On May 25, 2008, the Presbytery ordained Bob Huang as a minister of the Word and Sacrament, and designated him as pastor of Capstone Chinese Church. Because of a need for a larger space for worship and service, the church moved back to Village Presbyterian Church in Arcadia in October 2008. This was the beginning of a new stage of development in the church.The Capstone Chinese Church is like a new-born babe, going through a difficult existence, struggling for stability. The church is small, but the blessing of God is great. At the beginning of 2002, the number attending worship services was between 10 and 20. Today, we average 50 to 60 people. In 2002 the monthly offering was $800, today it is $5,000. Every year there are adult baptisms of new immigrants from China, We have witnessed the abundant blessings of God and the love and spiritual growth of the members.Surely, this new church of people, molded by the fresh culture of Mainland China, now living in southern California, still has a long journey ahead of them, with many difficulties to overcome. But this work begun by God will certainly continue to have God's presence and fulfillment.May those who belong to the body of Christ and who are called and burdened to help this immature child to grow, please extend your hands to help us. We want to see those "born in the New Society, growing up under the Red Flag" come to experience the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please remember us in your prayers. Amen.

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Capstone Chinese Church is a church emphasizing and targeting its work primarily on Mainland Chinese people.The birth of the church was at the home of the Rev. and Mrs. David Chao. In 1994 they registered the church with the State of California as Capstone Chinese Church. Gradually the church grew beyond the capacity of the Chao's home, and they contacted the Presbyterian Church for a place to worship. At first they worshipped at Village Presbyterian Church in Arcadia, but unfortunately there was a split in the church, with some of the people remaining at Village, and other part moved to Arcadia Presbyterian Church with the Rev. and Mrs. Chao, with the help of San Gabriel Presbytery. The Presbytery also introduced the Rev. and Mrs. Carl Blanford, retired missionaries of the Presbyterian Church USA, to become advisers for the new church.In January 2002 Pastors Chao and Blanford approached Logos Seminary for a student intern to help with the growing ministry of the church. The Seminary assigned Bob Huang to this position. In July 2003, Rev. Chao retired because of poor health, and the church invited Bob Huang to be the pastor. In January 2004 Bob was ordained as an elder in the Arcadia Presbyterian Church, and served in this position until May 2008.The survival and growth of Capstone Chinese Church was due to the support of San Gabriel Presbytery and Arcadia Presbyterian Church. In May 2006, Bob obtained the Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary (Southern California). In March 2008 the church was accepted by the Presbytery and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA as a new church development. This is the first Mandarin Chinese Church to be established in the United States under the auspices of the General Assembly. On May 25, 2008, the Presbytery ordained Bob Huang as a minister of the Word and Sacrament, and designated him as pastor of Capstone Chinese Church. Because of a need for a larger space for worship and service, the church moved back to Village Presbyterian Church in Arcadia in October 2008. This was the beginning of a new stage of development in the church.The Capstone Chinese Church is like a new-born babe, going through a difficult existence, struggling for stability. The church is small, but the blessing of God is great. At the beginning of 2002, the number attending worship services was between 10 and 20. Today, we average 50 to 60 people. In 2002 the monthly offering was $800, today it is $5,000. Every year there are adult baptisms of new immigrants from China, We have witnessed the abundant blessings of God and the love and spiritual growth of the members.Surely, this new church of people, molded by the fresh culture of Mainland China, now living in southern California, still has a long journey ahead of them, with many difficulties to overcome. But this work begun by God will certainly continue to have God's presence and fulfillment.May those who belong to the body of Christ and who are called and burdened to help this immature child to grow, please extend your hands to help us. We want to see those "born in the New Society, growing up under the Red Flag" come to experience the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please remember us in your prayers. Amen.

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