First joint picnic of the Asian Commission of the Diocese of California

On Sunday, July 24, the Asian Commission of the Diocese of California (ACDC) organized a joint retreat/worship picnic held at the Westborough Park in South San Francisco, under the  prodigious collaborative efforts of ACDC co-chairs the Rev. Merry Chan-Ong and the Rev. Leonard Oakes.  

The event was met with praise and delight with over 100 people in attendance from members of Christ Church (Sei Ko Kai), San Francisco; Incarnation, San Francisco; St. James, San Francisco; Holy Child and St. Martin, Daly City; St. Ambrose, Foster City; True Sunshine, San Francisco; Our Savior, Oakland; and seminarians from CDSP.

The liturgy and worship were put together by the Rev. Debbie Low-Skinner and the Rev. Monica Whitaker, in collaboration with Holy Child and St. Martin and Our Saviour, Oakland choir.

“This is the first joint picnic of all members of the Asian Commission in this Diocese,” remarked by the Rev. Dr. Franco Kwan, rector of True Sunshine in San Francisco. 

The Rev. Rebecca Goldberg, vice president of the Peninsula Deanery and associate priest at Holy Child and St. Martin gladly said, “I‘m so blessed to be a witness on this wonderful and joyful celebration of the life and works of the Asian Commission in this diocese.”

The “God Squad” Youth Mission group from St. Ambrose, Foster City and Holy Child and St. Martin, Daly City — led by the Rev. Jay Watan — stopped by to join the picnic and shared their testimonials on their recent trip to San Diego and the Tijuana border. 

A joint choir provided a wonderful variety of music. Individual groups of singers, as well as some enthusiastic musicians such are Carol Lee and the Rev. Leonard entertained the group from the beginning to the end. In addition to the planned hot dogs, hamburgers, roasted pig, noodles and fruit, participants brought along cultural delicacies, drinks, and desserts to share. There were more food than they could finish!

The most popular event of the day was the piñata game. Children and adults grouped together to try their luck at receiving the fun goodies hidden away. Some were lucky enough to get gift cards for their efforts. As things began to wind down, a cultural dance from the Philippines were learned by enthusiastic Chinese dancers from Our Saviour until the bus returned to pick up the remaining people back to Oakland.

BIG thank you to all chairs and members of various committees in charge of liturgy, food, music, games, hospitality, greeting, and cleaning that helped to make the event run smoothly. 

Dr. Raymond Lee and many others agreed that such event should be made as a yearly event for ACDC. A possible East Bay lake/park is already on the list. 

All photos by: the Rev. Leonard Oakes