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No. 5, Lane 269, Section 3, Roosevelt Rd, Daan District
Taipei City, 106




Thoughts on faith and life at Friendship Church

January Happenings

Peter Brown


Sunday, January 14 The annual budget will be distributed to all the members.

Sunday, January 14 Lunch Fellowship with Dr. Diane Poythress. Dr. Poythress will be speaking on family and the Ten Commandments. We will be serving lunch and refreshments. Child care will be provided. Registration for this event is required. To attend, email Anna Furness at the church email account, or please sign up via our website or this link: Dr. Poythress earned her Ph.D. in Reformation History and Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. She has studied under Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri, been a missionary in Europe and Taiwan, and served as staff for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Washington, D.C. She has recently published a book, My Child, His Child.

Tuesday, January 16FPC’s monthly kingdom-centered prayer meeting will be meeting in room 401 of the church building. We gather at 7:30pm, and go into prayer from 8:00 to 9:15. All are welcome, but we ask that you do your best to arrive before 8:00 so that we may enjoy uninterrupted prayer time.

Sunday, January 21 Town hall meeting and luncheon (1:00-3:00pm, room 702, 261 Roosevelt Rd. building). We want to gather our congregation, both members and regular attendees, for a family-style gathering over food, conversation, and a presentation on the part of the elders where they share their vision for the coming year. It will also include the rationale for the staffing of the church during an interim time while the search committee seeks a new pastor. This will also include any questions the congregation may have on anything—the proposed vision, the budget, anything.  Be sure to join us for this family meeting!

Sunday, January 28 Congregational meeting to approve the proposed budget (1:00-3:00pm, room 602, 261 Roosevelt Rd. building). This brief meeting will be an opportunity for members to vote on the new budget. The main discussion on the budget will have taken place the week prior.

5 Questions With...Carol Song

Peter Brown


1. How did you first get involved with Friendship Presbyterian? I was saved through an international student ministry in the Midwest of the United States. So I have always felt more comfortable in an English-language church than a Chinese-language one. In fact, I have grown roots in a medium-sized, inter-denominational, international church in the Tienmou 天母 area (northern Taipei) ever since I returned Taiwan. However, God’s interventions moved me through two Chinese-language mega-churches during 2014 and 2015, and then reconnected me to an English-language church, FPC. I did not embrace those twists and turns at first. However, the endorsement of a couple former members of FPC, plus God’s guidance, led me into a spiritual exploration which resulted in my commitment to membership at FPC. The Christmas caroling of 2016 was the first event that I intentionally made time for and merrily found a home in.


2. What do you do Monday to Saturday? I serve at a private university called Ming Chuan University, the first U.S.-accredited university in Asia. My responsibility is to assist the Executive Vice President in various areas of international education, including accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, coordination between the Taipei headquarters and Michigan (U.S.) campus site, and hospitality services to the university guests. For more info about our institution, please scan one of these two QR codes.
3. What is something people might be surprised to know about you? I've traveled through 23 countries, and most of them are developing countries. One of my previous jobs was in World Vision Taiwan (WVT), a faith-based, international, child-welfare organization. Serving as a program manager, I was given the privilege to manage the fund entrusted by Taiwanese donors and conduct regular project monitoring in the beneficiary countries, e.g., Mongolia, Kosovo, Angola, and several other countries in the southern Africa region. It was a prayer answered and a foretaste of Heaven to see how God’s kingdom could be established gradually through Christian humanitarian work, where the poor may seek a new identity in Christ and transform their community along the beautiful unfolding process.

4. What do you find most challenging about being a Christian today? We are called to respond to the Great Commission wherever we go. I find it challenging to balance (or to be strategically and spiritually well-positioned) between thriving in your relationship with God (in his calling) and building bridges with others to make peace with God. The challenges can be boiled down to a number of issues—for me personally, it’s about time management, cultural sensitivity, prayer centeredness, a Scriptural base, and a servant heart.

5. What is your favorite book of the Bible? In terms of servanthood, it is the book of Joshua. Whenever I am called to serve in God’s name, the first chapter of Joshua comes to me as spiritual encouragement. Knowing my nature of avoiding conflicts, God often speaks through the book to position me, whether in confronting non-believers or disciplining junior Christians, whether at a funeral or beside a sick bed. The key is to trust him with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding.

In terms of my personal life, it is the book of Psalms, where God’s commands are to praise him and give thanks in all circumstances through faith. My experiences of bad things often turn around after I express my praise and gratitude.

Seminar For FPC Single Ladies

Peter Brown

Title: "Find Happiness by Becoming the Person God Wants You to Be"

Purpose: Help single ladies to see they have value in God’s eyes, and to have confidence in their singleness

Date: 2018 February 03 (Saturday)

Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Venue: Wang apartment at Xinhai Road (close walking distance from church)

Program Hosts: Ann Lo and Michelle Ko


Ann Lo is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from U.C. Berkeley and a Master's Degree in Counseling from Western Seminary.

As an ABC (American Born Chinese), bilingual in English and Mandarin, she has both personal and professional experience helping people navigate through culture and family issues. She has given many workshops in Chinese churches and seminaries on emotional health topics such as family of origin, attachment, parenting, depression, counseling. 

Michelle Ko is a missionary who has served in Africa, Australia, and Taiwan. You can read about her here.

Participants & eligibility: Single ladies. Attendees of the event must be a regular attendee of the church and participating in a community group.

Capacity: Maximum of 20 single ladies. The first eligible 20 participants will be registered. Any more than the 20 will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted should a place be made available.

Cost: Free

Registration: Michelle will be at the welcome table beginning Sunday, January 21st, with a sign-up sheet for people to sign up with her. She will provide the address to those who register.