On a Sunday afternoon when many households
tuned their television sets to see the Pittsburgh Steelers play the
Detroit Lions on Oct 11, 09 at 1:00 p.m., the community of Oakland International
Fellowship (OIF) tuned their hearts to reach their community with
coffee, caffeine, and Christ at their first monthly Café Connections
of the semester that lasted from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. They did this
because of their commitment to reach their community with the love of
Christ emphasizing their vision of Deeper Faith, Stronger Community,
and Greater Impact.
Oakland International Fellowship
is located at 134 North Dithridge Street, Oakland on Fifth Ave
It was a wonderful time of fellowship with
members of the community including Pitt students who got to hang out
there by listening to music provided by our own DJ, Bryan Baird.
They also drank Jasmine Milk Bubble
Tea, Thai Ice Tea, Dan’s special gourmet blend of coffee,
Calvin’s ‘Pick Me Up’ Punch, or Taiwanese Style Shaved Ice
topped with Sweet Red Beans and Condensed Milk.
The menu and prices for the Cafe
Connections are displayed!
Photo By Ramesh C. Reddy
Those who ordered any of the drinks were
given the option of getting a Marble Pound Cake, a large cookie, or
pastries for free from Daniel and Amy Spector who took the orders.
Daniel and Amy Spector joyfully
take orders offering free desserts as a bonus.
As the Steelers-Lions continued to play
pounding physical football on the field, the Café Connections had
different plans for its visitors. They were given the option of
playing offense and defense, with words in a game of Scrabble, which
couple of them took as a challenge to win. The team of Marie Chan,
Suzanne Fu, and Christy DeReal won. Others decided to have fun
playing UNO Spin, Bloxus, and the Steelers version of Connect Four.
Left to right: Vicki Cheng,
Suzanne Fu, Alison Bucknell, Christy DeReal, Olivia Liao & Ping Chi
Towards the end, Spector decided to give
away free sweets for those using their brain power to play the
Left to right: Pastor Ed Jiang,
Brian Conner, Amy Spector, Elias DeReal, Roy, and Ronald.
Overall as an inaugural start, Café
Connections did bring new faces to Oakland International Fellowship
to build relationships and show the love of Christ through word and
Calvin Chiang, the missions and outreach
coordinator along with his wife Elise Chiang and the entire Café
Connections serving team should be applauded for an excellent Sunday
afternoon time of fun, food, and fellowship with members of the
community because they provided an opportunity for visitors to not
only stimulate their body with coffee but their minds with certain
books and games.
Calvin Chiang, Elise Chiang, and
But most of all, it was an avenue to
stimulate the souls of visitors with the love of the Lord Jesus
Christ that members of the OIF community enjoy. OIF is the English
congregation of Pittsburgh Chinese Church-Oakland.
All photos by Ramesh C. Reddy