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Portrait of Grace & Stephen Moon

by Señora Misteriosa
Portrait 6 of the 10 PIECE SERIES OF PORTRAITS OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS by Artist, Señora Misteriosa
Artist: Stephanie Thayer

Portrait 6 complete which means I’m over half way done with my initial community-members-who-give-back series! Today I am honoring some of the most humble, generous, and kind people I know in Davis. Dr. Stephen Moon and Grace K Moon were both born in Korea, and came to Hawaii in 1983 to study and later start a family. As parents of two millennial children, they have a strong passion and desire to reach younger generations. Steven and Grace run an organization called, “Mosaics” at the Davis Community Church (where Steven is a Pastor) which has been sponsored by the Davis Community Church since 2015. Mosaics offers various language, music, spiritual and cultural classes free of charge to the public (but please donate to keep them afloat). To access Mosaics’ spring schedule check out http://www.nextg.org/mosaics-2020-spring-class-schedule/ (classes are now being offered on zoom. Check the schedule here http://www.nextg.org/mosaics-zoom-classes/). I’ve taken Portuguese and Spanish classes there and the teachers are excellent. While community members take language classes at Mosaics on Saturday afternoons, Grace is busy preparing a free community meal for 60 people (with the help of volunteers) which is served at 6 pm. It’s ALWAYS delicious and nutritious. During dinner there is usually an open mic night where people can perform solo or in groups. The Moons have truly created an amazing space that has brought people from all walks of life together and built community. All faiths are welcome. Steven and Grace, I am so glad I met you this year and thank you for all you do for the community! See Less— with Stephen Moon at Davis Mosaics.

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Mosaics Quarantine Karaoke Night

You’re invited to the “Mosaics Quarantine Karaoke Night” on Friday, April 3, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PST.

Grab your beverage of choice, a computer or phone, and a hairbrush microphone and join us.

The introverted and musically disinclined need not worry: You don’t have to sing. We just want to hangout with everyone virtually.

You can sing any song with or without instrument, or request karaoke song from YouTube that can be played from the Zoom screen. Dancing is option. ♥

We will award the best and worst singers with prizes that will be given later time!

In this time of tension and uncertainty, shall we gather virtually to do what we do best as Mosaics? Let’s lean into the Spirit with laughter, fellowship, and hope. ♥

So, be safe, be sound, and see you at our first virtual Karaoke night!

Instructions for joining the Happy Hour below! 🙂

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Stephen Moon is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Mosaics Quarantine Karaoke Night
Time: Apr 3, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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For more information, please contact Dr. Stephen Moon at 916-217-5470 or catalyst@nextg.org. Thank you so much! ♥ #mosaics

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Mosaics Zoom Classes

We are preparing to convert all physical classes to virtual classes as the COVID-19 pandemic will be lasting much longer than we anticipated. Here is what I would like to ask all of you.

1. Please join our meetup https://www.meetup.com/Davis-Intercultural-Language-Meetup/, if you haven’t to check all our future online Zoom classes as well as regular classes at Davis Community Church, offered by current and new teachers who want to offer classes for free to all participants. Most of class materials will be provided in pdf and/or printouts.

2. All teachers (current and new) and mosaics leaders will be assigned as either co-organizers and/or assistant organizers once they are joined in the meetup. Co-organizers can create the meetup classes whereas assistant organizers can manage the group calendar and all member communication. Please message me with your Zoom site link address.

3. Please spread word that we are not socially disconnected, but physically disconnected now, and we are continually meeting virtually in our Zoom sites until meeting again in person. Anyone who has language teaching skill, please join Mosaics FB group page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mosaicsfellowship/ and let me know.

Mosaics Zoom Online Class Updated on April 5, 2020

Fridays:

1) Beginning Korean by Stephen Moon: 4 pm on Fridays (since 3/27), Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/550630327

2) Beginning Vietnamese by Katrina Tran: 4:30 pm on Fridays (from 4/10), Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/550630327

3) Intermediate Korean** by Stephen Moon: 5 pm on Fridays (since 3/27), Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/550630327


Saturdays:

4) Portuguese Class by Stéfanie F. S.: 4 pm on Saturdays (since 3/28), Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/589676463

5) Mandarin Chinese by Mengyuan Xiao: 5 pm on Saturdays (since 3/21), Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/589676463

6) French by Seth Browner: 6 pm on Saturdays (since 3/21), Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/589676463

7) Japanese by Takunori Kurashiki and Tom Norio Sakaishi: 7 pm on Saturdays (since 3/28), Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/589676463


Sundays:

8) English Learners Group by Chad & Linda Andrews: 3 pm on Sundays (since 3/20), Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/442438856

9) Acoustic Music Group by Dr. Chad Andrews, Takunori Kurashiki & Michael Lu: 4 pm on Sundays (since 3/29), Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/442438856

Thank you so much and we love you all! <3

Dr. Stephen Moon, 916-217-5470

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CoronaVirus: Treatment, Prognosis, Precautions

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CoronaVirus: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, Diagnostics

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Special Announcement Regarding COVID-19

Dear beloved Mosaics, In light of current news about the outbreak and spread of the COVID-19, we’ve considered what is the most loving and caring thing to do as a loving community. California Gov. Newsom is asking residents to postpone all non-essential gatherings, including small social gatherings, through the end of March. Health officials advise postponing or canceling any gathering of 250 or more.We are taking a precautionary step of not meeting at all starting from this Saturday, March 14 and will not meet until the beginning of May.

No gatherings from this Saturday until we are fully safe!

Grace decided to prepare food for 40 shelter guests at our home rather than at the Fellowship Hall kitchen. We will deliver the food directly to Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter of Davis by 6 pm this Saturday. So, we are canceling the cooking preparation (originally scheduled from 1 pm to 5:30 pm) at the church this Saturday.From now on, all classes are cancelled until the end of March. We will re-evaluate if we can resume meeting on Saturday, April 4 with potluck dinner (tentative).

We suggest all teachers and group leaders continually connect with students and group members via online video platforms such as Zoom or Skype as well as social media.Grace and I are available to chat or offer prayers over the phone (916-217-5470) or social media during this difficult time. We hope and pray that this pandemic will end soon.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

– Philippians 4:6-7

May God bless you all with protection and provision!

With much love and appreciation,

Dr. Stephen Moon, Mosaics Pastor

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Mosaics Testimonies

“Stephen is a gifted educator and entrepreneur with a rare combination of patience, spunk and linguistic competence. I have been an active participant of his intercultural activities for over half a year. I have seen Stephen go above and beyond in organizing classes of over seven languages. Stephen knows multiple languages, and is a patient educator who made his weekly Korean class very enjoyable to students with various linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Because of his “student” mindset, he’s also eager to learn new languages, and that’s how the highly diverse and international members came together every weekend. Like many others, I certainly miss attending Stephen’s multicultural activities. I have only optimistic predictions for his career trajectory. Best, Milon” – Milon Au Yeung

“When I was a new mother Davis Mosaics connected me and my kids with a diverse, supportive and caring community. I am forever thankful that my kids and I got to experience languages, cultures and food from around the world.” – Amy Corona

“In Davis Mosaics I have found a collaborative space where we all support each other to be better human beings. In this group, we share music, food, knowledge and especially kindness. Stephen has been the leader that makes it possible. Overcoming many obstacles and always finding the way of keeping this running. And for that, I’m greatly thankful.” – Carlos Andres Perez

“Davis Mosaics allowed me to study French, Spanish, and American Sign Language, and also gave me the opportunity to teach German. It was great to share my language knowledge with others and explore the German culture as well. Eating dinner afterwards with many new friends helped me feel part of a community. I know Mosaics helped people feel less alone and feel more hope. I run into people I met there often, and we still share tips with each other and have a kinship that will continue. Mosaics is a unique program that is irreplaceable. You can go there and learn new skills, like drumming, learn languages, try new foods, sing, dance, or just relax and meet new people. Stephen invites everyone to share their talents and knowledge with the group, and it is this exchange that makes Mosaics dynamic and exciting. Stephen and Grace create such a welcoming environment, that when you go there, it is hard to leave, and when you finally go home, you feel happier, smarter, and less alone. Thank you!” – Honna Steissberg, German Teacher.

“Grace and Stephen Moon have given to me and to the community of Davis the highest gift of love. It is through the action of selfless service and dedication do they demonstrate their faith in the gospel of Jesus and the sacrifice of their personal free time do they graciously share this faith with the Davis community through the Mosaics program. I feel very blessed to be a participant of such a beautiful network of friends and families where everyone is welcomed to contribute or receive knowledge and wisdom or find support and encouragement. Thank you and God Bless~” – Amber Weber

“The first time I came here, I was surprised by the warm welcome of the members of Davis Mosaics. I soon realized that this is the place where people of many different cultures can spend time together and help others in need like a big family almost without any barrier. Although my time there was short, it was a new and pleasant experience that gave an introvert person such as myself different, positive ways of seeing other people.” – Hung Pham

“The Fellowship of Mosaics is a unique and diverse group with strong spiritual community and family values that respect all individuals. It has brought our family closer together and serves as a model for successful fellowship.” – The Clark family

“As a Malian (a West Africa country), I came in Davis with different cultures and beliefs. Mosaic helped me to interact with people and to see the beauty of the cultural difference. With mosaic, I learnt that kindness is the best way of communication between humans. I know that many are going through life challenges but they smile, sing and talk when they get together. Mosaic is family, there communication support which is important in difficult moments. May God bless our mosaic meetup where everyone from everywhere is accepted.” – Aïssata Sow

“The Mosaics fellowship has been a wonderful gathering for language learning, cross cultural exchanges and sharing, as well as friendship building for my family. My husband, 2 young children, and I have all been greatly blessed by the fellowship that Dr. Moon and Mrs. Moon created and lead weekly for the 3.5 years that we’ve been attending Mosaics. It is a great place for the intercultural minded community to connect on a personal level. We’re thankful for the opportunity to be part of this fellowship and to see God’s blessings upon this group.” – Joyce L.

“Pastor Stephen Moon, the driving force behind Mosaics, a faith-based meetup, has been a mentor and teacher to many in the community. Mosaics holds open meetings for a range of topics from language classes in ten different areas to music and guitar lessons to my favorite, Bible Study. Dr. Moon has a tight grip on the meaning behind the stories and always offers a fresh, modern perspective on these old stories. He also sheds new light on the meanings of some of the different translations through the use of his understanding of ancient languages. Another great thing about the Mosaics group is their dinners. Grace Moon and a few others come early to make delicious food every Saturday and Sunday night in Davis and Greenhaven respectively. In the past few months the Greenhaven group has been closed down due to budget concerns, but hopefully it can be rekindled in the near future. I would recommend Mosaics to anyone who wants to feel a strong sense of community. The newest exciting addition is Tai Chi classes held after dinner. I hope to see more people there in the future.” – Mike Lewis

“Thanks to Pastor Stephen and his wife Grace for opening the Mosaics group. This has helped many people come together to make new friends, learn new languages, take guitar lessons, cook, and learn tai chi. This group not only keeps young people out of trouble but also helps expose to new cultures, foods, and friends. I’m in the Bible study group, and I really enjoy reading and learning new things in the Bible. It helps me to stay motivated and faithful to God. I’m glad there’s a group where you can learn new languages, skill-guitar, and good food. Also, thanks to Grace for her time and energy cooking delicious foods.” – Katrina Tran

“Find a friendly face in the crowd” is said to many when they are scared to give a public speech. I was asked to be a Spanish substitute teacher at Davis Mosaics by my sister in Law. I have battled with anxiety my whole life, so this would be a good challenge for me. I agreed, although I have never taught before. Upon my arrival, I was greeted by Stephen and Grace with open arms as if I were a family member who they missed and had finally come home. I stood in front of the class, all eyes on me. I could barely breathe. I looked up to see Stephen smiling at me, with his thumb up. I took a deep and started my lesson. By the end I was given feedback by those who attended my class that they enjoyed it. Soon enough I was the regular Spanish teacher. This was the first step to my life changing. During this time of my life, I didn’t have a place to call home for my two children and I. I was lucky enough to have a brother who allowed my little family borrow their space until I figured out what to do next. I found an apartment in Davis after much research and comparison of nearby schools and communities. In my opinion, a good education and love are two of the best gifts a parent could give their children. I was giving this to them but was struggling financially. I needed to find a less expensive home in Davis or move somewhere different where my kids’ education and peace of mind would be at stake. The Cannery was being built and they were building affordable apartments where rent amount would be based on income. It was a long shot!! They called it “A lottery system.” To even be part of the lottery system they wanted proof that one already belonged to the community and were ranked by points. I turned to Stephen. Who, made it possible for me to participate in the lottery giving my little family a chance to keep what was so important to me. “I was chosen!!!” Soon after I was hired at a local credit union and promoted to management after being there for a only 8 months. My best friend in asked me to be his wife and after saving for over a year we have purchased our home, here in Davis. They say find the “friendly face in the crowd” but I found more than that. I found a friend who was willing to help me pick myself up when I couldn’t see past what was in front in me. Thanks to this program my life was changed and I will forever be grateful. Davis Mosaics felt like home from day one and to many is a place to find peace while is rearranging itself. – Rocio Corona

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