Eugene Cho

what a weekend

What an incredible, interesting, and exhausting weekend.  I’ll share more in the days to come but for now, here’s couple funny stories:

Sunday worship.  One of our pastors welcomes the church at one of our services by accidentally saying, “We’re glad that you’ve come to worship us.”  Hilarious.  Everyone laughed.  It’s amazing how one word such as “with” makes such a huge difference.  This might be as bad as an email I sent out to all my pastors and leadership team.  I intended to write, “There’s a shift of momentum” but omitted the ‘f’ in shift.  You can figure it out.

Saturday fellowship with Interbay.   Now that the merger vote is official, we held a special event with Interbay as we prep to come together as one church in three weeks.   Seven folks from Interbay shared about their 65 years of history and ministry.  It was very meaningful and powerful.  During the evening, I had an opportunity to spend some time with two Interbay couples who are celebrating 50 years of marriage and another celebrating 64 years of marriage.  Wow.

Afterwards, folks got together at our Q Cafe space for dinner. As I was attempting to connect and make conversations, I had the most hilarious exchange.  An ‘anonymous’ Interbay congregant was a pentathete in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics which is impressive in itself.  For some of you that may not know, fencing is one of the events in the pentathlon.  I was excited for a “connection” since I was a fencer during high school.   I shared my highlight and lowlight as a fencer:  making it to the Under 21 United States Fencing Championships only to be crushed and humiliated by my brother in one of my matches [5-1]. 

He responds with his lowlight, “Well, when I was fencing in a qualifying match, I was pierced by a broken blade [which is very dangerous and can be fatal].  The broken blade went through my protective suit, and went through the scrotum of my penis…”

My response:  “Okay, your story wins…”

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4 Responses

  1. Dennis says:

    Hilarious. Both stories!

  2. Blake says:

    *Visibly cringes at the second story* Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

  3. Esther says:

    You made me laugh, like so often before. Laughter is good medicine. Did I ever tell you the mix up I produced?

    I was interviewing E., who was interested in becoming our Sunday Schoool teacher. She just finished studying at Yale. During the interview, my senior pastor came in and I warmly introduced E. to him, but pronouncing the as , saying,

    Our senior pastor still wanted E. to teach at Sunday School, since he trusted me to make the right decisions regarding recruiting teachers. A pastor with a beautiful heart!

  4. Esther says:

    REPRINTING THE QUOTE:

    During the interview, my senior pastor came in and I warmly introduced E. to him, but pronouncing the Y as J, saying, This is E. She just came from Jail!

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You can do it, sun. Break through the clouds. I love her. Saturday morning date at Pike Market with @minheejcho. Enjoying the final day of sun before 6 months of rain and gray. Not lol'ing. Some of my moat memorable travels have been to Myanmar (otherwise known as Burma). In fact, the vision of @onedayswages began on my first visit to this country in 2006. On a recent visit, I began learning about the Rohingya people. Sadly, it has escalated to horrendous, genocidal proportions.

Thus far, about 500,000 people have been driven out from Myanmar through violence...with most going to Bangledesh...regulated to a massive refugee camp. Stateless. Undocumented. Minority groups. Dehumanized. Homes and villages destroyed. And so much more unspeakable atrocities.

Yes, it's complex and messy. It always is. But the root of this injustice as the case for so much brokeness in the world is the sin of dehumanizing one anotber as..."the other." May we see each person, including the Rohingya people, as one who is created in the image of God. It's the truth and the remedy to the incessant dehumanization that goes on in our world.

Lord, in your mercy. The obedience of discipleship which includes the work of justice is a marathon. It's long, arduous, and emotional. Be tenacious. But also take care of yourself. Create healthy rhythms. Don't burn out. We need you for the marathon. Friends, don't give up. Press on. In the midst of so much chaos in the world, may we continue to cling to the hope of the whole Gospel. May we cling unto Jesus:

Way maker!
Miracle worker!
Promise keeper!
Light in the darkness!
That is who You are!

What an encounter with the Holy Spirit at @seattlequest today. Grateful for our worship team, the gospel choir, and the Audio/Visual team. Thank you Matt, Teresita, and Chris. Please thank all the volunteers for us. .
The world is broken.
But God is not yet done.
God's work of restoration
is not yet finished.

This is our hope.
God is our hope.

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