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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Still my baby son! This was 10 years ago. I dominated my son in wrestling and I know what you're thinking, "How could you employ a rear chokehold armbar kimura on your own son?" Hey, a competition is a competition.

I love you, son. The world is broken. This ia a sad truth. But the story of redemption is not yet finished. God is not yet done. This is the ultimate Truth. Have hope. Press on. Ten years ago, I witnessed one of those "God things" when a church called Interbay Covenant Church gave itself, its legacy, and a building property worth $7 million dollars to @seattlequest. We were then only 5 years old.

Quest is an urban, multiethnic churchplant that started in 2001. We rented the facilities at Interbay Covenant Church - a predominantly older, mostly Anglo congregation with a rich 65 years history. After some time, Pastor Ray Bartel (senior pastor, Interbay) approached me with a "crazy idea" of Interbay "dying to itself and giving itself to Quest" for the sake of the greater Kingdom and the coming generations.

This eventually led to three years of many conversations and prayers. On June 3, 2007, the two churches officially came together to become one church. In giving itself, Interbay also shared their leadership, legacy, and stories. They also gave all of their assets without any strings and without any debt.

Their radical generosity and courage is what enabled Quest to grow - not just numerically - but deeper in discipleship, and deeper in missions - to the city of Seattle and beyond. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of this merger, we created a short film (check my FB page to see the video) to tell the story - so that our church and the next generations may never forget and that the larger Church may be stirred and encouraged by a greater Kingdom vision.

Thank you, Interbay! The NBA season is over but the hustle and grind continues for my daughter. We argue sometimes but I love training my daughter. She's working hard for her senior year next year. Starting point guard. She's improved a lot. She's one of the quickest players on the floor and has a great midrange jumper. But trying to get her to keep working on her handles, using her off hand and shoulder to protect the ball,  staying and dribbling the ball lower to the ground, and playing aggressive and downhill while remaining in control. That's what we're working on this week. #hoopdreams #ChovarBall Reunited with my favorite elephant, Buh'loom. We bonded earlier this year and I'd like to think that she recognized my voice. Also, appreciate learning about ethical and sustainable eco-tourism.

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