Eugene Cho

we are one

Quest celebrated our first service together as ONE church yesterday [Sunday, June 3].  I was exhausted [mainly because of an intense trip to Detroit] but the gathering was momentous.  It almost seems surreal but the merger is now a done deal; We now enter the third season as a church community and missional ministry [The first season was the literal birth and planting of Quest and the second season was the founding of our non-profit community development – the QCafe].  The city of Seattle seems to be surprised and intrigued by this “merger” as well.  The Seattle PI published a huge Local Section front cover article [and front page photo] on the Quest/Interbay merger and their observations from yesterday’s service.  UPDATE: here’s another article from the Covenant Wire.

Here’s the video we showed to honor the “Interbay community” at yesterday’s service and the ONE CHURCH newsletter [pdf].  The photo below the video is from yesterday’s service [taken by Joanie K].  On behalf of Quest, I am presenting the first of many framed photos that will be hung on the church entrance as a “tribute” to the legacy of Interbay.  Pastor Ray Bartel, Interbay’s former senior pastor, is accepting the gift.  As of June 1, he joined our church’s pastoral staff.

On Saturday, my family and I, along with some of our church staff and leaders welcomed some of the folks from the “Interbay Community” to our home for a barbecue lunch.  It was great to enjoy some time with them outside the church building and to convey that our hearts and our home is open to them.  To somehow articulate to them that each of them are and will be valued through this church merger.  They will not be forgotten or lost in Transition or Translation.   Tomorrow, we celebrate the beginning of a new season as we celebrate our first Sunday worship gathering as One Church.

Interbay: Thank you for your amazing faith and courage!  Thank you for your decision in joining Quest and moving forward together.  Because of your rich legacy of serving Seattle and sending missionaries globally, the larger church can now continue to grow as we seek the Kingdom of God together in Seattle and beyond.  As ONE church, may we always remember the steadfast service of those who have gone before and made a way for us.  To God be the glory!

Part I of An Incredible Legacy.  Photos taken by Leo Chen at Interbay’s last service on May 27.

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Filed under: church, ministry, quest church, seattle

8 Responses

  1. mwah says:

    I really REALLY wish I would be there this morning. Stupid broken airplanes. 🙂

  2. whataboutrobert says:

    Eugene, I pray that you got back to seattle safely and all is well. Thank you again for introducing me to this means of communication, I am honored. Praise God for the gift of the “Interbay community”, I know that because of your convictions and missional heart, misson will continue in the seattle area and around the world. You are a gift to the body and you are a gift to me. Thank my brother. Robert (whataboutrobert)

  3. Keith and Lynn Tungseth, former pastors of the Interbay Covenant Church, and I (Leonid Regheta, Covenant missionary) are all in Saint Petersburg, Russia today. We prayed this Sunday service in a local church here about Quest Church, its ministry and future.

    May the Lord bestow many blessings and wonderful days ahead for all of people Quest is ministering to!

  4. Dan says:

    may the Lord continue to richly bless you

  5. […] Eugene Cho’s report on the emerging/traditional church merger. The Seattle Post Intelligencer’s article. […]

  6. Kenton Self says:

    I followed the link from jesuscreed.org.

    WOW!

    I’m usually not easily given to tears, but my eyes welled up on this. What a beautiful story.

  7. […] Here is more on the story from Pastor Cho’s blog. […]

  8. […] are some final pics from our recent renovation of our newly gifted church property. In June 07, Interbay Church gifted their property to our church, Quest, and joined our community. For 27 days through several weeks in August and September, we […]

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41 years ago today, our family immigrated to the United States from Seoul, South Korea. I was six years old; the youngest of three sons. My father, when he was also six, fled from what is now known as North Korea. Just recently, he shared with me that he and some of his family had been in a refugee camp when war and violence broke out on the Korean peninsula. It's emotional thinking about what my brothers and I went through coming to a completely foreign country. It wasn't easy. And then, I think about what my parents had to go through:

They fled their homes near Pyongyang which also meant leaving some of their extended families.

They experienced unfathomable hunger and poverty.

They experienced the pain of war.

They immigrated again to the United States as adults with minimal resources and a handful of English words.

All in hopes that their children would have the opportunities that were never afforded to them.

I'm thinking of my brothers today. I'm thinking of my parents and honoring them for their sacrifice and tenacity. And finally, I'm thinking of refugees and immigrants all around the world that are yearning for family, peace, hope, and opportunities. Don't reduce Martin Luther King Jr. to a yearly quote on social media. Live out the dream. Seek first the Kingdom of God. Confront evil. Be a truth-teller. Seek justice. Love mercy. Pursue reconciliation. Build bridges. Love your neighbors. Forgive your enemies. Pray unceasingly. Live a committed life of peace, love, and justice.

The God who deposited this dream into MLK is still speaking to us today.

Be brave. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here's the full context of his famous quote: "The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that." An important word for the Church... Oh, how God loves the nations. The Scriptures make this so clear. No one - let alone, the leader of a country - should ever disparage other nations with such a disgusting comment.

To the beautiful people of Haiti, El Salvador, and of the many countries of Africa: We are so sorry. Please accept our apologies on behalf of President Trump.

I've had the privilege of being in Haiti twice and numerous countries in Africa including Kenya where I took this picture during an afternoon drive near Kijabe. In many of these visits, I witnessed such creativity, courage, leadership, hospitality and kindness. To follow Jesus without obedience, repentance, self-denial, and dying to self is an oxymoron. In other words, are we more in love with the idea of following Jesus than actually following Jesus?

Grateful for an incredible Sunday at @seattlequest of beginning our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.

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