Eugene Cho

a quasi extreme makeover

If you’re wondering why my blog posts are all fluff and no substance, it’s because we’re in a dang busy season right now.  Our church community began 27 days of renovation starting on Sunday, Aug 26.  We need to be done – one way or the other – so that we can re-enter our now current sanctuary for worship on Sunday, September 23.  For three weeks, we’re back at the warm and cozy Q Cafe.

It’s great to see people working together – laboring, sweating, talking, fellowshipping, spilling, laughing, creating, and problem solving.  There’s some level of stress involved here because we’re on a limited budget and we’re undertaking about 85% of the work on our own.  We’ve only contracted the painting inside the sanctuary.  We’re responsible for everything else [Gulp].

We’ve been laboring every night [M-F] from 7-10.30pm.  We’ve asked folks to donate 5-10 hours of sweat equity and a handful of folks are serving as projector managers and subsequently, giving about 30-40 hours.  Our hope is that the renovated campus [the church building and QCafe together] will not only serve our current community well but deepen our commitment to the larger city…

 Photos courtesy of Leo Chen.

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Filed under: church, quest church, religion

3 Responses

  1. Tim Kurek says:

    I love these pics! I will be praying for your church and keeping up with your blog!

    tim kurek

    http://uriahministries.wordpress.com

  2. chad says:

    looks great eugene…what are some of the things you’re doing in the sanctuary? it looks like in one picture someone is cutting apart the platform. we have talked about renovating our sanctuary, so i’m interested in the decisions you all have made….thanks!

  3. […] As we’re in the midst of a basic remodel of the church building we were recently given, I was just thinking that it was about 5 years ago in 2002 when not many of […]

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"He Makes All Things New." In other words, Christ is our eternal hope. I'm sitting in my swinging bench on the comforts of my front porch after an exhilarating and exhausting day at church. It never gets tiring, stale, or old to preach and proclaim the good news of the Gospel - not just on Resurrection Sunday but every week as we gather as the body of Christ.

But it was this picture of Coptic Christians in Egypt pouring into churches on Easter Sunday that deeply moved my heart...just a week after two churches were bombed by ISIS terrorists taking 45 lives and injuring hundreds.

Even in the face of persecution and suffering, I'm so grateful for the witness of these sisters and brothers in Christ. May they be comforted and strengthened...and wherever you are reading this post, stay encouraged. Be faithful and steadfast. Don't give up. May we keep running the race set before us as we fix our eyes on Christ.

It's not just there. It's all over the world...God is still at work. The Holy Spirit is still moving. God is not yet done. There's only one explanation: 
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and the one that would deny him,

and the others that would abandon Him in His greatest need.

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In other words, we have to keep Christ at the center because it's inevitable, there's a lot of messing up. So much messing up. It's both beautiful and painful and without grace, it's impossible.

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