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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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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