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Church Expansion Project update and Pastoral Message by Pastor Pastor Ken – 10/6/2017

I’ve been a part of seven Chinese churches in my life. There was one characteristic that was common to them all. I once joked about this characteristic in the following way. I said it was great that there were so many professionals in our Chinese churches, but it would be nice to have some more plumbers and carpenter types too.

In the weeks since acquiring the church house, we have needed the work and contributions of those who were blessed to be skilled in their hands. There is something special about putting in a personal touch, using one’s very hands. It is a very concrete way to express love, as when a mother cooks a nourishing and tasty meal with hands that express a loving heart. At times Jesus cooked and fed his followers. I’ve always been inspired by that example as I’ve pastored and cooked; a physical feeding of the sheep.

We say thank you to the many who have come and cleaned, moved, painted, repaired and done many other essential jobs for God at our Church House. Not only have they saved the church money, they’ve given what we call “labors of love”. Because of this labor, our Church House is gradually becoming ready for ministry use.

And we are reminded to thank God for all those who offer their hands in labors of love. In God’s house, we have such opportunities endlessly. We have our monthly cleanups, or after meeting cleanups. We have weekly volunteers doing office work. We have those who cook and serve. We have those who serve physically with our sound and recording ministries, and other worship ministries.

Exodus 31 talks about the skills of those who worked with their hands, that these were gifted by God’s Holy Spirit. How valuable they were for the building of the first of God’s dwelling places.

Plumbers or physicians, carpenters or college professors, we need them all in God’s house. We are parts of God’s body, every member needed and valued. This week, we thank God for providing those who will serve through their “hands”. And for those gifted with manual skills. And for the variety of ways we can love God’s church. “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;” (1Cor. 12:4)

Message from Pastor Ken:
     Perhaps you remember the first kite that you built, using newspaper and paste made from rice. Or the cricket cage? A plastic model airplane or ship? For me it was a bamboo fishing pole, made entirely of parts and pieces that I found as a boy.

     Making things, building things, give us great satisfaction and feelings of accomplishment. It is a part of being a human being made in the image of God. We all want to create, design, and complete things that have value and beauty.

     This is a part of the goodness of our future building program.

     But it goes well beyond personal satisfaction. We have three or more collections of people within our congregation at MBC, depending on whether you use age, culture or time of attendance. Our mutual participation in a substantial endeavor will bind us together. Belonging comes through participation and contribution. Identity is forged by challenge and success. These provide the foundation we need to be God’s lighthouse here.

     The National Heath & Safety Performance Standards tells us that each child needs about 50 square feet of space for activities. While we cannot reach that optimum, we can alleviate the current crowdedness. This is a third value of building.

     Jesus marveled as he watched a widow’s magnificent faith donation. He saw someone who was determined to do her part for the glory of God. She was following the saying of King David who said he would not offer to God that which cost him nothing. (2 Sam. 24:24) That same God now watches to see what each of us, and each generation of us, will do for his glory until he comes with his rewards. This is the eternal value of building, to please God and give him glory on earth in our generation.