BUILDING ADDITION -
It has been a month now since the staff began the move into their new space. They are thrilled to be all together, and are enjoying the many benefits that they have been waiting for. Words like welcoming, brightness, efficient, visibility, and lack of congestion are often repeated. Having a conference room is huge!
As I have said many times, there are so many people to thank for so many things. I am going to name some of those here so you know what they gave at important times during the project. Wrigley Mechanical: welded the balcony and canopy structural steel and furnished and installed the baseboard heat for the offices – Murray Semanko: furnished the balcony structural steel and made the crosses and banner supports for the atrium – Rick and Jan Hanson and Kevin Peuser: installed floor and wall tiles in the bathrooms and under the stair landing – Brad Schneider: did initial asbestos and paint analysis work – Todd Stutzman: installed the carpet in the new addition – Chuck Rebsch: donated site survey work through Houston Engineering – Jeff Johnson: donated the windows for the office area through Marvin Windows – Roger Christianson: prepared our furniture plans and donated the table for the conference room – Carol Kuss made the banners for the atrium – Mike Palmer and Jeremy Boelter: designing, relocating, installing, and testing all the IT equipment – Claudette Sutton: participated on the color team – Julie Rokke: landscape assistance – Marc Rue: striping the parking lots.
BUILDING GIVING -
The other day I came across an interesting story about generosity–specifically giving sacrificially. It made me think. Read it. What do you think?
Two North American Christians, a lawyer and a merchant, traveled with a group that was going around the world. As they visited Korea they saw, by the side of the road, a field in which a boy was pulling a crude plow and an old man who held the plow handles to steer it.
The lawyer was amused and took a snapshot of the scene. He turned to a missionary, who served as their interpreter and guide, and said, “That’s a curious scene. I suppose they are very poor.”
The guide replied, “Yes, that is the family of Chi Noue. When their new place of worship was being built, they were eager to give something to it, but they had no money. So they sold their only ox and gave the proceeds to the church. Last winter the building was completed. This spring, they are pulling the plow themselves.”
The men were silent for several moments. Then the businessman replied, “That must have been a real sacrifice.”
The guide said, “They do not call it that. They thought it was fortunate that they had an ox to sell.”
Pastor Jeff Sandgren
BUILDING COMMUNITY -
“Let my prayer rise up as incense, O God.”—from Holden Evening Prayer
Days become longer and sunlight draws on its lengthening cord. Our Lenten journey begins, the cross looms ahead. Lent is a special time for the church, and even with its penitent nature it is a season to powerfully reconnect with ourselves, our neighbors and our God.
As has become tradition in our community, we will worshipfully gather on Wednesday evening and employ the Holden Evening Prayer as our worship guide. If you’ve never participated in this service you really need to check it out. The music holds such power and beauty that we are drawn to Christ and each other in mysterious and meaningful ways.
This year our meditation, prayers and devotion will center around Questions of Faith. Olivet’s youth have formulated questions about God that touch us all in ways that leave us grasping for faith, answers and an experience of the Divine.
Of course, don’t forget to check out our Lenten Dinners, served between Wednesday services. Food, faith and fellowship are all around!
Pastor Kris Gorden
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