不變根基 嶄新造型 (Transformation on an Unchanging Foundation)

親爱的弟兄姊妹,平安!

最近每天來到教會,看到建築場地的情景,總是使我心裏浮現出一句說話:不變根基、嶄新造型。神善良、純全、可喜悅的旨意從不改變,但要明白神在此時此地的旨意,我們的心思必須更新改變,不再一樣(羅馬書12章第2)。如何改變呢?首要的是拒絕模仿這個世代自視過高的心態(3)。每位信徒,每個教會,都按著神所分派的角色,不卑不亢地各展所長,各盡其職(48)

還有,客要一味的款待” (13節。煮多過一味大概也可以!) 即將來臨的主日,是報名支持義工的截止日期。如果你準備提供床位招待義工,或在教會現場支持,請盡快到網上報名。阿拉巴馬州的建堂隊伍有超過140名的義工,所以仍然需要多一些床位。如果你已經報名,請留意一份邀請您提供詳細資料的電郵,盡快回覆。

因為今年建堂的工程,教會的行事曆有些改變。 6/36/24主日,我們會跟義工團一起到McCarthy Middle School 聯合崇拜。6/24崇拜後,我們會與馬利蘭州來的弟兄姊妹一起到Great Brook Farm State Park 野餐旅行。因為馬利蘭的義工團, 有比較多的小孩子同行, 我們今年的VBS會在他們到訪六月最後一個星期下午舉行。 6/29週五晚上,我們會有第一次的獻堂慶典。衛拿單牧師會在主日的教會近況座談會為這些事情詳細報告。

最後亦是最重要的: 我們必須同心禱告 ! 下星期三晚,是建堂義工團抵達前,最後一次我們每月的聯合祈禱會。為使更多弟兄姊妹可以在家中參加,聯合祈禱會將在教會的網站上直播。 這是閤府統請的聚會,大中小朋友都歡迎! 順帶一提,如果你錯過了教會清拆的直播,在這裏有兩個高速重溫。

主內,

李業基

CBCGL英文事牧師

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Whenever I arrive at church these days, the scene of the construction site strikes me as a vivid illustration of a spiritual truth.  There is an unchanging foundation on which transformation takes place.   The good, pleasing, and perfect will of God never changes, but to discern His will in this age, our mind must be renewed and our life must be transformed (Rom. 12:2).  How? We must begin by resisting the temptation to conform to the pattern of the world, which is to super-size our ego (v. 3).  Instead, every believer and every church ought to do the part that God has given them, no more and no less (v. 4-8). 

And, “seek to show hospitality” (v. 13).  This coming Sunday is the deadline for registering to support the volunteer builders.  Now is the time to sign up online if you plan to host or serve at church in the first and last week of June!  More than 140 will be coming from Alabama; we could use the help for more hosts.  If you have already registered, you should receive an email inviting you to fill our more detailed information.  Please reply ASAP! 

We are making a few church calendar changes around the volunteer builder project.  On the Sundays of 6/3 and 6/24, we will hold combined worship services at the McCarthy Middle School together with the volunteer builders.  We will have the annual church picnic after worship service on 6/24, together with the Maryland team, at the Great Brook Farm State Park.  Because the Maryland team will bring with them children, we plan to organize an afternoon-only VBS during the week they come.  On Friday 6/29, we plan to have the first building dedication inside the new building!  Pastor Nathan Willems will give a report of all these plans at the state-of-the-church meeting this coming Sunday.

Lastly but most importantly, we must pray!  Next Wednesday, we will have the last combined monthly prayer meeting before the volunteer builders arrive.  To make it possible for more to participate – in spirit if not in person, we will broadcast the meeting online at the church web site.  Please make time to join with your family – kids are very welcome.  By the way, if you missed the demolition live broadcast, see two recaps here.

Blessings,

Gideon Lee

English Ministry Pastor, CBCGL