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感谢神在2013年对我们的带领和祝福。现在年刊已经发表了。让我们“又 要 彼 此 相 顧 ， 激 發 愛 心 ， 勉 勵 行 善” – 希伯来书10章24节。
Praise the Lord for His guidance and abundant blessings in 2013. Our 2013 yearbook has been published. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” – Hebrew 10:24.
Our 2012 yearbook has been published. Let’s celebrate our achievements and “… forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, and press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 3:13-14″ .
我们的2012年刊已经发布了。让我们欢庆在2012所取得的成就，并且“… 忘 记 背 後 ， 努 力 面 前 的 ，向 着 标 竿 直 跑 ， 要 得 神 在 基 督 耶 稣 里 从 上 面 召 我 来 得 的 奖 赏 。腓 立 比 書 3:13 – 14”
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Greetings to you in peace! May the Lord Almighty bless you, strengthen you and keep you so that you will be more than conquers in all the challenges that you are facing.
It says in Isaiah 43:19: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland”. Our God is indeed amazing. Praise be to Him! He has made a way for us by preparing a church building for which we have long prayed. The property address is 321 W. 8thSt., Edmond, OK 73003. It is about 2 miles west of the UCO campus.
As you might have known, we’ve been looking for a proper place for our church for a very long time. After the fire at the 300 building that we shared with New Covenant UMC in February, 2008, it finally dawned on us that we truly need a place of our own most urgently for worship, fellowship and the many ministries in which we are involved. During the past one and half years, we’ve considered quite a few locations, both land and buildings, but all in vain. Yet, we’ve never been discouraged because He cares for us and listens to our prayers (our children’s prayers, too!). He has provided the very best place for us in His time.
This property was built in 1969 as a church. It has 8 rooms. Its sanctuary can accommodate up to 170 people. The building itself is approximately 5,800 square feet but the land around it is about 2 acres, big enough for us to build a multi-purpose activity center in the future!
We have signed a contract with the seller last Monday with a purchase price of $490,000. The closing date is October 30, 2009. Our building fund is $339,000 to date. The Bi-District Board has agreed to support us with $100,000 over four years, which is $25,000 each year. If the Bi-District Board decides to give us the $100,000 in a lump sum at their meeting on October 27, 2009, it leaves us with $51,000 plus closing costs as the balance to close the deal. We’d like to invite you to join us to praise Him with thanksgiving. We also would like to plead with you to pray for us to be able to complete this transaction. If the Holy Spirit stirs your heart at this moment and you want to be a part of this glorious ministry with a monetary offering, you may send your check to the following address:
Edmond Chinese International UMC
PO Box 1453
Edmond, OK 73083
If you’d like to wire the money to our church’s bank account, please contact us for account details. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us as well. Thank you!
May God bless you!
Edmond Chinese International UMC
Rev. Puong Ong Lau
以賽亞43:19說：「看哪，我要作一件新事，如今要發現，你們豈不知道麼。我必在曠野開道路，在沙漠開江河。」是的，祂是奇妙的神。感謝讚美主! 祂為我們開了道路，預備了一所教堂給我們，地圵是321 W 8thStreet, Edmond, OK 73003，離ＵＣＯ校園大約2英哩左右。我們在尋找教堂已有多年的時間，特別在2008年2月火燒了所借用的New Covenant UMC 300号建築物後，我們更是需要自己的地方來敬拜神和進行各樣的聚會。在這一年半內，我們看了不少的空地及建築物，一直都沒找到合適的。神是顧念我們的神，祂垂聽兒女們(包括教會許多兒童)在祂面前不灰心的禱告，並且按著祂的時間為我們預備了最美好的。這是一間於1969年所建的教堂，聖堂可容納170人左右及有8間房間。雖然教堂只有5800平方呎，但是四周圍的地卻有近2英畒大，足夠我們日後再建一棟多種用途中心。
在上個星期一我們已談妥購價為美金$490,000，我們將於10月30日正式成交。至今教會擁有$339,000的建堂基金，教區答應支持$100,000卻分四年來給。若是教區於10月27日後同意一次給完總數，我們還需要近$51,000的金額成交。我們邀請您與我們一起把感恩、榮耀與頌讚歸給祂。我們也懇求你為我們禱告，求神保守一切的手續都順利進行。在此，若上帝在你心中感動你，要在金錢上奉獻參與這榮耀的事工，你可以把支票直接寄到：Edmond Chinese International UMC,
P O Box 1453, Edmond, OK 73083.
Our church needs our own building. Current balance of building fund is $330,695. Our goal for the church building fund is approximately 1.2 million dollars. We encourage you to pray, let the Lord be our King in our heart, let the Holy Spirit move you and participate financially. You may offer your commitment card into the Sunday service offering bag. We invite you to come to church room 101 on Wednesday nights at 7:45PM. We also encourage you to fast one meal each week to pray for the church building.
Around 3:00 p.m. on February 7, 2008, Building 300 was caught on fire. Thankfully there was no one in the building when the fire began.
Currently, the Church with major damage has already been demolished. In addition to this, at this point of time NO ONE is allowed to access any part of the building until further notice. Please continue to put this in your prayers.
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News from newsok.com on 2008-02-07, “Edmond church catches fire”, http://newsok.com/article/3202013
News from newsok.com on 2008-02-08, “Edmond church wing burns, but faith survives”, http://newsok.com/article/3202220/1202449448
Financial Newsletter – February 2004 Issue 2
Sharing and Encouragement “Money Offering”
by Rev. Puong-Ong Lau (Translated by FuXia Wang)
Someone said: ?Being drowned and being thirsted to death is two different ways of death, however, water is the common reason which caused them to death. One died of too much water and the other died of insufficient water. The same with the situation of money? To be honest, money can do a man good and bad as well. Making good use of it can motivate you to be mature; on the contrary, it can become a roadblock to your life. What is your attitude towards the money? How do you use it? This is what the Lord is very concerned about. When Jesus was on the earth, he taught 38 parables, 16 of them are about money. What he is concerned about is the relationship between our life and money instead of the money itself.
From the teaching of the Bible, all that we need comes from God. Our ability to earn money comes form God. Therefore, we should offer the tithing with a thankful and reverent heart for God. ?Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and oil, and the firstborn of your herds, and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Mane, so that you may learn to revere the Lord you God always.? (Deuteronomy 14:22-23) Also, God has promised in the book of Malachi: ?Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,? says the Lord Almighty, ?and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.? (Malachi 3:10) Offering a tenth of all our earnings was started from Abraham. After that, God has told Moses to make tithing a law. In the New Testament, Jesus reaffirms the importance of tithing (Matthew 23:23). There is no doubt that tithing is a support to the ministry of the church; however, the true purpose of tithing helps us learn to revere the Lord our God. God has promised to give the wisdom to those who reveres God and bless them. Let us encourage one another to fulfill tithing all together.
Besides tithing, the Bible also teaches the believers to make offering in many other things, such as thanksgiving offering for birthday, a marriage, a new born baby; also to make offering for the church building, offering for the people suffering the disaster, etc. These are all our responses out of being carried by the Holy Spirit, our abilities and faith. At present, our church is in the urgent need of the offering for the church building. The church is calling everyone to try our best from today to make an offering for the church building in addition to the tithing: to offering your prayers and money for the church building. In the past, God has used our church to fulfill his mission. Today, God has given us the same mission and he asked our church to expand his kingdom to bring more people to his kingdom. Therefore, we need to build our own Chinese church to glorify his name. We thank God and Wesley Foundation and our mother church for their consistent support in providing the meeting place for us. With the development of the ministry of the church, the meeting place is not meeting our need. The coworkers have the same vision that we need to build the church building for the name of our Lord. This is a great challenge, we need the involvement and commitment of everybody. ??but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal?? (Matthew 6:20) What God has done through the church is beyond the influence over this generation till towards the eternity. Therefore, what you offer for the church building is to store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, which has eternal value. I definitely believe that with your offering to church building, your heart will be drawn closer to God, your relationship with God will get better, your concern for the church will be more. For our Lord Jesus said : ? for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.? (Matthew 6:21)
Financial Newsletter 財務通訊 – February 2004 Issue 2
有人說:「淹死與渴死雖然是兩种不同的死，但是「水」卻是致他們死地的共同因素，一個是因為水過多，一個則是因為水太少，人與錢財的關係也是如此。」說實在的，金錢可以對人有益處，但也可以害人，好好使用可成為你成熟的動力，反之卻成為你生命的阻力。你對錢的態度是怎么樣的? 你如何使用它? 這是神很關心的。主耶穌在世上的時候講了三十八個比喻，有十六個是講有關錢財的。祂關心的不是財物的本身，而是財物和我們生命的關係。
從聖經的教導，我們人的生命及所需要的一切都是神所賜的。今天我們有賺錢的能力也是神所賜給的。因此，我們必需存感謝及敬畏的心獻上十分之一給神。從亞伯拉罕開始，神的子民就遵行將所賺的十分之一奉獻給神，之後神吩咐摩西訂為律法，在新約中耶穌再次肯定十一奉獻的重要。(馬太23:23) 是的，十一奉獻實際上是支持教會的聖工，然而十一奉獻真正的目的乃是為了學習敬畏神，神應許賜智慧和祝福給凡敬畏祂的。(申命記14:22-23說:「你要把你撒種所產的，?十分取一分; 又要把你的五穀、新酒和油的十分之一，並牛群羊群中頭生的?這樣你可以學習時常敬畏耶和華你的神。」) 在瑪拉基書3:10神也應許說:「?你們要將當納的十分之一全然送入倉庫，使我家有糧，以此試試我，是否為你們敞開天上的窗戶，傾福與你，甚至無處可容。」願我們彼此鼓勵，共同實行十一奉獻，學習來敬畏神，給神賜福與我們的機會。
除了十一奉獻，聖經也教導信徒在其他方面做出奉獻，如感恩奉獻(為生日、結婚、生小孩等?)，為建堂奉獻，為在受災禍的人奉獻?等，這些都是憑聖靈對你的感動、憑你的能力或信心而做出回應。當今我們教會最需要的是建堂的奉獻。教會呼吁大家除了盡上十分之一，從今天開始也為建堂盡力:為建堂禱告及在財務上奉獻。神過去使用我們教會來實行祂的使命。今天神給我們的使命乃是一樣，而且祂更要我們教會來擴展祂的國度?引領更多人來歸主。為此，我們必需為主建立自己華人教會的教堂來榮耀祂。我們感謝神藉著Wesley Foundation及母會一直以來在場地上支持。隨著教會事工的發展，場地常常不能迎合彼此的需求。教會同工們都有共同的看見要為主建立教堂。這是一個重大的挑戰，需要大家的參與。耶穌說：「?只要積儹財寶在天上，天上沒有蟲子咬，不能銹壞，也沒有賊挖窟窿來偷。」(馬太6:20) 神藉著教會所成就的工作是超越現今世代的影響，甚至到永生。所以，你為建堂所做的奉獻就是積儹財寶在天上，有永恆的價值。我也深信你為建堂奉獻，你的心也隨著更親近神、與神關係更加美好、也更關心並愛教會，因為主耶穌也曾說過:「因為你的財寶在那裏，你的心也在那裏。」(馬太6:21)