2008,02.10~Church Fire on February 7, 2008

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.



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

2004,03.17~Sharing and Encouragement ~ Money Offering

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)

2004.03.17~分享與勉勵 ~ 奉獻金錢

Financial Newsletter 財務通訊 – February 2004 Issue 2

分享與勉勵 ~「奉獻金錢」

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)

2004.03.16~Why Have a Building Fund?

Financial Newsletter – February 2004 Issue 2

Why Have a Building Fund?
by Dana Zerger

I want to share with you about our Building Fund.  So many times we come to church and expect the place where we meet, the songs, the sermon, just everything to be ready for us with no effort on our part.  But, for those who work hard to prepare for us, we know that the time is close when we need a place to meet that is our own.  Recognizing this means it is now time for all of us at ECIUMC to prepare!

You know, when the Israelites were in the desert God gave them a plan for the Tabernacle, but they prepared by bringing in the things they had, such as gold and other things, so they would be ready to make the Tabernacle when the time came.  David also arranged for goods to be gathered when he prepared to build the first Temple for God in Jerusalem.  So, we need to get ready!  Ask God to show you how you can help.  Some are already asking and doing what God shows them, for instance; one lady is giving haircuts and donating the proceeds, the profit from the Chartering CD’s went to the Building Fund, etc.

There are several things we need to do:
1.  Pray for our Leaders; That they would have God’s wisdom in planning.
2.  Pray for favor in obtaining land or a building for our Church.
3.  Pray that God will show you how to help, and then do it!
4.  Give your time and money to see that it happens.
5.  Encourage friends to be a part of the Church and the building project.
6.  Thank the Lord! He gives us the power and ability to get wealth and He will show us how and when to build or buy.

God bless you.


Financial Newsletter 財務通訊 – February 2004 Issue 2

by Dana Zerger (王福霞 譯)



1. 為教會的領袖來禱告,使他們有神所賜的聰明智慧來籌劃建堂。
2. 向神禱告,求神保守我們可以為教會找到合宜的地皮或是建築物。
3. 向神禱告,求神告訴我們如何可以參與這項事工,並付諸行動﹗
4. 和神同工﹗奉獻我們的時間和金錢,並看神如何在其中作奇妙的事。
5. 邀請並鼓勵我們的朋友們成為教會和建堂事工的一分子。
6. 時常感謝神﹗是他賜給我們權柄和能力來為建堂籌款。他也要指教我們當在何時何地並如何來建堂。


2003.10.19~ECIUMC Chartering on October 19, 2003

The Chinese Fellowship in Edmond will charter as a United Methodist Church on October 19, 2003 at 4 p.m., says Craig Stinson, superintendent of the Oklahoma City North District.

The chartering service will be in the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church at 305 E. Hurd in Edmond, where the Chinese Fellowship has been meeting for several years.

Charles Nordean, pastor of Edmond-First, says the close working arrangement between Edmond-First and the Chinese Fellowship has been mutually enriching. “We are pleased to be their partners in ministry,” Rev. Nordean said.

Edmond-First is leasing space to the new congregation.

Rev. Puong Lau-appointed to the campus ministry at the University of Central Oklahoma nine years ago-is the founding pastor.

The new church will be named Edmond Chinese International United Methodist Church. As the name suggests, in addition to reaching out to Chinese in the area, the church attracts many people from other Asian backgrounds, says Rev. Lau.

Attendance now averages over 100.

David Severe, Oklahoma Conference Director of Congregational Development, says Congregational Development has been pleased to provide funding over the years to assist the developing congregation. “We will continue to give them support as they emerge as a fully constituted church,” Dr. Severe said.

Severe says there are several chartered Chinese United Methodist churches on the east and west coast, but he believes the new church in Edmond is the only one in the south central United States.

2003.10.16~The Old and New Web Site 2003

Our old web site, www.umcm.org, was started late year 2000 and we have about 1600+ visitors visited our old web site.

As we chartered on October 19, 2003, we changed our name from United Methodist Chinese Ministry (UMCM) to Edmond Chinese International United Methodist Church (ECIUMC). We are retiring our old web site.

Please change your bookmarks/Favorites to our new web site, www.eciumc.org. Our old web site, www.umcm.org, and old e-mail addresses will be cut off on May 6, 2004.

We would like to give special thanks to our UMCM Webmaster, Wei-Chung, for his support of our web site. Thank you Wei-Chung!

We hope our new web site will serve you better!

God Bless You and Your Family!