Chairs and blankets, cardboard boxes, and scrap lumber.
When I was a kid, I made tents, forts, and tree houses.
- Tents: dining room chairs with blankets.
- Forts: cardboard boxes connected like hamster tubes.
- Tree houses: low branches and scrap lumber.
- Each was something I could make.
- They were fun and offered fellowship with friends.
- They were temporary.
Mom wanted the chairs back at the table, and the boxes slowly disintegrated, and the old lumber always fell apart.
That was the first day we got into our church building after Tropical Storm Harvey. Everything was saturated, mold was growing, the carpet was foul, the furnishings damp, the walls damaged, and just about everything was ruined.
Today is 65 days later. The Worship Center has been remodeled. The interior walls have been repaired. The exterior walls have been fixed and sealed.
Getting the classrooms fitted and furnished will take the rest of this year. Our facilities and their functions will be restored and ready by January.
Now Jesus, Matthew 16:18
“…I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”
The church isn’t a building, its people, the sacred community of Christ. But our sacred community gathers in a building for:
- The Vine preschool
- Bible classes
- Housing the homeless
- Feeding the hungry
- Women’s Ministry
- Small groups
- Support groups
- Seniors ministry
- Children’s ministry
- Youth ministry
- Children’s musical
- Christmas Eve
- Easter Services
- Men’s basketball
- Fall Festival
- And on and on…
We shouldn’t marvel at our structures or glory in our buildings, for they aren’t the church that Jesus built. However, the building is a tool and tools are used to build things.
We use ours to build the body of Christ, to advance the Kingdom of God. It’s a vital tool. Yes, the building is temporary and Harvey showed us just how temporary it can be. But praise God, the church is indestructible!
Our damaged building is more than a tent of blankets, or a fort of boxes, or a tree house of splintered boards. But as it was in my childhood, the building offers its own kind of “Fun and Fellowship.”
And we need it back!