Because of expected ice storm on Sunday January 9, only 8:30 worship will take place onsite.

November 17, 2022

A Pastoral Word. . .

Pastor Mark Adams

November 17, 2022
Earlier this year Andy Corbley, of The Good News Network, and Peter Yeung, of The Progress Network co-wrote a story about waste management in Germany. I found it very interesting. This is an excerpt.

“Every day, several large trucks full of discarded goods arrive at a warehouse like the one above in the eastern suburbs of Hamburg, Germany, before being sorted through and categorized by a team of workers.

But this is not a normal waste processing facility. Stilbruch (German for ‘stylish inconsistency’) is run by the city’s sanitation department. Instead of destroying or disposing of these throwaways, the municipal team checks and, if necessary, repairs them, before putting them on sale to the public. It touts itself as ‘for everyone who prefers used to new—used is the new sexy.’
Stilbruch is the ‘IKEA of used goods.’ Some 400,000 objects are processed through two giant cavernous warehouses every year; everything from well-worn teddy bears to refurbished laptops and kitchen counters.

Stilbruch contracts technicians and craftsmen who ensure that all used furniture is given a thorough beautification, and all electronics can be sold with a 1-year warranty.

Launched in 2001, Stilbruch has gone from having one full-time employee to 70, and from being a non-profit orientation to bringing in $330,000 to $550,000 per year in profit. Roman Hottgenroth, operations manager said, ‘These things are useful. They really aren’t rubbish. We are trying to stop throwaway culture and wastefulness. There’s so much value in what we treat like trash.’”

Do you see the parallel to our job as Christians?  In God’s eyes, the people the world considers broken and useless are seen as precious---valuable---worth the life of His only Son. When ANYONE puts their faith in Jesus they are reclaimed and restored by God. The filthy is made clean (Isaiah 1:18), and the worn out becomes new (2 Corinthians 5:17). As God’s co-laborers we are in the “recycling and refurbishing” business.

Keep the SON in your eyes!
Pastor Mark
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