Sunday, November 18, 2007

Goodbye Hope Centre, i'll miss you dearly...

we had our final service at Hope Centre cafe yesterday. Quite a few old faces came by. Had an extended service. Talked about how the church isn't the building, but it's the people that make up the church.

I'm really really sad right now, knowing that we wont be at the cafe anymore. That this morning might be the last time i wake up in the cafe. the last time i leave that place while it's still ours. Was telling everyone that i cant remember one single time i had a bad moment at that place. The memories i have there are only good ones. There may have been happy and sad moments there, but they were all good moments in the essence of it. Working there, worshiping there, hanging out... sleeping there... goofing off... That place really in some sense became home away from home, which is what Third Place is supposed to be.

Now we don't have that place anymore... and there isn't quite anything else like it anywhere else. At least i'm not losing the people that i hold dear. it's just the building i tell myself. but there are still emotional strings attached to it, and it hurts to have those strings cut. In the past i actually imagined myself growing old in that place. I kid you not.

I know, that it's not the people itself that i'm losing... just that location. I know the answer, and we've told it to the kids as well... that at least we still have one another. But when it comes down to it, we still hurt from having something that's been so much a part of us, taken away.

The thing that really takes the cake is that we hear that Trinity Christian Centre bought over the whole building to do the same thing that we are doing. I kinda likened it to being a kid with your favourite toy, and another kid comes along and takes away that toy because his mom has the money to do so. And now that we're moving to the YWCA across the road from Hope Centre, we'll get to see that kid play with that toy everyday. i don't know how i'm gonna walk past it everyday and see other people using that stage, using the kitchen... having biblestudy where i used to have biblestudy, worship where i used to worship.
I'll say this... that i know it's probably not TCC's fault that this is happening. Perhaps they don't know the whole picture. Which church in their right mind would buy over another church's property?
But even though these people are brothers and sisters in Christ as well, it still hurts to see them use what we once called home.

ok, i'm gonna stop blogging now, i'm already crying as it is.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Coffee Vampires, Falling bolsters...

went for YM 9.30 service then headed out with CMJ people to have breakfast at Dome.
Gareth's food was late and he needed to zhao back to sing for the 2nd service. so we da-baoed his food and i brought it back to YWCA for him.

On the way back (while still holding the Dome paperbag) jbarks comes from behind and asks if there was any coffee in there. haha. last week he couldnt even eat lunch at fish and co. cos he hadnt had his coffee yet.

and now, this conversation just happened over msn between jbarks and me...

-Ian- Why? says:
oh yeah... and eric and i realised that at sports sch u will be zombie
-Ian- Why? says:
there's no coffee there
-Ian- Why? says:
well, no real coffee that is
jbarks says:
omg
jbarks says:
need driver
jbarks says:
duty driver
jbarks says:
pls
-Ian- Why? says:
rofl
jbarks says:
plsplspls

Lol... i just found that really amusing. On weekdays however, Jbarks is an opstronics I/C in camp and he hides in the dark confines of his air-con store and hibernates till lunch or till someone needs to return/loan something. Hence, because his exposure to sunlight is minimal, he doesn't really need the coffee.

Wesley YM camp is being held from 13-16 Dec at sports sch btw...


Anyway, headed back to Fish and Co. again. (consecutively in two weeks!) and had lunch there with the other CMJ peeps. Had a surprise party for Chin Hui, so we bought a bolster and coloured/drew/designed/doodled/drew pink IC on it with markers. then waited for her to come and dropped it on her from the 2nd floor. too bad the majority of us had to hide in the toilet while all this happened so we never really saw the look on her face when it happened.
And as we were all waiting for her, Gareth concluded that she'd take quite some time to turn up and decided to bomb toilet bowl island at that very point in time. When she did turn up earlier than he expected, i went in and told him. To which he said "oh shit" how apt. haha.

Was quite fun hanging out with the gang for lunch. and i ate too much once again. I'm really growing fat... it's scary. MUST RUN!

Back to work tomorrow once again. 3 weeks left now. hopefully the last week will be spent clearing leave and off rather than coming back to work. crosses fingers. and of course, definitely hope not to extend. (choi choi)