Cumberland Articles


Renovation – chapel

By Herb Zabel / September 24, 2020 /

The progress has been steady, the complications few, and the completion is in view! As we have been progressing in the actual work of our renovations of the kids space, there is another area of building 200 that has still been churning through design questions. The old chapel that is attached to building 200, has stained glass, and is closest to Church street has always been reserved for our communications team. In the early phases we were trying to determine…

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Renovation – Infrastructure

By Herb Zabel / August 16, 2020 /

The beginning phases of construction are never glamorous. In the picture above you see a newly constructed block wall and some metal studs with water lines and pipes inside. Yet these beginning stages are crucial to the finish project. For example, the block wall is a structural wall that will support the floor above it after we have cut a large whole to allow the new platform lift to reach both floors. The metal wall contains the plumbing necessary for…

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Renovation – Bathrooms

By Herb Zabel / August 6, 2020 /

Some of you may know that many moons ago the intention was to replace the carpet, slap on some new paint, and install some bathrooms and be call it a day. This was the bare minimum that we needed to get building 200 operational. As we began pulling back layers and exploring wasted costs it became clear that to save money we actually needed to spend more upfront. So we went from a bathroom and a face-lift, to full on…

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Renovation – July 30th

By Herb Zabel / July 30, 2020 /

Make way for the lift!!! This is a picture of the major work being done to provide lift access to all three levels of the 200 building. One of the unique things about this building is how it somewhat embodies a 1970’s split level house. The chapel, soon to be our communications department, was originally built in the early 70’s. Some time later the two-level building and courtyard were added on. However, because of the strange topography of our lot,…

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God Is Not Quarantined

By Courtney Harkness / March 26, 2020 /

I know someone who is not in quarantine. I know someone who is not “social distancing.” I know someone who wants to use this crisis to move closer to people rather than farther away from them. He alone is our hope. More specifically, His mission is OUR mission.And while we scramble to figure out what to do, He continues to do what He has always done! And that is saving the world from sin, not just the coronavirus. Therefore, for those who belong to…

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How to know the difference between Fear and Wisdom

By Courtney Harkness / March 12, 2020 /

It seems like the whole world is in a complete panic over our newest friend, the Coronavirus. I just found out that March Madness is going to be a little less “mad” this year, with no fans. And the NBA is suspended. Bummer for basketball junkies like me. Nevertheless, it’s difficult to see past the urgency of the moment, and I will try to avoid criticism of the response. However, the entire ordeal raises a significant question: Are these precautions…

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God is Unchanging

By Matt McGue / February 14, 2020 /

Most people just don’t like change, but it’s unavoidable. Life is full of change, but God is changeless. God is unchangeable. God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8). So when we are swimming in uncertainty, we can be certain, God is constant and consistent. Our God knows exactly what we need, when we need it, especially when we get anxious as life throws us a curveball. Last Sunday, our church family heard our Lead Pastor, Alan Scott,…

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Super Bowl Kind Of Parents

By Alan Scott / January 30, 2020 /

Sherry and I are navigating our last daughter through marriage (May 16th!!). We are working on getting Michael launched and into college by fall. And so far… so good. There seems to be payoff after years of parenting and hard work. By the grace of God and marrying a smokin’ hot incredible wife – our kids love and serve Jesus, seem to function well in the big world, have honed skills, make the right decisions, work hard, and love well.…

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How do my faith and the gospel apply to these work-related issues?

By Matt McGue / January 23, 2020 /

Have you ever wanted to quit your job? Do you feel unappreciated by your boss? Are your co-workers throwing shade at you? Ever gotten sick to your stomach driving to work just thinking about all you have to put up with and achieve? Are you wondering why you haven’t gotten a raise? Well, the reality is that work is challenging most of the time and conflict is inevitable. Surprisingly, 85% of American workers are happy with their jobs, according to…

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Gospel Works in Our Work to Realign Us

By Herb Zabel / January 15, 2020 /

The fact of the matter is…WORK is a four-letter word. The Bible tells us not to let any unwholesome talk come from our mouths, but every morning we wake up, say goodbye to our loved ones and utter the dastardly phrase, “I’m off to WORK!” We call ourselves Christians and Christ-followers, but we use this four-letter word like the lead actor in a Quentin Tarantino film. Work, work, work! The research shows that 54% of Americans are happy with their…

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