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Publish Date: 2/24/2005

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Roy Hughes, left, and Gus Brockman prepare to install shelves behind the altar at First Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saturday in Longmont. They are part of the church’s Mast Builders Bible study group.Times-Call/Lewis Geyer

Group hopes to build on faith

 LONGMONT — A new men’s group at First Evangelical Lutheran Church combines carpentry skills with Christian studies, raising the question “What would Jesus build?”

Master Builders meets the third Saturday of each month for Bible study and a construction project, said Gus Brockmann, director of children’s ministries and worship.

Projects have included a deck replacement for a needy family and odd jobs inside the church, located at Third and Terry streets. Brockmann said the group is devising a list of projects both within and outside the church community.

Brockmann started the group this past November after attending a men’s ministry in Estes Park, he said.

“Master Builders asks men ‘How do you view your life in the world as a Christian man?’” Brockmann said.

The fledgling group has about a dozen members.

“Master Builders requires two essential things: a Bible and a good tape measure,” said member Bill Campbell, who joined Roy Hughes and Brockmann last Saturday.

February’s project was new shelving behind the altar for the communion service. But first, the men built upon their faith.

In a one-hour Bible study, they talked about accountability after reading the New Testament story of four friends who take their friend, a paralytic, to see Jesus.

The story says a crowd surrounded Jesus, who was visiting a home, but the four men climbed onto the roof, tore out a hole and lowered their friend down to Jesus.

“Even our group here is formed because we want to help someone else,” Campbell said. “We’re doing this blind, helping people we don’t even know.”

Brockmann said he hoped to start other Christian men’s groups focused on other activities, such as hiking or a sport, once Master Builders has a solid foundation.

“I hope it is its own beast, and that the guys within the group maintain it so we can start other groups,” he said.

Anyone interested in Master Builders can contact Brockmann at 303-776-2704.

Melanie M. Sidwell can be reached at 303-684-5274, or by e-mail at msidwell@times-call.com.


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