Onaway & Millersburg UMC
Monday, November 30, 2020
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
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Pastor's Letter

Beloved Onaway/ Millersburg UMC families,

Grace and peace to you, family of Faith.

Above all, I really want to express my gratitude for your loving hearts. For pastor appreciation month during October, all your letters and gifts were really delightful! Especially, during the last Sunday worship service, I didn't expect something so wonderful, so it was a really surprising. I want to say thank you for not only your visible gifts but also the invisible gift of sweet, loving, and encouraging words and messages. I give thanks to God for you. It is huge blessing to serve you and this church. Thank you.

One of the big holidays is coming, Thanksgiving. We may have a bit of a different holiday this year due to the pandemic; however, this does not negate our hearts of gratitude and joy. Focusing on the gifts and blessing given by God, I hope our Thanksgiving is filled with "Thanksgiving" and rejoicing.

Remember God provides us with true blessings in abundance. We have joy and laughter; we have courage in the face of fear, hope where there is doubt, comfort when we have tears and sadness, strength when we are weak and dismayed, and steadfast love, which is never changing. God is with us in all things. I also want to encourage you that we I the Methodist tradition have a Thanksgiving prayer. John Wesley said...

“Thanksgiving is inseparable from true prayer; it is almost essentially connected with it. One who always prays is ever giving praise, whether in ease or pain, both for prosperity and for the greatest adversity. He blesses God for all things, looks on them as coming from Him, and receives them for His sake- not choosing nor refusing, liking or disliking, anything, but only as it is agreeable or disagreeable to His perfect will.”   - John Wesley

Thanksgiving is inseparable from true prayer. With praying and thinking of the grace and blessings gifted to us, I hope our Thanksgiving overflows with our grateful and worshipful prayers, despite of our environment or situations making it hard to be "thankful." Also, pray for our community, church, nations, and world. As you know, there are many people having a difficult time for various reasons. It is time to pray for us and others. So, I hope our November is filled with prayer. If you are not sure whom you need to pray for, check the church website, where I keep an updated list of the new prayer requests.

Give thanks to the Lord always with a grateful heart. I am thankful for you and our church. I am thankful for all that God is doing among us as we pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to lead us. I hope you have a warm and happy Thanksgiving!

With Gratitude,
Sincerely,
YooJin Kim

Pastor's Challenge: Psalm 100:4-5
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.