Onaway & Millersburg UMC
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
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Pastor's Letter

Beloved Onaway/ Millersburg UMC families,

Greetings in the mighty and awesome Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

How have you been during this warm summer? How did your house fare during the last tornado? It is my earnest hope and prayer that you and your family are well. 

Over the last month, July, I challenged you to read the book of Proverbs along with my sermons. I hope you have enjoyed reading the book. I've heard many positive reflections on reading it in the last couple weeks. If you couldn't read through it completely yet or have not yet started, do not worry. You can read Proverbs in August. Remember that the number of days in August is also 31 like July (31 chapters in Proverbs). If you already read it all, you could read it one more time. :)

The five-week series of sermons on the Book of Proverbs has finished. I know it was a long series. With the five-week sermons (Wisdom, Hearts, Trust and Fear, Choice, and Words), we have been able to think about how to live wisely and godly in this world. We all want to live as a "wise person" and not a fool. So, remember that fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and that "fear" refers to reverence and love for God in our lives. Proverbs clearly addresses the direction and priority of our lives. So, we should put God as the priority so that we may worship and trust in only God with all our hearts. It leads us to our prayer like the psalmist, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)"

During this month, I plan to have a vacation for two weeks: August 3rd - 16th. I will not travel during this time because of not only COVID-19 but also there are many things due for my ordination process. During most of my time off, I am going to stay at the parsonage (and maybe spend a couple days down state with JD), but it may be difficult to contact to me during that time. If there is anything that you want to talk with me about, please let me know before the vacation or you can leave a message with Linda. Please pray for me while I'm writing my papers and hopefully having a refreshing time. Thank you.

We are going through a weird and challenging year; however, we can rejoice not because of the situation around us but because of Jesus Christ, our Lord, our Rock, and our Savior. In this time, let us focus on him and his love, and praise him together.

Happy August!

Pastor YooJin Kim

Pastor's Challenge: Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:7-8)