Onaway United Methodist
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
A church with Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Pastor's Letter

When I was little I had this fantasy that I would be a famous singer one day. I had this kaleidoscope that I would pretend was a microphone and I would dace and sing in my bedroom. I had a wonderful time doing that and probably broke a few bed springs in the process. So what kept me from being a famous singer? I think it was more my singing then my dancing, but probably both!
When Todd and I married his niece Jennifer was 3. I took my job as the crazy aunt very seriously. I taught her the joys of impromptu dance sessions and skipping down the city streets. It was loud, annoying, and wonderful. Just recently I had the privilege of having lunch with her. She is now in college and doing really well. I am very proud of her; but I was also kind of sad...the little girl that was so willing to break out in dance with me was gone.
When I came to Onaway and Millersburg to be your pastor I learned and am still learning a new kind of dance. I don't know all the steps but I have an awesome Teacher. One day Caesar and I were walking through the neighborhoods in town and I may have gotten a tad carried away. I was listening to praise music with my earbuds and dancing as we moved through the streets. I was having a marvelous time worshiping and not thinking at all at how I must have looked to the world. When I finally paused in my dancing I noticed I was at the Credit Union and there was a line of cars with people in them - laughing at me. Oh well, I'm United Methodist. What can I say?
The theme for 2018 is 'Dancing with Joy'. I invite you to throw aside some of that seriousness that being grown up requires and dance. Dance not because the music is great but because our God is great. Dance not because you know the steps and look graceful but because you are trusting God to lead and you look like His child (I can see the family resemblance). Dance with joy because 2018 is God's year and it is going to be a great year!
Pastor's Challenge - Let us work on our memorization this year! Will you join me in memorizing a verse or two a month? For January let us memorize John 16:33 - "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
May your JOY be outrageous,

Pastor Carmen Cook