Onaway United Methodist
Sunday, January 20, 2019
A church with Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Pastor's Letter

Beloved Onaway/ Millersburg UMC families,

Happy New Year!! New year, 2019 is here!

How did your Christmas celebrations go? I hope you all had a truly wonderful and insightful Christmas. I would humbly like to remind you not to think that Christmas is over! Please don't forget the best ever Christmas gift granted the Baby Jesus-who came to us to save us, to set us free, to reconcile us, and to be with us for all eternity. Jesus' unconditional love and grace is ever present with us every single day of our lives, and not just during the Christmas season. To that end, I sincerely hope you are able to feel an unshakeable sense of hope, peace, joy, and love everyday of your lives walking with Christ.

This is the time of year when we all make resolutions.  Do you make any? I am still in the process of working toward that. In all fairness, making a new resolution every year is not an easy task because we know how it is hard to keep it. However, I do believe that God has a special plan for all of us in every New Year that God blesses us with. So, at this time when 2018 is on its way out and we’re ready to welcome 2019, I hope you have the time to honestly assess our previous year, to reflect upon ourselves and to plan ahead for the New Year with God. Infusing there solution with heartfelt praying, I hope you (and I) make a great, holy, and realistic resolution for the coming year.

In particular, I hope and encourage you to keep believing that we will be worshipers in the true sense in 2019 - not only during the worship services, but also in every moment of our lives. I hope our lives are filled with an obedient and worshipping heart so that we can present ourselves as a living sacrifice to God. As Psalm 19:14 says, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer," I hope our words, thought, and deeds can please God. 

Lastly, I would like to inform you about the pastor visitation. I wasn’t able to visiting all your houses last year. I apologize for that, especially to everyone who graciously waited for me. However, I have decided to keep doing that this year. So, if I didn't visit your home yet, I will visit it soon (thank you for your patience). In the event you didn't provide me with the information of your schedule yet, please do let me know when would be the best suited time for you to meet me at your home.

I hope all of you a very Happy and Blessed New Year!

With love,

Pastor's Challenge:

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)"