Onaway United Methodist
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
A church with Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Pastor's Letter

Beloved Onaway/ Millersburg UMC families,

Hello and warm wishes,

Even though March is approaching us; our town is still filled with all white snow. Moreover, while writing this letter, it is snowing outside now like when I wrote my last letter to you; however, we also know spring is coming soon. 

I want to share my personal story. As you know, I had a vacation a couple of weeks ago. I was very sick during that time, so I had stayed in bed most of the time; however, actually, it was a great and restful time. Before the vacation, I planned so many things for my spiritual renewal and fun time and ordered some books that I had desired to read; however, I couldn't do anything because of the severe flu and even the books I ordered did not arrive on time. At first I felt very frustrated because it was not the vacation I had expected; however, surprisingly, I had a great time in a different way.  

While I was in bed, I listened to Christian music and other pastor's sermons and prayed, and that gave many spiritual and holy moments to me. In that quiet time, I could feel God's comfort and encouragement and recognized the beautiful and amazing God's love and grace again. Then, I realized that I tried and planned to do something "SPECIAL" for my spiritual practice. In fact, I forgot one of the most important points that anytime we recognize and feel God's presence and works in your life, that is the spiritual and meaningful moment to us. Don't feel pressured you need to do something special for your spiritual practice, but just start one as much as you can and feel God's presence with loving and caring in your life. It was a refreshing time for my tired spirit and body. Then, after the vacation, my flu was also gone! Thanks be to God!

The season of Lent approaches us. Every year this 40-day season, without counting Sundays, begins on Ash Wednesday (March 6th) and finishes on Easter (April 21st). I love this season as almost a  mirror of Advent. It is time that we spiritually focus on the meaning of Jesus' Cross and his deep love for us while preparing for Easter. How do we as God’s people approach Lent, define Lent, practice Lent, and live Lent? I hope this season means not just a returning annual church visit but the time you think about the condition of your heart and your relationship with Jesus. 

This year, the theme of this season will be "return to me with all your heart." I hope and pray that this season will be a time for all of us to respond to God's call in order to restore and deepened our relationship with Jesus.

I would like to invite you to our Ash Wednesday (March 6th) worship service, at 7pm at Onaway UMC. Let us start this beautiful and meaningful season together with worship. But, as I mentioned, if you really can't make this service, you can come to my office anytime between 9am -1 pm where we can have a short worship ending with anointing the ashes on your forehead. However, I want to encourage you to come to the service at 7pm to be with our community of faith. Also, don't forget our Lenten Bible Study! 

Lenten Bible Study 

March 13th~ April 17th
Wednesday, 10 am & 6:30 pm, at Onaway UMC
Thursday, 10 am, at Millersburg UMC
I hope many of you will participate and have a meaningful time together.

With God's grace and love, stay warm!  
Peace be with you, 


Pastor's Challenge: 
Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverb 4:23)