Onaway & Millersburg UMC
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
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Pastor's Letter

Hello and warm wishes,

As for our 2020 church's theme "to be a faithful disciple”, we initiated a series of messages about "Discipleship: The Journeying toward Sanctification." Have you ever thought about how much of a faithful disciple you are? Jesus’ disciple is someone who learns from him to live like him - someone who, because of God’s awakening grace, conforms his or her words and ways to that of Jesus’. So, we are Jesus' disciples who follow him and try to become like him.

According to Rev. Dr. James Harnish, "A disciple is a follower of Jesus whose life is centers around loving God and loving others."Discipleship is a lifelong journey; As Jesus' disciple, following him, putting him as the center of life, trying to become like him while journeying toward sanctification, we should keep our gazes fixed on Jesus like the "X" mark on our life map, so that we keep trying to become like him in our lives. I hope, during this year, and further in our lives, we continue to check whom/what is the center of our lives and think about how to live as Jesus' faithful disciples in the world.

As the season of Lent and Easter Sunday approaches us, starting on Ash Wednesday (February 26th) and finishing on Easter (April 9th), it is the time when we should spiritually focus on the meaning of Jesus' Cross and his deep love and amazing grace for us. This year, I will invite you for the 40 days devotions (I will hand out the paper like last year), and the "Random Acts" during the Lenten season. You may perform different practices depicting Jesus' love for his disciples. It does not have to be something special and huge, but something you can do in your lives. Hopefully, during this Lent, we will practice the love of God and others, and grow up together spiritually.

Also, I would like to invite you to our Ash Wednesday  worship service on February 26th, Onaway UMC, at 7 pm. Let us start this beautiful and meaningful season by worshiping. The Lent Bible Study will also commence on the same day until April 9th,followed by the reading of Jesus' way going toward the cross with Adam Hamilton's book, 24 Hours. I hope you join the Bible study in order to listen and learn the word of God together.

It is February, the month of love. As preparing and starting the Lenten season, I hope we have more time to reflect upon the "LOVE" of Jesus that teaches us: love God, love others, and love yourself. So, I hope your February is filled with love.

Due to the cold winter, I hope and pray for your good health. Be careful about the cold all the time! Take care and stay warm physically and spiritually with the love of Jesus Christ.

Lastly, I would like to let you know that I will be taking a weeklong vacation between February 17th- February 23rd. During this vacation, I plan to go to New England to see my friends who studied together when I was in seminary. I hope I will have some relaxing, spiritual renewal time too. Please pray for my trip.

Pastor's Challenge:
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me. (John 10:14)

With LOVE,