Onaway United Methodist
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
A church with Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Pastor's Letter

Beloved Onaway/ Millersburg UMC families,

Greetings in the name of Christ, our Lord!

As the sun starts to go down early these days, I feel that time goes by so quickly. I think I am not the only one who cannot believe it is already September. We got through the exceptionally hot and autumn is coming to us. I am looking forward to the new season, but I feel sad that the sunflowers are gone in the huge sunflower field on route 68.

As you know, I really enjoyed watching them and taking pictures. Above all, sunflowers give us many great lessons for our faith journey. Of course, they display the grace of the almighty God, creator of all of the beauty of nature. Also, as we watch the sunflower follow the sun, we can think about and reflect on the relationship between God and us. As living and mature Sunflowers track the sun 360 degrees,  all day and all night long, we learn how we should also live life following and focusing on the SON, our Lord, Christ Jesus. And, looking at the sunflower, it looks just like the sun. I hope that our lives can also look like Christ’s as authentic followers of Jesus Christ.

Even though the sunflowers are gone with the passing of the season, the lesson they gave us is one that we should always remember. Also, I believe that God gives us another lesson though the beautiful nature in fall too. I am looking forward to discovering it with all of you.

Throughout this letter, I want to express how much I am looking forward to fellowship with you. First, as you know we planned pastoral visitations, so that I hope that I have a great time with you. I just started visiting so if you did not the sign up yet, do not worry, it is not too late. Please let me know when you would be available. Also, there will be an open house at the parsonage held on September 6th, between 3 -7 pm. As I mentioned before, I am preparing for these fellowship events with prayer and excitement. I hope that we will have a fun and meaningful time together.

Thank you.

With love,


Pastor's Challenge:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)