Onaway United Methodist
Monday, November 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!

Fall is coming. Personally, I really love this time of year, between summer and fall. This season is when the trees are changing their colors; I love how sometimes a single tree has several different colors – red, yellow, and green. I enjoy this season more than when the trees have completely changed to fall colors. It is so beautiful. When I drive down the winding roads through the trees, which I really love, I see the beauty of God’s creation and power of God in the provision of nature. I hope you can enjoy this season with me while praising God.

We have discussed "LOVE" from the greatest commandment that Jesus taught us this month. Loving the Lord completely, loving our neighbors compassionately, and loving ourselves correctly in God is sometimes challenging in our faith journey; however, when we remember about God's love and grace it is easier. I hope we can love the Lord with ALL our being- every single moment of every single day. As people who receive love and grace from God, the love of God should move though us and into the world. Also, remember to love yourself whom God loves; you are a really previous being to God, who was created in the image of God. You are so loved that God sent Jesus Christ to save you.

Also, I would like to remind you that we have really great outreach programs running in the church; The Caring Closet (consisting of personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies), Fuel 5000 (collecting healthy snacks for Onaway high school students who are going hungry during the school day), Food Pantry and so on. Also, there is a new outreach event in Presque Isle County, called "Project Connect." This year, our churches are collecting Canned Fruits and Veggies for the needy. Remember the love of God and please share and spread your love to those who need help.

Our church conference is coming on October 7th. As I prepare for the conference, we have had time to look back over the last year and to discuss the next year of our churches. Throughout that time, I learned many things about our churches as a new pastor, and I have many hopes and dreams for our churches and our future. I believe that God gives us those dreams  and God gives us strength and direction to carry them out. I am really looking forward to seeing how God works in our churches and how God will work though our churches in this community and in the world.
Please pray for our churches and the conference.

The days are getting colder. During the changing of season, I hope that you take care and don’t catch a cold. I pray for the health and happiness of you and your family.
May God bless you.

Thank you.

With love,

Pastor's Challenge:
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow - not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below - indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (This month verses we are memorizing are little longer than before, which might be really challenging for you, but I know it would be worthy to memorize~)