Onaway United Methodist
Wednesday, August 15, 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!

I have been in Onaway for almost one month. (As I always tell you, time goes so fast.) There are still boxes that I need to unpack in the parsonage and I am still struggling to memorize your names and match them to faces. However, I am getting used to being here due to your kindness and prayers. These day I can't stop confessing how blessed I am to be here and I am praying that I might be a blessing to you.

Since I have been here, there have been so many moments that left me feeling impressed by  God's amazing and beautiful creations: the clear sky, the innumerable starts and the moon, the many lakes that each has their own unique beauty, the green-green trees and woods (I love to drive down the winding roads through the trees), and so on. As I shared during the last Bible class, I am really enjoying the nature here and praising God who created this world: "O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:9) We should remember that God who is almighty, who is awesome, and who is powerful loves us. How amazing it is! How reassured we feel! Maybe it is because I am new that I feel so deeply moved by nature. If you are used to this beautiful nature that God created and gave us as a gift, I encourage you to look around the woods and waters and look up the sky both during the day and night and feel God's amazing works and love for you.

Some may already recognize that my messages have been focused on our relationship with Jesus: meeting/encountering Jesus, defining Jesus (who do you think I am?), and honoring/worshipping Jesus. I would like to remind you that Jesus is always with you and loves you, and about how it is sweet to walk with Jesus in our every daily lives. I hope you can feel Jesus' love every moment of your life, and that your life will be filled with of the fragrance of worshipping and loving Jesus.

Additionally, I am planning to have an open-house at the parsonage (after I finish unpacking...) and start making pastoral visitations to your houses. I am preparing for these events with prayer and excitement. I believe that we will have a fun and meaningful time together and get to know one another more closely. I am really looking forward that fellowship! 

With love,

**Pastor's Challenge (I would keep doing these following Rev. Carmen’s example. Please accept this challenge!)  Let us memorize, "O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!" (Psalm 8:9)