Notes from the Pastor

  Rev. Dr. Noah Panlilio was appointed pastor of Malta and Northwest Malta Churches effective July 1, 2013. Pastor Noah grew up in Manila, the capital city of the Republic of the Philippines and started as a student pastor after graduating from the university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. He then continued on to seminary for a Master’s Degree in Divinity and Doctor of Ministry Degree. He has been a pastor in the United Methodist Church over 32 years serving in the city of Manila and Northwestern District of Chicago. Pastor Noah has one daughter, Reanna Grace.


Dear Ones in Christ!

Welcome to Lent! March the 6th, Ash Wednesday, marks the start of the holiest Christian season in the Christian church. Year after year we observed this holiest season in our Christian calendar. But have we really thought of going into deeper understanding if not the praxis of this observance as being set apart to embody our Lenten journey? There are four self-evident principles and resolutions that we need to ponder this season. Lent s a time of self-examination, Lent is a time of Prayer, Lent is time of Fasting and finally, Lent is a time of Almsgiving.  Yes, indeed this Lenten season Christians must learn how to observe and practice the Lenten journey with all its resolutions and principles. However, putting all these principles into loving action is the giving of alms. Almsgiving is act of charity (in the sense of Christian love). The value of the sacrifice depends not merely on the size of the gift but on the intention and attitude of the giver. Remember the story of the Poor Widow in the gospel story: Jesus sat opposite the treasury and watched the multitude putting money into it. Many rich people put in large sums of money. But the poor widow came and put in two copper coins which make a penny. And said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has out more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she gave out of her poverty and has put in everything she had, her whole living” (Mark 12:42-44).

Friends, we at Malta and NW Malta United Methodist Church invite you to uphold the practice of the principles of the Lenten season. As part of our Lenten journey please allow me to appeal to you to share a Lenten offering this time of the year. I strongly feel our Lenten offering this year will go to our Rainbow Covenant mission initiatives of the Northern Illinois Conference. Our Mission and Outreach chairpesrson Marylynn McArtor designed a very informative bulletin board at our fellowship hall that displays our commitment to various mission opportunities. I thought is is a very helpful tool for us to be informed where our mission money goes. So please take some time during our coffee fellowship to read and look at Mission Ourtreach bulletin board. The Rainbow Covenant mission initiatives is our second mile giving aside from our annual apportionments. Mission efforts that ministers to the needs of the homeless, the jobless, the elderly, the sick, schools, the students, the youth and families with small children. Several ministries that gives assistance to our brothers and sisters in our community who are in the fringes of our society and are obviously marginalized to help them back on their feet again.

We all know that we are also living in hard times economically. However, like the poor widow, I believe we could also give out of our poverty this Lenten season. Please find a Lenten offering envelope together with this letter and make you checks to Malta United Methodist Church or Northwest Malta United Methodist Church earmarked for Rainbow Covenant. Mail it to the church address or put in the offering plate during Sunday worship. Thank you very much and may we all complete our journey together this Lenten season.

                         To God Be the Glory for Great Things God Has Done

Because of Jesus Christ

+Pastor Noah

Rev. Dr. Noah R. Panlilio