PASTOR NOAH PANLILIO’S APRIL MESSAGE 2019
Spring has sprung and is always been a season being looked forward to by many if not all of us and in many places and that includes us as a Church. In the aftermath of several frigid winter vortex season we enjoyed worshiping with our brothers and sisters of Northwest Church for a whole month. We plan to start worshiping again at Northwest Church on the first Sunday of April. But the next joint worship event will not be till June 31st
As we come to the season of Spring we also have the task of planning out our mission vision program events taking into consideration what we most needed and what God has called us to do in the next coming months. In our planning event last year, we raised several concerns that needed our full attention. That means we as a church and as a church council should work together with our concerted efforts. What we needed to do now as a church council is to follow up on those concerns, and needs that we have mapped out and accomplish them. Doing the best of our ability in bringing the whole gospel of Jesus to those who needs it. Especially the plan to welcome Northwest congregation to merge with us as one consolidated congregation. With our nurturing program I continue to have short term Bible study class for everyone interested. For now till the end of the Lenten season we started to have Lenten meditations on Wednesday evenings. Our Mission and Outreach program continue to be busy through our ongoing appeal for Food Pantry, and again will gather buckets of cleaning supplies for the Midwest Distributions for relief supplies for any kind of disaster and natural calamity that might hit our areas.
Speaking of Mission and Outreach, I leave the end of this month for Volunteers In Mission in the Philippines. We plan to paint Sunday school rooms of City Temple United Methodist Church in Angeles City. In addition we will have a free Medical and Dental treatment in the inner city communities. We are expecting to treat 200 individuals. Medical Ambassadors Philippines a Christian volunteers group of doctors, nurses and dentists are conducting the free treatment. We are still short of $1500 to cover the expenses, for medicines and painting materials for the project. I know that God still provides to reach the goal and I know some of you have pledged to contribute to this mission initiative and I thank you very much.
Finally, we have scheduled a church and community event on April 28, for an Active Shooter Training. Details will be posted in the newsletter and poster flier will be posted in town. Let us continue to ask God to strengthen us to boldly participate in all the our mission efforts and ministry endeavors.
To God Be the Glory for Great Things God Has Done
Because of Jesus Christ
Rev. Dr. Noah R. Panlilio
PASTOR NOAH’S MAY MESSAGE
This month of May we continue to observe the glorious season of Eastertide in the Christian calendar. Did you know that our brothers and sisters in the Christian Eastern Orthodox Church just celebrated Easter two weeks after we did? That’s because they are not following the Roman calendar like we do. But on this month of May there are two important observances in our church calendar, we will observe and celebrate Ascension Sunday. Ascension Sunday celebrates the day Jesus Christ ascended into heaven in the presence of his disciples. This is also the day that he commissioned them to go into the world and make disciples.
Another important date in the month of May is our celebration of Mothers Day. This celebration is not normally included in the season of the Christian calendar. I think it is more in the Hallmark cards calendar. However, it is fairly appropriate to set aside a day honoring and celebrating all the Mothers in the world, both living and those who joined the church triumphant, in whatever forms of mothering relationships and virtues they played and shared with their families and loved ones.
During this time of Mothers Day celebration, many of us will honor our Mothers with a special dinner tendered on her honor as special treat for her. I remember a story about a wealthy Texan oil tycoon who planned to give his mother a very special gift on Mother’s Day. He wanted to send an unusual special gift, so he went to a pet store. The pet store owner offered him a Mynah, an unusual bird from the amazons worth $25,000 that’s one of a kind. “What makes this bird so expensive and unusual?” He asked the store owner. The owner responded, “Oh sir this Mynah bird is the only kind of bird in the world that can recite the whole chapter of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd, and John 3:16.” The wealthy Texan said, “I’ll take it, I don’t care how much it costs, my Mother is worth it and it will give her so much comfort hearing the bird recite her favorite Bible verses.” So he issued a check and asked the pet store owner to ship off to his mother’s house. Then came Monday, day after Mothers Day, he called his mother overseas. “Mother hello! How are you? Did you get my amazing Mothers Day gift to you? He asked. “I certainly did son, you didn’t have to trouble yourself, but I thank you very much for your love and thoughtfulness,” said the mother. “And how did you like the bird mother?”The mother replied, “Oh son it was delicious”!
Finally, three weeks ago the Staff Pastor Relations Committee chairperson Marcia Hueber announced a very important announcement. She announced that our Bishop, Bishop Sally Dyck and our District Superintendent Rev. Young Mee Park have prayerfully discerned that I will be appointed to another church appointment effective July 1st, at Morrison United Methodist Church in Morrison IL an hour drive from Dekalb. Likewise it was also announced that a new pastor is coming to Malta also effective on July 1st. Let us continue to pray for these changes and transitions that will take place between our two churches in a couple of months or so. I will keep you posted in the next newsletter.
To God Be The Glory for Great Things God Has Done!
Rev. Dr. Noah Panlilio