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.

  PASTOR NOAH PANLILIO’S  FEBRUARY  MESSAGE  2019

It behooves me to say that there is no denying that we are still in the middle of the polar vortex of winter. We have experienced the polar vortex several of times, bringing our temperatures to below zero degrees breaking the records for several days. Not to mention inches of snow accumulation almost every other day. In the midst of these frigid season we are in, it is inevitable that the church should move on in its ministry. Many a times this weather bugs down many people to illness and depression. Affecting not only our physical and emotional well being but also our inner soul. Many years ago as a young pastor, I was asked by my District Superintendent during a summer consultation; and asked, “What do you do when you are going through a desert time in your spiritual life?” I responded, “I go visit folks in the centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and friends who I never saw for a while. I get out of myself and do some thing good and worthwhile and then eventually I feel better.” A survey says that; the happiest people on earth are those who are volunteering to help other people who are need. Perhaps you might think that this is a new fad or craze that people both young and old  might do or are already been doing. But no, it goes back to the roots of the Scriptures. God created us that we are in our best, healthiest, and more creative selves when we serve others and work for the causes that is pleasing in God’s sight.

 

Of course this is most true when we act out of authentic love for others and not for ourselves. That is probably why the Greatest Commandments says in order;  First, love God with all your heart, soul and mind, and strength–get that reality and change you– and then love your neighbor as yourself.

 

Several years ago I led another group of VIM (Volunteers In Mission) team to a volcano (Mt.Pinatubo) eruption stricken small town in the Philippines. The town was practically buried by sand, silt and volcanic ash. Houses and buildings were buried underground. The town was a dry desert place. There was no vegetation at all because there was no water system. There was no clean water to drink, children and adults get sick and some die because of contaminated water. Our VIM team helped financed and worked on putting up a deep well for water to make an irrigation system. So that farmers could once again plant vegetation and crops for livelihood and the town can use fresh clean water. When the fresh clean water from the well come gushing forth, there was a celebration of life! That celebration of life was also for our team that contributed to its reality and will continue on.

 

Friends, in May of this year, again I am leading a small team of Volunteers in Mission to the Philippines. I am inviting and encouraging anyone intrested and who wants to be part of the this team to please let me know by March 1st. We will restore a small United Methodist church building damaged by the volcanic eruption and will bring free medical/dental/optical assistance to the immediate community. Thank you to all of you who made contributions last year. We are raising $2,5000 for the whole project to purchase materials and medicines. Again I am making an appeal to you by making donations to my CDs and your generous personal offerings to the project. Please make you checks to Malta United Methodist Church with a note for VIM-PHILIPPINES. For we know that God will always provide for our needs because the work is for God’s kingdom building here on earth. Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve.

 

TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOR GREAT THINGS GOD HAS DONE!

THE PASTOR’S MESSAGE

 

 

It behooves me to say that there is no denying that we are still in the middle of the polar vortex of winter. We have experienced the polar vortex several of times, bringing our temperatures to below zero degrees breaking the records for several days. Not to mention inches of snow accumulation almost every other day. In the midst of these frigid season we are in, it is inevitable that the church should move on in its ministry. Many a times this weather bugs down many people to illness and depression. Affecting not only our physical and emotional well being but also our inner soul. Many years ago as a young pastor, I was asked by my District Superintendent during a summer consultation; and asked, “What do you do when you are going through a desert time in your spiritual life?” I responded, “I go visit folks in the centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and friends who I never saw for a while. I get out of myself and do some thing good and worthwhile and then eventually I feel better.” A survey says that; the happiest people on earth are those who are volunteering to help other people who are need. Perhaps you might think that this is a new fad or craze that people both young and old  might do or are already been doing. But no, it goes back to the roots of the Scriptures. God created us that we are in our best, healthiest, and more creative selves when we serve others and work for the causes that is pleasing in God’s sight.

Of course this is most true when we act out of authentic love for others and not for ourselves. That is probably why the Greatest Commandments says in order;  First, love God with all your heart, soul and mind, and strength–get that reality and change you– and then love your neighbor as yourself.

Several years ago I led another group of VIM (Volunteers In Mission) team to a volcano (Mt.Pinatubo) eruption stricken small town in the Philippines. The town was practically buried by sand, silt and volcanic ash. Houses and buildings were buried underground. The town was a dry desert place. There was no vegetation at all because there was no water system. There was no clean water to drink, children and adults get sick and some die because of contaminated water. Our VIM team helped financed and worked on putting up a deep well for water to make an irrigation system. So that farmers could once again plant vegetation and crops for livelihood and the town can use fresh clean water. When the fresh clean water from the well come gushing forth, there was a celebration of life! That celebration of life was also for our team that contributed to its reality and will continue on.

Friends, in May of this year, again I am leading a small team of Volunteers in Mission to the Philippines. I am inviting and encouraging anyone intrested and who wants to be part of the this team to please let me know by March 1st. We will restore a small United Methodist church building damaged by the volcanic eruption and will bring free medical/dental/optical assistance to the immediate community. Thank you to all of you who made contributions last year. We are raising $2,5000 for the whole project to purchase materials and medicines. Again I am making an appeal to you by making donations to my CDs and your generous personal offerings to the project. Please make you checks to Malta United Methodist Church with a note for VIM-PHILIPPINES. For we know that God will always provide for our needs because the work is for God’s kingdom building here on earth. Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOR GREAT THINGS GOD HAS DONE!

Because of Jesus!
+Pastor Noah