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,

As you gather as a family around the table this Thanksgiving month, I pray that your family takes a moment to reflect upon what you are especially grateful for to God in your lives.  As your Pastor, first of all I am thankful for the ministry God has called me to minister to you and to this community as your servant leader. Secondly, I am thankful to God for your commitment to discipleship which includes your presence, your prayers and financial support for our two parishes/church families.

This month of November though, we start to prelude our emphasis on Stewardship of Giving to support our church’s mission and ministry program. Our Stewardship and Finance team has been working so hard to balance our budget and our resources so that we can respond to the call of Missions and Outreach both in our local community and to the ends of the world.

By the end of the month you will be receiving Stewardship Letters of Appeal with the hope of receiving positive response from you. We all know that God will provide for all our needs because God’s grace is sufficient. This can only happen through your continued prayers, pledges and love gifts to support the presence and ministry of our churches here in Malta and our commitment to mission initiatives of our conference. 

What an opportune time to consider being grateful to God’s faithfulness to us, of committing ourselves to the work of God in the church the body of Christ, this Thanksgiving season.

Each week, I stand before you and ask for prayers for myself as I lead us in fulfilling the call and the task God has called us to do. To be the hands and feet and the voice and the love God expressed in many different ways. Because we have been chosen to honor God as you served the least and the lost in Jesus name. Your prayers provide encouragement and strength for me as I lead our church and also bind us together as a family of faith.  Know that I am also praying for you, you’re loved ones and your intentions.  May you find great joy in giving thanks to God for the blessings in your life this Thanksgiving and throughout the years to come!   

Yours because of Jesus,

  +Pastor Noah

Rev. Dr. Noah R. Panlilio