PASTOR NOAH’S SEPTEMBER MESSAGE
We are now in the middle of summer evidenced by hot and humid days. As I have mentioned earlier and even noted in our newsletter, I have not received any notice of a change of my appointment, so therefore, I will be your pastor for another year. I just had my annual summer consultation with our Disitrict Superintentdent two weeks ago, she gave a comment that we as a church is one of the churches that continue to support strongly the mission and vision of the conference. Having said that, I perceive that God is callimg me to lead these two congregations on its feet in re-organizing a cooperative and participative ministry in both congregations. We should be in conversation with Northwest Church as to where we want our relationship to go. I am intentional to lead our two congregations in this process and continue strengthening our ties and commitment to the church of Christ through new opportunities for missions and discipleship, Lay Leadership roles, reorganization of work area ministries, and initiate mission trips both local and global. Explore new initatives for ministry, strengthening our small group ministries and start new ones.
This fall I would like to conduct training for new Communion ministers and training for new acolytes. To continue to conduct weekly Bible studies on the Lectionary readings, Prayer and wholeness meetings, our monthly Men and Women fellowship, and new mission awareness program and discipleship ministries. This month we also plan to have an Outdoor worship and potluck as shared by our worship and music committee. This year I also plan to continue developing my skills in church growth ministries and pastoral care. I will attend a preaching conference in winter and a Global Mission training program sponsored by the General Board of Discipleship in the spring 2019. This last month I attended a Stewardship Summit on the theme: “Set the Tone of Generosity” sponsored by the NIC. It was held in Freeport and LaGrange, IL on August 11th and 18th. This was also opened for church leaders and officers of the council. I plan to attend a spiritual retreat at the end of this month till the first week of September and on the first two weeks of November, to prepare for a mission trip to the Philippines in 2019. I continue to take Mondays as my day-off. I participate in weekly Malta senior center activities, conduct afternoon worship at Oak Crest Retirement Center and involved in Malta Lions Club and DeKalb Masons.
Most of you know that my daughter Reanna will start college in three weeks, and I won’t see her till Thanksgiving. She would like to thank you all for the gifts and words of encouragements and best wishes as she embarks on a new phase in her life.
Once again I would like to thank you all for your support in my ministries. I continue to solicit your prayers for strength and inspiration as I minister to the needs of our congregations. To God be the Glory for Great things God has done!
To God be the Glory for Great Things God Has Done!!
Yours because of Jesus,
Rev. Dr. Noah R. Panlilio