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  JANUARY NEW YEAR’S  MESSAGE  2019

Goodbye 2018! Welcome 2019! 

First of all I would like to greet and bid you welcome to a brand new year 2019!This is the New Year that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be exceedingly glad in it!It is indeed a brand New Year, and we can always hear the perennial phrase,”where did 2018 go?”

In addition, at the beginning of each New Year many experts give their predictions in the airwaves, televisions shows, magazines and a host of social media, about what will happen this year. That includes predictions about the world economy, national politics, weather like global warming, and thousands of topics under the sun. Will there be war or peace? Will there poverty or prosperity? Progress or stagnation? People all over the world are hoping that this year will be better than the last, but no one really knows what will happen. I think only God knows!

There is, however something we can be certain about, A friend of mine I invited to speak about the New Year suggested that when we ask if the world will be better or worst, the answer is “Yes, to both!”

St. Paul in his second letter to Timothy a young disciple and  missionary, he said to him.” There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be selfish, greedy, boastful and conceited,..Evil doers and impostors will go from bad to worse , deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and become convince of, because you know those from whom you learned from it.”

The inspired word of God instructs, corrects, and encourages us as we follow God’s path in Christ Jesus our Savior. One theologian describes the Holy Scriptures as our, “comprehensive equipment” that prepares us fully for all the branches of God’s work in our daily Christian living.

As the spiritual darkness of this world grows deeper, the light of Christ shines more fully and brightly through us who loves God. Jesus our Savior is our Hope, Peace, Joy and Love—-this New Year 2019, today, tomorrow and forever!!

Finally, my daughter Reanna and I would like to thank you for all the lovely greeting cards, gifts, love gifts and well wishes for the New Year. Your expressions of your love and support for us is always appreciated and treasured.

To God be the Glory on the highest heaven, peace and goodwill to all!

Because of Jesus!
+Pastor Noah