Belfast United Methodist Church
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
The mission of the Belfast United Methodist Church is to be a community of Disciples in service for Jesus Christ, sharing God's love with all.
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01 from our pastor

 

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

May God’s steadfast love continue to be with you and your family!

God has granted our family of faith many blessings. One of those many blessings is our beautiful building. God also has given us the strong desire to share it with our community, which is another blessing from God. Now we are sharing our church building with more than 10 different groups from our community on a regular basis. In addition, we have about 200 people on average from our community at the Free Community Supper. How wonderful! Praise the Lord!

Now the Belfast United Methodist Church is preparing to install an elevator because it will tremendously help our sisters and brothers, who have challenges to use the stairs, to enjoy our wonderful church building and their time in it with the maximum convenience. This elevator is more than just a convenient addition to the church building. It shows our faithful willingness and action to be God’s church with (not at) our community.

We have set a goal to raise $100,000 for this project. We will install a new Savaria Orion elevator which will accommodate wheel chairs and motorize carts and/or a number of people at one time. We will also be installing automatic door openers (push buttons) for the main entrance doors on the church upper level and the lower level center entrance. We hope to have enough fund for new signage to direct people to new handicap parking spaces at the lower level in addition to our existing handicap spaces on upper level. If we receive gifts in excess of our goal, the additional funds would go into our building fund for future repairs as our “new” church building is approaching 20 years of age.

Imagine that all God’s people feel welcomed and enjoy time in our community of faith! Would you be a part of this great ministry of God for us and our community? First of all, we would like to invite you to continue to pray to God to fill your heart with a passion for God and compassion for God’s people. And please consider with prayers for financially participating in this elevator ministry.

If you want to share your financial gifts for this ministry, please use the enclosed envelope, and either mail it to the church or place it on an offering plate during the services. Let us participate in Jesus' movement together!

In Christ,

Rev. Jinwoo Chun, Pastor

Joe Calista, the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

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Happy Easter! Christ is risen!

As we celebrate Easter, I would like to invite you to reflect on these three questions:

· What does Jesus' resurrection mean to you?

· What differences does Jesus’ resurrection make in your life?

· What great influences do we, as a community of faith, make on the community and the world with our belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

To me, Jesus’ resurrection means God’s everlasting love. Nothing can ever separate me from God’s steadfast love. Even death cannot stop God’s unfailing love for me. That’s what Jesus’ resurrection means to me. God visually showed me that nothing even death could not separate me from God's steadfast love for me through Jesus' life, passion, death, and resurrection. The Holy Spirit challenges, enables, and empowers me to live the love Jesus lived as I believe in this resurrected Jesus. Moreover, as I appreciate His everlasting love shown through His resurrection, I cannot help but share it with others with hope that they also will experience the power and the beauty of Jesus Christ.

One day, I found a desk plaque in a book store. It says, "I want to be so full of Christ that if a mosquito bites me - it flies away singing 'There is power in the blood.'" I thought it was cute and humorous. But, now I confess it is my life motto. I dream that as we, the body of Jesus Christ, share Jesus' everlasting love with our communities together, all the people will sing, "There is power in the blood!" I vision even black flies will sing it too. I sincerely desire that I will be able to testify on my deathbed, "My life has been all about Jesus! There is power in the blood of Jesus Christ!"

Jesus Christ is real! His love is everlasting! And He tells us, "I love you, no matter what!"

Indeed Christ is risen!

Your Pastor Jinwoo

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Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

I always appreciate your support and love for me and my family. Especially I cannot thank you enough for your wholehearted prayers for me and my ministry. Last Sunday I asked you to hold me up with your prayers as I was going to preach at a church in MA. Yes, while preaching, I felt your hearts and experienced that the Holy Spirit touched the people there through God’s Word.

On my way back to Belfast, the moon was shining from behind the sheer curtains of clouds and the pine trees along Rt. 3 were tall and the layers of snow on them were beautifully reflecting the moon light. I felt as if I were a messenger proudly coming back to the majestic fort, after completing a mission, where his people were waiting for him. My people… my family in Christ… with and through whom I find most and best comfort and love… I believe it is one of the wonderful meanings of Christmas to appreciate the good news that God made us one family in Christ so that I cannot be alone. Jesus Christ, Emmanuel – God with us, broke into our lives and let us call His Mom/Dad our Mom/Dad as the children of one God so that we can never be alone. What powerful and good news!

As we fully enjoy this beautiful companionship with God and with one another which God gifted us through Jesus Christ during this Christmas season, I would like to invite you to look around and check if there is anyone who needs to hear and to get reminded of the good news that God loves them no matter what and never leaves them alone and they are our family. Would you let them feel God’s greatest compassion for them through your words and your actions? One of the things you can do is to invite them to our inspiring Christmas Eve services and warm-hearts-filled Christmas dinner.

We will have a Songs and Stories service with the Sanctuary Choir at 10:30 am and a candle light service at 6:00 pm on the 24th. We will also have a free Christmas community dinner at 12:00 pm on the 25th. I strongly believe the Holy Spirit will enable every single one of us to appreciate and enjoy the meanings of Christmas through these ministries.

Praise God who has made us one family in Jesus Christ in and through whom everyone may find most and best comfort and love! May God continue to use us to proclaim God’s good news for everyone! “God so loved everyone [the world] that God gave God’s only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him won’t perish but will have eternal life” (John 3:16). Amen.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

With love in Christ,

Your Pastor Jinwoo
 
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Dear my sisters and brothers in Christ,

You may have heard the famous quote, “Even if I knew the world would end tomorrow, I would continue to plant my apple trees.” What would you do today if you knew the world would end tomorrow? What would you do if today is your last day on the earth?
 

To me, this question is about the purpose for my life. For what do I live? What is the ultimate purpose for my life? What is most important to me? What does God wants me to do and to be today? (I would like to invite you to pause here and think about these questions before proceeding to read the next paragraph of this letter.)

In Ephesians 1:11-12, the Bible says, “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had His eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone” (The Message).

Does it make any differences in your life that you believe in Jesus Christ? If it does, what differences does it make? If not, why not?

Does it make any differences in others’ lives that you believe in Jesus Christ? If it does, what difference does it make? If not, why not? (I would like to encourage you to take another pause here and reflect on these questions.)

If today is the last day of my life on this earth, I would do something to express my grateful heart for Jesus Christ’s love for me and my love for Him. I would give good morning kisses to my family as they leave for their schools. I would go to the sanctuary in the church and enjoy solitude with God. I would visit people and remind them how much God loves them. I would go the Moose Point Park and enjoy talking with God while walking with our loving Rocky (our family dog). I would praise God with my guitar. I would go to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting and celebrate the beauty of being together with God and one another. I would talk with my parents on Skype and tell them how much I appreciate and love them. I would give “See you later” kisses to my wife, son, and Rocky and tell them, “God loves you. So do I. And there is nothing you can do about it.” And then, I will play the song “I Bid You Goodnight” sung by Soweto Gospel Choir as I go to bed.

Lay down my dear sisters and brothers. Lay down and take your rest. I want to lay your head upon your Savior’s breast. I love you all but Jesus loves you the best. And I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight (I Bid You Goodnight).

After all, I would do my daily routine with a grateful heart because I do know this is the life God calls me to live each and every day until I take the last breath on earth. Amen!
 

What would you do if today is your last day on this earth?

God bless you all. I love you all. May God’s steadfast love continue to be with you all!
 

In Christ,

Your Pastor Jinwoo


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