A Message from the Pastor
I'm glad that through this church newsletter I can send my greetings to all sisters and brothers in Foothills United Methodist Church as a new pastor. My wife Insouk is also pleased to join our new church family in joy and excitement. I can visualize each one of you look warm, gentle, and enthusiastic about God’s work. I might be a little nervous when I lead a worship service on the first Sunday in July, yet, hope that your smiling faces will release me from such worries
DS Rich Weihing told me about a great potential for Foothills UMC to grow and fulfill our God-given task as phenomenally as before, so do I believe. Though I'm not great enough to meet all your expectations I pray that God will make it possible for our dream to come true as time goes by. Since our church newsletter has a pastor’s column, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a brief message that I hope helps our walk of faith and enriches your spiritual journey.
Insouk and I used to enjoy taking a walk in the Onondaga Lake Park when I was serving the Lord in Marcellus UMC in early 2000. Even fifteen years later when we go to Syracuse, we would hardly miss it. Along the walking trail of the Onondaga Lake we see a lot of flocks of geese this time of the year. Usually mother geese are pretty busy giving birth, feeding, and training their young to swim and fly until they all move south in fall.
Walking down the trail Insouk and I often watch what they are doing together. Most of the time they enjoy casual movements with their own flock or family. But, every once in a while we see them all floating in a certain formation on the water and exercise something together like military drill. Each of them keeps their heads in the same direction focusing on their leader and they stop when the forerunner stops with none of them moving on. Insouk says to me, “They seem to exercise on the water ahead of what they would do later in the sky.” “Probably you’re right, Insouk,” I replied. Then I discovered a few great lessons from the flight of a flock of geese.
First, there is strength in numbers - the scientist who study such things have discovered that by flying in a flock the geese can fly 71% further than if they flew alone. The Bible therefore encourages us in Acts, "Day by day continuing with one mind together," and Hebrews 10:25 "Not forsaking our own assembling together..." God knows that we can accomplish more when we gather together, work together, pray together, sing together, dining together and fellowship together. Because we know that there is strength in numbers.
Second, geese help each other - the familiar ‘V’ created by the flock, will cause a swath of air that gives each successive goose a lift. They will also exchange places to let the lead goose rest. We always need to be ready to help each other. We also need to assume the responsibility of leadership from time to time.
Third, the honking - the incessant honking of the geese is for orientation and encouragement. The Bible tells us "Therefore encourage one another and build up one another." (I Thess. 5:11) What kind of honking do we do?
Fourth, drop-outs – when one goose has to drop out of rank because of sickness or injury, several others will drop out and stay with the sick or injured goose until it is back to health. With a spirit of concern and gentleness God expects each of us to help restore the spiritual and physical drop-outs.
Dear beloved, these are the reasons we love to gather together in the Foothills as often as possible just like the early Christians did. Particularly, Sunday morning right here in our church sanctuary in Gloversville we celebrate together in worship many good things God has done for us through Christ Jesus. Doesn't this sound exciting to you? I hope each one of you makes a great decision once again to launch our new church life with a renewed mind. It will uplift your soul to the higher ground in which you will surely experience something different and fresh; and also want to share it with your friends and neighbors surrounding you. Then, I hope to see everyone of you in the first worship service with me on July 2, 10:00 AM, as our summer worship hour begins.
Pastor Moon Ho Kim