Upcoming Events at Foothills UMC
The following is a list of up coming events at Foothills United Methodist Church, each event will be listed separately as the date draws near, we hope you will be able to attend 1 or more of our events:
6/10/18 - Hot Diggity Dog Picnic Luncheon - $8.00 for Adults, Kids 10 and under $4.00, includes hot dog, salads, chips, cake and beverages.
10/20/18 - United Methodist Women's Bazaar from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Foothills United Methodist Church with vendors and craft vendors. Lunch will be available for a nominal fee during the bazaar.
During our 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, May 20, we had the pleasure of welcoming 4 new members to the Foothills United Methodist Church Family: Marie Ann Buyce, Louise Kosakowski, Jill Lathrop and Susan Ann Elizabeth Robbins..we had a new members reception in Fellowship Hall after the service, with the cake made by Sandy Harrington. We are so glad to have you as part of our Foothills UMC Family!
May-August 2018 Pastor's Corner
Many years ago, a young midwestern lawyer suffered such deep depression that his friends thought it wise to keep all knives and razors from him. During this time he wrote "I am now the most miserable man living. Whether I shall ever be better. I cannot tell. I awfully forebode I shall not." He was wrong. He did recover and went up to become one of America's most loved president, Abraham Lincoln.
Almost every day mass media and communication make a tragic sound and bring us miserable stories one after another. I myself also feel frustrated by the sad stories I hear of our parishioners who are living through challenging circumstances like the miserable mother in the movie. The longer I do my parish ministry the more stories of frustration I do hear. Then how can I help them as a pastor? I come to always the same answer there is no other way but encouraging them. People of this day no longer can afford to listen to the words of criticism or frustration mentally and emotionally even from their immediate family, no matter how true they are. It merely crushes their soul to abandoning their life. So, I’m determined to encourage those who live every day hearing the sound of frustration in the battle of life. For life is getting more tough and difficult to live these days than ever before. And, no one travels the road of life without being frustrated and discouraged at one time or another.
But, the worst thing is that people keep carrying their miserable feelings and nursing the hurts all the time. This mind-attitude only produces a whole new batch of emotional demons to torment our soul. That’s the reason why anger, disappointment, self-pity, and even vengeance become a mixed-up recipe for many people living in today’s world.
Yet, you and I have faith. Without faith we cannot go through all such hardship and perplexities of life. We have hope that our loving God will settle the score in a way that will be helpful, not hurtful to all who come near to him for help. And, we believe that God knows ins and outs of our entire upsetting situation a lot better than us. He understands our adversaries better than we do.
Especially, when it looks as if your dreams are turning to ashes in your hands, remember this - Keep on believing just as young Joseph did amidst unending hardship! His dream may have been totally shattered when sold to the Egyptians as a slave and also, when imprisoned by the false accusation of the lustful wife of his master, Potiphar. Nevertheless, Joseph kept standing on his strong feel of faith.
Dr. Robert Schuller said, “faith doesn't immunize us from difficulty. But, it does radically alter our attitude.” How true he is! Our church people notice me use often the words of wisdom written in Ecclesiastes. Let me share with you one more wisdom - "It is better to go to a home where there is mourning than to one where there is a party... Sorrow is better than laughter, it may sadden your face, but it sharpens your understanding."(Ecclesiastes 7:2-3) What a wonderful word of wisdom and deep insight!
Sorrow is not merely bad when we use it to sharpen our spiritual insight and help ourselves grow more ripen. Failure is not to be interpreted only in negative way. God speaks to us through his prophet, Isaiah: "Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing... I will even make a road in the wilderness." (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Yes, dear beloved, when our God promised to make a road even in the wilderness where nothing hopeful and productive is seen, isn’t it possible that the same God is able to produce something marvelous out of failures and ruins we’re suffering now? Even after the defeat in the battlefield, the ultimate winner speaks of “regrouping.” And, Jim Rohn, philosopher and business expert said, “Defeat is nothing but education; it is the first step towards something better.” The apostle Paul had the same invincible spirit as he encouraged the early Christians constantly living in the circumstance of depression - “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going” (2 Corinthians 4:8,9)
Yes, dear friends, that is an act of dynamic faith for us to take based on the truth God has proved through the triumph of the risen Christ on Easter. So, do not stay or stuck with your old memories of failure or mistake. Instead, regroup your mind, analyzing its causes and researching new ideas. Concentrating the focus of your life on God, try again but not alone this time but with Him who will give you wisdom and power. Jesus said, that is faith and it moves mountains! You and I desperately need it today!
Rev. Moon Ho Kim