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Pastor's Corner - March/April

 Among the parables Chinese teachers use is the story of a woman who lost an only son.  She was grief-stricken out of all reason. She made her sorrow a wailing wall.  One night she met an angel in the dream.  The angel said to her, "I will give you back your son, if you will bring me some mustard seed.  However, the seed must come from a home where there has never been any sorrow."  Eagerly she started her search, and went from house to house.  In every case, she learned that a loved one had been lost.  "How selfish I have been to condemn and curse God's name in my grief," she said, "Sorrow is common to all!" 

     I believe she is not the only person who found out that truth, but also all people breathing on this planet. In my pastoral visits I have never found any family who has no loss of their beloved one or grief over some chronic illness.  Even very recently I saw one of our faithful church members had to send her only son to the other shore of life.  She is not the only one.  We have a lovely couple coming to worship Sunday morning very faithfully, yet with the same tragic experience of losing their daughter in 20s a few years ago in the car accident. 
    What a heart-rending life it is!  The whole world is sighing and suffering on a scale perhaps not known in human history: physical ailments, psychological woes,  emotional turmoil, broken marriages, rebellious children, and a thousand other troubles which beset every single person in the world.  The rich and famous suffer as well as the poor and obscure.
    From this point of view, it is no longer valuable to ask "Why?  Why Me?"  and to turn our backs away from God, but to prepare our life for the personal crisis in the most positive and triumphant way. This is why God has given us the good news which is the Gospel about Christ Jesus, his suffering Son and his life of poverty, oppression, agony, tragedy in the crucifixion, but eventually ending up with the triumphant life in resurrection. 
    This statement leads my mind to a word - "pathos."  I learned this term for the first time from a professor of the college I attended in S. Korea.  According to the Online Dictionary, ‘pathos’ means "power in an actual life experience." In a word, ‘pathos’ denotes the power or passion to love or suffer or endure whatever befalls in life.  A young man named Jesus had such "pathos" to endure all the suffering he had to bear to the end so that he was able to complete the God-given-task.  That is why he could declare triumphantly even on the cross, “It is finished!”       
    Dear beloved, during this Lenten season let us hang on to this powerful word - "pathos" to endure!  To endure means: "Inch by inch, anything is a cinch."  Mt. Everest was never climbed in a day.  Those who attempt to climb its treacherous slopes spend months, even years in training and in practice.  Each small mountain conquered prepares one for a higher mountain and a tougher climb ahead. So, too, the best preparation for tough times ahead is the little daily difficulties and how we react to them. 
    Some people are not on the walk of faith long before they encounter frustrations and obstacles.  But, we do not walk our journey of life by sight but by faith. 
    This means that we should not walk this difficult path of life alone, but always with our mighty God who wants to get trusted by you and me.  Then, what will happen?  The prophet Isaiah answers clearly, “But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed.  They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak." (40:31)
    So, are you still grieving over the loss of your child or spouse? Are you now unemployed?  Are you frustrated with regulations, road blocks, and negative forces?  Are you so tired of fighting that you'd like to throw in the towel and quit? What do we learn from the life of Jesus?  Do we still trust in God and have such pathos to endure all those difficulties until we taste a final victory? 
    Probably, we run into the same basic frustrations today and tomorrow no matter where we go.  However, when we face problems, we keep this point in the forefront of our mind.  We should keep on being positive about life in the strength only God can give us through his Son Jesus!  May God bring you joy and delight on Easter morning this year after going through every moment of trial with the same pathos as our Lord Christ Jesus had during this Lenten season! 
Pastor Moon Ho Kim

All Glory to the Agape Champion: Down, but not Out


Foothills United Methodist Church Building Fund Campaign has started.  The link to our Go Fund Me Page is provided here Please click here to visit our Go Fund Me Page and read about all the obstacles we have encountered during the past decade. All donations help us continue our mission/community work in the Gloversville/Johnstown NY area. The building we are currently in is old and antiquated. Foothills helps those in need - last year alone, our Food Pantry served over 2,000 people providing nutritious foods, along with hats, gloves, mittens during the winter months, referrals to various community service agencies; our Knitting Group also provides hand knitted hats, gloves and scarfs, prayer shawls which are delivered to our local oncology/hematology offices, baby hats and blankets which are delivered to our local maternity wards, our United Methodist Women provided Christmas boxes those who in the community needing help, the boxes included food, hats, mittens, gloves, scarfs and toys.  Our Sunday School program serves preschoolers through high school. We also offer a program for mothers of preschoolers called MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month starting at 9:30 a.m. We also do a 1 minute Faith Break Meditation on our local radio station WENT (AM 1340).  These are just a few of the wonderful community programs that Foothills United Methodist Church has to offer. For more information on our building fund campaign or any of our community outreach programs, please call the church office at 518-725-9611. We also invite you to attend either our 9:00 a.m. Praise Worship Service or our 10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Service which includes Children's Time; Sunday School starts at approximately 10:45 a.m. Come and hear Pastor Kim deliver his message (you won't be disappointed) and then stay for coffee fellowship following the 10:30 a.m. service in Fellowship Hall and meet Pastor Kim and his wife, Insouk.












Church Plans to Raise Funds to Resume Building Project


Please click here to read about Foothills United Methodist's plan to raise funds to resume building project