Bible Studies offered at Foothills United Methodist Church
Foothills United Methodist Church offers 2 Bible Study opportunities each week. Pastor Kim's Bible Study meets every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and Cindy VanAllen's Bible Study meets every Monday at 1:30 p.m.
You do not have to be a member of our church to attend the Bible Studies..please come, hear and study the Word of God with us! Everyone is welcome at Foothills United Methodist Church. If you would like more information, please call the church office at 518-725-9611.
Foothills United Methodist Church will be returning to two (2) Worship Services starting September 10th. Our 9:00 a.m. Praise Worship Service is in the Chapel, includes lots of music and is a little less structured. Our 10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Service is in the Sanctuary and includes Children's time, with Sunday School starting at approximately 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is available during the 10:30 a.m. service with coffee fellowship following the service. If you would like more information on either service, nursery care or Sunday school, please call the church office at 518-725-9611.
A Message From Pastor Moon Ho Kim
In our hasty age, this was bound to come. An Atlanta mortician has adopted the drive-in window approach for busy mourners. He is having five windows installed in an extension of his funeral home. Each window is six feet long and will contain a body in its coffin. "So many people want to come by, and see the remains of a relative or friend," said the mortician, "but they just don't have the time. This way they can drive by and just keep on going."
Does this idea make sense to you? Nowadays time no longer just ticks but crunches our daily life. It squeezes from morning to night, until they feel like crashing. Commuters used to read newspapers on the train, but now they read the texting while driving. At health clubs, the middle aged ride stationary cycling machines, but they are not bent over the hand bars. They are peering over a stack of business reports and memos they have to cram into their heads.
At the supermarket, one woman was helping another one to shop. Her friend picked up a package. "Put it back," advised the first one. "Why?" the friend asked in a little wondering tone. "You don't know why? You have to cook that!" Yes! These days families rarely sit together at the kitchen table. If they cross paths on the way to the microwave, they are lucky. There is no time for intimacy. There is no closeness.
Now we are left with the questions. "Did God intend that our lives be this way?" "Is there no longer time to be still and know God?"(Psalm 46:10) The Bible advises us: "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life." (I Thessalonians 4:11) "Pastor Kim, don't you know that the Bible was written in the old, old age?" someone may retort. But, I am not talking about only our outer state but the inner. To guard and control our outer life, we must guard our inner life first. For I am sure that we will certainly change, when our inner state is rearranged.
Are you still too busy? How is your pace? Does our pace allow us to keep in touch with ourselves, with our inner needs, feelings and longings? Does our present pace allow us time to think, plan, even make changes if needed? Does it allow us time to observe carefully our spouse and children, and care for their needs - not only physical, but emotional, and spiritual?
While making home visitations, particularly, to our young families, I always encourage the husband and wife to set time aside every other month at least to dine out together in a candle-lighted restaurant. For in such a romantic mood every husband and wife need to confirm their love for each other, no matter how hectic their work schedules are. Their teenaged children love to see their parents doing that and certainly feel happy and secure about their family life. That’s what God wants to see happen in our lives.
Christ Jesus describes inner condition of a certain group of people of his day. (Rev.3:15-20) - burdened, crunched, stressed, miserable, pitiable, poor, blind and naked. I don’t think that Jesus gave such spiritual diagnosis only to the people in Laodicea of his day but to the people living this very day.
Even though we say we are rich and well off; we have all we need, our Lord has a different view to correctly analyze our true inner status. To us Jesus would say, "I know your hard works, charity-life, your labor, and your patience. But I miss you a great deal being with me, talking to me, eating and drinking with me. Do we notice what he really meant? Even if Jesus is excluded from our busy life, he still stands near to us. How near? The Bible answers: "At the very door, knocking, and asking for us to open the door."
When Holman Hunt painted his great picture - "The Light of the World," the picture of this thorn-crowned King, Jesus, knocking at the door, a friend of his who saw it before the public exhibition said to him, "Hunt, you have made one great mistake here." "What is that?" asked the artist. "There is no handle on the door." Hunt looked at his friend and said, "No, that is not a mistake; that is the door of the human heart, and it must be opened from the inside."
Dear beloved, how about your door this day? Is it opened? Or closed? While Jesus still stands at your door and knocks, let him in! Be his host! Why? Because he wants to build a new home for you, and furnish it. All the materials are God’s handiwork. And, he will even spread a banquet table for you and your family in the midst of your busy life schedule. Amen – let it be so!
Pastor Moon Ho Kim
Vacation Bible School
We hope the children enjoyed learning about Joseph and his coat during Vacation Bible School.
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