Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata
The staff of Foothills United Methodist Church invites the public to join us on Sunday, December 17, 2017 for our Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata during our 10:30 a.m. service. The Cantata is entitled "Darkness Into Light" and is Composed by Mary McDonald. Our narrarators will be Ernie Clapper and Beth Brower with solo's by Lori Farnham, Linda Cramer and Ed Goodemote; the Cantata will be directed by our Choir Director, Vivienne Cirillo. Please note that there will be no 9:00 a.m. Praise Worship Service that day and we invite you to join us for Coffee Fellowship at the conclusion of the service.
3rd Week of Advent
The staff of Foothills United Methodist Church invites the public to join us on Sunday, December 17 as we celebrate the 3rd week of Advent during our 10:30 a.m. Worship Service, which includes Children's time. Sunday school starts at approximately 10:45 a.m. This week, during Children's time, our Children's choir will be singing "Behold That Star". Please note that there will be no 9:00 a.m. Praise Worship Service as our Chancel Choir will be presenting their Cantata entitled, "Darkness Into Light", composed by Mary McDonald and directed by our choir director, Vivienne Cirillo. The Scripture Readings this week are taken from Isaiah 61:1-7 To view this Scripture Reading, please click here and Luke 2: 8-15 To view this Scripture Reading, please click here. Please join us after the 10:30 a.m. service for Coffee Fellowship and meet Pastor Kim and his wife, Insouk. Come and see what Foothills UMC has to offer to you and your family! Foothills UMC is family friendly and handicap accessible. We welcome all and should you have any questions, please contact the church office at 518-725-9611.
Merry Christmas from Pastor Kim
Season's Greeting from Pastor Kim,
Paul received a new automobile from his brother as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve, when Paul came out of his office, a boy was walking around the shiny new car admiring it. "Is this your car, Mister?" he asked. Paul nodded, "My brother gave it to me for Christmas. The boy was astounded. "You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn't cost you nothing? Boy, I wish..." He hesitated, and Paul knew what that boy was going to wish. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the lad said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels. "I wish," the boy went on, "that I could be a brother like that."
In fact, the boy is broke. He has nothing in his hand to buy a car with for his brother. Yet, his spirit is pretty matched to the original meaning of Christmas - his spirit of being a Giver rather than a Receiver! His spirit brightens our gloomy heart. Even if there is nothing in our hand to give to others, we still have something precious in our heart. Let us take it out of our life and give others as a Christmas gift this year. When compared to the ray of the sun or the glare of the electric bulb, the light of a candle seems to be almost nothing. But the sun goes down, the night comes, and the tensions of the passing day sometimes call for candlelight. Candlelight gives a steady flame which softens the harsh glare into shadows.
This year when we light the Advent Candles one by one every week, we are reminded that there are still candle people in this dark society. In the sunshine of the easy summer days we pass them by unnoticed. But the long winter comes to all with its dreary twilight; or the sudden storm pounds with its frightening fury. We huddle in the cold, lonely and lost, but just when the darkness becomes intolerable, a candle person can remind us of God's gift of light, Jesus Christ, and renew his promise that dawn will again break the eastern sky.
Particularly, I’m proud of many of our church people who are always endeavoring to be a candlelight in our community as well as in the church. Without these candle people whose light reflects God's Christmas message of love and joy, we sometimes find ourselves in times when only blackness seems to prevail. Thanks be to God who gave me an opportunity to work with such candlelight people in our Foothills United Methodist Church. They have the word of the prophets made more certain. And you and I will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
This year Foothills United Methodist Church will celebrate the birth of Christ with special festive events as follows:
1. Sunday, December 17, 10:30 AM
A Christmas Cantata - “Darkness into Light” presented by our Chancel Choir.
2. Sunday, December 24, 7:00 PM
A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Congregation Carol Singing, Scripture Readings of the First Christmas along with various music presentations.
Invite your family and friends to such joyful Christmas events. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Rev. Dr. Moon Ho Kim, Pastor of Foothills UMC
2nd Sunday of Advent
The staff of Foothills United Methodist Church invites the public to join us this Sunday, December 10, 2017 as we celebrate the 2nd Sunday of Advent at either our 9:00 a.m. Praise Worship Service (which offers lots of music) or our 10:30 a.m. Traditional Service. This week, Pastor Kim will be leading Children's time. Sunday school starts at approximately 10:45 a.m. This week Pastor Kim will offer his message "The Peace of God on Earth" with the Scripture Lessons taken from Isaiah, Chapter 9,Verses 4-7 Please click here to read this Scripture Lesson and Luke, Chapter 2, Verses 8-16 Please click here to read this Scripture Lesson. Our Chancel Choir Choral Anthem will be "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and the Offertory Anthem will be "Come Follow That Star".
Please join us after the 10:30 a.m. service for Coffee Fellowship and meet Pastor Kim and his wife, Insouk. Come and see what Foothills UMC has to offer to you and your family! Foothills UMC is family friendly and handicap accessible. We welcome all and should you have any questions, please contact the church office at 518-725-9611.
First Sunday of Advent
Foothills United Methodist Church invites the public to join us this first Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2017 at either our 9:00 a.m. Praise Worship Service (our Praise service offers lots of music) or our 10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship Service. Cindy VanAllen will lead Children's time this Sunday. Sunday school starts at approximately 10:45 a.m. This week Pastor Kim will offer his message "The Anchor of Hope" with the Scripture Lessons taken from Hosea, Chapter 2, Verses 14-23 Please click here to read the Scripture Lesson and Luke, Chapter 2, Verses 36-38 Please click here to read the Scripture Lesson
Our Chancel Choir Choral Anthem this week will be "I Shall Know Him When He Comes" and the Offertory Anthem will be "Cradle of Love".
Please join us after the 10:30 a.m. service for Coffee Fellowship in Fellowship Hall and meet Pastor Kim and his wife Insouk - come and see what Foothills UMC has to offer to you and your family! Foothills is family friendly and handicap accessible. We welcome all and should you have any questions, please call the church office at 518-725-9611.
A Message From Pastor Moon Ho Kim
November - December, 2017
When Insouk and I were traveling in Canada this past summer on vacation, we stayed a couple of days in Ottawa, Canada. On the first day we visited the Parliament located in downtown Ottawa. It is an old historic building looking so authentic and prestigious, yet gorgeous and spacious as well, particularly, when viewed from the parks across the canal. One thing that captured our eyes was a crowd of people walking along the canal with a lock system built in 5-6 different levels. The tourists were watching how traveling boats rise and proceeded up a stream.
Little children kept their eyes wide open to see how the lock-system functions for the benefit of traveling boats. It was fascinating, particularly, when people were traveling upstream, their boat was first “locked” into the enclosed area which is then filled with water. Even big boats are lifted up easily through the floatation power of water. Then their boat escalates to reach the next higher level of water. In this way the lock system enables the boat to sail on and on through higher bodies of water.
Then I thought to myself, sometimes we Christians need such an experience as the boats have to be lifted up by the floatation power of God’s Spirit, especially traveling upstream. What do we do when we are trapped with a negative analysis that appears to block our way through life? Don’t we need to lock for a while in our spiritual attitude with positive faith? Where can we develop such a positive spiritual attitude?
Over this past summer we had a joyful experience in our Sunday morning service. The worship atmosphere was uplifting as a large number of believers gathered together in our sanctuary, and the music and hymn singing, upbeat to cheer the hearts of worshippers.
Why is that so? For we don’t come to God’s house only for fellowship but to strengthen and renew our faith by the floatation power of God’s Spirit. At least once a week we come to God’s house to allow our mind to float upward by the invisible, yet escalating flow of the spirit of God which only He can give. Then, we feel that we are moving forward again this time in a higher level of water. We’re also rising above the troubled water that would have grounded us.
Here, we see the main issue in our tumultuous life is no longer our own sailing skill or experiences but faith – faith in Christ Jesus who also travels in our boat as promised. So, it is very crucial in life to have faith in God. The people who refuse God don’t know what the result will be, and what the future holds. But, you and I know who holds our tomorrow. God is committed to leading us always upward to new life.
The prophet Isaiah encourages the people who walk in the shadow and desperation. He says in 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you… Thus, says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, and a path through the mighty waters.”
So, when we are getting depressed and worn out, it is wise to lock our boat of life for a while not only to rest but to be lifted up through the floatation power of God’s Spirit to the next higher level. Without taking this important process, it is unrealistic to finish our sailing upstream successfully only by our own strength.
God’s promises are solid because of who God is as described by Isaiah. God’s promised blessings sometimes are delayed. Temporary failures do not necessarily mean real loss from God’s perspective. Therefore, we are to confidently go forth because God is loving and good and his word will never fail us!
Pastor Moon Ho Kim