May – 2021
Easter continues in this season of spring in which we feel new life through the beauty of nature. We are in the season of Easter. No person or no possession can take away our joy in Christ. We are safe in him. But we need to grow until perfection, as John Wesley encouraged us two centuries ago.
In the April Church Council meeting, it was decided that we target Sunday, May 30 for resuming in-person worship. During the other Sundays of May, we plan to have a parking lot service along with Facebook Live. Please let the church office know if you are interested in helping facilitate in-person worship. Our Easter joy will continue as we worship together on Sundays and study John Wesley through our Bible study!
April – 2021
Warm weather is slowly coming to us. We feel spring is just around the corner! Birds chirp. Trees and grass begin to turn green. The tulips, daffodils, and hya-cinths begin to grow and blossom. Daylight Saving Time began in March. We have longer days and shorter nights. People enjoy walking or running outside. Spring is coming to us along with resurrection of all life that is awake and alive. That is why we celebrate it and are joyful.
But before Easter, we know and experience that there is a time of trial, sorrow, despair, suffering, and even death. Even in those moments, God is with us whether we are aware of it or not. Because of God’s presence, we can make it through the darkness of our lives. The Psalmist faithfully confessed, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me.” Yes, God is with us in Christ who overcame death.
March – 2021
Now we are in the season of Lent. Lent invites us to reflect on our grief. We are grieving because we have lost eight saints since last August: Joanne Ahrweiler, Jean Landrum, Dick Stein, Larry Milash, Joe Archie, Dukie McCarrell, K Campagna, and Claude Daughtrey Jr. Jesus knows our grief. And he showed us that grief is part of life. Because Jesus experienced many sorrows, he knows our grief. In the gospel of John, Jesus wept when Mary was weeping for her brother’s death. (John 11:33-35) I love this image of Jesus because it demonstrates that Jesus suffers with us. He weeps when we grieve. Jesus actively participates in our life journey instead of keeping a distance from us.
February – 2021
We Will be having a Lent Bible Study – led by Pastor Sang, beginning on February 24th at 6PM.
If you wish to participate – Please call us: 630-543-3725 or email email@example.com
The classes will be held on Zoom. We will send you the link when it is available. Please let us know as soon as possible if you will be joining us. It will be a 5 week study. If you wish to order the book it will cost you $17.79 and We can order it for you and you may pick it up at the church with your payment. Let us know if you would like have the book before Feb 6th. (You do not have to have the book to join the bible study.)
January – 2021
Let me begin my letter with “Happy New Year!” 2020 was really an unprecedented and difficult year. One of the reasons is that some of the people we loved have passed away. Since August, our church has lost five saints: Joanne Ahrweiler, Jean Landrum, Dick Stein, Joe Archie, and Dukie McCarrell. I am so grateful for the love and the dedication they showed for Good Samaritan UMC. We miss them. They can never be forgotten. Rest in peace in the Lord.