Encouraging words and updates from our pastor
My Beloved Friends at Hillsdale UMC,
I hope and pray that you are having a wonderful and blissful summer. Despite the many things going on in our world, I choose each day to stay positive, hopeful and healthy. I pray that you would do the same, doing everything in your power to be healthy spiritually, emotionally and physically! Even though we ‘moved’ our church to an online presence, our ministry and work continues and is producing great fruit. In fact, I actually have some wonderful news to share.
First of all, it is my joy to announce that the Annex sale has just completed this week! Hallelujah! I would like to thank all of you who engaged in the town hall and Church council meetings to share your thoughts. I would like to give special thanks to Ed and Doreen for working alongside of me to do much of leg work with our realtor. And of course, great thanks to the Trustees for all their work during this process and beyond. This has been a long journey of discernment that has produced abundant fruitfulness. Let’s continue to pray and discern together as we strive to be faithful stewards of God’s many gifts.
Second, it’s been such a blessing for me to have the time to engage with our Mission It’s Possible (MI) team. Tana, our Core team chair and part of MI team, has shared the journey we’ve been on. I am thankful for the team’s commitment of time and energy, and especially for their hopeful and thoughtful anticipation for our future. Any changes in our circumstances would pose challenges for us in trying to stay relevant. I am grateful that we are able to carve time to engage in this conversation even in such unprecedented challenges like COVID-19 and our current political and social climate.
Any changes in our circumstances would pose challenges for us in trying to stay relevant. I am grateful that we are able to carve time to engage in this conversation even in such unprecedented challenges like COVID-19 and our current political and social climate.
In light of the above, I will be starting a new sermon series called, “Building Bridges”, which will address our need to experience effective interpersonal engagement and relationships as a diverse community. As the MI team looks at our community - internal and external – we see that there is a lot of diversity that needs to be celebrated. At the same time, diversity also means that there are a lot of differences in perspectives, values, priorities, communication preferences/styles and so on. Some of you might know that I have been serving in our annual conference and beyond as an intercultural communication trainer. It has been my passion to share about ‘how’ we can achieve and experience unity and wellness in our relationships with people we love - at home, at church and with the people we want to reach out to. I believe that this awareness and skills are timely for what our nation is going through and for our own need for deeper conversation around racial injustice. Please join us for this important series!
Also, at the end of the series, I am going to host a time of conversation regarding the series and how we can be actively involved in the work of racial justice. The details of the time/date/Zoom link will be sent out soon.
I am excited to continue our ministry together this summer and into the fall as we experience the amazing work of God among us!
Last, I want to invite any of you who may be going through a difficult time right now to reach out to me. I am available for conversation or prayer. The thing that you least want to do right now is to spiritually or emotionally isolate yourself. There is power in community. There is power in being together. Don’t hesitate to take me up on this invitation.
I will be continuing to pray for each and every one of you, as I hope that you will be praying for me as well. I miss you all dearly… but I know that we will see each other when the time is right.
God bless you and keep you.
With Hope for Better Days Ahead,
Pastor Sun Hee