Greetings in Christ!
It is with great appreciation to God and God's leading in my life that I now begin my journey here at the United Methodist Church at Milltown serving as your Pastor. I wanted to be sure to take this opportunity to send you a brief note of thanks for accepting my family and me here as part of your church family. Rest assured, my family is looking forward to joyous and fruitful ministry in the years to come.
I am grateful for the leadership of the transition team and the hours given to readying the parsonage. My family was surprised and truly appreciated every gift card and coupon that you left in the parsonage, along with other goodies. Thank you so much for introducing some of the best locals to us, and it was a great opportunity to get to know the community, and I could feel how much you love the community a lot!
Since the appointment was made in February, I've been thinking about you often and have prayed for you daily. And in my prayer, I did sense that God inspired me with His words from Psalm 133, which speaks about the unity among God's people;
"How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1 NIV)
It is our joy in coming together not only for worship and ministry, but also for unity within us as a way to please God. As a father of two lovely girls who are different from each other, I am most happy when I see them playing, helping, hugging, joking, laughing, sharing, and forgiving each other. And I am sure that God would be so pleased when God sees us worshiping, doing ministries, praying, fellowshipping, forgiving, and living and staying together.
Each of us is uniquely created by God. And I bet that each of you comes from a different cultural, educational, theological, and political background, meaning God allows us to be unique and different from each other. If there are 100 worshippers in our church, there are 100 different ways to make our God happy. So, in what ways, how would we, as children of God and as a family, please our Heavenly Father while we still remain unique and different from each other?
For the next several months, I am thrilled to learn many things: new faces, new names, a new way of doing church ministry and to get to know you, and especially new ways to live together as a family. So, we could eventually extend such Christian unity throughout the entire community in Milltown.
May God bless you and your family!
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Dale Min