| 남가주 연회 한인여선교회연합회 새해맞이 예배
상심한 자들을 고치시며 그들의 상처를 싸매시는도다(시편 147:3)
Cal-Pacific Conference KUMW Network New Year's Worship Service
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).
Though it may be the same for other regional conferences, our Cal-Pacific Conference KUMw Network has particularly been suffering from the pains related to the denomination. I cautiously asked the presidents of the local churches for their well-being. The friendship of faith that we had built up between us has gone away, and they said we are no longer with the Cal-Pacific Conference, sorry, as we are withdrawing to the GMC. There are no words to describe my heartbreaking feelings at that moment as I received the news....
However, setting aside the pain of division, I focused on what I needed to do. I quickly composed myself to announce the upcoming New Year's Worship Service and Retreat scheduled for January 13th at the Los Angeles United Methodist Church. We created beautiful posters and sent them out via postal mail to the remaining churches in the UMC. Hoping to turn the crisis in the Cal-Pacific Conference KUMw Network into an opportunity for revival, all executives united in prayer, trusting in the Holy Spirit's work to guide and lead us.
Praying for a change in the weather from the annual heavy rainfall, I checked the daily weather forecast. The worship service, led by Rev. YongKun Kim in Part 1 and a passionate lecture given by Executive Director Myungrae Lee in Part 2, was expected to bring insight into God's work. Amazingly, God responded to our prayers by sending over 100 attendees from eight churches out of the 14, demonstrating His unmistakable answer to our prayers.
Due to the absence of many executives from each department, my attempts to persuade them were in vain. Despite various reasons cited for their inability to participate, I once again urged those individuals after completing all procedures. Their obedient response was surprising, and now that the executive positions have been filled abundantly, I pledge to exert my previous strength for the spiritual growth of our Cal-Pacific Conference with a sense of responsibility.
The memory is still vivid. As Executive Director Myungrae Lee took the podium, her first words were, "I came to set fire to the Cal-Pacific Conference KUMw Network." Truly, she ignited a genuine fire and departed, and I express gratitude on behalf of our conference network for her tireless efforts. I extend heartfelt thanks to Jungmi Lee, President of UWF, LA KUMC who warmly welcomed and guided everyone, and to all the KUMW members who have lent their helping hands, especially those who busily served in the kitchen.
This year's New Year's Worship Service, like the previous events, left some tiny regrets, but I will express my thanks to God who guided and led us this far without harboring excessive desires.
Praying for the fulfillment of faith and obedience exemplified by Joseph in front of God's wisdom, I earnestly hope for the same in our Cal-Pacific Conference KUMw Network.
(Written by Sue Kim, President of Cal-Pacific Conference KUMw Network, Dream KUMC)
할렐루야, 존귀와 영광과 찬양받으시기에 합당하신 하나님 아버지!
이제는 모든 교회가 당면한 어려움을 넘어서게 하시고, 예전의 회복을 지나 새로운 성장을 향해 힘차게 전진하는 한 해가 되게 하여 주시옵소서. 또한 세워주신 여선교회연합회 모든 회원이 각 교회에서뿐만 아니라 세상 속에 약자의 작은 소리에도 귀 기울여 듣게 하시고, 놓치지 않고 돕는 따뜻한 손길로 기도와 선교사역과 헌신과 봉사에 앞장서는 든든한 일꾼들로 사용하여 주시옵소서. 그 사명을 잘 감당할 수 있도록 필요한 믿음과 능력으로 충만히 채워 주시옵소서. 모든 일을 기도로 준비하며 모든 일을 주님의 이름만으로, 주님이 기뻐하시는 과정과 결과를 이룰 수 있도록 이끌어 주시옵소서.
새해맞이 예배를 준비하기 위한 교회로, 자신의 시간과 섬김의 기쁜 봉사를 나눠준 엘에이 연합감리교회 여선교회 회원들 모두에게 주님의 따뜻한 손길로 축복하여 주시옵소서. 오늘 귀한 말씀을 전하시는 김용근 목사님과 김명래 총무님의 설교와 강의 가운데 주님 능력 주셔서 오늘의 말씀들이 우리 여선교회연합회가 일 년 동안 살아가는데 힘과 능력이 되게 하여 주시옵소서. 순종의 은혜로 노래하는 은혜교회 여선교회 회원들의 찬양과 모든 순서마다 오직 주님이 기뻐 받으시는 예배가 되기를 간절히 기도합니다.
New Year's Service Prayer
Hallelujah! Praise to God the Father, Who is worthy of all glory, honor, and praise!
As we welcome the new year of 2024 with love and hope, we are grateful to gather in this place, Los Angeles United Methodist Church, for a New Year's worship gathering where members from various churches in the Cal-Pacific Conference KUMw Network have come together.
In every circumstance, despite uncertainties and confusing times, we thank God for keeping our souls secure in His embrace. Through the dedicated efforts of the churches under the Cal-Pacific Conference KUMw Network led by Rev. YK Kim and our President, we look forward to the Lord's work in the coming year. We anticipate that He will guide us into a path of unity, harmony, and inclusiveness, full of grace.
At times, unexpected events may lead us away from the church, condemning other places of worship and condemning others in the name of worship. We humbly ask for forgiveness for the arrogance and foolishness that might arise, as if we know and judge everything, and love disappears along with our beliefs. Lord, grant us the wisdom to understand that sovereignty, timing, criticism, and refinement belong solely to Your authority and hands.
In 2024, may the KUMw Network become one with the same faith, same heart, same passion, and the same vision, united in faith. May the power of the Word and the power of the Gospel overflow abundantly in each church belonging to the conference KUMw network.
Revive the desire for the salvation of souls, the longing for worship, and the dedication to the church and the world in each member. May those who have left return to you, and may the world begin to see you through our love in the year 2024.
Guide all churches beyond their difficulties, and let this year be a time of robust progress, not only through recovery but also towards new growth. Let all members of the KUMw Network, appointed by the Lord, listen to the small voices of the weak, not only in their respective churches but also in the world. Empower them to be strong workers in prayer, missions, dedication, and service with strong faith and unique gifts.
Lead us to prepare all things with prayer, and guide us to fulfill everything in Your name, following the processes and results that are pleasing in Your sight. When we tend to elevate ourselves and glorify our names, please humble us. And as we humble ourselves, may You exalt us. We believe that as we humble ourselves according to Your desire, the joy of serving others will overflow.
Lord, bless all the members of the Los Angeles United Methodist Church KUMw Network, who generously prepared for the New Year's Worship Service, with your warm embrace. Be with us through the Holy Spirit until the end of all the things scheduled for today.
In the name of Jesus Christ, our eternal hope and the embodiment of true love, we pray. Amen.
(Written by Sunchung Bang, Vice President of Cal-Pacific Conference KUMw Network, Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church)
| 북가주 연회 한인여선교회연합회 새해맞이예배와 총회
북가주여선교연합회의 2024년도 새해맞이 예배와 총회가 1월27일(토요일) 오전 10:00부터 오후 1:00까지, 콘트라코스타UMC에서 백여명 이상의 여선교회 회원들이 모여 1부는 도시빈민사역 말씀과 예배로 2부 총회에서는 새해 임원진과 개체교회 회장, 소개, 수입예산지출 보고, 친교 사진촬영등으로 뜻깊은 시간을 가졌습니다.
필라델피아의 north central 지역에서 20년 이상 99% 흑인들이 모여살고 있는 곳에서 도시 빈민 사역을 하고 계신 이태후목사님께서 누가복음 10:25-37절 말씀으로 ‘도시빈민선교’라는 제목으로 누가 나의 이웃인가? 강도 만난 사람은 누구인가? 나는 사마리아인처럼 어려움에 처한 사람들을 돕는 구제사역을 제대로 하고 있나? 에 대하여 더 깊이 생각 할수 있는 은혜의 시간이었습니다.
Cal-Nevada Conference KUMw Network New Year's Worship Service and Annual Meeting
The New Year's Worship Service and Annual Meeting of the Cal-Nevada Conference KUMw Network for the year 2024 took place on Saturday, January 27th, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Contra Costa UMC. Over a hundred members from various churches came together. The first part involved urban ministry messages and worship, and the second part of the Annual Meeting included reports on the new executives and local church leaders, introductions, budget reports, fellowship, and group photo time.
Rev. Tae-hoo Lee, who has been serving in urban ministry for over 20 years in the north-central region of Philadelphia, where 99% of the population consists of African Americans, delivered a message titled "Urban Ministry" based on Luke 10:25-37. The sermon prompted deep reflection on who our neighbors are, who the person encountering the robber is, and whether we are engaged in effective relief work to help those in difficulty, similar to the Good Samaritan.
Seeing Rev. Tae-hoo Lee and his Incarnational Ministry raises the question of why we feel sorry and guilty. Born in the impoverished, crime-ridden area of Philadelphia's inner city, growing up amid poverty, crime, and the onslaught of drugs, African American children's needs and desires became apparent while conducting summer camps for them. Rather than giving what we can or want, the challenge is to give what they truly need and desire, proclaiming and delivering God's word.
The Asset Mapping session served as a valuable time in which we contemplated how Korean churches, businesses, skills, talents, resources, materials, and timeinvestment could help those affected by robbery and our nearby neighbors (Oakland? San Francisco?).
In conclusion, setting the right goals, preparing hearts to embrace the poor not as a business but through relief work, and becoming channels for experiencing God's love in urban poverty relief seem to be the tasks given to us.
Special thanks to President Shi-chun Kim, Elder Man-geum Choi, former President Jung-hee Kim, and all the executives and members for their hard work in preparing the New Year's Worship Service and Annual Meeting.
I'd like to use this opportunity to extend my appreciation to the Contra Costa United Methodist Church (Nam-sook Kim, KUMw President) for their hospitality through the fellowship, dance team, and delicious Yukgaejang (spicy beef soup).
(Written by KunYoung Kum, Cal-Nevada Conference KUMW Network, Contra Costa United Methodist Church)
| 북조지아 연회 한인여선교회연합회 새해맞이 예배
조지아 둘루스 소재 아틀란타 한인교회에서 북조지아 연회 한인여선교회연합회의 새해맞이 예배가 1월27일 오전 10시에 있었다.
N. Georgia Conference KUMw Network's New Year's Worship Service at Atlanta KUMC
On January 27th at 10 a.m., the New Year's Worship Service of the N. Georgia Conference KUMW Network was held at the Atlanta Korean United Methodist Church in Duluth, Georgia. It was a precious moment to begin the new year with worship in the presence of the Lord, bringing together four United Methodist Churches and three other denominations, including their congregations and pastors.
Missionary Eun-ha Choi shared her life story during the service. She dedicated herself as a nurse in the Philippines, overcoming the frailty of her physical body and challenging environmental conditions. Through her testimony, many members were deeply moved, and she emphasized the commitment for everyone to become a sender and receiver in the presence of God. The message concluded with a reminder that the role of a missionary is relational.
Rev. Hyeok-won Kwon from Atlanta Korean United Methodist Church, who willingly made the church available on a busy Saturday and actively cooperated in various ways, expressed his commitment through a commendation. He highlighted the significant role of the Women's Missionary Society throughout history, emphasizing their positive influence and evangelistic abilities. He promised continued support and collaboration, both verbally and practically.
The New Year's Worship Service was particularly meaningful with the participation of around 50 members from seven churches. The pastors of each church took turns leading the service, enriching the worship experience. Despite past conflicts and challenges in the denomination, it was a precious time to realize that these experiences could never become obstacles to the work of God and the expansion of missions. Looking forward, they earnestly anticipate God mending what is broken, healing what is wounded, and restoring what is torn apart.
(Written by Marian Kim, President of N. Georgia Conference KUMw Network, Immanuel KUMC)
| 뉴욕 연회 한인여선교회연합회 새해맞이 예배
Let your light shine! (이사야 60:1)
New York Conference KUMW Network New Year's Service
Let your light shine! (Isaiah 60:1)
It feels like just yesterday that we were getting ready for the New Year's Worship Service for 2024 with the theme "Let your light shine!" The service was held on Saturday, January 27.
Although I undertook the important and weighty position of the president of the New York Conference KUMW Network for 2024, I was more curious about how God would lead me than fearful at the thought of it. Why? Because, being a believer since birth, I wondered how God would use someone like me with the arrogance of having been a Christian all my life, strong self-esteem, and stubbornness. However, who is our God? He has given us two capable executive members who diligently fulfill their responsibilities, and, according to the Words, "Each should look not only to their interests but also to the interests of others, " carrying out their duties, thanks to the dedication of the executive members. The preparation process was well-organized, simple, and clear through the wisdom and dedication of each executive.
On the day of the service, I was so grateful for the overflowing attendance, even coming from Connecticut, which takes more than two hours to travel. Also, the unexpected visit from a lovely deacon with whom I collaborated 18 years ago brought immense joy.
In the story of the Samaritan woman, I was encouraged by the words of Sung-ok Lee(UWF National Office) who said, "Empty your body, mind, and spirit, and let Jesus come in and work His miracles with power. Let's shine the light of missions by following the works of the One who works with power."
Especially, during the financial report for the year 2023, we were reminded of the wonderful gifts God gave us last year: "Since you are also one who seeks spiritual things, seek to build up the virtues of the church abundantly." As stated in the Scriptures, God generously added more, allowing us to experience the joy of sharing and meeting each person's needs.
We welcomed Juyeon Kim, a talented costume designer and the new, young generation executive member of our network. We opened our eyes and ears to the seriousness of environmental pollution. Using materials gathered from each member's home, we had a creative time making recycled aprons, spreading fun and laughter throughout the church.
The highlight of our gathering was Communion, where we put our lesson into practice to send off the members of the New York Conference KUMw Network to go out as disciples of Jesus, spreading light and fragrance in their neighborhoods and Communities.
(Written by Hea young Lee, President of New York Conference KUMw Network, Planview KUMC)
| 델라웨어-메릴랜드 연회 한인여선교회연합회 신년모임
2024년 1월 21일 메릴랜드에서 신년 모임을 가졌습니다.
1.세 교회 목사님들의 열렬한 지지는 우리에게 큰 힘이 됩니다. 특히 베다니교회의 박대성 목사님은 여선교회에서 필요한 배너를 교회마다 한국에서 주문해서 주시고, 여선교회 임원모임이 있을 때면 짜장면도 사주시고, 선물도 잔뜩 주시고….ㅎㅎ
Delaware-Maryland Conference Conference KUMW Network's New Year Gathering was held on January 21, 2024, in Maryland.
Our conference network comprises three churches: Delaware KUMC, Bethesda KUMC, and Eden KUMC. Due to the distance that spans across Delaware and Maryland states, we do not meet frequently. However, we are closely united in heart, passion, vision, and mission. When it comes to missions, we become one without any conditions.
When we first started the conference network, we faced challenges in opening an account. However, Mrs. Eusook Ahn and Elder Soyoung Kim from Delaware KUMChurch graciously lent us the seed money to open an account. Looking at the financial report from last year, we started with a negative balance, but miraculously, it ended up in a positive. It was a small miracle for us, but we entrusted our little to God, and He multiplied it in His way.
Seeing our determination that "God's mission cannot be stopped in any situation," God moved hearts and blessed us. Our union has many points to be proud of, but let me highlight a few.
1. The passionate support from the pastors of the three churches greatly empowers us. In particular, Rev. Dae-sung Park of Bethesda KUMChurch orders banners for each church from Korea treats us to Jajangmyeon during executive meetings, and generously gives us gifts. With such support, how can our conference network not flourish?
2. The enthusiasm and dedication of the executives are unstoppable, like a fire truck that cannot be halted.
3. We successfully eliminated the use of disposables from our churches. Our three churches encouraged all our congregations to bring their own lunch boxes and cups. With no disposable items in the church, we took the lead in minimizing waste.
As the new year of 2024 begins, we are ready to dedicate our time, resources, and passion to God's mission once again. We believe that God, seeing our efforts, will be pleased and will be with us. Delaware-Maryland Conference KUMw Network, we are the best!
(Written by Kongmi Lim, President of Delaware-Maryland Conference KUMw, Eden KUMC)
| 제15회 학당 안내
15회 학당 안내
● 15회 학당
15th Virtual School Announcement
Our first Virtual School of 2024 addresses the topic of "Immigration and Refugees."
Issues related to immigration and refugees have become global concerns. Looking back at world history, there are numerous cases where refugees become immigrants and live as citizens in a new country.
Entering the 21st century, the number of immigrants moving globally for work and education is increasing. Due to war, political, economic, religious persecution, and natural disasters, many refugees are leaving their homeland to find a safer country. However, the reality is that there are not many countries welcoming immigrants and refugees. Even in the United States, where we are living as immigrants, the issues of immigration and refugees have become significant challenges.
Therefore, in this Virtual School, we will aim to study immigration and refugees in the eyes of justice, history, truth and misinformation, the current situation and issues worldwide, and from the perspective of Christians. Through Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29, 36-37), He asks us, "Who is my neighbor?" The meaning of a neighbor may vary, but could it be someone who is wounded and in absolute need of help? Additionally, Jesus repeatedly emphasizes in the Gospels to "love your neighbor" and simultaneously "love your enemies." Could immigrants and refugees be one of the recipients of this love?
We ask for your active participation!
(Written by: Myungrae Lee, Executive Director of NNKUMw)
15th Virtual School
To Register, click on the registration form on the poster, and Zoom instructions will be provided.
책 소개; ‘만일 내가 인생을 다시 산다면’
이 책은 정신분석 의사 일을 하다 파킨슨병을 진단받고 인생을 살면서 인생에서 깨닫게 된 것을 글로 나누어준 김혜남 작가의 인생 스토리의 책이었습니다. 내 삶을 살아가면서 솔직히 많은 시간을 만일 내 인생을 다시 산다면, 다시 되돌릴 수 있다면 이란 생각을 얼마나 많이 했는지 모릅니다.
책을 읽는 시간이 나의 인생을 살아오면 마음에 담고 있던 열어보지 않고 싶고 꺼내고 싶은 않은 보따리들을 좀 열어 정리할 수 있는 시간을 준 책이며 내 걸어온 길 뒤 돌아보니 하나의 문이 닫히면 또 다른 문이 열렸었다는 것을 다시 한번 깨닫게 해준 감사한 책입니다.
Title: "If I Get a Second Chance to Re-do My Life Again"
This book is the life story of author Kim Hye-nam, a psychiatrist who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and shares the lessons she learned throughout her life. She reflects on the moments when she often thought, "If I could live my life again if I could turn back time."
During the journey of her life, there were times when she wanted to escape from the painful reality, knowing that certain things could never be undone. Now, at the age of sixty, she looks back, embraces reality, adapts, and finds contentment despite sacrificing and letting go of many things.
The book becomes a source of comfort and encouragement for the author's present self, offering solace for anyone going through similar struggles. It delves into the author's experiences of self-reflection, dealing with self-esteem issues, childhood scars, irreversible mistakes, burdens of parenting, and more. Each section resonates with readers as the author shares her empathetic understanding of similar experiences.
The author encourages readers not to fear mistakes and failures, advising them to make more mistakes, especially in their youth. She acknowledges regrets for not making more mistakes and warns against letting the past dominate the present. If the past was painful, she believes that merely overcoming it gives the right to happiness.
The book acts as a source of wisdom and courage, providing solace for those who fear mistakes and failures. It reassures us that the past doesn't have to control the present and that finding happiness is a right earned through the journey. Through the author's words, readers find a sense of relief, as if unburdening their hearts and gaining the courage to face their own lives.
Reading this book becomes a time of self-reflection and an opportunity to sort through the emotional baggage that one may have carried throughout their own life. It serves as a reminder that after one door closes, another one opens—a gratitude-filled book that helps readers revisit their paths and appreciate the opportunities that arise after setbacks.
(Written by Ennam Yoon, Reading Program Committee Member, Delaware KUMC)
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