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Take Note - August 2017

July 28, 2017

A long time ago, I was chattering with a lady who was a school music teacher as well as church musician.  She said one of her school band students quit band recently, and she asked me if I could guess why.  On my puzzled face, she said the student's mom said she valued her family time, and her son's practicing took away from it.  After a brief pause, we laughed out loud together for a while.  The conversation, though, didn't seem like just a light joke to me after I thought about it more deeply. 

I have heard many people said that teaching children music is giving them a great gift for their whole lives.  I have witnessed many families use their time to play and sing together, and it makes their family time valuable.  Just like any other human activity, musical skills and talent need consistent practice, time, and money  to develop.  This process gives us more opportunities to be patient and mature, which benefit us . 

Music is one of the most important elements for our lives, and it's no exception for our church lives: social meetings and worship.  And our musical activities could flourish with all of our support, ideally from each of our families first.  Of course schools and churches should be helpful, but without parents' understanding and support, there will be many limitations for our children to grow up in musical environments. 

We have had Summer Choir Sundays during summer months, and there will be one more Sunday for the group on Sunday, August 20 during this summer.  For the last 2 months, we sang  simple anthems with many percussion players.  This August will not be that different, but I would like to call all generations of our church members and people around them who want to praise God with their voices and instruments. Therefore, I suggest to call it  "Summer Choir Sunday for Families." 

The song will be very simple and with repeated parts.  The instrument parts will be the same.  I hope you will let me know who would like to sing or play instrument that Sunday morning.  If you have dusty instruments you used in high school, or you simply would like play a percussion, let me know too.  You would be even join us for clapping and dancing in the group.

Everything is possible.  We just need your joyful participation.  I am going to choose a simple anthem, or arrange or compose a simple song by  myself to include everyone who wants to join.  Let's enjoy this wonderful last Summer Choir Sunday.  Music is one of God's precious gifts for us, and it's our privilege to enjoy it and glorify God with this gift.  

 

Take Note - July 2017

July 25, 2017

Our trip to Bremen, Germany was a great experience for many reasons. First of all, it was the first time I put my feet on the soil of a foreign country, except for when I came to the USA from Korea 20 years ago. Miah and I were part of the delegation that represented Americans after becoming US citizens just six weeks before the trip!

During the three-day conference and the closing worship with three different languages (German, English, and an African) on the third day of the trip, Miah an...


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Take Note - June 2017

May 25, 2017

Doing our best to make our life worth each day and every day should be our goal.  After a while, though, we should also have a pause and look back, to remind us where we are from, and look forward, where we will walk onward. This will help us see the big picture so that we will not lose our identity and can set the right direction to keep going in our long life journey.

I had a great chance to review the history and the current situation of Korean Christian churches at First Congregational ...


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Take Note - May 2017

May 1, 2017

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:16—NIV)

On a Friday afternoon after finishing my work, I was leaving the church using our new elevator. Right before opening the door going outside, I suddenly wanted to recall the old building structure around the current entrance doors and the elevator. I walked around the fire doors and looked around the stairs going to the kitchen area. I tried harder to picture the ...


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Take Note - April 2017

March 30, 2017

The day I am writing this article is the first official day of spring on the calendar.  During the last Spring Concert in May, I proudly announced that we were going to have a new elevator to welcome more people to this church.  Now we have it and our musical groups with some guest musicians are preparing our 6th Annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m.

The concert will be performed by both Celebration Ringers and Sanctuary Choir with some guest vocalists with brass, percussion, d...


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Take Note - March 2017

March 4, 2017

With witnessing the ongoing struggles and debates among people around the presidential campaign of 2016, I have been thinking about how hard it is to understand other people’s thoughts and to be in their shoes to see the world.

As a musician, my efforts to understand others has involved pursuing a variety of music for our services and concerts. For the last several years since 2012, our choir has sung repertories from the time of the Renaissance to contemporary music. Language-wise, we ha...


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Take Note - February 2017

February 5, 2017

The year of 2017 should be a memorable point in my life in many ways. I started my 50’s this year in January, this is my 20th year since I came to the USA, and I am almost completely sure that I will become an American citizen this year. Whether others recognize it or not, many things have changed inside and outside of me. But, there are things that will not change; God and me, and the relationship between us and God.

There is a movie, among many, that I will remember my entire life: “C...


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Take Note - January 2017

January 31, 2017

A few days ago, I found an interesting YouTube page provided by a young American man who is currently teaching English in Korea. His name is Oliver and first of all, his amazingly fluent Korean was so impressive. His many fun clips should be very helpful to many Koreans who want to learn English and more about America. While enjoying them, one video stood out to me strongly.

It was about the reality of America (literally interpreted as “the real face [without makeup] of America”), and h...


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Take Note - December 2016

January 31, 2017

I am writing this article after watching a movie with some of our church children within our choir and chaperones. I showed a picture of our group I took there to one of my sisters in Korea. She said, “Wow, various races are in this picture!” Yes, we all may be different in color, but we are all the same as children of God. We had a fun time together that evening.

Now we are going to have Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. During this wonderful time of year, I again think ab...


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Take Note - November 2016

January 31, 2017

Miah and I had another “Miah and Friends” concert last Sunday, October 23. It has been five years since 2012, and we have had lots of fun with many musician friends through these annual events. After this exciting concert, I thought I was going to get some rest for at least a few days.

On Monday morning, though, I realized that I couldn’t do so. Just look at all the fallen leaves in front and back yard! To make things worse, the weather forecast said we were going to have some rain fr...


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