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Take Note - October 2016

October 27, 2016

The beginning of fall this year has been so difficult because of the flooded conditions in many places. Because I didn’t see the 2008 flood in Iowa, it’s the most serious flood situation I have ever witnessed At this moment while I am writing this article, I am preparing for two musical events: Music Dedication Sunday at our church and Miah’s organ recital in Clermont. Both events are scheduled for the same day, Sunday, September 25.

With the uncertain weather for tomorrow, I have been concerned about the outcome of both events. I am still trying to check some of the details to have a successful day, but the weather tomorrow is beyond my capacity. This situation reminds me of the scripture, “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.” (Proverbs 16:1-King James Version).

I have tried to get all of our choir members involved in Music Dedication Sunday, but there are still some choir members who cannot make it because of their vacation schedules, medical conditions, or some other reasons.  I wanted to have more new members in our musical groups, but Mitchell Sage (Celebration Ringers) and Alexandra Saulsbury (new section leader for Sanctuary Choir) are a good start for this choir year, and we hope we will keep having more people come and join us in the future.

We will keep trying to do our best to praise our God with our musical talents and seek more people who have not yet found their chance to devote their time to this meaningful ministry. As I mentioned before, we cannot make every result as accurate as we hope or plan right now, but God’s plans and timing are always the best for us. Based on this trust we have reasons to keep trying on our side without any doubt in our faith for God.

 

Take Note - September 2016

October 4, 2016

This summer, I spent many more days traveling than I have any other year. It’s been three years since I visited Korea with my family in 2013, and I spent time with my family again because my father passed away pretty suddenly and unexpectedly. Since then I got to see my old church families in Ann Arbor, Michigan again after 15 years and in Mt. Clemens after six years.

I still appreciated the precious moments I had when I saw old friends and my own family after so many years, and that’s ...


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Take Note - August 2016

August 15, 2016

Last week, I drove about 2,000 miles for a four-night, 5 day-vacation with my family. Our first destination was Niagara Falls, and we went through the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. On the road coming back home we visited two locations, Ann Arbor and Mt. Clements in Michigan, to meet our Hope Korean Church family and our First Presbyterian Church family. As time goes, relationships with people in the past become more and more precious and the desire to go back and visit them w...


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Take Note - July 2016

August 15, 2016

What a month I have had in June! On June 2, I took a quick trip to Korea for my family, who mourned and comforted each other after my father passed away after 10 days in a hospital with two surgeries. He went back to heaven without too much pain or worry, and I believe that he had a pretty enjoyable life too. On the second day of my return from Korea, I had a last rehearsal with our ringers before the Handbell Festival in Sioux Falls and they left for the event two days later without me due t...


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Take Note - June 2016

June 28, 2016

There is a story I heard a long time ago that comes back to me often when I think about the blessings we can share from generation to generation beyond time. There was a man who ran a family winery handed down through many generations. One day he was asked by a reporter when he would sell the wine he was putting in storage at that moment. He said, “ about 30 years from now.” The astonished reporter asked, “When did you store the wine you will sell this year then?” The winery owner sai...


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Take Note - May 2016

May 11, 2016

The annual Spring Concert this year in May at First Presbyterian Church will be the fifth one since 2012. In my own history of music ministry in the USA, it has been 16 years. I started this annual concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church of Westland, Michigan in 2000, and I have not skipped a single year. I believe it benefits church music ministry in various ways. First of all, it gives us an opportunity to maintain and develop our musical skills, and also shows us musical goals to achieve....


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Take Note - April 2016

April 5, 2016
There is a great movie that reminds me about the importance of the dreams of young people. “Cinema Paradiso” is a story about a young boy who develops a friendship with the fatherly projectionist in a small town in Italy. Eventually, he became a famous film director, and there’s no doubt that the time he spent in the movie theater with the projectionist affected his success as a film maker.

When I recall my life’s path, the first person who gave me the dream of becoming a musician w...

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Take Note - March 2016

March 2, 2016

Recently I have witnessed so many musical events that have been taking place in our community. Among them, the Cedar Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists hosted “January Jubilee” last month.  The event was mainly to encourage and support part-time church musicians, including our local musicians.  Over 40 people, including some people from nearby cities and other states, participated.  The organization will have another big event, “Pipe Organ Encounter”, in June.  This tim...


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Take Note - February 2016

February 1, 2016

If you have ever spent time on the phone, answering numerous recorded questions, and finally get the chance to hear a real human voice to talk with, you know how important it is for us to spend time with real people instead of machines.

One day, I made a mistake and responded to a suspicious email message regarding one of my bank accounts.  I recognized that it was a scam email right away and I called the number on the back of my bank card.  After spending a long time with the recorded voice, ...


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Take Note - January 2016

January 9, 2016

When the time of letting the old year go and opening a new year came around, I spent some time thinking about what really matters in our lives.  What can really make our lives fruitful, enjoyable, and meaningful to ourselves and to others as well?

Right after the Christmas eve service, which was the last service I prepared this year,  I enjoyed several days of vacation.  During these days, I could have my favorite kind of time, which was to explore potential music for next year.  While doing...


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