Articles for Church Newsletter


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 about the importance of family and our growing children that each family must take care of. They are our future and our present as well.

Currently, we have four kids and several youth in our church music program. Each of them has given me a tremendous amount of pleasure spending time with them. When I saw their shiny eyes after they found the joy of making music, I felt great happiness.

I hope that they will keep praising God throughout their whole life based on this experience and show a good example for our growing young ones in the nursery room of our church too.

Thank you to all those family members who make such efforts to bring their kids to choir. If you know a child or family who needs a music education, invite them to church! I hope to see more kids in our music program.

 

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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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 ...


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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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