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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 where they are gets stronger.

The good thing is that Miah and I could share with our friends that we were doing well and that our church musical ministries had been strong and fruitful for the last six years since we left Michigan. Good friends are for sharing concerns and problems with a sincere heart, but sharing good news and happiness with them is even better for sure.

Now, I thank God for our safe return to Iowa after enjoying all those times with our old friends and for the experiences in witnessing the magnificent nature God created around us. Going out to see different lifestyles and great nature is a good opportunity for us to broaden our horizons and see the world in new aspects, but coming back to remind us the importance of your home is priceless. Now let me start living my own life here with my current church family and friends in this place again.

 

 

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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Take Note - December 2015

December 11, 2015

"I am not lost. I am exploring." 
 
This is from a bump sticker message I saw this morning on someone's car. This car was in the parking lot of Creighton University in Omaha, so the car was probably a student's.  Grace is applying to a couple of pharmacy schools, so they are pretty good words she needs to keep in mind too. 
 
In the journey of life, we sometimes have no clear idea where we are or what step we should take next. During that kind of situation, people's advice or our trust on God...


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Take Note - November 2015

October 31, 2015

In 8th century Korea, there was a monk who wrote "Song in Memory of a Deceased Sister."  The poem starts with this sentence, "Here are the ways of life and death, and you happened to leave even without being able to say 'I am leaving.'  Like leaves, falling down here and there from the wind in early Autumn , we don't know where we go even though we were born on the same branch...."   He was a Buddhist monk, so he might see life after death a little differently to our beliefs  as Christians.  ...


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