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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 and I were reassured that God is for all people, in many different countries and languages, and there are many more ways for us to reveal His purpose for us and glorify God through them.

We also had a restful time and a chance to see the deeper side of German Christians’ lives in a small city, Quakenbrück, where my old Korean friend and his wife were serving two separate churches as music directors. As church musicians, my friends had many things in common with us, so we had very productive and enjoyable conversations.

We also had a chance to visit a place of worship for Muslims (mosque) and a refugee facility for many people from Mid-Eastern and African countries. We admired the German people’s generosity and efforts for refugees, and also heard about the many challenges they faced in helping the refugees.

After spending about eight days in Germany, we came back and resumed our lives and work in this country as church musicians. We received many good ideas and resources that we could use for our music ministries in the future. Being out of our comfort zone gave us fresh ideas and vision. I hope my experience in Germany can benefit not only myself but also many people around me in many ways.

 

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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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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