Rev. Moon’s message for November 21, 2001

Dear members and friends of Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church,

Moments of thanksgiving

I would like to take a moment to thank Peter, Don, and Bill for organizing men’s breakfasts, for their serving hearts and hands. I have attended two breakfasts and have really enjoyed the atmosphere, culture, and flow of the fellowship they have created and fostered. Not to mention I was impressed by Don’s dishwashing skills and Peter’s food delivery skills. The testimony that Chris shared during the last breakfast added another dimension to our shared experiences. When one shares his/her life openly, I think we experience the uniting presence of the Risen Christ.

Head shot of minister
Rev. Chuck Moon

I would like to thank Christianne, Nenad, and Marta for switching and decorating two classrooms in the church. Due to the sanctuary issue, we had to be creative with the church space. They spent hours buying items, moving, and reorganizing furniture between different rooms. Their work allowed the church to provide a better space for the younger children and their families during Sunday morning worship hours.

I would also like to thank Carolyn and Robert for helping us connect with our community friends through the weekly Tidbits and the church websites (home page, YouTube, Facebook). I cannot thank them enough for their patience (accepting my very late submission) and wisdom (editing skill and creativity they possess).

Prayer Group

Every day I have been asking: How do I deepen my prayer life? How can I be more intentional about my relationship with Christ each day? A few weeks ago, I had conversations about prayers with two congregation members, and it became clear that I was not the only one who was hungry to deepen our prayer life with God. When two or three gather and pray together, we deepen our prayer. So we are about to start a small prayer group. Our first small gathering will be held at the church on Thursday, November 25, at 1PM.

There will be two parts in each meeting:

1) To learn more about prayer

To learn more about prayer, we will be studying different books. For the first few meetings, we will be reading Joan Chittister’s “the Breath of the soul.” (I have ordered 5 copies of the book. If you would like to get hold of the book, please let me know). There will be many moments of silence, reading, listening, and sharing.

2) To share our prayer

It is not our hope to say a lengthy prayer but simply have time to share a simple prayer in our hearts. It could be one simple sentence, “I am thinking about my family today.” Or “I am praying for the future of our congregation. ”

As we spend more time together, we hope to help each other to deepen our love for Christ.

Sincerely,

Chuck Moon

A version of this message first appeared in the Saturday, November 20, 2021, edition of Tidbits.

Rev. Moon’s message for October 31, 2001

Dear members and friends of Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church,

Last Sunday, one of our elders noticed that one of the pumps in the boiler room at the church had a loud, unfriendly noise. A technician came during the week. At first, the technician thought that it was a quick fix (2-3 hours) in need of replacing one or two parts, but he ended up staying almost the entire Tuesday. Then he had to come back with newly ordered parts on Friday to finish repairing boilers (I am writing this Friday morning hoping it is fixed by Sunday). This meant that there was no heat at the church and my office throughout this week and I could definitely have used a space heater. I had to laugh at myself because I gave away three portable space heaters I owned in Port Elgin while moving to Guildwood. Mainly it was because I was moving into a small apartment. But I could not help but ask myself, “What was I thinking?” “Was I thinking I was moving to Florida?” If I knew what I know now, would I give away the space heaters and snow shovels? Did I also mention that I gave away my snow shovels, too? Oh well, this is not the first time or won’t be the last time I do things that don’t make sense, so why not laugh at myself?

Hope you can laugh at yourselves from time to time (instead of being too hard on yourselves) and invite others and God to join in your laughter. Don’t you think we are sometimes too hard on ourselves and others? I am sure God is laughing with me right now.

Sincerely,

Chuck Moon

A version of this message first appeared in the Friday, October 29, 2021, edition of Tidbits.