Hannah and Je together

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Last Minute Panic for Ordination

So, my ordination is in two days.  And yesterday evening in the Bible Study with Rev. Eric Heinekamp, he asked me about the approval from the Commission on Ministry (COM) which I did not know at all.  I have not heard of it, but I just thought it is done when I get the approval from the Presbytery where I will go.

목사 안수가 앞으로 이틀 남았다.  어제 저녁 에릭 목사님의 성경공부에 갔을 때, 사역 위원회의 승인을 받았냐고 내게 물어봤는데, 처음 듣는 얘기였다.  어디서 승인을 받이야 한다는 건 들어본 적도 없고, 내가 사역하게 될 소속 노회의 승인을 받으면 끝나는 줄 알았다.

I was examined and approved by the Ohio Valley Presbytery Saturday, March 25th.  And I thought that was all I needed, and set the date by consulting my church in Naperville.  Last night I emailed to some people in Chicago Presbytery, and I found out that I have some conditions in the ordination party, and I have to submit the application at least a week before the COM meeting which is scheduled in April 18th, that is way after the ordination.  Those conditions are: at least five different congregations, at least one ecumenical (which is not PCUSA) presence.

지난 3월 25일 토요일에 오하이오 밸리 노회에서 심사를 받고 승인을 받았다.  그래서 이제 모든 게 다 끝났나보다 생각하고, 네이퍼빌에 있는 본교회와 상의해서 안수 날짜를 잡았다.  어제 밤에 몇몇 사람에게 전자우편을 보냈고, 목사 안수식에 조건이 있고, 신청서를 위원회 모임 일주일 전에 접수해야 한다는 걸 알았다.  다음 위원회 모임은 4월 18일로 내 안수식 한참 후다.  그 조건들은 최소한 다섯 교회에서 안수위원이 와야  하고, 초교파 위원, 즉 미국장로교가 아닌 위원이 한명은 있어야 한다.

I was almost panic.  Do I have to reschedule it?  Isn’t it too late to call it off?  But I tried to calm down and called several people, and interestingly none of them answered.  But eventually I talked some of the people in the Presbytery.  There is no one to blame but me.

거의 정신줄을 놓을 뻔 했다.  이거 날짜를 바꿔야 하나?  취소하기에는 너무 늦지 않았나?  어째든 침착하려고 노력을 했고, 여러 사람들에게 전화를 했다.  신기하게도 아무도 전화를 받지 않았다.  그래도 결국에는 노회의 몇몇 사람들과 연락이 되었다.  다 내 잘못이니 누굴 탓하겠나.

My ignorance about the proper process put me into trouble, but the flexibility of Chicago Presbytery saved me out of it.

이런 절차에 대한 나의 무지로 인해 곤경에 처했는데, 시카고 노회의 유연함이 날 살렸다.

I cannot thank enough today for the flexibility and much willingness to understand and help me:

아랫의 분들에게는 유연함과 이해심, 그리고 도우려는 의지등으로 인해 감사함을 감출 수 없다:

  • Rev. Eric Heinekamp
  • Rev. Jan Edmiston
  • Ms. Kitty Ridley
  • Ms. Debbie Rundlett
  • Mr. John Fyfe
  • Rev. Susan McGhee
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Friday, 24 June 2016

Cocoa Beach 1

It was Sunday when we went to Cocoa Beach, and I looked up the PCUSA website for a Presbyterian church nearby.

코코 해변에 도착했을 때는 주일이어서 미국장로교 홈페이지에 가서 근처 장로교 교회를 검색했다.

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The Riverside Presbyterian Church in Cocoa Beach, FL has very beautiful church building.  The main (or sanctuary) building has tree theme.  As seen above, it is like a big tree spreading its branches everywhere and the main trunk is on the stage.

플로리다주의 코코 해변에 있는 강변 (또는 리버사이드) 장로교회는 정말 아름다운 건물들을 갖고 있다.  본관 또는 예배당은 거대한 나무 테마로 지어진 듯 하다.  위에서 보듯이 몸통은 무대 위에 있고 가지가 사방으로 뻗어 나가는 모양이다.

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The church has a few separate building and their garden is so beautiful.  There is one interesting thing, that the church parking is actually on a lawn.  It is really nice that the grass does not heat up the car as much as the paved lot.  It is interesting to me because I remember the Presbyterian church in Naples, FL (where I went last year) also made their parking space on a lawn.

교회에는 건물이 몇 채 있고 정원도 정말 아름다웠다.  한가지 흥미로운 점은 교회 주차장이 잔디라는 것이다.  이게 꽤 좋은게, 잔디는 포장된 주차장 만큼 차를 덥히지 않기 때문이다.  내가 흥미롭다고 느낀 이유는 내가 작년에 방문한 플로리다 주의 네이플스에 있는 장로교회도 주차장을 잔디고 만들었기 떄문이다.

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We googled for Korean grocery store nearby and found one.  It is much smaller than those in Chicagoland but I should not compare because Chicago has third largest Korean community in America, following Los Angeles and New York.  The reason we went to the Korean grocery store is to buy rice and kimchi.  I can live without rice and kimchi, but not my aunt.  She must, I mean, MUST eat rice and kimchi everyday.

한국 식료품점이 근처에 있나 구글에서 찾아 봤는데, 하나 있었다.  시카고 지역에 있는 것보다 엄청 작지만, 비교할 순 없는게, 시카고는 미국에서 나성과 뉴욕 다음으로 한국인들이 많은 곳이기 때문이다.  한국 식료품점에 간 이유는 쌀과 김치를 사기 위해서였다.  나는 밥과 김치 없이도 살 수 있는데, 이모님은 밥과 김치를 좀 드셔야 하기 때문이다.

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Then we went to Hightower Beach.  And it was windier than Miami or Naples.  But the wind itself was nice and pleasant.  The wave also was higher which I thought nicer.  But when my mother tried the tube, she flipped over at the first try.  She hurt herself but not badly.  She sat on the lawn chair and rested.  A young lady (probably in her 30s or early 40s) next to us was worried about my mother and came over to see her.  Then she gave my mother a bottle of cold water.  I really felt so thankful about her, and may God bless her richly!

그 후에는 하이타워 해변에 갔다.  마이애미나 네이플스에 있을 때 보다는 바람이 좀 더 있었는데, 바람 자체는 꽤 기분 좋게 만드는 시원한 바람이었다.  파도도 조금 더 셌는데, 놀기 좋다고 생각을 했었다.  그런데, 어머니가 튜브를 타려고 하셨을 때 처음에 바로 뒤집어 지셨다.  좀 다치셨는데, 심하지는 않았다.  우리 옆에 있던 여성분이 (30대 또는 40대 초?) 걱정이 되셨는지 우리 쪽으로 오셔서 어머니를 좀 살폈다.  그리고는 차가운 물 한병을 주셨다.  굉장히 고맙게 느꼈다.  하나님이 그분을 풍성히 축복하시길!

We stayed at Days Inn again, which is not next to Cocoa Beach Pier, but 20 minutes away from the Beach.  Why?  Because it is cheaper and I thought it would provide breakfast.  And I was wrong again that they did not give free breakfast.  But the room was not dirty at least.  They gave us half price coupon for breakfast which we did not use.

이번에도 데이즈 인에 묵었는데, 코코 해변 피어 옆에 있는 거 말고 해변에서 20분 가량 떨어져 있는 곳이었다.  왜냐면… 쌌으니까.  그리고 아침을 줄 거라 생각했으니까.  이번에도 틀렸다.  아침을 안 준다.  하지만 적어도 방이 더럽진 않았다.  하침 반값 쿠폰을 줬지만, 결국은 쓰지 않았다.

Monday, 8 February 2016

I passed all five ordination exams but…

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In Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), there are five ordination exams including Bible Contents Exam.  I already passed four of them last year.  And I took the last one two weeks ago, and I’ve got an email that I passed this one as well.

I was so happy and called my family in Korea.  My mother was with two of my sisters when I called.  “Mom, I have a good news!”

And before I said the next word, my mother said to my sisters “Je has a good news!”  And my mother and sisters began to scream.  “Hannah’s got a baby? Hannah’s got a baby?”

I said, “No.  But I passed all five ordination exams, tada!”

And I heard their disappointed voice over the phone.

“Oh …………………………… um ………………………. huh ……………………………. well ……………………… good job.”

I passed all five ordination exams but my family is not happy at all.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Second Holy Land Trip – Fifty Third Day – Baraka Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem

The first day I came here, I found the sign of Presbyterian Church in front of the house where I am staying.  But my hosting family told me that they have not seen them worship on Sundays.

Church Entrance

Church Entrance

My hosting family told me that they heard of bigger Presbyterian church in Bethlehem, not do not know the exact location.  As a favour to me, the father of the family called his neighbour this morning who is in the Beit Sahour Presbyterian Church (the official name is Shepherds’ Field Presbyterian Church), and asked the location.  It was on the Hebron street, and he gave me ride there.

Church Building

Church Building

The church was on the down-side of the road (everywhere here is hill).  So the ground floor from my side (west) is underground level 1 from the other side (east).

Common Room in the church with pingpong table

Common Room in the church with ping-pong table

When you go in, you get to the back of the sanctuary.  And on the right, there is a door to the common room for after service refreshments.  There is a ping-pong table for the youth activities.

Simultaneous Translator Receiver

Simultaneous Translator Receiver

From the common room, you can enter the tech room where they control the overhead projector and computer, sound mixer and everything.  Even they have simultaneous translator equipment.  Today, a guy was translating in the tech room only for me.

Christmas Year Round

Christmas Year Round

In Bethlehem, it is Christmas year round.

Childrens' Story Time

Children’s Story Time

The service was much like ours in Canada or America (I mean PCC or PCUSA).  And there were about or little more than fifty people including children.  There was a Children’s story time, and then they went for Sunday School.  Though the service was much like ours, the demographic was quite different.  They are mostly young parents, probably around 20s and 30s.  I think that is good sign because even here, the church goers are mostly seniors for Greek Orthodox.  And the service was about hour and half (thank God it is not three hours like Greek Orthodox).

Back to School Gift

Back to School Gift

All the children were given a gift package at the Sunday school because the school begins tomorrow.

Playground at Church

Playground at Church

I know the churches in North America usually have yards and some rich Churches (like my church which is Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville) have even its own playground.  That is not true for churches in Korea.  I also haven’t seen any playground at Greek Orthodox Churches.  But this Presbyterian church has its own small playground.  I love it!

Olive Everywhere

Olive Everywhere

And it is kind of law in Palestine and Israel that where there is yard, there are olive trees.

I found that the Presbyterian church in Beit Sahour comes here to join the Sunday service because they do not have a lot of people, and it is the daughter church of Baraka Bethlehem Presbyterian Church.  They also have a day-care and education centre in Beit Sahour.  So instead of walking back hour and twenty minutes, I got a ride back home.  And thank God that the Beit Sahour Presbyterian church is literally right next door!

In the refreshments, people asked me a few questions such as if I am alone.  I guess they meant if I am single because they also told me that they have good Christian girls.  So I told them “Ana mit-jawiz,” which means I am married.  Another lady asked me how long I’ve been here.  I asked her back, “in Palestine?”  Then she said, “Thank you for saying Palestine.”  To give you an advice who wants to travel West Bank later, it is not safe to call there “Israel,” and they do not really like to be called “West Bank” either.  They are happy when they hear “Palestine.”

Who knows this?

Who remembers this?

They sell some souvenirs in the church along with some Christian music.  Some of them are in cassette tape.  I cannot really remember when was the last time that I listened to the cassette tape.  And I don’t have a cassette tape player, so I could not buy this one even though it was cheaper.  But does not the sales mean people actually listens to it?

Arabic Gospel CD

Arabic Gospel CD

Instead of the cassette tape, I bought a gospel music CD in Arabic.  I can borrow this CD if you are my neighbour and you want it.  The church was selling it for 30 shekels.  And I found later that it is cheaper if you buy it at Amazon.  But that is OK, it is just 5 shekels (which is about $2), and I may think I helped the church.

It is not related to today’s topic, but: the father of this hosting family installed an alarm app from the Israeli government that warns the location and sounds the siren when the missile launch was detected from Gaza so that people can run to the shelter. And it sounds the siren twice every minute, literally.  But the location is mostly southern Israel, so we don’t have to run.  Well, actually we don’t have a shelter to run in Beit Sahour or any Palestinian area in West Bank.

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