Newsletter – March 2009

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Wind, Rain, and ?
by Pastor Dennis K. Sallas

Aloha Kakou,

We have had nearly two weeks of cold, windy, stormy days and nights in Hawaii. I had to dig deeply into my closet to look for a pair of slacks to wear for Sunday morning service. I also wore a long sleeve t-shirt under my aloha shirt. It was cold! But I know that some readers who live in the cold country are probably saying, “You don’t know what cold is!”

You are right, but believe me, our normally warm island has never felt so cold. Everyone in the islands has been talking about it. What is happening to our weather in the islands and in the world?Worldwide, the weather has been changing with weird weather occurrences.

Have you ever thought about what God is trying to tell us? Jesus told his disciples, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” (Matt. 24: 42)

As Christians, we need to spend time with our Lord so that people will see Him in us. That way, when we speak about Him, people will recognize that we do know Him. They will understand that we have a relationship with Him.

The other Sunday evening, the Hope Chapel Waikiki family got together and watched the movie Fireproof.  The movie was great, and I would highly recommend that you make time to watch it.  The movie is about married life and the sacrifices and difficulties that are involved in a relationship. It is worth watching even if you are not married, because we all have relationship difficulties. I was overjoyed to see so many of our church family and visitors turn out to see the movie. We had all sorts of pupu, hot dogs, and popcorn. Everyone was “hanging out” and fellowshipping with one another. That is what the LORD wants us to do.

Though fellowship, we can invite the unsaved, the lost, the lonely, and our brothers and sisters in Christ. There will be cold, windy, stormy days in our lives. We need each other to restore God’s climate of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. God’s climate will always keep us warm. So, start hanging out with each other and find something in common. You will be surprised that you forget about yourself when you think of others.

Na Pomaika’i (blessings)

Pastor Dennis K. Sallas

 

Food For the Soul
by Donna Sallas

The women of Hope Chapel Waikiki (HCW) went to a powerful conference, Spaghetti for the Soul. Ellie Lofaro and Kathy Troccoli filled the day with joy that could only come from knowing our father in heaven. They shared their faith, hope, and love for him, with over 550 women. We were all blessed beyond words.

Ellie and Kathy shared their testimonies, and it just touched hearts. They kept us laughing, crying, and singing to the Lord all day. Praise God! Many of us recommitted our lives to the Lord. For some, it was the first time. I felt privileged to be a part of it. Personally, I was touched by this conference. I wanted to see how it affected the other HCW women who attended, so I asked them to share:

Nancy Brunner:

Saturday was a blessing to me in that it renewed my personal walk with our Lord, and a thanksgiving to be a member of the Hope Chapel Family. Thank you Jesus!

Anne White:

When I first signed up to attend Spaghetti for the Soul, I had no idea what to expect. To put it mildly, I was pleasantly surprised. First, it wasn’t just a series of spiritual lectures, but rather a wonderfully balanced, high-energy sequence of events which included loads of humor, music, video slideshows, and yes, spiritual teaching on faith, hope and love something we all need. The two gals Kathy and Ellie had such a great fondness for each other and worked well together as well as solo. Also, Kathy being single and Ellie being married, they were able to reach out to everyone in the auditorium. Coupled with a continental breakfast, two snack breaks and a picnic lunch, you might say that day was a full meal deal well worth the $45.

Eddi Pelton:

I thought the conference was great!
I especially enjoyed Kathy Troccoli’s musical selections, which were very beautiful and inspiring. Kathy and her keyboard accompanist really rocked the house!

Dorothy Clayton:

Due to circumstances in my life, I was feeling down in the dumps, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I was looking forward to the women’s conference called Spaghetti for the Soul. Spaghetti makes me think of comfort food, and I needed comfort for my soul. Through their wit, Kathy Troccoli and Ellie Lofaro gave me laughter. Through their knowledge of scripture and their personal testimonies, the Holy Spirit used these two ladies to extend Jesus’ hand to me so He could pull me back up into His loving arms. I felt comforted and more at peace. The Lord used these two godly women to remind me that God does love me. God has a purpose for my life, and God will equip me with the faith, hope, and love I need to continue walking on God’s path in His holy ways. “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God!”  (1 John 3:1)

Laura Prados:

A couple of weeks ago, I made a choice that turned out to be a mistake. I really got down on myself about it and kept on kicking myself for letting it happen. I was still feeling down about it when I attended the Spaghetti for the Soul conference this past Saturday. The conference was great and the speakers kept it light and fun while getting their point across. The turning point for me was when Ellie Lofaro talked about Love. For me it showed me that you need to love yourself and forgive yourself no matter what. It also showed me that no matter what we do, God loves us.

Suzanne Sullivan:

WOW! Yes I expected spaghetti, and I found no red sauce and noodles, but my soul was blessed and fed to over flowing. Joy of life, joy of Jesus and the joy of knowing we have a heavenly father who has prepared a place for us was more fulfilling than spaghetti. Yes, we had a delicious lunch and snacks, but the uplifting inspiration from the speakers (sharing from their heart) along with the moving musical concerts inspired and challenged us to embrace our womanhood and strengthen our walk with Jesus.

Ellie said a church founded on Love grows and prospers, which is evident at Hope Chapel. Yes we studied Love, Hope and Faith during the day, but the JOY of knowing Jesus and having a closer walk with him is what I left with at the end of the wonderful blissful day!

Events such as these help to bring connection and a sense of belonging for visitors (like myself). Women laughing with each other, laughing at ourselves, laughing at the color of our hair and laughing at our human traits, knowing that in spite of ourselves, Jesus still died for me and others is still a miraculous, inspirational wonder. Worshipping Jesus, and the Hawaiian aloha spirit of warmth, love and acceptance are some of the special attributes of my visits, which keeps bringing me back.

Barb Freda:

The power of christian women could be felt at the Spaghetti for the Soul conference in Kaneohe. Over 500 women gathered to laugh, cry, worship, sing praises to our Lord, and just get together.

The Women of HCW need to organize and use our power to help other women, raise funds for special projects, share ideas for evangelism, and just be together.

Esther Goyne:

My Faith (Hebrews 11:6), Hope (Romans 15:13), and Love (Matthew 22:37) increased.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  (Hebrews 11:6)

“For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”  (Romans 15:13)

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  (Matthew 22:37)

Thank you Lord.

 

Church Updates

About 60 people attended the Movie Night on March 1, watching Fireproof, with hot dogs, and popcorn. Fireproof highlighted the importance of communication, and 100% by each person to a marriage.

Volunteers for the Easter Sunrise Service are in the midst of preparation. Please pray for the event, the volunteers, and those who attend.

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