Newsletter – January 2010

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Fireworks

Aloha Kakou,

Growing up in the Hawaiian Islands, New Year’s Eve was a time of fireworks, food, friends, and family. As you can see, fireworks came first. Ha! Ha! All the others do not have to be in order. However, everyone looked forward to the sounds of fireworks, and the skies that were filled with aerial rockets of many colors. It was tradition. It was exciting. People were happy, joyful, and pleasant.

…And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

This song written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 depicts the strength, the honor, and the power of the United States of America for which our flag stands.

We, Donna, Cheyenne, and (Dennis) had our annual gathering of friends and family to feast and fellowship with one another on New Year’s Eve. We have an open invitation to the Church family and were excited to see old and new friends come by to celebrate with us.

Some of you know about the fireworks in Waimanalo, my hometown since 1988. As the firework bombs burst, the sky lights up with all different colors. People on the streets invite the New Year in with a boom and many drop by our house to say aloha.

We, as Christians, should exemplify the same kind of enthusiasm with our faith in Christ. Jesus said, “In the same way let our light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) “Rocket’s red glare” is like Christ, who shines all so brightly in our lives, visible for miles. The “bombs bursting in air” is the joy of salvation and eternal life that we have received from our LORD JESUS. We just cannot help joyously shouting the GOOD NEWS gospel for the New Year to everyone around us.

Do you have Jesus in your life? Do you want Jesus in your life? Don’t you want to have a home in heaven? For a New Year’s resolution, it is important for some of us to get an exercise machine, join a club, lose weight, get organized, clean around the house, and get rid of old stuff. Let’s get rid of the old stuff of bitterness, rage, immorality, slander, unkind speech, swearing, and the like, and fill it with something new. The new stuff is called the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22).

We need to work on our inner self first this year and our outer self later. Let’s renovate these characteristics and get rid of the old stuff that burdens our LORD and those around you. Start a NEW YEAR IN CHRIST. By the way, we had a great time bringing in the New Year in prayer with one another. May God Bless all of you.

I also want to thank my many friends and family who have helped me this past year, from building an addition to my home, to just being there in these hard times. With their help and GOD, dreams come true. Mahalo.

Remember “The LORD will keep you from all harm he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:7-8)

Na Pomaika’i (blessings)

Pastor Dennis K. Sallas


Volunteering Is A Gift

Where did the year go? 2009 just flew by and I’m still working on my last year’s resolutions. I definitely am a work in progress, but with Jesus, nothing is impossible.

I reflected on how God answered our prayers this past year. When we needed more volunteers to get involved and help at church, God not only blessed us with helpers, He brought new members who joined Hope Chapel Waikiki. They stepped in and took volunteering to a whole new level. For example, new volunteers added nametags for everyone, helped in set up and breakdown, and opened their homes for Bible studies, and it was all done with a joyful heart.

I am sure our long time dedicated volunteers were as blessed as we were to see new faces giving from the heart. It may not seem like a big thing to some, but giving back is the ultimate gift.

Thank you, Lord, for not only answering our prayers, but also using these wonderful people to build up Your church with the gifts of hospitality and service.

We appreciate all our volunteers who bring unity and love to Hope Chapel Waikiki. Happy New Year! Let’s continue to serve the Lord with a joyful heart and remember it’s all for the glory of God.

Mathew 20:26 “Whoever desires to be great among you, let him be your servant.”


Photos

January 2010 Newsletter Pictures set on Flickr

The youth, Pastor Dennis, and the worship team singing "We Are The World" at the Christmas Eve Service
The youth, Pastor Dennis, and the worship team singing “We Are The World” at the Christmas Eve Service

The theme for the Christmas Eve service was "Joy To The World"
The theme for the Christmas Eve service was “Joy To The World”

Singing "We are the World"
Singing “We are the World”

Michael, Courtney, and Erin sitting in front-row seats, waiting for the Christmas Eve service to begin
Michael, Courtney, and Erin sitting in front-row seats, waiting for the Christmas Eve service to begin

Naomi, Ruby, and Ed at the Christmas Eve service
Naomi, Ruby, and Ed at the Christmas Eve service

Kazu and Marie at the Christmas Eve service
Kazu and Marie at the Christmas Eve service

Paula, Jim, Jack, and Betsy
Paula, Jim, Jack, and Betsy

Corey and David, yearly visitors from Edmonton, Canada, where it was around -50C!
Corey and David, yearly visitors from Edmonton, Canada, where it was around -50C!

Jeff, Nita, and Willard receiving communion
Jeff, Nita, and Willard receiving communion

Congrats to Jane Harned (with her husband Bill) for being baptized on January 3, 2010 in Waikiki
Congrats to Jane Harned (with her husband Bill) for being baptized on January 3, 2010 in Waikiki

Congrats to Liz and Misti Still for being baptized on January 3, 2010 in Waikiki
Congrats to Liz and Misti Still for being baptized on January 3, 2010 in Waikiki

Paul, Carmen, Leilah, and Halle receive our first communion of 2010
Paul, Carmen, Leilah, and Halle receive our first communion of 2010

For more photos, go to the Hope Chapel Waikiki Flickr Group

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