Newsletter – July 2010

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Holding On To Jesus

Aloha Kakou,

As I sat by the beach writing and meditating, I noticed a young boy and his dad in waist-high water near the shoreline. The dad was teaching the son how to surf. The dad kept the surfboard steady by holding it and having the son lay down on the board. As soon as a wave came, the dad pushed the surfboard, the son stood up and surfed right to shore! However, as soon as the son got to shore, he immediately jumped off the surfboard and ran to his mom. That was it for the boy’s surfing lesson. For some reasons, the son appeared to be uncomfortable, even though he did well.

I remember when I taught my children to surf. I started far where the surf would break, and I would ride the board on the wave with them. I held their hands and talked to them as we surfed toward the shore. We would go out together and catch one wave after another. I would surf with them until I felt that they were comfortable enough that they could surf on their own. They were afraid at first, but as we kept practicing more and more, their confidence built up and kept them going.

However, is our confidence based upon our experience? Many things scare us and puts doubts into our minds. When we are in an uncomfortable situation, we need to trust in the Father, reach out and let His comforting hands stabilize us all the way back to shore, riding with Him. “Come,” Jesus said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:29-33)


Spaghetti and Chocolate for the Soul
A Recent Women of Hope Gathering

 

We have time to meet new people, fellowship, and strengthen our bonds as sisters in the Lord. It is important to build God’s foundation of love, encourage service, and prayer. There is no better way to spend our day. God’s word says, “You should be like one big happy family, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds.” (1 Peter 3:8 LB)

Fellowship is the best way to glorify our Lord because of what He does for us.

“If we walk in the light, as God is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7 NIV)

Thank God for my sisters in Christ and the love and support I’ve found in our church family. You are never alone . . . “So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” (Romans 12:5 NIV)


Another Look At Spaghetti and Chocolate for the Soul

God’s favor and love always shines for His people, especially when they are faithful to Him. It was, as usual, a beautiful day. The Women of Hope came together for our yearly “Ladies Pampering Day” at the beautiful Liliuokalani Gardens, our Eden on earth. Twenty-two (22) women were present.

The tables were decorated with part of our theme chocolates. Everyone brought an Italian dish to share. Once the food was in place and everyone was seated and ready to feast, you could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit was there. The close and intimate fellowship was awesome. As everyone enjoyed each other. Debbie blessed the women with relaxing facials. I’m certain each lady felt like a queen. I know I sure did. She also gave each of us a special skincare goodie bag. Later, we played a guessing game for a great prize. The pool and the jacuzzi were perfect. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was a truly relaxing time. Some women prayed for each other.

It truly is a blessing when God’s people get together to honor and praise Him. We all took part in being good witnesses to others, as the whole area was full of other residents and guests, who couldn’t help but notice our behavior. They will know you are a Christian by your actions.

A special blessing goes out to everyone for their hard work in coming together to make this event a memorable one.


Photos

July 2010 Pictures set on Flickr


Women of Hope


Debbie preparing the area to give facials at the Women of Hope event


Debbie giving Esther a facial


Women of Hope (potluck dishes)


Women of Hope (potluck dishes)

Keith Brunner
Keith Brunner, new member of the Church Council


Evelyn Cass, new member of the Church Council

Lehua Sureda

Lehua Sureda, new member of the Church Council


4th of July dress


Kila, reading the scriptures

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