Newsletter – November 2010

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Cheerful Volunteers

Aloha Kakou,

We were having our monthly Church Council meeting when Scott Sandin brought up a topic of having “cheerful volunteers.” After all, it’s almost always the same people who volunteer. They volunteer to support God, the church, the pastor, and others. Statistics has it that 20% of the people do about 80% of the work and that there is no difference in the secular and the Christian work force.

James 2:14 says “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?”

Is he saying that in order to be saved or to have faith, we need to do good deeds? No. What he is saying is that when we start knowing who Christ is and accept Him into our lives, we start to change. We are no longer the same person. We are now a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

If we do works or do things for ourselves, we get tired and irritable. But if we do things for Christ, it’s rewarding, fulfilling and a blessing to our soul. Our volunteers are so huge for the Kingdom of God, for they are the foundation of the church. Imagine what would happen if there were no volunteers?

Although we at Hope Chapel Waikiki are a small church in numbers, we are big in sharing the name of Jesus in the community and abroad.

We are all sinners in need of a Savior and we need others to know of who Jesus is, and about His love for us. So I thank and salute our cheerful volunteers for all that they have done for God and people.

I have to admit it’s not easy being cheerful all the time. Churches always needs help, so if you want to volunteer, we can always use another happy face.

If you see any volunteer that is not cheerful, then give them a minute to refresh, regroup and reconnect, and then go and give them an encouraging word. Being a volunteer is not that easy sometimes. Hey, you are volunteering already!

A cheerful heart is good medicine. (Proverbs 17:22)

A happy heart makes the face cheerful. A cheerful look brings joy to the heart and good news gives health to the bones. (Proverbs 15:13,30)

I want to also thank our Veterans and those that are serving in the Armed Forces our prayers are with you. God Bless America


Thanksgiving is just days away and it has me thinking about how much I take for granted. The Lord blesses me each and every day with family, friends and work, but I always seem to be complaining about one thing or another. So let me start off by asking for forgiveness from the Lord and all who I’ve offended in one way or another. I’m a work in progress — or should I say under heavy construction.

One thing that always puts my life in prospective is when our church (Hope Chapel Waikiki) does our annual Thanksgiving Lunch for the Hungry. We have so many dedicated volunteers who give their time to make this a wonderful day for those who don’t have anywhere to go or can’t afford to eat out for Thanksgiving. I go home knowing someone has planted a seed and shared the Lord’s love with them, and pray that they will come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. If at least one person turns to Christ, It makes all the effort that goes into this day worth it. It’s a blessed day for everyone and I just want to thank all of you who volunteered to make this day such a blessing.

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us: establish the work of our hands for us- yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:17)

I also wanted to share with you what some our youth at HCW are Thankful for:

Tucker, age 6: I’m thankful for my mom and dad playing with me when nobody else will.

Noah, age 10: I am thankful for God creating the world, and for God always protecting me, and my mom for giving birth to me.

Tanner, age 10: I am thankful for God letting my family move out here and giving my mom a job so we don’t need to move again.

Naomi, age 11: I am thankful for my parents and grandma. I wanted my teeth straight and they paid for my braces. I’m very happy and thankful.

Alexandra, age 12:
I am thankful for my friends because if I had no friends I would be very lonely and they are supportive and helpful. I am also thankful to my parents for now letting me be home schooled. My school has a lot of kids my age doing things I know are wrong, and I don’t want to be around these things, because I know it’s not right.

Michael, age 15: I am thankful for God helping my family through all our troubles and giving us salvation. I think God is awesome. Amen!

But thanks be to God, who … through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. (2 Corinthians 2:14)


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Volunteers’ planning meeting for Feed The Hungry lunch

November 7, 2010

Dorothy presenting Pastor Denis with a lei for Pastor Appreciation Day


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