Newsletter – December 2011

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Mele Kalikimaka

Aloha Kakou,

May your days be merry and bright and may all your Christmases be white. A great song for a very festive day. “Christmases be white” can be defined as pure in the color white. White is a symbol of purity in our walk, talk, and character.

Sing to the LORD, you saints of his, praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime, weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:4-5)

Have a very merry, bright and pure Christmas. Mele kalikimaka and a hau’oli makahiki, hou! Know that you know that you know!

Na Pomaika’i (blessings),
Pastor Dennis Sallas

Tis The Season

The women are in the kitchen preparing a Thanksgiving feast. Children and grandchildren are running through the house with excited laughter.

The men are in the living room plotting football strategies for their favorite teams or, whatever men do. Family and friends then gather around the table enjoying plates of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce or whatever their tradition has them eating. Everyone is thankful.

Before their dinner even has time to digest, they are out shopping for the best bargains they can find. Days later, no one has time to remember being thankful. Tis the season.

Everyone is busy shopping, planning parties and dinners. More shopping. Trying to figure how to get all the parties and dinners with family and friends in. The daily hustle and bustle turns to complaints of there aren’t enough hours in the day, how am I going to get everything done on time, and oh yea – I still have to go to work. We come home tired, maybe near exhaustion. The Christmas tree might be up, but the decorations are still in their boxes. There are gifts to be wrapped, meals to prepare. The problem is – all we want to do is to fall into our favorite chair, or plop onto the couch, or even better, fall into bed. Tis the season.

In those few short moments we just gave ourselves, did we remember the real reason for the season? Oh, I know, we all know the true meaning of Christmas, but how many of us actually give it a conscious thought?

A song I sang as a child goes in part:

Count your blessings
Name them one by one
Count your blessings
See what God has done
Count your many blessings
See what God has done

Recently, that song started dancing in my head, and I finally decided to count my blessings, telling myself they were few, in a brief moment of quiet. Amazing to me, were the many blessings I could count. Then I took another moment to thank God. Yes! I think even our Heavenly Father appreciates a thank you now and again. Maybe we could all take a moment to count our blessings, realize what we have, then look to the heavens, and give thanks. Tis the season.


Photos

Photo set on Flickr

Our dedicated HCW worship team leads us to praise in songs every week. Mahalo!
Our dedicated HCW worship team leads us to praise in songs every week. Mahalo!

The children share what they want to give Jesus for Christmas.
The children share what they want to give Jesus for Christmas.

"Bless the gifts and the givers."
Bless the gifts and the givers.

Looking back at 2011

2011 Hope Chapel Waikiki Church Camp
2011 Hope Chapel Waikiki Church Camp

2011 Easter Sunrise Service
2011 Easter Sunrise Service

2011 Memorial Day Church on the Beach
2011 Memorial Day Church on the Beach

2011 "Feed The Hungry" Thanksgiving Dinner served 200+ people this year. Thanks for your help, volunteers!
2011 “Feed The Hungry” Thanksgiving Dinner served 200+ people this year. Thanks for your help, volunteers!

We gather each Sunday to worship together and to give thanks together -- to grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
We gather each Sunday to worship together and to give thanks together — to grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Dennis And Donna
Dennis And Donna Sallas

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Posted by admin in Newsletters on December 26, 2011