Newsletter – April 2012

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Memories

Aloha Kakou,

Even though the church camp was more than a month ago, the memories are still vivid. On the morning that I drove out to Camp Mokuleia, fond memories of camping with family and friends came to my mind. I recalled the sounds of the ocean beating on the shore and the laughter. I especially remembered that we let our guard down — relaxed and just allowed all of nature take its way. What a blessed and refreshing time.

It wasn’t any different with our church family. It was a great time of relaxation and fun. Letting down our guard is so important in our walk. We don’t always have to be on a defense.

We need to attend church the same way we go to the beach or camp. Let our guard down, relax, cry, laugh, and let God have His way with us. He will bless us and refresh us.

The memory of the righteous will be a blessing. (Proverbs 10:7)

Na Pomaika’i (blessings),
Pastor Dennis Sallas

Cherish Every Day

Many of you know my beloved dog Hoku. She has been a part of our family since she was 6 weeks old. She has been one of my best friends from the moment I brought her home.

Now years have flew by, she is at the ripe old age of 11 years. I don’t look at her as a pet but as a member of our family. Some people think I’m crazy the way I spoil her. It is what it is. Hoku is part of my ohana.

Through the years, we have spend countless hours walking through the forest and going to the beach — her favorite things to do, besides eating.

A few years ago Hoku needed surgery because she had blown out the anterior cruciate ligament while jumping around in the sand. It was a six month recovery. But being a fairly young dog at the time, she came through it with flying colors.

This year she blew out her other leg. Due to her age, the vet said the operation would be too hard on her. And recovery time would be twice as long. The vet also warned me that Hoku is getting older. Her health could start slowing her down. The recommendation was to make her as comfortable as possible, for example, no more long walks. Also, Hoku needed to lose weight and just take it day by day.

Just when I came to terms with the changes in our lifestyle. We were hit hard with another close call. On the day before Easter, Hoku and I were spending a quiet day at home. I decided to give her a flea bath.

Shortly after the bath, she started panting and shaking. She couldn’t walk and kept falling over. She looked at me but didn’t seem to recognize me. I thought it was the end. I called the vet right away. I was told to bring her in ASAP. I would have but I could not lift her. It took six hours and a frantic phone call for help. My friend came and helped me carry Hoku in the car so I could get my dog to the doctor.

I prayed and cried and prayed some more that she would survive; it was too soon to lose my friend, even though I was warned. I just wasn’t ready.

By the grace of God, she pulled through. She is now home — on medication and a long list of do’s and don’ts. I feel blessed to be given more time with my sweet dog.

The lesson I learned is to cherish what the Lord has given me.

In this case, it’s more time, no matter how short or long, just be thankful that He can do all things and hears our prayers.


Photos

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Worship team: (left to right) Kila, Dennis, James, Neil
Worship team: (left to right) Kila, Dennis, James, Neil

Join us for worship: 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 6:00 PM on Sundays
Join us for worship: 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 6:00 PM on Sundays

Robert and our HCW Welcome Team welcome you to His house. E komo mai.
Robert and our HCW Welcome Team welcome you to His house. E komo mai.

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