Saturday Morning Prayer Service
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we invite you to come to the Saturday Morning Prayer Service at 7 A.M., if you want to have a quiet time with God! Approximately 20 people have been gathering since July. You will experience the happiness of starting a day with God.
The program is about 15 minutes. It is done in English and Korean. After the service, you will pray on your own while music plays. Coffee/refreshment time is very enjoyable too.
Stephen Ministers Are Available
Stephen Ministers are available to help people get through tough times anytime of year. Please call Diana Toillion 625-1875 or Karen Cabral 623-1596 if you are in need of care.
Click the red ball for Hurricane Preparedness
The Church of the Open Doors
Reaching Out and Welcoming In
with the Good News of God's Saving Love
Adult Christmas Party
Leilehua Golf Club
December 7 -
for the Children's Christmas PageantSaturday, December 13
Children's Christmas Pageant
December 14, 9 A.M.
MPC Work Day
Happy Birthday for Jesus!
Christmas Candlelight Service December 24 – at 7:00 p.m.
Mililani Christmas Parade Saturday, December 6 at 8:30 a.m.
Meet us at the MHS Football Stadium at 8:30 a.m. to march for Christ!
Pastor Ron and Preschool Director, Lani Julian will be leading us for the church and preschool. This year we will have a couple of trucks so if you are older and don't wish to walk, come ride with us singing carols & waving.
Wear your Christmas finery--your bells, Santa hats and Christmas T-shirts. Or if you have one, wear a MPC shirt. The parade lasts about an hour and ends at the Mililani Town Shopping Center in front of Long's. We will provide flyers of this year's MPC events to pass out.
Let's make a good showing
Children's Christmas Pageant
December 14 at 9 a.m.
All youth & children of MPC are invited to participate!
This is a great day to invite your family, neighbors and friends, so save the date!
~ December 14 at 9 a.m. ~
If your child hasn't already signed up, there still is time! The pageant is scheduled for December 14 during the worship hour beginning at 9 a.m. We still need shepherds, sheep, and angels! You can call the church office at 623-6663 and leave a message that your child is interested. We are practicing during Children's Church and Sunday school in December.
There will be a special practice on the day before ~ Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to noon for everyone involved!
Please let Ms. Kathryn know if your child cannot attend the special practice.
You are cordially invited to attend our Christmas Dinner and party. Cost will be $25.00. Menu will
be similar to previous years.
We are excited that the club now has all round tables so visiting will be easier when dining. There
will be games, prizes and music.
Please bring a $10 exchange gift which is not a food item (chocolates are okay, though). Mark it "man" or "woman" or "generic". There's always lots of fun with music, games and prizes. This is not a formal event but you can dress up as much as you wish.
We have been taking sign-ups on the church lanai after morning worship. Please call Karen Cabral at 623-1596 if you have not signed up yet but wish to attend. Childcare will be provided at church for a nominal fee of $5 per child, with a $10 maximum per family. Reservations are required for childcare services. See you there!
Birthday Party for Jesus December 21 @ 10:30 AM
All the keiki are invited to this year's celebration on the lanai. It will be held beginning with fellowship and running through the Sunday school hour.
There will be games, crafts and surprises for all the children. If you are interested in helping with this event, please see Ms. Kathryn.
Come help us celebrate the birth of our Savior, December 21! (There still will be adult Advent Sunday school).
Our Stephen Ministry Team is hard at work, which is the way we like it!
If you or someone you know could use a Stephen Minister, please contact
one of the leaders, Diana Toillion at 625-1875, Ron Lee at 623-6663 or
Karen Cabral at 623-1596.
Stephen Ministers are trained to be good listeners and if you desire, they
can also pray with you while you go through a difficult time in your life.
Christmas Shoe Box Giving YOUTH MISSION
Deadline for delivery to church--Dec. 14
We are calling this the Shoe Box ministry because we are not going through Operation Christmas Child like we did last year. The youth decided they would rather reach out to our own neighbors in Hawaii who are in need. The idea is the same though.
We are collecting items to put into plastic shoe boxes; see the list below. We are using the plastic boxes because the families we are gifting to are residing on the beach in Waianae. You may collect your items in a regular shoe box if you have one and we will transfer over. Another benefit for gifting on island is we avoid the $7 postage fee AND we can gift liquid items such as shampoo and bug spray.
So far we have 20 plastic boxes signed out and 5 have been returned already. Just so you know, if you wish to donate but don't have enough to fill up a box, not to worry! Drop off your items to the Christmas box on the lanai or to the office during the week. We plan to put the finishing touches on the boxes and pack up on the afternoon of December 14, so please have your boxes or items in by that morning. Also, please mark your box for boy or girl and the approximate age range.
Items Suggested for Packing
: ✦ TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls or toys that light up & make noise (with extra batteries, please.)
✦ SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring or picture books. (If it doesn't fit inside, we will tie it on the outside with ribbon and bow).
✦ RELIGIOUS ITEMS: Small Bibles, stickers, bookmarks or crosses.
✦ PERSONAL NOTE: If you wish you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your address, they may write back to you.
ITEMS NOT ALLOWED:
Please don't include items that are broken or badly worn. Used items are okay as long as they are "like-new". Don't include war related items such as plastic guns, knives or military figures. No chocolate (melting factor) or food items. No out-of-date candy. No medications or vitamins. No breakable items such as snow globes or anything glass.
Thank you, MPC, for supporting the youth!
Possible Mission Trip
to New Orleans (April 25 - May 2, 2015)
About three weeks ago our Clerk of Session, Dorothy Dale, received a flier from our Presbytery of the Pacific (POP) announcing the next mission trip to New Orleans. This is the 10th year in a row that our Presbytery has sent a team; however, there have been no participants from Hawaii.
It's hard to believe that 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, there are many still without a permanent place to live. I have a personal interest in wanting to attend as immediately after Katrina happened, I emailed all the Presbyterian Churches I could find in New Orleans to see how we at MPC could help. I was able to connect on November 7, 2005 (yes 2005) with one church, Lakeview Presbyterian Church, which is located in the center of New Orleans. Lakeview's email message was in response to a question I'd asked about what could we here at MPC do to assist them with their dire situation. The response came from the Pastor and Associate Pastor who shared that their church had been severely damaged with 8 feet of water filling all church buildings. Additionally, at the time of the email, they had confirmed deaths of two long time members with another 30 unaccounted for. They were deeply grateful for our offer to assist - especially with continued prayers which was their number one request. They also provided a long list of physical needs ranging from monetary donations to actually sending a team to help with reconstruction, teach VBS, etc. At the time, I recall, a team from MPC was already headed to or had just returned from the latest in a series of mission trips to Mexico. We were, however, able to provide prayer as well as a substantial monetary contribution for which Lakeview was forever grateful.
A part of me at the time really wanted to try and form a team from MPC to go and assist not only Lakeview PC but the thousands of those who lost literally everything. So, for me personally, I am eager to have the opportunity to go next April. My question to each of you is if you would be interested as well?
I have copies of a flier which provides much of the information. It will be a relatively expensive trip, especially since our departing point is Hawaii and not LA (with the rest of the Presbytery Team which right now stands at about 15 team members). The team is hoping to add 10 more and when I mentioned to the POP leaders at the recent Presbytery meeting that I might be able to recruit some folks from MPC, they became very excited that there might be a team from Hawaii joining them.
Right now my immediate goal is to see who might be interested in participating. I'm working on obtaining more trip particulars to include cost information and ways we can offset the cost like was done when MPC was sending mission teams to Mexico. POP has promised to assist us as well, to include possibly flying to LA a day early and joining with the LA team before heading out to New Orleans.
Pastor Ron, in his November 23rd sermon, challenged us to "Give Me Your 50!" - this would be a great way to do that plus more.....AND you don't even need to be from Iowa!
12/6 MILILANI CHRISTMAS PARADE @ 8:30 A.M.
Meet at the Town Center
(our line # will be announced later).
Wear your Santa hats, bells and comfy shoes.
Bring permission form and a few friends!
12/14 CHILDREN & YOUTH CHRISTMAS PAGEANT @ 9 A.M.
We still can use more shepherds & angels.
Let Ms. K know if you wish to be involved ahead of 12/14.
12/14 YOUTH GROUP CHRISTMAS PARTY @ MPC @ 12 NOON
Bring up a wrapped gift to swap (unisex-$5-$10).
Bring a goodie (cookies or other dessert to share).
There will be games & prizes!
Don't forget donation for Nelly.
We will finish packing up Christmas boxes that day also.
12/23 JESUS BIRTHDAY PARTY @ 10:30 A.M.
Please stay & help with games & crafts.
There will be a special goodie bag for helpers!
Let Ms. K know ahead of time if you can help.
MPC Work Day Invitation Elder John Toillion,
Finance & Facilities Mission
MPC Work Days are held on the third Saturday of each month. Our next one is scheduled for Saturday, December 20 from 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Come and participate as long as you can. Also, you're invited to join us at 7:30 a.m. for a light breakfast as well.
Mahalo nui loa for those who came out for November's Work Day as a lot of long standing tasks were completed. Under our recently revised User Agreements, all three of our sister congregations (Hanmi, Micronesians, and Samoans) have graciously agreed to assist on designated Work Days. At November's work day, approximately 20 members (adults and youth) from the Samoan congregation participated and did a super job of cleaning the Worship Center, trimming the bushes and hedges along the back side of the Worship Center as well as raked leaves along the fence behind the mango tree. Not only were they greatly appreciated, it is a great way to get to know one another and build relationships.
So please mark December 20 on your calendars to come and "Give Part of Your 50" for MPC!
A Savior is Born
Beginning November 30th, Christian Education is offering this new study by Pete Briscoe for the four Sundays of Advent as a Sunday school class led by Pastor Ron.
There will also be opportunities to sign up and/or lead a small group in your home or at church if you can't make the Sunday school class. All materials will be provided! So watch for the sign-ups on the lanai and invite someone to come with you!
If you are new to the church in the last year and half, you are invited to come join us the
2nd and 4th Friday evenings for some Bible study, fellowship and light
We are studying different passages in the Bible and are open to what
the group wants to do. So bring your ideas and your Bible.
The next Friday study is September 12, 2014, 7 p.m. at the Cabral's, 94-359 Keaolani St., Mililani. Catch Charlie or Karen
on lanai after church for more information or give us a call at
Wow! What a week we had at VBS. We turned the church property into a Weird Animal habitat. Over 50 kids attended and many came back on VBS Sunday to sing, worship and enjoy in the ice cream social afterwards. Check out these smiling faces and be sure to click here for MORE!