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.
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The Church of the Open Doors
Reaching Out and Welcoming In
with the Good News of God's Saving Love
This study, by Mark Mittelberg, starts with the premise that everybody lives by faith -- even atheists! That's right. Everyone you know trusts something they believe in but can't prove or know absolutely. They take it on faith.
If you want to talk to your friends about your faith, it helps to understand what they believe and how they got there. Badgering people to change their minds just doesn't work.
The 8-lesson Faith Path series, based on Mark Mittelberg's book Choosing Your Faith, builds on the author's sensible, even-handed approach to evangelism. Filmed live with an audience, lessons include teaching from Mittelberg, short interviews with six fascinating individuals talking about the six faith paths they were on before they came to Christ.
This class will be facilitated by Paul Kuehn. Materials will be provided.
Through the Bible
in One Year
In this study by Dr. Alan B. Stringfellow, you will learn the major themes of all the books, the key verses, the central messages, what God is saying.
When finished, you will have greater insight into the Scriptures and new knowledge that will inspire you to even learn more. You will see God's Word evolve from the Pentateuch to Revelation, 66 books, by 40 authors covering 1600 years!
This study will be facilitated by Pastor Ron. It uses a workbook & will include some homework. Cost will only be $10 as CE will subsidize.
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.
Thank you to All
who Particpated in
Christmas Shoe Box Giving YOUTH MISSION
We called this the Shoe Box ministry because we did not go 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 Youth and Ms. Kathryn wish to extend our Mahalo to all who donated towards the shoe box ministry this year. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of so many. We had enough for 60 shoe boxes for children, teens and even adults!
Last year we collected enough to fill 32 boxes but then had to come up with $7 for shipping to foreign countries. The youth decided to keep it on island this Christmas and give to our own in need. After a bit of research we found a community of folks that live out at the Waianae Boat Harbor. After church this past Sunday, we took a truck of presents (Thanks to Jim O'Hara for driving!) and a van of youth (Thanks, Pastor Ron, for driving us!) and drove out to the Harbor. We were met by others who were providing food for the day from Hope Chapel.
There was no pushing or shoving, everyone was so polite. The little kids were so excited to receive the boxes. The adults were amazed that there were things for them, too. They were so grateful for everything. One of our own MPC youth commented afterwards that it made her so happy to give and yet so sad to see such need at the same time. But that is what God wants us to do. To take care of our brothers and sisters in need.
MPC YOUTH, WE ARE PROUD OF YOU FOR LEADING THIS MINISTRY!
1/11 YOUTH GROUP
@ MPC at NOON
❖ Plan to stay for lunch on the lanai.
❖ Bring your tithe for Nelly.
❖ We will begin planning 30-hr. Famine!
❖ Set date for car wash fundraiser.
YOUTH GROUP CAR WASH
❖ Funds are low for Compassion child, Nelly.
❖ Lunch will be provided.
❖ Bring filled water jugs.
❖ Bring any chamois you have.
Jesus Birthday Celebration
We had a nice turnout on Sunday, December 21 for our annual party for Jesus! The kids sang carols (thanks to Rich Takahata!). They played "Put Baby Jesus in the Manger" & "3 Wisemen Gold Coin Toss" (thanks to the youth & college folks who helped!). And they created edible snowmen out of marshmallows, pretzels & candy rope (thanks to Ms. Estelle Hunt and Ms. Mari Houston!).
I think the best part was trying to answer the silly Christmas jokes that Ms. Kathryn was throwing out there. Even the adults got in on trying to answer!
A big MAHALO to all who helped with the festivities, including the cake and goodies. We definitely celebrated our Savior's birth with lots of laughs and a good time!
Two New Bible Studies Beginning January 11
Faith Path -
Right Now Ministry by Mark Mittelberg Faith. Everyone you know trusts something -- even atheists!
Through the Bible in 1 Year
In this study, Through the Bible in One Year by Dr. Alan B. Stringfellow, you will learn the major themes of all the books, the key verses, the central messages, what God is saying. Read more . . .
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
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!