Archive | March 2012

From the Pastor’s Pen

Final thoughts on Mark 9:14-29

The spirit cried out, and convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. Mark 9:26

Evil never surrenders its grasp without a tremendous fight.  We never achieve any spiritual victories through the enjoyment of a picnic but rather through the fierce conflict of the  battlefield.  Every victory comes with the cost of blood.  Satan does not flee at  our polite request.  Acts 14:22 declares that, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”

When we are born again, it is not into a soft and protected nursery but into the open countryside, where we actually draw our strength from the distress of the storm.
John Henry Jowett


Senior Fellowship

Hello, Seniors!  Just a friendly reminder that the next Senior Fellowship will be on Saturday, March 31st, at 4:00 p.m.  It will be at the church.  So bring your favorite dish and game to share and come for a time of food and fellowship!


Ladies’ Fellowship

Calling all ladies!  On Saturday, April 14th, we will be having a ladies’ potluck fellowship at the Elliott/Wagatsuma home.  In addition to a time of fellowship, we will also be using this as a ministry opportunity.  As many of you know, we have been in contact with the Long Term Care facility of Wahiawa General Hospital, asking about their residents and needs.  To that end, we will begin working on a project to sew lap blankets for the residents, especially those in wheelchairs.  Here’s some pertinent information for both the fellowship and ministry outreach.

When: Saturday, April 14th at 10:30 a.m. at the Elliott/Wagatsuma home.

What:  We will be having a ladies’ fellowship potluck lunch and then work on our projects.

How you can help: Bring material to cut for the blankets. (Finished blanket size should be 36×45 inches.)  1 1/2 yards of fabric per blanket is sufficient. The material should either be something warm such as a heavier fleece, or you can bring cotton fabric with a warmer material (such as a lighter fleece) to use as a backing.

If you are handy with the sewing machine, please feel free to take blankets home to sew or bring your machine to the fellowship.

Bring your scissors.  We welcome all cutters!

Pray for our ladies and our ministry.  Anyone can do this!

Please note,  this is intended to be an outreach program, not a burden to any of our members.  All ladies are welcome to the fellowship whether you are able to participate in the project or not.  We would welcome your prayers. 🙂  If you have any other questions, please see Jessica or Kathy.

Parkside at Kilani Update

The following information was emailed from one of the developers named Alvin.  It primarily concerns the removal of the large banyan tree.

“We will make best efforts to notify the Kilani/Koa/Kellog/Ipuhao residents of the “Informational Presentation” to NB26 on April 16.  As this time, we are requesting assistance from DPP to resolve the tree removal versus preservation issue.  Pursuant to a signed and recorded Agreement made by and between the City and the previous developer, it was agreed that the developer construct new county grade sidewalks, curbs, and cutters on Koa Street and Kilani Avenue.  But, the diameters of the tree trucks on Koa Street are significant enough to cause a blockage problem for pedestrians.   Thus, we are hoping that DPP will have a solution or mitigating off-site plans for Koa Street.  If DPP determines that the trees are to be removed and construction proceed as planned, then we are hoping that WNB26 and Wahiawa residents understand that we are obligated to comply with the terms and conditions of the recorded Agreement together with off-site plans determined by the City.

Personally, I think that the trees should be removed and replaced with new smaller trees set in sidewalk tree wells that are ADA compliant.  I had a similar situation with another project in Honolulu, and I was able to gain support from the Neighborhood Board for the removal-replacement plan (see attached photos).   If there is an opportunity, I will make that suggestion.  However, it should be noted that the City has the final say.


From the Pastor’s Pen

Final thoughts on Luke 9:28 – 29

When Jesus took Peter, John, and James up onto the mountain alone, He brought them into close communion with Himself.  He showed them a glimpse of His heavenly glory, to which they replied, “Master, it is good for us to be here.”

Heaven is never far from those who linger on a mountain with the Lord.         L.B. Cowman

Spirit-Controlled Temperament Seminar

Have you ever wondered why you struggle over and over with the same besetting sins?  Anger?  Fear? Worry?  Laziness?  Irresponsibility?  Ever wondered why your friend seems comfortable in any situation with large groups of people while you struggle to converse with a single person?  Why your relative can make difficult decisions quickly and decisively while you can’t decide which cereal to buy?  Many of these questions can be answered by learning your temperament type, or as the Bible calls it, “the natural man.”  Come to the seminar and learn your dominant temperament and how it affects your day-to-day life.  Learn how you can use your God-given talents for His glory and how you can use Scripture to overcome your temperament weaknesses.  Learn how no matter what your temperament, you can be “Spirit-controlled.”
When: Friday, March 30th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Bethel Bible Church
We will begin with a FREE 🙂 pizza dinner at 5:30 p.m. with a dessert break in the middle of the seminar.  Baby-sitting in the nursery will also be provided.