October 2016 FOCUS Newsletter

Church Council Report by Church Council Chair, Dorinda Dunlap

2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

God abundantly blessed First Church with God-loving, faithful and visionary members and pastors, who seek God’s mission for our community. And God continues this abundance through our financial increase produced by the Admiral Thomas renegotiated lease rents. Read more here.

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September 2016 FOCUS Newsletter

STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY

Strength for the Journey is an annual spiritual retreat for those with HIV/AIDs. It is an ecumenical camp that provides support, rest and renewal in a faith-filled environment. About 30 campers attend each year, but most are unable to pay the entire registration fee. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please do so through the offering or at the church office.

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August 2016 FOCUS Newsletter

H.O.M.E. Clinic

Thanks to the students and professors at UH Medical School, our medical clinic will now be available every Sunday (except 1st Sundays) from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Komuro Hall. All are welcome to receive care.

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July 2016 FOCUS Newsletter

NEW MEMBERS SUNDAY

We will welcome new members to our church on August 7 at the joint worship service, followed by a luncheon sponsored by the 10 am worship service members. Please see one of the pastors if you would like to know more about being a member.

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June 2016 FOCUS Newsletter

CHANGE THE WORLD

Now that we know what our goals are… how do we make them happen? How can we be sure we are on the right track? What does the Ohio Team have to share with us? What are we going to do with the increase in lease rent expected in 2017? How will our Core Values, Guiding Principles, and Strategic Goals guide us to the future? What can we do to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world?

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May 2016 FOCUS Newsletter

MAHALO XIN!

Thank you to Xin Lin for being our piano accompanist this past year. We have enjoyed your skill and your calm presence. There will be a potluck in honor of Xin after choir practice on Wednesday, May 18. All are welcome.

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April 2016 FOCUS Newsletter

MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FUND

Thanks to the generosity of Helen Jean Henke, we have established the First UMC Honolulu Memorial Endowment Fund. We will dedicate this fund in worship on Sunday, April 17 at the 10 am service. Come and learn more about Ms. Henke and the faith-filled legacy she’s left behind.

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March 2016 FOCUS Newsletter

THANK YOU

We have accomplished our goal of raising $150,000 from the 10 am worship congregation. Thank you to the following donors:

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February 2016 FOCUS Newsletter

Pastor’s Page…

Lent is upon us. It may feel like we just finished celebrating Christmas, but it is now time to turn our hearts to God, make a commitment to renew our relationship with Christ, and listen for the movement of the Spirit. This year we are going to focus on the “Questions God Asks of Us.” Author We will listen to the scriptures to hear what God is calling us to do and be in this world, and chal-lenge ourselves to trust enough in God to re-spond. Please join us for six weeks of reflections: Click here to read more.

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January 2016 FOCUS Newsletter

CONGRATULATIONS to Rev. Dr. Linita ‘Uluave Moa and family on the arrival of their son Ta-niela (Daniel) Moa on January 9 at 6:45 a.m. At 7 lbs 11 oz and 21 inches long, he is a healthy boy, arriving just after Pastor Linita finished up Uikelotu! Pastor Linita will be on full-time maternity leave for the month of January and continuing on a part-time maternity leave the following month as she bonds with her new baby. Pastor Amy and lay leader Mosese Koli will be covering her responsibilities.
God is SO GOOD! ALL THE TIME!!!

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