Worship Services in English

Pancakes and PraisePancakes and Praise at First UMC

8:00 a.m. – Pancakes and Praise

This is an informal experience consisting of a half-hour service with a praise band, prayers, and a brief sermon. Breakfast is served afterward with pancakes or rice plus breakfast meats and coffee. Most of the participants are in life transition (e.g., homeless), but we also have several who make this service one of their servant opportunities by being a part of the band, preparing and/or serving the meals.

10:00 a.m. – English Worship Service

This is a blended service with traditional and contemporary elements. We begin with the traditional Polynesian blowing of a shell, which symbolizes calling the Holy Spirit to be present. We utilize a projector and screen and project lyrics, announcements, and video. Musically, we mostly sing hymns, traditional songs, and have contemplative music. From time to time, we have praise music and presentations of dance: hula and sign dance. In short, we try to have a little something for everyone.

Pastor Tom Choi is the primary preacher. Learn more about him HERE.

Children and Youth

Childcare is available up through preschool age. We have Sunday School for children kindergarten through eighth grade. The children come to worship for the first several minutes of worship, and then after a message for all generations and special music, the children leave for class until 11:30 a.m.

High school youth remain in worship until after the sermon, then go to class until 11:30 a.m. Youth group is at 11:30 until about 1 p.m.