January 2021
Dear Church Family,
Happy New Year and 
あけましておめでとう! January is a time for making resolutions and reflecting on the past. How has God been at work in your life and where is the Spirit leading you?

Every Sunday, we sing the first verse of "The Queen's Prayer." The next verse is:

Ko‘u noho mihi ‘ana / The remorse I feel (for my people) 
A pa‘ahao ‘ia, / While imprisoned within these walls 
‘O ‘oe ku‘u lama, / Thou art my light 
Kou nani ko‘u ko‘o. / Thy glory my support

Queen Lili‘uokalani wrote these words just two years after the January 17, 1895 overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy by Americans, including Methodist Rev. Harcourt Peck. The lyrics speak to the Hawaiian people's loss and the Queen's faith.

At the next General Conference of The United Methodist Church, we will vote on a resolution of apology to the Hawaiian people for our church's participation in the overthrow. To learn more, view this special worship service at I also encourage you to join a Hawaii District talk story on the topic on Sunday, January 17 at 1 p.m. (click or dial 1-669-900-6833 and enter code 7685057356#). 

Many Blessings,
Pastor Jessica

Join us Sundays at 10 a.m. for worship on Zoom!
Dial 1-669-900-6833 and enter code 584371383#

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To give by mail, please send a check to the following address:
Wahiawa UMC, Attn: Edna Ng, 1445 California Avenue, Wahiawa, HI 96786

A new year, a new website! Go to A huge thank you to Bob for his many years as our webmaster and Jaylina for her graphic design wizardry!
Congratulations Damein! In December, Damein completed the coursework for his Master of Divinity degree! In May, he will formally graduate from Claremont School of Theology Our church provided Damein with an ongoing scholarship to help cover his educational expenses. We will continue to support him as pursues his call to ordination as a certified
candidate with the Hawaii District Committee on Ministry.
As we begin a new year, we would like to thank our entire 2020 leadership team. We especially want to recognize those who have completed their service:
Maxine Wheeler (Ad Council Chair)
Flo Maruyama (Outreach and Family Ministries)
Tom Arinaga (Foundation)
Carolyn Steuer (Treasurer)
Keith Isaacson (Finance) 
June Galdeira (Education)
Janis Loventhal (Worship)
We would also like to welcome our new 2021 leadership team, especially those who are stepping into new leadership positions:
Elliott Inamasu (Board Chair)
Nicole Nonies (Lay Member to Annual Conference)
Christel Hepa (Treasurer)
Janis Loventhal (Finance) 
June Galdeira (Foundation)
Leo Pascua (Worship)
Sheri Murasaki (Education)
Chuck Tengan & Doris Lee (Congregational Care)
Susan Ramelb & Rosie Dowson (Missions)
Denise Pierson (Family Promise & Faith Action)
The Congregational Care Committee was overwhelmed with the response to the DIY Cookie Decorating Kits. It was a joy and lots of fun for CCC to prepare 40 kits for 20 families. Thank you for your participation.
We are beginning a new 13-week session of our GriefShare support group this month. For the Zoom login information, please email Jim Higa at

New Upper Room Available!

Looking for a new spiritual practice for 2021? Consider picking up a copy of The Upper Room, a magazine with daily devotionals written by Christians all over the world. Each day there is a brief scripture reading and reflection. It is an easy way to engage with the Bible as a daily practice. If you would like a copy, please reach out to Jaylina at 622-4361 or Let her know if you would like a large-print version.
Treasurer's Note:
The finance team will provide a full report for 2020 in the February Agape.
January Church Calendar
  • GriefShare, Thursdays at 9 a.m. starting January 14
  • Congregational Care Committee Meeting, Thursday, January 14 at 1 p.m.
  • Acts of Repentance Talk Story, Sunday, January 17 at 1 p.m.
  • 2021 Leadership Orientation, Wednesday, January 27 at 7 p.m.
  • Special Church Conference (Single Board), Friday, January 29 at 7 p.m.
*Note that all gatherings will be held on Zoom.
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Administrative Assistant Jaylina Abuy | 622-4361 | 1445 California Ave, Wahiawa, HI 96786

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