Monthly newsletter of Wahiawa United Methodist Church
Dear Church Family,
Hopefully by now you have received one or both of your COVID-19 vaccinations. Know that our Reopening Task Force, including medical professionals Lori Kaneshige and Leo Pascua, continues to meet to reassess the safety of reopening in person. In the meantime, we will continue to gather remotely on Zoom.
A huge thank you to Janis Loventhal and Leimomi Albeso for leading our sanctuary reroofing project! We exceeded our fundraising goal and completed campus termite fumigation in April. We are now ready to move forward on the replacement of our sanctuary roof. Thank you for your investment in the future of our ministry.
Thank you also to James Higa and the Reconciling Ministries Task Force for guiding us through a time of education and reflection on LGBTQ inclusion. On Sunday, May 9 during worship, we will take a straw poll on whether we would like to become part of the Reconciling Ministries Network. See below for additional information.
I am deeply grateful for the ways that God has continued to work within, among, and through us at Wahiawa United Methodist Church. The Spirit is alive and well. Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity.
Join us Sundays at 10 a.m. for worship on Zoom!
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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
We are entering our last week of reflection and education on LGBTQ inclusion. On May 9, using the ballot below, we will take an informal Zoom vote to assess congregational interest in our church joining the Reconciling Ministries Network. If you have questions, please reach out to any member of the Task Force: James Higa (chair), Bob Lormand, Atina and Leo Pascua, Nicole Nonies, and Lani Nedbalek. Pastor Jessica's final Thursday evening study session will focus on the pending schism in The United Methodist Church and where we sit within this larger picture.
“We celebrate God’s gift of diversity and value the wholeness made possible in community equally shared and shepherded by all. We welcome and affirm people of every gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, who are also of every age, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, level of education, and family structure, and of every economic, immigration, marital, and social status, and so much more. We acknowledge that we live in a world of profound social, economic, and political inequities. As followers of Jesus, we commit ourselves to the pursuit of justice and pledge to stand in solidarity with all who are marginalized and oppressed.”
[ ] Yes, if the vote were held today, I'd feel prepared to adopt this Reconciling Statement and affiliate with Reconciling Ministries Network.
[ ] No, if the vote were held today, I would not feel prepared to adopt this Reconciling statement and affiliate with Reconciling Ministries Network.
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Calling all middle and high school students! We hope you will join Teresa and our youth group on May 2 and May 16 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. New friends are always welcome!
Mahalo to everyone who helped prepare our campus for termite tenting! The weather was beautiful and the event was a huge success. Thank you especially to Leimomi, our Trustees lead, for her leadership. We're ready for reroofing to begin!
New Upper Room Available!
Pick 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Let her know if you would like a large-print version.
May Church Calendar
Youth Group! Sundays, May 2 and 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Pastor Jessica's Bible Study, Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m.
UMW Knitted Together, Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m.
Reconciling Ministries Network Straw Poll, Sunday, May 9 during 10 a.m. worship
Pastor Jessica Out of Office, May 10-15
Hawaii District Conference, Saturday, May 22 at 1 p.m.