LAHAINA BAPTIST CHURCH
PASTOR CHRIS’ CORNER Aloha kakou, Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! I pray that you had a safe and wonderful New Years Day! As we enter the New Year season, many choose resolutions to hold throughout the coming year. I could get in better physical shape and save more money, myself! But, many also choose to hold a new area of commitment in their walk with Christ. If you are looking for a new commitment to Christ for 2013, I would like to present you with a few ideas and suggestions. Ideas: Begin the new commitment with a solid goal in mind. Usually, if we specify our goal, we will have a greater chance of success. Let your goal be attainable (not fantasy!) and on a time-table. Also, start small and continue to grow in your goal – do not try to do too much at the beginning! Suggestions: Take on a new ministry opportunity – you can check with me if you cannot think of anything new. There are many opportunities to serve others in small, but meaningful ways, such as serving dinner at the
resource center once a month or helping to wash clothes for the elderly. The ministry is a blessing to you and those you are serving! Also, you can gather with other believers on a regular basis to fellowship – a cup of coffee once a week or walking or biking together can be a wonderful way to help build each other in the faith. These ideas and suggestions are just a few of the many ways you can grow in a new commitment to Christ but there are millions more! Look for ways to love Christ, love His church and love the ones He has given you a chance to be around – either at home, in town, at your school or workplace or wherever He leads you. Be His hands and feet! Mahalo again for the wonderful privilege that you have given me to be your pastor. I pray for God’s continued blessings on us all, as we grow closer to Him in 2013.
Until next month, Aloha in Christ,
Minor Prophets: Major Messages God used prophets in the past to call His people back to Himself.
JANUARY BIRTHDAYS 1. Paulo VanBramer 10. Lei Hough 15. Brandon Waiohu 17. Tyra Kinnan 20. Mireya Disher 24. Page VanBramer 25. Daniel Sprinkle 29. Ralph Bautista 31. Larry Crouthamel
As part of a country that has wandered “oﬀ course,” we would be mindful to remember that God’s messages are relevant today. God used Nahum to reveal that He judges naFons and leaders as well as individuals. Habakkuk called out to God because of injusFces and conFnued to trust in God’s faithfulness to help him through the diﬃculFes. God used Obadiah to remind the people of Edom that God was mindful of their disregard and ill treatment of the downtrodden and they would face the consequences of their acFons. God used Haggai to challenge the people to look beyond their own needs and make God’s direcFves their priority so He could bless them. The challenge for us today is to look beyond ourselves and apply the messages of the prophets.
Join us every Sunday at 9 in January as we examine the scriptures from some of the minor prophets. Learn with us as we work to apply these messages to our lives as well as in our intercession for our country.
Scripture for January: Nahum 1:7 New InternaFonal Version (NIV) The LORD is good, a refuge in Fmes of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.
january Anniversaries: 6. Cornelio & Fanny Ancheta
Please call the church oﬃce if we have missed your special day, so we can update our records.
For six weeks beginning on Wednesday, January 9th, we will be having a dynamic group study titled , “When God Speaks, “ authored by Henry and Richard Blackaby. This study co-taught by Pastor Chris and Laura-Lee will help us recognize God’s voice and respond in obedience. It is a study to prepare ourselves for the He Is Alive Easter Outreach coming up in March. The cost is $11.00 for the workbooks.
Korean Students arrive in Maui!
PASTOR G’S SPACE: Aloha Ohana and Friends: What a Wonderful Year it has been. I can’t believe so much has happened and yet so much has ended. We started the year oﬀ with a bang and just kept moving forward with the Holy Spirit of the Lord leading the way. I think about how many of our young people have been used by God and for His Glory. In February we went to Kahului and assisted in the Evangelism Conference where our youth worked alongside 6 other MCBA churches and made sure they gave their all to Him. In March, our Youth used Spring Break as a Fme for them to reach out to our local people and give a helping hand to those in need. They truly were the hands and feet of Christ. I will always remember how they work so hard for two days for an unfortunate woman dying of cancer. Shortly a^er the youth completely cleared out her yard the Lord called her home and grew the Faith of our Youth exponenFally. In April, things did not slow down as we pressed on to help grow and develop our Easter Outreach Program. The youth worked alongside our LBC adults to help to others about the Love of Christ. We had around 300 people aaend our Easter program.
May began with the youth beginning their major preparaFon for summer camp. This year was ﬁlled with excitement as we had for the 1st Fme in 7yrs used a new Worship Leader. The Lahaina youth responded well as we maxed out with the number of campers we can take to camp. We had several youth make life changing decisions and 6 were bapFzed shortly there-‐a^er. The youth really came together and decided to host an end of the summer event “The Back to School Bash”. The BTSB had 88 youth come out from 5 diﬀerent churches across the island and the key note speaker was fresh from upcountry. Once the students got back to the school thing we had them come together like never before and pray to their God, that they would be HIS People. This year we had a pre-‐See You at the Pole Rally and the next morning was an amazing site for sore eyes or all eyes. Staggering numbers coming in from all the Schools on the Island reported numbers that no-‐one expected. What a great Fme of Prayer.
people that night. The youth really showed up strong. I could see thru the year that the young fresh faces were beginning to realize before their very eyes that ChrisFanity isn’t something that you watch others do. It something that we all do together, we are beaer together and there are strengths in numbers. God can do anything and HE will if we allow HIM too. Lahaina started strong and they ﬁnished strong. Every single young person that came through our churches youth program, is beaer for it and because of it, because IT is about HIM. “Give All You are to All HE IS” Aloha ke Akua Pastor Gary Hamrick
For Halloween we went to the streets with the young and experienced. We set up water hydraFon staFons, Bibles, Tracts, and church informaFon bulleFns. We set up on the same corner and shared Christ with at least 10 Chris Martin, Pastor Gary Hamrick, Associate Pastor Sunday Schedule: 8:00AM Morning Worship 9:00AM Bible Study 10:15AM Mid-Morning worship Wednesday Schedule: 5:30PM DInner 6:30PM Bible Study/Student Ministry
LAHAINA BAPTIST CHURCH Shaw Street at Honoapiilani Hwy P.O. Box 1000 Lahaina, HI 96767 email@example.com Office: 808-661-3725 Office Fax: 808-661-0926 Website: www.lahainabaptist.org
Lahaina Baptist Newsletter, January 2013