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Aloha HCM family, due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases we would like to request that you wear your masks whenever we gather together as a church family.

As we navigate through the times and changes around us, I find myself easily falling into this "me-mode" mentality, fighting for my rights against anyone or anything that would disrupt my comfort. But it's interesting how God is often not as concerned with our comfort as He is our care for one another. In the New Testament alone there are 59 times where the phrase "one another" is mentioned. And we want to be a church where we are focused on "Others-first. I want to close this request by challenging us with something Jesus said out of Matthew 22:37-39:

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Today, we want to both love God, and love others in the most relevant and practical way possible. And so, mahalo in advance for your kokua in this recommendation.

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In case you missed it -- Happy Independence Day & Announcements (Worship Night + Access Meeting)

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Aloha HCM Fam! I wanted to remind you that tomorrow is the last day to sign up for our "Worship Night Under the Stars." We are going to have a wonderful time of worship at a private Waialua fruit farm. Hopefully you've seen Pastor Mykel's video giving you a tour of this place (if not, check it out below), but I wanted to share with you a little more about what makes this site truly special (hint, it's not #1 or even #2!)

1. First of all, the view is amazing. Check this out! Can you imagine this at sunset? They have this platform that looks out over all the land and sea. People plan their once-in-a-lifetime vacations to see a view like this, and it's just a 20 minute drive for us!

Imagine at night, with the city lights far removed, we will be able to see the stars and really envision lifting our voices to heaven to praise our Lord.

2. Second, the fruit! Oh my goodness, we went to check out this place with our kids a couple months ago and the oranges and avocados were in season. I hear that now the LYCHEES are out. You can pick some right off the tree and eat them. Can't get fresher than that! There are some farm animals that my kids loved looking at, and just so much to explore and enjoy outdoors.

3. What makes this site truly special? Pastor Jared shared with us about the farm's owner's vision for this place. Their heart is to see this beautiful land used for GOD'S PURPOSE. Rather than be concerned about profiting off of the fruit, they desire that it be FRUITFUL for His Kingdom. They walk the perimeter of this huge farm regularly, simply praying over it, inviting God into this space. You can really feel the peace and provision as you walk quietly among the trees. It is a holy space.

I don't know if or when we will be able to hold another event here, so I hope you'll be able to join us at this Friday's worship night. If you're worried about the drive or how to get there, I encourage you to just RSVP and we will find a way for you. I hope you'll be able to see and feel this place with your own eyes and spirit, to take some time to worship together and simply be with one another.

See you there!

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