Important Update concerning COVID-19

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HKC COVID-19 Update (27 March 2020)

Aloha Hawaii Kai Church 'ohana,

We trust that the Lord continues to uphold and provide for you and your family and that in spite of our distance from one another, He remains near to you as you call upon and trust in Him.  

Our Sunday morning sermon will again be made available online at www.hawaiikaichurch.org by 8:45 am on March 29, 2020.  Sermon discussion questions will also be provided.  After listening to the sermon, we encourage you to think through the questions and discuss them with your loved ones as you are able.

As we mentioned last week, if you have any questions or needs during this unusual time in the life of our church, please do not hesitate to contact the church office at 395-9494 or info@hawaiikaichurch.org. Our elders, pastors, and staff are here to serve you.

Prayer requests can be submitted on the church website: (https://www.hawaiikaichurch.org/prayerrequests)

In addition, worship through giving can still be done online through our website by clicking here.  You may also mail your offering to the church.

Our small group ministries are gearing up to meet remotely via Zoom.  If you are not currently in a small group and would like to be a part of one during this time, please contact Danielle Cunha at dcunha@hawaiikaichurch.org.

During this time when many of you are confined to your homes, we encourage you to make the best use of your time by digging deeper into God's Word.  As mentioned in Pastor Dan's sermon last week, Ligonier Ministries, founded by RC Sproul, has made their entire library of teaching resources available free of charge for a limited time.  

If you are not familiar with the teaching ministry of the late Dr. Sproul, please listen to this brief compilation of his exhortation on the holiness of God:

Preview YouTube video R.C. Sproul through the Years: The Holiness of God

R.C. Sproul through the Years: The Holiness of God

Finally, brothers and sisters, remember that it is through our trials that the genuineness of our faith will result in praise and glory when our Lord returns.  In other words, true faith, a faith that endures, is revealed as it is tested by the fires of hardship and difficulty. Let us together, be people of faith! If you are anxious, love Jesus - the One who gave His life for you.  If you are fearful, rejoice with great joy that your name is written in the Lamb's book of life! For as it is written in 1 Peter 1:6-9:

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

And lest we think it is by our own strength that we are able to stand firm in faith, remember the words of Psalm 145:14-20

"The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy."

We serve a holy and mighty God!  Alleluia! Praise the Lord!

Blessings to you all,
The Staff of Hawaii Kai Church

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HKC COVID-19 Update (21 March 2020)

Dear Hawaii Kai Church ‘Ohana,

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and following statewide efforts to contain the spread of the virus, Hawaii Kai Church will continue to suspend our Sunday morning services until further notice.  

However, we believe the preaching of God’s word must continue.  As such, the Sunday morning sermon will be posted on the Hawaii Kai Church website, by 8:45 a.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020.  It will be a videotaped message from Matthew 24:3-14 presented by Pastor Dan.  Sermon discussion questions will also be available on our website. We highly encourage you to listen, think, and talk about the sermon with your loved ones.

In addition, worship through giving can still be done online through our website by clicking here.  You may also mail your offering to the church or drop it off.  Our church office will remain open and fully staffed during the week and our pastors and elders remain available to shepherd and provide assistance as needed.

Moving forward, we are currently exploring different technology options for providing Sunday morning services, should the current crisis continue for an extended period of time.  We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

We have set up a COVID-19 prayer chain that is ready to receive your prayer requests.  Please log on to the Hawaii Kai Church website to submit your request or to sign up to be part of the prayer team. 

During this time of uncertainty, we can be tempted to give in to fear.  Please remember that our hope in this world does not come from the things of the world; our hope comes from the Lord.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?...No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35, 37-39)

God bless you all.

Sincerely,
The Hawaii Kai Church Staff


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HKC COVID-19 Update (20 March 2020)Aloha Hawaii Kai Church `ohana,

We hope and pray that you are coping well with the uncertainty of the current Covid-19 situation.  We trust that the Lord is at work, drawing your thoughts towards Him, and bringing comfort and peace to you in the midst of this crisis.

We want you to know that your church family is standing with you during this difficult time.  As we emphasize in our membership classes, as Christians, we do not walk through this life alone. God intends for His people to be one body.  We are to love one another through the good times and the bad. This is the beauty and strength of the Christian church, the bride of Christ.

To our kupuna and those who may be more vulnerable to the Coronavirus, please keep the church informed of any needs you may have.  We highly recommend and encourage you to practice "social distancing" and stay away from crowded areas as well as places where you may be exposed to the Coronavirus.  If you need assistance with shopping or have other needs during this time, please feel free to contact the church.  We will try all we can to help.

To our younger, able-bodied members, please let us know if you would be available to help our more vulnerable members.  If you are able to deliver food and supplies, and/or to help as other needs arise, please let the church know.  We will try to match the needs with the proper help.

Please let the church know how we can be praying for you specifically. We will be starting a church-wide prayer initiative very shortly.  

In addition, we will soon send more information regarding our Sunday plans. We will also provide other resources that we hope can encourage and edify you during this time. 

God bless you!  Please know that we love you and are here for you.  More importantly, God is still on His throne. Although uncertainty may be the prevailing theme here on earth, God knows how to care for His church.  

We will be in contact again very soon.

Sincerely,
The elders of Hawaii Kai Church

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Hawaii Kai Church Update for Sunday Services (14 March 2020)

Aloha Church Family,

There have been many developments since the letter we disbursed to our congregation yesterday regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  Out of care and concern for our church and love for our neighbor, our elders have prayerfully decided it would be best to heed the suggestions made by the Hawaii State Department of Health.  We will NOT gather for worship the next two Sundays, March 15th and March 22nd.  This includes small groups and all other ministry-related meetings.  As the situation develops, we will reevaluate and communicate the ongoing ministry plan for Hawaii Kai Church beginning the week of March 23rd.

In lieu of service on March 15th, we encourage listening to Pastor Alistair Begg's sermon, "Trusting God in the Dark."  The sermon may be accessed by clicking here.  Sermon discussion questions are available by clicking this link.  During this time that we are not gathering together for corporate worship, we want to ensure that you are being fed from God's Word and have opportunity for discussion.  March 15th has also been declared a National Day of Prayer.  Please pray specifically for our community, state, and nation during this time.

In addition, worship through giving can still be done online through our website by clicking here.  You may also mail your offering to the church or drop it off.  Our church office will remain open and fully staffed during the week and our pastors and elders remain available to shepherd and provide assistance as needed. 

We will continue to monitor this situation.  We encourage everyone to refer to the following websites for the most up to date information:
Center for Disease Control:  https://www.cdc.gov/
Hawaii State Department of Health: https://health.hawaii.gov/
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/.

We want to conclude by reminding everyone that we serve a sovereign God who is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.  
Psalm 46:1-3, "God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling."

Mahalo,
Hawaii Kai Church Elders