A Note from our Pastor

February 27, 2016

According to the Christian calendar, March 1 is the beginning of the season of Lent. The Church observes forty days of reflection, repentance, confession and renewal leading up to Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Sunday.  It is a time in which we let go of old habits that might be keeping us from being  the people we know we want to be, and we take hold new habits that will help us  become more and more like Christ. Our theme for the next 40 days will be Less is More from a little book by Kai Nilsen, (available at the church office or www.renovare.us). I’ll be preaching a series of sermons following the weekly readings.

Do no harm, do good, stay in love with God.

Pastor Randy

March

5                Solitude: Less Noise/More listening

12             Fasting:  Less Consumption/More Compassion

 19             Simplicity: Less Stuff/ More Freedom

 26             Special guests: Revs. Eric and Joy Paul

 April

 2                Intercession: Less Me/ More Others

 9                Palm Sunday: Less Fear/More Love

 16             Easter Sunday:  Less Death/More Life

February 12, 2017

Pastor’s Annual Report

…nowhere in the Epistles do you find the apostolic writers urging the church to develop programs.  Instead all the teaching is about a way of life, and that way of life is taught and caught in the church as it sees itself as the continuation of God’s story in the world.

                                                                                                Robert Weber in The Divine Embrace

It has been a joy to get to know you all and to serve as your pastor these past 13 months.  Lorie and I have felt so welcomed and embraced by all of you.  We are thankful for your care for us and for providing a beautiful parsonage for us to live in.  You have given us a biblical welcome, “we were strangers and you took us in”.  For that we are truly grateful.

It is our privilege to work together with a wonderful ministry team.  Pastor Ava and Sandi, Pastor Tyler, Pastor Will and Rachel, Deacon Rita Bechtelheimer, Tymmie and Bruce Ah Chong, Lynn Huma, Chris and Melissa Thatch, Rachelle Wong. 

Here are some highlights from this past year:

·      Your new church board was elected at our Annual Meeting February 12. You have selected Lynn Kekoa, Sam Bader and Kawika Takara, Florence Teruya, Laurie Soller and Adrin Galvez. You also elected Skye Litsey as our Nazarene Missions International(NMI) President.

·      In August we added Pastor Will and Rachel and Bodhi to the team as our Community Life Pastor and family.  The Lord opened the door for them to join us and we’ve been so blessed by their ability to jump into the flow of what God is doing here.  Their calling and experience have already made a great difference in our Ohana.

·      We moved the church office and opened up classroom space for WJNS in the former office.  This seems to be working very well.  A big thank you to Rachel, Will and Bruce and Tymmie for remodeling the space and making it a multi-use facility.

·      Thanks to Pastor Tyler, Elsa, Melissa, Pastor Will and Rita, our keiki and youth ministry is growing on Sunday morning and Friday nights. New folks are also volunteering and are still needed.

·      Our attendance and giving has been steadily growing and the Lord blessed us with 24 wonderful new members this year.

 

Some encouraging statistics:

                                                            2015                            2016                +/-

 

Average Worship Attendance:         60                                72                    +12

 

Total Members:                                  112                              136                  +24

 

Total Income:                                      84,758                         114,074           +29,316

 

Given to District Mission                   5,139                          6,600              +1461

 

Given to Global Mission                     6,943                          13,450             +6,507

 

In 2016 we devoted ourselves to letting God shape us into the kind of community we want to be and become.  It is my prayer that we will continue to be a welcoming, loving, and serving community. 

In 2017 we’ll devote ourselves to deepening our relationship with Christ by living out our faith and commitment to the redeeming and transforming mission of God in our world.  

Let’s continue to: 

·      Become by grace, what he is by nature.

·      Lean in close to Jesus and listen for his heartbeat in our world.

·      Suspend judgment

·      Resist the temptation to evaluate people

·      Look for the image of God in everyone

·      Keep our eyes open to needs around us

·      Do no harm

·      Do good

·      Stay in love with God

·      Love without stopping

          Grace and peace

            Pastor Randy

February 2017

 Have you ever had an “epiphany”?  An “aha” moment?  A moment when “the light comes on?” According to the Christian Church year, January and February are known as the season of Epiphany. It is the time of year when we remember that Jesus came to us as the “Light for all people” (John 1:4) and that the “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light”. Let’s be people of the “light”.

 A Prayer for Epiphany  

“Help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown. Give me the faith to leave old ways

and break fresh ground with You. Christ of the mysteries, I trust You to be stronger than each storm within me. I will trust in the darkness and know that my times, even now, are in Your hand.

 Tune my spirit to the music of heaven, and somehow, make my obedience count for You.”

Amen

Saint Brendan

September 12, 2016

Here is a copy of the September HFCN Ohana-Note.
Many blessings to you this week.

As of this month, we are beginning a new way of communicating with you about news and happenings at Honolulu First Church of the Nazarene (HFC). Because of your past attendance, present involvement or other connections, we thought you’d like to be “in the loop”.
 
Pastor Will and Rachel Campbell and Bodhi have joined the ministry team and have moved into the Kekau house at the rear of the church property. They are really making the place a home and are planning on lots of food, fun and fellowship happening there.  Will is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University and an ordained elder. He will be serving as our Community Life Pastor and giving supervisory leadership for children, youth and young adult ministries as well as serving as campus pastor to families of Waolani Judd Nazarene School (WJNS).  Rachel serves as the administrative assistant at our District Office and comes to us with experience in Compassionate Ministries and organizational management.  We are thrilled to have them paddling with us.

The church office has moved into the apartment between WJNS and the Kekau house and it is being refitted and redecorated to serve as office space as well as a multi-use meeting area.  The previous office is providing some much-needed temporary classroom space for WJNS.

A Good and Beautiful Community  (
click here)  is the title of the eight-week series we began last Sunday.  It is based on a great book by James Bryan Smith. Our preaching schedule for September is:
4      The Peculiar Community   
11    The Hopeful Community 
18    Special Guest: Rev. Norman Moore (Evangelist)
25    The Christ-Centered Community (Holy Communion)

We worship together
and enjoy fellowship with coffee and goodies each Sunday at 10:30 a.m.                               Even if you’ve been away for a while, you are still most welcome to join us anytime.

Tithes and offerings:

July

  • Budgeted for the month:  9079.00
  • Received for the month:   8623.00*

                    *includes 1932.00 Cadaclan offerings
August

  • Budgeted for the month:  9079.00
  • Received for the month: 11,109.02

 
Attendance for August
Total worship average: 60
Sunday School: 16
WJNS School Chapel: 235

May the grace and peace of Christ 
be at work in your life and in the lives of those you love.
 
Pastor Randy Beckum
Honolulu First Church of the Nazarene                                                                                                                       
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August 2016

Special thanks to Tymmie for putting together our “Sunday Night Special” last night.  
We had a great time singing the old (and I do mean old!) hymns and sharing a delicious (and I do mean delicious!)
potluck meal together. Our next one will be October 30.

I just came from the first session of the ‘”In Service” training for our great staff at WJNS, our Pre-8th grade school.
We worshipped and prayed together to begin the new school year.  We are blessed to have an outstanding principal, Mrs Rachelle Wong and an outstanding staff of teachers, office workers and assistants.

We were reminded of our dress code found in Colossians 3:12-14.
Here it is in The Message:

So, chosen by God for this new life of love,
dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you:
Compassion,
Kindness,
humility,
quiet strength,
discipline.
Be even-tempered,
content with second place,
quick to forgive an offense.
Forgive as quickly and completely as the
Master forgave you.
And regardless of what else you put on.
wear love.
It’s your basic, all-purpose garment.
Never be without it.

Not a bad wardrobe for all of us.

What are you wearing, today?

Please say a prayer for all the students who are returning this week.

See you next Sunday.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Randy


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July 25, 2016

I am happy to introduce Rev. Will Campbell, Rachel and Bodhi to you this week.
Pastor Will and Rachel are joining the team at Honolulu First as Community Life Pastor.

Some of the duties of the Community Life Pastor will include:

  • Supervisory leadership for our age-group ministry team
  • Developing small groups and small group leadership teams
  • Connecting and ministering to newcomers to the church
  • Performing regular pastoral duties
  • Serving as campus pastor to families of WJNS.

Pastor Tyler continues in her role as Children’s pastor and WJNS Bible teacher.

Here’s a short introductory bio from Pastor Will:

I grew up in the Northwest (Portland, OR). Rachel grew up in Asia.
I attended Point Loma NAZARENE University and double majored in Philosophy/Theology and Christian Ministries.
I’ve been Youth Pastor at Windward Church of the Nazarene for 7 years, served as HIPAC NYI president for 3 years,
and currently serve as the PLNU alumni rep to Hawaii.

Rachel has served as Programs Manager of Kokua Compassion Group and currently serves
as Interim Director of KCG and HIPAC District Assistant.
We have one son, Bodhi Tayrick Campbell born January 22, 2016.  
I’m passionate about people and Mexican food!

We are blessed to have the Campbells join the team.
Let’s be praying for  for themas they make this transition.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Randy

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July 18, 2016

In the light of (or rather in the darkness) of recent events in our world, last Sunday
we took a detour from our series on Acts and the early days of the Church to talk about
the disease of violence that is plaguing our world.
 
Places like Sandy Hook, Orlando, Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Ferguson, Rwanda, Aurora, Nairobi, Paris, Brussels, Instanbul, Sudan, Kabul, Bagdad, on and on it goes have become markers of suffering and violence seemingly without end.

In Genesis 4 we read the sad story of how the first child born of a woman became a murderer and the second child
became his victim.  We’ve been hurting and killing each other ever since.  

God must be broken-hearted at what we have done to his Eden.

The great Methodist missionary, E. Stanley Jones once said that “we are not voices, we are echoes”.
We are echoes of what or who we love.  May we all be echoes of the Love and grace of God.=
 
Consider these words from Desmond TuTu, Retired Arch Bishop of Capetown, South Africa
 
How far are you from Eden?
Which is the road home?
Come, child, I will show you.
See there, the path of humility,

The road of sorrows spoken,
The way of “sorry” said?
That way leads to Eden.
 
Do you see the path of pride?
The road trodden flat-out by
The ones who cannot be contrite,
The stiff-necked road of harsh, loud voice?
 
It passes far from Eden
With a mountain between to shelter it from sight.
How far are you from Eden?
 
Child, you will know.
When you have worn out the way of remorse
And retraced the path of repentance,
 
When you have pointed out the road for home
And pulled others onto the path,
Then you will know Eden is not far from you.

 Tutu, Desmond; Tutu, Mpho. Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference (p. 156). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Randy

July 11, 2016

Before Paul’s life-altering encounter with the living Christ, he was a protector of the way it had always been and a persecutor of those who deviated from the truth the way he saw it.  Like those following the “Way” as it was called.  The way of of love and compassion introduced to the world by Jesus of Nazareth.
 
On his way to Syria,  Paul was literally knocked off his high horse in an event that struck him physically blind.  For three days he contemplated a question that even with all of his education, he could not answer.  The question came from Jesus , “Why are you persecuting me?”
 
In the darkness he finally listened to the voice of God, he finally discovered God’s will for his life, and he finally embraced the mission of Christ in this world. Paul became the greatest missionary and theologian the Christian church has seen.  His life, his influence, his writings, have shaped the way Christians think about God probably more than any other person except Christ himself.

So how did that gifted, over-achieving, multi-lingual, philosopher, preacher, teacher, missionary, theologian, finally answer the question?  Paul’s response to the hurt and love behind the question, “Why are you prosecuting me?”, is found in his most beautiful poem in 1Corinthians 13

 
If I speak in human or angelic tongues but do not have love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
 
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
 
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,
but do not have love, I gain nothing.
 
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
 
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
 
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
 
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
 
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease;
where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge,
it will pass away.
 
For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
 
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child,
I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
 
Now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
 
Have a blessed week,

Pastor Randy

June 27, 2016

Some excerpts from yesterday’s message, “The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful”.

Here’s the thing.   We’ve all come in, in the middle of the story. God was at work long before any of us got here. 
And when we get together we need to be reminding each other of that. 
God has a long history of working in, though, and in spite of people like us.
God has been faithful and is faithful and will be faithful. 

God has a way of looking at bad things, sad things, discouraging things, even awful tragedies
in this goofed up world we live in, and saying, “this is not the end of the story”.  

Remember:
Our circumstances don’t have the final word,
      the one who loves us most, has the final word.

 
Sometimes all we can do is hold hands and trust God. And we need to do both.
Let’s be reminded that through the good and the bad God is at work making something beautiful.
And he wants us all to be in on it.

Have a great week,

Grace and peace,
Pastor Randy

June 20, 2016

Thank you,  Kahu Kordell Kekoa, for a beautiful reminder that God is our “Abba” or daddy.who 
loves,
provides, 
and protects us.

Special thanks to all our aunties who prepared a delicious Father’s Day lunch for everyone.
We do know how to celebrate!!

Here’s an update on our project to help build the front wall of the Church of the Nazarene in Cadaclan, The Philippines:
Total pledges: $3,670.00
Total received: 1,624.39
We still have plenty of time to honor our pledges.  We have until July 31.
It will be a joy to be able to bless our sister congregation with this gift..

Thank you for your generosity.

Next Sunday I’ll be speaking to us from Acts 6-7 about “The good, the bad and the beautiful”.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Randy

May 30, 2016
 
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
 
Lorie and I were overwhelmed with your kindness and generosity at the close of the service.  We are so blessed to be a part of the Honolulu First Church family.  We look forward to what God will continue to do with all of us, among us, through us and in spite of us.
 
Here’s a quote from last Sunday’s message.  It’s one of my favorites.
 
When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Too much sanity may be madness. To surrender dreams – -this may be madness; to seek treasure where there is only trash. And maddest of all – -to see life as it is and not as it should be.
Don Quixote: Man of La Mancha
 
Those of us who have decided to follow Jesus, have decided to see the world not only as it is, but also as it should be.  
 
The Holy Spirit helps us live out the beautiful dream of the Kingdom of God here and now while we wait for that great day when God will dry every tear, take away every pain, and abolish death forever, that day when there be no refugees, no homeless, no hungry children.
  
Pray for our upcoming  guest preachers:
June 5       Pastor Ava Paselio
June 12     Melissa Sutherland  (Youth Minister)
June 19     Kahu Kordell Kekoa
 
Grace and peace,
 
Pastor Randy

May 23, 2016

Dear Honolulu First Church Ohana,
 
It seems to me that along this road with Jesus, some of the best experiences in life come to us when we end up in places we never planned to go and with people we never thought we’d meet.  Lorie and I have been overwhelmed by your kindness to us these past five months.  You welcomed us that first Sunday with the love of the Lord and lots of lovely aloha
 
Thank you all for the trust and confidence you have placed in us by choosing us to be your Pastor.   Actually, we believe that God arranged all of this before any of us knew anything about it.  Lorie and I look forward to what God has planned for all of us in the future.
 
There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.       
Philippians 1:6 (The Message)
 
Or better yet:
 
Dis fo shua: God, he wen start fo do something real good inside you guys, and garans he goin finish everything he wen start fo do, an he no goin stop doing um till Jesus Christ come back. 
(Da Jesus Book)
 
Grace and peace,
 
Randy and Lorie

May 8, 2016
Yesterday was another great day at Honolulu First!  
Big Mahalo to our men who came through and provided an outstanding breakfast buffet for our moms (and the rest of us).

Mother’s Day is not just about those who are mothers.  It is about all of us appreciating and being grateful for the mother who gave each of us the gift of life. 

Last week I ran across the website, “thecompassioncollective.org”
This statement made me think more deeply about Mothers Day and the vital role all mothers play in the future of our planet.

Mother’s Day IS about Love. But it’s not about commercial, comfortable love that snuggles up and stays home—it’s about love that throws open the door and marches out of our homes, beyond our fences and neighborhoods and into the hurting world to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the hurting, mother the motherless. Mother’s Day love is dangerous, revolutionary love that unites our one human family and reminds us that we belong to each other and that there is no such thing as other people’s children.
 
 
 

And so, I say to:
Foster mothers
Mentoring mothers
Spiritual mothers
Godmothers
Auntie mothers
Biological mothers
Teacher mothers
We need you all and we love you all.

And remember,
We love because God first loved us.  1 John 4:19

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Randy
 

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May 1, 2016

Wow!  What a great morning we had last Sunday, May 1.
In response to the last words of Christ in our text, Matthew 28:16-20, .we decided to put our faith into action.

This is a photo of the Hilltop Church of the Nazarene in Cadaclan, San Fernando, La Union, The Philippines.  Adrian and Lerina Galvez took the picture on their recent trip for the “Celebration of Life” for Adrian’s mother. They presented us with a challenge to help the Cadaclan congregation finish the front wall of their church building.

We’ve already raised over $3000.00 in pledges and will continue to receive pledges next Sunday, May 8.  We’d like to have $5000 contributed by July 31.
You can join in the joy by making a pledge or giving online on this website.
I’m excited about what God is doing in and through our Honolulu First Church Ohana.  

Join us next Sunday at 9:30 for our Mother’s Day breakfast.  The guys are in charge so come see what happens..

Grace and peace,

Pastor Randy

 
April 25, 2016
 

Paul says the same thing in different way.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8  
 
Never forget, that while we were far away, God drew a circle that took us in. 
God is watching the road, or in this instance, the lake, waiting for us to come to our senses and realize he has us surrounded.
It doesn’t matter how many times we draw circles to keep him out, he just keeps drawing bigger circles to bring us in.  

Have a blessed week.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Randy 

April 18, 2016

This week we are remembering the story, in Luke 24, of the disciples who walked away from the community 
of believers (at least, they were trying to believe) to go to Emmaus.
Jesus joins them in their depressing conversation and then reveals the truth that He is the Jesus
they have been talking about.  Only when he breaks bread with them, do they finally recognize him.

  • Some things to remember:
  • They were walking in the wrong direction and Jesus walked with them. 
  • They went pretty far, but Jesus would have gone farther.                                                                     
  • He is willing to go as far as you will go and farther, even in the wrong direction. 
  • However far sin goes, His grace goes farther.
  • However deep the hurt and pain go, His healing love goes deeper.
  • However great and extensive the damage, his ability to put things right is greater.
  • However convoluted and confusing the battle, the more encompassing is his peace.
  •  This week let’s join our two wayward friends in their request to Jesus, “Stay with us.”  

Next Sunday we’ll join Jesus and his followers for “Breakfast on the Beach”. Not literally, although that would be fun!

See you next Sunday.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Randy
 

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April 11, 2016
This week we find ourselves moving toward the fourth Sunday of Easter.
In the past few weeks, we have seen how
Mary recognized Jesus, in his post-resurrected body, when he called her by name,
and Thomas recognized Jesus when he actually saw the wounds.

This coming Sunday we will see how the two disciples on the road to Emmaus
recognize Jesus when he breaks bread with them.

I hope you will join us as we worship and celebrate the Lord’s Supper together this coming Sunday.

Grace and peace
Pastor Randy