Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Please Keep the Following People In Prayer:

 

Kenneth and Teddi Chong

Richard Choy

Violet Ho

Yuk Jun Joseph

Herbert Loo

Florence Lum

John Mark

Bill Petty

Rose Pfund

Grace Wee

Julia and Richard Wong 

Community Church of Honolulu (CCH) was established in 1934 by college and high school children of first-generation Chinese immigrants, with the intent of being a congregation-based, inclusive community of faith that would reflect Hawai‘i's diversity.

We celebrate God's presence in our lives through inter-generational Sunday worship at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship and Christian Education opportunities. We seek to serve the wider community in Christ's love and humility. We invite you to join us in a community of faith, sharing the love of Jesus Christ with each other and all people.

Community Church of Honolulu is a member of the United Church of Christ, whose congregational ancestors brought Christianity to Hawai‘i in the early 1800's.

The purpose of this website is to invite you to come to know who we are as a people of faith. Please contact us if you would like to know more about Community Church of Honolulu.

We trust, if it is God's will, that you will come and enjoy a personal experience of how God is at work with CCH through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

An article by AJ Sherrill shares an important insight about Advent. Think of the Christian year less as a perpetual circle and more like an ascending cone. Tracing a circle, one goes around, eventually returning back, to the point of origin. Tracing a cone, one can go around in a circle yet never return to the point of origin but somewhere above —somewhere beyond. I believe the church calendar is something like that.

Every Advent I find myself stepping into a new place in the cone. This is the slow and winding journey of character formation, which happens to be one of the primary strategies the church has historically employed to grow her people into the image of Jesus and to live as true disciples. This incremental formation is designed to occur over the course of a lifetime as we are shaped by the story of the gospel.

Mako Fujimura asserts that an artist learns very early that creativity demands boundaries and limits to thrive. What if we considered limitations as the beginning of our creative acts? Then paradoxically, we may see beyond them. Limitations can be a catalyst to find freedom. That is what the incarnation of Christ teaches us. Following Christ is also to recognize and honor the limits and boundaries of being human; less is more.

But if God has a movement toward creation that we are called to remember, what is that rhythm? The calendar is one of the ways to best comprehend God’s activity in creation. In short, it is among the best discipling tools to be formed by the shape of the gospel.

We find God’s movement toward creation best articulated though the story that the Church calendar re-enacts. Consider the four movements: Movement 1) Over and against deism, Advent through Epiphany reminds us that God is with us. Movement 2) Over and against an angry God, Lent through Easter instills within that God is for us. Movement 3) Eastertide through Pentecost is the signpost that God is in us. The Spirit of the Risen Christ indwells the Church, making her holy. Movement 4) Finally we enter into ordinary time, which makes up more than half the calendar year. But make no mistake, ordinary time is anything but ordinary by the world’s standards. This time of the year is the promise that God works through us. 

Think about it: a theology of the ordinary is no ordinary theology. After all, isn’t this where we learn the sacra-mental nature of all things? More often than not, God has chosen to move through ordinary elements like bread and wine, water, flesh, and nature to bring about the fruit of the Kingdom.

By living within the boundaries of the calendar year, we enter into the freedom of God’s grace. Simply put, we trust that the Spirit of God will move through the arc of the story to bring about transfor-mation. So, as we move through Advent and the year to come I invite you to enter fully the process of being transformed into true Christian disciples. We will do so by and through God’s grace as we celebrate the calendar of the church.

 

Enjoying the transformation. . . 

Pastor Ron

CE Events Calendar

 

Calendar Note: 

Marshmallow Fight (Oct. 11th) has been postponed

CE Links

 

Ministries and Committees

 

BUDGET & FINANCE: Creates the CCH budget for Council/congregational input and vote. 

 

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS: Provides support necessary to keep facilities and landscaping in good condition. 

 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS: Oversees facilities projects more than $5,000. Prioritizes short-term and long-term projects, conducts cost analyses and submits recommendations to Council. Provides support necessary to keep the facilities and landscaping in good condition.

 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: Provides comprehensive Christian Education program for all ages from crib-nursery through senior adult.   

 

COMMUNICATIONS: Provides communication to CCH members and friends about the life of the church.

 

DEACONS/WORSHIP: Deacons assist the Pastor in having our worship services run smoothly and in making sure the sanctuary is appropriately "appointed." 

 

FACILITIES: Help negotiate and monitor leases, oversee use of facilities. CCH members are entitled to special rental rates. Rooms available include Stephen Mark Hall, the Leigh Hooley Room, Founders' Room and selected rooms in the Makai Building.

 

FELLOWSHIP: Provides members and friends a time to fellowship with one another. 

 

MEMBERSHIP: Provides activities to receive and support visitors, new members and give general spiritual support to the whole church family. 

 

MISSION: Provides support activities to develop and promote mission programs locally, state-wide, nationally and internationally through special offerings and direct involvement. 

 

MUSIC/CHOIR: Provides music for worship services of the church. 

 

PERSONNEL: Writes policies and works with the minister and staff, overseeing personnel issues. 

 

STEWARDSHIP: Encourages CCH members to lead Christ-centered lives, become cheerful givers and actively serve as God’s stewards. 

 

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE,

PARTICIPATE, PLAN AND COORDINATE

 

OFFICE SUPPORT: Volunteer to assist the Administrative Assistant, help with Bulletins, mail/collate the Watchman Newsletter, etc.

 

CCH ANNUAL PICNIC PLANNING TEAM: August

 

FUNERAL SUPPORT: Assist the Funeral Coordinator

 

 

GRILL TEAM: Grille for CCH events  

 

GOLDEN GALS & GUYS EXERCISE: Twice a week

 

MONEY COUNTING: Help count offertory and prepare bank deposit forms after worship on Sundays. 

 

OFFICE SUPPORT: Volunteer to assist the Administrative Assistant, help with Bulletins, mail/collate the Watchman Newsletter, etc

 

SUNSHINE: Help communicate with and serve those who are ill or home-bound.

 

YOUNG MEN’S TEAM: Participate in the Young Men’s Small Group.

 

WEBSITE: Help keep CCH's website up to date

 

WOMEN’S RETREAT: Annually

 

 

 

 

Born and raised in northern Florida, our pastor served in the Marine Corps where he met his wife, Ku‘ulei — the Sergeant Major’s daughter. The two spent 14 years working in Tustin, Calif., as Christian Education Directors with the Navigators, a discipleship ministry developed during WWII to help people in the military. After sons Chad and Luke were born, Pastor Ron finished his degree in Christian Education. He received his Masters of Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, part of the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley (Calif.), serving as Student Body President while also working at a nearby church. He served at churches in rural Colorado and suburban San Francisco before his family followed its heart to Hawaii, ultimately becoming part of the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ. He served as Associate Minister to Children and Family Ministries at Central Union before becoming our Senior Pastor in 2008.

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Through God's Grace we enable our members to grow and serve the whole community with Christ's love.

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  • An article by AJ Sherrill shares an important insight about Advent. Think of the Christian year less as a perpetual circle and more like an ascending cone. Tracing a circle, one goes around, eventually returning back, to the point of origin. Tracing a cone, one can go around in a circle yet never return to the point of origin but somewhere above —somewhere beyond. I believe the church calendar is something like that.

    Every Advent I find myself stepping into a new place in the cone. This is the slow and winding journey of character formation, which happens to be one of the primary strategies the church has historically employed to grow her people into the image of Jesus and to live as true disciples. This incremental formation is designed to occur over the course of a lifetime as we are shaped by the story of the gospel.

    Mako Fujimura asserts that an artist learns very early that creativity demands boundaries and limits to thrive. What if we considered limitations as the beginning of our creative acts? Then paradoxically, we may see beyond them. Limitations can be a catalyst to find freedom. That is what the incarnation of Christ teaches us. Following Christ is also to recognize and honor the limits and boundaries of being human; less is more.

    But if God has a movement toward creation that we are called to remember, what is that rhythm? The calendar is one of the ways to best comprehend God’s activity in creation. In short, it is among the best discipling tools to be formed by the shape of the gospel.

    We find God’s movement toward creation best articulated though the story that the Church calendar re-enacts. Consider the four movements: Movement 1) Over and against deism, Advent through Epiphany reminds us that God is with us. Movement 2) Over and against an angry God, Lent through Easter instills within that God is for us. Movement 3) Eastertide through Pentecost is the signpost that God is in us. The Spirit of the Risen Christ indwells the Church, making her holy. Movement 4) Finally we enter into ordinary time, which makes up more than half the calendar year. But make no mistake, ordinary time is anything but ordinary by the world’s standards. This time of the year is the promise that God works through us. 

    Think about it: a theology of the ordinary is no ordinary theology. After all, isn’t this where we learn the sacra-mental nature of all things? More often than not, God has chosen to move through ordinary elements like bread and wine, water, flesh, and nature to bring about the fruit of the Kingdom.

    By living within the boundaries of the calendar year, we enter into the freedom of God’s grace. Simply put, we trust that the Spirit of God will move through the arc of the story to bring about transfor-mation. So, as we move through Advent and the year to come I invite you to enter fully the process of being transformed into true Christian disciples. We will do so by and through God’s grace as we celebrate the calendar of the church.

     

    Enjoying the transformation. . . 

    Pastor Ron

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