Saturday Morning Prayer Service
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we invite you to come to the Saturday Morning Prayer Service at 7 A.M., if you want to have a quiet time with God! Approximately 20 people have been gathering since July. You will experience the happiness of starting a day with God.
The program is about 15 minutes. It is done in English and Korean. After the service, you will pray on your own while music plays. Coffee/refreshment time is very enjoyable too.
Stephen Ministers Are Available
Stephen Ministers are available to help people get through tough times anytime of year. Please call Diana Toillion 625-1875, Karen Cabral 623-1596, or Barry Nupen 623-3538 if you are in need of care.
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Mark Your Calendars
Youth Group Car Wash & Bake Sale
Ash Wednesday Service
7:00 pm - March 5
March 20 - 22
River of Life Mission
Evening of Service
Easter Lily Sign Up
Youth Car Wash
& Bake Sale
who: MPC youth group
Saturday, March 1
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
where: MPC PARKING LOT
SO MORE YOUTH
ENJOY FREE DRINKS WHILE YOU WAIT!
CAR WASH BY DONATION
MPC ANGEL CHOIR
Go to Children's Church
on March 9th
All children & youth are invited to join the MPC Angel Choir as we are getting geared up for the Easter season. Practices will begin in March during the Children's Church portion of the Sunday Worship service. Don't wait too long to join! There isn't a need to sign up, just go to Children's Church on March 9th and you are in!
Join Us For the Next Evening of Service at
River Of Life Mission!
WHEN: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Meet at MPC at 5:30 p.m. to carpool or meet us at the Mission by 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: 101 N. Pauahi St., Honolulu
NEEDED: Food donations, cooks, and most importantly, volunteers to come down to the
Mission to worship with and serve our guests.
Stay tuned for more information and sign-ups on the lanai.
Never participated before? Don't let that stop you. Help us help the less fortunate.
For more information contact
Dave Keim at 927-5170.
Honolulu 2014 March 20-22 at the
Hawaii Convention Center OPPORTUNITY FOR FREE SNEAK-A-PEEK PASSES TO
THE HIM CONFERENCE!
You've heard a lot of talk about it. People saying how great and
awesome it is. But you are wondering what all the hype is about.
Besides it is kind of expensive and why would you want to spend
that kind of money on something you know nothing about!
Here is your chance to see. Every Sunday from now until the conference we will have a table on the lanai
where you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a Sneak-A-Peek pass. We have 5 to give away!
You can use the ticket for any of the general sessions or seminars offered from Thursday evening, 3/20
through Saturday, 3/22. We will announce the winners on March 16, either during worship or fellowship.
If you don't win a pass but are interested in checking it out, you can purchase your own Sneak-A-Peek
pass for $35 up until 3/1 online at www.himonline.org or $40 at the door. Hope to see you there.
Come and worship, grow, discover answers, receive inspiration, find encouragement, relish in fellowship,
and go home refreshed. Come to worship. Come and hear God. Come alive in his Word. Come.
Some of the guests are well-known Christian Speakers like Tony Campolo, Francis Chan, Nick Vujicic
and Priscilla Shirer, just to name a few.
Go to their website at: www.himonline.org and click on Honolulu Conference. The next deadline to get
best prices is online by March 1. So don't wait!
Stephen Ministry Training
Begins in March
Are you being called to Stephen Ministry? Do you use 2½
hours a week for any of these activities: TV, computer
time, shopping, watching or participating in sporting
events? While we all need time to refresh ourselves, "We
are Called to Care". Stephen Ministry meetings involve
2½ hours a week to begin with, then just twice a month after the initial
50 hours of training are over, and then one hour a week to meet with your
care-receiver (the hurting person).
For all of us, LISTENING is such a necessity and through Stephen Ministry we
develop this skill, which transfers to every relationship we're in - family or friends.
So many Stephen Ministers have commented on how much it helped with
communication with their children (of all ages), spouses, and aging parents. When
you are trained, you realize how many situations can benefit from a person who
really knows how to listen. You are trained in distinctively Christian caring that
brings God into your caring relationship. You will grow spiritually during the
training and also see how you have been that "hand of Jesus" that reaches out to
During the training, you will develop a close camaraderie with other folks in the
group. We are also there for one another. It's like the best small group you could
ever be in! We in Stephen Ministry have had our difficult times as well, which for
some of us, drew us to Stephen Ministry, being able to really relate to hurting
people. All our conversations within the group are confidential and, more
importantly, our care-receivers are never mentioned by name.
Applications will be accepted through mid-February and you are encouraged to pray
if this is where God is leading you. Training will begin on Sunday, March 2, 2014.
Please contact Diana Toillion at 625-1875 or Karen Cabral at 623-1596 for more
"A new command I give you: Love one another, as I have loved you,
so you must love one another."
The Christian Education Team is offering several small group opportunities for this Lenten season. Pastor Ron chose the study Forgiveness written by Marjorie Thompson.
This study runs for six weeks and is filled with scriptural answers to common questions like:
• Is forgiveness a Christian duty under all circumstances?
Or are there situations when Christians do not need to forgive?
• Is forgiveness a matter between individuals, or is it meaningful only in the context of communities?
• Is forgiving the best route to healing for the injured?
• How do we get past emotional barriers to real forgiveness?
Watch for the Sunday bulletin insert where you can reserve your copy and sign up for one of the many small groups. We are looking for a couple of facilitators willing to lead the classes. (This does not mean you are expected to teach it!) A facilitator is a full participant. You just keep the time and help to harness in those individuals if they get off track. You can let CE know on the tear-off portion of the insert. We also will have sign-ups on the lanai after worship. Childcare will be available for some of the classes; just notate your need for this when signing up.
WE'VE FOUND A NEW PRAYER CHAIN COORDINATOR
A big thank you to Charlie Cabral who has graciously stepped up to lead the
Prayer Warrior ministry. If you have a prayer request of your own or wish to
pass one on, you can send it to Charlie at email@example.com . Also if
you wish to become a prayer warrior, you can let Charlie know and he will add
you to the list.
2014 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
SAVE THE DATE!
This year's VBS will be held the last week of June, the 23rd through
27th making June 29th VBS Sunday! We hold our VBS during the evening
with a light dinner making it very easy on mom and dad to get here
after work. Recruiting & registration will begin soon, so watch the
bulletin for announcements!
MPC OFFICE NEEDS SOME VOLUNTEERS
If you can say hello, fold a piece of paper and pick up a phone then you are eligible! We have a few hours on Friday afternoons when we need a body in the office. The preschool is already covered by their director or assistant so you won't have to worry about that. We just need someone to answer the phones (take messages), greet people who come to the office (take messages) and possibly fold the bulletin. Very low stress, but needed. Easy, Right? The hours of coverage are from noon to 4 p.m. Someone else will lock-up. There is a clip board inside the double doors to sign up on or you can call the office at 623-6663 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3/1 CAR WASH/BAKESALE FUNDRAISER ARRIVE 7:30AM
❖ Wear clothes that can get wet (bathing suit under is good).
❖ Bring your item(s) for the bake sale. We will price here.
❖ Buckets/wash/sponges provided. Bring towels or chamois if have.
❖ Lunch & sunscreen will be provided. Bring water bottles!
3/9 YOUTH GROUP 12:30PM
❖ If can't come-sign Easter card for Nelly before you leave.
❖ Bring Bible & tithe for Nelly.
❖ We are planning HIM Conference weekend.
3/21 HAWAIIAN ISLAND MINISTRIES CONFERENCE @ MPC
❖ Bring permission form, overnight bag w/toiletries, money for 2 lunches and 1
dinner (breakfast will be provided).
❖ If you wish you can bring extra money for T-shirts, CD's & souvenirs.
❖ Return Saturday afternoon approximately 4pm. Will drive you home.
3/30 YOUTH GROUP AFTER POTLUCK @ 12:45PM
❖ Bring Bible & tithe for Nelly.
❖ Bring ideas for April activities.
WORSHIP TEAM UPDATES
Be sure and mark your March calendar for some very special
services at MPC. We encourage everyone to not only make plans
to attend but also to invite a friend, co-worker or neighbor. March 2 - Communion Sunday. In addition to our usual
Communion Sunday, we will be blessed with special music
provided by Eugenia Woodward and Jean Chase (not going to
mention their ages this time!). March 5, 7pm – Ash Wednesday. Come join us as we begin this year's Lenten season. Pastor Ron has a
special service in the planning so be sure to make plans to attend and bring a friend. March 30 – Easter Lily Sign Up. Would you like to purchase an Easter lily to help decorate the sanctuary Easter morning? Sign ups will be taken during Fellowship time starting Sunday, March 30 until Sunday, April 13. If you would like to have your lily designated to honor or remember a loved one, it will
be noted in the Easter Sunday bulletin. Your designated gift of $15.00 will help cover the cost of
purchase and you get to take the lily home following the Easter service!
Opportunities to serve on the Worship Ministry Team: While many of you have served as ushers, lay readers, and/or shared special music, know that these opportunities continue in 2014. There are sign up sheets inside the glass double doors leading to our Education Wing. Last, but certainly not least, the MPC choir is preparing for another Easter Cantata under the direction of Choir Director Bryan Rouse. Contact Bryan at (512) 633-2930.
TOYS NEEDED FOR MPC's NEW PLAY CENTER
With the accreditation process going through with our preschool, we need to separate
our nursery playthings from the preschool's. We will begin our own
toy campaign immediately. We are asking for new or gently used,
CLEAN, toys for infants through four years-old. Please nothing
broken, dirty, or dangerous.
You may drop your items off at the office anytime during
normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. or leave with Kathryn in
the office on Sundays.
Thanks to all for keeping our babies safe and well cared for!
We began advertising in January and as of February have
received only one (1) toy! PLEASE, PLEASE help us build a
nice area for our littlest ones to play and be cared for.