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January 2020

Dear Church Family

Happy New Year! As we prepare for 2020, we have so much to be grateful for at Wahiawa UMC.

A huge thank you to our 2019 leadership team. Special thanks to Elliott, who completes his term as Staff- Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) chair. I would also like to thank Chuck and Hiroshi who are finishing their tenures on the Trustees and played critical roles in updating the parsonage this year. In 2020, Janis will begin her full term as Worship Committee chair and Jim will take on the SPRC chairperson role. Thank you to each committee member and volunteer for your service. We could not have accomplished all we did in 2019 without your generosity and faithfulness.

As we enter the new year -- and a new decade -- it is an opportune time to reflect on where God is calling each of us in our everyday lives. When I was a lay person, I thought calling was just something for pastors! However, God calls each and every one of us. As we wind down from the busy holiday season, take some time discern where the Spirit of God is guiding you in your professional and personal life.

Let us also continue to dream about what God has in store for our church! As we discussed during our August visioning process, The United Methodist Church and our sister churches are in a period of major transition. In May 2020, our denomination will gather at General Conference to consider the inclusion of LGBTQ people in the church, with the possibility of a schism. As we journey together through this process, please let me know if you have any questions, whether they are about church governance or how we read the Bible. I am here to be a resource for you.

I look forward to a wonderful year of ministry together in 2020! Mark your calendars for our church's annual New Year's party on Sunday, January 5 and invite friends to join the fun! I will look forward to seeing you there.

Many Blessings,

Pastor Jessica

(808) 838-9024 pastor.jessica.kawamura@gmail.com.

  

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