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April 3, 2017

Dear Members and Friends,

Holy Week is fast approaching.  Easter for me this year is wrapped up in a simple statement:  Everything is going to be okay. As Jesus entered the world, it was in chaos — much as our world is today. When the angels announced His birth, they said, Today, in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord  (Luke 2:11). They were saying, everything is going to be okay. When John the Baptist announced the Christ by saying, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29), he was saying, everything is going to be okay.

When Jesus said. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33). He was saying, everything is going to be okay. And when He went to the cross, it was brutal and cruel, but His act of sacrifice signaled to all mankind that yes, everything is going to be okay.

During Holy Week, we celebrate this wonderful message that, everything is going to be okay. We’re hoping you are planning to join the celebration. In addition to our regular Palm Sunday and Easter services, we will be having a special Holy Week Service on Wednesday, April 12th at 6:30 pm. Each of the Churches that meet at FBCH have been invited to participate. This could make for a large attendance so come early and if you will be driving you will be glad to know that parking will be available on both sides of Queen Ka’ahumanu School.

Also, please note, now’s the time to order Easter Lilies “in honor of” or “in memory of” a loved one. You may do so by mailing the enclosed form or phoning the Church office by noon on Monday, April 10th. And if, out of the gratitude in your heart that everything is going to be okay, you would like to give a special Easter Offering, “above and beyond” your regular giving, you can donate online. This year’s Easter Offering is being designated to help FBCH to get back on our feet financially. WE NEED YOUR HELP in eliminating the $8,000 we are behind in meeting our financial obligations. It is comforting to know that with God’s provision through your partnership, everything is going to be okay.  [DONATE NOW]

“Everything is going to be okay” does not mean that we will have everything we want. Nor does it mean that we will not suffer loss, but it does mean, in the words of the apostle Paul, nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ? and We are more than conquerors! (Romans 8) Let’s live like it, act like it, talk like it, and pray like it because for those who have put their faith and trust in the Resurrected Lord everything will be okay.

Blessed to Bless,

Barry Lovett