Dear First Church community,
Aloha Sunday, September 16th, is coming…
To help us get in the spirit, our homecoming Sunday theme is “Aloha Sunday!” Our youth group experienced the Aloha Spirit at the Western Regional Youth Event of the United Church of Christ earlier this summer, bringing home to FCCLB an appreciation for the spiritual depth of Aloha. Aloha is a common greeting in Hawai’i, but it is also a way of life of connectedness and kindness. Hawaiian author Curby Rule writes, “using Hawaiian language gramma rules, we will translate this as…simply ‘Joyfully sharing life.’”
Aloha Sunday is partly a reunion after the summer season, but it’s also an open house. It’s the perfect Sunday to bring a friend to service and introduce them to your church. Remember, 40% of people who join a church were initially brought by a friend, and people appreciate an invitation from a someone they trust…like you!
So, wear your luau gear, bring a friend, and come to enjoy the celebration of community that is Aloha Sunday. Together we will begin our program year with a prayer that 2018-19 will find us joyfully sharing life together at the Corner of Justice and Arts.
The Rev. Elena Larssen, Senior Minister