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Olivet Baptist Church November Newsletter

Jul 24, 2016



Stephen Case

November 2015 Olivet Baptist Church Newsletter in Honolulu, Hawaii
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Volume XLI

No 11

November 2015


Family Fun

at Fall Festival

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Japanese Dept. Schedule 11/01(Sun) 9:15 a.m. Lord’s Supper 3:00~4:00 p.m. Associational Choir Practice at Makiki Christian Church 11/05 (Thu)—06(Fri) Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention 11/08 (Sun) 3:00—4:00 p.m. Associational Choir Practice at Honolulu Christian Church 11/12 (Thu) 7:00 p.m. Japanese Bible Study at First Baptist Church, Wahiawa 11/14 (Sat) 8:30 a.m. Japanese Christian Association Trustees Meeting at Makiki Christian Church 11/15 (Sun) 12:30 p.m. Japanese Church Council 3:00—4:00 p.m. Associational Choir practice at Honolulu Christian Church 11/19 (Thu) 7:00 p.m. Japanese Bible Study at Mililani Baptist Church 11/22 (Sun) 9:15 a.m. Thanksgiving Worship Service and Potluck lunch 11/26 (Thu) 10:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day Service joining with the English congregation 11/28 (Sat) 8:30 a.m. Food Pantry 11/29(Sun) 9:15 a.m. Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Promotional Sunday Service 11:50 a.m. Prayer Meeting

Maki to Watanabe

Japanese Language

Associa te Pasto r

Makito Watanabe 渡辺牧人

Japanese Language Pastor

Office: 808-946-6505 Direct: 808-380-7612


[email protected]

Japanese Worship Service: Sunday, 9:15-10:30am

Japanese Sunday School:

10:50am - 11:40am

Midweek Bible Study Wednesday, 9:30am



“Living in Christ’s Love” The Theme statement of the year 2016

I ask God from the wealth of his glory to give you power through his Spirit to be strong in your inner selves, and I pray that Christ will make his home in your hearts through

faith. I pray that you may have your roots and foundation in love, so that you, together with all God's people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ's love. Yes, may you come to know his love-although it can

never be fully known-and so be completely filled with the very nature of God. Ephesians 3:16-19 【TEV】

The Japanese congregation entrusts me to pray and select the theme statement each year. This is the time of the year again to meditate on next year’s theme statement. “Peace with God and Each Other” is the 2015 theme with II Corinthians 13:11 “… Live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you” as the theme verse.【NKJV】I prayed and chose “Living in Christ’s Love” for next year’s motto for our congregation. This presentment may sound so fundamental and elemental that all Christians know about it. However, I believe that it is the most difficult one to implement. This statement can be challenging for every member of our congregation, including myself. This statement came into my mind as I was reading Ephesians 3:16-19 (above). But now it

is the Japanese congregation’s turn to pray and choose the verses for next year. At the end

of the year, I will be happy to share with the readers of this article what the Japanese

congregation has chosen.

In Christ’ Love & Peace,


Your Japanese Language Pastor

Japan Department R E L A T I O N S H I P S | L I F E | L O V E

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Dear Olivet Family:

Luke 3:11 “If you have two coats, give one away,” He said. “Do the same with your food.”

Thanksgiving is a great time of year. It affords us interaction with the community, friends and family to remember the blessings that we have received. It is also a good time to give to those less fortunate. The evening before Thanksgiving Day, our church helps serve a fellowship dinner for the International students. It is held at the Baptist Student Center. After preparing an abundant tossed salad that afternoon, a group of helpers from OBC go to assist, serve, and mingle with the students.

JOIN US! On Thanksgiving Day at our Olivet morning service, under the Table of Abundance prepared by the Japanese congregation, people contribute canned goods/nonperishable food items, to give to others in need.

CAN YOU BRING SOMETHING? Two days later, on November 28th, our Food Pantry and Clothes Closet distribute bags of food and limited clothing items to the many people who line up for our monthly outreach ministry: 8:30-11 AM.

CAN YOU HELP? Ministry is never done alone. Come experience God’s awesome transformation in both our lives and those we encounter.


Pastor Tim


Be sure to follow us on social

media for the most up-to-date

information, events, and

outreach opportunities.

Olivet Baptist Church



Contact Information:

Senior Pastor Timothy Morita

Office Phone: 808-946-6505

Email: [email protected]


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Harvest Season

“Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and

place where He Himself was going to come. And He was saying to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the

laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’”

Luke 10:1-2

With recognition of the Fall being a season of harvest, we as believers and followers of Jesus Christ look to

God’s word. In Luke 10 Jesus identifies those that are awaiting the message of the gospel as “the harvest.”

He sends out a group of disciples to announce His coming. He declares to the disciples, “The harvest is

plentiful, but the laborers are few.”

As we recognize Fall as a season of harvest, let us as disciples of Jesus Christ see the spiritual implications

behind that. May we today still hear Jesus’ words, “The harvest is plentiful,” there are many who are

waiting to hear. Romans 10:14 says, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How

will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?”

Jesus also says, “The laborers are few.” During this harvest season let us focus on, and be even more intentional about, evangelism. Let November be our Evangelism emphasis month. We have kicked off this month with our Fall Festival, inviting people out of the darkness to hear the gospel of Light. At the end of the month we will gather and give thanks at our Thanksgiving celebration. Let us pray this month that we will be laborers for the harvest so that we might rejoice and give thanks for

the souls that have been reaped for the Kingdom of Heaven! -jason

Jason Hew

Minister of Outreach &


808-946-6505 ph

[email protected]

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GET IN THE GAME - An update from Jeff

I recently shared with our youth that in high school I tried out for the varsity basketball team. At the time I was disappointed to learn that I didn’t make the team and would instead be playing on the junior varsity team. My disappointment quickly changed when I realized there were only six players on the JV team and only myself, and a friend were tall enough to play center or forward. My height, and the size of the team, essentially ensured that I would not only be a starter but would get to play throughout the entire game. In the end I was happier on the JV team than on the varsity team because I received more play time; after all, it’s not fun sitting on the bench while others are in the game. The purpose of sharing this story with our youth was to illustrate a simple point; our Christian walk is a lot more fun when we’re in the game by actively serving rather than warming the bench, or chair as the case may be. In Ephesians 2:10 we see that we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He prepared for us (ESV). God has prepared good works for us to do. Our role is to be active in serving so that we can fulfill those opportunities God has created for us.

Within the youth ministry we’re starting a Student Ministry Team. This team will lead the way by serving in the youth

ministry and helping to direct the youth ministry as God leads. I would encourage our youth and everyone in our

church to get in the game and be active in serving; after all, it’s a lot more fun in our faith when we’re serving rather

than warming the bench.

Jeff & Mary Mullis

Director of Youth Ministries

[email protected]

Ignite worship night is a gathering of different Christian youth ministries to bring them together for a night of praise, worship, and fellowship. Ignite will be held at Hawaii Chinese Baptist Church on Friday, November 13 at 7pm. Evan Arashiro’s band, Scarlet Cord, will be leading the worship music.

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Rebecca McGuire, Director

Olivet Baptist Preschool

1775 S. Beretania St

Honolulu, HI 96826

(808) 949-7548

Preschool Update

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Christmas Shopping Spree is an annual event in which the invited residents of Island Nursing Home, Oahu Care Facility and Artesian Vista

are able to shop for Christmas presents at no cost.

Donations of NEW or GENTLY-USED gifts are greatly appreciated!

Please contact Charlene Vaughn or Roberta Harada for any questions.

In October, the Olivet Baptist Preschool went on an

excursion to the Waimanalo Farms Pumpkin Patch (pictured above).

Thank you to all who helped with the Fall Festival. Fifty families, 39 of whom are involved with the preschool, participated in the festivities. (See page 4 for pictures.)

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What is the Shelter?: It is a ministry that provides a smaller scale worship setting to supplement our Sunday morning service. It regularly includes a time of worship through music, prayer, teaching of God’s Word and discussion. Where: We currently are meeting in the Lower Auditorium of Olivet Baptist Church to aid in the sense of intimacy. When: Come visit The Shelter. Friday evenings at 6:30pm in the lower auditorium. Who: The Shelter ministry is for anyone who is seeking a more intimate worship setting that is safe and welcoming. It is an ideal place for people who might be looking for a smaller group experience and be open to discussing openly with others their thoughts and under-standing of God’s Word. We have come to see over the last few months that every week you will never know who will be there. We have also come to see that even if a visitor comes just one week, there has been significant interaction and ministry that takes place in that person’s life. We see God using this ministry as a place where a person might come just for one day to be ministered to. With the faithfulness of the few that commit to serving in this ministry, we are ready to connect with whomever will walk through the doors. Why: There may be some that may not find our Sunday morning services to be a refuge they desire. The Shelter offers a different time and environment for those who seek it.

YOUNG ADULTS MINISTRY Exploring Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail

Contact Mat Shibata or Reid Morihara for future events and adventures.

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on Call

Each month, in case

of emergency,

prayer concern or

need, there is a

deacon available


Pauline Wagnon

Phone: 808-840-0101

1 2 3

Kakaako Ministry Next Step Shelter

Sunday November 8


Thanksgiving Service Thursday

November 26 10am

Prayer Walking Saturday

November 28 10am

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Please bring your Shoeboxes by Sunday November 15

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Contact Us Church Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8am-4pm

Phone: 808-946-6505

Fax: 808-946-6507

Address: 1775 S. Beretania St

Honolulu, HI 96826


Email: [email protected]

Rebecca McGuire

Preschool Director

[email protected]

Jeff Mullis

Director of Youth Ministries

[email protected]

Makito Watanabe

Japanese Language Pastor

[email protected]

Jason Hew

Minister of Outreach & Education

[email protected]

Timothy Morita, Senior Pastor

[email protected]