We throw a Christmas party in Pahoa!

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So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:16-20 (NIV).

As people line up to get their food in the background, the campus ministry sit and build up their appetites. (photo by Kelly Bartholomew)

The church threw a festive Christmas party this past Saturday at the Pahoa Community Recreation Center.

Members of the church, along with their friends and family, celebrated the season of remembering Jesus’s birth and spent a good time in fellowship with each other.

Party-goers showed up dressed in Christmas colors. Many even brought gifts for the Christmas tree and food to add to the dinner table.

The party featured a delightful dinner, entertainment, grab-bag gifts and games.

Many in the campus ministry welcomed this celebration, as the party provided a break in their studies. This week for the college students is final exam week.

The dinner entertainment includes Stefano’s rendition of “Encourage My Soul.” (photo by Kelly Bartholomew)

The program started with Chris, the emcee for the night, welcoming everyone to the party.

Kelly headed up some games for the children and adults. Everyone had fun interacting with each other and going for prizes. 

Evan then kicked off the night’s most anticipated event, the dinner, by praying for the food.

The amazing dinner menu that included roast beef, ham, turkey, Indonesian food, salads and a wide assortment of desserts, desserts, desserts.

The food was awesome!

After dinner, Mahe called out lucky numbers. Guests with winning tickets won prizes.

The night’s first entertainment act was Chris and His Elves, who performed a hip hop dance routine. They were dressed in red, black and white. Chris’s “elves” were actually his children, including Austin the toddler who actually helped the act with the routine.

The children in the church present their parents with some elegant Christmas books that they put together. (photo by Kelly Bartholomew)

Next, Stefano played his guitar and sang solo for the crowd.

The children then came up to do a special, surprise presentation for their parents. They put together books made up of Christmas writings and drawings in full color. They read excerpts from these books to everyone, then gave them to their families. It was a special time to remember what Christmas is all about.

The program concluded with a musical slide show highlighting some of the pictures of church events from this past year.

The church would like to thank all who attended and helped to make the party a wonderful night.

Special thanks go to the campus ministry, who, despite university final exams this week, were willing to show up early and stay late to set up and decorate the center and clean up.