Happy birthday to a wonderful woman!

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Anne is speechless as the church take turns sharing about how she has affected their lives. (photo by Mahe Directo)

This past Friday, the church got together at Jim and Anne’s house…

…Without Jim and Anne. At least, for a little while

The occassion was Anne’s birthday. The reason why Jim and Anne were nowhere to be found was that the rest of the church planned to have a surprise party for Anne.

Jim distracted Anne by taking her out with the rest of their family. It was a time they could spend together, but the time away wa also an opportunity for the rest of the church to invade their house for the surprise.

Most of the church parked their cars around the corner of Jim and Anne’s house in Waiakea. They were willing to walk a little extra to enhance the surprise.

When Jim brought Anne home, everyone yelled, “Surprise!” and Anne was definitely surprised.

Anne is surrounded by a bunch of grateful women. (photo by Chris Directo)

Anne and the party-goers shared in some snacks and desserts. The festive event had some awesome fellowship, too.

After a while, everyone settled down into a circle, with Anne in the middle in the seat of honor. She sat and listened as people took turns sharing some words of encouragement on Anne’s day, her birthday.

Many gave Anne gifts and warm embraces in addition to their kind words.

Some people who have known Anne for a long time even shared some memorable events from the past. Some of these events contained humorous situations, while others were more serious and heartfelt.

After the well-wishers, Anne took a few moments to share some thoughts about her family, being a Christian and the impact others have had on her. She expressed how grateful she is for God and others in her life.

The men gather around a strong woman for a picture. (photo by Mahe Directo)

This gathering provided an excellent time for the church to encourage a disciple, and thank Anne for her hard work in the church.

It was also a time for the church to spend time together and encourage one another.

The fellowship was so awesome that no one wanted to leave!

When everyone did decide to let Anne celebrate with just her family, Anne could be seen with a huge smile on her face.

And everyone else who was there also had big smiles on theirs for a great birthday celebration for Anne.