Our church commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection!

By Chris Directo.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade — kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5 NIV.

These hungry people show no hesitation in starting the food line at lunch time. (photo by Chris Directo)

Circa one-thousand nine-hundred seventy-five years ago, Jesus Christ performed his biggest miracle of all: Jesus Christ posthumously rose from the dead and ascended into heaven to be with his Father, God.

Our church celebrated this event by having a special church service this morning. The theme of this event was “Resurrection Sunday.”

A lot of people turned out and joined us for this celebration in Leilani Estates in Pahoa. While the death of Jesus was a sobering occurrence in history, our minister Evan reminded us that Jesus’s resurrection gave us a reason to celebrate.

“You see, when you’re a disciple, when you’re following the Bible, there’s nothing to fear. It’s not a death. It’s a victory,” Evan said during today’s sermon.

Our service was held inside a pavilion in the Leilani Estates Park, with the children’s class inside the nearby recreation center.

The weather could have been a damper on our service, with rain falling intermittently throughout the morning, but the sporadic showers helped to provide a cool breeze the whole day. The temporary rain clouds helped give Leilani Estates some shade while filling the area’s water tanks.

Mona and her family enjoy the Easter lunch. (photo by Chris Directo)

Church service started with the congregation singing spiritual songs and hymns, including the new crowd-favorite, “Home in Heaven.”

Stefano inspired the congregation by playing his guitar with the church singing the all-time favorite, “Sanctuary.”

During today’s money collection, Savannah played the moving “Amazing Grace” on keyboard.

Jim and Anne performed a beautiful rendition of “Remember Me” to help us focus on Jesus for today’s communion. The lyrics in this song by E. Sherwin Mackintosh walk us through Jesus’s communion with his disciples, Jesus’s love for Peter despite his three denials, Jesus’s compassion for the sinful woman and Jesus’s time with the disciples after his resurrection.

The church closed out the service by powerfully singing the song “Be with Me, Lord,” with the assistance of the singers in the front, Jim, Anne, Tanya, Joseph and me. This song by J. Brian Craig praises God for the fact that He is always there with us in everything that we do.

After Evan prayed and thanked God for lunch, everyone filled their plates with food. The lunch menu for today was burgers, hot dogs and salad, with many other complimentary dishes. There was lots of food for everyone.

Greg and his family eat lunch and enjoy the cool weather in Pahoa. (photo by Chris Directo)

As soon as the rain stopped for good, the children participated in an egg hunt. They also received prizes.

A jumping inflatable was set up just outside the pavilion. Those who went inside the huge inflatable had loads of fun, and when the adults got too tired to jump any more, they even let the children use it.

After everyone rested a little, a few people started throwing the softball around. Then they started hitting and fielding the ball. Soon almost everyone joined in and started playing around.

When there was enough people for two teams, a game was started, adults and children playing for fun.

After the softball game, everyone helped with the cleanup and spent the rest of the afternoon in fellowship.

Special thanks go to those who helped with the setup and cleanup. You helped make this event so awesome!

A lot of time has passed since Jesus Christ left the earth, but his life and death still mean so much to us. Today, we celebrated the one event that Jesus Christ went through that gives us the hope that nothing is impossible, and that miracles are still possible, and that God can do anything.

That event was the resurrection of Jesus Christ.