Looking Ahead

It is time to flip the first page of your 2022 Calendar.

This is the final week of Stewardship Month at Hokuloa. We have explored how each of us is called to share our time, talents, and treasure to further Hokuloa's mission in 2022. There is still time to submit your volunteer or financial pledges for 2022. Your pledges may be placed in the offertory basket on Sunday, mailed to the church, or attached to an email to our Treasurer, George Winchell. Your gifts are greatly appreciated and will allow us to plan for the year ahead.



The first week in February brings two new events for the Hokuloa ohana.

Our first monthly Virtual Picnic will be on Tuesday, February 1 beginning at 2 PM HST. This is a chance for informal fellowship similar to that shared at our in-person picnic last December. Bring your own picnic food and gather with friends via Zoom. Email John Shafer for more information.

The first session of our new book club will be held on Thursday, February 3 beginning at 2PM HST on Zoom. We will be discussing The Bible as the Church's Book by Phyllis A. Bird. The book club will meet weekly on Thursdays in February. Email Shannon Clarkson for more information.

Both the picnic and the book club will use the same Zoom link that is used for Sunday worship services

Virtual Picnics via Zoom (BYOF)

In trying to find creative ways to keep us all connected during the pandemic, and to build stronger bonds between our mainland and Hawaii resident friends, John and Christie Shafer came up with a great idea! They had such a good time at the in-person picnic in December, they suggest having a virtual picnic each month. The people, fun and connections can remain the same, the only difference will be that you need to BYOF (Bring Your Own Food). Below are the initial suggested logistics. Please contact John if this will not work for you and to suggest alternatives. We will begin in February.

We will use the same Zoom Meeting link used for worship: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3493317110  Meeting ID: 349 331 7110

Purpose: To gather in friendship and fellowship, building tighter bonds within the Hokuloa ‘ohana. 

Day: First MONDAY of the month.

Time: 5:00PM -6:00PM HST

ALL are invited: members and those with ties to Hokuloa

Host: John will host for the first couple of months and then it can rotate around. 

John's email: kwakushafe@yahoo.com

Picnic Basket

Book and Bible Study

Shannon Clarkson will host book and bible studies for Hokuloa. She chose the book, The Bible as the Church’s Book by Phyllis Bird as a place to begin our journey. The author is an old testament scholar and professor. Her book provides an excellent foundation for understanding and studying the bible. This small book of 112 pages is divided into seven chapters. We will cover a chapter a week for seven weeks. Shannon will give you a couple of questions to consider as you read each chapter. During our group meetings we will discuss these questions, the text’s suggested questions, and any ideas the reading spark in you. Following this study we will move into studying a book in the bible so that we can use some techniques we learned from this book.
We will begin the first week in February. If you are interested please email Shannon to let her know ALL of the days and times of the week from the list below that you can make work. She will select a time that works for the most people.
All times listed in HST
Tuesday: 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM HST
Wednesday:    11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM HST
Thursday:        11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM HST
The Bible as the Church’s Book chapters
1. The Church’s Book: What does it mean to say the Bible is the Word of God?
2. Crisis and Canon: Conflict arises between traditional and modern interpretations.
3. Sola Scriptura: Covers the Reformation era of questioning and emergence of biblical criticism.
4.  The New Criticism: The emergence of a scientific and historical approach to the text.
5.  Incarnate Word: New emphasis on the Bible as the actual word of God.
6.  “Abraham Begat Isaac” Realization that the Bible requires interpretation.
7.  The Stranger on the Road: Historical Criticism and the Church’s Faith: What can we learn from historical criticism and what it means to say “the word of God.”

Meet Our Writer in Residence!

It takes a bold mindset to say I’m a writer. But from emails, get well cards, texts to shopping lists— almost all of us write every day. My thanks go to Hokuloa Moderator, Karen Anderson, for inviting me to own my identity as a writer and even offered me an aspirational title—Writer in Residence. In that role I’ll be sharing links from my published pieces from time to time and hope to encourage telling our stories through the written word.
Research in the emergent field of expressive writing shows that writing our stories helps us to make sense of our lives. As we write, the brain’s circuitry begins to change. For over thirty years, research psychologist James W. Pennebaker has been at the forefront of expressive writing—also called emotional writing—conducting hundreds of studies illustrating its effects on physical and mental well-being.
Expressive writing is the process of writing about personal and emotional events without self-censoring or judgement. Essentially, it is free-writing, often from a prompt, poem or piece of literature. The beauty of expressive writing is that it’s accessible to anyone, anywhere, at any time and its many personal and collective benefits are profound.
Here’s a link to a piece I wrote that was published last spring in The Journal of Expressive Writing. Dear Grandma, is a thank you letter to my grandmother, Amalia.
Who is the person from your past or present, that you owe a debt of gratitude? See how it makes you feel to write about it.

(This article is based on information in The Journal of Expressive Writing, Jennifer A. Minotti Founder & Editor-in-Chief)

Linda Petrucelli
Hokuloa Writer in Residence

Hooked on Hokuloa Proposal Adopted
At the December 19th Congregational Business Meeting, the Hooked on Hokuloa Proposal was adopted. The next action is for the Church Counsel to begin detailing what the next steps will be and a time table for implementing it.