On Monday we had our Thanksgiving chapel service. It was another blessed time of giving thanks to the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth! All the speakers did a great job. Mahalo to Micah, Carlos, Kaili, and Kaupena. The Praise and Worship team offered a song entitled, “Thank You, Lord!”. Kahu Ruth shared the story of the Ten Lepers who were healed by Jesus, but only one stopped, returned and thanked Him for his healing. It was a great reminder for all of us to also stop in our very busy lives to give thanks to God for all He blesses us with. I pray that all of you have a very blessed Thanksgiving full of God’s peace, joy, and love!
Recently, the students learned the story of the first Thanksgiving and how the Pilgrims had very difficult first winter when they arrived in America. It was by the grace of God and the kindness and wisdom of the Wampanoag that helped the Pilgrims to survive and thrive. During that harsh winter, all the Pilgrims had was only five tiny kernels of corn to eat each day. Can you imagine only having five kernels to last you all day? Can you think of five things to thank God for today?
1 Chronicles 16:34 “Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever.”
The 4th graders are learning about the Church Seasons this year, and one of the celebratory days in the Christmas Season is Epiphany. It is a time when we celebrate and remember that Jesus’ birth was for all people, when God’s promises became a reality! The haumāna read the story in Matthew 2, and later had the opportunity to experience the gifts the wisemen gave to Jesus. They gave gold, frankincense, and myrrh. All very valuable gifts at that time. Gold is still very valuable today. They also learned that giving their best gift to Jesus isn’t material, but rather it is love. They shared that their love for Jesus can be shown through loving others, being respectful, following God’s commands, and doing the right thing. ‘Ae, so I encourage us all to give our best gift of aloha, genuine aloha!
Our Chapel for the month of September was blessed! Kahu Ruth’s message about love and loving others was very important for our keiki to hear. It was about doing things for others that may take a little more sacrifice than a simple greeting in the morning. A challenge was given to our haumāna to show love and to do loving things for others! It was a message of Aloha and Kahiau!
Second graders recently learned the story of when the angel Gabriel visited Mary and told her that she would have a child. That child was Jesus! Students also remembered that when God makes a promise, He keeps it, and that all things are possible with God. They also realized that although Mary had a very large kuleana, she was willing to accept it because of her love for God and God’s love for her. Students drew what they thought it may have looked like when the angel visited Mary. They also had awesome “I wonder…” statements/questions about the story too like, “I wonder why God chose Mary.” “I wonder why the angel left her.”, and “I wonder what the angel looked like.” All great ways to imagine and think deeply and critically.
Students look at their reflections as they ponder the question, “Do you think others see what you see?”
The first lesson of the year for 3rd grade was learning that we are all made in the image of God. How awesome is that? That the God who created the universe would choose to make us like Him? The haumana learned that although we may not look like God, He did create us to have a heart like His, or actions that would be full of aloha and pono. This year the 3rd graders will be spending time with God and learning His ways, so that we too can express the Fruit of the Spirit.
Genesis 1:27 Then God said, “Let us make people in our own image, to be like ourselves…”
To the Praise and Worship Team…please practice over the weekend for Monday’s Chapel Service! It’s a little different only because it’s being sung by adults rather than keiki, like our version, but it will help you to prepare.
Mahalo for your service and God bless you and your practice/worship time!
In Ms. Fullerton’s class, the students were asked to answer her question as they entered the classroom for the day. It was a blessing and a gift to read their responses! I think Ke Ali’i Pauahi would also be proud of their perspective and understanding! Mahalo Ke Akua!
It is my pleasure to introduce this year’s Keiki Kahu! Carlos M. from Kumu Pai’s class has graciously agreed to be our Keiki Kahu! Carlos is pono, ‘eleu, akamai, shows much aloha, na’auao and hō’ihi. Most of all he has love and respect for the Lord. All traits you would hope a Keiki Kahu would have. We are very blessed to have Carlos serve our kula and lead the haumāna by pono example.
His first kuleana of the year was to do the welcome and call to worship at our All School Convocation today. Public speaking is not easy and to be able to do that, in front of hundreds of students, faculty and staff, is no small feat. Carlos did it with ha’aha’a and clarity! Maika’i loa!
Mahalo to Carlos and his mākua and ‘ohana for their support as we ask God to guide and cover Carlos this year!
Wow! Today was our informational meeting for the Kula Ha’aha’a Ministry and there were about 70 students that showed up! What a blessing! Soon a letter will go home informing parents about what ministry is and what we do. Looking forward to all that God has planned for us this year!