Sunday Bible Class: 8:45 a.m.
Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 a.m.

Saturday Evening Worship Service: 6:00 p.m.



A Member Church of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Take Christ Out of Christmas and There Isn’t Much Left

Three situations:

A restless child in a car trying to get out of its child seat.
A man who is overwhelmed with debts and could lose his home.
A woman who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.

While the circumstances are very different, the cry for help of each person probably is the same: “Oh God, save me!” When we are at wits end, when we can find nothing within ourselves to solve our problems, we turn with great or little faith to God and plead for salvation.

People have many different ideas about Christmas and its meaning, but the description of the angels on that first Christmas night continues to be the only legitimate reason for celebrating. They told the shepherds, “Today in the town of David (Bethlehem) a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

A lot will be said about peace on earth and the lack of it during the coming weeks. But to speak of world peace apart from the salvation Jesus Christ brought makes little sense. Salvation has to come from God, human history has proven that. And salvation has to be from sin, for that is the root of all the evils which we lament in our society.

The historic message of Christmas – Jesus Christ came to save sinners – might cause yawns among some. It is, however, what continues to rock heaven and earth in the spiritual world. And regardless of what people may say, there will come a day when all people of all time will fall to their knees and in awe proclaim, “Jesus is Savior and Lord.” But for this statement to mean anything at that moment, it needs to be spoken today.

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Friday, November 25, 2016

Celebrate!

Christmas is a time to celebrate, and believe it or not, our celebration doesn’t have much to do with the presents we give and receive. The announcement of the angels to the shepherds on that first frigid Christmas night says it all, “I bring you good news of great joy which is for all people. A Savior has been born. He is Christ the Lord.” The implications of those short, simple statements shake the foundations of every aspect of human life. Take a look at just a few ways life has changed for us as a result of Christmas.

• We can personally know God.
• Evil will not overcome good.
• Human life has eternal significance.
• Heaven is a reality.
• God is committed to offering heaven to everyone.

The sales might have been excellent this Black Friday, but nothing, absolutely nothing in the stores even comes close to what the message of Christmas offers us. No matter what situation you may find yourself in, what happened at Christmas can and will get you through. And that is reason enough to celebrate your whole life!

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Saturday, November 19, 2016

“If There’s a Reason…”

Human beings are capable of extraordinary accomplishments which demand seemingly superhuman sacrifices. For some it is just wanting to know what is beyond the horizon. For others it has been the lure of power and fame. But whatever it may be that drives a person on in the midst of obstacles, there has to be a reason. If there’s a reason for sacrificing, people will withstand tremendous difficulties.

And yet, so often as we look back on history, what people sacrificed for turned out to be what many consider today as evil. How many soldiers fought in wars believing they were serving their country, giving their lives for what they believed to be right and just. Years later however, these same people were judged to be evil oppressors. Others have sacrificed everything to achieve their financial fortune, only to find that the money they thought was worth everything only brought even more troubles. Yes, it is worth it to suffer, but the reason for suffering has to be legitimately worthwhile.

Peter’s entire first letter to a group of churches in modern day Turkey is about suffering. He tells these believers to get used to it, that suffering is part of being a disciple of Christ. But he points to the cross and empty tomb of Christ and says, “But it is worth it. You won’t be disappointed, no matter what you go through.” Many today don’t think there is anything worth suffering for. The only thing they dedicate themselves to is avoiding anything which brings pain. But is that all life is about – avoid pain and then die? Something inside us shouts we are on this earth for more. That voice was put in us by the God who made us and saved us. He is worth sacrificing everything for. He gave it all for us on the cross. His empty tomb assures us we will not be disappointed when we give him back our all.

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Friday, November 11, 2016

A Meeting to Make

We are hoping to conclude the purchase of our worship facility in the coming weeks. This Sunday we will hold a Voters’ Meeting to formally approve a loan from the WELS Church Extension Fund and authorize the Church Council to proceed with the purchase of the building within the parameters of the CEF loan. Please make every effort to be a part of this historic event in the history of our congregation. The meeting will begin after the Sunday morning worship service at 11:15 am.

Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Friday, November 4, 2016

Making Marriage Work in Tough Times

The apostle Peter’s first letter was written to Christians living in modern Turkey who were undergoing intense persecution. After reminding them of the foundational truths of Christianity Peter turns his attention to living out those truths within marriage.

What Peter teaches runs counter-culture to prevailing attitudes in our American society. In fact, many would probably say the Apostle was a chauvinist. On closer study, however, we see that the Holy Spirit led this man to write down timeless truths which not only still relate to marriage today, but which are the only antidote to the crumbling family structure. Far from being antiquated or outdated, Peter’s message on marriage cuts through the self-centered teachings of secular marriage gurus enabling us to identify what matters most in our marriages.

Saturday evening worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Friday, October 28, 2016

Power to the People

Forty years ago the chant “Power to the People” was popular as many individuals expressed a strong desire for their opinions and beliefs to be heard by those in political decision making positions. Whether or not the average person has more political influence today is subject to debate. It is an issue which will probably never be fully resolved.

Five hundred years ago one man shouted “Power to the People”. But it wasn’t based on a political ideology. The man’s name was Martin Luther. His appeal was based on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The power he was calling for was to give all Christians the affirmation that before God every believer is on equal standing through faith in Jesus. He called for the Church of that day to unleash the power of the people in the pew to read the Bible, share Christ with others and be a part of the Church’s mission of taking the Gospel to all nations.

Luther’s appeal worked. We know it today as the Protestant Reformation, a time in history which dramatically changed the course of humanity. The power which Luther talked about 500 years ago is still present and available to Christians today. What a privilege believers have to be part of God’s working in this world. Join us this Sunday. Get the power God offers you!

Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Friday, October 21, 2016

Taking on Tough Times – The Fundamentals

The apostle Peter was a practical man living in tumultuous times. He knew well enough that things were not going to get easier for the young Christian Church and he openly told that to a group of Christians living in modern day Turkey. But rather than write a letter filled with doomsday predictions and hopeless despair, Peter penned a powerful manual on how to handle tough times as a Christian.

Whether problems come from a crumbling society or within our households or even our own bodies, hard difficulties will confront us throughout life. Join us this Saturday evening or Sunday morning as we begin a study of Peter’s first letter. Be prepared not just to survive suffering, but to make a difference for Christ through it.

Saturday night worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Saturday, October 15, 2016

God’s Will – Less Complicated Than You Think

Have you ever tried to surprise a person by doing something you thought they would greatly appreciate, only to discover what you did was the exact opposite of what they wanted? It’s a pretty disappointing experience to say the least.

It isn’t hard to fall into that trap in our relationship with God when we’re trying to figure out what his will is for our lives. Our problem usually develops because we don’t spend a whole lot of time seriously looking at what God says about his will. Instead, we come up with our own ideas, which are typically based on what we like, and then we just assume our plan for our life is God’s plan. When things don’t work out the way we expect, our spiritual life can fall apart. We get mad at God or feel he is unfairly punishing us.

This weekend we’re going to be looking at what God says about his will for our lives and the surprising thing is, it isn’t complicated at all. Maybe that shouldn’t be surprising, because God isn’t in to making things harder than they need to be.

If you’re confused about where God is leading you in life, join us for one of our services and make a start on enjoying the life the Lord intends for you.

Saturday night worship: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning worship: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.