OAMCC Website and Donation Information

Check out OAMCC’s new website, https://openarmsmcchawaii.org, is up and running.

This week we want to encourage you to go online and donate to Open Arms. We are committed to not only remaining viable but thriving in our ministry of inclusive Love in the way of Jesus. You make our present and future possible.

We are using the GiveButter platform, and there are three easy ways to give:

•Online
•Phone Text
•Phone QR reader

You Just click on the link below and you’ll find easy to follow instructions:
https://openarmsmcchawaii.org/donate/

Much appreciation to Leland and the Board of Directors for all the hard work!
Please consider supporting Open Arms MCC with monthly donations!

For online and phone donations, please click on the following link:
https://openarmsmcchawaii.org/donate/

or from your phone, text OAMCC to (202) 858-1233 and instructions will sent to you!

or please send your check to:

Open Arms MCC Inc
P.O. Box 1292
Pahoa, HI 96778

Or if you are local, please contact a member of the BoD if you’d like one of us to drive by and pick up your offering. We’ll be happy to do so. 

Thank you for all the ways you continue to create this community and ministry. We love you very much!


Hale Iki Family Assessment Center Needs Frozen or Non-perishable Dinners

As Covid-19 infections rates begin to climb in our area, Neighborhood Place of Puna’s Hale Iki Family Assessment Center, a shelter with 9 housing units for homeless families is preparing for possible community quarantine, should one of the children, parents or families test positive for the corona virus. Items like curries, spaghetti sauce, chili, pulled pork, bread, sliced fruit, etc. easily storable in freezer bags or non-perishable canned goods would be helpful to receive. 

Please let Rev. Pressley know (pastorpressley.oamcc@gmail.com or 808-491-9990) if you are able to contribute and to obtain information around food hygiene for contributions. 

A Message Regarding Hurricane Douglas

Reverend Pressley Sutherland

As we watch weather reports tracking Hurricane Douglas, it is good to remind ourselves that we are a resilient people.  From practically the time I arrived on the Big Island in January 2018 to now, I have seen this church community respond to a missile threat, natural disasters, an epidemic and personal losses and challenges with fortitude and a genuine love for one another, the ‘aina, and our greater community. This is the very definition of faith: a belief that Love will guide, strengthen and hold us whatever we may face together. 

Hopefully, Hurricane Douglas will decide to relax as predicted, and maybe even head up north to cooler waters to end its life cycle. But it is always good to be prepared. Please do your best to have supplies on hand in case access to medical care, stores, electricity and water is limited for a few days. Also, be sure to look around your yard and even in your home and put away anything that might become a hazard in heavy winds. If you are in a tsunami evacuation zone and it looks like the storm is going to make landfall, please consider going to stay with friends at higher elevation or going to an emergency evacuation shelter, if opened, well before the storm arrives. These centers are located at several of our local schools. Fill up your vehicles with gasoline, but do not attempt to drive in hurricane force winds, you are safer hunkering down inside, away from windows.  In the aftermath of the storm, be sure that you check in on friends and neighbors

If you need help with preparations or in the aftermath of a possible storm, please do not hesitate to text or call me at 808-491-9990 or message me through the internet, and I’ll do my best to make sure that you receive assistance or have a place to talk and pray when needed. I’ll be monitoring messages throughout.

If weather is too severe on Sunday morning, we may be unable to broadcast our Sunday service. In the event that this happens, please take a few minutes at 10am to think of everyone and hold them in a circle of prayer in God’s love and presence, knowing you are being held as well.

Much love in the name of Christ and All that is Wise and Good to each of you.
All will be well.

Rev. Pressley

Chris B. and Susan C. Selected for Pop-up Art Show at Wailoa Center

Congratulations to Chris and Sue who were selected for and completed a two-week artist residency at the Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center in Hilo this past Friday. Chris displayed and created water-color paintings meditating on the changing landscape and seascape of Hawaii Island. Sue created installations that explored shelter and stories of transitions and re-purposing in a rainbow palette.

An Update from the Board of Directors

It is with sadness and love that we have accepted the resignation of Kai R. as Vice-Moderator and Secretary of our Board of Directors. Kai has been an incredible blessing to Open Arms in many, many ways and she and Charles remain well-loved by all of us. They are looking at some fresh directions in their lives, and we pray that their next chapter will be beautiful and draw them even closer to our God, Christ and Spirit that they so clearly love and share with others.

The Board met in executive session with Kai this week to discuss ideas for going forward. River Stratton will move from being our Treasurer to being our Vice-Moderator, and Darlene Furness will become our Board Secretary. River will continue to manage our deposits, expenses and receipts as we look at creative ways to possibly outsource our bookkeeping once we get our 2020 reports up to date. We will keep the congregation informed as well go forward, and if you have suggestions, please feel free to let us know.

We will have one open Board position and will meet again soon to consider an appointment or to keep the position open until our next annual congregational business meeting in January 2021. If you are interested in helping by serving for the next six months, please contact Rev. Pressley or one of the Board members. 

I ask you to please keep the Board of Directors in your prayers during this time of transition, and to please surround Kai and Charles with love and prayers as well. 

A HUGE Mahalo

I want to thank each of you who contributed to my birthday fundraiser for Open Arms MCC. At last count, we had raised more than a thousand dollars for the church, and I couldn’t be more pleased and grateful. Open Arms will continue to be a community embodying the message of Love, Openness, Spirituality and Social Care as inspired by Christ on Hawaii Island and online. 

Thank you for making my birthday so special and for your care of OAMCC.

I send each of you much much love and Aloha,
Rev. Pressley

Tuesdays Tea Time Discussions

Struggle to be the Sun Again

Our next discussion is On Tuesday, Sept 1st at 10am via our Zoom Room.

In 1991, Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung from Korea gave a bold presentation as a keynote address for the World Council of Churches in Canberra, Australia. She invited indigenous communities to invoke Spirit in their own ways and help make the space sacred. Dr. Chung was expressing the truth that for many Asian women practicing and interpreting Christianity grows from their lives in spiritually pluralistic cultures. She asserted that there is space to grow in understanding Christianity as a beautiful path among other beautiful paths, and that Asian women have important voices that need to be heard for understanding who and what Christ, God and Spirit can be and mean.

Dr. Chung writes in a compelling way and may surprise you with the freshness of her perspectives, even 30 years after this book was first published. The themes and experiences she shares, sometimes joyful, sometimes painful, may illuminate some of our own context of living in multicultural Hawaii and seeking to practice Christ-like spirituality in post-colonial, non-fundamentalist or patriarchal ways.  

We’ll discuss the book for the next three Tuesdays, and encourage you to read a third of the book for each session.  

Here is a link to a recent 10-minute interview with Dr. Chung that you may find helpful as you prepare to read this book:  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-G8iODihHk

Here is a link where you may purchase and download a copy:
https://www.amazon.com/Struggle-Be-Sun-Again-Introducing-ebook/dp/B00GXC0UCC