It was comforting to see Stephan (One of the other legacy interns), Pastor Glenn, and Pastor Rick. But one of the things that I noticed was how hospitable and welcoming everyone at New Hope East Shore was.
At 8 AM, I came to help set up and was greeted by several people. I got sit in the worship rehearsal. I even got free 7-11 Spam Musubis (How awesome for a 1st time visitor??)!
But I could see how the staff, volunteers, and church people were so close to each other and I could tell it was "ohana." Carolyn Shima (She spoke at the past Fireside Chat) was right in her description of how NH East Shore was very "relational" and had a big focus on relationships.
I enjoyed the warm hospitality that I was welcomed with. It was awkward (that happens regardless at any first time visit or experience), but I had lots of fun and enjoyed the small, homey, church atmosphere.
There was even one of the church ladies, Francis, who went by every chair and said hello to every person and asked how they were doing. I also got to meet a nice lady named Nat and she was definitely a prayer warrior! It was fun setting up the table cloths before church service.
I had lots of thoughts and observations about the church. I could have placed a narrow-minded mode and create a list of critiques of "This is wrong or Why are the doing such and such..." on and on...but I didn't. I observed a warm hospitality described the verses,
"Rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man," (Ephesians 6:7 ESV)
"Show hospitality to one another without grumbling." (1 Peter 4:9 ESV)
Big thanks to my friend and fellow intern Stephan-You are awesome! You have a great singing voice and it was fun hanging out with you! :-) Thanks Pastor Rick for your encouraging and timely message. Thanks Pastor Glenn and all the volunteers at NH East Shore for your warm hospitality. And thanks to the church people of NH East Shore. May you guys develop into an irresistible church to heaven and not to men.