Hope@Home – May 1, 2020

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His Presence & His Promises are ever present! Our worship intern, Lilly Van Sickle, shares an encouraging devotional as she reads through Isaiah 43.


Pray for the nations. As the world experiences the Coronavirus globally, pray for unity amongst believers. That we can encourage and pray for one another despite physical distance. Pray for the global Church and for those who are living in unsafe conditions around the world. Please pray that God would move mightily during this time of vulnerability and brokenness. Pray that He would bring healing to those who need it, and show Himself as Healer. Pray that He would reveal Himself to every nation and show them His goodness, faithfulness, His mercy, and kindness. Pray that they follow Him with all that they have, and devote themselves to Him. Pray that they would be able to find joy and freedom in the forgiveness of their sins. May they find peace, comfort and hope in Him and Him alone.

(John 3:16, John 14:27, Colossians 3:15) 


THE CHOSEN | The first-ever-multi-season series about the life of Jesus Christ

By now many of you may have come across a new TV series called, "The Chosen". If you haven't seen it yet, we highly recommend it! The show follows the life of Jesus and His disciples through depictions of stories that we have all read in scripture. The Chosen is beautifully done, and truly brings each aspect of the Bible to life. No matter where you may be at with your walk with the Lord during this time, this show is for you. It will bring encouragement & a renewed sense of understanding of the Gospel!

You may be wondering, how do I watch? There are a few ways to watch that we'll link below:
(Season 1 is available to stream online currently, with season 2 hopefully on its way soon!)

The App - Search "The Chosen" on your app store and download to your device. No subscription needed!

"The Chosen" YouTube Page - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBXOFnNTULFaAnj24PAeblg

"The Chosen" Website - https://studios.vidangel.com/the-chosen


As we fast and pray on Fridays, let's meditate on this passage from the Psalms.

Psalm 103 (NLT):
 1 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins
    and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death
    and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things.
    My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
6 The Lord gives righteousness
    and justice to all who are treated unfairly.
7 He revealed his character to Moses
    and his deeds to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
    slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
9 He will not constantly accuse us,
    nor remain angry forever.
10 He does not punish us for all our sins;
    he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him
    is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
12 He has removed our sins as far from us
    as the east is from the west.
13 The Lord is like a father to his children,
    tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14 For he knows how weak we are;
    he remembers we are only dust.
15 Our days on earth are like grass;
    like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
16 The wind blows, and we are gone—
    as though we had never been here.
17 But the love of the Lord remains forever
    with those who fear him.
His salvation extends to the children’s children
18 of those who are faithful to his covenant,
    of those who obey his commandments!
19 The Lord has made the heavens his throne;
    from there he rules over everything.
20 Praise the Lord, you angels,
    you mighty ones who carry out his plans,
    listening for each of his commands.
21 Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels
    who serve him and do his will!
22 Praise the Lord, everything he has created,
    everything in all his kingdom.
Let all that I am praise the Lord.

Hope@Home – April 30, 2020

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What is the most important thing to you? There are lots of different ways we could answer that, but what does God say that our greatest aim in life should be? Chris Schmitt, who along with his wife Kealani led our marriage course at Hope last month, tells us in this devotional about the most important commandment that we have been given as believers. Give it a listen!


Let’s pray for those experiencing homelessness, and ministries that provide for those in need. This is a tricky time for everyone, especially for different outreach ministries who now have to abide by the new guidelines while still trying to reach people in need. Let's pray that God will move mightily and get resources to people who are in need of them.


JD here! If we haven't met yet, I'm one of the Youth Interns here at Hope. I’m a big fan of food! However, I am not the best at cooking, so I am deeply thankful that some restaurants are still open for takeout and delivery. I thought I’d give y’all some recommendations on restaurants that are still operating and open right now. Enjoy! 

Pizza Madness:

I’d hope most people would already know about Pizza Madness, but they definitely make the best pizza on the island (in my opinion). Reid, one of their chefs, is actually a long time Hope Chapel member! He also does a lot of cooking for different events at the church, so you may know him. If you ask, he’ll make you a buffalo chicken pizza or his specialty, macaroni & cheese pizza. If you're not wanting to branch out, they offer most regular types of pizza, including build-your-own, as well as salads & chicken wings. Give Pizza Madness some support during the quarantine! They are still open for takeout and will do deliveries through the Hopper App.

Wing Kings:

Wing Kings is one of the many food trucks around the backside of Azeka Plaza. They serve chicken wings and different types of chicken sandwiches. The specialty changes every day so follow them on Instagram to see what they're offering! Jon Fox, our young adult intern, claims they make the best sandwich he’s ever had (Buffalo chicken and bleu cheese sandwich). Try them out and you won't be disappointed!


Everyone on Maui who drinks coffee would agree that Akamai is their go-to place. I don’t drink coffee but I’m often there at least three times a week, so don't worry, they have options for non-coffee drinkers too. It’s also one of the only coffee shops on Maui with a drive through! This coffee shop uses 100% Maui coffee & roasts their own beans. Akamai has locations in Kihei, Wailea, & Kahului which are all open for takeout coffee & snacks right now. If you haven’t checked it out yet, definitely take a morning or afternoon to enjoy a delicious cup of Maui coffee!

Check back for more options next week! We'll be doing another blog post of our favorite places that are open for takeout/delivery!

STORY OF HOPE: BABY JAMES | Jenna's & Daniel Jimenez's Story of Hope

"Praise our Father for this baby boy! What a crazy time to have our first baby (seriously, face masks were not in the original birth plan). While enjoying this time at home with baby James, we have been given an enhanced perspective on our identities as children of God. We love James more than anything in this world, and it is so awesome to know that God loves us infinitely more. God has been teaching us that we will never have to live without His love and that He loves us even when we hold onto that anxiety or try to control our every circumstance. In His love, He is patient, kind, forgiving, and comforting; all things that we strive to be for James. While we navigate these new waters called parenthood, we will continue to give God praise for being such a perfect Father, and pray that He would shape us into His likeness."

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:7-9

Hope@Home – April 29, 2020

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Welcome back to the Hope@Home blog! Today let's hear from Jeremy Napier, this devotional is such a good reminder that our God is faithful in these times.

UNITED PRAYER: Building one another up

Let's pray today that we would build one another up. Whoever you may be connecting with during this season, let's encourage one another and have a gracious spirit. Church let us live in a way that helps build others up in their faith. Who can you reach out to right now and encourage? Do that!

FAMILY RESOURCES: Family Activities That You Can Do Near & Far

1) Pray for a part of the world together as a family, and then choose to cook a dish from that country! A fun way to pick a random country is to go through your clothing tags and see where they came from and pray for that country. You can also look up interesting facts about that country online. Try and learn their greeting or a funny phrase in their language. Another option is to cook a meal or dessert for one of your neighbors and deliver it with an encouraging note attached!

2) Try painting together as a family and ask each other to paint how you are feeling. Choose a wide range of colors that can help kids to express their emotions. (You can even finger paint if you aren't able to find brushes!) After everyone is finished go around explaining why you chose the colors you did or give each person a chance to share what they painted. 

3) Write a letter to someone to encourage them during this time. Do you have people that you are thinking about that you are separated from during this? Write them and let them know what you have been enjoying lately or doing as a family. Share what you are thankful for. Ask them questions, and remind them you care for them. Walk to the mailbox together to send your letter off!

4) Share stories with ones that you love. There is ample time to sit together, and simply listen and laugh. This is a great time to ask each other what some favorite moments are that you've shared together. Ask what was the funniest moment of their life. Share with one another and deeply enjoy the time you all have together. (You can do this via Zoom or FaceTime too!)


Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 ESV

Meditate on this verse this week, and join us as we continue our Blessings In Disguise series this weekend!

Hope@Home – April 28, 2020

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We love this devotional from our 'Ohana Groups & Missions Intern, Mila Espinosa. Check it out!

UNITED PRAYER: A famous prayer from Sir Francis Drake

This is a famous prayer by Sir Francis Drake, written back in the 1500’s. It is a powerful prayer and a beautiful submission for us today. It draws us into humility and reverence. Wherever you are, seek to pray this during our time in quarantine. Pray it over your life, your family, your community, & all the earth. Let these words be true to you, ask that they would take deep roots in your own heart. Let this prayer be your own prayer, in the presence of our God:

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
with the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.


FAMILY RESOURCE: "Minute to Win It" Games

Here are some fun Minute to Win it games!

Cereal Puzzle

What You Need – 1 Empty Box of Cereal

How to Play – Cut up a cereal box into small pieces and see who can reassemble it back in 1 minute. Tip – I used a pencil on the back to draw out my pieces before I cut it up.

Chopstick Pick Up

What You Need – 2-3 Sets of Chopsticks (depending on the number of teams/kids), two paper plates for each team, and a bag of candy. Some ideas for candy: Colored marshmallows, Skittles, M&Ms, Candy Hearts, etc.

How to Play – Give each team two plates with 20 pieces of candy on one plate. Have the players move each piece of candy to the other plate using chopsticks in under a minute.

Tip: It is easier for younger kids to pick up squishy marshmallows with chopsticks. M&M's & Skittles add a little more difficulty.

Cup Stacking

What You Need – 42 Solo Cups

How to Play – First, split cups into two groups (21 each) and have two children compete against each other. Kids have one minute to stack the cups to create a pyramid then unstack all of the cups back into one pile. Use the timer on your phone and write down the time that they finish. When all the kids are done, look at the times to find your winner. Add more cups if you want to have more than two kids compete at the same time.

Tip When stacking cups up, don’t press them tightly together or they can be hard to get apart.

STORY OF HOPE - Janae's Story

JANAE'S STORY | God's Provision
From Ben Prangnell

"Yesterday I bumped into Janae Lopez and her daughter in the water and got the chance to ask her how she was managing as a single mom in this season. Her answer was so encouraging to me personally! She explained how blessed she was by our weekly grocery giveaway and how great the food was. Janae was able to refer other families in need to receive help and was also able to also distribute some of the food to her neighbors. She then went on to say how much of a blessing it was to volunteer last week sorting the food to set up for the weekly food distribution. Her heart to help others is so evident.

Afterwards, Janae shared how grateful she was for the knowledge that she gained from Hope's Financial Peace University class. She explained how she had always wanted to do it after hearing about it for years. This January she took part in the class and was able to pay off all her credit cards! Incredible! She was so thankful and felt that if she had not taken that class and worked the debt snowball plan, she could have potentially been in a more difficult position right now. She praised the Lord for how He prepared her and her daughter in this time. That day we got to pray together in the water and I felt a renewed sense of the true peace of God." -Ben Prangnell

"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9

Hope@Home – April 27, 2020

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Today let’s listen to a new devotional from Wes Thomasson, who leads our Tweens Ministry at Hope Chapel.


Let’s focus our prayers today on our Hope Chapel Prayer Wall! Follow this link and pray for someone who shared a prayer request. Be sure to click the "I Prayed For This" button when you do!



Vertical Sports Maui has launched a new online training program for kids, Vertical Sports Online! They offer weekly strength & conditioning and basketball skills trainings for kids. It is headed up by Josh Duinker, and it's free for everyone! The details and the registration link can be found below! 


What it is:

LIVE online sports specific skills training, along with Strength & Conditioning workouts, all of which can be done at home! Each workout will be followed by a short faith talk/ word of encouragement from the Bible post workout. 


Zoom App. Everything we do at Vertical Sports Online can be done at home, in your backyard, driveway, whatever works best. The goal is to get kids active while at home, developing the total athlete- body, mind & spirit. 


Wednesday: Basketball skills, 5pm HST
Friday: Strength & Conditioning 5pm HST

Basketball Skills will be run by Coach Josh Duinker, former Division 1 student athlete, Dutch National Team member, and 7 year international Pro. Followed by a short faith talk/ word of encouragement post workout (this part is optional).  

Strength and conditioning will be run by Jadi Rodriguez (CrossFit trainer) you can also do at home! No equipment needed. Followed by a short faith talk/ devotional post workout. 

You will get weekly emails with updates and copies of the workouts so you can go back and practice. 


Boys & girls 7-18yrs. Everything is scalable where you can go as fast/slow as needed. 

Parents/adults are encouraged to join in, especially the strength & conditioning workout.


- After registering, please email verticalsportsmaui@gmail.com for the Zoom link!


Thanks for joining us this weekend for our online services! Check out this recap of Mike Bagby's message. If you missed the service, you can catch it on our Facebook page or on the Care page !

Hope@Home – April 24, 2020

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We have a new devotional for you from our Lead Pastor, Ben Prangnell!

UNITED PRAYER: Glorifying God

Pray that we can all glorify God in everything we are doing during this season.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!”
Psalm 115:1 ESV


Start your very own blessing jar! Each day, as you or a family member are reminded of a blessing during this time, write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the blessing jar! We've attached a link below for you to check out how to make one as a family.


WE FAST AND PRAY ON FRIDAYS: Pray the Word with David Platt

This is an amazing resource! As we fast and pray we want to encourage you to listen, pray, and meditate while you fast. These are guided prayers & scripture readings recorded specifically for this time in the world.


Hope@Home – April 23, 2020

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Hope Chapel Family, check out this devotional from our Youth Intern JD- we pray that you're encouraged by it!

UNITED PRAYER: Intentionality with the Lord

Pray today for intentionality during your time with God in this season. Pray for the Lord to work through you where you are at instead of settling for idleness (not to be confused with resting in the Lord/Sabbath). Ask that the Lord will show ways in which you can grow in Him instead of filling up any extra free time with distractions.

“And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
Hebrews 6:11-12 NASB

FAMILY RESOURCES: Practices in Productivity

In this current season, people may be finding themselves with much more time on their hands. Perhaps you find yourself with more than you might prefer, or maybe it’s exactly what you needed to find rest. Regardless of where you put yourself on the spectrum of comfortability in self-isolation, it can be an opportune time to implement certain practices into your life. There might never be another, more free time in your life to bring in more intentionality into your habits and make the most of these circumstances. We can sometimes have a tendency to fill our schedules with distractions. Not all distractions are inherently bad, but spending too much time on things that take our minds off of the present can often take us away from a relationship with God. Here’s some practices you may want to apply into your schedule.

1. Set aside time for God first

Make time for God in your schedule. Consider setting aside a specific time in your day to be just you and Jesus. This might sound like an obvious step, but if you are not centering your day on being saturated in the word of God and prayer daily, then you may be missing out on so much of the richness of a relationship with Jesus. This shouldn't be a chore, but rather the sweetest time in our day. Why would we want to skip out on personally interacting with our Creator and being filled with His Holy Spirit? Truly many of the solutions to our problems can be solved by looking to Christ and reveling in all that He is.

2. Focus on your family

Sometimes with work, school, sports and everything else in our worlds, we may never have the time for simple quality time with our loved ones. Allocate more time to doing things as a family unit. Maybe focus on family dinners and share more about where everyone is at. If you don’t live with your family, give them a Zoom or FaceTime call! Often we can focus on our own needs without even considering how those in our household may be doing. Let this be an opportunity to grow closer as a family like never before!

3. Read

Many of us have that one book that’s been sitting on our shelf for who knows how long now. Now and then we glance at the cover and think to ourselves “Maybe I’ll read this one day”, yet never do. What better time to finally pick up that book, find a good chair and submerge ourselves in literature. Maybe your fancy is a fiction book filled with adventure, or instead, you might prefer enriching nonfiction. Nonetheless, it can be so rewarding to let yourself fall in love with learning again.

4. Stay in good health

Exercise and eating healthy can be quite daunting with the lack of this self-discipline. For you, that may not mean Crossfit 8 days a week, but perhaps getting outside and walking more. With fewer restaurants open it’s so much easier to try and cook from home and being mindful of what we consume. Taking care of our bodies can look different for everyone, but it's important to find what works for you and your comfort level. It can really help boost your productivity! 

5. Journal

Journaling has been a proven way to benefit memory and aid in processing emotions. By writing down your feelings you can process grief faster. If you can, write it down on physical paper, not your phone (your brain doesn’t process it the same way). With new stressors and concerns in our daily lives, now more than ever do we need to process our emotions, as well as allow ourselves to grieve properly. It may not be your thing to write down every little detail of every day, but even just taking the time once a week can be more beneficial than you may realize.

6. Grow in new & old ways

Whatever it may be for you, you can use this time to complete the tasks you normally never have enough time for. Go for the deep clean, work on learning that language, build that new website. Use the freedom you have to be beneficial. You might look back and realize you learned something completely new by just putting a bit more time into a task! Think about what you have always wanted to do or an old skill that you want to refine and see how you can grow in new ways.

Story of Hope - Michelle’s Story of Hope

Michelle Amster has a fantastic story to share how the generosity of so many of you is making a difference:

Hope@Home – April 22, 2020

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Our ‘Ohana Groups & Missions Pastor, Kyle Knight, recorded this message for you Hope Chapel! Check it out.

UNITED PRAYER: Government Leaders

Let’s be praying for leaders in government here on Maui, on Oahu and around the world right now. Pray that they would be making wise decisions. That they would take the best actions to protect others and be able to lead their people and countries well in this time. Also, that if they do not know Christ yet, that they would turn to Him and accept Him as their Lord & Savior.

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)


Hey everyone, JD Polzin here! Last week we posted a couple of card games that you could play at home with each other and this week I am back with more. Hope you enjoy this card game, it's one of my favorites!

Mao (10+)

Each player is dealt 7 cards. Once the cards are dealt the dealer will place the remaining cards face down in the middle of the playing area as the draw pile and place the top card face up next to the draw pile.


Upon receiving their cards, players are not allowed to touch their cards until the dealer says, “The seven card game of Mao is now in session.” At this point game play will begin with the player to the left of the dealer and continue clockwise from there.

The Basics

On each player’s turn they may play one card of the same value or suit of the face up card in the middle of the play area. If the player is unable to do so, they must draw one card and knock on the table.

Special Rules

These are the rules that really give new players the hardest time.
- Talking is not allowed during gameplay
- Playing an 8 reverses the order of play.
- Playing an Ace skips the next player's turn
- Jacks are wild cards. It can be played on any suit and the player calls out a new suit of their choosing. Play will continue as if the chosen suit is on top of the play pile.
- When playing a spade card, you must name the card just played. For example, Jack plays the ace of spades, so he must say “Ace of spades.”


If a seven is played, the player must say "Have a nice day," and the next player must either draw a card or play another seven and say "Have a very nice day."

If multiple sevens are played in a row, the player of each seven must add one "very" to the phrase "Have a very nice day," and when a player is unable to play a seven, they must draw one card for each seven played before their turn. This concludes the player's turn. 


Whenever a rule is broken, the player is penalized by being given one card from the draw pile. Any player can administer a penalty card, and upon giving the card, they must state what the penalized play has done to deserve the card. 

For example:
1. Jim talks during the game. You give Jim one card and say, “Talking.” 
2. Susie plays a seven, but forgets to say "Have a nice day." You give her one card and say, “Failure to say ‘have a nice day.’”

Bad Calls

If a player penalizes you improperly, you may give that player the penalty card they just gave you and one additional penalty card and say, "bad call."

Point of Order

Talking is not allowed in the game. This makes disputes on the rules not only difficult, but impossible during normal game play. 

If a break in the game is needed for any reason, any player can declare a point of order by saying “Point of Order.”

Point of order rules- Talking is allowed

- Players must refer to everyone, including themselves, in the third person.
- Saying “point of order” is not allowed during a point of order. A penalty card will be given and explained by saying, “Saying P of O during a P of O.”
- The point of order is ended when any player says, “Point taken.”

Ending the Game

The game is won when a player plays his or her last card and says, “Mao.” The winner of the game gets to make up one new rule for the next time the game is played. This rule cannot contradict an already existing rule. This rule is not told to the rest of the players. They must figure it out during gameplay.

STORY OF HOPE : Tim's Story of Hope

Check out this encouraging story of hope from Lead Pastor Ben Prangnell!

"The past 3 weeks on Thursdays, once our food distribution is over at Hope Chapel, I have had the opportunity to bring groceries for 30-40 families to Tim Cruz, the pastor at Kahului Nazarene. From there he brings them to families he ministers to at Harbor Lights and Happy Valley. Every week he profusely thanks the Lord and Hope Chapel that we are able to bless these families.  

Some of the families don't have transportation to get to food. He told me last week that several of the families waited 2-3 hours for groceries at a grocery giveaway, but by the time they got to the front of the line there was no food left. A few short hours later Tim showed up at their homes delivering food and they were rejoicing that God brought the food to them! This is a wonderful time to see the body of Christ united in the Holy Spirit meeting needs across our island."

Hope@Home – April 21, 2020

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Today let’s hear from Lilly Van Sickle, one of our worship interns here at Hope Chapel! We love what she has to say.

UNITED PRAYER: Church Leaders

Let's pray today for our church leaders, both here on Maui, and around the world. That they would be able to lead their church congregations well during this time & also that they would gather all of their strength, wisdom, and direction from the Lord. That God would bring them peace in each decision they make and for a strong community around them to uphold them in prayer.


We’re quickly approaching the end of April and the beginning of May! Can you believe it? With these ten days left, choose one of these fun challenges to do together as a family:

10 Day Photo Challenge

Using the prompts below, get creative and take pictures! You don’t have to be a professional photographer with a DSLR to get in on this photography challenge, just use your phone!

Day 1. Something yellow
Day 2. From another country
Day 3. Faceless Portrait 
Day 4. Traditions
Day 5. Cannot live without
Day 6. Favorite time of day
Day 7. Today I...
Day 8. Upside down
Day 9. Something that brings back memories
Day 10. From the ground up

10 Day Self Care Challenge

Day 1. Get out in nature
Day 2. Wear your best outfit today
Day 3. Declutter your home
Day 4. Unplug from Social Media 
Day 5. Rewatch your favorite movie
Day 6. Create a gratitude list
Day 7. Stretch
Day 8. Bake something
Day 9. Get Crafty
Day 10. Create a vision board

10 Days of Fun Challenge 

Day 1. Build a blanket and pillow fort
Day 2. Do a blind taste test
Day 3. Have an indoor scavenger hunt
Day 4. Make a family playlist
Day 5. Have an indoor picnic
Day 6. Freeze dance 
Day 7. Create a stop motion movie
Day 8. Create a time capsule
Day 9. Play some fun minute to win it games
Day 10. Hold a family fashion show

HOW-TO: Make DIY Mask

It's recommended or required now to wear a mask when you head out of the house. Don't have a mask yet? We've linked a video below that shows you 3 different DIY ways to make one at home!


Hope@Home – April 20, 2020

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Our latest devotional is from Susan Leonard, who along with her husband Mike leads our Celebrate Recovery ministry.


Let’s pray for our neighbors today, that we would see how we can best love those that we live nearest to during this time. In James 2 it talks about how, if we have faith in Christ, it will naturally manifest itself in what we do, and we are all called to love our neighbors. Does a neighbor of yours need groceries or prayer? Do they need encouragement? Pray and listen to what God has to say to you today about the best ways that we can love and help those that live close to us! 

FAMILY RESOURCE: Educational Online Activities for Your Family

You may have seen some great online resources lately that are being offered free of charge. Things such as museum tours, livestream concerts or plays, and much more! We’ve compiled a few that would be both educational & entertaining for your kids, or even fun to sit down and explore as a family. Enjoy!

1. Museum & Zoo Tours

Many museums & zoos around the country have made their exhibits available online, this is both fun and educational! Spend some time with your kids exploring The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History or see if you can spot all of the animals at The Georgia Aquarium. Links are included below:
https://naturalhistory2.si.edu/vt3/NMNH/ - The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/ - The Georgia Aquarium

2. Focus on the Family Magazine

“Clubhouse” is Focus on the Family’s faith-based magazine just for kids, they have a regular and Jr. issue that comes out each month. This magazine promotes family closeness with challenging puzzles, hand-on activities, and entertaining stories. They are offering their April issue online for free for your kids to read through. Here’s the link!
https://www.flipsnack.com/Focus/clubhouse-april-2020.html - Regular Edition
https://www.flipsnack.com/Focus/clubhouse-jr-april-2020.html - Jr. Edition

3. Check out a National Park

Take a virtual tour of America’s first National Park! Yellowstone National Park has updated its website to include 8 different virtual tours of the most popular places in the park. You can also watch a live stream of the famous Old Faithful Geyser, and even submit a prediction of when you think it will erupt! 
https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm - Virtual Tours
https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm - Old Faithful Live Stream

HOW-TO: How To - Get Your 'Ohana Group Online

How To - Get Your 'Ohana Group Online
As we continue on as the church distributed in homes across Maui, we are calling all of us to get together online in small groups and do just 3 things:

  1. Worship with us for 1 weekend service

  2. Meet online with your ‘Ohana Group (don’t have one? Grab a few friends!) and walk through the Message Application Questions together. Pray and encourage one another as you check in- how can you help one another?

  3. Go and make a difference: Pray for someone or submit a request, serve a friend or neighbor in need. (Have an encouraging story come from this? Share it with us here!)

Thankfully, technology has made it possible to continue meeting together, even now.  If you’re connecting with a friend or two, FaceTime or just a conference call works great!  But to get bigger groups together we’re using a free platform called Zoom.  Here’s how to use it.

Zoom can be used on your phone, a tablet or iPad, or your computer (if it has a camera).
1. Download Zoom: Go to your app store, and download it on your laptop, phone or iPad (it is a blue app with a white camera in the middle). If you’re on a computer, go to https://zoom.us and install the application.
2. Create a free account (note that free accounts are limited to 40 mins, but you can jump right on another call if you want to go longer!). It’ll warn you as you get close to the time limit.
3. Have each of your ‘Ohana Group members download the app and create accounts as well.
4. Start a new meeting and invite your friends:

  • From your phone or iPad: Open Zoom and start a new meeting. Tap the screen and touch “Participants” at the bottom of the screen. Then, again at the bottom of the screen, tap “Invite”- then choose to send an email or text to invite people to your meeting.  On their end- they simply click the link that is sent to them, and they will join your screen!

  • From your computer: Open Zoom, and start a new meeting.  Mouse over the Zoom screen and click “Invite,” which will pop up a new screen.  Click “Copy URL” or “Copy Invitation”, and email or text this to your group members.  When they click the link, they’ll join your screen. *If for some reason the software requests a Meeting ID or Password for your attendees, it’s found in the “Copy Invitation,” copy and paste this into an email.

There are some advanced features like setting meetings in advance- if you’d like to know more about that, here’s an in-depth tutorial:

Phone Calls: 
Although seeing each others’ faces is nice, phone calls are always a great way to connect. You can pray together over the phone, stay updated on each others’ lives, and study God’s Word together. You can read it out loud, and have them follow along or simply listen and engage afterwards. 
Email & Text:
There is always email and text as well, where you can send encouragements, songs, verses, videos and share prayer requests with one another as the week goes on. This is a great way to care for your group from a distance in an ongoing way. 
We pray that you find yourselves encouraged by this time, and that the Lord continues using you mightily!