Most of us understand this Hawaiian word to mean hello or good bye, however, the literal translation is a combination of “Alo” meaning presence and “ha” meaning breath. In the islands the spirit of aloha means treating each other with love and respect. A Hawaiian website defined the word as follows:
· "Aloha" means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return.
· "Aloha" is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence.
· "Aloha" means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.
Our choir exemplifies the spirit of Aloha. We are more than a group of singers sharing our talents; we are a community bound by, and through, the love of Christ. We care for one another, and practice charity by actively supporting and praying for each other. Because we receive so much from one another, we are able to give to others. We experience the gift of fellowship and acceptance on a weekly basis. We are also blessed with a form of expression which allows us to share this gift.
The past two years I have been blessed to work with truly gifted and dedicated people. In addition to the church music staff, there have been thirty-four volunteers who have given their time to serve as your choir officers. With their support, and the commitment of every choir member, we have continued to offer our musical talents to God. We have provided spiritual context on Sunday mornings; and celebration of the church holy seasons, through concerts and special worship services. Whether a time of praise, joy, sorrow, introspection, service or wonder; we have been witnesses to the glory of God.
With the coming patriotic celebration; we have an opportunity to honor another community who serve our country. Although we do this every year, you can never say thank you often enough for the freedoms we enjoy, through of the sacrifice of others. We are all given different abilities and are called in different ways to serve. In addition to those who serve directly in the armed forces or reserves, families also deal with the consequences and impact of military service. Please remember their sacrifices in our salute to those in uniform.
Finally, I wish to thank each of you for your support and dedication during my term as President. Week after week you have come to sing. You have supported members with illnesses and hardships. You have ministered to others through the outreach choir, and through monetary gifts for low income families during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Most important to me, you have shared kind words and notes, thoughtful devotionals, and prayers. I know Joe Griffin is in your capable hands, as he begins his term as President in July. I am looking forward my new role, as this is not a farewell. I wish you all Aloha!
Yours In Christ,