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Mahalo Banquet 2017
by Theresa Shelby, Capital Campaign Committee
On January 21, the 3rd Annual Mahalo Banquet hosted by the Building/Capital Campaign Committee was held in the KUC Gym. The purpose for the banquet was to thank the KUC Ohana for their support of the 2016 Building Campaign for our new Sanctuary and Welcome Center & to thank the Lord. The program theme and scripture was: Philippians 1:3-6, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
During the 1st power outage at about 4:15pm, everyone started to help and carry on. Many prayed, some made phone calls, some shone flashlights, and phone lights. Another group distributed the advent candle holders and brand new candles and those sitting at the Live Art & banquet tables unwrapped and lit their candles. Another group started stringing utility lights between the basketball hoops that were to be plugged into a backup generator. However, just at that moment the power came back on. The utility light group asked, “Should we continue stringing lights or stop since the power is back on already?” The answer was (my paraphase), “You make the call. Do what you think is best.” They decided to continue stringing the utility lights and what do you know, the power went off again a little later. Boy, were we glad those lights were set up and that we had not blown out our candles and so could really enjoy a candle light dinner. The power was off for most of the rest of the banquet, but the Lord continued to provide (the sound team was able to run wireless microphones with the generator so we had the audio portion of the program). Then, at the very end, the power came on and we were able to show the new KUC logo and a footprint of a potential building design.
Now, I’m deliberately omitting names and probably only know a quarter of what our people did when the power was out, but the Lord showed me how all of us praying and working together (albeit different ways & methods) to resolve this situation were unified in our purpose and the result was joy as the Lord led us throughout the evening. I believe this is symbolic of our moving forward into 2017 with joy, hope and faith in what the Lord can do with the the Building Campaign and building plans if we’re unified (partnered) in our purpose to bring the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ to those walking in darkness.
Aloha in Christ,
Theresa Shelby, Capital Campaign Committee
Update: Praise the Lord for a total of 175 pledges as of 2/5/17!