A Message From Our Senior Pastor

Dear Rise Ohana,

We’re all aware of the continually evolving situation regarding the Covid-19 virus and how it will affect us here in our islands. Rest assured we are diligently monitoring the situation through the CDC, WHO, and the local Hawaii health authorities and will continue to maintain a proactive approach to keeping our community healthy. We know the news is changing daily so we wanted to inform you of our plans for this weekend’s service. 

 

As of right now we are continuing our normal Sunday service and we will NOT be making any changes to our Sunday meeting schedule at this time. We will assess the situation daily and update you if there are any changes to our plans. We do encourage you to use wisdom as you plan your weekend. If you are feeling sick in any way, please stay home. 

 

In an attempt to ensure our congregation stays healthy during this time we are taking the following extra precautions:

 

  • We will not pass offering buckets down the aisles and will instead receive the offering online, text and in buckets at the front of the auditorium during offering time.

  • We will use hand sanitizer on the hands of each child in Rise Kids as they enter and exit the room. In addition, we have cleaned and sanitized everything in Rise Kids and every other area and surface in the building.

  • We will have our greeters smile, shaka and say hello rather than shake your hand, give you a high five or a hug.

  • We will be handing out alcohol wipes as you enter the building and we will make those available to you throughout your time with us.

  • We will clean and sanitize the seats in the auditorium before the worship experience.

As we do our part, we ask that you join us in doing the following:

  1. Pray. Prayer is powerful. God is our perfect source of comfort and care. Join us in praying for the people and regions affected as well as for the protection of our nation, community, and church.  

  2. Prioritize your personal health. Continue following the health guidelines outlined by the CDC. If you are sick, susceptible to illness, we will make the service available on Facebook or a podcast on our website. If you are over the age of 60 – Be smart and choose which option is best for you. My priority is your safety!

  3. Prevent stigma. In stressful times, fear, anxiety, and misinformation can result in the harmful stigmatization of people thought to be infected. Coronavirus does not discriminate, and neither should we. 

  4. Show compassion and support for those who are ill or fearful of becoming ill. Don’t shame people who are afraid, help them overcome the fear by praying for them, kindly encouraging them and loving them through. 

I believe that in times of crisis, now more than ever, that the church is necessary to pray, to worship and receive Gods word of encouragement. Remember that we are stronger together and I know that in-spite of all the fear, God is good, and He will see us all through this difficult moment just like He has in the past. Let me encourage you, if you are not sick, stay in fellowship and worship with us each week unless notified by the state of Hawaii. We not only trust God above but will use wisdom given by our government officials. 

We look forward to being with you this weekend! It’s going to be an encouraging and powerful day!

 

Aloha,

Pastor Jonathan P. Galvante

 

“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