Getting Here









March 7 to May 16

Kick-off meeting: March 7, Wed, 6 PM, Sanctuary 


ROOTED is an 11-week small-group experience that connects people to God, His church, and their purpose. It is a simple, proven method that teaches people what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, built on faith’s foundational elements, such as worship, community, service, generosity, prayer, and studying God’s Word.


ROOTED kicks off on March 7 at 6PM at First Prez.


Hear from a few who have gone through ROOTED and how it has impacted their lives.


To register, go to the ROOTED table in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday morning, or online by clicking the link below.


February 25, Sunday, is the last day to register.




Support if You’re Divorced or Grieving



The weeks leading up to the holidays can be tough when you’re divorced or grieving the loss of a loved one, but we can help. Come to a one-day video seminar designed to provide you with coping strategies and hope for the future.


Topics include:

  • How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
  • Helpful tips about traditions and other coming changes
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events


GRIEFSHARE Surviving the Holidays

  • Nov 12, Sunday, 11 am, Glass Classroom at First Prez
  • Register:


DIVORCECARE Surviving the Holidays:

  • Nov 14, Tues, 6:30 pm, 4th/5th grade classroom at First Prez
  • Register:



March 7-May 16, Wed, 6:30-8:30 pm

New venue: The Hawaii Voice KTV & Lounge on the 2nd floor of The 808 Center: 808 Sheridan St, HNL 96814


ALPHA is a series of sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. Expect food, a video teaching, and small group discussions. It’s a safe place to ask and explore those questions you’ve always wanted to ask about God and faith. No pressure, no stress, no judgment.


Read more about ALPHA by clicking here.


Download the ALPHA brochure here, and forward it to friends, family members, neighbors, and co-workers.


Register for the ALPHA COURSE on Sunday mornings at First Prez, or ONLINE ANY TIME HERE.


40 Days of Prayer and Fasting





Feb 15-March 31, 2018


Fasting is one of the spiritual disciplines we need to develop if we want to grow deeper in our relationship with God. It’s also a way of awakening our spiritual zeal, which we ought to have if we follow the Lord who is alive and always at work around us. 


Fasting is abstaining from a meal, a specific food, a specific drink, or a specific activity so that we can disconnect from regular patterns or habits for a while and focus more of God. It’s like getting a spiritual reboot!



  • SPECIFIC FOOD FAST: Choosing to abstain from specific foods like meat, processed or fast foods, desserts, coffee, alcohol, and soda to name a few.
  • SPECIFIC ACTIVITY FAST: Choosing to abstain from a regular activity or habit, like engaging in social media and watching TV, and instead devoting the time to prayer, solitude in order to listen to God, and the reading of the Bible and Christian books. 
  • JUICE FAST: Consuming vegetable and fruit juices and water, instead of solid food. Even if you choose not to make your entire fast liquids-only, substituting liquids for one or two meals is another alternative.
  • DANIEL FAST: Consuming only the food that the prophet Daniel (in the Bible) ate while he fasted. According to the book of Daniel chapter 1, Daniel fasted by having only vegetables and water. In another time that he fasted, Daniel abstained from meat, wine, and rich foods, according to Daniel chapter 10.




Fasting will lead us closer to the Lord if combined with daily prayer time and the daily reading of the Bible. When praying, let’s make our primary goal to know Jesus more and experience Him more. Simply talk to Him. Choose a place and time where we can seek Him daily. Schedule it in, if that will help.




There are many free tools available to help us get started on reading passages of the Bible every day. Here are a few of them:




Here are other ideas that can help make your fasting experience more pleasant and meaningful:

  • Choose a fast that will work for you. The fast will need to present some level of difficulty for you, but be realistic and commit to that fast.
  • If fasting from specific food, please consult with your physician first, especially if you have health concerns, if you’re pregnant, or if you’re nursing a baby.
  • If fasting from specific food or drink, make a fasting calendar that fits your plan so you can see what each day looks like.
  • Stock on items you need so you don’t easily give in to temptation to break your fast.
  • Make it a priority to be around other believers during the fast. This will encourage you to keep on going when the fasting gets difficult.
  • If you mess up, please don’t get discouraged. Just get right back on and continue your fast as planned. The Lord will give you the grace and the strength to finish the fast. 
  • Let’s not let what we’re fasting from be the focus of our fast. The main thing is to draw closer to God while we’re fasting.  

















Honoring Beebe Freitas



Beebe’s Celebration of Life Service
March 10, Sat, 9 am visitation, 10 am service


Everyone is welcome at the Celebration of Life Service for our dear and remarkable organist Beebe Freitas on Saturday, March 10th. We love her and we miss her.


If you would like to make a donation in honor of Beebe, donations can be made to the family (Roslyn Catracchia) to support the service, or to any of Beebe’s cherished organizations:

  • Hawaii Opera Theater
  • First Presbyterian Church of Hnolulu
  • Punahou School













The Marriage Course

marriage course

March 7-April 25, Wednesdays, 6:15-8:30 pm, Fellowship Hall


The Marriage Course provides practical support in strengthening marriages. Over seven sessions, the course will help you to understand each other’s needs, communicate more effectively, and grow closer by learning methods to resolve conflict, recover from the ways you may have hurt each other, recognize how your upbringing affects your relationship, develop greater intimacy, and much, much more. 


The Marriage Course is based on Christian principles but is designed for all couples with or without a church background.


Click here for more details about the Marriage Course.


Click here to register for the Course.




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