Updated: May 23, 2020
Dear Paradise Chapel Ohana,
After the announcement by Mayor Kirk Caldwell that churches may open and start having “in-person” religious services, you may be asking, “What is Paradise Chapel going to do?”
It has been so long since we have seen each other, hugged each other, and enjoyed worshipping, fellowshipping, and eating together. How we long to return to how things used to be just two months ago.
Although the church can reopen its doors this weekend, church experience will not be how it used to be. Social distancing requirements and health and sanitization practices must be followed.
Paradise Chapel will NOT be meeting in-person this Sunday, May 24, but we will continue to offer Sunday worship services online and invite you to continue to join us in that way at least maybe for a couple of weeks or so.
The pastors and church board have spent hours in discussing, planning, and praying and will continue to do so with the ministry leaders. There are many considerations, factors, and logistics involved in reopening the church. We are not rushing into a quick reopening because we want the best, orderly, and safest experience for all.
We are in the process of figuring out the best course of action for some of the following:
Seating arrangements considering the 6-foot social distancing requirement. What will be the seating capacity? Space will be limited because of the size of our sanctuary.
Purchasing of hand sanitizers, masks, and other safety supplies and equipment.
Sanitation and disinfecting procedures before and after the service. Staff and volunteers need to be organized and trained in the new procedures.
Nursery and Children’s Church social distancing requirements.
Attenders and volunteers might want to stay home for health reasons and wait to see if there is a surge of the coronavirus.
We are so excited to see you all again, so thank you for being patient as we diligently work out the logistics and prepare for the best in-person service for all. We will let you know when we will start meeting in-person again and what that will look. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you online!
May the Lord’s goodness and favor be upon you and your family during this unprecedented time! I love you all.
Updated: March 21, 2020
Food Bank will proceed as normally scheduled on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
Emergency food pick up is NOT available until further notice.
Updated: March 21, 2020
Online Worship Service Available
Paradise Chapel Ohana,
Yesterday, Governor Ige gave a directive to limit public gatherings, including places of worship to not more than 10 people. We want to cooperate with our state and city and do our part in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. With that, the church board has decided to comply with this directive in the spirit of cooperation and with the safety of all our church members in mind.
Beginning this Sunday until further notice, we will not be gathering on the property of Paradise Chapel. Instead, please join us online as we worship, pray, give, and hear the Word as we regularly do on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am.
Please use this opportunity to shine your light to family, friends, and neighbors. Invite some people over to watch together, opening the possibility for discussion and sharing about eternity or maybe fears they may have in this time of uncertainty.
Please know that Joy and I love you, and the entire pastoral staff love you and are praying for you. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call the church office.
God bless you,
Updated: March 18, 2020
Dear Paradise Chapel Ohana,
I want to assure you that we as a staff are taking appropriate precautionary measures to ensure that our church is a safe place to worship and fellowship.
Please do your part in taking every personal precaution to protect yourselves and those around you. If you are sick, elderly, or have a compromised immune system, you may join the service in the safety of your own home by going to our website at paradisechapelag.org and clicking the "Watch" link to view our live streamed worship service on YouTube.
You can also be updated by:
Checking our Facebook page at ParadiseChapelAG to view updates or communicate via the messenger.
Calling the church office at 668-1588. You must leave a message if no one answers, and someone will return your call.
You have most likely heard these facts, but I would like to share some guidance put out to our churches by the Hawaii District Assemblies of God:
Please keep these facts in mind regarding the COVID-19:
1. According to the New York Times, “Though the virus can be deadly, the vast majority of those infected so far have only mild symptoms and make full recoveries.”
2. The disease can be fatal in perhaps 2% of cases, with older people and people with compromised immune systems being at greater risk.
3. The virus does not always cause symptoms in people who have been infected, and some people can carry the virus for some time before showing symptoms. That means it will be very hard to keep people from being infected. It would be an overreaction to close our church and school until we have evidence of an outbreak of COVID-19 in our state and community or are mandated by our government to do so for precautionary reasons.
4. Unfortunately, the outbreak has now reached a global stage as well as a local one, so everyone must take this situation seriously.
5. We absolutely care about the lives of every person in our community and want to do everything we can to ensure the best possible outcomes. We also do not want to live in fear and allow it to lead us to poor decisions.
In view of these facts, we recommend the following practices:
1. Pray and let the peace of God guard your hearts against fear and anxiety. Ask God to fill you with His perfect love to cast out all fears. Philippians 4:6–7 (NLT) — Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
2. Pray for God’s help to guide governments, agencies, institutions, families and individuals to act wisely and effectively to minimize exposure to the disease. Pray also for a divine intervention against the disease.
3. Stay home if you have any symptoms of respiratory illness and avoid close contact with others. Please don’t come if you have a fever or cough. If you have these symptoms, contact your health provider: fever, cough, shortness of breath
4. Wash your hands frequently (although not obsessively) for at least 20 seconds, especially after shaking hands with people.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
6. Cover your coughs to avoid spreading the virus. Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
7. Minimize physical contact (hugging, handshakes, etc.) with casual acquaintances, substituting a polite nod or other gesture instead of handshakes.
8. Avoid contact with people who are sick. If you are needed as a caregiver to someone suffering from the disease, do not return to public activity until you are cleared by medical personnel to do so.
Psalm 91:1–3 (NKJV) — He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely, He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.
While we must acknowledge the facts about COVID-19, we do have a choice to either respond in fear or faith. Let’s choose to put our trust in God who is our refuge, our fortress, and our deliverer who will deliver us from the perilous pestilence.
Remember, God is still on the throne.
Pastor Ronaldo Pascua