The Big Island came to the mainland Nov. 19 as the Lewiston, Idaho, congregation hosted a Luau. Guests came from north and south to enjoy an afternoon and evening of spiritual edification, uplifting fellowship and fantastic food.
Afternoon services were attended by 51 people, including a telephone hookup. All aspects of the service were conducted by guests from the Spokane, Washington, congregation, including a rousing song service led by Steve Oliver and special music titled “God of Israel” performed by an ensemble of 14 vocalists. The sermonette was given by elder Mike Iiams, who reminded us that our outer package should match the inner package. Using the analogy of a fig tree, we are to be fruit-bearers, not just leaf-bearers. Assistant pastor Paul Moody gave the sermon. He encouraged us to remain faithful and steadfast until the end, continuing to shine as lights in the dark world around us, and that we are to be examples of the true Light (Jesus Christ) that all mankind will one day come to know personally.
Following services, a delicious Hawaiian themed potluck was enjoyed by all. If anyone walked away hungry, it was by their own choosing, as the options were too numerous to name. A dessert buffet and large display of sweets served as centerpiece in the dining area, which was sure to give kids of all ages a sugar rush. A bevy of games were played after sunset, including Pass the Pigs, Scrabble, Headbanz, Jenga, numerous card games and more. Throughout the evening 12-year-old Anne Jorgensen played the role of MC, announcing various door prizes as well as the winners of best dressed islanders.
Guests were treated to plenty of eye candy as the hall was decorated from floor to ceiling in bright colors, garlands, flowers, palm trees, tiki torches, and even a large waterfall. We thank everyone who came and hope to see you at the next Luau!