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Tuesdays with Ralph

Tuesdays with Ralph

I first met Pastor Ralph as a second grader when my mom started attending a new church in town Hope Chapel Kaneohe. Little did I know at the time, this nice man, who let us call him Ralph (not Pastor Ralph, not Uncle Ralph, just Ralph), would 20 years later become my friend and my boss. A few weeks ago, we said good-bye to him and his wife Pastor Ruby as they left Hawaii after 34 years of ministry in…

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It Was 20 Years Ago Today!

It Was 20 Years Ago Today!

Well, not exactly today, but sometime around this time anyway.  20 years ago, I graduated from high school.  Frankly, it doesn’t seem like 20 years has passed since I was in high school, but the numbers truly don’t lie.  Actually, being that it took me almost 18 to get to that point, the first 18 seemed much longer than the last 20.  I guess it is true that time speeds up the older you get.  Heck, can you believe we’re…

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The Few, the Proud, the Marines

The Few, the Proud, the Marines

Wow, has it really been over a year and a half since I’ve blogged anything? It’s not for a lack of content I tell ya, it has been sheer laziness on my part. In future posts I’ll try to get you caught up but for now I will tell you about my day. Today, for the first time, I got to attend a Marine retirement ceremony. I always knew it was a big deal but I definitely didn’t realize what…

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Blessed are the Pure in Heart…

Blessed are the Pure in Heart…

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” Matthew 5:8 A little for over five years ago, I remember a young, good-looking couple walked into the Friday night service. When I first saw them, I remember staring at them because they may have been the best looking couple to walk through the clamshell doors. Much to my surprise, my friend Gabe walked up to them, gave them a hug and then showed them to their seats. To…

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Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (Day Three)

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (Day Three)

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-A-Dee-A My oh my, what a wonderful day Sorry for the long lay off dear blog readers. Things got very busy in my life. Still that’s no excuse. I know some of you have been wondering what happened on our third day on the Garden Isle. Well wonder no more! Here’s the recap! Sunday was probably the day many of us were looking forward to because Sunday was the day we were going to go ziplining! If you’re unfamiliar…

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Junko’s Wedding

Junko’s Wedding

Seven years ago or so I went to Sapporo, Japan for the very first time. Up until then I had only gone to the Kansai area, but due to a slight scheduling conflict our missions team couldn’t go to Kansai and we ended up partnering with a church in Sapporo called Church on the Rock. While I was there I had the privilege of meeting some great people including a woman named Junko. Throughout the years Junko and I kept…

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Congratulations Rob and Rikki!

Congratulations Rob and Rikki!

Yesterday another one of our pastors got married! Rob, our college pastor, married his fiance (now wife) Rikki in a beautiful ceremony at the Kaneohe Yacht Club. I had the privilege of not only attending but emceeing it was well. It was a perfect day for the perfect couple. The bride and groom with Pastor Carl officiating Their first kiss as man and wife And announcing Mr. and Mrs. Rob Wurlizter Congratulations Rob and Rikki!

Hello World!

Hello World!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! I hope you all had a chance to wear green, eat corned beef and cabbage and kiss your favorite Irish person (luckily I married one so it’s all good!). Today marked another reason to celebrate (other than the holiday). Today, my best friends Mikey and Liz Worden welcomed into the world their second daughter, Lexie Patricia Blake. The neat thing about this birth is that it’s not the first time Liz has given birth on…

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Surprise!

Surprise!

Last Sunday we celebrated a birthday. Oddly enough, it was Jasen’s actual birthday, but we ended up celebrating Mikey’s birthday. Yay Mikey! Mikey’s birthday isn’t until Friday, but to surprise him his family picked a day that he wouldn’t know about which was conveniently Jasen’s birthday. Now my only part in the surprise was to get him to the secret location at the secret time. This part was easy since Mikey normally comes to my house on Sunday nights and…

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Bridge BBQ

Bridge BBQ

So this past week we have been hosting some Japanese people for a program called Bridge. Bridge was started some 20 years ago as a way to create a bridge between Japan and Hawaii with the intent of bringing Japanese leaders here to teach them MiniChurch, church planting and church leadership. The program stopped for awhile so this was our first attempt in over 10 years. This year’s program brought in 4 people from Kansai and Tokyo and to celebrate…

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