Bazaar Mahalo & the All Tenrikyo Nioigake Day

Due to God the Parent‘s blessings, Oyasama‘s guidance, the support of Bishop and Mrs. Hamada, and the sincere hinokishin efforts of everyone we were able to conduct the 42nd Annual Bazaar with joy, gratitude and unity of mind in good weather with a few occasional showers. Thankfully there were no major accidents or injuries.

I would like to thank all of you for your sincere hinokishin!

The financials are not out yet, but judging by the crowd, I’m sure we did very well!

The “bazaar mahalo party” will be held after the Mission Headquarters monthly service during the luncheon on Sunday, September 16th at about 11:45. Please join us.

Next up is our annual All Tenrikyo Nioigake Day which will be the 80th year to be held at Moiliili Old Stadium Park on Monday, Labor Day, September 3rd, 9am – 11am. Refreshments served at 11am. Those who wish to do nioigake will canvass the neighborhood and those who wish to do hinokishin will clean the park! Please dress appropriately (recommend hinokishin t-shirt if cleaning the park and bring rakes and dust pans).

Rev. Owen Nakao

Bazaar Hinokishin 2012

Thank you to you all for your support of the bazaar and church activities.
The bazaar is coming up on August 26th and we need hands to help with preparations:  the more hands we have, the easier it is for everyone.  Mahalo!

Sat 8/18, 9am-11am General cleaning:

  1. Weed whacking, hedge and some tree trimming, roof & gutter cleaning,
  2. bathroom, windows, screens and doors cleaning.

Sun 8/19 1:00pm (After MHQ monthly service

  1. Setup canopies: Library-Judo, Games, BBQ Chicken, Vegetables, Cut flowers (need windbreaker), Plants
  2. Need canopy over back of storage shed.
  3. Construct: Bazaar booths, scrip booths, sushi rack, cut flowers shelving, build more barricades if necessary, check on signs.

Owen Nakao
Bazaar chair

Monthly Service Prayer February 2012

Before God the Parent, Tenri-O-no-Mikoto, I, Owen Osamu Nakao, Pastor of Tenrikyo Pearl Church, pray with reverence:

God the Parent, You have nurtured and guided us over many long years since You created humankind out of Your desire to see us live the Joyous Life. Also, with the arrival of the Promised Time, you received Oyasama as your living shrine and revealed the truth of the creation in detail, taught the service, showed us free and unlimited blessings, and guided us toward the path of the Joyous Life. We are forever grateful for these blessings and we express our gratitude day and night as we spiritedly apply our efforts toward the path of single-heartedness with God.

Today is the day we are granted to conduct the February monthly service. The service performers will unite their hearts to perform the seated service and Teodori joyously and in high spirits. Please accept our prayers as we brothers and sisters of this Path have looked forward to this day and have gathered before You to sing the Mikagura-uta.

Due to your blessing we have completed another month of spreading the teachings and engaging in salvation work bringing the joy of faith to the people in the community. We give thanks that we were able to contribute and assist at the recent Boy’s and Girl’s Association Leadership Camp and the New Year Park Cleanup & BBQ Picnic held last month with one camp participant and eight persons attending the park cleanup from Pearl Church. We give thanks that an average of three persons are helping with tree trimming and yard work for the elderly in our community. We also give thanks to be blessed two home stay students from Tenri Kyoko Gakuen who came not only to learn English, but also plant seeds of sincerity by engaging nioigake and hinokishin. We continue with resolve to make sincere efforts in our daily lives to truly follow the Divine Model of Oyasama.

The Mission Headquarters will be conducting a cleanup Hinokishin Day at Tenri Cultural Center on February 21st to beautify the Center so that we may spread the fragrance of the teachings to the community. We gives thanks for the Tenri Cultural Center which serves the public through the Tenri Bunko (Library), the Judo club, the Bazaar, Saturday Japanese School and other functions. May we be resolved to participate with as many people as possible with joy and sincerity.

We pray that Your guidance will strengthen us into worthy Yoboku, striving with a single heart for the salvation of others. We hope that our efforts will bring joy to You and peace in this world where we all help one another as brothers and sisters. With our minds in unity towards the Truth of the Jiba, we would like to spiritedly perform the February Monthly Service today, in this 175th Year of Tenrikyo.

In union with the congregation, I pray for these blessings.

January Grand Service Prayer 2012

Before God the Parent, Tenri-O-no-Mikoto, I, Owen Osamu Nakao, Pastor of Tenrikyo Pearl Church, pray with reverence:

God the Parent, because of Your love for all Your children, You exhaust Your mind in every kind of way (Ofudesaki IV: 63). Out of Your parental love, You laid down the path of world salvation, teaching us the truth of human creation. We are truly grateful for Your protection, for saving us, drawing us to the Path, and allowing us to walk toward the Joyous Life.

The twenty-sixth of this month commemorates the 126th Anniversary since the day when Oyasama shortened Her physical life by twenty-five years because of Her deep parental love that wished for the spiritual growth of Her children.

As we look forward to this New Year, we remember and give thanks for your deep parental love through the blessings of miraculous healings, and the many people who have attended the various church activities. With the pastor of this church serving as chairman of the Boys and Girls Association Hawaii chapter, activities were successfully held without serious accidents. Last year, an average of twenty-one persons attended the Pearl Church monthly service. Twelve persons from Pearl Church participated in the Boys and Girls Association park cleanup and BBQ picnic in January; ten persons helped at the all Tenri Cultural Center Cleanup Hinokishin in February; one child and nine adults attended and helped at the annual Boys & Girls Association Spring Camp and General Meeting; ten persons attended the Boys and Girls Association Oyasama Birthday Activity, twenty-five persons from Pearl Church participated in the All Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day at Honolulu Zoo in April, eleven persons attended the Hawaii Convention 2011 in May of which several held key roles in planning and conducting the convention; seventeen persons attended the annual Tenrikyo Picnic, six persons participated in the Children’s Pilgrimage to Jiba, sixteen persons helped at the Annual Tenrikyo Bazaar in which the pastor served as bazaar chairman, seven persons attended the Young Men’s Association-Women’s Association-Young Women’s Club Joint General Meeting, and three adult leaders helped in the Boy’s & Girl’s Association Leaders Fun Camp. An average of two persons helped with the weekly yard work on neglected sidewalks and yards of the elderly and physically challenged throughout the year, as well as at the Tenri Cultural Center. The Sazuke was administered a total of 435 times in 2011.

Our most successful church garage sale was held on March 6 to raise funds for the Hawaii Convention and on March 11, a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan causing loss of life, severe damage to homes and businesses. It was later decided that half the garage sale proceeds of $730 go to the disaster relief efforts. Later donation collection efforts raised over $1,000 from Pearl Church alone.

The pastor of this church served as the Doctrine Class English Instructor second half and Mrs. Taeko Nakao served as the women’s instruments instructor for the first half of the one-month Hawaii Spiritual Development Course held at Mission Headquarters. Also in September, the pastor of this church served as facilitator at the Lay Minister’s Course in Jiba. Lewis Nakao served as hinokishin staff at the Church Headquarters Overseas Department and Lucas Nakao served as live-in staff at the Mission Headquarters of Hawaii. Former pastor dedicated himself to daily hinokishin at the Tenri Library and Tenri Cultural Center.

We give thanks for this past year’s participation and in gratitude and resolve we look forward toward ever greater joy in this New Year.

The service performers, bearing in mind this precious day the portals were opened will express their appreciation and perform the January Grand Service at this church. We children of the Path have gathered to remember the hardships Oyasama faced and sing the Mikagura-uta. Please accept our sincere prayers.

In looking forward to this new 175th Year of Tenrikyo we church members and yoboku will devote ourselves to mastering the Service as Oyasama taught us, administer the Sazuke, engage in nioigake and salvation work, return to Jiba with as many people as possible and work towards the success of the Mission Headquarters 60th Anniversary and Pearl Church 80th Anniversary in 2014. May You, God the Parent, continue to guide us with Your warm parental heart to allow us to convey the path of the Joyous Life to the people around us.

Together with everyone present, I pray for these blessings.