Pastor Jason’s worst nightmare has just come true, and things are about to get worse. It isn’t his fault Aloha Community Church has a history of sexual scandal and grace is in short supply. He’s new to the church. Yet, he has been wrongly accused, and unless a miracle happens–soon, he is going to be drummed out of the pastorate in disgrace. However, the small group of random souls who meet in his living room every Friday for a study on the Holy Spirit have problems of their own. Some of them are just as urgent. And they are all wondering the same thing: where is God in the midst of all of this heartache? They are about to find out. And in the process they will discover love, faith, great joy, and what it really means to be a part of the body of Christ. A must read for anyone in a local church!
This short novella (154 pages), weaves together the lives of many people who attend Faith Community Church, especially those participating in the talent contest on New Years Eve. There is Samantha Spivey, age 11, whose mother goes to bizarre lengths to make sure her daughter’s sign dance will win. There is Kristee Fujima, whose Aunty Eunice is set upon turning her into Britney Spears so that she can win. There is Assistant Pastor Ted Hughes who, despite his mother’s valiant efforts to prevent this, seems to have fallen in love with the wrong woman. There is the young married couple, Jonathan and Mariel Spelling who, in the midst of everything, make “one of the most momentous discoveries of the decade,” and there is “that nice Joy Nelson” whose holiday is nearly ruined by a series of mysterious phone calls. Finally, there is the question: Who is the stranger wandering around town acting suspiciously? And why does he look so alarmingly familiar? A warm family story for the holidays.