Curriculum Engages Churches in Mission

Global Ministries is making available for free a new adult curriculum for engaging congregations in global mission.  REACH (Renewing, Engaging, and Advocating Churches) is a collection of focused, online resources to begin conversations about mission.  A webinar discussing the curriculum will be held on Thursday, January 28, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Hawai'i time).    

Refugee-Welcoming Churches Can Find Support

The UCC national setting has started a new project to connect refugee-welcoming congregations with other churches and resettlement agencies as a way of providing support and resources. Congregations interested in helping refugees or wanting to identify themselves as having welcomed refugees can email by the end of March 2016.

Find Resources for Lent and Easter

Lent and Easter resources, as well as a listing of Lenten and Holy Week events, can be found on the Hawai'i Conference website.  Click HERE to send an email with your church’s event to be listed in the Coconut Wireless and posted on the website.

Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for Offices 

Nominating forms and position descriptions for various volunteer positions in the Hawai'i Conference United Church of Christ will be mailed to churches this week.  Nominees will be elected at the 'Aha Pae'aina in June and begin on July 1.  Deadline for submitting nominations is March 2. Forms may be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Register by February 10 for Church Leaders Event

Be sure to register for the Church Leaders Event taking place on Saturday, February 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Nu'uanu Congregational Church (2651 Pali Highway, Honolulu).  Cost is $45 for O'ahu attendees and $100 for Neighbor Island attendees (includes airfare).  Click HERE to download the information and registration form mailed to churches this week.  Click HERE to register and pay on-line.  After February 10, a $25 registration late fee will apply.

Financial Advising Available to Pension Boards Members

The Pension Boards offers financial planning services through Ernst & Young Financial Planning Services to actively-contributing members of the Pension Boards Annuity Plan.  For more information, click HERE.


Tri-Isle Gathers for 'Aha Makua

The Tri-Isle Association will gather for its 'Aha Makua this Saturday, January 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Maui Evangelical Church (256 Hina Street, Kahului). RSVP to

O'ahu Association Will Install Minister

Brandon Duran will be installed by the O'ahu Association as Associate Minister of Central Union Church (1660 Beretania Street, Honolulu) on Sunday, February 7, 4 p.m.

Britt Lectures Features Claremont Professor

The Britt Lecture Series of the Hawai'i District of the United Methodist Church will feature Thomas Glenn “Jack” Jackson III, Associate Professor of Evangelism, Mission and Global Methodism at Claremont School of Theology.  He will present his lectures, “Offering Christ: John Wesley’s Vision for Nurturing Disciples and Congregations Today,” on February 12, 13, and 14, beginning at 7 p.m. each day, and on February 15 at 9 a.m., all at First United Methodist Church of Honolulu (1020 S. Beretania Street).


Pastoral Transitions

  • Sarah Rentzel Jones will begin as part-time associate conference minister of the Hawai'i Conference on February 1.  She will work with the Tri-Isle Association (Aha O Na Mokupuni 'O Maui, Moloka'i A Me Lana'i) while continuing as Pastor of Lana'i Union Church.
  • Jonathan Pak has been called as Pastor of Waiokeola Congregational Church in Honolulu beginning February 1.  He was ordained by the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches and previously served as Kahu Hope (associate pastor) of Kawaiaha'o Church. 
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