Conference Council Calls New ACM

The Conference Council, at its meeting last Saturday, September 7, unanimously voted to call Donald Schmidt as an associate conference minister.  The Rev. Schmidt, currently a pastor in Seattle and former pastor of churches in Hawai'i, will begin his position in January.  A formal announcement will go out by letter this week. 
The Council also took these actions:
  • Appointed Sue Smith, member of Church of the Holy Cross (Hilo), as Chair of the  Justice and Witness Missional Team (following resignation of the previous chair);
  • Engaged PKF Pacific Hawaii to audit the Conference’s financial statements for 2012-13;
  • Approved the Minutes of the 191st 'Aha Pae'aina (June 2013); and,
  • Set the week of June 4, 2014, for the 192nd 'Aha Pae'aina.
Agenda, reports and minutes from the meeting are on-line.  For more information, contact Conference Minister Charles Buck at

Registration for Fall Youth Camp Now Closed

Registration for the Hawai'i Conference Fall Youth Camp is closed.  Because of limited space at the camp, no late registrations will be accepted. For those who registered before the deadline, forms and complete payment must be received by Friday, September 13, or registration will be forfeited. For questions contact Diane Weible by email at or by phone at 808-791-5633.

Roth Prize Awards Paper in Mercersburg Theology

The Mercersburg Society awards the Roth Prize for the best student paper on a topic pertaining to Mercersburg Theology, which developed out of the German Reformed Church in the mid-1800s. Seminary students taking courses in American Christianity, Theology, Church History or Worship, as well as those engaged in independent study, may enter. Contact Anne Thayer by email at with questions and to submit your entry.  Deadline is May 15, 2014.

Observe Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches invites congregations, community groups, and individuals committed to justice and human rights to participate in World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel this September 22-28.  Additional information and resources for use in worship services, educational forums, and other events during the week are available on the Global Ministries website, which will be updated as new material is added.

Association Affirms Ministry

On September 3, the O'ahu Association affirmed the ministry of JP Sabbithi, who started as Director of Patient and Family Support Services at Hospice Hawai'i on that day. More photos are posted on the website.

Central Union Wants Your Vote

Central Union Church (CUC) is among 19 non-profit organizations entered in the Enphase Energy “Mahalo Hawai'i” Photo-voltaic system give-away.  Each entrant produced a video showcasing its service to the community. The public is invited to vote for the non-profit they feel best deserves to win the $25,000 system. Visit the contest website to cast your vote for CUC.  Contest ends at midnight on September 30. 
Submitted by Carolynn Bell-Tuttle

Book Features Biography and Writings of Paul Osumi

Paul Osumi, minister of many Hawai'i Conference churches from 1936 until his retirement from Nu'uanu Congregational Church in 1980, once wrote a daily column, “Today’s Thought,” in the Honolulu Advertiser.  The Rev. Osumi’s son, Norman Osumi, has authored a biography of his late father and included excerpts from the newspaper.  To purchase a copy of Today's Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: the Man and His Message at $15 each, contact Nu'uanu Congregational Church at 808-595-3935.

Local News Highlights Manoa Valley Dedication

The September 8 dedication of Manoa Valley Church’s newly renovated gym and education complex, Hiro Higuchi Christian Life Center, was featured on KITV news.


 Insurance Board Webinar

Register online for “Facebook for Your Church-the Right Way," a one-hour Insurance Board webinar to be presented on September 18, 5 a.m. (HST) and repeated at 9 a.m.  The webinar will help churches understand how to present themselves self on Facebook, set up a page, and stay out of both reputational and legal trouble.  Go online to find out about future webinars on other useful topics.

Workshop Aims to Prevent Messy Churchbooks

Kaua'i church pastors and lay leaders are invited to "Preventing Messy Churchbooks," a workshop to be led by Lowell Kalapa, President of the Tax Foundation of Hawai'i, on Saturday, October 12, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Queen Lili'uokalani Center (4530 Kali Road, Lihu'e).  Cost to attend the workshop, hosted by Hanapepe Hawaiian Church, is $10. Space is limited.  See the attached flyer for registration information.

 Workshop Explores Jazz for Worship

Jazz for the Journey is a three-day gathering of pastors, worship leaders, jazz musicians and jazz lovers from around the country to explore the creative possibilities of jazz and its potential to transform Christian worship. The workshop, featuring UCC General Minister and President Geoffrey Black, will be held October 26-28 in Cleveland, Ohio.  A discounted price of $199 is available if you register by September 15.


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