Conference Office Closed Next Monday

The Conference Office will be closed on Monday, February 16, in observance of Presidents’ Day.
 

Church Leaders Registration Closes Today

Today is the deadline to register for the February 28 Church Leaders Event.  Click HERE to register on-line and for an updated list of workshop offerings. 
 

Download Latest Issue of The Friend

The February 2015 edition of The Friend, the newsletter of the Hawai'i Conference United Church of Christ, is now available online.
 

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.
 

Download Justice and Witness Newsletter

Be informed of current and upcoming peace and justice events through the Justice and Witness Missional Team newsletter.  Download the newsletter either in list format to cut and paste articles into church newsletters, or as a bulletin insert that can be copied and distributed.
 

Council Continues Long-Range Discussion, Approves Hosting of Youth Event

At its regular meeting held last Saturday, February 7, the Conference Council voted unanimously to host the UCC Western Regional Youth Event in 2018.  This quadrennial event brings together youth from throughout the eight conferences of the Western Region.  The Council also engaged in on-going discussion of long-range mission priorities and received a final tally of 2014 giving by churches to Our Churches Wider Mission ($274,434).
 
Actions taken by the Council include appointment of Aletha Kaohi (Hanapepe Hawaiian Church) to a three-year term on the Mabel Wilcox Foundation Distribution Committee; and approval of audited financial statements for 2014 for the Hawai'i Conference UCC and Hawai'i Conference Foundation.
 
Reports distributed at the meeting can be downloaded HERE.  To receive a copy of one or both audits, send an email to Ann Hiyane, Conference Controller (ahiyane@hcucc.org).  For more information about Council discussion and actions, contact Conference Minister Charles Buck (cbuck@hcucc.org) or Conference Chair Iese Tuuao (ituuao@aol.com).
 

Hawai'i Insurers Believe No Data Were Breached

Hawai'i Medical Service Association (HMSA) and Kaiser Permanente, providers of health care coverage for the Hawai'i Conference and participating churches, do not believe that Hawai'i patient records and information were stolen in the Anthem, Inc., data breach on February 4.  However, HMSA members who received services in certain states may be affected due to the electronic filing process between association plans.  For more information, visit www.anthemfacts.com or www.hmsa.com/anthem.
 

World Religion Program Brings Scholars to Clergy Retreat and Interfaith Events

The Armin and Shirley Limper Program of Eden Theological Seminary will bring four noted world religion scholars to Hawai'i next month for these events:
 
March 9-11:  Annual Clergy Retreat at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.  Click HERE to download information and registration, or register online.
 
March 12:  “Non-Violence: Philosophy and Practice in World Religions” is a facilitated dialogue at Honpa Hongwanji Hawai'i Betsuin (1727 Pali Highway, Honolulu) beginning at 6:30 p.m.
 
March 13: Interfaith Communities in Action of Hilo will sponsor an interfaith discussion at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin (398 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo) beginning at 7 p.m.  For more information, contact Paul Normann at 808-965-5550.
 

Churches May Submit Resolutions for 'Aha Pae'aina

Resolutions for consideration at the upcoming 'Aha Pae'aina must be submitted by March 15 for review by the Conference Council.  For more information, including instructions on proper form and submission, click HERE.
 

Cornerstone Fund Offers Retirement Accounts for Individuals

The United Church of Christ Cornerstone Fund offers options for individuals who are thinking about supplementing a retirement account at work, consolidating funds from a previous employer, or beginning to save for the future.  Investments, in turn, allow the Fund to offer loans to local churches. To learn more click HERE.
 

Young Adults Invited to Apply for Service Communities

Young Adult Service Communities bring together young adults, ages 21 to 35, for nine months of work with community agencies or congregations and opportunities for reflection and vocational discernment.  There are six locations throughout the United States, each running from September 2015 to July 2016.  Housing, food stipend, and health insurance are provided.  Application deadline is February 15.
 

Youth on O'ahu Gather and Plan

Youth 'Ohana UCC (YOU) brings youth together from UCC churches on O'ahu.  At the next gathering on Saturday, February 21, 6-8 p.m., at Community Church of Honolulu (2345 Nu'uanu Avenue), details of the Association-planned trip to the 2016 UCC National Youth Event in Orlando, Florida, will be shared, along with fundraising plans (see the next article).  Youth leaders and parents are also invited.  For more information, contact Manu Naeole at manu@cchonolulu.org
 

Plate Lunch Fundraiser Supports NYE-Bound Youth

A steak or chicken plate lunch fundraiser to raise money for O'ahu youth attending the 2016 National Youth Event in Florida will be held on Sunday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Pearl City Community Church.  Lunches can be delivered to O'ahu churches in time for the ending of worship.  Adult and youth volunteers are needed.  To purchase tickets, contact the youth in your local church or Diane Weible at dweible@hcucc.org.
 

Windward Food Pantry Offers Helping Hand

The Food Pantry of Windward United Church of Christ (38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua) is open every Wednesday,10:30-11:30 a.m.  The church also runs a Thrift Shop on Wednesdays and Thursdays,10 a.m.-1 p.m., selling inexpensive clothing, housewares and small appliances.  Donations of non-perishable foods, cash, and new or gently used items are welcome.  For information, contact the church office at 808-254-3802.
 

IN THE NEWS

Friends Invited to Support Matsuyama Family

Dexen and Kaeden Matsuyama, the two young boys killed in a house fire in Holualoa earlier this month, were the grand-nephews of Boyd and Sharon Matsuyama, members of Puka'ana Church. A fund to support the boys’ family has been established.  Visit any First Hawaiian Bank branch to make a donation to the “Friends of Matsuyama 'Ohana Fund.”
 

Mokuaikaua Church Appears in Hana Hou! Magazine

Mokuaikaua Church and its fundraising efforts are featured in an article in the February/March edition of Hawaiian Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Hana Hou!

 
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