Churches Receive NIN Grants

Two Hawai'i Conference churches will receive Neighbors in Need grants from UCC Justice and Witness Ministries. Ola'a First Hawaiian Church (Hawai'i Island) was awarded $1,000 for its Community Feeding Program, and Ka Hana O Ke Akua Church (O'ahu) received $1,500 for its Food Mission Project.  To learn more about NIN grants, click HERE.

Justice and Witness Team Introduces Newsletter

The Justice and Witness Missional Team of the Hawai'i Conference has created a newsletter sharing information about upcoming peace and justice events.  The newsletter is available in two formats: as a listing of events that can be cut and pasted, and as a bulletin insert

Friday Is Deadline for Offerings

Contributions to UCC all-church offerings should be remitted to the Hawai'i Conference by this Friday, January 9, 2015, to be counted toward 2014 contributions and Five for Five tallies.  For questions, contact Donald Schmidt by phone at 808-791-5643 or by email at

Webinar Explains “Grow Your Church” Program for New and Renewing Churches

Find out about the UCC’s newly revised funding program for new and renewing congregations in a webinar to be offered twice.  The first will be held tomorrow, January 8, at 8 a.m. (Honolulu time), and the second on Tuesday, January 13, at 10 a.m. Click HERE for information. To register, click on the date you wish to attend to be directed to the registration website.

Taize Service Highlights Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

As part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Hawai'i Council of Churches and Honolulu Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church invite all to a Taizé service of sacred music, scripture and prayer on Thursday, January 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Newman Center/Holy Spirit Parish on the campus of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.  Clergy are invited to wear clerical vestments from their own traditions. 

Register for Church Leaders Event

Register by February 11 for the Church Leaders Event to take place on Saturday, February 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Nu'uanu Congregational Church (2651 Pali Highway, Honolulu).  Cost is $25 for O'ahu attendees and $85 for Neighbor Island attendees (includes airfare).  Click HERE to download the information and registration form mailed to churches.  Click HERE to register on-line now.

Clergy Discuss World Religions at Annual Retreat

The Annual Clergy Retreat hosted by the Hawai'i Island Association will take place from Monday, March 9, to Wednesday, March 11, at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.  “Christian Theology of World Religions” is the focus of this year’s program.  Click HERE to download the information and registration form that is being mailed out to pastors today.  To register online, click HERE.

Online Course Offers UCC History and Polity

UCC History, Polity and Theology will be offered online by the Center for Progressive Renewal from January 14 to April 21, 2015.  Leading the course is Timothy Downs, former Southeast Conference Minister.  Cost for the 12-week course is $629.

Volunteer Work Groups Needed in Florida

UCC Disaster Ministries has been providing support in Pensacola, Florida, following severe flooding in April 2014.  Volunteer groups are now needed to repair and rebuild homes in the region.  For information and to register a group, click HERE.


What Happens after Long-Term Disaster Recovery Is Over? 

Church World Services will host “The Future of Long-Term Recovery Groups,” a webinar that will look at what disaster recovery teams should do once their work is finished.  The webinar will be offered on Tuesday, January 13, 9 a.m. (Hawai'i time).  For information and to register, click HERE.

AHEC 'Aha Halawai Will Be Hosted by Waiola Church

The Spring 'Aha Halawai of the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches will be held February 20-21 at Waiola Church (535 Wainee Street, Lahaina, Maui).  Click HERE for the registration packet.  To register online, click HERE.  Registration deadline is January 12.  Hotel accommodations are very limited, so don't delay.

Tri-Isle Gathers for 'Aha Makua

The Tri-Isle Spring 'Aha Makua will be held on Saturday, January 17, at Lana'i Union Church.  The opening worship will include the installation of Sarah Rentzel Jones as Pastor of Lana'i Union Church. Registration deadline is this Friday, January 9.

Annual Event Commemorates Queen’s Efforts

The 22nd Annual Hookuikahi will commemorate Queen Lili'uokalani and her efforts toward justice, nonviolence and reconciliation.  The event will be held on Saturday, January 17, 6 p.m., at Cathedral of St. Andrews (229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu), and will be followed by a meal. For more information, contact Kaleo Patterson 808-330-3669.

O'ahu Association Installs Two Ministers this Month

The O'ahu Association will hold two services of installation in January:
  • Jun Lagon as Pastor of Filipino United Church of Christ (94-1366 Hiapo Street, Waipahu) on Sunday, January 25, 2015, 3 p.m.
  • David Rivers as Senior Minister of Central Union Church (1660 Beretania Street, Honolulu) on Saturday, January 31, 2015, 4 p.m. 

Central Union Hosts Fair for Seniors and Families

Central Union Church (1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu) invites seniors and their families to a Senior Fair on Saturday, January 24, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Parish Hall.  For more information and to reserve a place, call the church office at 808-941-0957.


Pastoral Changes

The Church and Ministry Committee of the Hawai'i Island Association terminated the ordained ministerial standing of Dean Kauka as the result of a fitness review.  He ended his ministry at Imiola Church on December 1, 2014.

Barry Mick began as Pastor of Kapa'a First Hawaiian Church on January 1. Previously, he was Associate Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Jonesboro, Georgia.

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