Conference Office Closes for Thanksgiving

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Conference Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25.
 

Find Advent and Christmas Resources

Links to resources for Advent and Christmas are available on the Hawai'i Conference website.  If your church would like to post Advent or Christmas events or worship service resources, send submissions to coconutwireless@hcucc.org.
 

Help Revise UCC Nursing Manual

Input is being sought in the revision of the United Church of Christ’s Manual on Faith Community Nursing (parish nursing).  If you are part of or participate in a health ministry team, or are a faith community nurse, take this brief survey by November 30.
 

Disabilities Ministries Seeks Board Nominations

UCC Disabilities Ministries is seeking nominations to fill four seats on its Board of Directors. Nominees should be members of a UCC congregation who are able to devote ten hours per week to this work. Deadline for nominations is December 9, 2016.
 

Observe World AIDS Day with Resources

Churches can play an important role in helping to end the HIV epidemic by observing World AIDS Day 2016, which falls on December 1.  Find resources and ideas, and adapt them according to your particular context. 
 

Shop at AmazonSmile and Support Hawai'i Conference

Support the Hawai'i Conference when you shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday using AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to support Hawai'i Conference ministries.  Use this link and turn shopping into support.
 

EVENTS

Church Concert Is Part of City Tree Lighting

Kawaiaha'o Church (957 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu) invites everyone to its Honolulu City Lights Yuletide Concert taking place in the sanctuary on Saturday, December 3, at 5 p.m.
 

Central Union Hosts “Messiah”

The Central Union Oratorio Choir and Chamber Ensemble will perform the 69th annual presentation of Handel's oratorio, “Messiah,” on Sunday, December 4, 7 p.m., at Central Union Church (1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu).  Admission and parking are free.  Call 808-941-0957 for more information.
 

Mini-Retreat Offers Respite from Holiday Rush

“They Who Wait” is an Advent mini-retreat offered by ReSource for Christian Spirituality.  The retreat will take place on Saturday, December 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church (4364 Hardy Street, Lihue).
 

Family Events Highlight Advent at Kawaiaha'o

Kawaiaha'o Church (957 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu) will offer family-fun activities during Advent.  On December 14-16 and December 18-23, there will be food trucks, craft booths and a live nativity scene starting at 4:30 p.m., followed by a play, “The Nativity Story: The Story of the First Christmas,” at 7 p.m.
 

IN THE NEWS

Kaua'i Church Remembers Victims

Hanapepe United Church of Christ was featured in an article in The Garden Island newspaper about its recognition of the 8th Annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance.
 

Pearl City Pastor Recognized as Good Neighbor

Phil Reller, Pastor of Pearl City Community Church, was recently highlighted as a Good Neighbor in MidWeek magazine for coordinating the restoration and cleanup of a bunker adjacent to the Ewa/Pearl City District Court.
 

PEOPLE

Rancher Tells Stories of Old Hawai'i

Monty Richards, member of Kalahikiola Church (Kapa'au, Hawai'i Island) and co-chair of the Hawai'i Conference Foundation Board of Trustees, tells stories from his six decades managing KahuńĀ Ranch in Kohala in Ranching Under the Rainbow, an autobiographical oral history.  


Maui Chaplain Retires

Danette Kong retired from her position as Chaplain Coordinator of Maui Memorial Medical Center at the end of October 2016.  The Rev. Kong, a member of Keawala'i Church on Maui, will continue as an on-call chaplain at the hospital.
 
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