Coconut Wireless Takes a Break

Next Wednesday’s December 18 edition of the Coconut Wireless will be the last issue of 2013.  If your church would like to announce Advent or Christmas events, send submissions no later than December 16 to

January 10 Is Deadline for 2013 Offering Remittances

Contributions to UCC all-church offerings support ministries and change lives.  Churches must remit offerings to the Hawai'i Conference Office by Friday, January 10, 2014, to be counted toward 2013 contributions and Five for Five tallies.  For questions, contact Diane Weible by phone at 808-791-5633 or by email at

UCC General Minister Meets with Clergy

UCC General Minister and President Geoffrey Black will be the guest speaker at the O'ahu Clergy Gathering on Tuesday, January 7, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hawai'i Conference Office.  All clergy are invited, but to get an accurate lunch count please inform Diane Weible by email at if you will be attending.

Meet Pension Boards CEO in January

All church employees, both laypersons and clergy, who have retirement accounts with the UCC Pension Boards are invited to meet Michael Downs, President and CEO of the Pension Boards, on Saturday, January 11, 9 to 11 a.m., at Central Union Church (1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu).  He will share information about services and programs, and provide updates and advice for pre-retirement planning.  Click HERE for more information and reservations.

O'ahu Association Announces Ecclesiastical Council

An Ecclesiastical Council for the purpose of examining Randy Reynoso for ordination in the United Church of Christ will be held on Sunday, February 9, 4 p.m., at Community Church of Honolulu (2345 Nu'uanu Avenue).  More information will be mailed in early January.

Christmas Events

Special Christmas Services at Filipino UCC
Filipino United Church of Christ (94-1366 Hiapo Street, Waipahu) will hold these special services:
  • Christmas Chorale Pageant, December 20, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve Service, December 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • New Year's Eve Service, December 31, 7–8:30 p.m.
Christmas Concert at Kawaiaha'o
Kawaiaha'o Church Choir, Kawaiolaonapukanileo Vocal Ensemble, Hawai'i Youth Opera Chorus and Hawai'i Ecumenical Chorale will present Francis Poulenc's "Gloria" and John McCreary's "Missa Puer Natus" on December 21, 7 p.m., at the church.  For information click HERE, or contact Buddy Nalua'i by email at

Holy Cross Hosts Messiah Sing-Along
Church of the Holy Cross (440 W. Lanikaula Street, Hilo) will host its seventh annual Messiah Sing-Along on Sunday, December 22, at 3 p.m. This event is open to the public and musical scores will be provided at the door. For more information contact the church office at 808-935-1283.


Pastoral Changes

Retired Minister Choo Lak Yeow will begin as Interim Minister of Ewa Community Church on December 15. 

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