Observe Advent with Kamehameha Schools Devotionals

Hawaiian-focused devotionals and video hymns for Advent are available on Kamehameha Schools' website every Monday.  Weeks one and two are now available.
 

UCC Will Support Philippines After Typhoon

Thirteen months after Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines have been hit by Typhoon Hagupit.  UCC Disaster Ministries will support emergency relief and long-term recovery in order to assist families in rebuilding homes and restoring livelihoods destroyed by these major storms.  Find out more and make a donation.
 

UCC Leaders Respond to Ferguson and New York Events

Conference and national staff persons, gathered last week in Savannah, Georgia, issued a letter to the church addressing the deaths of civilians at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.  With the letter is a litany for churches to consider using during Advent services.
 

Conference Foundation Partners with Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy will conserve, manage and interpret a 922-acre property north of Hilo off the Saddle Road owned by the Hawai'i Conference Foundation.  A ceremony of blessing for the land and the partnership was held on November 25 at the site. For more information about the partnership, click HERE.
 

New Parish Papers Address “Future” Issues

New issues of the Parish Paper have been posted on the website.  Feel free to copy and share these with your congregation as part of the Hawai'i Conference subscription.
 
January 2015: "Our Future Pastors: Assessing the State of the Pipeline"
February 2015: "How to Avoid the Potholes on the Road to Retirement"
 

Huialoha Church in the News

Huialoha Congregational Church in Kaupo, Maui, was recently featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.  The article shares recollections of Carl Lindquist, who organized renovations of the church beginning in 1978, from the book, Pohaku: The Art & Architecture of Stonework in Hawai'i (2003).  The church is celebrating its 155th anniversary in 2014.
 

Central Union Certified As Cool Congregation

Interfaith Power and Light recently named Central Union Church a Certified Cool Congregation.  To see why and for more information click HERE.
 

Churches Reminded to Remit Offerings by January 9

Contributions to UCC all-church offerings support ministries and change lives.  For contribution credit toward 2014, including Five for Five tallies, offerings must be received at the Conference Office by Friday, January 9, 2015.  For questions, contact Donald Schmidt by phone at 808-791-5643 or by email at dschmidt@hcucc.org.
 

Coconut Wireless Takes End-of-Year Break

Next Wednesday's December 17 edition of the Coconut Wireless will be the last for 2014.  If your church would like to announce Advent or Christmas events, or other stories, send submissions by December 15 to coconutwireless@hcucc.org.
 

EVENTS

Waiokeola Moves Service for Marathon

Due to the Honolulu Marathon, which passes directly in front of the church, Waiokeola Congregational Church (4705 Kilauea Avenue, Honolulu) will not hold morning worship on Sunday, December 14.  Instead, the congregation will gather for a Family Advent Celebration on Saturday, December 13, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
 

 Kawaiaha'o Presents Living Nativity

Kawaiaha'o Church (957 Punchbowl Street) will present “A Living Nativity” on various dates in December from 7 to 9 p.m.  Hula and music will also be a part of each evening’s presentation. 
 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Job Openings at UCC National Offices

View positions and descriptions for job openings at the UCC national offices including the newly posted Minister of Environmental Justice.
 

Pension Boards Seeks Philanthropy Officer

The Pension Boards is seeking a Philanthropy Officer.  Click HERE for the position description.

 
 
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