Donate to China Earthquake Relief

Hundreds of people were killed, thousands more injured, and millions affected by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck the Sichuan Province in China on Monday, April 22. The United Church of Christ's Disaster Ministries is asking for prayers and donations to support those affected in the region. Gifts may also be given through your local congregation, which will be forwarded to the Hawai'i Conference for Wider Church Ministries. (Churches should acknowledge individuals and send one check for the total, payable to Hawai'i Conference UCC and marked "China Earthquake Appeal.")

Register by May 6 for 'Aha Pae'aina

Deadline to register for the 2013 'Aha Pae'aina is next Monday, May 6. Information was mailed to churches and can be viewed online.  Late fee of $30 will be charged after May 6. Late registrations will be accepted until May 20 at 4 p.m.

New on the Website

• The May 2013 edition of The Friend is now available online.
Photos from the Hawai'i Island Association Spring 'Aha Mokupuni held on Saturday, April 27, at Ho'olokahi Congregational Church, are posted on the website. 
Photos from the Tri-Isle Association Spring 'Aha Mokupuni on Saturday, April 27, at Keawala'i Congregational Church, are posted on the website. 

General Synod Orientation

Visitors attending General Synod 29 in Long Beach, California, this summer are invited to sit in on one of two orientation sessions for Synod delegates.  The sessions will be held at the Conference Office on Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, and again on Friday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  To reserve a seat, contact Lori Yamashiro at 808-791-5645 or  There is a $10 charge for lunch and materials. 

Church of the Crossroads in UC News

Church of the Crossroads was featured in a UCC News article for its sustainability events as part of the UCC’s Mission 4/1 Earth campaign. Mission 4/1 Earth links Easter (March 31), Earth Day (April 22), Arbor Day (April 26) and Pentecost (May 19) for a sustained, aggressive and collective mission opportunity for the entire United Church of Christ.

Download Useful Apps for Emergencies

The Red Cross has created iPhone and Android apps that provide ready and useful information in the event of an emergency.  You can find information on first aid, finding a shelter, hurricane, earthquake, wildfire, and tornado.

Resources Help Pastors Preach on Immigration Reform

As Congress considers issues of immigration reform, the Hawai'i Coalition for Immigration Reform invites pastors during the month of May to preach sermons related to immigration reform and God’s call to do justice and love mercy (Micah 6:8). Scripture suggestions and a list of preaching resources are available.  For additional suggestions or questions, call Stan Bain at 808-263-2584.


Kalaupapa Presentation at UH Manoa

Presentations on Kalaupapa will be given by Kerri A. Inglis, author of Ma'i Lepera, and Anwei Skinsnes Law, author of Kalaupapa, A Collective Memory, as part of the Hawaiian Historical Society meeting on Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m., at the University of Hawai'i Art Auditorium. Additional information can be found in the Society’s newsletter.

O'ahu Association to Gather

The Spring 'Aha Mokupuni of the O'ahu Association will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Waipahu UCC (94-330 Mokuola Street, Waipahu).  To register, contact Vivian Maunakea at or 808-537-9516.

Dubuque Choir Performs in Hawai'i

The 40-member University of Dubuque Choir will be in Hawai'i to perform at Church of the Holy Cross (440 Lanikaula Street, Hilo) on Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m.; and at UCC-Judd Street (467 North Judd Street, Honolulu) on Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m.  Both performances are free and open to the public.

O'ahu Association Offers Polity Course

The O'ahu Association offers a series of courses on UCC polity and history for those seeking UCC ministerial standing.  The next session, “History of the UCC,” will be held at the Conference Office on Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Lay members and authorized ministers are welcome to audit the series.  Courses are free, but you must reserve your spot by May 23 by contacting Kyle Lovett at

Start Planned Giving in Your Church

Learn how to start a planned giving ministry in your church by attending a workshop sponsored by the Conference Stewardship Missional Team.  The workshop will be presented on Tuesday, July 16, 4-7 p.m., at the Hawai'i Conference Office.  Leading the workshop will be Jan Stricklin, Associate Vice President of University Advancement for Pacific University in Oregon.  Cost is $25, which includes light pupu.  To reserve your place, contact Diane Weible before June 30 at or 808-791-5633.


Pastoral Changes

Ron Kent began as Interim Minister of First United Protestant Church in Hilo on May 1.

Local Educator to be Recognized at Synod

Congratulations to Satsuki Unoki, member of Hilo Coast UCC, who is one of four people around the country to be honored with the UCC Excellence in Teaching Award at General Synod in Long Beach, California, this summer.

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