Conference Office Closed Next Monday

The Conference Office will be closed on Monday, February 17, in observance of President’s Day.

AHEC Photos Posted on Website

The Spring 'Aha Halawai of the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches was held February 7-8, at Paia Hawaiian Protestant Church.

Look for Mailing on Yearbook Forms

A mailing to churches this week gives instructions on submitting information for the UCC Yearbook.  Starting this year, churches have the option of entering yearbook data on-line.  Deadline for submitting information is March 7.  Contact Lori Yamashiro at or at 808-791-5645 if you have questions.

Stillspeaking Weekly

A new weekly e-publication from Local Church Ministries, “Stillspeaking Weekly: Sparking Ministry Conversations,” provides weekly thoughts for congregational leaders and will touch on a variety of topics important to local church life.  To read the first installment, click HERE.  To sign up to receive the weekly e-publication, click HERE.

Workshop Helps Clergy with Congregational Relations

Research conducted by the Alban Institute shows that the number one reason clergy get fired is their lack of ability to connect in meaningful ways with congregants.  The Center for Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Skills, directed by Roy Oswald, will lead workshops in Southern California (March 17-21) and Toronto (May 12-16) for clergy and lay leaders to develop their emotional intelligence competence, build human relations skills and provide coaching support.


Workshop Guides Churches in ONA Discussion

Mike Schuenemeyer, UCC Minister for Health and Wholeness Advocacy, will lead a workshop for churches that want to learn about the Open and Affirming (ONA) process.  The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Conference Office.  ONA is a way for churches to declare their welcome and inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons into the full life of the church.  Cost is $10 for lunch, and participants must register by Tuesday, February 25.

Hanapepe Hawaiian Hosts Music Concert Series

Hanapepe Hawaiian Church (3815 Hanapepe Road) will hold the first of its West Kaua'i Music Concert Series on Saturday, March 15, 6-9 p.m., at the church.  The concert highlights Hawaiian music and features UCC ministers Kekapa Lee and Ken Makuakane. Ken will also offer a workshop on Na Himeni O Ka Ekalesia earlier that day from 12 to 2 p.m. at the church.

Pastor and Author Will Speak at Britt Lectures

The Annual Britt Lectures of the Hawaii District of the United Methodist Church features speakers on theology and faith-related topics.  This year’s lecturer is United Methodist minister, Mike Slaughter, author of Change the World and Christmas Is Not Your Birthday.  The lectures will take place February 14, 15, and 16, beginning at 7 p.m. each day, at First United Methodist Church (1020 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu).  There will also be a workshop for clergy on Monday, February 17, 9 a.m., at the church. 

Hospice Hawai'i Hosts Family Camp

Hospice Hawai'i will hold its annual Family Camp on June 13-15, 2014, for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one and is willing to explore that loss with other families in a safe and supportive environment.  For more information and registration information contact Hospice Hawai'i by email at or by phone at 808-791-8082.


Pastoral Changes

Roney Joel became the new pastor of Hilo Marshallese Ministry at the end of December 2013.  Former pastor and licensed minister, Johnson Jetton, moved to Meja in the Marshall Islands to serve the church on that island. 

Ecclesiastical Councils Approve New Ministers

  • Kenneth Makuakane was approved to be a Commissioned Minister of worship and music and conference ministry by the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches meeting at the Ecclesiastical Council during the 'Aha Halawai on February 7. 
  • Randy Reynoso was approved for ordination pending a call by the O'ahu Association meeting as the Ecclesiastical Council on February 9.  


Hawai'i Kai Church Seeks Office Assistant

Hawai'i Kai United Church of Christ is seeking a part-time (16-19 hours per week) Office Assistant, who will be responsible for the administrative, clerical and bookkeeping duties of the church office.  Experience with Word and bookkeeping software of any kind is highly desirable.  Interested candidates should contact Pastor Janice Ogoshi by email at or by phone at 808-395-3408.

Family Promise Seeks Volunteer Coordinator

Family Promise of Hawai'i has an opening for a full-time Volunteer Coordinator.

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