Cyclone Hits, Affects Lives in Fiji

Cyclone Winston, a category 5 storm that struck the Pacific Island nation of Fiji over the weekend, has left 29 people dead and thousands without shelter. United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries is responding with $7,000 to provide basic necessities such as materials for temporary shelters, educational supplies for children, medicine and clean drinking water.  You can support recovery efforts by giving to the UCC’s International Emergency Relief Fund.  Please include “Cyclone Winston” in the memo line.

National Youth Event Changes Plans for Families

Planners of the UCC’s National Youth Event (NYE) taking place this summer in Orlando have announced a change in the policy for families that wish to attend with their youth.  Through May 1, only youth may register for NYE in order to be sure that rooms are available for all youth.  Beginning May 1, families of up to four may register on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Pricing remains the same, but meals will not be included.  Go to for information and registration.

Become an Economic Justice Church

General Synod in 2009 encouraged churches and other UCC settings to study economic injustice and to seek God’s will toward actions that promote economic justice.  The new Economic Justice Covenant Program provides materials and resources to assist in this effort.

AHEC Photos Posted on Website

View photos from the Spring 'Aha Halawai of the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches, held February 19-20, at Ko'olauhui'ia Protestant Church on Kaua'i.

Nominations for Conference Positions Close March 2

The deadline for submitting nominations for volunteer positions in the Hawai'i Conference United Church of Christ is next Wednesday, March 2.  Nominating forms and position descriptions may be downloaded HERE

Newsletter Features Environmental Justice

“Pollinator” is an on-line newsletter from Brooks Berndt, UCC Minister for Environmental Justice, offering updates, ideas and inspiration on God’s creation and environmental justice.  Sign up to get your copy.

Polity Courses Cover UCC and its History

The O'ahu Association offers a five-part series on UCC polity and history for those seeking UCC ministerial authorization or standing.  The first class in the series, History of the UCC, will be held April 30, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Hawai'i Conference Office (1848 Nu'uanu Avenue, Honolulu).  For more information, email or call 808-791-5633.


Workshop Supports Families of Incarcerated Women

Pu'a Foundation will hold an organizing workshop to help women transition from prison and to support families affected by trauma and incarceration.  The workshop is open to the community and will take place on Friday, March 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center (1791 Wili Pa Loop, Wailuku).  For more information email or call 808-945-3570.

Pu'a Shows Sovereignty Film on Maui

Pu'a Foundation will host a free screening of its film, “Ua Mau Ke Ea: Sovereignty Endures,” along with food and fellowship, on Friday, March 4, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Bailey House Museum (2375-A Main Street, Wailuku).  For more information email or call 808-244-3326.

Lili'uokalani Church Holds Fundraiser

Lili'uokalani Protestant Church (66-090 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa) will hold a Kalua Pig Fundraiser on Saturday, March 12, with pick-up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Tickets for one pound of kalua pig are $8 each and can be purchased by calling 808-637-9364.

Wahiawa Church Sponsors Golf Tournament

Wahiawa UCC’s 4th Annual Golf Fellowship Fundraiser will benefit the church’s men’s and women’s ministries, as well as the Campbell High School Career and Technical Education Program.  The tournament will be held at Waikele Golf Course on Friday, June 24, starting at 12 p.m.  Fee of $150 includes lunch, green fees, cart, and awards dinner buffet banquet.  For more information call 808-621-8145.


Minister Resigns from Japanese Ministry

Enoch Stephen resigned as minister of the Nichigobu (Japanese language) Ministry at Kahului Union Church on February 21.  He was called to the church on August 3, 2012.  In March, he and his wife, Yong, will move to Korea to serve a Japanese-speaking congregation.

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