Tuvalu Church Is Newest UCC Congregation

The Tuvalu Fou Congregational Christian Church was formally received into the O'ahu Association of the United Church of Christ this past Sunday, August 9, in Honolulu.  In addition to being the newest UCC congregation, it is also the first Tuvaluan church.  View photos from the reception service.  Another service of reception will take place during the O'ahu Association 'Aha Mokupuni on October 10. 
 

Volunteers Needed to Rebuild following Virginia Storm

UCC Disaster Ministries needs volunteers to help rebuild homes and lives following severe storms in Wise, Virginia, in February and March 2015.  Get more details and find out about other volunteer opportunities at the Volunteer in Disaster Recovery webpage.
 

Train to Be Long-term Volunteer in Disaster

The UCC needs trained volunteers who can commit to long-term service (a minimum of one month) at a disaster site doing recovery work.  A training event to provide the necessary tools for this work will take place October 4-10, 2015, in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Travel expenses to the training will be covered by UCC Disaster Ministries.  If you are interested or would like more information, send an email with your name and phone number to dickend@ucc.org.
 

Council Gets Oriented, Sets 2016 'Aha Dates

The Conference Council met last Saturday, August 8, for its first quarterly meeting of the new fiscal year.  In addition to orientation, the Council reviewed current work to date on an on-going, long-range strategy for the Conference that includes church growth and leadership capacity.  The Council also took these actions:
  • Established the dates of June 10-11, 2016, for the 'Aha Makua of the 194th 'Aha Pae'aina (Hawai'i Conference Annual Meeting) at Central Union Church.
  • Approved the Minutes of the 193rd 'Aha Pae'aina, held in June 2015.
  • Engaged KMH LLP as auditor for the fiscal year ending 2015 financial statements of the Hawai'i Conference (and Hawai'i Conference Foundation).
  • Transferred $75,000 from the Mission Memorial Fund as a cash flow reserve.
  • Adopted a charter for a new Mission Partner Committee of the Hawai'i Conference, and appointed to this new committee Jean Coffman, Jeff Glass, Joanne Nakashima and Jaya Prakash Sabbithi. 
View or download meeting handouts and reports.  For questions or further information, email Council Chair Iese Tuuao at ituuao@aol.com or Conference Minister Charles Buck at cbuck@hcucc.org.
 

EVENTS

Exhibit Marks 70 Years of Liberation from Nazi Camps

Nisei Veterans Legacy Center will present an exhibition of photos of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, a unit of the World War II 442nd Regimental Combat Team, as it liberated camp survivors at the Dachau Nazi concentration camp seventy years ago.  "Unlikely Liberators" will be displayed at Temple Emanu-El (2550 Pali Highway, Honolulu) from August 20 to September 6, and then at Kahala Mall from October 5 to 24.
 

Hanapepe Hawaiian Church Hosts Na Himeni Concert

“Na Himeni: Hawaiian Hymns in Story and Song” will be presented on Saturday, August 22, 5 p.m., at Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church (3815 Hanapepe Road, Kaua'i).  Performing will be Kenneth Makuakane, Acting Papa Makua; Samuel Kaauwai and the Kapa'a First Hawaiian Church Choir; and Naomi Yokotake of Waioli Hui'ia Church.  For more information or to purchase tickets at $25 each, call 808-335-3595.
 

Choral Directors Share Resources

Choral directors, musicians and singers are invited to a day of learning about “Vocal Production in the Choral Setting.”  This professional development day, sponsored by the Hawai'i Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, will take place Saturday, September 5, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with optional dinner following, at University of Hawai'i West O'ahu (91-1001 Farrington Highway, Kapolei).  For information and to register, click HERE.
 

UCC–Judd Street Celebrates 100 Years

UCC-Judd Street will celebrate its one hundredth anniversary with a banquet on Saturday, September 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Manoa Grand Ballroom.  Ticket prices are $40 for adults (age 12 and over), $15 for youth (age 4-11), and free for children (under age 4).  To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 808-536-8418.  Deadline to purchase tickets is August 16.
 

PEOPLE

Pastor Weds on Maui

Congratulations to Leticia Rouser, United States Navy Chaplain and former pastor of Po'okela Church, who was married to Kelvin Thigpen this past Saturday, August 8 on Maui.
 
 
 
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