Hawai'i Conference Offers Pastoral Word on Orlando

The ministerial staff of the Hawai'i Conference offers a pastoral word following the mass shooting that killed forty-nine people and wounded at least fifty-three at an Orlando nightclub last Sunday.

Download Latest Issue of The Friend

The June 2016 edition of The Friend, the newsletter of the Hawai'i Conference United Church of Christ, is now available online.

'Aha Approves Korean Partnership

At the 194th Aha Pae'aina held this last week on O'ahu, ten guests from the South Seoul Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) were on hand to witness the approval of a mission partnership between the Presbytery and the Hawai'i Conference. 
Delegates also approved a budget for the new fiscal year, elected new Council members and Foundation trustee, and discussed an action plan to evaluate the ministries of the Hawai'i Conference in the coming year.  Offerings taken during worship services at the 'Aha Makua benefited Our Church’s Wider Mission ($2100) and the Vesper Maile Ito Fund ($2258).  Photos from the 'Aha Iki and 'Aha Makua are posted online. 

Check Inboxes for 'Aha Evaluations

An on-line evaluation was sent by email to registered 'Aha delegates and visitors earlier this week.  If you attended and did not receive the survey, email leehenrychang@hcucc.org.

Make Health Plan Changes through June 23

Until June 23, church employees enrolled in a medical or dental plan through the Hawai'i Conference may make changes to their coverage, transfer from one health plan to another, or join a group plan if they did not join when first eligible. 

UCC Giving Favors Direct Appeals

A survey of 3,000 UCC members taken this last spring shows a preference for giving to specific needs or projects rather than to general funds such as Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM).  Also, financial challenges and a lack of knowledge about how support will further the mission of the wider church are two main reasons congregations don’t give more to OCWM.   The survey results will be used to shape a plan of giving for the denomination.  See the preliminary results of the national survey and the data from Hawai'i respondents


Speakers and Video Share Manoa Valley’s History and Myths

The public is invited to “Manoa Valley: Its History, Myths and Legends,” on Friday, June 17, 9:00-11:30 a.m., at Manoa Valley Church (2728 Huapala Street, Honolulu). For more information, visit www.manoavalleychurch.org or call 988-3271.

Pre-Watada Lectures Features Arctic Activist

Miho Aida, Arctic Refuge activist, filmmaker, educator and outdoor adventurer, will be the guest speaker at the Pre-Watada Lecture on Friday, June 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Church of the Crossroads (1212 University Avenue, Honolulu).  The Umematsu and Yasu Watada Lecture on Peace, Social Justice, and the Environment is hosted each year by the church.

Training Prepares Communities for Disasters

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) training prepares communities to respond to various types of disasters.  A free, three-day training class will be offered in Kailua on June 18 and 25, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Keolu Latter Day Saints Chapel (1461 Kanapuu Drive); and on July 9, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Diamond Head Battery Harlow.  To register, email KailuaCERT@gmail.com or call 808-729-7991.  For other available classes visit www.oahucert.net.

Financial Planning Seminar Aids Seniors

AARP will hold an informational seminar on smart financial decision making this Saturday, June 18, 1-4 p.m., at Windward UCC (38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua).  To register, click HERE or call 1-877-926-8300.

Ewa Church Holds Fundraiser

The Country Store of Ewa Community Church (91-1258 Renton Road) will feature a large collection of vintage and costume jewelry, gently-used clothing, kitchen and other home items, furniture, and a bake sale.  The fundraising event will be held on Saturday June 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For information, call 808-681-3471.

O'ahu Association Installs Waiokeola Pastor

The O'ahu Association will install Jonathan Pak as Pastor of Waiokeola Congregational Church (4705 Kilauea Avenue, Honolulu) on Sunday, June 26, at 4 p.m.

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