New Book Includes Hawai'i Mission History

A new book about the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) includes several chapters on the Congregational mission and missionaries to Hawai'i. The Role of the American Board in the World: Bicentennial Reflections on the Organization’s Missionary Work, 1810-2010 is currently available from the publisher, WIPF & Stock, and from Amazon. Click HERE to read more from the publisher’s website. Click HERE or scan the QR code at right to purchase the book at

Reserve Your Seat for Investors Workshop

Space is still available for those interested in attending the Investors Workshop on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Kawaiaha'o Plaza (567 South King Street). One of the presentations will be on OikoCredit, which lends working capital to micro-finance institutions around the world, that in turn provide loans to the poor and disadvantaged. Click HERE for presenters, topics and registration information. The cost is $25, which includes lunch. Call the Conference Office at 808-537-9516 to reserve your spot.

Take the Credit Union Survey

This Friday, March 23, is the deadline for taking the on-line survey to determine individual interest in the formation of a credit union for UCC members in Hawai'i. Click HERE to find out more about what a credit union is and what the potential benefits could be, and then click HERE to take the survey.

"Let’s Move!" Faith and Community Opportunities

The focus of First Lady Michelle Obama’s "Let’s Move!" initiative is to reduce and/or eliminate obesity among our children and families. Two new ways to get involved are:

~ Click HERE to sign up to be a "Let’s Move Faith and Communities" supporter to receive updates, news, and invitations to participate in monthly partner calls to support efforts to offer healthy choices, nutritional information, and increase access to affordable food and opportunities for physical activity.

~ Click HERE to learn about the First Lady’s new "Communities on the Move" video challenge. Congregations and community organizations are invited to create one-to-three minute videos highlighting work done to make their communities healthier. Deadline to enter the Video Challenge is April 6.

Donate to Prevent Child Abuse, Neglect and Domestic Violence

The UCC Transition House Board encourages support of the Hawai'i Children's Trust Fund to prevent child abuse, neglect and domestic violence by donating $5 from your state refund. You can do this by checking line 43c on your 2011 Hawai'i Income Tax. The mission of Hawai'i Children's Trust Fund is to strengthen families, prevent child abuse and neglect, and promote the development of healthy children in the state of Hawai`i. For more information, click HERE.
Submitted by Marlene Lee, UCC Transition House Board


Jobs Webinar Focuses on Unemployment

Faith Advocates for Jobs will present a webinar on Thursday, March 22, 10:00 a.m. (Hawai'i time), featuring presentations focused on supporting the unemployed. Judi Conti of the National Employment Law Project will report on the Unemployment Insurance legislation recently passed by the U.S. Congress. Click HERE for additional information and for the phone number to call in.

Hot Meal at Ola'a

Ola'a First Hawaiian Church (Hale Pule Loop Road, Kurtistown) will be hosting its 4th Hot Meal gathering on Saturday, March 24, 3-4:30 p.m. For more information click HERE.

Zen Music with Ancient Shakuhachi

A performance of Shakuhachi will be performed by Master Flutist John Singer on Friday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. at Iao United Church of Christ (2371 West Vineyard Street, Wailuku). No advance tickets necessary. Call Jack Belsom at 808-244-7353 for further information or click HERE to see the flyer.

Free Estate Planning Seminar at Crossroads

Are your wills, trusts, and health-care documents up-to-date? Have you included charities and causes about which you are passionate in your giving plans? If not, and you don’t know where to start, attend a free Estate Planning Seminar on Saturday, March 31, 9-11 a.m., in Weaver Hall at Church of the Crossroads (1212 University Avenue, Honolulu). Jon Hunter, estate planning attorney, will be the guest speaker, and local UCC Insurance Board agent David Takagi will facilitate the event.
Submitted by David Takagi 

Lumana'i Fundraiser

The Lumana'i Scholarship Committee of the O’ahu Association will hold a Fundraiser Event on Thursday, April 5, at the Farrington High School auditorium, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event will feature dance groups from churches and community organizations. Admission is free and proceeds from the fundraiser will be used for scholarships to recognize outstanding high school seniors of Samoan descent. The scholarships will be awarded at a special banquet on Thursday, April 19, at Central Union Church.

Waipahu UCC Good Friday Service

A traditional Good Friday dinner and worship service will be held at Waipahu UCC (94-330 Mokuola Street, Waipahu) on April 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a jook supper. The worship service, which will include the depiction of the Cross at Calvary, will follow at 6:30 p.m.

Punchbowl Easter Sunrise Service

George Scott will be the preacher at the 111th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at the National Memorial of the Pacific at Punchbowl on Easter Sunday, April 8. The Rev. Scott is a UCC minister, a chaplain at Punahou School, and part-time Youth Minister at Central Union Church. The Central Union Youth Choir will also participate in the Sunrise Service.


6th Annual Spring Easter Celebration

Moanalua Community Church (4867 Bougainville Drive) will be hosting its 6th Annual Spring Easter Celebration on Sunday, April 8, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event includes egg hunts, egg contests, relays with the Easter Bunny, games, and much more! For information, contact Leah Calixto at 808-783-7471.

Woman’s Board Meet and Greet

The Woman’s Board of Missions (WBM) for the Pacific Islands has scheduled a Meet and Greet for Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Iao United Church of Christ (2371 West Vineyard Street, Wailuku). Click HERE to see the flyer.


In Memory: Louis Wargo

Louis G. Wargo of Beaverton, Washington, died March 16. Lou was a retired UCC pastor who served as an interim minister at Waiola Church in Lahaina from December 2010 through February 2011. For a complete obituary, click HERE.

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