UCC Launches Hurricane Sandy Appeal

Although Hawai'i was fortunate to have been spared devastation from tsunami last weekend, such was not the case for brothers and sisters in the East who have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy, which has killed scores in the Caribbean and the U.S. and left more than 7 million people without power. The United Church of Christ is reaching out to partners in the Caribbean and churches along the U.S. east coast, from North Carolina to Maine, with emergency relief funds from One Great Hour of Sharing.

The UCC has established a fund for additional assistance to aid victims. Click HERE to learn more and to donate. Gifts may also be given through your local congregation, which will be forwarded to the Hawai'i Conference for Wider Church Ministries. (Churches should acknowledge individuals and send one check for the total, payable to Hawai'i Conference UCC and marked "Hurricane Sandy Response.")

Happy All Hallow's Eve from the UCC

Click HERE to view a special All Hallow's Eve greeting from the UCC that you can share with family and friends.

Memoirs of Henry Obookiah Reprinted

The Woman’s Board of Missions for the Pacific Islands (WBM) introduced the newest edition of the Memoirs of Henry Obookiah on October 18 at Hawai'i Mission Houses. This new edition of the book, originally written by Edwin W. Dwight, includes an epilogue written by WBM President Karen Welsh. Click HERE for photos from the October 18 event.  To order a copy of the book, click HERE.

Summer Chaplaincy at Chautauqua

Chautauqua United Church of Christ Society, in Chautauqua, New York, is seeking UCC clergy to serve as Chaplain of the Week during the summer of 2013.  Nine people will be selected to serve for one week each.  For information and to apply, visit the website at www.cuccs.org.  Deadline for online applications is November 30.

Clergy Invited to Add Support

The Hawai'i Coalition for Immigration Reform is inviting all clergy to add their names to a list of religious leaders who support resident tuition for Hawai'i DREAM students enrolled in the University of Hawai'i (UH) system.  Clergy wishing to have their names added should send name, title, and religious organization to Stan Bain at stanbain@facehawaii.org no later than Thursday, November 8. Click HERE to view the letter that will be submitted to the UH Board of Regents along with the names of those clergy in favor of the request.


Penny Carnival Tonight

UCC-Judd Street (467 North Judd Street, Honolulu) holds its 20th Annual Penny Carnival tonight from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  All are invited for food, fun, prizes, and games for pennies!  Proceeds will benefit the O'ahu SPCA animal shelter.  Click HERE for the flyer.  Contact Randy at 286-2103 for more information or if you would like to help.

Harvest Fair in Manoa

Manoa Valley Church (2728 Huapala Street, Honolulu) will hold its annual Harvest Fair on Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Fair will feature food, plants, rummage sale, crafts, silent auction and children’s activities.  Proceeds benefit the church's building/maintenance fund.

Crossroads Hosts Watada Lectures

Teresia Teaiwa, Senior Lecturer and Program Director of Pacific Studies at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, will be the guest speaker at this year’s Watada Lecture Series, November 8 to 11.  The Umematsu and Yasu Watada Lecture on Peace, Social Justice, and the Environment is hosted each year by Church of the Crossroads (1212 University Avenue, Honolulu). Click HERE to view the flyer for more information.


Pastoral Changes

Wally Fukunaga began as Interim Minister of Pearl City Community Church on October 1.  He is a former executive director of the Spiritual Care and Counseling Center on O'ahu.

Conference Staffer Contributes to Best Short Film

Scott Davis, Hawai'i Conference administrative assistant, wrote the screenplay to “Rusti Escapes!” a short film that recently won the Best Short Film award at the 2012 Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Kaumakapili Member Receives Achievement Award

Teresa Makuakane-Drechsel, member of Kaumakapili Church, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Native Indian Education Association’s Third General Assembly on October 20 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  She is former vice president of the association and worked in the public education support division at Kamehameha Schools, where she was involved in developing and implementing Hawaiian culture based programs for teachers and administrators in the Hawai'i State Department of Education.

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