Conference Office Closed for Presidents’ Day

In observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday, the Conference Office will be closed on Monday, February 18.

Report from Conference Council

The Conference Council, at its meeting on February 9, 2013, received reports from around the Conference and approved audited financial statements for fiscal years ending 2011 and 2012.  Click HERE for written reports presented to the council.  To obtain a copy of audited financial statements, contact Conference Minister Charles Buck at

Missionary Intern Visits Hawai'i

Kristine Tisinger, a UCC/Disciples missionary intern, will visit the Hawai'i Conference from June 1 to July 10 to speak about her work at Theological Education by Extension College in Johannesburg, South Africa. Click HERE to learn more about Kristine and her work. To schedule a date for her to speak at your church, contact Diane Weible at 791-5633 (Neighbor Island, 1-800-734-7610 ext. 633) or by email at

Return Your Yearbook Forms

Deadline to turn in UCC Yearbook forms is February 22.  Instructions and details regarding the forms were mailed to churches in January.  If your church did not receive these forms, please contact Lori Yamashiro at 808-791-5645 or  Churches that submit completed forms by the deadline will be eligible to win one of five gift certificates.

Nomination Forms Mailed to Churches

Nominating forms and position descriptions for volunteer positions in the Hawai'i Conference United Church of Christ were sent out to churches in January. Nominees for all positions will be elected at the 'Aha Pae'aina in June and begin on July 1.  Deadline for submitting nominations is March 1. Forms may be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Deadline Approaches for 'Aha Resolutions

Deadline to submit resolutions for the upcoming 'Aha Pae'aina is March 15.  For more about resolutions, including instructions on their form and submission, click HERE.

Read New Issues of Parish Paper

New issues of the Parish Paper have been posted on the website.  Feel free to copy and share these with your congregation as part of the Hawai'i Conference subscription.

March 2013: “What Leadership Style Works in Our Church?”
April 2013: “Oral Communication: How to Strengthen Our Effectiveness”

Download The Friend

The February 2013 edition of The Friend is now available.  Click HERE to read the latest edition. 

UCC Redesigns Website

The United Church of Christ has redesigned its website with the aim of improving user experience and functionality to meet the needs of its diverse viewers.  Visit the new website at or click HERE to read more about the redesign. Look for further revisions to be phased in on a continuing basis.


Hawai`i Members Nominated to United Church Board

Two people from Hawai'i have been nominated to the new United Church Board of the UCC.  Caroline Belsom of Waiola UCC (Maui) and Dean Wakuzawa of Kailua Christian Church (O'ahu) are among the 36 at-large nominees to be elected at General Synod in Long Beach this July.  The United Church Board will serve as the governing board for the denomination and its Covenanted Ministries: Local Church Ministries, Justice and Witness Ministries, and Wider Church Ministries.

Pastoral Changes

  • David and Ruth Sandberg completed their terms as Co-Interim Pastors of Windward UCC on January 31. They returned to their home in California.
  • After two years Neal MacPherson concluded his ministry as Interim Pastor of Liliuokalani Protestant Church on January 31.  Neal is currently serving as Interim Minister of Fairview Baptist Church in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Webinar Offered for Church Officers

The Insurance Board (IB) will present a webinar, “Your Church: Employer & Small Business,” next Wednesday, February 20, at 6:00 a.m. and again at 10:00 a.m. (Hawai'i time). Church officers, trustees and board members will especially find this webinar useful. Visit the IB website at or click HERE to register for this or other webinars.

Preacher Keynotes Britt Lectures

Anna Carter Florence will speak at the Britt Lectures, to be given over three evenings, February 15-17, 7 p.m., at First United Methodist Church (1020 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu). Anna, the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, will also lead a workshop for clergy on Monday, February 18, 9 a.m., at the church.  Click HERE to find out more about this annual event sponsored by the Hawai'i District of the United Methodist Church.

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