Disaster Fund for Tornado Victims

The UCC has created a fund to aid victims of last week's midwest tornadoes, which left a path of destruction across several states. Two storm systems developed between February 28 and March 3, spawning numerous tornadoes that killed at least 52 people. In the seven days prior to March 5, the National Weather Service issued 413 tornado warnings across the United States, with the majority of these warnings occurring east of the Mississippi River. To learn more and to donate, click HERE.

'Aha Resolutions Deadline Approaches

Deadline to submit resolutions for the upcoming 190th 'Aha Pae'aina is March 15. For more about resolutions, including instructions on their form and submission, click HERE.

Credit Union Survey

The Hawai'i Conference Foundation is assessing interest in the idea of forming 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 a quick survey indicating your interest.

New on the Website: Service of Recognition at Lanakila Church

A Service of Recognition of Licensing for William Paris was held March 3 at Lanakila Church. Click HERE for pictures.

Attend Investors Workshop on March 31

The Hawai'i Conference and Hawai'i Conference Foundation will host an Investors Workshop on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Kawaiaha'o Plaza (567 South King Street). Churches that currently have custodial investment accounts as well as those that don't and want to learn more about investing are encouraged to attend. Click HERE for presenters, topics and registration information. The cost is $25, which includes lunch. Deadline to register is March 16. Space is limited, so please register soon.

Retirement Housing Board Honors Kawatas

At its February 24 meeting, the Board of Directors of Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) honored Teruo Kawata, a former Hawaii Conference Minister, on his retirement from the Board after fifteen years of service. His wife, Kiku, was also recognized for her efforts on the RHF Advisory Commission. The Board also elected Norma DeSaegher, Waipahu UCC pastor, as a new member. She joins Kaumakapili Church member Frank Jahrling as board members from Hawaii. To learn more about RHF, a UCC-related ministry, click HERE.

Kalaupapa Exhibit Opens on O'ahu

Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa is the sponsor of “A Reflection of Kalaupapa, Past, Present, and Future,” an exhibit of photographs by Wayne Levin. The exhibit at Gallery 'Iolani at Windward Community College (45-720 Keaahala Road, Kaneohe) runs from March 2 to April 1. Click HERE for the flyer.

Summer Internships at Nu'uanu Church

The College Summer Internship at Nu'uanu Congregational Church is a ten-week program for college students interested in serving the church and exploring the connection between faith and vocation. The internship runs from June 1 to August 12, 2012. Click HERE for more information and to apply.


“Economics of Happiness” Event at Crossroads

A free showing of the movie by Helena Norberg-Hodge, "Economics of Happiness," will take place at Church of the Crossroads on Friday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, March 10, 1–3 p.m., Helena will offer a presentation on the need to transition from global economics to local economics in Hawai'i. A panel discussion will follow. "Economics of Happiness" will also be shown on Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. at the UH Art Auditorium.
Submitted by Chuck Burrows, Church of the Crossroads

Keawala'i Annual Luau

Keawala'i Congregational Church will hold its annual luau this Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click HERE for more information.

Singer Featured at Windward Worship

Countertenor Eric Brenner, formerly of Chanticleer, will offer music at the 9 a.m. worship at Windward United Church of Christ (38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, O’ahu) on Sunday, March 18. He is currently soloist at St. Thomas Church in New York City. All are welcome.

Butler Bass to Speak on "Christianity After Religion"

Noted author, historian, and theologian Diana Butler Bass will speak on "Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening" at the Parish of St. Clement (1515 Wilder Avenue, Honolulu) on Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration is $75; light lunch is included. Click HERE for additional information and to register.

Consider the Call to Ministry

If you or someone you know is considering a call to ministry, Pacific School of Religion will hold its Ministry as Vocation Conference for prospective students April 13–15 at its Berkeley campus. Click HERE for information and to register. Deadline to register is April 6.

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