Looking Ahead
♦  September through December 2014  ♦


'Aha Makua
September 13, 2014
Po'okela Church, Makawao

The ‘Aha Makua meeting of the ‘Aha O Nā Mokupuni ʻO Maui, Molokaʻi ame Lānaʻi (Tri-Isle Association) will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Poʻokela Church in Makawao from 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lay delegates and pastors from the member churches of the association will be in attendance. Keawalaʻi delegates include Kahu Kealahou Alika, Bob Hobson, Moderator and Bruce Burkitt, Vice-Moderator.

Martha Mensendiek, a missionary serving in Japan, will be the keynote speaker. A report will be made by junior and senior high school youth from Molokaʻi and Maui who attended the Western Regional Youth Event in Seattle, Washington in June.

Delegates will be called on to review and approve the proposal and recommendations for “Equipping Tomorrow’s Church Leaders” (ETCL). ETCL is a proposed 3-year pastoral leadership program that was born out of the “asset mapping” work done at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Tri-Isle Association. The meeting was held at Waiola Church on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The program has been developed through the work of the Church & Ministry Committee will the assistance of the Rev. Anne Wong Troy served as the principal writer.


2014 Ho'okupu Makahiki
November 1st to 30th, 2014

The Hoʻokupu Makahiki or Annual Appeal is held each year throughout the month of November. Members and friends of the church will be invited to share a special gift to support the ongoing mission and ministry of the church.

The annual appeal is a part of the stewardship program of the church. This makahiki season will mark the tenth year of the appeal for special gifts during the season of harvest and thanksgiving.

In 2013 a total of $53,985.00 was received. The initial fundraising goal set by the Board of Trustees was $40,000.


Thanksgiving Day Service & Luncheon
Thursday, November 27th, 2014

The annual Thanksgiving Day Service & Potluck Luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 27, 2014. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary.

A potluck luncheon will follow at 12:00 noon. Turkey and trimmings will be provided. Members, friends and visitors are invited to bring a side dish to share. A sign-up sheet will be available at the Greeter’s Table beginning on Sunday, November 2nd. Drinks as well as plates, napkins and utensils will be provided.


2014 Advent Service
Sunday, November 30th, 2014

The annual Advent Service will be held on Sunday, November 30, 2014 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church. The evening will feature the music of Nā Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir, under the direction of Stephen Haines with musical accompaniment by Danny Brown and Ellen Caringer. All are welcome to an evening of worship as we mark the beginning of the season of Advent.


Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, December 13th, 2014

The Fourth Annual Blessing of the Animals will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of the church. The service will be coordinated through the Board of Deacons with the kōkua of Cindee Burkitt and Ellen Caringer.

Churches celebrate the blessing of animals in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. The Feast Day of St. Francis is usually held on the first Sunday of October. Our annual celebration is held in December. In addition to readings and prayers, a blessing is offered for the animals.

Arrangements for the day will take into account the needs of the various animals that may include dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits and others. Dogs must be leashed at all times and cats and other animals must be safely contained.

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