Religion Briefs

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Church drive seeks basic necessities

The shopping trend of the week was to buy sweets for Halloween, but members of Oahu's Lutheran and Episcopal churches have socks, toothpaste, diapers and other basic necessities on their lists.

New clothing, towels, hygiene and baby care items, and small toys are being collected in Operation Backpack.

Tomorrow is the collection deadline. Anyone is welcome to drop off items at St. Andrew's Cathedral, at South Beretania and Queen Emma streets. Volunteers will pack the bags from 2 to 5 p.m. tomorrow at St. Andrew's Davies Hall.

The goods will be distributed to elderly residents of low-income housing, homeless people living on Leeward Coast beaches, families in homeless transitional housing at Kawaeloa, and people being helped by Angel Network at Calvary-by-the-Sea Lutheran Church.

For information, call Joy of Christ, 455-1138, or Emmanuel Episcopal, 262-4548.

Concert to honor Seattle composer

Composer Peter R. Hallock will be honored tomorrow at a concert of his liturgical music at Lutheran Church of Honolulu.

The Bach Chamber Orchestra and the Lutheran Church of Honolulu Choir will perform in the 7:30 p.m. event. It will celebrate the 80th birthday of Hallock, canon emeritus of St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle.

Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $15, with reduced prices for seniors and students.

Women's group hosts annual Community Day

Church Women United will sponsor its annual World Community Day program Nov. 7.

"In Faith, Women Shape the Future for Peace" is the theme of the 4 p.m. program at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 5286 Kalanianaole Highway. It is open to women of all faiths.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Mona Bomgaars, a public health physician and former medical director of the state Hansen's disease program.

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