Windward United Church celebrates
Tomorrow is one of the milestones in the Windward United Church of Christ year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary.
The Rev. Darren Galindo will lead the 9 a.m. service featuring dedication of a plaque marking the cornerstone-laying ceremony in 1956. The Rev. Richard Walenta, a former pastor, will speak, and the Kaimalino Serenaders will present music.
The church at 38 Kaneohe Bay Drive was started as the Windward branch of Central Union Church in Honolulu. About 20 charter members from the original congregation still attend services or "just keep in touch," said office manager Lucinda Keller.
The celebration will continue with an anniversary banquet June 10 and a Sept. 10 service marking the dedication of the church.
Besides the congregation of 221 people, the members of Vai Ole Ola O Kailua, a Samoan congregation, worship in the church. Keller said the complex of meeting and classrooms across from Aikahi Shopping Center is also a center for community programs and classes.
Copies of the anniversary directory and information on future events are available by calling the office, 254-3802.
Lecture series to look at beliefs about money
"Money and Faith" will be the focus of a free lecture series and a two-day retreat in Kailua next week sponsored by the Windward Coalition of Churches.
Guest speaker Kevin Cashman will not be talking about the stressful side of church finances -- raising funds to patch the roof or convincing folks to fill the collection basket.
"He comes from a spiritual perspective," said the Rev. Peter Champion, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, one of the sponsors. "His ministry is designed to help people clarify the connection between what they believe and how they live around their money."
Cashman is director of the Ministry of Money, an outreach of the Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C., which "encourages all persons to become free from their attachment to cultural values regarding money and to live out joyfully God's call for their lives and resources," according to the ministry mission statement. He is here as theologian-in-residence for the Windward Coalition of Churches.
His talks are all free and open to the public:
» Tomorrow, 7 p.m., Windward Unity Church, meeting at Kailua Seventh-day Adventist Church, 160 Mookua St., "Money Messages: Understanding the Cultural and Scriptural Polarity"
» Wednesday, 7 p.m., St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 93 N. Kainalu Drive, "Life in Bondage: Identifying and Moving Beyond the Barriers"
» Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 780 Keolu Drive, "Prophetic Imagination: Living into a Life of Biblical Economic Justice"
Cashman will lead a retreat on "Money and Faith," which will open at 7 p.m. Friday at Christ Church Uniting, 1300 Kailua Road. Registration will be open at 5 p.m., followed by a light supper. The retreat will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. next Saturday, with a continental breakfast and light lunch to be served.
The registration cost of $25 per person includes program materials and meals. For information, call 262-4548.