Worshippers to meet for Thanksgiving
Members of several religious groups will observe a Thanksgiving tradition this week, gathering to pray together before the feasting begins Thursday. The events are all open to the public.
» Hope Chapel West Oahu will host its annual Thanksgiving Luau tomorrow after the 10 a.m. service at Waikele Elementary School, 94-1035 Kukula St., Waipahu. Live entertainment and bouncers and other activities for children will accompany the Hawaiian feast. For free tickets, call the church office, 677-8844, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
» The Wednesday night Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Nuuanu Congregational Church, 2651 Pali Highway, will involve participants from Jewish, Muslim, Bahai, Unitarian, Catholic and several Protestant Christian organizations. The theme of the 7 p.m. service will be "Expressions of Peace." Music will be presented by a combined interfaith choir and church choirs. The 45th annual event will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Gandhi's commitment to nonviolence. It will be followed by a potluck pupu reception.
» The Windward Coalition of Churches will sponsor a service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. John Vianney Church, 920 Keolu Drive, Kailua. The program will honor people who are first responders in emergencies. Members of the police, fire and emergency medical service departments will participate. Attendees are asked to bring food donations for the St. Anthony Food Pantry and cash donations to support a scholarship fund at the Women's Correctional Center.
» Gov. Linda Lingle will give the message at the annual Thanksgiving Day Ecumenical Worship Service at Central Union Church, 1660 S. Beretania St. The Honolulu Boy Choir will sing at 8:45 a.m., and the Samoan Gospel Heralds will sing during the 9 a.m. service. Pastors, musicians and members from seven Christian denominations will participate. Canned goods and monetary offerings will be collected for a ministry to the homeless.
Regional leader visits with Greek Orthodox
The leader of the Greek Orthodox Church for the Western United States made his first visit to Hawaii this week.
Metropolitan Gerasimos presided at the Thursday Vespers service at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific in Honolulu.
The metropolitan was invested in April 2005 as the church's top authority over the province that includes Hawaii and six other Western states. Formerly of Kalamata, Greece, he was elected to the position by a synod of bishops after the death of his predecessor, Metropolitan Anthony.
He returned yesterday to San Francisco, headquarters of the western province.
The Orthodox Church in Hawaii includes about 100* families, according to the Rev. Nicholas Gamvas, dean of the Honolulu cathedral.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
» The congregation of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Pacific is made up of 100 families. A story on Page D7 Saturday gave an incorrect number.