6-week program asks, 'Why?'
A six-week exploration of Christian belief from the perspective of "Why?" will begin next week at Kakaako Christian Fellowship.
"Why Am I Here?" will be the topic of discussion led by the Rev. Mark Morimoto at the April 15 services. The group's meetings at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays at the McKinley Community School for Adults, 634 Pensacola St., are open to the public.
"Why? 40 Days Pursuing Answers to Life's Biggest Questions" is an evangelization campaign developed by Central Christian Church in Las Vegas. Topics for the succeeding weeks will ask, Why believe in God in the first place, why trust the Bible, why is the world so messed up, why is there conflict between science and the Bible, and why Jesus? For information, call 599-5231.
Bible Institute offers classes
The Bible Institute of Hawaii's spring quarter will begin next week with classes in scriptural studies, church development and a course exploring the teachings of Islam.
Most classes are taught in the evening at churches around the island to make them accessible for working people. Another is a weekly noontime class for downtown workers, "James: Faith Works," Wednesdays at First Hawaiian Bank, 999 Bishop St., ninth-floor conference room, taught by Ada Lum. Other courses include:
» "Uncovering the Quran: A Biblical and compassionate response," by Daniel Vargas, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Community Church of Honolulu, 2345 Nuuanu Ave.
» "Teen connection: Counseling training for parents and youth ministry leaders," by the Rev. Mike and Kassandra Engfer, 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Pearl City Community Church, 933 Lehua Ave.
» "Launching out, basics of Christian growth," by the Rev. Brad Smith, 7 p.m. Mondays at Makiki Christian Church, 829 Pensacola St.
» "A survey of the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi," by the Rev. Gary Lau, 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Mililani Missionary Church, 95-801 Kipapa Drive.
» "Making Sunday morning great for kids," by Vicki Wiley, 7 p.m. in Kaneohe.
To register and for information on other courses, call 595-4700 or see www.biblehawaii.org.
Women's groups hold fundraiser
Two church women's organizations were thinking of themselves when they named their spring fundraising festival "Bodacious Women."
The April 21 festival and luncheon will benefit a new project, a camp for at-risk teenage girls, to be launched in June by the Woman's Board of Missions and the Central Union Church Women's League.
"We are taking a bold, adventurous, confident step forward in a new venture," said Carolyn Winston of the Woman's Board of Missions. The new ministry will provide education and counseling during the camp experience for youngsters who have come to the attention of the Family Court.
During its 135 years the Woman's Board of Missions has supported the United Church of Christ denomination's missionary work in the Pacific and to immigrants, most recently from Micronesia, Winston said. "Now we're recognizing the serious needs of women and children in our community."
The fundraising festival and luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 21 at Central Union Church Parish Hall is open to men as well as women. Treasures will be on sale at a marketplace and silent auction. Entertainment will be provided by Jefferson Award winner Nicki Hines and her trio, pianist Ron Miyashiro, vocalist Ihilani Miller, the Kawaa Serenaders and baritone Harvey Rhinelander.
Reserved tickets are $30, of which $18 is tax deductible. Tickets at the door will be $35. Call 791-5647 for reservations and information.