Homemade treats grace church sales
There are bargains to be found on the rummage sale tables at church fundraising fairs, but it's the homemade food and handmade crafts that are the special attraction.
Next Saturday will be a good day for shoppers to cruise by island churches.
» Makiki Christian Church, 829 Pensacola St. Festival of Thanksgiving, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members make jams, sushi and baked goods, and the food specialties include ikayaki -- grilled cuttlefish -- and udon. Members meet weekly all year to stitch house slippers in a design they have made since World War II days.
» Manoa Valley Church, 2728 Huapala St. Craft and Harvest Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. With noodles, chili rice, barbecue chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers, it's a good place to eat while shopping. There will be pony rides, children's games and a silent auction and prize drawings for adults.
» Harris United Methodist Church, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd. Harris Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Handmade quilts, arts and crafts, and country store food items are highlights at the annual sale. There is a Kiddie's Korner, and the food booths offer barbecue chicken, Spam sushi and other treats. Cash sales only.
» Pearl City Hongwanji Mission, 858 2nd St., Pearl City. Fujinkai Craft Fair, 8 a.m. to noon. A variety of crafts will be sold by the women's group, as well as the handiwork of cooks such as sushi, pickled vegetables, jellies and baked goods. Produce, cut flowers and cookbooks will also be sold.
Congregation skips service to help out
They canceled the morning service tomorrow at Christ Lutheran Church in Mililani because no one planned to attend. But the Rev. David Kieffer is not upset; in fact, he is an instigator.
The 130-family congregation has work projects planned throughout its community for this Faith in Action Sunday, said parish secretary Eileen Ward.
Children and adults signed up for projects that include joining the Mililani Graffiti Task Force to wipe out the dirty work of taggers, cleaning a Mililani Mauka park and ravine, and painting playground courts at Mililani Waena Elementary School. Others will conduct a food drive outside Star Market, assemble personal hygiene kits for Leeward Coast homeless people and join other Lutheran churches in Operation Backpack, filling backpacks with supplies for homeless families and seniors in low-income housing.
The day's events will finish with a brief worship service at 5 p.m. at the church, followed by a potluck supper.
Free concerts celebrate faith
Free concerts are coming up at several island churches.
» Singer and songwriter Jesse Manibusan will perform at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Mamiya Theatre, Chaminade University, 3140 Waianae Ave. "Open My Eyes: Act of Compassion in Our Back Yard" is the theme of the music and talk by Manibusan, who speaks at Catholic youth organizations around the country. It is sponsored by the Mackey Lecture Series.
» The monthly evensong at St. Andrew's Cathedral will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4. The performance by the Cathedral Choir, led by music director John Renke, will be in commemoration of all the faithful departed.
The Vocal Ensemble of Hawaii Pacific University will perform in several churches next month, presenting the repertoire of music they will perform in a 2008 tour of China. Their performances will include the following:
» Friday, 7 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Cathedral, Fort Street Mall
» Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Calvary-by-the-Sea Lutheran Church, 5339 Kalanianaole Highway
» Nov. 11, 8:15 a.m., St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, 720 N. King St.
» Nov. 30, 7 p.m., Central Union Church
Women tout World Community Day
Church Women United will celebrate World Community Day with a program next weekend.
"Embracing Justice Under God's Tent" is the theme of the service at 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at St. John Vianney Church, 920 Keolu Drive, Kailua. Light refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. It is open to the public.
Maria Lutz, director of disaster services for the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross, will speak about the effects of disasters in today's world.
Church Women United is a national ecumenical movement of people from several Christian denominations committed to working together to promote a just and caring global society.
In Hawaii its members include women from Catholic, Protestant and Buddhist organizations.