Church preschool gets upgrade funds
Central Union Church is getting a $125,000 state grant to improve its preschool.
The money will pay for a fire alarm system, upgrades to an electrical transformer and power lines, and new plumbing, Gov. Linda Lingle said last month in announcing the release of the funds. The Honolulu church's preschool enrolls about 160 children, according to the state.
Preachers to speak about heroic faith
A group of evangelical pastors will talk about how to have heroic faith in difficult times in an all-day Christian conference next Saturday.
"Heroes of the Faith and How to Become One" is the theme of the conference at Calvary Chapel Honolulu, 98-1016 Komo Mai Drive, Aiea. The annual "How to Walk" conference is free and open to the public. It is hosted by KLHT Radio.
Greg Laurie, founder of the international Harvest Crusades, will be a featured speaker for the conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Lost Boy," a documentary film on his life, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. next Saturday.
The preachers will also speak in the "2008 Hawaii End Times Outreach" series at 6:30 p.m. nightly next Saturday through Aug. 27.
Other speakers include:
» Chuck Smith, pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Calif., and founder of the Calvary Chapel movement.
» Steve Mays, pastor of Calvary Chapel South Bay, Gardena, Calif.
» Jack Aberdeen, pastor of Morningstar Christian Fellowship, Whittier, Calif.
» Malcolm Wild of Calvary Chapel Merrit Island, Fla.
Two or More, a Christian band that plays Latin rock, will perform at the nightly services.
Minister honored for service to dying
The Rev. Mitsuo Aoki will be honored in a program next Saturday at Unity Church of Hawaii, 3608 Diamond Head Circle.
The retired Christian minister and religion professor has dedicated his life to helping terminally ill people and their families understand and accept death as a normal part of life.
The 4 p.m. program will including screening of "Living Your Dying," a documentary film that focuses on the insight and experiences of Aoki, 93, and four people near the end of their lives.
Robert Pennybacker, director of the one-hour film, will speak.
Aoki taught religion for 40 years at the University of Hawaii. He was a counselor to the dying, and his work helped inspire the creation of Hospice Hawaii.
Chaminade to host retreat for families
A weekend retreat intended to help families strengthen their bonds, recognize their gifts and embrace their differences will be presented Aug. 30 and 31 at Chaminade University.
Attendees will join in discussions, prayers and recreational activities as a family and as separate peer groups of children, pre-teenagers, teenagers and adults.
Based on a model used on the mainland, the program's premise is that the family is intrinsically sacred, the core of society and foundation of the church, according to literature from the sponsoring Marianist Center Hawaii.
Marianist lay people, brothers and priests will lead the retreat, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 30, ending with a beach picnic, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31.
It is Catholic-based but open to anyone. The cost is $75 for a family of four or less, plus $10 for each additional child. The fee covers the cost of five meals and materials. For registration information call Brother Dennis Schmitz, 735-4801, or Barb Belle, (937) 684-5680.