Religion Briefs
Saturday, October 27, 2001

Churches honor ministry servants

Senior church members were honored for their years of service in ministries and projects at a banquet last night. The Makule E Akamai awards went to the following people:


>> Mary Graves, Calvary Episcopal Church, Kaneohe.

>> Dorothy Oliphant, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Kailua.

>> Hannah S. Okamoto, Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, Palolo.

>> The Rev. John Holmes, Holy Apostles Church, Hilo, Hawaii.

>> Helen Hagemeyer, Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina.

>> Mariko Ikeda, St. Clement's Episcopal Church, Makiki.

>> Stella Ho Lau, St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Palama.

>> Elsie Pyun, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Nuuanu.

>> Ellen Tokushige, St. Mark's Church, Kapahulu.

>> Ann Townsend, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Moiliili.

>> James Hanano, St. Augustine's Church, Kapaau, Hawaii.

>> Millie Jones, St. James Episcopal Church, Kamuela, Hawaii.

>> James M. Arcio, St. Paul's Church, Honolulu.

>> Lynda Ching Pang, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Honolulu.

>> Eva Kum, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Waianae.

>> Jean Honda, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Wahiawa.

>> Lee Young, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Aiea.


>> Dick Boddy, Joy of Christ Lutheran Church, Pearl City.

>> Lou Esther Carr, St. John Lutheran Church, Kailua.

>> Aunty Birdie Dias, Lihue Lutheran Church, Kauai.

>> Faye Kress, Maluhia Lutheran Church,Waianae.

>> John Newton, Christ Lutheran Church, Mililani.

>> Rev. Doug Olson, Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church, Aina Haina.

>> Violet Rehak, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Waikiki.

Longtime 'Lutheran Hour' radio host visits isles

The Rev. Oswald Hoffman, whose 33 years as a preacher on "The Lutheran Hour" national radio program made him one of the best-known Protestant evangelists in America, will speak here Friday.

Hoffman will be the focus of an evening of faith and fellowship to benefit Lutheran High School.

Tickets for the event at the Japanese Cultural Center can be ordered by calling the school office, 949-5302.

The fund-raiser also will include music by a massed choir from all state Lutheran schools, Hawaiian music and hula and student artwork on sale.

Part of the $25 ticket price is tax-deductible.

Hoffman, 87, retired in 1988 from the weekly radio show broadcast by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He now maintains an office with the International Lutheran Laymen's League in St. Louis and appears on network television and radio programs.

He is the author of several books including "Hurry Home Where You Belong" and "God's Joyful Spirit."

He was inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1999.

He has been honored by the American Bible Society, Religion in Media, the Luther Institute in Washington, D.C., Religious Heritage of America and by the U.S. Department of Defense for visits to military personnel abroad.

Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn., named its Oswald Hoffman School of Christian Outreach for him.

Workshop helps people cope without welfare

A workshop on ways that churches and individuals can help welfare recipients who face an end to their government benefits will be offered Nov. 10 by the United Methodist Church in Hawaii.

Representatives from the state Department of Human Services, the Legal Aid Society, and welfare clients will speak. The Rev. Barbara Grace Ripple, district superintendent of the Hawaii Conference of the Methodist Church, will describe the theological basis for churches to respond. State Rep. Bob Nakata will be the moderator.

The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1020 S. Beretania St. The $10 fee includes lunch. To register call the Hawaii Conference office at 536-1864. Information is also available at

Big Isle meeting focuses on liturgy, arts, culture

Sacred gestures used in worship, musical and cultural facets of liturgy and Hawaiian healing arts are among the 36 workshop topics to be offered next week during the annual Big Island Liturgy and Arts Conference at Malia Puka O Kalani Church in Keaukaha.

"Celebrating our faith, celebrating our culture, celebrating our diversity" will be the topic of the keynote speech by the Rev. Thomas A. Kane, an internationally known ritual maker and videographer. Sister Edith Prendergast, director of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Religious Education, will also speak.

The conference at the church and nearby meeting places will open Thursday and continue through next Sunday.

Tuesday is the deadline for registration. The cost is $250 for the entire event or $25 for individual workshops or concerts.

Call the parish office (808) 935-9338 for information.

Church holiday fairs offer crafts, food, plants, books

Makiki and Pearl City churches provide early holiday shopping opportunities as they take their turn in the season of fairs and bazaars:

>> First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu, at 1822 Keeaumoku St., will offer Thanksgiving and Christmas items among the crafts on sale next Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Booths will offer books, plants, jams and jellies, white elephant household goods, and treasures available at a silent auction. Parking is available at Roosevelt High School and a shuttle service will be provided.

>> Pearl City Hongwanji Mission, at 858 Second St., is the scene of another Saturday fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fresh produce, sushi and pickled vegetables will be sold, as well as knitted and crocheted handiwork, baked goods and plants. The proceeds will support the mission women's organization and other projects.

Hawaii Baptists to hand out fliers in Japanese

Japanese tourists will encounter a different kind of leaflet distribution in Waikiki next month when Hawaii Baptists target them for an evangelism effort during their annual convention.

Japanese language brochures about Christianity -- instead of the usual barrage of tourist attraction handouts -- will be handed out Nov. 9, one of the events at the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention meeting Nov. 8-9 at Olivet Baptist Church, 1775 S. Beretania St.

O.W. Efurd, executive director of the Hawaii convention, and George Iwahiro, president, will be among the speakers. Phil Roberts, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. will speak at the Nov. 9 fellowship luncheon at Treetops Restaurant in Manoa. The massed choirs of several Baptist churches will present "A God for Us" directed by Tullos Jones at the Nov. 9 evening service at the church.

John Keola Lake to speak at Chaminade University

"Intersections of Catholic Spirituality and Hawaiian Spirituality" will be the topic of the Mackey Marianist Lecture tomorrow at Chaminade University.

John Keola Lake, well-known chanter and a lecturer in Hawaiian studies at the Catholic university, will be the speaker. Lake was honored as a "Living Treasure of Hawaii."

During his teaching career of more than 30 years, he introduced Hawaiian studies programs at St. Louis School and at Chaminade.

Although retired, he still lectures and teaches hula to a group of students at the schools.

His 4 p.m. presentation at Mystical Rose Oratory on the Kaimuki campus is free and open to the public.

"Catholicism in Prophetic Dialogue" is the theme of the Mackey lecture series which honors the late Rev. Robert Mackey, first president of Chaminade.

Temple ensures kosher food supply for isle Jews

Temple Emanu-El has teamed up with a mainland kosher food supplier to ensure that Jews in Hawaii can obtain food that complies with the religion's food restrictions.

More than 70 food and wine items are available in the "Got Matzah?" partnership with Streits Kosher Foods.

Orders received by Wednesday for Passover next March will receive the best prices. An additional 10 percent charge will be added to orders received between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15. Order forms are available from Jewish organizations in the state or orders may be sent to Information is available by calling (808) 595-7521. Master Card and Visa will be accepted.

Buddhist leaders sponsor 'Prayers for Peace'

Oahu Buddhist leaders will offer "Prayers for Peace" at a Friday program at the Honolulu Myohoji, 2003 Nuuanu Ave.

The program at 6:30 p.m. will include a candlelight procession. It is open to the public. The event is being held on the occasion of the inauguration of a World Peace Pagoda in Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of Sakyamuni Buddha. It is sponsored by the Hawaii Association of International Buddhists. Information is available from Richard Paw U, 247-1150.

Methodist union holds seminar on worship

New models and ideas for worship will be the topic of a Nov. 17 seminar offered by the Hawaii United Methodist Union and open to people of all denominations. Tom Kraeuter will be the key speaker at the event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harris United Methodist Church, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd. Next Saturday is the registration deadline. The fee is $10 per person. For more information, call the Rev. Seung-Eun Grace Lee, 239-7771.


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