Religion Briefs
Saturday, November 3, 2001

Workshop focuses on grief during holidays

A Nov. 17 workshop on "Holidays, Grief and the Art of Coping" is open to anyone who faces the holiday season with sadness because of loss.

A panel of people who have experienced grief will speak and attendees will have an opportunity to participate in the discussion at the seminar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Koolau Golf Course in Kaneohe. Clarence Liu, Hospice Hawaii chaplain, will be moderator. The $25 registration fee includes a buffet lunch and printed materials. To register, call 949-0022 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The event is sponsored by Hospice Hawaii, St. Francis Hospice, Ordenstein's Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary and Williams Funeral Services.

Vigil to honor victims of religious persecution

Calvary Chapel of Honolulu will observe the National Day of Prayer with an all-night vigil in remembrance of people who are persecuted because of their faith.

The prayer vigil in the downtown sanctuary at 1190 Nuuanu Avenue will be from 10 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday. It is open to the public.

Prayers will be said for eight Westerners who are imprisoned by the Taliban rulers in Afghanistan for discussing their Christian beliefs, said prayer leader Van Yoshikawa.

There also will be prayers of intercession for the persecuted churches in China, Sudan and Indonesia, he said.

Get food, crafts, clothing at weekend bazaars

The season of bazaars continues in full swing with Manoa and Nuuanu churches taking their turn next Saturday:

>> Shoppers should plan on staying for lunch with barbecued chicken, fried noodles, chili and hamburgers on the menu at the Manoa Valley Church Harvest Fair at 2728 Huapala Street. Other booths will sell crafts, preserves, baked goods, books and clothing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with proceeds to benefit the building and maintenance fund.

>> Santa's Toy Shoppe will be open from 9 a.m. to noon at Harris United Methodist Church, 20 S. Vineyard Boulevard. The "Christmas A Fair" also will feature quilts, boutique craft items and the Mary Jane Nifty Thrifty Gift booth.

Music, refreshments highlight youth rally

"Holy Warriors @ Work" is the theme of a youth rally next Friday and Saturday at Kawananakoa Middle School cafeteria.

"We want kids to know there are ways to feel good and have fun off the streets," said the Rev. Via Muasau, pastor of First Samoan Assembly of God, which is sponsoring the evenings of music, fellowship, praise and refreshments.

The choirs of several churches will perform gospel music at the events from 6 to 10 p.m. They are open free to the public. Information is available by calling 456-7330.


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