Religion Briefs

Harris Methodist celebrates founding

The congregation of Harris United Methodist Church is celebrating the 114th birthday of the church along with the 40th anniversary of construction of the unique church building.

"A House Built with God" is the theme of the combined worship service at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in the sanctuary at 20 S. Vineyard Blvd. Members will honor two people who were instrumental in relocating and rebuilding the church after it was forced from its former site by a 1950s city Urban Renewal Project. They are the Rev. Shigeo Tanabe, former pastor, and Yoshio Morita, co-chairman of the building task force.

The Revs. Toshimasa and Claudia Genung Yamamoto, Methodist missionaries in Japan, will be the guest speakers.

The Honolulu Boy Choir will perform during the potluck luncheon in Miyama Hall.

Open house planned for Central Union hall

A public open house and reception will be held next weekend to unveil the new Central Union Church Parish Hall and Family Life Center.

Members of the congregation will show off the three-story, $8 million facility from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 21. Refreshments will be served.

The building houses an Adult Day Care Center, able to provide for 30 senior citizens five days a week. It is operated by Arcadia Retirement Residence.

It also includes a meeting hall with a stage and 800-person seating capacity, as well as a kitchen and catering operation.

A Youth Center, operated in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Honolulu, provides summer and after-school programs for teen-agers.

More than 30 community and religious groups use the church facilities at 1660 S. Beretania St. for meetings. For information, call the church office at 941-0957.

Free concert marks Kahala anniversary

A Kahala church will celebrate its 50th anniversary by offering a public concert tomorrow featuring popular island entertainers, singer Genoa Keawe and pianist Ron Miyashiro.

The 7 p.m. performance at the Kahala Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4847 Kilauea Ave., will be free.

Contemporary and classical numbers and "a little bit of church music" will be on the program, said church spokeswoman Wendy Nagaishi.

Series of Sunday talks focuses on Hinduism

Hindu spiritual practices will be explored in lectures and meditation each Sunday in July by Swami Bhaskarananda, president of the Vedanta Society of Western Washington.

He will speak at 11:30 a.m. at the Richards Street YWCA in free appearances sponsored by the Vedanta Society of Hawaii. Tomorrow and July 21 will be sessions on meditation. On July 28, his topic will be "Spiritual Enlightenment through Family Life."

Bhaskarananda is available for personal conferences on Vedanta and spiritual practices. Appointments may be made by calling Devra Freedman at 921-0290.

He is the author of two books, "The Essentials of Hinduism" and "Meditation, Mind and Patanjali's Yoga."

A variety of books, as well as T-shirts and other items will be on sale after the meetings.

Further information is available by calling Devra Freedman at 921-0290 or Merrill Conner at 531-4589.

Music's healing touch the theme at Calvary

The healing effects of music will be the theme of public appearances in Honolulu next week by Alice Cash, who combines training as a clinical psychotherapist and musician in her research and lectures.

Cash will speak at Calvary-by-the-Sea Lutheran Church at the 7:30 and 10 a.m. services tomorrow, and will perform in a piano recital for the church's Music Concert Series at 9:30 a.m.

She will speak at a 7 p.m. Monday seminar on "Toning and Chanting for Recovery," and at 7 p.m. Thursday on "Music for Adults with Alzheimer's and other Dementias." Both free lectures will be at the church.

Cash, who has conducted research at the University of Louisville, Ky., on connections between music and health, is the founder of Healing Music Enterprises, based in Kentucky.

She also will lecture at the University of Hawaii School of Music, the Movement Center, Leahi Hospital and the Brain Injury Association while in Hawaii.

St. Luke's celebrates with service, brunch

The Asian style building at 45 N. Judd St. has been mistaken for a Buddhist temple, but it's St. Luke's Episcopal Church, built by a Korean congregation 50 years ago.

The Nuuanu congregation will celebrate the anniversary of its dedication at an 8:30 a.m. service tomorrow, to be followed by a 10 a.m. brunch.

The Episcopal congregation was actually organized long before that, said treasurer Michael Kim. Koreans who came to Hawaii as contract laborers founded the church in 1907 and held services in a Palama church until the current building was completed.

Prayer vigil to help victims of typhoon

The Chuuk Catholic community in Hawaii will sponsor a prayer vigil Wednesday in an effort to generate local support for Micronesian islanders who lost homes and possessions in a July 1 typhoon.

The 6:30 p.m. service at St. Patrick Church, 1124 7th Ave., is open to the public, said Danny Rescue, senior consul of the Consulate of the Federated States of Micronesia.

A Mass will be celebrated in the Chuuk language by Bishop Amando Samo, who heads the Catholic diocese of the Caroline islands which includes the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau.

Rescue, coordinator of a relief effort here for victims of typhoon Chata'an on Guam and Chuuk, said monetary donations will be accepted at the service. Donations may also be sent to the Chuuk Hawaii Relief Committee, Consulate General of the Federated States of Micronesia, 3049 Ualena St., Suite 408, Honolulu, HI, 96819, and to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 620, Honolulu 96809.

St. Francis taking calls for annual school luau

The St. Francis School Alumni Association will present its annual homecoming luau on Aug. 3 at the school's Almeida Student Center.

Hawaiian music and distribution of door prizes will be the entertainment at the 6 p.m. "Lei of Aloha" event. A 4 p.m. memorial Mass for deceased alumni will be offered in the school chapel.

July 20 is the deadline for reservations. Tickets are $20 for adults and $6 for children 10 years old and younger. Call Julia Brown, 247-2549.


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