Faith

Choose Happy

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Community Contributed

Opinion by Rick Baptiste

Did you know that being happy is a choice?  The other day I came across someone in a meeting that didn’t seem to be “happy” with me.  On the other hand, this person didn’t seem to be “happy” with anyone else as well.  I chose to speak encouragements to all those around me, and the whole environment changed in the room.

Have you ever heard someone say, “I wonder which side of the bed he got up from this morning?” or “I think she is having a bad day,” etc. Before I get out of bed, I choose to think of things to be grateful for and then I say out loud, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it” from Psalms 118:24.   …

Grace Church Thrift Shop

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Grace Church Thrift Shop

Grace Episcopal Church News Release

Father James Loughren and the people of Grace Episcopal Church of Ho`olehua would like to announce a new outreach program to benefit the community.  We have bargain prices on items such as men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and bags, luggage, books, toys, games, electronics, and household items.

Hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Always check out our monthly special!  This month all denim and chinos are priced at either $0.50 or $1.

Our October special will include Halloween and party costumes and items, including a mix table with plenty of children’s clothing. …

Worship Led by Kamehameha Students Cancelled

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Topside Molokai UCC Churches News Release

The Kamehameha Deputation Teams scheduled to lead worship at the Topside Molokai UCC Churches on Aug. 24 have postponed their visit to Molokai.  Instead they will be helping with the clean-up in the Puna District of Hawaii Island.  We apologize for any disappointment and will reschedule for a later date.

The Kamehameha Schools’ Deputation Team began in the late 1940s under Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Campus Chaplain Stephen Desha, Jr.  Rev. Desha observed many Protestant Hawaiian churches were without pastors.  This concerned him greatly.  He decided Kamehameha Schools could extend its educational service to the Hawaiian community by training students to lead worship services. …

Stressed or Blessed, You Choose

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Community Contributed

Opinion by Rick Baptiste

You and I have the power of choice to be blessed or stressed, at least in your own mind’s eye.   I have come to the conclusion, in my pursuit of happiness, that everything that has happened to me has one common denominator: me.  Every negative event and every failure in my life always had the same person left at the scene of the crime — me.  I have learned that the greatest foe in my life is not the devil, it’s the guy I look at in the mirror every morning.  The good news is that life, good or bad, is all relative.  …

Singing Praises

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Singing Praises

Photo by Cameron Hiro.

Daniel and Esther Lehmann led worship in song during this year’s Praise Concert, held at Kaunakakai ball field on Saturday, July 19.

In its fifth year on Molokai, the event brought about 800 attendees for a line-up of award-winning musicians and worship leaders. The free concert also offered complimentary food, games and giveaways. Organized by local churches, the event was followed on Sunday by the Celebration of Hope service.

According to Cameron Hiro, the event’s success is due to keeping in alignment with the Molokai Summer Praise Concert Vision and Mission to glorify God through the ministry of music and testimony by working together to build intimate relationships with the local community.…

Kamehameha Students to Lead Worship  

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Topside Molokai UCC Churches News Release

The Kamehameha Schools (KS) Deputation Teams (with students from all three campuses) will be leading worship services at the Topside Molokai UCC Churches on Sunday, Aug. 24.  At 8 a.m., they will be at the Ho`olehua Congregational Church.  At 9:30 am, they will be at Kalaiakamanu Hou.  At 10 a.m. worship will be held at Kalua`aha Congregational Church.  Finally, at 11 a.m. the team will be at Waialua Congregational Church.  The Molokai community and KS/BE alumni are cordially invited to attend any of the worship services.

The KS Deputation Team began in the late 1940s under Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Campus Chaplain Stephen Desha, Jr. …

Miracle Girl Returns To Kalaupapa

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Miracle Girl Returns To Kalaupapa

Right, Audrey Toguchi from Aiea, Oahu, and left, Dr. Maria DeVera, who works at Schofield Barracks.

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

She stepped from Makani Kai Air with the agility of a New England Patriots’ cheerleader and walked to Kalaupapa’s Terminal 1 with the grace of a Hawaiian hula dancer.  Audrey Toguchi, now 86 going on 26, credits her miraculous healing from lung cancer to the intercession of St. Damien. So she had come from her home in Aiea, Oahu on this day, May 10, to celebrate with us the feast day of St. Damien. It was on this same date in 1873 that Damien arrived here at the Hansen’s disease settlement in Kalaupapa.…

Kalaupapa Celebrates the Fountain of Youth

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

He walked through the doorway like the second coming of King Kamahameha with a young woman on his arm and I thought, “Oh my, he surely has discovered the fountain of youth!” Bugles blared and a host of voices sang out, “Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday, dear John!”

It was the eve of Palm Sunday and we had gathered at the home of Winnie Harada to celebrate the birthday of her neighbor and longtime friend, John Arruda. John was celebrating his ninety years of youth with great gusto. Power to the Portuguese!…

Grace Episcopal Church Installs New Priest

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Grace Episcopal Church Installs New Priest

Community Contributed

By Nita Bogart

As long as he remembers, Father James Loughren, a country boy from the foothills of the Adirondacks, knew he wanted to be a priest. After studying at St. John’s Seminary in Boston and receiving Master’s degrees in Divinity and in Systematic Theology, he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest. After years of serving very happily in many churches throughout upstate New York, he felt he needed to take some time off to pray and reflect further on God’s will and purpose for his life and ministry.

A short time later, through the invitation of a friend, an Episcopal bishop, God revealed His plan and Father Jim returned to active ministry, now as an Episcopal priest.…

Year of Faith in Kalaupapa

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Community Contributed

By Father Pat Killilea, St. Francis Church, Kalaupapa

When I first learned that Pope Benedict had called us to a special Year of Faith, my initial thought was, “What is this? Aren’t we called to live the Faith every year?” Perhaps it is the son of a farmer in me that tells me that a farmer’s work is every day of every week of every year. So every year for the Christian Catholic should be a Year of Faith. Then of course it dawned on me that Pope Benedict intended that this Year of Faith is meant to renew the entire People of God in the Faith and to challenge us ” to share our Faith boldly with others,” as our own Bishop Larry Silva said in his letter to us at the beginning of this Year of Faith.…