Local Religion / In Brief

Events planned for festival of Purim

The Jewish Congregation of Maui will celebrate the festival of Purim at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Beit Shalom Synagogue in Kihei.

The event will include a contemporary reading of the Megillah by children from the Jewish School of Maui.

The celebration follows a morning-to-evening fast on Thursday.

At 9:30 a.m. Feb. 24, the morning service will be followed by a traditional reading of Torah and the Megillah. Those attending are invited to dress in costume and bring mishloach manot, or small baskets of food, to give to friends.

The congregation also will be collecting packaged and canned food for the Maui Food Bank. Food can be dropped off at the synagogue at 634 Alulike St., behind the Maui Lu Resort.

For more information, call 874-5397 or send email to “”>


Churches add Mass, Lenten devotions

Maria Lanakila and Sacred Heart Mission churches in Lahaina are hosting Lenten Catholic devotions until Easter.

Maria Lanakila will hold an additional daily Mass at noon Mondays through Fridays. The regular Mass is held at 7 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held Fridays, beginning today, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, through March 22 at Maria Lanakila Church.

Stations of the Cross will also be held Fridays, also beginning today, at both churches through March 22. The services will be held at noon at Sacred Hearts and at 6:30 p.m. at Maria Lanakila.

After the service, there will be an opportunity for personal Sacrament of Reconciliation with the priest at both locations.

Beginning Feb. 27, a Bible study called “The Creed” will be held every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the St. Marianne Hall at Sacred Hearts School. It is a 12-week program.

For more information, call 661-0552.


‘Surf the Nations’ at Maui church today

“Surf the Nations” from Oahu will be ministering at 7 p.m. today at the AMP Church at 349 Hanakai St. in Kahului.

Surf the Nations travels around the world sharing the love of Jesus with the passion of surfing, a release said.


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Local Religion / In Brief

Church to focus on global warming

Makawao Union Church will take part in the National Preach-In on Global Warming during its 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service.

Organized by Interfaith Power and Light, the event spans 37 states and calls for a faith response to climate change. Makawao Union Church is one of two congregations participating in Hawaii. The other is Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu.

Makawao Union Church is an interdenominational community church located at 1445 Baldwin Ave. For more information, call 579-9261.


Kihei Baptist Chapel has slate of events

Kihei Baptist Chapel will host several events in the coming weeks.

Those include:

* An “Arrows Out Conference” with David Browning, the founding pastor of Christ the King Church International and best-selling author of “Deliberate Simplicity” and “Hybrid Church,” will be held with sessions from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 and at 10 a.m. Feb. 17.

* Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute will speak at 10 a.m. Feb. 24.

* Worship Catalyst Conference leaders Austin and Cami Ryan will train worship leaders and teams, bands and technicians from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16.

Kihei Baptist Chapel is located at 1655 S. Kihei Road at the corner of Welakahao Street.

For more information, call 875-2112 or send email to


Ceremony to renew marriage vows

The Rev. Bill Albinger of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church will perform a public renewal of marriage vows on Valentine’s Day on Thursday.

The ceremony will be held on the oceanfront lawn behind the church at 5:30 p.m. Couples of all faiths married in a religious or civil ceremony or in a civil union are welcome to attend. Each couple will be presented with a marriage vow renewal certificate. The event will include music and prayers and conclude with cake.

Couples are encouraged to invite family, friends and neighbors to attend this event that celebrates the gifts of love and commitment, the news release said.

The free event is at the church, located at 561 Front St. in Lahaina.

For more information, call the parish office at 661-4202.