Local Religion / In Brief

‘The Spirit of Christmas’ Saturday

“The Spirit of Christmas” with a flute choir and band will be held 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

KEWE 1240 AM and 95.5 FM, the local 24-hour Christian music station The Spirit, is presenting the program.

Performing will be The Maui Flute Choir and the Calvary Chapel South Maui Band and Worship Team.

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Advent, Christmas services announced

Advent and Christmas services at Emmanuel Lutheran Church will run through December.

Wednesday through Dec. 17, the church will be holding Soup Suppers at 5:30 p.m., followed an hour later by Advent worship service.

On Christmas Eve, a Christmas children’s program will be held at 6 p.m. at the Kahului church and a service in Lahaina at 9 p.m. The Christmas Eve service will be held at 655 Wainee St.

On Christmas Day, there will be a 10 a.m. service with Bible readings and carols.

The church is located at 520 West One St. in Kahului.

For more information, call Pastor Joshua Schneider at 877-3037.

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Nembutsu seminar begins Saturday

Kahului Hongwanji Buddhist Temple will host its annual Nembutsu seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, according to an announcement.

The featured speaker will be the Rev. Nobuo Haneda, director of the Maida Center of Buddhism in Berkeley, Calif. He will discuss Shin Buddhist teachings in his talk, “Parable of the White Path – the Two Crises in the Path of Self-Realization.”

The $20 registration fee includes refreshments and lunch Saturday.

The seminar is sponsored by the Maui Hongwanji Council.

The temple is at 291 S. Puunene Ave.

For more information, call 871-4732.

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Christmas Festival planned for Dec. 13

A Christmas Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at 483 S. High St. in Wailuku, according to an announcement.

The event is a fundraiser for the Unity Church of Maui and Soul Space Maui Renewal Center. Money raised by Soul Space will go toward a children’s program.

For a vendor application, contact Rhonda Felix at 205-8302.

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Maui churches collecting gifts

Four Maui churches are serving as collection sites through Monday for shoebox gifts for children in need.

Empty shoeboxes may be filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement, according to an announcement.

Participating churches and collection times and days include:

* Lahaina Baptist Church, 209 Shaw St.; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday; 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday; and 9 a.m. to noon Monday.

* Hope Chapel Kihei, 300 E. Welakahao Road; 5 to 8 p.m. today; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday; and 9 to 11 a.m. Monday.

* Grace Bible Church, 635 Hina Ave., Kahului; 6 to 8 p.m. today; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.

* Waipuna Chapel, 17 Omaopio Road, Kula; 4 to 7 p.m. today; noon to 3 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday; and 9 a.m. to noon Monday.

The shoebox collection project is part of Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelical organization that aims to deliver gift-filled shoeboxes to children around the world, according to an announcement.

For more information, go to samaritanspurse.org.

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Thanksgiving Day joint service set

Kihei Lutheran Church will offer a special joint Thanksgiving Day worship service with the Kihei Tongan United Methodist Mission at 10 a.m. Thursday, according to an announcement.

The service will include Holy Communion as well as the anthem “I Love You, Lord,” by 4-Given, a men’s quartet, and a choir anthem by the Methodist congregation’s choir.

At noon, the two congregations will hold a Thanksgiving potluck luau. The day’s activities will conclude with the decorating of the worship area for the Advent/Christmas season starting at 1:30 p.m.

The church is on the corner of Piilani Highway and Moi Place. For more information, call Pastor Dave Krueger at 879-7979 or go to www.kiheilutheran.org.

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Service, potluck dinner offered

Keawala’i Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, will hold its annual Thanksgiving Day service at 11 a.m. Thursday in the church sanctuary.

A potluck dinner will follow at noon with turkey and trimmings. Church members, friends and visitors are invited to bring a side dish to share. Drinks, plates, napkins and utensils will be provided.

The church is at 5300 Makena Road. For more information, contact 879-5557 or keawalai@hawaii.rr.com.

At 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30, the church will hold an Advent service, “Before This Fleeting Season.” The evening will feature the adult choir, Na Leo Nahenahe, under the direction of Stephen Haines and the members of the Music Ministry Team, including Danny Brown and Ellen Caringer.

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Kaupo church to hold Mass Nov. 30

Mass will be celebrated at noon Nov. 30 at the St. Joseph Mission Church in Kaupo.

Fellowship and potluck will follow a Mass.

The remote mission church has a Mass only when there is a fifth Sunday of the month, or four times a year.

The church is between Mileposts 33 and 34 on Piilani Highway.

For more information, contact 870-1450 or friendsofst.josephkaupo@yahoo.com.

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Thanksgiving Mass announced

St. Theresa Church will celebrate an international Thanksgiving Mass at 9 a.m. Thursday, the church announced.

The service is an international Mass because the readings and universal prayers will be read in different languages.

Also, Hale Kau Kau will serve a Thanksgiving lunch at noon for people in need.

The church is at 25 W. Lipoa St. in Kihei.

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Thanksgiving service scheduled

The Church of Christ, Scientist, will hold its Thanksgiving service at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church at 160 W. Kamehameha Ave., across from the Kahului Library.

Families are welcome and child care will be provided for preschool-age children.

For more information, call 871-5087 or go to www.spirituality.com.

The Church of Christ, Scientist, is the only denomination in the United States to observe Thanksgiving as a religious holiday, according to an announcement.

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Thanksgiving services Nov. 23

Valley Isle Fellowship will hold Thanksgiving services at 9 a.m. Nov. 23 at its Waikapu property, with entry on the north side of the Waikapu Gardens subdivision, the church has announced.

A potluck fellowship luncheon will follow at 10:30 a.m. Those attending are asked to bring side dishes and desserts.

For more information, call 244-0865.

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Men’s conference begins Nov. 21

Hawaii Honor Bound and a network of Maui churches will host a men’s conference, “Call to Arms,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 22 at the Wailuku Door of Faith Church.

The conference guest speaker will be Pastor Moses Cao, president of the Vietnamese Fellowship within the Assemblies of God and pastor of Little Saigon Vietnamese Assembly of God in Southern California.

Individual registration is $3 for children and youths, and $5 for adults.

For more information, call James Hirozawa at 757-0418 or Pastor Farley Bayuden at 256-3596.

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* The Religion page is published every Friday. This page welcomes news releases and announcements from churches and religious organizations in Maui County that wish to publicize guest speakers, special events and programs, and news items.

The deadline for submitting releases is 10 a.m. Tuesday in order to be considered for publication the following Friday.

To submit material, go to The Maui News website at www.mauinews.com. Look for Local News in the left margin, then click on Submit News: Virtual Newsroom. Once there, click on the Religion link.

For information, call 242-6343 or send email to religion@mauinews.com.

“Church Listings” advertisements also are published on Fridays. For information, including cost or to update an existing listing, contact the The Maui News advertising department at 242-6316 or adsales@mauinews.com.