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Church celebrating 70 years of ministry

Faith In Jesus Church, formerly the Wailuku Door of Faith, is celebrating its 70th year of serving the community of Maui this weekend with a series of services.

The celebration begins with a luau at 5 p.m. today, prepared by the Joe Kuloloia ohana in memory of their wife and mother, Amy, who recently passed away.

Participating in the musical part will be the group Na Wai Eha, the Pomaikai/Leslie Ohana from Corwallis, Ore., the Samoan Methodist choir, and the worship group from In His House of Restoration, among others. Gay Hongo, who with her late husband, Randy, had won several Na Hoku Hano Hano awards, will be participating at the luau and Sunday services.

Sharing testimonies about their roots in the Faith In Jesus/Wailuku Door of Faith Church will be Pastors John and Mary Ann de Mello of In His House of Restoration Church; Pastor Chris Miyake of God’s House; Pastor Laki Ka’ahumanu of The Church On The Go; and Pastor Poncho Ho’opai, a recent graduate of the Transformation School of Ministry. Hongo will present a mini-concert of some of the favorite songs of past concerts.

Following a dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday, there will be a Mission’s Night program beginning at 7 p.m. with speakers from Cambodia, Costa Rica, Samoa and The Philippines. Music will be provided by the Samoan Methodist Choir and a Korean duo, as well music from Costa Rica. The Praise and Worship Group from In His House of Restoration will represent Hawaii. The keynote speaker will be Bishop Larry Cerda from the Philippines.

The 9 a.m. Sunday service will have a worship concert by Hongo and speakers from Oregon and the Philippines.

There will also be a Love Feast at 5 p.m. with a celebration service to follow. The farewell service will be a youth celebration with youth groups participating with music. Pastors Miyake and Ho’opai will challenge the youths.

Pastor Barbara Tengan, who is celebrating 50 years of ministry and 25 years as senior pastor, will be the mistress of ceremony for the weekend. For more information, call her office at 244-1286.

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New session to begin at school

The Transformation School of Ministry at Faith in Jesus Church in Wailuku is starting a new session of classes in August. Students who sign up can achieve an associate degree at the end of the session in June 2020.

Pastor John Youell will teach on prayer and spiritual disciplines to begin the classes. Youell is from Oklahoma City, Okla., and has been a teacher in the school for four sessions.

Classes take place the first week of each month that includes a Wednesday. Classes will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and continue from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 4. There will be a potluck lunch around noon Aug. 4.

The cost for each semester (three months) varies: degree students pay $150 a semester and are required to do homework monthly; the students that would like to audit (no homework) pay $50 a semester; and graduates pay $30 a semester.

These classes take place at 432 Waiehu Beach Road. Everyone is welcome to join and the first introductory class is free.

For more information, call 244-1286.

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