Saturday, July 04, 2015

Welcome to the Community Church of Honolulu

Community Church of Honolulu (CCH) was established in 1934 by college and high school children of first-generation Chinese immigrants, with the intent of being a congregation-based, inclusive community of faith that would reflect Hawai‘i's diversity.

We celebrate God's presence in our lives through inter-generational Sunday worship at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship and Christian Education opportunities. We seek to serve the wider community in Christ's love and humility. We invite you to join us in a community of faith, sharing the love of Jesus Christ with each other and all people.

Community Church of Honolulu is a member of the United Church of Christ, whose congregational ancestors brought Christianity to Hawai‘i in the early 1800's.

The purpose of this website is to invite you to come to know who we are as a people of faith. Please contact us if you would like to know more about Community Church of Honolulu.

We trust, if it is God's will, that you will come and enjoy a personal experience of how God is at work with CCH through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Pastor's Greeting

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    Message from our Minister

    As you receive this newsletter, I will be attending 193rd `Aha Pae`aina of the Hawai`i Conference of the United Church of Christ. It’s a Friday and Saturday event that is normally held in one of our churches but this year is being held at the Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu. The `Aha Pae`aina is the yearly gathering of the state churches that make up the Hawai`i Conference of the United Church of Christ here in Hawai`i. It’s hard to believe that this yearly gathering goes back to 1823. That was when Kamehameha II was still on the throne. Much has changed since then but the desire to be the Church that extends God’s love to these islands still remains the same.

    But what is the United Church of Christ? I will be helping some students and individuals in discernment understand that question as I teach a section of our Polity course the day prior to the `Aha Pae`aina. As part of the main line denominations that make up American Christianity, the United Church of Christ is often classified as one of the progressive denominations. As a church with congregational polity that doesn’t mean everyone within the United Church of Christ would consider themselves as a progressive Christian.

    Wikipedi-A, describes Progressive Christianity as a form of Christianity which is characterized by a willingness to question tradition, acceptance of human diversity, a strong emphasis on social justice and care for the poor and the oppressed, and environmental stewardship of the earth. Progressive Christians have a deep belief in the centrality of the instruction to "love one another" (John 15:17) within the teachings of Jesus Christ. This leads to a focus on promoting values such as compassion, justice, mercy, tolerance, often through political activism.

    Frankly, I think that’s a pretty good description of who the United Church of Christ is. In a statement for the 21st Century, the United Church of Christ describes itself as: “We, the United Church Christ, look toward the twenty-first Century with anticipation. We trust God’s promises. We are eager to respond to God’s call. We believe that God does have more truth and light yet to break forth from God’s holy word. We are a Church attentive to the Word of God. By God’s grace, we will be an attentive church. We commit ourselves anew to listen for God’s Word in Holy Scripture, in our rich heritage, in faithful witness, and in the fresh winds of the Holy Spirit so that we might discover God’s way for us.”

    We are part of a very unique strain of Christianity that seeks to truly live out our understanding of Christ’s Gospel. The Community Church of Honolulu, stands proudly as an active member church of the United Church of Christ.

    Pastor Ron

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Visit Us

Community Church of Honolulu is located in the serenity of the Nu‘uanu Valley, just above downtown Honolulu. It is easy to reach by foot and car. Route 4 of The Bus stops just outside our door, which is always open to you.

Here I am, Lord!

Please provide the Stewardship Committee with pictures and/or stories of examples of how God has called you to serve, and how others have inspired you in your everyday life.

It can be at CCH or doing work with a ministry, with family, at work or volunteering. There are so many ways to hear God’s voice and we would like to recognize all the ways we hear God’s call and how we respond.

Send pictures, stories and observations to Ardis at ardisg@cchonolulu.org. Send individual pictures by email and multiple pictures on a CD.

Stewardship Calendar

Second Sundays: Wear your “I AM” or palaka shirt

Aug. 9: CCH Picnic on front lawn

Sept. 20: Stewardship Fair

Nov. 8: National Stewardship Sunday — dedicate your 2016 pledge and time/talents

 

Sunday Service Times

 9 am Sunday Worship

10:15 am Aloha Hour

10:45 am Adult Bible Study

* Children are released from the service after the Children's Message for Sunday School in the education building.

Our Mission Statement

Through God's Grace we enable our members to grow and serve the whole community with Christ's love.

CE Event Calendar

Sunday School: Every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month.  Children are excused after the children's sermon with Pastor Ron.  

Middle School Sunday: Every third Sunday of the month, the youth group Sunday class is a special class designed specifically for Middle School students.

The Zoo: Middle School youth group partnership with First Pres. Church of Honolulu. 3:30 P.M.-6:00 P.M: Hangout time and 6:00 P.M.-8:30 P.M: Program time 

For more information contact Christian Ed. Director Manu Naeole (595-7541 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Upcoming Events

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  • “Conquering Challenges Through God’s Mighty Power” is the focus in this summer’s Vacation Bible Study. It is a fun and
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  • Christian Ed is looking for a college Youth Worker for the 2015-16 school year to teach middle/high school Sunday School
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  • The group that studied Richard Rohr’s "Falling Upward" earlier this year will read and reflect next on “Love and Death,”
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  • CCH’s annual picnic is Aug. 9 this year, on the front lawn. Worship begins outdoors at 9 a.m. Please invite
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