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Congregational Life at LCH—June, July, and August 2006

Joint Confirmation Program Begins with Overnight Camp

Tents on the lawn at Christ Lutheran, MililaniAgain this year Hukilau congregations on Oahu are cooperating on a joint confirmation program. Their first event was on overnight camp at Christ Lutheran in Mililani, with several LCH youth attending along with Interim Pastor Steve and Peggy Anderson.

See pictures from camp on this page in our new Youth section.

Aloha to Intern Pastor Josh

Intern Pastor Josh waves good-bye as he heads to his planeTuesday evening, August 22, Intern Pastor Josh Graber left Honolulu to return to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. A number from the congregation gave him a surprise send-off at the airport as he headed off for the next stage in his journey. We all wish Josh a fond aloha and our very best!

See pictures from Josh’s farewell at church on Sunday, August 20.

Baptism on the Beach

Intern Pastor Josh baptizes DJ, held by his mother and assisted by his fatherLCH members and family friends gathered on the beach at Calvary by the Sea on Sunday, August 13, to baptize is the son of Derek Hanson and Julia Fahey and the grandson of Jeanette Hanson. Interim Pastor Steve Jensen and Intern Pastor Josh Graber officiated at the ceremony.

Family and friends following the baptism 
Family and friends joined in the celebration of this joyous occasion.

Rededication Blessing for the Renovations

Jim Sullivan thanking everyone before the rededication prayerWith most of the work done, Pastor Steve Jensen lead a brief rededication blessing for the renovations to the kitchen, rest rooms, and ADA ramp following morning worship on August 13. Before the blessing, Project Coordinator Jim Sullivan reminded people of the long history of the renovations, beginning with a grant that Kathy Crosier wrote for kitchen renovations to enhance the ministry of the preschool. He thanked Roy Helms, his close collaborator in the project, and all those who helped with both the demolition and various projects during the construction. Pastor Jensen gave the short rededication prayer, and everyone took a look at the work that had been done.

Pictures of the demolition and construction are available in the Capital Campaign section.

30th Anniversary of Compline at LCH

All the participants in the Anniversary ComplineOver the weekend of August 5–6, members and friends of the congregation celebrated the 30th anniversary of Compline at LCH. Current singers and alumni gathered for a dinner celebration on Saturday evening, the Compline Choir sang for morning worship on Sunday (followed by a reception), and there was a special Compline on Sunday evening.

Read about all of the weekend’s event on this page.

Read the article about the 30th Anniversary of Compline in the Star-Bulletin on Saturday, August 5.

The Renovations Begin!

The rubble after jack hammers went to work on the old stairs to make way for the new ramp.Right on schedule, the contractors got to work on Monday, July 24.

Keep up with their progress on this new page in the Capital Campaign section.

LCH Youth at Camp Wapo

The lake at Camp WapoIn July, two LCH youth went to Camp Wapo in Wisconsin along with Peggy Anderson and youth and adults from other Lutheran churchs on the Island.

Read about this wonderful experience in the Children and Youth section.

What Happened to the LCH Kitchen?

The LCH kitchen after the demolition crew did their workThe congregation could hardly believe what had happened to the LCH kitchen and rest rooms when they arrived at church on Sunday, July 23. But that’s what happens when you give a bunch of LCHers sledge hammers, crowbars, and powertools and tell them to get ready for the contractors.

You can find out about everything they did and see more pictures in the Capital Campaign section.

A Time to Break Down—Sign Up Now!

Project Coordinator Jim Sullivan signs Fred Benco up to help with the demolitionThose of a certain age will remember those verses from Ecclesiastes: “To everything (turn, turn, turn) there is a season (turn, turn, turn) ... A time to break down, and a time to build up.” The time to break down is upon us as we prepare for the long-awaited renovations to the LCH kitchen and rest rooms. The workers will arrive on Monday, July 24, and must complete everything in just two weeks (while the preschool is on vacation). To make this possible, we call on everyone to help with the demolition on Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22.

Project Coordinator Jim Sullivan (shown at right with Fred Benco) was busy signing up volunteers after church on July 9, but more help is needed. Even if you don’t consider yourself good with tools, you can help with clean up or provide food. Email <> (Webmaster’s Note: The email no longer works.) or sign up at church next week!

Demolition volunteers must wear long pants, a shirt with sleeves, hard-soled shoes or boots, and safety glasses. If you have ear protection, goggles/face shields, work gloves, or face masks, please bring them along as well.

Read more about the three summer renovation projects in the Capital Campaign section.

A Send Off for Youth Heading to Camp

Our youth campers sold “Smores 2 Go” with chaperone Peggy Anderson.Members and friends enjoyed a cook out after worship on July 9 and helped raise funds for two of our youth heading to Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp in Wisconsin. Two LCH youth will be making the trip with Peggy Anderson (all shown at left). As part of the fundraiser, Peggy prepared and sold “Smores 2 Go.”

Stephen Schmidt grilled up cheeseburgers and hotdogsKore’s parents, Stephen and Selena, prepared cheeseburgers and hotdogs in the courtyard, and everyone enjoyed a camp cook out as part of the send off for our youth.

Our prayers go with Peggy, Crescent, and Kore as they journey to Wisconsin.

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IHS Dinner

Cooks April Smith and Jimmy Castro enjoy their own plates after the guests had been served.LCH serves dinner at the Institute for Human Services (IHS) the third Friday of every month. A big group of volunteers helped out on June 19, so the meal was served in record time. There was lively conversation as guests picked up their plates in the serving line, but once the guests took their places in the dining room, there was almost no talking because everyone was busy with their meals. IHS staff told our group that the meatloaf on LCH’s standard menu is a favorite of their guests.

The picture shows the June cooks, April Smith and Jimmy Castro, enjoying their own plates after all the guests had been fed.

Three Summer Renovation Projects Announced

Some of the sinks and counters purchased for the renovation of the kitchenSome worshippers on May 28 may have thought the the Courtyard had been turned into restaurant equipment showroom, but the sinks and counters were actually the first signs of three summer renovation projects schedule to be completed this summer. These are renovations of the kitchen and the rest rooms and replacement of the temporary ramp into the courtyard.

All three projects have been scheduled for the two weeks the preschool is on summer vacation, July 22 through August 6. The contracts for the actual reconstruction efforts have been approved by the Council, but the members will do the demolition. By having members do some of the work and purchasing used equipment at a very good price, we should be able to complete these projects within budget. You can read more about these three projects in the Capital Campaign section.

Children’s Benefit Concert Featured in The Lutheran

The June issue of The LutheranThe June issue of The Lutheran will feature an article about the benefit concert children at LCH gave this March. The children challenging our congregation to raise $4,000 go with the $1,000 they had already raised for an Ark of Animals from Heifer International. Read the article on their web site.

Read more about the Benefit Concert and see many more pictures on our own web site.

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