Keawala'i Church Boards and Committees
The Officers of the Church Council and the members of the Board of Christian Education, Board of Deacons, Board of Mission & Outreach and the Board of Trustees as well as several committees were elected by the membership of the Church at the annual meeting held on Sunday, January 15, 2017.
The Buildings & Grounds Committee continues its repair and maintenance work. Work was recently undertaken to repair one of the door frames to the restroom that was damaged by termites. In 2012 the committee saw the completion of the work replacing the three doors of the church as well as the front office door.
The mission of the Board of Deacons is to assist the Pastor in matters related to worship, membership, pastoral care and the spiritual welfare of the church.
The Board has two committees: Outreach Committee and Mission Committee. Over the years the Outreach Committee of Keawala‘i Congregational Church has sought to provide support for those in need. The Local Mission Fund is a part of the Outreach Committee.
Victoria Smith of Wailuku is the new Outreach Coordinator for the Outreach Committee. As the coordinator, Victoria’s primary responsibility will be to receive and process all requests for assistance from the Local Mission Fund of the church.
The Board of Christian Education has never been fully constituted. However, the various committees under its kuleana continue to meet to provide support for the educational needs of our children, youth and adults.
Members of the Sunday School Program are planning two holiday activities. Suzanne Perkins, a member of the Sunday School Teaching Team, said, “We are working out the details for our holiday activities. For Thanksgiving, we would like to provide a complete meal for a family .../ and for Christmas, we would like to provide gifts for a family.”
At this point any effort to renew the Youth Ministry Program will require the thoughtful and prayerful consideration of parents and members on how best to proceed. A good and sensible starting point would be with the youth themselves, especially those who will be nominated and elected to serve on the Youth Ministry Committee for 2013.
The work of the choir and its accompanists continues to be an integral part of the weekly worship experience of Keawala'i. The adult choir is actively seeking new members. In order to effectively live up to our mission statement, we hope to add younger singers to our group who can learn not only the contemporary anthems in our repertoire, but also the historic Hawaiian anthems.