Board of Deacons

New Members Received

Sunday, June 18, 2017

On Sunday, June 18, 2017 three new members were received into the church.

John Rowehl is the son of Anne & Roger Rowehl of Kīhei and brother of Alice McDermott of Carlsbad, California; Paul Andrew of and Wendy Miano of Cleveland, Ohio. John identifies himself as a musician, writer, editor and philosopher. “I am interested in all things Polynesian,” he said “especially Polynesian way-finding or long distance navigation without instruments.”

Of his decision to become a General Member of the church, John said, “From the first time I visited Keawalaʻi around 1995, I have felt a special energy about the place that induces a deep sense of calm and belonging.”

John currently serves as the Director of Music and Organist and as the Outreach Coordinator for Keawalaʻi Congregational Church. He comes to Keawalaʻi having grown up in number of Lutheran churches.

Francesca Carey was born in New York City and raised in San Diego. She was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church. She will be joining Keawalaʻi as a General Member.

She graduated from The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Cartography from Briarcliff College in New York. She returned to California and spent several years in the San Francisco Bay Area working at Stanford university and Hewlett-Packard before starting her own graphic design company.

It was in California that she met and married Thomas Douma in 1987. Tom was a graduate of Stanford Business School, a scholar, developer and entrepreneur. They eventually moved to Maui and while here established a business of factory-built homes. She said, “I found a way to bring factory-built homes to Hawaiʻi and Tom became my CFO. Over the years, we have built over 40 homes on Maui for local families.”

Following Tom’s death in 2016 and in thinking about becoming a member of Keawalaʻi, she said, “This has been the most difficult time in my life. I think Iwould benefit greatly from being part of a larger community.” She is currently a member of Nā Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir of the church.

Harlan Penn grew up on a farm in Missouri with two older sisters. Professionally, he spent two years as an adult probation and parole officer before going to law school.

He worked as an attorney for three years in Washington D.C. and later served as an attorney for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, first in Washington, D.C. and later in the Western Regional Office in the San Francisco Bay Area. He retired as Regional Counsel in 2012.

He became active in the Presbyterian Church while working in Washington D.C. serving as a volunteer during the AIDS crisis. Since retiring, he and his husband Peter Gordon have been spending more and more time on Maui.

“I have been attending worship here occasionally for at least 15 years,” he said, “although only after retiring have I been here often enough to follow the congregation’s life to any extent. Peter and I are now in the process of coming Hawaiʻi residents and expect to be here significantly more than in California. It is time for a church home in Maui.”

Harlan added, ”Since I continue to feel a significant attachment to the Presbyterian Church (USA), I will be joining Keawalaʻi as an Associate member.”

Welcome to John, Francesca and Harlan!

Communion for Homebound

The Board of Deacons voted on Sunday, October 4, 2015 to approve the reinstitution of providing Communion for members and friends of the church who are homebound. Communion was provided for those homebound in years past.

The decision of the board to reinstitute the sacrament was done in response to a request that was received from the Steering Committee of Hui Mālama O Keawalaʻi, the care-giving program of the church. Deacons are authorized to administer the sacrament on the first Sunday of each month. A Communion kit is provided that includes the elements that are blessed during the monthly service.

If you or someone you know would like to receive the sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of each month, please contact Robin Burke, Chairperson of the Board of Deacons. You may reach her at: or (808) 269-2883.

"The Keawala‘i Prayer Connection"

"Are any among you suffering?
They should pray.
Are any cheerful?
They should sing songs of praise.
Are any among you sick?
They should call for the elders of the church
and have them pray over them,
anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.

The prayer of faith will save the sick,
and the Lord will raise them up . . .

Pray for one another, so that you may be healed."

James 5:13-16

What is "The Keawala‘i Prayer Connection"?

"The Keawala‘i Prayer Connection" is a part of the ministry of the Board of Deacons of Keawala‘i Congregational Church. The idea for the prayer connection was raised following the recent death of a member of the church. Some were unaware that requests for prayers were being made.

Over the course of a two-month period several members of the board reviewed how such a network might be established and implemented.

How does it work?

If someone has a special request for prayer during the week they are asked to call Kahu at the church office at (808) 879-5557. This will inform Kahu of a particular need.

Members of the Board of Deacons will then be contacted one at a time through a telephone tree and each one will be asked to include the special request for prayer in their prayer time.

In addition to the prayers offered during the week, prayers will also be included in the time of prayer at the following Sunday morning worship services (see page 9).

Another aspect of the board's ministry includes home visitations. A schedule has been set-up.

Once each month, Kahu and a deacon visit members and friends who may not be able to come to church. Some are at home in private residences; others are in care facilities such as Roselani Place in Kahului; Hale Makua in Kahului and Wailuku, and Kalama Heights in Kïhei.

If you or anyone you may know would like a home visit please call Kahu at the church office and let him know. The visit may include the sharing of communion, a time of prayer, and the anointing of oil.

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