Monday, November 30, 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

  • November Greeting

    Message from our Minister

    It’s hard to believe that, by the time you read this, it will be a little over a month till my eighth anniversary as the Senior Pastor to The Community Church of Honolulu. When I started, the average attendance for the first three months was somewhere around 88 people and that included 6 children in Sunday school.

    Yesterday October 25, at the celebration of the rededication of our Organ and the service of aloha to Helen Lee, as choir director, and Young Pak, as our organist, there were over 200 people here to celebrate. And what a wonderful day of celebration it was! On average, we now have around 160 in worship and that’s with 20 or more children and youth.

    I have had the privilege of watching our youth and children’s ministry grow into a healthy functioning lifelong learning ministry. It has grown under the care of youth workers - Chad Williams, Manu Nae`ole, and our present team of Eli Buckland, and Pat Brown. They along with Christian Education Committee leaders - Sandy Nishimura, Marti Taba, and Bobbi Mew, have developed our youth and children’s ministry into a wonderful team it is today. We’ve sent our youth on life changing mission trips and they are involved sharing their gifts and talents during our Sunday worship and are also engaged in many other aspects of our community life together.

    I have had the privilege of watching our Mission Committee take on the ministry of Family Promise under the supervision of Lorraine Lunow-Luke, and now reaching out in service to many other local charitable agencies. Thanks to Evelyn Chong, and Carol Gunn’s faithful leadership.

    I could go on through every committee, if space would allow, celebrating the wonderful ministries that are accomplished through the life of this congregation. All of you serve and contribute in very meaningful ways in this community of faith. It is an honor and privilege to serve as your minister.

    We are an older congregation with more than one-third of our congregation over 80 years of age. This means each year significant long term members pass into eternity. Having said that, this reflects in the loss of spiritual resources and revenue these members contribute. Even with such loss, thankfully each year of my tenure we have had significant resources placed within our General Budget’s reserve for the future. With an aging campus those reserves will be needed in the near future for facilities maintenance.

    As we look to the future there is still much to accomplish. We will continue to celebrate the wonderful history of this church and at the same time realize that those who laid the foundation upon which we stand saw the ministry of this church reaching perpetually into the future. They envisioned a church that would be ac-accepting of all individuals based upon the principles democracy lived out empowered by God’s love. They didn’t simply talk about their faith - they lived their faith!

    In order to be living and vital into the future we need to continue to care for our elderly and thank them for their faithfulness. But we also must become aggressive in inviting new people to church where new members are embraced and given room to serve and celebrate the grace and love of God.

    We can celebrate old friendships and the longevity of people who have stood by us through thick and thin. But we also need to develop new ways of interaction, opening ourselves to new groups and new possibilities of growth and development.

    We have been blessed with outstanding music leadership in the past. Some wonder how we will function with-out the capable direction from Helen Lee. She has promised to share her wisdom as we move into the future but we need to pray that God will lead us to the right individuals to serve in our music ministry and that we will be open to God’s Spirit to discern who they might be.

    Many churches associated with main line denominations are decreasing. Only the ones who have clearly identified who they are and how they fit into their denominational structure are thriving. I believe we need to clearly identify with the United Church of Christ and to be full participants in the extended community of our Association and Conference.


    As we look to the future and celebrate the past, it is my honor to serve as your Pastor. 

    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.

Holiday Season

Nov. 29: First Sunday of Advent

Dec. 6: Second Sunday of Advent

Dec. 13: Third Sunday of Advent, Christmas Pageant and White Gift Sunday

Dec. 20: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Service, 7 p.m.

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 Send individual pictures by email and multiple pictures on a CD.



Our Mission Statement

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

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.

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.

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

Upcoming Events

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  • Christian Ed will continue to raise money for its mission trip by holding a Garage Sale Jan. 23. Items are
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  • This year we will meet Nov. 29 and Dec. 20 after the worship service. The first meeting will be devoted
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  • Nov. 22 and 29: Christmas Pageant Rehearsal (Makai 2) Nov. 24: Youth participating in 7 p.m. Interfaith Service at CCH
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  • The Christian Education Ministry is sending College Devotional Boxes to our current CCH members in college. Individually designed boxes include
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