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Introducing the Honolulu Vision Committee

Seeing the need to examine the long-term missionary and financial needs of Central Union Church, the Church Council created the Honolulu Vision Team. With the help of Pastor David Rivers, Chair Kiyabu named the following individuals to the Committee. The initial members were selected based on their leadership, professional expertise and community standing.

We invite you to read their introductory background sketches.

Don Clifford is married and has one 12 year old son attending MidPac. He is a graduate of UH and is licensed Architect. Occasionally, Don is one of our lay scripture readers at the 7 AM Service and has been an active Member of CUC since 2010. He also volunteers his time to the CUC Sanctuary Roof Replacement Committee, the CUC Vision Team and the Windward CUC Vision Team.

Donna Hanaike has been a member of Central Union since 1986 and has served in various positions over the years: youth group parent, Deaconnesses, Trustees, Church Council, Flower committee. Dona attends the 9:00 AM service and “beems” when her two grandchildren escort their parents (Alexa Zen and Mike Pfaefflin) to sit with her.”

Gregory M. Sato joined the Church in 1967. Over the years, he has served on a number of committees including Stewardship, Senior Minister Search, Pre-School, Personnel, Marriage Equality, Deacons, and Trustees. He attends the 7:00 AM service because I enjoys beginning the workweek praying with friends.

Carl Schlack started attending CUC in 1984 and became a member in 1986. He has served on the Church Council for several years and also on various ad hoc committees, the most recent involving the addition of Central Union Windward to our Church family. Carl and his wife, Shauna, were married in the Sanctuary 30 years ago, and they have two daughters, Emily and Maya.

Ryan Shindo has been a member of the church since 2016. Born and raised on the Big Island, then moved to Oahu where he graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a finance and international business degree. He is married with two children who are students at Central Union Preschool. He attends the 11:00 A.M. service for the group’s energy and atmosphere.

Building on our missional heritage of sharing God’s unfailing love by meeting the needs of others, we are committed to guide our congregation through a time of discerning the great needs of our time while envisioning long-term solutions to community needs while resourcing the mission of CUC. We invite you to our first ‘Talk Story’ session on July 7th during the Learning Tree following the 9 AM service. The team invites your comments at vision@centralunionchurch.org.

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