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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, July 17, 2004

Ex-Hawai'i pastor elected bishop

Advertiser Staff

The Rev. Robert Tsugio Hoshibata, formerly of Hawai'i, has been elected a bishop in the United Methodist Church.

Hoshibata, dean of the Cabinet of the Pacific Northwest Conference, was elected at the church's Western Jurisdictional Conference meeting yesterday in San Jose, Calif. He will be consecrated at a 2 p.m. worship service at Los Altos United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. today, when he will be given his assignment.

Hoshibata has served as district superintendent of the Seattle District since 1998, and has served churches in the California-Pacific Conference. From 1974 to 1975, he served as a youth minister in Hawai'i, and from 1977 to 1984 he was pastor of North Gardena United Methodist Church in Gardena, Calif. Hoshibata also served as a pastor in Washington and Connecticut.

The United Methodist Church is the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination, with 8.3 million members in the United States and 2.5 million members elsewhere. Fifty active U.S. bishops and 18 active foreign bishops provide leadership for about 44,000 congregations worldwide. The United Methodist Church was created in 1968 by a merger of the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist Churches.

6 O'ahu organists to join talents

Six organists from O'ahu churches will perform in the 16th annual Midsummer Night's Organ Concert at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Central Union Church, 1660 S. Beretania.

Organists include Katherine Crosier from Lutheran Church of Honolulu; Joey Fala; Nyle Hallman and Margaret Lloyd of Central Union; and Arlan Sunnarborg and canon John McCreary of St. Andrew's Cathedral.

The free program will include music by Barber, Bridge, Koury and Vierne. Two harpists will also perform in the program of classical and lighter music.

Information: Noel Lovelace, 941-0957.

Youth crusade starts next week

City of Refuge Christian Church will host, and Grace Chapel San Bernadino, Calif., will sponsor a free three-day Youth Quake crusade beginning Thursday at Kapi'olani Park, and continuing at the Kapi'olani Community College great lawn area Friday and next Saturday.

The event will include music, speakers, food and worship. Contact Phillip Moore, 864-2355 or youthquakeexperience.com.