Curtain falls on the 2018 Malua Fonotele
All is well that ends well.
That’s how it was hundreds of members of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa on Friday. After two weeks of their annual conference, the curtains fell on the annual pilgrimage with the election of new officers.
The General Assembly held on the second week saw a number of issues discussed by the representatives of different parishes – including ones from Australia, New Zealand, United States, Hawaii and Samoa.
The E.F.K.S. Fonotele is arguably one of the biggest meetings held in Samoa on an annual basis.
On Friday before the meeting ended, the Church voted on Reverend Elder Tautiaga Senara as new Chairman, succeeding Reverend Elder Tunumoso Iosia.
In accepting the role, Reverend Elder Tautiaga thanked the Church for trusting in him. He acknowledged the support from all members of the church and was thankful that he’s able to continue his service in the Church through his new calling as Chairman of the Church.
The General Secretary, Reverend Vavatau Taufao, was reappointed.
“I am thankful for the opportunity afforded to me by the Church and the trust and faith they have in my abilities to carry forth the work of the Church,” Rev. Vavatau said.
“The decision for us to serve in the Church lies solely with the Church and I am happy that we are doing things this way. God’s way is the only way.”
Rimoni Wright was re-elected Treasurer. This year the C.C.C.S. paid tribute to eight elders of the Church who became pensioners.
They are: Reverend Elder Liki and Eseta Tiatia of America; Reverend Menu and Filifilia Puni of New Zealand; Reverend Elder Faatauoloa and Susana Maualaivao of Apia; Reverend Elder Setu and Leatuvai Samitioata also of Apia; Reverend Fuifui and Ropeta Teevale of Apia; Reverend Ekelosi and Lila Viliamu from Faleata; Reverend Falemalu and Fetalai Avaio of Falealili-Safata-Siumu and finally Reverend Gutu and Mesepa Fa’asau from Ituotane.
Here are some of the images from Malua on Friday on the last day of the Fonotele.