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By Taliulu Samuelu

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa, (Samoa News, Aug. 1) - After a three
week delay caused by the territory's airport runway problems with the FAA, the
23rd Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS) Conference ended
yesterday after four days of special meetings and smaller conferences, such as
the Church Elders meeting and the Women's Fellowship Conference.

Governor Togiola Tulafona was unanimously elected by the
delegates as Vice Chairman, filling the seat left vacant since Rev. Misioka
became CCCAS Chairman upon the death of Governor Tauese Sunia in March.

The election of Governor Tulafona as CCCAS Vice Chairman paves
the way for him to succeed Rev. Elder Misioka as Chairman in next year's

Rev. Samuelu Tialavea from Honolulu, Hawaii was elected as
General Secretary.

Housekeeping church matters such as a state of the church
address and a financial report were presented in the Fonotele, which began on
Monday, July 28.

Committee resolutions were also presented and voted upon at the
General Assembly and the annual election of the 2004-2005 church officers was

Delegations representing CCCAS denominations in American Samoa,
New Zealand, Australia, U.S. Mainland and Hawaii reconfirmed Reverend Elder
Anetele'a Misioka of the Fagasa CCCAS church as Chairman.

The annual conference customarily coincides with the Kanana Fou
Theological Seminary graduation, which was held last Friday, July 25.

Selected church youth groups entertained the delegations with
choir performances through out the conference.

The last service to bid farewell to the delegations was held
last night at the "Ua Taunuu" chapel at Kanana Fou.

August 8, 2003

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