Posts Tagged ‘EFKS’

Samoan government’s tax law is a return to a colonial mindset

Monday, July 9th, 2018

The General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (EFKS), says the demand that Church ministers pay tax is part of a colonial mindset that the government seems to have revived. Reverend Vavatau Taufao says taxing church ministers is just the first step. “If this colonial mindset is allowed to continue, when will it Read more

Tax is on church ministers, not the church, says Samoa’s Prime Minister

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sa’ilele Malielegaoi says the new tax laws apply to the church ministers individually, not the church as a whole. Documents leaked to the Samoa Observer show that the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) will not observe a law requiring all church ministers to pay income tax. According to the Read more

Samoa Church to continue funding TV

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Radio New Zealand reports the annual conference of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has decided to continue funding its EFKS television service. The station had incurred losses since its launch four years ago and the conference looked at a recommendation to either shut it down or lease it out. Read more and  also read Read more

Man in court after removing and damaging statue of Mary

Monday, February 13th, 2017

In Samoa, a man accused of taking a statue of the Blessed Virgin from a Congregation Christian Church of Samoa (E.F.K.S) Church has been charged with burglary and wilful damage Tavita Sa’u from Si’ufaga, Falelatai, did not enter a plea when he appeared before Judge Talasa Lumepa Atoa Saaga. The statue has been at the Read more

Samoan church bans gift-giving

Friday, May 30th, 2014

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) has moved to ban gift-giving with the hope to ease the burden on families and church followers. However, that ban comes with exceptions, urging that “wisdom and conscience” are used. C.C.C.S. Secretary General, Reverend Dr. Iutisone Salevao said the decision was finalised during last year’s gathering. Speaking to Read more

Financial viability of church-run EFKS TV under scrutiny

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The financial viability of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa’s (C.C.C.S.) television Network, called EFKS TV, was brought under the microscope last week at the Church’s annual conference. EFKS TV was launched in May 2013 at a cost, which has been variously reported, to be between half a million  and 1.1 tala. The money was Read more

Samoa’s EFKS Church objects to LMS membership of Council of Churches

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

The Samoa Congregational Christian Church, CCCS/EFKS has objected to the new London Missionary Society church, LMS Toe Fuata’ina, becoming a member of the National Council of Churches. The General Secretary of the Council Reverend Ma’auga Motu says a letter of objection has been received and will be discussed in next month’s executive meeting. He says Read more

Samoa’s Congregational Church launches radio and TV outlets

Friday, May 17th, 2013

On Thursday the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (EFKS) launched radio and TV outlets in Apia. EFKS media opened with 80 percent coverage of the country. “We hope to have complete coverage in three months,” says Chairman of the General Assembly, Rev. Elder Tautiaga Senara. Both the radio and TV outlets will be under the Read more

State Funeral for Reverend Oka Fauolo

Friday, May 4th, 2012

In recognition of the prestigious Order of Ti’afau conferred upon him in 1995 – in recognition of his many services to the country – Reverend Oka Fauolo was accorded a state  funeral. His coffin was draped with the national flag and shoulder-carried by Police pall bearers. “Reverend Oka was a man who was not easily Read more