News of the Church
November 10 at 7 p.m.
(Monthly on the 2nd Wednesday)
Please contact the church office to RSVP by November 9.
Location to be determined by the size of the group.
Lectio Divina is a traditional monastic practice of scriptural reading, meditation, prayer, and contemplation, intended to promote communion with God and to increase knowledge of God’s Word. It does not treat scripture as texts to be studied, but as living word. As we gather in a small group, we allow a biblical passage to speak to us individually; after hearing the text read several times, there is an opportunity for participants to share their experience.
After a year and a half, we will gather again for Lectio Divina, led by Karen Johnson, our congregation’s “Prayer Leader.”
Everyone is welcome, those who are experienced in prayer and those who are brand new at it.
Church Office Closed on Thursday
The Church Office will be closed on Thursday, November 11
Annual Holiday Outreach
Thanksgiving Food Boxes
We are ever mindful of the many families on the south shore who are less fortunate than many others. We will once again this year deliver boxes of Thanksgiving dinners and also Christmas stockings with presents and gift cards.
Important Dates to Remember:
November 14: Last day to bring in your food and cash donations for this year’s Thanksgiving outreach. Look for the sign-up sheets attached to the Share Aloha sandwich board on Sunday mornings.
November 21: Thanksgiving boxes to be delivered to local families and last day to donate cash for the Christmas stockings.
December 5: Christmas stockings (with gift cards) to be delivered to local families
We pay for this outreach through the change jar, to which people contribute throughout the year, and from personal donations. So be sure to look for spare change lying around at home or in your car. If you are able, please consider a monetary donation.
If you know of any families who could use some extra help during the upcoming holiday season, please pass along their name to the church office. Also let us know if you would like to help prepare Thanksgiving boxes and/or stockings.
Weekly Readings from the Bible
During challenging times, reading the Bible on a daily basis is a great source of inspiration and hope. I encourage you to read and meditate upon the Scriptures of the Revised Common Lectionary and ask yourself how God might be showing up in the Scriptures for you, what God might be saying to you, and what guidance you might find as you share God’s love in creative and meaningful ways.
—Kahu Alan Akana
Each week, Christians throughout the world read biblical passages from the Revised Common Lectionary, including the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospels. After three years, a good portion of the Bible is included and the cycle begins again. RCL passages are often read in church worship services, and Kahu Akana usually includes at least one reading each Sunday.
Readings for All Saints Day (Nov. 1): Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24; Revelations 21:1-7; John 11:32-44.
Readings for November 7: Ruth 3:1-4:17; Psalm 127; 1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44.
Readings for November 14: 1 Samuel 1:4-20; 1 Samuel 2:1-10; Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-25; Mark 13:1-8.
“News of the Church” is provided by Koloa Union Church, an Open and Affirming (ONA) Congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference. Please contact the church office if you would like to have our news sent directly to your inbox. Join us at 3289 Poipu Road in Koloa!