Church News: Nov 17th, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Sunday, November 20th 

Join us in our worship service as we give thanks for the many blessings in our lives and in our church!

You are invited to consider a special blessing and write it on a “Joys & Concerns” card before the worship service this coming Sunday morning.

The church office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

May our hearts be filled with gratitude!

Holiday Worship Survey

Can we have just a few minutes of your time today?

Will you be around over the holidays? If so, would you consider taking a few minutes right now to fill our a brief survey in order to help Kahu and our Deacons plan a special holiday season according to your needs?

Your input is especially needed if you plan to attend Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services.

Prayers and Squares

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Comfort Prayer Quilts for Wilcox Hospital

Prayers and Squares is expanding its ministry: We are creating “Comfort Prayer Quilts” to be distributed at Wilcox Hospital by its chaplain, Rev. Deborah Ball. These quilts will be for patients who don’t have visitors and need to know that someone cares.

We could use your help! If you can sew a straight line and have a sewing machine quietly sitting in a closet, we will have packets available to take home and sew together. Each packet has precut 6 ½ inch squares. Instructions will be inside the bag. Basically you’ll sew 6 squares together to make a row. When you’ve make 8 rows, you sew these together to make a rectangle. Done! (The Prayers & Squares team will add borders and backing.)

Packets are available on the table in front of the office on Sundays. This is an ongoing project and your continued help is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions, call Sheila at (717) 514-9020.

Mahalo nui loa!

Annual Holiday Outreach

Poipu Church Sunday Service

Thanksgiving Meal Boxes

Poipu Church Sunday Service

We will be collecting and creating Thanksgiving meal boxes for 10 local families who are struggling to make ends meet.

If you signed up to bring food items, please bring them to the church by this coming Sunday, November 20.

Boxes will be packaged and delivered to the families by the Koloa Union Church Outreach Committee and Youth Group.

Christmas Stockings

Poipu Church Sunday Service

We will stuff Christmas stockings with special items and gift cards for 10 local families who are struggling financially this year. We collect change, cash and checks throughout the year in our spare change jar. If you have some extra funds in your bank account or wallet, please consider an extra gift to make Christmas even merrier for a local family. If you know of any families who could use some extra help this holiday season, contact Amber Strong or the church office.

The deadline for donations for this year’s stockings is December 4.

Note: We primarily 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.

You can contribute financially to this ministry by writing “Holiday Outreach” on the note section of your check made out to “Koloa Union Church” or on the “Comment” box when you give online. Contact Amber S

Youth Group Activity

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Miniature Golf

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Alan Akana Gallery

Holiday Open House

Friday, 25th: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Please contact the gallery if you wish to visit after November 27.

All Plumeria Originals & Prints 50% Off or More

Everything Else 20% Off or More:

2023 Wall Calendars
Museum-Quality Prints
(Framed & Unframed)
New Greeting Cards
Coffee Mugs . . .
Proceeds fund the maintenance and repairs of the parsonage

Pandemic Guidelines

Please be vaccinated for Covid-19 or wear a face mask. We request that you sanitize your hands before entering. (Hand sanitizer provided) 6 Guest Maximum in the Gallery at a Time.

RSVP Suggested: Email

Alan Akana Gallery is Located In The Smith Memorial Parsonage 3281 Waikomo Rd. in Koloa (Parking available on the street and on the property.) 808-855-8806

Online discount of 20% during the holidays: Type discount code “20Percent” at checkout.

First Sunday of Advent

November 27th

Join Us for Worship When We Light The “Candle of Hope” As We Anticipate the Coming of Christ.

Salvation Army Lunch

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Mahalo to Worship Participants

Baptism and New Members

Lectionary Readings

Weekly Readings from the Bible

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 November 13: Isaiah 65:17-25; Isaiah 12; Malachi 4:1-3; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19.

Readings for November 20: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79; Psalm 46; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43.

Reading for Thanksgiving Day: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 100; Philippians 4:4-9; John 6:25-35.

Readings for November 27: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44.

More Fun Pictures Since Our Last Weekly News

A Message From Kahu: Nov 17th, 2022

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A Message From Our Kahu

“Dreaming of a Brand New World”

“The greatest among you must become like the youngest
and the leader like one who serves.”
—Luke 22:26—

Throughout the Bible, we find God’s people proclaiming God’s dreams for the world. Here is a part of the dream which we heard on Sunday find in Isaiah 65:

No more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days or an old person who does not live out a lifetime. Like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain or bear children for calamity. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.

As unrealistic and unattainable as this dream may be, Isaiah nevertheless invites people to commit to it. I believe he does so because he knows that deep down inside, this dream has to do with what we all want: less weeping, less infant mortality, more of our loved ones living to old age, more of us reaping the rich rewards of our labor, less of us being attacked by wild animals and bitten by snakes. Yet, Isaiah is inviting his hearers to think beyond their fences, walls and borders. He is inviting us all to want these things for everyone, rather than just ourselves and those we love. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus shares God’s dream of leaders to think of leadership as humble servanthood. Again, as unrealistic and unattainable as this might be in today’s world, Jesus invites his followers to become such leaders and to choose such leaders. I invite you to commit yourselves to these dreams of God. After all, some dreams really do come true—even the unrealistic and unattainable ones!

Aloha nui loa!
Kahu Alan Akana