Church News: June 15th, 2023

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New Church Kitchen

A New Kitchen is coming to Koloa Union Church!

Here are some answers to some commonly asked questions:

Q: How will the new kitchen be different from the current one?
A: The kitchen will be bigger with an island in the middle; there will be serving windows with counters facing both Moore Hall and the patio; all appliances countertops, cupboards, drawers and floors will be brand new.

Q: Why do we want a “certified” kitchen?
A: A certified kitchen will allow us (and others) to legally cook for others outside the church for outreach and fundraising opportunities.

Q: Can I see what the new kitchen will look like?
A: The photos here are preliminary drawings. Larger ones will be posted on the church bulletin board beginning on Sunday. As the architect provides finalized plans, we will share them with the Congregation.

Q: What is the timeline of building the new kitchen?
A: Although the timeline is an estimate and actual work depends on the permitting process and availability of workers, here is what we are hoping for: demolition will take place in late-June / early-July; construction will happen from late-July through early fall; we plan to have a fully functioning kitchen in October!

Q: Do we need to raise any more money?
A: There is always the possibility that inflation might exceed the money we have raised so far. We also plan to replace all of the equipment, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, etc. with commercial-grade items. There will likely be opportunities for contributions toward these things, and we will have a much better idea in the fall, so stay tuned!

Q: What if I have additional questions or suggestions?
A: You can talk to Kahu, Dan or Penny Osuga at any time regarding your questions and suggestions.

Celebrating 100 Years of Aloha

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Koloa Union Church Is This Year’s Koloa Plantation Days Grand Marshal!

Centennial Activities:

Monday, July 24: 2 – 4 p.m. “Smith Memorial Parsonage: Over a Century of History”

In concert with the Koloa Plantation Days Committee, Kahu is inviting the entire community to show off the parsonage and talk about its history over the past century. (Well, almost a century: It was built in 1928!) Kahu will also talk about the Smith-Waterhouse Families who lived on the property before they donated it to the church. We will also give tours of the parsonage and provide refreshments to our guests.

We are recruiting volunteers to serve as greeters, docents, and other capacities. Please consider signing up to volunteer on the signup sheet on the church bulletin board.

Volunteers are asked to wear your Centennial T-shirts at this event so you can be easily identified in case someone has questions or needs assistance.

Saturday, July 29: 10 – 11 a.m. Annual Koloa Plantation Days Parade

We are going “all out” this year as this year’s Grand Marshal! Michael Horning is building a very special float and we have rented two golf carts so that everyone can participate, including those who are unable to walk in the parade! We are encouraging members and friends of all ages to sign up on the church bulletin board, and invite your friends to sign up as well!

Participants are asked to wear your Centennial T-shirts in the parade, whether you are driving, riding or walking. More details will be in the July Newsletter.

Sunday, July 30: 10:30 – Noon Centennial Worship Service

We will celebrate and give thanks for the past 100 years in the morning worship service! We have invited past ministers of the church to participate and will be remembering special moments and people over the past century!

Sunday, July 30: Noon Centennial Luncheon

We will serve a catered lunch immediately following the worship service. There will be delicious food, a slide show, a special Centennial photo book, time to visit with people who will be flying in for the special occasion—and special gift bags for everyone who attends!

Youth Group

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Sunday, June 25 4:45 p.m.
Smith Memorial Parsonage
3281 Waikomo Road

Those Entering Middle School
Those Just Graduating from High School
Everyone In Between
Friends Are Welcome!

Come and Enjoy:
A Delicious Meal
Fun and Games
Meaningful Conversation

Check with Tiffany Marrotte for More Details. Please RSVP by signing up with Tiffany.

Kauai Pride Parade and Festival

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Tuesday, June 27 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Kauai Poke Co. at Poipu Bay 2250 Ainako Street in Poipu (At the Poipu Bay Golf Course Club House)

Drive pass the Grand Hyatt Resort.
Make the next right on Ainako Street.
Turn left into the only driveway.
You’ve gone too far if you arrive at Shipwreck Beach.
Park in the back if the front parking lot is full.

Join us on the 4th Tuesday of each month for delicious food and a fun time getting to know others from Koloa Union Church!

Location each month to be determined.

Please RSVP by signing up on the church bulletin board or contacting the church office.

Squares & Prayers

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Tuesday, July 11th 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Prayers and Squares is a ministry promoting prayer by creating beautiful hand-tied quilts and offering them to people in crisis or those whom we wish to offer a special aloha. A prayer is said with each knot that is tied in the quilt. When recipients put the quilts it over themselves, they are covering themselves with our prayers. Our motto: “It’s not about the quilt; it’s all about the prayers.”

To request a quilt for church members or friends in crisis, call Debbie Gunning at 808-652-7899.

Prayers & Squares is expanding its ministry and could use your help! We are creating Prayer Quilts to be distributed at Wilcox Hospital. We have packets available to take home and sew squares together. If you can help or have questions, call Sheila Harman at 717-514-9020.

No experience in quilting or sewing is necessary. There are jobs for everyone to help in the making of the quilts…and everyone is invited to pray! Mahalo nui loa!

Church Word Day

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Saturday, July 15 8:00 A.M. – Noon

We are long overdue for a church work day. We invite volunteers to come and work on the landscaping and also interior and exterior cleaning. Bring your buckets, rags, gloves, and yard tools. We especially want our church structure and grounds to look clean, fresh and spectacular for our Centennial celebration!!

The kitchen remains closed due to the renovation, so please bring your own drinks, snacks and lunches. We will stop right around noon and eat together.

If you are not able to help on Saturday, see Dan Giovanni or Kahu if you want to do some chores on another day.

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Lectionary Readings

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 June 18: Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7); Psalm 116:1-19; Exodus 19:2-9; Psalm 100; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35-10:8

Readings for June 25: Genesis 21:8-21; Psalm 86:1-17: Jeremiah 20:7-13; Psalm 69:7-18; Romans 6:1-11; Matthew 10:24-39

Readings for July 2: Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Jeremiah 28:5-9; Psalm 89:1-18; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42

Readings for July 9: Genesis 24:34-67; Psalm 45:10-17; Zechariah 9:9-12; Psalm 145:8-14; Matthew 11:16-30

Readings for July 16: Genesis 25:19-34; Psalm 119:105-112; Isaiah 55:10-13; Psalm 65:1-13; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-23



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A Message From Kahu: June 15th, 2023

Koloa Union Church Vision Update

A Message From Our Kahu

“Vision Update”

Every few years since 2014, our church leaders meet together in a retreat setting to give thanks for what has happened among us and to consider how God might be leading us into a vision for the future. Each time we have gathered, most of our Council members and Deacons attend, as well as other interested members of the church. By the end of the retreat, we set priorities and goals for the coming years and communicate them with the Congregation. In the past, this process has led us to our successful capital campaign—which allowed us to give a major facelift to our property and sanctuary—as well as becoming an official “Open & Affirming” congregation of the United Church of Christ, hiring a Youth Director, and significantly increasing our financial offerings to the church.

According to our most recent vision statement, “In December 2022…we have finalized plans for a certified kitchen that serves people in Moore Hall and in the patio area.” In the fall of 2022, Dan Giovanni, our Building and Grounds Chair, presented to the Council drawings made by the local architectural firm Palms Hawaii Architecture, along with estimated costs for the project ($90,000) and a timeline. I got busy putting a plan together to raise the money without having another major capital campaign.

Penny Jessup agreed to write a grant proposal for $40,000 from the Vidinha Family Trust. We were notified last week that the full amount has been awarded to us and the check is now in the bank! I am so grateful to Penny J. for her devotion to the church and all of the “behind the scenes” work she does for us on a regular basis! The remaining $50,000 has also been raised by a small handful of very generous members and friends of the church. I am once again so grateful (and, frankly, overwhelmed) by the generosity of the people of our church.

Dan will once again oversee the project: working with the architect and contractors, making sure permits are approved with the County of Kauai, approving bills to be paid on time, and communicating with the Congregation. It’s hard to imagine what we would do without Dan! Be sure to scroll down just a bit and see the drawings done by Palms Hawaii, as well as some of the details about the project.

In case you are wondering, our next major project of our vision after the kitchen is completed will be creating “an attractive, peaceful, safe and useful space on the west end of our property.” That’s the patio area just to the west of the church office and kitchen. We will be talking more about this toward the end of the year and getting input from the Congregation before moving forward.

In the meantime, I want you to know how grateful I am for the generosity of members and friends of the church who not only make projects like our kitchen possible but who also give faithfully throughout the year to keep our church’s vision and mission alive and well!

Aloha Nui Loa!
Kahu Alan Akan