Church News: March 6th, 2023

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Koloa Union Pastor Kahu Alan Akana

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Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina March 13th, 7-8:30 p.m.

The Smith Memorial Parsonage 3281 Waikomo Road Lectio Divina is a time to silently reflect together on a repeated reading from the Bible and then share with one another about the experience (if so desired). Lectio Divina will resume meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in March. Check with Karen Johnson for the location. Please let Kahu or Karen Johnson know if you will be attending.

Palm Sunday

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Palm Sunday March 24, 10:30 a.m.

Celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus entering Jerusalem! Our Sunday school and youth will start the service off with the procession of the palms during the prelude. Children and youth please arrive by 10 a.m. Those who arrive late will be asked to wait outside the main doors of the sanctuary until the Procession of the Palms finishes.

Church Breakfast

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Church Breakfast Tuesday, March 26 8-9:30 a.m.

Join us for breakfast at a brand new restaurant in Koloa! Break + Feast KOLOA VILLAGE • 5460 KOLOA RD RSVP on the sign-up sheet or by contacting the church office by March 24 Because we have such a large group, you may call ahead to place your order. Identify yourself as part of the Koloa Union Church group. Menu

Maundy Thursday

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Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m.

Maundy Thursday is the day before Good Friday and three days before Easter when Jesus shared a meal with his disciples. “Maundy” comes from the Old French word “mande” and the Latin “mandatum,” which means “mandate,” “command” or “commandment.” At the meal, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet as a demonstration of loving service and then said to them, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Join us in the sanctuary as we commemorate Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and reflect on his command to be loving servants to one another. This will be a time of Scripture reading, reflection, prayer, music, and the Lord’s Supper.

Easter Egg Decorating & Lunch

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Good Friday Activity

March 29, 11. a.m. in Moore Hall Most of the eggs will be used in the Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday! You can probably take some eggs home with you… Or leave some to share with worshipers on Easter Sunday! RSVP by signing up on the signup sheet at church or by TEXTING Tiffany Marrotte by March 24: 808-651-1397

Easter Sunday

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Celebrating the Resurrection of Christ! Please remember that this is one of our Sunday morning services with high attendance. Those who are able and willing are invited to park on Poipu and Waikomo Roads, or on the lawn just east of the parsonage. (Please do NOT park in the parsonage driveway or yard.) Please arrive a bit early for a good seat.


After Church Bring your Easter basket or container! Middle schoolers and high schoolers will hide the eggs during Sunday school. Meet in the Sunday school room for instructions.


After the Easter Egg Hunt Hot dogs, pork and beans, chips, desserts and drinks $5 donation is requested. All ages are invited as we gather for our Easter lunch! Please see the signup sheet on the church bulletin board if you plan to join us for lunch.

One Great Hour of Sharing

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Supporting Disaster Relief, Refugees & Development “It’s Time to Share” Easter Sunday One Great Hour of Sharing is one of four special mission offerings of the United Church of Christ. This Lenten Offering supports the disaster, refugee, and development ministries of the United Church of Christ. This year’s theme “It’s Time to Share” is very relevant: OGHS supports earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria, Ukrainian refugees who have fled for safety, and victims of weather-related disasters in the U.S. and throughout the world. The OGHS offering will be collected on Easter Sunday. Offering envelopes will be provided. Please indicate “OGHS” in the note section of your check or in the “Comments” box on our website donation page. Thank you for considering a generous donation to One Great Hour of Sharing!

Prayers & Squares

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Prayers & Squares will meet on Tuesday, April 2nd, in Moore Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a ministry promoting prayer using hand-tied quilts. Volunteers with all ranges of quilting experience may join them for prayer, fellowship, stitching, and learning about quilting. The motto: “It’s not about the quilt; it’s all about the prayers.” The group is creating prayer quilts to be distributed at Wilcox Hospital. If you or someone in your ohana are in need of a tangible representation of prayer, please contact Debbie Gunning to request a quilt.

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 March 10: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-22; John 3:14-21

Readings for March 17: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrew 5:5-10; John 12:20-33

Readings for March 24: Psalm 118:1-29; Mark 11:1-11; John 12:12-16

Readings for Maundy Thursday: Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 116:1-19; 1 Corinthains 11:23-26; John 13:1-35

Readings for Good Friday: Isaiah 52:13-53:12: Psalm 22; Hebrews 10″16-25; Hebrews 4:14-16-5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42

Readings for Holy Saturday: Job 14:1-14; Lamentations 3:1-24; Psalm 31:1-16; 1 Peter 4:1-8; Matthew 27:57-66; John 19:38-42

Readings for March 31: Acts 10:34-43; Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18; Mark 16:1-8

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A Message From Kahu: March 6th, 2023

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A Message From Our Kahu


A Time for Inspiration, Energy & Vision

I will be leaving on Monday, March 11, for a 3-month sabbatical in Europe! I’ll spend most nights in a home which was built in the 17th century, near the town of Libourne, which is just east of Bordeaux. This former convent is the same home where I stayed during my last sabbatical five years ago (photo above). I plan to travel throughout France, with side trips to Ireland, Italy and Iceland, and hopefully adding a couple other countries to that list as well. I intend to visit sacred places in each country and focus on what makes a place sacred, as well as how people have encountered the divine in such locations. I will also be doing some reflecting and writing on “joy and wonder.”

I deeply appreciate the opportunity to take a sabbatical every five years to focus on something that is important to me and benefits my commitment to pastoral ministry. I love ministering to the people of Koloa Union Church! Taking a sabbatical allows me some time to catch my breath, evaluate, focus, and find some new inspiration, so that I can continue in ministry with renewed energy and vision. Mahalo nui loa for this time away!

I’ll be doing another house and car exchange with Christian and Paule Riso, so don’t be surprised to see some different faces if you are passing by the parsonage or see someone else driving my car. Just in case you are wondering who they are…they are the owners of Christian Riso Fine Art and Framing next to Sueoka’s in Old Koloa Town (where a lot of my art is framed). The Riso’s spend most of the year in France and are always hoping to spend a few months here in Koloa where they used to live full-time and still have family.

I will return to the office on June 12, and then leave the very next morning to Honolulu for the annual gathering of the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ. I look forward to seeing everybody who will be in church on June 15!

Aloha Nui Loa!