Church News: Feb 16th, 2023
Henry Opukaha`ia Sunday
Henry Opukaha`ia was one of the first native Hawaiians to become a Christian, inspiring American missionaries to come to the islands during the 19th century. Henry O. is credited with starting Hawaii’s conversion to Christianity.
The Henry Opukaha`ia Scholarship Fund supports the training of clergy for Christian mission by providing financial aid for seminary students.
Offering envelopes will be available on Sunday morning. You may also send checks to the church with “Henry O” in the note section or give online with “Henry O” in the Comment box.
Please consider a generous gift on Sunday.
Youth Group Activity
Youth Group Activity
“What’s in a Relationship” Special Guest: Dr. Ellen Caringer
Sunday, February 19, 4:45-7:00 p.m. At the Smith Memorial Parsonage 3281 Waikomo Road
RSVP to Tiffany by Wednesday, February 15
Ash Wednesday Service
FEBRUARY 22, 7 P.M.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Each year we gather at the church for a time of hearing the Scriptures, prayer and meditation, followed by the placing of ashes on our foreheads. The ashes serve as a reminder of our mortality and our need for Christ and God’s loving presence in the midst of life and death.
NOTE: There will be no lectio divina in February. All are encouraged to attend the Ash Wednesday service.
Tuesday, February 28 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.
Youth Bowling Night
Kauai Association (UCC) Youth and Young Adults
Let’s Go Bowling! Friday, March 3rd, 6-8 p.m.
RSVP Tiffany by Sunday, February 26
Squares & Prayers
Tuesday, March 7
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!
March 8th, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Join Kahu and Karen Johnson at the Smith Memorial Parsonage for a time to hear and respond to the Scriptures in a quiet, reflective and meaningful way. Lectio Divina is a traditional monastic practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s word.
Please RSVP by March 5 if you plan to attend.
100 Years of Aloha
Calling for photos!
“A picture is worth a thousand words!” We are busy putting together a Centennial slideshow and photo book. If you have any pictures of church members over the past 100 years, please send them to the church office or scan them and email them to us. We are especially interested in any photos taken at the church since 1961 or parsonage since 1928.
In the meantime, please don’t forget these two big events on your calendar:
- Saturday, July 29 – Koloa Plantation Days Parade: Koloa Union Church will be the Grand Marshal in this year’s parade! Please plan to walk with us this year! Invite friends and family members!
- Sunday, July 30 – Centennial Celebration and Luncheon: A delicious meal, live entertainment, slideshow and photo books, gift bags for all attendees. More information will be announced in the coming months!
And don’t forget to support the Centennial:
- Purchase Christmas Tree Ornaments for yourself and your friends: These shiny, durable, solid metal ornaments with our centennial logo printed on both sides come with a bright red ribbon to make it easy to hang on your tree (or anywhere else you like) for years to come!
- Purchase a Centennial T-shirt: We are asking everyone to wear a t-shirt who participates in the parade.These 100% cotton white t-shirts are also great gifts for family and friends!
The cost for an ornament or t-shirt is $20 apiece. Just think of all the people you know who would appreciate an ornament or t-shirt!
Additional gifts to help cover the costs of the centennial may be directed to the “Centennial Fund”—on the note section of your check or the “Comment” section when giving online.
2023 C.A.P.S Guidelines
FACE MASKS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED OUTDOORS.
Face masks are now optional any time you are outdoors at church. This
includes the patio area where you may choose to sit during a worship service.
THEY ARE STILL REQUIRED INDOORS MOST OF THE TIME.
You are asked to wear a face mask before entering the sanctuary and Moore Hall for worship services. Kahu or a Deacon will let you know when you may remove your face mask.
Students, teachers and volunteers are asked to wear face masks in the Sunday school room until instructed otherwise.
If you are visiting staff or volunteers indoors, please check before entering if they would like for you to wear a face mask.
You do not need to wear a face mask indoors when gathering with a small group who are all part of your family or social bubble.
PLEASE BRING A FACE MASK WITH YOU.
It is best to have a face mask handy in case you need one even if you don’t plan to use it. We will do our best to always have a supply on hand in case you forget yours.
PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO STAY HEALTHY.
The best way to keep from spreading coronavirus and other contagious diseases is to stay healthy yourself, so let’s keep washing our hands, using hand sanitizer, and wearing a face mask in the presence of strangers and those who might be sick.
PLEASE CONSIDER THE COMFORT LEVEL OF OTHERS.
Please be sensitive to the concerns, beliefs and practice of others. Rather than assuming another person has the same comfort level as you, it is better to ask such questions as:
- Would you prefer that I wear a face mask?
- May I shake your hand?
- Can I give you a hug?
Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone safe and healthy over the holidays!
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Mahalo Nui Loa Worship Participants
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 February 12: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37.
Readings for February 19: Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; Psalm 99; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9.
Readings for February 26: Genesis 2:15-3:7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11.
Readings for March 5: Genesis 12:1-5; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-17; John 3:1-17; Matthew 17:1-9.
Readings for March 12: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42.