Church News: January 4th, 2023

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Koloa Union Pastor Kahu Alan Akana

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Feel free to forward this email or send the YouTube link to anyone whom you think would enjoy watching our online worship service.

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Church Office Closed Notice

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The Church Office will be closed on the following dates: January 15, 2024

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina will continue to meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (except for Ash Wednesday, April 14). 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).

Youth News

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Youth Bowling Night!

Adults are invited to join the youth on bowling night. Call Tiffany Marrotte if you have any questions.

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Sunday, January 28, 2024 4:45-7:00 p.m. Smith Memorial Parsonage RSVP with Aunty Tiffany by Wednesday, January 24. Assistance with meals by church members is greatly appreciated!

Church Christmas Party

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Friday, December 15th, 6 p.m.

The Smith Memorial Parsonage 3281 Waikomo Road in Koloa

Bring a favorite holiday dish for the potluck dinner. See sign up sheet on bulletin board. Delicious Food Fun with Friends Christmas Caroling Parking is available on the parsonage property and on the lot just to the east of the carport.

Prayers & Squares

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Prayers and Squares Tuesday, January 9th 2024 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Prayers & Squares will meet on Tuesday, January 9th, 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.

Church Breakfast

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Tuesday, January 23 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 January 21.

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Annual Meeting

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Ash Wednesday Service

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February 14, 2024 7:00 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.

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 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 January 6: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

Readings for January 7: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

Readings for January 14: 1 Samuel 3:1-20; Psalm 139:1-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51

Readings for January 21: Jonah 3:1-10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

Readings for January 28: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28

Readings for February 4: Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-21; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

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A Message From Kahu: January 4th, 2023

Koloa Union Church Vision Update

A Message From Our Kahu

“A New Year’s Message”

New Year’s is a time to look back and look forward.

We have much to celebrate as we think back over 2023: a fantastic centennial celebration; an expanding music ministry; ongoing outreach to the community; a strong youth group for our middle and high school students; a deep level of generosity to relief efforts in the world, including Maui after the devastating wildfires; a growing sense of community as people show up to worship services, outreach opportunities, and social activities. Many among us also celebrated important milestones during the year, such as births, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries. It has also been a difficult time for many, as illness, injury and death have all touched our congregation this past year. During these times, we have prayed for and supported those who have faced great losses.

As we enter a brand new year full of opportunities, we can look forward to the completion of our church kitchen, enjoying meals together again at church on a regular basis, and making plans for the next 3 to 4 years. Personally, I am looking forward to another sabbatical in Europe this spring (March 11 through June 11).

I am reminded that we never know what surprises the year will have for us. Some we will welcome with joy; others we would wish to avoid altogether. However, I am confident that we will be there for one another: celebrating the upcoming milestones and supporting each other whenever difficulty or tragedy strikes.

We are truly a special congregation: diverse in background and united in love for one another and for the world. One of my dreams for 2024 is that we will share the gift of our congregation with others; and so, I invite you to consider someone you might invite to church this year and also think of someone you know whom our church might help, whether it be our prayers, our fellowship, or our assistance in difficult times.

May 2024 be a year of growth and continued celebration!

Hauoli Makahiki Hou!

Kahu

A Message From Kahu: December 6th, 2023

Koloa Union Church Vision Update

A Message From Our Kahu

“A Christmas Message”

Look, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a son,

    and they shall name him “Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”

Matthew 1:23

Christmas is a time of joy and fond memories for many of us. It is also one of the most difficult times of the year for some. This is especially tough for those who have lost loved ones. It is also hard for those who have experienced other kinds of losses: significant relationships, jobs, homes, health, etc.

Whether you are overflowing with joy or feeling the heavy burden of recent losses (or somewhere in between, like most of us), may you feel God’s loving presence. This is what Christmas is all about: in the midst of life as we experience it, God shows up and reminds us that we are loved, appreciated, adored even.

Jesus came into a world full of pain, hardship and injustice, and he reminded people of God’s deep, deep love for them—in their joy and in their sadness, in the midst of peace and in the midst of conflict, in their times of celebration and their times of grief and anger.

Whatever you experience during this Advent season and whatever emotions you may feel, may you be reminded of God’s unconditional and eternal love for you; and may you not miss the opportunity to remind someone else of God’s lover for them!

 

Mele Kalikimaka and Aloha Nui Loa!

Kahu

Church News: December 6th, 2023

Watch Our Most Recent Worship Service

Watch Our Most Recent Worship Service

You can click the button below to watch a video of a recent worship service:

Watch the most recent worship service

Watch ALL of Our Worship Services

Please Share!

Our online worship services are a great way to introduce people to Koloa Union Church…and provide inspiration and hope to friends and family!

Feel free to forward this email or send the YouTube link to anyone whom you think would enjoy watching our online worship service.

Share our worship service with even more people! You can also put the link of any video of our worship services directly onto your Facebook page and thereby introducing every one of your Facebook friends to our worship services and our church!

Church Office Closed Notice

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The Church Office will be closed on the following dates: December 25 & 26 January 1, 2024

Happy Holidays!

Mahalo to Joey Rebb for creating our beautiful Christmas wreath once again!

The Sundays of Advent

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Celebrate our Centennial during the worship service!

The Sundays of Advent Join Us for Worship When We Light The Advent Candles As We Anticipate the Coming of Christ

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Christmas Program

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Sunday, December 10 Our children and youth have been practicing for weeks for the annual Christmas program, which will be presented in church on Sunday. You are invited to experience this special presentation and experience the talents of the young people of the church.

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Youth Christmas Party

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Youth Christmas Party!

Be sure to RSVP ASAP if you haven’t already!

We have a vibrant and active youth group for middle and high school students, which meets at least monthly on a Sunday evening and usually includes a time of learning, prayer, checking in with one another, fellowship, lots of fun and a delicious meal! Contact Tiffany Marrotte, our youth director, if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.

Upcoming Dates: January 5, 2024 Bowling! January 14, 2024 Time & Location TBD

Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina

Wednesday, December 13th
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Smith Memorial Parsonage

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). RSVP by Sunday, December 10th

Church Christmas Party

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Friday, December 15th, 6 p.m.

The Smith Memorial Parsonage 3281 Waikomo Road in Koloa

Bring a favorite holiday dish for the potluck dinner. See sign up sheet on bulletin board. Delicious Food Fun with Friends Christmas Caroling Parking is available on the parsonage property and on the lot just to the east of the carport.

Christmas Quilt Drawing

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Supporting “Hands On Global”

Our church’s Prayers and Squares Ministry has made a beautiful Christmas quilt to be in a lucky number drawing with all funds sent to Hands on Global (HOG). Many of us have been blessed to hear of Cathy Evan’s travels around the world with HOG, working with medical professionals in some of the world’s most devastated places, due to war, the displacement of people from their homelands, natural disasters, etc.

The quilt will be on display and tickets available before and after worship services. Tickets may also be obtained online or by sending a check to the church’s P.O. Box. Please note “Hands on Global” on the note section of your check or the comment box on our website’s online donation page.

The drawing will be held during church service on Sunday, December 17.

If you have any questions, call Sheila Harman at (717) 514-9020. Tickets are $10 or 3 for $25.

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Christmas Eve Service

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Christmas Eve Service Candles & Carols

December 24 7:30 p.m. Christmas Carols Special Music The Christmas story Lighting of the Candles

Doors will open at 7 p.m. We anticipate a large crowd. Those wishing to sit together should come early.

United Church of Christ Christmas Fund

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To Be Collected on December 24
Sunday Morning and Christmas Eve Services

This special offering, administered by the United Church of Christ Pension Boards, provides direct financial assistance to retired and active UCC authorized ministers and lay employees and their surviving spouses, including pension and health premium supplementation, emergency assistance, and Christmas “thank you” checks. Each year, UCC congregations throughout the country collect this offering to assist faithful servants of God who are facing financial difficulties. We not only share hope, peace, joy and love with them; but they, in turn, pass these things along to others in their communities and in the world.

We will collect the Christmas Fund offering on December 24 at Sunday morning and Christmas Eve services. Offering envelopes will be provided.

Please write checks to “Koloa Union Church” and write “Christmas Fund” on the note section of your check. If you would like to make a donation online, please write “Christmas Fund” in the comment section.

Thank You for Supporting The Christmas Fund!

DONATE TO THE CHRISTMAS FUND

 

Prayers & Squares

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Prayers and Squares Tuesday, January 2nd 2024 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Prayers & Squares will meet on Tuesday, January 2, 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.

Youth Bowling Night

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Youth Bowling Night with Koloa Union Youth Group

RSVP with Aunty Tiff at 808-651-1397 by Friday December 29th

Annual Church Meeting

Sunday, January 28, 2024 (Right after the Worship Service)

All Members are encouraged to attend.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

The congregation will meet on Sunday, January 28, after the worship service for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation. We ask members to attend in order to have a voting quorum.

Some of the items on our agenda:

  • Vote for Officers of the church, Council Members, Deacons and Committee Chairs
  • Review and approve our budget for 2024
  • Receive reports from Kahu Akana and other church leaders
  • Receive our updated Church Directory
  • Hear about plans for 2024, including our kitchen remodel
  • A time for questions and answers

NOTE: Committee chairpersons are reminded to submit your annual reports to the office by January 14.

Annual Church Meeting

Sunday, January 28, 2024 (Right after the Worship Service)

All Members are encouraged to attend.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

The congregation will meet on Sunday, January 28, after the worship service for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation. We ask members to attend in order to have a voting quorum.

Some of the items on our agenda:

  • Vote for Officers of the church, Council Members, Deacons and Committee Chairs
  • Review and approve our budget for 2024
  • Receive reports from Kahu Akana and other church leaders
  • Receive our updated Church Directory
  • Hear about plans for 2024, including our kitchen remodel
  • A time for questions and answers

NOTE: Committee chairpersons are reminded to submit your annual reports to the office by January 14.

Annual Church Meeting

Sunday, January 28, 2024 (Right after the Worship Service)

All Members are encouraged to attend.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

The congregation will meet on Sunday, January 28, after the worship service for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation. We ask members to attend in order to have a voting quorum.

Some of the items on our agenda:

  • Vote for Officers of the church, Council Members, Deacons and Committee Chairs
  • Review and approve our budget for 2024
  • Receive reports from Kahu Akana and other church leaders
  • Receive our updated Church Directory
  • Hear about plans for 2024, including our kitchen remodel
  • A time for questions and answers

NOTE: Committee chairpersons are reminded to submit your annual reports to the office by January 14.

Open & Affirming

Koloa Union church received a thank you letter from the Open and Affirming Coalition, United Church of Christ, for our $250 donation. With our donations, they will be able to extend their advocacy and work, fund new educational programs, better access to resources and offer more support. This movement changes lives and hearts.!

 

Lectionary Readings

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 December 3: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

Readings for December 10: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-13; 2 Peter 3:8-16; Mark 1:1-8

Readings for December 17: Isaiah 6:1-11; Psalm 126; Luke 1:46-55; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-28

Readings for December 24: 2 Samuel 7:1-16; Luke 1:46-55; Psalm 89:1-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

Readings for Christmas Day: Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:1-20

Readings for December 31: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40

Readings for New Year’s Day: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Psalm 8; Revelations 21:1-7; Matthew 25:31-46

Readings for January 7: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

 

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A Message From Kahu: November 8th, 2023

Koloa Union Church Vision Update

A Message From Our Kahu

“A Time To Give Thanks”

November is a time to give thanks, so let me begin by saying “Thank you” to the congregation! I am deeply grateful for the generosity and faithfulness of our church members and friends. We have had such an amazing year: celebrating our 100th anniversary; a huge turnout for the Koloa Plantation Days Parade (I believe our largest number of participants ever); generous giving to the general fund, as well as many other areas, including the Maui wildfire relief fund; support of our youth director and youth ministry. I am also so thankful to our Deacons, who have done an outstanding job moving into our “new normal” when it comes to our post-pandemic worship services. I am grateful for our Church Council, and especially Dan Giovanni (our Buildings & Grounds Chair) and Becky Sakimae (our Treasurer) for their management of our finances during a challenging year when the parsonage needed roof repairs (twice!), structural reinforcements, and replacement of damaged wood due to insects and moisture, and the church building had unexpected maintenance needs as well! Most importantly, I am grateful that we continue to to encourage those who are feeling sad, feeding those who are hungry, praying for all who need our prayers, and providing inspiration to all.

 

As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I hope that you too will feel a deep sense of appreciation for our church, for we truly make a difference in our community and in the world. I invite you to take some time this month to express your gratitude. Spend some extra time in prayer to thank God for your blessings. Write a thank you note to someone you really appreciate. Try to say “thank you” more often. And, as much as you can, live a life of gratitude!

Aloha Nui Loa!
Kahu