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.

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: 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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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 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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Church News: December 6th, 2023

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Watch Our Most Recent Worship Service

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

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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.!

 

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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 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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Church News: November 8th, 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!

Thanksgiving Meal Boxes

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 November 19.

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

Christmas Stockings

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 the church office.

The deadline for donations for this year’s stockings is December 3.

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.

Youth Group

We have a vibrant and active youth group for middle and high school students, which meets at least monthly on a Sunday and usually includes a time of learning, prayer, checking in with one another, fellowship, lots of fun and a delicious meal!

Upcoming Dates:

November 12 – Thanksgiving Potluck

December 10 – Christmas Party

These gatherings will be at the Smith Memorial Parsonage from 4:45-7:00 p.m.

Please let Tiffany know regarding attendance or if you can help with a meal.

Church Breakfast

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Tuesday, November 28 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Kiawe Roots 2-3687 Kaumualii Highway in Lawai (Next door to 7-Eleven)

Join us on the 4th Tuesday of each month for delicious food and a fun time getting to know others from Koloa Union Church! We suggest you phone the restaurant and place your order ahead of time, tell them you are with the Koloa Union Church group.

Please RSVP by signing up on the church bulletin board or contacting the church office. (No church breakfast in December)

The Sundays of Advent

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December 3 – 24

Join Us for Worship When We Light The Advent Candles And Anticipate the Coming of Christ.

Prayers & Squares

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Prayers and Squares Tuesday, December 5th 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.”

The Prayers and Squares Ministry has been busy stitching and praying. 

Last month, 2 prayer quilts were completed for our sister church, Waiola UCC, in Lahaina. On Sunday 9/10/23, Kahu Alan blessed and tied the first prayer into the quilts. Kahu Anela, of the Waiola UCC was delighted to receive the quilts and the many prayers and love tied into the quilts.

At the October P&S meeting, we wondered how the children of the Waiola Church are coping with the tragedy of the Lahaina fires. P&S decided to make 20 prayer squares and attach a small stuffed animal to each square. This is like our Pule Ho Aloha ministry offered at KUC.

On Sunday, 11/12/23, the Prayer Squares will be blessed and prayers tied into each square. All who are present can tie a prayer into a square for the children. A box will be prepared and sent to Kahu Anela so she can share them with the children of the Waiola Ohana.

Prayers and Squares continues the creation of a “Christmas Quilt”. This quilt will be blessed and tied by the first week of December. Once again, our Christmas quilt will be ‘pick-a-number’ fund raiser for Hands On Global. 

Prayers & Squares thanks you for your continued support of this ministry. 

If you or someone in your ohana are in need of a tangible representation of Prayer, please contact Debbie Gunning to request a quilt.

Mahalo nui loa!

Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina

Wednesday, December 6

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 3!

Church Christmas Party

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.

Fun with friends, Christmas caroling!

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 November 12: Joshua 24:1-25; Psalm 78:1-7; Amos 5:18-24; Psalm 70; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13

Readings for November 19: Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123: Zephaniah 1:7-18; Psalm 90:1-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

Readings for Thanksgiving Day: Deuteronomy 8:7-18; Psalm 65; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Luke 17:11-19

Readings for November 26: Ezekial 34:11-24; Psalm 100; Psalm 95:1-8; Ephesian 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

Readings for December 3: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark

13:24-37

Centenial Celebration

Koloa Union Church celebrated our Centennial again… on the actual centennial date! Everyone enjoyed a delicious bento lunch with dessert and cold drinks. We also showed our Centennial slide show!

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Church News: October 12th, 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!

A Time To Blossom

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 Prayer for 2024

O God, just as flowers blossom in the

desert and bring life and beauty

to the surrounding landscape,

may Koloa Union Church

blossom in the years

ahead of us.

Just as rain and sun make flowers

possible, may my generosity

make possible all kinds

of growth in 2024.

May my gifts to Koloa Union Church

truly express the gratitude I have

for this congregation and all

you have done for me

and so many others.

Amen.

Mahalo nui loa for your generosity to
Koloa Union Church and our ministry on Kauai’s south shore!
Thank you also for considering a financial commitment for 2024!

Centennial Sunday

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Celebrate our Centennial during the worship service!

Give thanks for 100 years of ministry! Bless our financial commitments for 2024! Please bring your commitment card to church. Enjoy a delicious luncheon after church! Enjoy some cake! See our Centennial slide show! Purchase a beautiful Centennial photo book! Purchase Centennial t-shirts and ornaments!

Youth Group

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We have a vibrant and active youth group for middle and high school students, which meets at least monthly on a Sunday and usually includes a time of learning, prayer, checking in with one another, fellowship, lots of fun and a delicious meal!

Upcoming dates are:

October 22
November 12
December 10 (Christmas party!)

All gatherings will be at the Smith Memorial Parsonage from 4:45-7:00 p.m. Please let Tiffany know if you can help with a meal.

Church Breakfast

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Church Breakfast Tuesday, October 24 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Kiawe Roots 2-3687 Kaumualii Highway in Lawai (Next door to 7-Eleven)

Join us on the 4th Tuesday of each month for delicious food and a fun time getting to know others from Koloa Union Church! We suggest you phone the restaurant and place your order ahead of time, tell them you are with the Koloa Union Church group.

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

Prayers & Squares

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Prayers and Squares Tuesday, November 1st 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!

The Prayers & Squares Ministry is preparing material for their Christmas Fund raiser for “Hand on Global.” Contact Sheila if you have any questions.

Mahalo nui loa!

Fall Aha Mokupuni

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Kauai Association of the United Church of Christ Annual Fall Gathering

Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church 3815 Hanapepe Rd Hanapepe, Hi. 96716

November 5, 2023 at 3:00pm

Himeni Hou! “Sharing The Songs of our Faith” Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Come with your instruments and favorite songs of your congregation and we will join together to sing them. Enjoy delicious food as well!

RSVP Please sign up on the church bulletin board or contact the church office if you will attend.

Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina

Wednesday, November 8th
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, November 5th

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 October 15: Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-23; Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

Readings for October 22: Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; Isaiah 45:1-7; Psalm 96:1-13; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22

Readings for October 29: Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-17; Leviticus 19:1-18; Psalm 1; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46

Readings for November 5: Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-37; Micah 3:5-12; Psalm 43; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12

We Welcome the Ruiz Family!

Carmela Ruiz attended the church’s confirmation retreat in Koke`e in September and wanted to be confirmed as a church member right away. Her whole family decided to join her! Carmela’s parents, Mark and Tricia Ruiz, joined Carmela in joining as members on October 1. Carmela, Mark and Ezra were baptized as well!

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Church News: September 15th, 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!

A Time To Blossom

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Our Theme for 2024 is “A Time To Blossom”

As we continue this wonderful year of celebrating our church’s centennial, I am already looking ahead to 2024. I have not only been giving thanks for all of the blessings, commitments and sacrifices during the last 100 years to make our church such an important community of faith for so many. I have also been asking questions about our future, such as:

What’s next?

What might God have in store for us in the near future?

What kind of legacy will we leave for the next 100 years?

How might we provide a meaningful and relevant community of faith for our young people and those who are not even born yet?

I sometimes wish I had all of the answers to these questions. However, we will discover the answers as they unfold before us. There is an image that keeps popping into mind, and I am confident that my practice of watercoloring Hawaii’s flowers has something to do with it. The image is that of a tree that blossoms like normal every year, and then suddenly it produces more flowers than ever before! I have a vision that our church is that tree. In the same way that an arborist waters, fertilizes and nurtures a beloved tree in hopes of many blossoms, God has been nurturing our church, and we have been trusting in the possibility of an abundance of blossoms.

We will be focusing on this theme during the first four Sundays in October. Then on Sunday, October 22, you will have the opportunity to make a financial commitment to the church’s 2024 General Fund. Each year in the fall, we ask our members and friends to let us know your plans for supporting the church in the coming year. (You may change your commitment at any time during the year by letting us know how you would like to adjust your giving.) Our Finance Committee then creates a budget based upon anticipated income.

As you prayerfully consider how you might do your part to nurture our church in order that it will blossom abundantly, please pray the following prayer:

 Prayer for 2024

O God, just as flowers blossom in the

desert and bring life and beauty

to the surrounding landscape,

may Koloa Union Church

blossom in the years

ahead of us.

Just as rain and sun make flowers

possible, may my generosity

make possible all kinds

of growth in 2024.

May my gifts to Koloa Union Church

truly express the gratitude I have

for this congregation and all

you have done for me

and so many others.

Amen.

Mahalo nui loa for your generosity to
Koloa Union Church and our ministry on Kauai’s south shore!
Thank you also for considering a financial commitment for 2024!

Supporting Maui

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We Support Maui

Koloa Union church has received thank you letters from the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ for the more than $6000 our congregation has already passed along from church members and friends for Maui Relief after the devastating fires in Lahaina.

On Sunday, September 10, we prayed for Waiola Church in Lahaina as we tied knots in a prayer quilt, while offering our prayers for that congregation and the community it serves. We will be sending that quilt this week, along with an additional one for the church to use as it sees fit. Waiola means “living waters,” and is the oldest United Church of Christ on Maui. The church building and fellowship hall were burnt to the ground during the devastating wildfires which ravaged the town last month.

The Hawaii Conference is supporting both Waiola Church and the entire community on Maui. Our denomination has already released approximately $20,000 for Maui relief efforts and has provided trauma chaplains for clergy who are serving the community during this challenging time and church members who have suffered loss.

You may donate by sending a check to the church office or giving on our church website. Please be sure to write “Maui Wildfire Relief” on the note section of your check or in the comment box when giving online.

Neighbors in Need: Special Mission Offering

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The Neighbors in Need offering will be collected on Sunday, October 1, 2023. Neighbors in Need is the United Church of Christ’s annual offering to support ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States, including the Council for American Indian Ministries, justice and advocacy efforts and direct service projects.

Together with UCC congregations throughout the country, we make a huge difference in making the world a healthier and more just place for all. Please consider a generous donation.

Special offering envelopes will be provided in your bulletins on that day. Also, checks may be sent to the church office, made out to “Koloa Union Church” with “Neighbors in Need” or “NIN” written in the note section. If you make an online donation, be sure to write “Neighbors in Need” in the “Comment” box.

Youth Group Updates

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We have a vibrant and active youth group for middle and high school students, which meets twice a month and usually includes a time of learning, prayer, checking in with one another, fellowship, lots of fun and a delicious meal!

We look ahead to gathering on these dates:

September 24
October 8
October 22
November 12
December 10 (Christmas party!)

All gatherings will be at the Smith Memorial Parsonage from 4:45-7:00 p.m.

Pictures from the August youth gathering at the Strong’s home

The youth enjoyed games, a yummy meal (mahalo to Aunty Sheryl and Aunty Penny) and an exercise led by Aunty Shyrl: Facts and Opinions–What Do We Know?

Church Breakfast

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Church Breakfast Tuesday, September 26 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Kiawe Roots 2-3687 Kaumualii Highway in Lawai (Next door to 7-Eleven)

Join us on the 4th Tuesday of each month for delicious food and a fun time getting to know others from Koloa Union Church! Please RSVP by signing up on the church bulletin board or contacting the church office.

Salvation Army Lunch

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Prayers & Squares

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Prayers and Squares Tuesday, October 3 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!

The Prayers & Squares Ministry is preparing material for their Christmas Fund raiser for “Hand on Global.” Contact Sheila if you have any questions.

Mahalo nui loa!

Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina

Wednesday, October 11th
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, October 8th

Emergency Numbers

Are we ready for an emergency? We certainly don’t want to think about emergency situations, but as we all know, life is unpredictable. Koloa Union Church wants to be safe and prepared, just in case. Every now and then, someone has a medical emergency while they are at church. Please let us know if there is someone you would like for us to call in case you are unresponsive. We will also keep the name of your primary care physician if that is something you would like us to pass along to an emergency or medical professional.

If this sounds like a good idea to you, please send your name, name of your physician, the name and contact number of the person you would like contacted to the church office. An “emergency contact list” will be created and kept in the Deacons cabinet.

Our Centennial Year Continues

OUR CENTENNIAL YEAR CONTINUES

  • CENTENNIAL PHOTO BOOK. A beautiful book of our church’s history will be available by then end of October. It will include the story of our church, along with photos from the past century, and even some from this past weekend’s celebration! We will announce the cost and date of publication this fall.
  • PURCHASE A CENTENNIAL T-SHIRT. We only have a handful of shirts left and don’t plan to purchase more, so be sure to buy one now if you plan to get one. $20 for the first t-shirt; $15 for additional shirts.
  • CENTENNIAL ORNAMENTS ARE STILL AVAILABLE. We still have ornaments available, which make great Christmas gifts! They are available for $20 while they last.
  • DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME! 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.

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 September 17: Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114; Exodus 15:1-21; Genesis 50:15-21; Psalm 103:1-13; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35

Readings for September 24: Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-45; Jonah 3:10-4:11; Psalm 145:1-8; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16

Readings for October 1 : Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-16; Ezekial 18:1-32; Psalm 25:1-9; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32

Readings for October 8: Exodus 20:1-20; Psalm 19; Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:7-15; Philippians 3:4-14; Matthew 21:33-46

Readings for October 15: Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-23; Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

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Church News: August 9th, 2023

Church Closed Labor Day

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Centennial Celebration

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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!

Our Centennial Year Continues

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The Waineke Cabins Reopen

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The Kauai Association Of The United Church of Christ invites You to The Reopening & Blessing Of The Waineke Cabins in Kokee! The two cabins are available for rent by individuals, churches and groups! Please check with Michael Horning about carpooling to Waineke from the church.

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Youth Group News

We have a vibrant and active youth group for middle and high school students, which meets twice a month and usually includes a time of learning, prayer, checking in with one another, fellowship, lots of fun and a delicious meal!

Youth Birthday Party
Sunday, August 13

Come and celebrate your birthday! Our next gathering will be an all-youth birthday party at the home of youth participants Evan and Nolan Strong (3084 Poipu Road, just down the road from the church) on Sunday, August 13, 4:45 –7 p.m. Bring a wrapped birthday gift for our gift exchange ($10 maximum). Dinner provided! Please RSVP with Tiffany by August 9.

Youth in Worship
Sunday, August 27

Our youth will be participating in the worship service on August 27. Tiffany will be in touch with youth regarding participation.

Youth Beach Picnic
Sunday, August 27

The youth will be heading to the Poipu Beach after the worship service. Bring your swimsuit, towel and beach gear to church with you. We will head to the beach right after the worship service. A meal will be provided! RSVP with Tiffany by August 23.

Confirmation Retreat
Sunday, September 1-4

Every few years our church offers confirmation classes for middle and high schoolers to learn about Christian faith and teaching, church history, sacraments and membership at Koloa Union Church. Youth who participate in the retreat may then choose to join as full members of the church. This year’s classes will be held in a retreat format at the Waineke cabins in Koke`e. Please RSVP with Tiffany by August 20.

Youth Gathering
Sunday, September 10

Question & Answer Time! After the meal and fun and games, youth will have a chance to ask Kahu any questions they have about God, Jesus, the Church, the Bible, or anything else on their mind. The youth will meet at the parsonage (3281 Waikomo Road) on Sunday, September 10, 4:45 –7 p.m. Dinner provided. Please RSVP with Tiffany by September 6.

Contact Tiffany Marrotte, our youth director if you have any questions: 808-651-1397 / auntytiffkuc@gmail.com.

Salvation Army Lunch

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Prayers & Squares

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Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina

Wednesday, September 13
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, September 10!

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 August 13: Genesis 37:1-38; Psalm 105:1-46; 1 Kings 19:9-18; Psalm 85:8-13; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33

Readings for August 20: Genesis 45:1-15; Psalm 133; Isaiah 56:1-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11:1-32; Matthew 15:10-28

Readings for August 27: Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; Isaiah 51:1-6; Psalm 138; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20

Readings for September 3: Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-46; Jeremiah 15:15-21; Psalm 26:1-8; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28

Readings for September 10: Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 149; Ezekial 33:7-11; Psalm 119:33-40; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20

Readings for September 17: Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114; Exodus 15:1-21; Genesis 50:15-21; Psalm 103:1-13; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35

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