Helping Our Neighbors
Flood Relief Continues
Koloa Union Church is reaching out to our neighbors who were affected by the recent flooding on the island. In Koloa, one neighborhood in particular, consisting of nearly thirty homes, experienced severe flooding. As one woman, who attended church on Sunday, said, “Last Sunday (April 15), we had water throughout our entire house that was waist high.” All of the houses in her neighborhood experienced moderate to severe damage, and many lost virtually all of their possessions in a matter of hours, including appliances and furniture.
Koloa Union Church is serving as a drop-off center on the south shore. Church members and others are invited to drop off items which will be used for flood victims. Kahu Alan Akana said, “We will bring to our neighbors here in Koloa whatever they can use. If there is anything left over, we have designated drivers who will take all other items to drop off sites on other parts of the island for use in other communities that were affected by the flooding, including the east and north sides of the island.”
Those who can drop off items are asked to do so on Sunday mornings, or else Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon, or by making an appointment by calling Penny at the church office at 808-742-6622. Those who wish to make monetary donations can write checks to “Koloa Union Church” and write “Flood Relief” in the note section.
The list of most urgent needs are as follows:
Household: Microwave ovens, barbecue grills, butane canisters and propane (all sizes), rubber boots and gloves, large plastic storage totes, coolers, tarps, large black contractor trash bags, hand sanitizer, bleach, Clorox Wipes, spray bottles
Personal: Toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet tissue, diapers (sizes infant through 5), body soap, shampoo, conditioner, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows
Non-refrigerated Food: Cereal, granola, granola bars/snack bars, soy/rice/almond milk, juice, coffee, tea
OTHER NEWS OF THE CHURCH….
LECTIO DIVINA Join us again on April 25 at the Parsonage for a time to quietly reflect on the Scriptures. We will meet on Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m. for Lectio Divina at the Smith Memorial Parsonage (3281 Waikomo Road). In Christianity, Lectio Divina is a traditional practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s Word.
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PRAYERS & SQUARES Contact Angela Dressel if you would like to get involved in praying for people in crisis or helping to make quilt squares for those in crisis.
MAHAULEPU BEACH CLEAN UP You are invited to join the UCC youth of the island and Surfrider Foundation on Saturday, May 5, from 9 to noon to clean up Mahaulepu. We will meet at the far end of the road.
“Weekly News of the Church” is provided by Koloa Union Church, a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference. Join us at 3289 Poipu Road in Koloa!