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Sundays at 10:30 AM

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E Komo Mai! 

Welcome to Koloa Union Church!

We are followers of Jesus—the man who opened his arms to all kinds of people (including the scorned and oppressed, the poor, those living on the margins of society, and people from other places), who gave voice to the voiceless, who fed the hungry and healed the sick. Following in his footsteps, we welcome people from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities; and we share God’s love in its many forms. We are a diverse community where everyone has something to offer. Come and join us—let us follow Jesus together!

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here!

Church Location:  3289  Poipu Road, Koloa, HI

 We are located in the heart of Koloa on Poipu Road between Old Koloa Town and Koloa School and Library. As you are driving along Poipu Road, you’ll see our church set back from the road between the large monkey pod trees. It is a lava rock church in old Hawaiian style with a large white cross in the window. Parking is available in the front and south side of the property.

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Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 536, Koloa, HI 96756

Phone:  808-742-6622

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Our Recent Worship Services

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Worship During COVID-19

10:30 a.m. on Sundays

 Since Sunday, June 14, 2020, we have been worshiping again back in our sanctuary. We continue to provide our weekly services online for those who are uncomfortable or unable to return at this time (available on Tuesday or Wednesday each week at the latest).

We Have LOTS of Room at Church!

Seating in the Sanctuary

More Space Under the Big Tent on the Patio

Live-streaming in Moore Hall on a Large TV Monitor 

 

UPDATED GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDING WORSHIP SERVICES

In order for everyone to remain safe while worshiping with us, we ask that you attend church with the following expectations:

  • Approach the sanctuary with a cloth face mask that completely covers your mouth and nose. Wait for instructions before removing your face mask once you are in the sanctuary. (We have extras if you forget yours.)
  • Remain at least 6 feet from others who are not from your household.
  • Use a name tag to help us identify who you are. (It’s a little trickier with face masks!)
  • You will be asked to affirm that you are healthy & have no symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Your temperature will be taken before entering the sanctuary (with a “no touch” thermometer).
  • You may drop off your offering in an offering bowl as you enter or leave the sanctuary.
  • An usher will assist you in finding a seat. Once you are seated, please remain in your seat until the end of the worship service.
  • Do not plan to make any verbal announcements.
  • Offer joys and concerns for our prayer time by writing them down on a prayer card and dropping off the card as you enter.
  • Put your face mask back on before the benediction and keep it on until you are at your car or off church property.
  • Take your bulletin home with you or drop it off in the blue recycling container next to the Deacons’ cabinet.
  • Please return permanent name tags (if you have one at the church) to the table in front of the name tag cabinet. Do not replace your name tag directly into the cabinet!
  • Children are asked to sit with their families. There will be no Sunday school at the church until further notice.
  • Children are not allowed to use playground equipment or play games with others where physical contact is involved.
  • Please stay home if you are sick, if you have a fever or any other symptoms of COVID-19, or have had any known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days.

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 A Scent-Free Environment: We have members, friends, and a kahu who are highly allergic to various scents, often resulting in coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing and speaking, as well as other symptoms. Heavy perfumes and colognes are particularly troublesome. We are requesting that our church be, as much as possible, a “scent-free” environment during worship services, social activities and meetings. We realize that there is no way to keep all scents away, and we plan to continue having fresh flower arrangements each week and leis for special occasions, but we do ask everyone to be sensitive to the needs of those around them when it comes to perfumes, colognes and lotions. 

  

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 Alan Akana Gallery  

***The Gallery will be closed until further notice.*** 

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 Koloa Union Church hosts a gallery featuring the works of Kahu (Pastor) Alan Akana. The gallery is just around the corner from the church at 3281 Waikomo Road in the historic Smith Memorial Parsonage, a beautiful building on the grounds formerly owned by Congregationalist missionaries. Proceeds from sales at the gallery support the maintenance, upgrades and repairs of the parsonage. Dr. Akana has been watercoloring the flowers of Hawaii since 1993 and features his work of over a quarter of a century. Gallery hours are 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday and by appointment. See www.alanakanagallery.com to learn more about the gallery and Dr. Akana’s art.

 

A Message from Our Kahu

“Don’t Interrupt Me Lord, I’m Praying”

I am guessing that we have all been doing a lot of praying lately! There was Hurricane Douglas over the weekend, the ongoing pandemic, so many people without jobs, uncertainty about the reopening of schools, and constant reminders in the news about racism and other forms of injustice. The world certainly needs our prayers!

On Sunday, our keiki reminded us that prayer is not just “doing our religious duty,” but rather a conversation with God and an openness to God’s presence in our lives. Perhaps the most important thing I got out of Sunday’s worship service is that prayer can be a dangerous thing—it might even change you! It was a reminder that prayer can change other people but usually has the most impact on the one who is praying. What I mean by that is that I have the ability to change my attitudes, language, behavior, patterns, and so much more; and, especially with prayer, those things can change rather quickly and dramatically. If I want to change the world, I can best do so by changing the things in my own life that can help make the world a better place.

I invite you to pray in such a way that you might be changed—that God’s love and wisdom might transform your life, your relationships and how you relate to all of God’s creation. As you do so, know that I am praying for you as well, and trust that you continue praying for me and the church.

Mahalo nui loa for your prayers!

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana

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“A Message from Kahu Alan Akana” is provided most weeks by Koloa Union Church, an Open & Affirming (ONA) congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference.

To see a video of this week’s worship service, including the message, click HERE. You may see the Koloa Union Church YouTube channel to see previous worship services and many of Kahu’s past messages. You can subscribe in order be notified when a new message is posted. Please share these videos with friends and invite them to church. Please feel free to “Like” any of the videos you see and share them on social media, such as Facebook, so that others will notice them.

You are welcome to join us on Sunday mornings! To see our Sunday morning schedule, click HERE.

Kahu Akana is also an accomplished artist! He specializes in creating vibrant watercolors of the flowers of Hawaii and hosts a Sunday afternoon reception in a gallery at his home, the Smith Memorial Parsonage. He also meets visitors by appointment. Most of the profit from the sales go for the maintenance and upkeep of the parsonage. To see a video about his art and gallery, click HERE. To see the gallery website, click HERE.

Weekly News of the Church

Sunday Worship

August 2, 2020

10:30 a.m.

SUNDAY’S MESSAGE

“Interruption or Opportunity?”

JOIN US AT CHURCH

We Have LOTS of Room!

Seating in the Sanctuary

More Space Under the Big Tent on the Patio

Live-streaming in Moore Hall on a Large TV Monitor

“Strengthen the Church”

Special Mission Offering

This Sunday we collect the “Strengthen the Church” special mission offering. This offering supports the expansion of ministry and growth of local United Church of Christ congregations throughout the U.S. as it helps create a just world for all by investing in new ministries. Your gifts will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches, develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.

Please use the special envelope in your bulletin on Sunday. Checks should be made out to “Koloa Union Church” with “Strengthen the Church” or “STC” on the memo line.

Thank you for your generous gifts!

LECTIONARY READINGS

During challenging times, reading the Bible on a daily basis is a great source of inspiration and hope. I encourage you to read and meditate upon the Scriptures of the Revised Common Lectionary and ask yourself how God might be showing up in the Scriptures for you, what God might be saying to you, and what guidance you might find as you share God’s love in creative and meaningful ways.

—Kahu Alan Akana

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 July 26 are Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-46; Psalm 128; 1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-52.

Readings for August 2 are Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-15; Isaiah 55:1-5, Psalm 145:8-21; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21.

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“Weekly News of the Church” is provided by Koloa Union Church, an Open and Affirming (ONA) Congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference.  Please contact the church office if you would like to have our weekly news sent directly to your inbox. Join us at 3289 Poipu Road in Koloa!