Sharing Aloha since 1835
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!
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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P.O. Box 536, Koloa, HI 96756
***A Special Note Re. COVID-19***
—Reopening Our Church During the Pandemic—
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The Most Recent
Online Worship Service
Since Sunday, March 22, we have been providing online worship services instead of gathering together for worship in our sanctuary. After two months of social distancing and sheltering in place on Kauai, we have finally begun to open up our church. According to the recommendations from the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ, we will be opening in phases.
- Phase 1: Beginning Tuesday, May 26, the church office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.
- Phase 2: (Early June) We will open the church facilities for small group gatherings without partaking in food or drinks.
- Phase 3: (By mid-June) We will open our sanctuary for worship services in a safe manner.
- Phase 4: (Date TBD) We will open our entire facility for activities including meals.
In the meantime, we continue to provide online worship services so that members and friends of the church can enjoy hearing the Scriptures, a message, and prayers, along with announcements and music. A link to our online worship service will also be available on our church website each week by Sunday morning.
Kahu Alan Akana
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.
Alan Akana Gallery
***The Gallery will be closed until further notice.***
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.
MAKING FACE MASKS
Hundreds of Masks Made So Far!
The Prayers & Squares Ministry continues to make masks for the following these groups:
1) Koloa Union Church Members The Prayers & Squares team is happy to make a mask for you or your immediate family member. We want to make sure that we are taking care of each other and that we are all safe. Let Cathy Evans know if you need a mask.
2) Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH) still needs masks for their employees who are not working with critical care or coronavirus patients.
3) Wilcox Hospital needs masks for staff, patients and families.
4) Garden Isle Health Care is asking for 170 masks.
5) YWCA Women’s Shelter is asking for 20 masks.
6) Women in Need is asking for 21 masks.
Face Masks Are Free! We are not charging anything for face masks because we want to make sure everyone is safe, regardless of ability to pay. If you would like to make a donation to support this effort, please write your check to “Koloa Union Church” with “Prayers & Squares” in the note section. Your donation will go to pay for material for face masks and quilts for those in crisis situations.
Need a Face Mask? Want to Help? Got Questions? Please contact Cathy Evans (volunteer project coordinator): email@example.com; 858-231-6894.
FOOD FOR HUNGRY NEIGHBORS
If you or someone you know on the south shore is hungry, please provide a name and contact information HERE. There may be someone who can no longer afford food. Perhaps someone is unable to leave their home to buy groceries. Our Outreach Committee is coordinating safe pickup and drop off of groceries to make sure none of our neighbors goes hungry during this time.
GIVING TUESDAY IS MAY 5
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity to take place on May 5, 2020, as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. People everywhere are invited to support organizations that are helping to transform communities and the world. this includes our church, as we spread the news of God’s love through our online worship services, make hundreds of face masks, and feed hungry people. If you have not yet supported Kōloa Union Church or haven’t done so in awhile, then prayerfully consider a gift of any size on Giving Tuesday. Thank you so much for your generosity!
We have already begun to receive gifts online! We created an online giving page on our church website last week in order to make it as easy as possible for people to make a gift to Kōloa Union Church from anywhere in the world! All you need is a credit card, the ability to get online, and the will to help us share aloha with everyone. Click the “Donate Now” button below and make a gift from any place at any time. As always, you can also give by mailing your check to the church: P.O. Box 536, Koloa, HI 96756.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS
Thank you to all those who have been fulfilling their annual commitments and those making additional gifts to the church general fund. Those gifts have made it possible for us to continue our important ministry during these days of worshiping and meeting online.
We truly appreciate your generosity!
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 May 3 are Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10.
Readings for May 10 are Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14.
“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!