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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

“The Power of Privilege”

“Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”

(Matthew 19:16)

On Sunday, Alan Potter delivered an inspirational message titled, “The Power of Privilege,” based upon the story in the Gospel of Matthew where a rich young man approaches Jesus and asks, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” Alan showed us how this story is about privilege and the importance of recognizing it and “pouring it out” in order to usher in God’s reign on earth. I don’t want to say too much about Alan’s message, in case you are about to watch it online, but I will tell you that I have heard sermons on this passage probably dozens of times and Alan’s message offered the best explanation of the text that I can ever remember. So please watch it if you missed church on Sunday!

We have been hearing and reading a lot in the news lately about privilege and, in particular, “White privilege.” A friend of mine who has done a lot of reading and educating about privilege uses the phrase “dominant culture privilege,” for there are people in every culture who benefit from certain privileges who never stop to acknowledge any of them. In fact, they are so used to their privileges and take them for granted to the point that they don’t even see that they exist. However, the people without those privileges see them every day of their lives. That’s why I believe that if people with privileges want to actually see their privileges and understand how they benefit from them, they ought to ask people without those privileges to point them out. The problem is (as I have just mentioned), we have a hard time seeing our privileges at all and so we don’t even know who to ask!

What I have observed as the most effective catalysts for recognizing privileges is that people without privilege speak up, shout out, chant, write, and create art about the privileges they see. (By art, I mean all art: poetry, music, painting, acting, writing, producing film, and so much more.) That’s the only way people with privilege will ever see it. I don’t have to tell you that this is happening today. In fact, I see and hear and feel it every single day in the news, on social media, and in local and national conversations, as artists and activists alike are pointing to the privileges they don’t have and others do.
Perhaps the most important things for those with privilege to do is to pay attention and ask God for an open heart and mind with humility in order that we might see what others see. Along these lines, Alan said these words at the close of his message: “I challenge you, as you go through your week, to ask God to show you what ways you hold privilege and in what ways can you give it away.” I hope we all will do just that.


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 message, click HERE. You may see the Koloa Union Church YouTube channel to see many of his past messages and 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

July 26, 2020

10:30 a.m.

Join Us for Worship on Sunday!

MESSAGE:

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

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


July Food Distribution
Partnering with St. Raphael Church

KUC volunteers spent part of Thursday morning last week at St. Raphael Catholic Church filling over a hundred bags of groceries for hungry families. On Friday morning we were mentioned in The Garden Island Newspaper!


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 19 are Genesis 28:10-20; Psalm 139:1-24; Isaiah 44:6-8; Psalm 86:11-17; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-43.

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.