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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

 

***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.

 Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana

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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

“A STRANGE INTIMACY”


Then their eyes opened,

and they recognized him;

and he vanished from their sight.

(Luke 24:31)

In my message on Sunday, I talked about a phrase I recently heard for the first time: “a strange intimacy.” Dr. Susan Abraham, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean at Pacific School of Religion, used those words to describe what was happening among faculty and students. During these days of sheltering in place and online classes, there is a strange intimacy happening at the school. It is also happening in my life and, I’m guessing, all over the world. People are feeling especially close to others but in a strange new way. I am sure some of this is because many of us long for the presence of others—something we have taken for granted our entire lives; and now that we are unable to have that which we desire, we value it all the more.

Jesus’ disciples were also experiencing a strange intimacy in the early days after the resurrection. In fact, before any of them had encountered the risen Jesus, they were still gathering together and talking about him. Gathering together in community in his name was very different than it was before the crucifixion, but it was still happening. Yet, when Jesus showed up, the disciples had a hard time recognizing him. Jesus showed up in their midst unexpected and unrecognizable!

I wonder how Jesus is showing up among us in unexpected and unrecognizable ways—perhaps even in shocking ways. He shows up as a refugee, an immigrant, an addict, and a great-grandmother who is especially vulnerable to COVID-19. He shows up over and over again and we fail to recognize him.

I trust when we look back on this time that we will remember the strange intimacy that has taken place; and we will remember not only the loved ones we realized we had taken for granted but we will also remember the strangers in our midst and in the world as well, along with a new and strange intimacy that was enlarged during these strange days filled with wonders as well as challenges.

I look forward to our next online worship service on Sunday!

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 a recent message by Kahu Akana, 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

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): cathyevans2@icloud.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.

STEWARDSHIP NEWS

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!

ONLINE GIVING!

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!

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 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.

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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!