I was notified this morning by Charles Buck, our Conference Minister, that Koloa Union Church was in the Top 10 per capita in the United Church of Christ for the Christmas Offering this past December. (We ranked #10.) What this means is that the people of our congregation gave more per person than all but 9 other congregations in the United States to this special offering, which we collect at Christmastime.  There are more than 5,000 congregations in our denomination…and we gave more per person than all but nine of them! In terms of numbers, we gave $2,752, which figures at $30.58 per member (90 last year).

Nationwide, we were part of $1.5 million given to last year’s Christmas Fund, which supports four assistance programs for clergy and church workers: supplementation of small pensions, health premium supplementation, emergency grants, and Christmas “Thank you” gift checks to retirees. This fund makes a big difference to people who have served the Church for many years and are struggling to make ends meet. It is our way of saying “Thank you,” and “We care about you.”

On top of an incredibly successful capital campaign and significantly increasing our income to the general fund, the people of Koloa Union Church are also giving money to others more generously than ever! I am honored to serve as the pastor of this church and to witness to such heartfelt generosity!

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana

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

Join us at 10:30 on Sunday mornings at 3289 Poipu Road in Koloa to hear a full sermon by Kahu Akana.