Hawaiian Identity

 

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A United Church of Christ Serving Kauai Since 1835

United Church of Christ

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Sundays at 10:30 AM

 

E Komo Mai! (Welcome!) to Koloa Union Church

We are followers of Jesus with a distinctly Hawaiian identity. Some of us are descendants of the native people of these islands and we celebrate with the language and customs of our ancestors. As an inclusive community of faith, reflecting the diversity of the people of Hawai‘i, we respect all cultures and backgrounds.

Our mission is to embrace, enhance and nurture God’s diverse and unique faith community, all to the glory of God.

Whoever you are and wherever you have been on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

Church Location:
3289  Po‘ipu Road, Koloa, HI

We are located in the heart of Kōloa on Po‘ipu Road between Old Koloa Town and Koloa School and Library. As you are driving along Po‘ipu Road, you’ll see our church set back from the road between the large monkeypod trees. It is a lava rock church with a large white cross in the window. Parking is available in the front of the church.

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

Directions from Old Koloa Town:
Turn onto Po‘ipu Road by the Chevron Gas Station. As you drive on Po‘ipu Road, look to your right in about a block and a half.

Directions from Kukui‘ula (The roundabout where Po‘ipu Road runs into the Shops at Kukui‘ula):
Exit the roundabout onto Po‘ipu Road towards Old Koloa Town. As you drive on Po‘ipu Road, look to your left just past Koloa School and Library (& Snorkel Bob’s).

Phone: 808-742-6622

A Message from Kahu Alan Akana

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By the Grace of God, I Am What I Am

1 Corinthians 15:10

Easter Sunday was a very special day in the life of Koloa Union Church! During our worship service, we baptized five children and two adults, and we welcomed 6 new members! The service was filled with hopeful and beautiful music.

My message focused on the Apostle Paul’s message to the Corinthians: how the risen Christ appeared to so many people at different times and in different ways. Paul says that Christ even appeared to him—not that he deserved it. And then Paul says, “But by the grace of God, I am what I am.” I shared that this is the idea is the point of our baptisms: I am what I am, you are what you are, we are what we are, by the grace of God. As you read Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, it is apparent that God’s love flows into our lives and fills us up, so much so that this love spills over into the lives of others; for we are all God’s beloved children.

I shared the story of Louie Zamperini, the American Olympian who survived 47 days in an inflatable raft on the open ocean and then two years in a POW camp during World War II. He left for the war as a national hero, but came home feeling broken and ashamed. His depression, PTSD and inability to sleep drove hime to drinking, and his life was quickly spiraling downward. Yet, he remembered a promise he made to God while he was floating at sea: “If you save me, I will serve you forever.” He found his old Bible and started attending church services, and he too encountered the risen Christ. He no longer saw himself as a national hero or a broken person who barely made it home from the war alive. Rather, he was a beloved child of God; and God’s love for him was so immense he found himself sharing it with others. He too came to realize what the Apostle Paul realized: “By the grace of God, I am what I am.”

May you also realize that those same words are for your life as well. I invite you to say them over and over—and then just see what God might do with your life.

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana

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Click HERE to see a video of Sunday’s sermon. Videos of Kahu’s sermons are available most weeks. Please share these videos with friends and invite them to church. You can also subscribe on YouTube anytime you watch a sermon; that way you can easily watch any past sermon and even receive a notification when a new sermon is posted.

“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.

Weekly News of the Church

ANNUAL RUMMAGE & BAKE SALE  at the church this Saturday, April 22, 8 – noon.  We offer old, new, ordinary and unique items for sale.  Proceeds to be used for our church youth.  We are asking for volunteers all week to help carry, sort and organize our donations, and then to help out on the day of the sale. Contact Judyth Foley for more information: 818-726-1344.

KAHU’S NIECE TO DANCE Ana Akana, Kahu’s niece (and Palani’s cousin) will dance hula as part of our worship service this Sunday, April 23. She grew up dancing in a halau in the San Francisco Bay Area. She will be visiting from Detroit where she now lives and does mission work.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING  Sunday, April 23, immediately following the worship service. The Church Council has called a meeting to discuss the possibility of allowing Alan Akana Gallery to remain in the Smith Memorial Parsonage after June 2017.

ALAN AKANA GALLERY OPEN HOUSE  The gallery will host an open house fundraiser for National Tropical Botanical Gardens on Sunday, April 23, from 3-5 p.m. Join Kahu and Palani for a fun gathering of live music, hula and art giveaways! The watercolors of the beautiful flowers of Hawaii which are painted by our Kahu are on display at Alan Akana Gallery, located in the Smith Memorial Parsonage at 3281 Waikomo Road in Koloa. The gallery is open on Sundays through Thursday 1 p.m..-5 p.m. (closed Fridays and Saturdays). A majority of the net profits from the gallery goes directly to the ministry of Koloa Union Church! For more information about the gallery, click HERE.

AND COMING UP….

TREE TRIMMING  The monkey pod trees in the church parking lot will be trimmed on Monday and Tuesday, April 24 & 25.  There will be no parking available those two days.

SPRING AHA MOKUPUNI  Hanapepe United Church of Christ, April 28-29, 2017 (“Justice Depends on Just-Us.”) `Aha Mele will be on Friday evening, beginning with dinner at 5:30, followed by music from all of our UCC Churches on Kauai. Those wishing to carpool should meet in the church parking lot and be prepared to leave at 5:00 sharp. Saturday morning will begin at 9:30 a.m. and include workshops on “justice,” including teen suicide, incarcerated women, and Marshallese Health. There will also be a workshop on the recent assessment of the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ.

PRAYERS & SQUARES Contact Angela Dressel if you would like to get involved in praying for people in crisis or helping to make quilt squares for those in crisis.