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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!
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***
Suspending On-Site Gatherings
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Online Worship Service
This week we celebrate
Beginning Sunday, March 22, through May 17, we will 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.
We are also canceling all other church gatherings until further notice due to the spread of the novel Coronavirus/COVID-19.
The United Church of Christ is taking a stand for life and health, especially for the most vulnerable people in our communities. We can make a big difference in containing the virus by practicing social distancing. Countries and communities who did not take early steps are now suffering dire consequences. Even though our recent decision feels rather disruptive, I believe it may very well save many lives over the long run. I want to thank all of you for your understanding. I urge you to stay home or go for a walk by yourself or with family members with whom you live. I also invite you to consider ways you might safely reach out to someone who may be lonely, discouraged, sick, or frustrated. Finally, do something each day that will bring you great joy!
I have always felt a strong sense of community at Kōloa Union Church. Although the way we communicate and relate to each other over the next several weeks will change significantly, I believe we can continue to grow as a community during this time.
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.
A Special Online Worship Service
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Join us on Sunday for:
† A Special Message by Kahu Alan Akana
† Music by Kathleen Dahill & Chris Sweitzer
† Scripture Readings by Our Keiki
† Prayers of the People
Our Stewardship Committee asks each person to prayerfully consider giving as much as you are able so that our church can continue to carry on our important mission and get through the next couple of months by fulfilling all of our financial commitments. As always, checks may be mailed to the church: P.O. Box 536, Koloa, HI 96756. All gifts are greatly appreciated!
Bill Dressel, Stewardship Chair
LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE WEEK
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 of them on the following Sunday. This week’s readings are Psalm 118:1-29; Matthew 21:1-11; Isaiah 50:4-10; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66; Matthew 27:11-54.
“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!