Hawaiian Identity

 

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A United Church of Christ Serving Kauai Since 1835

United Church of Christ

Come Worship with Us

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  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 with a large white cross in the window. Parking is available in the front and south side of the church.

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

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

Directions from Kukuiula (The roundabout where Poipu Road runs into the Shops at Kukuiula):
Exit the roundabout onto Poipu Road towards Old Koloa Town. As you drive on Poipu 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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“Hope that Will not Disappoint”

On Sunday, I began my message by sharing about the life of Allan Boesak, the South African pastor and theologian who demonstrated against apartheid in his country. During many difficult years, he continued to fight for the rights of all people, even when others felt like things were hopeless. Allan marched in 1977 with eighteen other demonstrators. In the 1980’s the number of marchers grew into the hundreds of thousands. Even though Allan Boesak was arrested, imprisoned, and threatened, he held onto hope, which he attributed, in part, to reading the Bible and his faith in God. Because he and many others acted upon their hope, apartheid was officially abolished in 1991. I love stories of hope which eventually make a huge difference in the world!

The Apostle Paul wrote that God’s hope does not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured into our hearts. It is God’s love for us and for all people that keeps hope alive. It is our openness to God’s love that keeps us connected to hope.

I invite you join us on Sunday morning and for the following two Sundays as we continue to prepare our hearts and lives for the many ways Christ comes to us—in hope, peace, joy and love.

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana

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Our Kahu (Pastor) offers a weekly message in church most Sundays during the year. Click HERE to see a video of this week’s message. You may also 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.
“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

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SANCTUARY EXPANSION PROJECT

The holiday season has begun with our sanctuary expansion project! Curtis Law and his crew were busy last week completing the installation of the new window and entryway. Beginning next Monday and in the weeks leading up to Christmas, we can expect to see the new doors hung, the folding doors removed (in front of where the pews are currently located), new sliding glass doors (directly behind the pews), and a beautiful new deacon’s cabinet with a countertop to display church materials. After the holidays, all of the walls will be painted and the flooring textured and stained for safety and appearance; we will also install new signage, a bulletin board and a place for name tags.

Since it may take our wood worker several more weeks to manufacture our new koa doors (made from beautiful wood donated from Hawaii Island), we may need to hang temporary doors while the koa doors are completed. The koa doors will be hung as soon as they are ready and will provide a welcoming invitation to all who visit our church!

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the capital campaign! Your generosity is making Koloa Union Church more welcoming and inviting all the time!

 

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Second Sunday of Advent

The holiday wreath is hung!

The Christmas tree is decorated!

The poinsettias decorate the sanctuary!

The nativity set is on the communion table!

We are singing the songs of the Advent Season!

Join us on Sunday as we light the Candle of Peace.

Our special guest musician will be vocalist Jake Lester!

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CHILDREN/YOUTH CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

The children and teenagers practice during Sunday school (~10:45 a.m.) for the Christmas Program, which they will perform in church on Sunday, December 17. Please RSVP to Tiffany Marrotte if your children are planning to participate and which practices they will attend. If your child(ren) would like to play the ukulele for the songs, practice is at 9 a.m. on Sundays.

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CHRISTMAS OUTREACH

We will distribute ten boxes of food, including a ham, to our neighbors on the south shore who might otherwise struggle to provide Christmas dinner for their families. We will also give gift cards for parents to buy Christmas gifts for their children. Those who wish to contribute food items can sign up on the signup chart on Sunday. Those who wish to make cash donations can place coins or cash in the spare change jar at church or write “Christmas Outreach” on the note section of your check. The last day to make donations is Sunday, December 17. If you know of any families who can use our help, please contact Judyth Foley. Thank you so much to those who have been putting coins and cash in the spare change jar all year, and for those making special donations during the holiday season!

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LECTIO DIVINA

 Join us for Lectio Divina at the Smith Memorial Parsonage (3281 Waikomo Road) on Wednesday, December 13, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. In Christianity, Lectio Divina is a traditional practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s Word. Join Angela Dressel, Karen Johnson and Kahu Akana for a time to reflect, meditate and pray in the middle of the busy holiday season.

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CHURCH  CHRISTMAS PARTY

Join us Friday, December 15, at 6 p.m. at our annual Christmas party at the Smith Memorial Parsonage (3281 Waikomo Road). We will enjoy a potluck feast and sing Christmas carols. Bring a dish to share for dinner and your singing voices!

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CHRISTMAS FUND OFFERING

This special offering, administered by the United Church of Christ Pension Boards, provides direct financial assistance to retired and active UCC authorized ministers and lay employees and their surviving spouses, including pension and health premium supplementation, emergency assistance, and Christmas “thank you” checks. Each year, UCC congregations throughout the country collect this offering to assist faithful servants of God who are facing financial difficulties. We not only share hope, peace, joy and love with them; but they, in turn, pass these things along to others in their communities and in the world. We will collect the Christmas Fund offering on Sunday mornings, December 17 & 24, as well as at the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.

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CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

Our annual Christmas Eve service will be held at 7:30 and will include Christmas readings and carols, as well as the lighting of candles during the closing carol. Be sure to come early in order to get a seat!

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CHRISTMAS DAY COMMUNION SERVICE
Our Christmas Day service will be held at 10:30 and will include Christmas carols, a Christmas Day Message by Kahu Akana, and Holy Communion.

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The church office will be closed on the following days in observance of the holidays: December 25 and 26, January 1. Otherwise, the church office will be open 8 to noon Monday through Thursday.

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COCONUT WIRELESS

The Council of the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ shares news on the Coconut Wireless, the regular newsletter of the HCUCC. If you would like to keep abreast on news, opportunities and events, please click HERE for this past week’s news. If you like what you see, you may subscribe and get every issue of the Coconut Wireless automatically.

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PRAYERS & SQUARES

Contact the church office if you would like to get involved in praying for people in crisis or helping to make quilt squares for those in crisis.