Hawaiian Identity

 

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A United Church of Christ Serving Kauai Since 1835

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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  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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“Are You Ready?”

“Keep awake, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)

On Sunday we talked about getting ready and being prepared for the many ways God shows up in our lives. I am a preparer by nature. I know not everyone is, but whether preparation comes naturally to you or you have to work harder than others at it, I think it is especially important that we are always ready for the many ways God shows up in our lives—especially the unexpected and surprising ways.

We focused our attention on Jesus’ Parable of the Ten Virgins. They were ready for the bridegroom to show up at his normally scheduled time; but not all of them were not ready at all at midnight when he actually did show up. By the time he arrived, they were out of oil for their lamps, so they left. So Jesus said, “Keep awake, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” This is another way of saying, “Pay attention and be ready,” which begs the question, “Pay attention and be ready for what?”

The answer is found all over Matthew’s Gospel. As the biblical scholar Warren Carter tells us, Matthew is a comparison of the Roman Empire to an altogether new way of being in the world, which Jesus refers to as the “Empire of Heaven.” In the Roman Empire, few people enjoy wealth, enough food, adequate healthcare; and the people on the margins of society are ignored and forgotten. In the Empire of Heaven, there is enough to go around for everyone, and all people are valuable and included. So the answer really is, “Pay attention to the many surprising ways that Jesus shows up in the needs of others, and to the many opportunities to include people who are often excluded.”

In my sermon, I mentioned that there are two important ways that this message is particularly relevant today. First of all, many governments in the world act like the Roman Empire by operating as if their job is to assure that the wealthy have more than enough and the people on the margins have very little of what may be left over; they also ignore people on the margins altogether. As followers of Jesus, we can not only do our best to change such structures, but we can also connect with the marginalized people in our world and offer them our compassionate presence.

Secondly, as the holidays approach, we can remind ourselves (in the midst of preparing for all of the traditions which we hold dear) to prepare ourselves to notice the people around us who may otherwise be forgotten. Our Thanksgiving dinner boxes are one way we can do that as we help feed hungry families in our community. Yet, I am sure we will find many other opportunities to share God’s love in tangible ways if we are committed to being ready for the unexpected and surprising ways God will show up!

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana

P.S. Please see “Weekly News of the Church” to learn more about making a gift to Pacific School of Religion where I serve on the Board of Trustees.

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Videos of Kahu’s Sunday’s sermon are uploaded onto YouTube whenever available. Please share these videos with friends. 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 may also subscribe to the page on YouTube; that way you can 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

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Annual Thanksgiving Worship Service

And Luncheon

Join Us at 10:30 for Worship

Followed by a Delicious Meal!

We will also be collecting items for the

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Boxes For Hungry Families 

Check with the church office before Friday to see what is

still needed for our Thanksgiving dinner boxes!

Please Invite Family and Friends

To Join Us on Sunday!

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Wishing Kahu Akana a Happy Birthday

By Making a Gift in His Honor!

In honor of Kahu Akana’s birthday on November 3, you are invited to give a gift in his name to the general fund of Pacific School of Religion where he serves on the Board of Trustees. Kahu is also the Chair of PSR’s Advancement Committee, which oversees the fundraising success of the school. Kahu says, “I am passionate about supporting Pacific School of Religion because it provides a theological grounding with a strong emphasis on social justice for people like me who want to serve the Church and make the world a better place.”

Please consider a gift of any size during the month of November by writing a check to Koloa Union Church with “PSR-Akana” in the note section. You may also give online at the PSR website; be sure to click under “Tribute Gift” the box “This gift is in honor, memory or support of someone,” and write “Rev. Dr. Alan Akana” in the box.

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Hawaiian Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING DINNER BOXES

We will be putting together ten Thanksgiving dinner boxes for ten less fortunate families in the Koloa area. There is a detailed sign-up sheet if you can donate any of the listed items. If you would like to donate financially, please write “Hunger Outreach” on your check. Any money not used will be rolled over into our Christmas Outreach. The boxes will have a turkey along with all the trimmings for a complete Thanksgiving meal. If you know any families we can help, have questions, wish to volunteer, please contact the church office.

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ALAN AKANA GALLERY

BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Christmas Gifts for Family and Friends!

Alan Akana Gallery will be open on Friday, November 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a Black Friday Sale. All customers on that day will receive a 20% discount on all purchases and a 50% discount on selected artwork. There will be a drawing at the end of the day for a special door prize (no need to be present to win) and a free gift with every purchase too!

As always, the profit from the sales will be used for improvements, maintenance, and repairs of the parsonage. The Smith Memorial Parsonage is located at 3281 Waikomo Road.

 

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SALVATION ARMY LUNCHEON

Our faithful volunteers will be serving lunch at the Hanapepe Salvation Army on Wednesday, November 29. Meet at the church at 9:30 a.m. to carpool. Please contact the church office if you can help.

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THE BRIDGE: KAUAI TO COLLEGE

“Gala Bossa Nova Brazil”

Join Us for Our Annual Fundraiser!

The Bridge: Kauai to College is just over a year old, has become a stand-alone non-profit, has 11 mentoring pairs, and is hosting their annual fabulous fundraiser: a Brazilian gala on December 3 at Koloa Landing. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., 4:30 for those who purchase tables in advance. Music by Rumba de Fuego, dancing, authentic Brazilian buffet, no-host bar, silent and live auctions! For tickets: brazilgalatickets@gmail.com. You may also click HERE to see the gala website. We are shooting for 3 full tables as a goal for our church!

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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, except December 3.

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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 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.

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“Weekly News of the Church” is provided by Koloa Union Church, a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference. Join us at 3289 Poipu Road in Koloa!