A Message from Our Kahu

OPUKAHAIA On Sunday, we celebrated the life of Opukahaia, the young Hawaiian man whose family members were killed in the brutal warfare in these islands during the 1790’s. He sailed to New England where he was educated and converted to Christianity and was called Henry Obookiah. He planned to return to Hawaii and share his faith with his people. Unfortunately, Opukahaia died on February 17, 1818, before he had the chance to return to his beloved islands. However, his life and his writings motivated the first company of missionaries to sail to Hawaii the very next year, arriving on March 30, 1820, after more than five months at sea. As I reflected on Opukahaia and his life in my message on Sunday, I found it inspiring how he forgave the people who killed his parents, his young brother, his aunt and many other relatives and neighbors. His journey as a Christian led him to let go of his anger and love the people who had once been his enemies. Letting go of anger, forgiving our enemies and loving people who have hurt is difficult to do. Yet, as I reflected on our Gospel reading from Matthew, chapter 5, I became convinced that it must be possible. As I read more of Matthew, it occurred to me that seeing people through God’s eyes turns that possibility into reality. God cares about everyone; God loves everyone; and in God’s eyes everyone matters. I don’t know of any other way to let go of anger or to love. As a complete surprise, the author Christopher Cook, who wrote the book The Providential Life...

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HENRY OPUKAHAIA OFFERING Each year we collect a special offering in memory of Henry Opukahaia, the first Native Hawaiian known to become a Christian. He is credited with motivating the early New England missionaries to sail to Hawaii and establish churches in these islands. The money collected on February 23 supports the training of current and future clergy for Christian ministry by providing financial aid for students. Offering envelopes are available on the Deacon’s cabinet as you enter the sanctuary.   “MAHALO NUI” from Kahu Thank you so very much to everyone who helped and attended our Valentine’s Party at the Smith Memorial Parsonage on Sunday afternoon! It was an honor having Michael DeMotta, Curator of Living Collections at National Tropical Botanical Garden, speak about the maiapilo flower, which I recently finished painting. Please stop by the gallery and see the framed original and prints, and be sure to ask for your free gift of our maiapilo postcard, which features a photograph of this remarkable flower which I took in July 2018. Kahu Alan Akana   ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS KAHU’S ANNIVERSARY  On Sunday, we will celebrate Kahu Alan Akana’s 6th year with us as our pastor! Please come and celebrate with us. COCONUT WIRELESS  Click HERE to see the latest issue of the Coconut Wireless (the weekly e-news from the Hawai`i Conference of the United Church of Christ). LECTIONARY READINGS (Old & New Testament Readings for the Week)  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...

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MEN’S BREAKFAST The men meet for breakfast most Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at Kalapaki Joe’s in Poipu. They meet every Tuesday except the 4th Tuesday of the month. Church men and women meet on the 4th Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. at the Holoholo Grill in the Kōloa Landing complex. HENRY `ŌPŪKAHA`IA OFFERING ON FEBRUARY 16 & 23 Each year we collect a special offering in memory of Henry `Ōpūkaha`ia, the first Native Hawaiian known to become a Christian. Henry O. is credited with motivating the early New England missionaries to sail to Hawai`i. The money collected on February 16 & 23 supports the training of current and future clergy for Christian ministry by providing financial aid for students. VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY AT ALAN AKANA GALLERY See below for details on this fun party on Sunday, February 16! COCONUT WIRELESS Click HERE to see the latest issue of the Coconut Wireless (the weekly e-news from the Hawai`i Conference of the United Church of Christ). LECTIONARY READINGS (Old & New Testament Readings for the Week) 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 Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37. PARKING NOTES Thanks to all who are able and have been making parking more manageable on Sunday mornings! Those who have...

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ALL CHURCH BREAKFAST January 28 The men’s winter breakfast has begun. Meet them at 7:30 a.m. Kalapaki Joe’s in Poipu. The men meet there for breakfast every Tuesday but the 4th Tuesday of the month. Church men and women meet on the 4th Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. at the Holoholo Grill in the Kōloa Landing complex. SALVATION ARMY LUNCH The next time our church is scheduled to serve lunch at the Salvation Army in Hanapepe is Wednesday, January 29. Volunteers who carpool usually meet at the church at 9:30 a.m. Please check in with Suzanne Pearson if you can assist. COCONUT WIRELESS Click HERE to see the latest issue of the Coconut Wireless (the weekly e-news from the Hawai`i Conference of the United Church of Christ). LECTIONARY READINGS (Old & New Testament Readings for the Week) 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 Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23. PARKING NOTES Thanks to all who are able and have been making parking more manageable on Sunday mornings! Those who have been carpooling or parking at the school and on Waikomo Road have made a big difference in making room for the elderly, our visitors, and those who have trouble walking. Coming up…. PRAYERS & SQUARES Prayers & Squares is our...