Weekly News of the Church

ENSEMBLE PRACTICE  Come one, come all.  Practice on Saturday, March 16, noon, at the church. WELCOME REV. SARAH JONES  Sunday, March 17, will be Rev. Sarah Jones’ first Sunday with us.  She will be our guest preacher until June 2, when our Kahu Alan returns from sabbatical. SCENT-FREE ENVIRONMENT  We have members, friends and a kahu who are highly allergic to various scents, often resulting in coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing, headaches 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. PARKING NOTE                                                                                                                                                                Thanks to all who are able who have been making parking more manageable on Sunday mornings! Those who have been carpooling and parking at the school and on Waikomo Road have made...

Weekly News of the Church

RECORD-BREAKING WEEK                                                                                                                                                      Koloa Union Church has been blessed with a record breaking week. February 24: We enjoyed Church on the Beach at beautiful Poipu Beach.  We had 92 attending Sunday service and enjoying a potluck lunch!  We also celebrated Kahu Alan’s 5 year anniversary with Koloa Union Church. February 26: All-church breakfast at Kalapaki Joe’s Poipu had 23 meeting for breakfast and visiting with friends. March 3: Kahu’s last Sunday before leaving on sabbatical had the sanctuary overflowing with 115 in attendance. We are blessed! OPEN AND AFFIRMING                                                                                                                                                        Koloa Union Church proudly announces that members have unanimously voted to become and Open and Affirming Congregation. MEN’S BREAKFAST                           ...

Weekly News of the Church

BON VOYAGE PARTY FOR KAHU  Kahu will be hosting a bon voyage party on Sunday, March 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Smith Memorial Parsonage. Come and enjoy cake, coffee and iced tea, and say good-bye to Kahu before he leaves on his 3-month sabbatical in southern France the next day. All items at the gallery will be 20-50% off on this day! 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 lei 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. THE LATEST COCONUT WIRELESS  The Hawai`i Conference of the United Church of Christ shares news on the Coconut Wireless, the regular weekly newsletter of the HCUCC. If you would like to keep abreast on news, opportunities and events, please click HERE for the latest news. If you like what you see, you may subscribe and get every issue of the Coconut Wireless automatically and get the very latest news hot off the press. 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,...

A Message from Kahu Akana

“Beauty All Around Us” On Sunday, I shared a story from the book Moloka`i, by Alan Brennert, which I read over the previous couple of weeks. In the novel, a Catholic nun by the name of Sister Catherine had arrived at Kalaupapa, one of the most beautiful places in Hawai`i, to care for the patients who suffered from leprosy, also known today as Hansen’s Disease. Her first couple of weeks were especially difficult, as she dressed the wounds of young girls. She did her best all day long, every day, not to wretch as she tended one wound after another. After she had been there for a couple of weeks, she was unwrapping the bandages on the arm of a young girl by the name of Noelani, who was about 15. The wound was so horrible to look at, that Sister Catherine let out a horrifying cry and felt that she would throw up right then and there. She rushed outside and dropped to her knees. The beauty of Kalaupapa was far from her thoughts. Fortunately, her colleague Sister Leopoldina covered for her, and when their shift was over, Leopoldina took her across the yard to the girl’s dining room. There was a cabinet there, in which Leopoldina rummaged through one of the drawers until she found a piece of paper. She told Sister Catherine the famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson had written something on the paper—something he wrote when he visited Kalaupapa in 1889—and then she read the poem:   To see the infinite pity of this place, The mangled limb, the devastated face, The innocent sufferers smiling at the rod,...