Weekly News of the Church

A Season of Gratitude September 2018 With gratitude, welcoming all and sharing our blessings   WORLD GRATITUDE DAY September 21, 2018 World Gratitude Day began in 1965 in Hawaii when an international gathering decided to have one day each year to formally express gratitude and appreciation throughout the world. Why not take some extra time this Friday to give thanks for all of your blessings and for the abundance throughout the world that we can all enjoy and share? ____________________   NEW PASTOR AT LIHUE UNITED CHURCH  Help us welcome the new pastor, Rev. Alex Tychkin at Lihue United Church on Sunday, September 23, at 3 p.m. A light reception will follow. CELEBRATION SUNDAY!  Sunday, September 30, is Celebration Sunday! As you arrive, you will receive a sticker on which you may write a one-or-two-word blessing you intend to see our church share with others in the coming year. During our worship service, we will celebrate our blessings as a church, give thanks, and ask God to bless our commitments to the church. There will also be a presentation by our Sunday school children. During Aloha Hour, we will have a special feast, followed by a talent show! Please come and share a talent! PRAYERS & SQUARES  All are welcome to participate in this ministry of making quilts and prayer squares for those members of our congregation who are experiencing a life crisis. Our next gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, at Koloa Union Church from 1 to 4 p.m. THE LATEST COCONUT WIRELESS  The Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ shares news on the Coconut Wireless, the...

A Message from Kahu Alan Akana

Gratitude: More Than a Feeling On Sunday, I shared a story from Diana Butler Bass’ most recent book, Grateful: The Transforming Power of Giving Thanks. Diana was working as a professor of religious studies and history at the college where we both attended as undergraduates. She enjoyed her job and did good work. However, she wasn’t treated very kindly by some of the other faculty at the college. She also felt that some of the expectations of the college administration in regards to theology and personal piety were rather stifling. One day the President of the college called her into his office and told her that she was simply not a good fit for the school. He told her that she was being “let go,” even though he admitted that she did wonderful work and was an excellent teacher. Before she walked out of the room, he said to her probably the last thing she wanted to hear. He said: “One day you will thank me for this.” Let me just say that she was not having any feelings of gratitude towards him at the moment! About a week later, Diana told a friend about it. She said, “Can you imagine the nerve of him? That one day I’ll thank him?” After her friend listened to her, he gently said to her, “You know, he’s right.” He went on to tell Diana about a similar situation when he was fired, and how he eventually thanked his boss who fired him after he learned gratitude. Diana was surprised to hear that gratitude was something that could be learned. She asked...

A Message from Kahu Alan Akana

A Time for Gratitude and Rainbows   I want to begin by thanking my church family for taking such wonderful care of me the past week and a half while I have been recovering from vascular surgery on my leg. I am deeply appreciative of the meals, fresh produce and groceries that people have dropped off, as well as the prayers on my behalf. The surgery was necessary because of poor circulation in my leg due to a major vein not working properly. The surgeon removed most of that vein, and other veins have now taken over to keep the blood properly flowing in my leg. My surgery was successful and I am healing well. However, my leg is still quite tender where the incisions are still healing, and so I will be working mainly from home while keeping my leg elevated as often as possible, and not driving much until my leg feels better. I am supposed to walk a little more each day, and hope to walk to the church by the end of the week. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to call if you would like to talk or make an appointment to see me in person. After one very long day of heavy rain at the end of August, I was so grateful for sunshine! I walked outside into the yard and saw a double rainbow right on the parsonage! “A pot of gold,” I thought. “What a treasure: this place I call home, my church, my community, my art, this island, my family and friends, my life. I am truly blessed!” As I...

Weekly News of the Church

With gratitude, welcoming all and sharing our blessings in 2019 STEWARDSHIP THEME  This year’s stewardship theme is “With gratitude, welcoming all and sharing our blessings in 2019.” Gratitude, welcoming and sharing will be our focus during the month of September as we look forward to the coming year and what God might have in store for us. Our logo is the UCC comma encircled by the colors of the rainbow. The comma symbolizes that “God is still speaking.” The United Church of Christ emphasizes that God’s Spirit continues to speak through us and also through others, and encourages us to listen with open hearts and open ears. The rainbow symbolizes the inclusion of all God’s children, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, or anything else that might distinguish one person from another. With gratitude, we welcome all, we welcome their gifts, we welcome the ways which God speaks to us through them. PRAYERS & SQUARES  All are welcome to participate in this ministry of making quilts and prayer squares for those members of our congregation who are experiencing a life crisis. Our next gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, at Koloa Union Church from 1 to 4 p.m. LECTIO DIVINA  Wednesday, September 12, 7-8:30 p.m. Join us at the parsonage for a time to quietly reflect on the Scriptures. We will meet for Lectio Divina at the Smith Memorial Parsonage (3281 Waikomo Road). 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. CHURCH CHOIR  Our church choir is back from summer hiatus, rehearsals...