Weekly News of the Church

MEN’S BREAKFAST Tuesday, January 8. Join the men of the church and their friends as they continue this winter tradition. The men meet each Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.at Kalapaki Joe’s Poipu for this time to catch up with returning snow bird friends. Everyone (men and women) is invited to breakfast on the 4th Tuesday of each month. 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, January 8, at Koloa Union Church from 1 to 4 p.m. 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...

Weekly News of the Church

  DEACONS MEETING  Our Deacons will meet for their monthly meeting this Sunday, January 6, at 9 a.m. in Kahu’s office. MEN’S BREAKFAST  Tuesday, January 8. Join the men of the church and their friends as they continue this winter tradition. They meet each Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.at Kalapaki Joe’s Poipu for this time to catch up with returning snow bird friends. Everyone (men and women) is invited to breakfast on the 4th Tuesday of each month. PRAYERS & SQUARESz  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, January 8, at Koloa Union Church from 1 to 4 p.m. 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, 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 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12. ________________________________...

A Message from Kahu Alan Akana

Art & Sharing During our worship service on Sunday, I was surprised to receive a stunning red lehua lei made by Rose Tatiana Warken Ceballos in honor of my 25 years of watercoloring the flowers of Hawai`i nei! In the afternoon, I hosted an open house at the parsonage and invited the community to come and celebrate my work over the past quarter of a century. I am so grateful for those who provided live music and dancing, delicious treats, beautiful gifts, and hospitality. What began as a hobby when my son Palani was born in Honolulu (something to do while he napped) became a passion over the years. I had no idea that painting watercolors was something for which I had any talent. I was really just looking for an enjoyable way to pass the time. As I reflect back over the past 25 years, there are a few lessons I have learned. First of all, I think that it is important to find something you really enjoy and do it on a regular basis. It doesn’t really matter what it is. There are very few things that bring me as much joy as watercoloring, and I am glad that I have spent time every year since Palani’s birth doing something so enjoyable. Secondly, I realize that I have become a better artist by practicing my art. Some people call it discipline. I call it making time for what you love. Whatever it is that you do, you will only get better at it when you practice it over the years. Thirdly, I have discovered that there is great joy...

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP Sunday, December 23 4th Sunday of Advent 10:30 a.m. The lighting of the Candle of God’s Love A Special Hula by Sharon Mahaffey Traditional Organ Music Monday, December 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service* 7:30 p.m. The Lighting of the Christ Candle Hula by Rose Tatiana Ceballos Warken Music by the Church Choir & Special Duet Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day Communion Service 10:30 a.m. The Lighting of the Christ Candle Music by Chris Sweitzer & Kathleen Dahill Holy Communion   *Christmas Eve is typically our highest attended service of the year. Please come early for parking and a good seat. For those who are able to walk a short distance, you may park at Koloa Elementary School and library or on Waikomo Road. ________________________________________________ Giving Opportunities Please give or mail 2018 gifts to the church before January 1, 2019. Mahalo nui loa for your generosity!!! Please consider a gift to one or more of the following funds: CHRISTMAS FUND OFFERING The Christmas Fund 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, December 23, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. Special...