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A Special Online Worship Service Sunday, April 5, 2020 __________________ Join us on Sunday for: † A Special Message by Kahu Alan Akana † Music by Kathleen Dahill & Chris Sweitzer † Scripture Readings by Our Keiki † Prayers of the People ________________ Click HERE To Watch! _________________________________________________     STEWARDSHIP MESSAGE Our Stewardship Committee asks each person to prayerfully consider giving as much as you are able so that our church can continue to carry on our important mission and get through the next couple of months by fulfilling all of our financial commitments. As always, checks may be mailed to the church: P.O. Box 536, Koloa, HI 96756. All gifts are greatly appreciated! Sincerely, Bill Dressel, Stewardship Chair _________________________________________________ LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE WEEK During challenging times, reading the Bible on a daily basis is a great source of inspiration and hope. I encourage you to read and meditate upon the Scriptures of the Revised Common Lectionary and ask yourself how God might be showing up in the Scriptures for you, what God might be saying to you, and what guidance you might find as you share God’s love in creative and meaningful ways.        —Kahu Alan Akana 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 Psalm 118:1-29; Matthew 21:1-11; Isaiah 50:4-10; Psalm...

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“200th Anniversary Celebration” Celebrating the Arrival Of The First Company Of Christian Missionaries In Hawai`i March 30, 1820   A Special Online Worship Service Sunday, March 29, 2020 __________________ “We can learn a lot from the early missionaries about compassion and wisdom during crises and epidemics.” —Kahu Alan Akana __________________ Join us on Sunday for: † A Special Message by Kahu Alan Akana † Music by Dr. Douglas Duvauchelle † Hula by RoseTatiana Warken Ceballos † Scripture Readings † Prayers of the People ________________ Click HERE To Watch! _________________________________________________ STEWARDSHIP MESSAGE Our Stewardship Committee asks each person to prayerfully consider giving as much as you are able so that our church can continue to carry on our important mission and get through the next couple of months by fulfilling all of our financial commitments. As always, checks may be mailed to the church: P.O. Box 536, Koloa, HI 96756. All gifts are greatly appreciated!   Sincerely, Bill Dressel, Stewardship Chair   _________________________________________________     LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE WEEK During challenging times, reading the Bible on a daily basis is a great source of inspiration and hope. I encourage you to read and meditate upon the Scriptures of the Revised Common Lectionary and ask yourself how God might be showing up in the Scriptures for you, what God might be saying to you, and what guidance you might find as you share God’s love in creative and meaningful ways.        —Kahu Alan Akana 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...

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  May you deeply feel the loving presence of Christ everywhere today and every day!   Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!   _____________________________________________       LECTIONARY READINGS FOR THE WEEK  During challenging times, reading the Bible on a daily basis is a great source of inspiration and hope. I encourage you to read and meditate upon the Scriptures of the Revised Common Lectionary and ask yourself how God might be showing up in the Scriptures for you, what God might be saying to you, and what guidance you might find as you share God’s love in creative and meaningful ways. —Kahu Alan Akana   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 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41. _____________________________________________       STEWARDSHIP IN THE DAYS OF COVID-19   These are challenging times emotionally, socially and spiritually for people everywhere. They are also challenging times financially for us. Our church budget has been in good shape over the past couple of months, but our Church Council is aware that giving will likely drop in the weeks ahead. Some people may stop giving altogether due to the inability to have income for awhile. We also will not be receiving gifts from our generous guests and visitors to the church....

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Coronavirus and Church Since the spread of coronavirus throughout the world and confirmed cases in the United States, I have talked to friends and colleagues on the mainland who have cancelled church due to the virus. I have also been approached by people at our church who are wondering if we are going to change the way we do things in order to stay healthy. Our Deacons discussed this at our meeting last week and decided to continue having worship services and our regularly scheduled communion. If people begin getting sick on Kauai, we will likely change to another way of distributing the elements or stop serving communion altogether until the virus in under control. I also talked to Penny Osuga about Aloha Hour, which will continue until further notice. In the meantime, here are some suggestions which should apply whenever you are at church, even without the coronavirus: If you are feeling sick (or even if you feel like you might be coming down with something), stay home and do not attend church. You can ask Penny Osuga to send you a copy of the bulletin as an email attachment and you can watch the message (sermon) almost every week online. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth completely and face away from people and food. Wash your hands before eating, touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Wash your hands before preparing or serving food, and before touching cooking, serving or eating utensils. Consider hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before Aloha Hour. I’ve asked Penny...

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  Smith Memorial Parsonage 6 p.m. Wednesdays Through April 1 We will begin with a simple bread and soup supper, followed by a time of discussion and reflection based on the reading for the week from Parker Palmer’s book, On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old. You don’t need to read the book, but if you want to follow along and spend some time reflecting on your own during Lent, there will be 10 copies of the book (while supplies last) on the Deacon’s cabinet in church beginning this Sunday. Just leave $15 cash or a check if you want to take a book. Please sign up on the Lenten Soup Supper sheet on the bulletin board at church for the Wednesdays you plan to attend! We want to make sure we make enough soup for everyone. Please also consider signing up to bring a pot of soup and some bread on a Wednesday evening.   —ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS— MEN’S BREAKFAST  The men of the church are enjoying their weekly breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Kalapaki Joe’s in Poipu every Tuesday except the 4th Tuesday of the month. Church breakfasts for men and women are on the 4th Tuesday of every month, 7:30 a.m. at Holoholo Grill in the Koloa Landing Complex. 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...

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Smith Memorial Parsonage 6 p.m. Wednesdays Through April 1 We will begin with a simple bread and soup supper, followed by a time of discussion and reflection based on the reading for the week from Parker Palmer’s book, On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old. You don’t need to read the book, but if you want to follow along and spend some time reflecting on your own during Lent, there will be 10 copies of the book (while supplies last) on the Deacon’s cabinet in church beginning this Sunday. Just leave $15 cash or a check if you want to take a book. Please sign up on the Lenten Soup Supper sheet on the bulletin board at church for the Wednesdays you plan to attend! We want to make sure we make enough soup for everyone. Please also consider signing up to bring a pot of soup and some bread on a Wednesday evening.   —ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS—   MEN’S BREAKFAST  The men of the church are enjoying their weekly breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Kalapaki Joe’s in Poipu every Tuesday except the 4th Tuesday of the month. Church breakfasts for men and women are on the 4th Tuesday of every month, 7:30 a.m. at Holoholo Grill in the Koloa Landing Complex. 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...