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Summer Book Group Our summer book group begins on July 17. The group will meet on Wednesday evenings at the Smith Memorial Parsonage (3281 Waikomo Road) at 6 o’clock for dinner (provided by Kahu on the first night) and then for a discussion which will begin between 6:45 & 7:00. If you are able, please read the Foreword, Preface, Introduction for the first gathering. While supplies last, books are available for $14 at church on Sundays and at the church office during office hours. Please sign up at church for which evenings you plan to attend. ____________________________________________________   GET READY FOR PLANTATION DAYS! “Year of the Paniolo”   KOLOA PLANTATION DAYS RECEPTION Monday, July 22, 4-6 p.m. at the Smith Memorial Parsonage Koloa Union Church will once again host the community as part of Kōloa Plantation Days at a reception called “Plantation-Style Living: An Afternoon of Art, Stories & Refreshment.” Dr. Douglas Duvauchelle will provide live music! Kahu will give a talk at 4:30 on the history of the Smith-Waterhouse Family, the parsonage and neighborhood. Every year he finds something new to share! Click HERE to see promotion of this event on the official Kōloa Plantation Days website. ________________________________ KOLOA PLANTATION DAYS PARADE Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. (Meet at church at 8:30!)* Koloa Union Church celebrates the Year of the Paniolo by becoming an official “Open & Affirming” congregation of the United Church of Christ: where every cowboy and every cowgirl is welcome—and every city dweller too! We will have dancers this year! Kahu will ride in a red convertible, decorated with our “Open & Affirming” logos, waving at the crowds as we pass by. We will also have...

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Walkway Repairs Tuesday & Wednesday We are repairing and staining the cement walkway this week! This is the area by the main entryway of the church and the church office. Please note that there will be no access to the church office, sanctuary, or janitor closet on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, while the work is being done and the walkway completely dries. There will also be no access to Moore Hall from the north side, so if you need to enter Moore Hall or the kitchen, please use the south side entrances. This is the final large-scale project of our successful capital campaign, “Maikai Hana Hou” (Creating Goodness & Beauty Once Again). Thanks to everyone who helped and financially supported the campaign! ***Please do NOT walk on the walkway until Thursday morning!*** ____________________________________________________ Happy Independence Day! The church office will be closed on the 4th of July. We wish you a festive holiday! ____________________________________________________ This is an Email Scam: How are you..Have you got a minute ? I need you to complete a task for me discreetly. P.S. I am in a meeting now and can’t talk , so just reply here. I will be expecting a read from you soon. Thanks Rev. Dr. Alan Akana Although you should never let your guard down for email scams, summer is a particularly vulnerable time for church members, since church funds are often short and churches are asking members to catch up on pledges and even make additional gifts to help pay the bills. This is actually the case for us and you will be hearing more about it in our July newsletter...

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Kauai Pride Parade & Festival This Saturday, June 22, 2019 Koloa Union Church will walk in the Pride Parade on Rice Street in Lihue from 9 to 10 a.m. this Saturday. Kahu and volunteers will host a Koloa Union Church booth at the festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kauai Historic County Building lawn on Rice Street, where we will have literature about the church and our new Open & Affirming status; this will be a family-friendly event for all ages with entertainment, music, speeches, food! Please contact the church office if you would like to join us or know more about our plans for the day. ____________________________________________________   Aha Paeaina Report From Our Representatives Kahu Akana, Bridget Hammerquist and Shellee Riggio attended Aha Paeaina (the annual gathering of the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ) June 7-8 in Honolulu. Bridget and Shellee will give a report during the worship service this Sunday, June 23, including important decisions and announcements, as well as their experiences and things they learned while they attended the event. ____________________________________________________   Kahu’s New Book “Beauty, Art & Spirituality” Kahu self-published a book about his recent 3-month sabbatical in southern Europe and gave a copy to the church. It is a 22-page book of photos and Kahu’s inspirational thoughts about beauty, art and spirituality. You are invited to take a look at it on Sunday mornings or anytime the church office is open. There are also copies available for purchase for $25 at Alan Akana Gallery, where most of the profit goes to the support and care of the Smith...

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Kauai Pride Parade & Festival Saturday, June 22, 2019 A GREAT opportunity for us to talk about our new Open & Affirming status and invite new people to church! Walk in the Pride Parade on Rice Street 9-10 a.m. Gather at 8 a.m. at Vidinha Stadium Parking Lot Bring water and sunscreen Wear bright colors or your KUC t-shirt Wear your rainbow wristband too Rainbow flags will be provided KUC Booth at the Pride Festival 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kauai Historic County Building on Rice Street A family-friendly event for all ages Enjoy entertainment, music, speeches, food! KUC will have a tent, table & 2 chairs We will have literature about KUC & Our new Open & Affirming Status Let’s invite people to church! Please sign up at church for the parade and booth.   ________________________________________   Koloa Union Church In The Garden Island! “Open & Affirming” Koloa Union Church was in the Garden Island Newspaper on Saturday! TGI did a wonderful feature of our new “Open & Affirming” (ONA) status and promoted our ONA celebration this past Sunday! There were people at out church for the first time because they saw the article. There are others who plan to attend because of the article. Click HERE to read the article online. Thanks to Dennis Fujimoto of The Garden Island for the article and the photograph of Kahu and Michael above! ________________________________________ Alan Akana Gallery In Western Art & Architecture! “Wanderings: Kauai, Hawaii”   There is a wonderful article in the June/July 2019 edition of Western Art & Architecture Magazine, entitled “Wanderings: Kauai, Hawaii.” The writer, Kathy Chin...

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Pentecost Sunday June 9, 2019   Celebration of Our “Open & Affirming” Status In the United Church of Christ   Welcome Kahu Akana Back from His Sabbatical (It is also the 29th anniversary of his ordination!)   Enjoy a Special Celebration Luncheon for Aloha Hour!   Church Photograph (To be taken right after our worship service)   Let’s Reflect the Colors of a Rainbow! You are invited to join in the Spirit of the celebration by wearing a color of the rainbow: REDORANGEYELLOWGREENBLUEPURPLE _________________________ MORE NEWS…. `AHA PAE`AINA   The 197th annual state-wide gathering of the Hawai`i Conference United Church of Christ will meet June 7-8 at the Kaumakapili Church in Honolulu. Koloa Union church will be represented by Rev. Dr. Alan Akana, Bridget Hammerquist, and Shellee Riggio. STRENGTHEN THE CHURCH SPECIAL MISSION OFFERING   We collect this year’s Strengthen the Church offering on Sunday, June 9. This special mission offering supports the expansion of ministry and growth of the United Church of Christ throughout the country. Your support will help the UCC fulfill its commitment to creating a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local communities. Thank you for your generosity! 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...

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KAHU ON SABBATICAL/REV. SARAH JONES FILLING IN Our Kahu, Rev. Dr. Alan Akana, is on sabbatical from March 4 through June 3 in Europe. Based in southern France, he is traveling, reading, writing and painting while focusing on the theme, “beauty, art and spirituality.” He will be back with us on Pentecost, Sunday, June 9. We are grateful to have the Rev. Sarah Jones filling in most Sunday mornings while Kahu is gone. If you have need for pastoral care, you may contact Sarah at Wilcox Medical Center or at 631-2444. Our Deacons are also available to pray with and assist church members and friends in crisis; please contact the church office or Christine Kube (Chair of our Board of Deacons) at 635-1785. YOUTH BAKE SALE & POOL PARTY                                                                                                                              Sunday, May 26. The church youth will have a bake sale (asking for baked donations) followed by an afternoon at the beach.  They hope to earn money for future activities/events and to replenish the Youth Account Funds. Please see Tiffany. OFFICE CLOSED                                                                         ...