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Fourth Sunday of Advent 10:30 a.m. on December 22nd The Candle of Love Message: “The Tender Mercy of God” Special Mele and Hula Christmas Fund Collection* Christmas Eve 7:30 p.m. on December 24th A Service of Candles and Carols Special Mele and Hula Christmas Fund Collection* Christmas Day 10:30 a.m. on December 25th Christmas Communion Service Message: “The More Important Gifts” Special Mele and Carols Christmas Fund Collection*   *CHRISTMAS FUND  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 will collect the Christmas Fund offering on December 22, 24, 25. Gifts may be placed in the special offering envelopes available on those days. Checks may be made out to Koloa Union Church with “Christmas Fund” in the note section. _______________________________   ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS END-OF-YEAR GIVING  It has been a fantastic year for Koloa Union Church! We completed our successful capital campaign and saw growth in membership, attendance and giving. As we are currently looking at a limited cashflow as we pay our end-of-the-year bills, we invite you to help us finish the year financially strong by prayerfully considering an “over the top” end-of-year financial gift. You can make a donation on Sunday mornings or by mailing a check to the church office. In order for these gifts to be tax-deductible for the current...

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Third Sunday of Advent “We Light the Candle of Joy” December 15th Children’s Christmas Program Sunday’s worship service will be provided by our children and youth!   Invite your friends! Stay for lunch! ________________________________ CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING  December 15, after Aloha Hour in Kahu’s office. CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE  December 24, 7:30 p.m. An evening of candles and carols and a special Christmas hula. Please join us. CHRISTMAS DAY COMMUNION SERVICE  December 25 at 10:30 a.m. A service with Holy Communion and Christmas carols. COCONUT WIRELESS  Click HERE to see the latest issue of the Coconut Wireless (the weekly e-news from the Hawaii 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 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 35:1-10; Psalm 146:5-10; Luke 1:46-55; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11. __________________________________ “Weekly News of the Church” is provided by Koloa Union Church, an Open and Affirming (ONA) Congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference.  Please contact the church office if you would like to have our weekly news sent directly to your inbox. Join us at 3289 Poipu Road in...

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Church Christmas Party Friday, December 6th, 6 p.M. The Smith Memorial Parsonage 3281 Waikomo Road in Koloa Bring a favorite holiday dish for the potluck dinner. Enjoy the Christmas decorations Fun with great friends Christmas caroling __________________________________ Second Sunday of Advent “We Light the Candle of Peace” December 8th   Welcoming of  New Members The Lighting of the Advent Candles A Message of “Peace” Christmas Caroling after Aloha Hour at Hale Kupuna in Omao __________________________________ ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS . . . . PRAYERS & SQUARES  Tuesday, December 3, 1-3 p.m. Prayers & Squares will meet in Kahu’s office. All are welcome to make quilts as part of our ministry of prayer for those in crisis and those who might need some extra comfort and encouragement. CHURCH WORK DAY  Saturday, December 7, 8 – noon. It is time to spruce up the church buildings and grounds in preparation for the holidays and all our visitors. Bring your gloves, rags, buckets. Lunch will be served. CHRISTMAS CAROLING  We will gather to go Christmas caroling at Hale Kupuna in Omao on Sunday, December 8, after Aloha Hour. Everyone is invited to join us. We can carpool from the church. CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE  Join us for a service of candles and carols in English and Hawaiian and a special hula presentation on Tuesday, December 24, at 7:30 p.m. CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE  Join us for Holy Communion, a Christmas message, as well as Christmas carols in English and Hawaiian on Wednesday, December 25, at 10:30 a.m. COCONUT WIRELESS  Click HERE to see the latest issue of the Coconut Wireless (the weekly e-news from the Hawaii Conference of the United...

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First Sunday of Advent “We Light the Candle of Hope” December 1st Advent Means “Coming” Come!! . . . . . . . . Come!! Yes it’s time! . . . . . . Yes it’s time! To celebrate the . . . . coming of Jesus! With colorful Advent . candles and wreath, The Christmas tree and holiday decorations; Time to reflect on light in times of darkness, Hope in times of confusion and wonder, Peace and joy, and love in every time! On this FIRST Sunday of Advent We light the candle of Hope, We celebrate divine love In Holy Communion. We pray & sing. We come! ♥ ______________________________ CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED  November 28 for Thanksgiving Day. DEACONS MEETING  Our deacons will meet this Sunday morning, December 1, at 9 a.m. in Kahu’s office. 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 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 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44. COMING UP . . . . PRAYERS & SQUARES  December 3, 1-3 p.m. Prayers & Squares will meet in Kahu’s office. All are welcome to make quilts as part...

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Thanksgiving Sunday Worship Service Sunday, November 24, 10:30 a.m. During our worship service on Thanksgiving Sunday, Kahu Akana will bring a message on “Expansive Gratitude.” There are various kinds of gratitude and different ways of being thankful. Expansive gratitude opens our hearts to others and all that is good in the world; it connects us to others, to God, and all that God has created. Let us worship God with expansive gratitude! And be sure to invite family members and friends! ________________________________________   Thanksgiving Luncheon Sunday, November 24 Aloha Hour after Church Join us for our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon during Aloha Hour after the worship service. It is a potluck, so bring something if you are able. Guests and visitors are welcome to just come and enjoy our good food and conversation. Please check in with Penny at the church office if you haven’t already signed up to bring something to share as part of the feast. And be sure to invite family members and friends! ________________________________________   Alan Akana Gallery Holiday Sale Sunday, November 24 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Alan Akana Gallery features the watercolors of Hawaii`s flowers painted by our Kahu! The gallery will host a special holiday sale on Sunday afternoon where visitors can see Kahu’s work and have the opportunity to purchase art, books, greeting cards and other products created by Kahu, including the brand new 2020 Calendar! Everything will be on sale just on time for holiday shopping, and the Smith Memorial Parsonage—home to both Kahu and the gallery—will be “decked out” for the holidays! Come and enjoy the art and some holiday treats!...

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CHOIR REHEARSAL  Rehearsals are every Thursday, 7-8 p.m. at the church. Bring your voices and your friends. You will enjoy being part of this melodious group under the direction of Kathleen Dahill. CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING  The Church Council will meet this Sunday, November 17, at noon in Kahu’s office. COCONUT WIRELESS  Be sure to click on “Kauai Association” on the first article to see photos of Kahu Akana and Koloa Union Church members and friends! Click HERE to see the latest issue of the Coconut Wireless (the weekly e-news from the Hawaii 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 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 65:17-25 or Isaiah 12; Malachi 4:1-3; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19. COMING UP . . . . THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON  Sunday, November 24. Join us for our annual delicious Thanksgiving lunch after Sunday service. Please see the sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board so you can bring your favorite dish to add to this feast. HOLIDAY SALE AT ALAN AKANA GALLERY  The gallery will host a special holiday sale on Sunday, November 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. Come and enjoy the holiday decorations and refreshments. Everything will be on sale! Brand new 2020 calendars will be available! Click HERE...