A Special Event This Week

Lehua Blossom from Hawai`i Island   MUSICAL FUNDRAISING GALA FOR THE PARSONAGE   Alan Akana Gallery Sunday, October 14, 1-5 p.m. In the Smith Memorial Parsonage 3281 Waikomo Road, Koloa Everyone is invited to attend this FREE event! Music and Dancing by Church Members & Friends! Delicious refreshments! Door prizes! Everything on sale on Sunday!   New items will be available, including: 2019 wall calendars Jumbo postcards of photographs of native flowers of Hawai`i Kahu’s latest watercolor of the beautiful lehua blossom (in the photo above)!   The funds raised will help pay for costs of some much needed projects at the parsonage. Please invite your friends who love music and...

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WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY / NEIGHBORS IN NEED  This Sunday, October 7, is World Communion Sunday—a day in which Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation are observed. It is as day when we remember that we are connected to the whole Christian Church and celebrate Holy Communion. According to our tradition, we will collect the Neighbors in Need offering this Sunday. On World Communion Sunday, United Church of Christ congregations collect this special offering to support ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. This year’s theme is “Love of Neighbor.” Let us generously give to this offering in order to love our neighbors throughout the US who are in need of support. Offering envelopes will be available on Sunday morning. You may also write a check to “Koloa Union Church” with “Neighbors in Need” or “NIN” in the note section. 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, October 9, 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 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...

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CELEBRATION SUNDAY IS SEPTEMBER 30! Board of Blessings  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. Blessing of Commitments  During our worship service, we will celebrate our blessings as a church, give thanks, and ask God to bless our financial commitments to the church’s general fund for 2019. There will also be a presentation by our Sunday school children! Aloha Feast  During Aloha Hour, we will have a special meal, including delicious cakes brought to you by the stewardship committee. Talent Show  After the meal, we will have a fun and festive talent show as church members share their gifts. Please come and share a talent! _________________________ THE LATEST COCONUT WIRELESS  The Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ shares news on the Coconut Wireless, the regular 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 Esther 7:1-10, 9:20-22; Psalm...

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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...

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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...

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Hurricane “Lane” A Brief Note from Kahu Alan Akana As Hurricane Lane continues to move toward our beautiful islands, we anticipate at least strong winds and heavy rainfall and at worst major destruction. My prayers are that Lane will pass to the south of us as gently as possible and also that we will be prepared for worse so that all may be safe and at peace. I have talked to Dan Giovanni, the chair of our buildings and grounds committee, in order that the church will be secured for a major storm, and we are doing the same for the parsonage. I trust that each person here on Kaua`i is doing the same. I also encourage you to stay safe and heed the advice of state and county officials, so that there will be no injuries among us. If, by chance, our island suffers a severe blow, please let me know when you can how you are doing. I plan to be at the church or parsonage as much as possible, and will let others from our church know if anyone has any special needs. I also encourage everyone to keep an up-to-date emergency supply kit handy, as well as plenty of drinking water and food. Although it is late to begin thinking about your kit, you can click HERE for the FEMA Emergency Supply List to see if you have forgotten anything. As long as it is safe to be on our property, we do plan to have our regular worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. My prayers are for the safety of us all. Aloha nui! Kahu...