Weekly News of the Church

Lehua Blossom from Hawaii Island

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.

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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 Job 1:1-2:10; Psalm 26; Hebrew 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16.

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MUSICAL FUNDRAISING GALA FOR THE PARSONAGE  The church will be hosting a fundraising gala for the parsonage on the afternoon of Sunday, October 14, 1-5 p.m. Members and friends of the church are invited to share their musical and dancing talents!

  • We will be catering heavy pupus, giving away door prizes and offering discounts of all sales at the gallery!
  • 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 art!

WAINEKE WORK DAY  October 20, beginning at 9 a.m. It’s time again to clean the grounds and cabins up in Kokee and do some minor repairs! These are “our” cabins, belonging to the Kauai Association United Church of Christ. We, as members and friends, have access to rent and utilize these two cabins throughout the year. Our youth, members, leaders, friends have taken advantage of this beautiful site. A couple times each year we ask for volunteers to help clean the inside and outside of Waineke. If you go up on Friday, October 19, you may stay overnight and food will be provided. If you can, bring a bucket, rags, sponges, gloves and any cleaning products you may have. Please consider helping in this important and necessary maintenance.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING The Church Council has called a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, October 21, after the worship service in order to:

  • Vote on a new Vision Statement for the church
  • Vote on whether our church should participate in the process of becoming an “Open and Affirming Congregation” and electing a “Core Team” to lead the process

All church members are asked to attend so that we can have a quorum on that day.

AHA MOKUPUNI  Churches in the Kauai Association will gather for the Fall Aha Mokupuni on Sunday, November 4, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church (3815 Hanapepe Road, Hanapepe). More information will be provided at a later date.

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“Weekly News of the Church” is provided by Koloa Union Church, a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference. Join us at 3289 Poipu Road in Koloa!