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A United Church of Christ Serving Kauai Since 1835

United Church of Christ

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Sundays at 10:30 AM

 

E Komo Mai! (Welcome!) to Koloa Union Church

We are followers of Jesus with a distinctly Hawaiian identity. Some of us are descendants of the native people of these islands and we celebrate with the language and customs of our ancestors. As an inclusive community of faith, reflecting the diversity of the people of Hawai‘i, we respect all cultures and backgrounds.

Our mission is to embrace, enhance and nurture God’s diverse and unique faith community, all to the glory of God.

Whoever you are and wherever you have been on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

Church Location:
3289  Poipu Road, Koloa, HI

We are located in the heart of Koloa on Poipu Road between Old Koloa Town and Koloa School and Library. As you are driving along Poipu Road, you’ll see our church set back from the road between the large monkey pod trees. It is a lava rock church with a large white cross in the window. Parking is available in the front and south side of the church.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 536, Koloa, HI 96756

Directions from Old Koloa Town:
Turn onto Poipu Road by the Chevron Gas Station. As you drive on Poipu Road, look to your right in about a block and a half.

Directions from Kukuiula (The roundabout where Poipu Road runs into the Shops at Kukuiula):
Exit the roundabout onto Poipu Road towards Old Koloa Town. As you drive on Poipu Road, look to your left just past Koloa School and Library (& Snorkel Bob’s).

Phone: 808-742-6622

A Message from Kahu Alan Akana

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“Doing Justice”

“Do justice…love kindness…walk humbly….

(Micah 6:8)

On Sunday we celebrated the justice work of the United Church of Christ by contributing to the annual “Neighbors in Need” special mission offering and considering the ways we can work toward a more just world where everyone is valued and cared for and our earth is treated justly as well!

In my sermon, I talked about a lecture that some of us attended last week. The guest speaker was Bishop Yvette Flunder of Affirming Ministries and Pastor of City of Refuge in Oakland, CA. In her talk, Bishop Flunder spoke about her move from believing in the “Either/Or God” of her childhood to the “Both/And God” which she has experienced in her life. The former tells us, “You either believe the things I believe and do things the way I do them or you are wrong—and opposed to the ways of God.” She talked about her understanding of Christian baptism and how the only “correct way” was total immersion; every other form of baptism didn’t count in God’s eyes because it was wrong. The “Both/And God,” however, recognizes and celebrates variety and diversity. There are many ways to baptize, just as there are many ways to understand God, the Scriptures, and how our experiences, faith and lives interact.

As I thought about what it might be like if all people believed in this “Both/And God,” I imagined a world in which God was truly pleased with us all. As the prophet Micah considered the question of what is good and what God really wants from people, he made it really clear in his answer: to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God. When we worship a God who blesses all people and not just the ones we agree with or happen to like, we are ready to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana

P.S. Please see “Weekly News of the Church” to learn more about Neighbors in Need and also to make a gift to Pacific School of Religion where I serve on the Board of Trustees.

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Videos of Kahu’s Sunday’s sermon are uploaded onto YouTube whenever available. Please share these videos with friends. Please feel free to “Like” any of the videos you see and share them on social media, such as Facebook, so that others will notice them. You may also subscribe to the page on YouTube; that way you can receive a notification when a new sermon is posted.

“A Message from Kahu Alan Akana” is provided most weeks by the Kahu (Pastor) of Koloa Union Church, a congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the Kauai Association and Hawaii Conference.

Weekly News of the Church

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FALL `AHA MOKUPUNI

Sunday, November 12, 3-7 p.m.

At Koloa Union Church

Koloa Union Church will host the annual fall gathering of the Kaua`i Association of the United Church of Christ. This year’s theme is “Changing Lives, Transforming the World—Together.” Young people will meet in Moore Hall and adults in the sanctuary at 3 o’clock, followed by an intergenerational worship service in the sanctuary, followed by dinner. (Note: the Kaua`i Council of the Hawaiian Council of Congregational Churches will be meeting in the sanctuary at 2 p.m.)

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NEIGHBORS IN NEED

Special Mission Offering

The Neighbors in Need is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ churches that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. Grants are awarded to churches or organizations doing justice work in their communities for the Council for American Indian Ministry and for the Justice & Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts and direct service projects. Please write checks to “Koloa Union Church” with “NIN” in the note section. We will accept donations through the month of November. Please give with a generous spirit as we make the world a better place together!

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Wishing Kahu Akana a Happy Birthday

By Making a Gift in His Honor!

In honor of Kahu Akana’s birthday on November 3, you are invited to give a gift in his name to the general fund of Pacific School of Religion where he serves on the Board of Trustees. Kahu is also the Chair of PSR’s Advancement Committee, which oversees the fundraising success of the school. Kahu says, “I am passionate about supporting Pacific School of Religion because it provides a theological grounding with a strong emphasis on social justice for people like me who want to serve the Church and make the world a better place.”

Please consider a gift of any size during the month of November by writing a check to Koloa Union Church with “PSR-Akana” in the note section. You may also give online at the PSR website; be sure to click under “Tribute Gift” the box “This gift is in honor, memory or support of someone,” and write “Rev. Dr. Alan Akana” in the box.

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Hawaiian Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING OUTREACH
We will be putting together ten Thanksgiving dinner boxes for ten less fortunate families in the Koloa area. There is a detailed sign-up sheet if you can donate any of the listed items. If you would like to donate financially, please write “Hunger Outreach” on your check. Any money not used will be rolled over into our Christmas Outreach. The boxes will have a turkey along with all the trimmings for a complete Thanksgiving meal. If you know any families we can help, have questions, wish to volunteer, please contact the church office.

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THE BRIDGE: KAUAI TO COLLEGE

“Gala Bossa Nova Brazil”
Join Us for Our Annual Fundraiser!
The Bridge: Kauai to College is just over a year old, has become a stand-alone non-profit, has 11 mentoring pairs, and is hosting their annual fabulous fundraiser: a Brazilian gala on December 3 at Koloa Landing. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Music by Rumba de Fuego, dancing, authentic Brazilian buffet, no-host bar, silent and live auctions! For tickets: brazilgalatickets@gmail.com. You may also click HERE to see the gala website. We are shooting for 3 full tables as a goal for our church!

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CHILDREN/YOUTH CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

The children and teenagers practice during Sunday school for the Christmas Program, which they will perform in church on Sunday, December 17. Please RSVP to Tiffany Marrotte if your children are planning to participate and which practices they will attend. If your child(ren) would like to play the ukulele for the songs, ukulele practice will start on Sunday, November 12 at 9:00 a.m.

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COCONUT WIRELESS

The Council of 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 this past week’s news. If you like what you see, you may subscribe and get every issue of the Coconut Wireless automatically.

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PRAYERS & SQUARES

Contact Angela Dressel if you would like to get involved in praying for people in crisis or helping to make quilt squares for those in crisis.

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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!