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A United Church of Christ Serving Kauai Since 1835

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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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500th Anniversary of the Reformation

“Always Reforming”

On Sunday we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. I shared a couple of family stories about some rather hostile words and actions between some of my relatives. Catholics and Protestants sometimes spoke very unkind words to each other, and sometimes they didn’t speak to each other at all. My mother’s paternal grandmother would have nothing to do with her grandchildren, for example, because they were not raised by two Catholic parents. On my father’s side of the family, there were Catholics who converted to Pentecostals and then told the Catholics they were going to hell.

The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is today, as it began on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther, the German priest and professor of moral theology at the University of Wittenberg, wrote a letter to the Archbishop in an attempt to stand up to the unjust teachings and practices of the Church. Because of the hostility between Catholics and Protestants over the ages, including in my own family, I “celebrated” the Reformation with some sadness.

I also shared an encounter I had with a Catholic priest by the name of Father Richard Hopkins, a distant cousin on my mother’s paternal side of the family—the side where my great-grandmother would have nothing to do with my mother and her two brothers. Father Richard reached out to me in the 1990’s and brought healing to my family. He died this past August at the age of 98. I was reminded this past week as I read his obituary of the Church’s need to always be reforming, for the Church always has more to learn in terms of loving others with God’s unconditional and eternal love. Father Richard was a wonderful example of that for me.

I am wondering how I might be better at loving others. I hope you are wondering the same!

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana

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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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Doing Justice

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Join us this Sunday in church

As we consider the ways we can make the world

A more just and compassionate place for everyone.

We will collect the Neighbors in Need Offering,

A special mission offering of the United Church of Christ

Which goes to ministries of compassion and justice

Throughout the United States.

We will celebrate Holy Communion.

And, as a special treat,

We will enjoy beautiful hula

By Kahu’s niece Ana Akana!

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Bishop Yvette Flunder

Malcolm Miner Memorial Lecture

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church

4364 Hardy Street in Lihue

Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m.

This free lecture will be provided by United Church of Christ Minister, the Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder. She is Bishop of Affirming Ministries, as well as Founder and Senior Pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ in San Francisco. Bishop Flunder is a pastor, preacher, educator, justice advocate, renowned gospel singer and author. She founded Ark of Refuge, Inc., to provide housing, services, and training for persons affected by HIV/AIDS in the Bay Area, across the USA and in three African nations. She is a nationally recognized leader in human rights and LGBT rights.

Kauai’s own Karen Dickinson will provide soul-filled gospel music!

Contact Kahu Akana if you would like to carpool from the church parking lot at 6:15.
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NEIGHBORS IN NEED

Special Mission Offering

Sunday, November 5

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. Please give with a generous spirit as we make the world a better place together!

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Let’s Wish 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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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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CHILDREN/YOUTH CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

The children and teenagers will begin practicing in November for the Christmas Program, which they will perform in church on Sunday, December 17. Practice will begin on Sunday, November 5. 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. 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!