Hawaiian Identity

 

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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  Po‘ipu Road, Koloa, HI

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

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

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

Directions from Kukui‘ula (The roundabout where Po‘ipu Road runs into the Shops at Kukui‘ula):
Exit the roundabout onto Po‘ipu Road towards Old Koloa Town. As you drive on Po‘ipu 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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“Heaven and Earth”

On Sunday, I shared how the idea of heaven evolved over time in the histories of the Jewish and Christian faiths. Up until about 160 years before the birth of Jesus, there is no indication that the main characters of the Old Testament (Abraham & Sarah, Moses & Miriam, the great prophets…) prescribed to a belief in the afterlife. The word heaven (or “the heavens”) is mentioned a lot, but most likely referred to the skies above us. In the opening verse of Genesis, “God created the heavens and the earth,” the first hearers of those words naturally understood them to mean, “God made the skies and the land.”

About 160 years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Daniel wrote about a time when God’s people would be delivered and all who died would come back to life. Some will awaken from their “sleep” to everlasting life and others to everlasting contempt. Daniel was most likely the last of the Old Testament books to be written.

By the time Jesus was born, a lot of Jewish people (but not all!) believe in an afterlife. We know that Jesus believed in an afterlife. We also know that he talked a lot about the “Kingdom of Heaven.” However, his focus here was not on what happens to people after they die, but what can happen here on earth if we choose to recognize the value in all people and show compassion to them.

For Jesus, heaven was not a distant place where God lived—far away from the earth. Jesus taught that God lives right here among us—in our uncertainty, painful and messy world—and God loves the world, a love which includes all people and extends to all of creation. Therefore, God is not loving us from a distant place called heaven; God is loving us right here among us.

May we recognize God’s loving presence everywhere, and may we love all that God loves—all people and all of creation!

Aloha nui!

Kahu Alan Akana

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Videos of Kahu’s sermons are uploaded onto YouTube most weeks. Please share these videos with friends and invite them to our church. You can also subscribe 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

SUMMER BOOK GROUP Kahu Akana leads our summer book group at the parsonage, 3281 Waikomo Road in Koloa, on Wednesday evenings. The group gathers at the parsonage at 6 p.m. for dinner and then discusses the book Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most, by Marcus Borg. In this book, Borg reflects on his life and how he developed his most bedrock convictions–and why they matter. Please pick up your book on Wednesday for $10, and sign up on the bulletin board so that Kahu knows how much food to prepare. Kahu suggests that you read chapters 8 & 9 for July 12.

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.

SAVE THE DATES for KOLOA PLANTATION DAYS….

Monday, July 24: “Plantation-style Living: An Afternoon of Art, Stories and Refreshments” at the Smith Memorial Parsonage, 3281 Waikomo Road, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 29: KPD Parade, “Many Cultures, One Community” at 10 a.m. We will be asking volunteers to decorate our float and also wear and carry items representing your ethnic culture or one that is part of our church and/or community.

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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!