Looking Ahead
♦  November 2015 through March 2016  ♦


Thanksgiving Day Service & Potluck
“Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”
Thursday, November 26th

The annual Thanksgiving Day Service & Potluck will be held on Thursday, November 26, 2015. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary.

A potluck luncheon will follow at 12:00 noon. Turkey and trimmings will be provided. Members, friends and visitors are invited to bring a side dish to share. A sign-up sheet will be available at the Greeters’ Table beginning on Sunday, November 1, 2015. Drinks as well as plates, napkins and utensils will be provided.


2015 Advent Service
Sunday, November 29th

The annual Advent Service will be held on Sunday, November 29, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The evening will feature the adult choir, Nā Leo Nahenahe, under the direction of Stephen Haines and the members of the Music Ministry Team.

A series of readings will be presented. Nā Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir, will sing the arrangement by Brian Lewis of “Benedictus.” The English from the Latin reads: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!”


Annual Christmas Faire
Sunday, December 6th

The annual Christmas Crafts Faire & Bake Sale will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. The faire will include Christmas cards and ornaments as well as pottery, artwork, and other crafts. Baked goods will include cookies, cakes, pies and bread.

Proceeds from the faire will go to support the work of the Outreach Committee through the Local Mission Fund. Grants are provided throughout the year to individuals and families in need throughout Maui County.

If you would like to donate any craft items or baked goods, please sign up at the Greeters’ Table on Sundays throughout the month of November following the morning worship services or call the church office at (808) 879-5557 and let us know. All items must be dropped off at the church office on Saturday, December 5, 2015 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.


Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, December 12th

Keawalaʻi Congregational Church will be holding its Fifth Annual Blessing of the Animals beginning at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 12, 2015. The blessing is, in part, a remembrance and celebration of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.

The Feast Day of St. Francis is celebrated each year on October 4th. Most blessings are set to coincide with that date. Here at Keawalaʻi it has become a tradition that the gathering be held in December.

Readings, prayers, and a blessing will be offered. Arrangements for the day will take into account the needs of the various animals that may be present. Dogs must be leashed at all times and other animals must be safely contained.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Thursday, December 24th

“Some Children See Him” is the theme for this year’s Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. The service will be held on Thursday, December 24, 2015 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds of the church.

Members of Nā Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir, will be singing the anthem “Some Children See Him” with words by Wihla Hutson and music by Alfred Burt. Stephen Haines, Director of the Music Ministry Program, will be assisted by Ellen Caringer, on the piano/keyboards. Uncle George Kahumoku, Jr. will be a featured guest sharing his slack-key music.

Members and friends who are planning to attend are invited to bring a single stem flower or lei for the two outdoor floral Christmas trees. Seating will be provided for 800. Parking will be available in the church overflow parking lot and along the lower beach road and along Honoiki. Parking monitors will direct cars into the overflow parking lot.


ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka/Hepedoma
Sunday, January 3-10, 2016

The “ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka” or “Feast of Tears” will be held on January 3, 2016. The annual event is a service of remembrance for members and friends who died in 2015.

The service will be followed by “Hepedoma” or the “Week of prayer.” Members and friends will be invited to be in prayer for the various ministries of the church and for ways in which they may offer their kōkua throughout the year. The week will culminate with the annual meeting of the church set for Sunday, January 10, 2016.


2016 Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 10, 2016

The 2016 Annual Meeting of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church will be held on Sunday, January 10, 2016. The meeting will begin at 12:00 noon in the Hale Pule.

Reports will be received from the various boards and committees. The 2016 Proposed Budget will be presented for review and approval and officers and board and committee members will be elected.

A luncheon will precede the meeting. The Outreach Committee will be coordinating the lunch for the day. Those wishing to offer their kōkua by providing a dish to share are invited to do so. Donations for the luncheon are welcomed, not required.


Youth Fund Special Offering
Sunday, January 17, 2016

On Sunday, January 17, 2016 a special offering will be collected for the Youth Fund of the church. The fund provides support for programs and activities for children and youth of the church.

Over the last two years, the fund has included a provision for educational scholarships for children and youth between the ages of 12-26 who are active members of the Sunday School Program and Youth Program of the church. Criteria and guidelines for scholarships are available on the church web site at: www.keawalai.org.

The special offering is intended to help the fund continue to grow over the coming years so that support will be available for scholarships and other programs and activities. Action was taken by the Board of Trustees in June 2012 approving the recommendation for the special offering.


Kalaupapa Sunday
Sunday, January 24, 2016

In 2013, the 191st ʻAha Paeʻaina of the Hawaiʻi Conference - United Church of Christ voted to establish an annual Kalaupapa Sunday. Hymns and songs, Scripture reading, poems and stories focusing on Kalaupapa will be highlighted at the 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services.


2016 Silent Auction & Luncheon
Sunday, February 14, 2016

The 2016 Annual Silent Auction & Luncheon will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016. The auction and luncheon is a fundraiser for the Local Mission Fund of the church. Through the work of the Outreach Committee, the fund provides support for individuals and families in need throughout Maui County, including residents of Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi.

Silent auction items will include gift certificates for restaurants, golf courses and activities as well as art work and other special items. Bids on silent auction items will open from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.


2016 Hoʻokūkū Kolepa
Sunday, March 6, 2016

The 2016 Hoʻokūkū Kolepa, has announced that the annual golf tournament will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course, Kahului. A dinner reception will follow at Café O Lei.

Each year the tournament provides members and friends of the church with an opportunity for fun and fellowship. At the same time the tournament is also a fundraiser for the Local Mission Fund. The fund provides assistance to individuals and families in need throughout Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi.

You may contact Richard Albright, Coordinator at: (916) 759-3415 or at: richardal94550@yahoo.com.


2016 Annual Lūʻau
Saturday, March 12, 2016

The 25th Annual Lūʻau of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Tickets will be available for adults and for children 12 years and younger.

More information will be forthcoming in January 2016. Please contact the church at (808) 879-5557 or at keawalai@hawaii.rr.com for tickets and other information.

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