Looking Ahead
♦  November through December 2014  ♦


2014 Ho'okupu Makahiki
November 1st to 30th, 2014

The Hoʻokupu Makahiki or Annual Appeal is held each year throughout the month of November. Members and friends of the church will be invited to share a special gift to support the ongoing mission and ministry of the church.

The annual appeal is a part of the stewardship program of the church. This makahiki season will mark the tenth year of the appeal for special gifts during the season of harvest and thanksgiving.

In 2013 a total of $53,985.00 was received. The initial fundraising goal set by the Board of Trustees was $40,000.


Thanksgiving Day Service & Luncheon
Thursday, November 27th, 2014

The annual Thanksgiving Day Service & Potluck Luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 27, 2014. 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 Greeter’s Table beginning on Sunday, November 2nd. Drinks as well as plates, napkins and utensils will be provided.


2014 Advent Service
Sunday, November 30th, 2014

The annual Advent Service will be held on Sunday, November 30, 2014 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church. The evening will feature the music of Nā Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir, under the direction of Stephen Haines with musical accompaniment by Danny Brown and Ellen Caringer. All are welcome to an evening of worship as we mark the beginning of the season of Advent.


Christmas Trees & Ornaments
Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Each year the sanctuary is decorated with two Christmas trees. The trees will be in place on Sunday, December 7, 2014.

The trees will be donated by Scott Geib of Palatine, Illinois. The trees will be picked up and set up by Charlie Noland of Kīhei and Auntie Norma Lei Noland and Uncle Joe Noland of Wailuku.

The Christmas ornaments, placed on the trees, will be given to the children during worship on Sunday, December 21, 2014.


Annual Christmas Faire
Sunday, December 7th, 2014

The annual Christmas Crafts Faire & Bake Sale will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2014 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, quilts and other crafts. Baked goods will include cookies, cakes, pies and so on.

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 crafts, baked goods or auction items 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 6, 2014 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.


Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, December 13th, 2014

The Fourth Annual Blessing of the Animals will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of the church. The service will be coordinated through the Board of Deacons with the kōkua of Cindee Burkitt and Ellen Caringer.

Churches celebrate the blessing of animals in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. The Feast Day of St. Francis is usually held on the first Sunday of October. Our annual celebration is held in December. In addition to readings and prayers, a blessing is offered for the animals.

Arrangements for the day will take into account the needs of the various animals that may include dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits and others. Dogs must be leashed at all times and cats and other animals must be safely contained.


2014 Christmas Fund Offering
Sunday, December 21st, 2014

On Sunday, December 21, 2014 gifts will be received for the Christmas Fund Offering for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund at the 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services. Special offering envelopes will be provided. The offering will be in addition to the regular morning offering. You may give to one or the other or both.

For over 100 years, the fund has been a means by which members of the United Church of Christ and its predecessor bodies live out the mandate to be Christ’s Body in the world. Gifts to the Christmas Fund continue to enable the Pension Boards’ Ministerial Assistance program to provide assistance to individuals and families in need. Lower-income retirees continue to feel the financial stress most keenly.


Christmas Eve Set-up
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Members and friends of the church are invited to help with the set-up for the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. The set up of chairs for the outdoor worship area will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 23, 2014. The more hands that are available to help the quicker the work will be done. Your kōkua is welcomed.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
"Still, Still, Still"
Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

The annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds of the church. Members of Nā Leo Nahenahe, the adult choir, and the Children’s Ensemble will be featured under the direction of Stephen Haines. Members of the Music Ministry Team including Danny Brown, organist, and Ellen Caringer, piano/keyboards, will also be featured.

The adult choir will sing Norma Luboff’s “Still, Still, Still” and David Allen’s “Christmastide.” The Children’s Ensemble will sing “Pōlaʻi E: Silent Night.” Special guest Leighanna Edward of Wailuku will sing “Slumber Song of the Madonna” - words by Alfred Noyes and music by Michael Head.

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.

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