Looking Ahead
♦  January through March 2017  ♦


ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka/Hepedoma
Sunday, January 8-15, 2017

The “ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka” or “Feast of Tears” will be held on January 8, 2017. The annual event is a service of remembrance for members and friends who died in 2016.

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 15, 2017.


2017 Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 15, 2017

The 2017 Annual Meeting of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2017. The meeting will begin at 12:00 noon in the Hale Pule.

Reports will be received from the various boards and committees. The 2017 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 te luncheon are welcomed, not required.


Kalaupapa Sunday
Sunday, January 22, 2017

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 were highlighted at the 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services on Sunday, January 22nd, 2017.


Youth Fund Special Offering
Sunday, January 29, 2017

On Sunday, January 29, 2017 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 here.

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.


2017 Silent Auction & Luncheon
Sunday, February 12th, 2017

The 2017 Silent Auction & Luncheon will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017. This event 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, Moloka‘i, and Lāna‘i.

Silent auction items will include gift certificates from local businesses including restaurants, resorts, golf courses, and others; as well as art work and other special items. Bids on silent auction items will open from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; and then from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.


ʻOpūkahaʻia Scholarship Fund Offering
Sunday, February 19th, 2017

On Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 gifts for the ʻOpūkahaʻia Scholarship Fund of the Hawai‘i Conference UCC will be received. Here at Keawalaʻi, a total of $1,033.00 was received in 2016. ʻOpūkahaʻia died on February 17, 1818 of typhus fever. He was 26 years old.

ʻOpūkahaʻia’s story is familiar to many in our Hawaiian churches – a young Hawaiian boy fleeing wars between the aliʻi who finds himself in New Haven, Connecticut in the 1880's, alone and looking for a new life. His determination to return to Hawaiʻi with "good news" of Jesus Christ is what inspired the first mission to Hawaiʻi in 1820. The offering is used to support pastoral leadership, especially in smaller Hawaiian churches, and to help students with seminary costs and active ministers with continuing education needs.


2017 Hoʻokūkū Kolepa
Sunday, March 5, 2017

Richard Albright, Coordinator of the 2017 Hoʻokūkū Kolepa, has announced that the 19th annual golf tournament, will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course, in Kahului. Check-in time will be 11:30 a.m. The tournament is an 18-hole, four-person team scramble open to all who are interested, both men and women.

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.

Entry forms will be available on Sunday mornings at the church beginning on Sunday, February 5 between 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and between 11 a.m. and 12 noon. The entry fee is $100.00. All entries will close on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Team and individual prizes will be awarded at the banquet at Café O Lei following the tournament. If you are interested in entering the event, contact Richard Albright at: (808) 879-2031 or richardal94550@yahoo.com.


2017 Annual Lūʻau
Saturday, March 11, 2017

The 26th Annual Lūʻau of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Tickets will be available for adults and for children 12 years and younger.

More information will be forthcoming in January 2017. Please contact the church at (808) 879-5557 or at keawalai@hawaii.rr.com for tickets and other information.

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