Looking Ahead
♦  September through December 2016  ♦


Foodland's "Give Aloha" Program
September 1-30, 2016

Laura Moore will be serving as the Coordinator for Foodland’s Give Aloha Program for 2016. She will be assisted by her daughter Elleanna Moore. Laura serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and as the Chairperson of the Outreach Committee. Elleanna is an active member of the Sunday School Program of the church.

In 2015, members and friends of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church donated a total of $6,422.16 to the month-long Give Aloha Program through in Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program. The “Give Aloha” Program honors Foodland’s founder, Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan and continues his legacy of giving back to the community.

Together with a donation of $1,054.08 from Foodland and a total of $204.93 from Western Union, the total received for 2014 was $7,681.17. Since the program began in 1991, over $20,000,000 has been raised for Hawaiʻi’s non-profit organizations.

How it works!

From September 1-30, 2016 you are invited as a member or friend of Keawala‘i Congregational Church to once again make donations up to a cumulative total of $249.00 per person at check-out. Foodland and Western Union Foundation will match a portion of each donation.

Matching gifts will be calculated at the end of the program. Organizations will receive 100% of all customer donations given to their organization, plus their percentage of the matching gift provided by Foodland and Western Union.

How to donate!

Present your Maika‘i Card at the checkout counter and inform the cashier that you would like to make a donation to: Keawala‘i Congregation Church. Our five digit registration code is 78299.

If you do not have a Maika‘i Card, you may request one. Your donation will be added to your grocery purchase total. Again you may give up to $249.00. The amount you donate and the name of the church will appear on your receipt.

Any donation must be made payable to “Foodland” or “Sack-N-Save.” Donor names will not be released to the church, so if you would like us to know of your gift, please contact us directly so that we may properly acknowledge your gift.

Contributions are tax deductible!

Your contribution will be tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Please save your store receipt for tax purposes since it will be the only record you will have of your donation. Total gifts to organizations will be announced shortly after the drive has ended the week of Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan’s birthday.


Five Wishes” Workshop - “End-of-Life” Planning
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hui Mālama O Keawalaʻi, the caregiving group providing short-term assistance for members and friends in need, will hold a workshop on how to prepare a living will. The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Cindy Mead serves as the Chairperson for the Steering Committee. Committee members include Bob Nelson and Tom Nelson as well as Anne Rowehl and Edie Kapiko, Intake Coordinators for the hui. Beverly Lundquist, Social Services Supervisor at Hospice Maui, will serve as the resource person for the workshop.

Five Wishes” is designed to provide participants with a living will that talks about personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as medical wishes. The document was written with the help of The American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging and the nation’s leading advocates for end-of-life care.

Five Wishes” began through the work of Jim Towey. For 12 years he worked closely with Mother Teresa, and for one year, he lived in a hospice that she ran in Washington, D.C. Inspired by that work, Towey sought a way for patients and their families to plan ahead and to cope with serious illness.

Today, “Five Wishes” when properly filled out and signed meets requirements under the law in 42 states and the District of Columbia, including Hawaiʻi. It is available in 27 languages.

Here’s how “Five Wishes” can help you and your family:

- It encourages and demonstrates how to you talk with your family, friends and doctor about how you want to be treated if you become seriously ill.

- Your family members will not have to guess what you want. It protects them if you become seriously ill, because they won’t have to make hard choices without knowing your wishes.

- You can know what your mom, dad, spouse, or friend wants. You can be there for them when they need you most. You will understand what they really want and need.

A sign-up sheet for the workshop will be available after Sunday morning services on Sundays, September 25, 2016 and October 2, 9, and 16, 2016. Please sign-up or call the church office at (808) 879-5557 to register.


2016 Hoʻokupu Makahiki
November 1st - 30th, 2016

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 2016, a total of $68,945.00 was received.


Thanksgiving Day Service & Luncheon
Thursday, November 24th, 2016

The annual Thanksgiving Day Service & Potluck Luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 24, 2016. 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.


2016 Advent Service
Sunday, November 27th, 2016

The annual Advent Service will be held on Sunday, November 27, 2016 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. All are welcome to an evening of worship as we mark the beginning of the season of Advent.


Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, December 10th, 2016

The 5th Annual Blessing of the Animals will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 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.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Saturday, December 24th, 2016

The annual outdoor Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held on Saturday, December 24, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds of the church. 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. More information will be included in the November-December issue of this newsletter and journal.

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