Looking Ahead
♦  December 2014 through February 2015  ♦


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.


ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka/Hepedoma
Sunday, January 4-11, 2015

“ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka” or “Feast of Tears” was traditionally celebrated in ancient Hawaiʻi to mark the first anniversary of a person's death. It was the understanding of our kūpuna that tears were initially shed because of the loss of a loved one. The “ʻAha ʻAina Wai Maka" was seen as a happy occasion, a time when death was accepted by the family and so tears of joy were shed.

On Sunday, January 4, 2015 a time of remembrance will be included as a part of the morning worship services. Members and friends who have died over the last year will be remembered. The service of remembrance will be followed by “Hepedoma” or the “Week of Prayer.” The Greek word hebdomas means one week or seven years. In Latin, it also alludes to prayer.

Hence, hepedoma in Hawaiian refers to "a week of prayer" that continues to be practiced in churches such as Kaumakapili and Kawaiahaʻo churches on Oʻahu and in other historic Hawaiian churches. Members and friends are 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. A calendar of prayer will be provided during both services.

The week will culminate with the annual meeting set for Sunday, January 11, 2015 beginning at 12:00 noon in the Hale Pule. Both the "Feast of Tears" and the "Week of Prayer" come out of the work of the Board of Deacons and the commitment the board has made to preserve and perpetuate various aspects of Hawaiian tradition and culture.


2015 Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 11th, 2015

The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 11, 2015 following the 10:00 a.m. worship service. The annual meeting will include discussion and action on the 2015 Proposed Budget as well as a review of reports from the various boards, committees, and programs of the church.

The Annual Report along with other materials will be made available to all General Members and Associate Members prior to the meeting. The Outreach Committee will be providing a lunch for the day. Donations are welcomed but not required. All donations will be designated to the Local Mission Fund.


Youth Fund Special Offering
Sunday, January 18th, 2015

A Youth Fund Special Offering will be received on Sunday, January 18, 2015 during worship. The fund provides support for programs and activities for the children and youth of the church.

The fund also provides support for children and youth, ages 12-26, through the “Hoʻi I Ka Piko” Scholarship program. Scholarships are available for those who are active members of the Sunday School Program and Youth Program of the church. Criteria and guidelines for scholarships are available here.

By providing your kōkua through this special offering you will help the Youth Fund continue to grow in the coming years so that support will be available for scholarships and other programs and activities. Special offering envelopes will be provided. Mahalo for your generous gifts.


Kalaupapa Sunday
Sunday, January 25th, 2015

It was at the 191st ‘Aha Paeʻaina of the Hawaiʻi Conference - United Church of Christ in 2013 that delegates representing the member churches of the conference voted to establish an annual Kalaupapa Sunday. Kalaupapa Sunday will be held here at Keawalaʻi Congregational Church on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

Hymns and songs, Scripture readings, poems and stories will be a part of the 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship services.


2015 Silent Auction & Luncheon
Sunday, February 15th, 2015

The 2015 Silent Auction & Luncheon will be held on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. on the grounds of the church. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Local Mission Fund of the church. Silent auction items will include gift certificates from local businesses including restaurants, resorts, golf courses, and others.

The fund provides support for families and persons in need who are residents of Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi. Tickets for the luncheon will be available in the weeks prior to the event. The luncheon is open to members and friends by donation. Come and join us for another special day.

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