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November 26, 2023

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Reign of Christ Sunday

Sermon by Rev. Rushan Sinnaduray

7 AM - Atherton Memorial Chapel

9 AM - Sanctuary

11 AM - Parish Hall

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available by Sunday worship

10 AM - Online

Via Zoom or Facebook

There is a NEW Zoom link for worship!

Webinar ID: 871 4936 7567; Passcode: cuc

This Sunday, November 26, 10 AM

Women's Building

Children's Ministry will host their annual Advent Workshop to explore the meaning of Advent, get ready for celebrating Advent at home, and fellowship together!


Children (birth to age 3)

The Nursery will be open during the 9 & 11 AM worship services

Children (age 3 to grade 5)

Sunday School will be available during the 9 & 11 AM worship services


Youth (grades 6 to 12)

Youth gather at 11 AM, meet in Parish Hall for worship.



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Central Union Windward Ministry

Sunday Worship

10 AM - Windward Sanctuary

Sermon by Rev. Richard Walenta

Lorna Bright, Worship Musician

All are invited to stay for a short time following worship to kōkua with preparing the Sanctuary for Advent. We’ll be putting up banners, the tree, the crèche on the front altar table, and other decorations.

Central Union Pohnpei Ministry

Sunday Worship

11 AM - Atherton Memorial Chapel


OFFICE CLOSED: The Church office is closed today and tomorrow (Thursday, November 23, and Friday, November 24) for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Give a Gift!

It’s that time of the year again – White Gifts time! The White Gifts story reminds us that all people are valued, and we can all offer something to bless others. This year, help us to care for adults and families who are houseless or in transition.

While we won’t be accepting items and wrapped gifts, you can partner with us by offering a monetary donation. Then, our savvy shoppers will purchase the items requested by our local partner organizations. They will help us distribute them to those in need in our community. Make your donations before December 10 by cash, check, or card (online) and be sure to indicate “White Gifts” on your donation!

Join us on December 17 at 9 AM for our celebration and pageant in worship! All keiki are invited to check in for Sunday School and participate in the pageant – we’ll have costumes ready for them. We look forward to this treasured tradition!


Online Worship

We had a number of technical obstacles with our online service the past two Sundays. Mahalo nui for your patience and grace! Hopefully you were still able to find some time in the week to worship with us. A church member who went back to watch the services shared how much they appreciated Pastor Rushan's sermon on November 12 and Pastor Mary's sermon on November 19 so we do hope you'll view the recordings!

Online worship recordings are available on our website, YouTube, and Facebook page.

If you worship with us through Zoom, please note there is a new Zoom link to join! The online service will continue to be shared on Facebook and posted to our website.

Zoom info for Online Worship on Sundays at 10 AM:

Webinar ID: 871 4936 7567; Passcode: cuc

THIS SATURDAY: Meet the UCC GMP this Saturday!

Come, ask questions and hear from the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson – the newly installed General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ – this Saturday, November 25, from 2-4 PM in the CUC Parish Hall.

We are excited that Karen Georgia has offered this opportunity for the Hawai‘i Conference UCC to visit with her during her stopover in Hawai‘i! She will be passing through Honolulu on her way back from a pilgrimage to the Marshall Islands to raise awareness about the effects of nuclear testing and climate change in the region.

This will be Karen Georgia's first visit to Hawai‘i as General Minister and President. Come meet and greet her – all are welcome!

Read more about the historic election of Karen Georgia Thompson – the first woman, and the first Black woman, to lead our denomination as General Minister and President.

Giving Tuesday is November 28

In the coming days, let's give thanks then give back in partnership with our United Church of Christ!

The UCC empowers youth and young adults to serve as climate justice leaders. Your financial donation will strengthen a growing climate justice network that prioritizes their leadership. Let's help our wider church reach its goal of $75,000 goal.


A Christmas Carol Advent Study

The classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is a cherished symbol of Christmas and a wonderful story of redemption and hope – perfect for a study in Advent!

Plan to join Pastor Mary on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 PM to bring together this ageless story with a study of our scriptures. We will gather in the Rewick Board Room on Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, and 19. Whether you are feeling the Christmas Spirit this year or are full of “Bah humbugs!” we hope you will join us!

RSVP to (Note the time change from last week's notice.)

Poinsettias for Christmas

The Flower Committee will distribute poinsettias to adorn our various worship spaces in time for Christmas! If you’d like to donate and dedicate a poinsettia, please submit your order by Monday, December 18.


You may complete a hard-copy order form (printed in the Sunday worship bulletins) OR you can order online!


Save the Date for Messiah i ka ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i!

December 10

NEW! Click to view the November 2023 issue of The Spire:

The content due date for the December 2023 Spire publication is Friday, December 1.

Please submit articles to

Give to Central Union Church In a Heartbeat!

Mahalo to those who have turned in their Estimate of Giving card!

After spending the past month reflecting on how we can strengthen the heartbeats of our church through our stewardship, we all are encouraged to prayerfully consider our giving for the upcoming year and make a commitment by sharing our Estimate of Giving.

Please complete a physical card (mailed to members) or submit via the online form! This helps our church plan and live within our means!

Visit our website for stewardship devotionals and testimonies!


Mark your calendars!

December 3: First Sunday of Advent

December 10: Second Sunday of Advent

December 17: Third Sunday of Advent

  • 9:00 AM - White Gifts Pageant

December 21 (Thursday): Winter Solstice, Longest Night

  • 6:30 PM - A Worship Service for the Weary (Atherton Memorial Chapel)

December 24: Fourth Sunday of Advent

  • 10:00 AM - One Worship Service (Parish Hall)

December 24: Christmas Eve

  • 5:30 PM - Family Christmas Service
  • 8:00 PM - Candlelight Service and Carols (prelude at 7:30 PM)
  • 10:30 PM - Candlelight Service and Carols (prelude at 10:00 PM)
  • 6:00 PM - Candlelight Service (Windward campus)

December 25: Christmas Day

  • 10:00 AM - One Worship Service (Sanctuary)
  • 11:00 AM - Pohnpei Ministry Service (Sanctuary)


Volunteer at the CUC Thrift Shop

  • Wednesdays and Saturdays, between 9AM3PM
  • Volunteers are needed to assist customers on the sales floor
  • Contact Joanne Matsumoto

Volunteer with the Flower Committee

  • Fridays or Saturday mornings
  • Contact the church office for more info

Volunteer at Serving Aloha

  • Wednesdays, 10 AM1:30 PM; check in outside Women's Building
  • NEED FOOD? Walk-in: 11 AM - 12 PM; Drive-through: 12 PM - 1 PM

Volunteer with Community Ministry

  • Second Tuesdays (November 14), prep and cook 2:30–5:30 PM, distribute meals 5:45–6:45 PM


Virtual Aloha Lanai Zoom Online Fellowship

  • Sundays following the online worship service, around 11 AM
  • JOIN ON ZOOM (Meeting ID: 859 7383 9801; Passcode: Aloha)

Centering Prayer Meditation

  • Mondays, 7 PM • JOIN ON ZOOM
  • Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM • Music Building, Honolulu campus

Mindfulness Meditation with Marion

Mindful Movement with Bamboo Sticks

Men's Bible Study on Zoom


  • Pray for those feeling anxious, lonely, or hungry on this holiday. Think about those in your life who may not have anyone to spend the holiday with, those stressed about family tensions, those facing food insecurity, those who are missing people around the table this year. Find a way to share God's love with them.

  • While Thanksgiving is a celebration for many, it is also a "Day of Mourning" for many others. Pray for openness, humility, and strength to acknowledge and hold these complexities while honoring the sacred practice of gratitude that precedes the holiday's often-hidden origins.

  • Give thanks! Take a moment to ponder the nourishment in your life—from food to relationships—and count them all as blessings!
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