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December 3, 2023

Sermon Series:

How does a weary world rejoice?


First Sunday of Advent


Sermon by Rev. Rushan Sinnaduray

"We acknowledge our weariness"

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

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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 • Communion

10 AM - Windward Sanctuary

Sermon by Kahu Richard Walenta

“Finding Hope, Peace, Joy and Love”

Lorna Bright, Worship Musician

Jocelyn Pratt, Vocalist

Central Union Pohnpei Ministry

Sunday Worship

9 AM - Sanctuary

Pohnpei Ministry Choir to sing


There will be a Celebration of Life for Maricon Walker this Saturday, December 2, in the Parish Hall. Visitation is from 3:30 - 4:30 PM. Service starts at 4:30 PM.

Please keep her family in your prayers.

Advent Devotional

We begin Advent this Sunday! It is a season of waiting and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ on Christmas which lasts for 12 days until Epiphany.

Reflect with us throughout this time as we ask, How does a weary world rejoice?

This year on the winter solstice, the longest night, we will offer A Worship Service for the Weary for all in the community who need the space to grieve, mourn, or just “be”. Read more HERE. There will also be a simple service made available online.

Plan for Christmas with Central Union!

UCC GMP Visits Hawai‘i Conference

Karen Georgia Thompson, the newly installed General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, shared in an open "talk story" forum hosted by the Hawai‘i Conference UCC in our Parish Hall over the weekend.

View a recording of the conversation HERE.

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!


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!

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


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!


Attend Messiah i ka ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i!

December 10

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

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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!



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


  • As we begin the season of Advent, may we make room in our hearts for the ways God's love is made real.

  • We acknowledge our weariness. Pray for God's help to know hope and share hope in our weary world.

  • Pray for the various organizations utilizing our campus facilities this holiday season. Give thanks for space to share!
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