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THIS SUNDAY

December 3, 2023

Sermon Series:

How does a weary world rejoice?

WORSHIP

First Sunday of Advent

Communion


Sermon by Rev. Rushan Sinnaduray

"We acknowledge our weariness"


7 AM - Atherton Memorial Chapel


9 AM - Sanctuary


11 AM - Parish Hall


View the worship bulletin

available by Sunday worship


10 AM - Online

Via Zoom or Facebook

Webinar ID: 871 4936 7567; Passcode: cuc

CHILDREN & YOUTH


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

Contact: cayanna-herrera@centralunionchurch.org


Youth (grades 6 to 12)

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

Contact: melissa-thach@centralunionchurch.org

MINISTRY SERVICES

38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua, Hawai‘i 96734

808-254-3802 • cuwindward@gmail.com

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

NEWS

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!

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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!


RSVP to mary-herbig@centralunionchurch.org.

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!

ORDER ONLINE

Attend Messiah i ka ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i!

December 10

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 news@centralunionchurch.org.

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!

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WEEKLY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer at the CUC Thrift Shop

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


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

SMALL GROUPS

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 OUR CHURCH

  • 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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OUR WIDER CHURCH

HCUCC NEWS

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Coconut Wireless

The Coconut Wireless is a weekly e-newsletter of what is happening in and around the Hawai‘i Conference United Church of Christ. Get word on the latest news, events, learning opportunities, and more. Connect, share news and resources with sister churches.

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HAVE SOMETHING TO SHARE?


We welcome relevant news and events to include on the CUC website, e-blast, and/or to post on our bulletin boards. Please submit items to news@centralunionchurch.org by Wednesday to be published in the following days. The content due date for the December 2023 Spire publication is Friday, December 1.

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