e-Blast
January 13, 2022
January 16, 2022
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The Rev. David Vasquez-Levy, DMin
Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy serves as President of Pacific School of Religion. A committed pastor, a nationally recognized immigration leader, and a sought after speaker, Vásquez-Levy leads at the intersection of faith, higher education, and social change. Vásquez-Levy regularly contributes a faith perspective to the national conversation on immigration and is the author of various publications that explore migration stories in sacred texts and in people’s lives.
He has lived in four countries and taught courses and led international study and service trips across the globe. Vásquez-Levy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Texas Lutheran University and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degrees from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

In-person Worship at 9 AM in the Sanctuary

Online Worship at 10 AM
Online Worship Link

Central Union Windward In-person Worship at 10 AM
In-person Pohnpei Ministry Worship at 11:30 AM
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After the Online Worship Service Join a Virtual Aloha Lanai! 
Three Options to Choose From:
Virtual Atherton - Passcode: Aloha
Virtual Sanctuary - Passcode: Worship
Virtual Parish Hall - Passcode: Aloha
Daily Devotionals are Back!
Pause and reflect with Daily Devotionals. Visit our website homepage to find a new devotional every weekday. www.centralunionchurch.org
Notice of the CUC Annual Budget Meeting
On January 30th we will gather for our Annual Budget meeting at 11:00am. The meeting will be a hybrid gathering and you can attend online via Zoom or in-person. Whether you plan on attending online or in-person, please register for the meeting. If you are planning on attending in-person, we ask that you be fully vaccinated.
Together we will give thanks for the ways God has provided for the church and we will adopt a plan to move forward with faith. The difficulties of this last year have revealed some of our strengths as the body of Christ. The challenges before us invite us to dream and to plan for how we can use our gifts to glorify God and bless our neighbors. Central Union has always been at its best when we have worked together and followed Christ's lead. Let us continue to live into this deep truth by coming together at the start of 2022 at our Annual Budget meeting. This gathering will be about more than line items and charts, it will be about how we will live into the calling God has given us.
Later this month we will be sending out:
  • The Zoom link for the meeting,
  • The registration process instructions,
  • The summarized budget and access to the detailed budget.
Please make your attendance a priority as we require a quorum of 100 members to conduct our church’s business. Mark your calendars now for this very important meeting in the life of our church.
In-Person Worship Service at 10:00AM
Sunday, January 16, 2022
 
Sermon by Ms. Malia Galindo
Dr. Tommy Yee, Organ/Piano
 
All attendees will be required to sign in with contact information, have a non-contact temperature check, and certify that you can follow the Covid-19 rules set by Central Union Church. CUW Members and friends will receive the written guidelines and the CUC Covid-19 Certification Notice by email.  All guidelines will be posted in the sanctuary and should be reviewed before being seated. 
 
We are very happy to welcome Ms. Malia Galindo to our pulpit this week. Malia was born and raised in Kailua. She has a BA in Sociology from Chapman University, ’18 and received her Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology. ’21.  She was recently approved for ordination within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is also seeking standing with the United Church of Christ.  Malia has a deep passion for LGBTQ+ justice and creating Intersectional spaces for unity in diversity. Malia recently moved back with her family and is currently working as an art teacher with Kidzart Windward. Many will recall Malia as the second daughter of Darren and Liza Galindo when her dad served as pastor for WUCC for 16 years.
CUW Office Phone: 808-254-3802
STAYING CONNECTED
To view the January edition of The Spire, click here.
Vigil for God’s Creation: Be Awake, Expectant, Purposeful
By Evie Hao, Communications Committee
More than 35 Faith Action members and supporters joined the 4:00-5:00 PM Climate Vigil at the state Capitol on Dec. 17. Five CUC members came with their signs and enthusiasm.
The enthusiastic group heard a song by Devan Chang, a prayer by Rev. T.J. FitzGerald (minister of First Unitarian Church of Honolulu), a reading by Environmental Justice task force chair Susan Gorman-Chang, and a call to action by FA president Ikaika Hussey.                 
The group held up posters, banners, and a Christmas star lantern that reminded passersby of the need for all to protect God’s creation, the aina, and all creatures that keep the web of life intact.
We invite all to continue the vigil in our lives. We must be awake, expectant, and purposeful. And we must act. This gift from God requires our promise and action not to damage, exploit and destroy, but rather to protect, guard, and steward.
“A hui hou,” Rev. Jessica Kawamura! 
By Ashleigh Loa, Faith Action Executive Director
 Please join me in sending Rev. Jessica Kawamura of Wahiawa UMC a huge mahalo! Rev. Kawamura has stepped down from her role as Faith Action Vice President of Clery, effective December 31, 2021. Click here to read more.
Eddie Wen’ Go: The Story of the Upside-Down Canoe – MAINSTAGE
Mainstage Season
Jan. 28, 29* and Feb. 4, 5*, 6, 2022
FRI 7:30pm
SAT/SUN 2:00pm
Performed live for in-person audiences (subject to public health advisory changes).
*Pre-show chat with author/playwright/former Hōkūleʻa crewmember, and CUC member, Marion Lyman-Mersereau at 1:15pm

A Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) tribute to Eddie Aikau
This imaginative TYA production incorporates giant puppetry, dance, ‘ōlelo Hawai’i, pidgin, and hula to tell the story of Eddie Aikau’s act of courage through the eyes of sea creatures who watched from underneath the upside-down canoe. Celebrating the story of one local hero who dared to dream big and who put the lives of others before his own, this production shares Aikau’s legacy of hope and service to others. Suitable for the whole family.

Click here to visit full website for more information and to purchase tickets!
SAVE YOUR STAMPS
Please remember to carefully save all your postage for the Women's Board of Mission Stamp project.

New or used U.S. and foreign stamps are used by the workers in the Bethel-St. Elizabeth program. Every undamaged stamp, postcard or stamped envelope has potential value to the individuals in this program.

Please leave your contributions at the Church Office Reception Desk marked "Attention: Carol Miura"

Thank you!
Centering Prayer
All are welcome to join the Centering Prayer groups by Zoom.
Silence is God’s first language, everything else is a poor translation.
So, to hear God in God’s language one has to enter into silence too.
(Thomas Keating)
Walking Moai
Moai is a concept from Okinawa, Japan, that roughly translates to “coming together for a common purpose”. Join a CUC Moai walking group―it’s a great way to expand your social network while also getting in some physical activity.
 
Monday and Friday, 4:30 PM at Kapiolani Park – Meet at the pond on the Ewa side of the bandstand, free parking in lots on Monsarrat Avenue. If it’s your first time, call or text Carol at (808) 739-5288 to let us know you will be joining us.
Mindfulness Meditation
Come via Zoom every Monday at 5:00 PM to invest 30 minutes with Marion Lyman-Mersereau to learn about and practice Mindfulness. 
The link is 
Mindful Movement with Bamboo Sticks
NOW ONLINE every Wednesday 5:00 - 6:15 PM
Contact Carol Alevizos at carol.alevizos@gmail.com for more information and for the Zoom link to attend.
Stay up to date on all of the happenings at Central Union Church by visiting our website: www.centralunionchurch.org

The due date for articles for the February 2022 Spire is Friday, January 28th. Please email all submissions to news@centralunionchurch.org.

We welcome articles for the CUC Website, News, e-Blast, and/or post on our bulletin boards. The deadline for each publication is the Tuesday preceding each Sunday. Please submit all articles to news@centralunionchurch.org

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