May 27, 2021
May 30, 2021

Memorial Day
Have a candle and a lighter ready for the Memorial Day Remembrance portion of the online service this Sunday!

Rev. Brandon Duran, and Rev. Mary Herbig

In-person Worship at 9 AM
Online Worship at 10 AM
In-person Pohnpei Ministry Worship at 11:30 AM

Online Worship Link


Virtual Aloha Lanai
7 am:
Meeting ID: 828 1144 2635
Passcode: Aloha

9 am:
Meeting ID: 832 1350 7618 
Passcode: Worship

11 am: 
Meeting ID: 859 7383 9801
Password: Aloha
Aloha friends, on Tuesday Govenor Ige lifted the mask mandate for all individuals outdoors. The announcement also stated that mask wearing outdoors is still highly recommended when in large groups and that the indoor mask mandate remains unchanged.
As a reflection of God's love, we want our campuses to be welcome, inclusive spaces. Individuals and groups of various sizes spend time on the campuses of Central Union. Given the highly fluid and open nature of our campuses we will encourage those on church grounds to remain masked. Wearing a mask while outdoors on campus is not required but it is recommended. Wearing a mask in a indoor public setting on campus will remain required.
The practices and protocols will assuredly continue to evolve over time. However, our commitment to God, to caring for one another, and to promoting healthy practices remains unchanged.
Thank you for your kokua!
From the Council: Senior Minister Search Committee
At our last Council meeting, the Council considered the formation of a Search Committee for a Settled Senior Minister. Based on a recommendation from the Interim Minister Search Committee, the Church Council voted unanimously to discontinue the search for an Interim Minister, in favor of commencing the search process for a Settled Senior Minister. As we search for a Settled Senior Minister, it is important to have the many voices of our Congregation represented. To assist the Council in assembling the Senior Minister Search Committee, the Council requests that any congregation member who is interested in serving on the Senior Minister Search Committee may submit their name to the Council for consideration, or nominate another congregation member no later than June10, 2021 by emailing Council@Centralunionchurch.org.  Thereafter, the Council will work to appoint a Senior Minister Search Committee that satisfies the requirements of Section 8.3 of our Bylaws and that best serves the needs of our Church.

The Council expresses its gratitude to the following members for their many hours of service on the Interim Minister Search Committee and for their dedication to Central Union Church: Robin Campbell, Don Clifford, Elly Chong, Anita DiMauro, Evy Hao, Tom Kiyabu, Carolyn Kuahulu, Margie Smith and John Steelquist.
The 199th 'Aha Pae'āina, the annual meeting of the Hawai'i Conference United Church of Christ, will be held virtually June 13 – 19, 2021. The theme for this year's gathering is "E Ho'omau Kākou: We Persevere Together.” This is a great opportunity to worship, learn, and partner with our sister churches! If you are interested in attending the ‘Aha as a delegate of Central Union Church, please contact Evie Hao at evyhao@gmail.com
the week of May 24-30, 2021

In-Person Worship Service at 10:00AM
May 30, 2021
Sermon by Kahu Richard Walenta 
Music by Tommy Yee, Piano and Organ
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 around May 28th.   All guidelines will be posted in the sanctuary and should be reviewed before being seated.
Phone: 808-254-3802
CUW links to like and follow:
‘Serving Aloha’: A Time of Transition for New Energy, Insights
By Evie Hao
“Each week really feels, in its own unique way, like “The Feeding of the 5,000.” –Gary Hoover

 “Serving Aloha… a place of fellowship, fun, laughter and kindness. Volunteers were all strangers at first, but have really bonded, sharing stories of their children and grandchildren while packing 500+ bags of food every Wednesday.” Fanny Yeung, Veronica Cheung

“You have … become providers, not only of food, but also opportunities for church members and others as part of their spiritual journey; and are providing inspiration to the whole community…. One drop can lead to thousands of ripples .”—Greg Kim

 Every Wednesday since October 28, 2021 Central Union Church’s ‘Serving Aloha’ ministry has welcomed a growing number of families who come to receive food. They are families hit hard by the economic effects of COVID. The first Wednesday brought in 200+ families. This May, the number of recipients has grown to almost 600 per Wednesday! 
  On May 26, Central Union Church’s members and friends will have been serving aloha for 31 weeks straight, including the day before Christmas Eve and the Wednesday of Easter Week—no days off.
  With COVID vaccinations on the rise, our nation, state, and city are transitioning.  People are going back to work. Families are crossing oceans to unite physically. Schools are opening more fully.
  Serving Aloha is also going through a time of transition. Members of its core/planning committee are returning to their businesses, leaving Hawaii, or visiting grown children abroad. Serving our community each week requires detailed planning and is labor intensive. Each week the core planning committee does the pre- and post-planning. Volunteers, 30-35 strong, come to serve in various capacities.
  We are asking CUC members and friends to consider being a part of the transition. As with every kind of mission, there is an ongoing need for new people, new energy, new insights. If you think you might want to be a part of this ministry as a team leader or team member, please let us know. The original committee members will be there to support and guide.
Click this link for 1) a general description of teams and tasks on distribution day; 2) pre-and post-distribution day tasks. Contact Karl Hedberg at karlhedberg66@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to help.
To view the May edition of the Spire, click here.
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)
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 June 2021 Spire is Friday, May 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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