e-Blast
July 29, 2021
August 1, 2021

The Rev. Brandon Duran and The Rev. Mary Herbig

In-person Worship at 9 AM

Online Worship at 10 AM
Online Worship Link

Central Union Windward In-person Worship at 10:00 AM
In-person Pohnpei Ministry Worship at 11:30 AM

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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
STAYING CONNECTED
Join us for Campus Beautification (Beatification) Day
Saturday, July 31, 2021 • 8:30 am – 11:00 am

3 Primary Zones of Focus:
Zone 1)  Punahou Parking Lot – Rake/Sweep Leaves and Monkey Pods, Pick Up and Dispose of Trash (Supervisor: Jon Fujita)

Zone 2)  Sanctuary & Atherton Chapel – Vacuum Carpet Areas, Sanitize / Wipe Down Pews, Fog Venue (Supervisor: Cory Taylor)

Zone 3)  Preschool Exterior – General Weeding, Raking Leaves, Removing Dead Areca Palm Fronds and Other Branches / Debris (Supervisor: Robinson Fredrick)

Bring work gloves, wear comfortable clothes, if you have favorite tools (broom, rake, etc.) please feel free to bring them as we have a limited number of tools available (we lots of trash bags).
Contact either Cory [(808)440-3043] or Jon [events@centralunionchurch.org] for more information and to sign up.
2021 Give Aloha: Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program.
 
This September, Central Union Church will be participating in Foodland’s Give Aloha program again! Every year Foodland, Sac ‘n Save and Western Union combine to donate money to the charities that are important to their customers in Hawaii.
 
For each dollar given, Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of that donation, up to a total of $250,000 for all organizations combined. Donor names will be confidential and will not be released.
 
You can pay your September pledge, or donate up to a cumulative total of $249 (per person, per organization). Go to Foodland with your Maika‘i card [free at any Foodland service counter] and go to any cash register to pay your donation with cash, check or credit card, naming Central Union Church-#78511 as a recipient. You will receive two receipts with your name, Central Union Church’s name, and the donation amount on them. Keep one for your records and turn one into the church office by mail so you will get credit on your giving statement. All receipts are due into the church office by October 15, 2021.
Central Union Church - #78511
 
PLEASE pay your September pledge, or give an extra donation, through “Give Aloha!” We benefit tremendously from Foodland’s generosity, but only if you go to Foodland in September and donate. Thank you for all your support and let’s make your money go further through “Give Aloha”!
 
An Invitation to the Native Hawaiian Members of CUC
Are you a Native Hawaiian member of our church? We want to hear about your experiences and needs at Central Union. We desire to begin a conversation that centers Native voices exclusively with the purpose of ensuring that we are meeting the needs in the community. This session will be hosted by Cassie Chee (Organizer with Faith Action) and Melinda Dallass (member of CUC). If you would like to join the conversation or if you have questions please contact Cassie Chee at cchee@faithactionhawaii.org
Faith Action for Community Equity is a mission of Central Union Church together with 18 other faith communities on Oahu. This mission keeps the voice of faith alive and heard in community, city, and state issues that determine people’s quality of life. 
Affordable Housing is Also About Transportation
By HousingNOW! chair Foo Pham
This essay is the fifth of a six-part series. The HousingNOW! Task Force will be reviewing the housing opinion survey distributed to Faith Action members in May 2021. This series is intended to equip members with more knowledge before the next legislative session.
Eighty two percent of members agreed housing subsidized by the state near transit should have limited parking to encourage mass transit use. This essay is about my experience living without a car, and how the conversation about affordable housing is also a conversation about transportation.
My Life Without a Car
I have lived in different U.S. cities without a car. I lived a transit-dependent life because I could not afford an automobile on top of my other living expenses. I navigated life constantly thinking about bus routes and schedules, writing down times and intersections on paper when I didn’t own a smart phone. But I still had a thriving life in my communities without a car.
I was fortunate to have grocery stores, restaurants, clinics, etc. nearby; for what I could not reach on foot, I could reach by bus or rail. My housing didn’t come with a parking space; therefore, I wasn’t paying for something I did not need. I had two criteria when looking for housing: 1) Would it cost less than 30 percent of my income? 2) Was it conveniently located near frequent public transportation?
In-Person Worship Service at 10:00AM
with Communion
Sunday, August 1, 2021
  
Sermon by Kahu Richard Walenta
“There May Be A Bit of Truth In A False Assertion” 
Dr. Tommy Yee, Pianist/Organist
 
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. 
Phone: 808-254-3802
 
CUW links to like and follow:
#centralunionwindward
To view the July Spire, click here, or on the picture below.
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 August 2021 Spire is Friday, July 30th. 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

CENTRAL UNION CHURCH
1660 SOUTH BERETANIA STREET
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96826
(808) 941 - 0957 WWW.CENTRALUNIONCHURCH.ORG
CENTRAL UNION WINDWARD 
38 KANEOHE BAY DRIVE
KAILUA, HAWAII 96734
(808) 254-3802