e-Blast
October 14, 2021
October 17, 2021

The Rev. Mary Herbig and The Rev. Brandon Duran
In-Person Worship at 9 AM
Online Worship at 10 AM

This week, we return to our original webinar format for worship.
Please use the link below.

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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After the 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
In-Person Worship Service at 10:00AM
Sunday, October 17, 2021
 
Sermon by Rebecca Woodland
“Sacred Sears~Trauma Transformed into Treasure”
Dr. Tommy Yee, Piano/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.  All guidelines will be posted in the sanctuary and should be reviewed before being seated. 
 
We are so blessed to have such wonderful inspirational messages in word and music.  Rebecca Woodland is speaking from the pulpit again this week and next. Please come and join us in worship.
CUW Office Phone: 808-254-3802
STAYING CONNECTED
Rooted In Love
We are inviting you to join our “Rooted in Love” stewardship journey along with our whole Central Union ‘ohana. One way to do this is by moving through our devotional, Whole-Life Generosity. Sharing the devotional together is a critical way that we will connect, discern, and support one another as we seek to grow in our generosity as a community of faith! Paper copies are free and will be available at in-person worship or in the church office. You can also download an electronic version from Amazon for $0.99 here. The last day to purchase the electronic devotional at the discounted price is Sunday, October 17.

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you’re interesting in gathering with others to discuss the devotional, please contact Pastor Mary at mary-herbig@centralunionchurch.org. Let's journey together through our devotional as we learn to practice “whole-life generosity” and may we commit to listening for God's guidance in our giving.

Please Note: The Day 26 devotional uses the metaphor of colonization. The Bible uses a similar metaphor to contrast the reign of Rome with the reign of Christ (Jn 8:36; 2 Cor 5:20; Phil 3:20). However, we know that in Hawai‘i, this language bears a history of pain and grief. We wish the author had chosen a different metaphor. Still, Christians are called to live with a grace and generosity that is often counter-cultural.
Rooted In Prayer
Join Pastor Mary and Pastor Brandon for a time of encouragement and prayer. Rooted in Prayer gives you a midweek opportunity to recenter and refocus your faith. Each week, during our Rooted in Love stewardship campaign, we will have two opportunities to come together to pray and to receive prayer. Whether your prayers are shared aloud or spoken silently in your heart, our scriptures promise that God hears them all. We hope you will join us.          
Tuesday mornings at 8 am HST:
Meeting ID: 830 9082 6113
Passcode: Prayer

Wednesday evenings at 8 pm HST:
Meeting ID: 816 6091 5190
Passcode: Prayer
Committee Opportunities
At its last meeting, the Council approved the creation of two new committees of the Church, a Legacy Giving Committee and a Grant Writing Committee. The formation of these committees was recommended by the Vision Team, in response to follow up to the congregational presentation on September 12.

Legacy Giving will work toward enhancing planned giving efforts to provide opportunities for those interested in including the Church in their estate planning.

Grant Writing will work toward identifying and pursuing grant funding resources that might be directed toward specific needs of the Church.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Martha Balkin at Council-chair@centralunionchurch.org
Faith Action Announces Three Housing Initiatives
#1. Faith Action’s HousingNOW! Task Force is in the pre-mobilization stages of coalition building and scoping to support the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands in their missions to deliver housing for native Hawaiians. Please stay tuned.
#2 Housing NOW! has a vision for the approximately 40 acres of the Aloha Stadium site not needed for the stadium itself. Thousands of affordable housing units for residents would be integrated with housing for all income levels in a mixed-use, walkable, transit-oriented district that optimizes environmental sustainability.
#3. The vacant homes tax is gaining attention at the City and County of Honolulu. This proposal is targeted at creating a disincentive for real estate speculation by issuing a tax on residential property that sits vacant without a long-term renter or owner occupant. The tax would motivate owners of vacant residential property to lease their units to long-term renters or to sell. The tax revenue could be directed toward a fund for developing new affordable housing. Visit KHON2’s website to see the recent news about the issue: https://www.khon2.com/always-investigating/empty-home-tax-gains-momentum-on-oahu-amid-affordable-housing-shortage/
WOMEN'S LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE NEEDS MEMBERS
Would you like to help select deserving students for our 2022 scholarship awardees? We are looking for 3 new members to join our committee. Planning will begin in early November with most of the work being done November through April. Please contact Laura Dornbush at laura.dornbush@gmail.com or 554-2030.
To view the October 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)
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, 5:00 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 November 2021 Spire is Friday, October 29th. 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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CENTRAL UNION WINDWARD 
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