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March 19, 2023


Fourth Sunday in Lent

One Great Hour of Sharing

Sermon by Rev. Mary Herbig

7 AM - Atherton Chapel

9 AM - Sanctuary

11 AM - Parish Hall

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10 AM - Online

Via Zoom or Facebook

It's time to share!

This Sunday we will collect the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, one of four special mission offerings of the United Church of Christ. This Lenten Offering supports the disaster, refugee, and development ministries of the United Church of Christ within Wider Church Ministries. You may donate by cash or check to Central Union Church with "OGHS" in the memo line; or by card online.

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Children (birth to age 3)

The Nursery is open during our 9 AM and 11 AM worship services

Children (age 3 to grade 5)

Sunday School during our 9 AM and 11 AM worship services


Youth (grades 6 to 12)

11 AM: Youth gathering


Organ Concert at 2 PM


Central Union Windward Ministry

Sunday Worship

10 AM - Windward Sanctuary

Sermon by Rebecca Woodland

“Shine Your Light”

38 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua, Hawai‘i 96734 • (808) 254-3802 •

Central Union Pohnpei Ministry

Sunday Worship

11 AM - Atherton Chapel


Prepare for Holy Week & Easter

Update on CUC Masking Policy

Aloha Church,

When we reopened for in-person worship service in October 2020, we did so with physical distancing and masking as our primary mitigation measures against the spread of COVID-19. In the nearly two and a half years since, we have been gratified by having not triggered a single spreader event at CUC. Many thanks to you, our congregation, for that.

As the severity of the public health threat from COVID gradually diminished, likely due to increasing population immunity from past infection and vaccines, we eased our mitigation measures until just masking remained. Understandably, mask fatigue and folks seeing more and more venues relaxing masking requirements generated increasing requests for making masks optional. Now that the winter months with their holiday gatherings and the additional seasonal respiratory threat of influenza and RSV have passed, we feel the time has come to make masking optional. We feel that April, with its Holy Week and Easter events, will be a good time to begin optional masking.

Therefore, with the concurrence of Council leadership, we will continue our current masking policy and practice for our Sunday services for the next two weeks, the final day being Sunday, March 26, 2023. Thereafter, CUC services and events will be mask-optional. It was agreed that any non-church service event occurring in late March would be mask-optional.

A final note of caution for us is that COVID is still present in the community and will likely be for some time, still resulting in hospitalization and even death for some. We urge you to take into account your own health status and susceptibility, as well as those close to you, as you make your health choices, such as opting for a vaccine or medication. Masking does remain a reasonable individual measure to minimize the spread of any respiratory illness.


Dr. Nathan Wong, on behalf of the Reopening Liaison Team and the Church Council

Tickets available for Dazzle 2023!

Purchase Tickets

EAT, PLAY, LOVE at Dazzle 2023 while supporting the annual fundraiser of Central Union Church Preschool! Come for an evening of food, music, and camaraderie on Friday, April 28, on the Central Union campus. Food from 13 eateries will be featured with chefs on site. There will also be an online auction and classrooms will be open for viewing. Tickets are open to the public.

*Event time depends on the type of ticket.

Partners In Care to host job fair on campus

Job fair on March 23 from 10AM to 2Pm on Central Union campus

Easter Flowers

The Flower Committee will distribute flowers among our various worship spaces for Easter. If you’d like to donate and dedicate a plant ($10 each) to the Glory of Easter, in honor of someone, or in memory of someone, please submit your order by Sunday, April 2, to be included in the Easter bulletins.


Order 'coupons' are printed in the Sunday worship bulletins. Complete one and submit it with your donation to the church office. You may also order online by clicking below.

Order online

Click to view the March 2023 edition of The Spire:

The content due date for the April 2023 Spire publication is Friday, March 31.

Please submit articles to


Our Lenten series continues on Wednesday evenings (6:30-8:00 PM in the Women’s Building) throughout the month of March. We'll come together to share a simple meal with discussion and some tangible exercises, led by Pastor Mary and Pastor Dave, to help us cultivate attentiveness to God.

All are welcome! Each week’s gathering will stand alone, so come whenever you are able.

RSVP: Taste and See

Lent Devotional Available

"Enter Lent, which is all about surrender, emptying, and letting go of everything that leads away from the cross. Running from Empty is a daily invitation to embrace the empty places we might prefer to avoid; to breathe deeply, love fully, act justly; and to find Jesus in the stillness and the storm."

Read along with us! Each day from Ash Wednesday through Easter, find a new devotion (short scripture, reflection, prayer) from Running from Empty on our website (

To save paper, limited hard copies will be made available. You are welcome to get one at an in-person worship service or from the church office.

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Volunteer at the CUC Thrift Shop

  • Wednesdays and Saturdays, between 9AM - 3PM
  • Volunteers are needed to assist customers on the sales floor
  • Contact Joanne Matsumoto

Volunteer with the Flower Committee

Volunteer with Serving Aloha

  • Wednesdays, 10 AM - 1:30 PM; check in outside Women's Building
  • NEED FOOD? Walk-in: 11 AM - 12 PM; Drive-through: 12 PM - 1 PM


Virtual Aloha Lanai Zoom Online Fellowship

  • Sundays around 11 AM following the online worship service
  • JOIN ON ZOOM (Meeting ID: 859 7383 9801; Passcode: Aloha)

Centering Prayer Meditation

  • Mondays, 7:30 PM on Zoom, contact for info
  • Wednesdays, 6:00 PM in person - Music Building, Honolulu campus
  • During Lent: We'll start at 6pm for 20 minutes of Centering Prayer then participate in the Lenten program.

Mindfulness Meditation with Marion

Mindful Movement with Bamboo Sticks


  • Celebrate the opportunity we have to support and encourage our siblings around the world through One Great Hour of Sharing.

  • Pray for those who will come to our Sanctuary on Sunday afternoon to hear sacred music played on the organ. May listeners be inspired and enlivened!

  • Give thanks for the sense of hearing which helps us to listen for God around us. May we choose to actively listen and be able to discern which noises to shut out and silence, and which to pay attention to and amplify.
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