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Please note: We are no longer planning to host live services on Facebook.

Beginning Advent Sunday - November 29 -

a limited number of participants are welcomed to worship in our sanctuary. Persons coming to worship will be required to wear a facemask at all times, physically distance at least 6 feet (except for household members), refrain from singing and receiving communion, and will not socialize before or after worship. Keawala`i will cancel in-person worship if Maui Covid case numbers rise above an acceptable level. 

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SERMON:

Pastor Scott Landis
Sunday Morning (11.22.20):
"Hide Self View"



"Blessings of the Animals"
Saturday, December 5, 2020

The Annual Blessing of the Animals will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the historic Keawalaʻi Congregational Church in Mākena. Churches celebrate the blessing of animals in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. Readings, prayers, and a blessing will be offered as well as pictures with Santa. Arrangements for the day will take into account the needs of the various animals and dogs must be leashed at all times and other animals must be safely contained. This year’s event will include precautions due to Covid-19. Contract tracing, masks and social distancing of 6 feet will be required.

"An Alternative Christmas Gift"
November 15, 2020 through December 8, 2020

This year, in lieu of our annual Christmas Craft Faire and Bake Sale, our Outreach program is offering a new fundraiser to assist those in need in Maui County — an Alternative Christmas Gift in honor of a friend or family member. Rather than donate an item to our sale or purchasing a baked good or craft for someone…you choose who you would like to make a donation in honor of and how much your donation will be.

How it works!

The Alternative Christmas Gift fundraiser will run November 15, 2020 through December 8, 2020 in order for your gift notification to arrive by Christmas.

Send in your donation by check or donate online.

Once we receive your donation, we will process a beautiful Christmas card with an image of Keawala’i and a message letting your gift recipient know that a monetary donation was made in their honor. The card gives a brief description of the Outreach program mission and a Christmas message. Images of the card are included.

How to donate!

You may send a check to Keawala’i with your request. Please include your name, full address and contact phone number or email address as well as the name of the person your gift is in honor of including their full mailing address. If you are giving multiple gifts, please include all names and mailing addresses for your gift recipients.

Or you may go online to our website at www.keawalai.org to make your gift donation. Click on the “Donate Now” button at the top of our home page, enter a dollar amount in the box for “An Alternative Christmas Gift,” and complete all the fields provided. You can include up to 5 gift recipients per transaction online. The amount you give will not be included in the card.

Once you complete a donation, we will process cards to be mailed beginning December 8th.

Donations are tax deductible!

Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law and will be included on qualifying annual giving statements from Keawala’i Congregational Church.

Mahalo!

Your donation will allow you to provide a gift in honor of your loved one as well as support the mission of the Outreach Committee at Keawala’i Congregational Church.

Blessings to you and yours this holiday season!

The Keawala’i Outreach Committee
Keawala’i Congregational Church
5300 Mākena Road
Kihei, HI 96753



 

Pastoral Update from Pastor Scott Landis
November 20, 2020

Aloha Keawala’i ‘Ohana, 

The effects of the pandemic have been devastating to so many. Sickness and death are increasing in alarming numbers on the mainland. Whether we have been directly affected or not, we see the economic impacts of job loss and the stress many are facing as bills go unpaid. The question asked in today’s parable in Matthew 25 is “when did we see you, Lord?” Jesus responds, “whenever you helped someone overlooked or ignored, that was me!” Do we see Jesus in the faces of those in need? If so, how do we respond?

I invite you to join us for worship as we participate in another experience of worship. We will be live on Facebook Live, Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Just go to our church website or Facebook Group Page and join us by clicking on https://www.facebook.com/groups/keawalai.

I will open the live stream 10 minutes before the hour to allow adequate time for you to login. If you cannot join us at 10, remember the video of our worship service remains on our Facebook page for you to access anytime.

To assist your participation, please print out this week’s order of worship and create a sacred space in your home, your own kuahu, to enhance the virtual experience. I invite you to bring an offering (lūlū) for a time of dedication and blessing. Please note: Online giving is available to you. All you need to do is go to our church website www.keawalai.org and click on the donate now button. You can do this anytime. It takes only a few minutes to set up your profile for a one-time or recurring gift. Mahalo for your generosity and support.

Parents: Please note, I’ve attached the Sunday School lesson for this week. Feel free to use whatever makes sense for your child as the story relates to the scriptures for this Sunday. I will have a special Keiki Time for children and youth to more fully understand this week’s theme.

Please send me any prayer requests you have for our pule in this Sunday’s worship. Requests can be sent to keawalaichurch@gmail.com or call the church office at 808-879-5557.

Following worship, we will host a KCC Zoom Aloha Hour. Gather with us to talk story with folks in our ‘ohana. Aloha hour is lots of fun! Just click on

Join URL: Please note this is a new link. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87679186054?pwd=Y1pDZjNMcThERUJpa1JsMTA0Zml2QT09

We also continue to meet weekly in our KCC Zoom Room on Wednesday’s at 11. Consider joining us (again or for the first time) this week. We will send out another email early next week with the link and instructions. You can see others in our ‘ohana from your living room or lānai.

We are in the process of planning to reopen hale pule (church sanctuary) for in-person worship. This is a complicated process that involves careful attention to governmental regulations, medical science, and recommendations of the CDC. I remind you in-person worship will NOT be the same as in the past. Strict protocols will be necessary to ensure the safety of all. Masks will be required at all times. No congregating will be permitted on the premises. No singing or aloha hour and a physical distance of at least 6 feet (except for family members) must be maintained at all times. We are carefully watching “the numbers” as tourism resumes on the island. We are planning our first in-person worship (accommodating no more than 40) on November 29 – Advent Sunday.

We are also converting our livestream of worship services from Facebook Live to Vimeo. A permanent camera has been installed in our sanctuary so that we can offer a more professional broadcast with much better video and sound. Next week I will post clear instructions (and a link) so that you can worship with us on Vimeo. In the interim, we will continue our livestream using Facebook Live

Finally, I will offer a brief service of prayer and meditation on each of the Sunday evenings during Advent. These will begin at 5:15 p.m. so that you can enjoy the sunset and will incorporate four distinct themes to focus our preparation in anticipation of celebrating Jesus’ birth. I hope you will join me (this WILL be on Facebook Live) for these unique services.

Please join members and friends of our church as we worship together and pray for our church, our state, our nation and our world. There continues to be so much turmoil in our world today and in our nation as we seek unity amidst division. Let us commit ourselves to do everything we can (including our prayers) to bring about peace, compassion, and justice for all beings.

Me ke aloha o ke Akua,

Scott Landis
Interim Pastor




 


Nowemapa-Kekemapa 2020 (November-December)
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Keawala'i Congregational Church
5300 Mākena Rd. Mākena, HI 96753
Office Hours:
Tues.-Sat., 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m..
Office Phone 808-879-5557
Outreach Phone/Text 808-281-7434
Email - keawalaichurch@gmail.com

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