Jesus calls us to love our neighbors. One of the ways our church enjoys doing this is by
collecting non-perishable food that is given to a few local agencies for distribution. Would you like to help by either donating non-perishable food or money? Here's our collection schedule:
At the church:
Sunday's, from 8:30am to 10:30am: November 28, December 5, 12, and 19.
Wednesday's and Saturdays, from 10:00am to 4:00pm: December 1, 4, 8, 11, and 15.
At the Puako Store:
Everyday from November 28 to December 19.
One of the missions we support is the Care Portal on-island. Anne Dressel reports that the total for requests received by Care Portal is $30,853.00. Of this amount, the Hokuloa Diaconate donated $2,764.00. In addition, the Hokuloa Response Team donated an additional $1,230.00. Thus, our little church by the sea has contributed over 12% of the total requests.
Though we are little, we are big in our ministry outreach!
Thank you and mahalo for all your efforts. If you would like to join our response team to pray or give please contact Ann Marie Murphy or Anne Dressel.
Food Drive to Help Local Charities
Our Food Drive starts this Sunday. We are contributing to five local charities. Our first local charity is The Big Island Food Basket which was started 1989. The Food Basket/Food Bank has over 140 partner agencies Island wide. So far this year alone, the Food Basket served 129,678 individuals from 31,987 families at their Food Distribution sites. What do they want? Anything is good! Protein would be especially appreciated. Things like Spam, sausage, or canned meats. If you prefer not to shop, feel free to donate money that will go to the Food Basket. Our last food drive we donated over 400 pounds of food to the Big Island Food Basket! Let's see what we can do for our neighbors this time!
We're excited to announce the local charities that our donations will go to during our Advent Food Drive from November 28th through December 19th! Non-perishable items and monetary donations will be going to
:Big Island Food Basket
Annunciation Community Food Pantry
St James Episcopal Community Meal
Please contribute and help our neighbors!!!
Mahalo nui loa - Thank you very much in advance! Happy Thanksgiving and May God richly bless us all.
Your Food Drive Team
FOOD & MEALS
Canned goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, home cooked meals are dropped off weekly in the freezers and refrigerators at the HIV/Aids food bank in Kona. Donations of food and money are used to create healthy meals. This commitment was started over 15 years ago by Pastor Emeritus John Hoover.
EMAIL PRAYER SUPPORT GROUP
Join the online Prayer Support Group (PSG). Receive periodic emails. PRAY. Bring the requests to God in prayer.
Contact Marjorie Mrasek, the PSG Leader,
or the Church Office to participate
Replace the Windows
There are seven windows in the chapel. Age, moisture and termites* have taken a toll on the windows. Replacements need to be in accordance with the historical nature of the building. Bids for windows are being solicited. It is anticipated that installation will be the most costly part of the replacement process. Mike O'Toole is taking the lead in this project.
[During the Covid shut down the church and the kitchen/bathroom building were tented and treated for termites.]
Sharing Our Church
Due to Covid, meetings are on hold.
We share our hospitality with hundreds of island visitors each year. Our chapel and grounds are available for wedding ceremonies.
We also share our facilities with the Waikoloa Chuukese Church. Several people with ties to Chuuk (formerly Truk), part of the Federated States of Micronesia, now live in Waikoloa Village and in Hawaii. Rev. Randy Romer has several families in his lively vibrant congregation. Services are held in the Chuukese language at 1pm on Sundays..
We share our church grounds with two recovery groups who meet here weekly outside the buildings. At this time, the sanctuary is not available for meetings.
Maintaining Historical Ocean Front Property
Wow - The church steeple is visible as you turn off the highway on to Puako Beach Drive (September 2019).
In the 1800s King Kamehameha III granted a parcel of royal land for a church and school in Puako. In fall 2016 the State of Hawai`i DLNR and the UCC Hawai`i Conference Foundation executed a lease reuniting Hokuloa Church with the historical Puako School grounds (now shoreline area east of the church). Hokuloa Church along with the UCC Hawai`i Conference Foundation have accepted responsibility for the care and maintenance of the land as part of our heritage. A Land Blessing was held on January 15, 2017 -- more pictures are on the Facebook page.
Preserving and caring for the land will include replacing invasive plant species with native Hawaiian and endemic plants, providing public access to the ocean and putting in a trail along the shoreline.
Mike O'Toole, Land Project Manager/Member of Hokuloa, worked with the Land Committee to open an access to the ocean and remove underbrush fire hazards. Native plantings and grass are being added. Next will be working with interested parties to lay out the historic trail. Community grants and in-kind services are welcome. Watch for opportunities to work on on-going projects. Mahalo
“If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast..” - Psalm 139: 9-10