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The 40-day journey through the Lenten season holds profound significance for Christians worldwide.  It symbolizes the period of Jesus Christʻs fasting in the wilderness before starting his public ministry.  This season is observed in preparation for Easter and is a time of reflection, repentance and spiritual discipline. Ultimately, it is not just about sacrifice but serves as a transformative journey, allowing Christians to deepen their faith, renew their commitment to God, and emulate Christʻs example of resilience and devotion. The church deccorations undergo a symbolic tranformation reflecting the themes of desolation, resilience and deepening faith.  The atmosphere is marked by a solemn simplicity, with a noticeable absence of vibrant colors and ornate decorations.  Desolation is visually represented through muted tones, subdued lighting, and the removal of elaborate decorations. The intentional emptiness serves as a visual reminder of the desolation experienced by Christ during his forty days in the wilderness. Resilience is symbolized through elements that convey endurance and strength.  In many churches, rugged materials like burlap or unadorned wooden crosses replace opulent decorations.  These stark visuals prompt reflection on Christʻs resilience in the face of temptation and suffering, inspiring believers to emulate such strength in their own spiritual journeys. Gradually, the journey will move towards renewal and the resurrection as the spring rains water the desert and brings new life.

Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 9 AM (HST)
Second Sunday of Lent

Lent offers us the opportunity to reevaluate our choices.  It is a time to struggle with the scriptures, and to consider the paradoxes that lie at the heart of life – the cycles of beginning-ending-beginning which touch every life.  As Gertrude Mueller Nelson puts it in her book To Dance with God, “We yield up, we fall apart, we die, so that we can bloom anew!”

Kahu Nani is leading the worship service at our sister UCC congregation at Pukaʻana Congregational Church in South Kona. Hokuloa member Pat Dunham's meditation on the reading from the Gospel of Mark is entitled What's Your Final Answer?

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The reading from Markʻs Gospel this week clarifies what Jesusʻ messiahship entails and what discipleship is all about.  These themes – the meaning of Jesusʻ messiahship and the nature of true discipleship – dominate the remainder of the Gospel as the story focuses more and more on the cross and the disciplesʻ failure to understand or accept Jesusʻ words about his destiny.  The Son of Man must suffer (vs. 8:31-33).  Jesus has identified himself as the “Son of Man” on several occasions.  Now he adds, “must suffer.” Peterʻs reaction was immediate and dramatic.  He took hold of Jesus and rebuked him. Peter was assuming that Jesusʻ messiahship would follow more traditional expectations: kingship, might and victory.  Jesusʻ response to Peter was equally dramatic. He rebukes Peter with a devastating comment, “You are thinking not as God thinks, but as human beings do.” Disciples too must suffer (vs. 34-39).  If the Messiah must suffer, so too must his followers.  Jesus makes it clear to the original twelve disciples and anyone who wants to become a follower of Jesus, must first deny himself or herself and take up the cross.  Potential followers must be ready and willing to suffer as Jesus will suffer, losing their lives in order to gain them

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Read the Revised Common Lectionary Scriptures for this Sunday, February 25, 2024 from the New Revised Standard Version Bible translation.

Genesis 9:8–17

Psalm 25:1–10
1 Peter 3:18–22
Mark 1:9–15

Download or print the Order of Worship for the service.

Got Kids? Click for the Children's Activity Pages.

Hokuloa's Lenten Book Study will be led by Catherine Mitchell and Kahu Nani Hill. The series will be held on Tuesdays from 10:00 to 11:30 AM (HST) via Zoom.  The study will begin on February 13th and continue weekly through March 19th. This six-session series will focus on chapter 2 of the book, The Core of Yeshua's Way: The Aramaic Lord's Prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer - the most revered and sacred teachings of Jesus Christ. The richness of Jesus’s Aramaic language, the sounds of key letters and words evoke layers of meanings to one’s own personal process of “ears to hear.” What is “your” process to the Divine, in you, with you, and as you? Together we will travel with Jesus moving to and from, and within and along the boundless realms of his most inner teachings. With the study we hope to deepen our own understanding of what we say when we recite the Lord’s Prayer… one word at a time.

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

One Great Hour of Sharing is an offering to give assistance to communities around the world suffering from various hardships. Since the end of WWII, churches have joined together with hopes of bringing stability to others and a sense of unity within the Christian community. In 1950, One Great Hour of Sharing was first used with a goal to show Christ’s love in communities who may feel as though there is no hope. Today, the principle of One Great Hour of Sharing has remained the same: to collect gifts and share those gifts with those who need love and support in their lives. One Great Hour of Sharing helps give assistance to over 100 countries while raising over $20 million annually. The contributions given to One Great Hour of Sharing are given back to less fortunate people and communities in order to ensure all are able to live in a safe and healthy environment.

One Great Hour of Sharing is 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. Hokuloa UCC will receive offerings for OGHS on Sunday, March 10. Please indicate OGHS on your check memo line or online donation. Hokuloa Church is proud to be a '5 for 5' congregation that supports all 4 national UCC special mission offerings plus giving to OCWM to support the UCC at the conference and national levels.

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Check out Up Coming Events Lent and Easter Events

On Going: The Revelations of the Aramaic Jesus Study Sessions

  • The Lord's Prayer in Aramaic - Lenten Study on Tuesdays through March 19th from 10 - 11:30 AM (HST) via Zoom. Contact the church office for details.

  • Ala Kahakai Trail Talk Story with Kaleo Paik: A Musical Journey Along the Trail - March 14th @ 5:30 pm 

  • The Kaʻahumanu Society will join us for worship - March 17th @ 9 am

  • Lenten Musical Service with Rev. Eric Anderson from Church of the Holy Cross in Hilo - March 21st at 5:30 pm at Hokuloa Church

  • Seder: Passover Meal - March 28th @ 5:30 pm

  • Easter Sunday Service - March 31st at 9:00 am followed by Easter Egg Hunt and fellowship 

DIGITAL TOOL BOX

  • Did you know that most of Hokuloaʻs digital information is stored 'in the cloud'? This allows our volunteers to do many computer-oriented tasks from their home or other locations. Breeze is our church management software used to maintain the church directory / contact information, schedule events on the church calendar, and record worship attendance and giving records. OneDrive is our digital file cabinet - used to store and share digital documents.

    Would you like to see and use the Church Directory and the Church Calendar? Do you already have access but want to learn more?  Learn about updating information on our members, friends and visitors, about scheduling events on the church calendar, how to send emails to your committee and how to update your picture. There will also be a short introduction to the church records stored in OneDrive.
     
    There will be two training sessions on the use of Breeze and OneDrive. Primarily designed for new council and committee members but open to anyone interested in using these digital tools. The same material will be covered in each session. Select from Thursday, February 29 at 10:30am (in-person at the church and/or via zoom) and on Saturday, March 9 at 9:30am (via zoom). 
     
    RSVP via email to the church or to Yvonne Leiser to receive your materials.

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About a dozen volunteers are needed each week to make our worship services happen. Tasks include setup, preparing the altar and sanctuary, flowers, audiovisual support, liturgist, usher/host, processing the collection for deposit, providing refreshments for our talk story time, etc. There are also volunteer opportunities on Thursdays - tour docents, printing bulletins, recording worship attendance, church maintenance. We use Breeze, our church management software to schedule volunteers. Potential volunteers receive an email that lists available opportunities. Existing volunteers are willing to help new volunteers learn the ropes.

Many hands make light work. Visitors and part-time residents are welcome to participate. Contact Anne Marie Murphy or the church office with questions or to be added to the volunteer solicitation emails.

Thank You to all who have contributed or pledged toward the completion of the Hawaiian lava rock sign and the traditional church sign with information on worship and coming events. To date, $5,075 has been raised toward the $12,000 goal.

Additional contributions are welcome.
Please mail a check to: P O Box 384239, Waikoloa HI 96738
or pay via ZELLE or via PayPal; account: "HokuloaUCC@icloud.com" with a memo "For Signs"

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Please Consider Tax Free Gifts to Hokuloa from Your Retirement Fund

The end of the year is a great time to make tax-advantaged charitable donations. Many retired people are required to take a minimum amount out of our retirement plans. Taxing authorities, both federal and state, want to make sure that some amount of money “sheltered” in tax deferred IRA Savings accounts is taken into income in the current year – and TAXED! The IRS has many rules regarding MINIMUM REQUIRED DISTRIBUTIONS (MRDs). 

How to minimize this problem:  The IRS allows Gifts and Donations to Charities such as Hokuloa UCC to qualify for these Minimum Distributions, while NOT being subjected to Income Taxes (in other words – Tax Free!).

If you are fortunate to have a IRA and are more than 70½ years old – please  consider a Qualified Charitable Distribution(QCD) to Hokuloa UCC. You can give for any specific purpose like the new Church Signs or for unrestricted general use.

The donation to Hokuloa should be made directly by the IRA plan sponsor (your Bank, Brokerage or other organization) and sent directly to the Church before the end of the year. 

Know that the amount of the QCD counts towards your MRD, but is not taxed. It will be up to you to let the IRS know about the contribution by including certain information on your tax return.

To help navigate the rules on these donations, contact your plan advisor. If you’d like to discuss this with Malcolm Greenlees or Yvonne Leiser, please contact the church at HokuloaUCC@icloud.com. We will be glad to help you and help the Church with donation options.

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Hokuloa's Prayer Group

You are invited to share your intercessory prayers, joys, or concerns during worship each Sunday. You can also request prayers during the week by emailing the church office. You may ask that your prayer request remain confidential. Non-confidential prayer requests are shared with the Prayer Support Group.  Contact Marjorie Mrasek to become part of Hokuloa's prayer ministry.

The purposes of a person's heart are deep waters, but the one who has insight draws them out.  Proverbs 20:5 (NIV)
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