Faith Action’s annual investment drive begins!

September 19–October 31, 2020.

Your investment in Faith Action will help to continue our work together.
Whether directly or indirectly, your life has been touched this year by at least one of Faith Action’s priorities: Directing federal CARE funds; assembling PPE equipment; advocating for affordable housing, kupuna long-term care, and a living wage; initiating an Environmental Justice Task Force; or promoting participation in the 2020 census.
You can invest/donate in three different ways, See below.
This drive is about personal investments. Each year, Faith Action derives its support from four main sources of funds: dues paid by member units (9%), grants (49%), corporate investments (33%), and personal investments (9%).
You can invest in any of several ways between Sept. 19 and October 31:
1. By personal check mailed to
Faith Action for Community Equity
PO Box 235950
Honolulu, HI 96823
2. By personal check given to the Steering Committee representative of
Community Ministries: Carolyn Kuahulu
3. By credit card or PayPal at our fundraising page:
Click on “donate” and follow the instructions. Identifying your unit or a team member is optional.
Faith Action is a 501c3 organization and your investment is tax deductible. All investors will receive receipts. Thanks in advance for whatever support you can offer.
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Plastic — The Whole Story     Faith Action for Community Equity

Plastic is cheap, lightweight, durable, and convenient, but the magnitude of the pollution caused by plastic is so great that it now impacts the health of our planet.  Nearly every piece of plastic starts as fossil fuel, linking it to climate change and the degradation of human health.

A free screening of “The Story of Plastic” is being sponsored by the Environmental Justice Task Force of Faith Action for Community Equity.  This documentary takes you behind the scenes to show the pollution caused by the production and processing of plastic, as well as the pollution caused by the disposal of plastic (only 2% is effectively recycled).

You are invited to join with others online to watch the video on Sunday, Sept. 27 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm, with a discussion to follow.  Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvcOGoqjooGNzmgHUlZBF9vckgpyLK-IsE .  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have a scheduling conflict, you may watch the documentary anytime until Sept. 28 at the following link:  https://vimeo.com/449085864.  The password is:  epgD[“8gW#}>~:R}

2020 Give Aloha: Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program.

This September, Central Union Church is participating in Foodland’s Give Aloha program! Every year Foodland, Sac ‘n Save and Western Union combine to donate money to the charities that are important to their customers in Hawaii.

For each dollar given, Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of that donation, up to a total of $250,000 for all organizations combined. Donor names will be confidential and will not be released.

You can pay your September pledge, or donate up to a cumulative total of $249 (per person, per organization). Go to Foodland with your Maika‘i card [free at any Foodland service counter] and go to any cash register to pay your donation with cash, check or credit card, naming Central Union Church-#78511 as a recipient. You will receive two receipts with your name, Central Union Church’s name, and the donation amount on them. Keep one for your records and turn one into the church office by mail so you will get credit on your giving statement. If you would like your donation to go towards the Windward campus, please make sure to write ‘Windward’ on your receipt prior to sending it into the Church office. All receipts are due into the church office by October 15, 2020.

Central Union Church – #78511

PLEASE pay your September pledge, or give an extra donation, through “Give Aloha!” We benefit tremendously from Foodland’s generosity, but only if you go to Foodland in September and donate. Thank you for all your support and let’s make your money go further through “Give Aloha”!

Questions?  Please call or email Ashley at 440-3017/Ashley-cambe@centralunionchurch.org.

The church staff has been working with various individuals and organizations to address emergency needs among our kupuna who are living independently and without family or any other support system in place. We want to offer our help in keeping them safe by limiting their exposure with the general public and helping them with the essentials during this time (e.g. prescriptions, necessary groceries or household items, etc). If you know of anyone with urgent needs who is without assistance or support, please call or e-mail Pastor Mary who is coordinating our efforts: (808) 440-3048 or mary-herbig@centralunionchurch.org.

The 197th ‘Aha Pae‘aina, the annual meeting of the Hawai’i Conference United Church of Christ will look a little different this year. At its August 15, 2020 meeting, the Conference Council voted to hold the 2020 ‘Aha Pae’āina virtually. The ‘Aha will begin with a conference-wide worship service on Sunday, October 4 and conclude with its Business Session on Saturday, October 10. Workshops are being planned throughout the week and while attendance at the workshops is welcome, it is not required.  The Business Session will probably be held in the morning of October 10, but as of this writing, many details are still being determined.

Central Union Church sends five delegates in addition to its two pastors to the ‘Aha Pae’āina.  If you are interested in participating as a delegate, please email Martha Balkin at council-chair@centralunionchurch.org. Registration materials will be sent to churches and pastors by the end of August.