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Our Maundy Thursday service will start promptly at 5:30 PM in the Parish Hall.

If you did not RSVP, you are still welcome to join us and bring your own dinner!



March 31, 2024

Easter Sunday at Central Union 7 AM Atherton 9 AM Sanctuary 10 AM Ohana Easter Egg Hunt 11 AM Parish Hall 11 AM Pohnpei Ministry in Atherton 10 AM Windward Sanctuary 10 AM online


Easter Sunday

Sermon by Rev. Rushan Sinnaduray

"Rise Up and Live!"

7 AM - Atherton Memorial Chapel

9 AM - Sanctuary

11 AM - Parish Hall

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10 AM - Online

Via Zoom or Facebook

Webinar ID: 871 4936 7567; Passcode: cuc

Keiki are invited to bring a basket and ‘hunt’ for eggs, then exchange their eggs for a goody bag! Each egg collected will represent a monetary donation that will be made to the Aloha Diaper Bank.


Children (birth to age 3)

The Nursery will be open during the 9 & 11 AM worship service.

Children (age 3 to grade 5)

Sunday School will be available during the 9 & 11 AM worship service.


Youth (grades 6 to 12)

Meet at 9 AM to help with Easter Egg Hunt. Youth will gather at 11 AM.



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Central Union Windward Ministry

Sunday Worship

10 AM - Windward Sanctuary

Sermon by Kahu Richard Walenta

“Who You Seek Is Not Here”

Lorna Bright, Worship Musician

CUW Chancel Singers

Asia Doike, Violinist

Tommy Morrison, Bassoonist

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Central Union Pohnpei Ministry

Sunday Worship

11 AM - Atherton Memorial Chapel


Devotionals for Holy Week

Maundy Thursday
Good Friday

The Punchbowl Easter Sunrise Services originated from Central Union in 1902 when a group of teenage boys and their Sunday School teacher trudged up Puowaina (Hill of Sacrifice) in the early morning to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It has become an ecumenical tradition here in Honolulu, now sponsored by the Hawai‘i Council of Churches Fund. Offerings collected will go to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation - Maui Strong.

Church Council Sponsors Resolution

In February, a team of writers from within the Hawai‘i Conference United Church of Christ approached Central Union Church’s (CUC) Council to sponsor a Resolution of Witness, titled “A Call to Education and Action Regarding the Crisis in Gaza.” A Resolution of Witness makes a moral and theological statement about a pressing issue and often contains a call to action for churches and members. In order to be considered by the larger body of the Conference at the ‘Aha Pae‘āina, a Resolution of Witness must be sponsored by one or more churches from the Conference.

The writing team was led by CUC member Reem Bassous, who presented the resolution to our Council. The resolution calls on Conference churches to do three things:

  1. to publicly pray and call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza and Palestine;
  2. to call for an end to the blockades of humanitarian aid preventing critical food and medical supplies from getting into Gaza; and
  3. to commit to educating ourselves about the history and current conflict in Palestine and Israel.

After thoughtful discussion and a couple minor modifications, our Council unanimously voted to sponsor this Resolution of Witness, allowing the resolution to come before the ‘Aha Pae‘āina for discussion in June. We have since been joined by five of our sister churches, who have also voted to sponsor the resolution.

View full resolution

Wider Church Responds to Crisis in Gaza

A call for peace: Amid Holy Week, UCC Officers pen pastoral letter on Palestine

"With the celebration of Jesus’ grand entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and with shouts of “Hosanna” still fresh in our minds, we are reminded not to pass too quickly from the celebration of Palm Sunday to the celebration of Easter Sunday and the empty tomb. To be hurried in our festivities will cause us to miss the moments with Jesus that are both painful and profound."

Read the full letter

Our Conference Minister and UCC General Minister and President are among the 140+ Christian leaders calling for a permanent ceasefire.

"As Christians around the world prepare to commemorate the final suffering in the earthly life of Jesus Christ during Holy Week, we stand in solidarity with all in the Holy Land who suffer. During Passion Week, Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox alike engage in prayer, reflection, and repentance. We repent of the ways we have not stood alongside our Palestinian siblings in faithful witness in the midst of their grief, agony, and sorrow."

Read the full statement

Read an article about the letter from Religion News Service

Donate to Diaper Drive Thru Easter Sunday

This Lenten season, Children's Ministry is doing a Diaper Drive in partnership with the Aloha Diaper Bank to help alleviate diaper need in our community.

Ways to Contribute:

  • Donate diapers and/or wipes They may be dropped off every Sunday in Lent and on Easter Sunday or dropped off in the Church Office during regular business hours during Lent.


Attend Service of Installation on April 14

There will be one in-person worship service this day at 10 AM in the Sanctuary.

Please plan to join us on Sunday, April 14, at 4 PM in the Sanctuary as the O‘ahu Association installs Pastor Rushan as our Senior Minister! Sharing the message at the service will be guest preacher John Pavlovitz. We will celebrate with a reception in the Parish Hall following the service. All are welcome! Church members, please bring a potluck side dish (if you're able) to accompany the famous "Pohnpeian Fried Chicken" which will be made by our Pohnpei Ministry! We appreciate your RSVP for the reception by April 7. RSVP online or call the Church Office at 808-440-3004.

RSVP for reception

See what the youth have planned!

Youth in grades 6-12 invited to participate:

Contact Youth Director:

Readers Needed for Worship!

Worship is one of the heartbeats of our church – it is the work of the whole church community in praising God, hearing God's word to us and responding in faith. One way to help each other in our worship is by reading scripture and other parts of our service. It enhances our experience of worship when we can have different faces and voices leading worship.

If you are willing to read in a worship service, please join our pool of readers! Learn more and sign up by clicking below.


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Volunteer at the CUC Thrift Shop

  • Wednesdays and Saturdays, between 9AM3PM
  • Volunteers are needed to assist customers on the sales floor
  • Contact Joanne Matsumoto

Volunteer with the Flower Committee

  • Fridays or Saturday mornings
  • Contact the church office for more info

Volunteer at Serving Aloha

  • Wednesdays, 10 AM1:30 PM; check in outside Women's Building
  • NEED FOOD? Walk-in: 11 AM - 12 PM; Drive-through: 12 PM - 1 PM

Volunteer with Community Ministry

  • Second Tuesdays, prep and cook 2:30–5:30 PM, distribute meals 5:45–6:45 PM


Virtual Aloha Lanai Zoom Online Fellowship

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

Centering Prayer Meditation

  • Mondays, 7 PM • JOIN ON ZOOM
  • Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM • Music Building, Honolulu campus

Mindfulness Meditation with Marion

Mindful Movement with Bamboo Sticks

Men's Bible Study on Zoom


  • As we celebrate Jesus' last meal with his disciples this Maundy Thursday, pray for those who do not have their daily bread.

  • As we remember Jesus' death this Good Friday, pray for those who have lost someone close to them.

  • Pray for the families who will benefit from the Diaper Drive that our Easter Egg Hunt will support!
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