Messages from our Kahu: COVID-19 & Zoom Worship

November 3, 2021

Greeting my Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  

 

We all know the coronavirus has challenged our church in ways we’ve never been challenged before. We have deeply missed
being able to worship together, fellowship together, and serve our neighbors together. We want to thank you for your patience
and continued support as we have sought to navigate these uncharted waters with an eye towards what is wisest and safest
for our congregation and our wider community.

 

We are excited to inform you that we will be re-opening the church sanctuary for in-person worship as of Sunday, November 7th.
However, there are a number of safety
guidelines that will be in place and must be followed in order for us to ensure that
gatherings continue to be as safe as possible. All attendees will be asked to sign in and provide contact information. By signing
in, you will be accepting the potential risk and agreeing to abide by the guidelines.  If you are uncomfortable with the risk or
unwilling to follow the guidelines, you are not being forced to attend in person. Worship will continue to be offered via Zoom.

 

Again, thank you for your patience and your cooperation as we return to in-person gatherings. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Kahu Doug


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August 24, 2021:

An Important Update from our Kahu:

Aloha Kaumakapili Church members and friends,

With a heavy heart we will putting our In-person Sunday Worship services on "Pause" until further notice. Due to the
continuing rise of Covid-19 cases, we see it to take every precaution to protect the health and safety of our church
congregation and community. Our worship team will continue to Zoom from our sanctuary beginning this Sunday,
August 29th.

 
We will also continue to have our Special Congregational Meeting directly following our worship service, via Zoom.

Continue to take these steps to reduce your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 by correctly and consistently wearing
a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others who do not live with you, staying home when you are sick, and by washing
your hands frequently or by using hand sanitizer.
Get vaccinated. Get tested if you have signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or
if you think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer
and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds inChrist Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)

 
In Christ,
Kahu Doug
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February 28, 2021
Aloha! Please join us for in-person Sunday worship beginning March 7, 2021 or via Zoom.  Kaumakapili is commited to upholding
protective measures to keep our church members and visitors safe:

  • Your temperature will be checked upon entry.
  • Wear your masks at all times.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Sanitize regularly. Hand sanitizer will be provided.

For our Zoom Sunday Worship, click on the following link to join us at 10:30 a.m. and once you've joined us enter
the password 766. Then, please mute your microphone and enjoy our service:  https://zoom.us/j/4827677550.


Please email office@kaumakapili.org if you would like to receive an email copy of the Sunday's worship program.
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February 3, 2021

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope
for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:24-25 NIV

We are so grateful to all of you for your faith, patience, and fortitude throughout these past months as COVID-19 has brought
necessary reconsideration of our church life. 

We have been paying close attention to the data about COVID-19, comparing notes with other churches throughout our region,
and prayerfully considering best practices for the health and safety of our congregation. Because of this we have decided to
continue our worship totally on Zoom from home for the month of February. As we continue to watch the data we will determine
if we will go back into the sanctuary for the month of March. 

We know that everyone misses seeing one another in person. As your Kahu, I personally feel that loss profoundly. We
understand that being unable to worship in person as the body of Christ is no small thing. It is also true that we are
learning new ways of being the body of Christ during this time. We rejoice in the generosity that our congregation
has exhibited in caring for one another. Our Zoom worship services continue to draw a wonderful diversity of people
from a wide range of geographic locations. 

Other virtual bible study gatherings continue to provide rich and deeply faithful opportunities for learning and fellowship.
And as we begin anew year, we are so excited for new ways we will be participating in Christ’s work.

As we look to the year ahead, we embrace a mindset of flexibility and grace. Plans are underway for the development
of Vision 2025/Revitalization of our Church’s Ministries.

Please know that the grace of God remains visible in our community of faith, and that the vitality of our congregation
continues during this unexpected and challenging time. Together, let us seek to discover the new things God is doing in
our midst! We hold all of you our prayers, and we request your prayers as well.

In Christ,

Kahu Rev. Dr. Douglas Wooten
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January 9, 2021

Aloha Kaumakapili ʻOhana and Friends,

 

Unfortunately, due to the growing concerns about the coronavirus and the recent elevation in numbers, we felt the most responsible action was to cancel in-person worship for tomorrow and to safeguard everyone we will cancel next week Sunday as well.

 

WE WILL STILL CONTINUE TO "ZOOM" OUR WORSHIP SERVICE!

 

As always faith is the most important way to approach the challenges before us; not fear! We pray that God will guide us as we put our minds and hearts together to figure out how to best proceed forward faithfully in carrying on the ministry of Jesus Christ. 

 

Blessings to you through the love of God in Jesus Christ!

 

Kahu Douglas Wooten


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December 24, 2020: Announcement made at Christmas Eve Service that In-Person Sunday Worship will resume on 12/27/2020.
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December 18, 2020

Aloha Kaumakapili ʻOhana and Friends,

Unfortunately, as the situation of the spread of coronavirus slightly elevates in local areas around our state, it has become more
alarming and we have to consider the well-being of those in attendance, and as we evaluated the success of and attendance at
our In-person Sunday worship due to these growing concerns about the coronavirus we felt the most responsible action was to
cancel in-person worship as well as the Congregational meeting this Sunday the 20th.

 

HOWEVER, WE WILL STILL CONTINUE TO ZOOM OUR WORSHIP SERVICE AND CONGREGATIONAL MEETING WILL
GO ON VIA ZOOM!

 

Without a doubt it is our call to love God and love others. To this we want to be faithful. Seeing members and friends of our
congregation on Sundays, and welcoming newcomers boosts spirits in ways that you cannot even imagine. We really look
forward to it! I trust that most folks in our church value this as well. It was our hope to re-engage with all of you in-churc
h worship service but with most recent developments, I have decided that it is best for us to cancel in-person worship this
Sunday the 20th. Decisions on the Christmas Eve Service has yet to be determined. 

 

Let us trust and hope that eventually our church, community, nation and world will get past this COVID-19 virus and that it will
be contained and no longer an issue of concern. Meanwhile we want to do our best to safeguard all and especially those who
are at most risk, our seniors over the age of 60 and any whose physical condition is compromised in any way.

 

As always faith is the most important way to approach the challenges before us; not fear! We pray that God will guide us as
we put our minds and hearts together to figure out how to best proceed forward faithfully in carrying on the ministry of
Jesus Christ in this place, to one another, and to the larger community and world.

 

Blessings to you through the love of God in Jesus Christ!

 

Kahu Douglas Wooten

 
 
 
 


December 5, 2020

Aloha Kaumakapili Church Family and Friends,

We are excited to see each other and be together tomorrow (December 6, 2020) for our first Sunday back since July, we will be taking every precaution to be in compliance with the rules of social distancing, requiring face masks at all times and being prepared with sanitizing materials throughout the sanctuary.

At this time we know everyone is anxious to return but if you are considered to be “high risk” due to age, underlying medical conditions, or have been sick in the last 14 days or are just unsure of attending we encourage you to stay home and join us through our live “Zoom Worship”!

While things will look and feel different in the Sanctuary we will have Aloha Ministry and Kōkua Members on hand to make your welcome feel comfortable and easy. They will guide you upon your arrival and departure. Just follow their directions and be patient.

Here are a few things that we will ask of you upon arriving:
  • Make sure you have your face coverings on upon leaving your vehicle and keep it on during the entire service until you are back in your vehicle. If you forget your mask, one will be provided.
  • Use one of 3 doors designated for entrance only. The 2 front doors of the church (located on the porch) and back door by choir room for those needing to enterfrom the ramp.
  • There will be a sign-in table at each entry door so we have a record of attendees. Please bring a slip with the following information with you at check-in and the Aloha Ministry member will give you your worship bulletin:
Kaumkapili Church Sunday Worship Date: ____________________________________

Full Name: _______________________________________________________________________

Phone #: ___________________________________

Have you traveled interisland or out of state in the last 14 days? _____________________________

Have you been sick or been around anyone who was sick in the last 14 days? __________________

 
  • Your temperature will be taken before entering the sanctuary by an Aloha Ministry member.
  • Offering will not be collected in the manner we previously used, Lūlū bowls will be placed at every check-in table, as well as the altar.
  • All pews available for use will be labeled. You will be guided to the pew where seat markers are 6 ft apart. Please follow the social distancing seating program.
  • All Hymnals, Bibles, Hand fans, pens and envelopes have been removed from he back of the pews. Please bring your own Bible and pen. Offering envelopes will be provided at the sign in table. Please bring your personal Hand fans.
  • While singing is a huge part of our worship, we’re asking everyone to refrain from singing. Please enjoy the music that will be provided by the singspiration team during this time of caution. You are welcome to hum.
  • Communion pre-packaged wafer and juice cups will be set up prior to seating and conveniently placed in the cup holder in back of each pew at every designated seat. Deacons and other kōkua members will be assisting with this service. Please hold on to your used wrapper and dispose of these items upon leaving the sanctuary.
  • At the close of worship, an Aloha Ministry Members will guide you to the proper exits. We ask that you do not congregate or gather anywhere in the sanctuary or on the front porch of the church.
We thank you for your understanding of the criteria that is being asked of you as we open. While we are excited to see one another we want most of all to keep everyone safe and healthy so we all can return to worship in God’s house. Mahalo ke Akua!

To God Be The Glory!
Kaumakapili Church

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July 15, 2020: Kaumakapili Church: Back On “Pause"

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
 
We have made the difficult decision to cancel in-person worship until further notice. We would all like to resume gathering to worship in our sanctuary, but it is not a safe time for us right now. The number of positive cases, hospitalizations and deaths of people with COVID-19 on Oʻahu is trending in the wrong direction. Therefore, we believe it is safest for our church, our congregation, our neighbors and our city that we not re-gather for worship as a congregation until this reverses. We know that this is frustrating to some of you and believe that all of you know how difficult a decision it is for all of us. We ask you to please continue praying for our leadership and congregation as we continue to provide “Sunday Zoom Worship" services online, remain connected to each other through "Wednesday Zoom Bible study" class, remain faithful in our giving, and be vigilant about remaining safe.
 
As COVID-19 recommendations change, we will continue to make decisions in the best interest of our church and congregation. We will follow directions from our local, state and federal guidelines and are monitoring the information closely.
 
Effective Sunday 7.19.20 - NO Sunday Worship services on campus until further notice.
 
The church office will remain open. But please call for an appointment because staff are working limited hours.
Office hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
 
God is faithful. God will provide. May God continue to bless us all.
 
Iesū Pū,
Kaumakapili Church Office


June 30, 2020--An important message from our Kahu, the Rev. Dr. Douglas Wooten regarding Sunday Worship services beginning on Sunday, July 5, 2020 during this pandemic:
Aloha Kaumakapili Church Family and Friends,
 
We are finally opening our in-person worship service this Sunday July 5th! While we are excited to see each other and be together, we will be taking every precaution to be in compliance with the rules of social distancing, requiring face masks at all times and being prepared with sanitizing materials throughout the sanctuary.
 
There will be only 40 seats available in the sanctuary. The overflow of attendees will be seated in Keʻena ʻOhina where a large monitor will be set up to capture the service taking place in the sanctuary. Seating in the hall will be set up following social distancing guidelines. Therefore, sanctuary seating will be first come, first serve. At this time we know everyone is anxious to return but if you are considered to be "high risk” due to age, underlying medical conditions, or have been sick in the last 14 days or are just unsure of attending we encourage you to stay home and join us through our live "Zoom Worship."
 
While things will look and feel different in the Sanctuary we will have our Aloha Ministry and Kōkua members on hand to make your welcome feel comfortable and easy. They will guide you upon your arrival and departure. Just follow their directions and be patient.
Here are a few things that we will ask of you upon arriving:
 
Make sure you have your face coverings on upon leaving your vehicle and keep it on during the entire service until you are back in your vehicle. If you forget your mask, one will be provided. Use one of 3 doors designated for entrance only. The 2 front doors of the church (located on the porch) and back door by choir room for those needing to enter from the ramp. There will be a sign-in table at each entry door so we have a record of attendees. Please bring the detachable slip with you at check-in and an Aloha Ministry member will give you your worship bulletin.
 
Your temperature will be taken before entering the sanctuary by an Aloha Ministry member. Offering will not be collected in the manner we previously used, lūlū bowls will be placed at every check-in table, as well as the altar. All pews available for use will be labeled. You will be guided to the pew where seat markers are 6 ft apart. Please follow the social distancing seating program. All hymnals, Bibles, hand fans, pens, and envelopes have been removed from the back of the pews. Please bring your own Bible and pen. Offering envelopes will be provided at the sign in table. Please bring your personal hand fans. While singing is a huge part of our worship, we're asking everyone to refrain from singing. Please enjoy the music that will be provided by the sings during this time of caution. You are welcome to hum. Communion pre-packaged wafer and juice cups will be set up prior to seating and conveniently placed in the cup holder in back of each pew at every designated seat. Deacons and other kōkua members will be assisting with this service. Please hold on to your used wrapper and dispose of these items upon leaving the sanctuary.
 
At the close of worship, an Aloha Ministry member will guide you to the proper exits. We ask that you do not congregate or gather anywhere in the sanctuary or on the front porch of the church.
 
We thank you for your understanding of the criteria that is being asked of you as we open. While we are excited to see one another, we want most of all to keep everyone safe and healthy, so we all can return to worship in God's house. Mahalo ke Akua! To God Be The Glory!
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Please bring this survey in writing on Sunday and give the information to an Aloha Ministry member:
 
Kaumakapili Church Worship Service Sunday
Write in todayʻs date here:
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Full Name:
Phone #:
Have you traveled inter-island or out-of-state in the last 14 days?
Have you been sick or been around anyone who was sick in the last 14 days?

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May 15, 2020--A Message from our Kahu, Rev. Dr. Douglas Wooten

Aloha Kaumakapili ʻOhana,
 

I greet you this glorious day in the name of the Lord!

 

I am sure we are aware of the extension of the Mayor’s and Governor’s orders to extend the stay at home - work from home order until June 30th for the City and County of Honolulu. Because of their order to stay at home we as a church will continue to follow the mandates of our government official’s. Therefore we will operate as we have done over the past two months... with limited office opening three days a week, to check mail and any other office needs. Outreach will continue to serve the homeless a couple times a week and for emergencies only.  Yes I personally was excited with the possibilities of opening up our church at the end of May and I know that you were as well. However, so that we may remain safe and healthy we conform to these rules. I also want you to know that we are in discussion of how we will open church when we are given the go ahead. As we open, we will be doing a soft opening, practicing our distancing and providing hand sanitizer for those that may come. We will provide more information as we get closer to that date. 
 

I would like to leave you with these words of encouragement. God says, "I will make streams in the desert." The dry places shall become wet places. The old places shall become new places and the crooked places shall become straight places. That which has been eviscerated and evaporated of the streams of life shall be replenished and refurbished with the fresh, rushing waters of God's power and grace.

 

 

Blessings,

Kahu Wooten



April 3, 2020--A Message from our Kahu, Rev. Dr. Douglas Wooten:

Aloha Kaumakapili Church ʻOhana,

I pray the peace of God is with you during these times that we are in. Let us remember the focus verse that I have adopted: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the r