Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 25, 2021
"Saturated in God's Love"
We all face difficult moments in life when we simply need to know that God's presence is truly closer than our very breath. Psalm 23 reminds us that God is not only close, but that our lives are saturated in God’s love.
Thus, even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil...
Important COVID-19 Update
Sokabe Chapel will reopen on May 2, 2021. As more members are being vaccinated and fully immunized, the council and Reverend Joe has decided on the reopening of the chapel on May 2, 2021. Several other members, not on the council, approved of this decision for this long-awaited moment.
As with our previous reopening, the same safety protocols will be enforced; face masks, social distancing, hand sanitizing, no hugging or handshakes, no singing. Attendance will be taken for contact tracing if necessary.
Because this is the first in person service for Reverend Joe, there may be some slight changes from our normal in person service. Reverend Joe or the Lay Leader will announce any changes as the service progresses.
Should anyone have any prayer wishes or announcements, please see Reverend Joe or Calvin Motoda before the service begins for, we will not ask for them during the service.
Similar to our previous reopening, there will be no social hour or refreshments. You may leave as soon as the service is over.
The Fellowship Hall is currently being used as our Thrift Store and will continue until the end of the year.
We must remain vigilant since daily cases are still being found on Hawaii Island. During the past two weeks, there were cases reported along the Hamakua Coast from Pepeekeo to Honokaa. Please refrain from attending if you are not feeling well or has recently returned from off island travel.
Hope to see you on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM.
Mahalo and Aloha,
Calvin Motoda, Moderator
One Great Hour of Sharing
This year’s theme for one One Great Hour of Sharing is, “Let Love Flow”. The gifts you give to OGHS are leveraged with those of others across the United Church of Christ bringing a greater impact to the work being done with local and global partners. Your support enables the greater church to respond to a variety of global and local concerns by addressing advocacy, sustainable development, refugee and asylum issues, migration, and disasters, and assisting those most in need and vulnerable among us.
When you share your gifts, you “Let Love Flow” and your generosity ensures that, even in the midst of uncertainty, the transforming power of God’s love continues to change lives around the world, as together we build a just world for all. Because our church, Hilo Coast United Church of Christ, is currently closed we will accept your gifts as mailed to the church at: P.O. Box 217, Honomu, HI 96728. You may also donate online at
Centering Prayer Group
If anyone is interested in joining a meditative prayer group on Fridays, please contact Pastor Joe.
Drop-off Days for Canned Goods
We still collect canned goods for the Hawaii Island Food Basket every week. You may drop off your donations at the church on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 9am-12 noon. Pastor Joe (808-785-4822) will be near or at the chapel during these days. You may also drop off the canned goods with the Women’s Fellowship during their store hours from 10am-2pm. 😊
Our next workday is Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Bring your own snacks and drink. Take breaks on your own and we will leave as soon as everything is done and cleaned and put away.
Women’s Fellowship Thrift Store
Our thrift store continues to thrive as our customer base increases each week. We are open every Wednesday from 10am - 2pm. All proceeds go to local charities in the community. For more info or to schedule a pickup of your household items or clothing, please email or call Kiki Rycraft at 895-4165. Mahalo for everyone’s support!
Department of Health Crisis Line
The State Department of Health has expanded the former suicide prevention and counseling line into a 24-hour Crisis Line dedicated to helping and supporting individuals who are facing personal crises. Big Island residents may call toll free at 1-800-753-6879.