Puna, East Hawaii, Kea'au, Kurtistown, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Mt. View, Pahao, youth, family, children, worship, community
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Church is fun! It is more than eggs, hunting for chocolate, carols, music, parties, bunnies or a good-time. The church is people and relationships between people and God. The church exists because Jesus wanted it so, to give people life. The main player and driving force about the world-wide church is Jesus, the Messiah. 

We can explain it another way, too.

 

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Jesus

 

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God

 
 
 

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Holy Spirit

Jesus Christ was murdered on a cross nearly two thousands years ago. On the third day after that crucifixion, He came out of the tomb He had been buried in. He was totally alive. Over the next 40 days Jesus appeared to His family, friends, and other people all over Israel. He ate with them, talked with them about what His resurrection meant for people. After all of these thousands of people witnessed Him ascending into heaven on that 40th day. 


Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem, Israel. There are many festivals and celebrations besides Christmas that help us focus on Jesus and His work. Pentecost celebrates the Easter celebrates Jesus' resurrection from the tomb. Easter celebrates that death no longer has power over people, because Jesus is more powerful than death. Jesus gives victory over death to the people who follow Him and believe that He is the Son of God. Easter is the most important holiday for the follower of Jesus because Jesus broke the power of sin -- death. Death had ruled over mankind for centuries, but because of Jesus rising to life on the third day after He had died on the cross, He showed us His complete authority over everything. In fact, Jesus told everyone in the Gospel of John chapter 6.36 this amazing reality "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever rejects the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him."


Pentecost is another festival, and is the first time in recorded history that the Holy Spirit of God came upon numerous people. This was the very beginning of the church. With Spirit empowering people, the purpose of the church became evident. To declare and celebrate Jesus and His authority over everything, especially death and sin. Pentecost, Christmas, Easter eggs, bunnies, games, family gatherings are all valuable to help remind of what Jesus has given to us. But the best thing that Jesus has done for humanity is to give us eternal life for all who believe in Him. This is something that the Holy Spirit directs into the heart of people. He does not force belief into people, but He prompts us to respond to His gentle calling to our heart, mind and soul. People who respond to the director's call, are called by Jesus to be born-again. Actually, re-born by the Spirit.

Caring for every generation

 
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Supporting our kupuna 

Monthly we host a lunch for people over the age of 65 at our multi-purpose building on the Keaau Campus.

Young Life Camp

 

Every Summer Young Life Hawaii takes a group of high school students to camps across the United States. This last June, students from the Big Island went to Woodleaf Camp in northern California. Another camp was held on the North Shore of Oahu. These camps provide young people the opportunity to engage with different cultures and learn about themselves in a safe and fun environment. 

Puna Coventant Church and The Core Youth partner with the Hawaii Police Department, schools, and other local organizations like the WM Shipman Corporation and Thrivent Insurance Group to purchase and deliver schools supplies and backpacks to students and schools who have need. 

Puna Covenant Bazaar and Garage Sale

Every year,  Puna Covenant Church supports our Puna community through donations and money raised from our Bazaar or Garage Sale. The Bazaar provides us with the capacity to support emergency needs that families or individuals may face in Puna.  The Garage Sale supports our youth in providing them the opportunity to serve their community and also raise financial support to annual camps and other events held on or off island. It can be very discouraging for people in our community to know how to survive or get by one more day when emergency happens. Puna Covenant's mission includes being Jesus to those who are in need. 

Being a Good neighbor


Puna Covenant Church has members all over East Hawaii who live next to you. We exist to be a good neighbor to you. Because we live near you, we are able to support you at anytime and rejoice with you in wonderful moments. Let us know how we can help you or your community. Puna Coventant Church and The Core Youth have worked with the Hawaii Police Department, schools, and other local organizations like the WM Shipman Corporation and Thrivent Insurance Group to purchase and deliver schools supplies and backpacks to students and schools who have need. 

 

What We Believe


The Evangelical Covenant Church seeks to form and nurture communities that are deeply committed to Jesus Christ and passionately engaged in Christ’s mission in the world. The purpose of Covenant affirmations is to make clear the values and principles that have guided the Evangelical Covenant Church since its founding in 1885.

For Covenant people, our essential beliefs are summed up in what we call Covenant Affirmations:

  • We affirm the centrality of the word of God.
  • We affirm the necessity of the new birth.
  • We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
  • We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
  • We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
  • We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.
 
 
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     Outreach is a huge passion for us a church. We love Kupuna, children, youth, college & career people, young families and couples. We love to help the hurting, tired and people who just feel lost during the struggles of life. Puna Covenant Church exists to reach every person in Puna and then onto the rest of the Big Island, Hawaii and ultimately love people all over the world. Every week we invite friends, relatives and neighbors to enjoy our church and experience the love of Jesus.


 

We are giving our youth leaders a way to experience serving and establishing ministry opportunities by creating "La Core Cafe" That is French for The Core Cafe. Maybe catchy words to describe what we hope is really good espresso, coffee, and tea being provided to our church and associated ministries. We desire to make you the best espresso available and provide an environment of great fellowship at our cafe in the lanai. As you support and invest in this ministry, all profits will support our youth and youth ministries for local and international missions.

 
 

The Core

Our core is the center most part of our being. Many of us don't fully understand what is going on inside of our cor being. we know we can be upset or over-the-top excited at any given moment. Some of us don't blink an eye at outrageous or 'sick' things happenings in life. How we act is part of our deepest core-being. This is true with most people. If we believe in something, then we often talk about it. It becomes part of our life. Core Youth is a youth ministry with in Puna covenant church and also partners with Young Life - Kea'au Club. together we offer youth a place where Jesus will become the core of our life. We believe that only jesus can give us real life.

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     Our core is the center most part of our being. Many of us don't fully understand what is going on inside of our core, even during the best of times. We know we can be upset or over-the-top excited at any given moment. Some of us don't even blink an eye at outrageous or 'sick' things happenings in life. How we act is part of our deepest core-being. This is true with most people. If we believe in something, then we often talk about it. It becomes part of our life. Core Youth is the youth ministry within Puna Covenant Church. Our desire is that through practical living we allow Jesus to be the center and core of our life. We also partner with Young Life - Kea'au Club in providing a place for the youth of Puna where young people can meet in a safe, secure and fun environment. We meet every week of the school year. Our passion is to offer youth a place where Jesus will become the core of life. We believe that only Jesus can give us real life.

 

Core Youth is designed to help each Puna youth discover God's purpose . So, that young people can actually have the Core of God's purpose living inside. When that happens to youth, and all people, our core gets turned into a super-powerplant of good things.

You

You have been planned and chosen! No mistakes and no karma. To find your place and your destiny, Jesus is needed inside of your life.  Not just a concept or a thought, but the active force behind you and your core.


  Young Life, Hawaii Island is a group of clubs that meet throughout Hawaii Island during the school year.

Young Life, Hawaii Island is a group of clubs that meet throughout Hawaii Island during the school year.

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Worship

Worship is what you do when no one is looking. But it is also someone we do with everyone around. Worship is honoring God with everything we are  - the very core of ourselves. The things you think about, the things you do, watch or say is a good indication where your heart is. Where do you spend most of your time and money and effort always equals worship

  Part of our Core Band.

Part of our Core Band.

Games and fun

Sham battle, water nights, rad volleyball, glow nights are just a few of the games we do at Core Youth. Not every game is worthy to be played the way we have always played it, so we change the rules to have more fun and ensure that everyone plays and is safe.

Not only do we get together on our Kea'au campus at 16-647 Old Volcano Road, Kea'au, but we hike, camp, bike, BBQ, go to the beach throughout the year.

 One of our Friday night games.

One of our Friday night games.

 
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More fun with you here. Come join the Core!

Everyone

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Can you guess how much fun we Are having?

No betta place than da Core.

The Core is a bunch of young people who enjoy the most out of life and live the way of Jesus.  No limits to the Core.

Gallery of Core  and Young Life - Past & Present


 
 

PCC Programs

Our Programs are relationship driven. Without making friends and building relationships nothing really changes.  God so loved the world that He sent Jesus to redeem the world.  He initiated relationship with humanity.  That is our number one job.  That is our program.

 

Infants and children and parents

Life starts out with us not doing much to do it on our own. So, we like to support the growth of infants and children by having services and ministries directed to them and for the support of parents. Parenting probably does not really end until our children give birth to their children. So, parents are the key foundation to good and strong families and a thriving community.
 

Music and Food

We love music and love singing. Our church has many groups that exist to enjoy songs. Food and music go together for our family and church gatherings. We love the spontenaity of music but we want to ensure that we have time to sing and share songs of love, faith and Jesus. Food makes those times thrive.

Youth and Young Adults

The body of Jesus is called the Church. By the time we hit our adolescent years, we have a good idea of life. However, our brain and our body does not stop changing until well into our mid-20s. So, we design groups and activities to support and encourage youth and young adults work through their life.
 

Kupuna

Our kupuna are valuable to us. They care for us, the encourage us, and we love every Kupuna. Our community, our families, and our life would not  exist without Oma or Opa, Grandma or Grandpa. So, we celebrate them with monthly lunches, they celebrate us with make ono-kine-grinds for Core Youth, Young Life, family fun nights, and Sunday church. 

 
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