Volume 2, Issue 27
October 6, 2017
In This Issue
Movie Night
Rector's Reflection
Primates' Message
Church Finances
Blessing of the Animals
Church Project Update
This Week in Sunday School
KISS
Malcolm Miner Lecturer
In Brief...
THIS SUNDAY
Upcoming Dates
Every Wednesday
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM - Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

Friday, October 6
Movie Night on the Lawn
Sunset to 10:30PM
All Saints' Lawn

Sunday, October 8
Blessing of the Animals
9:30AM
Lawn & Deck

Thursday, October 12
Daughters of the King
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Friday, October 13
'Ohana Game Night
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Memorial Hall

Sunday, October 15
Ke Akua Youth Group
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Youth Room

Wednesday, October 18
Laundry Love (Team B)
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Saturday, October 21
KISS Concert
6:00PM
Gym

Thursday, October 26
Daughters of the King
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Sunday, October 29th
Heavenly Hikes
11:45AM - Depart Church
Location TBD

Wednesday, November 1
Laundry Love (Team C)
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Sunday, November 5
All Saints' Day
Celebration and Special Aloha Hour Following
9:30AM

Thursday, November 9
Daughters of the King
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Wednesday, November 15
Laundry Love (Team A)
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Sunday, November 19
Heavenly Hike
11:45AM - Depart Church
Location TBD

Thursday, November 23
KIA Thanksgiving Service
10:00AM - 10:45AM
Church

Thursday, November 23
KIA Thanksgiving Luncheon
11:00AM - 1:00PM
All Saints' Gym

Sunday, November 26
Holy Sovereigns Service
9:30AM
Church

Saturday, December 23
Advent 4 Evening
Taize Service
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Church

Sunday, December 24
No Morning Services

Sunday, December 24
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

Keiki Christmas Service
3:30PM

Festive Christmas Eucharist
5:30PM

Christmas at the Rectory
7:00PM - 10:15PM

Carol Prelude
Festive Christmas Eucharist
10:30PM

Monday, December 25
CHRISTMAS DAY

Eucharist with Music
9:30AM
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MOVIE NIGHTS
Tonight's movie night postponed
 
Unfortunately, due to Inclement weather, we have decided to postpone tonight's movie night. The rain is scheduled to stop, but the high winds are expected to continue through the night, which would significantly impact the viewing experience. We will announce the new date ASAP. Mahalo nui loa
RECTOR'S REFLECTIONS
Instruments of God's Peace
 
Dear All Saints' 'Ohana,
 
This Sunday at the 9:30AM service, we will gather for the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi (more commonly known as the Blessing of the Animals). Since our earliest days in the Church, we learn about Saint Francis' love for animals and all of God's creation. However, Francis was much more than an animal lover. He was (and is) a prophetic voice for peace and reconciliation. More than ever, Saint Francis' vision for peace is deeply needed in our nation and the world.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
As I prepared to go to bed on Sunday, October 1st, I glanced at my iPhone to catch up on the news of the day. As I opened CNN.com I was shocked to learn of the events unfolding in Las Vegas. A joyous gathering at a country music festival was tragically transformed into the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. I was in shock and deeply saddened. I wanted to help those suffering . . . but all I could do is pray-so I prayed the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith.
The government of the United States is failing to protect the people who call this country their home. For way too many years (well before the tomfoolery of the current leadership in Washington D.C.), lawmakers have been in a polygamous relationship with both the people of this great nation and special interest lobbyists. Commentator Dan Hodges said a few years ago, "In retrospect Sandy Hook marked the end of the US gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over." Since that awful day on December 14th, 2012 when a madman shot and killed 26 people including 20 first-graders, one would assume that our nation would rally together like never before and begin making the nation safer by enacting stricter gun control laws. We would assume 20 first-graders being gunned down in their classroom would make every lawmaker an immediate advocate for real change regardless of any lobbyist's influence or party affiliation. Unfortunately, too many of our leaders merely offered heartless and soulless rhetoric aimed at placating their special interest donors and their political party's platform. Did 20 first-graders simply die in vain?

Where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
Nothing has changed since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed and 58 others wounded in a hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. On October 1, 2017, 58 people were killed and another 489 injured when a gunman fired on a large crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. Since Sandy Hook, as of October 2nd, 2017, there have been at least 1,518 mass shootings in the United States, with at least 1,715 people killed and 6,089 wounded. The counts come from the Gun Violence Archive, a database that tracks events since 2013 in which four or more people (not counting the shooter) were shot at the same general time and location.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love.
We . . . humanity must respond to this humanitarian disaster. Guns and gun violence are tearing apart our nation, they are destroying families, and they are senselessly ending the lives of so many beautiful people. Now, more than ever, we must be instruments of peace in this world and hold accountable those who have significant access and ability to bring about peace, reconciliation, and true change.

For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
We are the voice of peace in this world. We are called to speak out and act on behalf of our children and for our children's children. We must protect our brothers and sisters from violence, fear, and hatred. God's call us to be prophetic witnesses of God's love-a love that is always peaceful. Those who oppose love oppose peace. Those who oppose peace oppose love.

May God give us the strength and courage to be instruments of peace to this broken world. Furthermore, may we embody Saint Francis' vision-to care for God's creation with every breath of our lives.
 
Amen.
 
The Reverend Ryan D. Newman
Rector and Head of School

Photo Credit: Getty Images
FROM THE PRESIDING BISHOP

Anglican Communion releases a statement on Vegas shooting
 
More than 50 people were killed and more than 500 were injured in a shooting on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday evening, marking the worst mass shooting on American soil.  The primates have gathered at Canterbury Cathedral for  their Oct. 2-6 meeting.  The video message above delivered by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is a statement from the primates of the Anglican Communion to Bishop Dan Edwards of the Diocese of Nevada.
CHURCH FINANCES
Greater Financial Transparency  

As a result of the Congregational Communication Survey and the Vestry's recent Communication Workshop, over the next couple of months, All Saints' will be rolling out a variety of tools and resources to enhance communication within the congregation.

Both the communication survey and the workshop articulated the congregation's desire to have regular financial updates. Looking ahead, monthly, in both The Epistle and The Gold Sheet, All Saints' will publish a "financial snapshot."

The snapshot will show the most recent financial summary report submitted to the Vestry by the Church Treasurer. The reports will be approximately a month behind the year-to-date because the Church Treasurer, Jan Hashizume, reviews and reconciles the financial information prior to submitting the report to the Vestry.

Three points of orientation:
  • If a number in the "difference" column of the "Income" chart is RED and in parenthesis, it means we have received less income than budgeted. For example, the "Pledges and Offering" as of August 31, 2017 is trailing behind (as budgeted) by $22,520.
     
  • If a number in the "difference" column of the "Expense" chart is RED and in parenthesis, it means a expense category is over-budget. Currently, none of our expense categories are over-budget.
     
  • As of August 31st, 2017, we have had a total income of $178,694 and total expenses of $210,671 for a current net loss of $31,976.  
A link to a large-print PDF of the monthly report will always be located at the bottom of this article. If anyone would like to have more detailed financial information than what is presented below, please contact the Church office by email or by phone (808) 822-4267. 

We hope this information will offer greater ongoing clarity and understanding about the Church's financial situation. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to any member of the All Saints' Vestry.


 
WORSHIP NEWS
Blessing of the Animals This Sunday
 
The annual Blessing of the Animals (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) service will be held Sunday, October 8th at 9:30AM. We will bless our furry, finned, and feathered pets. The service will be held outdoors on the lawn and the deck. The will be no Sunday School on October 8th so the keiki of the Church can fully participate in the family and pet friendly service. Photos of your pets and stuffed animals are welcome too.

All who attend will be given an opportunity to contribute to a free-will offering supporting The Kaua'i Animal Welfare Society (KAWS).  Bring your pets and beach chair!
PROJECT UPDATE


Latest Sanctuary/Organ Project News
 
This week, contractors removed all of the carpet in the sanctuary and they have begun the process to refinish the concrete floors throughout the Church and the lanai. The work is scheduled to be completed on Monday, October 9th. After the concrete floors are finished, the drywall contractors will complete their work. Hopefully, by the week of October 16th, the painters will return to finish painting the interior of the Church.
THIS WEEK IN SUNDAY SCHOOL
Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."
 
NO SUNDAY SCHOOL THIS WEEK DUE TO BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

UPCOMING CONCERT

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
Malcolm Miner Lecturer at SMAA

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church invites the community to hear Fr. William Petrie, who will be our Malcolm Miner Lecturer on Friday, October 13th at 7:00PM. The event is free.

Fr. Bill will draw from his experience serving in ministry with St. Teresa of Calcutta and the residents of Kalaupapa Settlement on Molokai. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Phyllis Meighen (UCC) at 647-4346 or email her.
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle." 

'Ohana Game Night
The next All Saints' 'Ohana Game Night is scheduled for Friday, October 13th from 6:00PM - 9:00 PM in Memorial Hall.  We invite all members of the All Saints' 'Ohana, including Pre-school families, to a three-hour pizza and game party.    Organizers will provide salad, pizza, and beverages. It will be a fun and family-orientated evening.  We invite everyone to bring their favorite game to the event. No video games, but board games and card games are welcome. We would like to encourage all members of our church 'Ohana, young and young at heart, to come out for a couple of hours of fun and fellowship. Free fun, food, and fellowship.

Holy Sovereigns Postponed until Nov. 26th
All Saints' have made the decisions to postpone the Holy Sovereigns service this year until November 26th (Sunday nearest the actually feast day, November 28th). It will be the day the Holy Sovereigns are celebrated throughout the Diocese.  The major reason for the postponement is due to the ongoing work in the Church's sanctuary. Initially, we had planned to be back in the Church by October 15th.  Save the date, November 26th, and be sure to attend this beautiful service and the amazing reception afterwards.

Medical Equipment Loan (MEL) Ministry 
The ministry now has enough equipment to officially start the loan program. The equipment is available to our church 'Ohana, the local community, and visitors to Kaua'i.  MEL has a small stock of shower chairs, walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, canes, etc. for loan for a $20 deposit, $15 of which is refundable upon the return of the equipment.  The borrowing procedure is simple. Call or email the MEL ministry with your request and the MEL ministers will set up a time for the equipment pickup at All Saints'. The paperwork required includes basic contact information and a liability release form.  If you are interested in being involved in the MEL Ministry or making a donation, please contact the MEL ministry by email address (  mel@allsaintskauai.org ) or by phone (808) 431-1306.

October Hale Ho'omalu Collection
October's special collection for Hale Ho'omalu, a family service center located 1/2 block away from All Saints', is   Paper goods (ie. Toilet Paper/Paper Towels, Disposable Diapers).  Every Sunday, all gift-in-kind donations can be left in the red wagon at the Church's entrance. Hale Ho'omalu also needs and appreciates monetary donations as well as gift-in-kind items.

Yarn donations needed
The Women of All Saints' who make our very appreciated welcome leis are in need of more yarn. Please donate what you can to this very worthy newcomer ministry. You can give yarn or monetary donations to Edith Hashizume or  Chris Wataya .
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