Volume 1, Issue 41
November 25, 2016
In This Issue
Thanksgiving
Heavenly Hike
Work Day Recap
Stewardship Update
Going Live!
Holiday Cheer
ECW Gift Cards
Christmas Poinsettias
This Week in Sunday School
Teacher Meeting
Preschool News
Christmas Information
In Brief
This Sunday
November 27, 2016

1st Sunday of Advent
Upcoming Dates
Every Wednesday
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM -  Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

Sunday, November 27
Heavenly Hike
11:45AM - Depart Church
Hoopii Falls Trail 

Tuesday, November 29
Vestry Meeting
6:00PM - Eucharist
6:30PM - Meeting
Rectory

Saturday, December 3
Holiday Craft Fair
9:00AM - 2:00PM
All Saints' Campus

Wednesday, December 7
Laundry Love - Team "B"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Thursday, December 8
Daughters of the King
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Saturday, December 10
Saturday Market and
Swap Meet
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Church Lawn

Sunday, December 11
Christmas Caroling
at Mahelona
5:45PM

Youth Group Christmas Party
7:15PM
Rectory

Sunday, December 18
Episcopal Church Women
11:00AM
Memorial Hall

Wednesday, December 21
Laundry Love - Team "C"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Preschool Christmas Program
6:30PM
All Saints' Gym

Thursday, December 22
Daughters of the King
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve

Keiki Service
3:30PM

Festive Christmas Mass
5:30PM

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

Carol Prelude and Festive Christmas Mass
10:30PM

Sunday, December 25
Christmas Day

Holy Eucharist
9:30AM
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THANKSGIVING 2016

Grand Feast for the people of the Kaua'i
 
On Thanksgiving Day, All Saints' served as the host site for the Annual Kapa'a Interfaith Association Service and Community Thanksgiving Luncheon. This year, well over a 1,000 free Thanksgiving meals were shared with the community--including about 400 home deliveries. 

The event was led by Mary Margaret Smith, Anna Yu, and a committee comprised of members from the six participating communities of faith. Also, over 100 volunteers pitched in to make the event a huge success. Once again, Mark Oyama and his team from Contemporary Flavors served up a delicious Thanksgiving feast.  

A big mahalo to Mary Margaret Smith and Anna Yu for their tremendous leadership and service as this year's co-chairs!
HEAVENLY HIKE SUNDAY
Ho'opi'i Falls
 
This Sunday, the Heavenly Hike Ministry will venture to Ho'opi'i Falls (pending weather conditions). Denis Orme will lead the group to one of Kaua'i's remote hidden gems. All are welcome to participate. 

The short, moderately difficult 2.2 mile hike along the Kapa'a Stream will take the group up close to two waterfalls, both known as Ho'opi'i Falls. 

Those interested in joining the hike can meet at 11:45AM in the Church parking lot to carpool. Be sure to bring water, a hat, a light lunch or snack, and a swimsuit (if you want to swim).
FAITHFUL SERVANTS
Mahalo to Work Day Volunteers
 
The work day on Saturday, November 19th focused on cleaning the gym and gym kitchen in preparation for the Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday, November 24. In addition to sweeping and vacuuming the gym itself, the gym kitchen was cleared, cleaned and organized - made ready for the volunteers from Mark's Place to prepare and serve the expected 1100 plus meals. Tables and chairs were moved to the gym in preparation for the Thanksgiving Lunch.

A big MAHALO to all those who turned out to help with the work on Saturday:  Marge Akana, Mabel and Mario Antonio, William Brown, CeCe Caldwell, Linda and David Crocker, Fay and John Hanaoka, Jean Nakamoto, Fr. Ryan, Geoff Shields, Mary Margaret Smith, Nora Takenouchi, Chris Wataya and Mary Wilson.

We also owe a very special MAHALO to Lee Gusman who offered his support to this community event by painting the walls in the gym. A coat of paint has made a huge difference. The place looks so much brighter.  As Lee said - "a clean, good looking gym will make the food taste even better!"

Happy Thanksgiving!

David
For the Buildings and Grounds Ministry
STEWARDSHIP UPDATE
Giving Thanks!
 
In my role as the Stewardship and Development Minister at All Saints' Episcopal Church and Preschool, I have the pleasure of seeing the many ways that All Saints' touches the lives of our Church 'Ohana and the community at large on a regular basis. By providing a welcoming worship experience, nurturing our keiki, participating in events such as the KIA Thanksgiving Service and Luncheon, hosting cultural events, and serving those in need, All Saints' is actively pursuing its vision "to be a cathedral for the people of Kaua'i--a center for worship, education, outreach, and the arts."

On Sunday, November 6, we celebrated All Saint's Day, when pledges were offered and we literally lifted our hearts to the Lord as an act of thanks and praise. I am thrilled to see the number of pledges that have been submitted so far. The very practical need for the Church to plan for our various missions and budget appropriately make pledging a very important part of the life of our Church. It also feels good. 

As one member of the Stewardship Committee put it recently "our brothers and sisters in Christ need to give more than the Church needs to get". In other words, "it is better to give than to receive". I am thankful that so many of you agree. Please join me in saying Mahalo Nui Loa to all who have submitted pledges to All Saints' to date.

 
If you have not yet had a chance to complete a pledge card, it's not too late. I encourage you to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider the abundance God has bestowed upon you and let the Holy Spirit work through you. If you need a card or would like to discuss any aspect of the 2016/2017 Stewardship Year please contact me or a member of the Stewardship Committee (Bill Brown, Bill Caldwell, Mary Schulz, and Chris Wataya), the Vestry or Fr. Ryan.
 
Yours in Christ,

William Caldwell
Stewardship and Development Minister
EXPANDING OUR DIGITAL PRESENCE
Beta Testing: Live Streaming Sunday Services
 
Last Sunday was a historic day at All Saints'--it was the first time ever a service at All Saints' was broadcast on the Internet. The Church is in the process of beta testing a live stream feed to Facebook Live and the All Saints' website.

Currently, we are working out some technical glitches with our bandwidth. Once resolved, the service will stream in full HD. In addition, the sound feed comes directly from the soundboard, which offers a superior audio experience for the viewer. 

The goal is to be fully operational by Christmas Eve. In the meantime, visit All Saints' Facebook page and test out the Sunday Service Livestream experience--the service is available 24/7. If you have any feedback or would like to assist with this new ministry opportunity (no prior technology experience required), please email Fr. Ryan.

Last Sunday's service has already had over 400 views online. To view last Sunday's service, click here. 
HOLIDAY CHEER
December 11th: Join us for Christmas Caroling at Mahelona 
 
We invite everyone to come and sing in the halls of Mahelona's Long-term Care Unit for All Saints' Annual Christmas Caroling. We will gather on Sunday, December 11th at 5:45PM in the main parking lot of Mahelona. Caroling begins promptly at 6:00 PM and typically lasts about a half-hour. 

Be sure to dress in some bright holiday colors like red or green. Santa hats and reindeer antlers are always welcome, and so are any musical instruments to enhance the overall experience. This is a wonderful family-friendly event and service opportunity.
CHRISTMAS GIVING TO HO'OMALU FAMILIES
ECW Seeking Gift Cards for Hale Ho'omalu
 
During the Holiday Season, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) are hosting a special collections for Hale Ho'omalu, a family service center located 1/2 block away from All Saints'. The ECW is seeking donations of Christmas Gift Cards ($25 or less) along with a Christmas ornament that will be given to the Hale Ho ʻ omalu families for Christmas. The families will use the gift cards (with guidance from the Hale Ho ʻ omalu staff) to help them buy food and necessities. 

The ECW will be gathering on Sunday, December 18, to assemble and package the cards, so please bring your donation in before then.
CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS
Offering a Gift to "Green" the Church for Christmas
 
Would you like to make an offering for Christmas poinsettias?  This is a wonderful way to make the church look festive for Christmas and to make a dedication in thanksgiving or in memory of someone. Pick up a form at the entrance of the Church or download an online form

Please make checks payable to All Saints' Church with "Christmas flowers" on the memo line. To be included in the Christmas program listing, please submit your donation by Friday, December 16th.
THIS WEEK IN SUNDAY SCHOOL
Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."

November 27th Lesson: Isaiah Promises Peace and Salvation
 
Isaiah has played a central role in Christianity, with his focus on holiness, justice, righteousness, salvation, promise, faith and peace. We also look to Isaiah for his visions of the new age, especially the coming of an individual savior, a suffering servant who will bring righteousness, justice and peace to the earth. 

Isaiah was a man who faced the worst disaster and the prospect of utter devastation and still maintained faith. He could see that for his people the way to life lay not through maneuvering for security but in the discipline of obedience to God and trust in God.

In Isaiah 9:1-7, the prophet Isaiah promises to Israel a new and righteous Savior who will establish a kingdom of justice and righteousness, upheld by "the zeal of the Lord of hosts." In Isaiah 61:1-4, Isaiah expresses the form that his deliverance will take: "...to bring good news to the oppressed..."  We know the first passage as the prophecy foretelling the birth of Jesus and the second as what Jesus quoted in the synagogue when he announced himself as the fulfillment of this scripture (Luke 4:16-21). 

Many people have heard of the Peaceable Kingdom, but not many have read it. From a Christian point of view, Isaiah here proclaims the coming of Christ and the peace and righteousness that will be on the earth upon his coming. God's promise of salvation and the vision of the kingdom of heaven on earth was a great source of solace to the Israelites during this troubling time. It is still a great comfort to us now, as we look forward to a time when war and evil and hatred will end and the reign of God in peace and love will finally prevail. 

School School Teachers: Team "B."
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS
Teacher Meeting, December 4th
 
On Sunday, December 4th at 11:00AM in Memorial Hall, we are asking all Sunday School Teachers to gather for a meeting. 

Since launching the new curriculum and volunteer format this will be the first opportunity for all the teachers to gather, check-in with one another, share what is working, and talk about what needs to tweaked. If you serve on one the Sunday School Teaching Teams, please plan to attend. If you have any questions, please contact to Sierra Gore
PRESCHOOL NEWS


Thanksgiving Celebrations
 
On Wednesday, the Bunny class celebrated Thanksgiving in traditional fashion. The students offered a short play retelling the story of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock and the first Thanksgiving. In addition, not only did they "hunt" for the turkey, they enjoyed a delicious feast prepared by Ms. Modesta and Aunty Merrilee.
CHRISTMAS SERVICES

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IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"

2017 Pledge Cards
If you have not yet had a chance to complete a pledge card, it's not too late. Pledge cards are available at the Church entrance and in the Church Office. Please return your pledge card ASAP. The Vestry and the Stewardship Committee have set a goal of receiving 100% of pledge commitments from our All Saints' 'Ohana.  If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to Bill Caldwell or Fr. Ryan .

Holiday Craft Fair: Vendor Registration is Now Available
You are invited to participate as a vendor at   the All Saints' Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Annually, the Craft Fair   features over 70 booth spaces in the gym and on the lawn, with a wide range of wonderful crafts and products. Come be a part of one of Kauai's largest and most anticipated craft fairs!  Vendor spaces are filling fast! The All Saints' Annual Holiday Craft Fair is the Ke Akua Youth Group's main fundraiser of the year to help them with their outreach and mission activities. We hope to see you on December 3rd. To register to be a vendor, click here.
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