Volume 2, Issue 29
November 3, 2017
In This Issue
Stewardship
Movie Night
Craft Fair
Special Service
This Week in Sunday School
Preschool News
In Brief...
THIS SUNDAY
Upcoming Dates
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM - Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

Friday, November 3
Movie Night on the Lawn
Sunset to 10:30PM
All Saints' Lawn

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

Saturday, November 11
Service for 100th Anniversary of Queen Liliuokalani's Death
8:30AM
Memorial Hall

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

Sunday, November 19
No 7:00AM Service

Sunday, November 19
All Saints' Day Service and Blessing of the Renovated Sanctuary 
9:30AM
Church

Special Aloha Hour BBQ
10:45AM
Deck

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

Wednesday, December 6
Laundry Love (Team B)
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Saturday, December 9
Christmas Craft Fair
9:00AM - 2:00PM
All Saints' Gym

Sunday, December 10
Christmas Caroling
5:15PM
Mahelona Hospital

Youth Group Christmas Party
7:00PM
Rectory

Wednesday, December 20
Laundry Love (Team C)
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Friday, December 22
Preschool Christmas Program
6:30PM
All Saints' Gym

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

Sunday, December 24
No Morning Services

Greening of the Church
Christmas Preparation
8:00AM
Church

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

Saturday, January 6
Feast of the Epiphany
5:30PM
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STEWARDSHIP
Dear All Saints' 'Ohana,

There are many things we have in our lives that we should be thankful for every day. We have our families, our church 'ohana, our friends, our health, our faith, jobs, homes, food on the table and clothes to wear. For all that God has given us, He asks that we dedicate a portion of these gifts to serve those in need, to strengthen our own faith community and to be faithful stewards to help fulfill God's plan.

"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace." (1 Peter 4:10)

Stewardship is not just an annual event which we focus on at this time of the year. Stewardship is also not just about money and our pledge. It is our Journey. It is a way of life for all of us to share together. In order for our All Saints' community to grow and prosper for generations to come, we need to embrace Stewardship - giving a portion of our Time, Talent and Treasure to those around us - as a way of life.

We have faced challenges in the past and we will face more in the future, but if we embrace Stewardship at its core, together we can conquer those challenges and build a strong Christian foundation for our keiki (children), our mo'opuna (grandchildren) and ia makou (us/ourselves).

During the past year we embarked on a major multi-year project - the Organ Replacement/Sanctuary Enhancement project. All of the funding for this project has come from generous donations made by members of our congregation and friends from outside the church. No funds from our annual budget (income from pledge, plate, rental etc.) have been used or will be used in future to fund this project.

We also had to replace our church roof due to rot, general wear and tear, and termite damage. This was an approximately $80,000 capital project that we had to fund ourselves. Very fortunately we were able to "borrow" the money from one of our own funds but we are committed to repaying this loan over a period of 8-10 years. That will not be an easy task.

Having said that Stewardship is not just about money and our pledge, here are a couple of numbers to ponder as you think about your pledge for 2018:
  • In 2016 our pledge/plate income totaled $246,580 -
    $675 per day.
     
  • In 2016 our expenses totaled $316,102 -
    $866 per day.
We are not extravagant in our spending and we need your help to close this funding gap.

We are certainly not extravagant in our spending and we ask for your support to help us close this funding gap.

Mahalo nui loa for your generous donations of Time, Talent and Treasure in the past.

We hope we are able to rely on your generosity once again as we continue our journey together in support of our church, our 'ohana and our community.

Faithfully, 

The Vestry of All Saints' Episcopal Church and Preschool
UPCOMING EVENT
CRAFT FAIR
Registration is open!

The All Saints' Annual Holiday Craft Fair takes place on Saturday, December 9TH, 2017, from 9:00AM - 2:00PM. The event will feature 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 Kaua'i's largest and most anticipated craft fairs!

Take advantage of a 10% early bird discount
and register by November 10!

 
WORSHIP NEWS

THIS WEEK IN SUNDAY SCHOOL
Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."

November 5th: The Stories of David

1 Samuel 16:1-18:5; 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25. David was not born a king. Born and raised a shepherd boy, he is chosen by God. He is a boy centered enough in the Lord to trust in God's protection for him in fighting the giant Goliath.

At first, David seems specially blessed by God. He is chosen to be the king of Israel, and he is given the ability to face and kill Goliath. It must be that he has earned God's favor because he is so good.

But then, while king, he gives in to temptation and takes a wife, Bathsheba, after having her husband killed. Is he now abandoned by God? No! God is "displeased," and sends Nathan the prophet to confront David. Nathan tells him a parable. To his credit, David sees his wrongdoing and is truly remorseful for his sin. God is angry, but God stays with him, just as God stays with us, no matter what. And David never loses his devotion to God, even when he has strayed. His repentance after realizing the extent of his sin in taking Bathsheba is genuine. David also shows other qualities essential to the people of God: trust in the Lord, and God as the center of his life.

Sunday School Teachers this Sunday, "Team A."
PRESCHOOL NEWS




On Tuesday, October 31st, All Saints' Preschool gathered for their annual Halloween Parade and Carnival. 
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle." 

Queen Lili'uokalani Service
Queen Lili'uokalani died on November 11th, 1917 and the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'I is honoring her life. Churches throughout the State are asked to toll their bells 100 times and hold services in celebration of the life of the last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawai'i. All Saints' will hold a special service of remembrance on Saturday, November 11th at 8:30AM to remember her life of faith, devotion and service to Ke Akua Mana Loa. Weather permitting, the service will take place in front of Memorial Hall. For more information on the service please contact either David Murray or Sierra Gore.

Thanksgiving Outreach
Thursday, November 23rd the Kapa'a Interfaith Thanksgiving Service and Free Luncheon. Volunteer signup sheets for set up, working the luncheon, cleanup and delivery teams will be in the church this Sunday. We are asking early so you can find a job that works well for you. Forms requesting meals to be delivered are also available at the table in the gym or online at the Thanksgiving website. Requests for delivered meals must be turned in by November 18th.  If you have questions or need information please contact Mary Margaret Smith at 821-2878 or Sarah Rogers at 822-3473. You can also email the co-chairs at  thanksgiving@allsaintskauai.org

Communication Survey
Last month, members of our 'Ohana participated in a "Communication Survey" distributed by the Vestry. The goal of the survey and the workshop was to better understand our communication practices at All Saints', solicit candid feedback and ideas from the congregation, and to improve not only "what we say" but "how we say it." After reading the survey results, if you have any questions, concerns, comments, etc. please do not hesitate to contact the Vestry. View survey results.

All Saints' Thought Box
Do you ever have a suggestion, an idea, some feedback, or comment you want to pass along to the Vestry? Now you can share that thought with the Vestry anytime and virtually anywhere. 
All Saints' Vestry is happy to introduce the    All Saints' Thought Box!   In keeping with their communication goals, the Vestry wanted to create a way that parishioners can freely and anonymously communicate directly with the Vestry. Users can access the Thought Box through the All Saints' Website (look for the light bulb logo) and there will be a link in each issue of the Epistle. Comments are NOT screened and go directly to everyone on the Vestry.

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.

Advent 4 Service
This year, Christmas Eve, December 24th, falls on a Sunday. Sunday morning is Advent 4 and Sunday evening is Christmas Eve services. For clergy this creates a significant dilemma-or crisis. At All Saints' we are going to do a slightly different approach. Hopefully, it will allow us to experience the beauty of Advent 4 and the joy of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  There will be no services on the morning of Sunday, December 24th. However, we will celebrate Advent 4 at a special TaizĂ© Eucharist on Saturday evening, December 23rd at 5:30PM.
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