WEEKLY NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
February 28, 2021
Sunday Worship
The Second Sunday in Lent

Scripture Readings for this Sunday:
Service of Holy Eucharist
with Music,
in the Sanctuary
8:00 am

Please make a reservation as we are allowed a limited number due to social distancing.

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Please wear a mask.
Service of Holy Eucharist
with Music,
in the Sanctuary and on Zoom
9:30 am

Here is the link to join us on Zoom:

PRAYER REQUESTS THIS WEEK
Healing of body, mind and spirit for
Hillis and Dorothy (may they rest in peace); Gae; Bill (recovery from a heart attack); Mary (late-stage bone cancer); Roe (healing); Nelli (health); Tony (health); Emily (discernment); Chelsea; Gregg (continued healing of COVID); Bobby (healing of COVID); Peggy (healing from daughter’s suicide); Nancy (healing of lung cancer); Scott (coping with dementia); Greg (healing of leukemia); Webb (healing of lymphoma); Sarah (peace of mind & to feel God's love); Julie (patience and peace of mind); Peter (continued healing from heart surgery); Susan (strength and courage during cancer treatment); John; Michael; Terri (healing of multiple myeloma); Scott (coping with dementia); Sue Ellen, Peter, Xavier, Kelly (healing of cancer); Doug (recovering from stroke); Bill (healing of infected shoulder).
MUSINGS
Untethered Thoughts

I have always been drawn to history. Aristotle, some 300 BC, said of history that “If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development.” Good advice.

In our daily lives do we mostly live in the present, worry a bit about the future, but rarely think about the past? Doing a personal timeline going back ten or twenty years is one way to connect with your past. Have you ever taken the time to jot down worldly events which (or people who) have influenced your community volunteering?

In volunteering from time to time I have failed to heed Aristotle’s advice. I neglected to 1) “observe” objectively programs and decision making processes ; 2) track organizational activities from their “beginnings;” and 3) assess “developments” based on insider memories or documented written records.
  
Knowing history, at the personal or organizational level, begins with your timeline and the events which have shaped you.

Bill Schilling, Bishop’s Committee
The Power of One

Pastor Pruitt cut a wide swathe through white complacency, in his fiery four-part review of the ugly truths of American racism. The only weak moment came at the end, when he asked us for solutions. No-one offered one, and I think that was his point. We do not have a solution – that’s what we need to work on.

But there is a solution, to the problems he described and a great many others deemed insoluble. It’s just not the kind of political solution he seemed to be asking for. But all politics, both problems and solutions, grow out of the way we think. I do not believe there is a political solution to racism: it can only be solved by changing the way we think. Altering infantile institutions like separate bathrooms and drinking fountains helps us think more clearly about the different bodies in which God has placed his souls. But political solutions are just a start.

By aligning our thinking with the wisdom of the ages, we can put an end to betrayal, domestic violence, murder, rape, broken hearts, racism, sexism and war. The way we think will only have to accommodate one simple concept: that God permeates all things, shining within the just and the unjust alike. God is immanent – not imm-i-nent, that means about to happen. God is imm-a-nent, meaning He is always already happening anywhere and everywhere.

Understanding that all things in the material world are permeated by a single Divine Spirit – the Oneness – puts us into community with all things, even our worst enemies. We cannot betray members of our own community – and everything is in our community now, because all are vessels of the same God. Do we want to betray God in His vessels?

Understanding that it is all One and we are part of that One, like God’s partners, we cannot hit or hurt our spouse without violating the partnership that binds us together with God. For our spouse is a vessel of the same God as ourselves. Should we hit God in that vessel?

Understanding that it is all One and we are part of that One, we start to live by a code of honor which protects the weak rather than taking advantage of their weakness – for even if we are strong, the weak are still part of the same God as we are. We cannot murder and also protect the weak, for anyone about to die under our hands is in a weak position and should be rescued, not slaughtered. Should we murder God in that vessel?

Understanding that it is all One and we are part of that One, we enter into such love for God that we love all things, for all things are vessels of our Sacred Beloved. Having entered into that profound universal love, we will find that we cannot rape in a state of unconditional love for all beings, because no act could be less loving. The victim of rape is also a vessel of God. Do we want to rape God in that vessel?

Understanding that it is all One and we are part of that One, we see that it is Love that binds us in community and partnership, under the world’s simplest code of honor – protect those weaker than yourself. In love affairs, we cannot break another’s heart without opposing the will of God, who wants all of us to survive our love affairs intact. Understand that God’s heart breaks in the heart-broken lover, for He walks within us down the roads we follow. Should we break God’s heart?

Do you see how, if God walks within us as an immanent Being, He suffers our pain? We are not on the cross like Jesus, Jesus was on the cross like us. Waking up to the Oneness is deciding not to hurt God any more.

Understanding that it is all One and we are part of that One, we see easily that both racism and sexism violate the Divine understanding that we are all parts of One thing, permeated by the immanent God. Do we want to make God sit at a separate table from ourselves? Is not Martin Luther King’s dream, that one day little white children and little black children would sit at the same table and eat together in peace, really a dream that we should find our way back to God, who permeates all His children without regard for color? Or do we want to pay God less, refuse Him jobs and advancement, make Him stay at home barefoot and pregnant, simply because He inhabits a woman’s body? If you believe in the Oneness, racism and sexism just fall apart. We can’t think that way any more.

Understanding that it is all One and we are part of that One, we gain a new compassion for all other beings as part of the same God as ourselves. Really, our innate self-concern expands into a concern for others as Self. Once this huge change is in place in our thought patterns, we will find we cannot go to war without hanging universal compassion on a hook and going into combat without it. Do we really want to stop caring what happens to God in His other vessels? Do we want to call Him a gook or a towel-head and then blow His brains out?

Can we do this and still call ourselves Christians? Jesus told us to turn the other cheek, and put away your swords. He gave no other instruction on the subject of conflict. That was it. Turn the other cheek, and put away your sword. Augustine said if God tells us to kill someone, it’s not murder. But that was his opinion. Jesus didn’t say that.

By aligning our thinking with the Oneness, which has been known to and described by mystics of every religion for thousands of years, we can put an end to betrayal, domestic violence, murder, rape, broken hearts, racism, sexism and war. But first we will have to emerge from our denial of the Oneness – a denial which handily empowers all kinds of wickedness.

God is not far away in Heaven. He is here, right here, all around us! This is the Kingdom of Heaven, if we would just stop calling it Hell.
  
Matt Miller
Dr. Matt Miller is a trained medievalist who decided the most useful thing he could do in the world would be to teach children how to read and write, and pursue the threads of medieval mysticism through the Dark Ages into the time of Jesus ..
CLERGY-IN-RESIDENCE
Becoming Eucharist: The Movement of Love with
Fr. Billy Daniel+
Session One: Thought
March 4, 2021 @10 am

“You only see the tree by the light of the lamp. I wonder when you would ever see the lamp by the light of the tree.”
~G. K. Chesterton, Manalive

What does it mean to have the mind of Christ? In this session we will explore what it means to think with the mind of Christ. Working with 1 Corinthians 2:2-16, we will
explore thinking and knowing in relation to being-known by God in Christ. What does it mean to be known by God? What does Jesus reveal about God’s knowledge of created life? And what are the implications for how we think newly about what it means to be human and how human life is cultivated?

Meeting ID: 850 1364 3811
Passcode: 052702
CONNECT
Bishop's Scholarship
Attached here is information regarding the two Diocesan scholarship funds that are available to students for the 2020-2021 school year. 

There are two scholarship opportunities: 
1) Bishop's Scholarship Fund 
2 ) The Chang Clergy Children's Scholarship Fund

Application packets are due in the Office of the Bishop by Tuesday, April 6 @4:00pm.
Helen Mitsui Shared Blessings Thrift Shop in Kilauea is seeking Volunteers for 2021.

Each volunteer shift is a 2-4 hour commitment for a minimum of one day per week. Experience in Retail, Customer Service, and/or Retail a plus, but not required.

Volunteers are invaluable to serving our community. Our goal is to reuse, repurpose and recycle goods — keeping as much as possible out of landfill — while providing our community with access to reasonably priced, quality merchandise.

Here are ways you can help:
* Greeters welcome shoppers and monitor our COVID guidelines.
* Customer Care helps shoppers to ensure a pleasant shopping experience.
* Merchandisers organize departments, restock the floor and display retail goods.
* Philanthropy distributes merchandise to organizations in need.
* Donation Intakers receive, sort and process donations.

Work-from-Home volunteers help prepare merchandise for sale. We are especially looking for help in these areas:
* Games: checking games to ensure all components are intact
* Stationery: packaging up cards and envelopes
* Holidays: preparing merchandise for Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentines, 4th of July, and more
* School, Office, Art Craft Supplies: organizing and packaging materials for reuse
* Toys: sorting, cleaning, and packaging toys
* Hardware: sorting and packaging tools, materials, electronics and appliances

Requirements?
*Team players with a genuine interest in serving the community and contributing to the reuse movement.
* Willingness to support COVID-19 safety measures set by Shared Blessings
* Physically able to lift 50 pounds (Merchandisers and Donation Intakers only)

Benefits?
Serving the community and our environment is rewarding work. We have a lot of fun! New merchandise is donated daily, so the element of surprise and wonder is constant. Get a first peek and more!

Interested?
Click on the reply button here! Let us know 1) your interests, 2) your availability to volunteer and 3) your contact information. Mahalo!
ONGOING ACTIVITIES
Our Thrift Shop is Open!
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

For a safe shopping experience, we can only allow 8 shoppers in the store at any time.

All must wear masks and use hand sanitizer.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Meets in the Parish Hall:
Monday 6:15 - 7:15 pm & 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00-11:00 am & 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Go to www.kauaiaa.org for more info.
GIVE
Our giving is important, especially now.

Although we aren’t gathering in the sanctuary for worship, our church bills are still the same. We’ve had questions from our Sunday worshippers and now our Zoom worshippers about how to give. Your continued gifts really matter, especially in this time of uncertainty.  
If you like to give by check, please send to:
Christ Memorial Episcopal Church,
P.O. Box 293, Kilauea, HI 96754

Or consider changing to Automated Giving. It makes life easy. Just click on the button below to make a one-time or recurring donation. 

Thank you for your love and care for our Christ Memorial community!

STAY INFORMED
Keep up-to-date with messages from the Bishop. Click on the buttons below to view the Bishop's weekly Monday & Wednesday messages, and find links to online worship in the Diocese.
QUICKLINKS
Christ Memorial Episcopal Church
2509 Kolo Road, Kilauea, HI 96754
(808) 482-4824