WEEKLY NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
January 17, 2020
Sunday Worship
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany:
The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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.

Make your reservation below: 


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:

"Racism: America's original sin; how the past has led to the present"

Thursday, January 21st
Thursday, January 28th
Thursday, February 4th
at 10:00 AM

Rev. Canon Alonzo C. Pruitt will lead this important, and timely four-part series. Each of the conversations will include information and reflections about the ideas, language, and practices which have served to create and sustain division in our society, consistently resulting in members of minority groups being afforded unequal and broadly oppressive treatment.

Here is the link to join us on Zoom:

ZOOM LINK

PRAYER REQUESTS THIS WEEK
Healing of body, mind and spirit for
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); Nancy (during her radiation treatment); Doug (recovering from stroke); Matt’s dad (healing of COVID) and
Matt's mom (may she rest in peace);
Bill (healing of infected shoulder).
MUSINGS
"Untethered Thoughts"

Those who inspire us or others are beacons of light. They shine at all levels of society...imagine how better off we all would be if for a moment each day we would pause and think about their “gifts?”
From your responses to Untethered Thoughts last week these insights from members of our church community. The emotionally mature parents who adopted a 10-year-old Vietnamese refugee camp boy. The sixth-grade teacher who urged every student to do their best. The spirituality of a person who exhibited wholeness of self. The business leader who inspired a community wide campaign.

True trust holders walk humbly with intentionality. They are thought about in positives: honest, hardworking, caring, dedicated, integrity, good listeners, steady, joyful, humble, etc. This past week with the storming of the People’s House—the US Capitol—we saw left and right political gyrations but, in the midst, we saw voices of reason and calm.

Next week is the inauguration of our next President. His first and most important job is to be an unwavering trust holder and confidence builder for a divided nation.

Bill Schilling, Bishop’s Committee
Christ Memorial Episcopal Church
Email: Bill@wymentor.com or
Text: (307) 262-5990
We welcome your thoughts on the message from Sunday worship or any inspiration you may have.

Our hope is that the newsletter will become more than a calendar of events, and will instead act as a space to share and learn.

Please email the church office with your responses.
Last Week's Message from Suzanne
Several of you asked for a copy of Suzanne's message last week...


Last week, Father Zach asked me to give the message today. I thought I would likely be talking about baptism. Instead, with recent events, I am talking about what we, the baptized, are called to do.

I listened to Presiding Bishop Curry’s prayers on the day the capitol was desecrated & his message, on Friday. I won’t repeat his message, but I’ll tell you it was inspiring, & well delivered as only he can do. It is worth watching. The link on the newsletter didn’t work for me but I found it by googling “Who shall we be?” I also read Hawaii Bishop Bob’s message which intrigued me.

These are the things I came away with:

“Who shall we be?” asks Rev. Curry; as a nation & as individuals if we want to pull our nation out of this current state of division and violence. Dr. King labored & prayed & often spoke of the beloved community. Jesus taught us to pray and to labor for the kingdom of God on earth, in our time and in our world. Jesus taught us to pray to the Father:

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Jesus is not referring to the future or after we die. Jesus’s life shows us God’s kingdom of peace and love can be here, now. It may sound naïve and unrealistic but that unselfish love, the love that Jesus taught,

Love your God with your whole heart and soul, love your neighbor as yourself.

that is the love that we, the baptized, are called to bring to our communities now, today. Without a focus on ushering in the beloved community, we have chaos in our country where people who are peace officers kill undefended non-white citizens, a county where Neo nazi march, a country where our own laws are not kept by those in highest power.

Without a personal focus on showing God’s love, people use whatever power they possess to push others down, judging their neighbors as inferior in a sad attempt to make themselves feel better. As Bishop Bob said, the violence we saw Wednesday was not unexpected. Words of hate, suspicion and violence are prevalent in our media. These self-destructive thoughts were amplified, fed back to people hungry for validation, from the highest leader in the country, hungry himself for self-aggrandizement, so wrapped in himself as seeming not care that he incites further division and violence. Words have power. From our Genesis reading today, God spoke and creation happened.

With recent events, it is easy to point the finger at another person, another party, a different group and say there lies the problem.

What do we as the baptized do? For starters, let’s watch our words for we just saw how powerful words can be. How do we refer to others? Do we make generalities about folks of other colors, religions, beliefs? Do we really believe they are different from ourselves?

I know I have built internal walls between myself and other children of God by calling them ignorant whites, conspiracy wackos, fundamentalists who ignore science. But watch out! The labels we put on people keep us from seeing them as part of the beloved community. With those labels, they then become part of the “not me.” But the truth is, they are people just like me, who want to understand their world, they want love and community. And God loves them as much as God does me.

This love we are called to by Jesus, Dr. King, Archbishop Tutu, Nelson Mendala and Bishop Curry is not a sentimental love but love that speaks the truth, love that fires us up to examine our national and personal lives. Its not easy, it can be painful, but it is the way of love.

Who shall we be? Let’s start with who are we now? Look squarely at racial injustice and act to effect change, make amends. Look squarely at poverty and feed people. Look at mental illness, give support. Listen to those who are lonely.

Shinning the light of love on ourselves, let us take inventory of ourselves. If we think we are not prejudiced, let us consider: What do we say about others? How do we treat others? And check this thought: Why do we even think that they are others? In a beloved community there are no others! It is all we, us! The family of God. This is the message of the baptized to the world.

Bishop Curry asks us to usher in the beloved community, by blessing someone today, someone we disagree with, someone we agree with, give someone a helping hand, pray for those we disagree with. Listen to someone else’s story. We’ll have a great opportunity to that with Rev. Pruitt in the coming weeks. Pray that we may have the wisdom and the courage to love. Pray for ourselves & our nation.

Who shall we be? One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

-Suzanne Kobayashi, Postulant for Priesthood 
CLERGY-IN-RESIDENCE
Christ Memorial Welcomes
Rev. Canon Alonzo C. Pruitt
TSSF, SCP, MSW, M. Div., D. Min., D.D.
Fr. Pruitt is a native Chicagoan who returned home after retiring in 2016. He has served churches in Chicago, Brooklyn, New York, and Richmond Virginia, in addition to offering supply ministries on the island nation of Dominica and in the United States Virgin Islands.

At one time a chaplain for Integrity, Chicago, Alonzo served in the administration of the presiding Bishop Edmond Browning as the Interim Staff Officer for Black Ministries, in addition to ministry as a Chaplain (1LT) in the United States Army Reserve. At the time of his retirement, he was a Sheriff's Deputy (Lt. Col.) and Chief of Chaplains for the second largest jail in Virginia. Since 1982 a Life Professed member of the Third Order Society of St. Francis, he serves as an Area Chaplain in the Order and as a Chaplain to the Retired Clergy and Spouses of the Chicago South Deanery. He has been gratefully active in a 12 Step fellowship since 1995, and more recently became a member of the Society of Catholic Priests. His hobbies are reading, travel, and Shotokan karate. Alonzo and his wife Martha live on the near north side.
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

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

STAY INFORMED
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QUICKLINKS
Christ Memorial Episcopal Church
2509 Kolo Road, Kilauea, HI 96754
PO Box 293, Kilauea, HI 96754
(808) 482-4824