WEEKLY NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
March 14, 2021
Sunday Worship
The Fourth 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.

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:

PRAYER REQUESTS THIS WEEK
Healing of body, mind and spirit for
Janice (health) ; Marilyn (recovery from broken hip); Sarah and Julie (mental peace & to feel God's presence) 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); Gregg (continued healing of COVID); Bobby (healing of COVID); Nancy (healing of lung cancer); Scott (coping with dementia); Greg (healing of leukemia); Webb (healing of lymphoma); Peter (continued healing from heart surgery); Susan (strength and courage during cancer treatment); John; Michael; Terri (healing of multiple myeloma); Sue Ellen, Peter, Xavier, Kelly (healing of cancer); Doug (recovering from stroke); Bill (healing of infected shoulder).
MUSINGS
Untethered Thoughts

Natural disasters are reported often across the globe—as an example, the nuclear power station and earthquake/tsunami in Japan ten years ago this week....It was so far away; a distant memory today.

But here today “near at home,” on our isolated island of Kauai, we are experiencing our own natural disaster. The road down the hill from Princeville to Hanalei Bay is inundated with a huge landslide. It could be a long time before it can be reopened.

Three years ago there was another slide. After a long period of shoring up, two way traffic resumed in 2019. But then COVID landed and with quarantines the tourist industry, our like it or not economic mainstay, plunged. Now our good neighbors face yet more uncertainty. Imagine being an employee at Big Save or AMA’s or a retail store in Hanalei.

This disaster is more than just “near at home.” After all, the stretch from Hanalei Bay to Haena State Park serves as a welcome mat backyard. Weekend BBQ’s or morning surfing or beach walking. These are our DNA routines—routines that have kept going through COVID days and months. They now face serious disruptions.

If Jesus and the Apostles lived here, they would be the first in line to give money or food or offer housing to their stranded neighbors.
  
Bill Schilling, Bishop’s Committee
(307) 262-5990
MUSINGS from Suzanne

I was reading Richard Rhor's daily meditation, and he quoted John O'Donohue. I was struck with how this resonated with me. When my mom died 2 years ago, she saw a good many of her friends & relatives in the weeks before she finally passed. At one point, during the last week of her life, during the night, she was knocking on the window with urgency. When asked what she was doing, she said, "It's a party let them in."

The Celtic Irish tradition recognizes that the eternal and the transient worlds are woven in and through each other. Very often at death, the inhabitants of the eternal world come out toward the visible world. . . . Your friends who now live in the eternal world come to meet you, to bring you home. Usually, for people who are dying to see their own friends gives them great strength, support, and encouragement. . . .

Here we are caught in linear time. . . . Time must be totally different for the dead because they live now within a circle of eternity. . . . The Celtic mind never liked the line but always loved the shape of the circle. . . . I imagine that in the eternal world time has become the circle of eternity. Maybe when a person goes into that world, he or she can look back at what we call past time here. That person may also see all of future time. For the dead, present time is total presence. This suggests that our friends among the dead know us better than they can ever have known us in life. . . .

I believe that our friends among the dead really mind us and look out for us. Often there might be a big boulder of misery over your path about to fall on you, but your friends among the dead hold it back until you have passed by. One of the exciting developments that may happen in evolution and in human consciousness in the next several hundred years is a whole new relationship with the invisible, eternal world. We might begin to link up in a very creative way with our friends in the invisible world. . . . They are now in a place where there is no more shadow, darkness, loneliness, isolation, or pain. They are home. They are with God from whom they came. They have returned to the nest of their identity within the great circle of God. God is the greatest circle of all, the largest embrace in the universe, which holds visible and invisible, temporal and eternal, as one. .

In the eternal world, all is one. In spiritual space there is no distance. In eternal time there is no segmentation into today, yesterday, or tomorrow. In eternal time all is now; time is presence. I believe that this is what eternal life means: it is a life where all that we seek—goodness, unity, beauty, truth, and love—are no longer distant from us but are now completely present with us.
 
 John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom (HarperCollins: 1997), 211, 227–228, 229. 

I have often mused that the second coming is instantaneous for each of us when we die, because there we are; in the presence of God with the communion of saints!

Suzanne Kobayashi, Postulant for Priesthood
Fourth Sunday in Lent
We are now Mid-Lent. Check in on how you are doing with the intention and discipline of the season. 

  • Where am I spiritually now that it is Mid-Lent?  
  • Am I more focused on “me” than God? 
  • Where is God calling me to change direction? 
  • When I wake up on Easter Sunday morning, what change would I like to see in me? 
  • Is there a habit or sin in my life that repeatedly gets in the way of loving God with my whole heart or loving my neighbor as myself? 
  • How do I address that habit?
  • Is there anyone in my life from whom I need to ask forgiveness or pursue reconciliation?
  • What practical steps am I taking to carve out time for daily prayer?
  • What spiritual discipline can I continue to improve upon?
  • What virtues do I want to focus on for the remainder of Lent (e.g., patience, charity, kindness, gentleness)?
CLERGY-IN-RESIDENCE
Becoming Eucharist:
The Movement of Love with
Fr. Billy Daniel+
Session Three: Deed
March 18, 2021 @10 am

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

What is a Christian act? Delving into Philippians 2, we will unpack how the labor of God—the labor of Love—is the energy that empowers us to live beyond “my own” needs and concerns and, following in the way of Christ, perform the work that God is performing in me.

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