Aloha friends, please read this version. We made an error in Morning Coffee Inspiration from Pastor Gae, and it has now been corrected. Mahalo!
Centering Prayer and Meditation
This Sunday, October 20, 4:00 - 5:00pm
Meets in the Christ Memorial Sanctuary
Sitting in silence is the essence of Centering Prayer, also known as contemplative prayer or meditation. Practicing the quieting of our minds provides access to the power and presence of God. God’s love opens our hearts, heals our wounds, and molds us into the image of Christ. 

Our Centering Prayer group is open to all faiths and to anyone who is seeking a deeper meaning to their spiritual life along the Contemplative Path. We meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.

Each session, Pastor Gae gives meditation instruction followed by a bit of music and sacred reading, time to sit in silence, and time for observations and questions. Cushions for the pews are provided.

Morning Coffee Inspiration from Pastor Gae

Aloha Friends,

 For the past few years I’ve been working a lot on “letting go.” I suppose this “let go” intention began to take root around the age of 60. Almost overnight, it seemed I was being reminded of my age and my new status as “senior.” My kids were now “grown up,” at least by the world’s standards. (Are we ever really grown up?) And the roles were reversing. My son started to give me advice! Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate his concern. But the point is that I had to let go to the reality that my identity was changing. 
When my husband Jim died, I was forced to let go of the idea I would “grow old” with someone. He was my best friend and the love of my life. We had great times and times that were not-so-great; times when we were rich and times when we were poor; healthy times and sick times. We did it all together. Marrying again? I can’t imagine going through those experiences with someone else. And that’s OK. 

I’ve had to “let go” of the vocational goals that I once had. The reality in the Episcopal Church is that women over the age of 60 are now considered better suited for little interim or part time positions (men get a few more years). I never wanted to “move on up” and be a bishop. Sitting in meetings all the time would be hell for me. But I did have fantasies of working to stop the decline in our Episcopal Church. I really want to make a difference and help turn things around. I have had to let go of that fantasy and turn it over to God, trusting that it will be made right. Instead I just focus on being the best priest I can be in our precious, but tiny church.

I do struggle with “letting go” to the physical changes in my body. It wasn’t all that long ago that I could do four services on a weekend, visit a residential community and have Sunday meditation. Now after two services on Sunday morning and a meeting thrown in there, I go right home and take a nap! I used to be able to eat anything. Now some foods bug my stomach and my cholesterol gets too high if I don’t watch what I eat. And I swear my body shows the change immediately if I don’t hit the gym.
“Letting go” of my possessions was made easier with the move to Kaua`i. I sold my Arizona house and had to make decisions on what would come with me, what would go into storage, and what would be discarded. At some point, I’m going to have to deal with the storage. It’s interesting that the “stuff” that was important to me like my great-grandmother’s china is of no interest to my kids. I have no idea what to do about that.

I’ve been doing a lot of work on some of my beliefs that no longer serve me. Some friends I’ve had to let go, because we no longer have anything in common, and there didn’t seem to be much purpose to the relationship. Even some family members I’ve had to distance as the relationship wasn’t healthy for me. I’ve had to let go of some old wounds and spend time in forgiveness work.

The most fun I’ve had with “letting go” has been when it comes to plans for my life. I don’t like to make plans anymore. I don’t want to be “looking forward” to something in the future. I just want to be grateful for each day and what it will bring. Future planning just makes me anxious. 

Bottom line — “Letting go” has been and continues to be an interesting life experience. It’s frustrating and overwhelming at times, but the joy-filled memories make up for it. We all have to go through it, because at some moment in time known only by God, we have to let go of it all.

As always, your thoughts. Much joy,
~Pastor Gae+

P.S. I taught a Conscious Aging class a few years ago and ran across the poem below. It’s been very useful to me in this “letting go” process, so I thought I’d share it.  


SHE LET GO by Safire Rose, Agape Spiritual Center

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of fear. She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
 
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely,
without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
 
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go.
She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.
 
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of calculations about how to do it just right.
 
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her day-timer.
 
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
 
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call a prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
 
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
 
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
 
There was no effort. There was no struggle. 
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
 
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
 
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.
 
And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

CONNECT

Quiet Morning ~ Introduction to Soul Collage by Maggie Lea
This Saturday, October 19, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, includes lunch
Meets at the Parish Hall
A Quiet Morning at Christ Memorial is a mini-spiritual retreat. Our 3-hour silent retreats begin at 9:00 am with a Taize-style prayer service, followed by an instruction and practice, and we end with a healthy lunch. There is time built into the morning for meditation, journaling or labyrinth walks.

Our second Quiet Morning is an introduction to Soul Collage with Maggie Lea, licensed Educational & Clinical Psychologist, artist and SoulCollage® practitioner. 

Maggie will share how Soul Collage has assisted her in the journey of self-discovery. We will learn how to create our own “deck of cards” — each collage card representing one aspect of our personality or our Soul. 

There will be time for several readings of our cards to demonstrate how Soul Collage can provide a guidance aspect to our deeper questions of life. All materials are provided. Suggested faith offering: $10. Please make a reservation by Friday, October 18. Email Pastor Gae  gdchalker@gmail.com
KEIKI - Fall Sunday School 
Every Sunday, 8:00 – 9:00 am
Meets in the Church Office

We welcome new students, as well as volunteers and parents to assist in our Sunday School program. For more information, contact Keana Oliveira keana@ischool.org or Leona Blankley at lcblankley@aol.com .
Bible Study
Every Wednesday 2:00 - 3:15 pm
Meets in Church Office

For more information, see Pastor Gae or email her at gdchalker@gmail.com
Men’s Fellowship
Every Monday at 10:00am
Meets at Kilauea Bakery and Pizza

For more information, see Patrick O’Connell at worship or email him at paoco65@gmail.com

SERVE
Volunteers Needed

Little churches like Christ Memorial depend on every member serving in some capacity. We welcome our seasonal residents to serve too. Below are some of our current needs. Please note that most of these do not require commitment every week. Volunteers are on a schedule depending on time availability. There will be sign up sheets on the Walkway this Sunday or email Pastor Gae if you are interested in learning more.  gdchalker@gmail.com

  Sunday Morning Hospitality
 ~Take down after 9:30 am service 

Worship
~Chalice Minister for 8:00 am service
~Altar Guild assistance after 8:00 am service
~Altar Guild clean up after 9:30 am service
 
Finance & Office
~Clerk for Bishop’s Committee meetings
~Counters following 9:30 am service
~Christmas mailing preparation (we will do this in a few weeks as a team!)
~Filing

Property
~Labyrinth care (need a small lawn mower)
~Foster care of a gravesite
 
Children’s Ministry
~Assistant teacher 8:00 am service

Shared Blessings Thrift Shop
~Merchandising, greeting customers
~Sunday fellowship: one hour merchandising 11:00am-12:00pm
~Work at home: puzzles, games, fabric, price tags, and more

Helen Mitsui Shared Blessings Thrift Shop News

Halloween is just around the corner, and Thanksgiving shortly follows. All of our fall holiday merchandise is on full display, so shop early for the best selection.
Thrift Shop Hours for Shopping and Donations

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 2:00 - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 3:00pm
Sunday: closed (fellowship 11am - 12pm)
Monday: closed

PRAY
Special Ministry of Christ Memorial ~ Open for Prayer
Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
Feeling a little overwhelmed with life? Just drop in to Christ Memorial for a little peace and quiet.

One important ministry of Christ Memorial is the opening of our church doors, Monday through Friday, during the day. It’s amazing the number of people who drop in to pray, meditate, or just to seek a few minutes of quiet. Unfortunately fear has crept into many churches. Pastor Gae believes our country would be very different if all churches kept their doors unlocked.

Our Sunday prayer list includes those whom our visitors have asked us to pray.

Live off island? If you have a prayer intention or would like to pray for those on our prayer list, email Pastor Gae at gdchalker@gmail.com .

 GIVE


Ways to Support Christ Memorial
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your financial support and generosity allow us to create and enhance the beautiful environment and worship that you and your family enjoy on a weekly basis.

Checks

 Thank you to all of you who still like to write checks. Make checks payable to Christ Memorial Episcopal Church. 

Mailing address:
Christ Memorial Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 293
Kilauea, HI 96754
 
Stock

Through the decades, many have given stock to Christ Memorial, enabling us to be a consistent presence in Kilauea. For more information on contributing stock, contact Scott Oliver at j.scott.oliver380@gmail.com



Sharing our Property for Support and Recovery Groups
Christ Memorial wants to be known in the community as a healing place for the body, mind and spirit. We are seeking support and recovery groups to meet on the property, either in the Parish Hall or the Office. If you know of a group looking for a place to meet: grief support, eating disorders, anxiety, Al-Anon, Gamblers Anonymous, etc., please tell them to contact us.

If you know of a group looking for a place to meet: grief support, eating disorders, anxiety, Al-Anon, Gamblers Anonymous, etc., please tell them to contact Pastor Gae.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) groups meet at Christ Memorial Parish Hall every week on these days and times:

  • Tuesday at 10:00 am
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 7:30 pm
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Newsletter Mission: Our weekly newsletter was launched this year to inform our island community, as well as connect with our broader community of old and new friends, near and far. Whether you live on Kaua'i, visit seasonally or joined Christ Memorial for the first time during vacation, we welcome you into our global family. We endeavor to include inspiration, new ideas, practical advice and updates on news and events of Christ Memorial. Let us know how we can serve you best in 2019 by replying to this newsletter or emailing us at ChristMemorialKilauea@gmail.com

Have you met Pastor Gae? Pastor Gae wants to get to know you all – phone chats, home visits, morning coffees, afternoon teas or walks on the beach. Near or far, reach out to meet or share your thoughts at gdchalker@gmail.com or (623) 208-9436.
Christ Memorial Episcopal Church
2509 Kolo Road, Kilauea, HI 96754
Mailing: PO Box 293, Kilauea, HI 96754
Phone: (808) 482-4824