Morning Coffee Inspiration from Pastor Gae

Aloha Friends,

Yesterday, I noticed a Buddhist monk dressed in a crimson robe sitting in front of our thrift shop. I had seen him many times walking around the island and wanted to talk but was always driving with no time to stop. And so I stepped outside and introduced myself. His name is Bhante Subhuti. We had a pleasant conversation, and he gave me his card. He said he checked out our church several years ago to see if he could have a meditation service, but the diocesan insurance requirement was prohibitive. I invited him to our Centering Prayer/meditation group that meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 4:00 – 5:00pm. Our group is open to all religious traditions. In fact, it is a blessing to learn from other practices.
When I went back to my office, I googled Bhante’s website https://AmericanMonk.org and noticed a post entitled “Conversations with Christians” with the tagline, “ Often Christians approach me with an agenda, and they try to set me up to fail. However, they are predictable, and I know exactly what they will say. I yawn and quote their bible in my favor. ” Yikes, I thought. I quickly scanned his post (I suggest you read it), ran outside, but he was gone. 

I wanted to share with Bhante that not all Christians are of the same mindset as the ones he referred to in the post. I wanted to tell him that we follow the teachings and ministry of Jesus who we call the Christ. We believe in his words, “The Kingdom of God is within you,” and “The Kingdom of God is at hand.”  I wanted to say that our mission as Christ followers is to share the unconditional love of God that has always been and always will be for everyone. And I wanted to tell him that we would never say our path is the only “right way.”
Bhante’s post made me sad. People will read it, and it will probably affirm what they already thought about Christians. But we can’t blame anyone but ourselves. Last Sunday, responding to Luke’s gospel story of Jesus sending out the disciples, I spoke about evangelism. I mentioned an Episcopal bishop’s quote about evangelism in our church, “Go out and tell no one.” We are way too shy about sharing our church and our personal faith.  And so, the other “tribes” of Christianity have become the dominant voice. 

Well, I’m going to invite Bhante to our next Centering prayer/meditation, and I hope he will come. I want to learn about his journey to becoming a monk, and I hope I can share with him a little bit about why I follow Jesus and how my church differs from some of the Christians he has engaged. 

Whether we know it or not, we are all on a journey, and we are all at a different level of consciousness. Without Jesus, I’d be lost. And I’m sure Bhante feels the same way about his teacher. The shadow side of our humanness – ego — is to want to make ourselves right and someone else wrong. The truth is that we all have some things right and some things wrong. And so, it is best to learn to listen to each other’s story and remember that God is love and ultimately in charge.

As always, your thoughts,
~Pastor Gae+


Come Early to Worship and Walk our Labyrinth
Behind the sanctuary, next to the burial grounds, you will find our newly created Labyrinth. There is not a right or wrong way to walk the Labyrinth. Simply observe the intuitions and desires that come as you walk. This is an embodied prayer experience. Let your body lead you! You can walk it slowly and reverently or quickly and playfully (always mindful of others walking). If you are moved to pause at a given spot, do so!

Center yourself with a few deep breaths before entering the Labyrinth. 

  • Ask God to bless you as you begin your journey so that you become a channel of grace and blessing. 
  • The singular path of the Labyrinth leads to and from the center. You cannot get lost! 
  • When you reach the center, spend a few moments there before the return trip back. 
  • When you are ready, return to the entrance on the same path that you entered.

If you walk the labyrinth before Sunday worship, notice if you are more relaxed and centered, open to the presence of Christ in the scripture and sacrament.  

CONNECT
Centering Prayer
Sunday, July 21 , 4:00 - 5:00pm
Meets in the Christ Memorial Sanctuary
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. Join us for our next session on Sunday, July 21st! We meet in the sanctuary.


Pancake Breakfast Photo Gallery
Our fabulous pancakes were flipping last Sunday by our resident chef Steve topped off with maple and  blueberry syrup from Margaret and Gorden. Complementing the pancakes, it just wouldn’t be Pancake Breakfast at Christ Memorial without a side of David’s infamous swedish-style meatballs, this time prepared by his wife in an Instapot with fresh ginger — we are going modern! Last but not least, chocolates from Marilyn and Dave. Mahalo nui loa to all that helped with set up, serving and clean up!

KIDS! The Great Adventure: Great Stories of the Old Testament
Summer Sunday School
Sundays, 8:00 – 9:00am
Meets in the Church Office
Our Sunday Great Adventure is underway and growing!

This past Sunday, our students learned about Adam and Eve See some of their artistic interpretations in this week’s photo. 

Each week, we are going on a Great Adventure to explore the great bible stories of the Old Testament. We’ll meet heroes and villains, and encounter some really big challenges. 

Join us on any Sunday this summer! 

For more info, contact Keana keana@ischool.org or Leona lcblankley@aol.com .

Can you volunteer? We are required to have two adults in Sunday School class. Can you help out our leaders one week? If so, let Keana or Leona know. (A perk… you will learn the great bible stories of the Old Testament!)
Men’s Fellowship
Mondays, 9:00am
Meets at Kilauea Bakery and Pizza (Kong Lung Market Center)

Christ Memorial Men’s Fellowship group is growing! We meet every Monday morning at 9:00am for coffee or breakfast at the Kilauea Bakery. For more information, see Patrick O’Connell at worship or email him at paoco65@gmail.com .

SERVE
Helen Mitsui Shared Blessings Thrift Shop
Entering the 21st Century: Credit Cards Accepted 

After 40+ years of running the Helen Mitsui Shared Blessings Thrift Shop the old fashioned way — cash transactions only — we are going modern, at least as a test for the next 90 days. 

Starting this week, you can use credit and debit cards for purchases. Mahalo nui loa to open minds, technical support and initiative to get us set up from Helen, Craig, Bill, Scott, Rebecca, and Steve. Let us know what you think!  
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 Your Church
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.

Change to Automated Giving
Thank you to those of you who automate your giving and have a plan to support your church. Your consistent, planned generosity makes it possible for us to budget and dream responsibly. Want to change to automated giving? It makes life easy, especially if you travel. Contact our Treasurer Scott Oliver for information at j.scott.oliver380@gmail.com .
Check
Thank you to all of you who still like to write checks. Please make checks payable to Christ Memorial Episcopal Church and mail to PO 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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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