August 8, 2020

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture Readings for this Sunday:
Service of Holy Eucharist
In the Sanctuary
8:00 am
This service is spoken (no music)

Please make a reservation as we are allowed a limited number. Email Pastor Gae at: christmemorialkilauea@gmail.com.
Please wear a mask.

Service of Morning Prayer with Music, Only on Zoom
9:30 am

Here is the link to join us on Zoom:
David Akana serves as a Eucharistic Minister every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM. Did you know he stops by every day at 4:00 PM to lock up the church and make sure the sanctuary candle is lit? His service allows us to keep the church open every day for those who want to come in and pray. And on top of all of this, David picks up all the palm branches and rubbish on our graveyard and takes it to the dump.  He faithfully served as the Bishop's Warden from 2012-2019, and we are very grateful to have members like David who love our little church!
Begins this Thursday, August 13
3:30-5:00 PM (HST) on ZOOM
If you’ve never received the Sacrament of Confirmation in our Episcopal Church, what a great time to do it! Pastor Gae is gathering those who have never been confirmed; those who were confirmed in other denominations; and those who were confirmed as a pre-teen, for an on-line Zoom class. We will be meeting weekly and following our Catechism found in the Book of Common Prayer. The schedule will depend on who joins the class. Once we have finished and are able to be back in the church, we will summon our Bishop. Let Pastor Gae know of your interest and she will send you the link to connect.
Newsletter Help Needed!
This weekly e-newsletter plays an important role in keeping folks informed and connected, especially during these times. It was launched in January 2019, with the Wright family stepping up to publish it each week. In June, with the re-opening of the Thrift Shop, Susan Wright decided to focus on that ministry, and Sybil Nishioka temporarily took over responsibility. She will continue to do so through August, but is seeking to train someone to take it over on a more permanent basis. The Constant Contact platform we use is very user-friendly and easy to learn. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Gae, and she will put you in touch with Sybil for training.
Diocesan Updates
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc around the world, and here on Kaua'i, we have been blessed so far to have kept our numbers down. With the increase of cases on O'ahu, the State and Counties have been scrambling to address containment of a virus we still know so little about. This past week, the Bishop issued an important message about in-person worship that can be viewed HERE. The Diocese also launched a new webpage resource for online worship opportunities with churches in our Diocese, as folks are encouraged to stay home and limit social interaction. The new online worship page can be found HERE. To receive Diocesan news, sign up HERE.
Morning Coffee with Pastor Gae
Aloha friends, 

Our Gospel of John bible study is wrapping up this next week. I have loved our group. We are diverse in personal theology and willing to share openly which makes it so much fun! In my opinion, it is the way to study the bible.  

I have studied this gospel several times, but this time I became even more aware of how some people interacted with Jesus and became committed followers (as best as they knew how), while others were interested but not ready to commit, and others didn’t get him at all. And there were those who were outright hostile towards him. Even when there was a sensory experience of what most would label a miracle, some chose to believe that he was the “real deal” while others just walked away. 
I think it all comes down to this divine/human consciousness thing. Jesus understood his own divinity. That’s what the epiphany at his baptism was all about.  He also knew that he was having a human experience, one in which he would have to deal with everything human, i.e. birth, death, joy, sorrow, temptation, discomfort, fear, and suffering. I’m sure there were times when he felt a little out of whack, a little too much in the human experience. Those were the times he went off to pray. 

Jesus was able to meet people where they were in their life.  His divine consciousness gave him an ability to heal. He offered healing to everyone and some who were open to being healed, actually were. I don’t think he had any expectations and I don’t think he thought of his ministry in terms of successes or failures. He just wanted people to understand that in the eyes of God, they too possess the divine spirit. He taught the Kingdom of God isn’t out there somewhere but rather it is to be found within.   

Jesus never wanted to leave anyone same-old, same-old in their thinking. There often was a challenge to move to a higher level of understanding. I’ve read the Nicodemus story many times and I now believe Jesus challenged Nicodemus intentionally but not to be antagonistic. He wanted Nicodemus to move out of his comfort zone, his limited vision, to a more divine level of understanding. He knew Nicodemus was ready.  Nicodemus didn’t get it at first, but over time that seed started to grow. 
My friends do we believe we are divine in nature? Do we understand that the Kingdom of God is within us?  We spew out the words “we are made in the image of God,” but truthfully if we look at our words and actions, it sure doesn’t look like we really comprehend what that means. I think we much prefer to hang out in our comfort zone which is “ I’m not Jesus. He’s divine. I’m human. I’m a sinner.” If you think that way, you don’t really need to change, right? In the gospel we are more like the fence-sitters, intrigued but not quite willing to jump in and follow with all we have.

And that’s OK. It’s all in divine time. But how sad for us… The potential is here. The Christ lives in each one of us. Can you imagine our world if we could rise up into our divinity just a little every day?  Why waste any moment? 

Your thoughts are always welcome,
Joy, joy, joy,

Pastor Gae ✝️
Previously Announced Reminders:
Join the Remembering Reception Team
Currently Melody is gathering photos and any information about priests who served, events, challenges, and accomplishments.  Even if you can’t join the Team, can you take a bit of time and send her a note about when you came into the church and what you remember.  Maybe it’s just something little like, “There was a big storm that year” or “There were a lot of baptisms” or “We had big dance”. Anything you can remember is helpful. And we’d love pictures. Send them over and we’ll scan them and send them back!  Here’s how to connect with Melody: mellomack@gmail.com
~Marcos E. Carver, 1917 – 1925 Founder and Priest-in-Charge of missions on the Island of Kauaʻi
~Henry A. Willey, 1924 – 1945
~Harold Wilmot-Smith, 1945 – 1948
~Paul R. Savanack, 1949 – 1950
~Norman R. Alter, 1950 – 1952
~E. Lani Hanchett Layman-in-Charge, 1951 – 1952, Deacon at CMEC in 1952, ordained Priest in 1953, later became the 1st Hawaiian Bishop, and 1st Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi
~Keith Kreitner, 1952 – 1953
~Samuel N. McCain, Jr., 1953 – 1958
~Thomas D. Hughes, 1958 – 1960
~Charles T. Crane, 1960 – 1962
~Thomas K. Yoshida, 1962 – 1966
~Charles G. Hopkins, Jr., 1966 – 1969
~Elsberry W. Reynolds, 1969 – 1970
~George T. Eppley, 1972 – 1973
~Richard S. O. Chang, 1973 – 1979 later became the 4th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaiʻi
~Robert E. Walden, 1979 – 1981
~Jan C. Rudinoff, 1982 – 1984
~James P. Eron, 1984 – 1992
~A. Donor Macneice, 1993 – 2005
~Shirley Ellingboe, 2009 – 2010
~Roberta R. Taylor, 2011 – 2016
Every little cell in my body is healthy!
Marcie Sweet shared a tune she sings with her grandchildren as they are washing their hands. “Every little cell in my body is healthy, every little cell in my body is well.” Here’s the tune:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JOTK-6Jb0M
Catchy! What if not just little kids were singing it but us big kids as well? Energy flows where attention goes, right? What if it went viral and the whole world was singing it? COVID wouldn’t stand a chance!
CONNECT - A Note to Our Zoom Family
One blessing that has come out of the virus is the connection we have on Zoom. We now have two Zoom Bible studies and a Zoom Centering Prayer service. Since we are unable to have singing in the sanctuary, we chose to go back to Zoom for our 9:30 service. It will be a service of Morning Prayer with Chanterelle leading the music. The 8:00 service will continue to be a service of Holy Eucharist, but without music. For Sunday Zoom worship attendees:

  1. Please try to connect at least 10 minutes before the service or the meeting to make sure everything is working correctly.  
  2. If possible, keep your video on so it feels more like being together in church.  
  3. Have your audio always on mute unless advised by the facilitator.
  4. Be present. Try not to multi-task. Having your water or coffee nearby is fine but since your video is on, probably best not to be moving around.
  5. Try your best not to leave early. If your computer drops you out, come back on but make sure your video is on and your audio is muted.  
  6. If anyone would like to share any thoughts about the message or the Scripture readings, let’s get a discussion going following the service.  

Vicarage Project
Some of you have asked about the VICARAGE PROJECT. We want to reassure you that we haven’t given up the ghost. The virus slowed our momentum for the past couple of months but we are back on track.

Having a vicarage for a priest is essential for the future of our little church. When Pastor Gae arrived, full-time rental housing was very scarce on our side of the island. We didn’t know if she was going to have to live in Kapa’a or Lihue and commute. In the time that she has been here she has already had to move once.

We are currently looking at some architectural drawings. Stay tuned!
Ongoing Activities:
Our Thrift Shop is Open!
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 5 shoppers in the store at any time. All must wear masks and use hand sanitizer.

See our newly renovated Thrift Shop! Click here

Online Study:
Monday 10:00 am-11:15 am:
Spiritual Lessons from the Book of Genesis

Wednesday 2:00 pm-3:15 pm:
Gospel of John

Email Pastor Gae if you are interested in attending at christmemorialkilauea@gmail.com
Connect via Zoom for both study sessions:

Online Centering Prayer & Scripture Reflection
Tuesdays, 9:00 - 9:45 am (HST)
Join Zoom Meeting

We will continue to have Centering Prayer every Tuesday morning on Zoom, 9:00 - 9:45 am. We begin with a scripture reading for the day followed by 12 minutes of meditation. Then a reflection is read and anyone who would like to share an insight is invited to do so. We finish with prayer time for those in need of healing.  
Meets in the Parish Hall:
Monday 6:15 - 7:15 pm & 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am & 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Go to www.kauaiaa.org for more info.
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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Newsletter Mission: Our weekly newsletter was launched 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 2020 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