August 22, 2020

The Twelfth 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:
Postulant Suzanne Kobayashi
Suzanne Kobayashi has been admitted as a Postulant for ordination to the Priesthood in keeping with Canon III.8.3(d). Suzanne has been a member of Christ Memorial for many years. She currently serves with Pastor Gae coordinating our Zoom worship. She is also a member of our 9:30 Music Team that will hopefully be back in the sanctuary soon. Suzanne also has been serving on the Bishop’s Committee and is a team member of the Vicarage Project. She has been in a Diocesan discernment class over the past year. While being admitted as a Postulant is a big step, she still has more to go.  She will continue her studies with the Diocese over the next year.  Please hold her in prayer.
A Note About Our Newsletter...
Friends, as of this publication, we haven’t found anyone to take over the coordination of our newsletter. And so, after next week's issue, we will be sunsetting it temporarily. All the links for worship and study groups will be on our website.  

This weekly e-newsletter plays an important role in keeping folks informed and connected, especially during these times of separation. The Constant Contact platform we use is very user-friendly and easy to learn. If you are interested in editing the newsletter, please contact Pastor Gae, and she will put you in touch with Sybil for training. In the meantime, if you wish to continue to receive Pastor Gae’s weekly Coffee Chats, please email her at christmemorialkilauea@gmail.com.
Morning Coffee with Pastor Gae
Aloha friends, 

In last week’s Coffee Chat I mentioned that in the cleaning out I have been doing I ran across an old worship bulletin from St. Luke’s Park City, Utah. I reprinted their faith statement as “Progressive Christians” and their “Principles of Being Community.” This is a faith community I would want to join!

I also found in their worship bulletin two creeds or statements of faith. One is the traditional Nicene Creed we typically recite every week and alongside of it is “An Alternative Expression of Faith.” I assume St. Luke’s alternated the recitation from week to week. I want to share the Alternative Expression of Faith with you. Take your time with it. Read it aloud in its entirety and then read and ponder each section. What do you believe? Perhaps there is something that better articulates where you are today on your faith journey. On my first reading, I really appreciated the 2nd section about our Master Jesus on his earthly journey. The Nicene Creed just skips it over, moving from the incarnation to the crucifixion with no mention of his ministry.   
An Alternative Expression of Faith

We believe in God
who made the world
and reaches out to it
with a love fierce and passionate,
tender and kind.
We believe in Jesus, the Christ
God revealed in a human life. 
He touched the untouchable,
pardoned the unforgivable,
and unmasked the powers that enslave us. 
In fear and arrogance we cast him,
lifeless, into the grave,
and with him went our hopes of salvation. 
Raised by God,
he is parting the sea of evil and despair,
and leading us across
into the land of freedom and promise. 
We believe in the Holy Spirit;
God’s mysterious presence with us
whose breathing gives life;
whose fire purges and renews;
whose wisdom surprises, prompts and questions,
awakening courage, humor and hope.  
We believe in ourselves;
made in the image of God
and growing to wholeness in Christ. 
Gathered by the Spirit,
we have been baptized into a common life: 
a life laid open to all;
overflowing with love and mercy;
richer than mind can measure,
but appearing foolish to the world.  
And we trust that the foolishness of God
will prove wiser than the wisdom of the world,
and that the suffering of God
will heal the earth and fulfill our hopes of justice and peace.  
As always, your thoughts are appreciated. Much joy this day. Stay healthy. God is good,

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 big blessing for our church that has come out of the struggle with the Covid Virus is the connection we have made via Zoom. Many folks who are either seasonal residents, timeshare residents, or even tourists consider us their church community. They can now be a more active part of our church. We have a Sunday worship service, two Bible studies, an Adult Confirmation class and Centering Prayer, made possible through Zoom.  Who knew! This has been a learning experience for us. The good news is that even after the virus crisis is over, we will continue many of our offerings on Zoom.

Here are some things everyone can do to help us all have the best experience possible:

  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.  
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:
NEW!!! Letter 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

Centering Prayer is 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

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.

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