WEEKLY NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
June 19, 2020

It's great to be back in the Sanctuary!
The Third Sunday after Pentecost
Service of Holy Eucharist
8:00 am & 9:30 am
After 3 long months, we were finally able to gather together in the Sanctuary this past Sunday at our regularly scheduled worship times. It was wonderful to see familiar faces (even though they were partially covered up)!

We were also able to connect with those at home through Zoom during the 9:30 service. Pictured here are screen shots from Zoom.

Thank you to everyone who shared suggestions about the service.  This is new for us and we’re wanting to get better. 

For the safety of everyone, we ask that you make a reservation for the service you plan to attend. Email Pastor Gae at: christmemorialkilauea@gmail.com. At the beginning of each service Pastor Gae will explain how we will be receiving communion.  

LIVE ZOOM WORSHIP CONTINUES DURING 9:30 SERVICE
For those unable to attend in person, we are offering a live stream on Zoom during the 9:30 service. Connect through Zoom:
June 27, 2020
8:00 - 10:00 am
Church Workday Coming Up
June 27, 8:00-10:00 am
We are going to have another Church Work Day this month since we are preparing to reopen our Parish Hall. Under the direction of Maggie Lea, our Parish Hall has had a complete makeover! The work we will be doing is:

  1. Brush, clean & powerwash the lanai
  2. Clean the banisters and touch up the paint.  
  3. Decorate the restrooms.
  4. Move the bench to the lanai.
Parish Hall Available July 1
Wouldn’t it be great if our Parish Hall featured: 
  • Yoga and exercise classes
  • Exercise for seniors
  • Monthly discussions about social issues
  • All kinds of Healthy Living groups (Adult Children of Alcoholics; Eating Disorders; Financial Peace)
  • Bridge, Chess or Mahjong 
  • Healthy eating lectures and movies

Help us get it going. Please share with those who might be interested in starting a program.  
Morning Coffee with Pastor Gae
Aloha Friends,

If you joined us last Sunday the essence of my message was that you never know who God is going to bring into your life. Abraham allowed his life to be interrupted by three angels disguised as tired travelers and received a blessing beyond belief. I have come to believe that everyone who crosses my path, who I allow to interrupt my “plan of the day”, is an “angel in disguise” and can be a blessing. It is not likely to be as dramatic as what Abraham received but there will be some kind of teaching in it for me. 
Just the other day, a guy dropped in my office who is a pastor of an evangelical church that is more fundamentalist Christian. His church is very compassionate about 1st amendment rights. In our conversation he shared with me his thoughts about the Covid pandemic. He said some of his church members are asking him whether this is connected to the great tribulation. I would try to explain the biblical connection to tribulation but it would take up too much space. Just google it and look up all the biblical references. 
I realized in that conversation (to be honest, I mainly listened) that we didn’t speak the same language at all. It has caused me to ponder if there really is an “umbrella” that encompasses all churches who profess connection to Jesus. I came away wondering if the God he believes in and the Jesus he follows have any resemblance to the God I believe in and the Jesus I follow.  The blessing in that visit is that it has caused me to take time and think about what I believe. A literal interpretation of scripture about end times makes no sense to me. I don’t believe anyone is ever condemned by God. How can a God of unconditional love condemn any of his children, especially for eternity? There is suffering, mostly of our making. And what we don’t know or understand will be revealed in time. I believe in trusting that God is always working for good. 

Shortly after this visit another fellow walked into my office, again without appointment. He has been teaching yoga for many years. His beliefs follow more of a Hindu lineage of teachers. I was fascinated when he shared a bit of his story that included a major shift in his consciousness, his values and his life. I realized I understood the language of his belief system more than that of the Christian pastor. 
I don’t mean in any way to sound critical or judgmental. This is what came up for me in two conversations from “angels in disguise”.  I believe that we are all on a spiritual journey, and none of us have it all correct. God is bigger than anything our human minds can fathom. And so I think listening to what others believe is a good thing. Even if we don’t agree, it allows us to formulate our own understanding of God in our life. 

As always, your thoughts, please.

~Pastor Gae ✝️
Ongoing Activities:
The Thrift Shop has its own Facebook page (Shared Blessings Thrift Shop Kauai). Click on the logo to go there now!
Our Thrift Shop is Open!
We are open for donations and shopping!

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.

Wait until you see our newly renovated Thrift Shop !
Want a preview? click here

Online Centering Prayer & Scripture Reflection
Tuesdays, 9:00 - 9:45 am (HST)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7532197968

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.  
Online Bible Study
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:15 pm (HST)
Gospel of John with Pastor Gae
We are currently studying what is known as the Gospel’s “Book of Glory”, Chapters 13 - 21. The Gospel of John was written sometime around the year 90 CE, nearly 60 years after Jesus walked the earth. The Christian community was well established. Each week, we study a passage and discuss the story, how it might have been heard by those first Christians, and what it says to us. If you’ve never studied the Bible, why not now? This isn’t a lecture. All you need is a bible, any translation, and the ability to get on Zoom. Email Pastor Gae gdchalker@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.
The Labyrinth - Meditation in Movement
Feeling a little overwhelmed with life right now? Try walking our 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. 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.
Online Care

Alcohol Anonymous (AA) 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 7:30 pm (HST) Go to www.kauaiaa.org and look for the Northshore AA groups. 
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 prefer 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!

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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