October 11 , 2020

The Nineteenth 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:
Healing of body, mind and spirit for Peter, Xavier, Susan, Nancy, Web & Kelly (cancer); Nancy (radiation treatment); Doug (stroke); Matt’s dad (polio); Bill, in hospital with infected shoulder; Gretchen may she rest in peace; recovery for President Trump and family and all those infected by COVID.

Details coming soon!
Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick will be joining Christ Memorial for the Sacrament of Confirmation. He will also be blessing of our Labyrinth and new memorial benches. Mark your calendars and help us celebrate this very special event.

We sincerely urge you to exercise your right to vote!

Pray for a peaceful election process.
Lectors Still Needed
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Lectors needed at our 8:00 and 9:30 service (on ZOOM). The benefits of this ministry are many. Among them are getting more acquainted with the scripture and enhancing public speaking skills. Interested? Let Pastor Gae know today!
Christmas Mailing Help
Help us prepare our Christmas mailing!
Thursday October 15 in the church office for a fun hour of serving together. The more the merrier!
Volunteer at Shared Blessing Thrift Shop
The Shared Blessings Thrift Shop is seeking Volunteers to work a 4-hour shift once a week.

The Thrift Shop is integral to our church and the community! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the church office.

Aloha Friends,

My mom died a couple of weeks ago. She was 91 and living in an assisted living facility in Victorville, California. It’s amazing she lived as long as she did since she had a boatload of health issues - COPD, cardio-vascular disease and macular degeneration. I think it was her Swedish stock that kept her going.  Unfortunately the last 15 years of her life were not happy years. Prior to that, while there were a few struggles here and there (breast cancer), she enjoyed a fairly comfortable life. She was avid golfer. She loved playing cards with her friends.  She started an Episcopal Pre-School that eventually morphed into a school that went up to 8th grade (it has since closed). She loved volunteering at the Assistance League Thrift Store. And, she loved to travel. She and my stepfather traveled the world. One of their prized possessions was a framed map that showed all the places they had visited. 

I know this might sound strange, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the last 15 years of my mom’s life. As I said, there wasn’t much joy in those years. Her husband had died. She needed to be in assisted living. When the virus hit, her life became really miserable. While the facility she lived in kept the residents safe, they were all isolated to their rooms. The caregiver my brother and I hired to visit her several times a week was not allowed to come in. Even family was not allowed. So, even with daily phone calls, it was a really lonely existence.  All she had was her television that she could only listen to because of her blindness. I think of all seniors today who are coping with the loneliness. 

Have you noticed we are living longer? I know my mother never expected to live into her 90’s. I don’t think she expected to outlive her husband. Her savings ran out very quickly as assisted living is very expensive. Fortunately my brother and I were able to help her. While she was a golfer, she didn’t exercise much. And her diet….well it was the diet of her era. The consequence was a body in challenging condition.   
I’m now 66 and as I reflect on my mom’s life, I am more convinced that the decisions we make in our 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s will impact our final years, which BTW could be many more than we think. It is feasible that many will live into their 100’s. Perhaps this could be a ministry of the church – Conscious Aging to Beyond 100! I am thinking today is the day to create a personal roadmap for the rest of life. A bucket list is fine, but more important, it this roadmap has to include: 

~Showing love to our physical body by eating only good healthy foods (my pitch – ditch meat), exercising daily whether you like it or not, keeping weight under control, working on posture (my challenge), and getting enough sleep (Ditto).

~Stimulating our mind by learning something new every day, especially from younger people. I just learned what “Cancel Culture” means. I am considering taking a language class to learn to speak a bit of Swedish or maybe taking piano lessons.  

~Start exploring what thoughts are limiting and releasing what’s no longer needed. That might include some forgiveness work or addressing old anger issues. Who wants to leave this earth still mad about something! Maybe now is the time to see a shrink and discover things you may not know about yourself.

~Creating a financial plan that anticipates living until 100.  Yuck…

~Spending as much time as possible nurturing the spirit. Whatever it is that brings you closer to God, do it. And hang with people who are joy-filled and positive about life, and who love God. 

Thank you for letting me share a bit about my mom and what I’ve been thinking about. I am grateful for her presence in my life as I know I wouldn’t be who I am today without her.  

As always, your thoughts,
Gae +
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- NEWS UPDATE
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. We have hired a company to stake the property.

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!
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

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

 Our Wednesday bible study group will begin a new study on the Letters of Paul, beginning
Wednesday, October 14, 2:00 – 3:15 HST. 

If you wish to join us, let Pastor Gae know and she will send you the link and the questions we will discuss. 

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 10:00-11:00 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!

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
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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 by emailing her or call (623) 208-9436.
Christ Memorial Episcopal Church
2509 Kolo Road, Kilauea, HI 96754
Mailing: PO Box 293, Kilauea, HI 96754
Phone: (808) 482-4824