March 8, 2019
Aloha our beloved parish ‘ohana,

With the ashes smudged on our brows, the season of Lent began. Lent is the forty days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, excluding Sundays. Lent is not only a  journey to the story of the resurrection of Jesus and what that means for us eternally, but it is also meant to help us discover resurrection now. We might begin this Lent by asking ourselves, "What parts of my life are in need of being brought back to life?" "How might God be seeking to do something new in and through me?"

The invitation given in the Ash Wednesday liturgy provides direction on how to "keep Lent." They include: "S elf-examination and repentance; prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word." There are many resources listed in this newsletter below to help you.

In addition, Th is Wednesday, at St. Columba's and St. James', two great programs begin. We will start at 5:30 PM and be pau by 7:30 PM, Come share in a soup & salad dinner and discussion. See specific information below on the topics we'll be reflecting upon. CLICK HERE to sign up to bring soup or salad for our first gatherings. We are delighted that at St. James', we'll be joined by our neighbor congregation, Annunciation Roman Catholic Church.

As Roman Catholic priest, Desmond Knowles, writes, "Lent is not a journey to be taken alone. Lent is meant to be experienced in community, surrounded by others, all of us learning how to be sisters and brothers in Christ. We bear each other’s burdens and struggles. We share and celebrate in each other’s joys. We forgive each other as we are forgiven by God. We pray for each other and earnestly try to love each other as God unconditionally loves us." This is what being part of a worship community means. God uses the smaller community of the church to help us learn how to live together in God’s greater creation, the world. Commit to regularly attending worship during this season.
Lent can be a time of joy and discovery in seeking to follow Jesus more closely. Come take that journey of discovery.
With blessings,
David +
Link to the readings for this Sunday:
from Jaisy Jardine
We are pleased to share with you a monthly feature of the newsletter! "Stories behind the Service” highlights the wonderful and inspiring ways in which St. James’ members are in service, whether it be with the church, or in the community. Each month we will give you a behind the scenes look at the Stories behind the Service. This month we are featuring Community Meal Committee and Vestry Member Steve Kittell. When asked what led him into service with St. James’, he had this to share...
It all started with a true smile, an outstretched hand and warm hugs. Could this be the spiritual home I had been searching for for over 30 years?  Just over 2 years ago, I walked in to St. James’ church and I felt the difference immediately. Not only was the Priest preaching the best sermon about  love  I had ever heard but as I looked around and later had the  peace  shared with me, followed by a genuine invitation to the table, I  felt God’s love  working through the congregation! I heard and read about the many ministries of this church. This was not a group of people who made church just a Sunday affair and then put it aside for the rest of the week. It was a vibrant loving group of people, embracing new folks walking through the door and reaching out into the community to  serve . There was no proselytizing or showy behavior but just good people  modeling  Jesus’ love working through them…….and I wanted some of that. 
I went to Community Meal soon after and there I really saw God’s Grace shining in the faces of the leadership and the meal guests, all smiling and truly grateful to be there. Then an extraordinary thing happened, I was  asked  to join them in  serving . From that first time in the serving line I was hooked and humbled as I saw real gratitude from every person who walked through that line regardless of their background or circumstances……they were feeling taken care of, fed in not just body but also soul. I was witnessing God’s Grace. 
From there it just snowballed for me. I just could not get enough. I spent time in many of the other ministries and study groups of the church and near the end of that first year I was humbled to my knees when I was asked to run for a position on Vestry (Church Leadership). Being a member of Vestry has been an extraordinary experience. I have been in many leadership groups but none like Vestry at St. James’. We are a very diverse group of people from many different backgrounds. We have laughed and cried together, prayed and studied together, and made decisions together. We have been faced with challenges that sometimes seem difficult to see the way through. We pray together at both the beginning and end of each meeting which I feel helps focus us on what our church needs not our individual needs or beliefs. We do not always initially approach a problem or decision from the same starting position but incredibly through God’s grace, in over one year I have served on Vestry, I cannot remember one decision where through really listening to each other and letting God’s love in, we have ever had a vote which has not been unanimous. 
Unquestionably, my service at St. James’ has made me a better Christian and person. It continually challenges me to pray regularly & study the bible in a more deeply personal way. Although I have not yet found my bible study group there (in spite of wanting to join the Women’s Bible Study which I hear is fabulous…..go figure), I look forward to the day in the near future when we have a lively, loving and open Men’s Bible Study. 
Through my experiences at St. James’, making new life long friends and having so many wonderful models of Jesus’ love and service, I now am branching out in the wider community to attempt to model Jesus’ love through my own service, openness and love there too. 
from Marnie+, photos by Eline van der Kloos
We were graced at both St. James' services on Sunday as well as Beach Mass on Saturday, with the participation of the Rev. Kent McNair who presented the homily and assisted at the Eucharist. We were also happy to welcome home David+, our Rector, who had the rare opportunity to be on the other side of the altar rail!
Our Change Changes Lives - UTO Little Blue Boxes

The Episcopal Church’s United Thank Offering (“UTO”) motto is "Our change changes lives." Each year, churches are invited to participate in an offering of support for the United Thank Offering grant program which addresses human need through grants to projects that alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally, within the Anglican (Episcopal) provinces and dioceses. Some years ago, St. James’ benefited from a UTO grant that helped build our bathrooms.  

There are blue boxes available on the back tables in church. You are invited to make a daily prayer and offering in thanks for the blessings in your life by putting your loose coins and bills into a UTO blue box placed on your bedside table, the kitchen sill, the office desk — any place where prayers of thanksgiving are said.  Our Parish will have its giving time during the season of Lent, ending on Easter Sunday, April 21.  You will be invited to bring your blue box with you to church that weekend. We will bless them during our services and then the offerings will be sent to UTO.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
from Eric Savage and Scott Byron, photos from Lynn Beittel, David+, Jeannie Savage & Raina Dale

As we prepare for the start of Lent the men of our Parish prepared a delicious Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner on Tuesday evening. The overwhelming support from the mean and keiki of the Parish to prepare and serve this meal was quite humbling. The e evening was a blast allowing everyone to talk story while listening to soothing music from the Honoka'a Dragon Jazz Band. The meal was pretty tasty, too! Our hearts are full of Mahalo and we feel blessed to be a part of this loving Parish. Eric & Scott
from Linda+ photos from Linda+ and Raina Dale
Hau'oli La Hanau!

Happy Birthday was sung to Chris Kirchhoffer on Sunday. He cut his birthday cake in substantial pieces so nobody went home hungry! Happy Birthday Chris!!
Celebrating Our Talented Parishioners

People's Theater in Honoka'a was the place to be on Saturday night March 2nd. The Hula Drama, The Romances of Ka'ieikawai was danced in front of a sold out crowd.  Our own Zahtaeliah Silva was Princess Kaieikawai and her mom Shauntae Silva was one of the dancers. It was spectacular and extremely well done! Congratulations!!

St. Columba's is in the process of purchasing new songbooks for Sunday worship. Our current songbooks are in disrepair and falling apart. We will be ordering 30 songbooks at $20.00 per book. We are asking for donations of any amount to offset the cost of the songbooks. If you would like to donate, please make a check to St. Columba's and in the memo write Songbook. All donations are greatly appreciated. Help us to continue to make a  Joyful Noise Unto The Lord!  Mahalo!

To donate toward the purchase of new songbooks, CLICK HERE and note on the donation form that the contribution is for St. Columba's songbooks, or send a check to the parish office at: St. James' Parish, PO Box 278, Kamuela, HI 96743.
Papa's Sweetbread Fundraiser

March 15 th is the date for St. Columba's  Papa's Sweetbread Fundraiser.  All proceeds will go towards our Kitchen Fund.  Each delicious loaf of this amazing bread will be sold for the unbelievably low price of $8.00!!!  St. Columba's parishioners will be selling tickets ahead of time and also loaves will be be available on the day of the sale. Pick-up for your bread will be outside of Malama Market in Honoka'a from 11am to 4pm. Please have your ticket when you pick up your bread.   Call Sharon Alfonso at 808-936-2952 if you have questions and to order loaves ahead of the sale.  If you can't make the pick-up time, arrangements for delivery can be made. Just let us know when you purchase the ticket for the bread. Save the date and put your order in for this slice of heaven on earth!!   Mahalo!
Kitchen Update

St. Columba's is in need of a working kitchen. Not just for potlucks and our own pleasure, but to help feed the community. It has become evident that the community needs a place where people can come and have a nice meal and talk story. St. James' Community Meal was an eye opener as to how much this is needed in all communities. I mentioned it to the gentlemen at the Pa'auilo Store as they were having their morning coffee and talk story and they were thrilled at the prospect! We need a kitchen to make this happen.  Currently St. Columba's only has a sink and cupboards, a very old refrigerator and a hotplate.  Ideas have been brought forward and a container kitchen looks like it may be the best option.  We will continue to fundraise for this worthy project.  Please keep St. Columba's in your prayers as we are all one body and when working together within this one body, we can do amazing things for the Glory of God.  Mahalo!

“Just a Closer Walk with Thee”
Five Wednesdays, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM
During the Season of Lent , starting March 13

A Joint Study with Annunciation Roman Catholic Church

"Like the disciples, we are called by Jesus to follow the Way of Love.”, writes Michael Curry, our Episcopal Presiding Bishop. Curry holds that, “With God's help, we can turn from the powers of sin, hatred, fear, injustice, and oppression toward the way of truth, love, hope, justice, and freedom. In turning, we reorient our lives to Jesus Christ, falling in love again, again, and again." 

Come share in what will be a spiritually enriching time of seeking to go deeper in what it means for us to be followers of the way of Jesus. 

Starting Wednesday, March 13, join us for Holden Evening Prayer at 5:30 PM, followed by a potluck light soup and salad dinner. People will sign up to bring soup salad or bread. We are delighted to welcome back friend of our parish, the Rev. Jay Sidebotham. Jay is Director of  RenewalWorks, a ministry of Forward Movement and former colleag ue of our rector, David, from his St. Bart’s days. Jay will be joining us both by Skype and in person for several of the sessions on reflecting on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Theme of each week are as follows:

1. The first disciples: Who were they? In Scripture, why did Jesus call those particular folks? How does their witness speak to our own? (March 13)
2. What are characteristics of a disciple?  (March 20)

3. What does it mean to be a disciple today in the Episcopal Church and in our
   world?  (March 27)

4. What challenges do disciples face today?  (April 3)

5. In what ways we grow and deepen as disciples of Jesus?  (April 10)
Since 2013, the Rev Jay Sidebotham has served as Director of RenewalWorks , a ministry of Forward Movement. RenewalWorks seeks to build cultures of discipleship in Episcopal congregations, with a singular focus on spiritual growth among congregants. He also serves as Associate Rector at St. James, Wilmington, N.C. Previously, Jay served as rector in Illinois and North Carolina. He served as Vicar of St. Bartholomew’s in Manhattan, and as Associate Rector at St. Columba’s in Washington D.C. and St. Martin’s, Rhode Island. A graduate of Trinity College, Hartford and Union Seminary, New York, he was ordained to the diaconate in 1989 and to the priesthood in 1990. Prior to seminary study, he worked in New York in animation, illustration and advertising. He appreciates the opportunity to produce cartoons for the wider church, describing the joys and challenges of parish ministry. Jay is married to Frances Murchison. They have two adult children.
St. Columba's Lenten study program will be The Parables of Jesus    beginning Wednesday March 13th at 5:30 to 7:30 with light soup and sandwich potluck sign up. This will be a DVD series with workbooks provided. There will be time for reflection and discussion after the presentation. We will have a Soup and Sandwich sign up sheet for each Wednesday. Our 1st time together Soup and Sandwich will be provided by Rev. Linda and Bob. Promise to be pau by 7:30!     
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
~Thomas Carlyle

We had a gorgeous afternoon for our service on the sand graced by Rev. Kent McNair's homily. Mahalo to Raina Dale for the photos.
Peggy Rein, Patricia Eckstrom, Sarah, Gloria Seiden, Narcisa Yagin, Nicole Anderson, Marlene Thees, Trevor, Carl Stanforth, Alan Ackerman, Brad Young, Monica Parker, Gladys Takeya,Gerry Goodenough, Monique Abbasi, Jack A, Isaac DeRego, James Knox Everett, Riley Furlong, Debbie Gaines, Israel Kahoopii, Pedro Ka'awaloa, Eleanor, Nathan Lee, Ted Lindsey, Jane Cook & Family, Eleanor Mendias, Mark & Kay Segal, Maurice Cecil & Pukaua Summer Sommers, Betty Santorio, Cheyanna Lahnum, Jesse Osmun, Art-Andre (Petit) Dieme, Patrick OʻBrien, Shin Runkel, Mary Avery, Alex Ka'aua, the Reyes family, Jeff Morrell, Vicky Tagaca, Victor Wusstig, Maelle Wolf, Steven, Kaipo Young, Coe Atherton, Annette LaBonte, Pat Holiday, Nancy Davidson, Dr. Jill Fishback Chambers, The Rev. Katherine Cunningham, Tony Abbott, Verna Chartrand, Guy Piltz, Katy Grainger, Eli Ching, Shawn & Stephanie, Heidi Barnett, Diane Feeney, Gael Burke, Marguerite Zeman-Wilson, "Papa" James Bryan MD, Linda & Fletcher Cockerell, Sheri Mariscal, Diane Forsyth, Michael Bogert, Janice Gail, friends & family of Helen Cronk. Julie Mattson, Robert Madrigal, Brigitte & Edgar Roesch, Clay Reeves, Gilmore family, Ron Tooman, Loreen Hackwalter, Kathy Lee, the Beamer family, Dallas Gomes, Marge Bogert, Quentin & Mary Murrell Faulkner, Paterno Balmilero, Rik Mangarin, Rev. Randy Welsand, family & friends Sarah Burke, family & friends of JoAnn Conley, family & friends of Anna, mother of Mark Zanoff, family & friends of Nathan Wong, brother of Sandy Pang ++
If you would like to be added to the Prayer List or would like to add someone else (please get their permission first), call the parish office at 808-885-4923 or email at   by the Tuesday before you would like the name to appear in the bulletin. Please mention 'Prayer List' in the Subject line of the email to Jacque so that she knows it's not a spam email from someone she doesn't know personally.
Names will remain on the list for 4 weeks. You must then request to have the name added again.  
In the back of the church are note cards. Please take 5 to 10 cards and envelopes home with you. Use them to reach out to one another and those in the wider community.  
Please keep in your thoughts and prayers parishioners who are unable to be with us in worship. Please reach out to them and let them know they are missed. 
Several members of our parish ‘ohana have recently experienced the death of a loved one. Please remember the following people in your prayers and reach out to them with love and notes of support:

Brian Burke at the death of his mother, Sarah. You may reach out to Brian at: PO Box 95, Pa’auilo, HI 96776.

Phil Conley at the death of his beloved wife, Jo. You may reach out to Phil at PO Box 2319, Kamuela, HI 96743.

Mark Zanoff at the death of his mother, Anna. You may reach out to Mark at PO Box 383174, Waikoloa, HI 96738

Sandy Pang at the death of her brother Nathan Wong. You may reach out to Sandy at PO Box 905, Kamuela, HI 96743

May JoAnn, Sarah, Anna and Nathan rest in peace and rise in Glory
Gerry Goodenough          
PO Box 988                
Kamuela, HI 96743         

Tepa Farias 
PO Box 1152 
Kamuela, HI 96743 
Alexandra "Alex" Ka'au'a
67-5165 Kamamalu St Apt 19B
Kamuela, HI 96743

Coe Atherton
c/o Tripper Atherton
144 Stone Pointe Trail
Castle Rock, CO 80109

Rev. Guy Piltz
PO Box 1973
Kamuela, 96743

Leta Shattuck
65-1272 Ki Road
Kamuela, HI 96743

Saint Vincent
Attn. Diane Feeney
North Tower Room 515
4831 35th Avenue, SW
Seattle, WA 98126

Sheri Marsical
67-1185 Mamalahoa Hwy
D104 PMB 240
Kamuela, HI 96743

Annette LaBonte
P.O. Box 383322
Waikoloa, HI 96738

Julie Mattson
C/0 Matt Bindewald
21 Orsinger Hill
San Antonio, TX 78230
Do you know of someone else to whom we could reach out?
Please get their permission first, then contact the parish office to have them added to the list. email here or telephone at 808-885-4923
Birthdays:  Melissa Keahilani Akau, Leilani Bostock, Marcia Ray, Steve Sosnowski, John Whitman, Gerrit Keator, Berlinda Tosou, Everett Knowles, Rose Warner
Anniversaries:  Monica & Nelson Parker
Remembrances:  Betty McKeen,   David Taylor, Nani Young Ching, J. Lorena Roberts, Doug Cook
from Susan Acacio
We will be having a special service after the 9AM service in the graveyard to bury our Alleluias. The keiki really enjoy this service, and especially enjoy resurrecting them on Easter Sunday. We have some amazing things planned during lent for our keiki. Keep watching this space for all the latest Lent news for our keiki.
Godly Play Blocks

We have just added the Saints materials to our Godly Play Sacred Space. Lorrie Dillon shared the introduction to the Saints with the keiki. The keiki picked their own saint for their birthday month and they loved following along on the timeline, drawing the flag for their saint, and learning about each Saint's special traits. Lorrie has a special relationship with our keiki and she does an fabulous job as a storyteller.
After School Tutoring and Ukulele
After School Tutoring had a group of scholars that got a lot of homework done. The parents are always so happy when they pick up their keiki and the homework is all done. We have such a great group of volunteers that help with our AST. Please consider participating in this important ministry.
Ukulele is on hiatus. New dates will be announced soon!

Kamp Kamuela Help Needed

We are getting ready to take our keiki through Spring Break with our Kamp Kamuela. We have some fabulous excursions planned, and we will be offering breakfast and lunch daily. There is still space to register your keiki, and I can always use adult help too. Come have fun with us over spring break. If you would like to provide a lunch for 20 keiki on one of the days of Kamp, or can help prepare a healthy breakfast at the church, just let me now. I will be sending out a daily update during Kamp Kamuela, so watch for all the fun.
Upcoming Youth Events

Teen Tech Tutors SUNDAY April 7: Kupuna  (Seniors):  Bring your iPhone, iPad, Android Phone or Tablet, e-Reader (Kindle or Nook), or laptop, Our Teen Tech Tutors will be available to assist you with your technology and Internet questions. Future dates: Sundays April 7, May 5. Mahalo to all of the teens for this wonderful ministry.

Beginning April 28, I will be at St. Columba’s for their 9:30 service. We will be starting a Sunday School for their keiki and we are looking for St. Columba’s parishioners to commit to one Sunday a month to help with Sunday School. Their keiki really enjoy Sunday School and we will be doing a Journey through the Parables with them. The Parable program is very easy to follow along and has everything you need to do a meaningful Sunday School for the keiki. If you are interested, please let Rev. Linda or me know. There is nothing better than planting seeds of faith in our keiki.
NOTE - Ukulele Practice is on hiatus at present. New dates will be announced soon!
I always welcome any suggestions, comments, ideas or prayers. Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions, or to volunteer.
Susan Acacio, 
Youth Ministry Coordinator  
(808) 895-2086
Volunteer at our Thrift Store Ministry.

The magic of the Thrift Store strikes again! We've lost another volunteer cashier to the world of paid employment! We're recruiting for a Saturday cashier 9 to 1.  It is wonderful to be blessed by those who step up. Our volunteers have received blessings in acquiring jobs!

Join our Thrift Store Team - Fun, Fellowship, Service!

Supporting Community Partners

The Thrift Store presented a print to the Hamakua Health Center at the Carter Professional building. Pictured here is Dr. Pamela McKenna with the print.
Our Saturday crew. Mahalo to Lorrie Dillon for the photos!
Nina Disbro, 
Thrift Store Ministry Coordinator
from Steve Kittell
photos by Lynn Beittel, Jaisy Jardine, Jeannie Savage and Marnie Keator
We are so blessed that our wonderful neighbor Annunciation Church joined us Thursday as our first Cooking Partner. After 2 plus years of Community Meal being primarily a St. James' Church ministry, we are glad to open our arms and welcome Annunciation as a once Quarterly Cooking Partner. They were responsible tonite for cooking the main dishes (Spaghetti with meat or veggie sauce) as well as countless yummy desserts. They also were a Sponsor providing funding for the meal. Mahalo nui loa for that strong support from our neighboring church. We are in discussions with a couple other local churches to join in as Cooking Partners Quarterly so that hopefully we could have at least one dinner a month where another church would help out in that way, relieving our own lead chefs and supporting cooks. 

It was a cold and rainy winter night but the Pavilion was rocking to the familiar sounds of Dagen Bernstein & fiddler Jeff......great tunes which warmed body and soul. 
The rest of our hearty meal also truly warmed all our consisted of numerous incredible salads put together by Chef Steve of Under the Bodhi tree including: Broccoli-Bacon salad, Greek salad, Sesame Asian salad, Mac salad, & 3-grain spinach/cranberry salad. Has anyone else noticed what a selection of vegetarian and vegan offerings we have had recently......really tasty and creative. The meal also included Roasted zucchini & tomatoes, Black Bean & Corn soup, Garlic Bread &, what a feast! Certainly no one left hungry tonite. I was especially pleased to see even more new faces tonite……...a warm welcome to everyone to Community Meal. 

We served 224 meals in the Pavilion (including 46 keiki) plus 84 deliveries for a total of 308 meals tonite. 

We were also blessed to have Returning Sponsor LEX BRODIE'S OF WAIMEA back funding the meal and staffing the line...….could those folks be any more friendly and helpful...…..if you missed them, go into their store.....same friendly service when I was just in there a couple of weeks ago. Such a good sponsor for our meal. Mahalo Nui Loa to all of them. And of course as always a big mahalo to our usual volunteers who shopped, chopped, prepped, set up, served, broke down and cleaned up. 

We are also blessed to have our dear Father David safely returned from a well deserved vacation with Bobby...….even more tan than usual......WELCOME HOME DAVID & BOBBY! 
Mahalo to our returning Meal Sponsor of the week, Lex Brodie's Tires of Waimea and to Annunciation Church as our Quarterly Cooking Partner and Co-sponsor.
Mahalo also to our Prep Crew, Clean up Crew, Packers and Deliverers of meals and all those who work behind the scenes!

Come join us every Thursday, for we feed the body and soul! Contact Sue if you feel called to volunteer or otherwise support the Community Meal Ministry!

Building Community, One Meal at a Time! 

Smiles, Sue

Sue dela Cruz
Community Meal Ministry Coordinator

Are you in Waimea in the early evening on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays? We need someone to help bring in donations from the Thrift Store lanai on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays at 7 PM.

Volunteer at the Community Meal Ministry  (Thursdays 4:30 - 6 PM). Join in helping to provide a hot sit-down meal and warm welcome. Thursdays, 4 - 6 PM. Contact Tim Bostock or Sue Dela Cruz ( ). Sponsor one of our weekly meals for $500. 10 AM - Chop and prep. 3:30 PM - Pack up meals to be delivered. 3:30 PM - Set up the Pavilion. 4:15 PM - Serve in the line. 4:30 PM - Come talk-story, giving guests the gift of friendship. 6 PM - clean up. 

Volunteer with our Youth Ministry . Our ministry to the youngest in our midst is growing by leaps and bounds. Become trained as a  Godly Play (Sunday School) teacher , volunteer at our Wednesday After School Tutoring, assist at one of our youth events. Contact our Youth Ministry Coordinator, Susan Acacio at 895-2086 or

Serve in Worship . Acolytes, readers, servers at the altar, ushers/greeters are needed. Speak to any of our clergy. 

Share your musical talents.  Join the St. James' Choir. Share your gift as a soloist, your ability to play an instrument or dance hula. At St. Columba's speak to Rev. Linda; at the Beach Mass speak to Garrett Webb; and at St. James' speak to Everett Knowles or Rona Lee. Don't know who they are? Contact the Parish Office and we'll connect you to them. 
Beautiful Kawaihae Afternoon for the Mahalo Luncheon for Community Meal Volunteers ~ Celebrating 2 years of Service!
photos by Jaisy Jardine & Lynn Beittel
On Sunday, March 3rd, Community Meal Volunteers were treated to a Thank You Luncheon under a bright blue and sunny sky at Kawaihae Canoe Club. It was a wonderful afternoon of reflection and celebration of two years of Community Meals. Community Meals that would not be possible without our dedicated and mighty group of volunteers! Everyone from the cooking and chopping crew, the set up crew, the serving crew and the cleanup crew were celebrated with delicious food made possible by Fox BBQ and delicious desserts made by Grace Loving. Kawaihae Canoe Club graciously donated the space for this festive event and fun was had by all! Door prizes included gorgeous gift baskets donated by Melanie Holt, donated succulent centerpieces adorned the tables, chilled waters and ice were donated by Kamuela Liquor, and each guest was given a festive “Mardi Gras” beaded necklace upon arrival. We thank each and every one of you who has been a part and continues to be a part of the Community Meal, your service and fellowship is appreciated!
First Sunday in Lent

Notes on This Reading:

Each of the first three gospels tells the story of Jesus going out into the wilderness for forty days before the launch of his public ministry. In that deserted place, he is tested. Luke and Matthew describe those tests in detail. The first test invites a hungry Jesus to turn stones into bread, to ease that pain with a quick fix. The second temptation invites him to worship the devil and gain power, when Jesus may well have been feeling powerless. The third temptation puts God to the test to see if God would come through in a pinch. The wilderness is not only a place for tests. It is also a place of discovery, a place to be formed into the kind of person God wants us to be. Jesus began his public ministry by facing tests like these. That may well help us when we face tests.

  1. When have you been in the wilderness, either literally or figuratively?
  2. What were the challenges?
  3. What did you learn?
  4. What would be wrong if Jesus had taken the devil up on any of his offers? Shakespeare said that even the devil can quote scripture. He probably had this passage in mind, as Jesus and the devil engage in dueling scripture citation.
  5. How do we use scripture in the challenges we face?
  6. Do we ever misuse the scripture?

** Graphic and reflection/questions from the book, “Drawn to the Gospels” by friend of our parish ‘ohana, the Rev. Jay Sidebotham. Used with permission.
Monthly Women's Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study meets next on Friday, April 5, 2019 in the Church from 10-12. We are making an in depth study of Mary, the mother of Jesus. All women are welcome. Bring your friends!

Noon Bible Study on Wednesdays   at the Piltz's Home in Kanehoa subdivision. This study is a scholarly reflection on the upcoming assigned Scriptures for our weekend worship.  This Bible Study is on hiatus for Lent and will resume on April 27.

Directions to Guy+ and Jo's:
From St. James' Church it is 4.9 miles. Drive south on Kawaihae Road. Turn left on Ouli Street into Kanehoa subdivision. Follow the road around all the way until it comes to an end. Turn right into the driveway at the end of the cul de sac, and follow the driveway to the yellow two story house. You have arrived! Any questions, contact our rector, David+, at 238-4956

Scripture Readings for this Weekend

Meets weekly on Tuesdays at St. James' from 8:30 to 10:30 AM. Registration required. Please contact David+, John Sucke, or Beth McKeen for additional information.

Presiding Bishop Curry's On-line Bible Study
Bishop's Bible Study

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Lenten Resources
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2019 Lenten Meditations Email Sign-up

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Journey Through Lent: Resources for The Season

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About Lent Madness

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Wisdom Corner
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty!"
~Psalm 91:1

The embrace of God’s grace is wider than most of us are willing to accept. God’s mercy stirs up within us an ugly response, especially when we see it offered freely to those we think are undeserving of it. The Jews of Jesus’ day felt they had God solely in their corner, and Jesus comes – to them and to us – to shatter that kind of thinking and to bring us face-to-face with the wideness of God’s mercy.

- Br. David Vryhof,  SSJE

An Episcopal Monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
A Prayer for the End of Day
"For the darkness of the night enveloping the earth, enclosing the day's labour, thanks be to you, O God. For the quiet that surrounds me and your promise of peace deep within me, for the stillness of sleep for my body and the hope of healing for my soul, thanks be to you."

~J. Phillip Newell, Celtic Benediction
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CLICK HERE to read the current approved minutes from the vestry meeting.

The next vestry meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27 at 10 AM in the Parish Office. All are welcome to attend
Midweek Worship
Every Wednesday 
Morning Prayer, 9 AM 

Every Wednesday, at 9 AM in St. James' church, we offer the service of Morning Prayer. This is a beautiful way to begin one's day. The service of Morning Prayer, also known as Matins, is one of the two main Daily Offices in the Episcopal church. One of the beautiful aspects of Morning and Evening Prayer is that as you pray the office you are praying it with thousands of people around the world who are also engaged in these same or similar prayers. In addition, during the service, we will be incorporating the reading of the names on our parish prayer list. Please come and join us in prayer. 
"Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." 
Romans 15:7 
E Komo Mai!

 If you are already baptized, and desire to make this parish 'ohana  your  parish 'ohana, then do not hesitate to contact David+, our rector, or any of our clergy, if you have questions about becoming a member of our parish.
Lost and Found
These were left at the Community Meal and have been unclaimed for the last few weeks. Contact Sue if these are yours, otherwise they will be donated to the thrift store.
Up-coming Parish Events at a Glance
2019 Holy Days, Events, and Special Offerings

Lenten Study Programs:
S t. Columba’s - " The Parables of Jesus"   beginning Wednesday March 13th at 5:30 - 7:30 PM with light soup and sandwich.     
St. James’ – " Just a Closer Walk with Thee” Five Wednesdays, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM
During the Season of Lent , starting March 13. Potluck sign up.

Spring Break "Kamp Kamuela" - A keiki youth week at the church.
March 18-22, 8 AM - Noon

Diocesan Revival Gathering on O'ahu
March 22-24 - The Most Reverend Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will be with us in the Diocese of Hawaiʻi.

Holy Week
April 14 – 19 – see Parish Calendar for full schedule of events

Great Vigil of Easter at the Beach at 5 PM, Kawaihae, Saturday, April 20
Easter Sunday at St. James' at 7:30 & 9 AM, April 21
Easter Sunday at St. Columba's at 9:30 AM

The Holy Spirit Short Course
will meet at St. James from 5:30-7:30 on 
Tuesday, April 30
Tuesday, May 7
Tuesday, May 14

Vacation Bible School Week
July 22-26, 2 - 5:30 PM (Dinner included for keiki and family)

Response to Active Violence in Places of Worship
Saturday, May 4 th  from 9 – 10:30 AM, at St. James’ Church, Waimea

For Full Parish Calendar,  CLICK HERE

Our Presiding Bishop, the Most Reverend Michael Curry, will be speaking and preaching at the three-day Renewal Gathering (March 22-24) on O'ahu.. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend what is sure to be a powerfully spiritual time together.

CLICK HERE for the latest information on the event.
At Bishop’s request, I send this prayer request and notice.
We have recently learned that the Rt. Rev. Don Hart (3 rd  bishop of Hawai‘i, 1986-1994) is recovering from double bypass surgery this week.  The surgery was successful and he is recovering well.
Please hold him and his family in your prayers during this time. 
An invitation to 'Take the Pledge' and care for God's...

Episcopalians and friends concerned about all of God's creation are invited to join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in pledging to take action to protect and renew God's world and all who call it home. The goal is to gather at least 1,000 pledges...

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Quick Links to Diocese Information
In the Wider Community
What's going on in the Neighborhood?

The Waimea Community Association maintains a comprehensive calendar of civic and social events in Waimea.  CLICK HERE  to check out what is happening, where and when in our area. 

Tutu's House offers many free or low cost activities. Their calendar is  HERE

What's on at the Kahilu? Check  HERE
The Waikoloa Village Association publishes a monthly newsletter covering events in Waikoloa.   CLICK HERE for the current issue of The Breeze. 

Waikoloa Beach Resort has a monthly calendar of free and for fee events.   CLICK HERE for the current issue. 

The Shops at Mauna Lani Resort’s Calendar of Events is HERE  

And Konaweb publishes an Islandwide calendar HERE
Response to Active Violence in Places of Worship
Saturday, May 4 th  from 9 – 10:30 AM, at St. James’ Church, Waimea

The most frequent command Jesus gave us was ‘Do not be afraid.’ Not that we shouldn’t feel fear, but that we should not live in fear and let it control our lives. Ultimately, we are to let faith have control of our lives. Knowledge of what to do in an emergency situation can reduce the hold   that fear can have on us.

On Saturday, May 4 th  from 9 – 10 AM, at St. James’, we will welcome Sergeant Paul Kim of the Hawai’i Police Department's Special Response Team. Sergeant Kim will offer a presentation on “Response to Active Violence in Places of Worship.” Our objective is to maintain a safe, holy, open, welcoming sanctuary, and to do so by proactively developing guidelines and principles for preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from an incident or emergency. 
A high-speed dash through all 37 of the Bard's plays in 97 hilarious minutes. If you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show. Join us for this heavily improvised Monty Python-tinged comedy where anything can—and WILL—happen. 
Last Laughs
~used with permission of Cuyler Black
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Our Clergy
Rev. David Stout, Rector
Rev. Marnie Keator, Associate Rector
Rev. Linda Lundgren, Associate Rector for St. Columba's
Our Ministries Staff
Susan Acacio, Youth Ministry
Sue Dela Cruz, Community Meal Ministry
Nina Disbro, Thrift Store Ministry
Malu Lindsey, Sexton
Rona Lee, Choir Director, Music Ministry
Everett Knowles, Director of Music, Music Ministry

To contact our Parish Staff

The Rev. David Stout, Rector , 
The Rev. Marnie Keator, Associate Rector 
The Rev. Linda Lundgren, Associate Rector at St Columba’s 
Susan Acacio, Youth Ministry Coordinator or 808-895-2086 
Sue Dela Cruz, Community Meal Ministry Coordinator or 808-498-7383 
Nina Disbro, Thrift Store Ministry Coordinator 
Everett Knowles, Music Director, 
Rona Lee, Choir Director. 
Malu Lindsey, Sexton, contact via the parish office. 
Sheri Mariscal, Parish Administrator, 
Clara Toma, Bookkeeper, 
St. James' Episcopal Church, 65-1237 Kawaihae Road, Kamuela (Waimea), HI 96743|
P.O. Box 278
Kamuela, HI 96743-0278
Office: 808-885-4923