Friday, October 8, 2021

Aloha, Our Beloved Parish 'Ohana,
“What must I do?”, asks the man in our Gospel reading for this weekend. Discernment starts with questions. Jesus welcomes our questions. “Without questions there is no learning,” said 20th century engineer, W. Edwards Deming. Jesus wants us to learn what it means to trust in him, to follow him. “Come to me,” Jesus says, “all you who are weary and heavy laden, take my yoke upon you and learn from me…” (Matthew 11:28) Jesus' whole life was a witness of how to live. To his very last breath, he showed us. “Father, forgive.”, he says as he looks out at those who put him on the cross. He tells John and his mother that they are now entrusted to one another. In the midst of his own agony, he speaks words of hope to the condemned man beside him. These are loving words, but so too are his words that are not as easy to hear. The man in our Gospel specifically wants to know "what he must do to inherit eternal life?” He tells Jesus that he has kept all the commandments. "You lack one thing," Jesus says. "Go and sell all he has and give it to the poor.” Jesus is not saying that everyone must sell all they have. He is telling everyone that living into the Kingdom of God is more than keeping the rules. It is about what holds your heart. The man’s possessions were possessing him. He needed to let go, surrender, give it over.
My favorite part of this Gospel is Jesus' initial response. Mark tells us that Jesus “looked him and loved him.” Jesus’ first response was one of love. It is always one of love. Jesus sees the person behind the question. Jesus sees you. He looks at you and loves you. He loves that you are willing to ask questions – questions of Who he is?, What does his words mean?, What am I to do? Jesus’ answer to our own questions may not be what we want to hear, but what we need to hear. Br. Luke Ditewig SSJE, asks, “What does God say to you that’s inviting, surprising, or disturbing? … Perhaps it’s about wealth, power, possessions or control, your own plans, and expectations. Perhaps it’s about sickness, loss, diminishment, or disillusionment.” Maybe for you, to live more fully into God’s kingdom is not about letting go, but about taking hold.
Do you remember the movie, “Dead Poets Society?” The new teacher, Mr. Keating, informs the boys about the so-called “Dead Poets Society” of which he was a member during his own time at the Welton Academy. The Dead Poets were dedicated to “sucking the marrow out of life” (which is said to be inspired by Henry David Thoreau's “Walden”). The recent deaths we have experienced in our parish and wider community remind us that tomorrow is not a guarantee. The question then becomes, "How do we want to live today?" What does Jesus say to you?
Mark tells us the "man went away grieving because he had many possessions." We are not told what happens to him next. I like to think that he went home, looked around, and decided that his "things" were not as valuable as what Jesus was offering. I like to believe that he did what Jesus had directed and then smiled, for he now was free. This gives me hope. While we may initially resist Jesus' words, his words continue to work on our heart. Sometimes we need to walk away to find our way back.
With grace and peace,
The following is a message released on September 21, 2021, from the Bishop:

COVID-19 & Vaccination Policy

Aloha my dear Siblings in Christ Jesus,

I would like the following statement to be printed at the top of all service bulletins or projected at the start of in-person public worship from now through the month of October:

A Message from the Bishop

As your Bishop, I deeply appreciate all those medically eligible who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and all those who continue to wear their masks in public and practice social distancing when gathering. Thank you! As Episcopalians, I am convinced this is the very minimum we, as God’s people, can do to fulfill the Great Commandment (Mark 12:29-31) during this difficult time of a worldwide Pandemic: “Jesus replied, ‘The most important one is Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You will love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.’” You, God’s people, are truly loving your neighbor through these righteous deeds.

O gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you, eyes to behold you, a heart to meditate upon you, and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bishop Bob Fitzpatrick
With this, I pray we can teach and witness to the world.

Yours faithfully

The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick

Bishop Diocesan
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i
229 Queen Emma Square
Honolulu, HI 96813-2304

The Episcopal Church in Micronesia
911 North Marine Corps Drive
Upper Tumon, Guam 96913
Weekend Worship
All Weekend Services are being offered.


5 PM at Kawaihae Canoe Club (In-person and online)
Bring a beach chair or towel. Masks must be worn.

*7:30 AM at St. James' (Drive-in)

*9:30 AM at St. James' (Drive-in and online)       
9:30 AM at St. Columba’s (Outside on the grass, under the tent, and online)
* St. James' Sunday Services are also broadcast over FM 97.5 for those remaining in their cars. However, you are welcome to bring a chair and sit outside for "Mass on the Grass."
In-person worship: Some things to note to help one another feel comfortable and safe: Click here.
(streamed live, links above.)
HERE is a link to The Book of Common Prayer online.
Once on this site, click on Morning Prayer, Rite 2.
Communion to the Homebound
The clergy are happy to bring communion to those who are homebound or who do not feel comfortable coming to an in person service. Simply contact one of the clergy directly or through the parish office.
Growing in Faith
Men's Bible Study
On ZOOM Password: faith

We study the upcoming Scriptures that will be read in worship. CLICK HERE to review before we meet.

Barclay’s reflections very helpful as well. We often used his commentary in seminary for sermon prep.
Women's Bible Study

The next Women’s Bible Study will be held via ZOOM on Friday, October 15 at 10 AM. 
We will be reading “The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible” by Joan Chittister.

On ZOOM Password: faith

Bishop's Bible Study
Every Wednesday, Bishop Fitzpatrick, offers an online study/reflection. On Mondays, he offers a weekly message to the diocese. CLICK HERE to access the most recent Bible Study.
Sunday Services
Blessing of the Animals Last Weekend

Our animal companions have helped keep many of us grounded and sane during these unsettling times. Many of you brought your animal companions with you. It was a howling celebration of God’s great and diverse creation.
We had a beautiful day of Blessing the Animals this past Sunday. Puppies, a chick, fish, and a soon to be adopted duckling were all blessed.

The dogs were perfectly quiet as were the fish and the gorgeous black chick. It was a glorious celebration of St. Francis and the animals he loved so dearly.

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New way to worship at St. Columba's!
We are happy to be able to broadcast our services over FM 91.9 radio. If you feel more comfortable staying in your car during service, pleases tune in and during communion, the bread will be brought to you. Also, if it rains you can stay in your car!
We were honored and blessed to have Cathy McPherson and her wife Evette join us for worship this past Sunday. Cathy is in her 2nd year in formation to become an ordained priest. She will interning for the St. James' Congregations for the next 2 years and will be at St. Columba's the 1st Sunday of every month. Welcome Cathy and Evette.
 Due to Covid being prevalent in the area, we decided to postpone the study of The Chosen until October 20th at 5:30 and movie night will be postponed until October 29th at 6:00pm. The movie All Saints will be our first showing. Everyone is welcome to bring a friend to both the study and the movie night.
We will hold both events outside under the tents, and will be following CDC guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing.
The Chosen - a study

As we are trying to get back to some form of normalcy, St Columba's will be offering, as a study, the series 'The Chosen'. This is a non-lecture based video series with a study guide for group interaction. This series brings the greatest story ever told to life. This study will be offered twice monthly at 5:30pm beginning on October 20th. We will be meeting outside under the tent and will follow pandemic guidelines; social distancing and masks are mandated.
St. Columba's will be offering an outdoor Movie Night for all ages and families. On Friday, October 29, at 7pm the movie 'All Saints' will be shown under the tent following pandemic guidelines: social distancing and masks are mandated.
This movie is based on an inspiring true story of a salesman-turned-pastor, a tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.  

This is offered on Aloha Friday, pau hana, for Hopena pule maika'i!
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.
Patricia Eckstrom, Nicole Anderson, Trevor, Carl Stanforth, Monica Parker, Gladys Takeya, Monique Abbasi, Jack A, Isaac DeRego, James Knox Everett, Jane Cook & Family, Maurice Cecil & Pukaua Summer Sommers, Betty Santorio, Cheyanna Lahnum, Jesse Osmun, Alex Ka'aua, Vicky Tagaca, Eli Ching, Shawn & Stephanie, Paterno Balmilero, Jerry Reyla, Greg Silva, Berlinda Toson, Maelle Wolfe, Joyce Horie, Riley Furlong, Debbie Roberts, Yoko & Tim Donavan, Quentin & Mary Murrell Faulkner, Tom Bailey, Scott Byron, Dave Warner, Sally Sakaitani, Matthew Latshaw, Wendy Geyer-Nixon, John Nixon, Frank & Margaret Fuchino, Nick Obrastoff, Charlotte Annette Obrien, Vivian Ettinger, Steve Lambuth, Ian Elliott, Wm. Dean Mitchell, Jerry, Brenda Pearson, Gay Lynn Freeman, Vicki Nilles, Suzanne & Jimmy Knowles, Susan & Max Maxey, Brandi Mangarin, Chris Mangarin, Dallas Gomes, Ted Lindsey, Hofert family, Rebekah Riviera, Paul Lee, Carolyn Blackburn, Brandy Darling, Coe Atherton, Annette Pippin & family, Ski Kwiatkowski, Valerie Ross, Dennis Brown, Gail Lewis, Traci Steinman, baby Colton John “CJ”, Hans L'Orange, Pat Deter, Joan Flaherty & family, Bruce Kitigawa, Ray Rosa, Cindy Sharp, Diane Feeney, Virginia Tultz  and the 'Ohanas, & friends of those who have recently entered into Glory, including Scot Plunket, Fran Tabor, Keoki Lindsey, Pat Clifford, Amy Theresa Lynn's father, Floyd, Mary Conley, and Tepa Farias++
Now more than ever it is important for us to reach out to one another. Send a note, an email, make a phone call.
If you need someone's contact information, and they have given us permission to give it out, the parish office can provide. If we do not have permission to give out their contact information, we can take your information and get it to them to ask them to contact you.

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. 
Jean Cherrigan
P.O. Box 248
Paauilo, HI 96776
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
Please remember in your prayers the Conley ‘Ohana at the death of Mary Conley. Notes of sympathy may be sent to The Conley ‘Ohana c/o Phillip Conley PO Box 2319, Kamuela HI 96743.

Please remember in your prayers the Farias/Cordeiro 'Ohana at the death of Tepa Farias. Notes of sympathy may be sent c/o Ed Sr. & Joey Cordeiro, PO Box 1152, Kamuela, HI 96743.
Lisa & Joe Bollinger (10/9)
Steven & Jemma Bauman (10/11)
The Reverent Kent & Kiki McNair (10/11)
Cisco & Susan Acacio (10/13)
Landon Harada (10/11)
Kathy Huckabay (10/11)
Tom Robertson (10/12)
Hans L’Orange (10/13)
Monica Newcomb (10/14)
Steve Spencer (10/12)

It is ready! 2021 editions of Mango Chutney and Pepper Jelly are up for sale! There are limited amounts available in the church office and thrift store. You can also order and arrange pickups with Deb Hall. Just contact her at
The Earring Exchange

At the start of my volunteering here at the Thrift Store, a volunteer and her family introduced themselves. She informed me that she and her family come before closing to help clean and tidy up.  

Day in and day out, I would see them come and do their duties , cleaning, straightening clothing racks, empty trash, remove price tags off the floor and any tedious task needed.

Several occasions she would assist cashiers double count on the till and loved being helpful in anyway we needed her. 

Eventually, I was blessed to become the Coordinator of the Thrift Store. She was a big supporter for me and we developed a fun and beautiful friendship. We had the funniest talks about serious issues and encouraged each other when needed.

There was this one thing she started between the two of us that I just loved...
 "The Earring Exchange ". If we admired each other's earrings we would do an exchange. I'd give her mine and she would give me hers. We both found ourselves going thru our earrings hunting for anything we thought would be in each other's taste, wore it the next day and with giddy excitement start exchanging earrings. We'd laugh about it but it was "our thing".

After COVID hit, I have seen my friend less and less, once in a great while she would stop by for a visit. Eventually she stopped coming due to health issues, but I still saw her family from time to time, asking them to pass little messages to her.

This past Monday, I was told my dear volunteer and wonderful friend had passed.
The shock and devastation hit me hard. I needed to take a step back for a bit and come to the realization that it's real, she was never coming to the Store again.

Other volunteers had also heard about her passing and shared their feelings of shock and sorrow too. There definitely was a cloud of sadness the next day in the Store and a volunteer had asked if we could pray for her and her family before we started our retail day. So we did.
We asked God to bring peace through this time of grief for the Conley Family. 

There was always something about Mary that you'd just loved. I thank God for her life and the impression she left on our hearts and the beautiful plants she grew and gave us as gifts of friendship. 

Mary Conley, our hearts are aching and we miss you...into the arms of the Lord you go...until we meet again. 

With all our love,

St. James' Thrift Store 
Romans 15:13 " May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. "

Until next week, 

Rona Scull 

Mike and Lor Gehret
Kathlyn Vargas

Happy Birthday Rev. Marnie


The Community Meal is in need of sponsorships. Sponsors are an integral part of Waimea Community Meal’s success. Every $600 provides a delicious and nutritious community meal for 350 people. If you are interested in sponsoring a meal, or know of an organization who might be interested, please contact Tim Bostock at:
Enchiladas for Days!!
Green Chicken Enchiladas on offer tonight, along with refried beans, Mexican rice and a super-colorful and hearty bean salad – plus cookies of course! Enchiladas for 600 people are not wrapped individually, but rather we layer roast shredded chicken, green salsa, cilantro, green onion, tortilla, mozzarella cheese, milk and more salsa into the catering trays, and bake for almost 2 hours at 400 degrees – till the surface is a delicious golden brown and we hit 165+ degrees inside.  
It’s a Sue Dela Cruz hit! Especially the bean salad which was inspired by her recent Grand Canyon River trip. I don’t eat the Meal every week but this was a must-not-miss! And I must say – it was scrumptious.  
Sue had Margo, Katie and Rick layering the pans this morning, and we cooked 22 total, with help from Tim & Mel, Matt & Lynn, Jane, the Albee’s, Wray's, Connie and Chacha. We served 599 meals tonight, including 275 deliveries, and to 73 cars and 4 walk-ups through the drive-in. Mapu, Frankie and the Pavilion and Traffic Crew built the 75 produce bags, which are enjoyed by our volunteers as well as our guests. Healthful fresh produce and hearty home-cooked dinner are things we love to share!
Many thanks to our sponsors this evening – Lor and Mike Gehret, and Kathlyn Vargas. And Many Happy Returns to Marnie – 80 years young today, and Stanley-74 young!! We’re blessed to be blessing others – One Meal at a Time.
Me ke ha’aha’a
As always there is a call out for cooks, cookie bakers, meal planners.  If you are interested in helping us in any way, contact Sue Dela Cruz, at .  

Sue Dela Cruz, meal coordinator

Sue Dela Cruz
Diocesan Education Day Open to All

EVERYONE is encouraged to join in the Education Day on Friday, October 22. This year’s Education day will focus on “Reconciliation” (racial, ethnic, economic, etc., with an emphasis on our Island home). The same online registration form for the Annual Meeting is used for Education Day as well. To learn more about the speakers CLICK HERE .

A link to the diocese Convention web page is below with the business portion of Convention being held on Saturday, October 23. Please particularly take note of the resolutions. If you have thoughts about voting on certain resolutions, or any questions or comments, you are welcome to contact delegates Jeanne Cooper, Melanie Holt, Martha Massey, Ruth Smith, or Kim Snodgrass-Holmes or clergy via Parish Directory or via the Parish Office.
Convention 53

"Remembering those who have gone before" Bishop Fitzpatrick calls upon us to take time to remember "those who have gone before" especially during these troubled times. These include those who died in our congregations during the isolation of the...

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Support & Help Available
CLICK HERE for the approved minutes from the most recent Vestry meeting. CLICK HERE for the approved Treasurer's Report.

The next Vestry meeting will be Tuesday, October 26th at 12:30 PM via Zoom We are meeting virtually. If there is something which you wish to bring to the vestry's attention, please reach out to our wardens or vestry members. You can reach them via the Parish Office. A reminder that all vestry meetings are open to parishioners to attend.
E Komo Mai!
Whether you have been coming to St. James', St. Columba's, or the Beach Mass for 6 months or 6 days, if you have come to see this parish 'ohana as your Spiritual home we would like to welcome you as a member. If you have questions about becoming a member of this parish family, speak to one of the clergy.
Wisdom Corner
We may think prayer should mostly be about soldiering on to be good, yet God invites honesty about the full range of our lives.
-Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

An Episcopal Monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
A Prayer for the End of Day
"In the darkness of the evening, the eyes of my heart are awake to you. In the quiet of the night. I long to hear again of your love. Amen."
Last Laughs

Our Clergy
Rev. David Stout, Rector
Rev. Marnie Keator, Associate Rector
Rev. Linda Lundgren, Associate Rector for St. Columba's

Parish Office, 885-4923

David,, 238-4956
Marnie, , 333-2247
Linda, , 323-2627
Our Ministries Staff
Thrift Store Ministry
Below Left- Rona Scull, Coordinator Below Right - Juanita Ritz, Assistant
Community Meals Ministry
Top - Sue Dela Cruz, Community Meal Coordinator
Lower - Gregory Koestring, Waimea Assistant

Music Ministry
Below left- Rona Lee, Choir Director Below Right- Everett Knowles, Director of Music

Our Office Staff
Jaisy Jardine, Parish Administrator
Dayna Wong, Bookkeeper