November 01, 2020

Sunday Worship
November 1, 2020

All Saints’ Day

They lived not only in ages past, there are hundreds of thousands still,
The world is bright with joyous saints who love to do Jesus’ will.
You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or a sea,
in church, or in trains, or in shops or at tea,
For the saints of God are just folk like me, and I mean to be one too.

Scripture Readings for this Sunday:
Service of Holy Eucharist
in the Sanctuary
8:00 am

NEW! Chanterelle, our church musician, is back at our 8:00 service!

Please make a reservation as we are allowed a limited number due to social distancing.

Email the church office at: 

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:

Suzanne Kobayashi, long-time member of Christ Memorial and Postulant in the ordination process for the priesthood, will be giving the message this Sunday at both services.
Healing of body, mind and spirit for Michael; Terri (multiple myeloma); Stevan (Tinnitus); Scott (dementia); Elaine, Sue Ellen, Peter, Xavier, Susan, Web & Kelly (cancer); Nancy (radiation treatment); Doug (stroke); Matt’s dad (polio) and Matt's mom (strength); Bill, in hospital (infected shoulder); relief for Nelli family who lost their home in a fire; those hospitalized by the virus; healing for our world; a safe election.
All Soul's' Day
Monday, November 2
10:00 am
Commemoration of the Departed will include the reading of names.

If you wish to have a loved one’s name read at the service, please email the church office.
Bishop's Visitation
Sunday, November 15
11:00 am

Bishop Robert will be joining Christ Memorial for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Please pray for those confirming or reaffirming their faith in Jesus the Christ:

Branch Lotspeich
Melody MacKenzie Lotspeich
Matthew Miller
Bill Schilling
Rebecca Hullum
Mary Jo Kamano
Christmas Mailing Help
Help us prepare our Christmas mailing!
Thursday in the church office at 9:00 am for a fun hour of serving together. Let's have a cup of coffee, enjoy each other's company, and work to finish this important task!
Volunteer at Shared Blessing Thrift Shop
The Shared Blessings Thrift Shop is seeking Volunteers to work 4-hour shifts 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,

This past week I received an inquiry as to whether our church had any connection with the Boy Scouts over the past years (we didn’t). As you know the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) are in bankruptcy now due to lawsuits stemming from reported sexual abuse occurring over many years.  I am doubtful if scouting will recover from this.  It makes me sad. 

This got me thinking about how “bad apples” can taint the reputation of an organization, vocation, church, etc., and even bring it down.  I have no idea how many sexual predators or abusers made their way into the scouts nor how many young boys were abused. I do believe there were many whose lives have been permanently scarred because of the abuse.  But I also know that there were young boys whose lives were changed in a positive way due to scouting. Many of these boys had absent fathers and their scout troop was essentially an extended family. And I am certain there were thousands of scout leaders with good character and a heart to serve. And now all that has been overshadowed by the hurt inflicted by these “bad apples” and leadership that made seriously wrong decisions in not making prevention a priority.   
Police officers are experiencing much the same stain on their reputation. There are indeed “bad apples” in our police departments, officers who are racist and abusive, and there has been a lack of adequate leadership in identifying these officers. I observed it in Arizona and now it is front and center with Michael Brown, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, to name a few of its victims. But we all know there are thousands of police officers who are committed to serve and have had their reputation severely tainted by the “bad apples.” Honestly I have no idea why anyone would want their son or daughter to be a police officer these days with the proliferation of drugs and guns. I give thanks for those who choose this vocation. 

“Bad apples” can show up in any workplace or organization and cause significant harm. I have seen and heard many stories about churches that have been destroyed by a few people who are emotionally unhealthy. I really don’t have an answer as to how to identify or what to do about them. I’m just raising the question. My heart goes out to the people they hurt, but my heart also goes out to the majority of good people whose reputations have been tarnished because of them.    

Please, please, your thoughts. 
Gae +
A Response to Last Week's Coffee Chat

"Per usual, your email about the crazy churning in the news and what we look for in leadership was spot on.

I've gotten sick of it all, too. Everyone yelling at each other and pointing fingers and lying. I've refrained from posting anything political on Facebook in the past month. Instead I'm posting spiritual/thoughtful things about being a good person. Or funny stories. I'm finding it incredibly ironic that many of my "FB Friends" will give me thumbs up or positive comments on what I've shared...and then five minutes later they post some screaming diatribe about what this candidate did or didn't do. (Sigh)

What I've reminded myself a lot of lately is where God says "Be still!... and know that I am God." It's a comfort and a relief to know that I don't have to fix it.

The world and God have seen a lot worse and crazier times than these. Perhaps nothing was worse in history that WWII and the Holocaust. If there was ever a time when God seem to have left us entirely, that may have been it. Yet even in those dark days, God was with us and many people were His rays of presence and light during the darkness.  So today's madness will pass.

As far as leaders, God picks incredible tools... starting with the Apostles and St. Paul. We venerate Tax Collectors, Fishermen, Righteous reformed Hypocrites, and other misfits as saints.  If so, that means that our current leaders are in some way part of the Plan for salvation.  Incredible thought.  I still believe we can do (much!) better and I hope that the election provides a new group of leaders who will indeed have compassion and grace and view service to others as a priority.

Our leaders are to some degree a reflection of our society, so I pray for the people of the United States and the World. The world has gotten so fast and technology brings every event (real or imagined) to our eyes instantly. We can hide behind a screen and proclaim nasty things to hundreds of people that we'd never share in person with even two others.  
So we need to become more gentle, we need to slow down, we need to see God in each person, we need to say thank you, we need to show compassion.

If WE become more like that, then we may insist that our leaders do the same. Wouldn't that be nice?

But either way, we must be still! And remember that God is in charge. And She knows what She's doing, doesn't She! 

Larry Mazuchowski
CONNECT - A Note to Our Zoom Family
One big blessing for our church that has come out of the struggle with the COVID-19 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 these 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.  
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 – 3:15 HST
Letters of Paul 

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

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!

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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