Join us for worship as we continue to celebrate the great 50 days of Easter! Our service begins at 9:00am HST. We gather 15 minutes before, so arrive a little early if you would like to socialize or just get familiar with the online format. You are also welcome to stay after the service for reception and to mingle. The “congregation” comprises locals, seasonal residents on island and back on the mainland, and friends that visited the island in past years and are staying connected from New York, Illinois, Montana, Mississippi, Iowa, Arizona, Washington, California and more. It is great fun, and we invite you to join us!

You can click on this link to join all our services: https://zoom.us/j/561118162  
 
If you are new to Zoom, you can watch this 1 minute video: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-
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We are also providing a bulletin to follow along during our Zoom worship or to use on your own. Click on this link for the bulletin: 

Sanctuary Open for Prayer Every Day 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Feeling a little overwhelmed with life right now? Although we have been instructed to not leave our homes except for essentials or specific work, on your way you might drop in to Christ Memorial for a moment of peace and quiet. Or walk the labyrinth (exercise is allowed!) 

If you want Pastor Gae and our prayer team to pray for you or someone you love, please note on the podium as you walk in. 

Live off island? If you have a prayer intention or would like to pray for those on our prayer list, email Pastor Gae at gdchalker@gmail.com


Morning Coffee with Pastor Gae
Aloha Friends,

In my last church, I used to have four chapel services a week with Preschool and Primary age children. I loved teaching kids about Jesus. And the highlight was telling the Easter story. It’s hard to compete with Easter Bunny, so I used “Resurrection” eggs. Each plastic egg had some trinket that connected with the story from the entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection: a palm branch, a cup, a nail, a dice, a piece of linen, a stone, etc. It didn’t matter the age of the children, they all wanted to have the opportunity to open a plastic egg to see what was inside. 
When we got to the very last egg, there was always a boatload of excitement as to what it might hold. I wish I had a picture of the look on the face of the child who was picked to open it because, of course, there was nothing inside. And then, I was able to explain that Jesus wasn’t dead in a tomb, but he was alive, not in his body but in the spirit.

I knew it would be many years before the children possibly could understand what exactly that meant. Many adults I have talked with still have trouble understanding. I know it was a big stumbling block for me in my faith journey. Even more troublesome than the Easter story were Jesus’ words in the gospel of John when he said, “I am the resurrection.” Was he resurrected or is he the resurrection? Is there a difference?
For many years, I just accepted that I didn’t understand it, and so I focused intently on Jesus having his earthly experience. It was enough for me to connect and reconnect with his teachings about the unconditional love of God, the necessity to forgive, the inclusion of women and Samaritans and the “unclean,” and the danger of preoccupation with pride, power and possessions. I fell in love with him! And little by little I began to sense his presence when I quieted my mind and became present in the moment.
 
Now I’m beginning to look at the resurrection in a new way, one that I am excited about. I’m thinking that Jesus as “the resurrection” means he is resurrected within me and everyone who believes. What do I mean by that? In some way, his divinity that lives within me is inspiring my humanity to rise to a more divine level. Physical death is absolutely not necessary for this to happen (I never believed that anyway). Jesus possessed a divine consciousness as he walked this earth as a human being. Did he have that consciousness from the get-go? I’m not going to argue that one way or the other. What I am sure about is that he loved and trusted his God with his entire being. It was as though he was one mind with his God. So what does that say to me? Loving and trusting God with your entire being is the path of divinity. The resurrection ~ the Christ ~ lives within. We have been and continue to be resurrected.  
Your thoughts are very welcome so please share.

Joy, joy, joy,

Pastor Gae ✝️
 CONNECT
Online Study

Wednesday Bible Study - Gospel of John with Pastor Gae
2:00 - 3:15 pm HST on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/561118162  

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 would like more information.
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. 

Online Centering Prayer & Scripture Reflection
Tuesday morning, 9:00 - 9:45 am HST
Begins this Tuesday on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/561118162  

We’ll begin with a re-read of one of the Sunday readings, followed by a 10 minute meditation ( a time to pray “Let there be light”) and then a little discussion about the reading. Email gdchalker@gmail.com if you would like to join, and Pastor Gae will send you the link. 


  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 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!


SERVE


Helen Mitsui Shared Blessings Thrift Shop
To our Loyal Friends and Customers,

In complying with the latest virus update,
Helen Mitsui Shared Blessings Thrift Shop 
will temporarily close until further notice.

While we wait it out, please remain safe and well.
We will miss your patronage, but will re-open as soon as we can
with a sparkling clean shop, full of new merchandise.

Take care,

Your Shared Blessings Team

Auntie Helen, Craig, Rebecca, Deb, Janice, Lorraine, Bill, Ross, Steve S, Margaret, Gordon, Christie, MaryEllen, Gwen, Alan, Anne, Susan W, Steve W, Cindy, Joe, Janicka, Phyllis, Berta, Yolanda, Amanda, Ralph, Marilyn, Naomi, Patti, Johanna, and our newest team members Susan S and Cindi


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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