March 20, 2020
Aloha our beloved parish 'ohana,
At 9 AM HST, this Sunday, we will broadcast our worship over the internet. Live-streaming of our worship is a blessed and needed ministry for our homebound and those off-island, but this Sunday it takes on even broader importance. Circumstances have caused our bishop to suspend our gathering for worship through the end of April. Yes, this means we will not be meeting in person on Easter day. Click HERE to read his letter to the diocese.
We will broadcast this Sunday’s worship service from the beach. Below is link to download the bulletin to follow along, as well as two links to join. The service will include guitar, ukulele, hula and favorite songs/hymns. This is a gift we can offer our world as many are self-isolating in places where they cannot see the open sky, let alone the vastness of the sea. We will gather not in person, but in Spirit. Never before will we be united in such a way as we will this Sunday. I can only image what it will be like when we are all back together in person for that first worship service on the other side of this pandemic. It will be our Easter Service. It won’t matter what the date will be. It will be Easter Sunday! It will be the Sunday of the Resurrection!
We have the best parish leadership and staff any congregation could hope to have. You are mobilizing and rising up. You are reaching out and checking on one another. You are being creative in how you do this. May I tell you that I have loved you for a long time. If it is possible, I love you even more. Your steadfastness emboldens me. As one of my priest mentors told me today on the phone, “While our relationships are adapting and adjusting, it is critical for the Church not to disappear.” We are called to the forefront. It is such a time as this that we are called to be at our best, leading with grace and hope. We will continue to tend to those in need and we will keep the faith.
When Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist, it was the physical embodiment of why he came to be with us – that he may live us and we in him (John 15) . This is a sacrament given to you by our Lord, and you can receive it wherever you are sitting. When you hear the Mass being said this Sunday, let Him live in you and you in Him. Take in His Body. Take in His Spirit. Know that you are not alone. God is with you. God will see us through.
A colleague recently referenced the Reverend Nils Chittenden, Rector of St. Stephen’s Church in Armonk, New York, who shared a beautiful prayer from the Anglican Church of South Africa for those who are unable to physically receive communion. He writes, “In apartheid South Africa, many prisoners were denied the sacraments and had to find other ways of taking Spiritual Communion. This prayer found its way into the 1989 Anglican Church of South Africa Prayer Book as a help to others who could not receive.” Many believe the prayer was originally penned by St. Ignatius.
Jesus, may all that is you flow into me.
May your body and blood be my food and drink.
May your passion and death be my strength and life.
Jesus, with you by my side enough has been given.
May the shelter I seek be the shadow of your cross.
Let me not run from the love which you offer
but hold me safe from the forces of evil.
On each of my dyings shed your light and your love.
Keep calling to me until that day comes
when, with your saints, I may praise you for ever.

Stay strong, reach out.

Call upon God. Call on your parish ‘ohana.

Pray for our world.
With deepest love and thankfulness for you,
Joining Worship Online
Please join us via our Livestream, by clicking the red box. You can watch live at 9 AM on Sundays and Wednesdays HST or access recorded services if that is more convenient.
In addition to joining worship via the web on, we are also broadcasting the 9 AM Sunday and Wednesday services on our parish Facebook page.
This Sunday's 9 AM worship bulletin by clicking this box. Suggestion for use: Watch the service on your computer, opening up the bulletin in a separate window. Use two devices, one to view the service, the other to follow the along with the bulletin. Note the bulletin combines liturgical aspects particular to all four of our regular weekend worship services.
Click the blue box for the Scripture readings for this weekend's worship.
Web of Love - Pastoral Teams Forming
Next week we will have in place a phone tree to ensure we are reaching out to everyone in our parish 'ohana, especially those most in need. Several of you have already offered to go to the grocery store or pick up prescriptions for our kupuna. Click the box below to sign up to help make phone calls and/or pick up groceries, prescriptions, and/or mail for kupuna. Those who sign up to deliver will be instructed what precautions they must take to ensure both they and our kupuna are kept safe.
Gathering Online for Church meetings, bible studies, and Lenten Study
EfM has already moved to an online meeting. Next Wednesday's 6 PM "Faith Confirmed Course" as well as Friday's Men's Bible Study will be offered via ZOOM.

Please go ahead and download the ZOOM app to your phone. And/or go to (click the box below) and sign up for a free account. Do so now, before you are wanting to join a meeting. You may find out you need to download or update your browser for it to work. Call the Parish Office if you need help. 808-885-4923.

There is a very short and easy to understand video on YouTube about  how to join a Zoom meeting from your computer , here is the link:

And here is a step by step guide to jointing a zoom meeting with your phone:
Reaching the Parish Office, Staff, and Clergy
While the Parish Office is physically closed, the parish office hours are still being kept. 9 AM - 3 PM, Monday - Friday. The Parish Office phone is forwarded to Jaisy. She is standing ready to help you, as is the rest of the staff.

IMPORTANT: The staff is practicing social distancing. We know how hard this is for folks, and for us, too. If you see one of us on property, please do not be offended by our asking that you keep your distance of 6 feet. We have too many kupuna and folks who have compromised immune systems that we want to keep safe and may need to be there for in person. We don't want to risk being transmitters of the virus to them. If you need us, we are here for you, please call us. We all have our phones with us.

Parish Office, (808) 885-4923

David, , 238-4956
Marnie,   , 333-2247
Linda,   , 323-2627

Email and voicemail are being monitored and messages responded to promptly.
Morning Prayer - 9 AM
Monday through Saturday
As stated above, the regular Wednesday service of Morning Prayer is being Live-streamed and also broadcast on FaceBook Live. We are also working towards offering the Morning Prayer Service everyday on FaceBook Live at 9 AM. We are in the trial run of it, so if it doesn't happen on any given day, please have patience with us. We are learning the technology. Click Here for our first one.

Pictured here is our rector broadcasting the service from the grounds of St. James' Church. Tomorrow, Saturday, our Associate Rector, Marnie, will lead us and on Monday morning, our Associate Rector for the St. Columba's Congregation, Linda, will lead.

Have your 1979 Book of Common Prayer handy if you have one, turned to page 75. If not,   HERE   is a link to  The Book of Common Prayer  online. Once on this site, click on  Morning Prayer, Rite 2 . If you do not have a hardcopy of the Book of Common Prayer, now might be a good time to order one online.

For the Service of Morning prayer online, there are several sites and apps that provide it. Below are a few. More ways to do so to come.

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Loaves and Fishes

To keep Annunciation Community Food Pantry open for our vulnerable patrons, we need help. Since shortages at grocery stores have caused shopping restrictions, we cannot obtain the food we need weekly to keep the Pantry open Tuesday mornings. If you are shopping and are able to help, please buy something for the Pantry. We will need help weekly. 90 patrons picked up boxes on 3/17. Families receive only 1 box each month but that box is an important resource. We expect the need will increase. Help us stay open every Tuesday morning, 9 - 11 am.

Basics we need:
Rice - any size or type, (we re-bag it into smaller packages for the boxes) Canned meat & fish: tuna, salmon, Spam, chicken, beef, Vienna Sausage, etc. Canned veggies: green beans, peas, mixed, corn, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pasta sauce
Pork & beans, stews, chili, soups
Peanut butter
Ramen, pasta, crackers, cereal

Drop off at Pantry (Church Hall kitchen door)
-Saturday mornings 9-11 am,
-Food Pantry Tuesday morning 7 am - 8:30 am before Pantry opens for patrons -Annunciation Church Office weekday mornings
-St. James Episcopal Church

Mahalo and God Bless you and keep you safe,
Ann Lum, Food Pantry Coordinator. (808) 640-4704
In accordance with the direction of the Bishop, we are cancelling all in person church groups/meetings, such as the Men's Bible Study, Teen Tech, EfM, After School Tutoring, Tuesday Run with the Rector, Centering Prayer, etc.

Partner groups that meet in our buildings, such as AA, Al-anon, NA, Veterans Support, etc., are being contacted and will make their own decision regarding their meeting.
A little inspiration in troubled times


Mahalo to Amy Mills for a beautiful solo

and a happy birthday to Music Director Everett Knowles
On Thursday March 12, Rev. Marnie was the teacher of our Faith-Confirmed class. She did an excellent job of ringing the bell and teaching!! We had a wonderful spirit filled time of learning about the Holy Spirit and of the question "why did Jesus have to die?".  Thank you Rev. Marnie for giving of your time to teach us and talk story! A huge Mahalo to everyone who brought food to share.  
A hui hou malama pono to Juneco and her beautiful family as they travel back to Japan. They have been here for 3 months and have made St. Columba's their parish home. They will be missed. They even learned hula while they were here and performed with Zahtaeliah Silva's halau. It was a beautiful performance by all dancers. Well done!

The keiki, under the guidance of Aunty Raina, did a beautiful job of depicting the Gospel of Living Water. We are so blessed!

He mau makana nâu kêia na kô mâkou kûpuna.  
(These are gifts for you from our elders.)

KAWAIHAE HARBOR, On Hiatus until May
  A Word About Stewardship In These Coronavirus Times....
This message is for every member of the St. James’ ‘ohana. It is not a surprise that we are now in a time of great financial uncertainty. Tough choices for St. James’, indeed for the entire Diocese, will have to be made. This is a time when the church is needed the most. Our prayers from St. James’ go out to those both near and far away who might be in need. This is an unprecedented time.
Your support of our dear parish has been greatly appreciated this year, indeed for so many years! Continued payment of your current 2020 pledge is vital. Going forward in 2020 and 2021, your keeping St. James’ a priority will not only serve all of our parishes but also, as usual, the greater Waimea community, and thus the entire Big Island.
For those of you who normally give as well to the plate, you can mail a check to the church or can give via our online giving site. 
In closing, mahalo for keeping St. James’ in your thoughts in the weeks and months ahead.      
Gerrit Keator, Stewardship Chair
Patricia Eckstrom, Sarah, Gloria Seiden, Narcisa Yagin, Nicole Anderson, Marlene Thees, Trevor, Carl Stanforth, Brad Young, Monica Parker, Gladys Takeya, Gerry Goodenough, Monique Abbasi, Jack A,Isaac DeRego, James Knox Everett,  Israel Kahoopii, Pedro Ka'awaloa, Jane Cook & Family, Eleanor Mendias, Mark & Kay Segal, Maurice Cecil &  Pukaua Summer Sommers, Betty Santorio, Cheyanna Lahnum, Jesse Osmun,  Mary Avery, Alex Ka'aua, the Reyes family, Vicky Tagaca, Steven, Kaipo Young, Nancy Davidson, Tony Abbott, Eli Ching, Shawn & Stephanie, Heidi Barnett, Gilmore family, Loreen Hackwalter, Paterno Balmilero, Jerry Reyla, Greg Sliva, Frank Wallace, Berlinda Toson, Maelle Wolfe, Nancy Maleno, Joyce Horrie, Zebediah Smith, Sterling & Lynette, Gael Burke, Riley Furlong, Debbie Roberts, Nona Hasagawa, Herman Medeiros, Elizabeth Agustin, Stanley, Yoko & Tim Donavan, Tali & Tom McCall, Syndi Texiera, Adi Kohler, Ron Teter, David Bowman, Sheri Mariscal, Karen Sanchez, Mangarin-Kitchen 'Ohana, Quentin & Mary Murrell Faulkner, Tom Bailey, Penny Keli'i Vredenburg, Jacque Miller, Frank Claire, Rebekah Rivera (daughter of Aimee Love & Dr. David Doi), her husband Ramon & daughter Oona. Tom Robertson, Ben Van Winkle, Lorraine Hoffman, Glenn Thompson, Edith Bertlemann ++
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.  
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Now more than ever it is important for us to reach out to one another. Send a note, an email, make a phone call.

An updated parish directory will be available soon to our members. We are working on getting this to you. For now 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. 
Gerry Goodenough          
PO Box 988                
Kamuela, HI 96743         

Tepa Farias 
PO Box 1152 
Kamuela, HI 96743 
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: Leta Shattuck 3/22; Genevieve Savage, Abel Wagner, 3/24; Charmaine Phillip; Lor Gehret; Layton Harada, 3/27
Remembrances: F. Toson, Peter L'Orange
We looking into offering Goldy Play classes online. This is a good time to help our children learn about the stories of our faith. Look for information for Godly Play online gatherings.

We also know our parents and keiki are going to need support. This can be a particularly scary time for them. Watch for resources to help your children and grandchildren.
Susan Acacio
Youth Ministry Coordinator


Save the date for our Vacation Bible School, “Focus, Take a Closer Look”. July 20-24, 2 PM – 5:30 PM. Dinner will be served nightly. Ages 3 and up.
Please contact Susan Acacio, Youth Ministry Coordinator, for further information on any of our events and/or to volunteer.

Susan Acacio
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Cheers to you Mike and Graham for all the work that you do! Thank-you!
Our Thrift Store Ministry is on hiatus and will announce when we will reopen . Rona Scull will be at the Store and may work with a  very   limited  number of volunteers. Of course in case of an immediate need, we will provide whatever items we can. As many are using this time at home to Spring Clean, please wait to drop off donations until we reopen.

Pictured above are two of our great and dedicated volunteers, Mike and Graham.
Thursday, March 19 
Community Meal Suspended 

Drive-Through Community Meal
for Thursday, March 26th!

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Pick-up in front of Thrift Store

We've gone DARK, this week! But the LIGHT is coming!

No volunteers, no chop-wash-cook crews made for a very quiet Thursday at St. James. But that's alright, as we are getting ready to launch a "new" way to "Feed the Body & Soul" with our Drive Through Community Meal Pick Up!

Frankie and I were around to hand out 26 simple meals of burrito, Dorito salad and dessert, to those who came because they forgot there was no meal or had no access to social media. We did the drive through and all appreciated that we are taking these precautions to insure everyone's safety. 
As we go through this time with the Covid-19 virus the Waimea Community Meal committee has come up with a solution to still make "magic" on Thursdays.  

First, we are making simple comfort food that will not take a lot of prep or volunteers to put together.  

Second, we are continuing to follow our food handlers guidelines to insure proper handling of meals as required by the Department of Health.

Third, we will accommodate our volunteers with "social distancing" while still giving them the opportunity to connect. 

If you are interested in any of the shifts: chopping, packing, cleaning, and serving, please contact Sue at  to reserve your spot, as we are limiting our volunteers per week.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we are adjusting through this time.

See you all next week, as you drive by to pick up your meal.

"Building Community One Meal at a Time"

Malu continues to work hard at making all ready for when we return to public worship. He has removed all the paint off the ceiling were the organ loft was. It was slow, neck-breaking work. Mahalo to Matt Pesta for letting us borrow his scaffolding.

Your Vestry is also exploring changing out the solid windows with windows that can be opened to allow for the flow of more air. What a blessing this will be during the summer months. Would you be willing to help cover this cost? Yes? Contact the parish office: .

Lastly, now that the organ cabinet is removed, we'd like to change the lighting from the globed (at the front) and hanging fluorescent at the back. We are still exploring options.

Please let your vestry (church board) members know your thoughts. Don't know who to contact? Contact the Parish Office. We'll put you in touch with them. .
Wisdom Corner
"What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath- the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down. And when your body has become still, reach out with your heart. Know that we are connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful. (You could hardly deny it now.) Know that our lives are in one another's hands. (Surely, that has come clear.) Do not reach out your hands. Reach out your heart. Reach out your words. Reach out all the tendrils of compassion that move, invisibly, where we cannot torch. Promise this world your love- for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, so long as we all shall live."
~Lynn Unger

Jesus comes to us as food in the Eucharist, and he’s truly present in the bread and wine. But even before that, he is present in the breaking open of the bread of scripture. And he’s present in the gathered community. 

– Br. James Koester, SSJE

An Episcopal Monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
A Prayer for the End of Day
"God, we come with hesitant steps and uncertain motives. To sweep out the corners where sin has accumulated, and uncover the ways we have strayed from your truth. Expose the empty and barren places where we don't allow you to enter. Reveal our half-hearted struggles where we have been indifferent to the suffering of others. Nurture the faint stirrings of new life., where your spirit has begun to grow. Let your healing light transform us, into the image of your Son, for you alone can bring new life and make us whole."
~Lenten Prayer
CLICK HERE for the approved minutes from the last Vestry meeting. CLICK HERE for the approved Treasurer's Report from the last Vestry meeting.

The next Vestry meeting will be Sunday, March 22 at 11:30 AM in the Church Office. We are meeting virtually. If there is something for which you wish to bring to the vestry attention, please reach out to our wardens or vestry members. You can reach them via the Parish Office .
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.

Photo Credits

Beach Mass:Raina Dale; St. Columba's - Wilma Oshiro, Linda Lundgren; St. James' Services - Emile Elliott and Eline van der Kloos ; Community Meal-; Building & Grounds-artist rendering, Fr. David; Thrift Store-Rona Scull, Youth Programs -
Last Laughs
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
Rona Scull, 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 
Rona Scull, Thrift Store Ministry Coordinator 
Everett Knowles, Music Director, 
Rona Lee, Choir Director. 
Malu Lindsey, Sexton, contact via the parish office. 
Jaisy Jardine, Interim 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