May 22, 2020

Aloha our beloved parish 'ohana,
The following meme was going around this week: “The Ascension is the day Jesus started to work from home.” The meme brought a grin to my face. We are in these days between our remembering Jesus’ ascension into heaven (always 40 days after Easter) and the descending of the gift of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (always 50 days after Easter). Those 10 days were a time of waiting for the first disciples. We can relate. The Pandemic has caused us to wait. Like those first disciples we wait, not completely knowing what the future is going to look like.

This morning, at our men’s Bible study, my dear friend, the Rev. Joseph Hester, a Presbyterian minister in Smithfield, North Carolina, led us. Joey showed us a picture of Salvador Dali’s rendering of the Ascension. He asked us, “Where are our eyes are drawn to in the painting?” Take a look at it here. Where are your eyes drawn?
I noticed the feet of Jesus. He has what I call, “Island feet.” Often barefoot or wearing slippers, our feet usually have a bit of the ‘aina on them. Many of us have water hoses near the door to wash off our feet before going inside. This is not the case in the painting. It was Jesus’ island feet that were drawn up into heaven. He took our humanity with him into heaven. He was born in that dirty stable and he rose into Glory forever uniting “heaven to earth and earth to heaven,” as the blessing on Christmas Eve states.

Jesus ascends to his heavenly home from a particular time and place in history to come into the homes of ALL in all times and in all places. Jesus makes his home in our hearts. He makes his home in the lives of men and women who will receive him into their hearts. “Behold I stand at the door and knock…” (Rev. 3:20). Jesus does not force himself into our lives, but waits for us to open the door and invite him to come inside. 
There is so much we do not have control over. However, by God’s grace, we can do one thing that will change everything – that is to not let Jesus wait any longer. Open the door of your heart. Maybe it is opening the door a little wider. Maybe you’ve let him in the front door, but have yet to let him into a particular room where his light is needed.
While we wait, let Jesus’ wait be over.
With grace and peace,
When will be able to gather for worship?
While Kaua'i and O'ahu now allow gathering for public worship, Hawai'i Island has not issued the OK. My best guess is sometime in June. We are being proactive in exploring what our gathering together may look like. The clergy have weekly ZOOM meetings with Bishop Fitzpatrick, Canon Sandy, and the other clergy of the diocese. I am also participating in a weekly Episcopal clergy group with priests from all over the United States. It is helpful to listen to their thoughts and concerns.

As reported in this past Wednesday's Midweek Email Check-in, I have put together a Parish Medical Task Force to advise your clergy and vestry. The Task Force is in the process of reviewing diocesan guidelines for returning to worship as well as reopening our Thrift Store ministry. They are helping make sure we will be as safe as possible when that day comes. Mahalo to Sharon Alfonso (Hamakua Health Center & Vestry Liaison), Jane Sherwood (Nurse), and Drs. Steve Kaplan, John Stover, and Paul Willard for willing to serve on this Task Force. As more information becomes available I will make sure you are made aware. The Medical Task Force is meeting again this coming Monday, via ZOOM. Once they have a plan to offer, we will make sure the whole parish is invited to share their thoughts, concerns, and hopes.

Again, when we do come back together for public worship your understanding is greatly appreciated for it will not look the same as it did before the Pandemic, at least not for a while. The precautions we will take are not only necessary for the safety of all, but out of love of our neighbor. It is important to keep in mind that we have different comfort levels. Out of our love for one another we will not only follow governmental and diocesan guidelines, but we will seek to do the most loving thing to help make our fellow sisters and brothers of our parish 'ohana feel comfortable. This will no doubt mean offering different ways to engage in worship, including to continue offering online streaming of our services.

Mahalo for your understanding, patience, and prayers,
NEW - We are on YouTube LIVE
Do you have a SMART TV that has YouTube as one of the menu options? If so, you'll be able to join 9 AM Sunday's worship on the BIG SCREEN! Search for our channel by typing in: " St. James Big Island" . You may want to go ahead and find the channel and subscribe to it. That way you will be all set when Sunday gets here.

If it is 9 AM, and you don't see us live, refresh the page. It "should" then pop up. Also, mahalo for your understanding as we are still learning this platform.

Broadcasting via YouTube LIVE is part of the service we already subscribe. Mahalo to Lew & Pat Chartrand for the gift that has made our online upgrades possible.

This is one more way we are seeking to meet people where they are with the type of technology they are used to connecting.

Here is what the page on YouTube should look like:
Help with getting online is here!
Pass the word. Help is here. The Teen Tech youth are ready and waiting to help you with your computer issues.
Share Photos & Grace Moments
Share a photo! Once you are settled in your virtual pew, tell us - where are you worshiping today? The kitchen table, your backyard? Share a photo!
Me watching from Idaho. From Lew Chartrand
From Ruth Smith - Making her own sacred space to 'attend' worship - Mahalo for sharing, Ruth!
Share some Good News!
Tell us what you think. How have you see grace at work in this moment, through your parish, while watching worship online...
From Rev. Morgan Silbaugh:

Fr. David, through you God fed me from afar. Wonderful to cast my eyes and ears back where much of my heart is. Mahalo
From Leta Shattuck:

 I'm enjoying watching the services from my home. Aloha, Leta
From Rev. Dick and Dianne White
I'm loving worshipping on line with y'all🤙. Thank you-- mahalo and cheers, aloha, and blessings to all there-- where we dearly wish we were🤡. Nick
This Sunday's Worship at 9 AM
This week, invite a friend to join you for worship, particularly someone you believe needs to be reminded of Jesus' abiding love.

Copy and send them this link:
Last Sunday's Service
National Council of Churches to Hold Virtual Ecumenical...

The National Council of Churches USA (NCC) will hold a public online memorial service on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 6:00 pm ET to mourn the more than 300,000 people worldwide who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 90,000 ...

Read more
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead: We give you thanks for all your servants who have laid down their lives in the service of their country. Grant to them your mercy and the light of your presence; and give us a lively sense of your righteous will, that the work which you have begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Memorial Day Prayer (adapted from the Episcopal Church's 1928 Book of Common Prayer).
Making My Offering
Mahalo for your offering/donation. CLICK HERE or on the green button to give online via credit/debit card or direct bank draw. Checks may be mailed to the church at PO Box 278, Kamuela, HI 96743.
Morning Prayer, Monday - Saturday, 9 AM

Weekday Morning Prayer, 9 AM

 HERE   is a link to  The Book of Common Prayer  online. Once on this site, click on  Morning Prayer, Rite 2 .
From Nayan McNeill, inviting some friends to join him for Morning Prayers:

Great way to start the day! Keep surviving in this time of Corona.
Home Devotional Resources

We are updating this list periodically to provide you and your 'ohana with helpful devotional and worship resources.

If you have something to share, please let Donna, our Newsletter Editor know, .
Bible Studies
Men's Bible Study
EVERY Friday, 7:30 AM.
Password: faith

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

If you want to do a little research ahead of time, you might want to go to this site:

Scroll down to “Group Studies and Reflections.”

Barclay’s reflections very helpful as well. We often used his commentary in seminary for sermon prep.
Women's Bible Study
1st and 3rd Fridays, 10 AM
Next Meeting: Friday, June 5.
Password: faith

The Bible Study is reflecting on episodes of the series entitled, "THE CHOSEN."
"THE CHOSEN" is a free docudrama available via the app store to be watched on your handheld device. We are watching it as we transition from our study of Mary, the mother of Jesus, to Mary Magdalene and her role in the ministry of Jesus. Each episode is about 40 minutes. You do not have to watch the episodes to join the Bible Study, but it would be helpful. The Bible Study is led by the Rev. Marnie Keator.
Bishop's Bible Study
Every Wednesday, Bishop Fitzpatrick, offers an online study/reflection.

On Monday's, he offers a weekly message to the diocese.

CLICK HERE to access the most recent of either.
Parish Faith Confirmed Class on ZOOM
Faith Confirmed Course

Wednesday, 6 - 7 PM,
All Welcome.
Led by the Rev. Mary Haddad

Join us via ZOOM by CLICKING HERE . All recommended precautions are in place to make it a safe online space. You'll need the password FAITH to enter the room. You will be placed in a "waiting room" and welcomed in by the moderator.

Whether you are new to the Christian faith, exploring baptism or confirmation, or have been a longtime Episcopalian, this course is open to all.
If you have the book "Faith Confirmed", please read chapter 14. If you need a copy, please let Jaisy know at . She will mail you a copy. You don't need to have a copy of the book to join us, but it helps.
Mary is a beloved friend of our parish and an Episcopal priest. She is lives in Paris and is currently on sabbatical from the American Cathedral of Paris. She is leading us in our weekly discussions on the basics of the Christian Faith.
Support & Help Available
Are you are in need of assistance? contact   Jeanne Cooper, who is the point person to call if you are in need of help with groceries, mail and/or prescription pick up or trash removal. Jeanne will put you in touch with one of the volunteer parishioners trained serve in pick up/delivery protocols. C ontact Jeanne at or by phone at ( 808) 348-4012.
Are you or someone you know in need help in assessing their eligibility and/or applying for Unemployment? Matt Binder, volunteer of our Community Meal Ministry is offering to try to help either in assessing their eligibility or actually applying for Unemployment. You are welcome to have them contact him at:
Mahalo Matt!
HELP FOR LANDLORDS & TENANTS  during Covid19 . Worried about paying rent? Concerned about covering your costs as a landlord? Our mediators are ready to assist both landlords and tenants--to talk and listen, explore options, and find your own best solutions.  The  Rapid Response Landlord Tenant Mediation Program  is  FREE  for commercial and residential landlords and tenants in Hawai'i County. Contact West Hawai‘i Mediation Center -
CLICK HERE for County of Hawaii Resources brochure covering help available for kupuna, financial aid, and food assistance among other topics. Hawaii County Call Center Representatives are standing by to answer your questions and help you.
(808) 961-8665 Monday-Friday 7:45am - 4:30pm.
The document HERE outlines available services and educational information for families. Compiled by the Keiki Coalition in Kona. 
Click HERE for Sen. Brian Schatz's or HERE for Sen. Mazie Hirono's Guides to Resources for Hawaii during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Includes information on unemployment benefits, loans and tax relief. Click HERE for State Rep. David Tarnas' current newsletter. Includes information about the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic in our area, and resources for families, individuals, farms, and businesses.
Click HERE for Home Schooling Resource Links - includes virtual tours, home schooling materials, and other resources for parents and keiki.
Helping Others
Seeking donations for St. James’ Parish 2020 Silent Auction.

If you have items including:
  • original artwork
  • Hawaiiana 
  • jewelry 
  • gift certificates
  • new and/or upscale household or electronic items

Pictured above and below are some of the items donated for the Silent Auction in past years.

If you have something suitable that you would like to contribute, please contact Deacon Ritterbush at
(Tax donation forms available) Help us make this year a success!
Share Your Aloha

Have you been doing something new or creative or interesting or funny or - well, whatever - during this time of enforced separation from the everyday and each other? Share it so we can all stay connected, in spite of physical distancing.

Your editor thanks you!
From Marci Yardley:

Our rector, David, and Bobby, visited the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe and saw the famed spiral staircase, on their drive across North America on their way to leave their car in California to ship it to Hawai’i. As David said, “The staircase is awesome to behold. But it is the story about its being built that makes it awe inspiring.”
Mahalo to parishioner Steve Bess for bringing some cheer to our shut-ins. Steve and David, our rector, made a visit to Gerry Goodenough. Observing proper physical distancing, staying outside the house, Steve sung as he played on his guitar some of Gerry's favorites.

Mahalo Steve!
From by Raina Dale - Mahalo Raina!

A recent abundance of bananas has inspired me to combine my love of photography with my love of good food: macnut yogurt with granola strawberries and bananas; choco-banana oat bars; and toast with peanut butter and bananas. 
"Happiness" - offered by the Kahilu Youth Troupe (then and now).
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, 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, Elizabeth Agustin, Yoko & Tim Donavan, Tali & Tom McCall, Syndi Texiera, Adi Kohler, Ron Teter, Sheri Mariscal, Mangarin-Kitchen 'Ohana, Quentin & Mary Murrell Faulkner, Tom Bailey, Jacque Miller, Frank Claire, Lorraine Hoffman, family & friends of Herman Medeiros, Scott Byron, Dave Warner, Dianne Yoder,  Jada Rufo,  Sally Sakaitani, Finnen family, Ian Doernberger, Matthew Latshaw, Tom Michelsen, Colin Schleifer & family, Pat Tubman, Richard Neely and family, Nicole DeSanto, Alex Roesch, Peter Lee, Frances Calkins, Clancy Calkins, Toni Kuhlman, David Caudle, Oaklyn M, Alexander Knowles, David Caudle, Oaklyn M, Alexander Knowles, Donna   ++
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: Dawn Lahnum, Zekiah Silva 5/23; Robyn Berdon, Melanie Holt 5/28
Anniversaries: Ron and Vivienne Tooman
Remembrances: Mary Alfies, Robert Asato
I have to admit that the highlights of my week are the two Community Meal events at St. Columba’s & St. James’. I really enjoy seeing our families and waving to the keiki in the backseat. I feel like it is a drive-by check-in and a great way to just “check-in” with each other. The excitement on Thursday was the last day of school. I know virtual learning has been a challenge for our families, but we got through it. GOOD JOB home teachers and students. We also shared 125 Walk with Jesus craft kits between the two churches. The keiki really enjoy them.
We will be starting our Recorder Fun class the first week of June. I still have several slots for any keiki that would like to join our virtual music class. All materials are provided.
I was saddened to postpone our annual Vacation Bible School. I know when I was a kid, I looked forward to VBS every summer. I am working on doing some sort of virtual VBS over the summer. Even Camp Mokuleia is looking at some sort of virtual camp over the summer. These are just some of the ideas we are working on. Let me know how your family feels about these ideas. And if there is anything I can do to help your family, Let me know. I am just a phone call or email away.
Susan Acacio
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Don’t forget about Godly Play at Home. We have some great stories: Creation, Church Year, Pentecost, Easter, Christmas, and The Parable of the Good Shepherd. This is an excellent opportunity to share family worship time together. Maybe enlist your keiki to share the stories with you. They always enjoyed retelling the stories during Godly Play work time. 
We also know our parents and keiki are going to need support. See below for some ideas and resources for Home Schooling and other needs.

Here are some other links for resources for children and parents:

From Tim Bostock and Sue Dela Cruz

A Drizzly Night and a Hearty Chicken Mushroom

The Waimea wind and rain came down tonight – the Ua-Kipu`upu`u – but didn’t deter our fearless volunteer crews! We served a hearty Chicken Mushroom, with Rice, Salad, Zucchini Loaf, Bread, and Dessert to 557 folk tonight. Total 130 cars and 12 walk through guests. As we now expect, the first half an hour is exceptionally busy, and traffic controllers Peter Helmick and Gerritt Keator were tested again. We had almost 800lbs of fresh produce to share as well, and Keck volunteers did sterling work sorting that into bags so that we could effectively share the produce without slowing down the line

Our chefs today were the Wok Crew – John Crouch, John Koga, Bayardo Aviles, Stanley Kimura, Tom Mederios and Sean Conley – and ovens provided by Tom Mederios, Jeanne Cooper, Savage Ohana, and the kitchen crew. Melanie and Tim made the Zucchini Loaf. Our steady Morning Crew Catherine Crewe, Mary Conley, Janet Coburn, Cissy Levins, Pat Grant and Tracey Gilmore lead by Janice Thomas, were getting all the veggies washed, chopped and ready for packing. 
Thank you once again to our bakers: Linda West and her gang, Marilyn Fitzgerald and her yoga sistas: Roz Prober & Nancy Byrn, also adding to the bake-out were Bayardo Aviles with his amazing bundt cake and Catrinka Holland and her gang of bakers. And to our regular bakers!! We appreciate all those cookies!! Pat and Tracey bagged over a 1000 cookies today for takeouts!!
Big hand again to our steady packing crew!! They do an amazing job getting the takeouts ready for pickup by 4:30 p.m. The car hop crew were treated to the rousing sounds of the church bell (rung by Stanley), immediately followed by the William Tell Overture (the Lone Ranger theme!) and then a playlist including Joan Baez, Temptations, and Smoky Robinson. Keck volunteers helped with the car hop stations and were supported by Frankie, Eric and Eric, Tim, Betty, Tana, and Father David. 

Numbers were a bit lower this week, probably because of the weather, but also maybe we’ve hit a new normal? Time will tell. We plan to cook a Venison Bourguignon next week, for 600+ servings, and maybe that will entice folk to come in greater hordes! We’re delighted to have the wok crew back and running, and we greatly appreciate the support we have from Al P., Gregory Koestering, Stanley Kimura and Sue who deboned and cut over 700 bone in chicken thighs! Thank You Susan Acacio for providing youth activities to our drive thru families!

Our thanks go to Keck Observatory for sponsoring tonight’s meal, and also for purchasing and delivering lettuce at the beginning of the day, which they’re now doing every week. We could not create and deliver this Community Meal every week without the help of so many others in our Waimea town. We are humbled and joyous in the aloha shared among us

Another Fine Meal!


Sue Dela Cruz
Pa'auilo Community Meal Tuesdays
St. Columba's
4:30-5:30 PM

The trade winds blew and the rain came down but that didn't stop the spirit of Aloha from spreading sunshine at St. Columba's Tuesday Community Meal. Grillmasters Bob Lundgren and Landy Luther were busy grilling hotdogs to perfection; not one burned! The macaroni and cheese was delicious and creamy and the cookies were onolicious!  
257 meals were served with love and shaka's. A huge mahalo to Sue DelaCruz and Grace Lovig for their fabulous leadership and also a huge mahalo to all the volunteers who chopped, prepared and packaged the meals. Everyone of those delicious meals were prayed over as they were assembled by the St. Columba's volunteers. Well done good and faithful servants!
To parishioners and friends:

Parishioners have indicated they are accumulating many donations for our Thrift Shop. Thank you so much!
Although we are not yet sure when we will be reopening, going forward, to protect both our Volunteers & our Donations, we have adopted a few new policies:

1. When we do start to receive items, to prevent loss, theft or damage to such items, please donate all jewelry, artwork, collectibles & antiques directly to Rona. Text/call her to arrange a drop-off time. (Rona: 808-747-4834)

2. Please wash & fold all clothing/linens/bed pillows, etc. unless new w/tags. And please, nothing with holes or stains.

3. Electronics & appliances must be in working order with all necessary cords and/or attachments.

4. Kitchenware should have no cracks or chips.
Thank you for your consideration with our new safety measures to protect our volunteers, as well as your generosity in helping us keep our thrift shop shelves well-stocked with salable items. 

And hopefully, we will be open for business soon! Watch this space for further information!

Rona Scull
Wisdom Corner
We gaze upward, because we love the one who has taken our hearts with him to our eternal home. We gaze down because this is our sphere of action. And we gaze around because these are the holy companions with whom we journey homeward and find ourselves already home.

-Br. Keith Nelson,  SSJE

An Episcopal Monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
A Prayer for the End of Day
"As rest can heal the sores of a body, and sleep restores its strength, so may your angels of grace visit me in the night that the sense of my soul may be born afresh. Visit my dreams with messengers of grace, O God, that the senses of my soul may be born again." 

~ Celtic Benediction, Mroning and Night Prayer. J. Phillip Newell

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, May 24 at 11:30 AM. We are meeting virtually. If there is something for 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 .
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.
Last Laughs
Our Clergy
Rev. David Stout, Rector
Rev. Marnie Keator, Associate Rector
Rev. Linda Lundgren, Associate Rector for St. Columba's
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: Your participation in physical distancing is needed and appreciated. But don't let that keep you from spreading aloha!

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.
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
Our Office Staff
Jaisy Jardine, Parish Administrator
Clara Toma, Bookkeeper

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, 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