Morning Coffee Inspiration from Pastor Gae

Aloha Friends,

It’s been said that we are spiritual beings having an earthly experience. In case you didn’t know this already, this earthly experience isn’t easy. In fact, it’s hard some of the time. Perhaps much of the time. Really hard.

Who knew what was in store when we entered this world? Certainly our parents hadn’t thought much about it, even though by that time, they themselves had some experience with it. But when they birthed us, I’m quite certain they didn’t look at their beautiful baby and say, “Welcome to this world. Oh, by the way, heads up. It’s really going to be hard.” I’m sure they were imagining a life for their child of success, fame, fortune, perfect joy and bliss.
As I write this, I have to admit that I feel a little guilty. I’ve had my share of hard times, really hard times, but then when I stop to think of what other people go through, I feel a bit whiny even mentioning it. I think of all the people in the world who really struggle just trying to eke out a living or find enough food and clean water for the day. Who am I to talk about the hardships of my life? I’m sure they would trade them in a minute. 

Here’s the thing. Life is hard for everyone, in different ways. And some do seem to get more than their fair share. I have no idea why that is. But what I’ve found through my own struggles and talking with others is that in spite of hardships, some can enjoy a happy life and some can’t. And I think I’ve figured out what makes the difference: RESILIENCE. 

Webster defines resilience as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” Resilience is how some kids, after crashing, get right back on the bike when learning to ride; it’s how a boxer is able to get up from the mat when she’s been knocked down; it’s shrugging off the disappointment when not getting into the college you want or not landing the job you want; it’s my friend Greg’s rebound from a hugely disappointing business venture; and it’s even my friend Cynthia’s amazing commitment to life after losing two of her children within a year to random accidents. I think I’d like to edit Webster though in two ways. I’d take out “easily” and I think I’d qualify “recover” to “recover and return to joy.”
I’m not sure why some people are resilient in nature and some aren’t. I think it has something to do with why I took out the word “easily.” Resilience isn’t easy. It doesn’t just happen to you as though one minute you are down and the next minute, all is well. It takes a wanting and it takes work, work, work. It takes a commitment to a joy-filled life.

I’m interested in your stories of resilience. It’s something to be proud of and to share with others. I believe my ability to be resilient is what has gotten me through lots of hard times – infertility, Luke’s birth defect, financial mistakes, failing some of my ordination exams, Jim’s cancer, my bout with leukemia... the list goes on. Even now, I am looking at a little resilience challenge with the anxiety of my hip dislocating on me, and a 90 year old mother who is very unhappy. Will I be able to recover the joy? Absolutely!

I’m sure of it, because as I meditate on this resilience thing, clear as day, I visualize a hand reaching out, lifting me up. It’s the hand of my Master Jesus, and I know that for me, it is where the power is. All I need to do is take his hand. 

Please share your thoughts and may your day be filled with joy!

~Pastor Gae+

CONNECT
Quiet Morning ~ The Ancient Practice of Centering Prayer
This Saturday, September 14th, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, includes lunch
Meets in the Sanctuary

Liedeke Bulder will be our teacher for our first Quiet Morning. Liedeke is a long-time centering prayer practitioner in the teaching of the late Fr. Thomas Keating, who was one of the principal architects and teachers of the Christian contemplative prayer movement. His desire was to recover the contemplative dimension of Christianity. 

Our Quiet Morning will begin with a simple Taize service and will conclude with a simple lunch. Please email gdchalker@gmail.com if you wish to attend. 


Centering Prayer
 This Sunday September 15, 4:00-5:00pm
Meets in the Christ Memorial Sanctuary

“Hence monastic prayer, especially meditation and contemplative prayer, is not so much a way to find God as a way of resting in him whom we have found, who loves us, who is near to us, who comes to us to draw us to himself.” ~ Thomas Merton, Contemplative Prayer
Sitting in silence is the essence of Centering Prayer. Practicing the quieting of our minds provides access to the power and presence of God. God’s love opens our hearts, heals our wounds, and molds us into the image of Christ.  

Our Centering Prayer group is open to all faiths and to anyone who is seeking a deeper meaning to their spiritual life along the Contemplative Path. We meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. 

Each session, Pastor Gae gives meditation instruction followed by a bit of music and sacred reading, time to sit in silence, and time for observations and questions. Cushions for the pews are provided. 

Join us this Sunday, September 15, 4:00-5:00pm, and save the date for our next session of Centering Prayer on Sunday, October 6th.
Happy Anniversary
Ron and Anne Jarvis celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary last Sunday by renewing their vows at our 9:30 am service. 

They were married on September 8, 1956.  

Ron and Anne live between their homes in Anahola on Kaua'i and Carlsbad, California.

Blessing of the Animals
Save the Date! October 6
Meets on the Front Lawn of the Sanctuary

Celebrating the life and ministry of St. Francis of Assisi
Can you help? We need help promoting the event and a Sunday morning set up crew. Email Pastor Gae at gdchalker@gmail.com or sign up on the walkway on Sunday.  

KIDS! The Great Adventure: 
Great Stories of the Old Testament  
Summer Sunday School
Every Sunday, 8:00 – 9:00am
Meets in the Church Office
This last week, our keiki finished their Summer Sunday School program: The Great Adventure series, in which they learned about the great stories of the Old Testament:

  • Creation
  • Adam and Eve
  • Noah and the Flood
  • The Tower of Babel
  • Abraham
  • Joseph
  • The Israelites in Egypt
  • Moses & Pharaoah
  • The Ten Commandments

In the photo, the students discuss what they want to learn about church this fall. 

Sunday School meets every Sunday, 8:00 - 9:00 am. Our keiki then join us for communion. For more info, contact Keana keana@ischool.org or Leona lcblankley@aol.com .

Can you volunteer? 

We are required to have two adults in Sunday School class. Can you help out our leaders one week? If so, please contact Keana or Leona.


Men’s Fellowship  
Time Change: Every Monday at 10:00am
Meets at Kilauea Bakery and Pizza (Kong Lung Market Center)
Christ Memorial Men’s Fellowship group is growing!

We meet every Monday morning for coffee or breakfast and discussion at the Kilauea Bakery.

We decided to move the time back to 10:00am, so we hope you will join us!

For more information, see Patrick O’Connell at worship or email him at paoco65@gmail.com
Worth Watching!
A Brief Explanation about our Episcopal Church

Have you ever been asked about your church? Here is a brief and informative video to explain a little bit about us.  


SERVE
Helen Mitsui Shared Blessings Thrift Shop News
Thrift Shop Hours for Shopping and Donations

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 2:00 - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 3:00pm
Sunday: closed (fellowship 11am - 12pm)
Monday: closed

PRAY
Special Ministry of Christ Memorial ~ Open for Prayer
Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
Feeling a little overwhelmed with life? Just drop in to Christ Memorial for a little peace and quiet.

One important ministry of Christ Memorial is the opening of our church doors, Monday through Friday, during the day. It’s amazing the number of people who drop in to pray, meditate, or just to seek a few minutes of quiet. Unfortunately fear has crept into many churches. Pastor Gae believes our country would be very different if all churches kept their doors unlocked.

Our Sunday prayer list includes those whom our visitors have asked us to pray.

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 .

 GIVE
There is no better investment on planet earth than the church
No other organization has been operating continuously for 2000 years and no other organization will continue to exist throughout eternity. Other organizations are doing good work, but there simply is not any organization with more potential to change the world than the church of Jesus. The church is where lost people are saved, hopeless people find hope, addicted people are set free, broken people are restored, hungry people are fed, and rejected people are accepted and loved. The most beautiful thing about what happens in the church is that God gets the glory for it all, because the church is God’s.

Ways to Support Your Church
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your financial support and generosity allow us to create and enhance the beautiful environment and worship that you and your family enjoy on a weekly basis.

Change to Automated Giving
Thank you to those of you who automate your giving and have a plan to support your church. Your consistent, planned generosity makes it possible for us to budget and dream responsibly. Want to change to automated giving? It makes life easy, especially if you travel. Contact our Treasurer Scott Oliver for information at j.scott.oliver380@gmail.com .
Check
Thank you to all of you who still like to write checks. Please make checks payable to Christ Memorial Episcopal Church and mail to PO Box 293, Kilauea, HI 96754.

 Stock
Through the decades, many have given stock to Christ Memorial, enabling us to be a consistent presence in Kilauea. For more information on contributing stock, contact Scott Oliver at j.scott.oliver380@gmail.com.



Sharing our Property for Support and Recovery Groups
Christ Memorial wants to be known in the community as a healing place for the body, mind and spirit. We are seeking support and recovery groups to meet on the property, either in the Parish Hall or the Office. If you know of a group looking for a place to meet: grief support, eating disorders, anxiety, Al-Anon, Gamblers Anonymous, etc., please tell them to contact us.

If you know of a group looking for a place to meet: grief support, eating disorders, anxiety, Al-Anon, Gamblers Anonymous, etc., please tell them to contact Pastor Gae.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) groups meet at Christ Memorial Parish Hall every week on these days and times:

  • Tuesday at 10:00 am
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 7:30 pm
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Newsletter Mission: Our weekly newsletter was launched this year 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 2019 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