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September 24, 2023 at 7:00am & 9:00am

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

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October 1 - The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost with special Creation Care services (at both the 7:00 & 9:00 am services) plus a Blessing of the Animals at 10:15 am.

October 8 - The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

October 15 - The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

October 22 - The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost


Dear St. Augustine's 'ohana,

"But that's not fair!" This might be your reaction to this week's gospel story about workers who labored in the hot sun for 12 hours only to discover that they have been paid the same amount of money as those who worked just an hour. Shouldn't we expect to be paid according to the amount we work? Isn't that fair?

Money seems to bring out the best and the worst in people. Our "fairness meter" seems to become hypersensitive when money is involved. This is partly due to the way our society works. We live in an economic system built on transactions: exchanges of labor for money. From a very early age, we learn to expect payment for our efforts.

Jesus' parable shows what happens when employers step outside this economic system. The landowner generously chooses to give equal pay to all—disregarding the punch clock and ignoring the workers' expectations. Unmet expectations make employees angry. After comparing payment versus work, they shout, "I didn't get what I deserve!"

It's true we should attend to justice in our economic system. But the story also reveals how our human systems differ from God's way of love. In God's realm, there is no scarcity—only abundance.

This parable helps us see that God's realm is not an economy; God's realm is an ecology. We are invited to expand our view beyond ideas of "fair transaction" to live into "right relationship" with ourselves, one another, all creation, and the Divine.

Join us on Sunday to discuss the ecology of God's realm. Could a shift from transaction to relationship begin to heal our world? How can we undo thousands of years of colonialism to recover an healthy ecology of communities and creation?


Vicar Jennifer

P.S., Tomorrow is our Annual Bazaar! This is our major fundraising effort, which allows the church to offer Sunday services, host music concerts and other community events, and offer activities for keiki throughout the year. The Bazaar also provides funds to maintain our beautiful and historic church, which has been a North Kohala landmark since it was built in 1884.

Please ask your friends and neighbors to come shop! If you live off-island, please consider making a special "Annual Bazaar" donation or watch our Facebook page for silent auction items to bid on.

A reminder: there will be another Time & Talents drawing this Sunday September 24 during the 9:00 am service. While you're at the Bazaar, submit your paper copies to admin office or fill out the online form here.

We are truly blessed with abundance in this community!


  • Eileen Hartwings for cleaning the church and providing flowers this week.
  • JD Morgan for serving as lay reader last Sunday.
  • St. Augustine's members who pray for others each week.
  • The many members of St. Augustine's and the community who help sort donations and operate the Thrift Shop.



Please pray for healing, guidance, strength, peace of mind, and comfort for: Leony Millett, Steve Costa, Dwight Bunn, Janet (Virginia’s daughter), Kara Fernandez (for travel mercies during her semester at sea), Corrina Valenz, Nani Caroll, Rae Costa, all the people of Maui, Church of the Holy Innocents in Maui and Vicar Bruce & Sylvia DeGooyer, Arcadio & Filomena Badua, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Lisa Andrews, Guy Kaoo, Koa Paulo, Tula Brickel, Becky & Ludwig Simmet, Reni Aʻi aʻi Bello, Kaikoa-Aina Brown, Karen Miller, Marlene & Harry Ching, Annecita Tamayo, Benny Raymond, Lynn Dicus, Juana Mejia, and Jerry Kremkow.


Volunteer to be part of St. Augustine's prayer chain! Contact Patsy Ching or Vicar Jennifer if you would like to:

  • Pray for those who have requested prayers
  • Be part of the phone tree that helps us know about prayer requests or emergencies


If you or someone you know would like to be added to our prayer list, please email Patsy Ching or Vicar Jennifer. You can request prayers for yourself, your 'ohana, or anyone in our community or beyond. 

During our Sunday services, you can write prayer requests on a piece of paper. Prayers will be read aloud or silently (per your request) during the Prayers of the People.


You can also send us prayer requests through our online form.

Mahalo for your care and prayers!


SUNDAY SCHOOL - Held each Sunday at 9:00 am with Youth Director Kathy Matsuda along with Michelle White and Kathy Webb.

FELLOWSHIP HOUR - Every Sunday after our 9:00 am service. We gather to enjoy conversation, coffee, and treats in Walker Hall. Please bring some savory or sweet treats to share if you like! Mahalo to all who have been providing delicious food and to Jeannette Hensel for bringing coffee

TEEN GATHERINGS - Stay tuned for the next event coming soon!

BIBLE STUDY - Join us for Bible Study on Friday September 29 at 2:00 pm in Walker Hall. We'll discuss the following readings:

Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32, Psalm 25:1-8, Philippians 2:1-13, and

Matthew 21:23-32

CHOIR - Join us Tuesday, September 26 at 5:00 pm to sing through the hymns for the following Sunday. All are welcome!



Thank you to our Bazaar team for all your tireless work! We are looking forward to seeing everyone and celebrating tomorrow!

A note about parking: Five parking spots will be available for our members arriving early (7:00 am) to work at the Bazaar. For church members arriving later, please use the parking available next door at Hamakua Health.

For members who are making food: Please drop off food by 8:00 am. The parking lot will be closed to deliveries starting at 8:15 am.


  • Sunday, September 24, 9:00 am - We’ll have another drawing for a $25 gift certificate for all who have completed their Time & Talents form! After today, we’ll have two more drawings on October 8 and 22.
  • Sunday, October 1 - Special creation care services (at both 7:00 am and 9:00 am) plus a Blessing of the Animals at 10:30 am in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and in observance of Creation Care month for the Episcopal Church. Bring all creatures great and small for this event! All are welcome; please invite friends and neighbors who have pets.
  • Saturday, October 14, 10:00 am - Celebration of life service for Jan Ellison. Visitation is at 9:00 am; service begins at 10:00 am. 
  • October 17-20 - Vicar Jennifer and Kirk off island for the annual Diocesan Convention.
  • Friday, October 27, 5:00 pm - Kohala Cares Fundraiser in Walker Hall. 
  • Saturday, October 28, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm - Kahili making in Walker Hall followed by lunch.



Next drawing is this Sunday, September 24!

What brings you joy? Perhaps you like to garden, cook, or organize things. Maybe you enjoy carpentry, reading to keiki, or sending greeting cards. All gifts of time and talent make a big difference in the life of our church and community. 

Please fill out the Time & Talents online form for 2024. Paper forms are also available in Walker Hall. As you look through our list of ministry opportunities, you might be surprised at what sparks your interest!

Every St. Augustine's member who turns in a Time & Talents Form will be entered into a drawing for a $25 donation. Congratulations to Kathy Matsuda winner of the September 10th drawing! We will have three more drawings: September 24, October 8, and October 22.

If you have information to share, please let us know! This is a space to help us stay in touch in a variety of ways, such as news, offers of assistance, or garden bounty (fruits, veggies) you would like to share. Please email Vicar Jennifer or Kathy Webb: [email protected] or [email protected]


The ecumenical and international creation care event known as the Season of Creation is now through October 4th. Check out https://seasonofcreation.org to learn more and ways to get involved. We cannot do everything that needs to be done to care for our dear earth, but let us act with courage and faith to take what actions we can.



The Thrift Shop is open Wednesdays from noon - 6:00 pm and also on the first Saturday of the month from 8:00 am - 11:00 am.


St. Augustine's is grateful to the community for the many items generously donated to our Thrift Shop! We accept donations when the Thrift Store is staffed by our volunteers.

Please bring your items during these times:

Wednesdays 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursdays 8:00 am - 11:00 am



  • Listen to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's podcasts on "The Way of Love."



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