This Sunday, Suzanne Kobayashi will be leading worship at both services. Suzanne has been connected with Christ Memorial for many years. She currently serves on our Bishop’s Committee as the Lead Link for Long Range Planning. Suzanne also plays bass with our music team at the 9:30 am service. She is currently discerning the call to the ministry of a deacon.

Suzanne’s passion is NVC, Non-Violent Communication, developed by Marshall Rosenberg. Here’s a little info about NVC from Wikipedia: “Habits of thinking and speaking leading to use of violence (social, psychological and physical) are learned through culture. NVC theory supposes all human behavior stems from attempts to meet universal human needs . The needs are never in conflict. Rather, conflict arises when strategies for meeting needs clash. NVC proposes people identify shared needs, revealed by the thoughts and feelings surrounding these needs, and collaborate to develop strategies and make requests of each other to meet each other's needs.”

To learn more about Suzanne’s NVC group, see her Sunday after worship.

The Church Season of Epiphany
“Upon Being Shown” is how the word “Epiphany” translates from the Greek “epi-phanein.” The three wise men were led by a star and “shown” the savior of the world. God is always showing something of Godself to us – through creation, people, scripture, ritual, meditation, and the events of life, including struggle and suffering. During this season, our discipline is to pay attention. We become more aware of God manifesting Godself to us.

Pray, Meditate, Journal through the Season of Epiphany

“You see persons and things not as they are but as you are. ”
Anthony de Mello SJ

Open my eyes that I may see.
Open my ears that I may hear.
Open my mind that I may know.
Open my heart that I may live.

To meditate to this Kristopher Lindquist chant:

Music for meditation during Epiphany, here is another favorite:

The More I Seek You, by Kari Jobe

Morning Coffee Inspiration from Pastor Gae

I am on a whirlwind holiday of 10 days to see my family in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Apple Valley.

Coffee Chat will resume in two weeks. See you at worship on the 27th!

Joy, joy, joy,
Pastor Gae+


Centering Prayer with Dr. Matthew Miller
Sunday, February 3rd
4:00 - 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary
Beginning in February, Centering Prayer will be held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Centering Prayer is a wonderful way to quiet our minds and be present to our God. There are many gifts that come with a centering practice: relieving stress and anxiety, creative inspiration, awakening of the senses, and a sense of becoming one with Mary, Jesus and our God.

Most of us know Dr. Matt Miller from Sunday worship as the guitarist with the beautiful bass voice, who wrote several music settings to the Advent scriptures. Dr. Matt graduated from UCLA with a PhD in Medieval English Literature in 1993, and decided the most useful thing he could do would be to teach people literacy skills. He did so until 2016, working at various locations including Island School and Kauai Community College. Now he is doing something even more useful — teaching Centering Prayer, a discipline he says is “paradise.”

Bishop’s Committee Update

Our Bishop’s Committee oversees the “business” of the church. The following are the highlights from the meeting last Sunday:

  • Treasurer Scott Oliver reviewed the church’s proposed 2019 budget. Members made suggestions and changes. The revised budget will be presented at the January 27 Annual Meeting.

  • Bishop’s Warden David Akana gave a final report on the columbarium construction. The committee agreed to establish a maintenance fund for the columbarium. Language for a dedication plaque for the columbarium was approved, pending a review by the Akana and Sproat families.

  • The committee reviewed a report from Branch and Melody Lotspeich regarding columbarium policies and agreements. Suggestions were made and the Bishop’s Committee will revisit this at the February meeting.

  • Suzanne Kobayashi presented a report on rental rates for church property. The committee agreed to charge $25/hour (excluding storage space) to current tenants through 2019. Variances will be at the church’s discretion. This rate excludes tenants who have exclusive use of the space they rent.

  • The slate for the 2019 Bishop’s Committee was approved and will be announced at the Annual Meeting for approval from the mission.

Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 27
11:00 am in the Parish Hall
A Celebration!

~Where we’ve come in a year
- State of our church report from Pastor Gae
~Budget presentation from Treasurer Scott Oliver
~Goals for 2019
~Announcement of 2019 Slate Bishop’s Committee

Recovery Groups

If you know of anyone interested in starting an AlAnon group or a Grief support group, and need a place to meet, please see Pastor Gae. Christ Memorial would love to expand our recovery ministry.

Alcohol Anonymous (AA) groups meet at Christ Memorial’s Parish Hall every week:

  • Tuesday at 10:00 am
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 7:30 pm


A Special Ministry of Christ Memorial: Doors are Open Every Day!

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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. Pastor Gae believes our country would be very different if all churches kept their doors unlocked. Unfortunately fear has crept into many churches.


Prayer Requests

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 .

Save the Date: Church Work Morning
Saturday, February 2
9:00 - 11:00 am

Do you like to garden or do you like to organize? You have your choice of projects at our next work morning:

  • Plant Star of India around the highway side of the burial grounds.
  • Clean out and organize the kitchen in the Parish Hall.

All ages invited to help. Sustenance (donuts) provided!

Helen Mitsui Shared Blessings Thrift Shop

We need your help!
Friends of Shared Blessings,

This past year we have worked very hard to discourage people from bringing donations when the Shop is not open. The reason for this is because there are “scavengers” who climb the fence, rummage through things, help themselves, and leave many items dirty and unusable. If you ever need to drop off items when we are not open, please contact us and we can make arrangements to meet you. If you ever see someone dumping their donation over the fence, please stop and kindly ask them to come back when we are open. Mahalo!
Our Thrift Shop volunteers dedicate their time to create our island’s most popular thrift shop. They sort countless donations and Auntie Helen prices each one. They make the effort to know most of our customers by name. They work hard! And they also have good times together.

Consider joining our team. We work hard, have fun, and make a difference!
To get involved contact Rebecca Hullum,

(808) 828-1825
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday, Monday: closed

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 2018 by replying to this newsletter or emailing us at

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 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