Volume 5, Issue 14
April 10, 2020
THIS SUNDAY: April 12, 2020
Easter Day
Lectionary Scripture Readings

Service available online on the All Saints' website and Facebook page, and via phone, see info below

Service available online on the All Saints' website and Facebook page, and via phone, see info below
Youth Group Hosts: Reading of the Stations of the Cross
Good Friday, April 10 th
Those who are interested in joining the Youth Group Zoom Meetings may contact Cami at  Cami@allsaintskauai.org  for login information.

Preschool Spring Break
Monday, March 16 th -
Thursday , April 30 th
7:15AM - 5:15PM
Sloggett Center
Sunday School
Every Sunday, 9:30 - 10:15AM
Memorial Hall

Aloha Hour
Every Sunday, 10:45AM - 12:00PM
Under the big tree

Monday Crew
Every Monday, 8:00AM
Church Office

Laundry Love
1 st & 3 rd Wednesday, 5:00PM
Kapa`a Laundromat
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
Every Wednesday, 6:00PM

Daughters of the King
2 nd & 4 th Thursday, 7:00 - 8:00PM
Memorial Hall

Choir Practice
Every Thursday, 6:00PM
Choir Room
All Saints' Response to COVID-19
Please be advised that Kahu Kawika and Fr. Andrew from St. Michael and All Angel's Church in Lihue are collaborating to provide a special joint service recording for Sunday's worship service.

The recording will be available for viewing on our website,  www.allsaintskauai.org  and the All Saints' Facebook page by Sunday morning. 

Congregants will also have the option to listen to the recording by calling the church office, (808) 822-4267, and following the prompts provided through our new auto attendant feature.
Holy Week and Easter Schedule
All Saints’

April 10 th , Good Friday
12:00PM Online Service*
1:00PM Youth Zoom Stations of the Cross**

April 12 th ,   Easter
9:00AM Online Service*

* The recording will be available for viewing on our website, www.allsaintskauai.org and the All Saints’ Facebook page.

** Those who are interested in joining the Youth Group Zoom Meetings may contact Cami at Cami@allsaintskauai.org for login information.
Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church invites all to virtually join the congregation of  St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church  in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, for a rebroadcast of their 2018 Holy Week services with the addition of new sermons, beginning with the Maundy Thursday service on April 9 through the Great Vigil of Easter on April 11, 2020. On Easter Sunday, the Office of Communication will live stream the service at the Washington National Cathedral. Consistent with his call for churches to practice physical distancing at this time, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, will offer his Easter sermon via a video recorded earlier in the week.

Friday, April 10 – Good Friday
Good Friday service from St. Christopher’s, Gladwyne
Preacher: The Rt. Rev. Daniel Gutiérrez
12:00pm EDT | 11:00am CDT | 10:00am MDT | 9:00am PDT.

Video of Bishop Curry’s Good Friday sermon from  Church of the Heavenly Rest , New York, New York available  here . (posted by 1:00 pm EDT.)

(For information on viewing the Good Friday service in its entirety, please visit the Church of the Heavenly Rest  website . The service begins at 12:00pm EDT. The service will be replayed 6:00 pm EDT.)

Saturday, April 11 – Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday service from St. Christopher’s, Gladwyne
Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining
9:00am EDT | 8:00am CDT | 7:00am MDT | 6:00am PDT

Great Vigil of Easter service from St. Christopher’s, Gladwyne
Preacher: The Rev. Canon Dr. Stephanie Spellers  (Recorded in 2018)
7:30pm EDT | 6:30pm CDT | 5:30pm MDT | 4:30pm PDT

Sunday, April 12 – Easter Sunday
Easter from Washington National Cathedral
Preacher: The Most. Rev. Michael Curry
11:15am EDT | 10:15am CDT | 9:15am MDT | 8:15am PDT

Video of Bishop Curry’s sermon is available   here , following livestream.

Virtual choir video is available   here , following livestream.

People choosing to participate on The Episcopal Church Facebook page and/or Presiding Bishop Curry’s Facebook page are invited to select each service’s Facebook Event option to receive a reminder shortly before the program airs. Facebook Event attendees will be able to comment and share their viewing experience with others around the world. Facebook Event links are available on the  Episcopal Church website , the  Episcopal Church Facebook  page, and  Presiding Bishop Curry’s  Facebook page.

All services will be available for on-demand viewing.
Easter Reflection
“20/20 Hindsight and 2020 Vision”
Kahu Kawika
Those of you old enough to remember the Second World War, or who have seen documentaries about it or read books concerning it, might recall the incessant Nazi bombing of London for months on end. Hitler kept at it and got within a week of overrunning Britain, but he did not know it – instead deciding to give up and concentrate on fighting the Russians on the Eastern Front. Many see this, along with D-Day, as pivotal points in the positive turnaround of the war. During the London bombings, many businesses and homes got destroyed and many lives were lost. Not surprisingly, Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged King George VI and the royal family to leave London and to go to Canada to safety until the war was over. However, the King instead stayed put and even made his rounds to visit the homes and businesses leveled by the bombings. Several people remarked that the King would stop by, pay his respects, and offer words of encouragement to Londoners affected by the war. In that shining moment, the King showed that he was a ruler who understood the need to risk his own life to be with the people going through such a difficult time, even though he could have lived in safety himself in another country on another continent and thus above the fray.

As we approach Easter Day 2020 this Sunday, we remember that King Jesus has conquered the power and lingering effects of the unholy trinity of sin, death, and the Devil. And yet, for his friends and followers nearly 2,000 years ago, this victory was not at all assured. All hope seemed lost within the events of what we now call Good Friday. Even Holy Saturday the next day must have felt like an eternity of despair for them as they sat in gloom with their Lord and friend killed, their numbers scattered and disunited, and their movement stopped unceremoniously in its tracks. Yet with 20/20 hindsight, we know that God was not done and that Jesus was only away temporarily. The despair of Good Friday was eclipsed by the joyful amazement of Easter morning! King Jesus was not done yet. 

The Easter good news for us is that King Jesus is still with us and is not done with this world yet. Like King George VI, Jesus walks with us in our lives, not as a ruler who is aloof, but as a King who has fought in the trenches and who now goes with us through whatever we are facing – with our individual and family crises, the many ways we as a human family set up walls of separation and alienation from one another, and presently through the effects of COVID-19 and the economic turmoil in its wake.

We certainly have the Easter “20/20 hindsight” of King Jesus’ ultimate victory over sin, death, and the Devil. Let that inform and lift up our current “year 2020 vision” of Jesus coming alongside us and fighting with us against whatever foes we are facing personally. While as of late we keep hearing the catchphrase “we’re all in this together,” let us also remember that Jesus is in this together with us as well – a King who knows us, loves us, and cares for our ultimate well-being.

Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed – Alleluia!

The Power of Prayer
Senior Warden David Murray's Reflections
The All Saints’ Church Annual Meeting took place on Sunday, January 26 th which, as I look back, seems like a long, long time ago in a land far, far away! Terry Duffert and his wife who were visiting from California happened to be driving by the church on that Sunday morning. The church looked inviting so they decided to come in and join us for worship. What a surprise for them – not only was there a regular Sunday service but they were also treated to a continental breakfast. They even sat through the Annual Meeting! God bless them!

In the course of conversation, Terry informed me that he had been having severe medical problems following an accident and he gave me a pew card which he had filled out with the usual name, address and phone number. On the back of the card he had written a note asking for prayers to help him deal with his medical problems.

For the next three weeks we added Terry’s name to the Prayers of the People asking for healing.  And, just to let him know that we had followed up on his request , we sent him a copy of a service bulletin with his name included in the Prayers. So there’s an end to this story, you think? Actually, no – there’s more.

At the end of March we received a Thank You card from Terry which included a donation for the church and had the following message inside:
Aloha David!

Please accept this donation to All Saints’ as a thank you for all your prayers during my visit and beyond. It really helped, as my back is completely healed! You gave me much encouragement which makes me want to encourage others.

My wife and I enjoyed coming to All Saints’ and felt very welcomed, and hope to return in the near future.
With aloha,
Terry Duffert

In this current environment of self quarantine, social distancing, and lock downs it is so nice to hear that a totally unplanned visit to All Saints’ had such a positive outcome for a stranger who just happened to be driving by on a beautiful, Sunday morning and decided to join us for worship.

I hope that we will soon be able to welcome visitors into our church once again.

-David Murray

Let's Get Together!
Share Your Pictures
Dear All Saints’ Ohana,

This is a difficult time for all of us. Being separated during Holy Week, a time when we usually spend a lot of time together as a church family, is especially difficult. All the services and activities we usually spend together to prepare for Easter are spent only with our nuclear families. I long for the communion of these times with y’all. You help me understand and appreciate the depths of sadness and exultation of resurrection. I want to share this with you.

So let’s share. Send the Epistle staff photos of your activities leading up to Easter. From dying eggs to lighting candles. From family prayers to baking cakes. We will put together a slide show of our church `Ohana preparing for Easter.

Then take lots of Easter pictures. Egg hunts. Family gathered around the computer for the Easter service. Singing the joyful Easter hymns. And food pictures. Everyone wants to know what was on the table. We will put together a slide show of everyone’s Easter celebration.

We can’t be physically together but we can stay connected with one another. Happy Easter!

Email your pictures to: news@allsaintskauai.org .
Stewardship: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care. 
CARES Act Charitable Giving Incentives
April 7, 2020
Most Episcopal organizations rely on generous donors to support their mission and ministry. Stewardship can be deeply spiritual, rooted in a desire to reorient our lives towards God, but it also has a practical side. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, includes several provisions that may affect charitable giving this year. We encourage churches to talk about these opportunities with their congregations.

New charitable deduction for taxpayers who do not itemize. Beginning in 2020, individuals can deduct $300 in charitable contributions from their gross income even if they do not itemize their deductions. Donations must be made in cash to a charity. Gifts of appreciated securities, and gifts to a donor advised fund or supporting organization, do not qualify. Although the permissible amount is modest, it is a new benefit available to many of your donors.

Opportunity: Let the entire congregation know that donors can get a tax deduction even if they do not itemize and that this is intended to encourage contributions at a time of great need. Talk online or by email about what your church is doing directly to help others. Encourage special gifts for these efforts.

No cap on charitable deductions for taxpayers who do itemize. Donors who itemize their deductions can usually deduct cash contributions up to 60% of their adjusted gross income. For 2020, that cap is lifted, and donors contributing cash to charity may deduct up to 100% of their income, a significant tax savings for anyone able to contribute larger amounts. Again, this is only for gifts of cash, and only for gifts made directly to charity (not to donor-advised funds or supporting organizations).

Opportunity: Let your larger donors know that they may be able to offset significant amounts of income if they are able to make cash gifts this year. This may be useful for donors with unusual income in 2020.

No required minimum distributions, but qualified charitable distributions still possible.The CARES Act eliminates required minimum distributions (RMDs) from many retirement plans in 2020. Some donors have been using their RMDs for tax-advantaged charitable gifts by making a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) directly to charity. Under the CARES Act it is still possible for donors who are 70½ or over to contribute up to $100,000 directly to a charity without paying tax on the distribution. This remains a beneficial way for donors to make gifts to your church.

Opportunity: Let your older donors know that they may still make a tax-advantaged qualified charitable distribution from an IRA this year. This might be useful for donors who have cash set aside in an IRA for an RMD that is no longer required.
The CARES Act is a complex new law. This memo is intended only as a summary of provisions that may be important for church stewardship efforts. Donors should always consult with their own professional advisors before making a gift.

- The Episcopal Church Foundation
To contribute to All Saints', please click on the link below.
Checks can be mailed to:

All Saints' Episcopal Church
PO Box 248
Kapaa, HI 96746
A Service of the Environmental Stewardship Ministry on behalf of the All Saints' `Ohana
Mahalo Nui Loa, Gary Gardner for your very generous gift of a new iPad.

On a recent visit to Kaua`i, Gary Gardner of Honolulu attended All Saints' and learned of our Music Ministry's need for an iPad. He was moved to donate a brand new iPad which will serve us well.

Thanks again Gary!
2020 Episcopal Youth Event postponed due to COVID-19
[April 8, 2020] The  2020 Episcopal Youth Event  (EYE20), scheduled to be held at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), July 7-11, 2020, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is deeply disappointing for many, and particularly for the 18 youth who have been called to serve on the planning team, many of whom are seniors”, said Bronwyn Clark Skov, Officer for Youth Ministries. “We are actively working to reschedule, with special consideration for the current senior class and will provide updates as soon as we can.”
All registered delegations and bishops have been contacted and arrangements are being made to refund deposits.
The Department of Faith Formation, which organizes the Episcopal Youth Event, hopes to reschedule the gathering for 2021.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry offered the following message, “I know that the postponement of EYE is a real disappointment for so many of our young people, especially for graduating seniors. In this time of COVID-19 pandemic, young and old alike are being called upon to make sacrifices for the good and well-being of others, as well as for our own good. Those who have changed the world and human life for the good have always been those willing to make some kind of sacrifice for a higher purpose. I am writing this during Holy Week when Jesus was willing to sacrifice his life if necessary to witness to God’s way of love as the way of life for us all. As disappointing as postponing EYE is, please know that your sacrifice is one of many sacrifices being made by so many that are helping to save lives. For that, I thank you, and thank God for you! God love you. God bless you. And may God hold us all, the entire human family, in those almighty hands of love.”
Additional information about EYE20:
Questions? Contact Bronwyn Clark Skov,  eye@episcopalchurch.org .

Click here for the donation form.
Click here for some Frequently Asked Questions.
This Week In Sunday School
Alleluia! Christ Is Risen!
Sunday School has been suspended until the Diocese gives us the ok to return to the All Saints' campus for worship. Until that time, the Sunday School article in The Epistle will include more information so the parents of our keiki can share the lesson with their children.
Summary of Today’s Story

On Sunday morning, the third day after the death of Jesus, Mary and Mary Magdalene go to the tomb and find an angel there, with the stone rolled away. The angel tells the women that Jesus has been raised from death and sends them to Galilee to tell others.

As they are leaving the tomb to tell the disciples, Jesus appears to them, and they worship him.

Jesus then tells his disciples to “go out to all the nations,” baptizing and preaching the Good News in his name.

Weaving our Story with the Biblical Story

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Jesus rose to life again. In this, we see the power of divine love and forgiveness. Jesus’ death and resurrection inaugurates the kingdom of heaven right now.
And when we know the Good News of God in Christ, Christ gives us his Great Commission, as written in Matthew 28:17-20: “go out to all nations.” It’s not enough just to believe. Jesus tells us to bear to all nations the message of salvation through Christ.

Matthew ends on the promise of the never-failing presence of Christ—just as he began his gospel: God with us,  Emmanuel . Jesus tells us, “And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”

God stays with us, no matter what.

Telling the Story

Read aloud today’s story from a children’s Bible, showing the pictures, tell the story in your own words.

To bring the story to life for the children, you might use story aids, such as a flannel board with felt figures or a miniature scene of the tomb with people.

Another way to tell the story would be to talk about the trip to the tomb and the revelation of Jesus’ rising from the dead from the perspective of a witness or one of the women who came to the tomb only to find it empty.

Do not stop to analyze or discuss the story at this time. For now, let the story sink into the children’s minds and hearts. Later, while having snacks or doing an activity, you can bring up the story again and invite the children to talk about it.
Upcoming Family Retreat
Make plans now!

Save The Date - August 28-30, 2020
All Saints' has reserved YWCA Camp Sloggett for the weekend of August 28-30, 2020. 

Hopefully we will be through with the coronavirus restrictions and be able to participate in a fun family-centered and spirit-filled weekend. Reserve the date and stay hopeful.

Registraton forms and complete information will be available once we get closer to the date. 

-Mary Margaret Smith

A video message from the Bishop

The Bishopʻs Wednesday Message:
First Letter of Peter
During this time of separation, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick will be sharing video messages on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Wednesday message will be a lesson/reflection. He invites all to join him over the next few weeks as he talks about the First Letter of Peter. Click on his image above to watch the video on YouTube.
Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent

April 12, 2020 – Easter
Drawing on the ancient practice of setting aside Lent as a period of study and preparation for living as a Christian disciple, we are pleased to present weekly teachings from  Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent . Learn more at  episcopalchurch.org/life-transformed .

READ Luke 24:1-12

Easter! What an amazing moment it must have been to be one of the women who went down to the tomb that first Easter morning. They came expecting death and sorrow. Their messiah and friend had been killed, and now the best they could hope for was to give him a proper burial. Instead, they find an empty tomb, two angelic figures proclaiming Jesus’ resurrection, and an invitation to new life. Their expectations were blown away.

This encounter with Jesus changed them so much that they were compelled to GO back to their fellow followers and proclaim the good news. Their testimony would eventually spread to every corner of the earth so that wherever we go, the love of God will meet us there.

In this journey, you have been called to engage with the mystery of death and resurrection as mirrored in the Easter Vigil. We have been called from darkness into light. From fear into joy. From sin into restoration. From death into life. Our job now is to follow the examples of those women and go into the world proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. Let this be the season that you go and live the full gift of the resurrection.

REFLECT: Easter is not just one day. It is a season of 50 days, significantly longer than the 40 days in Lent. Our Church’s calendar is designed this way to help us remember that we are called to GO and live a life that is centered more on resurrection joy than on fear. During this Eastertide, find ways to live into the Way of Love you have walked this Lent.

The end of our Lent journey is only the beginning, as we take all the transformation we have experienced and imagined and use it to join God in healing and reconciling the world. How will you GO and tell the story of the empty tomb out loud? How have you been changed and how might you change others?

A Prayer to Enter Holy Week

April 7, 2020

Here we are –
Holy Week
We’ve been here before
Year after year
But this year 
Is like no other before

We’re in our homes
Wondering when we’ll return to any sense of normal
Losing patience and running ragged
We’re in hospitals weary and weak
Afraid of what is to come
Afraid of what we do not know
We’re in grocery stores
Keeping to ourselves
Wearing our masks and praying we’re safe
We’re teaching our children
Using technology to connect friends and family
We’re in our homes working, learning, playing, and resting
We’re in our homes fearful and uncertain
Holy Week is here to meet us
Wherever we are
However we feel 
Whether we’re alone
Or longing for a moment of rest
Whether we believe or doubt
Whether we lament or sing songs of joy
Holy Week is here
Ready to embrace us
Not much different from the first Easter –
We wonder if our world will ever be the same
If we’ll ever be the same
This week, this Holy Week
We hear the stories we’ve always heard
Washing feet and last meals
Love and betrayal
Death on a cross, violence
Tears and silence. 
And then we wait
And wrestle
Offer cries and broken hallelujahs
We turn to the rising sun
The empty tomb
The light at the end
The hope of what is to come

Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her  website  or follow her work on  Facebook .  

Worship from home with these services for a very different Easter Triduum

Posted April 9, 2020
[Episcopal News Service] With The Episcopal Church preparing for an Easter Triduum without in-person gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Episcopalians have plenty of options for virtual services. From small parishes to large cathedrals, here are some examples of Triduum services in the time of physical distancing from The Episcopal Church and beyond.

Please click here to see the examples.

Canterbury Cathedral’s bell ‘Harry’ to toll daily for world’s coronavirus victims, frontline workers

Posted April 9, 2020
For the first time in history, the old bell on Canterbury Cathedral’s central tower – known as bell ‘Harry’ – will toll each evening in remembrance of the day’s global victims of coronavirus, and in celebration of the heroism of frontline healthcare staff and other essential workers around the world.

In recognition of the unprecedented shared global tragedy of this pandemic, Canterbury Cathedral – the Mother Church of the Worldwide Anglican Communion – will sound bell ‘Harry’ for two minutes at 8pm each evening until the threat of coronavirus recedes. Starting this Maundy Thursday (9th April), the tolling of the bell will be both in remembrance of each day’s victims of coronavirus around the world, and in celebration and recognition of the daily bravery and self-sacrifice of frontline healthcare staff and other essential workers within the UK and internationally.

It is hoped that the familiar sound of this bell of the 1,400-year-old Cathedral will be a comfort and source of strength for all who hear it; a symbol of continuity, solidarity and reassurance that we will, as a global community, get through this dark time together.

To this end, the Cathedral is encouraging everyone within earshot to record the tolling of the bell from inside their homes each evening and post it online to share with their friends and families wherever they are.

The Dean of Canterbury, The Very Rev. Dr Robert Willis, said:

“Communities around the world have embraced the idea of clapping hands to thank publicly healthcare staff and other frontline workers at this time. We all know that their vital work is undertaken at great personal risk to themselves. The bell of Canterbury Cathedral will lend its voice to this display of gratitude and also mark a moment to pause and remember those who have died.”

The Cathedral’s bell ‘Harry’ will be tolled remotely via a timer, so no staff will be present within the building.
Anglican Alliance launches COVID-19 international resource hub

Posted Apr 8, 2020
[Anglican Communion News Service] An international resource hub has been created by the Anglican Alliance to help provinces, dioceses and parishes respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

The  Anglican Alliance COVID-19 resource hub  is a platform to share learning from churches on how they are responding effectively to the crisis. The Anglican Alliance team has been connecting with churches in each region to learn about their experience, to gather examples of effective responses “and, above all, to share in fellowship at this most difficult of times”, a spokesperson for the Alliance said.

Read the  full article here .
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"

Please submit your story ideas to the Epistle Staff at news@allsaintskauai.org .
Any of our All Saints' kupuna who need assistance with grocery shopping can contact Carolyn Morinishi (808-651-2061) to set up a delivery.

If any ministry has an unmet need, reach out to put it in the All Saints' Virtual Swap Meet and it will be published in the Epistle . Contact Bill Caldwell at news@allsaintskauai.org .

For more information go to Laundry Love Kaua`i or contact Geoff Shields at gshields2334@gmail.com .

Whenever you have a need for support, please call (650) 691-8104 and leave a voice mail. The system will immediately forward the information to the Pastoral Care Committee who will respond to each request. If you prefer, you may send an electronic pastoral care request via email to pastoralcare@allsaintskauai.org .

Individuals who want to participate in the Prayer Chain Ministry must re-enroll to continue receiving the email communications . To re-enroll, please visit the newly established   Pastoral Care web page  or contact the Church Office at (808) 822-4267.

Prayer requests will now be   submitted online   or by contacting the Church Office at (808) 822-4267.

Names can be added to the Prayers of the People petitions by using the  Prayer Chain Request form  or by contacting the Church Office at (808) 822-4267. Names will remain in the Prayers of the People for a maximum of four Sundays before a name must be resubmitted.

All Saints' Eucharistic Visitors are available each Sunday (pending availability) to bring Communion to those who are sick or shut-in. Requests for a Eucharistic visitation can be made by calling the Church Office at (808) 822-4267 or emailing homecommunion@allsaintskauai.org .