Volume 4, Issue 19
May 10, 2019
Fourth Sunday of Easter

Chris Neumann (EM)
John Hanaoka (U)
Diane Sato (AG)

Dileep Bal (EM)
David Murray, Chris Wataya (R)
Mary Margaret Smith, Alfonso Murillo (U)
Faith Shiramizu (AG)
Braden, Paxton (A)
Vikki Secretario, Linda Crocker (HP)
Ministry Council Meeting
Saturday, May 11 th
Memorial Hall

All Saints' Preschool May Day Celebration
Wednesday, May 15 th
Front Lawn

Laundry Love-Team A
Wednesday, May 15 th
Kapaa Laundromat

Queen Lili`uokalani Celebration
Sunday, May 19 th

Adult Bible Study on Weekly Gospel
Every Sunday, 9:00 - 9:30AM
Under the big tree

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

Choir Practice
Every Thursday, 6:00PM
Choir Room

Daughters of the King
2 nd & 4 th Thursday, 7:00 - 8:00PM
Memorial Hall
Love, Lions, and a Good Movie!
In keeping with the Children’s Day theme, Fr. David spoke with some of our younger members about Christ’s love, lions, and a good movie.

To join the conversation, please follow the video link below.

“All That I Am or Ever Hope to be, I Owe to My Angel Mother.”

Abraham Lincoln
The Ke Akua Youth Group have been working diligently on a special Mothers Day surprise. This Sunday the youth will distribute presents to all Mothers during the announcements at both services.

The entire parish thanks Cami and the Ke Akua Youth for this heartfelt expression of their aloha.
Special Aloha Hour Potluck

The Hospitality Ministry invites you to join us after the service this Sunday to celebrate all mothers, those special people who love us unconditionally even when we fall short. Bring a dish and/or beverage to share and let us celebrate and give thanks for our mothers.
Time to Celebrate Episcopal Church Days with Habitat for Humanity
It's not too late. RSVP directly to development@kauaihabitat.org if you can join in the celebration. We will have a carpool leaving All Saint’s on May 17 th at 3:00PM, so let Ron know if you want a ride.

Ron Morinishi
Celebrating Queen Lili`uokalani

May 19 th - Service celebrating Queen Lili`uokalani.

Join us for this special service celebrating the life and achievements of Queen Lili`uokalani, the only reigning queen and last monarch of the independent Kingdom of Hawai`i. The service will follow the same format as our annual service celebrating the Holy Sovereigns and we have invited the same Hawaiian organizations to attend.

The people who attend these services have told me in the past that we set the standard for Aloha Hour refreshments after church!  So let’s not disappoint our fans!

Please bring your favorite dish to share – it does not have to be Hawaiian.  We all love whatever turns up – and we all love to eat!

Hope to see your this special service.

Mau loa me ke maluhia aloha – always with loving peace.

David Murray
For the Hospitality Ministry

All Aboard!
Ron Morinishi noticed a bench down on the beach just off the bike path near Otsuka's earlier this year. The bench had originally hung from a tree so that people could swing out over the beach about 5ft below. Unfortunately, the branch holding the bench swing broke at some point and the bench was abandoned.

Ron thought it would be a great addition to our All Saints' property so he asked Wayne Doliente, William Brown and David Murray to help him rescue it from the beach and bring it to the church. Ron and Wayne have built a sturdy frame, attached the bench to it, and sanded and painted the whole thing.
The swing now complements the Aloha Hour area around the deck - and is ready to take passengers!
Fr. David will bless this successful project on Sunday at our Mothers Day Aloha Hour celebration.
Thanks to your support, the Preschool Super Duper Zumbathon fundraiser was a roaring success!

We raised $9,284, with $2,050 of that total coming from generous church members. The weather was perfect and the children had so much fun dancing in the courtyard. To the thrill of all, Wonder Women made very special appearances.
Mahalo nut loa to everyone who contributed. 
If you would like to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund, you can visit the preschool website and donate online at http://www.allsaintskauaipreschool.org/giving.html .

God of Grace and renewing Love,
You open our ears and enlighten our hearts
to see in each other your love for us.
Be now our vision, focus our hearing, and grant us Wisdom as we search for a priest to lead All Saints’ Church.
Bring us together in the bonds of Love
and in the desire to become more fully your Beloved Community; Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 

Adapted from Grace Episcopal Church, Lexington, VA

Mahalo nui loa to the All Saints’ Search Committee

  • Linda Crocker
  • Collin Darrell 
  • Victor Punua Jr. 
  • Diane Sato
  • Vikki Secretario
  • Curtis Shiramizu
  • Dianne Tabura
Join Us for the Fun!
All Saints’ Preschool invites the All Saints’ congregation and preschool friends and families to join us for our May Day Program on May 15, 2019. It’s at 10:00AM on the All Saints’ Church Front Lawn.

All Saints is bringing Mary Parmer to Kaua`i. She will be with us August 30 - September 1, 2019. Mark your calendars now for the presentation on August 31 st . More information will follow.
On Saturday September 7, 2019, the Diocese of Hawai`i will be introducing a new ministry that is taking the Episcopal Church by storm!

Led by Mary Palmer, Invite Welcome Connect "is a ministry of relational evangelism and congregational empowerment allowing churches to become places of genuine connection for inviting the faith journeys and stories of everyone, enabling deeper journeys of Christian discipleship and enabling the Spirit of Christ to be at the heart of each church's hospitable mission of spreading the Good News."

The workshop will be taking place in Honolulu, with more details and registration to come. Airfare will be covered for neighbor island clergy and two others from each church. To learn more about this program click HERE .
The Mating Game

A seductive, sultry, spicy and sassy cabaret in two acts.
At Trees Lounge, 440 Aleka Loop, Kapaa 
$5 cover charge. For more info, visit:  www.kisskauai.org
1982 - 2019
Voice of the Wandering Evangelical

Rachel Held Evans’s unique writing voice fostered a community of believers who yearned to seek God and challenge conservative beliefs.

Photo credit Daniel Evans
Presiding Bishop Offers Tribute

Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs
Posted May 6, 2019
The following statement from Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is in tribute to Rachel Held Evans:

“Today is a sad day for our Church and for everyone who found the path home to our loving, liberating, life-giving God because of Rachel Held Evans. She was a fearless seeker of truth and servant of Jesus, and her witness will inspire and heal generations to come.” 

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Rachel. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy … and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen. 


Guatemalan Woman Nears Two Years Living at Church that Offered Sanctuary from Deportation

By Yonat Shimron
Posted May 9, 2019
Juana Luz Tobar Ortega with some of her sewing machines at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. Photo: Yonat Shimron/Religion News Service

[Religion News Service — Greensboro, North Carolina] Juana Luz Tobar Ortega spends her days at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church sewing pillow covers, sculpting clay cups and bowls and cooking papusas and tamales.

But Ortega’s many homemaking skills belie the harsh reality of her life: She cannot go home.

Later this month, Ortega will mark her two-year anniversary in sanctuary. The 47-year-old Guatemalan native took refuge at St. Barnabas on May 31, 2017 , after receiving an ankle bracelet and an order of deportation.

On May 9, some PBS stations across the country will air a 25-minute documentary titled “ Santuario ” that tells Ortega’s story. The film looks at the plight of the Ortega family after Juana left her husband, Carlos, four children and two grandchildren for sanctuary. The directors hope the film shines a light on noncriminal deportation cases like Ortega’s, which have multiplied in the wake of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown.

To view the trailer for Santuario , please click the video link below.
Ortega, who has no criminal record, has lived in the United States for 26 years, most of them in the North Carolina town of Asheboro, about 30 miles from Greensboro.

Before taking sanctuary, she worked as a seamstress for a furniture company in nearby High Point. Six years ago during a raid on her employer, she was arrested for entering the country illegally and released. It was then she first realized her asylum claim was denied. Each year since, she checked in with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and received a one-year stay of deportation – until in 2017, when for no stated reason she was given 30 days to leave the country.

Faced with the choice of leaving her family and going back to Guatemala, or awaiting a knock at the door from an ICE officer, she sought church sanctuary.

Ortega’s family visits her at the church every weekend. Her two granddaughters often stay with her during school vacations. But for all practical purposes, her life is on hold.

“I came into the project excited about the idea of sanctuary as a form of protection for people facing deportation,” said Christine Delp, who co-directed the film with Pilar Timpane. “And I came through not really sure whether sanctuary is a good or bad thing. It’s like being in limbo. There’s an extreme emotional, financial, physical toll on families.”

Hundreds of congregations across the country have pledged to support undocumented people at imminent risk of deportation. A far smaller number have actually housed them.

There are now 48 people taking sanctuary in houses of worship across the U.S., according to Church World Service, which maintains a database. Three have been in sanctuary since 2016, when the most recent sanctuary movement began, and 21 are coming up on their second anniversary.

Houses of worship are considered  “sensitive locations,”  meaning that federal immigration enforcement officers will avoid arresting, searching or interviewing people there under most circumstances.

The congregations that have people living in sanctuary have worked hard to advocate on their behalf.

So far, they’ve had limited success.

Some people in sanctuary have successfully won a stay of removal and have been reunited with their families. (One woman formerly in sanctuary at another Greensboro church was granted  a green card  last week, entitling her to permanent residency.)

But the majority are still waiting.

Timpane, co-director of the documentary about Ortega, which has shown at 11 film festivals and won the grand jury prize for short documentary at the New Orleans Film Festival, said she still struggles with people’s misunderstandings about the immigration system.

“It continues to surprise that we get questions like ‘What did she do? Why is (she) getting a deportation sentence?’ — rather than ‘What can be done to change the system?’” Timpane said.

St. Barnabas, North Carolina’s first congregation in recent history to offer sanctuary to an undocumented immigrant, took in Ortega knowing her stay would be indefinite, but feeling called nonetheless to help her.
Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, center front, poses with her family for a photo released in 2017 by American Friends Service Committee, which was helping her resist a deportation order.

To keep her safe, it instituted new rules: The church doors remain locked. A volunteer is on duty 24 hours a day. And no immigration enforcement officers are allowed on the premises without an arrest warrant signed by a judge.

The church turned a vesting room and storage area into a bedroom and sitting area for Ortega. Her son-in-law, a plumber, installed a shower in one of the church bathrooms.

Besides sheltering her, church members revved up their advocacy on Ortega’s behalf. They’ve written letters, made phone calls, visited Congress to push for an immigration policy that keeps undocumented families together and allows a path to citizenship. Failing that, they have raised the possibility of a private bill that might allow Ortega a stay of deportation.

The church was buoyed by last year’s midterm elections when Democrats took control of the House of Representatives — including the House Judiciary Committee, and Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship. A church group drove to Washington to visit with Rep. Jerry Nadler, the committee chair, taking some of Ortega’s pottery as a gift. The group also visited with Sen. Thom Tillis, one of North Carolina’s two Republican senators.

But so far, there’s been little movement on immigration.

The Rev. Randall Keeney, the church vicar, said he’s become disillusioned by the nation’s politics that have failed so many undocumented people.

“I used to think our representatives acted out of conscience,” he said. “I don’t believe that anymore. I think they only act out of expediency and for political reasons.”

Last year, the ankle bracelet that ICE strapped around Ortega’s leg broke. The church, which has been upfront with ICE about her whereabouts, called the agency to inform officials about it. ICE offered to fit her with a new bracelet.

The church said no.

This weekend, Ortega’s third child, Jackeline, will graduate from a community college with a degree in animal science. Ortega won’t be there to cheer her on when she accepts her diploma.
Her youngest, Carlos Jr., whom she lovingly calls Carlito, is a high school junior. Ortega tears up at the thought that she might miss his high school graduation next year.

Then she wipes away the tears and reminds herself why she chose sanctuary.

“It’s better for me to stay here,” she said. “Here I have my family. If I went back (to Guatemala) we’d be separated.”

Jackeline, Carlos and Carlos Jr. are U.S. citizens, while Ortega’s two older daughters, born in Guatemala, have qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“It’s hard for us,” said her eldest daughter, Lesvi Molina, who stays with her one night a week. “But it’s nothing compared to what she’s dealing with. It’s very overwhelming to feel like there’s no way out.”
Lydia Pendleton, Young Adult Service Corps
Lydia Pendleton, a Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) missionary serving in the Diocese of Puerto Rico.

Since arriving in Puerto Rico about 7 months ago, I have joined the Department for Communication and Digital Evangelism of the Diocese of Puerto Rico. I feel blessed to be a part of this diocesan team who continue to inspire me daily with their hard work and dedication to spreading the good news of Christ. My role in communications allows me to travel around the island, visiting the 52 churches and other institutions in the diocese, building and forming new relationships with our brothers and sisters here in Puerto Rico. My daily work involves writing, translating, updating the diocesan website, helping to plan different diocesan events, and other projects that allow me to help share the wonderful work this diocese does every day with the wider Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.

I am also working on updating the Episcopal Asset Map. This project documents emergency plans, opportunities for volunteers, ministries, and inventory of assets to complete an interactive map located on one digital platform. I am working on a short bilingual documentary series, guided by this year’s diocesan theme of reconciliation. Using interviews and videos, this is a way to share different stories and experiences—not just to those within the diocese, but using both English and Spanish we hope to reach our partners around the globe.

What led me to YASC? At the YASC discernment retreat in March 2018, I realized that God was calling me to serve others. YASC offered me a way to use my strengths, interests, and experiences, to allow my faith to lead me somewhere new. Over the course of my life, I have found the most joy living overseas, traveling, meeting new people, learning new languages, and being immersed in different cultures. Growing up in the church as the child of an Episcopal priest, my faith and the church community have always been interconnected. In short, my faith community is my family. YASC has given me the opportunity to continue God’s work in the world, furthering the work of the church that has always been an important part of my life, expanding my own faith community and family. I will always be grateful for this experience YASC has given me to truly be a part of the Jesus Movement.

I invite you to pray for my mission, for all people in Puerto Rico, especially those who are still recovering from the 2017 hurricanes or lack of health care, for the diocesan staff and clergy dedicated to living out the Jesus Movement, and for this diocese of hope—one that is “ Misionera, evangelista, y dinámica, ” – dynamic, focused on mission, and dedicated to evangelism.

You can continue to follow and find out about Lydia’s mission on her blog at yasclydia.wordpress.com

Learn more about the Young Adult Service Corps at bit.ly/YASCepiscopal .

Published by the Office of Communication of The Episcopal Church, 815 Second Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017

© 2019 The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. All rights reserved.
Meet Jourdan Johnson from the Diocese of Connecticut

Watch as she prepares to embark on her YASC journey to Santa Maria, Brazil by following the video link below.
From Now On, You’ll Be Catching People 
Posted May 9, 2019
Sometimes I’m the fisherman standing on the worn planks of the shifting deck, confident in my understanding as I cast the nets deep into the places where people long and ache, worry and dream. It’s no longer new, this fishing-for-people business. Since Peter, Andrew, James and John were first called into the practice, it has been 2,000 years. We’ve been making webs of words and experience to awaken those in the murky depths to their essential nature as beloved of God. There is a miracle at the center of it all. Always there is a miracle. We know how to do this.
But sometimes I’m the fish, eyes darting back and forth as I search and search, longing, starving for the nourishment I cannot identify. I am lost. I have no words to recall myself to my essential connection. There is only endless water and a nameless dread. I cannot even articulate the question that fills my being: Where is God? Give me God!
What is the net that sweeps me up? It is made of truths known by the soul and not the intellect. The miracle explodes my awareness, tricks me into changing my focus. I look with the eyes of the heart, and all at once I am on the boat again, breathing deeply of the lake air as I look out across the water.
We need one another. When I am the fish, I need you. When I am the fisherman, I need you. We both need Christ. Christ is the mast of the boat. Christ is the net. Christ is the water in which we swim. Christ is the center of each of our hearts.

Canned Items: soups, chili, pork & beans, spam, Vienna sausage

Place your donations in the red wagon by the door to the sanctuary on Sundays. Hale Ho`omalu also needs and appreciates monetary donations as well as gift-in-kind items.
Please note, we do not accept food items that are not mentioned on the monthly list and we do not accept clothing, toys or similar items unless a specific plea for such items is published in the Epistle. Your Epistle Staff will inform you of any special requests for donations.
Honor Your Father and Mother*
This week we present a simple lesson for our keiki on Mother’s Day.

Key Points from Sunday’s Lesson: 
  • Parents are gifts from God to help kids;
  • God expects us to have right attitudes and actions toward our parents;
  • We should be thankful for our parents;
  • Even parents need Jesus to forgive them, we must love parents even when they are not perfect.

* ...and don't make me remind you!
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"

Please submit your story ideas to the Epistle Staff at epistle@allsaintskauai.org.