Volume 3, Issue 42
November 24, 2018
THIS SUNDAY: November 25, 2016 27 th Sunday after Pentecost (Year B)
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Psalm 93 
Revelation 1:4b-8
John 18:33-37

Chris Neumann (EM)
John Hanaoka (U)
Marge Akana (AG)

Mario Antonio (EM)
Linda Crocker, Nelson Secretario (R)
Bara Sargent, Ginny Martin (U)
Flora Rubio (AG)
Raiden, Soloman (A)
Vicki Secretario (PR)
Mabel Antonio (PR)
Saturday, Dec. 1 | 7PM
Kiss Christmas Concert

Saturday, Dec. 8 | 9AM - 2PM
Holiday Craft Fair
All Saints' Gym & Lawn

Sunday, Dec. 9 | 8 and 9:30AM
In-gathering of Pledges

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

Every Sunday | 9:30-10:15AM
Sunday School / Memorial Hall

Every Sunday | 10:45AM - 12PM
Aloha Hour / Under the big tree

Every Monday | 8:00AM
Monday Crew / Church Office
1 st & 3 rd Wednesday | 5:30PM
Laundry Love / Kapa'a Laundromat

Every Wednesday | 6:00PM
McMaster Slack Key Guitar 
and Ukulele Concert / Church

Every Thursday | 6:00PM
Choir Practice / Choir Room

2 nd & 4 th Thursday | 7:00-8:00PM
Daughters of the King / Memorial Hall
A Community Celebration
The annual Kapa`a Interfaith Association's (KIA) Thanksgiving Luncheon was held on T hursday, November 22 nd . The day began with an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at 10:00AM in the Church. This was followed by the traditional delivery of Thanksgiving dinner to those in need. Thanks to loyal volunteers, no one who requested a delivery was denied!

At 11:00AM the first of the delicious Thanksgiving meals was served in the gym. The luncheon was a huge success. This year we delivered 357 meals to homebound people and served 552 meals in the gym, a total of 909!

"I wanted to thank all the volunteers who brought flowers and worked together to put together the 357 bouquets to go with the meals to be delivered. We all had a wonderful time chatting, laughing and working together to get the job done.

I am so in awe of all the volunteers and appreciate all they do."

Mary Margaret Smith

For a slideshow of the celebration, please click the link below.
A Message from the Senior Warden
Aloha to our All Saints’ ‘Ohana – and Happy Thanksgiving to all!
As a first step in the process of identifying a replacement for Fr. Ryan, the Vestry was tasked with identifying potential candidates for a "Search Committee." 

While the Vestry is ultimately responsible for calling a new Rector, the initial process is delegated to a Search Committee. This committee is responsible for writing a profile describing the church, interviewing candidates, making good discernment and representing the congregation well. The Search Committee will provide the Vestry with a short list of potential Rectors. The Vestry will then make their final choice from that short list.

I am very pleased to inform you that our Search Committee is in now place. The 7 members of that committee are:

  • Linda Crocker
  • Collin Darrell 
  • Victor Punua Jr. 
  • Diane Sato
  • Vikki Secretario
  • Curtis Shiramizu
  • Dianne Tabura

The Search Committee will be supported in their work by the Rev. Canon Sandy Graham, Canon for Congregational Life and Leadership with the Office of the Bishop.

I truly believe that our search process is in very good hands and I ask you to keep the members of the Search Committee in your prayers as they undertake this important task on behalf of our church and our church `ohana.
During the 9:30 service last Sunday, November 17 th , the Rev. Richard Shields delivered what I refer to as a “mini sermon” in which he urged us to continue to support each other and work together during the search period. We must not rely on a small core group of people to always step up to the plate. That way leads to burn out.
We should share our burdens because we are stronger together than we could ever be alone.

We will be tested for sure but I believe we will come through this period refreshed, re-energized and re-committed to our church and our church ‘ohana.

Please remember – if you have questions or concerns about either the search process or the supply clergy, PLEASE ASK!  Check in with me, Mary Smith or any member of the Vestry.

Ke Akua pu me hale pule All Saints' - May God be with All Saints' Church.

Me ke aloha,

David Murray
Workday, November 17 th
On Saturday, November 17 th , a dedicated crew showed up for the church workday. The main focus was on the gym and the gym kitchen in preparation for the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Lunch. The other project last Saturday was the rectory - minor repairs including pulling nails, spackling, scraping peeling paint, cleaning walls, ledges and other surfaces in preparation for painting.

A car wash was held in conjunction with the church workday. Proceeds from the car wash went to support the Kapa`a High School wrestling team.

-for Buildings and Grounds
David Murray
Joy unspeakable, faith unsinkable,
Love unstoppable, anything is possible.
You should by now have received a letter from the Stewardship Committee with details of our 2019 Stewardship campaign. With the letter you will also have received a pledge card that we hope you will either return by mail or, better yet, offer in person at the “In-gathering of Pledges” on Sunday, December 9 th

Please think carefully - and prayerfully - as you determine the level of your pledge for this coming year and, as you think, we ask you to consider these examples of our annual expenses in 2017:

Electricity (KIUC) - $12,505 = $240 per week / $34 per day
Insurance (Property/Liability) - $30,446 = $585 per week / $83 per day

We need YOUR continued support to ensure that All Saints’ Church continues to Thrive ! We – all of us together – are the church. Without us there is no church.

So we ask you to please consider giving generously of your Time , Talent and Treasure for 2019.

We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives.
It’s time for us to more than just survive.
We were made to Thrive !

Mahalo nui loa! And may God continue to bless All Saints’ Church and our All Saints’ ‘Ohana.

David Murray, Sr. Warden
Mary Margaret Smith, Jr. Warden
Nelson Secretario, Stewardship Chair
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What Does It Mean?

This glossary is intended to be a handy, quick, general reference for Episcopalians. It will appear occasionally in The Epistle and will include material specific to the Episcopal Church and its history and polity, liturgy and theology, as well as subjects relevant to the whole church. If you have a question, please send it to your  Epistle Staff .
Christ the King Sunday
Feast celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church on the last Sunday of the liturgical year. It celebrates Christ's messianic kingship and sovereign rule over all creation. The feast is unofficially celebrated in some Episcopal parishes, but it is not mentioned in the Episcopal calendar of the church year. Marion Hatchett notes that the Prayer Book collect for Proper 29, the last Sunday of the church year, is a "somewhat free" translation of the collect of the Feast of Christ the King in the Roman Missal. This collect prays that God, "whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords," will "Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule" (BCP, p. 236). The feast was originally instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and celebrated on the last Sunday in Oct. It has been observed on the last Sunday before Advent since 1970.
A Christmas Concert  
Please join us for an evening of local literature from the recent Bamboo Ridge anthology The Best of Aloha Shorts , performed by the original actors from Hawai`i Public Radio’s much loved radio program Aloha Shorts , hosted by HPR’s Arts and Culture Reporter Noe Tanigawa. Aloha Shorts may no longer be on the air, but Kaua`i audiences can now experience the infamous fun and magic of its live readings when HPR revives a Neighbor Island tour of “a major jewel in [its] local-programming crown.”

Additionally, you should know that on Kaua`i, it will be a one-act version (no intermission), about 80 minutes in length. The readings will be followed by a book signing and reception with light refreshments in the Parish Hall of St. Michael and All Angels. Local musicians are still TBA, but weʻre hoping for pre-show music and a couple of musical interludes throughout the evening.
November 25: No Sunday School
We invite EVERYONE to enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday!
Fourth Annual Christmas Event
Saturday, December 1, 7:00 pm
Church of the Pacific, Princeville
Sunday, December 2, 4:00 pm
St. Michael and All Angels Church in Lihue
Come sing your favorite Christmas carols accompanied by two amazing harpists: Sylvia Woods and Madeleine Brandli. The singing will be led by Princeville musician Bob Smith.

In addition to caroling, these festive concerts will also feature Christmas harp solos and fun surprises! This year's 4th annual concerts will feature carols about animals. 

Join us for our fun and joyful concerts of Advent carols and Christmas music.

Come sing along with harps!

Tickets $15 at the door.
Sylvia Woods is a renowned harpist, teacher, composer, and arranger who has gained an international reputation as one of the foremost folk harp players in the world. In 1980 she won the prestigious All-Ireland Harp Championship in Ireland, and in 1999 The Harp Column magazine named her one of 45 “Most Influential Harp Forces of the 20th Century." Sylvia performed on the sound-track of Dead Poets Society , and was featured three times on A Prairie Home Companion. She owned the world's largest harp store near Los Angeles for over 20 years. She has written, arranged, and published over 50 books and pieces of sheet music which are used by harp players internationally. Sylvia has owned property on Kauai since 1990, and moved here full-time in 2013.
Madeleine Brandli has inspired audiences with her lyrical voice and uplifting poetic songs for many years. She won two national singing competitions as a young folk singer, the beginning of a lifelong journey in music. Honoring her Celtic ancestry and her decades-long connection to the people and culture of Hawai'i, she wove the spirit of these two ancient traditions together in a CD of her original songs, In Shades of Green . Madeleine has been a part-time resident of Kaua'i since 1982. As a singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, she has won top awards in the Kaua'i Mokihana Composers Contests since 2001, accompanying herself on piano, guitar and harp.
Bob Smith , aka "Shantybob", has performed and recorded multiple CDs of Celtic and Irish music for three decades with two premier bands, Wind That Shakes the Barley , and Extra Stout in New England. His primary instrument is a classic Wheatstone English Concertina that was made in the 1890s. Intuiting that in a former life he sailed over the "Bounding Main", he loves bellowing sea shanties and telling stories of whaling in the Atlantic and Pacific fisheries. Here, on island, Bob entertains with the high energy Irish band Whiskey-O . Currently, he is part of a team launching a "transitional music" program at Kauai Hospice designed to accompany folks who are preparing to journey into the next life.
Saimin and Juice

Please 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.
2018-2019 50 th Anniversary Shirts Final Order
Hurry! Deadline to order is Monday, December 10, 2018, or when material runs out!
It's your last chance to order the Diocese's 50th anniversary shirts!
These special shirts made their debut at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i in October, and they are available to order one last time!  

Please note that the women's style has been changed to a looser camp-style shirt. A sample is available at the Diocesan Support Center.

Deadline to order is Monday, December 10, 2018 , or when available supplies run out. Shipping is slated for the first week of March 2019, just in time for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's visit to the islands.

For details, sizing, price, shipping and ordering information, click on the link below.

& place your order!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Rae Costa
The Episcopal Church in Hawaii
808-536-7776, ext. 326
From The Episcopal News Service

Posted Nov 20, 2018
The view from the St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church parking lot shows how close fires came to the 52-year-old Episcopal parish that sits on a rise several hundred yards above Pacific Coast Highway in central Malibu. Photo: Joyce Stickney
[Religion News Service] Two hours before the sun set over the Pacific Ocean on Nov. 8, the Rev. Joyce Stickney, rector of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Malibu, received word about wildfires that had broken out 30 miles away in the hills above the Simi Valley.

So Stickney headed for St. Aidan’s sanctuary where, from its hillside perch a few hundred yards above the Pacific Coast Highway, with the Santa Monica Mountains in the distance to the east, she prayed for her city of about 13,000 souls.

Parish administrator Nathaniel Sherrill, whose home in Newbury Park, California, was close enough to the fire’s origin that it already had been evacuated, joined her to recite an evening meditation from the Book of Common Prayer: “Almighty God, we give you thanks for surrounding us, as daylight fades, with the brightness of the vesper light….”

“That is the one thing that religion definitely does give us, whether you’re spiritual or religious or not — we’ve got prayers for times like these,” Stickney told Religion News Service late last week. “They’re words that are timeless and walk us through the motions: ‘Thank you, God, for the vesper light. The world is still turning and soon it’ll be nighttime; give us peace’ — the ancient wisdom of our tradition, our prayers.”

By daybreak, Stickney opened the front door of St. Aidan’s rectory to see thick plumes of smoke moving in their direction…. She grabbed the church registers and a chalice from the altar before setting out with her family for a wholly uncertain future.

In Malibu, waiting for news was a test of Stickney’s faith and mettle, but when she it came, it was a relief. St. Aidan’s survived the fire unscathed — miraculously so, Stickney said, as flames stopped at the edge of the new driveway that had been completed just days before the wildfires.

“The fire had come right up to the edge of the driveway, all along the side, and for whatever reason — whether it was the fire marshals, the wind, St. Aidan, God, all of the above — whatever it was, the fire did not cross over,” Stickney said.

The same isn’t true for the church’s parishioners. At least 11 of the 50 or so active families at St. Aidan’s lost their homes in the fires.

In the wake of the fires, Stickney largely is shepherding the St. Aidan’s diaspora electronically, by phone, text and email, as displaced members have fanned out along the West Coast seeking shelter.

…a weary yet determined Stickney, enlivened by the faith of her own flock, read aloud a short note from a new parishioner whose family had recently relocated to Malibu from Texas, only to have the family’s new home burn to the ground.

“‘I keep reminding my family of Isaiah 61:3 — ‘beauty from ashes.’ We will all together create a more beautiful Malibu and community spirit. God’s blessing on each of you as you move forward one day at a time.’”

- excerpted from The Episcopal News Service

To read the entire story please click here .
The All Saints' Annual Holiday Craft Fair takes place on Saturday, December 8 th , from 9:00AM - 2:00PM. The event will feature over 70 booth spaces in the gym and on the lawn, with a wide range of wonderful crafts and products. Come be a part of one of Kaua'i's largest and most anticipated craft fairs!

The All Saints' Annual Holiday Craft Fair is the Ke Akua Youth Group's main fundraiser of the year to help them with their outreach and mission activities.
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.