Volume 4, Issue 39
September 27, 2019
THIS SUNDAY: September 29, 2019
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Cami Pascua (EM)
Judy Saronitmam (U)
Marge Akana (AG)

Mario Antonio (EM)
David Murray, Joan Roughgarden (R)
CeCe Caldwell, Linda Crocker (U)
David Crocker (AG)
Braden, Harper (A)
Mabel Antonio, Nelson Secretario (HP)
Himalayas Travelogue and Potluck
Friday, September 27 th

Galen Nakamura Memorial
Saturday, September 28 th
9:00 - 11:00AM Visitation
11:00AM - 12:00PM Service
12:00 - 1:00PM Reception

Laundry Love - Team A
Wednesday, October 2 nd
5:00 - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laudromat

Movie Night on the Lawn
Saturday, October 5 th
6:30 - 10:00PM
Church Lawn

Holy Sovereigns Service
Sunday, October 20 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

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

Choir Practice
Every Thursday, 6:00PM
Choir Room
Galen Nakamura
Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord:
And let light perpetual shine upon him.
Galen Toshiro Nakamura, Esq., 59, of Kapa`a, Kaua`i, a lawyer with Shiramizu, Loo, and Nakamura, passed away in Honolulu on September 13, 2019. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by his wife, Nadine; son, Reis; daughter, Casey; mother, Tokiko; and brother, Kent (Karen). Visitation will be at 9:00AM on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Kapa`a. The service begins at 11:00AM. Casual attire. No flowers.

Visitation 9AM – 11AM
Service 11AM – 12AM
Reception 12AM – about 1PM – Memorial Hall

May God bless and take care of Galen, Nadine and their families.
Mau loa me ke maluhia aloha - always with loving peace.
Dear Friends,

As I asked in a sermon a few weeks ago, “ Where did the time go ”? Kathleen and I are looking forward to celebrating one more Sunday with you and then it is back home to California. 

This summer has gone by quickly, but we will not soon forget the experience. What made it most special, beyond living on this beautiful island, was the opportunity to be part of a wonderful church family as it prepares for a new chapter of its life.

In a world of so many changes and challenges, being part of a church family helps keep us focused on what does not change: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday , today and forever” we read in the letter to the Hebrews. The timeless good news of God’s unconditional love made known in His life, makes it possible to keep on going through the many “toils and snares” we face along the way and, in fact, to rise above them to see and experience new life. So, keep coming (and inviting, welcoming and connecting people!) to church. Don’t skip the Sunday morning breakfast special served at 8 and 9:30, the first hours of our work weeks. 

As the words to one of our hymns put it:

I come with joy to meet my Lord, forgiven, loved and free
In awe and wonder to recall, His life laid down for me

After being with a congregation for 32 years, it is impossible, of course, to form the same kind of bond in just three and a half months. But we cherish the time we did have, to catch a brief glimpse and taste of the loving family All Saints’ is---your new rector will be blessed to be in ministry with you!

Mahalo for welcoming us into your family . Our relationship will continue, of course, with you and all the saints and angels, the whole company of heaven, by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

And now, continuing with words from the hymn quoted above:

Together met, together bound, we’ll go our different ways
And as his people in the world, we’ll live and speak his praise
In Christ’s love

Fr. John
Ke Akua Youth Invite You to Enjoy a Night Out
Saturday, 10/5/19 Aladdin and Avengers: End Game
We need your help. Please consider volunteering in support of our keiki. Supporters and parents, please let Cami know if you are able to volunteer at the food stand, kitchen, or donate supplies.

Setup is at 4:00PM.

Kitchen crew arrives by 3:00PM to start cooking.

Items needed:
Drinks, ice, coolers, food to sell, plates/bowls, napkins, utensils, coffee, creamer/sugar, cocoa, whipped cream
Search Committee Update

This past Sunday, 9/22/19, the Search Committee met with Canon Sandy and narrowed down the list of potential candidates.
The Search committee will begin doing Video interviews as well as reference checks on these candidates through October 13 th
On October 27 th , Canon Sandy will return to assist the Search committee in selecting the top three candidates.
Mahalo Nui Loa for your continued prayers as we discuss and interview these potential candidates.
Search Committee Prayer

Gracious and loving God we pray for grace, guidance, and faithfulness to follow your leadership of our lives and of this discernment process for our new rector. We pray for Father Ryan and his family and give thanks for the health his leadership brought to our parish. We pray for those whom you have called to serve on our Search Committee. Give them listening and prayerful hearts for this most important process. This we ask in the name of the one who said, “Come, follow me.” Amen.

Adapted from Diocese of El Camino Real, CA (https://www.realepiscopal.org/)

If you have any questions or comments for the Search Committee, please contact them by clicking  HERE .

All Saints’ Search Committee

  • Linda Crocker
  • Collin Darrell 
  • Victor Punua Jr. 
  • Diane Sato
  • Vikki Secretario
  • Curtis Shiramizu
  • Dianne Tabura
Hold the Date: Sunday October 6 th
We invite everyone to the Blessing of the Animals, Sunday October 6 th at the 8:00AM and 9:30AM services in the sanctuary at All Saints' Episcopal Church. 

All animals and human companions are welcome! 

Each animal will be blessed during the service.

“Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures.” 
St. Francis of Assisi
Friday, September 27 th  at 6:30PM
Himalayan Foothills Through the Eyes of Joan Roughgarden
Please plan to attend the next installment of the All Saints’ travelogue and potluck dinner series on Friday, September 27 th  in the Rectory.  Dinner will start at 6:30PM with the slideshow starting at 7:00PM.

Come and see some of the best photographs ever! You will not be disappointed.
Joan took this photo from a Buddhist monastery at 13,500 feet showing the Spiti Valley where the Pin River and Spiti River meet (see right side of the panorama).

The food theme for the potluck dinner is Indian or Tibetan cuisine. Please bring your favorites!
Sunday October 6 th
Aloha Kakou,
I am sending you this early notification in the hope that we can get onto your busy calendar. Please share with family, friends - and any others you can think of!
All Saints' Episcopal Church will be holding its annual celebration of the lives and accomplishments of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma - the Holy Sovereigns - on Sunday, October 20 th . The service will start at 9:30AM.
As part of this year's celebrations we will be dedicating a pair of kāhili which have been made by members of the church congregation with the assistance of visitors and friends. Mahalo to the Drake 'Ohana who provided support and guidance throughout the project.
The kāhili will be processed into the church where they will be blessed and placed on either side of the archway in front of the altar.
The service will be followed by a pot-luck lunch hosted by the congregation of the church.
We hope that you will be able to join us in this annual celebration of the language, culture and history of Hawai`i and, in particular, the lives of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma -- the Holy Sovereigns.
Ke Akua pu me `oukou.
David Murray
Senior Warden
Reframing the Soul
All are welcome to "explore how our words define us, our experiences and especially our traumas." Join Stephanie Castillo, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, for Part 1 of a seven-week discussion group, The group will meet every Monday beginning on October 7, from 6:30 PM-8:00 PM in the Goodale Conference Room of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Lihue. Sign up at castillosj@aol.com , or for more info, call (808) 383-7393.
A Benefit for St. Michaels’ Piano
Monica Chung and Alan Van Zee will be joined by guests David Braun, Deb Baumung, Karen Dickinson, Beauty and the Bass, Steve Dubey, Peggy Lake, Kaycee Parker, Rayna Shafter, Kauai Voices and St. Michaels Choir.
Tickets will be $25 at the door or online .
Please promote the event where possible!
With Gratitude,
Loretta Ebnet
Parish Administrator
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
4364 Hardy Street
Lihue, HI 96766
808.245.6173 (fax)

Posted September 22, 2019
This originally appeared as part of the Daily Sip , a website from Charles LaFond, a spiritual companion, author, potter and fundraiser who lives on the edge of the sea with his dog Kai.
Hannah Glasse’s 1751 cookbook The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Simple includes the classic English Trifle. In colonial America, Amelia Simmons adapted the dessert recipe in 1796 to allow for Colonial realities and still used the “f” in place of the “s’” as was the custom in 18th-century prose. But of course, as my own British mother explained to me as a child, it has no recipe. It is simply a series of layers of leftovers, recast into a wonderful dessert. In the 1860s, Oliver Wendell Holmes mentions the dessert “That most wonderful object of domestic art called trifle with its charming confusion of cream and cake and almonds and jam and jelly and wine and cinnamon and froth.”
I recently made a trifle for a mid-morning coffee with some friends. Two live here on Whidbey Island near to me and Kai. Three others came from “America” as we call the mainland. I am not a baker (it requires math skills made virtually impossible, I suspect, from ancestral British in-breeding) and so I assembled a delight we call “a trifle.” I had some leftover cake and some leftover toasted almonds from a trout almandine I had made the previous week. I used a jello and cream recipe from my friend Dianne ( whip one package of vanilla pudding with a teaspoon of almond extract, two cups of heavy whipping cream (no less than 36%) and one cup milk until it is stiff with peaks and refrigerate…it is also AMAZING on fruit…or with a spoon at 3:00 am in front of an open refrigerator while wearing boxers. (Just saying.)
The trifle pictured above, in one of my own ceramic bowls (a favorite of cobalt and shino glazes) was the result. A layer of cake, then some sprinkled sherry or Grand Marnier, then jam (I like raspberry) and a layer of pudding-whipped cream (or if you are a purist…a layer of pudding and then a layer of whipped cream …but puritanism is exhausting.) Then sprinkle the browned almond quarters (cold) and begin the layering again (cake, alcohol, jam, cream-pudding, nuts…repeat.) serve it by big-spooning it into a bowl, remembering to cut down to get all the layers.

The dish is impossible to get wrong, is cheap to make, and is usually just made with assembled “whatever is in the house at the time.” One time I made a ginger pear trifle because I had gingerbread and pear jam and a ginger liquor (Canton) in the house. My guests thought I had created a masterpiece when all I had done, really, was assemble the leftovers into something quite magnificent without spending a dime or more than 5 minutes on it. The word Trifle comes from the French word “trufle” which meant “something whimsical.”

Life can be like that. We can use the leftovers to make something quite wonderful and we can make it wonderful by making it whimsical. I do not think I am alone when I say that we are all trying so hard to get this right. Life, that is. And then if you add the effort involved in being a Christian or a Jew or a devotee of just about any religion – there are all those rules to obey. Not to mention the fear that if you get it wrong, some divine old man in the sky will smite you. Or at least scorch your privates with a carefully applied bolt of lightning. Or shame you on-line by coaching some afhole (colonial spelling.)
But what if we do not need to worry so much about pleasing an angry God? Indeed, what if It is not even angry? What if It likes us? At least as much as bunnies, trees, deer and pink porpoises. And that blade of grass over there. And that guy you hate.
What if a trifle is enough? What if we are all just doing our best to walk each other home? What if what we have “around the house” is enough to assemble a more than adequate yummy life to go with a good cup of tea among friends? What if, as hard as life can be sometimes, we have what we need already? 
Luke 12:22-34
He said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?* If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. ‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
September 29 th is the feast day of St. Michael and all the Angels. It is the most ancient of all the angel festivals. The Anglican church celebrates all angels, both named and unnamed, on one day. Roman and Orthodox Churches separate them into two categories (with the unnamed angels having their feast day on October 2 nd ).

From fairly early on, Michaelmas was an important holiday, the religious or Christian equivalent of the autumn equinox. In England, it was considered the start of a new quarter. It marked the start of a new business year, a time for electing officials, making contracts, paying rent, hiring servants, holding court and starting school. Obviously we still see the remnants of this in the timing of our elections and school year.

This is also a time when the weather is known to change. In Italy, they say "For St. Michael, heat goes into the heavens." 

In Ireland, people expect a marked decrease in sickness or disease. The Irish also consider it a lucky day for fishing:

Plenty comes to the boat on Micheael's Day.
Barolini records a nursery rhyme about hours of sleep:
Nature requires five,
Custom gives seven,
Laziness takes nine
And Michaelmas eleven.
© 2006 All Rights Reserved, Andrew Perrotta
Applications Available Online
[September 24, 2019] Applications are now being accepted for the pastoral care team members for the 2020 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20).
Drawing hundreds of youth from throughout The Episcopal Church, EYE20 will be held on July 7-11, 2020 in Washington, DC.
The pastoral care team is open to young adults or adults (at least 19 years of age or older) who are willing to volunteer to support the ministry and work of EYE20. Pastoral care team positions include dorm crew, event team, and medical care team.
Dorm crew members work closely with the pastoral care team leader to serve as residential staff in the dorms to support the adult leaders responsible for youth delegations from dioceses attending.

Event team members serve as support staff for EYE, helping where needed. Individuals serving on this team need to be flexible, efficient, and organized.
EYE20 medical care team members support the EYE medical team throughout the event by helping in the clinic, staffing various activity areas, and responding to situations should the need arise. This is shift work, undertaken with the supervision of the medical care team leaders.
To serve as a member of the pastoral care team, applicants must be willing to submit to a criminal sexual background check; provide evidence of completing Safeguarding God’s Children training or other comparable training (subject to review); be current on vaccinations; demonstrate experience in successful and appropriate supervision of teens in overnight situations; and be available to travel to Washington, DC on July 6 and depart no sooner than noon on July 11.
Applications and further information are available here .
Volunteers are expected to provide their own transportation to the event. While volunteers do not have to pay for full event registration for the event, they are requested to contribute $120 to cover the cost of meals; lodging will be provided.
For more information contact the Rev. Shannon Kelly, pastoral care team coordinator and officer for young adult and campus ministries for The Episcopal Church at skelly@episcopalchurch.org .
Deadline for applying is October 20, 2019.

On the web:
After Hurricane Dorian: Locally – and Across the Anglican Communion
The Church Responds
23 September 2019
The devastation of Marsh Harbour, Abaco caused by Hurricane Dorian. UN photo/OCHA/Mark Garten.

“Abaco, Grand Bahama and the whole Bahamas will not be the same for a long time. There are years of healing, settling and resettling, rebuilding and redevelopment before us. Entire local economies have to be rebuilt. However, right now the pain and anguish and suffering are great, for all of us. There are people of all ages who have been traumatized severely. We will all need ongoing love, counselling and support”. So writes the Rt Revd. Laish Boyd, Bishop of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.

From 1st to 3rd September, Hurricane Dorian made its slow and deadly way through the Bahamas, with 185 mph winds and gusts of 220 mph. This, together with storm surges of 18-23 feet above sea level, brought devastation to the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. The death toll officially stands at 52, but with over 1,300 people still unaccounted for, this is expected to rise. Thousands have been left homeless. People in informal settlements are particularly vulnerable, as highlighted by the Archbishop of Canterbury in his statement below.
The devastation in the densely-populated area of down town Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Red dots indicate destroyed buildings, orange dots damaged ones. Source: Reliefweb.

Before, during and after the hurricane, the Anglican Alliance has been in touch with the Rt. Revd. Laish Boyd, Bishop of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, and others in the Bahamas. We remain in close contact as the Anglican Church in the Bahamas assesses and responds to the devastation.

On 18th September, Bishop Boyd wrote, “Dorian was a monster storm, unprecedented, which visited historic tragedy on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama: catastrophic devastation such as has never before been seen or imagined in these parts. We could not foresee the extensive damage to homes, businesses, landscape, infrastructure and crops. No amount of preparation can withstand winds in excess of [hurricane] category 5.”

Bishop Boyd continued, “The most heart-breaking aspect of it all is the humanitarian crises: people disrupted, devastated, homeless; some persons lost all their possessions, and their loved ones; some have loved ones unaccounted for, and some needed to evacuate. It is horrific, unbearable suffering that will not go away quickly. …This tragedy wounds and devastates all of us. We feel distraught, heart ached, angry, depressed and despairing.

“Above all we must remember the words in Psalms 46:1-3 ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.’ These words must be our motto at a time like this. The God who has brought us this far is the God we must trust to carry us further…through this aftermath, to accomplish restored lives and communities.”

Bishop Boyd has also spoken out to urge people to be patient with the response, to appreciate that the current situation is one that could not have been predicted, that local capacity has understandably been overwhelmed, and that the government and other agencies are working hard for the good of those affected. Janice Proud, the Anglican Alliance’s Disaster Response and Resilience Manager echoes Bishop Boyd’s sentiments saying, “Having worked in my current role for six years, I have so often seen the government and other leaders chastised for lack of action, delays and the like, when local capacity was totally overwhelmed and they were doing what they could under challenging conditions. So I was really pleased to see Bishop Boyd speaking out to try and calm the situation. Social media is certainly adding pressure to the current situation. It is so hard when things are difficult for individuals, for them to understand that the situation might be even worse for others, and that agencies will need to prioritize them”.

Clifton Nedd, the Anglican Alliance’s Caribbean facilitator writes, “We are deeply saddened by the devastating loss of life and property. We urge all to continue to pray for the people of the Bahamas and their leaders, who have a very difficult task ahead. We also urge everyone to support appeals to assist the recovery process (see links below). There are still two months of the hurricane season left and there is much anxiety about further storms.” As we write, tropical storm Karen is bringing flooding and damage to Trinidad and Tobago and threatening Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Detailed view of ruined belongings after the mass destruction in Marsh Harbour. UN photo/OCHA/Mark Garten.

How is the local church responding? 

Bishop Boyd has made several visits to the affected areas and has convened an advisory council. It will take time for the Church to complete the assessments of the situation and plan detailed proposals for their initial and longer-term responses. However, the Anglican Church is used to being at the forefront of recovery efforts after hurricanes. It is the  widest network in the Bahamas  after the government and is trusted by national and international governments and private sector agencies to distribute relief and disseminate information.
At the moment, the Church has a vital role to play simply by being there, offering pastoral care. Church services have resumed on both islands, bringing some normality to people. Churches are also providing space for relief supplies, with churches worshipping ecumenically to enable churches to be used in this way. St Chad’s Church in Fox Town on Abaco is now serving as the local school since the school building was destroyed.

In an update received on 24 September, Bishop Boyd shared further poignant details of ways churches are responding to the impacts of the hurricane. He was also able to give more detailed information about the ways they were severely affected themselves: church members have lost children, spouses and other close relatives; dozens of families across different churches have lost everything; homes, rectories, churches and church halls (and/or their contents) have been destroyed and there has been extensive flooding to buildings that did survive. In the worst affected places on Abaco, such as Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay, areas are reported to be deserted as residents have evacuated. Elsewhere, churches are playing vital roles in responding, even though they have been dreadfully affected themselves. St Jude’s Church, Smith Point on Grand Bahama, for example, where 39 families lost their homes, has a feeding programme that is feeding 500 people each day from across the community. At St Stephen’s Church at Eight Mile Rock on Grand Bahama, the parish hall has housed relief workers since the hurricane and the parish is delivering supplies and cooked food to people in the surrounding area. Ascension Church in Lucaya on Grand Bahama, where 25 members lost everything, sheltered 400 people in their parish hall during the storm and continues to shelter people who lost their homes. Their feeding program feeds 400 people daily from across the community. Similarly, the Good Shepherd Church on Pinder’s Point on Grand Bahama has a feeding programme that feeds 400 people daily and delivers food and goods to people’s homes.

Connecting in support and solidarity

A recent conference call brought together: Bishop Laish Boyd, Bishop of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands; Nagulan Nesiah – Senior Program Officer for Disaster Response at Episcopal Relief & Development; Clifton Nedd – the Anglican Alliance’s Caribbean facilitator; and Janice Proud – the Anglican Alliance’s Disaster Response and Resilience Manager. As well as hearing from Bishop Boyd about the situation on the ground, offers from Anglican partners across the Communion to support local responses were shared.
Nagulan Nesiah reported that Episcopal Relief & Development has had strong support from churches across the United States to help in the response to Hurricane Dorian. The Canadian Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is also contributing $15,000 to their appeal, which is expected to raise around $150,000 in total. The decision on how to use funding to best effect will be made locally by the bishop and his advisory council and we will update this story as we hear more. One suggestion is to employ one or two short-term emergency response officers to assist clergy and laity as they initiate longer-term recovery plans. These officers would assist with assessments, programme design, proposal writing, report writing, managing budgets, networking with government and other stakeholders, and communicating with donors, enabling and freeing clergy to help carry out the programmes and offer pastoral support, a key role for the Church.

Other Anglican dioceses within the Caribbean who live with similar threats have also offered solidarity. Many churches are holding collections to send to the diocese. There has even been an offer from the Diocese of Puerto Rico to send medical supplies and personnel.

In a recent  blog  written in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, Rob Radtke – the President & CEO of Episcopal Relief & Development – reflected on how the Anglican Alliance and partners such as Episcopal Relief & Development work together with the local church in times of disaster – and how valuable this is. His full blog is  here  and has been reproduced in part below. In it he talks about Partners in Response and Resilience (PiRR), a new accompaniment mechanism for on-the-ground support. Through PiRR, an experienced disaster response person from the region, who has been through something similar, is deployed to accompany the local church in the aftermath of a disaster, offering their experience and expertise, and providing pastoral support to staff.

How can we respond?

The following message was shared by the Archbishop of Canterbury on September 13th and includes a call for financial support:

Wherever you are in the world, please keep praying for the people of the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian – and please read to the end of this post and consider supporting the urgent appeals for help.

So, please pray – and please consider supporting these urgent appeals to support the Diocese of the Bahamas and partners as they minister to their people:

Finally, as you pray, you could remember these words of Jesus Christ:
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me” (Matthew 25:35-36)

The Anglican Alliance and Episcopal Relief and Development: working together for lasting change in times of disaster.

Faith-Based Organizations ‘Raise Ambition’ On Climate Emergency After UN Summit
Episcopal, Lutheran Churches Sign Climate Statement

By Lynette Wilson
Posted Sep 25, 2019
On Sept. 24, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry added his signature to a joint statement between The Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church of Sweden outlining the churches’ “call to join in the care of creation” Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service

[Episcopal News Service] In April, the world lost a 700-year-old glacier to climate change. Oceans are warming, oxygen levels are declining as ocean acidity rises, and fish are dying. At the same time, sea levels are rising and island nations are poised to disappear.

It’s alarming evidence of the climate emergency threatening all of Earth’s inhabitants.

On Sept. 24, faith-based organizations held a daylong interfaith event to address that emergency, meeting at The Salvation Army in New York’s midtown Manhattan, a half-mile from United Nations headquarters and a day after world leaders met in a climate summit to discuss plans to meet the objectives laid out in the Paris agreement.

“What’s happening all over our city, all over New York right now, really all over the world, people are talking about movement,” said the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and stewardship of creation in The Episcopal Church, during a noontime Eucharist held at the Episcopal Church Center’s Chapel of Christ the Lord.

“You’ve been talking about a movement, many of you, you’ve been stirring movement, you’ve been praying for movement. At least in The Episcopal Church, we also talk a lot about movement. In particular, we’ve been talking about a Jesus movement. We even call ourselves the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement. And we say that together, we are a community of people who are following Jesus, follow Jesus into loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with God, with each other and with the whole of creation.”
The Rev. Stephanie Spellers, canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and stewardship of creation in The Episcopal Church, looks on during a Sept. 24 interfaith climate emergency event held at The Salvation Army in midtown Manhattan. Photo: Simon Chambers/ACT Alliance

Spellers pointed to the day’s Gospel reading, Matthew 11:25-30 , suggesting that, in it, Jesus is giving “loving advice” on how to lead a movement.

“I would invite you to even just imagine together that, as we engage in a climate movement that is a part of the Jesus movement, that creation care and climate justice, for us, is not only about burden and negation, but instead about tapping into the true source, an invitation to abundance and living more like Jesus,” she said.

Episcopalians, Lutherans, Roman Catholics, United Methodists, Muslims, Buddhists and Baha’i representing some 48 organizations came together to strategize ways faith-based organizations can address climate change by filling the gaps left by governments in regard to climate change and adaptation to its effects.

Mother's gift package: baby lotion, shampoo, wash cloths, baby wipes

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.
Enslaved People in Egypt
The Israelites, after settling in Egypt during a famine in Palestine (in Joseph’s time), thrive and become numerous in population. Fearful of the growing numbers of these people, the Pharaoh enslaves them and treats them harshly, then orders the Hebrew newborn babies to be killed in order to reduce their population.

Moses is born under these conditions but is spared. He grows up in the pharaoh’s household as an Egyptian, then is called by God—who appears in a burning bush—to save the Israelites and lead them to freedom.
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 .
If any ministry has an unmet need, reach out to put it on the All Saints' Wish List and it will be published in the Epistle . Contact Bill Caldwell at news@allsaintskauai.org .

Donations to purchase materials for the kāhili can be to the church office. Contact Carolyn Morinishi , Ron Morinishi or CeCe Caldwell for more information.

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

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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 .