Volume 3, Issue 36
September 28, 2018
THIS SUNDAY: September 30, 2018
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (B)
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Psalm 19: 7-14
James 5: 13-20
Mark 9:38-50

Chris Neumann (EM)
Jeff Albao (U)
Marge Akana (AG)

Mario Antonio (EM)
Victor Secretario & Chris Wataya (R)
David & Linda Crocker (U)
Jan Hashizume (AG)
Braden & Enrico (A)
Wednesday Oct. 3 th | 5:00-8:30PM
Laundry Love Team C
Kapa'a Laundromat

Thursday, Oct. 4 th | 8:00AM
Eucharistic Healing Service

Saturday, Oct. 6 th | 10:00AM
Laundry Love Committee Meeting
Memorial Hall


Every Sunday | 9:00-9:30AM
Adult Bible Study on this Week's 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)

1 st Thursday | 8:00AM
Eucharistic Healing Service

Every Thursday | 6:00PM
Choir Practice
Choir Room

2 nd & 4 th Thursday | 7:00-8:00
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall
Blessing Of The Animals
We invite everyone to the Blessing of the Animals, Sunday October 7 th at 9:30AM on the deck under the false kamani tree 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
Advocate for the Poor and Friend of the Animals
On October 4 th , the Church celebrates the life and witness of St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan and Clarissine Orders, advocate for the poor, and friend of the animals.

Born in the late 12 th century, Francis was the son of a wealthy merchant and his high-born wife. Despite living a life of general comfort and ease, he found himself called toward a life in pursuit of “Lady Poverty”. After a series of humbling interactions with the poor, Francis devoted himself to the care of the sick and poor, giving up his business interests and material possessions (much to his father’s chagrin). It could not have been easy, but Francis’ faith demanded that he trade in his fine clothes for sackcloth and financial security for scarcity. In the words of the prayer attributed to the saint, he found that “it is in giving that we receive.”

Francis founded the Order of Friars Minor, which demanded a strict vow of poverty, in the belief that worldly goods too often proved distractions from a sanctified life. With Clare of Assisi, he would form the Poor Clares, a religious order for women similarly dedicated to service. A Third Order would follow close behind, for those men and women who would live out Franciscan values in the context of everyday life. In Francis’ thought, to fully embrace one’s poverty was to embrace reliance on God alone; to physically suffer was to identify with Christ’s own suffering. According to  A Great Cloud of Witnesses , this made Francis, “the most popular and admired [saint], but probably the least imitated.”

We may perhaps remember St. Francis best for his devotion to nature and animals; in several hagiographies, or stories of the saints, Francis is depicted as preaching to and otherwise communicating with fish, birds, and even a wolf. He believed that the Creator is praised through all his creatures and, indeed, creation itself. It is in this spirit that many Episcopal churches offer blessings of pets and other animals each year on Francis’ feast day.

Collect for the Feast of St. Francis

Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
2018 Holy Sovereigns' Celebration
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 14 th . The service will start at 9:30AM.
"A Show Like No Other"
Ann Randolph fuses her trademark irreverent observations with TED-style self-help messaging to create an opportunity for the audience to take the stage and tell their own stories in a has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed transformational theatrical experience.

Inappropriate In All the Right Ways starts with Randolph sharing her own wild ride: from living as a volunteer in a mental institution in Appalachia; to living on a boat off the coast of Alaska pretending to clean the Exxon Oil spill with some good ol’ boys from Louisiana; to a homeless shelter in Santa Monica; to hooking up with Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft for an Off Broadway run on 42nd St; to teaching thousands to take the stage and speak their truth. Each step of the way, we watch Randolph face tremendous obstacles and defeats and are witness to how each of these challenges led to the unfolding of this always unique and always surprising artist.

Please join us this Saturday, September 29 th at 7:00PM at All Saints'.

To learn more about Ann Randolph please visit http://www.annrandolph.com .
Talk Story With Ministry Leaders

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10)

Weekly Ministry Presentation Dates:
  • September 30: Pastoral Care, Healing Ministry, Eucharistic Visitors, Lay Eucharistic Ministers
  • October 7: Daughters of the King, Spiritual Formation/Sunday School, Stewardship
  • October 14: Music Ministries, Preschool
  • October 21: Hospitality, Heavenly Hikes
  • October 28: Buildings and Grounds, Monday Crew
Workday This Saturday, September 29 th
Donkey Knows Best
Balak is king of Moab, the land where the Israelites are camping on their way to the Promised Land. Balak is afraid of them, for there are many. So he summons Balaam the fortune-teller, not an Israelite, and tells him to curse the Israelites so that Balak can win any battle over them.

But God tells Balaam that he cannot curse the people of Israel, for they are his chosen people. But he lets Balaam go with Balak’s messengers to see Balak.

Balaam rides on his donkey toward Balak, but an angel blocks the way, seen only by Balaam’s donkey. Balaam becomes angry and beats the donkey, until God lets the donkey protest, and then lets Balaam see the angel that only the donkey had seen.

Then Balaam meets Balak and they go up onto the mountain, where Balaam blesses the people of Israel, much to Balak’s anger.

There will be no Sunday School on October 7 th so the keiki can participate in the annual Blessing of the Animals Service.

Episcopal Church in Puerto Rico Implements Long-Term Recovery Strategy a Year After Maria
Puerto Rico
Elisa Sanchez, a member of Puerto Rico’s Occupy Movement who also works for Episcopal Social Services, explains the plans to retrofit one of the many schools closed by the government so it can be used as housing and a community center. Listening are Edith Aquino, a member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Bartolo and a volunteer at the former school, and Lydia Pendleton, a Young Adult Service Corps volunteer from New Hampshire serving the Diocese of Puerto Rico. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service
[Episcopal News Service – San Juan, Puerto Rico] In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Bishop Rafael Morales Maldonado issued an order for all Episcopal churches on the island to open their doors to the community. In doing so, the churches became points of distribution for emergency supplies, and also symbols of hope.

“I believe the Episcopal Church in Puerto Rico was, after the hurricane, and is a great beacon of hope in this country,” said Morales in an interview with Episcopal News Service in his office in Trujillo Alto, a municipality within metropolitan San Juan.

Many people, he said, came to know the Episcopal Church as a result of Maria. The Diocese of Puerto Rico has 52 congregations located throughout the island, in hard-to-reach remote mountain regions, in small towns, on the island of Vieques and in the cities. The priests and church members reached out to everybody in the community, “offering love,” he said. And, as a result, the church has welcomed new “brothers and sisters.”
Puerto Rico
The Rev. Ana Rosa Méndez is vicar of St. James and St. Philip the Apostles, which she describes as a “church of the street.” Méndez also directs the diocese’s disaster response program, REDES. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service
Those efforts continue as the diocese, in partnership with other agencies and organizations, continues to offer mission and education fairs in communities across the island. The most recent took place in Yabucoa on Sept. 20, the one-year anniversary of the hurricane. On that date in 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall as a Category 4 storm in Yabucoa, on the island’s southwest side, bringing 155 mph winds, massive rains and flooding across the island.
Pregnant Mothers Gift Package: Baby Lotion, Shampoo, Washcloths, Baby Wipes
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.
How Can I Support All Saints' Community Outreach Through Donations?
From time to time, generous friends of All Saints' Church and Preschool drop off donations of food, clothing, toys, and other items at the Church in support of our community outreach ministry.
When this is done in response to the weekly appeal by your Epistle Staff to donate the "items of the month" to Hale Ho`omalu, it is greatly appreciated. These items should be dropped off on Sundays only and should be placed in the red wagon at the front entrance to the Church.
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. 

If anyone wishes to donate items not on the "items of the month" list, they should contact Hale Ho`omalu at 821-2520 to see if they will be accepted.

Otherwise, donors should drop off their items at one of the area thrift stores. This is an excellent opportunity to support the thrift store operated by our sister church, Christ Memorial in Kilauea. For more information you can contact them at 828-1825 .

Please never leave any unsolicited donations at the Church or Preschool…ever!
Kalaupapa Fall Service Retreat
Draw closer to God, God's people, and creation by immersing yourself in a 5-day/4-night experience of volunteer service, learning, reflection, and worship in Kalaupapa.
ReSource for Christian Spirituality will be taking a group to Moloka'i November 14-18, 2018, for a fall service retreat, led by the Rev. Phyllis Meighen (UCC) and Pastor Richard Miller, Kalaupapa Sponsor and Interpretive Guide. The cost is $700 and includes roundtrip airfare from Honolulu, all meals and lodging. To learn more, go to: www.resourceforchristianspirituality.com
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.