Volume 4, Issue 25
June 21, 2019
THIS SUNDAY: June 23, 2019
Second Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 65:1-9
Psalm 22:18-27
Galatians 3:23-29
Luke 8:26-39

Cami Pascua (EM)
John Hanaoka (U)
Marge Akana (AG)

Mario Antonio (EM)
Linda Crocker, Nelson Secretario (R)
Linda Crocker, David Crocker (U)
Faith Shiramizu (AG)
Raiden, Joshua (A)
Mabel Antonio, Nelson Secretario (HP)
Antarctica Travelogue and Potluck
Saturday, June 22 nd
Memorial Hall

Kāhili Workshops
Sunday, June 23 th
9:00 - 10:00AM
10:30AM - 12:00PM
Memorial Hall

Youth Group Bible Study
Sunday, June 23 rd
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Youth Room

Following the Footsteps of Queen Kapi`olani
Monday, June 24 th
6:00 - 7:00PM

Daughters of the King
Thursday, June 27 th
7:00 - 8:000PM
Memorial Hall

Mary Wilson
Memorial of Life Service
Saturday, June 29 th
10:00AM - Visitation with family
11:00AM - Memorial Service
12:00PM - Reception
All Saints' campus

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
"Ice Cream on a Mission"
Aloha Friends,
I have completed one Sunday with you and look forward to many more. Mahalo for the warm welcome and I'm not just talking about the temperature/humidity! It was a special treat to celebrate Father's Day and discover during Aloha hour, no surprise, the great cooking skills of All Saints' members.
I am a life long Episcopalian, having grown up in Anaheim, California, (half mile from Disneyland) where my Dad was the rector for 35 years. I retired two years ago from St. John's, Corona, after 32 years as rector. As was mentioned in last week's Epistle , this is my third trip to your beautiful island since then. Another highlight of my still new retirement was spending last summer as chaplain at the Thomas Center for Senior Leadership on the campus of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Anchorage, Alaska, where I assisted on Sundays. I will be preaching/sharing about that experience sometime this summer. 
The visual aid I brought and used on Sunday (see picture) as a fun illustration of the Trinity--- one freeze dried ice cream sandwich, three flavors---was developed for the Mercury astronauts. It doesn't expire until 2022! It is difficult to read, but at the very top left hand corner it says, "Ice Cream on a Mission". In support of your vision--- "All Saints' is to be a gathering place for the people of Kaua'i, a center for worship, education, outreach and the arts" ---my mission with you this summer, is to help provide tasty and filling Sunday morning meals, a healthy balance of word and sacrament. Whoever comes through the door on any given Sunday, be they a long time member or a one time visitor, may we give them a glimpse and taste of heaven. May we give them grounds for hope in whatever situation they find themselves that day. May we be a blessing to each other, as we have been blessed.
Faithfully and in Christ's love,
Fr. John

June Meeting Cancelled
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Sunday School Meeting scheduled for June 29 th is cancelled. The orientation meeting and review will be held on August 3 rd . We will also review and confirm all team assignments during that meeting.

In the meantime, please ensure you complete the Safeguarding God’s Children classes available online. Email Denise Esposito at desposito@episcopalhawaii.org to obtain your login. Once it’s finished please turn in your certificate of completion. Deadline is July 28, 2019.
I would also like to take this time to welcome Libby Barbaria to our team! Libby attends the 9:30AM service and is looking forward to teaching our keiki. 
Welcome Libby!

As always if you have any questions please let me know.

Dominique Cami Pascua
Church Administrator
All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Preschool
(808) 822-4267
Memorial of Life Service
June 29, 2019
Please join us at All Saints' Church on Saturday, June 29 th , as we celebrate the life of Mary Day Wilson, long time member of our church 'Ohana and dear friend. Visitations with the family will begin at 10:00AM with the Service at 11:00AM. A reception will follow the service at 12:00 noon.

The burial will be held at Nu`uanu Cemetery on O`ahu at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Saints' Church or Punahou School’s Richard Webster Boyden ’44 scholarship fund.
Grant us grace to entrust Mary to thy never-failing love; receive
her into the arms of thy mercy, and remember her according
to the favor which thou bearest unto thy people. Amen.
Ke Akua Youth Group Makes it a Father's Day to Remember
The Ke Akua Youth Group helped make Fathers' Day special for all our fathers with the gift of tape measures labeled "We love you at least this much!" A generous and loving group, Ke Akua never misses an opportunity to uplift the hearts of our congregation and visitors. Mahalo nui loa for everything you do!
Prayer for the Search Committee

O God, we are filled with faith, energized by the power of your love, and united by the mission you have entrusted to us as we pray for our [All Saints’] parish family. May each person committed to this calling trust your guidance to discern your will. Give the Search Committee open minds to receive the desires and concerns of all parishioners. Grant them a creative spirit to overcome challenges with inspiration, resourcefulness, and productivity. Continue to guide the efforts of our parish leadership. May the richness, diversity and gifts of each person here be treasured and used in the service of your name. We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment. Help us accept change as a gift of your direction for our journey in this transition. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.

-adapted from the Search Committee prayer for St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, Papillion, NE .

Mahalo nui loa to the All Saints’ Search Committee

  • Linda Crocker
  • Collin Darrell 
  • Victor Punua Jr. 
  • Diane Sato
  • Vikki Secretario
  • Curtis Shiramizu
  • Dianne Tabura
Kāhili Project Makes Great Strides
Photo: Carolyn Morinishi

Here is our progress so far on the practice kāhili pole: 3 rows of red, 2 rows of gold. It’s looking real and it’s getting exciting!
Work continues on the All Saints' kāhili. We will meet Sunday, June 23 rd from 9:00 - 10:00AM in the gym and again at 10:30AM in Memorial Hall.
Please stop by to lend a hand, see the work that has been accomplished, or just talk story about kāhili and their place in our sanctuary.

Carolyn Morinishi and CeCe Caldwell
for the Kahili Project
"Take Me To Your Leader!"
"Who's That?"
Recently, I was engaged in a lively discussion of the Episcopal Church and its Leadership. You know the conversation. 

“Did you hear what they are going to do?”
“Don’t worry about them . I think they are doing fine.”
“Yah well, they don’t get it.”
“Do you ever talk to them ?”
“Who are they ?”

This last question really got me thinking. Who are “ They ”?
This week we will focus on The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society , the legal entity that is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Episcopal Church. I bet you didn’t even know you were a member of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, did you?
The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is the missionary organization and corporate body of the Episcopal Church. The constitution of the missionary society was first adopted by the special General Convention of 1821 and incorporated by the New York State legislature. In 1835 the General Convention adopted a new constitution which made membership in the society no longer voluntary but inclusive of all the baptized in the Episcopal Church. The constitution further declared the world to be the missionary field of the church and entrusted general missionary work to a reorganized board of missions. In 1877 the constitution of the society was enacted as a canon of the General Convention. This canon was amended in 1919 to provide for the Presiding Bishop and Council (now Executive Council) to be the directors of the society and to administer its work. ( https://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/glossary/domestic-and-foreign-missionary-society )

According to Bloomberg:

The Domestic And Foreign Missionary Society of The Protestant Episcopal Church In The USA was founded in 1820. The company's line of business includes religious organizations operated for worship, religious training or study, government or administration of an organized religion, or for promotion of religious activities. ( https://www.bloomberg.com/profile/company/1215740D:US )

According to the Episcopal News Service:

The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is the name under which The Episcopal Church is incorporated, conducts business, and carries out mission. ( https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2015/03/24/domestic-and-foreign-missionary-society-reports-2-4-million-annual-surplus/ )

So, what does all this mean for you?  

The church needs a legal entity under which to do business. The day-to-day operations of the church are just like those of many other big non-profit companies and must be managed within a corporate structure. The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) provides that corporate structure for the Episcopal Church.

Like any company, DFMS has a board of directors and corporate officers charged with specific responsibilities. In the case of DFMS, the board of directors is the Executive Council. Corporate officers include a President, two Vice Presidents, a Treasurer, and a Secretary. (See the figure above for details.) Every member of the Episcopal Church is automatically a member of DFMS.

While the day-to-day operations of the Episcopal Church depend on the corporate entity that is DFMS, your day-to-day lives as members of the Episcopal Church are not impacted by the fact that you are legally a member of DFMS. 

In my personal opinion, as long as I trust the General Convention, I trust DFMS and have confidence that the business of the Episcopal Church is being well managed. I never lose sleep over the DFMS.

I hope this information is helpful the next time someone says, “Take me to your leader”. 

If you have any questions about Leadership at our Parish, please feel free to contact Bill Caldwell , David Murray , Mary Margaret Smith , or any member of the Vestry.

Bill Caldwell
The Epistle
Saturday, June 22 nd at 6:30PM
Antarctica Through the Eyes of Joan Roughgarden
Please plan to attend this next installment of the All Saints’ travelogue and potluck dinner Saturday, June 22 nd in Memorial Hall. Dinner will start at 6:30PM with the slideshow starting at 7:00PM. The food theme will be Argentinean , in honor of the departure and return country for the cruise to Antarctica. If you prefer to experience life through the stomach of a penguin, please feel free to bring any dish involving shrimp and/or squid, in honor of the penguin diet .
Seven Days Of Fun, Fellowship, and Learning
The first week of June our Sea Scouts went on a 7-day cruise aboard their vessel, "Decisive".

After cruising to the Nā Pali Coast, the ship anchored off-shore from beautiful Polihale Beach. The Scouts enjoyed crystal clear water, beautiful weather and epic sunsets. They even got to swim with dolphins!

The next cruise is scheduled for July.

Anyone interested should fell free to contact me. 

Larry Richardson

(808) 652-0802
Relay for Life Returns
August 10, 2019
T he Ke Akua Youth Group is bringing back Relay for Life! The event will be at Kapa`a Beach Park & Soccer Field on Saturday, Aug. 10 th from 3:00 to 11:00PM.
Here are the different ways you can support our Team:
  • Visit the Ke Akua Youth Group Team Page online to make a donation.
  • Tell any of the youth members you would like to donate. They have a donation sheet and their own set of luminarias for purchase.
  • Visit our table after Sunday Services or drop by the church office to make an in-person donation and decorate or take home luminarias.
  • Visit our booth during the event, purchase some snacks, hang out, or walk with us!
Help us to reach our goal of $1,000 this season. Your support saves lives.

Don't Forget to Listen Weekly Through July 30 th
“The way of Jesus is the Way of Love. And the Way of Love can change the world,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry says in his new podcast,  The Way of Love: with Bishop Michael Curry , which launched on Pentecost [June 9]. These weekly conversations, featuring Bishop Curry along with podcast hosts Kyle Oliver and Sandy Milien, explore living a life committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love.

Each week in Season 1, Bishop Curry introduces one of the seven Way of Love, Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. Listeners are invited into deeper engagement with each practice as Kyle and Sandy share their insights and offer questions for reflection or small group discussion.

New episodes air Tuesdays through July 30.

The Way of Love: with Bishop Michael Curry , is available on all podcast apps and at  episcopalchurch.org . Visit the  Way of Love podcast webpage  to subscribe to the podcast through Apple iTunes, Google Play or Spotify and to sign up for notifications of new seasons as well as additional featured content.

Two new policies have been adopted by the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai`i as shown below. Titles are linked to the full document, and can be found on the Diocesan Website under Resources > Forms & Documents :

  1. Conflict of Interest Policy
  2. Social Media Policy

You are encouraged to read over these new policies to ensure you are in compliance.
Episcopal Church’s Advocacy for LGBTQ People Pre-dates Stonewall Uprising

Early efforts were slow and halting, and echoed era's perceptions about human sexuality

By Mary Frances Schjonberg
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Members of Washington National Cathedral march in the June 9 Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. Photo: Danielle E. Thomas/Washington National Cathedral

[Episcopal News Service] The full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life of The Episcopal Church had barely been considered by its policymaking bodies when the Stonewall uprising began on June 28, 1969.

But many Episcopalians, anchored in the context and rhetoric of their times, had been pushing for equality in the church and in society for at least seven years before the momentous event that is acknowledged as the beginning of the gay rights movement in the United States. Their progress was slow and halting.

The goal of their efforts is still not universally accepted today , a year after The Episcopal Church took its strongest step to date by agreeing to a plan to give all Episcopalians, regardless of their sexual orientation, the ability to be married by their priests in their home churches.

It was not until 1976 that the General Convention officially put the church on record as saying (in Resolution 1976-A069 ) that “homosexual persons are children of God who have an equal claim upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral care of the Church” and (in Resolution 1976-A071 ) stating “its conviction that homosexual persons are entitled to equal protection of the laws with all other citizens.” That convention, which allowed women to be ordained as priests and deacons, also called for a study of “the Matter of the Ordination of Homosexuals.”

Since that meeting of convention until the most recent gathering in July 2018, The Episcopal Church has worked toward greater inclusion of LGBTQ people. That work has prompted some Episcopalians to leave the church in protest, in some cases setting up decades-long legal disputes.

Other Episcopalians in four dioceses have elected openly gay priests to be their bishops. The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson served the Diocese of New Hampshire from 2004 to 2013. The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool served as bishop suffragan in the Diocese of Los Angeles from 2010 to 2016, when she became an assistant bishop in New York. The Rev. Thomas Brown is due to be ordained and consecrated June 22 as the bishop of Maine, and the Diocese of Michigan elected the Rev. Bonnie Perry earlier this month to be its 11 th bishop.

This month, congregations across The Episcopal Church are marking Pride Month with celebrations and film festivals, and by marching in their communities’ pride parades.

Yet, as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry recently noted , “Pride is both a celebration and a testament to sorrow and struggle that has not yet ended. Especially this month, I offer special thanks to God for the strength of the LGBTQ community and for all that you share with your spouses, partners and children, with your faith communities, and indeed with our entire nation.”

– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter.

Excerpted from The Episcopal News Service. To read the entire story, please click here .
The Great Expanse
Posted June 19, 2019
When my daughter, Tilly, was fifteen, she and I visited the Big Island of Hawaii. One night, when the moon was new and the sky was dark, we decided to drive to the top of Mauna Kea, the highest point in Hawaii. We made it to the visitor center at 9,000 feet, but signs were posted prohibiting any vehicles without four-wheel drive from going further. We parked our compact rental car at the visitor center and stepped out into the pitch-black parking lot as though into a Star Wars movie set. The stars appeared so close and so profuse that I swear, we could have swooped them with our hands like sand at the beach. The swirl of the Milky Way stretched and twisted across the sky like some lacy fog. I have seen the stars so bright and so plentiful only a handful of other times in my life, as a child growing-up in what was then a remote part of Florida, in East Africa, and at Big Sur in California.

Ancient light, years, decades, even a century old, bending its way to earth, meeting us at the visitor center, and I wondered what, if we could see so clearly, those pilgrims with four wheel drive could see at the top of Mauna Kea.

Peering into a star-studded sky is like watching a movie of the past; it is looking into eternity. Bill Bryson explains that, were the earth the size of a pea, Jupiter would be 1000 feet away from earth, and Pluto a mile and a half. The closest star which is located in the Milky Way, Proxima Centauri, would be 10,000 miles away. The Great Expanse of Interstellar Space.

One can ponder this vastness in a variety of ways, from despondency (we’re so insignificant) to humility (the God behind it all loves me – completely) to awe.

The character Shug, in The Color Purple, wants to explain God to Celie. I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. (Alice Walker) Awe and appreciation, but Shug goes beyond accusing people of blindness. God, she says, “love admiration,” not in that pig-headed, big-headed way. Rather, God wants us to notice . God wants to please us.

Imagine that, a God who wants to please you, who wants you to be happy. Not happy as in giddy, but happy as in fulfilled, or connection. To notice God, not because you’ve done something wrong and you are afraid God might be angry, or because God is the great and mighty architect of all of creation. To notice God, not because God can give or withhold good things from you or protect you from bad things. To notice God, simply because noticing – seeing – fills the soul. 

When I lived in the San Francisco Bay area, I would ride my bicycle along trails, one of which would lead me to a perch overlooking the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. At the elbow of the trail, where it turned right and down, there is a wild bush three or four feet high. I made a practice of stopping at that bush to observe. And I swear, I would experience that bush as burning, yet not consumed, as though God inhabited the bush itself. I would stand in the moment in raw thanks. Not give thanks, but I would stand in thanks as in full immersion, like walking into a room of gratitude. Gratitude did not come from within me; but from without. It would surround me.

God love admiration , and who knows, maybe the stars I’d like to scoop like sand at the shore were created for that one reason, admiration. So we would notice. So we would walk into a room of gratitude.

Featuring Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
For Peace
Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer (or BCP) is the Episcopal Church’s resource for our life together. Descended from the Church of England’s text of the same name, the book is a hallmark of Anglican worship and spirituality, containing a treasure trove of prayers for groups and individuals, ceremonies, worship services (or rites), psalms, historical documents of the Church, and much more, in both contemporary and traditional language. It is the source of our Sunday worship, our daily prayers, our calendar, and our catechism, all of which point us in unity toward the worship of our loving, liberating, and life-giving God, who has “bound us together in a common life” (BCP, p. 824).

For more information and to read from the Book of Common Prayer, please visit  here .

From time to time your  Epistle  Staff will bring you words from our Book Of Common Prayer as read by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. If you have prayers or topics you would like to see, please send your suggestions to the  Epistle Staff .
Four Years of Clean Laundry, Compassion, and Fellowship!
As we begin our 5 th year of this outreach program we are being more intentional in our asking. We are requesting our All Saints' 'Ohana and the wider community to help us to continue this outreach program with financial donations, and donations of supplies and/or time.

If you would like to donate supplies please check out the following suggestions:
  • Laundry pods
  • Dryer sheets
  • Large, black plastic trash bags

If you would like to donate your time please contact the church office at 822-4267.

If you would like to make a financial donation please go to our website, allsaintskauai.org
Toiletries Donations a Popular Part of Laundry Love Ministry

Please remember to bring any hotel/travel sized toiletries you may have to donate and put them in the basket by the Hale Ho`omalu red wagon on any Sunday.
The Church: One Body, Lots of Parts
In 1 Corinthians, Paul talks about what it means to have different gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit, but still be members of one body, or community, in the Body of Jesus Christ. In this famous passage, he says that we all have different skills and talents, but they complement each other, not conflict. He then compares the community with a fleshly body in which all parts need one another, and none is more or less important than the others.

The passage in Ephesians emphasizes the church as one body and one spirit, echoing 1 Corinthians 12. This text forms the beginning words of the Episcopal Rite of Holy Baptism - the call and response between celebrant and congregation that affirms the foundation of our baptism in Christ’s Body the Church.

Dry Goods: pastas, hamburger helper, rice, bread, crackers

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.
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 .
HPR's Helping Hand interview about All Saints' Laundry Love
Listen to the interview here:
All Saints' is bringing Mary Parmer to Kaua`i August 30 - September 1, 2019. Mark your calendars now for the presentation on August 31 st .

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 .

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 .