Volume 3, Issue 28
August 3, 2018
THIS SUNDAY: August 5, 2018
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (B)
Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
Psalm 78:23-29
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35

Cami Pascua (EM)
Geoff Shields (U)
Nora Takenouchi (AG)

Cami Pascua (EM)
Ke Akua Youth Group (R)
Linda Crocker & Bara Sargent (U)
Janis Wright (AG)
David Crocker (A)
Saturday, August 4 | Slack Key Days Festival
3:00PM-4:00PM @ Memorial Hall
6:00PM-8:00PM @ Church

Sunday, Aug. 5 | 9:30AM
Ke Akua Youth Group leads the Eucharistic Service

Sunday, Aug. 5 | 10:45
Sunday School Teachers Meeting
Memorial Hall

Wednesday Aug. 8 | 6:00PM
Vestry Meeting
Memorial Hall

Thursday, Aug. 9 |7:00PM
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

Saturday, Aug. 11 | TBD
Habitat for Humanity
Contact Ron Morinishi


Every Sunday | 9:00-9:30AM
Adult Bible Study on this Week's Gospel
Under the big tree

Every Sunday | 10:45AM - 12PM
Aloha Hour
Under the big tree
Every Monday | 8:00AM
Monday Crew
Church Office

1st & 3rd Wednesday | 5:30-8:30PM
Laundry Love
Kapaa Laundromat

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

1st Thursday | 8:00AM
Eucharistic Healing Service

Every Thursday | 6:00-8:00PM
Choir Practice
Choir Room
The All Saintsʻ `Ohana Celebrates "Baby Newman"
On Sunday, July 29 th , the All Saintsʻ `Ohana showered parents-to-be Ryan and Erin Newman, who are expecting a baby girl on August 29 th , with our love. The pot-luck luncheon was a great success. Mahalo to all who brought their favorite dishes for us to share. We enjoyed cake, conversation, and a wonderful celebration orchestrated by Mary Margaret Smith.

Presents from the practical to the playful adorned the gift table. While it is too early to tell, panda bears may play an important role in the young Newman’s life. She will certainly have more aunties and uncles than any of her peers.

Please enjoy a slideshow of the event by clicking on the link below.
A note from the Newmans:
Dear All Saints’ ‘Ohana,

We want to thank you for last Sunday’s amazing baby shower! We are truly blessed by your kindness, generosity, and love. It was a beautiful and meaningful celebration as we prepare to welcome our daughter into the world. In these final weeks, maybe even days, until her birth, we are so grateful for your support and prayers. We look forward to the moment when we can introduce our daughter to her All Saints’ ‘Ohana. Mahalo nui loa.

With great Aloha, 

Ryan and Erin Newman
Implementing The 2017 Strategic Design Plan
Coming out of the work of the Diocese’s Strategic Plan Implementation Team, the Episcopal Churches on Kaua‘i will be working on a new home build site in ‘Ele‘ele. The project goal is to provide more affordable housing to the island of Kaua‘i. The first workday is scheduled for Saturday, August 11 th and the second is Saturday September 8 th . Subsequent workdays will be announced at a later date. No special skills are necessary, as most of the work will be manual labor (painting, landscaping, minor construction, etc). Even help with providing lunches is needed. So please join your fellow Episcopal Church members as one ‘Ohana in support of this worthy cause.

One ‘Ohana team Volunteers:

Please fill out this registration form and waiver and bring with you on Aug 11 th . If possible, also complete the safety course online. Ron did it in about 1/2 hour and he even learned some things about climbing ladders! Volunteers should review the information here to prepare for their day with Habitat.

For more information about Kaua`i Habitat for Humanity see this brief fact sheet or contact Ron or Carolyn if you have other questions.

Ron Morinishi; 808-482-4509; ronald.y.morinishi@gmail.com
Carolyn Morinishi; 808-651-2061; carolyn.morinishi@gmail.com

Peace and Spiritual Renewal For The Entire Community
A labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. Walking the labyrinth is an invitation into forgotten mystical tradition. A labyrinth is not a maze. Labyrinths have only one path, no dead ends, and are not designed to confuse or trick their users. The winding path of a labyrinth becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives. The experience is intended to touch our sorrows and release our joys. Users are invited to walk the labyrinth with an open mind and an open heart.
During the Lenten season of 2016, Bob Vlach, who designs and crafts labyrinths in Hawai`i and Oregon, painted a labyrinth on the All Saints' lawn. Since then, members of the All Saints’ `Ohana, including most recently CeCe Caldwell, Wayne Doliente and Linda Crocker (not shown), have maintained the Labyrinth.
In addition, members of the wider Kapa`a community have also volunteered to help maintain the labyrinth's design. Two such community volunteers are the Rev. Caroline Miura, Spiritual Care and Bereavement Coordinator at Kauai Hospice and the Rev. Barry Mick, pastor at Kapa`a First Hawaiian Church, who have given of their time and talents in support of the Labyrinth since its creation.
Earlier this week Revs. Barry and Caroline stopped by to apply a fresh coat of paint and graciously agreed to an informal conversation and photo shoot with The Epistle .

Rev. Barry sees the All Saintsʻ labyrinth as a resource for the entire community saying “Mahalo for hosting the labyrinth as a community service! The holiday lights are totally amazing.” He frequently walks the labyrinth and encourages others to do so.

Rev. Caroline lives a block from the All Saints’ campus. After she moved into the neighborhood she wanted to install a Labyrinth in her front yard. Before she could do it, we at All Saintsʻ installed ours. Rev. Caroline said “this is even better. This one is much bigger than the one I could have installed and itʻs right down the street.”

To walk with Rev. Caroline in the All Saintsʻ Labyrinth click the video link below.
To learn more about Rev. Barry Mick and Kapa`a First Hawaiian Church please visit them at http://www.kfhc.org .

To learn more about Rev. Caroline Miura and Kauai Hospice please click on this link http://kauaihospice.org/bios/cmiura/ .

Mahalo nui loa to all who work to provide this important community outreach ministry!

- The Epistle thanks William Place for the aerial footage used in this article.
Itʻs That Time Again!
Sunday School resumes on Sunday, August 12 th .

We will have a brief meeting this Sunday, August 5 th , after the 9:30AM service. We'll aim to start at 10:45 and have the meeting last about 30 minutes. On the agenda: reconfirming teams/schedules, quick run through of plans for the sessions, identifying any needs such as supplies. 

We are always in need of more Sunday School teachers. No experience is necessary.

If you are interested in this very important ministry for our keiki, please come to the meeting or otherwise let us know of your interest.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Newman, at erin.gregg.newman.md@gmail.com
"This Is My Beloved Son"
August 6 th is the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which commemorates Jesus’ unveiling as the Son of God, and his radical change of appearance while in the presence of Peter, James and John on a mountaintop.

The Gospel of Matthew records that Jesus “was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light.” At this moment Moses and Elijah appeared, and they were talking with Jesus. Peter, misunderstanding the meaning of this manifestation, offered to make three “booths” (or “dwellings”) for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. A bright cloud overshadowed them and a voice from the cloud stated, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” The disciples fell on their faces in awe, but Jesus encouraged them to arise and “have no fear.” When the disciples looked up, they saw only Jesus (Matthew 17:1-8).

The Transfiguration is also mentioned in two other gospel accounts (Mark 9:2-8 and Luke 9:28- 36) and is referred to in the Second Letter of Peter, which records that “we were eyewitnesses of his majesty” and “we were with him on the holy mountain” (2 Peter 1:16-18).

The Transfiguration is a pivotal moment because it revealed Christ’s glory prior to the crucifixion, and it anticipated his resurrection and ascension. It also prefigures the glorification of human nature in Christ. Some think that the setting on the mountain is significant because it becomes the point where human nature meets God, with Jesus acting as a point of connection between heaven and earth.
Celebration of the Transfiguration began in the eastern church in the late fourth century. The feast is celebrated on August 6 th , which is the date of the dedication of the first church built on Mount Tabor, which is traditionally considered to be the “high mountain” of the Transfiguration. There are scholars, however, who believe the Transfiguration occurred either on Mount Hermon, which borders Syria and Lebanon, or on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

Collect for the Transfiguration:
O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen (Book of Common Prayer, p. 243).
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:

  • August 5: Ke Akua Youth Group 
  • August 12: Laundry Love, Community Thanksgiving Day Luncheon
  • August 19: Medical Equipment Loan, Environmental/Sustainability
  • August 26: Altar Guild, Acolytes, Ushers, Lay Eucharistic Ministers & Lay Readers
  • September 9: Healing, Pastoral Care, Eucharistic Visitations
  • September 16: Daughters of the King, Spiritual Formation/Sunday School, Stewardship
  • September 23: Music Ministry, Preschool, ECW
  • September 30: Buildings & Grounds, Monday Crew
  • October 7: Hospitality, Heavenly Hikes
Youth Group Service Day & Blessing Of The Backpacks
On Sunday, August 5 th , the Ke Akua Youth Group will lead the 9:30AM service. Members of the Youth Group will be reading the scripture lessons, assisting with the liturgy, offering the sermon, and will serve at the Altar with Rev. Ryan. In addition the service will include the “blessing of the backpacks.”
The purpose of the special liturgy is to honor our keiki and youth as they go back to school. Through prayers and a blessing, the congregation will remind the keiki that their Church ‘Ohana are praying for them during their educational journey. We invite all the keiki and youth to bring their backpacks/computer cases to be blessed.
A special offering of “School Supplies” will be collected and donated to Hale Ho‘omalu. 
Canned items: Tuna, fruits, vegetables, ravioli, spaghetti
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.
Hugh Whelchel
Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already. 
– C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
This week we continue our examination of the principles of Biblical Stewardship and explore our roles as managers of Godʻs creation. I hope this essay will stimulate thought, reflection, and prayer. If you would like to discuss further, please feel free to contact me.

Nelson Secretario
Part 2

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms ( 1 Pet. 4:10 ).

Living a life of purpose and significance begins with understanding the foundational principles of biblical  stewardship . Unfortunately, many Christians have been taught a narrow definition of stewardship that only involves tithing and managing personal finances. This limited view of stewardship has led many to believe that everything outside of those arenas belongs to them and can be used however they want—especially their work.

We need to recover a biblical view of stewardship—Stewardship with a capital “S,” if you will—that encompasses our whole lives, all of which belong to God. Here are three more principles that help to flesh out this larger definition of stewardship:

4. Man’s Private Property Rights Are Established by God

The biblical idea of Christian stewardship firmly establishes the right to private property as we clearly read in both the Old and New Testaments. At first, this might seem like a contradiction. If God owns the cattle of a thousand hills, how can I put my brand on one of those cows?

But consider this: if God gives you stewardship over a house and other property, that property, although a gift from God, becomes yours in a concrete, definite way. Only you have the responsibility to watch over and care for it. Those rights and responsibilities over your house and other things do not belong to the government, to the community, or to your neighbor.

5. The Work of Our Hands Matters

This provisional stewardship provides us with incentives to be productive and strive toward the flourishing —the peace and prosperity of our cities—to which God desires for us. Property rights are one tool that can help us live out biblical stewardship.

In economics, we think about property rights as crucial aspects in a market and opportunity-based society. Property rights put parameters around that for which are accountable and responsible. They are not just windfall gains that we get to use however we wish; rather, God has gifted us with skills and talents to actually create more out of what we are given.

This is what happens in the Parable of the Talents —the master gives resources to his servants with the expectation that they will increase his investment.

6. We Will Be Held Accountable

Only you have the call to steward the gifts that God has given you. It is only in this concept of biblical stewardship that we find the beautiful balance between God’s gifts and man’s obligations. It is by requiring stewardship of us that God sets up a wall of protection around what we possess. And at some point we will have to give an account to God for the way in which we exercise that stewardship.

As Christians, our faith requires us to live out an understanding that ownership of property is a God-given right, and the stewardship of that same property is a God-given responsibility.

Economists often talk about the “ tragedy of the commons ,” an illustration that demonstrates how we can lose accountability when we don’t own the property we are using. No one assumes responsibility for the commons, for its maintenance or its growth. As a result, its common resources are depleted.

But if resources are held privately, that is, if someone owns the resource, they will have an incentive to tend to it, nurture it, and make it more productive. Without property rights, we cannot get the flourishing that God so dearly wants for us.

“Stewardship with a capital ‘S'” requires rethinking stewardship as accountability over all of our choices, decisions, and resources. This type of stewardship is all-inclusive, touching every area of life, including our time and talent as well as our treasure. It is faithfully using whatever God gives us (opportunities, interests, skills, employment, family, talents, spiritual gifts, land, money, etc.) for his glory, to serve the common good and to further his kingdom.

This is not only biblical. It helps us not just to want to do good, but to actually do the good we hope to carry out.
Hugh Whelchel is Executive Director of the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics and author of  How Then Should We Work? Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work . The full text of this article is available  HERE .
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Full Recovery Anticipated
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is resting comfortably following surgery on Tuesday, July 31 st . According to the presiding bishop’s family and his medical team, the surgery went well, as had been expected. Bishop Curry is resting, and a full recovery continues to be anticipated.

On July 25 th Curry shared news that he had recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and would be having surgery to remove the prostate gland.
Curry and his family are touched by the outpouring of prayers and well wishes. In their thankfulness, they ask for privacy during his recovery.

Further information will continue to be released by the presiding bishop’s office, as needed.

-Editorial Comment from The Epistle : Please keep Bishop Curry and his family in your prayers.
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"