Volume 4, Issue 1
January 4, 2019
THIS SUNDAY: January 6, 2019
The Epiphany
Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12
Psalm 72:1-7,10-14

Chris Neumann (EM)
Jeff Albao (U)
Lorna Nishi (AG)

David Murray (EM)
Mary Smith, Chris Wataya (R)
David & Linda Crocker (U)
Faith Shiramizu (AG)
Daileen, Paxton, Harper (A)
Vikki & Nelson Secretario (HP)
Welcome Fr. Ray and Jere Sheldon
Sunday, Jan. 6
Aloha Hour
10:45AM - 12:00PM

Sunday School Christmas Break
Sunday, Jan. 6
No Sunday School

Adult Bible Study Christmas Break
Sunday, Jan. 6
No Adult Bible Study

Daughters of the King
Thursday, Jan. 10
7:00 - 8:00PM
Memorial Hall
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 - 12PM
Under the big tree

Monday Crew
Every Monday, 8:00AM
Church Office
Laundry Love
1 st & 3 rd Wednesday, 5:30PM
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
A Calm Presence To Bless All Saints'
Having served at Faith Episcopal Church in Kingston, Washington and t he Episcopal Church On West Kaua`i , Father Ray Sheldon brings a "Calm Presence" to All Saints' as our interim minister for the next three months. He and his wife Jere are anxious to get started and are already leading by example. When they read in your Epistle that we needed volunteers to help paint the rectory their response to our Senior Warden was:
Aloha David,

We read, in 'The Epistle' today of the need for painting volunteers.

It occurs to us that, if you're having trouble getting it all done, you could leave one room for Jere and me to finish...which we'd be glad to do.

Think about it. We want to be partners with you and the congregation in this and all other things during our time with you.

Blessings on your day,

Fr. Ray
This kind offer says it all about Fr. Ray and Jere. After a very successful career in corporate risk management, Fr. Ray was called to the Episcopal Ministry in Washington State, initially as a Deacon and then as a Priest. Having served three times with the Episcopal Church On West Kaua`i they are very familiar with Island Life and can't wait to return.
Please join us this Sunday as we welcome Fr. Ray and Jere to the All Saints' `Ohana during the Aloha Hour.
“The Best Of Anglican Christianity”
We often speak of aloha and a welcoming spirit when describing All Saints' and it is a pleasure to share a letter received by David Murray, our Sr. Warden, from recent visitors Fr. Bill and Paula Smith of Port St. Lucie, FL. Their recent visit to All Saints' sparked them to write this heartfelt letter of thanks.
Mahalo Nui Loa To Our Volunteers
With the departure of Fr. Ryan and family to California we decided to take advantage of the vacancy to do some work on the main living area.

We focused on the dining room, the living room and the TV room, which were all in need of a new coat of paint and a lot of minor – and some not so minor – repairs.  Window frames in both the living and TV rooms were suffering from some serious wood rot so the frames were ripped out and replaced both inside and outside.

All of the rooms were given a mono-chrome look with everything painted one single color from ceiling down to the base boards which remain “All Saints’ Brown.” The ceilings, walls etc., are painted in a color called “Swiss Coffee.” Don’t ask me why. Looks white to me! That’s VERY milky coffee! (Editor's note: MUST BE ENGLISH COFFEE!)

I want to thank all those members of our Church ‘Ohana who volunteered their Time and Talent to help on this big project. In no particular order our volunteers include Chris Wataya, Wayne Doliente, Jan Hashizume, CeCe Caldwell, Sarah Rogers, David Crocker, Larry Richardson, Ron and Carolyn Morinishi, Collin and Paxton Darrell, Bob Terao and probably many others. If you spent some time on the project and I did not include you on that list, please accept my apologies.

Fr. Ray and Jere will be moving into the rectory on Sunday, January 6 th .  We’ll try to ensure that no-one is still painting as they move in!

-for the Buildings and Grounds Ministry
David Murray
Celebrating The Manifestation Of Christ
This Sunday the Church celebrates the Feast of the Epiphany, which marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas each year on January 6.

Epiphany is a Greek word meaning “manifestation” or “appearing.” At the Feast of the Epiphany, we celebrate Jesus being made manifest or appearing as Christ. Traditionally, there are three manifestations celebrated on this feast day.

The most widely celebrated manifestation of Christ on this feast day, and the one that has been historically celebrated by Christian churches in the West, is Jesus revealed as Christ to the three wise men, or Magi, from the East, who followed the Star of Bethlehem at Jesus’ birth.

The second manifestation celebrated today is the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. Although this was part of the original Epiphany celebrations in second-century Christian churches in the East, by the fourth century Western churches had largely stopped observing the Holy Baptism in Epiphany celebrations. The 1979 Book of Common Prayer began to reintroduce Jesus’ baptism into this celebration by revising the lectionary readings for the First Sunday After the Epiphany to include gospel passages each year about Christ’s baptism. The First Sunday After the Epiphany is now also known as the Baptism of Our Lord.

The third manifestation of Jesus as Christ that is traditionally celebrated on this day is the miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding at Cana in Galilee, Christ’s first recorded miracle.
An Historical Perspective
The Epiphany is the manifestation of Christ to the peoples of the earth. The winter solstice was kept on Jan. 6 at some places during the first centuries of the Christian Era. In opposition to pagan festivals, Christians chose this day to celebrate the various manifestations, or "epiphanies," of Jesus' divinity. These showings of his divinity included his birth, the coming of the Magi, his baptism, and the Wedding at Cana where he miraculously changed water into wine. The day was called "The Feast of Lights." Celebration of the Son of God replaced celebration of the sun. Baptisms were done, and a season of preparation was instituted. It was later called Advent.

The solstice was kept on Dec. 25 by the fourth century. Jesus' birth was celebrated on this day in both eastern and western churches. The western church commemorated the coming of the Magi on Jan. 6. The eastern church continued to celebrate the Baptism of our Lord and the Wedding at Cana on Jan. 6. In the east the day was called "Theophany" (manifestation of God).

The coming of the Magi is celebrated on the Feast of the Epiphany, Jan. 6, in the BCP. The Baptism of our Lord is celebrated on the First Sunday after the Epiphany.
Prayer for the Search Committee
Almighty God, giver of every gift we receive:
look graciously on your Church,
and guide those who shall discern
whom God is calling to be rector for this parish.
Grace us with patience, trust, and hope
through the interim times of doubt and uncertainty.
We pray that we may receive a faithful pastor,
who will care for your people and equip us
to continue, improve, expand, and reach out
with our ministries to all whom we can touch;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Trexlertown, PA
All Saints' 2019 Annual Meeting
On Sunday January 27 th  we will gather for our Annual Parish Meeting. There will be only one service that day, at 9:30AM. Breakfast will be potluck so please bring a dish to share. Breakfast will be available at 8:00AM and the meeting is scheduled for 8:15 - 9:15AM. More details will follow.
Featuring Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
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.

Please click the video link below.
For the Human Family

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
National Cathedral Program Considers Spiritual Dimension of Exploration and Apollo 8’s Unifying Mission

By Mary Frances Schjonberg
Posted Dec 12, 2018
[Episcopal News Service – Washington, D.C.] In the heyday of America’s space program, the Apollo 8 mission that went aloft 50 years ago this month was a first in all of human exploration, not just that of space.

Humans left Earth’s orbit for the first time and headed to the moon nearly a quarter-million miles away. Just shy of three days later, on Christmas Eve 1968, William A. Anders, Frank Borman and James A. Lovell Jr. put their spacecraft into lunar orbit and became the first people to see the far side of the moon. Later that day, they became the first to see the Earth rise over the lunar horizon.
“Look at that picture over there! Here’s the Earth coming up. Wow, is that pretty!” astronaut William A. Anders said on Dec. 24, 1968, as he, Frank Borman and James A. Lovell Jr. rode the Apollo 8 space capsule through their fourth orbit of the moon. “The hair kind of went up on the back of my neck,” he later recalled. Anders grabbed a Hasselblad camera and snapped one of the most iconic images of the Space Age. As Anders saw it, the Earth “rose” from the moon’s side, not over the top as usually depicted. Photo: NASA
The astronauts did not keep secret their discoveries. They conveyed them from space to the people on Earth who were following their mission and changed the way humans viewed their place in the universe.

As they came around the moon, the astronauts had a new vision of Earth, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry told a large crowd gathered at Washington National Cathedral on the evening of Dec. 11. “I wonder if, at some level, God whispered in their ears and said, ‘Behold. Behold the world of which you are a part. Look at it. Look at its symmetry, look at its beauty. Look at its wonder. Look at it. Behold your world,’” Curry said.

In addition to Curry, “The Spirit of Apollo” program at the cathedral featured Lovell, who also flew on Apollo 13, Gemini 7 and Gemini 12; Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator; Ellen R. Stofan, director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum; and the Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, dean of the cathedral. The five were invited to explore the spiritual meaning of exploration and the unity created by the mission’s Christmas Eve broadcast and the iconic “Earthrise” photo taken by one of the astronauts.

The program at the cathedral is one of a series of “Apollo 50” events leading up to a five-day celebration, July 16–20, 2019, at the National Air and Space Museum and on the National Mall to commemorate Apollo 11 and the first moon landing.

Hollerith suggested that Apollo 8 was “a holy journey not only for what it accomplished, but for what it revealed to us about our place in God’s grand creation.”

Curry mentioned that some believe “that moment changed human consciousness forever,” and he added that the view of Earth from space showed “we are a part of it, not the sum total of it.”

Lovell agreed, describing how he realized that his thumb could cover up the entire Earth as he saw it through the space capsule’s window. “In this cathedral, my world exists within these walls, but seeing the Earth at 240,000 miles, my world suddenly expanded to infinity,” he said.

On Christmas Eve 1968, the crew spoke to Earth’s inhabitants in what was then the most-watched TV broadcast. Anders began by describing the moon as “a rather foreboding horizon, a rather dark and unappetizing-looking place.”

“We are now approaching lunar sunrise,” he then said. “And, for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 have a message that we would like to send to you.”

Anders began to read the biblical story of creation. After he recited verses 1-4 of the first chapter of Genesis, using the King James Version , Lovell read verses 5-8 and Borman read verses 9-10.

“And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close, with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth,” Borman concluded the broadcast. It lasted just more than three minutes and was heard by an estimated 1 billion people around the world.

To relive the historic broadcast, please click the video link below.
Excerpted from the Episcopal News Service. To read the full story, please click HERE .

To enjoy the entire program from the National Cathedral, please click HERE .
Arsenic and Old Lace
Starring All Saints' own Larry Richardson , the play is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower settlers, but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs.

Puhi Theatrical Playhouse
4411 Kikowaena St, Lihue

January 4 - 20, 2019
Thursday - Saturday at 7:00PM and Sundays at 4:00PM
Christmas Break
No Sunday School on January 6 th . Classes resume on January 13 th .

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.