Volume 4, Issue 40
October 4, 2019
THIS SUNDAY: October 6, 2019
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture Readings
Genesis 1:1-5, 24
Canticle 12, II – A Song of Creation
Matthew 11:25-30

Chris Neumann (EM)
Jeff Albao (U)
Dee Grigsby (AG)

Mary Margaret Smith (EM)
Linda Crocker, Daileen Barton (R)
Alfonso Murillo, David Crocker (U)
Jan Hashizume (AG)
Joshua, Daileen (A)
Vikki Secretario, Nelson Secretario (HP)
Church Workday
Saturday, October 5 th
9:00AM - 12:00 PM
Church Campus

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

Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 6 th
8AM and 9:30AM

Preschool Fall Break
Monday, October 7 th - Friday, October 11 th

Invite Welcome Connect Meeting
Saturday, October 12 th
9:00AM - 12:00 PM
Memorial Hall

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
Ke Akua Youth Invite You to Enjoy a Night Out
Saturday, 10/5/19 Aladdin and Avengers: End Game
The show starts at sundown. See you then!
Workday This Saturday
Just a reminder that we have a work day scheduled for this Saturday, October 5 th .

The main focus will be on removal of loads of trash from the area around the rectory garage and behind the gym. We will also move green waste from the area between the Columbarium and rectory garage.

We can also generate even more green waste by trimming various trees. Bring a hand saw and/or pole saw.

If you have a truck - we're hoping  YOU  will come along and join us!

In addition to moving trash and green waste, the gym kitchen is always a good candidate for a clean up, plus the church windows will benefit from a little TLC.

That should be enough for the day!

Turn up by 9:00AM and we should be pau by noon.

Any and all help will be much appreciated.

Me ke aloha pumehana - with warmest aloha.

-for the Buildings and Grounds Ministry
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
Adjusted Hours for Church and Preschool Office
October 7 th - 11 th
For Fall Break, the church office will be on a modified schedule. Office hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 12:00PM or by appointment.
Ask and You Shall Receive
Sheets Donated to Preschool
Recently the sheets used to cover cubbies in the preschool courtyard were taken. Senior Warden David Murray made an announcement asking for anyone in the congregation to donate used sheets to the preschool. Carla Leung has stepped up and donated all the sheets needed, even enough for ghost costumes for the Halloween Parade!

Mahalo nui loa, Carla!
Search Committee Prayer

O God, giver of every good gift, look graciously upon your whole church and [especially] upon [All Saints']. Guide us to use the diverse gifts, talents and skills with which you have blessed us that we may increase our commitment to one another and to the mission of your Christ, and may choose a faithful rector to lead us to love, serve and grow in our congregation, in our community and in the wider church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen .

Adapted from Saint David's Episcopal Church, Gales Ferry, Connecticut

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
Sunday October 20 th
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
Generous Client Helps Expand MEL Inventory
Recently the Medical Equipment Loan Ministry loaned a walker to a kind lady in need. She said it was God’s will that she only had a $100 bill in her wallet so we should take the $20 for the deposit and have the $80 as a tip! 

We recently received a request for the loan of children’s crutches, and discovered we don’t have a set. The generosity of the aforementioned donation will help us buy a set for our inventory.

We have also gotten feedback from the friends of someone to whom we loaned equipment who said he just loves our ministry and the service it provides.

MEL is a ministry greatly appreciated by both the local community and visitors. We fill an unmet need for many people. Please remember MEL if you have an equipment needs or donations.

CeCe Caldwell
Mark Your Calendars
The All Saints' Annual Holiday Craft Fair takes place on Saturday, November 30, 2019, from 9:00AM - 2:00PM. It will feature over 70 booth spaces in the gym and on the lawn, with a wide range of wonderful crafts and products. Come be a part of one of Kauai`s largest and most anticipated craft fairs!
Reframing the Soul
A Benefit for St. Michaels’ Piano
Camp Mokule`ia — a place for rest, recreation, and renewal
on the North Shore of O`ahu, Hawai`i
September, 2019

Aloha From Camp Mokule`ia!

Now that summer is over, people regularly ask me what we are doing since things have "slowed down." Let me assure you that things have not "slowed down" here at Camp Mokule`ia! Church groups, school groups, non-profit groups, families, and so many others are enjoying the beauty of God's creation on our sacred grounds each and every day.
We are currently busy planning for 2020 Summer Camp, the newly revived Episcopal Diocesan Youth Ministry, and many other programs that we will offer in the future. We have also begun a strategic planning process to see where God is leading us in the next five years. Although the tasks ahead can sometimes be overwhelming, we choose to focus on the many opportunities for ministry that will present themselves along the way.
Please keep the ministry of Camp Mokule`ia in your prayers as we seek to minister to all who visit and plan for what God has in store for us in the months and years to come.
Darrell Whitaker
Executive Director
Diocesan Youth Ministry Visioning Summit
Seventeen people, including All Saints' own Cami Pascua, recently participated in a Diocesan Youth Ministry Visioning Summit at Camp Mokule`ia. The participants included representatives from O`ahu, Maui, Big Island, and Kaua`i. The Summit was lead by consultants from Ministry Architects, which is located in Nashville, TN. Ministry Architects presented an Assessment Report they prepared after holding eight listening sessions with clergy, youth, youth parents, youth workers, and youth volunteers throughout the diocese. 
The  Assessment Report outlined an exciting and ambitious three-year plan to rebuild our Diocesan Youth Ministry. The proposed plan includes an annual Diocesan Youth Ministry event, and regional youth events on all islands. The rest of the weekend was spent writing a Diocesan Youth Ministry Mission Statement and developing three-year goals. 
We are now in the process of forming a Diocesan Youth Ministry Design Team that will assume the responsibility of implementing the plan. If you are interested in volunteering to help implement the Diocesan Youth Ministry plan, please email Darrell Whitaker .
Deadline for Applications is November 3 rd
The Task Force on Creation Care and Environmental Racism seeks to support and expand The Episcopal Church’s loving, liberating, life-giving relationship with God, with each other and with Creation. The Task Force is now pleased to administer a grants program for local and regional eco-ministry efforts.

There are two different levels for grant funding: Seed Funding ($1,000 to $10,000) and Impact Funding (up to $25,000). The deadline for applications is November 3 at 11:59PM PST. Questions about potential projects can be answered during the informational webinar that will be held on October 14, 2019, 5:00PM PST. 

For more information, click HERE .

Posted October 1, 2019
Walking, looking for 
Answers, wherever they may be
Noticing a leaf falling from the tree
Dancing towards the ground
Everywhere I look, wherever I go
Reveling in the holiness
How often do you get the chance to simply wander? 
To open your eyes to the beauty of the sun’s rays on the grass, the water rippling on the lake, the vibrant blue of a butterfly wing. To open your ears to the sound of waves crashing on the beach, the gentle hum of crickets and insects at night, and the laughter of children at the park. To reach your hands across the dew-covered grass, to feel the roughness of the bench where you sit, and the warmth of a mug of coffee. To smell the remaining embers of a campfire, the richness of mulch and soil mixed together, and the soft scent of someone’s perfume. 

How often do you get the chance to simply wander?
To hop in the car, top down, cruising the winding country roads. To sift through books at the library turning page after page. To walk in the park with your kids’ watching for ants crawling on sticks and squirrels running up trees. To take the dog for a walk and stop and smell every bench and tree along the way. To wander city streets and watch the passing of cars and pedestrians. To stroll through the garden noticing the different shades of color on a flower. To sit and breathe deeply opening the depths of your soul. 
How often do you wander and see what’s before your eyes?    
Some nights after the kids are asleep and the dishes have been put away, I grab the dog and his leash and take a walk. By this time it’s usually dark with the stars beginning to brighten the night sky. The street lights provide enough light to guide my way around the town streets. Peering into the darkness I see our town – the homes of friends, the toys scattered on the lawn, cars driving to and from work and home, cats slinking through the night. If I’m quiet, I can hear my breath and the sound of my feet on the sidewalk. With each step I let myself wander a bit more, focusing on my breath, the dog’s presence beside me, and the gentle stirrings of the night. 
The wandering of city streets at night gives my heart a chance to wander, too. To listen for the prayers that are rising up and the hopes waiting to meet the light. My nighttime walking awakens something in my spirit as one foot goes in front of the other. It calls me to attention. It directs me to the voice of the One who always walks with me. I keep walking and listening for that still, small voice.  
I return home and slide the leash off the dog’s neck watching him bolt to the front door. He’s wandered enough. I, however, am just getting started and eager for the next time when I remind myself to slow down, take a deep breath, and see what’s right in front of my eyes. 

Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her website or follow her work on Facebook .

Recently a friend of mine heard me saying that, for me, stewardship is about the need of the giver to give. It is not, I said, about the church’s need to receive. 

My friend challenged me about that by asking if what I had said was not misleading. How so, I asked. Does not stewardship involve offerings that support the ministry of the church, my friend asked? And if so, isn’t stewardship about the church’s need to receive? After all, my friend said, the church needs financial support for its ministries. So, my friend asked, isn’t the church’s need to receive an important part of stewardship? 

Since I am sure that others ask that question, or similar questions, let us look at this issue. 

How does the church’s need to receive funding fit into stewardship?

There is no question that the church can do nothing to live into its mission and ministry without the offerings of time, talent, and money of its members. And the church depends on us to make offerings, from the abundance God has entrusted to us, in order to support its important work. And, when the church begins the process of inviting its members to sign estimate of giving cards, or pledge cards, or whatever your parish calls them, we often hear the church talk about stewardship, sometimes for the first time since last year at this time. (And, the fact that some often hear the church use the word stewardship only when the church is about to invite them to commit giving some of that money to the church, is unfortunate. But that is another story, something that I will address next month.)

But is this what stewardship is primarily about? Is stewardship about the need of the church to receive?

I submit that it is not. While it is true that far too often the church only talks about stewardship when it is about to invite its members to indicate their level of financial support, I submit that this is not what stewardship is about.

If we understand stewardship, we know that all that we are, and all that we have, are gifts from God. We know that we are called to be stewards of all the God has entrusted to us. We know God has called us to be generous as God is generous, since we know that we are created in the image of God. So, I would submit that stewardship is about our need to give, not the need of the church to receive. If we are to be the people God created us to be, we need to give. We need to make loving, thankful, sacrificial offerings to God for all that God has entrusted to us. 

It is for this reason that I say that stewardship is about our need to give.

And the wonderful thing is that, as we give, we do indeed support God’s mission and ministry through the church through which we make the offerings. So, it is a win-win. We give generously, because we need to give. And the church is able to manifest the love of God through our offerings.

Let God’s Holy Name be praised!

From The Episcopal Network for Stewardship

On October 4, 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 12th 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.

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Deacon Whose Ancestors Were Enslaved by Her Baltimore Church’s Founding Rector Helps Parish Face its Past

By Egan Millard
Posted Sep 26, 2019
The Rev. Natalie Conway, deacon at Memorial Episcopal Church in Baltimore, and Steve Howard, a parishioner, pour holy water into the ground near the slave quarters at the Hampton estate in Towson, Maryland, where Howard’s ancestors held Conway’s ancestors as slaves, on Aug. 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of Memorial Episcopal Church

[Episcopal News Service] Though a number of Episcopal churches have worked to acknowledge and repent for their congregations’ historic involvement with white supremacy or slavery, it’s rarely as personal as it is for the Rev. Natalie Conway and Steve Howard of Memorial Episcopal Church in Baltimore.

Conway, a deacon serving the parish, discovered last year through a family member’s genealogical research that their ancestors were slaves owned by the family of the man who founded the church in 1860, The Baltimore Sun reports .

It got even more personal when she realized that Howard, a parishioner she had known for years, was descended from that slave-owning family.

“My initial reaction was, ‘Why should I stay at a place that enslaved my ancestors?’” Conway told the Sun.

But she did stay, and the result has been a transformative process of reckoning and healing for the mostly white church. Over the past several weeks, the parish has held a series of services and events that have examined its long history of promoting racism – which lasted into the 1960s – and sought to bring the community together in a spirit of atonement and forgiveness.

The Rev. Grey Maggiano, who has made racial reconciliation a priority during his three years as Memorial’s rector, was as surprised as Conway was to learn of the church’s painful history.

“When the truth came to light, the Rev. Conway was shocked. And so were the rest of us,” Maggiano wrote in a letter to the congregation. “Frankly, as a church we did not know what uncovering this historical tie would mean, for Natalie, for Memorial, for any of us. However, we knew it was incumbent on us to share the truth, and prayerfully engage with it.”

That engagement took the form of a pilgrimage to the historic Hampton plantation in Towson, Maryland, a grand estate that was once owned by the family of the Rev. Charles Ridgley Howard, the founding rector of Memorial and a Confederate sympathizer. When Howard was buried there in 1862, there were more than 400 slaves on the property, including the Cromwell family, the Rev. Conway’s ancestors.

More than 50 members of Memorial and the nearby Church of St. Katherine of Alexandria – a primarily African American church established as an alternative to white-only parishes like Memorial, which did not admit black members until 1969, according to the Sun – toured the Howard estate on Aug. 18.
Members of Memorial Episcopal Church and the Church of St. Katherine of Alexandria in Baltimore tour the Hampton estate in Towson, Maryland, on Aug. 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of Memorial Episcopal Church

“We saw the grandeur of the mansion and the beautifully manicured lands. We visited the graveyard where the Rev. Charles Ridgley Howard is buried. We saw paintings of his grandparents and his in-laws. We learned what happened to only some of the enslaved persons held at Hampton. We saw rooms where the Rev. Charles Ridgley Howard and his family might have slept – and in contrast where Deacon Natalie [Conway]’s family might have slept. We saw the chains used to hold people,” Maggiano wrote.

At the end of the tour, standing in a yard next to the slave quarters, the group said prayers, and holy water was consecrated. In a ceremony that Conway helped plan, she and Steve Howard – the parishioner who is descended from the Rev. Charles Ridgley Howard – poured the water into the ground together.

The act represented the “healing and restoration of relationship between two very different families, and a public symbol of who Memorial Church is today,” Maggiano wrote.

Howard told the Sun he always knew that he was descended from slave owners but had previously “kept it at an intellectual level,” and examining that history more closely felt like “a punch in the gut.” But he and other congregants said it’s also been illuminating and necessary.

“This has been a giant step forward,” he said.

During a later Sunday service, Conway and Howard led a “litany of reconciliation” in which the parish prayed for forgiveness for the sins of slavery and racism. The church posted a public apology to the families who were enslaved by its rectors. And on Sept. 15, it hosted a community conversation on the legacy of slavery in Maryland, inspired by The New York Times’ 1619 Project .

Similar efforts to recognize and heal from the history of slavery have taken place recently among Episcopal churches in the region, like a pilgrimage across Virginia’s “Slavery Trail of Tears” in August , Virginia Theological Seminary’s establishment of a slavery reparations fund and an upcoming pilgrimage to Jamestown, Virginia, where the first person of African ancestry born in the 13 British colonies was baptized. In June, the Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, testified in support of a slavery reparations bill in a congressional hearing.

Memorial’s clergy and congregants will continue to have conversations about the church’s history; Maggiano told the parish that the pilgrimage to the Hampton estate was only “the beginning of something new.”

“Our church acknowledges our collective sin of slavery, and continues to work toward reconciliation through crafting new relationships, restoring things profaned, and hopefully coming back into right relationship with God as well,” he wrote.

“It’s not about shaming or blaming anyone for the past,” Conway told the Sun. “It’s about telling the truth. My ancestors and this church are one, and that story needs to be told.”

– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at emillard@episcopalchurch.org .

Paper goods: toilet paper, paper towels, disposable diapers

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.
Blessing of the Animals
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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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 .