Volume 4, Issue 48
December 6, 2019
THIS SUNDAY: December 8, 2019
Second Sunday of Advent

Chris Neumann (EM)
John Hanaoka (U)
Nora Takenouchi (AG)

Mary Margaret Smith (EM)
Chris Wataya, David Murray (R)
David Crocker, CeCe Caldwell (U)
Faith Shiramizu (AG)
Raiden, Harper (A)
Nelson Antonio, Vikki Secretario (HP)
Christmas Parade Decorating
Friday, December 6 th
12:00 - 3:00PM
Church Lawn

Kapa`a High Wrestling Team Car Wash
Saturday, December 7 th
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Sloggett Parking Lot

Laundry Love Celebration
Sunday, December 8 th
6:00PM - ?

A Romp Through The Bible
Bible Study
Led by Fr. David Englund
Tuesday, December 10 th
7:00 - 8:30PM

Daughters of the King
Thursday, December 12 th
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 - 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
To All Who Helped With The KIA Thanksgiving Luncheon
A million mahalos to all of you that volunteered for the Thanksgiving Service and Luncheon. It was a great success with 380 meals for Home Delivery and 751 meals served in the gym. A special thank you to Father David for jumping in and working with Rev Jeannie to set up a very special service. It was standing room only! Thank you to Hank Curtis for the beautiful hymns.
Many thanks to the All Saints' choir for the vocals and Ita Rubio for the lovely hula during the service. Click above to watch the performance.

And to all of you that greeted and served and parked cars and set up and cleaned up-we could not have done it without you.

Mahalo nui loa,
Sarah Rogers and Mary Margaret Smith
Work, Play, and Fellowship

 Mahalo From the Ke Akua Youth Group!
The Ke Akua Youth Group would like to thank Joe Adorno for coordinating, all the vendors for participating and donating silent auction items, and all our friends and family who came to donate items and help run the food booth during this year’s Holiday Craft Fair event. Altogether, we were able to raise over $1,600 for the kids of All Saints’!
From the bottom of our heart, mahalo nui loa!
Mixing in a Little Fun
Ke Akua sleepover 2019
This past weekend, the Youth Group also had a Sleepover after their prepped for the Craft Fair, making it a full event. They helped setup tables for the craft fair, repainted the labyrinth, went bowling, visited Christ Memorial for a movie night, slept over at the Rectory, and woke up the next morning for their Craft Fair event. Busy weekend!

-Cami Pascua
Youth Minister
Time to Celebrate!

The next time you're tempted to complain about laundry day, take a minute to think about life without clean clothes. It seems like a small part of your routine, but a fresh wardrobe is actually essential for working, or even interacting with other people.  

We are in the 5 th year of the Laundry Love program and it's time to celebrate this very successful ministry and all the people who have supported it through the years.  Over this past 5 years we have probably helped thousands of people and have had a positive impact on more lives than we can imagine. 

Never ones to turn their backs on an opportunity to celebrate, Fr. David and Susan will be opening the rectory on Sunday, December 8th and invite all of our Laundry Love volunteers, their families, friends and other supporters to join them for a potluck reception. 

So, if you volunteer on a regular basis, have volunteered in the past, are thinking about volunteering in the future (or even if you know someone who has volunteered!) come on out to the rectory on Sunday, December 8 th starting at 6:00PM.  Fr. David has promised to make a HUGE pot of posole (a Mexican pork and hominy soup) and you are invited to bring a dish if you wish or a beverage of your choice and join friends and your All Saints' 'ohana to celebrate 5 years of support to our community.  

None of this would have been possible without your support and your dedication. The hard work that you have put in over the years is really appreciated.

David Murray
Senior Warden


Come Join the Parade!
Calling all keiki! All Sunday School and Youth Group members, their families, friends, and supporters, are invited to join the Lights on Rice Parade on Friday, Dec. 6 at Vidinha Stadium! 

We will be decorating the float at All Saints' Church at 12:00PM and leaving the church at 4:00PM. 

We have Nativity Scene decorations and costumes for all sizes. 

Parade Participants should be at Vidinha Stadium at 5:00PM. 

To register, please visit  http://allsaintskauai.org  or email Cami at  Cami@allsaintskauai.org . Mahalo!

-Cami Pascua
Youth Minister and Church Administrator

Photo Opportunities Available This Sunday

Please remember to check the binders at the front of the church and update your directory information, and note if you need a new picture. Marge Akana will be at church this Sunday to take new pictures at the 8:00AM service and as people arrive for the 9:30AM service. You can also bring or send a new photo, or request a new photo at another time.
Updated information and photos will be a tremendous help for our new priest. Please participate in this effort.
We will be accepting paper requests (available at the table outside church on Sundays) and also online:


November 17, 2019
For the sixth year in a row, #AdventWord will gather prayers via its global, online Advent Calendar. Virginia Theological Seminary is offering 24 meditations and images during this holy season beginning Sunday, December 1. Images and meditations can be experienced via www.AdventWord.org , through direct daily emails, and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Join an international, ecumenical community in prayer to explore the mystery and wonder of Advent. You’re invited to help create this global, online Advent Calendar by participating in any of the following ways:

The words for 2019 are listed below. Please share them with friends and family who would enjoy participating – #AdventWord is an ecumenical project! We welcome posts that resonate with #AdventWord from all persons. You can find the words in various formats as well as other resources to share at www.AdventWord.org .
1 December - #Unexpected 
2 December - #Visit
3 December - #Time
4 December - #Humble
5 December - #Raise
6 December - #House
7 December - #Unity
8 December - #Worthy
9 December - #Root
10 December - #Grace
11 December - #Confess
12 December - #Harmony
13 December - #Water
14 December - #Gather
15 December - #Turn
16 December - #Learn
17 December - #Pray
18 December - #Worship
19 December - #Bless
20 December - #Go
21 December - #Rest
22 December - #Restore 
23 December - #Message 
24 December - #Beloved
This Advent, participants will deepen their understanding of the coming of Jesus into the world through practices of meditation and prayer. Come pray with us!

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Prophetic Forerunner of Jesus

John preached conversion and proclaimed a baptism of repentance. Jesus and many others were baptized by John. John is called "the Baptist" because he was willing to baptize people if they repented to God for their sins. He urged people to repent and be baptized in preparation for a renewal of Israel through God's eschatological intervention. John is portrayed as focusing on the importance of the future and the possibility of imminent destruction. Many believe that John had been a member of the Qumran community or at least influenced by the thought and practice of Qumran prior to his public appearance.
John was the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth. Zechariah was a priest of the Jerusalem Temple. Elizabeth was a kinswoman of the Virgin Mary, and believed to be barren. Zechariah was told by an angel that his son was to be called John. Zechariah responded with unbelief to this news and was made unable to speak by the angel until John's birth. The child John leaped for joy in Elizabeth's womb when Elizabeth was visited by Mary (Lk 1:39-44). At that time Mary was pregnant with the child Jesus. On the eighth day after John's birth, Zechariah insisted that the child's name was John. Zechariah regained his speech, and uttered the hymn known as the Benedictus Dominus Deus or the Song of Zechariah (Lk 1:68-79; BCP, pp. 92-93).

Luke's gospel begins with a detailed account of John's birth and his relation to Jesus. Luke, Mark, and Matthew all give a summary of John's teaching and mention his baptism of Jesus. Matthew is the only one who reports that John questioned whether Jesus should baptize him. Matthew also indicates that when John was in prison he raised a question about whether Jesus was the "one who is to come." Jesus' reply indicates that he viewed John most favorably but that John is less than anyone who has become a member of the Kingdom of Heaven. According to the Fourth Gospel (Jn 3:25-30), John the Baptist denied that he was the Messiah. John the Baptist likened Jesus to the bridegroom and himself to the bridegroom's friend. He said that his joy was fulfilled hearing the bridegroom's voice, and that "He must increase, but I must decrease." John was imprisoned by Herod Antipas and later executed. John's birth is celebrated on June 24 in the Episcopal calendar of the church year. John is the focus of the liturgical readings for Advent II and III. His ministry is also recalled by several Advent hymns, including Hymn 76, "On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry."


Some people may know that Advent serves as an anticipation of Christ’s birth in the season. That's only part of the story.


-Justin Holcomb

History & Meaning

For many Christians unfamiliar with the liturgical year, there may be some confusion surrounding the meaning of the Advent season. Some people may know that the Advent season focuses on expectation and think that it serves as an anticipation of Christ’s birth in the season leading up to Christmas. This is part of the story, but there’s more to Advent.
The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word parousia. Scholars believe that during the 4th and 5th centuries in Spain and Gaul, Advent was a season of preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany, the celebration of God’s incarnation represented by the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus ( Matthew 2:1 ), his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist ( John 1:29 ), and his first miracle at Cana ( John 2:1 ). During this season of preparation, Christians would spend 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for this celebration; originally, there was little connection between Advent and Christmas.

By the 6th century, however, Roman Christians had tied Advent to the coming of Christ. But the “coming” they had in mind was not Christ’s first coming in the manger in Bethlehem, but his second coming in the clouds as the judge of the world. It was not until the Middle Ages that the Advent season was explicitly linked to Christ’s first coming at Christmas.

Advent Today - Dates for 2019

Today, the seas on of Advent lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. At that time, the new Christian year begins with the twelve-day celebration of Christmastide, which lasts from Christmas Eve until Epiphany on January 6. (Advent begins on Sunday that falls between
November 27th and December 3rd each year.)  Advent 2019 begins on Sunday, December 1st and ends on Tuesday, December 24. (learn more about the start dates for Advent and the four Sundays of Advent at Crosswalk.com: When Does Advent Start? )

Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these “last days” Acts 2:17 , ( Hebrews 1:2 ) , as God’s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom. The church is in a similar situation to Israel at the end of the Old Testament: in exile, waiting and hoping in prayerful expectation for the coming of the Messiah. Israel looked back to God’s past gracious actions on their behalf in leading them out of Egypt in the Exodus, and on this basis, they called for God once again to act for them. In the same way, the church, during Advent, looks back upon Christ’s coming in celebration while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for his people. In this light, the Advent hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” perfectly represents the church’s cry during the Advent season:

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

While Israel would have sung the song in expectation of Christ’s first coming, the church now sings the song in commemoration of that first coming and in expectation of the second coming in the future.

Justin Holcomb is an Episcopal priest and a theology professor at Reformed Theological Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. You can find him on Facebook , Twitter , and at JustinHolcomb.com .


By David Paulsen
Posted Dec 4, 2019

Dover Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin and Reading Bishop Olivia Graham are consecrated Nov. 19 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Photo: St. Paul’s Cathedral

[Episcopal News Service] Last month’s consecration and installation of the first black female bishop in the Church of England were celebrated by a wide array of Anglican Communion leaders, including numerous leaders from The Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, The Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies president, was joined by West Tennessee Bishop Phoebe Roaf and Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, among others, in attendance at the Nov. 19 consecrations of Dover Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin and Reading Bishop Olivia Graham at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. A reception followed at Lambeth Palace, hosted by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Jennings and Douglas served with Hudson-Wilkin on the Anglican Consultative Council, most recently in 2016, according to a Facebook post by Jennings.

The Rev. Stephanie Spellers, the presiding bishop’s canon for evangelism, reconciliation and creation care, and the Rev. Ronald Byrd, The Episcopal Church’s missioner for black ministries, were among the church leaders who attended Hudson-Wilkin’s installation Nov. 30 at Canterbury Cathedral.

Hudson-Wilkin, a native of Jamaica, previously served as chaplain to members of the British Parliament and as priest-in-charge of St. Mary-at-Hill Church in London. Her appointment to succeed Bishop Trevor Willmott was announced in June.

The bishop of Dover is technically a suffragan role in the Diocese of Canterbury, though it effectively entails oversight of the diocese, freeing the archbishop of Canterbury to focus on his responsibilities with the Anglican Communion and as head of the Church of England, according to the Anglican Communion News Service.

“I’m excited, I’ve got lots of new people to meet, to get to know, and that fills me with joy,” Hudson-Wilkin said after her consecration, according to the BBC . “Beginning this new ministry, there is a sense of awe in it all. But also something refreshing about being open to the new things that God has in store, not just for me as a person taking on this new leadership role, but for our diocese as a whole.”

Hudson-Wilkin led prayers during the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a ceremony in which Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preached .
Graham, the bishop of Reading who was consecrated with Hudson-Wilkin, is the first female bishop in the Diocese of Oxford . She now oversees 170 churches in the Reading area.

– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at dpaulsen@episcopalchurch.org .

By Egan Millard

Posted Dec 4, 2019
Lynnaia Main, The Episcopal Church’s representative to the United Nations (left), Ruth Ivory-Moore, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s director for environment and corporate social responsibility (center) and the Rev. Melanie Mullen, The Episcopal Church’s director of reconciliation, justice and creation care (right) at the United Nations Climate Conference COP 25 in Madrid, Spain, on Dec. 4, 2019. Photo courtesy of Lynnaia Main
[Episcopal News Service] As the impacts of the climate crisis become more dire with each passing year and the catastrophic future scientists predicted decades ago inches closer to reality, governments have still not taken the actions necessary to protect humanity. Instead of declining, emissions of greenhouse gases have been increasing . And while nations are being warned that the commitments they have already made – such as the Paris Accord – are not enough to ensure a livable future and must do more, the Trump administration has chosen to abandon that agreement .

It is a bleak backdrop for the United Nations Climate Conference, known as COP 25, being held Dec. 2-13 in Madrid, Spain. But a delegation of Episcopalians representing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is bringing a Christian perspective to the summit, grounded in hope yet committed to substantive action. They are in Spain to share the church’s views on the sanctity of creation and humanity’s moral duty to care for it, as well as the dangers facing the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
The delegation’s objective is “to build relationships – and to do lots of listening, praying, and meeting with global leaders because of our commitment to God’s justice and sustained vision for the earth,” said the Rev. Melanie Mullen, the church’s director of reconciliation, justice and creation care. “We are not alone as religious bodies in this forum – along with ecumenical partners, Episcopalians are expressing our commitment to living a public faith and witness in the world.”

COP 25, or the 25th Conference of the Parties, is critically important because it is seen by many as the last chance to amend the current insufficient emissions commitments to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The U.N. has established that benchmark as the recommended limit, beyond which humanity runs the risk of inflicting “increasingly severe and expensive impacts” on itself. Based on today’s commitments, emissions will be twice what they should be by 2030, missing the 1.5-degree target. Because so little action has been taken, emissions must now drop 7.6 percent every year between 2020 and 2030 in order to reach the target, which the U.N. says is “ambitious but still possible.”

“The overarching theme, which continues to remain uppermost on the agenda, is the need to ramp up ambition significantly, not only by member states but by all parties, including private sector, civil society and individuals,” Lynnaia Main, the church’s representative to the United Nations, told Episcopal News Service.

The presiding bishop has sent a delegation to each COP conference since COP 21 in 2015. This year, the delegation is headed by California Bishop Marc Andrus, an outspoken climate action advocate. Andrus suffered a stroke in October  and is participating remotely from California. The team in Madrid consists of Main, Mullen and Jack Cobb, senior policy adviser in The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations.

So far, the delegation has been busy forging new partnerships, Main told ENS, especially with ACT Alliance – a coalition of 156 churches and adjacent organizations working on humanitarian goals around the world.

“The Episcopal Church delegation has spent the past few days focusing on developing new partnerships and advocacy strategies with Anglican Alliance  partners who are here – Archbishop Julio Murray and Dr. Elizabeth Perry – and for the first time has joined up with ACT Alliance’s ecumenical delegation which also includes the World Council of Churches and Lutheran World Federation. The Anglican Alliance also has been working with us on this partnership,” Main said by email.

“As a delegation, we are advocating for several priorities that link to our 2018 General Convention resolutions . Among these are accelerating ambition, increasing support for loss and damage, protecting human rights in addressing adaptation and mitigation and boosting financial resources and mechanisms. These priorities connect to our overarching goal of ensuring climate justice for the most vulnerable. After all, Jesus calls us most especially to care for the marginalized, and in U.N. terms there is a parallel principle at work: We speak of ‘leaving no one behind’ and ‘reaching the furthest behind first.’”

The delegation is not only urging political leaders to strengthen their policies. It is sharing the ways that The Episcopal Church has already acted to reduce its impact.
“We continue to be surprised and encouraged as national delegations at COP look to faith bodies as the place civil society nurtures hope and progress,” Mullen told ENS. “[The Episcopal Church] is already doing many kinds of important local climate work. For instance, the General Convention mandates funding creation care ministries are exactly what government negotiators mean when they talk about local-level ‘ambition’ and climate ‘mitigation efforts.’”

And joining forces with other faith organizations has strengthened the impact of The Episcopal Church’s efforts. On Dec. 2, the delegation and its ecumenical allies held a prayer service on the theme of “Praying For Climate Justice”:

Partnerships like these, Mullen said, magnify the powerful message The Episcopal Church has to offer: that “a life-giving, liberating and loving vision for the world matters in addressing climate change.”

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


Between our bedrooms and the living room, a long hallway connects one end of the house to the other. The wooden floors provide the perfect environment to hear the pitter-patter of small feet running down the hall. No matter what time of day my two children run on these floors. Sometimes they’re excited to get to breakfast or greet a family member while other times they run right to their favorite toy. During this Advent season they’re running to the living room to turn on the Christmas tree lights. At 2 and 5 running to get anywhere seems to be the only way they know how to move.   
When we get the chance to walk outside, my daughter especially likes to skip. On our way to the park across the street from our home, my daughter runs ahead and then starts skipping down the sidewalk. Some days she’ll skip in the grocery store or on her way out from class. Running and skipping get her to where she wants to be.  
When they run, I hear: “Mama, come see! Mama, come on!” They yell as I trail behind them. 
“I’m coming,” I always tell them. I don’t run or skip much these days. I walk keeping my eyes in front of me on my children. I also rarely tell them to slow down; I love watching them run together with wide smiles and joy on their faces. I revel in my daughter’s skipping and the happiness she experiences. 
“I’m coming,” I keep saying back to them. The enthusiasm my children share is contagious and something I want to cultivate more of, yet, as we embark on this season of Advent, I’m more concerned with walking than running. 
We have four weeks ahead of us this Advent. Four weeks to settle into the darkness longing for hope and peace. Advent greets us in one of the darkest seasons of the year, but also, a season of darkness for many who are facing illness, loss, grief, fear, anxiety, or broken relationships. So often it seems like our whole world is groaning in pain and exasperation for all the violence, war, and ravaging of habitat. Advent invites us to feel what the darkness brings and how it rests in our souls. Advent asks us: What does it feel like to wait in the dark? 
We wait and wonder. We worry. We cry. We speak out against injustice. We light our candles one by one. We sing hymns in community. We pray for our neighbors across the world. 
Advent invites us to walk, not run. To slow down and listen to what the darkness can teach us. Walking in Advent can look like a slow reading of scripture, repeating one phrase over and over, sitting in silence, taking deep breaths, sitting with a friend in pain, baking bread to share with a neighbor, and lighting one candle each week.  
During these next four weeks of Advent, walk, don’t run. Walk slowly knowing that at the end we will be met by Jesus’ beginning . Advent brings us to the depths of darkness so that when the light enters, we can do nothing else but be drawn into its beauty. 
Walk, don’t run this Advent. For when we reach the days we are waiting for, when the gift of Christ comes to us, then, and only then, should we run towards the light never looking back. 
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

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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.
Jesus Is Born
At the beginning of the book, Matthew gives the genealogy of Jesus that shows him as a descendant of Abraham and then of King David. 

In a dream, an angel tells Joseph that the child Mary will bear has been conceived from the Holy Spirit. When the son is born, Joseph names him Jesus , as the angel commanded him. 
King Herod hears of the birth of the “king of the Jews” from wise men who have come from the East to worship him. He sends them to Bethlehem where they find Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus, and they present him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 

After the wise men leave, Joseph learns in a dream that King Herod plans to kill Jesus, so he takes his new family and flees to Egypt until the danger has passed. Meanwhile, Herod has all young children around Bethlehem killed on the chance that one of these babies may be the baby Jesus, King of the Jews. 

After Herod dies, Joseph and his family return to Israel and settle in Nazareth in the district of Galilee. 
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"

Please submit your story ideas to the Epistle Staff at news@allsaintskauai.org .
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