Volume 4, Issue 9
March 1, 2019
THIS SUNDAY: March 3, 2019
Last Sunday After The Epiphany
Exodus 34:29-35
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a]
Psalm 99

Joe Adorno (EM)
John Hanaoka (U)
Lorna Nishi (AG)

Mary Margaret Smith (EM)
Daileen Barton, CeCe Caldwell (R)
Bara Sargent, Ginny Martin (U)
Faith Shiramizu (AG)
Noah, Daileen (A)
Nelson Secretario, Flora Rubio (HP)
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, March 5 th
6:00PM - 8:00PM

Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, March 6 th
8:00AM & 6:30PM

Wednesday, March 6 th
9:00AM - 11:00AM
3:00PM - 5:00PM
Sidewalk in front of Church

Laundry Love - Team B
Wednesday, March 6 th
5:00 - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Kāhili Workshop
Sunday, March 10 th
11:00AM - 12:30PM
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
Rt. Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick Coming to All Saints'

Sunday, March 3, 2019
We are very fortunate to have Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick joining us at All Saints' this Sunday, March 3 rd . The Bishop will preside at both the 8:00AM and 9:30AM services.

During his bi-annual visits to the churches throughout the Diocese it is the Bishop's wish to meet and talk with members of those congregations.

“The visitation should provide opportunities for the members of the congregation to meet with me in a variety of ways to share mutual concerns about the ministry of the congregation and the Diocese. Adequate time should be provided for discussion of mission and ministry priorities as related to congregational and Diocesan programs and resources”, said Bishop Fitzpatrick.

In order to give as many people as possible the opportunity to meet with the Bishop we will have a special pot luck Aloha Hour following the 9:30AM service. No set menu. Just bring your favorite dish to share.

I hope you will take this opportunity to attend one of the services and talk story, ask questions, or share concerns with the Bishop at the Aloha Hour.

David Murray
How to Manage Stress and Enjoy God's Gifts
Have you ever worried about how you would pay the water bill? How about not being sure if you will have the money to buy groceries or pay your insurance bill next month? By the grace of God, most of us are spared that kind of anxiety in our family budgeting. 

What is it that eases your anxiety and makes it easier to provide for your ohana? It is the certainty that your labor will be rewarded with a paycheck every month. You have done your part and now you deserve a steady, predictable income.

Now imagine your ohana is very big; maybe 200 or more! You still need to pay the bills and to avoid massive anxiety you need a predictable income.

Now imagine you are All Saints’ Episcopal Church. Do you have water, insurance, electricity, and telecom bills to pay? Does your `Ohana depend on you to provide care, support, and service through ministry? How can you possibly do this to the satisfaction of your God without anxiety?

You need a predictable income. There is no difference between All Saints’ and you as a provider for your family.

How can you help All Saints’?

Review your own situation thoughtfully;
Prayerfully pledge your commitment to God and God’s Church;
If you have already pledged, keep your payments current;
Be predictable in your giving to All Saints’!

To provide you context as you consider All Saints’ finances, I made a figure showing trends in pledging over the last few years. As you can see below, both Total Pledges and Dollars Pledged are down significantly this year.
This is a critical time in the history of All Saints’. The future is quite literally in our hands. As we search for a new Rector who will lead us into our second century of ministry on Kaua`i, we need every member to continue to support the church through their predictable commitment of time, talents, and resources.

Bill Caldwell
A commitment to give one's time, talents, and money as an expression of faith and a personal response to God's generosity. Parish members are encouraged to make an annual stewardship pledge. This pledge represents their specific Christian commitment to "work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God" (BCP, p. 856). Parish budgets are prepared in light of the pledges received from the members. A pledge is a statement of intent, not a legal obligation. It can be changed at any time.

The preceding definition came from an Episcopal Dictionary of the Church and can be found  here .
Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ
This is the Feast that celebrates Jesus' radical change of appearance while in the presence of Peter, James, and John, on a high mountain (Mt 17:1-8; Mk 9:2-8; Lk 9:28-36). The Gospel of Matthew records that "he 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" 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." They saw only Jesus. This event is alluded to in 2 Pt 1:16-18, which records that "we were eyewitnesses of his majesty" and "we were with him on the holy mountain." The Transfiguration revealed Christ's glory prior to the crucifixion, and it anticipated his resurrection and ascension. It may have given strength and comfort to his disciples in the difficult times that followed. It also prefigures the glorification of human nature in Christ.

Celebration of the Transfiguration began in the eastern church in the late fourth century. The feast is celebrated on Aug. 6. This was 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. Others locate the Transfiguration on Mount Hermon or the Mount of Olives. Celebration of the feast was not common in the western church until the ninth century. It was declared a universal feast of the western church by Pope Callistus III in 1457. The feast was first included in the English Prayer Book as a black letter day in the 1561 revision of the calendar of the church year. It was included as a red letter day with proper collect and readings in the American Prayer Book of 1892. Its inclusion reflects the efforts of William Reed Huntington, who wrote the BCP collect for the Transfiguration. This collect prays, "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. . . ." (BCP, p. 243). The Transfiguration is listed among the holy days of the church year as a Feast of our Lord. Other provinces of the Anglican Communion followed the lead of the Episcopal Church in celebrating the Transfiguration as a major feast. The Transfiguration gospel is used on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany in all three years of the BCP eucharistic lectionary. As an Epiphany story, the Transfiguration provides one of the most distinctive and dramatic showings of Jesus' divinity. The Hymnal 1982 provides several hymns for the Transfiguration, including "Christ upon the mountain peak" (Hymns 129-130) and "O wondrous type! O vision fair" (Hymns 136-137).

The preceding article came from the Episcopal Church Library and can be found  here .
January Meeting Highlights
Each month your Epistle , working with the Vestry, will present an update on recent Vestry decision-making. This regular article is intended to keep you up-to-date with important Vestry matters. As always, you are encouraged to contact a member of the Vestry directly if you have any questions or feedback. 

January, 2019:

The Vestry approved the making of a pair of kahili with red & gold feathers that will be alternately placed in the Church Sanctuary and Queens’ Chapel. Completion is expected soon. Note: see Kahili article below for more information.

Due to the lower than expected turn-out last year, the Vestry voted to not hold the annual Kōke`e Retreat in 2019 but will revisit the option for 2020.
Acknowledging Hawaiian Culture and History
The kāhili has long been a symbol of the Hawaiian ali`i and "signified power from the divinities”. The kāhili set the boundaries of the divine space around the monarch - the highest one, the holy of holies. It was the Hawaiian ali`i (Kamehameha and Emma) who invited the Anglican Church to Hawai`i and we are the only church that was invited to the islands. It is appropriate in Hawai`i that we, the Episcopal Church, acknowledge Hawaiian culture and history and use the kāhili to outline the divine space around the altar.

David Murray
Kāhili Workshops

We will be holding all-church workshops to help make kāhili (feather standards). The first workshops will be on Sunday, March 10 th and March 17 th , 11:00AM - 12:30PM in Memorial Hall. Please join us and help create this beautiful addition to All Saints! 

Please contact CeCe Caldwell, Carolyn Morinishi, or Ron Morinishi for more information.

In preparation for the all-church workshops, we held several preliminary workshops this past week to prepare some of the materials. Thanks to Carolyn for the photo.
The Search Committee is hard at work gathering information that will serve as the basis of our Parish Profile, a document that is essential as we search for our new rector. As part of the information-gathering process, the Committee will be meeting with representatives of All Saints’ Ministries over the coming weeks.

The first of these information-exchange meetings was hosted by Nora Takenouchi on Sunday February 24 th . The Altar Guild and the Monday Crew joined Diane, Vikki, and Victor, Jr. of the Search Committee for lunch and lively discussion about the role of our new Priest. Many ideas were generated and everyone had a chance to contribute. Mahalo to all who participated.
As a reminder, a Parish Meeting was held on February 10 th for the purpose of gathering information needed to write our new Parish Profile. During the session, parishioners were asked 3 questions: 

1) Who is All Saints’?
2) If we could dream, who do we hope to be in 5 to 10 years or beyond?
3) What type of priest are we looking for?

If you missed the Feb. 10 th meeting, we would love to hear from you and welcome any thoughts you many have. To submit your thoughts regarding the 3 questions that were presented, please click on the link below.

The Search Committee
Prayer for the Search Committee
Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, we thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us as we work together to call a new rector, granting us both the courage to pursue your will and the grace to accomplish it. Help us in all things to work together with mutual forbearance and respect. Draw our hearts to thee, guide our minds, fill our imaginations, and control our wills, that we may be wholly thine, utterly dedicated unto thee; And then use us always to thy glory and the welfare of thy people.

Modified from St. David’s Episcopal Church
Roswell, GA

Full text available here .

Mahalo nui loa to the All Saints’ Search Committee

  • Linda Crocker
  • Collin Darrell 
  • Victor Punua Jr. 
  • Diane Sato
  • Vikki Secretario
  • Curtis Shiramizu
  • Dianne Tabura
Janani Luwum’s Family and Idi Amin’s Kinsmen Reconcile on 42 nd Anniversary of Martyrdom

Posted Feb 20, 2019
[Anglican Communion News Service] The family of Archbishop Janani Luwum, the former primate of what was then the Church of the Province of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire, have reconciled with kinsmen of former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, who ordered Luwum’s killing. Uganda’s Black Star News website reports that Canon Stephen Gelenga, from the same Kakwa tribe of Amin, delivered an emotional apology to Luwum’s family and the people of Acholi tribe during commemoration events over the past weekend.

Read the full article here .
ECW Annual Quiet Day Retreat
The Episcopal Church Women in the Diocese will be holding their annual "Quiet Day" Retreat on Saturday, April 27, 2019 (was March 23) at the St. Anthony Retreat Center in Kalihi. The day begins with coffee and light refreshments at 9:00AM, followed by worship, guided meditation, lunch, and sharing session wrapping up at 1:30PM. Cost is $20. For more information contact Louise Aloy at (808) 264-9830 or  e-mail her .
Planned Giving Workshop Coming in June
There will be a planned giving workshop on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at the Cathedral of St. Andrew, Von Holt Room.

Whether your church has an existing Planned Giving Ministry/Endowment or none at all, all parishes will benefit from this workshop, that reviews best practices and empowers leadership to be able to take the best, next steps for their congregation!
The workshop is being led by James Murphy, the Managing Program Director of Financial Resources for the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF), who oversees ECF’s Financial Resource development programs and resources, including planned giving, donor solutions and endowment management. He leads workshops and works with congregations, dioceses, and other Episcopal organizations to enhance and develop their programs and resources.

The Diocese will cover the cost of airfare for one person from each church on the neighbor island. Please e-mail Peter Pereira for authorization instructions.

For more information and to register, visit the event webpage HERE.

Movement Against Proposed Gas Pipeline Inspires Virginia Episcopalians’ Environmental Advocacy

By David Paulsen
Posted Feb 22, 2019
[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians in Virginia are joining a movement to block a proposed mid-Atlantic gas pipeline that they say will disrupt and pollute minority communities and increase American dependence on fossil fuels at a time when the church and others are pushing for greater reliance on renewable energy sources.

The proposed multibillion-dollar Atlantic Coast Pipeline would carry natural gas underground 600 miles from West Virginia through Virginia and deep into North Carolina. The pipeline’s opponents drew new attention to their concerns this week at a rally that featured former Vice President Al Gore and the Rev. William Barber II, one of the leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign. The Episcopal Church is one of the many partners in the Poor People’s Campaign .
“It’s been miraculous to see people come together,” the Rev. Weston Mathews, rector of Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains, Virginia, said in an interview with Episcopal News Service. He was among the hundreds who attended the rally Feb. 19 in a school gymnasium in Buckingham, Virginia.

The Episcopal Church’s interest in such issues focuses on both creation care and environmental racism, Mathews says. The rally was held in the mostly black community of Union Hill, which would bear a large part of the pipeline’s negative impact. Dominion Energy and its partners want to build a compression station there, which opponents warn would spew toxic pollutants into the air.

“The pipeline should be canceled,” Gore said, according to a Prince Williams Times report . “It’s an environmental injustice, and it’s not too much to say environmental racism is located in this historically black community.” Union Hill was founded by former slaves who were freed after the Civil War.

The companies’ website lists jobs, lower energy costs and tax revenue among the benefits of a new underground pipeline, which it calls “the safest form of energy transportation in the country .”

[Mathews] also is working on these issues through the Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice , a nonprofit he founded a year ago with a fellow Virginia Episcopalian, Robert Dilday, who is now a seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.

Dilday told ENS that environmental advocacy comes down to Episcopalians living out their baptismal covenant to “strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being.”

“That’s the overarching criteria by which we come to this environmental justice movement. The ways in which creation is being degraded is not only a way in which God’s gift is lost,” Dilday said, “but also, people who are most impacted by it tend to be marginalized communities.”

The Episcopal Church has taken a stand against environmental racism at least since 2000, when General Convention passed a resolution supporting efforts to “eliminate the practice of locating polluting industries disproportionately near neighborhoods inhabited by people of color or the poor.”

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

Excerpted from the Episcopal News Service. To read the full story, please click  here .  
Donations Welcomed by Laundry Love Patrons

Last Wednesday was the first time toiletries donated by the All Saints’ `Ohana were made available to our Laundry Love Patrons. They were gratefully received and much appreciated. Due to the enthusiastic reception, our stock has only a few items left. 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.
Dive Deep Into the History of the Last Days of Jesus
March 9 th - April 13 th
Beginning Saturday, March 9 th we will spend six weeks studying and be discussing Entering the Passion of Jesus as we seek to develop a greater understanding of the events surrounding Holy Week. If you are interested in attending the study, please sign up at church on Sunday or let Mary Margaret Smith know by email mms6210@yahoo.com or phone 821-2878. We want to make sure we have enough books for everyone.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday mornings at 9:30 in Memorial Hall.
Supporting Worship, Education, Outreach & the Arts
All members of the All Saints’ `Ohana are encouraged to submit requests for funding to the Senior Warden, David Murray. Please remember to specify which aspect of our vision (Worship, Education, Outreach, and the Arts) will be supported by your program. Requests are due by April 1 st for submission to the Bishop by April 15 th . If you have any questions, feel free to contact David Murray or a member of the Vestry.

March 6 th , 9:00 -11:00AM and 3:00 - 5:00PM
Parables of the Growing Kingdom
Jesus tells a parable of a rich man who hoards his goods—his food and his possessions. Then he finds out that his hoarded riches will do him no good when he dies. Jesus later compares the kingdom of God to a mustard seed and to yeast in dough and how the seed and the yeast grow.

Jesus gives us symbols for the power of God in his parables of the mustard seed and the yeast (leaven). What looks like a very small, almost invisible, movement will eventually grow to an all embracing environment. This must have been good news to the disciples who, unlike us, have not seen Jesus’ call to the reign of God catch hold in the world: “We are such a small band. Will God’s kingdom ever come?”

A mustard seed is very tiny, but it grows from near invisibility to a huge bush that can even provide homes for birds. So with the Kingdom of God. In time—in God’s time—it will grow to its full grandeur and to universal, all embracing hospitality for all people.

The story of the yeast in the bread tells the same message. Jesus encourages his disciples by showing them the surprising effect that a small movement can have on the whole society, just like the yeast in a large lump of dough. Like the yeast, God’s plan works almost invisibly to bring about its purposes. Luke’s theme of joy and rejoicing in the salvation that God gives to us is evident in these stories

Bar Soap and Shampoo

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.