Volume 4, Issue 26
June 28, 2019
THIS SUNDAY: June 30, 2019
Third Sunday after Pentecost
2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20
Galatians 5:1,13-25
Luke 9:51-62

8:00AM
Chris Neumann (EM)
Jeff Albao (U)
Dee Grigsby (AG)

9:30AM
Mary Margaret Smith (EM)
Terry Moses, CeCe Caldwell (R)
Mario Antonio, Alfonso Murillo (U)
David Crocker (AG)
Braden (A)
Mabel Antonio, Vikki Secretario (HP)
UPCOMING EVENTS
Mary Wilson
Memorial of Life Service
Saturday, June 29 th
10:00AM - Visitation with family
11:00AM - Memorial Service
12:00PM - Reception
All Saints' campus

Ke Akua Youth Group Meeting
Sunday, June 30 th
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Youth Room

Laundry Love - Team A
Wednesday, July 3 rd
5:00 - 8:30PM
Kapa`a Laundromat
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
Church

Choir Practice
Every Thursday, 6:00PM
Choir Room

Daughters of the King
2 nd & 4 th Thursday, 7:00 - 8:00PM
Memorial Hall
MARY DAY WILSON
Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord:
And let light perpetual shine upon her.
Aloha Friends,
 
Mary Day Wilson, 92, of All Saints’ Church Kapa`a died on June 10 th . Mary was a recipient of the Bishop’s Cross during the Diocese’s sesquicentennial celebrations in November 2012. For many years, Mary was active in Diocesan and Parish leadership. Her faith and wisdom were a gifts to the entire Diocese. For more information about Mary see https://obits.staradvertiser.com/2019/06/23/mary-day-wilson/ .
 
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at All Saints’ Church in Kapa`a, from 10:00AM, with liturgy to follow at 11:00AM. Burial will be held at Nu`uanu Cemetery on O`ahu at a later date. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Saints’ Episcopal Church (PO Box 248, Kapaa, HI 96746-0248).
 
ALMIGHTY AND ETERNAL GOD, to whom there is never any prayer made without hope of mercy, be merciful to the soul of your faithful servant, Mary, being departed from this world in the confession of your Holy Name that she and all the departed may be welcomed into the company of all the saints, through Christ our Lord. Amen.   
 
Rest eternal grant her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.
May she rest in peace. Amen.
The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF QUEEN KAPI`OLANI
Professor Colette Higgins
What an evening!

On Monday, June 24 th , Professor Colette Higgins, history scholar and Windward Community College Dean of Academic Affairs, wowed us with a fantastic presentation on Queen Kapi`olani, the Queen Consort of King David Kalakaua.

Approximately 30 people gathered at the church for a “meet and greet” reception at 5:00PM which was followed by the presentation in the sanctuary from 6:30 until 8:00. We had a mix of our All Saints’ `Ohana and people from the local Hawaiian community – many of whom know the church well, as they have attended our Holy Sovereigns’ and Queen Lili`uokalani services. 

Professor Higgins’ passion for her subject was evident in her entire presentation. She started with an overview of the monarchy and the royal families from King Kamehameha I, who united the islands, to Queen Lili`uokalani whose overthrow in 1893 saw the end of the independent Kingdom of Hawai`i.

In 1887 Queen Kapi`olani took a trip from Honolulu to London to attend the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. This particular trip was the inspiration for Professor Higgins’ presentation and she did quite literally “follow in the footsteps of Queen Kapi`olani” taking that same trip at the same time of the year over 100 years later. 

Using photos from both the Queen’s original trip and her own trip, Professor Higgins showed that she also actually stood in the footsteps of Queen Kapi`olani at both Mount Vernon in Virginia and Westminster Abbey in London!

Deeply interested in the health and welfare of the Native Hawaiian people, Queen Kapi`olani established the Kapi`olani Home for Girls, for the education of the daughters of residents of the leprosy settlement at Kalaupapa, and the Kapi`olani Maternity Home, where Hawaiian mothers and newborns could receive care.

The presentation was followed by a question and answer session.

Mahalo to Professor Higgins for a fantastic presentation and to David Murray, William Brown, and everyone who worked so hard to bring us this evening of learning, cultural awareness, and fun.

To learn more about Professor Higgins’ fascinating journey in the Footsteps of Queen Kapi`olani please visit her blog at https://inthefootstepsofkapiolani.wordpress.com/about/ .
ANTARCTICA THROUGH THE EYES OF
JOAN ROUGHGARDEN
All Saints' Travelogue Series Continues
It was the evening of Saturday, June 22nd, the temperature outside seemed to be about 90 O with the humidity making it feel like 110 O and a group of our All Saints' `Ohana and friends were gathered in Memorial Hall to enjoy another travelogue presented by Joan Roughharden.

Fortunately enough for us, Joan had recently taken a trip to Antarctica so the screen temperatures were significantly cooler! We enjoyed a meal of Argentine dishes while Joan took us on a journey through Buenos Aires, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Antarctic Peninsula and Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina and the southernmost city in the world.
Joan is a great photographer with a particular interest in birds and other wildlife, and this presentation included a number of up close and personal photos of some really cool looking penguins. Bet you didn't know there is even a POKE penguin?
Mahalo nui loa to you, Joan, for a presentation of outstanding photographs taken on a trip that most of us will never take. We were able to enjoy this adventure through your photography and commentary.

Me ke aloha.

David Murray
A MESSAGE FROM CHRIS WATAYA
Mahalo to My Church Family
Dear All Saints' `Ohana,

On Sunday, March 31 st , you presented me with a wonderful retirement gift of a bottle of red wine and a gift certificate for a massage. I was thrilled and pleasantly surprised. I had told the wardens that I wanted my departure to be very low key!

I consumed the wine within the week but did not book my massage until this past weekend. Little did I know this was more than your “average” massage.

When I called to make my reservation they said to plan on a 3.5 hr experience! I was in shock as I was expecting the usual 60-minute treatment. My massage was 80 minutes, followed by a hot oil scalp massage, followed by an apricot body scrub, followed by a full body papaya clay mask, followed by a hydro-jet body cleansing, followed by a facial, followed by LUNCH!

Wow! It was pure bliss and the fastest 3.5 hrs of my life. I did hang out at the pool for awhile to prolong my experience – it was a beautiful day and one I will never forget.  

Thank you all so much for gifting me such a wonderful and extravagant experience. 
 
Chris Wataya
Prayer for the Search Committee


"Oh God, during this time of transition at [All Saint’s], we pray for our parish family: that we may be prayerful in our self-reflection, open to growth during transition, patient in our discernment, loving as your son, Jesus Christ, teaches us, and daring in our faith.

We thank you for the gifts and experiences which have blessed us and brought us to this moment. Help us view this period of change, not as a threat to what has been, but as an invitation to build on the foundation which has been given to us.

May we, being guided by the Holy Spirit, be united to accomplish our calling, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen"

-adapted from the Search Committee prayer for St. John in the Wilderness, Flat Rock, North Carolina ( https://www.stjohnflatrock.org/parish-profile)

Mahalo nui loa to the All Saints’ Search Committee

  • Linda Crocker
  • Collin Darrell 
  • Victor Punua Jr. 
  • Diane Sato
  • Vikki Secretario
  • Curtis Shiramizu
  • Dianne Tabura
EPISCOPAL DICTIONARY OF THE CHURCH
What Does It Mean?
Pentecost Season
Pentecost (Season) is the season after Pentecost, according to the calendar of the church year (Book of Common Prayer, p. 32). It begins on the Monday following Pentecost, and continues through most of the summer and autumn. It may include as many as twenty-eight Sundays, depending on the date of Easter. This includes Trinity Sunday which is the First Sunday after Pentecost. The Book of Common Prayer provides proper collects and readings for the other Sundays of the season. These propers are numbered and designated for use on the Sundays which are closest to specific days in the monthly calendar, whether before or after. For example, Proper 3 is designated for use, if needed, on the Sunday closest to May 25. Proper 29 is designated for use on the Sunday closest to Nov. 23. 

Prior to the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, Sundays in this long period of the church year were identified and counted in terms of the number of Sundays after Trinity Sunday instead of the number of Sundays after Pentecost. 

This period is also understood by some as "ordinary time," a period of the church year not dedicated to a particular season or observance, as in the Roman Rite adapted after Vatican II.

FROM THE ANGLICAN ALLIANCE
“These Ugly Plastic Wastes That Don’t Go Away”

29 May 2019
Poster in a shop window in Vanuatu.

“Our world has a problem with waste – and it’s hitting people living in poverty the hardest. Today, two billion people in the world’s poorest countries are living and working among piles of waste – that’s one in four of us. Drinking polluted water. Breathing toxic air. Battling sickness. Each day waste mountains are growing causing preventable deaths.” So writes Renew our World as they launch their latest campaign tackling waste.

The Anglican Alliance is a founder member of Renew Our World and is mandated to connect and equip Anglicans across the Communion to safeguard the integrity of creation, the fifth Anglican mark of mission. In a short series of stories to coincide with the launch of Renew Our World’s campaign, we are focusing on the problem of waste in different parts of the world, as seen through the eyes of people who live there. This first piece is written by Tagolyn Kabekabe, the Anglican Alliance’s Pacific Facilitator. Tagolyn describes the problem of plastic waste in her region and the beginnings of action to tackle it.
As you reflect on the issues raised, you might like to look at the Sunday School resource ‘Oceans of Plastic’, written by Revd Rachel Mash of the Anglican Communion Environment Network and Green Anglicans . You can find the resource here: Oceans of Plastic.

Tagolyn writes, “In the past, waste was never an issue in the Pacific area as all waste either decayed naturally or was recycled for community use.

“The Solomon Islands, like many developing island countries in the Pacific, have an ever-increasing waste problem. Sadly, materials that end up as waste which are not biodegradable have been introduced to the country and wider region.

“Single-use plastic bags and bottles are the main plastic products that are polluting and destroying our ecosystems. As these waste products cannot decompose naturally, they occupy and fill up spaces wherever they are dropped or are blown by the wind or carried by water.

“These plastic waste products are made from toxic chemicals that are harmful to humans, fish, birds and other animals. They also increase the incidence of illnesses relating to incorrect disposal of the said plastic waste product amongst humans and animals alike – both domesticated and wild. Plastic bags have been mistaken for food that can kill birds, fish and other creatures, including turtles, dolphins and whales.

“The scale of the presence of this plastic waste is unimaginable as one finds it everywhere. Either they were carried by humans, animals, and birds or blown by the winds or carried by water through floods and changing tides. They are easy to identify as they do not blend with the natural environment. Still lacking amongst the populace is the awareness that such plastic waste is harmful and must be disposed of carefully, otherwise not to buy and use such products at all.

“Plastic waste can contribute to illnesses in the human population too. The stagnant water that collects in waste plastics provides a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which transmit malaria and dengue fever parasites. Malaria and dengue fever are prevalent in almost all Pacific countries and in some of them are leading causes of death for both young and old people. In addition, burning of plastics releases greenhouse and toxic gases that can cause respiratory problems.

Both churches and governments are working together to address plastic waste in the Pacific region with a number of countries already developing legislation to ban single-use plastics.
Posters explaining the plastic ban are prominently displayed in shop windows in Luganville.

“In Papua New Guinea, the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea, the Most Reverend Allan Migi, has spoken publicly on banning single-use plastics and replacing them with the traditional string bag (commonly known as ‘bilum’).

“In Vanuatu, single-use plastics have been banned from all shops throughout the country and people are encouraged to use their own eco-bags. Market vendors are strongly encouraged to sell fresh fruits and green coconuts instead of soft drinks and snacks from single use plastics. The bishops of the two Anglican Dioceses in the Republic of Vanuatu are supporting these calls and encouraging their parishioners to follow suit.
The market in Luganville in Vanuatu is now plastic-free. Traditional ways of carrying the produce have made a come-back.

“During a coastal clean-up in 2014, my late mother, Dalcy Nedi Omese, reflected on the changes she had seen during her lifetime, saying, ‘In the past we did not have to deal with rubbish as all people knew where to dispose of their rubbish in their designated areas. Today, we have plastic waste that litters our coastlines, reefs, streams, villages and everywhere. The introduction of all this foreign waste, though we enjoyed their contents, is not helping us. We burn them [and] they told us not to because they are poisonous; we bury them, and they don’t break down into soil. It’s beyond us, these ugly plastic wastes that don’t go away’”.

The Anglican Alliance connects and equips the worldwide Anglican family to work for a world free of poverty and injustice and to safeguard creation.

Take action by getting involved in Renew Our World’s waste campaign: details here .

And see our prayer and worship resources on creation care here.

© The Anglican Alliance 2019. All rights reserved.
EPISCOPAL CHURCH GOVERNANCE
"Take Me To Your Leader!"
"Who's That?"
Recently, I was engaged in a lively discussion of the Episcopal Church and its Leadership. You know the conversation. 

“Did you hear what they are going to do?”
“Don’t worry about them . I think they are doing fine.”
“Yah well, they don’t get it.”
“Do you ever talk to them ?”
“Who are they ?”

This last question really got me thinking. Who are “ They ”?
This week we will focus on The Executive Office of the General Convention , or the “ GCO ” as it is often called. The GCO is one of the three offices of The Episcopal Church (the others are the Office of the Presiding Bishop and the Office of the President of the House of Deputies). 
The Executive Office of the General Convention (GCO)
The GCO administers the governance of the Church, and does so in a variety of ways:
  • The General Convention, the triennial meeting of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops, together with the meeting of the Episcopal Church Women and other concurrent meetings of Episcopal Church groups.The work of the Executive Council of the General Convention.
  • The activities of the various interim bodies of the General Convention and the hundreds of volunteers who make up those bodies.
  • Official meetings of the House of Bishops and any interim meetings of the House of Deputies.
  • The ministry of various ecumenical, inter-religious, and inter-Anglican bodies of the Church.
  • The church’s annual Parochial Report and associated research.
  • Other duties arising out of General Convention and Executive Council

The GCO also supports the Executive Officer in his various roles:
  • As corporate secretary of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (“DFMS”: the New York-based religious non-for-profit corporation through which much of the church’s ministry operates).
  • As Secretary of the Executive Council.
  • As Registrar of the General Convention (with duties of certification and authentication for the consecration of bishops).
  • Within the Anglican Communion, as Provincial Secretary of the Episcopal Church.
  • As a principal officer of The Episcopal Church.

The Executive Officer supervises the work of the Secretary and Treasurer of the General Convention, and is the Whistleblower Compliance Officer for the DFMS. The Archives of the Episcopal Church, through its Board, reports through the Executive Officer. The Executive Officer also supports and coordinates the work of the Committees, Commissions, Task Forces, and other Interim Bodies of General Convention.

The Executive Officer of the General Convention is the Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Barlowe, who may be reached at mbarlowe@episcopalchurch.org , or at (212) 922-5184. 

So, what does all this mean for you?  

Just as the church needs a legal entity under which to do business (DFMS), it also needs a strong and separate administrative function (GCO). The day-to-day operations of the church are just like those of many other big non-profit companies and must be managed by administration. The Executive Office of the General Convention provides that administration for the Episcopal Church.

In my personal opinion, as long as I trust the General Convention, I trust GCO and have confidence that the administration of the Episcopal Church is being well managed.

I hope this information is helpful the next time someone says, “Take me to your leader”. 

If you have any questions about Leadership at our Parish, please feel free to contact Bill Caldwell , David Murray , Mary Margaret Smith , or any member of the Vestry.

Bill Caldwell
The Epistle
DON'T FORGET!
KE AKUA YOUTH MINISTRY
Relay for Life Returns
August 10, 2019
T he Ke Akua Youth Group is bringing back Relay for Life! The event will be at Kapa`a Beach Park & Soccer Field on Saturday, Aug. 10 th from 3:00 to 11:00PM.
 
Here are the different ways you can support our Team:
 
  • Visit the Ke Akua Youth Group Team Page online to make a donation.
  • Tell any of the youth members you would like to donate. They have a donation sheet and their own set of luminarias for purchase.
  • Visit our table after Sunday Services or drop by the church office to make an in-person donation and decorate or take home luminarias.
  • Visit our booth during the event, purchase some snacks, hang out, or walk with us!
 
Help us to reach our goal of $1,000 this season. Your support saves lives.
 
Mahalo!
 
Cami
Boston Cathedral’s ‘Ministry of the Steps’ Takes Church’s Welcome to the Street

By Bridget K. Wood
Posted Jun 24, 2019
Dean Amy McCreath, right, plays bingo outside of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, as part of its “Ministry of the Steps.” Photo: Bridget K. Wood/Diocese of Massachusetts

[Diocese of Massachusetts] A chess match between a police officer and a person who is homeless isn’t what you would necessarily expect to see while walking down Tremont Street in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. On the portico of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, however, this has become the new normal during the summer months, thanks to the cathedral’s “Ministry of the Steps.”

The Ministry of the Steps officially launched as a pilot program last summer, with just a tent canopy, some AstroTurf from Costco and an invitation to the community to join cathedral staff and volunteers in offering various outdoor activities to engage the community and those walking by.

The activities range from chess, checkers and bingo games to art projects, drum circles, musical performances and chanting. Last year’s Ministry of the Steps included voter registration drives, as well as a witness against gun violence by the B-PEACE for Jorge Campaign. The Ministry of the Steps has now begun its second summer of programming with activities happening outside the cathedral on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning at 9 a.m.

Eva Ortez serves as a Life Together fellow for the MANNA ministry at the cathedral, a ministry of and with the homeless community in downtown Boston. Ortez experienced a powerful moment during a recent day of chess and checkers under the Ministry of the Steps canopy.

“I took a step back and just wanted to take it all in, and in that moment, I noticed the amount of joy everyone there was experiencing,” Ortez said. “The group of people there was so diverse. There was a cop and an unhoused person playing, a young student and a recently housed person playing, and in the background there was a group of MANNA community members playing music, singing and dancing. Watching all of this and being part of something so beautiful almost brought tears to my eyes.”

While the Ministry of the Steps is still new, it’s in keeping with the intent behind the decision to make St. Paul’s Church in downtown Boston the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts in 1912, according to the cathedral’s dean, the Very Rev. Amy E. McCreath.

“Jesus encountered people in the marketplace, on the road and over meals, and a lot of Jesus’ style was to do something familiar but in a different way,” McCreath said. “People know about chess, they know about voter registration drives, they know about labyrinths, but they’re not expecting all of that to be kind of on the sidewalk and presented by somebody in a [clerical] collar, so it shakes things up a bit.”

McCreath said that one of her favorite parts of the Ministry of the Steps is seeing people who are walking by stop and notice what is going on outside the cathedral, even if just for a brief moment.

“There’s this kind of attention that may not translate into that person ever coming into the church, but they’re aware of it and they have a positive encounter,” McCreath said. “Part of what we are doing through the Ministry of the Steps is reclaiming all of that space in front of the cathedral for good, in a neighborhood where the steps are not always used for good.”

During a presentation about the Ministry of the Steps at the diocesan Ministry Network Showcase last fall, the Rev. Jennifer McCracken, who serves as head pastor to the cathedral’s MANNA community, described it as a new ministry through recreation. “Or better still, re-creation,“ McCracken said. “Re-creating a sacred space outside for people to come and be welcomed to engage in community.”

As part of the Ministry of the Steps, clergy will often stand outside on the sidewalk with a sign asking, “Do you want a blessing?”

McCreath said this allows people to receive a blessing without having to climb the steps of the cathedral and go inside the church.

“Those front steps are very intimidating — what we call a ‘high threshold to entry’ — so by coming down the steps, that just eliminates that barrier,” McCreath said.

Libby Gatti serves as the chaplain to the MANNA community and said in an interview that one thing that makes this ministry unique is that people of all backgrounds are coming together on equal ground.

“If you’re an unhoused person and you are coming to play chess or checkers … it’s not a transactional thing, it’s not like someone giving you money or handing you a plate of food,” Gatti said. “You’re two players playing a game together, so this is a little bit of a chance for deeper connection and for coming together on equal ground.”

Karen Sargent has been hired by the cathedral for the summer as the Ministry of the Steps intern, in charge of coordinating all of the programming for the ministry this summer. She is a seminarian at Boston University School of Theology.

Sargent said that the goal of the Ministry of the Steps is to be a bridge between the cathedral church and the outside world and to let people know that they are welcome.

“It’s just extending a welcome, which sometimes looks religious and sometimes it doesn’t,” Sargent said. “We are multidimensional humans, and the way faith is expressed is multifaceted, and so, bringing people’s passions into the space is just as much about religion as blessings are.”

Sargent said that one of her goals with this ministry is to get more people involved from across the diocese, emphasizing that it is people’s individual passions and gifts that make a difference.

“Come for an hour, come for two hours, bring your talent, bring your passions, bring your joy, and let’s see what we can do,” Sargent said. “Something can only be gained by stepping into something a little uncomfortable or a little new.”

McCreath, the cathedral dean, encourages congregations of all sizes and locations to try something new in order to engage the world around them.

“Not every church is in a location like this where they can just open their front doors and start doing a drum circle,” McCreath said. “But I think there’s something to be learned from it about just trying something out as a pilot project, that it doesn’t need to cost a lot of money, there’s always something to learn and that people are more ready to be engaged than we often think they are.”

— Bridget K. Wood is communications assistant for the Diocese of Massachusetts.

Excerpted from The Episcopal News Service. To read the entire story, please click here .
Pathways
Posted June 23, 2019
This originally appeared as part of the Daily Sip, a website from Charles LaFond, a spiritual companion, author, potter and fundraiser who lives on a farm in New Mexico with his dog Kai.
 
So many tomes have been written about the Dark Night of the Soul; though the title of the great mystic was mistranslated. The original translation was the Obscured Night of the Soul.” The word “dark” has a more sinister connotation. “Dark woods” are frightening. “Dark thoughts” are usually the neighborhood of one’s psyche not to wander at night, or alone. “Dark forces” are never considered a happy thing. And then of course, in the racial history of the West, there is the question of the “dark-skinned.” The implication has always been that the guy in a story wearing white is the good guy. The guy in the story wearing black is an ominous signal that he is the bad guy. Even in the church, Easter is white while Lent is dark purple – the color of a bruise.
 
We have been trained as a civilization and as a church, for thousands of years, to maintain this light/dark dualism. Things are “good” or “bad” and creatures like us humans, who use sight to identify danger and safety (far more than smell, taste, and hearing) will learn to use colors to decide on good and bad. When you are close enough to a viper to touch, smell and taste it…well…it’s over. So we use sight.
 
We avoid “dark alleys” and are attracted to bright vistas. Because, over 200,000 years of human development, we as a species have developed a neurological attraction to “beautiful views” NOT because they are “pretty” but because we have subconsciously learned to trust a place from which we can see danger at a distance. “A pretty view” is attractive to humans as a form of survival, not pleasure; we simply white-wash that science as aesthetics so that we avoid the painful subject of fear and safety.
 
I recently walked on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington State. I found myself on a pathway that was mottled with light and darkness, much the way our lives tend to be. Because it is an island, there are few things to harm a human and so one feels extraordinarily safe wandering. At the pathway’s end was the ocean, as is the ending of most paths on Whidbey Island.
 
As we wander the pathways of our lives, might we re-train ourselves away from the dualism in which we have been trained? Good – Bad. Right – Wrong. Heaven – Hell. Black – White. Safe – Dangerous. Graveyard – Sanctuary. Easy – Hard. Life – Death. Easter – Lent. Lucifer – Gabriel. Win – Lose.
 
What if we were to re-boot our lives and let go of these ego-based forms of thinking? Each one of these and many other dualistic thoughts has, at its core, one basic structure: me. Me and my thoughts. Me and my wellbeing. Me and my perspective. Me and my life’s comforts and safety. ME and my bank account. Me and my title. Me and my position. It’s all ego and it is what has caused every fight and every war and almost every anxious thought in the history of humans. It’s not that simple. The gorgeous island of Barbados is also the station of the slave trade. As was gorgeous, quaint Maine.
 
What if we were to let go of these judgments – these labels – and simply live? Pathways will sometimes be brightly lit. Sometimes they will be obscured by fog and the steps we take will be one tremulous step at a time, seeing only the next foot-fall. In my younger years I was strategic; trying to get the right committee chairmanship, the right job, the right neighborhood, the right retirement plan, the right address, the right car, the right church, the right home decor, and even the right religion.
 
As I age, I am beginning to realize that all I need to do is to take the next step. What makes it the “right” next step? It is the next one. The one that is available to me. The one which the cosmos seems to have placed below my foot just before it landed. But of course, there is something, a magic code almost, which one must need to have to be able to exhibit such great courage as to simply trust the next step. What is the magic code?
 
To take the next right step one must not worry about what happens to them. One must let go. One must trust the Loving Life-giver. One must let go of calculations of past, future, status, safety, and ego. One must live on the razor’s edge of the present moment, unafraid of the future and disconnected from the past. One must trust the hand of whoever made those turns, that moss, that thorn, that apple, that viper, that puppy, those dark shadows, those trees, and that sunlight. One must trust that what happens need not be fought with. One must “drop the rope” of dualism and simply keep going.
SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Invite/Welcome/Connect "is a ministry of relational evangelism and congregational empowerment allowing churches to become places of genuine connection for inviting the faith journeys and stories of everyone, enabling deeper journeys of Christian discipleship and enabling the Spirit of Christ to be at the heart of each church's hospitable mission of spreading the Good News."
All Saints' Episcopal Church will be hosting a special presentation of  Invite-Welcome-Connect , on Saturday, August 31, 2019, led by its founder, Mary Parmer. The Diocese of Hawai`i is bringing Parmer to O`ahu for an event on September 7, and All Saints' is arranging for her to come to Kaua`i beforehand so that people on the Garden Island will be able to learn about this new ministry. Stay tuned for more details!
HALE HO`OMALU
JUNE COLLECTION  

Dry Goods: pastas, hamburger helper, rice, bread, crackers


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.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
Sunday School Holiday

In the immortal words of Alice Cooper, " School's Out For Summer! " Sunday School summer break begins this Sunday, June 30 th . Sunday School will resume this fall.
GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY!
Four Years of Clean Laundry, Compassion, and Fellowship!
As we begin our 5 th year of this outreach program we are being more intentional in our asking. We are requesting our All Saints' 'Ohana and the wider community to help us to continue this outreach program with financial donations, and donations of supplies and/or time.

If you would like to donate supplies please check out the following suggestions:
  • Laundry pods
  • Dryer sheets
  • Large, black plastic trash bags

If you would like to donate your time please contact the church office at 822-4267.

If you would like to make a financial donation please go to our website, allsaintskauai.org
Toiletries Donations a Popular Part of Laundry Love Ministry

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.
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 .
HPR's Helping Hand interview about All Saints' Laundry Love
Listen to the interview here:
INVITE/WELCOME/CONNECT
All Saints' is bringing Mary Parmer to Kaua`i August 30 - September 1, 2019. Mark your calendars now for the presentation on August 31 st .

 ALL SAINTS' WISH LIST
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 .

ALL SAINTS' KĀHILI PROJECT
Donations to purchase materials for the kāhili can be to the church office. Contact Carolyn Morinishi , Ron Morinishi or CeCe Caldwell for more information.

LAUNDRY LOVE VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS
For more information go to Laundry Love Kaua`i or contact Geoff Shields at gshields2334@gmail.com or Bill Caldwell at news@allsaintskauai.org .

PASTORAL CARE CONTACT INFORMATION
Whenever you have a need for support, please call (650) 691-8104 and leave a voice mail. The system will immediately forward the information to the Pastoral Care Committee who will respond to each request. If you prefer, you may send an electronic pastoral care request via email to pastoralcare@allsaintskauai.org .

PRAYER CHAIN MINISTRY
Individuals who want to participate in the Prayer Chain Ministry must re-enroll to continue receiving the email communications . To re-enroll, please visit the newly established   Pastoral Care web page  or contact the Church Office at (808) 822-4267.

SUBMITTING A PRAYER REQUEST
Prayer requests will now be   submitted online   or by contacting the Church Office at (808) 822-4267.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Names can be added to the Prayers of the People petitions by using the  Prayer Chain Request form  or by contacting the Church Office at (808) 822-4267. Names will remain in the Prayers of the People for a maximum of four Sundays before a name must be resubmitted.

HOME COMMUNION FOR SICK AND SHUT-INS
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 .