Volume 4, Issue 33
August 16, 2019
THIS SUNDAY: August 18, 2019
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 23:23-29
Psalm 82
Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Luke 12:49-56

Joe Adorno (EM)
John Hanaoka (U)
Marge Akana (AG)

Dileep G. Bal (EM)
David Crocker, Chris Kostka (R)
Mary Smith, Alfonso Murillo (U)
David Crocker (AG)
Noah, Harper (A)
Nelson Secretario, Mabel Antonio (HP)
Ministry Council Meeting
Saturday, August 17 th
9:00 - 10:30AM
Memorial Hall

Laundry Love - Team A
Wednesday, August 21 st
5:00 - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Habitat for Humanity
One `Ohana Workday
Saturday, August 24 th
~8:00AM - 1:30PM

Healing Day National Bell Ringing
Sunday, August 25 th
9:00 AM
Memorial Hall

Kahili Workshop
Friday, August 30 th
5:00 - 7:00PM

Invite - Welcome - Connect Conference
Saturday, August 31 st
8:30AM - 4:00PM
Hilton Garden Inn
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
Relay for Life Returns
The Ke Akua Youth Group returned to Relay for Life on August 10, 2019. The event took place at the Kapa`a Beach Park and Soccer Field and lasted from 3:00PM to 11:00PM.

The Youth would like to thank all their family and friends for helping with the setup and breakdown of the booth, making and selling goodies, and walking on behalf of the team. 

We are thrilled to announce that we surpassed our fund-raising goal of $1000 by OVER 100% .
We raised a total of $2185!!


-For the Ke Akua Youth
To enjoy the fellowship, please check out the slideshow and video below.
Laundry Love Benefits from KIUC Grant
In keeping with the Cooperative Principle “Commitment to Community” and in the Spirit of Aloha, the [KIUC] Sharing of Aloha program exists to assist various local nonprofit organizations that contribute to Kauai’s quality of living. ( http://kiuc.coopwebbuilder2.com/content/sharing-aloha )

Last Friday, Geoff Shields received this brief email message on behalf of Laundry Love Kaua`i:

“The Sharing of Aloha Committee met and the grant application that you submitted for All Saints Episcopal Church, was approved.”

Once again, the value of the Laundry Love Ministry and the dedication and hard work of all volunteers have been validated by a significant grant of money to further the Ministry.

Congratulations to Geoff and the entire Laundry Love Ministry for this fantastic accomplishment!

Note from the Editor:

Please consider submitting a grant application to support your ministry. There are many opportunities throughout the year and resources are available.

All Saints’ Communication Ministry is here to help you navigate the grant-writing process. Between us, we have raised over $15 million in private and government grants for various organizations over the last 20 years and are anxious to apply this expertise to All Saints’. We know how to do this stuff and are here to help.

If you don’t ask, the answer is alway no!
A Teaching from the Bishop on Gun Violence
Friday, August 9, 2019
Photos above from left by: Noah Berger, Associated Press; Jim Wilson NY Times; CNN video image

I have been loath to share anything after the terrorist attacks in Gilroy and El Paso, and the shooting in Dayton. I have had to write or say something too often as Bishop about such things. I was mired in the helplessness of the Teacher in Ecclesiastes (1:2, 13-15 from the CEB translation): 

“Perfectly pointless, says the Teacher, perfectly pointless. Everything is pointless…. I applied my mind to investigate and to explore by wisdom all that happens under heaven. It’s an unhappy obsession that God has given to human beings. When I observed all that happens under the sun, I realized that everything is pointless, a chasing after wind. What’s crooked can’t be straightened; what isn’t there can’t be counted.”

Frankly, we were again faced with a culture of violence and dehumanization that has become "normalized” in the United States and that has no place in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I suggest that this is part of the societal and cultural mental illness of the United States: Racism (with its related divisions and fear) and the inclination to violence (exemplified by our gun culture). I certainly believe it has been fed by the rhetoric of hate, division and violence coming by tweet and rally speeches from the current President, but he is a symptom of deeper societal illness and not himself the disease or singular cause. Harkening to a mythical "pure" past and creating fear of the other feeds our worst instincts and suppresses the better angels of our nature. Access to guns of unneeded and previously unimaginable fire power arms the worst in our midst — or creates fanciful scenarios that are now all too real.

Yes, it is the guns and the individuals; it is the rhetoric of the President, and the culture of fear and division; it is racism and white fragility; it is the school to prison pipeline and a for profit prison system; it is our failure as a society to deal with mental health and effective public education; it is violent movies and video games, and a culture of consumerism that delights and profits mightily in such “entertainment”; it is hyper-individualism and the loss of community; it is US, we — the people — are the problem. It is human sin. The cities with violence are part of an interconnected nation of states on the North American continent making the gun laws in one locale almost moot because of the easy transport and availability of guns from elsewhere. We are interconnected and responsible one for another. We are the problem in our failure to recognize and denounce hate and racism in others – including our leaders – and in ourselves. We are the problem in our support for industries that profit from violence. We are the problem in our silence and complicity. It is not a new problem, but this generation is reaping a new harvest of hate and violence. It is on us – all of us.

I am reminded of the lesson this past Sunday (August 4, 2019) from Colossians (3:8-11 from the NRSV translation): 

“But now you must get rid of all such things — anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!”

As the followers of Jesus Christ, it is the love of the Incarnate One that we find hope. God is in the face of the refugee fleeing violence and poverty in Central America, it is in the ashen face of the child killed in El Paso and even in that of her murderer, it is in us. Just as we are the problem, we must be the hope. It is how we live and hold one another accountable as part of the Commonwealth of Christ. We must pray and act. We know how to live. Jesus said (Luke 16-17 from the CEB translation), “Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children. I assure you that whoever doesn’t welcome God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.” We are given the vision of the Commonwealth of Christ. When he taught the parable of the “Good Samaritan” (Luke 11:25-37) or the warning of the “Judgement of the Nations” (Matthew 25:31-46), we are shown the way.

Today, my hope is in Christ Jesus and in you, God’s people, to lift up my arms in prayer even when I cry all is “perfectly pointless.” I can then turn my face to God and raise my voice against the violence and the evil. I am again reminded: “Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘We are being put to death all day long for your sake. We are treated like sheep for slaughter.’ But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.” (Romans 8:35-39 from the CEB translation)

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of the United States, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen .
Aloha ma o Iesu Kristo, ko mākou Haku,


The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai`i
Search Committee Prayer

Almighty and ever living God, the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, send forth your Holy Spirit to guide the Search Committee, Vestry and parish family of [All Saint’s Episcopal Church] to be of one heart and mind in our search for a rector who will be your faithful servant and who will minister to your flock. We also beseech the same Holy Spirit to lead us to all truth and maturity through Jesus Christ our Lord.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Memphis, TN

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
All Saints’ invites Guest Speaker Mary Parmer to Kaua`i for a special presentation on Saturday, August 31 st at Hilton Garden Inn (Kuhio Ballroom) from 8:30AM to 4:00PM.

Lunch will be provided.

This ministry of evangelism and congregational empowerment provides tools for guided discipleship and creating deeper spiritual connections with people, our church, and ourselves.

The event is completely FREE!

To Register, please click on the link below. 

Deadline to register is August 21, 2019.

Mary Margaret Smith
Saturday, August 24 th
One 'Ohana Team Implementing the Strategic Design Plan
One ‘Ohana Team,

We are rescheduling our next Habitat for Humanity work day to Saturday, August 24 th because a large work team of volunteers has already signed up for August 17 th . We are working in Anahola so we will have our first team member from Christ Memorial church joining us. We welcome Diane Torkelson to the One `Ohana Team!

As always, please let me know if you will be there, and if you would like to carpool at 7:30AM from All Saints’.


Ron Morinishi

Posted 15 August 2019
The Anglican Communion delegation of the 63rd UNCSW in New York. Photo: ACNS
[Anglican Communion News Service] The search is on for women from across the Anglican Communion to attend the 64th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), to be held in New York next March.
Each year the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, invites primates to nominate women to represent the Anglican Communion at the event. The annual meeting of the CSW draws 9,000 women and men from all the regions of the world to the U.N.’s New York headquarters, with delegates representing and advocating for an estimated 3.7 billion women and girls worldwide.
If you are interested in more information, please contact your Epistle Staff at news@allsaintskauai.org and we will be glad to help.
Funds are Available to Support Evangelism
Application Deadline October 1, 2019
Episcopal institutions can now apply for the next round of the Episcopal Evangelism Grants Program, designed to fund local and regional evangelism efforts in the Episcopal Church. The application deadline is October 1.

“At its best, evangelism is a response to the deepest needs of our neighbors and communities,” said the Rev. Devon Anderson, chair of Executive Council’s Episcopal Evangelism Grants Committee. “We aim to catalyze initiatives and experiments that can teach us more about how to spread the gospel in all of The Episcopal Church’s diverse contexts.”

The grant program, which began in 2017 as a result of the 2015 General Convention’s increased investment in evangelism galvanized by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, awards up to $2,000 for an individual congregation and up to $8,000 for multi-church, diocesan and regional collaborations.

The grants committee, said Anderson, is seeking proposals that will:

  • Create and spread resources that equip Episcopalians and churches to become evangelists and to share and receive faith stories in daily life.
  • Create opportunities for people who are not part of a faith community to build their own loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with God in Christ.
  • Aim for lasting, broad impact.
  • Employ innovation and creativity.
  • Promote churchwide learning, understanding and practical application.

“Recently, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry challenged the staff of The Episcopal Church and the members of Executive Council when he exhorted us to remember that our job is to ‘equip the Church to be the Jesus Movement in the world.’ That equipping is what this program aims to do," said Jerusalem Greer, staff officer for evangelism for The Episcopal Church, who serves on the Episcopal Church’s Evangelism Initiatives Team.

Congregations, dioceses, provinces, schools, monastic communities, and other Episcopal organizations are eligible to apply. Regional collaborative partnerships with non-Episcopal entities are welcome as long as an Episcopal entity is the project leader, active manager, and reporting agent. Groups receiving grants are expected to make significant financial contributions toward their projects, and to report what they have learned to the wider church. Projects associated with seminaries and formation programs are encouraged to explore funding through the Episcopal Evangelism Society.

The Episcopal Evangelism Grants program is coordinated by the Executive Council Joint Standing Committee on Mission Within The Episcopal Church in collaboration with the staff team. The Grants Committee will make its recommendations to Executive Council in December, and funds will be distributed in early 2020. The grant application, criteria, and additional information is available at episcopalchurch.org/evangelism-grants. The application deadline is October 1, 2019 at 11 pm Eastern.

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

9 August 2019
Rev. Canon Robert Two-Bulls commissions the Maori youth in Lompoc, California ahead of their journey to Pine Ridge Reservation
“We believe that God is leading the Church to a turning point in its history and that the full partnership of indigenous peoples is essential. Therefore we pledge to work together to exercise our leadership in contributing our vision and gifts to transform the life of the Christian community”. From the mission statement of the Anglican Indigenous Network .

As reported by ACNS, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada recently voted overwhelmingly to approve steps to enable a self-determining indigenous church within the Church. It is only the second member church of the Anglican Communion to do so, the other being the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

To mark and celebrate International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples , which falls on August 9th, we are sharing here some stories from indigenous communities across the Anglican Communion.
The first (pictured above) is an account of a youth exchange which recently took place between two Anglican indigenous communities – one from Aotearoa, New Zealand, the other in South Dakota, USA. In this account, Canon Isaac Beach talks about the value and richness of this experience for the young people. Canon Isaac, a Maori of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Rangitihi decent, is Kaikarakia (prayer leader) at Saint Luke’s in Paki Paki in the Diocese of Te Tairāwhiti, Aotearoa. He was a youth representative for the Province of Aotearoa, New Zealand, Polynesia at the recent Anglican Consultative Council. Reflecting on the youth exchange, Canon Isaac said, “I strongly believe exposing our young people to international experiences through indigenous exchange is critical to informing how they can live a Christ-centred life. It is a wonderful tool for intentional discipleship.” Read Canon Isaac’s account here about the indigenous youth exchange.

The second story is from Guyana and describes the work being done by the Mothers’ Union amongst – and by -indigenous people. It is accompanied by a brilliant video showing the impact of this work. Guayana story Guyana video: Gloria’s story.

The third is a blog from Brazil – an account of an ecumenical round table hosted by Anglicans to work more intentionally for inclusion of indigenous people. It expresses the personal views and reflections of the author. Brazil round table .

The final account comes from a very different part of the world, West Malaysia, and demonstrates the commitment of Archbishop Moon Hing to ministry with indigenous people: West Malaysia story .
This International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, please pray for Indigenous/First Nations Anglicans. Mindful that many indigenous communities are facing the worst impacts of climate change, as well as holding deep knowledge about sustainable living, please pray that that the recent Anglican Consultative Council resolution A17.06 be fulfilled, namely:

A17.06 Climate resilience

The Anglican Consultative Council:

  1. regrets that the ongoing impacts of climate change are yet to be adequately resourced or responded to with due seriousness or urgency by all Member Churches, and therefore commits immediately to:
  2. recognising the important role of Indigenous/First Nation peoples’ knowledge in building resilience to climate change in communities
August 18, 2019
The members of the Kapa`a Interfaith Association, the churches that sponsor the annual Thanksgiving Service and Luncheon are having a Love-Offering in the month of August.
We are asking our `Ohana for financial help as we are short of funds this year. The All Saints Love-Offering is scheduled for August 18, 2019 at both services. 
We know how generous you are with your time and energy to make the annual Thanksgiving Service and Luncheon happen. I hope you to help us find the money we need to fund it. Certainly not lots of money but if you could find a few extra dollars, perhaps $5.00 or $20.00 it would make a big difference. If you would like to write a check just note KIA Thanksgiving on the check.

If you LOVE the Thanksgiving Luncheon and Service, or even if you just LIKE it, please support it by putting a few extra dollars in the collection plate. We need financial support as well as your wonderful physical help this year! Thanking you in advance.

Mahalo nui loa,

Mary Margaret Smith and Sarah Rogers

August 15, 2019

Earlier this week, a Summit County, Utah church made local news, something to which many churches aspire. This time, however, it wasn’t for something to celebrate. The church, unnamed in the article, made the local news because they have been the target of scammers four times in the past year. Although, each scam was slightly different, each of the scams involved someone posing as clergy and asking for money, and the scams became increasingly more elaborate.

A member of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Andrew Wright, noted that these types of scams are becoming more and more common and that technology is making these schemes more refined and harder to notice, saying,

“With all the technology we have nowadays with different apps and different websites, people are able to go in and literally change their number so that when they call, it appears on your cell phone or your home phone, it’ll show as a number of a legitimate organization or business.”

The Summit County church is not the first one to be the victim of this sort of scam. In recent months, countless churches and diocese have been affected by similar scams.

The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island website has a page devoted to such scams, posted after someone impersonated Bishop Knisely. The post includes instructions for ways to check to see if the email or text message is valid, including verifying the sending email address, as scammers will often create a new email address that looks similar to a real one and communicate that way. The page also encourages people to follow up on such requests in person. The Episcopal Church in Colorado experienced a similar scam and has also created a page on their website for information about what to do in a situation like this.

Churches have become a popular target for these sorts of scams, in large part, because of their commitment to serving others and the close, trusting relationships that often exist in a parish community. The Rev. Charles Robinson, the priest at the Summit County church hit by scammers noted this, saying,

“If a parishioner gets a message from me that says, ‘Hey. I’m in trouble. I need your help’ and they have a relationship with me or if they’re a member of my parish, they’re going to be a lot more susceptible to being deceived,” he said.

To combat against these scams, churches can help by making sure their parishioners’ contact information is well-protected. Contact information on websites, even embedded in linked newsletters or other documents, can be accessed by scammers searching for information.
As always, your Epistle Staff are looking out for you. As reported in the Epistle , 4 , 13, 2019:

E-Mail Scam Strikes All Saints’

A number of All Saints' members have received e-mails claiming to be from Reverend Ryan D. Newman with a Subject that reads "GRACE AND PEACE".
We will continue to keep our eyes open but if you receive any suspicious email, please contact you Epistle Staff for advice.
St. Michael and All Angel's ReSource for Christian Spirituality
St. Michael and All Angel's ReSource for Christian Spirituality is getting ready for another service retreat in Kalaupapa, Moloka`i, October 23-27, 2019. Along with learning about the history, culture and the people of Kalaupapa, they will also be volunteering to clean, paint, and tend to the historic buildings and grounds there. For more information, visit their website HERE or contact the Rev. Phyllis Meighen (UCC) at (808) 647-4346 or e-mail spirituality@stmichaels-kauai.org.

Canned Items: tuna, fruits, vegetables, ravioli, spaghetti

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.
Garden of Eden
After God created the world, God created the first man, called Adam

Adam gives names to all of the animals, and then is given a partner, a woman whom he names Eve . Their home is a garden called Eden . They are told by God that they may eat any of the fruit from the garden except the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but Adam and Eve disobey God by eating the forbidden fruit. God sends them out of the Garden of Eden.

The Bible is like a book of chapters, with different stories about God and us. This is the beginning of our story.

When God created the world, all was “good.” But we turned against God. Today’s story is the story of the first time we failed God. There’s not much cheer at the end of this story, but it is only the first chapter: how we messed up .

Remember, though, that the primary message of the stories in the Bible, including today’s story, is that God stays with us—no matter what
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 .

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 .

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.

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

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.

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 .