Volume 3, Issue 35
September 21, 2018
THIS SUNDAY: September 23, 2018
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (B)
Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 54
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

Cami Pascua (EM)
John Hanaoka (U)
Dee Grigsby (AG)

David Crocker (EM)
David Murray & Chris Kostka (R)
Mario Antonio & Bara Sargent (U)
Janis Wright (AG)
Raiden & Harper(A)
Sat. Sept 22 nd | 5:30-10:00PM
Movie Night on the Lawn

Mon. Sept 24 th | 6:30-8:30PM
KISS Group Vocal Workshop

Tues. Sept 25 th | 6:00-8:30PM
Vestry Meeting
Eucharist 6:00PM
Meeting 6:30PM

Thurs. Sept 27 th | 7:00PM
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall


Every Sunday | 9:00-9:30AM
Adult Bible Study on this Week's Gospel
Under the big tree

Every Sunday | 9:30-10:15AM
Sunday School
Memorial Hall

Every Sunday | 10:45AM - 12PM
Aloha Hour
Under the big tree

Every Monday | 8:00AM
Monday Crew
Church Office

1 st & 3 rd Wednesday | 5:30PM
Laundry Love
Kapa`a Laundromat

Every Wednesday | 6:00PM
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert (Church)

1 st Thursday | 8:00AM
Eucharistic Healing Service

Every Thursday | 6:00PM
Choir Practice
Choir Room

2 nd & 4 th Thursday | 7:00-8:00
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall
Join the Ke Akua Youth Group Sept 22 nd
5:30 - 10:00PM
"Peter Rabbit" and "Avengers: Infinity War."
The show will begin at sunset.
Admission is free - donations welcome. There will be a concession stand with food and drinks for sale. Proceeds will go toward the keiki of Ke Akua Youth Group. Invite your friends and family! 

Interested in volunteering?

We have lots of volunteer opportunities such as food donations, food serving, table setup, and breakdown. Contact Cami for more information. 
Over 800 Cats Sterilized This Month
The nonprofit Animal Balance wrapped up its third high-volume spay and neuter campaign Sept. 14 th and sterilized a total of 802 cats during the two weeks they were on-island.

The campaign focused on cats that aren’t owned — known as feral or community cats — but also had a few spaces for owned cats to have surgeries for a low fee.

The first half of the September campaign was staged in Kapa`a at All Saints’ Church and 550 cats were sterilized in those five days. The second half of the campaign was staged at a private residence in Kilauea and sterilized 252 cats.

Excerpt from The Garden Island . For the complete article, click here: http://www.thegardenisland.com/2018/09/05/hawaii-news/feline-balancing-act/
2018 Holy Sovereigns' Celebration
All Saints' Episcopal Church will be holding its annual celebration of the lives and accomplishments of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma - the Holy Sovereigns - on Sunday, October 14 th . The service will start at 9:30AM.

Organizations and individuals will have an opportunity once again to present ho`okupu to the King and Queen.
As part of this year's celebrations we will also be dedicating the All Saints' prayer chapel to the memories of Queen Emma and Queen Liliu`okalani. The chapel will be known as " The Queens' Chapel ”.

The service will be followed by a pot-luck lunch hosted by the congregation of the Church.

We hope that you will be able to join us in this annual celebration of the language, culture and history of Hawai`i and, in particular, the lives of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma - the Holy Sovereigns - and Queen Liliu`okalani, the first and only reigning Hawaiian queen and the last reigning monarch of the independent Kingdom of Hawai`i.

Ke Akua pu me `oukou.
-David Murray
Event starts at 9AM, All Saints' dance starts at approximately 12:30PM
Members of the All Saints' Japanese Dance Class taken at the Regency at Puakena outreach program in 2017.
Carolyn Kubota Morinishi - Azuma Japanese dance instructor in Los Angles and All Saints'
The Japanese Dance class will be performing at Matsuri Kaua`i on Saturday, September 22 nd (the exact performance time to be announced). Several All Saints' members will be performing including Jan Hashizume, Wayne Doliente, Mabel Antonio, Carolyn Morinishi, and Marian Kubota while others will be helping with dressing the dancers.

The Japanese dance class will also be performing at Garden Isle Health Care (at Wilcox) on Saturday, October 20 th , at 10:00AM, as part of their continuing outreach efforts. 

Note: If you want to attend the performance and work on the Habitat build in October, that's OK. After dancing at Garden Isle Health Care on October 20 th , a group plans to carpool to 'Ele'ele and join the Habitat crew. Busy day!!
Talk Story With Ministry Leaders

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10)

Weekly Ministry Presentation Dates:
  • September 23: Ushers and Lay Readers
  • Music Ministry, Preschool, ECW
  • September 30: Pastoral Care, Healing Ministry, Eucharistic Visitors, Lay Eucharistic Ministers
  • October 7: Daughters of the King, Spiritual Formation/Sunday School, Stewardship
  • October 14: Music Ministries, Preschool
  • October 21: Hospitality, Heavenly Hikes
  • October 28: Buildings and Grounds, Monday Crew
Workday Scheduled: Saturday, September 29 th
Our next Work Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 29 th . There is always work for willing hands. In addition to our usual projects (cleaning church windows, cleaning and tidying the gym kitchen etc.) we hope that our main focus for the day will be re-painting the Labyrinth. Of course, that depends on the cooperation of Mother Nature – i.e. no rain!
Buildings and Grounds Ministry

The B&G Ministry includes Marge Akana, Mary Margaret Smith, Chris Wataya, Janis Wright, David Crocker and yours truly. We coordinate much of the work on the Buildings and Grounds. Hence the name! If you would like to be involved with this important ministry please talk to any of us. We would love to have you join us.

For and on behalf of the B&G Ministry,
David Murray
God's Ten Commandments For Holy Living
The rule of law is essential to a community. In the Ten Commandments, God gives the Israelites the Law that will help them to survive and flourish as they struggle, beginning in the wilderness, to forge a unique identity as God’s people.
God gives the commandments to a people in and surrounded by a culture with very different, even barbaric, practices, and so the Ten Commandments are a great civilizing influence. As simple as they may seem to us now, they are still guideposts for our own lives as we try to keep the more “barbaric” aspects of modern civilization from encroaching on our God’s values of love, mercy and justice.

The simple rules are obvious—we take them for granted now, at least their basic rightness. “Thou shalt not kill.” “Thou shalt not steal.” We continually try to find loopholes and legitimate exceptions.

But our attempts to find such “loopholes” tell more about our basic acceptance of these rules than about their legitimacy. We never challenge their rightness or their relevance to our lives even now, over 3,000 years later! 
‘Connecting The Dots’ Between Faith and Climate Change
Posted Sep 14, 2018

Tackling issues like climate change or protecting the environment often requires a lot of boring, behind-the-scenes work, far from the spotlight.

But sometimes you have to let your light shine, said the Rev. Susan Hendershot Guy, president of Interfaith Power & Light.

For California faith communities, that meant taking a public role in the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco last week (Sept. 12-14), offering an interfaith service and faith-based workshops among other events.

The three-day summit, co-chaired by Gov. Jerry Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, drew international and local government, business, science and nonprofit leaders. Hendershot Guy said it is important for the faith community to show up as well.

“Every major faith tradition calls us to care for the Earth,” she said. “And every major faith tradition calls us to care for our neighbors and those who are most vulnerable. And climate change impacts both of those.”

The summit was a chance for these congregations to raise the profile of their faith efforts.

“There are a lot of people beginning to connect the dots between faith, the environment, climate change,” said the Rev. Ambrose Carroll, co-founder of Green the Church, a campaign to motivate environmental action in the African-American church community.

For many congregations, the environmental focus is nothing new. Many local houses of worship have community gardens or encourage members to write letters to the editor of their local newspaper. An Interfaith Power & Light program called Cool Congregations helps congregations reduce their carbon footprint while saving money.

Some faith leaders have taken time to call or meet with local policy makers — an important step, said Hendershot Guy. “We can all change a light bulb,” she said. “But at the end of the day we need the right policies in place in order to get where we need to go as quickly as we need to get there.”

Pregnant Mothers Gift Package: Baby Lotion, Shampoo, Washcloths, Baby Wipes
Please 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.
What Does It Mean?
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The Ten Commandments
The commands, also known as the decalogue or Ten Words, given by God at Sinai in connection with the making of the covenant (Ex 20:1-17). Another slightly different version appears in the extended homily Moses delivers shortly before the entrance of the Hebrews into the Promised Land (Dt. 5:6-21). The Sinai version precedes the large collection of laws also associated with the Mosaic covenant. The Ten Commandments form the fundamental law of God for Israel and concern the cult (no other gods, no images, no misuse of God's name, observance of the Sabbath) as well as social relations (honor of parents, no killing, no adultery, no false witness, no coveting). Unlike the case law of the Old Testament, where an offense is followed by its punishment, the Ten Commandments are categorical. Some religious communities differ from the numbering of the Ten Commandments in Anglican and reformed traditions, but agree in the content. In the New Testament both Jesus (Mk 10:17-22 and parallel passages) and Paul (Rom 13:8-10) affirm their continuing validity.
Sharing God's Gifts
Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already. 
– C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) is an association of church leaders who understand, practice, and proclaim God’s call to generosity.

"We are children of God, disciples of Jesus Christ who feel called to a ministry of transformation through stewardship. We are sojourners who, along with many others, have some sense that it is through an understanding of holistic stewardship and a practice of gratitude and generosity that we will grow spiritually, that we will grow more and more into the likeness of the loving, generous God in whose image we are created. We believe that it is by virtue of our baptism that we are called to this ministry of stewardship."

TENS' Purpose
Helping People Live Generously
TENS' Vision
To provide training and resources for stewardship leaders across The Episcopal Church and beyond.
TENS is an outstanding resource for all Episcopalians. This fall, we will be using some of the thought- and spirit-provoking materials provided by TENS to supplement our 2018 Stewardship Program.

Nelson Secretario
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship’s theme for 2018 is rich with opportunity for broad conversations about generosity and transformation. In fact, it would be easy to include everything about our Christian faith under this topic.

I’m reminded of a paragraph in Peter Gomes’ book The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus. In the chapter “What Would Jesus Have Me Do?” Gomes writes:
[Our situation would be easier if Jesus were less clear about the priorities he sets for us. At the heart of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” “All these things” refers to such things as food, clothing and other fundamental necessities of life, plus security, safety and moral clarity. The priority that Jesus asks us to seek is God’s kingdom, God’s righteousness, the first thing about all else to which we are meant to direct our attention and efforts. That is also the first petition in the pattern of prayer that Jesus taught his followers to say: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done….” We should notice that only after that priority is established are we encouraged to ask for our own needs in the form of daily bread.]

How would “generosity” be transformed if we remembered what Jesus is always calling us to do? We are indeed called to establish new priorities for ourselves and our communities of faith.

Too often the annual pledge drive is limited to funding the church’s budget instead of transforming how we look at our calling as Christians. Too often we worry about surviving instead of taking up Jesus’ challenge to us to thrive. 

When we establish new priorities for ourselves and for our churches, we transform how we think about generosity. That transformation will call us to look for generosity in every aspect of our work, in every aspect of our lives. Remember the tenth chapter of Mark’s Gospel, “Jesus, looking at the man, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’”

Once again, Jesus calls us to look at what Gomes calls “the long view.” Once again, Jesus challenges us to give all of ourselves to God’s righteousness and trust in God’s care.

What a challenge! What transformation!
Richard Felton
Executive Director/CEO
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship

Responding to Hurricane Florence & Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong)
Dated: September 15, 2018

A message from Bishop Robert L. Fitzpatrick

I urge all Episcopalians in the Diocese of Hawai`i and the Episcopal Church in Micronesia to respond to the needs of those impacted by Hurricane Florence by sending donations directly to Episcopal Relief and Development's Hurricane Relief Fund (see section at bottom of this announcement), and to be sure to keep all those impacted and responding in our personal and corporate prayers. 

I urge all Episcopalians in the Diocese of Hawai`i and the Episcopal Church in Micronesia to pray for those impacted by Typhoon Mangkhut (called Ompong in the Philippines). 

Compassionate God, draw near to those impacted by Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Ompong in this time of sorrow and anguish, comfort those who mourn, strengthen those who are weary, encourage those in despair, and lead us all to fullness of life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen,
Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy, who through your Son gave us a marvelous example of charity and the great commandment of love for one another. Send down your blessings on your servants, who so generously devote themselves to helping others. Grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary, and compassion in all their work. When the alarm sounds and they are called to aid both friend and stranger, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Because of the historic connections and direct continuing family links to the areas of the Philippines most impacted by the storm, I will ask for a special collection to be taken in our churches on a designated Sunday to be sent directly to the Church in the impacted areas. I have asked the Rev. Canon Randy Albano and the Rev. Ernesto Pasalo to contact the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) dioceses of Laoag and Batac on the northwest coast of Luzan and inquire how we might best help. I will contact the Episcopal Church in the Philippines to ask how we might best directly help churches.

If members want to make individual donations toward this emerging effort, checks (with "Typhoon Ompong Relief" noted in the memo) can be sent to my office:
The Episcopal Church in Hawai`i
Attn: Typhoon Ompong Relief
229 Queen Emma Square
Honolulu, HI 96813-2304

Yours faithfully,
The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick
Bishop Diocesan 
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i
You can immediately make a donation to the Episcopal Relief and Development's Hurricane Relief Fund and help people recover. Your donation will help meet urgent needs after Hurricane Florence and other storms by providing critical supplies such as food, water and other basics and offering long-term assistance as needed.
Mail Donations to:
Episcopal Relief & Development 
P.O. Box 7058 
Merrifield, VA 22116-7058
Phone Donations:
Online Donations:
IN BRIEF . . .
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