A note from Pastor Gae

Aloha Friends,

The struggle going on in Hawai ' i over the building of a telescope on Maunakea has made national news. In lieu of my Coffee Chat this week, I wanted to share with you the message from our Bishop. I think it has application that extends to our entire country.    

Your thoughts are always welcome,
~Pastor Gae+
Photo Credit: Ryan Finnerty from Hawaii Public Radio

A Teaching from the Bishop on Mauna a Wākea

The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i

Aloha o ke Akua,

The Statement below was prepared by two kānaka maoli clergy of the Diocese of Hawai ' i. While recognizing that there are differing opinions regarding the building of a new telescope on Maunakea, it has become clear to me that the concerns are much deeper than the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). I concur with the Statement’s intent and call. As Bishop of Hawai ' i , I am compelled to offer a teaching as we seek to understand the Gospel’s call to justice and long term reconciliation in the Hawaiian Islands today.

At this point, I suggest the imprudence of and the insult caused by the arrest last week of the kūpuna and the Governor’s emergency order will not soon be forgotten. The actions inhibit conversation and reconciliation. The events, however, have brought attention to the alienation of the indigenous people of these Islands, the kānaka maoli, from their own land. Issues of power, control, identity, culture, and history are brought to focus on Mauna a Wākea, but have meaning for all these Islands and our future together.

As Episcopalians, we must not be afraid to speak honestly together about past wrongs and the current injustices. We must talk and, more importantly, deeply listen and act. While we engage in such conversations, there will be conflict. Our faith does not promise freedom from conflict or from disagreement. We are called to seek together peace with justice in the Beloved Community. The Beloved Community must be one where all people experience dignity and abundant life, and wherein they see themselves and others as beloved children of God. Such conversations will take time – even years. It will certainly call for patience and honesty. Our conversation must deepen now...

Due to length, please continue reading the important statement from The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick https://www.episcopalhawaii.org/bishop-on-maunakea.html  

Statement from Two Kānaka Maoli Clergy of Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i

The Reverend Jasmine Hanakaulani o Kamamalu Bostock
The Reverend Paul Nahoa Lucas
The Episcopal Church in Hawai ' i stands proudly on the shoulders of our ancestors, who were faithful aliʻi. Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV invited and welcomed our Church into these islands. Queen Lili ' uokalani was an honored member of our Church. Our history as Episcopalians is tied with them, and, therefore, with the sovereign nation and people of Hawai ' i . As such, our responsibility is to the welfare of this ʻāina, and the kānaka maoli people whom our monarchs loved and served so dearly.

As Episcopalians, our Baptismal Covenant asks us, “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” We boldly answer, “I will, with God’s help.” We fear that the dignity of kānaka maoli people is not being respected, and with the militarized police presence, there can be no peace. Hawaiians are a living, breathing people, whose cultural practices do not belong in museums, or merely on display for tourist consumption. The cultural practices lead many to protect Mauna a Wākea as she is perceived to be genesis point of the people of these Islands – she is a part of us.

The conflict on Maunakea has escalated with a “state of emergency” being declared to counter those who are standing to protect Maunakea as a sacred place. This is not an issue of being anti-science, as Hawaiian people have a long and proud history of technological advancement. We reject a colonialist worldview that sees indigenous peoples as ones whose intelligence is inferior…

Due to length, please continue reading the important statement prepared by two kānaka maoli clergy of the Diocese of Hawai ' i at this link: https://www.episcopalhawaii.org/bishop-on-maunakea.html

CONNECT

Let’s Play Mini Golf: FREE for All
This Sunday, July 28, 2:00pm
Anaina Hou, Kilauea
Join fellow Christ Memorial parishioners for some fun on Sunday, July 28th at 2:00pm. We will be meeting at the Anaina Hou Mini Golf & Gardens to play 18 holes of fun mini golf surrounded by a Hawaiian Botanical Garden. 

Journey through the history of Hawai ' i and its tropical flora, while water hazards, pipe shots and other obstacles make for a fun and challenging game for all ages. Mini golf is free on Sundays for Hawaiian residents AND their guests. 

We have a nice group signed up, so let us know if you plan to join us by emailing ChristMemorialKilauea@gmail.com .
Bishop’s Committee Meeting Updates

Our Bishop’s Committee met this past Sunday, and here are the highlights of the gathering: 

  • Scott Oliver attended and reported on the Planned Giving seminar he attended. The diocese encourages all churches to contemplate the creation of an endowment.

  • Our pledge/plate/alms/box/appeals are behind budget. Semi-annual statements have been mailed to pledging members. 

  • $50,000 will be moved from a Bonus Rate Savings Account to a Diocesan Investment Account.

  • The first two weeks of credit card giving at the Thrift Shop looked promising. We are testing this for 90 days.

  • Discussion of the Mutual Ministry Review. Most of the suggestions for improvement, church growth and wellbeing are being implemented. A priority for the 2020 budget is a part-time administrator to help Pastor Gae. 

  • Suzanne Kobayashi, the lead link for Long Range Planning, is creating a Task Force to research building or acquiring a clergy residence.  

Name Tags: We’re Taking Names!

We’ve had many requests for name tags. Send us your name, and we will have your name tag this Sunday. There also will be a sign up sheet on the walkway table for those who want name tags.  

Save the Date: Newcomer’s Lunch
Sunday, August 4
11:00 - 12:30pm in the Church Office

For those new to the church in the past year or so, our newly formed Membership Team is hosting a lunch. Pastor Gae and members of our Bishop’s Committee will address:

  • The Episcopal Church and what we believe (how we are same/different from other Christian tribes)  
  • The history and ministry of Christ Memorial
  • A walking tour of the Sanctuary and burial grounds
  • What it means to be a member

For more information, sign up on the Walkway or contact Pastor Gae at gdchalker@gmail.com .

Meet Aloha Greeters Tommy and Sandy

We welcome Tommy and Sandy to Christ Memorial and are grateful for the enthusiastic spirit they bring every Sunday to greeting our parishioners and visitors. 

Recently retired from the aerospace and legal arenas, Tommy and Sandy arrived to their new home in Kilauea from California and are busier than ever setting up home, working in the garden and getting to know the community… and loving every minute of it! 

ALOHA to our new friends!

Centering Prayer: “My prayers do not change God; God changes me.”
Sunday , August 4, 4:00 - 5:00pm
Meets in the Christ Memorial Sanctuary

British author, professor and theologian CS Lewis was married to an American poet Joy Gresham. Shortly after they were married, she was diagnosed with a serious form of bone cancer. During months of her treatment and hospitalization, Lewis spent much of the time by her bedside in prayer. 
When her cancer went into remission one of his colleagues said to him, “It appears that your prayers have been answered.” Lewis replied, “ In these many days of prayer at Joy’s bedside, I have learned that my prayers do not change God; God changes me.”  

This is the essence of Centering prayer. Practicing the quieting of our minds provides access to the power and presence of God. God’s love opens our hearts, heals our wounds, and molds us into the image of Christ.  

Our Centering Prayer group is open to all faiths and to anyone who is seeking a deeper meaning to their spiritual life along the Contemplative Path. We meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. 

Each session, Pastor Gae gives meditation instruction followed by a bit of music and sacred reading, time to sit in silence, and time for observations and questions. Cushions for the pews are provided. 
Join us for our next session on Sunday, August 4! We meet in the sanctuary.

Come Early to Worship and Walk our Labyrinth
Behind the sanctuary, next to the burial grounds, you will find our newly created Labyrinth. There is not a right or wrong way to walk the Labyrinth. Simply observe the intuitions and desires that come as you walk. This is an embodied prayer experience. Let your body lead you! You can walk it slowly and reverently, or quickly and playfully (always mindful of others walking). If you are moved to pause at a given spot, do so! 

Pastor Gae notes:  Here is a beautiful Youtube meditation set at the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth. For those new to labyrinths, I encourage you to watch it


How to Connect with Christ Memorial on Facebook
Connecting with Christ Memorial on Facebook is easy:

  1. Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChristMemorialEpiscopalChurchKauai.
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  3. Click Share to share our Facebook page with your community. 
  4. Click Send Message to share your thoughts privately with us. 
  5. Comment on our posts as you are inspired.

We look forward to connecting!
KIDS! The Great Adventure: 
Great Stories of the Old Testament  
Summer Sunday School
Every Sunday, 8:00 – 9:00am
Meets in the Church Office

Each week, we are going on a Great Adventure to explore the great bible stories of the Old Testament. We meet heroes and villains, and encounter some really big challenges. This Sunday we are learning the story of Joseph, Join us on any Sunday this summer! 

For more info, contact Keana keana@ischool.org or Leona lcblankley@aol.com .

Can you volunteer? We are required to have two adults in Sunday School class. Can you help out our leaders one week? If so, please contact Keana or Leona.

Men’s Fellowship  
Every Monday at 9:00am
Meets at Kilauea Bakery and Pizza (Kong Lung Market Center)

Christ Memorial Men’s Fellowship group is growing! We meet every Monday morning at 9:00am for coffee or breakfast at the Kilauea Bakery. For more information, see Patrick O’Connell at worship or email him at paoco65@gmail.com
SERVE
Helen Mitsui Shared Blessings Thrift Shop
Half-Price Sale on Books, CDs and DVDs    

Summer reading, book club, back to school? Starting Friday July 19, all books, CDs and DVDs will be half price at the thrift shop library. Please help us clear our shelves so we can restock with new collections. Pass the word on to your friends and neighbors!
Entering the 21st Century: Credit Cards Accepted 

After 40+ years of running the Helen Mitsui Shared Blessings Thrift Shop the old fashioned way — cash transactions only — we are going modern, at least as a test for the next 90 days. 

You can use credit and debit cards for purchases. Mahalo nui loa to open minds, technical support and initiative to get us set up from Helen, Craig, Bill, Scott, Rebecca, and Steve. Let us know what you think!  
Thrift Shop Hours for Shopping and Donations

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 2:00 - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 3:00pm
Sunday: closed (fellowship 11am - 12pm)
Monday: closed

PRAY
Special Ministry of Christ Memorial ~ Open for Prayer
Monday-Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Feeling a little overwhelmed with life? Just drop in to Christ Memorial for a little peace and quiet.

One important ministry of Christ Memorial is the opening of our church doors, Monday through Friday, during the day. It’s amazing the number of people who drop in to pray, meditate, or just to seek a few minutes of quiet. Unfortunately fear has crept into many churches. Pastor Gae believes our country would be very different if all churches kept their doors unlocked.

Our Sunday prayer list includes those whom our visitors have asked us to pray.

Live off island? If you have a prayer intention or would like to pray for those on our prayer list, email Pastor Gae at gdchalker@gmail.com .

 GIVE
Everyday Stewardship: “Time is a Gift”

So many times in my life, I have failed to start something because I had not yet adequately prepared. I would have started working out or going for a jog, but I needed to get the right shoes. I would have started eating right if only I could find the time and money to buy the right foods. I would have started that journaling project, but I couldn’t without a really nice leather-bound journal. I would have, I would have, and I would have!

I know many people can relate. We offer up excuses for so many things. Sometimes we even get to the point where we do start something, but by then, we have already lost so much time. 

Some of us are thinking about taking a stewardship way of life seriously, but we are just not ready yet. We would be more generous if we can first get out of debt. We would give of our time, but we have to wait until the kids get older or until we fully research our options. The truth is, we don’t have to be in any particular state of life or have any specific financial portfolio to start giving our very selves to God. God takes us as we are now. No resume needed. Why waste so much time thinking about getting started and becoming serious? Time is a gift given to all of us. As we think and prepare endlessly, we are practicing poor stewardship. The time to start is today. Who wants to answer God one day at the gates of Heaven saying, “I would have”? ~ Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS

Ways to Support Your Church
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your financial support and generosity allow us to create and enhance the beautiful environment and worship that you and your family enjoy on a weekly basis.

Change to Automated Giving
Thank you to those of you who automate your giving and have a plan to support your church. Your consistent, planned generosity makes it possible for us to budget and dream responsibly. Want to change to automated giving? It makes life easy, especially if you travel. Contact our Treasurer Scott Oliver for information at j.scott.oliver380@gmail.com .
Check
Thank you to all of you who still like to write checks. Please make checks payable to Christ Memorial Episcopal Church and mail to PO Box 293, Kilauea, HI 96754.

 Stock
Through the decades, many have given stock to Christ Memorial, enabling us to be a consistent presence in Kilauea. For more information on contributing stock, contact Scott Oliver at j.scott.oliver380@gmail.com.



Sharing our Property for Support and Recovery Groups
Christ Memorial wants to be known in the community as a healing place for the body, mind and spirit. We are seeking support and recovery groups to meet on the property, either in the Parish Hall or the Office. If you know of a group looking for a place to meet: grief support, eating disorders, anxiety, Al-Anon, Gamblers Anonymous, etc., please tell them to contact us.

If you know of a group looking for a place to meet: grief support, eating disorders, anxiety, Al-Anon, Gamblers Anonymous, etc., please tell them to contact Pastor Gae.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) groups meet at Christ Memorial Parish Hall every week on these days and times:

  • Tuesday at 10:00 am
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 7:30 pm
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Newsletter Mission: Our weekly newsletter was launched this year to inform our island community, as well as connect with our broader community of old and new friends, near and far. Whether you live on Kaua'i, visit seasonally or joined Christ Memorial for the first time during vacation, we welcome you into our global family. We endeavor to include inspiration, new ideas, practical advice and updates on news and events of Christ Memorial. Let us know how we can serve you best in 2019 by replying to this newsletter or emailing us at ChristMemorialKilauea@gmail.com

Have you met Pastor Gae? Pastor Gae wants to get to know you all – phone chats, home visits, morning coffees, afternoon teas or walks on the beach. Near or far, reach out to meet or share your thoughts at gdchalker@gmail.com or (623) 208-9436.
Christ Memorial Episcopal Church
2509 Kolo Road, Kilauea, HI 96754
Mailing: PO Box 293, Kilauea, HI 96754
Phone: (808) 482-4824