Volume 1, Issue 42
December 2, 2016
In This Issue
Holiday Craft Fair
Hale Ho'omalu
December Saturday Market
Christmas Information
Vestry Update
This Week in Sunday School
Upcoming Concert
In Brief
This Sunday
December 4, 2016

2nd Sunday of Advent
Upcoming Dates
Every Wednesday
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM -  Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

Saturday, December 3
Holiday Craft Fair
9:00AM - 2:00PM
All Saints' Campus

Wednesday, December 7
Laundry Love - Team "B"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Thursday, December 8
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

Saturday, December 10
Saturday Market and
Swap Meet
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Church Lawn

Sunday, December 11
Christmas Caroling
at Mahelona

Youth Group Christmas Party

Sunday, December 18
Episcopal Church Women
Memorial Hall

Wednesday, December 21
Laundry Love - Team "C"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Preschool Christmas Program
All Saints' Gym

Thursday, December 22
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve

Keiki Service

Festive Christmas Mass

Christmas Open House at the Rectory
7:00PM - 10:15PM

Carol Prelude and Festive Christmas Mass

Sunday, December 25
Christmas Day

Holy Eucharist
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Holiday Craft This Saturday!
One of Kauai's largest and most popular holiday crafts fairs returns this Saturday, December 3rd, 9:00AM to 2:00PM at All Saints'.
The event is sold out! There will be over 70 booths featuring the island's best crafted products. All Saints' Holiday Craft Fair is a great place to do your Christmas shopping. In addition, there will be a car wash held in the parking nearest to the Sloggett Center. The Ke Akua Youth Group will also host their annual Craft Fair Silent Auction in Memorial Hall. The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and the Youth Group have teamed together to offer a bake sale and food booth.
The craft fair is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Ke Akua Youth Group. Proceeds from the event help to support their mission work and participation in the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE). In addition, proceeds from the silent auction go to support charities selected by the Youth Group.
Shop! Eat! Bid on auction items! Get your car washed! Join us for this special holiday event put on by our Ke Akua Youth Group.
Hale Ho'omalu Holiday Giving Project
This year's Holiday Giving Project for Hale Ho'omalu is focusing on providing a Christmas meal for their case management families. It was very sad news to hear that many of them were unable to have a Thanksgiving Meal with turkey and ham so the staff of Hale Ho'omalu decided that this year they will buy some turkey and ham for these families to have for Christmas.

The ECW are asking all of you if you would take just a few minutes to support this Family Program with a monetary donation which will help in purchasing turkey and ham for a nice Christmas meal. You may write a check and please note on the check that it is for Hale Hoomalu and drop it in the offering plate before or on December 11th .

"On Sunday, December 11th, we will designate our free-will offering to the ECW's Hale Ho'omalu Christmas Project," announced Father Ryan.

T he Third Sunday of Advent is often referred to as Gaudete Sunday. It is the day we light the pink candle on the Advent Wreath. Gaudete means rejoice. Historically in the Church, Gaudete Sunday provided a joyous tone amid the penitent season of Advent. 

"A gift to Hale Ho'omalu on December 11th will allow others to REJOICE during the season of Christmas," said Father Ryan.

Last year, our Episcopal Church Women collected gift cards which were used throughout the year as a tool to help teach the families to shop and budget wisely. This was truly appreciated for we were able to provide them with resources to help create meaningful and lasting changes in their lives. 

If you have already purchased your gift cards and ornaments for this year we will gladly deliver them to Hale Ho'omalu. Please give them to April Womack or Diane Sato.

Hale Ho'omalu is a child and family service agency in our neighborhood. For many years, All Saints' and Hale Ho'omalu have joined efforts on projects to support families in our island community. Hale Ho'omalu and All Saints' are connected by a shared value . . . it is "All about Family!" 
December Market
We invite you to join us for this month's Saturday Market and Swap Meet, December, 9:00AM to 2:00PM. It will be a wonderful opportunity to get Christmas gifts for your loved ones. 

Vendors: In this season of giving,  we want to offer a special gift to our vendors. For December's Saturday Market and Swap Meet, All Saints' is waiving the registration fees for all vendors.  December is FREE to all vendors! If you are interested in being a vendor, click here.

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Hale Lani Christian Store
During their meeting on August 23rd the Vestry discussed the operation of the Hale Lani store.  At the recommendation of the Hale Lani committee the following motion was made.

"If we do not have the necessary volunteers to run the store by September 1st the store will close permanently as of that date.  The inventory will be sold at the Saturday market and the profits will go first to pay off the money owed to the church fund and any remaining money will be used for youth and outreach."
The Vestry approved the motion unanimously.
Unfortunately we did not have enough volunteers offering to help out with the operation of the store and it has therefore been closed permanently. As agreed in the resolution of August 23rd the inventory is being sold at the Saturday Markets and a final liquidation of the remaining stock will take place early in the New Year.
At their meeting on November 29th, the Vestry agreed that the store area will be turned over to the Ke Akua Youth Group for use as a Youth Group Room. For the first time the youth will have their own, dedicated space. The "back office" will be converted to storage space enabling us to store our tables and chairs in one, easily accessible space.
Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."

December 4th Lesson: Angels Come to Mary and Joseph
During Advent, we usually recognize Mary, the mother of Jesus. In the Advent wreath, she is often symbolically represented in the third, pink, candle. 

For this lesson, we will cover two stories, recognizing the role of both mother and father in the preparation for the coming of our Lord and their son Jesus. The story of how the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary (called The Annunciation) is found in Luke. Joseph's story is found in Matthew.

Mary and Joseph, in the midst of uncertainty and unexpected happenings, face a difficult choice: submit to the divine will or doubt it and try to control one's own destiny. Both choose to trust in God's word, even though it means leaving the old ways of living (Joseph not heeding the Jewish law), living in difficult circumstances (a stable, then as refugees in Egypt), and living in fear and anxiety for their lives (running from Herod, then following the path of Jesus to his rejection by the people and his death on the cross).

These two stories of Joseph and Mary are perfect examples of the kind of faith and obedience that we can try to imitate, the humble submission to the will of God when God calls us to mission.

School School Teachers: Team "C."

IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"

2017 Pledge Cards
If you have not yet had a chance to complete a pledge card, it's not too late. Pledge cards are available at the Church entrance and in the Church Office. Please return your pledge card ASAP. The Vestry and the Stewardship Committee have set a goal of receiving 100% of pledge commitments from our All Saints' 'Ohana.  If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to Bill Caldwell or Fr. Ryan.

Sunday School Teacher Meeting, December 4th
On Sunday, December 4th at 11:00AM in Memorial Hall, we are asking all Sunday School Teachers to gather for a meeting.  Since launching the new curriculum and volunteer format this will be the first opportunity for all the teachers to gather, check-in with one another, share what is working, and talk about what needs to be tweaked. If you serve on one the Sunday School Teaching Teams, please plan to attend. If you have any questions, please contact to  Sierra Gore

December 11th: Join us for Christmas Caroling at Mahelona 
We invite everyone to come and sing in the halls of Mahelona's Long-term Care Unit for All Saints' Annual Christmas Caroling. We will gather on Sunday, December 11th at 5:45PM in the main parking lot of Mahelona. Caroling begins promptly at 6:00 PM and typically lasts about a half-hour.  Be sure to dress in some bright holiday colors like red or green. Santa hats and reindeer antlers are always welcome, and so are any musical instruments to enhance the overall experience. This is a wonderful family-friendly event and service opportunity.

Offering a Gift to "Green" the Church for Christmas
Would you like to make an offering for Christmas poinsettias?   This is a wonderful way to make the church look festive for Christmas and to make a dedication in thanksgiving or in memory of someone. Pick up a form at the entrance of the Church or download an online form Please make checks payable to All Saints' Church with "Christmas flowers" on the memo line.  To be included in the Christmas program listing, please submit your donation by Friday, December 16th.

9:30AM Service Available Online
All Saints' is currently beta testing a live stream feed to Facebook Live and the All Saints' website.  The goal is to be fully operational by Christmas Eve. In the meantime, visit  All Saints' Facebook  page and test out the Sunday Service Livestream experience--the service is available 24/7. If you have any feedback or would like to assist with this new ministry opportunity (no prior technology experience required), please email  Fr. Ryan .
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