Volume 1, Issue 29
August 26, 2016
In This Issue
Saturday Work Day
Heavenly Hike
Sunday School Launch
This Week in Sunday School
Hale Ho'omalu September Collection
Youth Group Meet and Greet
Hale Lani Update
Preparing for the 'Ohana Retreat
Louisiana Disaster
Photo of the Week
Presiding Bishop Message
Monastic Life
In Brief
This Sunday
Readings for August 28
Proper 17(C)

Chris Neumann (EM)
Judy Satonitman (U)
Diane Sato  (AG)

Mary Margaret Smith  (EM)
Mario Antonio (U)
Margaret Hosono (U)
David Murray (R)
Chris Wataya (R)
Eryn and Tyler  (A)
Janis Wright  (AG)
Mary Schulz (OSL)
Harold Nelson (OSL)
Sunday School Team D
Upcoming Dates
Every Wednesday
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM -  Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

Saturday, August 27
Church Work Day
8:00AM - 12:00PM
Church Campus

Saturday, August 28
Heavenly Hikes
11:30AM - Depart Church
Ninini Point Lighthouse
in Lihue

Wednesday, August 31
Ke Akua Youth Group
Meet and Greet
with Sierra Gore 
6:45PM - 8:00PM

September 3-5
'Ohana Retreat
Camp Sloggett

Sunday, September 4

Eucharist Service at
'Ohana Retreat
Camp Sloggett

Wednesday, September 7
Laundry Love (Team B)
5:30 - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Thursday, September 8
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

Saturday, September 10
Saturday Market 
and Swap Meet
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Church Campus

Thursday, September 15
Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
Memorial Hall

Wednesday, Sept. 21
Laundry Love (Team C)
5:30 - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Thursday, September 22
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall  
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No Services at All Saints' on Sunday, September 4th
Due to the 'Ohana Retreat at Camp Sloggett, Sunday services on September 4th at All Saints' will not be held. The Church will be open between 7:00AM - 12:00PM for private prayer and reflection. 

A celebration of Holy Eucharist will be held at 5:00PM on Sunday, September 4th, at Camp Sloggett. All are welcome to attend.
Work Day: Saturday, August 27

The next Church Workday is this Saturday, August 27. It will begin at 8:00AM and conclude no later than 12:00PM. Volunteers are not required to stay the entire time, but it is always helpful if they are able to do so.

This Saturday, volunteers will be staining the deck (weather permitting), cleaning and reorganizing the gym kitchen, cleaning Memorial Hall, and preparing the Cottage for our Ministry Intern, Sierra. In addition, there will be numerous tasks focused on cleaning, organizing, and beautifying the sanctuary and Church grounds.

Saturday Workdays are vital to the stewardship and preservation of our All Saints' Campus. Our 'Ohana is blessed with a beautiful campus and numerous buildings. However, these amazing resources require a great deal of ongoing maintenance and preventative care. It is our call and duty to properly care for our Church home--not only for this generation, but for many generations to come.

There are jobs for all ages and all abilities. Workdays can be a wonderful family-centered activity. Many hands make light work!
This Sunday: Ninini Point Lighthouse in Lihue

August's Heavenly Hike, this Sunday, the 28th, will take the group to Ninini Point Lighthouse on the south edge of Lihue Airport at the entrance of Nawiliwili Harbor.

Ninini Point, which marks the northern entrance to Nawiliwili Bay, was leased by the Hawaiian government from the Lihue Plantation in 1897 as the site for a lighthouse, and several light structures have served on the point over the years. The lighthouse was automated in 1953 and does not require a full time light keeper.

All are welcome on the hike! Those interested in joining the hike can meet after the second service at 11:45AM in the Church parking lot to carpool or participants can meet the group at the Lihue Marriott Parking Lot (nearest the golf course) at 12:15PM. However, parking is limited, so we are encouraging the group to carpool.

Be sure to bring water, a hat, a light lunch or snack.
Committed to our Keiki and Their Spiritual Journeys

This month, Sunday School relaunched with a new curriculum, Weaving God's Promises, and a group of 18 Sunday School teachers divided into four teams. Yes, 18 teachers!

During the first four weeks of Sunday School, the program hosted anywhere from 13-19 keiki each week. The four teams of teachers are very excited about the opportunity to work together to implement the curriculum.

"It is wonderful to see a large group of volunteers passionate about teaching our keiki in Sunday School. It is so important for the future of All Saints' that we offer an exceptional Sunday School experience," said Father Ryan Newman.

"The congregation really responded to our charge that the responsibility of supporting our children's faith journeys needs to be shared by the whole congregation."

Through the All Saints' Sunday School program, our vision is that each keiki entrusted to our care:
  1. Grows to love God--God the creator, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.
  2. Learns the sacred stories of the Christian faith.
  3. Explores the deeper questions of life and faith and demonstrates a willingness to be inquisitive, ask questions, and seek out answers.
  4. Respects the beauty and diversity of God's people and the many faith traditions, theologies, and philosophies of thought throughout God's creation.
  5. Develops their own spiritual identity nurtured in the Word and Sacrament of the Church.
Visit the new Sunday School website. The site offers a program and curriculum overview, information about scope and sequence, and features a complete schedule for the entire 2016-2017 program year.
Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."

Sunday School students will hear the story of how God chooses Abraham to be the father of "many nations," making him the father of God's chosen people. This is the beginning of our "becoming God's people."

Students will learn that God chooses one man and his descendants (us) to be God's people. We give thanks to God for adopting us. Later, through Jesus Christ, God helps us become God's children. We are the children of God. What a grace!
Parents/Guardians of Sunday School Students: Please keep your eye out for Threads--a weekly take home sheet for Sunday School students and their families.

Threads  shares with families information about the weekly lessons. Also, Threads allows families to continue the conversation and learning process at home throughout the week. Threads offers activities, prayers, and continuing education for the whole family. Students receive a copy of Threads when they depart Sunday School.

Sunday School Team for 8/28: Team D.
Hale Ho'omalu September Collection

This month's special collection for Hale Ho'omalu, a family services center located a half-block away from the church,  is disposable diapers. The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) will be preparing Pregnant Mothers Gift Packages that will contain the collected diapers and items donated by the ECW including baby lotion, shampoo, wash cloths, baby wipes, and baby wash.

Hale Ho'omalu also needs and appreciates monetary donations as well as gift-in-kind items.  Every Sunday, all gift-in-kind items can be left in the red wagon at the Church's entrance.
Youth Group Meet All Saints' Ministry Intern Sierra Gore
The Newmans are inviting the members of the Ke Akua Youth Group and their parents/guardians for a very casual meet and greet on Wednesday, August 31st from 6:45PM to 8:00PM in the Rectory. 

Drop in, say hello, talk story, and grab a bite to eat. There will be no formal program. Pizza, salad, and drinks will be provided. Please email Fr. Ryan if you are planning to attend.
Hale Lani Store Update

The  August 5th edition of The Epistle provided information on volunteer opportunities and proposed new store hours at Hale Lani

Since then, two additional people have volunteered to help--one to be a store volunteer during the Friday 2PM-6PM shift and one to coordinate online advertising and emails/flyers.  We now have volunteers to cover store hours for Friday and Saturday.

However, in order to operate the store successfully we still need the following:

(a)  two additional volunteers to cover the Thursday morning and afternoon shifts;

(b)  one or more volunteer(s) to handle inventory selection, purchasing, and in-store displays; and,

(c)  one of the volunteers to assume the "Lead" responsibilities.

To sum it all up, we are still short of volunteers and without additional volunteer support we cannot continue to operate the store.

During their meeting on August 23rd the Vestry discussed the continued 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. The profits will go first to pay off the money owed to the Church, and any remaining money will be used for youth and outreach."

The Vestry approved the motion unanimously.

So, if the retail business is in your blood and you see the operation of Hale Lani as an important ministry to the life of the church and our local community, now is the time to step up and volunteer.

For further information or to volunteer please talk to CeCe CaldwellMary Margaret Smith or David Murray .

Important Details for Participants
Next weekend many of the 'Ohana will venture up to Kokee for the 'Ohana Retreat. Here is some important information:
  • Gather at All Saints' at noon on Saturday, September 3rd to caravan up to Camp Sloggett. We are going to strongly encourage carpooling. 
  • Participants should bring basic camping/retreat items such as: sheets, blankets or sleeping bag, pillows, towels, toiletries, clothes and hats for inclement weather, hiking shoes, flashlight, and insect repellent. If you are camping out, please bring necessary camping equipment.
  • Additionally, we are asking all participants to bring their own reusable water bottle (All Saints' will provide water). Also please bring a salad, fruit salad, or other side dish for Sunday's dinner (refrigeration is available).
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and water will be provided. Mahalo to the Punua Family for providing Saturday's dinner. Participants are asked to bring their own supply of soda, teas, alcoholic beverages, and snack items.
  • We need assistance with planning activities; please email Mary Margaret Smith if you are able to help. 
  • Participants will be asked to assist with meal prep and clean up. A sign up list will be available at Camp Sloggett.
  • Participants with larger vehicles: We could use your help to haul up supplies (food, drinks, etc.) and equipment (tables, chairs, bbq, etc.)
  • Mary Margaret Smith will be sending out an email early next week with "sleeping arrangements" and other important additional information.
  • If you would like to attend and have not signed up, please speak to Fr. Ryan or Mary Margaret Smith. 
Offering a Helping Hand
In mid-August, parts of the US Gulf Coast experienced historic levels of flooding, with at least seven dead, and tens of thousands unable to return to their homes. 

Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana's emergency response efforts in the wake of widespread flooding that has affected more than 40,000 homes across the state.

Some areas received more than 24 inches of rain, with  record precipitation of up to 30 inches  around Baton Rouge. David and Linda Crocker's family was directly impacted by the flooding.

With support from Episcopal Relief & Development, the  Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana  is responding to immediate needs such as food, emergency housing and storage, gasoline and replacement of lost items by distributing gift cards at churches and shelters. 

To enable Episcopal Relief & Development to respond to the current Gulf Coast flooding and support emergency preparedness and long-term recovery efforts in the United States, please donate to the US Disaster Response Fund.

Compassionate God, draw near to us 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.

Congratulations to Nadine Nakamura for her victory earlier this month in the Democratic Primary. Nadine received more than 66% of the votes for the District 14 Representative seat in the state House of Representatives. During the Election Night Party at Brick Oven Pizza, it was nice to see the entire Nakamura 'Ohana finally together again. Casey just returned from a summer internship in the Middle East.

Nadine's campaign now focuses on the General Election on Tuesday, November 8th, in which she will face Sandi Combs, the Republican candidate, for the District 14 Representative seat in the state House of Representatives.

Presiding Bishop offers election message, encourages voting as 'a Christian obligation'

"Voting and participation in our government is a way of participating in our common life,"  Episcopal Church  Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in a video election message. "And that is a Christian obligation. Indeed, we who follow in the Way of Jesus of Nazareth are summoned to participate actively as reflections of our faith in the civil process."

" Go and vote. Vote your conscience. Your conscience informed by what it means to love your neighbor. To participate in the process of seeking the common good. To participate in the process of making this a better world. However you vote, go and vote. And do that as a follower of Jesus."

Election engagement resources, including the downloadable Episcopal Election Engagement Toolkit, are available  here.

To view the video, please click on the image above. 

Society of St. John the Evangelist: Brother Geoffrey
Meet Brother Geoffrey, Brother Superior of the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist in Boston, Massachusetts. Get a glimpse into his daily life. 
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"

Sermon Series Archive Available
Earlier this summer, Fr. Ryan offered a six-week sermon series, "Live by the Spirit," on Paul's Epistle (letter) to the Galatians. Those sermons are now available on the All Saints' website, 
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