Volume 2, Issue 16
May 26, 2017
In This Issue
Reroofing the Church
Organ Project Update
'Ohana Retreat
Online Master Calendar
Diocese MMR
Vestry Report
Heavenly Hike
Photo of the Week
Preschool Graduation
This Week in Sunday School
Tropic Care
National Church News
In Brief
Upcoming Dates
View the Online
Master Calendar

Every Wednesday
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM -  Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

Friday, May 26
Preschool Graduation
All Saints' Gym

Sunday, May 28
Heavenly Hike
Sleeping Giant
(East Trail - House Lots)
11:45AM - Depart Church

Saturday, June 3
Eucharistic Ministers &
Eucharistic Visitors
Training Workshop
Memorial Hall

Sunday, June 4
Feast of Pentecost Day
7:00AM & 9:30AM

Wednesday, June 7
Laundry Love - Team "B"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Thursday, June 8
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

Thursday, June 15
Episcopal Church Women
Memorial Hall

Saturday, June 17
Church Work Day
8:00AM - 12:00PM
Church Campus

Wednesday, June 21
Laundry Love - Team "C"
2nd Anniversary
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Thursday, June 22
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

Sunday, June 25
Heavenly Hike
11:45AM - Depart Church
Location TBD

Tuesday, June 27
Buildings and
Grounds Meeting
Rector's Office

Wednesday, July 5
Laundry Love - Team "A"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Friday, July 28 &
Saturday, July 29
FiF Dodgeball Tournament
All Saints' Gym

Saturday, July 29
KISS Concert
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Latest Sermons
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Roofing project scheduled to begin June 7th
It is no secret that the roof of the Church has seen better days. In fact, the roof is beyond its life expectancy and is beginning to show significant signs of deterioration.

As All Saints' looks to reinstall Kauai's only pipe organ back into the sanctuary in 2018, the Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Vestry both unanimously agreed that replacing the Church's roof is a major priority in 2017. Without replacement, the next major rain or wind storm could result in the sanctuary suffering damage and/or flooding. Every week, wood shake tiles are falling off the roof.

Starting Monday, June 7th, Greg's Roofing Inc. will begin replacing the roof on the Church with a state-of-the-art roofing product. Davinci Bellaforté Shakes will be installed on the Church. Bellaforté Shake roofing tiles are an engineered product that provides a durable and low maintenance way to achieve a natural hand-split cedar shake look. The product is 100% recyclable, resists mold and moss, retains its color, and has been tested in up to 175 MPH wind speeds. The product carries a 50-year limited warranty.

Despite it being an engineered product, the shakes look like real wood. In the past couple of years, the product has been used on structures in the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Hawai'i Register of Historic Places. All Saints' will be one of the first commercial buildings on Kaua'i to install the product. All Saints' secured the product at a price comparable to wood shake roofing because Davinci is seeking to expand into the Kaua'i marketplace. All Saints' will serve as a showcase installation on the island for the company.

The work is scheduled to be completed in a couple of weeks and should not disrupt the Church's worship schedule.
Sanctuary enhancements rescheduled for August
During the months of June and July, the plan was to temporary relocate worship services to the gym in order to allow contractors to work in the Church on the sanctuary enhancements in conjunction with the Organ Project. These projects include:
  • A complete electrical rewiring of the Church. Currently, the bulk of the electrical system is knob-and-tube wiring, which is a significant fire hazard and is unable to manage the electrical demands of a digital age.
  • Removal of the carpet, polishing of the concrete floor, and the installation of a carpet runner. This project returns the Church to its original historical look and addresses a major acoustical issue for the space. 
  • Renovation of the Lihue Sacristy to make it a workable space for the Altar Guild and ministry leaders.  
These aspects of the project require lining up a series of contractors to do the work in the Church during a defined period of time. It is a complicated schedule that All Saints' intends to execute with the least amount of disruption to our All Saints' community, especially the worship schedule.

After careful consideration, the Organ Project Group, in consultation with our various contractors, has been determined that August 1st is a better start date than June 5th. The goal is to have all the work completed well before our Holy Sovereigns service in October.
I naugural 'Ohana Retreat Reboot
Last year, the inaugural retreat was scheduled Labor Day weekend, but had to be cancelled due to the threat of a hurricane. This year, we  invite your family to join All Saints', Friday August 18th - Sunday, August 20th (Statehood Weekend) for the inaugural All Saints' 'Ohana Retreat hosted at YWCA Camp Sloggett in Kokee.

The retreat promises to be an enjoyable, family-centered, and spirit-filled weekend. Activities will be offered for all ages and a variety of activity levels. Check in will be Friday at 3:00PM and check out will be Sunday at 11:00AM.

Registration forms can be download online or picked up at the entrance of the Church.

Forms are due by Sunday, July 16. There will be no charge for the retreat, but donations to underwrite the weekend are always welcomed. The Church will provide some meals, snacks, and drinks with the remainder being the responsibility of the 'Ohana. Participants are encouraged to gather at All Saints' at noon on Friday, August 18th to caravan up to Camp Sloggett. We strongly encourage carpooling.

Camp Sloggett offers a 15-person lodge, a 15-person bunk house, a 4-person cabin, and plenty of space for outdoor camping amid the grounds. Tentatively, we have set a 50-person enrollment cap.

We will need volunteers to share their gifts, talents, and skills to coordinate activities and oversee responsibilities (hiking, crafts, games, music, prayer and spiritual reflection, cooking, cleaning, etc.).

We hope that you join us for this amazing opportunity for fun, fellowship, and spiritual renewal. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to assist with the planning process, please email  Mary Margaret Smith .

To view pictures of Camp Sloggett, click here .

Please note: On Sunday, August 20th, All Saints' will not offer services at the Church. 
New Online Master Calendar
This week, All Saints' launched an Online Master Calendar. The goal is to provide the congregation and the community a  centralized, real-time calendar that can be accessed from anywhere and on any device.

In addition, the software program allows for custom calendars to be built according to categories. The "upcoming dates" on the front page of the All Saints' website now updates automatically because it seamlessly syncs with the calendar program software. The program also provides the Church staff with a tool to manage campus facilities bookings.

"This is a big step forward for managing our complex calendar of events and our facilities," said Rev. Ryan Newman. "The online calendar is also a powerful communication tool for our congregation."

The calendar can viewed by navigating your internet browser to:
Focus Group at All Saints' Sunday, June 11
The Diocese of Hawaiʻi has embarked on an exciting project collectively called The Strategic Initiatives. The Strategic Initiatives Group is overseeing the process and is made up of members from Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, and others. All Saints' Rector, The Reverend Ryan D. Newman is the chair of SIG. Dr. Kim Payton, an organizational psychologist, has been engaged as an expert consultant to lead the Diocese through this process.

The Strategic Initiatives Group is tasked with the following three projects:

  • Conducting the Diocese's Mutual Ministry Review (MMR)
  • Creating a Diocese Strategic Plan
  • Facilitating the Bishopʻs Personal Performance Review
YOU ARE NEEDED to help with the Mutual Ministry Review for the Diocese of Hawaiʻi! You have an exciting opportunity to give your thoughts about where the Church is now and where you think it should go in the next three to five years.

Why is this different from earlier efforts? Earlier Strategic Plans had lofty goals but struggled to define effective implementation steps. This process, starting with your input for the MMR, seeks to more clearly identify our mutual goals and how we can realistically achieve them. This includes identifying how we and our Church must change collectively to fulfill the ministry to which we are called.

A Mutual Ministry Review (MMR) is a serious look at how we are working together to further the mission and ministry we are called to by Jesus Christ. Who are 'we'? 'We' is all of us; individuals, parishes, missions, the Office of the Bishop.

There will be two MMR Focus Group Sessions on Kaua'i. The first session will be at St. Michael and All Angels, Saturday, June 10th (time TBD). The second session will be at All Saints', Sunday June 11th at 11:30AM in Memorial Hall. The sessions are open to everyone. We strongly encourage members of the Vestry and Ministry Council to attend one of the sessions.

Focus Groups are happening on every island. The sessions run about 90 minutes. The goal is to reflect and to talk about the future of the Diocese specifically, our vision, strategic goals, and the ways the Diocese can better support our congregations.

The facilitator for Kaua'i is Keane Akao, a lay leader from St. Mark's in Honolulu. Keane also serves as the Director of Operations and Congregational Development at The Episcopal Church of West Oahu. 

Please come and be a part of the discussion about the future of the Diocese. No RSVP required.

Financial Report as of April 30, 2017
Attendance Statistics Holy Week & Easter

View the Latest Approved Vestry Minutes

May's Hike: Sleeping Giant (East Trail)
This Sunday, May 28th, the Heavenly Hikes Ministry will head to Sleeping Giant via the eastern trail. The trail head is located on  Haleilio Road in the House Lots (turn west at Brick Oven and go about a mile up the road).

The Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant) Trail begins with several switchbacks through a shady forest of ironwood, guava, and silk oak. Along the path, hikers are treated to stunning views of Kapa'a and Waipouli. After a brief trek over a lava outcropping, the switchbacks resume, but the reward is stunning views of the Kalepa Ridge, Wailua Bay, and the Hoary Head Mountains.

The total distance will be about 3 miles and does include steep grades and some bouldering along the trail. This hike is rated moderately-strenuous.  Those interested in joining the hike can meet at 11:45AM in the Church parking lot to carpool. Be sure to bring water, a hat, and a lunch/snacks. 
The Azuma dancers joined All Saints' Episcopal Church Women (ECW) for a community outreach event on Sunday, May 21st at Mahelona Medical Center Long Term Care Facility. The group shared the art of dance with the kupuna at Mahelona.

Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."

Acts 1:1-11: Jesus had said to his disciples (and to us), "I will be with you to the end of the age." Where he had once dwelt among them, he now dwelt within them. In some ways, he was more real than he was before. They could reach him wherever they were, in a deeper and more abiding relationship.

And so it is with us. Jesus dwells within us. Though we have never seen or known Jesus in the flesh, as his disciples did, Jesus is as much with us now as he was with them at his ascension. When he ascends to heaven, he becomes available to all of us, at all times and in all places. His ascension signifies the total assurance and fulfillment of his promise to us. He has made our reconciliation with God happen; his work is complete, so he can now join his Father in heaven.

Jesus' ascension into heaven is not the end of the story for us, but the beginning. Jesus promises us that the Holy Spirit will be with us

School School Teachers: Team "D."

Presiding Bishop preaches on 'forgiveness, repentance, healing and reconciliation' in Haiti
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preached a sermon "on the occasion of the liturgical signing of the covenant of reconciliation" on May 23 at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. All clergy in the diocese attended the special liturgy.

Click here to read the full story and Presiding Bishop's Curry sermon.

Photo: Michael Hunn courtesy of the Episcopal Digital Network.
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle."

Eucharist Ministers and Visitors Training
On Saturday, June 3rd, All Saints' will host a training workshop for current and new Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors. Current EMs/EVs are required to renew their license every three years and our last training at All Saints' was in 2014.  The workshop will begin at 9:00AM. The Eucharistic Minister portion will conclude at 11:00AM. Eucharistic Visitors will be required to stay till 12:00PM for additional training. Register here.

2017 Dodgeball Tournament
The 12th edition of the FiF (Fun in Fellowship) Dodgeball Tournament is scheduled for Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th. Team and volunteer registration will begin June 1st.  If you would like to serve on the FiF Dodgeball Committee, please attend the committee's next meeting, Tuesday, June 6th at 6:00PM in the Rector's Office-all are invited to participate.  For updates and more information, please visit the FiF Dodgeball website  and Facebook page.

Hale Ho'omalu May Collection
This month's special collection for Hale Ho'omalu, a family service center located 1/2 block away from All Saints', is Canned items: (i.e. Soups, Chili, Pork & Beans, Spam and Vienna Sausage).  Hale Ho'omalu also needs and appreciates monetary donations as well as gifts-in-kind items. Every Sunday, all gift-in-kind donations can be left in the red wagon at the Church's entrance.
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