Volume 2, Issue 3
January 20, 2017
In This Issue
Hale Lani Closing Sale
Annual Meeting
Lenten Education
January Heavenly Hike
Epiphany Sermon Series
This Week in Sunday School
In Brief
THIS SUNDAY
January 22nd
Epiphany 3A
Upcoming Dates
Every Wednesday
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM -  Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

Saturday, January 21
Hale Lani Closing Sale
9:00AM - 3:00PM
Gym

Sunday, January 22
Ke Akua Youth Group Meeting
11:00AM
Memorial Hall

Thursday, January 26
Daughters of the King
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Saturday, January 28
Church Work Day
8:00AM - 12:00PM
Hale Lani & Gym

Sunday, January 29
Annual Parish Meeting
8:00AM - 9:15AM
Church

Heavenly Hikes
11:45AM - Depart Church
Ho'opi'i Falls

Wednesday, February 1
Laundry Love - Team "C"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Thursday, February 9
Daughters of the King
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Sunday, February 12
'Ohana Beach BBQ
4:00PM - 6:30PM
Lydgate Beach Park

Wednesday, February 15
Laundry Love - Team "A"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Thursday, February 23
Daughters of the King
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Saturday, February 25
Church Work Day
8:00AM - 12:00PM
Gym Kitchen

Sunday, February 26
New Vestry Members' Orientation
11:00AM
Rector's Office

Tuesday, February 28
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
6:00PM
Rectory

Wednesday, March 1
Ash Wednesday Services

8:00AM
Imposition of Ashes

6:30PM
Imposition of Ashes with Eucharist

9:00AM - 11:00AM
4:00PM - 6:00PM
Ashes to Go

Tuesday, March 14
Crazy Christians, Session 1
6:30PM
Memorial Hall

Sunday, March 26
Bishop Fitzpatrick Visit
to All Saints'
7:00AM & 9:30AM
Quick Links
Latest Sermons
Social Media
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CLOSING SALE

One Last Sale: Hale Lani Final Sale!

After 10 years of providing Kaua'i with Christian books, gifts, and more Hale Lani Christian Store at 
All Saints' is closing its doors permanently. This Saturday, January 21, is our final closing sale from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Everything in the store is discounted--many items are marked off up to 90%. Cash and check only please!

All proceeds from the closing sale support the Outreach Ministries of All Saints' (including Laundry Love) and the Ke Akua Youth Group. 

The storefront space currently occupied by Hale Lani will be transformed into a sacred gathering space for All Saints' Ke Akua Youth Group. The back office portion of Hale Lani will be utilized to store essential supplies of the Church like tables, chairs, and outreach ministry supplies.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PARISH
Win a trip to London or a free iPad! 
 
Aloha, now that I have your attention . . .
 
"A meeting of the membership of the Parish shall be held annually during the month of January . . . Ten percent (10%) of qualified voters of the Parish shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at a Parish meeting." (All Saints' Church By-Laws)
 
10%? I must admit the framers of All Saints' By-Laws did not set the bar very high for attendance at the Annual Meeting of the Parish. Honestly, 10% amounts to the Olympic great Carl Lewis jumping over a broom stick . . . a broom stick lying down on the ground.
 
In an ideal world, the Annual Meeting would be as popular as Christmas Eve or Easter . . . or at least the Holy Sovereigns Service or All Saints' Day. However, in reality, annual meeting attendance is less than stellar at All Saints' and throughout most Episcopal congregations. I really wish this were not the situation.
 
Why is the Annual Meeting important? The Annual Meeting of the Parish is important to the mission, vision, and ministries of All Saints'. During the annual meeting, we elect new Vestry members and delegates to the Diocese's Convention. Also, we review the finances of the Church and highlight some upcoming, exciting aspects of All Saints' ministries.
 
If we raffled off a free trip for seven nights in London, England would more people come? What if two lucky parishioners were randomly chosen to win a free iPad?

Unfortunately, All Saints' does not have the resources to offer prizes such as a London trip or iPads, but we should not need freebies or gimmicks to inspire people to attend the Annual Meeting. We should attend and participate in the Annual Meeting because we love and care about All Saints', we want to support our Church's mission and vision, and we believe it is our Christian duty to nurture the well-being of our faith community.

On Sunday, January 29th, we will gather at 8:00AM for our Annual Meeting. The morning will begin with a FREE breakfast potluck. I know it is not a trip to London or an iPad, but it will be a delicious meal. 

We can do much better than 10% attendance! My hope is that even more than 50% of our congregation comes for this important event in the life of All Saints' that centers around food, fellowship, and the future.

See you there!
 
Mahalo nui loa,
 
The Reverend Ryan D. Newman
Rector and Head of School
LENTEN EDUCATION SERIES
Presiding Bishop's Book Focus of 2017 Lenten Study
 
"We need some Christians who are as crazy as the Lord. Crazy enough to love like Jesus, to give like Jesus, to forgive like Jesus, to do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God- like Jesus," says The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church.

"Crazy enough to dare to change the world from the nightmare it often is into something close to the dream that God dreams for it. And for those who would follow him, those who would be his disciples, those who would live as and be the people of the Way? It might come as a shock, but they are called to craziness."

Presiding Bishop Curry is challenging us to be the "Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement." As a Church we are called to be a community of people committed to living the way of Jesus, loving, liberating, and life-giving, and committed to going into the world to help this world become one that is loving, liberating, and life-giving.

Our 2017 Lenten Education Series will center on Curry's book, "Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus." The book was inspired by Curry's extraordinary 2012 General Convention homily that went viral on the world wide web.

The course will meet for five Tuesdays in Lent (March 14, 21, 28, April 4, and April 11) and will be co-facilitated by Mary Margaret Smith and Father Ryan Newman. Sessions begin at 6:30PM in Memorial Hall and is open to everyone (even those who don't attend All Saints'). Invite a friend or colleague to join the course.

There is no charge for the course. Copies of Crazy Christians will be available starting February 12th. If you want to participate in the course, please register. 

 
JANUARY HEAVENLY HIKE
January 29th: Ho'opi'i Falls
 
On Sunday, January 29th, the Heavenly Hike Ministry will to attempt venture to Ho'opi'i Falls (pending weather conditions). Originally, this hike was scheduled for November but was postponed due to weather.  Denis Orme will lead the group to one of Kaua'i's remote hidden gems. All are welcome to participate. 

The short, moderately difficult 2.2 mile hike along the Kapa'a Stream will take the group up close to two waterfalls, both known as Ho'opi'i Falls. 

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, a light lunch or snack, and a swimsuit (if you want to swim).
EPIPHANY SERMON SERIES
Epiphany Sermon Series Continues this Sunday
 
Throughout Epiphany All Saints' is offering a sermon series entitled, "God Dwells In Us."  In this series, we explore Paul's belief that our faith is lived in community, which makes our relationships vital to our Christian lives-our relationships with God, our faith community, and the world beyond. Paul contends that if we embrace God's presence in our lives and allow ourselves to be shaped by Christ's love, our lives, our community, and the world are profoundly transformed.
 
The reading for this Sunday is 1 Corinthians 1:10-18:
10 Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. 12 What I mean is that each of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong to Cephas," or "I belong to Christ." 13 Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)

17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. 18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
THIS WEEK IN SUNDAY SCHOOL
Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."
January 22nd: Jesus' Teachings (The Sermon on the Mount)

The Sermon on the Mount sums up Jesus' ethical teaching, capturing the heart of Jesus' message, focusing on the primacy of the kingdom of God, on righteousness, love, forgiveness, reconciliation, the reshaping of our will and allegiances and on the need for single-minded commitment to God. This is how we are to respond to God's grace-making God a priority in our lives and committing ourselves to God with body and soul. 

The Beatitudes bear witness to Jesus and identify the people of God as those who stand before God empty-handed, vulnerable, seeking a right relationship with God and others, open to receiving and expressing God's mercy and forgiveness with integrity, ready to establish peace

The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus first sermon. He covers many themes, but we will focus on just a few. 

Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-11): Beatitudes means blessings. Each beatitude begins with "Blessed are..." followed by blessings from God for all those who stand before God with humility and openness. 

Contrasts (Matthew 5:21-48): Jesus contrasts the conventional OK way to behave among other people with a new and higher way. He begins with "You have heard..." or "It was said..." and then follows with "but I say to you..." Here he talks about killing and hatred, adultery and divorce, swearing and revenge. 

Against Showing Off (Matthew 6:1-18): Jesus talks about the need for a right relationship with God as opposed to showing off our piety. Here he shows us how to pray with the Lord's Prayer. 

Anxiety and Trust (Matthew 6:25-34): God will provide and protect. Our first priority should be God, not such things as what to wear and what to eat.
 
Sunday School Teachers for 1/22: Team D.
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"

Church Work Days
The Buildings and Grounds Committee is pleased to announce the next four work days:  January 28th (Hale Lani clean out and preparation for the new youth room), February 25th (Clear, clean, and reorganize the storage area under the gym stage and clean the gym kitchen),  March 25th (Campus beautification and landscaping project), and  April 15th (Easter preparations).  Saturday Workdays are vital to the stewardship and preservation of our All Saints' Campus.  Work days begin at 8:00AM and typically last a couple hours.  There are jobs for all ages and all abilities. Workdays can be a wonderful family-centered activity. Please come and volunteer. Many hands make light work! 

Vestry Elections
During our Annual Parish Meeting, Sunday, January 29, we will elect the following to the Vestry:  Three "at-large" members of Vestry; three-year term, a  youth representative to Vestry; one-year term, a  Junior Warden; one-year term.  Nominations for Vestry members and Junior Warden are now being accepted. Candidates and/or a person nominating a candidate are required to complete and submit a nomination form.  Nomination forms must be submitted no later than Tuesday, January 24th at 8:00PM. 

To download a Vestry nomination form, click here.

Diocese Convention Delegates
At the Annual Meeting All Saints' will elect five delegates (and alternates) to attend the  Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii's Annual Convention October 20 and 21, 2017 at 'Iolani School, Honolulu. 
Candidates and/or a person nominating a candidate are required to complete and submit a nomination form.   Nomination forms must be submitted no later than Tuesday, January 24 at 8:00PM.  The Diocesan Convention is the primary representative governing body of the diocese. The Convention allows delegates to connect with other Church leaders, share ministry ideas, and to gather for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist together as a diocesan community. 

To download a delegate nomination form,  click here .
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