Volume 2, Issue 30
December 1, 2017
In This Issue
Return to the Church
Holy Sovereigns Recap
Thanksgiving Thankfulness
Honoring a Queen
Stewardship Insight
Advent Reflection
Christmas at All Saints'
Holiday Craft Fair
Caroling at Mahelona
Youth Christmas Party
Hale Ho'omalu
This Week in Sunday School
KISS Concert
In Brief...
Upcoming Dates
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM - Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

Wednesday, December 6
Laundry Love (Team B)
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Saturday, December 9
Christmas Craft Fair
9:00AM - 2:00PM
All Saints' Gym

Sunday, December 10
Christmas Caroling
Mahelona Hospital

Youth Group Christmas Party

Wednesday, December 20
Laundry Love (Team C)
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Friday, December 22
Preschool Christmas Program
All Saints' Gym

Saturday, December 23
Advent 4 Evening
Taize Service
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Sunday, December 24
No Morning Services

Greening of the Church
Christmas Preparation

Sunday, December 24

Keiki Christmas Service

Festive Christmas Eucharist

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

Carol Prelude
Festive Christmas Eucharist

Monday, December 25

Eucharist with Music

Saturday, January 6
Feast of the Epiphany
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Extraordinary Transformation
The wait is over! After three months (and over three years of dreaming and planning), the All Saints' 'Ohana returned to a beautifully renovated sanctuary space in November.

The goal was to restore the look and feel of the Church back to its original design-with some modern amenities like a new electrical system. Both the new roof and the sanctuary enhancements are the prelude to the installation of the restored and enlarged Sloggett/Wilcox Organ scheduled in 2018. When completed, the Sloggett/Wilcox 'Ohana Organ at All Saints' will be a world-renowned instrument.

"Today is not the end of our journey to transform our sanctuary and to restore Kaua'i's only pipe organ; however, today is a significant milestone," said The Reverend Ryan Newman. 

"A great deal of thought and care went into this phase of the project. This project propels All Saints' into a second century of ministry on Kaua'i. It is our gift to our keiki and our keiki's keiki-and to the people of Kaua'i."

The scope of work for phase two included:
  • Installation of a modern, energy-efficient, electrical system
  • Installation of new interior and exterior lighting
  • Removal of the carpet
  • Restoration of the original concrete floors
  • Installation of a new carpet runner
  • Installation of a new wood floor in the altar area
  • Repair and restoration of the altar rail and cushions
  • Walls in the sanctuary re-drywalled
  • Painting of the Church sanctuary including the ceiling
  • Preparation of the organ chamber
  • Preparation of the new sacristy (To be finished by early January)
  • Preliminary preparation of the Queens' Chapel
  • Thorough cleaning of the pews and sanctuary
  • Update of the Church sound system (To be completed by early December)
"We want to thank everyone who have already made a gift/pledge to support this monumental project-mahalo," said Rev. Ryan. "I also I want to personally thank Byron Barth, William Brown, Bill Caldwell, David Crocker, David Murray, Dominic Simmons, Mary Margaret Smith, Chris Wataya, Morris Wise, and the contractors who literally worked day and night so we could reach this milestone."
If you have not had an opportunity to make a gift/pledge to this extraordinary project, there is still time to make a gift/pledge.This capital campaign project is entirely funded by donations from the All Saints' 'Ohana and friends and is totally separate from the Church's operational funds. To view the digital prospectus and/or to make a donation online, please visit the project's website: www.kauaiorgan.org.

An emotionally uplifting and joy-filled experience

Last Sunday, November 26th, we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Sovereigns, King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma. This annual tradition at All Saints' began in 2005. For that service, and for a number of years following, our service took place on a Wednesday evening and we were joined by the choir and members of the congregation of the First Hawaiian Church.

Unlike those first few years when we relied on the choir of the First Hawai'ian Church to lead us in Hawai'ian language hymns we now have our own choir leading us. As a congregation we have become more familiar with the Hawai'ian language and now include the Hawai'ian Doxology in all services and sing O Kou Aloha No (The Queen's Prayer) at many other times throughout the year.  This is such a beautiful prayer and, no matter how often I sing it, I choke up thinking about Queen Liliu'okalani writing this while under house arrest, alone and confined to one room at 'Iolani Palace after her overthrow. The mele was dedicated to Victoria Ka'iulani, the Queen's niece and heir apparent to the throne. The words are so poignant:

"I live in sorrow. Imprisoned. 
You are my light. Your glory, my support."

Our Holy Sovereigns' service started with a beautiful Prelude played by our Music Director, Hank Curtis. Nelson Ka'ai then sounded the Pu to signal the start of the service. The Hawai'ian civic organizations who have supported this service from the earliest days - Royal Order of Kamehameha, Ahahui Ka'ahumanu, Hale o Na Ali'I and Daughters of Hawai'I - entered the church in procession led by Kumu Hula Leihi'ilani Kirkpatrick chanting an oli of praise to God. Each organization presented their ho'okupu (offering) to the Holy Sovereigns and took their seats. The last ho'okupu, a lei, was presented on behalf of the youth of the church by our own Hannah Kostka. Fittingly, Hannah draped the lei over the portrait of young Prince Albert, the only son of Kamehameha and Emma, who sadly passed away at the age of 4.

The choir led us in our English/Hawai'ian language hymns; they also performed two anthems, both in Hawai'ian and both composed by Chucky Boy Chock (lyrics) and Hank Curtis (music and choral arrangement). During the anthems we were blessed to have Ita Rubio performing beautiful hula. A good friend of the All Saints' 'ohana, Ke'ala Spencer, read the lesson in Hawai'ian. We sang the Queen's Prayer - I choked up! We sang the Hawai'ian Doxology. Even Fr. Ryan got into the act, delivering the Blessing at the end of the service in Hawai'ian!

Following the service everyone was invited to a Pot Luck lunch provided by the congregation of the church. The lunch was held in the gym.

Mahalo to everyone involved in the service and mahalo to all those who joined us in this celebration of Hawai'ian history, language and culture. Mahalo also to everyone involved in the Organ Replacement and Sanctuary Enhancement project - the Sanctuary looks stunning and the acoustics are so much better than they were. Can't wait for the new organ to sound its first notes!

But, above all, Mahalo Ke Akua.
Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

David Murray,
Senior Warden

Photos courtesy of William Caldwell.

Great Thankfulness

I am so thankful this year! It was a beautiful Thanksgiving Day.

In the spirit of thanksgiving for the abundance we experience in our lives, the Kapa'a Interfaith Association came together again this year to serve and share a meal to celebrate our diversity and unity.

I am so thankful for the following - for without them this joyful event would not have happened.

As always Mark Oyama, of Mark's Place and Contemporary Flavors who prepared all the food and his staff of 40 who showed up, all wearing bright yellow t-shirts.

The gym setup, table and stage decorations, parking attendants, meal servers, home delivery drivers, take-out meal providers, entertainers, greeters, youth waiters and cleanup crew made this event such a blessing. It took approximately 200 wonderful volunteers to deliver 430 meals and serve 640 meals this year. I am proud to say a majority of those volunteers were were either members or friends of All Saints'.

The special interfaith group that has organized this event every year since 2003 which includes All Saints' Episcopal Church; Kapa'a Seventh Day Adventist; Kapa'a Honwanji Mission; Kapa'a United Church of Christ; Kapa'a First Hawaiian Church and St. Catherines' Catholic Church.

Special thanks to a few for sharing their time and talent this year. Sarah Rogers who stepped up as co-chair. She was wonderful to work with and didn't let me forget anything and did it all with a smile.

The Sato family, especially Diane and Scott who put together the list of meals to be delivered and prepared all the maps and instructions for drivers. Never an easy task!!

Doug and Sandy McMasters for providing beautiful music during the luncheon.

And thanks to all in our community who received our meals and those who came to the gym to share a meal with us and talk story. We are blessed to have you in our lives.

Our Thanksgiving Luncheon always reminds me how very thankful I am for all God's blessing and all the people who enrich my life. Aren't we lucky to live Kauai!
Mary Margaret Smith
Co-Chair Kapa'a Interfaith Association

Remembering Queen Lili'uokalani

All Saints' gathered on the morning of November 11th to remember and celebrate the life of Queen Lili'uokalani who  died on November 11th, 1917.

At 8:30AM, churches throughout the state tolled their bells 100 times, including All Saints', and held services honoring Queen Lili'uokalani, the last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawai'i. 

Queen Lili'uokalani was born on September 2, 1838, in Honolulu. She was the daughter of high ranking chiefs Caesar Kapa'akea and Anale'a Keohokālole, and sister of David Kalākaua, Miriam Likelike and William Pitt Leleiōhoku. Upon her birth she became the hanai child of chiefs Laura Konia and Abner Pākī. She was given the name Lydia Lili'u Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka'eha. In her youth she was called "Lydia" or "Lili'u" and then "Lili'uokalani" when she became heir apparent.

Lili'u married John O. Dominis on September 16, 1862. In 1891 her brother, King Kalākaua, died and Lili'uokalani succeeded to the throne.

Queen Lili'uokalani sought to amend the constitution to restore some of the power lost during the reign of her brother. Local sugar planters and businessmen feared a loss of revenue and influence and instigated an overthrow. To avoid bloodshed, the Queen yielded her throne on January 17, 1893. A provisional government was established. In 1895 Lili'uokalani was imprisoned for eight months in 'Iolani Palace for her alleged knowledge of a counterrevolutionary attempt by her supporters.

On May 18, 1896, at 6:30 a.m., Lili'uokalani was baptized and confirmed by Bishop Willis into the Episcopal Church.

Queen Lili'uokalani died at Washington Place on November 11, 1917, at the age of 79. After a state funeral, her remains were placed in the Royal Mausoleum.

Photo courtesy of William Caldwell.
Giving up to God

The theme for our stewardship campaign this year is Time, Talent and Treasur e. As we ponder exactly what that means to us, I suggest we give UP! Give UP to God that is. 

So often we spend our time, talent and treasure on things that are temporary, disappointing and that do not satisfy us or make our lives better. Giving to the work of the ministry always makes not just our lives, but the lives of countless others better too. You may have noticed that I capitalized the word UP. That is because when we give to God and to God's work on this earth, we are truly giving UP. 

Our gifts to the church enable to the church to lift us UP, lift others UP and even give our facilities a lift UP. What a great time to have a stewardship campaign, we are gathering in the tangible expression of Time, Talent and Treasure right now as we gather in our renovated church building. 

Let's bring our best to God and UP our pledges at All Saints' Church and Preschool. If you have never before pledged, there is no time like the present, and I guarantee, you'll be happy you finally gave UP!

In Christ,
Morris Wise, Vestry member
The 2018 pledge packets including pledge cards were mailed this week. The "Ingathering and Blessing of Pledges" will be held at both services on Sunday, December 17th.

Christmas Craziness and Taking the Time to Pause

The holiday season is probably my favorite time of year. I love Christmas music, Christmas cookies, Christmas lights, Christmas presents, Christmas movies... you get the idea. I am guilty of being the person who says, "It's Christmas!" the moment I'm done eating Thanksgiving dinner.

This year I'm challenging myself to not rush into Christmas. Don't fret, I'm still listening to Christmas music and will gladly accept any cookies, but this year I want to live into practicing Advent.

Advent, that little season that happens the four Sundays before Christmas, the historically penitential time to prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus Christ. It's more than counting down the days to presents and celebrations but it's a time for reflection, prayer, and stillness.

Most of you know that I do not do still very well. Even when I do manage to be physically still, my mind still races at a million thoughts a second, and the holiday season does not aid in helping me slow down. With everything from schedules and checklists to choir practice and party schedules floating around my head, there isn't much room for serenity.

That's where my challenge comes into play. This Advent devotional was shared with me just a few days ago. Written by Forma and The Diocese of Virginia, it offers a weekly guide to examining how we prepare for Jesus to come into our worlds. It also mentions the app, Reimagining the Examen as a guide to the ancient daily practice. The Examen is a way to notice and call attention to all the ways God is working in your life and simply pray on it before the close of your day.

So that's where I'm going to begin. With an app and the longing to slow down a little bit and notice God more. I want to invite you to join me on this journey and see how prayerfully preparing for the coming Christ changes how we see Christmas.

Sierra Gore
Ministry Intern

P.S. I love coffee and talking about God, so please let me know if you're interested and we can dig into Advent together over a cup of coffee or peppermint cocoa.

Keiki Service
3:30PM - 4:15PM

Festive Christmas Mass with Choir and Special Music
5:30PM - 7:00PM

Christmas Open House at the Rectory
Please bring a dish to share
7:00PM - 10:15PM

Carol Prelude and Festive Midnight Christmas Mass
with Choir and Special Music
10:30PM - 12:00AM


Holy Eucharist with music
9:00AM - 10:00AM

Annual Holiday Craft Fair - Saturday, December 9th

We invite you to one of Kauai's largest and most popular holiday crafts fairs Saturday, December 9th, 9:00AM to 2:00PM at All Saints'. 

There will be over 50 booths featuring the island's best crafted products. All Saints' Holiday Craft Fair is a great place to do your Christmas shopping. For more information, please visit the Holiday Craft Fair website.
Sounds of the Season

We invite the All Saints' 'Ohana on Sunday, December 10th to come and sing in the halls of Mahelona's Long-term Care Unit for All Saints' Annual Christmas Caroling. This service outreach opportunity is open to all ages, all abilities (even those voices not in the Choir of Angels).

We will gather on Sunday, December 10th 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.

December Collection

This month's special collection for Hale Ho'omalu, a family service center located 1/2 block away from All Saints', is  gift cards for families.

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

December 3rd: Zechariah and Elizabeth Parents of John the Baptist

Luke 1:5-25, 57-80. The angel Gabriel appears to Zechariah to announce the coming birth to him and his wife Elizabeth of a son. This son will be "the Prophet of the Most High" and is to be named John (meaning "God is gracious"). Zechariah expresses doubt, since both he and his wife are old and she has been unable to conceive a child. The angel strikes Zechariah mute, because of his unbelief. Elizabeth does conceive. When John is born, Zechariah can now speak and confirms, as the angel had commanded, that the boy's name is John. He is the one who will prepare the way of the Lord-Jesus.

It is hard for us to accept a change from "the way we've always done it" or "the way it's always happened." Zechariah had a hard time accepting that he and his wife would be instruments of change-as is obvious from the angel's visit-or that their childless condition will finally end. But look how they obeyed, even after doubt, and look at how Elizabeth so faithfully accepted and embraced her new role that she could sense the wondrous changes even in her unborn child.

Our best way of reading this story is to put ourselves in the place of the parents, to feel what they feel-their doubts, fear, joy, trust and probably trembling anticipation.

As leaders, we can read the text slowly to ourselves and imagine Zechariah and Elizabeth's feelings as they live through these months of waiting for an unexpected birth that is to shake a whole people. Put the child in our womb and anticipate his coming, the Prophet of the Most High. Confront our relatives who cling to traditional ways, and instead side with the angel of the Lord in embracing the new order.

Sunday School Teachers this Sunday, "Team C."

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

All Saints' Thought Box
Do you ever have a suggestion, an idea, some feedback, or comment you want to pass along to the Vestry? Now you can share that thought with the Vestry anytime and virtually anywhere. 
All Saints' Vestry is happy to introduce the    All Saints' Thought Box!   In keeping with their communication goals, the Vestry wanted to create a way that parishioners can freely and anonymously communicate directly with the Vestry. Users can access the Thought Box through the All Saints' Website (look for the light bulb logo) and there will be a link in each issue of the Epistle. Comments are NOT screened and go directly to everyone on the Vestry.

Advent 4 Service
This year, Christmas Eve, December 24th, falls on a Sunday. Sunday morning is Advent 4 and Sunday evening is Christmas Eve services. For clergy this creates a significant dilemma-or crisis. At All Saints' we are going to do a slightly different approach. Hopefully, it will allow us to experience the beauty of Advent 4 and the joy of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  There will be no services on the morning of Sunday, December 24th. However, we will celebrate Advent 4 at a special Taizé Eucharist on Saturday evening, December 23rd at 5:30PM.
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