Volume 2, Issue 6
February 10, 2017
In This Issue
Sunday Beach BBQ
Saturday Market
Reflections by Sierra
Youth Group News
Article Headline
Episcopal Revival
Diocese Summer Camp
Epiphany Sermon Series
This Week in Sunday School
Lenten Education
KISS Concert
In Brief
February 12th
Epiphany 6A
Upcoming Dates
Every Wednesday
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM -  Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

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 16
Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
Memorial Hall

Thursday, February 23
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

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

Kauai Island Singers Showcase (KISS)
Presents: Jazz

Sunday, February 26
New Vestry Members' Orientation
Rector's Office

Monday, February 27
Vestry Meeting
6:00PM - Eucharist
6:30PM - Meeting

Tuesday, February 28
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Wednesday, March 1
Ash Wednesday Services

Imposition of Ashes

Imposition of Ashes with Eucharist

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

Laundry Love - Team "B"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Tuesday, March 14
Crazy Christians, Session 1
Memorial Hall

Sunday, March 26
Bishop Fitzpatrick Visit
to All Saints'
7:00AM & 9:30AM
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First Beach BBQ of 2017
Join us on Sunday, February 12th for another 'Ohana Beach BBQ at Lydgate Beach Park from 4:00PM - 6:30PM. We will be cooking up some hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, and much more. Beverages will be provided. If you are able, please bring a side dish (not required). It is recommended you also bring a beach chair. Come join us for food, fun, and fellowship!
Second Saturday = Saturday Market
We invite you to join us for this month's Saturday Market and Swap Meet, February 11th, 9:00AM to 2:00PM. 

The Saturday Market features Kauai's finest crafters, a large inventory of "Made on Kauai" products, specialty items and services, and locally grown produce.
Thoughts on my time on Oahu
At first I was hesitant to call my time away from All Saints' a vacation because I was going to a professional conference, after all. But that conference was also a gathering of my friends and peers in the world of Episcopal camping programs all together at Camp Mokule'ia on Oahu and I got to sleep in my hammock on the beach for a week, so it was basically my version of a happy place.

This is where I slept all week. Thankfully, it was sunny all week and only a little wind at night.
I got my start in ministry at weekend youth retreats when I was in middle and high school, but my faith and leadership really blossomed in camp ministry. 2017 will be my fourth summer doing camp ministry full time and I've also worked an "off-season" at an Episcopal camp as well. It's so important to me that when Fr. Ryan first offered me the ministry intern position my only stipulation before saying yes was that I wanted to be able to return to camp this summer. I am willing to leave this beautiful island and wonderful people to spend the hottest months of the year in Virginia, sleep in a tent all summer, and be in charge of other people's children.

Part of my internship here involves professional development and Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers' (ECCC) Annual Conference was the optimal experience for me. The conference had about 70 attendees from camps and retreat centers all over the country. I've wanted to attend ECCCAC for a few years now and I feel so blessed that I was able to go and experience the true gem of a camp we have in our Diocese. Because I've worked at a few Episcopal camps around the country, it also served as a mini-reunion for me as well as week of learning, rejuvenation, and discernment. Camp Mokule`ia was the perfect location for the theme "One in the Spirit: Sacred Spaces, Thin Places" and I think that being surrounded by the beauty of the island and the camaraderie of our peers only expanded the love and adoration we all have for our own centers. Every morning I woke up, sat up in my hammock, watched the waves roll in, and repeatedly thought, "Mahalo Ke Akua" for the opportunity to be in such a sacred place and work in ministry. I now feel reinvigorated to serve at my camp in Virginia and All Saints' with a heightened awareness of the sacred and thin places I get to call home.
Each camp and center made a wood burned arrow for this cool project. (Credit: Ashley Graham-Wilcox)
We started our week together on Sunday evening with dinner and Compline, a reminder that we were gathered to be fed, in learning, in community, and in prayer. On Monday we heard from the first keynote speaker, a professor and fantastic musician. He shared mo'olelos of his life and some of the darker parts of Hawaiian history with us in song. I can't recall another time in which the feelings of confusion, intrigue, guilt, and fascination were so intertwined. It firmly reminded me that I have so much to learn about these islands that I get to call home. I also met with my reflection group for the first time on Monday and I really enjoyed learning from all the time we spent together throughout the week.

I went to the early morning yoga class on Tuesday which grounded my day in gratitude and awareness. After breakfast there was a business meeting of ECCC and it was interesting to hear how the organization operates on a wider level. I attended a workshop called Sacred Spaces at Camp which was a dialogue about how and why certain spaces in centers become sacred and a chance to hear from other camps about their sacred spots. I also talked to Sani, the associate program director at Camp Mokule'ia, about their outdoor education program. They use a curriculum called Navigating Change in partnership with NOAA and it's framed around the Mōlī bird (albatross) and environmental impacts that affect them.

On Wednesday night, we learned a simple hula.(Credit: Ashley Graham-Wilcox)

On Wednesday the Episcopal Service Corps folks invited us to join them for their daily morning prayer using Common Prayer for Ordinary Radicals (one of my favorite prayer tools). It was really exciting to see other young Episcopalians in a prayerful community like that. I went to two workshops that day, one on transgendered campers and the other on creative and adaptive liturgies at camp. The first was a loving and informative conversation on how we can best serve campers with varied gender identities. It was also enlightening to think about how a lot of the first work with changing social norms and justice are led by youth and young adult facets of the Church, camping definitely ranked among those. The second workshop I went to was led by Bronwyn Clark Skov, the Officer for Youth Ministries for The Episcopal Church (she's also in charge of EYE), and The Rev. Shannon Kelly, the Officer for Campus and Young Adult Ministries. They shared resources and advice as to how best incorporate those resources into our programs. A huge takeaway for me in that was setting intention for worship services and understanding their purpose for various audiences, and how I want to be more vocal in my hiring and training processes at Shrine Mont about worship and liturgy. Wednesday evening, we had a lovely luau and hula show. Even though I was totally stuffed with delicious food, we rounded out the night with an impromptu dance party with the Camp Mokule'ia staff and a small group from the conference.

On Thursday, upon discovering that there would be no early morning yoga, I took a morning dip in the ocean with one of my dear friends from Camp Stevens and we watched the sun come up through the palm trees and my friend recited a Mary Oliver poem. I highly recommend this as a way to start your day! After breakfast we heard the final keynote speaker present on Waimea Valley and the history of that sacred yet public place. The workshop I attended in the afternoon was about transgendered staff at camps and centers and how we can best support and better understand the fluidity of gender and identity. It was a compassionate and challenging conversation that I found personally very helpful for my summer job. We had the opportunity to hike Ka'ena Point on Thursday afternoon and it was so cool to see just how huge Mōlī are and we saw four monk seals, too!
We learned a lot but also had a lot of fun! On our last night we played Family Feud, Camp Edition. (Credit: Ashley Graham-Wilcox)

When Friday rolled around I was amazed at how quickly the week had gone by, and how delicious coconut syrup is on pancakes. People headed their separate ways throughout the morning and I got to take advantage of an empty beach for the last time. I marveled at the fact that I spent time in the ocean every day I was there and I'm hoping to keep my swims frequent now that I'm back. Just before the plane landed at the Lihue airport, I looked over this beautiful island and was nearly overwhelmed with how much I felt like I was home. I owe that to this community and the 'Ohana of All Saints'. I am grateful to have spent some time reconnecting with my friends and camp colleagues and I feel rejuvenated to continue serving as your ministry intern. Mahalo for supporting me in my ministry.

Sierra Gore
Ministry Intern
Upcoming Youth Group Meeting - February 12th
The next gathering of the Ke Akua Youth Group is February 12 at 11AM in the youth room! 

Youth will have a chance to ask Fr. Ryan and Sierra any questions they have about church, faith, God, and all that jazz.  Youth are asked to bring at least one question with you to get the dialogue going.
Great opportunity to serve
All Saints' offers the Laundry Love ministry the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 5:30PM - 8:30PM at the Kapaa Laundromat  in the Kapaa Shopping Center.

The ministry needs more volunteers especially for Team A and Team B. Volunteers do not need to members of the Church. V olunteers wash, dry, and fold patrons' laundry. Each session, All Saints' 70-90 loads of free laundry for the community. No laundry experience required! For more information, visit here.

Please consider volunteering one of the following dates:

February 15th (Team A)
March 1st (Team B)
March 15th (Team C)
April 5th (Team A)
April 19th (Team B)
May 3rd (Team C)

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above dates, please email Fr. Ryan.

First Episcopal revival held in Pittsburgh
Presiding Bishop Michael Bruce Curry and The Rev. Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop reflect on the first Episcopal Revival held in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Click on the image above to view the video.
HUI PU 2017
Save the date! Diocese Summer Youth Camp
Hui Pu 2017 hosted at Camp Mokule`ia - Oahu will be a huge event with all three camps for the different age groups taking place simultaneously. Our theme is "S.W.A.G ( Saved With Amazing Grace)" and will be full of new experiences, re-kindled friendships and most importantly full of praise\ and worship with unconditional love!

Although the camp will begin on the same date for all age groups, it will end on different days. Register before May 1 and save! The camp dates and costs are as follows:
  • AHE (9-12 years): July 2 - July 5, $350 (By May 1- $320)
  • LOKAHI (13-24 years): July 2 - July 6, $450 (By May 1- $420
  • `OPIO (15-18 years): July 2 - July 7, $550 (By May 1- $520)
Volunteers Needed:  We are looking for volunteers to help staff our summer camp. You must be 18 years and older, experience working with children/youth, and must supply three references. Please send your resume to programs@campmokuleia.com.

For more information, download the flyer here, or if you have any questions, contact Seino Lino, Programs Director, at (808) 637-6241, or by email .

Story and picture courtesy of the "E-News The Episcopal Church in Hawai'i."
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 3:1-19:
1 And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? 4 For when one says, "I belong to Paul," and another, "I belong to Apollos," are you not merely human?
5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. 9 For we are God's servants, working together; you are God's field, God's building.
Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."
F ebruary 12th:  Jesus Calls His Disciples

Jesus calls ordinary people to become his followers. He even calls people whom society would call sinners or outcasts, such as Matthew, who was a tax collector, working in a profession hated by the Jews. He became one of Jesus' most faithful disciples.
We also are called to be followers of Christ. One of our temptations in the world is to follow somebody or something else rather than following God in Jesus Christ. We don't often think of it this way, but if we follow somebody or something else and thereby neglect God, we become disciples of that something else. Jesus said, "You cannot serve both God and money." If we consistently choose playing golf over attending church, holding a grudge toward our mother or father over forgiving them, thus neglecting our own spiritual life in preference for our secular life, we are following something or somebody else other than God in Christ.
Jesus calls us to make God and following God our top priority. This does not mean that we cannot love other things or people, but that we cannot put them ahead of serving or loving God and of following God's path. For a faithful Christian, following God and loving others do not conflict, but complement each other.


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

Eat Dessert First
The Zonta Club of Kaua'i celebrates its 24rd annual "Eat Dessert First" on Friday, February 24, 20167, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, at the Aqua Kaua'i Beach Resort Hotel. Pre-sale tickets are $30 and $35 at the door. For more information and to order tickets, please visit the  Eat Dessert First website.

Applications for 17/18 Preschool Admission Now Available 
Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year has begun at All Saints' Preschool. Space is limited. Families are encouraged to apply early. Since 1966, All Saints' has been committed to nurturing and inspiring students to "Realize Their Personal Best" amid a loving, innovative, and dynamic early childhood educational environment. All Saints' Preschool serves students age 2 years, 10 months to 6 years old. All Saints' is not a daycare program with elements of a preschool environment. All Saints' is an exceptional early childhood education center and the staff members are educators committed to nurturing, inspiring, and teaching children. All of the classroom programs are innovative and exceptional learning environments that integrate both traditional and contemporary early childhood education practices.

To download an enrollment application and to learn more about All Saints' Preschool, please click here.
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