Volume 2, Issue 1
January 6, 2017
In This Issue
Epiphany Service
'Aha Mele Concert
Mahalo for 2016
This Week in Sunday School
Annual Meeting
Vestry Nominations
Convention Delegates
Altar Guild Meeting Postponed
Annalise's Ordination
Photo of the Week
In Brief
January 8th
Baptism of our Lord
Upcoming Dates
Every Wednesday
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM -  Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

Friday, January 6
Epiphany Service with
Blessing of Chalk
for Home Blessings

Monday, January 9
'Aha Mele Concert Series
Passion by
Dr. Timothy Howard
Lihue United Church

Tuesday, January 10
Buildings and Grounds Committee
Rector's Offce

Thursday, January 12
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

Friday, January 13
EYE Applications Due

Tuesday, January 17
Vestry Meeting
6:00PM Eucharist
6:30PM Meeting

Wednesday, January 18
Laundry Love - Team "B"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Thursday, January 19
Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
Memorial Hall

Thursday, January 26
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

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

Heavenly Hikes
11:45AM - Depart Church
Location TBD

Tuesday, February 28
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Wednesday, March 1
Ash Wednesday Services

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Friday, January 6th, 6:30PM
Epiphany is an ancient church feast marking the Magi's visit to the infant Jesus, bringing him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. It is celebrated on January 6th--marking the end of Christmas. 
All Saints' invites you to join us on Friday, January 6th, at 6:30PM for an Epiphany Eucharistic Celebration which will include "The Blessing of Chalk for Home Blessings. " The service will draw upon our Anglican liturgical roots to bring alive this monumental moment in our faith when the Christ Child is revealed to the world. 

What is the "Blessing of Chalk?"

The chalking of the doors is a centuries-old practice throughout the world. Father Ryan will bless chalk that service participants will then take home and write in chalk the following above the entrance of their home: "20 + C+ M + B + 17". 

The letters have two meanings. First, they represent the initials of the Magi - Caspar, Malchior, and Balthazar - who came to visit Jesus in His first home. They also abbreviate the Latin phrase, Christus mansionem benedicat: "May Christ bless the house." The "+" signs represent the cross, and the "20" at the beginning and the "17" at the end mark the year. 

Taken together, this inscription is performed as a request that Christ to bless those homes. We ask for Christ's  blessing on our homes and on all who live, work or visit them there.

The chalking of the doors of a home encourages Christians to dedicate their life at home to God and to others. Seeing the symbols over our doors can help to remind us, while passing in and out on our daily routines, that our homes and all those who dwell there belong to Christ.
Renowned Organist Offers Concert
As part of our ongoing music series to promote awareness of All Saints' reconstructed and enlarged Austin pipe organ, commissioned as Rosales Organ Builders Opus 40 , we are proud to present a free organ concert.
On Monday, January 9 at 7PM, Dr. Timothy Howard will play a fine program of pieces by Bach, Buxtehude, Barber and more on the Rodgers organ at Lihue United Church  who have graciously provided/donated the use of facilities and organ for this event.
Timothy's performances have been hailed as "precision-cut" and filled with superb grace and élan.
Currently Director of Music at Pasadena Presbyterian Church and Lecturer in Music at California State University Northridge, Timothy is a graduate with honors from University of Southern California and earned degrees from Westminster Choir College and Biola University.
Dr. Howard has appeared with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, LA Master Chorale and LA Children's Chorus, as well as performances in Edinburgh, Scotland, York Minster and England's cathedrals at Lincoln and Durham.

To learn more about Timothy Howard, click here.

Timothy Howard plays
Timothy Howard plays "Recessional,"
Op. 96, No. 4 by William Mathias
2016 Mahalo
As we look forward to another exciting and busy year, I would like to take a moment to reflect on 2016 and offer a few heartfelt mahalos:
  • First and foremost to our whole All Saints' 'ohana, on island, in Hawaii, on the mainland or other locations worldwide, we are so grateful for your continued support.
  • To all the volunteers who keep our church and our outreach programs running. Just think about how much we do with purely volunteer support. Not only the high profile events like the Thanksgiving lunch, Dodgeball, Movie Nights and Laundry Love but every service and every event - Altar Guild, Acolytes, Eucharist Ministers, Ushers, ECW, Buildings and Grounds, Hospitality, church work days, Saturday Markets and so much more. If you volunteer, give yourself a pat on the back!
  • To our Director of Music Ministries, Hank, and the choir for making a joyful noise and helping us to sing to the Lord.  You are awesome! Each Sunday we are treated to such a wide variety of music and song from Prelude to Postlude via hymns, anthems and other service related pieces - with occasional guest vocalists and guest musicians. Every Sunday is a concert.
  • To our Sunday school volunteers. Who would have thought that we would get 19 - yes nineteen! - people to volunteer to support the Sunday school program! You share with our keiki a passion for God and the curiosity to ask questions and search out answers.
  • To our Ministry Intern, Sierra Gore. What a gem! Sierra was thrown in at the deep end when she accepted this internship!  The future of the Episcopal Church is in good hands if we have more people of this caliber coming into the priesthood. I hope Sierra's search leads her to ministry. She's a natural.
  • To all those involved in the organ project especially Morris Wise, Byron Barth, Bill Caldwell, David Crocker and Manuel Rosales and his team. This is a major project which will have an impact on the church for generations to come. I cannot wait to hear the new organ played for the first time in our church. The original gift of Mrs. S. W. Wilcox is the gift that is going to keep on giving!
  • To the Ke Akua Youth Group. A great group of young men and women. You are a blessing to the church and a credit to your families. Sierra, as our Ministry Intern, took the lead with the Youth Group program in 2016 continuing to build on the solid foundation laid by Sybil Nishioka and other volunteers. Other interns will be taking on this responsibility in future years.
  • To our Church and Preschool administrator! What would we do without Chris?!
Is that it? No! Just one final BIG MAHALO to Fr. Ryan and Dr. Erin. Thank you for all that you both do for our church and the wider community. We are truly blessed to have you here with us.

So . . . on to 2017!

Ke Akua pu me 'oukou.

David Murray
Senior Warden
Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."
January 8th: The Season of Epiphany
The season of Epiphany is about celebrating how God has shown God's own self to us through the person, acts and teachings of Jesus.

The Feast of Epiphany refers first to the coming of the Wise Men to Jesus. Here we celebrate the revelation of Jesus Christ to the whole world. This is a celebration of the mystery of promise. The mysterious Magi bring their symbolic gifts and offer them to the holy child.

Secondly, Epiphany recognizes the baptism of our Lord by John the Baptist. This is the day when Jesus became known to all, not when he was born but when he was baptized and proclaimed by God as "My beloved Son." 

Thirdly, in Epiphany we hear of Jesus' first miracle, which is told in John's Gospel, at the wedding in Cana. John says, "This deed...is the first of the signs by which Jesus revealed his glory and led his disciples to believe in him" ( John 2:11). 

Fourthly, the glorious manifestation of Jesus as the Son of God is told in the story of the Transfiguration. The gospel reading on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany is always the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus. 

The common theme of all these events is Jesus Christ's manifesting God to humans. During these weeks in Epiphany, we hear of Jesus' mighty signs (miracles) and teachings as he lives out this manifestation of God. As we hear these stories, we commemorate those works and teachings of Jesus which led up to the final events in Jerusalem- his death and resurrection.
Sunday School Teachers for 1/8: Team B.
Annual Parish Meeting
This year's Annual Meeting of the Parish will be held between the two services on  Sunday, January 29th from 8:00AM - 9:15AM. There will be a breakfast  potluck. A potluck sign-up will be located at the entrance of the Church  the next three Sundays.
The Annual Meeting of the Parish is important to the mission and ministries of All Saints'. During the annual meeting, we will be electing new Vestry members and delegates to the Diocese's Convention.
Please plan to attend this important meeting of the Church.
Vestry Elections Upcoming
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.

The Epistle will publish the Nomination Packet in the January 27th issue and the nomination packet will be made available on the day of the Annual Parish Meeting.

To download a Nomination Form,  click here.

To learn about  what it means to serve on the Vestry of All Saints', click here.
Nominations for Convention Delegates
At the Annual Meeting (Sunday, January 29, 2017), 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 Epistle will publish the Nomination Packet in January 27th issue and the nomination packet will be made available on the day of the Annual Parish Meeting.

The Diocesan Convention is the primary representative governing body of the diocese. It convenes annually in October to conduct diocesan business, including election of various leadership bodies; approval of a budget for the upcoming year; setting mission strategy; and establishing diocesan policy and procedure by considering and voting on resolutions and approving changes to the diocesan constitution and canons. It is also an occasion for communication and teaching from the Bishop. 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 nomination form, click here.
Altar Guild Meeting and Orientation
The Altar Guild Meeting and Orientation originally scheduled for Saturday, January 7th has been postponed to a date to be determined. Members of the Altar Guild and those interested in learning about the Altar Guild Ministry are asked to check the sacristy bulletin board in the coming weeks as we coordinate a new date (hopefully before the crunch of Holy Week). Mahalo!
The Rev. Dcn. Annalise Marie Castro

Having received the consent of the Standing Committee, God and the People willing, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick will ordain Annalise Marie Castro, to the Presbyterate in the Cathedral of St. Andrew, 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu, on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at 10:00 AM.  Please remember to keep Annalise in your prayers. 
Congratulations to Ty Shiramizu who on December 17, 2016 graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in Biology. Congratulations also go to his proud parents, Curtis and Faith Shiramizu.
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"

Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17), will take place July 10-14, 2017 in Oklahoma. The event brings together hundreds of youth from around the Episcopal Church to worship, engage, learn and fellowship together.  The Diocese of Hawai'i will be taking a delegation of 24 youth to this event.  Applications are now being accepted for the youth delegation that will represent the Diocese of Hawai'i. All youth in high school (grades 9 - 12) are eligible to apply. There are essay questions to be answered, and the application must be signed by a parent/guardian, and clergy, warden or youth leader from the church. For more information about EYE, visit the diocesan website, or e-mail eye2017@episcopalhawaii.org

To download an application,  click here. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 13, 2017.
"The Epistle" is published weekly by Friday.
Submissions for consideration are due by Wednesday at noon and can be sent to ryan@allsaintskauai.org.