Volume 1, Issue 38
October 28, 2016
In This Issue
Stewardship 2017
Article Headline
Heavenly Hike
All Saints' Day Breakfast
Thanksgiving Luncheon
This Week in Sunday School
KISS Concert
Article Headline
PB Curry Sermon
Photo of the Week
In Brief
This Sunday
October 30, 2016

Proper 26 (C)
Upcoming Dates
Every Wednesday
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM -  Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

Friday, October 28
Youth Group Beach Bonfire
6:00PM
Lydgate Beach

Sunday, October 30
Family Worship at 9:30AM Service - No Sunday School

Baptism Preparation Class
11:00AM
Memorial Hall

Heavenly Hike
11:45 Depart All Saints'
 Kuilau Trail

Wednesday, November 2
Laundry Love (Team C)
5:30 - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Friday, November 4
'Aha Mele Concert Series:
"The Welch Family"
6:00PM
Church

Sunday, November 6
All Saints' Day and Commitment Sunday

Holy Eucharist with  Pledge Ingathering
7:00AM

All Saints' Day Breakfast
8:00AM
Church Lawn under Tent

Holy Eucharist
with Baptisms and
Pledge Ingathering
9:30AM

Wednesday, November 9
Youth Group CAYA
"Come as You Are"
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Memorial Hall

Thursday, November 10
Daughters of the King
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Saturday, November 12
Saturday Market and
Swap Meet
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Church Lawn

Saturday, November 12
Movie Night on the Lawn
"Inside Out and 
Ghostbusters (2016)" 
Sunset
Church Lawn

Thursday, November 17
Episcopal Church Women
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Wednesday, November 23
Youth Group CAYA
"Come as You Are"
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Memorial Hall

Thursday, November 24
KIA Thanksgiving Service
and Luncheon
10:00AM - Service
11:00AM - 1:00PM - Luncheon

Saturday, December 3
Holiday Craft Fair
9:00AM - 2:00PM
All Saints' Campus

Sunday, December 11
Christmas Caroling
at Mahelona
5:45PM

Youth Group Christmas Party
7:15PM
Rectory

Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve

Keiki Service
3:30PM

Festive Christmas Mass
5:30PM

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

Carol Prelude and Festive Christmas Mass
10:30PM

Sunday, December 25
Christmas Day

Holy Eucharist
9:30AM
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STEWARDSHIP

It is right to give God thanks and praise
 
Aloha All Saints' 'Ohana,
 
"It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth." As the celebrant, this is my response every Sunday to the Congregation's profound and prophetic affirmation, "It is right to give God thanks and praise." During the Eucharist, at the Lord's Table, Christ invites us to be known and to be fed. The Eucharist nourishes and empowers us for the week ahead.
 
On Sundays, we gather and worship in Church. Between Sundays, we are The Church!
 
Throughout the country, there are countless churches in "survival mode"-they are barely able to sustain the opportunity to gather and worship together. Too often living the Gospel between Sundays happens on an individual level rather than through the mission and vision of the Church. Sadly, for most of these struggling churches, their fate is inevitable.
 
There are three commonalities among Churches that decline and eventually die: (1) Lack of growth in Church membership, (2) Dwindling resources and financial support, and, (3) Inability to live out the Gospel between Sundays.    
 
Over the next decade, the stewardship of our finite resources (people, financial, leadership, and capital resources) is the greatest challenge for All Saints', the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i, and the National Episcopal Church. The reason why your Stewardship Ministry, Vestry, and rector emphasize "stewardship" is because it is through our offerings of time, talents, and resources that we are able to (1) Grow our 'Ohana, (2) Provide resources and financial sustainability, and, (3) Nourish and empower the vision of All Saints' between Sundays.
 
The vision of All Saints' is to be a cathedral for the people of Kaua'i-a center for worship, education, outreach, and the arts. This is not a Sunday-only vision-it is a vision for 365 days each year. As All Saints' nourishes and empowers us, we are called to nourish and empower All Saints'. We nourish and empower the Church when we share our time, lend our talents, and invest the resources that God has so richly bestowed upon us. 

Every Sunday in 2017, through the Eucharist, our congregation will have the opportunity to celebrate and proclaim our stewardship vision: "It is right to give God thanks and praise." It is our hope that between Sundays, the people of All Saints' will then embody and live out the vision "to give God thanks and praise."
 
Why is it important to not only celebrate and proclaim, but to also embody and live out stewardship?
  • It is right to give because God has given to us."God richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment" - 1 Timothy 6:17
  • It is good to give because we want our heart to be right before God. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." - Matthew 6:21
  • It is a joyful thing to give because we have been richly blessed by the abundance of God's love and grace. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." - John 3:16 
There is both a public and a personal spiritual journey when it comes to embodying and living out stewardship.
 
In our public journey, as we go forward in 2017, I invite you to "lift up your hearts", and with one voice joyously shout, "It is right to give God thanks and praise." Between Sundays, take the Church into the world and give witness to your thanks and praise of God.
 
In your personal journey, as you go forth with God and with All Saints', I hope you have an opportunity to discern and pray how you can offer your time, talents, and resources for the glory of God. What would it look like if you invested further into the mission and vision of All Saints'?
 
Any commitment of time, talents, and resources, especially when growing your commitment, demands a leap of faith. As we give more of ourselves, we naturally worry more about what remains. However, our life of faith calls us to embrace and exemplify a theology of abundant giving. It is through this theology of abundant giving that we reject the fearful mindset of scarcity; instead, we affirm our faithful commitment to give God thanks and praise from the living waters that flow endlessly from our Savior Jesus Christ.
 
The river of God is rushing . . . and we rejoice, for the river is here!
 
Faithfully in Christ,

The Reverend Ryan D. Newman
Rector and Head of School 
PLEDGE CARDS AVAILABLE ONLINE

Recently, the All Saints' 'Ohana should have received in the mail a 2017 Pledge Card. Ideally, it would be great if the pledge cards could be returned on All Saints' Day and Commitment Sunday, November 6th. 

The Vestry and the Stewardship Committee have set a goal of receiving 100% of pledge commitments from our All Saints' 'Ohana. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to Bill Caldwell or Fr. Ryan.

HEAVENLY HIKE SUNDAY

Kuilau Ridge Trail This Sunday
 
You are invited this Sunday for an amazing hike  up into the mountains of Wailua near the Keahua Arboretum on the well-maintained Kuilau Ridge Trail. The hike will offer some gorgeous views of Mount Waialeale and the Makaleha Mountain Range. The wide dirt trail gradually ascends above the forest to a grassy plateau and picnic area about around the 1.7 miles into the hike-a wonderful location to enjoy lunch! The total trip will be approximately 4.5 - 5 miles (roundtrip) and is rated moderately strenuous. 

If time allows, afterwards, individuals can wander to the nearby Keahua Arboretum to check out the amazing rainbow eucalyptus trees and jump in the mountain spring waterhole.
 
All are welcome! Those interested in joining the hike can meet after the second service at 11:45AM in the Church parking lot to carpool or can meet the group at the trailhead at noon. However, parking is very limited, so we encourage participants to carpool. 

Be sure to bring water, a hat, a light lunch or snack, and swimsuit (if you want to swim).
A DAY OF CELEBRATION

All Saints' Day Celebration

On November 6, we will celebrate All Saints' Day and Commitment Sunday. The Stewardship Committee invites you to a special event, All Saints' Day Breakfast, featuring great food, live entertainment, and plenty of time to talk story.

The breakfast begins at 8:00AM under the tent on the Church lawn and will be catered by Fresh from the Garden Kauai." Thanks to a generous group of donors, the entire celebration has been underwritten.

To assist with the planning process, an RSVP is kindly requested by November 1st and can be done below, or on the sign-up sheet at the Church entrance, or on the All Saints' website. Official invitations will be mailed home this week. All are welcome!
THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON
Thanksgiving Tradition . . . Kapa'a Style
 
The annual Kapa'a Interfaith Association's (KIA) Thanksgiving Luncheon is Thursday, November 24, 11:00AM - 1:00PM. The day begins with an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at 10:00AM in the Church.

The Thanksgiving Luncheon Organizing Committee is asking for your help once again. Last year, over 1100 turkey meals were delivered and served up, and we are expecting to serve a similar number of meals this year. 

Volunteer sign-up sheets along with flyers and home delivery forms for the elderly and shut-ins, will located on the table at the entrance of the church. Delivery forms are also available online.

Donations of boxed juice or Capri Sun for the home delivered meals are being requested. Juices should be dropped at All Saints' off by November 20--please place them in Memorial Hall near the Children's Altar.

We invite you to be a part of this wonderful community event! If you have any questions, please speak to our All Saints' representatives and organizers, Mary Margaret Smith or Anna Yu
THIS WEEK IN SUNDAY SCHOOL
Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."

October 30: No Sunday School (Family Worship Sunday)
 
On the 5th Sunday of a month, the entire 'Ohana comes together for both The Word and Sacrament. This Sunday, October 30th, there will be no Sunday School at the 9:30AM service. 

The Keiki are invited to fully participate in the service. God blessed keiki with the ability to wiggle. The joyous sounds, movements, and curiosity of keiki are gifts from God. We want God's keiki to be comfortable. During the celebration of Eucharist, keiki will be invited to move closer to the altar or to stand on the pew to see what is going on. The nursery will be open in Memorial Hall.
UPCOMING CONCERTS

SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH
Rescheduled Movie Night on the Lawn
 
Due to the high winds, the Movie Night on the Lawn originally schedul ed for October 22nd needed to be rescheduled. 

The new date is Saturday, November 12th. We will be showing Inside Out and Ghostbusters (2016). The first movie starts at sunset (~6:30PM).
FROM THE NATIONAL CHURCH

'Old rugged cross' on tattered church flag
 
Presiding Bishop Curry delivered this sermon during the Holy Eucharist for the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, held at Christ Church, New Brunswick, New Jersey on October 21, 2016.

It is a must watch! Click on the image above to see the video.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK

While in Virginia this week, David Murray and William Brown had an opportunity to reconnect with long-time All Saints' member Doris Beinhart.
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"

'Aha Mele Concert
On Friday, November 4th at 6:00PM, the 'Aha Mele Concert Series will feature the young and talented "Welch Family." Taylor, Daniel, Katherine, and Annamarie Welch are up and coming musicians on Kauai who love to share their gift of music. To see a preview of the concert, click here.
 
Holiday Craft Fair: Vendor Registration is Now Available
You are invited to participate as a vendor at   the All Saints' Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Annually, the Craft Fair   features over 70 booth spaces in the gym and on the lawn, with a wide range of wonderful crafts and products. Come be a part of one of Kauai's largest and most anticipated craft fairs!  Vendor spaces are filling fast! If you register to be a vendor by October 30th you will receive a 10% registration discount using the promo code "ALOHAEARLY".  The All Saints' Annual Holiday Craft Fair is the Ke Akua Youth Group's main fundraiser of the year to help them with their outreach and mission activities. We hope to see you on December 3rd. To register to be a vendor, click here.

Baptism Preparation
The next date for Baptisms will be Sunday, November 6th at 9:30AM during the celebration of All Saints' Day. Parents/Guardians who are interested in their child being baptized or adults seeking baptism are asked to attend a Baptism Preparation Class on Sunday, October 30th at 11:00AM - 12:00PM in Memorial Hall. The class allows parents/guardians an opportunity to reflect on their own faith journey and their hopes for their child's life of faith. For older keiki and adults seeking baptism, the class invites participants into a deep conversation about the significance of being baptized into the Body of Christ. For more information or to register for baptism, please contact Father Ryan.
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