Volume 2, Issue 8
February 24, 2017
In This Issue
Saturday Work Day
KISS: Jazz!
Heavenly Hike
Old Palm Crosses
Shrove Tuesday
Ash Wednesday
Ashes to Go
In-Choiring Minds
This Week in Sunday School
Lenten Education
Photo of The Week
In Brief
February 26th
Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Upcoming Dates
Every Wednesday
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM -  Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

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

Heavenly Hike
Nounou Kuamoo Trail
Depart Church

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

Thursday, March 9
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

Saturday, March 11
Saturday Market
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Church Lawn

Preschool Golden Discohana
4:30PM - 7:30PM

Sunday, March 12
Acolyte Training
11:00AM - 1:00PM

Tuesday, March 14
Crazy Christians, Session 1
Memorial Hall

Wednesday, March 15
Laundry Love - Team "C"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Thursday, March 16
Episcopal Church Women
Memorial Hall

Tuesday, March 21
Crazy Christians, Session 2
Memorial Hall

Thursday, March 23
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

Sunday, March 26
Bishop Fitzpatrick Visit
to All Saints'
7:00AM & 9:30AM

Tuesday, March 28
Crazy Christians, Session 3
Memorial Hall

Wednesday, April 5
Laundry Love - Team "A"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat
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Work day this Saturday, February 25th 
The fourth Saturday has arrived . . . meaning it is a Saturday Church Work Day. This Saturday, February 25th, 8:00AM - Noon, volunteers are needed to c lear, clean, and reorganize the storage area under the gym stage and clean the gym kitchen. In addition, we will be erecting the 20'x40' tent in the front garden of the rectory in preparation for the Shrove Tuesday celebration at the rectory.

Saturday Workdays are vital to the stewardship and preservation of our All Saints' Campus. Our 'Ohana is blessed with a beautiful campus and numerous buildings. However, these amazing resources require a great deal of ongoing maintenance and preventative care. It is our call and duty  to properly care for our Church home--not only for this generation; but, for many generations to come.

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! 

Sunday's Destination: Nounou Kuamoo Trail to Sleeping Giant
On this Sunday, February 26th, the Heavenly Hikes Ministry will head to Sleeping Giant via the southern trail. The Nounou Kuamoo Tra il is the trail located on Kuamoo Road just past Opaekaa Falls. It is the longest trail leading to Sleeping Giant (2.5 miles each way). The hike will lead the group over the Opaekaa Stream across a quaint wooden bridge and through a forest of strawberry guavas. 

Past a grove of large bamboo, the Kuamoo Trail joins the Nounou West Trail in the beautiful cathedral forest of Cook Pines planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. At the top of the trail, you will be rewarded with sweeping views of mount Waialeale, Anahola's Kong mountain, Wailua River Valley and the coastline from Kealia to Kalapaki.
The total distance will be about 6 miles and does include a steep trail to the top of Sleeping Giant. This hike is rated moderately-strenuous.  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, and a lunch/snacks. 
palm crosses Old palm crosses needed
Ashes used on Ash Wednesday are made from the burned palms from previous Palm Sunday services. 

We are asking our 'Ohana to please bring in their old palm crosses to be used for the preparation of the ashes.  Crosses can be left in a basket on the table at the church entrance this Sunday, February 26th. 

Shrove Tuesday
All Saints' 3rd Annual Shrove Tuesday  'Ohana Pancake Supper is  February 28th at  6:00PM in the Rectory. All are invited to attend.  We invite you to a delicious supper of pancakes. There will be loads of bacon, egg dishes, fruits, desserts, and much more. Attendees are encouraged to bring a "breakfast" side dish."


Lent is About to arrive! All Saints' will offer two Ash Wednesday services, both with the imposition of ashes; 8:00AM (no Eucharist) and 6:30PM (with Eucharist).

The word Lent comes from an Old English word meaning "spring"--the time of lengthening days. Early Christians observed "a season of penitence and fasting" in preparation for Easter.

Ash Wednesday, the first of the forty days of Lent, is named for the custom of placing blessed ashes on the faithful as a sign of our penitence and a reminder of our mortality.The Old Testament frequently mentions the use of ashes as an expression of humiliation and sorrow. Ashes are imposed on the penitent's forehead with the words, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." 
" Ashes to Go" heads to Kuhio Highway again
Fr. Ryan, Sierra, and others will again be on the sidewalk along Kuhio Highway offering "Ashes to Go" for those who are unable to attend Ash Wednesday services. Ashes to Go will be offered 9:00AM - 11:00AM and 4:00PM - 6:00PM.

Annually, All Saints' distributes ashes to nearly a 100 people through this ministry. The ministry is open to everyone--share the news with others on the island! Volunteers are always needed to assist with the imposition of Ashes.

Ashes to Go began in 2010, when three Chicago-area Episcopal churches took ashes to the train stations, bringing them to busy commuters. It was a hit and went viral in 2012, exploding across the nation. Ashes to Go is now being offered not only by Episcopal Churches, but many different denominations.
In-Choiring Minds is a feature column that is published periodically highlighting the happenings of the Music Ministry at All Saints', especially the All Saints' Choir.

Sung Psalms during Lent
During the season of Lent, which begins March 1ST, worshipers at All Saints' will have the opportunity to experience a fuller, richer meaning of the Book of Psalms. During Sunday services throughout Lent, the selected Psalm at the end of the First Reading will be sung at the 9:30AM service, instead of recited.  

The choir, under the direction of Hank Curtis, will lead the congregation in the singing of the Psalm. The "cantor," an individual from the choir, will sing each verse of the Psalm in the form of a chant. At the beginning and end of the Psalm, and after selected verses, the choir will guide the congregation in the singing the "antiphon," which is essentially a short refrain. The cantor will raise his/her hand to signal the choir and the congregation to sing the antiphon, which will be printed in the bulletin.
Why, you might ask is it important to sing the psalms. Not only does scripture instruct us to sing, but the psalms were MEANT to be sung; and, the singing of psalms has been a tradition within the Church since its founding nearly 2,000 years ago. In fact, the word psalm is derived from the Greek translation of the word, psalmoi, meaning instrumental music. The psalms themselves tell us make music and to sing to the Lord. Apostle Paul encouraged faithful Christians to sing psalms. Psalms are not only scripture and prayer, they are poems set to music. The texts provide instruction to directors of music; they encourage worshipers to sing to the Lord and they often identify the instruments to be played. 

The importance of singing psalms can be summarized by the words of Russell Stutler in very contemporary language, "The book of Psalms is a song book. Try reading through a book of your favorite songs without singing them and see how dry they are, like cornflakes without milk."

Psalm singing was a prominent feature of Church worship for nearly 1,800 years. However, gospel songs and devotional lyrics eclipsed the singing of psalms during the 19th Century. Fortunately, a renaissance of psalm singing has occurred during the past half century. Thanks to the works of noted composer, organist and liturgist, Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014) and others, new musical settings for psalms have emerged. The music for the psalms that All Saints' will sing during Lent was composed by Hallock and is presented in his Ionian Psalter, Hallock's largest creative work.

We invite you to join us in this Lenten experience and enjoy the beauty and richness of the psalms as they are sung. Listen to the cantor as he/she evokes a variety of emotions when the words are set to music.

The All Saints' Choir extends a warm welcome to new members, amateur and professional, alike. Even if you are just visiting Kaua'i and would like join the choir during your stay, you are more than welcome. We are in particular need of additional tenor and bass voices. 

Practice occurs each Thursday at 6:00PM in the Music Room (south entrance of the All Saints' Gym). Sunday call times are generally 8:55AM. If you would like to "in-choir" about the All Saints' Choir, please contact Hank Curtis . All Saints' welcomes you!
Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."
Matthew 14-16:  Jesus had a full life. We mainly think of him as teaching, performing miracles here and there, and healing. 

But here in this lesson is a sampling of what his days were like: picnicking with crowds of 5,000 and 4,000 men (plus women and children), spending some time with his disciples and friends; telling stories, meeting new people, being with children. 

Here we see Jesus' life as a human being, but it is also his life of ministry. Picture it this way: imagine his daily life and the people he met and got to know, then infuse that picture with the love that Jesus embodies as God-made-man. 

The accounts of Jesus feeding the multitudes give us food for thought. The sheer numbers that are fed make these stories a social miracle-a miracle not just for one person but for thousands. Jesus frees Israel. Jesus feeds the world. 

These feedings anticipate the Eucharist and the Eucharist gives us a foretaste of the messianic banquet in the kingdom of heaven. We are given a sample of the abundance and the infinite generosity of God in God's kingdom. 

And in these feedings, we see Jesus' love and its consequences. Whether the abundant food came as the result of a physical miracle or as a result of the people responding in love to Jesus' love for them does not matter. The point is that when someone loves us deeply, as Jesus loved the people there, we naturally respond in love. When we receive a hug, we want to give one back. That may be the true miracle: the miracle of love and its multiplication. 

Look at these stories and see God's utter generosity and love. That is how we are to follow God.

School School Teachers: Team "D."

Last week, the Preschool ventured up the Wailua River via boat to the Fern Grotto. 
Photo courtesy of  Lauren Leialoha Alhegyi.
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"

Upcoming training for acolytes
At All Saints' the Acolyte Ministry is open to all parishioners ages 8 and up (including adults). Acolytes fully participate in the liturgy (worship) of the Church. From the beginning to the end of the service, acolytes function as representatives of the 'Ohana at God's altar.  All Saints' will host acolyte training on Sunday, March 12th from 11:00AM-1:00PM. The time will serve as a chance for new children, youth, or adults to learn how to be an acolyte or crucifer as well as a refresher for those who already regularly serve. For more information or sign-up, please contact Sierra Gore.

Bringing alive Lent for the family
This Lent,  All Saints' Children and Family Ministries wants to offer to All Saints' families an opportunity to experience centering prayer and dialogue through the art of meditative coloring. It is a wonderful and sacred activity for the whole family.  We have eight beautiful, blank posters from Illustrated Children's Ministry that go through the Scriptural Way of the Cross, and we need your help to bring them to life!    Families will have the opportunity to take a poster home for a few days to color in a station as a centering, prayerful family practice. We will provide each family coloring supplies and a simple devotional guide containing  starting points for meditation/prayer and conversation. To participate, please email  Sierra Gore .

Ho'omalu February Collection: Toiletries
This month's special collection for Hale Ho'omalu, a family service center located 1/2 block away from All Saints', is Toiletries (i.e. Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Deodorant, Bar Soap, Shampoo).  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.

Episcopal Summer Camp at Camp Mokule`ia
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 (July 2) for all age groups, it will end on different days. Register before May 1 and save!  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 .

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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