Volume 2, Issue 17
June 2, 2017
In This Issue
Pentecost Sunday
History of Pentecost
Letter from Sierra
June Collection
Diocese MMR
'Ohana Retreat
This Week in Sunday School
Photo of the Week
National Church News
Tropic Care
In Brief
Upcoming Dates
View the Online
Master Calendar

Every Wednesday
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM -  Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

Saturday, June 3
Eucharistic Ministers &
Eucharistic Visitors
Training Workshop
Memorial Hall

Sunday, June 4
Feast of Pentecost Day
7:00AM & 9:30AM

Wednesday, June 7
Laundry Love - Team "B"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Thursday, June 8
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

Saturday, June 10
Diocese Focus Groups for
Mutual Ministry Review
St. Michael and All Angels

Sunday, June 11
Diocese Focus Groups for
Mutual Ministry Review
Memorial Hall

Thursday, June 15
Episcopal Church Women
Memorial Hall

Saturday, June 17
Church Work Day
8:00AM - 12:00PM
Church Campus

Wednesday, June 21
Laundry Love - Team "C"
2nd Anniversary
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Thursday, June 22
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

Sunday, June 25
Heavenly Hike
11:45AM - Depart Church
Location TBD

Tuesday, June 27
Buildings and
Grounds Meeting
Rector's Office

Wednesday, July 5
Laundry Love - Team "A"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Friday, July 28 &
Saturday, July 29
FiF Dodgeball Tournament
All Saints' Gym

Saturday, July 29
KISS Concert

August 18 - 20
'Ohana Church Retreat
Camp Sloggett
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Latest Sermons
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Pentecost Sunday: Come, Holy Spirit, Come!

Did you know that the Day of Pentecost is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year in the Episcopal Church?

Pentecost is a big deal in the Church! The Day of Pentecost is the last day of the Easter season. On Pentecost Day, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of Christ's Church.

This Sunday, we encourage you to avoid the temptation of hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock. Delay that beach trip one hour. Take a Sabbath Day  from the house projects.

Join your All Saints' 'Ohana and celebrate the power of the Holy Spirit working through the Body of Christ. Both services (7:00AM and 9:30AM) will offer special liturgies and the 9:30AM service will feature special music from Hank Curtis and the All Saints' Choir.

We also invite everyone to WEAR RED this Sunday to mark the occasion! 

This history of Pentecost

Pentecost (from the Greek pentekoste , 'fiftieth' of fifty days of celebration) has its roots in the Jewish Feast of Weeks, which was completed on the fiftieth day after Passover. On the fiftieth day of Easter, God sends his Holy Spirit to empower the Church to perform the mission which the risen Christ has entrusted to it; and he inaugurates the messianic community of perfect communication. Pentecost celebrates both the Holy Spirit and the Christian Church. It was originally the crown and completion of the Easter season; only later, in the medieval West, did it become a new festival season of its own. After the Easter Vigil, the time of Pentecost was a preferred occasion for baptism in early Christian centuries, and the services of Pentecost also reflect this baptismal theme.

There is some evidence that the ascension was first celebrated on the fiftieth day of Easter, but it was soon moved to the fortieth day in faithfulness to Luke's chronology. Ascension and Pentecost are closely linked. The risen Lord is no longer present to the Church in the body of his flesh; the Church is now to be the new body of Christ, filled with his life through the gift of the Spirit.

On Pentecost, we celebrate the Holy Spirit's outpouring on the church, equipping each of us for ministry, and empowering us to live out the Gospel in ways that will transform the world.

In the prayer over the bread and the wine at the Holy Eucharist, the celebrant prays for the Holy Spirit to consecrate the food so that it may be Christ's body and blood for us. We continue this prayer by asking the Holy Spirit to make us holy. By the Spirit's power, may we live out faithfully our baptism through which we become people of hope, justice and love.

On this spirit-filled day, we are called to renewal and hope, rekindling our commitment to take part in God's ongoing work, and receiving the gifts of the Spirit that empower us to share the good news of Christ's love with a world in need.

Aloha . . . A hui hou

Beloved All Saints' Ohana,

I cannot believe that it's June already. Thank goodness I'm coming back for another year because this one flew by.

On Monday I head back to the mainland for three months. I will spend most of this time directing  Explorers' Camp at Shrine Mont near Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. I've been prepping for camp for a few months by conducting interviews, hiring staff, and video calling into meetings as well as organizing resources and helping to plan trips and schedules for the summer. I'm excited to reunite with my team and welcome campers to the mountain for exploration, worship, songs and games, and friendship.

My time at camp starts with eight days of reconnecting with the other directors and staff while we go over different protocols, safety measures, and behaviors. These training days are long but really wonderful to talk through strategies and and plans so everyone can have a safe and fun summer.

After training campers finally arrive and Explorers' Camp starts with a ten day adventure for high schoolers. We will spend two nights on a backpacking trip and another two on a canoe trip down the Shenandoah river. I love this camp largely in part because I really get to know my campers and we can dig deeper into the themes of finding God in Creation and building community.

The youngest campers come next and during this session we focus on exploration, acceptance, and fun while exploring all the trails that Shrine Mont has to offer. A lot of the younger kids haven't slept outside before so our camp-wide sleepover in the lawn is a pretty big hit. And I'll round out my camp season with middle school aged campers and we cram in all the hikes, trips, and traditions we can into their session.

Throughout the summer I will work with my staff of eight, two leadership and six cabin staff, and a rotating cast of chaplains. I have a really diverse and talented crew this year and I can't wait to see all the great work we'll do together.

I also will get to spend a good chunk of time with my family this summer. I fly first to California to see my mom, dad, sister, and grandparents for a week before camp, and I get to see them again in August in North Carolina with my great-grandmother. I haven't seen my family since I got to All Saints' so I'm very ready to spend some quality time with them.

I'm coming back to Kauai on September 4th, a couple days after standing beside my best friend at her wedding. I am incredibly delighted that I get to be with her for the weekend and Jeremy is coming to the wedding as well which will make it even more special.

Overall, it will be a busy summer but full of learning, fellowship, and quality time with my loved ones on the mainland. I will miss you all, though. All Saints' Ohana is unlike any community I've been a part of and I'm so grateful of this opportunity. I'm positive that these next few months will fuel me to come back to All Saints' with a new energy in the fall.

With love,
Sierra Gore
Ministry Intern
school supplies June Collection

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

Every Sunday, all gift-in-kind donations can be left in the red wagon at the Church's entrance. Hale Ho'omalu also needs and appreciates monetary donations as well as gift-in-kind items.
Focus Group at All Saints' Sunday, June 11th

The Diocese of Hawaiʻi has embarked on an exciting project collectively called The Strategic Initiatives. The Strategic Initiatives Group is overseeing the process and is made up of members from Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, and others. All Saints' Rector, The Reverend Ryan D. Newman is the chair of SIG. Dr. Kim Payton, an organizational psychologist, has been engaged as an expert consultant to lead the Diocese through this process.

The Strategic Initiatives Group is tasked with the following three projects:

  • Conducting the Diocese's Mutual Ministry Review (MMR)
  • Creating a Diocese Strategic Plan
  • Facilitating the Bishopʻs Personal Performance Review
YOU ARE NEEDED to help with the Mutual Ministry Review for the Diocese of Hawaiʻi! You have an exciting opportunity to give your thoughts about where the Church is now and where you think it should go in the next three to five years.

Why is this different from earlier efforts? Earlier Strategic Plans had lofty goals but struggled to define effective implementation steps. This process, starting with your input for the MMR, seeks to more clearly identify our mutual goals and how we can realistically achieve them. This includes identifying how we and our Church must change collectively to fulfill the ministry to which we are called.

A Mutual Ministry Review (MMR) is a serious look at how we are working together to further the mission and ministry we are called to by Jesus Christ. Who are 'we'? 'We' is all of us; individuals, parishes, missions, the Office of the Bishop.

There will be two MMR Focus Group Sessions on Kaua'i. The first session will be at St. Michael and All Angels, Saturday, June 10th at 10:00AM. 

The second session will be at All Saints', Sunday June 11th at 11:30AM in Memorial Hall. The sessions are open to everyone. We strongly encourage members of the Vestry and Ministry Council to attend one of the sessions.

Focus Groups are happening on every island. The sessions run about 90 minutes. The goal is to reflect and to talk about the future of the Diocese specifically, our vision, strategic goals, and the ways the Diocese can better support our congregations.

The facilitator for Kaua'i is Keane Akao, a lay leader from St. Mark's in Honolulu. Keane also serves as the Director of Operations and Congregational Development at The Episcopal Church of West Oahu. 

Please come and be a part of the discussion about the future of the Diocese. No RSVP required.


Camp Sloggett to Host 'Ohana Retreat
This year, we  invite your family to join All Saints', Friday August 18th - Sunday, August 20th (Statehood Weekend) for the inaugural All Saints' 'Ohana Retreat hosted at YWCA Camp Sloggett in Kokee.

The retreat promises to be an enjoyable, family-centered, and spirit-filled weekend. Activities will be offered for all ages and a variety of activity levels. Check in will be Friday at 3:00PM and check out will be Sunday at 11:00AM.

Registration forms can be download online or picked up at the entrance of the Church.

Forms are due by Sunday, July 16th. There will be no charge for the retreat, but donations to underwrite the weekend are always welcomed. The Church will provide some meals, snacks, and drinks with the remainder being the responsibility of the 'Ohana. Participants are encouraged to gather at All Saints' at noon on Friday, August 18th to caravan up to Camp Sloggett. We strongly encourage carpooling.

We hope that you join us for this amazing opportunity for fun, fellowship, and spiritual renewal. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to assist with the planning process, please email  Mary Margaret Smith .

For more information and to view pictures of Camp Sloggett, click here .

Please note: On Sunday, August 20th, All Saints' will not offer services at the Church. 
Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."

Acts 2:1-11: This event, the coming of the Holy Spirit, is the reversal of what happened at the Tower of Babel. There our languages became confused so that we could no longer understand one another, not only spoiling our attempt to reach heaven by our own efforts and pride, but also alienating us from each other and God.

Now, God has sent God's Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ, to bring us back to God. As the apostles gather to celebrate the Jewish feast of Pentecost, they receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Here at this Jewish celebration, God's promise to Israel made at Mount Sinai-as recorded in the story of the people receiving the Ten Commandments-is fulfilled. With the coming of the Holy Spirit as told in Acts, all peoples of the earth are offered the new covenant and the gift of God's grace.

At Sinai, God appeared in the form of fire and smoke. Here at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit appears in the shape of tongues of fire.

This event is celebrated in the church as the birth of the Church, the beginning of the preaching that will carry the Good News of God in Christ to all nations of the earth. This preaching will untangle the confusion of languages that began at the Tower of Babel. That alienation has now been reversed by God.

School School Teachers: Team "A."
On Friday, May 26th, 2017, All Saints' Preschool hosted its annual Graduation Ceremony and 'Ohana Potluck. The evening featured music, food, and fellowship. Congratulations class of 2017!
Presiding Bishop responds to Trump's decision to pull U.S. out of worldwide climate accord

President Donald Trump  announced June 1  that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a 2015 pledge to limit climate change signed by 196 nations.

The agreement includes a plan to decrease carbon emissions and limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, and a commitment from wealthier nations to provide $100 billion in aid to developing countries. The  agreement  is the first-ever binding, international treaty in 20 years of United Nations climate talks.

The presiding bishop's statement follows.

With the announcement by President Donald Trump of his decision to withdraw the commitment made by the United States to the Paris Climate Accord, I am reminded of the words of the old spiritual which speaks of God and God's creation in these words, "He's got the whole world in his hands." The whole world belongs to God, as Psalm 24 teaches us. God's eye is ever on even the tiny sparrow, as Jesus taught and the song says (Luke 12:6). And we human beings have been charged with being trustees, caretakers, stewards of God's creation (Genesis 1:26-31).

The United States has been a global leader in caring for God's creation through efforts over the years on climate change.  President Trump 's announcement changes the U.S.'s leadership role in the international sphere. Despite this announcement, many U.S. businesses, states, cities, regions, nongovernmental organizations and faith bodies like the Episcopal Church can continue to take bold action to address the climate crisis.  The phrase, " We ' re still in, " became a statement of commitment for many of us who regardless of this decision by our President are still committed to the principles of the Paris Agreement.

Faith bodies like the Episcopal Church occupy a unique space in the worldwide climate movement. In the context of the United Nations, the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, we are an international body representing 17 countries in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia and the Pacific. We also are a provisionally admitted observer organization to the UNFCCC process, empowered to bring accredited observers to the UN climate change meetings. Furthermore, the Episcopal Church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the third-largest Christian tradition, and we remain committed to ensuring that Anglicans everywhere are empowered to undertake bold action on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

We know that caring for God's creation by engaging climate change is not only good for the environment, but also good for the health and welfare of our people. The U.S. is currently creating more clean jobs faster than job creation in nearly every other sector of the economy, and unprecedented acceleration in the clean energy sector is also evident in many other major economies.

My prayer is that we in the Episcopal Church will, in this and all things, follow the way, the teachings and the Spirit of Jesus by cultivating a loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God, all others in the human family, and with all of God's good creation.
In spite of hardships and setbacks, the work goes on. This is God's world.  And we are all his children. And, "He's got the whole world in his hands."

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

Information and photo courtesy of the Episcopal Digital Network.

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

Eucharist Ministers and Visitors Training
On Saturday, June 3rd, All Saints' will host a training workshop for current and new Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors. Current EMs/EVs are required to renew their license every three years and our last training at All Saints' was in 2014.  The workshop will begin at 9:00AM. The Eucharistic Minister portion will conclude at 11:00AM. Eucharistic Visitors will be required to stay till 12:00PM for additional training. Register here.

Online Master Calendar
All Saints' has launched an Online Master Calendar. The goal is to provide the congregation and the community a centralized, real-time calendar that can be accessed from anywhere and on any device. The program also provides the Church staff with a tool to manage campus facilities bookings. The calendar can be viewed by navigating your internet browser to: www.allsaintskauai.org/calendar.html

2017 Dodgeball Tournament
The 12th edition of the FiF (Fun in Fellowship) Dodgeball Tournament is scheduled for Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th. Team and volunteer registration will begin June 1st.  If you would like to serve on the FiF Dodgeball Committee, please attend the committee's next meeting, Tuesday, June 6th at 6:00PM in the Rector's Office-all are invited to participate.  For updates and more information, please visit the FiF Dodgeball website  and Facebook page.
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