Volume 2, Issue 2
January 13, 2017
In This Issue
Prayers for the President
Epiphany Sermon Series
Vestry Roles
Hale Lani Closing Sale
Church Work Days
Concert Recap
This Week in Sunday School
Annual Meeting
Photo of the Week
In Brief
January 15th
Epiphany 2A
Upcoming Dates
Every Wednesday
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM -  Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

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

Wednesday, February 1
Laundry Love - Team "C"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Thursday, February 9
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

Wednesday, February 15
Laundry Love - Team "A"
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Kapaa Laundromat

Thursday, February 23
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

Tuesday, February 28
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Wednesday, March 1
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Prayers for the President
The following is a statement from Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry.

This past week, Barack H. Obama, the 44th President of the United States, in the tradition of Presidents dating back to George Washington, gave his farewell address to the nation. Next week Donald J. Trump, in the same tradition of this country, will take the oath of office and be inaugurated as the 45th President.  

We recognize that this election has been contentious, and the Episcopal Church, like our nation, has expressed a diversity of views, some of which have been born in deep pain.

There has been much discussion, and some controversy, about the appropriateness of the Washington National Cathedral hosting the Inaugural Prayer Service this year, and of church choirs singing at inaugural events.

Underneath the variety of questions and concerns are some basic Christian questions about prayer: when I pray for our leaders, why am I doing so?  Should I pray for a leader I disagree with? When I pray what do I think I am accomplishing? 

On one level these questions seem inconsequential and innocuous. But real prayer is not innocuous. It is powerful. That question can become poignant and even painful as it is for many in this moment, given that some of the values that many of us heard expressed over the past year have seemed to be in contradiction to deeply-held Christian convictions of love, compassion, and human dignity.

So, should we pray for the President?

We can and, indeed, I believe we must pray for all who lead in our civic order, nationally and internationally. I pray for the President in part because Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord.  If Jesus is my Lord and the model and guide for my life, his way must be my way, however difficult. And the way prayer for others is a part of how I follow the way of Jesus.

This practice of praying for leaders is deep in our biblical and Anglican/Episcopalian traditions. Psalm 72 prays that the ancient Israelite king might rule in the ways of God's justice, defending "the cause of the poor," bringing "deliverance to the needy." 1 Timothy 2:1-2 encourages followers of Jesus to pray earnestly for those in leadership, that they may lead in ways that serve the common good.  Even in the most extreme case, Jesus himself said, while dying on the cross, "Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing," was praying for Pontius Pilate, the Governor of Rome who ordered his execution, and for all who were complicit in it.

In this spirit, the Prayer Books of the Anglican/Episcopal way have always included prayer for those "who bear the authority of government," praying in a variety of ways that they may lead in the ways of God's wisdom, justice and truth. When we pray for Donald, Barack, George, Bill, George, or Jimmy, Presidents of the United States, we pray for their well-being, for they too are children of God, but we also pray for their leadership in our society and world. We pray that they will lead in the ways of justice and truth. We pray that their leadership will truly serve not partisan interest but the common good. When we pray for them, we are actually praying for our nation, for our world, indeed we are praying for ourselves. 

Prayer is not a simplistic cheer or declaration of support. Prayers of lament cry out in pain and cry for justice. Prayer can celebrate. Prayer can also ask God to intervene and change the course of history, to change someone's mind, or his or her heart.  When we pray for our enemies, we may find that we are simultaneously emboldened to stand for justice while we are also less able to demonize another human being.

Real prayer is both contemplative and active. It involves a contemplative conversation with and listening to God, and an active following of the way of Jesus, serving and witnessing in the world in his Name. For those who follow the way of Jesus, the active side of our life of prayer seeks to live out and help our society live out what it means to "love your neighbor as yourself." So we work for a good and just, humane and loving society. We participate as followers of Jesus in the life of our government and society, caring for each other and others, and working for policies and laws that reflect the values and teachings of Jesus to "love your neighbor," to "do unto others as you who have them do unto you," to fashion a civic order that reflects the goodness, the justice, the compassion that we see in the face of Jesus, that we know to reflect the very heart and dream of God for all of God's children and God's creation.

I grew up in a historically black congregation in the Episcopal Church. We prayed for leaders who were often lukewarm or even opposed to our very civil rights. We got on our knees in church and prayed for them, and then we got up off our knees and we Marched on Washington. Following the way of Jesus, we prayed and protested at the same time. We prayed for our leaders who were fighting for our civil rights, we prayed for those with whom we disagreed, and we even prayed for those who hated us. And we did so following the Jesus, whose way is the way of unselfish, sacrificial love. And that way is the way that can set us all free.

As we celebrate the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we may find guidance in his words, spoken during one of the most painful and difficult struggles in the Civil Rights Movement. He asked that all participants live by a set of principles. The first principle read: "As you prepare to march, meditate on the life and teachings of Jesus."

Should we pray for the President?

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

For more news regarding the Episcopal Church's role in the upcoming inauguration observances, please see the Episcopal New Service.

Photo courtesy of Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies via Facebook.
Six week sermon series focuses on 1st Corinthians 1-3
Throughout most Sundays in Epiphany, the appointed Epistle comes from Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians. During the next six Sundays (January 15 - February 19), All Saints' will offer a sermon series entitled, "God Dwells In Us."
In this series, we will 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.
How does God strengthen us? Why is unity so important to community? What is wisdom and how does wisdom shape our Christian community? What role does the Spirit play in transforming our lives and our communities? What does it mean to be a servant of God? If God dwells in us, how do we translate that Spirit into action?
Collectively, we hope these six weeks will offer to individuals and the community an opportunity to look inward at what shapes us and empowers us. We hope to emerge better equipped to serve God, our community, and the world.  
Vestry members, Linda Crocker and Galen Nakamura, work together during the annual Vestry retreat.
What does it mean to serve on the Vestry?
Have you thought of serving on the Vestry? It is a vital ministry of the Church and a great opportunity to help shape the future of All Saints'. 

In this column, we share the "job description" of a Vestry member.

The Vestry is the "Board of Directors" for the parish corporation. The Vestry is the authoritative body of All Saints' Episcopal Church and Preschool and is subject only to the Diocesan and National Church Canons. The Vestry works in partnership with the Rector to lead the congregation in the ministries of the church.
The Vestry is responsible for determining the policies and goals of All Saints' and is to communicate with the congregation about the goals, concerns, and functioning of the Church in the modern world.

All vestry members should strive to the best of their abilities to:
  • Have a love of God and model the Christian life of discipleship by proclaiming the Good News in thought, word, and deed.
  • Be active in and knowledgeable about All Saints', its programs and governance
  • Support the Rector in providing vision and leadership for the parish
  • Work with clergy, staff, and members of the Parish to form an environment of trust and loyalty.
  • Be fair and transparent with people and seek to earn the respect of the members of All Saints'
  • Purposefully strive to be a humble servant of the people
  • "Be bold, be bold, but not too bold"
  • Have enthusiasm and vitality for this ministry
  • Raise up new leaders by identifying those with leadership abilities and helping them to find their places in ministry.
  • Exercise confidentiality and practice healthy, honest, open communication habits both within our Church 'Ohana and the community
  • Exercise leadership by example and participation both in the temporal affairs (business life) and the spiritual life of All Saints'
  • Listen to and prayerfully address the views of parishioners, especially their questions, suggestions, complaints and compliments. Where appropriate, share these views with the Rector, staff and Vestry
  • Consciously consider and review all deliberations and actions of the Vestry in the light of All Saints' Mission Statement
All vestry members should be able to make the following time commitments:
  • Vestry meetings, committee work
  • Vestry retreat(s)
  • Weekly worship services (rotating occasionally to a different service time)
  • Parish events: Aloha hours, work days, education programs, outreach, preschool events etc.
  • Diocesan meetings, as necessary
  • Annual meeting
All vestry members are responsible for:
  • Offering talents to support All Saints' ministry
  • Praying daily for the rector, leaders and members of our 'Ohana
  • Pledging support early in the annual financial stewardship campaign
  • Provide sound stewardship and oversight of All Saints' finances and facilities
  • Being active ministers of the Gospel in daily life and work
  • Bringing one's whole self to the table; being present - mind, body, and spirit
  • Identify and recruit individuals to serve in leadership roles and committees as needed
  • Risking openness with one's ideas, beliefs, and desires
To download a Vestry nomination form,  click here .

Upcoming Work Days Announced
The Buildings and Grounds Committee is pleased to announce the following Church Work Days:
  • January 28th - Hale Lani clean out and preparation for the new youth room.
  • February 25th - Clear, clean, and reorganize the storage area under the gym stage and clean the gym kitchen.
  • March 25th - Campus beautification and landscaping projects
  • April 15th - Easter prep (church and grounds) 
Work days begin at 8:00AM and typically last a couple hours.  

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! 
Dr. Timothy Howard offers a stunning performance
On Monday, January 9th, before an overflow crowd at Lihue United Church, Dr. Timothy Howard offered a majestic organ concert. Dr. Howard played selections from Halley, Bach, Walther, Barber, Buxtehude, Vierne, and even an improvisation on a Hawaiian classic.

"It was wonderful to hear this caliber of organ music, especially on Kaua'i," said Father Ryan Newman. "Dr. Howard is a renowned organist and we are so thankful for the gift of his time and talent."

Dr. Howard is looking forward to the completion of All Saints' Organ Project. He expressed interest in offering a concert at All Saints' on the newly reconstructed organ.

To see a clip from Monday's concert featuring Louis Vierne's " Carillon de Westminster" from 24 Pieces de Fantaisie pour orgue, Suite No. 3, Op. 54, please click here.
Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."

January 15th: Jesus' Baptism and Early Years
Jesus was baptized by John, even though he is God's Son. He came down to us from heaven as fully human, and he identified with our humanity by doing what humans do, including being baptized just as we are baptized to become part of the household of God. 

Jesus lived as we do-except without sin. Jesus was tempted by the devil but he did not give in. We, too, are tempted by the devil but we do give in. As St. Paul says, even though we want to do good, we do what we do not want to do, and we fail to do what we want to do. But Jesus, having been tempted without giving in, is both one with us in our humanity and one with God in God's perfection. Jesus reconciles us with God-as we are unable to do ourselves- through his own utter submission to God's will. 

A nd then Jesus accepts us and calls us to follow him: "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." If we follow Jesus, we can then work for him to bring others to the kingdom of God.
Sunday School Teachers for 1/15: Team C.
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 two 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.
20 + C + M + B + 17

Following the Epiphany service on January 6th, the congregation was invited to write in chalk above the door of their house "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.

There is still blessed chalk available at the entrance of the Church along with a prayer for the brief service at your home.
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"

Episcopal Youth Event (EYE 2017)
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.

Vestry Elections
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. 

To download a Vestry nomination form, click here.

Diocese Convention Delegates
At the Annual Meeting 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 Diocesan Convention is the primary representative governing body of the diocese. 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 delegate nomination form,  click here .
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