Volume 2, Issue 28
October 27, 2017
In This Issue
Tribute to Bp. Chang
Survey Results
Thought Box
Thanksgiving Outreach
Heavenly Hikes
Movie Night
Lili'uokalani Service
Special Service
Financial Snapshot
Project Update
Vestry Corner
Advent 4 Service
This Week in Sunday School
Pictures of the Week
Upcoming Lecture
In Brief...
THIS SUNDAY
Upcoming Dates
Every Wednesday
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM - Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

Sunday, October 29
Heavenly Hikes
11:45AM - Depart Church
Kuilau Ridge Trail

Wednesday, November 1
Laundry Love (Team C)
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Friday, November 3
Movie Night on the Lawn
Sunset to 10:30PM
All Saints' Lawn

Thursday, November 9
Daughters of the King
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Saturday, November 11
Service for 100th Anniversary of Queen Liliuokalani's Death
8:30AM
Memorial Hall

Wednesday, November 15
Laundry Love (Team A)
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Sunday, November 19
No 7:00AM Service

Sunday, November 19
All Saints' Day Service and Blessing of the Renovated Sanctuary 
9:30AM
Church

Special Aloha Hour BBQ
10:45AM
Deck

Thursday, November 23
KIA Thanksgiving Service
10:00AM - 10:45AM
Church

Thursday, November 23
KIA Thanksgiving Luncheon
11:00AM - 1:00PM
All Saints' Gym

Sunday, November 26
Holy Sovereigns Service
9:30AM
Church

Wednesday, December 6
Laundry Love (Team B)
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Saturday, December 9
Christmas Craft Fair
9:00AM - 2:00PM
All Saints' Gym

Sunday, December 10
Christmas Caroling
5:15PM
Mahelona Hospital

Youth Group Christmas Party
7:00PM
Rectory

Wednesday, December 20
Laundry Love (Team C)
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Friday, December 22
Preschool Christmas Program
6:30PM
All Saints' Gym

Saturday, December 23
Advent 4 Evening
Taize Service
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Church

Sunday, December 24
No Morning Services

Greening of the Church
Christmas Preparation
8:00AM
Church

Sunday, December 24
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

Keiki Christmas Service
3:30PM

Festive Christmas Eucharist
5:30PM

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

Carol Prelude
Festive Christmas Eucharist
10:30PM

Monday, December 25
CHRISTMAS DAY

Eucharist with Music
9:30AM

Saturday, January 6
Feast of the Epiphany
5:30PM
Church
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TRIBUTE TO BISHOP CHANG

Video at Convention Remembers Bishop Chang

The Rt. Rev. Richard S. O. Chang, the fourth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i, was laid to rest on September 17, 2017, at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu. This video was prepared for viewing at the Annual Meeting of Convention on October 21, 2017, as a tribute to Bishop Chang's lifetime of dedicated service, his steadfast love of God and care to all those whose lives he touched.

The video was beautifully produced by Sybil Nishioka. Click on the image above to view the video.
'OHANA NEWS
Last month, members of our 'Ohana participated in a "Communication Survey" distributed by the Vestry. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey.

Following the survey, the Vestry on Sunday, October 1st, spent the afternoon in a communication workshop. The goal of the survey and the workshop was to better understand our communication practices at All Saints', solicit candid feedback and ideas from the congregation, and to improve not only "what we say" but "how we say it."

During the workshop, the Vestry reviewed the survey results and began drafting some "best practices for communications at All Saints'" which will be deployed (and some have already begun to be deployed). In an effort to enhance communications, All Saints' Vestry, ministry leaders, and staff hope to focus on the following areas:
  1. Develop a Communication Ministry Team to oversee this vital aspect of our life together.
     
  2. Offer greater information and insights about decisions being made at All Saints'.
     
  3. Improve financial reporting and transparency.
     
  4. Utilize the Ministry Council to improve communications about ongoing ministries and upcoming opportunities.
     
  5. Celebrate and thank more regularly those who have made an impact upon our 'Ohana and/or on behalf of our 'Ohana.
     
  6. Provide additional ways for the congregation to offer feedback and input.
     
  7. Encourage the congregation to network with one another-more opportunities for talking story and informal gatherings.
After reading the survey results, if you have any questions, concerns, comments, etc. please do not hesitate to contact the Vestry. 

COMMUNICATIONS
Improving communications

Do you ever have a suggestion, an idea, some feedback, or comment you want to pass along to the Vestry? Now you can share that thought with the Vestry anytime and virtually anywhere. 

All Saints' Vestry is happy to introduce the All Saints' Thought Box!

In keeping with their communication goals, the Vestry wanted to create a way that parishioners can freely and anonymously communicate directly with the Vestry. Users can access the Thought Box through the All Saints' Website (look for the light bulb logo) and there will be a link in each issue of the Epistle. Comments are NOT screened and go directly to everyone on the Vestry.
OUTREACH
Thanksgiving Luncheon Prepares to Serve Free Meals

Autumn is in the air. You see all the lovely red and yellow leaves failing from the trees and dancing at your feet. Well...maybe not on Kaua'i, but it is getting cooler and days are shorter. Now that autumn has arrived in Kaua'i it means Halloween is just around the corner and on Thursday, November 23rd the Kapa'a Interfaith Thanksgiving Service and Free Luncheon.

The committee has met and we are on track for a glorious service and delicious luncheon hosted once again at All Saints'. The neighborhood community churches that will join us are Kapa'a Hongwanji Temple, St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Kapa'a Seventh Day Adventist, Kapa'a United Church of Christ and Kapa'a Hawaiian Church. The food will again be lovingly prepared by Mark Oyama and Contemporary Flavors.

We know many of you have helped us in the past and we ask you to join us again in making this a wonderful Thanksgiving for our community. One of the few chances we have to sit down with our community 'ohana and break bread together.

Signup sheets for set up, working the luncheon, cleanup and delivery teams will be in the church this Sunday. We are asking early so you can find a job that works well for you.

Forms requesting meals to be delivered are also available at the table in the gym or online at the Thanksgiving website
. Requests for delivered meals must be turned in by November 18th.

As in the past we are also asking for donations of individual juice drinks for the delivered meals. A total of 400 are needed. 
 
Mahalo nui loa for helping us make the 2017 Interfaith Thanksgiving Luncheon and Service the best ever! If you have questions or need information please contact Mary Margaret Smith at 821-2878 or Sarah Rogers at 822-3473. You can also email the co-chairs at thanksgiving@allsaintskauai.org
HEAVENLY HIKES
Kuilau Ridge Trail this Sunday

Sunday, October 29th, the Heavenly Hikes group 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. 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. Be sure to bring water, a hat, a light lunch or snack, and swimsuit (if you want to swim in the water hole next to the arboretum).
UPCOMING EVENT
WORSHIP NEWS
Remembering Queen Lili'uokalani

"The occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the death of Queen Lili'uokalani, with the tolling of bells and prayer and commemorative observances, statewide, are very appropriate and encouraged as an important memorial and remembrance of the Queen."

Queen Lili'uokalani died on November 11th, 1917 and the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'I is honoring her life. Churches throughout the State are asked to toll their bells 100 times and hold services in celebration of the life of the last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawai'i.

All Saints' will hold a special service of remembrance on Saturday, November 11th at 8:30AM to remember her life of faith, devotion and service to Ke Akua Mana Loa.

Weather permitting, the service will take place in front of Memorial Hall.

For more information on the service please contact either David Murray or Sierra Gore .
WORSHIP NEWS

CHURCH FINANCES
ORGAN/SANCTUARY PROJECT UPDATE
The end of phase two is near

Phase Two, which consists of the projects to enhance the sanctuary space and to prepare the organ chamber, is scheduled to be completed next month (November 2017). Judging by the recent Sunday Church attendance, the congregation is eager to return to the sanctuary! 

We are scheduled to bless the renovated sanctuary on Sunday, November 19th at our 9:30AM service-we hope you will join us for this celebration! There will be no 7:00AM service on November 19th so the congregation can worship and celebrate together as one 'Ohana.

By January 2018, the organ façade is scheduled to be installed. Soon thereafter, Manuel Rosales, our organ builder, will be able to provide a complete installation timeline for the organ. We fully anticipate the organ to be installed prior to Christmas 2018 and it could be earlier-we will certainly keep you updated!
 
We want to thank you for your continued support and patience, especially as the sanctuary has been under renovation. The temporary inconvenience will give way to a lifetime of joy and pride-both for this generation and the generations to come. 
VESTRY NEWS

Highlights from the September Meeting
 
The Vestry Corner features the considered motions and a link to the meeting minutes from last month's Vestry meeting.

The Vestry met on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 at the Rectory.

Approved Motions:
  • Transfer "Phase 2 Projects Yet To Be Approved" (Pew Cushions and Chandeliers) to a published Wish List. Unanimously approved.
Unapproved Motions:
  • None
WORSHIP NEWS
Special Schedule for Advent 4

This year, Christmas Eve, December 24th, falls on a Sunday. Sunday morning is Advent 4 and Sunday evening is Christmas Eve services. For clergy this creates a significant dilemma-or crisis. At All Saints' we are going to do a slightly different approach. Hopefully, it will allow us to experience the beauty of Advent 4 and the joy of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

There will be no services on the morning of Sunday, December 24th. However, we will celebrate Advent 4 at a special Taizé Eucharist on Saturday evening, December 23rd at 5:30PM.
THIS WEEK IN SUNDAY SCHOOL
Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."

October 29th: Ruth and Naomi

Ruth is a foreigner, from Moab. According to the law, she has no protection from harm in Israel. But in this story, she seeks and finds refuge "under the wings" of the God of Israel, then marries one of the great men of the city. Her son is King David's grandfather, and the ancestor of Jesus. The message is clear. The author pleads for the acceptance of foreigners as part of the People of God, the Israelites.

Sometimes modern Christians have as hard a time accepting the truth that all are welcome in the house of God as did the exclusive nationalists of Old Testament days when Samaritans and other foreigners were hated. The gospel is clear: salvation is available to all. Jesus himself was the descendant of a "foreigner."

The themes for us in this story are faithfulness and welcome. As God's people, we are always in relationship not only with God but with others. All of us-adults and children alike-can see the effects of hatred because of race, nationality and other differences. People are oppressed and marginalized because they are "foreign" or "different." We need to learn how to be faithful not only to God but also to one another, in love and compassion.

Sunday School Teachers this Sunday, "Team D."
PICTURES OF THE WEEK

Education Day at Diocese Convention: Rev. Ryan spoke to Education Day participates introducing the Diocese' new strategic plan. Rev. Ryan served as the chair of the Diocese's Strategics Initiatives Group.


Convention: Members of All Saints' Ke Akua Youth Group, Reis Nakamura, Mason Tabura, and Braden Tabura, address Diocese Convention about their Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) experience. Eryn Yamashiro, Grace Yatsko, and Raiden Kurisu participated also by pre-recording video messages to the Convention. The All Saints' did an amazing job sharing the impact of their EYE experience and extraordinarily represented our 'Ohana!

 EYE representatives gather at Convention to speak.

Pictures courtesy of the Diocese of Hawai'i and Sybil Nishioka.
UPCOMING LECTURE
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle." 

Holy Sovereigns Postponed until Nov. 26th
All Saints' have made the decisions to postpone the Holy Sovereigns service this year until November 26th (Sunday nearest the actually feast day, November 28th). It will be the day the Holy Sovereigns are celebrated throughout the Diocese.  The major reason for the postponement is due to the ongoing work in the Church's sanctuary. Initially, we had planned to be back in the Church by October 15th.  Save the date, November 26th, and be sure to attend this beautiful service and the amazing reception afterwards.

Medical Equipment Loan (MEL) Ministry 
The ministry now has enough equipment to officially start the loan program. The equipment is available to our church 'Ohana, the local community, and visitors to Kaua'i.  MEL has a small stock of shower chairs, walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, canes, etc. for loan for a $20 deposit, $15 of which is refundable upon the return of the equipment.  The borrowing procedure is simple. Call or email the MEL ministry with your request and the MEL ministers will set up a time for the equipment pickup at All Saints'. The paperwork required includes basic contact information and a liability release form.  If you are interested in being involved in the MEL Ministry or making a donation, please contact the MEL ministry by email address (  mel@allsaintskauai.org ) or by phone (808) 431-1306.

October Hale Ho'omalu Collection
October's special collection for Hale Ho'omalu, a family service center located 1/2 block away from All Saints', is   Paper goods (ie. Toilet Paper/Paper Towels, Disposable Diapers).  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.
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