Volume 1, Issue 44
December 23, 2016
Christmas Edition

In This Issue
Christmas Services
Christmas Eve at the Rectory
Mahalo for Flowers
New Tradition at All Saints'
PB Christmas Message
Preschool Program
'Aha Mele Concert
EYE 2017
Photos of the Week
The Ghost of Christmas Past
Note from the Editors
In Brief
December 24
Keiki Service

The Nativity Story

Daileen Barton (EM)
Bob Terao (U)
Lorna Nishi (AG)
Diane Sato (AG)

December 24
Christmas Eve
5:30PM & 10:30PM

Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-20

Download Christmas Eve Service Program 
Dileep G. Bal (EM)
Mary Margaret Smith (EM)
Chris Kostka (R)
Nelson Secretario (R)
Jeff Albao (U)
John Hanaoka (U)
Bara Sargent (U)
Geoff Shields (U)
Reis Nakamura (A)
Joshua Rego (A)
Tyler Tanaka (A)
Eryn Yamashiro (A)
Edith Hashizume (AG)
Rev. Mary (Celebrant)
Rev. Ryan (Preacher)

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

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve

Keiki Service

Festive Christmas Mass

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

Carol Prelude and Festive Christmas Mass

Sunday, December 25
Christmas Day

Holy Eucharist

Sunday, January 1
Service Times
7:00AM & 9:30PM
(No Sunday School)

Wednesday, January 4
Laundry Love - Team "A"
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapaa Laundromat

Friday, January 6
Epiphany Service with
Blessing of Chalk
for Home Blessings

Saturday, January 7
Altar Guiding Meeting and Orientation
9:00AM - 11:00AM

Thursday, January 12
Daughters of the King
Memorial Hall

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
Time TBD
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Christmas Eve at the Rectory
Everyone is invited to the Rectory for the annual Christmas Open House and Potluck. The open house will begin at 7:00PM (after the 5:30PM service) and will run until about 10:15PM. 

We are asking members of our Church 'Ohana to bring a favorite family dish to share at the event.

This is a wonderful evening that celebrates family, fellowship, and the birth of our Savior. All are welcome at the open house including guests and visitors to All Saints'. Come enjoy great food, drinks, and the spirit of the holidays.  
Mahalo to all who donated toward All Saints' Christmas Flowers. Gifts were given in memory of someone and/or in thanksgiving.

Celebrate the Epiphany of Our Lord & the Blessing of Chalk
Epiphany is an ancient church feast marking the Magi's visit to the infant Jesus, bringing him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. It is celebrated on January 6th--marking the end of Christmas. 
All Saints' invites your family to join us on Friday, January 6th, at 6:30PM for an Epiphany Eucharistic Celebration which will include "The Blessing of Chalk for Home Blessings. " The service will be a simple, family-centered liturgy.

What is the "Blessing of Chalk?"

The chalking of the doors is a centuries-old practice throughout the world. Father Ryan will bless chalk that service participants will then take home and write in chalk the following above the entrance of their home: 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.
Presiding Bishop  Curry offers a Christmas Message
"This child came to show us how to change the world,"  Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas Message 2016. "So this Christmas, make room for Him to change us. This Christmas help us change the world." Click on the image above to view th e Presiding Bishop's video message.
Sharing the Holiday Spirit
On Wednesday, December 21, All Saints' Preschool gathered for their annual Christmas Program. This year, legendary Kauai musician Larry Rivera joined the All Saint's Children Choir for a few holiday favorites. To view the performance, click on the image above.
All Saints' ʻAha Mele Music Series
As part of our ongoing music series to promote awareness of All Saints' reconstructed and enlarged Austin pipe organ, commissioned as Rosales Organ Builders Opus 40 , we are proud to present a free organ concert.
On Monday, January 9 at 7PM, Dr. Timothy Howard will play a fine program of pieces by Bach, Buxtehude, Barber and more on the Rodgers organ at Lihue United Church  who have graciously provided/donated the use of facilities and organ for this event.
Timothy's performances have been hailed as "precision-cut" and filled with superb grace and élan.
Currently Director of Music at Pasadena Presbyterian Church and Lecturer in Music at California State University Northridge, Timothy is a graduate with honors from University of Southern California and earned degrees from Westminster Choir College and Biola University.
Dr. Howard has appeared with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, LA Master Chorale and LA Children's Chorus, as well as performances in Edinburgh, Scotland, York Minster and England's cathedrals at Lincoln and Durham.

To learn more about Timothy Howard, click here.

Timothy Howard plays
Timothy Howard plays "Recessional,"
Op. 96, No. 4 by William Mathias
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. Many have been transformed, inspired and formed life-long friendships. In years past, EYE has included three days of mission following the event, but organizers currently have no plans for this happening in 2017. However, the Hawai'i delegation will be coordinating its own mission service that would extend the dates approximately 3-4 days, to July 17 or 18. 
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. 

To download an application, click here. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 13, 2017.

For more information about EYE, visit the diocesan website click here, or e-mail eye2017@episcopalhawaii.org
Ms. Marlene's Class poses with their "Christmas Card Project"

The Bunnies Class celebrated Christmas by retelling the story of the Nativity followed by a wonderful feast prepared by Ms. Modesta and Aunty Merrilee.
Sierra Gore: The Ghost of Christmas Past
All Saints' very own Sierra Gore participated in Kauai Unites Theater's inaugural show, Scrooge the Musical. In addition to playing the role of the Ghost of Christmas Past, Sierra was instrumental behind stage assisting with the production of the musical. Scrooge was hosted at Aloha Church in Lihue December 16th-18th.
The next edition of the Epistle will be published  will be published on Friday, January 6th. Mahalo nui loa.
IN BRIEF . . .
These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"

Wednesday Morning Service
There will be no Wednesday Eucharist and Healing Service December 28th and January 4th.  The service will resume Wednesday, January 11th at 8:00AM. All are welcome!

2017 Flower Offering
Each Sunday, the beautiful altar flowers are given generously by members of the All Saints' 'Ohana and sometimes by friends of All Saints'. Flowers beautify the sacred spaces of our church, and are a gift to God and to those who attend our worship services.  The sign-up sheet to offer Altar Flowers in 2017 is available and located on the table at the church entrance.
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Submissions for consideration are due by Wednesday at noon and can be sent to ryan@allsaintskauai.org.