A note about Worship:  For the month of August at the request of our Bishop, we will be using an Experimental Liturgy at both services. You will notice several changes: 
 
  1. A spoken Hymn of Praise called the Song of Judith  
  2. The Nicene Creed has a change in verbiage about the incarnation of Jesus 
  3. A new prayer form for the Prayers of the People
  4. The Eucharistic Prayer is a modification of Prayer C from our Book of Common Prayer  
  5. The Lord’s Prayer is the contemporary version found in the BCP and 6. The Prayer of Thanksgiving found in Enriching our Worship.  

Bishop Bob is interested in our thoughts about this new liturgy. There will be a full bulletin at both services so we can pay close attention to the changes.
Morning Coffee Inspiration from Pastor Gae

Aloha Friends,

"In our culture we've been programmed to seeing aging as a problem to be managed rather than a gift to be celebrated"  ~ Ram Dass
My friends, isn’t that the truth? I am 65, and lately, I have become more conscious that my body isn’t what it used to be. I’ve already had one hip replacement (probably because of too much yoga over 30 years), and now I’m looking at another one. I used to be able to eat anything. Now I’m pretty much a vegan, and my stomach at times can still be a little sensitive.  I am now doing what my husband Jim used to do when he was getting ready to walk out the door: checking for his keys, glasses, phone, etc. (Jim was 20 years older than me). Most of the time, I am in bed at 8:30 pm and up by 4:00 am. I can’t even remember the last time I slept until 7:00 am. Want to know what I really love about Kaua`i? I can drive 40 mph and let folks go in front of me. Who cares?  (a caveat… I don’t like driving at night here).
 
In defense of my personal aging process, I am grateful for many things. I wake up every morning joy-filled and pray in thanks  for another day of life. I am not resistant to change, in fact I embrace it. Many people my age start to get fearful of change. I don’t take any medication, and I go to the gym at least 5 days a week. I’ve learned from my mother who is in assisted living that taking care of the body the best we can at this stage of life will make a difference for the rest of life. This may sound a little arrogant, but  I am convinced my thinking is more progressive than those half my age. I talk to my kids and they sound so… old. I am grateful I still love working. I am grateful I still have the boomer mentality I had when I was 20. We can change the world! Well, maybe I’ve learned we can’t exactly change the world, but we can still dream of a world of peace and harmony, right?
I do agree with Ram Dass that this time of life is a time of great opportunity. I want to spend more time reflecting on what I’ve learned through the joys and sufferings of my life and the mistakes I’ve made (and there have been many!), the people who have changed my life, and all the blessings God has given me. I think this is a really important thing to do. I want to continue to learn about myself and the world I live in. Now that I’m a widow and my kids are all grown up and doing well, I have the time to be conscious of those things. And maybe, just maybe, in another 20 years, I’ll be able to pass along a little wisdom. Isn’t that what a “sage” is supposed to do?
 
Please, please share your thoughts. What has the aging process been like for you?  

Joy, joy, joy,
~Pastor Gae+




Worth Watching : Ram Dass, Going Home
On Netflix

Ram Dass, AKA Richard Alpert, researcher, author and spiritual teacher, from his home on Maui reflects on aging, love, life and death.   (Boomers might remember his connection with Timothy Leary and Harvard U).


CONNECT

Centering Prayer  
Sunday , August 18, 4:00 - 5:00pm
Meets in the Christ Memorial Sanctuary

“Hence monastic prayer, especially meditation and contemplative prayer, is not so much a way to find God as a way of resting in him whom we have found, who loves us, who is near to us, who comes to us to draw us to himself.”  ~ Thomas Merton, Contemplative Prayer
Sitting in silence is the essence of Centering Prayer. Practicing the quieting of our minds provides access to the power and presence of God. God’s love opens our hearts, heals our wounds, and molds us into the image of Christ.  

Our Centering Prayer group is open to all faiths and to anyone who is seeking a deeper meaning to their spiritual life along the Contemplative Path. We meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. 
Each session, Pastor Gae gives meditation instruction followed by a bit of music and sacred reading, time to sit in silence, and time for observations and questions. Cushions for the pews are provided. 

Join us this Sunday, August 18! We meet in the sanctuary.


Bishop’s Committee
This Sunday at 11:00am
Meets in the Church Office

Our Bishop’s Committee is the leadership team of our church. Each Bishop’s Committee member oversees a ministry of the church. 
 
  • Pastor Gae -  Worship, Education and Vision
  • David Akana & Craig Wall -  Property Maintenance
  • Suzanne Kobayashi - Future Planning & Rentals
  • Maggie Lea - Historic Preservation
  • Helen Mitsui - Shared Blessings Thrift Shop
  • Gordon Furze - Fellowship
  • Keana Oliver and Leona Blankley -  Children & Youth
  • Rebecca Hullum - Business Advisor

All are invited to observe the Bishop’s Committee Meetings. If you have a concern or suggestion, please see one of the above members or attend the meeting. At the end of the agenda is time for comments from the mission. 

   
Come Early to Worship and Walk our Labyrinth
Behind the sanctuary, next to the burial grounds, you will find our newly created Labyrinth. There is not a right or wrong way to walk the Labyrinth. Simply observe the intuitions and desires that come as you walk. This is an embodied prayer experience. Let your body lead you! You can walk it slowly and reverently, or quickly and playfully (always mindful of others walking). If you are moved to pause at a given spot, do so! 

Pastor Gae notes:  Here is a beautiful Youtube meditation set at the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth.  For those new to labyrinths, click here .

KIDS! The Great Adventure: 
Great Stories of the Old Testament  
Summer Sunday School
Every Sunday, 8:00 – 9:00am
Meets in the Church Office

Each week, we are going on a Great Adventure to explore the great bible stories of the Old Testament. We meet heroes and villains, and encounter some really big challenges. Up next: Ten Commandments.

Join us on any Sunday.

For more info, contact Keana keana@ischool.org or Leona lcblankley@aol.com .

Can you volunteer? We are required to have two adults in Sunday School class. Can you help out our leaders one week? If so, please contact Keana or Leona.
Men’s Fellowship  
Every Monday at 9:00am
Meets at Kilauea Bakery and Pizza (Kong Lung Market Center)

Christ Memorial Men’s Fellowship group is growing! We meet every Monday morning at 9:00am for coffee or breakfast at the Kilauea Bakery. For more information, see Patrick O’Connell at worship or email him at paoco65@gmail.com

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SERVE
Helen Mitsui Shared Blessings Thrift Shop News
Entering the 21st Century: Credit Cards Accepted 

We did it! After 40+ years of running the Helen Mitsui Shared Blessings Thrift Shop the old fashioned way — cash transactions only — we have gone modern, at least as a test for the next 90 days.

You can use credit and debit cards for purchases. 

Mahalo nui loa to open minds, technical support and initiative to get us set up. It is working out very well for customers and our staff. Let us know what you think! 
Thrift Shop Hours for Shopping and Donations

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 2:00 - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 3:00pm
Sunday: closed (fellowship 11am - 12pm)
Monday: closed

PRAY
Special Ministry of Christ Memorial ~ Open for Prayer
Monday-Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Feeling a little overwhelmed with life? Just drop in to Christ Memorial for a little peace and quiet.

One important ministry of Christ Memorial is the opening of our church doors, Monday through Friday, during the day. It’s amazing the number of people who drop in to pray, meditate, or just to seek a few minutes of quiet. Unfortunately fear has crept into many churches. Pastor Gae believes our country would be very different if all churches kept their doors unlocked.

Our Sunday prayer list includes those whom our visitors have asked us to pray.

Live off island? If you have a prayer intention or would like to pray for those on our prayer list, email Pastor Gae at gdchalker@gmail.com .

 GIVE
Everyday Stewardship: What does the Bible teach?
A recap of Pastor Gae’s message on Sunday in which she spoke of the Prodigal Son and the Rich Fool as two sides of the same coin. The bible has everything we need to know about having a healthy relationship with money:

  • DT 8:18 “Remember the Lord Your God for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” We can’t ever think it is solely by our own merit!

  • 1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” We must be careful not to succumb to our culture which makes an idol about money. 

  • Proverbs 22:7 “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” Unfortunately, there is much truth to this verse. Be careful of getting into debt. 

  • Luke 14:28-30 “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’” Take time to make a budget… and stick to it. 

  • Proverbs 21:20 “Precious treasure remains in the house of the wise, but the fool devours it. Save for the “rainy day.” Life isn’t just sunshine!

  • Genesis 14:19-20 “King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. He blessed him and said, ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’ And Abram gave him one-tenth of everything.” This is the first verse about how much we should give. Tithe! Give 10% of your income to your church, to faith based charities that care for the marginalized, to Christian schools, etc. Give out of thankfulness, not for notoriety or even a thank-you! 

Ways to Support Your Church
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your financial support and generosity allow us to create and enhance the beautiful environment and worship that you and your family enjoy on a weekly basis.

Change to Automated Giving
Thank you to those of you who automate your giving and have a plan to support your church. Your consistent, planned generosity makes it possible for us to budget and dream responsibly. Want to change to automated giving? It makes life easy, especially if you travel. Contact our Treasurer Scott Oliver for information at j.scott.oliver380@gmail.com .
Check
Thank you to all of you who still like to write checks. Please make checks payable to Christ Memorial Episcopal Church and mail to PO Box 293, Kilauea, HI 96754.

 Stock
Through the decades, many have given stock to Christ Memorial, enabling us to be a consistent presence in Kilauea. For more information on contributing stock, contact Scott Oliver at j.scott.oliver380@gmail.com.



Sharing our Property for Support and Recovery Groups
Christ Memorial wants to be known in the community as a healing place for the body, mind and spirit. We are seeking support and recovery groups to meet on the property, either in the Parish Hall or the Office. If you know of a group looking for a place to meet: grief support, eating disorders, anxiety, Al-Anon, Gamblers Anonymous, etc., please tell them to contact us.

If you know of a group looking for a place to meet: grief support, eating disorders, anxiety, Al-Anon, Gamblers Anonymous, etc., please tell them to contact Pastor Gae.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) groups meet at Christ Memorial Parish Hall every week on these days and times:

  • Tuesday at 10:00 am
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 7:30 pm
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Newsletter Mission: Our weekly newsletter was launched this year to inform our island community, as well as connect with our broader community of old and new friends, near and far. Whether you live on Kaua'i, visit seasonally or joined Christ Memorial for the first time during vacation, we welcome you into our global family. We endeavor to include inspiration, new ideas, practical advice and updates on news and events of Christ Memorial. Let us know how we can serve you best in 2019 by replying to this newsletter or emailing us at ChristMemorialKilauea@gmail.com

Have you met Pastor Gae? Pastor Gae wants to get to know you all – phone chats, home visits, morning coffees, afternoon teas or walks on the beach. Near or far, reach out to meet or share your thoughts at gdchalker@gmail.com or (623) 208-9436.
Christ Memorial Episcopal Church
2509 Kolo Road, Kilauea, HI 96754
Mailing: PO Box 293, Kilauea, HI 96754
Phone: (808) 482-4824