Friends, we are going to be sunsetting our newsletter after this week. The Wright family has been publishing it for more than two years and are ready to pass the baton. As of this day, we haven’t found anyone who wants to take it over and as you know, our budget doesn’t allow for a paid administrator. Our hope is we will have part-time office help next year. 

A special thanks to the Wright family for helping us launch the newsletter — which was started from the mainland and has been seamlessly published from island to mainland based on the family’s travels. So, whether you reside on the mainland or on-island, if you have an interest and time, this may be the perfect weekly ministry for you to lead. Curious? Send us an email at kilaueachristmemorial@gmail.com or give Pastor Gae a call. 

This is also a perfect time to follow us on Facebook, where Pastor Gae’s weekly Coffee Chats and our news and updates will be posted: https://www.facebook.com/ChristMemorialEpiscopalChurchKauai  

We will also continue to post Coffee Chats and much of our news and updates on our website: http://www.christmemorialkauai.org/
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Makalei 'i Oliveira

Kamehameha School Class of 2020
Son of Daniel and Keana Oliveira &
Grandson of Stu and Suzy Hanchett
Great-Grandson of the late Right Reverend E. Lani Hanchett, Bishop of Hawai 'i

Makeleii 'i was born and raised on Kaua'i and attended High School on Oahu at the Kamehameha School. He loves to surf and is interested in exercise science. His hope is to one day become a dietician. Before the COVID virus he planned to go to college in Oregon, but now he plans to attend Kaua'i Community College for a semester. Congratulations Makale 'i .

Honoring our Kapuna on Kauai'i
Mrs. Helen Mitsui
Aloha! Every year we celebrate Older Americans Month in May with a recognition luncheon honoring Kaua'i’s Outstanding Older Americans nominated by community organizations and senior clubs like yourselves. However, due to COVID-19 we are unable to host the luncheon at this time. So we made a PowerPoint of this year’s honorees to share with you and your organization. It will soon be posted on our Agency’s ADRC website, www.kauaiadrc.org and on the County of Kaua'i’s and RSVP’s FaceBook pages. We are awaiting the guidelines for social gathering so we may begin planning an event to recognize the Honorees. Please feel free to share with your community. 

June Renaud
Aging Program Planner
Agency on Elderly Affairs
Telephone: 241-4475
Fax No.: 241-5113
 “Age Well! Live Well, Kaua'i”

 Morning Coffee with Pastor Gae

Aloha Friends,

Last week I initiated a conversation on Facebook that began with, “Can you be an authentic environmentalist and eat meat and dairy?” Relevant to the underlying issues of our nation’s uprising this past week, I posed that question about authenticity. I had been reading about the effects on the environment in which our consumption of meat and dairy are the primary culprits. 
But there is a greater message in all this, so stick with me here. 

My question wasn’t to argue whether we should be eating meat and dairy. Rather it was about our authenticity. How can we justify identifying ourselves as an environmentalist, when we consume the primary factor in the hurting of our planet? 

Let’s move to another example. Can you be an authentic follower of Jesus and also support the fullest extent of the 2nd amendment right to gun ownership? I challenge any of us to find his words that would support owning an assault weapon or even a revolver. 

And here’s another example. Can you self-identify as a Democratic Socialist or a Feminist or an Environmentalist or any other 21st cultural identities and go to work for a company or do business with a company that doesn’t ascribe to the same values?

If truth be known, I think we easily slip into becoming a “legend in our own mind.” That’s better than being a hypocrite, right? I don’t want to be either one. I know what Jesus thought about those kinds of folks. 

The tragedy this week of the death of George Floyd by a police officer has caused me to really think about this. We protest, we say a bunch of words, prayers, post pithy statements on Facebook, but do we know for certain that we ourselves are without prejudice or bias? Have we done the self-work necessary to discover unconscious prejudicial attitudes towards people who differ from ourselves?

In the case of George Floyd, it’s easy to put the blame on police officers. The police officer’s actions were horrific. But blaming police officers isn’t the answer. If we could get rid of all the bad apples in the police department (police departments aren’t the only vocation that has bad apples) and have all new training procedures, it would help, but it absolutely won’t solve the issue at hand. The issue at hand is our level of consciousness. 
Our African American brothers and sisters are desperately in need of love. The poverty rate among African Americans is very high, as is the unemployment rate, the incarceration rate, the drug abuse rate, the single-parent rate, and the dropout rate. And now the COVID virus is affecting African Americans at a high rate. While there has been much progress since the Civil Rights Movement, there continues to be both conscious and unconscious prejudice towards people of color. Where does it show up? In our actions, or lack of actions .  

I would also venture to say that our police officers are desperately in need of love. Who would ever want that job? Since our country has resisted most gun ownership revisions and since drug use is out of control everywhere, the thought of going out on a call and the probability of being greeted by someone not in their right mind who might be holding a weapon has to take its toll on the psyche. These men and women need our love. 

We want to be authentic to who we say we are. If we profess to be a Christ-follower, then to be authentic to that identity means we must learn to love… everyone. And that is not easy. You know what that really means? It means embracing the basic principle of Christian life — we are all children of God, loved unconditionally by God. To get to some degree of authenticity to that means, we have to do some honest self-work and identify the struggles, the prejudices, and the biases we have with certain people. It means getting educated with some resemblance of truth, right? And that doesn’t mean just getting our information from the University of Fox News or CNN. It means taking time to listen to people. And as you already know, to be authentic doesn’t mean just writing a check to Black Lives Matter or Greenpeace or Planned Parenthood or whatever organization it is and then thinking we’re done… we’re part of the movement. 

This week, I ask you to hold in prayer everyone affected by the death of George Floyd. Pray in love for the healing of the family of Mr. Floyd, all our African American brothers and sisters, the perpetrator, all police officers, and the leadership of our country and all communities. And pray for yourself, that God will reveal to you the attitudes and prejudices you have that need to be healed. 

As always, your thoughts, please.

~Pastor Gae ✝️
We are open for donations and shopping!

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2:00 - 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 12:30pm
Saturday 9:30am - 3:00pm

For a safe shopping experience, we can only allow 5 shoppers in the store at any time. All must wear masks and use hand sanitizer. 

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We opened a week ago to many friendly faces. There were wonderful comments shared about how much the Shop was missed during the shut-down. Many had been doing closet clean-outs and were waiting to bring their donations.

Online Centering Prayer & Scripture Reflection
Tuesday morning, 9:00 - 9:45 am HST on Zoom 
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Recently, the scripture reading for the day was the Lord’s Prayer story in Matthew. We began Centering Prayer with the Aramaic version of the prayer. It’s a beautiful chant. Imagine our Master Jesus praying this! Consider including it in your meditation/prayer practice. https://youtu.be/n3EhgrsfTnQ

Join us for Centering Prayer every Tuesday morning 9:00 - 9:45am. 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 .


The Labyrinth - Meditation in Movement
Feeling a little overwhelmed with life right now? Try walking our labyrinth. (Exercise is allowed) 

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. If you are moved to pause at a given spot, do so!

Center yourself with a few deep breaths before entering the Labyrinth. Ask God to bless you as you begin your journey so that you become a channel of grace and blessing. 

Online Study
Wednesday Bible Study — Gospel of John with Pastor Gae

On Wednesday, May 27, we will begin what is known as the Gospel’s “Book of Glory”, Chapters 13 - 21.

The gospel of John was written sometime around the year 90 CE, nearly 60 years after Jesus walked the earth. The Christian community was well established. Each week, we study a passage and discuss the story, how it might have been heard by those first Christians, and what it says to us. If you’ve never studied the Bible, why not now? This isn’t a lecture. All you need is a bible, any translation, and the ability to get on Zoom. Email Pastor Gae gdchalker@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.


 Online Care

Alcohol Anonymous (AA) 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 7:30 pm HST

Go to www.kauaiaa.org and look for the Northshore AA groups. 


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Our giving is important, especially now.

Although we aren’t gathering in the sanctuary for worship, our church bills are still the same. We’ve had questions from our Sunday worshippers and now our Zoom worshippers about how to give. Your continued gifts really matter, especially in this time of uncertainty.  

If you like to give by check, please send to:
Christ Memorial Episcopal Church,
P.O. Box 293, Kilauea, HI 96754

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Thank you for your love and care for our Christ Memorial community!



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Newsletter Mission: Our weekly newsletter was launched 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 2020 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