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March 31, 2024 9:00 am

Easter Sunday & Baptism

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March 29 - Good Friday (Stations of the Cross) at 5:30 pm

March 30 - Easter Vigil and Baptism at 5:30 pm

March 31 - Easter Sunday and Baptism 9:00 am (no 7:00 am service). Service is followed by egg hunt & Easter brunch.

April 7 - Second Sunday of Easter

April 14 - Third Sunday of Easter and Bishop Bob visit

April 21 - Fourth Sunday of Easter

Find scripture readings for upcoming Sundays and learn about the liturgical seasons in the Episcopal Church here.


Dear St. Augustine's 'ohana,

Our Bishop Bob is on Maui for Holy Week and Easter this year. In his Easter message to our diocese, Bishop Bob reflects on tragedies and conflict in the world, asking, "What does Easter 2024 bring us?"

This is his response to that question:

"For me, these words from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (2:5-11) best express the meaning of Easter. Paul is likely sharing an “hymn” or “affirmation” of the very early Church. This passage is sometimes called the “Christ Hymn”:

Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus,

Though he was in the form of God,

he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit.

But he emptied himself

by taking the form of a slave

and by becoming like human beings.

When he found himself in the form of a human,

he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,

even death on a cross.

Therefore, God highly honored him

and gave him a name above all names,

so that at the name of Jesus everyone

in heaven, on earth, and under the earth might bow

and every tongue confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Paul urges us to take on the attitude of Christ. How do we do that? Look at the three verbs of the Christ Hymn: “Emptied,” “Humbled,” and “Obeyed.”

Jesus Christ emptied himself not in the sense of a loss of self but in the sense of pouring out his grace and love to creation — to and for us. He humbled himself not in a condescending or fake way. He willingly entered into solidarity with us. He bridged the great gulf between God and humanity to heal creation. He voluntarily obeyed out of love. He was not coerced by force but freely consented to the will of God for the benefit of humanity — of you and me — and for creation."

Bishop Bob concludes his Easter message with this:

"So, on Easter 2024... ...we can strive to bring peace to our world beginning with ourselves. Every word and action of our lives reflects the love of Christ. We are called to live Easter every day. All things have been made new!"

I encourage you to read the bishop's message in its entirety here.

I also hope you will join us at St. Augustine's for the remaining services of Holy Week for music and contemplation tonight, the first celebration of Christ's resurrection and the baptism of Jacob Arellano on Saturday, and our Easter celebration and the baptism of Maiwa Uulopa on Sunday.


Vicar Jennifer +

Good Friday - Stations of the Cross - on March 29 at 5:30 pm - We will follow Jesus through his journey to the cross. It is a holy and solemn night. Readings and reflections invite us to consider ways we can Join us for a music-filled service of contemplation as we remember the crucifixion of Jesus.

Easter Vigil & Baptism on Saturday, March 30 at 5:30 pm - Historically, this is the liturgy intended as the first (and arguably, the primary) celebration of Easter. Through this liturgy, we observe an ancient practice of keeping the Easter feast. Believers would gather in the hours of darkness ending at dawn on Easter to hear scripture and offer prayer. This service of prayerful watching anticipated the baptisms that would come at first light and the Easter Eucharist. This practice linked the meanings of Christ's dying and rising to the understanding of baptism. (This text is from portions of the Episcopal Church dictionary entry about the Easter Vigil.)

Our Easter Vigil service consists of four parts:

  • The Service of Light (kindling of new fire, lighting the Paschal candle, the Exsultet)
  • The Service of Lessons (readings from the Hebrew Scriptures interspersed with psalms, canticles, and prayers)
  • Holy Baptism (Jacob Arellano will be baptized)
  • Holy Eucharist

Easter Sunday & Baptism on March 31 at 9:00 am - Join us for this celebration of Christ's resurrection, with Holy Baptism (Maiwa Uulopa will be baptized). The service will be followed by an egg hunt in the vicarage yard and a potluck Easter brunch in the fellowship hall.


Vicar Jennifer


Kathy Matsuda for cleaning the church this week.

Virginia Fortner, Maurine Gomes, Kim Lambrecht and Ludwig Simmet for serving as lay readers last Sunday.

St. Augustine's members who pray for others each week. 

The many members of St. Augustine's and the community who help sort donations and operate the Thrift Shop.



Please pray for healing, guidance, strength, peace of mind, and comfort for: All who are affected by the Israel/Hamas war and wars around the world, Olin Kane, Martina Manuel, Rico Bowman, Tracy Lahue, Leolani Oliver, Patsy Ching, Kim & Johnny, Bob & Mary Jakielski, Rose Queckel, the Fuertes 'ohana, Richard, Virginia and Perie Daniels, June Potochnik, Rachel and Hoku Lancaster, Motaz Aziz, Jeannette Hensel, Anne Medve, Sabrina Lee, Tom Leonard, Linda Leonard-Pell, Erin Manuel, all the people of Maui, Church of the Holy Innocents in Maui and Vicar Bruce & Sylvia DeGooyer, Arcadio & Filomena Badua, Lisa Andrews, Guy Kaoo, Tula Brickel, Becky & Ludwig Simmet, Reni Aʻi aʻi Bello, Kaikoa-Aina Brown, Marlene & Harry Ching, Annecita Tamayo, and Lynn Dicus.


Volunteer to be part of St. Augustine's prayer chain! Contact Patsy Ching or Vicar Jennifer if you would like to:

  • Pray for those who have requested prayers
  • Be part of the phone tree that helps us know about prayer requests or emergencies


If you or someone you know would like to be added to our prayer list, please email Patsy Ching or Vicar Jennifer. You can request prayers for yourself, your 'ohana, or anyone in our community or beyond. 

During our Sunday services, you can write prayer requests on a piece of paper. Prayers will be read aloud or silently (per your request) during the Prayers of the People.


You can also send us prayer requests through our online form.

Mahalo for your care and prayers!


SUNDAY SCHOOL - For children ages 3-10, every Sunday morning at 9:00 am with Youth Director Kathy Matsuda.

FELLOWSHIP HOUR - Every Sunday after our 9:00 am service. We gather to enjoy conversation, coffee, and treats in Walker Hall. Please bring some savory or sweet treats to share if you like! Mahalo to all who have been providing delicious food and to Jeannette Hensel for bringing coffee.

TEEN GATHERINGS - Friday, April 5 at 5:30 - Ukulele lesson with Kumu Hope followed by a home cooked meal (mahalo to Ted Matsuda for making delicious food!) and teen activities. All are welcome!

CHOIR - Join us Wednesday, April 3rd at 5:00 pm to sing through the hymns for the following Sunday. All are welcome! 


Saturday, March 30, 9:00 am - Easter Egg Coloring

All are invited to join us for dyeing Easter Eggs in Walker Hall.

Sunday, March 31, after 9:00 am service - Easter Egg Hunt & Potluck Brunch

For brunch - please bring a dish to share for our potluck brunch.

For the egg hunt - please remember to bring filled eggs on Easter morning before church starts and leave in Walker Hall. Thank you for making this a fun event for our keiki!

Friday April 5 and 12 at 2:00 pm - Learning about our faith - Please join us for a four-week course focused on the theology, beliefs, and traditions of the Episcopal Church. Open to all, those new to St. Augustine’s and long-time members alike!

Friday, April 5, Friday Fun Night - Ukulele Class, Dinner & Teen Night! 5:30 - 6:00 pm - Ukulele Class, 6:00 - 6:30 pm - Dinner, 6:30 - 7:30 pm - Teen Night. See poster below and please share with your Kohala friends!

Sunday, April 14, 9:00 am - Bishop Bob visits St. Augustine's!

We're looking forward to welcoming Bishop Bob to Kohala once again. While he's here, he will lead our 9:00 am service, preach, and confirm or receive members into the Episcopal Church. We'll host a lunch after the 9:00 am service, after which he will meet with the Bishop's Committee. Please let Kathy Webb or Vicar Jennifer know if you would like to help with the food or in the kitchen for Fellowship Hour.

Friday, May 10, 11:00 am - Celebration of Life and Holy Eucharist for Rose Rosimo, followed by a reception in Walker Hall.

Saturday, May 11, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Mama Jam

A celebration of Mothers! We are starting to plan our Mother's Day themed mini-bazaar in May. We will have tables for church members to provide baked, cooked items. Profit goes to church. Thrift store will be open. We are looking for vendors that provide items people can buy for moms. Table space $25. We are also looking for cut flowers, glass vases, potted plants for gifts. We are looking for volunteers to make flower arrangements. If you are interested in donating items or time please contact Kathy Matsuda. See poster below and please share with your Kohala friends!

Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am - Celebration of Life and Holy Eucharist for Juana Mejia, followed by a reception in Walker Hall.


PICTURED ABOVE - Kumu Hope teaches ukulele. Please spread the word about these classes to your friends and neighbors!


We kicked off our weekly beginner ukulele classes with Kumu Hope Keawe last week. It was a fun time and great to see our keiki learn to strum along!

Kumu Hope will be offering free beginner ukulele lessons for children and teens ages 7 and up each Friday night. No lessons tonight because of Good Friday but they resume next week, Friday April 5th.

The lessons are part of our new weekly Friday Fun Night - which includes ukuele at 5:30pm, dinner for all at 6:00 pm and teen night from 6:30-8:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you and your 'ohana there next week on April 5! Mahalo to Kumu Hope, Youth Director Kathy Matsuda and Eileen Hartwings for getting this party started!

ABOVE - from left - Martina Manuel, Catalina Morales, and Vicar Jennifer folding palm crosses. Kathy Matsuda took the photo and also folded crosses.


Mahalo to everyone who came to fold palm crosses last Saturday! Martina and Catalina offered their skills and instruction and, with Vicar Jennifer and Kathy, they folded 200 crosses for Palm Sunday. Mahalo to John Sakai for providing the coconut palms!


The rain held off while we sang our joyful hosannas and processed into the church!

ABOVE: Lucas & George working on the thrift shop windows.

ABOVE: Vicar Jennifer & Kathy Webb cleaning Walker Hall walls.


Mahalo to everyone for their efforts in sprucing up the campus over the last few months! Special thanks to:

Kim Lambrecht for weeding and pruning the terraced gardens (Biblical healing plants).

Lucas Masada Corey & George Webb for washing windows and repairing screens in the Thrift Shop.

John Sakai for tackling the overgrowth along the parking lot.

Maurine Gomes for polishing the brass and silver in the church.

Dave Lambrecht for power washing the parking lines & steps.

Kathy Webb & Vicar Jennifer for scrubbing walls in Walker Hall.


PICTURED ABOVE - Our wonderful Thrift Shop volunteer Eileen Hartwings greeting customers and keeping the shop in shape.

PICTURED ABOVE - On the left - Jeanne greeting customers old and new in her first solo cashier shift while Cindy & John took a well deserved vacation! On the right - A happy shopper beams at her find! Mahalo to all who contribute their hearts, time, and effort!


We were thrilled to welcome 3 new volunteers to the Thrift Shop this week. Vicki will be helping during store hours on Wednesday afternoons. Fran and Jill have joined the sorting team. If you see them on campus, please give them a warm welcome!

We can still use help on the sorting team, especially for the month of April when Carol is on vacation. If you're interested in helping for a few hours, contact Kathy Webb at admin@staugustineskohala.com.

The Thrift Shop is open Wednesdays from 12:00 to 6:00 pm and also on the first Saturday of the month from 8:00 am - 11:00 am. The next Saturday shop day is Saturday April 5th - next week!


St. Augustine's is grateful to the community for the many items generously donated to our Thrift Shop! We accept donations when the Thrift Store is staffed by our volunteers.

Please bring your items during these times:

Wednesdays 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursdays 8:00 am - 11:00 am


Stay up to date with our brothers and sisters across the diocese! The latest issue of the Hawaiian Church Chronicle (Mar. 21 2024) features Easter Week services across the islands.

Read the current issue of Hawaiian Church Chronicle

If you have information to share, please let us know! This is a space to help us stay in touch in a variety of ways, such as news, offers of assistance, or garden bounty (fruits, veggies) you would like to share. Please email Vicar Jennifer or Kathy Webb: VicarJennifer@staugustineskohala.com or admin@staugustineskohala.com Submissions due by Thursday morning for Friday's newsletter.


Think differently this Easter, keeping the environment in mind!

There are some great options to make your celebrations more sustainable:

  • Repurposed Easter Baskets
  • Dyeing Eggs with simple mixtures of vinegar and olena, beets, onions and grape juice
  • Creative ideas for organic chocolate and basket fillers

Check out the dye recipes and more great ideas by clicking the "Hop To It!" button below.




  • Listen to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's podcasts on "The Way of Love."



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