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July 2, 2023 at 7:00am & 9:00am

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

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July 9 - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

July 16 - Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

July 23 - Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

July 30 - Ninth Sunday after Pentecost


  • Carmen Lai for cleaning the church and for providing flowers.
  • Kim Lambrecht for serving as lay reader last Sunday.
  • Community Meal Volunteers for preparing and serving delicious food at the June Community Meal.
  • St. Augustine’s scholarship committee (Peter Denman, Kathy Matsuda, John and Cindy Sakai) and all who contributed to the College Support Fund.
  • Kathy Matsuda, Michelle White, and Kathy Webb for organizing Family Fun night and all who attended to learn about Godly Play and support our keiki.
  • 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: Donna & Tim Beumier, Carol, Georgia, Tom Leonard, Eileen Hartwings, Larry Burger, Kay Bradbury, Lisa Andrews, Guy Kaao, Zach Weger, Koa Paulo, Tula Brickel, Becky & Ludwig Simmet, Reni Aʻi aʻi Bello, Kaikoa-Aina Brown, Karen Miller, Marlene & Harry Ching, Annecita Tamayo, Benny Raymond, Lynn Dicus, Juana Mejia, and Jerry Kremkow.

Prayers of thanksgiving for the lives of Isamu Fujii (Zen Fujii's brother), Mary Hanano, Hank Guerrero, Susie Fudge, Robert Weymouth, and Dominic Fucci. May their family and friends feel the peace and love of Christ, even as they grieve, with the knowledge that their loved ones rest in the comfort of our Creator.


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 - Starting up again on August 6th and held each Sunday at 9:00 am with Youth Director Kathy Matsuda.

FELLOWSHIP HOUR - Held Sundays after our 9:00 am service. We gather to enjoy conversation, coffee, and treats in Walker Hall. We've started including some potluck items, so 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 - Teen Night July 14th 6:30-7:30PM in Walker Hall. Join us for dinner and tye-dye t-shirt making!

BIBLE STUDY Bible study meets Fridays at 2:00PM in Walker Hall. The readings for July 7th are: Zecariah 9:9-12, Psalm 145:8-15, Romans 7:15-25a, Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

CHOIR - Join us Tuesdays at 5:00 pm to sing through the hymns for the following Sunday. All are welcome!


PICTURED ABOVE - Scenes from Family Fun Night: Vicar Jennifer welcoming children into the Godly Play storytelling session. Michelle White telling the story of Noah's Ark using materials donated by the Acacio family.


We would love your support as we re-start & re-boot our Sunday School program for our keiki. Here are some ways to consider helping:

1) Join us! If you have keiki or grandchildren between the ages of 3-10, bring them! Our next introduction of Godly Play is during our Family Fun Night on Friday July 28 from 6:00-7:00 pm. Sunday School starts for all age groups on Sunday August 6 at 9:00 am. Transportation help may be available.

2) Sponsor a Story! Godly Play is a Montessori-based program and uses storytelling as a key component of instruction. The stories are told using beautifully crafted materials that allow children to interact with the stories in a playful way. We are grateful to the Acacio family and Katie Fendel for donating our first two stories: Noah's Ark & The Creation.

Vicar Jennifer has created a Godly Play sponsorship notebook that is available in Walker Hall. Please take a look to get a sense of the materials we need to purchase. If you feel called to sponsor a story or part of a story, please do! We are excited to get this program started to serve our keiki (and have fun doing it!)


Members of St. Augustine's are invited to gather with feather workers in Walker Hall on Saturday, July 15 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Please know that no experience is needed — just a willing heart, helping hands, and a sharp pair of scissors! This is a wonderful invitation to learn this ancient Hawaiian craft from skilled kupuna and an opportunity participate in bringing to fruition the project envisioned by both Mila and Bishop Diana. If you are interested in participating, please contact Vicar Jennifer.


2023 College Fund Recipients with College Fund Committee Members (L to R): Vicar Jennifer Masada, returning scholar Kara Fernandez, Melanie Sahagun standing in for returning scholar Mark Sahagun, Chevy Apostadiro, Mark Joshua Salvador and Kathy Matsuda. Not pictured: Ziggy Bartholomy


Congratulations to St. Augustine's 2023 College Fund recipients! Students received their awards during the June 25th 9AM service. Each student gave a speech thanking the congregation and sharing how meaningful the awards were to their studies.

Mahalo nui loa to everyone who donated and supported these students with the College Fund drive and to committee members Kathy Matsuda, Vicar Jennifer Masada, Cindy & John Sakai, and Peter Denman.


Click here for a replay of the presentation, featuring our College Fund recipients'

moving speeches!

PICTURED ABOVE - Top photo from left: Bobby, Elodia, Maureen, and Mary Ann serving up meals. Bottom left photo: Suzanne and Shelly staffing the distribution station. Bottom right photo: John, Kirk, and Lani directing traffic. Mahalo!


Mahalo to all of our Community Meal volunteers who helped to make the June 26th Community Meal a delicious success! We distributed over 350 meals of kalua pork and cabbage, made by Melissa Kaiawe, who donates her time and talent to make amazing food for our North Kohala community. Our next Community Meal is Monday July 24th.


Please consider supporting Yvanka Lum, who will be traveling this summer with youth from our diocese to attend the Episcopal Youth Event at the University of Maryland. Anyone donating $10 or more can select an EYE t-shirt! Value of the t-shirt is $20.

Yvanka is raising $600 with the church raising an additional $600 to cover trip expenses. The diocese covers one third of total expenses.

Shirts will be available after the 9AM service. Contact Kathy Matsuda for more information. NOTE: please consider purchasing an EYE tshirt to wear at our upcoming Annual Bazaar!


If you sing in church, you're invited to join us every Tuesday at 5:00 pm! We'll be singing the hymns for the following week. No experience is necessary; just bring your voice, your love of music, and a willing heart to sing. Please join us even if you don't want to join the choir but just like to sing our hymns. Mahalo to Kirk for leading us and helping us make joyful sounds! All are welcome!

---> NEW INFO ---> Come to a planning meeting this Sunday, July 2 at 11:00 am in Walker Hall.

Here are some additional ways to get involved:

  • Start planting and let Dave & Kim know what you are planting.  
  • What would you like to bake or cookLet Patsy know.  
  • Start cleaning your house for thrift shop, white elephant, boutique items. We're not ready for them since we have no storage, but giving you a heads up. Let Kathy M. know if you have items. 
  • Silent auction items? Contact Susan.  
  • Please consider purchasing an EYE tshirt to wear at the Bazaar! See Kathy Matsuda if you're interested.

St. Augustine's Annual Bazaar will take place on September 23!

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


<---- Why is there a photo of coffee here? Because Vicar Jennifer is so pleased with the shopping pool service!

When Lani Bowman is planning a Costco run, she asks folks if they need anything. Vicar Jennifer asked for coffee, and voila, it was delivered! Lani made it easy to pay for the coffee with Venmo. "Trust me, no one wants me to be without coffee," says Vicar Jennifer. "Lani saved the day!"

So next time she has a trip to Kona planned, be sure to use Lani's Costco Express Delivery Service. Saves time and fuel! Mahalo, Lani!


A round trip to Waimea is 42 miles and Costco 100 miles. How many times have you had to run to Waimea to pick up something from Longs or to Costco? If you picked up items for two or three others, you

could help reduce gas consumption, greenhouse gasses, and fuel costs. And, needless to say, you would also save yourself and others the time it takes to make these longer out-of-town trips!

How about starting a “Shopping Pool” circle? Invite a few friends/family to start a shopping cooperative; you can tailor a plan to suit the unique needs of your group. Here are some simple ideas:

1. Find friends/family who go routinely to do out-of-town shopping and would be willing to shop for others.

2. Share this idea with them and make sure they are willing to pick up for others in the group.

3. Start a group text where members let each other know the day and where they are going. It can be a specific store or area. Ask for their specific shopping list to be texted to the shopper by the time it is needed.

4. Make sure members have a payment option such as Cash App or Venmo (venmo.com or cash.app)

5. Most stores will do separate receipts or subtotals.

6. Take a photo of the members receipt after shopping, send in for payment.

7. Arrange a pick-up or drop-off point for their merchandise.

Try it, you may like it!!


PICTURED ABOVE - Iris, Mavis, Carol, and Lucas preparing for the Bag Sale, set for tomorrow, July 1 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm.


The Thrift Shop is open Wednesdays from noon - 6:00 pm and also on the first Saturday of the month from 8:00 am - 11:00 am.


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 - 10:00 am & 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Thursdays 8:00 am - 10:00 am and 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm



for listening and sharing while connecting with 'aina

WHAT ---> The new group is called "OPEN CIRCLE"

WHEN ---> Thursday, July 6 at 5:00 pm at Keokea Park

Months ago, a few of us gathered to brainstorm about forming a group that would invite community members to gather. The idea was to open conversations about the places in our lives where spirituality and real life meet.

From there, we formed the idea of a group called OPEN CIRCLE, where we can welcome all to cultivate open awareness of our connections with one another and nature.

The group is meant to include people who long for spiritual connection but for whom "church" just doesn't work. OPEN CIRCLE welcomes all, especially those who find spiritual connection in nature and those who are "spiritual but not religious."

Jennifer Masada and other North Kohala community members will facilitate conversations to be open, safe, and affirming, without divisive topics like political parties. OPEN CIRCLE is not church or group therapy or overly woo-woo. It is a time set aside to practice quiet contemplation together and to share and listen. We will hold space for human connection as part of 'aina while reflecting on the beauty of living as well as common difficulties we encounter.

Each meeting will last about 45 minutes and will include brief sharing and listening (you won't be required to speak!), quiet time, and sharing some food. Please join us! Bring pupus to share, if can. If not, that's okay, too.

Know of a community event we can post here? Please email Vicar Jennifer or Kathy Webb: VicarJennifer@staugustineskohala.com or admin@staugustineskohala.com


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



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