Facebook  Instagram  YouTube  Email

Join us for


June 25, 2023 at 7:00am & 9:00am

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

To attend online, join our Facebook LIVESTREAM*

Download this week's ORDER OF WORSHIP

*Note: If you have difficulty connecting to the livestream, try reloading your page.



July 2 - Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

July 9 - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

July 16 - Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

July 23 - Eighth Sunday after Pentecost


Dear St. Augustine's 'ohana,

Last week, we reflected on the both the Hebrew scripture (Exodus 19:2-8a) and Gospel lesson (Matthew 9:35-10:8), which remind us that God constantly invites us step through open doors. We don't know what we'll encounter, but God's compassionate guidance helps us see our way forward with eyes of faith. As listen for God's call, we remember three tips from last week's scripture lessons:

  1. It's okay to start small, just as Jesus instructed the disciples to begin their ministry work focused on the people of Israel--not the gentiles or Samaritans, just the people with whom they were most familiar. Their mission would eventually expand, but with any new ministry, it's alright to start small, while holding an expansive view of God.
  2. Partner with others, knowing we don't have to do the work alone. Jesus doesn't work by himself! He ministers alongside the Creator, Holy Spirit, and the disciples he has called (including us). We are invited to work in the spirit of laulima--each of us is a vital and unique part of our collective success.
  3. Be a conduit, a passthrough for God's endless love and compassion. Like the disciples, we are vessels empowered by Creator to channel love. Seek and be an open vessel for the Holy Spirit. Have faith that Christ sees great potential in our abilities to allow Divine abundance work through us.

During my sermon, I promised to talk more about how we can identify and share our ministry gifts. This is an important part of looking at our shared mission at St. Augustine's, and at our retreat last month, I shared with the Bishop's Committee this handy tool for each of us to use while thinking about the ministry gifts of our time and talents. Please take a look at it as you discern the spiritual gifts you can share with our church and community. (You can download and print or pick up a copy on Sunday. We're also working on an online version.)

During our 9:00 am service this Sunday, we will present the St. Augustine's youth who are College Fund recipients for 2023-24. As they prepare to continue their education, they also ponder how they will contribute their talents in the world. I can't think of a more fitting time for all of us to examine how we share our ministry gifts and how we carry out our mission to "be the love and God and to feel the love of God."


Vicar Jennifer

'Ili'ili at a sacred place on the Big Island

IN THE VIDEO ABOVE - The 'ili 'ili (small black lava stones, polished smooth by the waves) at a local sacred place are an important part of my halau's hula practice. Gathering as we oli, we ask permission to be there and to select stones that we'll use when we dance. For me, the 'ili 'ili are a reminder of the three lessons from last week's sermon. Starting small: even two of these tiny stones make an amazing sound! Partnering: collectively, the 'ili 'ili produce a HUGE sound; a beautiful example of the spirit of laulima (watch the video above with headphones). Allowing ourselves to be a passthrough or conduit: as the water rushes, the 'ili 'ili teach us how to let God's creative force flow.


  • Michelle White for cleaning the church and for providing flowers.
  • JD Morgan for serving as lay reader last Sunday.
  • Kathy Matsuda, Michelle White, and Kathy Webb for organizing Family Fun night.
  • St. Augustine’s scholarship committee (Peter Denman, Kathy Matsuda, John and Cindy Sakai) and all who contributed to the College Support Fund.
  • 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: 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 - Held each Sunday at 9:00 am with Youth Director Kathy Matsuda. We'll be introducing our new Sunday School curriculum with a Family Fun Night on Friday June 23rd from 6-7PM.

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. This Sunday's reception will be held in honor of Jeannette Hensel’s birthday (June 12) and our scholarship recipients.

TEEN GATHERINGS - We will be starting in-person gatherings for teens soon! Please stay tuned for further details.

BIBLE STUDY - Bible study meets Fridays at 2:00PM in Walker Hall.



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 throughout the month of June. Contact Kathy Matsuda for more information. NOTE: please consider purchasing an EYE tshirt to wear at our upcoming Annual Bazaar!

To learn more about Godly Play, visit godlyplayfoundation.org. For more information or to RSVP, email admin@staugustineskohala.com.


Members of St. Augustine's are invited to gather with feather workers in Waimea on Saturday, June 24 and Saturday, July 15 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm each day.

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.


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

Would you like to volunteer? Planning is happening!

Here are some 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.


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



If you sing in church, you're invited to join us every Tuesday at 5:00 pm starting June 27! 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!

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


 How can regenerative food systems heal the planet and feed the world? We can produce food that doesn’t just avoid harm, but actively restores nature and reverses previous damage. Regenerative food systems can ensure we’re able to feed many generations to come. View this video to learn more!



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.


We are currently recruiting volunteers to help work in our Thrift Shop. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kathy Webb at admin@staugustineskohala.com.


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


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



Email  Facebook  Instagram  YouTube