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April 21, 2024 7:00 & 9:00 am

Fourth Sunday of Easter

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April 28 - Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 5 - Sixth Sunday of Easter (Morning Prayer for both services)

May 12 - Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 19 - Pentecost

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


Dear St. Augustine's 'ohana,

This coming Sunday is Keiki Sunday. We'll include them in our service as they join us for the sermon and Holy Communion. In this week's gospel story, Jesus describes his love for all people, saying, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep... ...I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd."

What a love he describes! I'm thinking back to Bishop Bob's message last Sunday on the Way of Love. What does it mean to live the Way of Love? Bishop Bob spoke of four principles shared by William Temple, the Archbishop of Canterbury in the 1930s and 1940s. Many of us were reflecting on his message, and I would like to provide a summary (my paraphrase of Bishop Bob's words):

  • Incarnational principle - We know God through the face of Jesus, and we are called to recognize the sacredness of personality of every human being. This means understanding that every person is sacred as God made them, even those with whom we disagree. We must see the face of God in them and love them.
  • Pentecostal principle - Humans need fellowship; we need community. In today's world, many people don't have a community or a place to go to be with others. We need each other. As Christians, we have community, and the world needs us to extend our community, to include, and to share our love.
  • Apostle principle - As we look at love, we realize the power of self sacrifice. To love means to ask ourselves, "Why do I need what I have? What's most important? What can I put forth into the world to help others?" We are often emotionally attached to things. To love fully as Christ does, we are called to a certain detachment; we are called to say no to ourselves in order to share our love.
  • Service principle - As Christians focused on the Way of Love, we have a responsibility, a duty of service. We know we are loved by God. It's our duty to share that knowledge with each other and the world. In our society, we tend to talk more about our rights and less about our responsibilities. As followers of Christ and followers of the Way of Love, it's our kuleana to give up our rights and take up responsibilities to share the good news of God's love.

Jesus guides us as a shepherd, showing us the Way of Love. May we see God in every person, include all in community, sacrifice in order to love more, and serve the world as we embody Christ's Divine light.

Easter Blessings,

Vicar Jennifer +


All who came last Sunday with their Easter alleluias, delicious food, and general good cheer as we welcomed Bishop Bob.

Ginger Gohier for cleaning the church & providing flowers this week.

JD Morgan for serving as lay reader last week.

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, Linda Leonard Powell, Rita Masada, Bobbi Green, Olin Kane, Jeannette Hensel, Sabrina Lee, Rachel and Hoku Lancaster, Erin Manuel, the people of Maui and the Church of the Holy Innocents, 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 - Next teen night is TONIGHT! Friday, April 19th at 5:30 - Ukulele lesson with Kumu Hope for keikie ages 7 and up followed by a home cooked meal (mahalo to Ted Matsuda for making delicious food!) and teen activities from 6:30-7:30. All are welcome!

CHOIR - Join us Wednesday, April 24th at 5:00 pm to sing through the hymns for the following Sunday. All are welcome! 


TONIGHT: Friday, April 19, 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 21 - Youth Sunday 9:00am service

All keiki are invited to join Vicar Jennifer, Deacon Lani and Deacon in Training Jeanne at the front of the church during Eucharist.

Monday April 22 - Kohala Quilting Group 3:30-6:30PM, Join Nicole Gomes and her quilting group to create your own quilt square for Kohala's Community Quilt. All are welcome and no experience required.

Sunday, April 28 - Hawai'i Wildfire Prevention info 4:30- 6:00 pm. Elizabeth Pickett, co-director of the Hawai'i Wildfire Prevention Organization for all islands, will come to Walker Hall to present on wildfire prevention. Please see poster below for details.

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 Mini-Bazaar - Flowers Needed

A celebration of Mothers! We are looking for donations of cut flowers and potted plants to sell at our Mother’s Day themed mini-bazaar . We are also 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!

POSTPONED - Celebration of Life and Holy Eucharist for Juana Mejia. Please watch for updates on new date/time.



Last Sunday, we welcomed Bishop Bob back to St. Augustine's. It was a joyful time with two of our members being received into the Episcopal Church! Bishop Bob preached about the Way of Love and how we can make it come alive in our daily lives. He shared wisdom from William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury during WWII: messages of hope based on Temple's four principles (see Vicar's message above or check out the replay of his sermon on our YouTube channel).

Brendan McDougall and Michelle Simpson were received, accompanied by all present who shouted a hearty "We will!" when the Bishop asked if we would support them. We all reaffirmed our baptismal promises and shared Holy Communion together. After the service, we gathered in Walker Hall for a wonderful potluck meal!

Photo credits: Eileen Hartwings, Melanie Sahagun, and Bishop Bob.


Last week we welcomed Nicole Gomes' quilting group to Walker Hall. The quilting group will be constructing a a traditional Hawaiian community quilt square by square each Monday afternoon from 3:30-6:30 pm. Open to all! More on this project in next week's newsletter! Mahalo to Ginger Gohier for the photos!


Every Friday night we are offering a fun community event for keiki and teens. Starting at 5:30 pm, all keiki ages 7 and up are invited to beginner ukulele lessons with Kumu Hope Keawe. After lessons, we will have a home cooked meal, then followed by teen activities from 6:30-7:30. Last week was pingpong! Mahalo to Kathy Matsuda for the photo and for organizing this event for our community!


PICTURED ABOVE - Follow our Thrift Shop on Facebook! Mahalo to Kathy W. for creating this page for us!


We started a Facebook page to keep everyone up to date on the latest Thrift Shop events. We will also be posting higher-end items for sale on the site each week. Follow us on Facebook here:


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.


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 (April 11 2024) features an article on A Cup of Cold Water and free seminars from the Episcopal Network for Stewardship. We were also happy to be featured in this issue!

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.


Monday April 24th is Earth Day and there are many ways to get involved and celebrate our connection with the 'aina.

GET LOCAL: The Waikōloa Dry Forest Initiative is hosting a wiliwili tree giveaway and open house at the preserve in honor of Earth Day on April 20th from 8am-12pm! The preserve will be open for self-guided hikes, and plant nursery tours with WDFI staff. WDFI will also be giving away wiliwili trees to visitors to plant in our community! Please come prepared with sun protection, sturdy shoes, and a water bottle. Check out the event invitation on Facebook here.

NATIONWIDE: The Episcopal Church has a fantastic and comprehensive list of online Earth Day related events. You can find the comprehensive list here.



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



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