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May 28, 2023 at 7:00am & 9:00 am

Pentecost Sunday

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June 4 - First Sunday after Pentecost - Morning Prayer (7AM & 9AM)

June 11- Second Sunday after Pentecost - 7AM service only (due to road closure for the Kamehameha parade)

June 18 - Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 25 - Fourth Sunday after Pentecost



At our retreat, the BC analyzed our current strengths and opportunities,

our future aspirations, and the results

we hope to see in the coming years.

This is the first phase of our analysis, which we have shared in Walker Hall.

Dear St. Augustine's ‘ohana,

Last Sunday, our Bishop's Committee gathered for some retreat time to ground our work in our mission to "BE the love of God and FEEL the love of God" at St. Augustine's and in the wider community.

Mahalo nui to our BC members and staff for devoting their time and energy to this four-hour retreat: Lani Bowman, Patsy Ching, Piilani Fernandez, Maurine Gomes, Eileen Hartwings, Kim Lambrecht,

Kathy Matsuda, Brendan McDougall, Melanie Sahagun, John Sakai,

Cindy Sakai, and Kathy Webb.

It was a joyful session, bubbling with ideas and enthusiasm! As a small mission church, we are blessed with gifts, and we share them so freely with each other and our community. It felt good to recognize our abundance.


We examined our work inside our church community: how are we creating, strengthening, and expanding our relationships with God and one another in our:

  • Worship services
  • Fellowship time
  • Education (such as Bible studies, book groups, Sunday school, and youth gatherings)
  • Campus (using and caring for our facilities to fulfill our mission)
  • Diocese (connecting and collaborating with our sister churches and diocesan staff)
  • Care for each other
  • Support for our church (volunteering, serving on committees, doing the work of God in the church)

We also examined our work outside our church community: How are we creating, strengthening, and expanding our relationships with the wider community in North Kohala through our:

  • Thrift Shop
  • Community Meal
  • Music outreach
  • Annual Bazaar
  • Community partnerships (such as Kohala Cares)

In each of the 12 areas listed above, we looked at our current strengths, taking an inventory of the many good things we have at St. Augustine's. We thought about the opportunities we have right now with the strengths we already have. Next, we thought about our future aspirations and the results we hope to see in the coming years.

The results of this first phase of analysis are on the posters currently displayed on the windows of Walker Hall (see photos above). In the coming weeks, we invite you to view the posters and add some of your own thoughts! If you have questions, just ask any member of the Bishop's Committee.


In June, the Bishop's Committee will use the results of our analysis to discern a prioritized list of actions for the coming year. We are excited to do this work, and hope you'll contribute your ideas before we meet.


It seems so appropriate that we're engaging in this planning work during the season of Pentecost!

The seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter seasons allow us to focus on God's gifts FOR us (the birth of Jesus, his life among us, his sacrifice for us); in the season of Pentecost, we celebrate God's gifts IN us: the presence of the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, we are inspired and empowered to live in conscious connection with God's love. This is what "Christ consciousness" means for us as humans: to live and act in unity with the gift of Divine love.

With gratitude for the presence of Spirit in each of you,

Vicar Jennifer

P.S., I will miss you all for the next couple of weeks as Lucas and I travel back to Iowa. Yesterday, I spent time in the beauty of this island and captured this video, which I will take with me to remain connected with the bounty and Spirit that inhabit this place and the people who live here.

The beauty of nature in North Kohala


  • Wendy Andrews for cleaning the church & providing flowers.
  • Melanie Sahagun for serving as lay reader last Sunday.
  • Melissa Kaiawe, Kathy & Ted Matsuda, Cindy Sakai, John Sakai, Vicar Jennifer Masada, Kirk Corey, Bobbi Akana, Maurine Gomes, Elodia LeMay, MaryAnn Baron, Suzanne Melgart, Kiona Nakamura, Necole Garcia, Analisa Marcom, Lani Bowman, Mel Yanos, Shirley Nakamura, Derek Higa, Alana Quitugua Catrett and Chris Shultz for making delicious food and helping with our Community Meal.
  • 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: Dominic Fucci & Family, Beverly Kummer, Kay Bradbury, Lisa Andrews, Guy Kaao, Mary Hanano, Alexander Masada Corey, Cheri Gallo, Sergio Domingo, Tom & Eileen, Delphina Dorrance, Maranda Geason, Denni & Bobbi Green, Richard Daniels, Ally & Shane Weiss, Kathy Weiss, Zach Weger, Koa Paulo, Tula Brickel, Becky and Ludwig Simmet, Reni Aʻiaʻi Bello, Kaikoa-Aina Brown, Karen Miller, Marlene & Harry Ching, Annecita Tamayo, Benny Raymond, Lynn Dicus (Kim Lambrecht's brother), Juana Mejia, Jerry Kremkow, Hank Guerrero


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. Stay tuned in next week's newsletter & announcments for more information!

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

BIBLE STUDY - No Bible study on Friday June 2nd.



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.  


NOTE: St. Augustine's members Virginia Fortner (singer) and Kirk Corey (accompanist) will be performing with the Chorus!

Know of a community event we can post here? Please email Vicar Jennifer or Kathy Webb: or


PICTURED ABOVE—from the left: Elodia LeMay, Suzanne Melgart, Analisa Marcom, Necole Garcia, Kathy Matsuda, Kiona Nakamura, and Maurine Gomes.


Mahalo nui to Melissa Kaiawe, Chris Schultz, and Ted Matsuda, who teamed up to prepare delicious beef and lentil stew over rice for our May Community Meal, held on May 21, 2023.

Melissa and Chris prepared the stew, and Ted prepared the rice. St. Augustine's served a total of 336 meals! Our volunteers did a great job of serving and delivering the meals.

Our next meal is set for June 26. Melissa is making kalua pork and cabbage! Please mark your calendars and join us in Walker Hall for a delicious sit-down meal.


St. Augustine's is hoping to fund to continuing scholars as well as some newly graduated students for the 2023-2024 academic year. Please consider contributing to our College Support fund.

Your gifts mean so much to our youth and their ‘ohana. Mahalo for considering this investment in the future!


St. Augustine's Facebook page features streaming weekly services as well as recordings, photos, and event updates. Tag us in your St. Augustine's event photos and share events easily with your community.

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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: or


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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 a few hours a week, please contact Kathy Webb at


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



St. Augustine's Covid team recommends that we continue to follow these guidelines:

  • Masks are voluntary inside campus buildings unless you have been exposed to COVID, flu, cold, or other communicable illness.
  • Masks are encouraged for those who are immunocompromised.
  • As always, please care for yourself and others by staying home if you are ill. Contact your doctor if you feel sick and get tested if you have COVID symptoms.
  • If COVID infections rise, we may need to revisit our masking protocols.

Mahalo for continuing to follow these guidelines that keep everyone safe and healthy!


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