Volume 7, Issue 2
January 14, 2022
THIS SUNDAY: January 16, 2022
Second Sunday after Epiphany

Isaiah 62:1-5
As a spouse cares for the reputation of their partner, God cares for God’s people and will bring them back from being scattered throughout the Babylonian Empire.
Psalm 36:5-10
God’s righteousness is strong, justice is deep, and love is wide.
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Just as a Conductor keeps the instruments in an orchestra in synch, the Spirit works with our individual and varied gifts and talents to produce one harmonious whole.
John 2:1-12
The theme of the Sundays in the Epiphany Season is the various ways Jesus appears to us. In this reading, Jesus performs his first miracle, turning water into wine at a wedding feast in Cana, at the urging of his mother.

Suzanne Kobayashi (EM)*
John Hanaoka (U)
Lorna Nishi (AG)
Mark Cain (DM)

Mario Antonio (EM)
CeCe Caldwell (U)
Chris Wataya (LR)
Faith Shiramizu (AG)
Mabel Antonio, Vikki Secretario (HP)
Carolyn Morinishi, Ron Morinishi (DM)

Live Stream
9:00AM on our home page, YouTube, or Facebook accounts

* EM - Eucharistic Minister; U - Usher; LR - Lay Reader; AG - Altar Guild; HP - Healing Prayers; DM - Digital Ministry; SS - Sunday School

Vestry Meeting
Sunday, January 23rd
11:00AM - 1PM
Memorial Hall

Ke Akua Youth Group
Wednesday, January 26th
5:00 - 6:00PM
Contact Cami for login info.

Daughters of the King
Wednesday, January 26th
6:00 - 7:00PM
Contact Mabel Antonio for login info.
Recurring Events
On Hiatus due to COVID surge
Aloha Hour
Every Sunday after the 9:30AM service
Church Lanai

Monday/Friday Crew
Every Monday/Friday, 8:00AM 
Church Office

Project Vision Hi`ehi`e Mobile Showers
Every Thursday, 12:00 - 3:00PM
Church Campus
On Hiatus due to COVID surge
Laundry Love Go-Packs
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 12:00 - 3:00PM
Church Campus

Daughters of the King
2nd & 4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:00PM
Bring rest and reassurance to those facing struggles this holiday season, especially: Taylor; Cathy Gott; Larry Revilla; Suzanne Woodruff. ​Lord, have mercy. 

We give you thanks for all the saints who have gone before us and now proclaim your glory. We pray to you, O Lord. 
Join us in Welcoming the Rev. Bob Carver
Guest Celebrant January 9th and 16th
Fr. Bob and Kris have been married for 53+ years, have two middle-aged sons and six grandchildren. He graduated with an M.Div. from Church Divinity School of the Pacific (’71). He served in Minnesota, Washington State, and Florida. 

He chose to become a nurse in 2004. Earned a Masters in Nursing in 2014 and taught nursing until 2021.

He now writes science fictions novels full-time. Book one of the Corvis Epic, Corvis from Earth, will be published soon (one way or another). His website is rcodycarver.com.

Bob and Kris now live on Kaua`i each winter. They have attended All Saints’ every year for the past 25 years.
Reflections from Fr. Bob Carver
Shattered Expectations
The Epistle offers both video and text versions of the sermon presented each Sunday. To watch this week's engaging sermon, click on the link below. To read the text, please scroll down.
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but One who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Was John the Messiah?

All the world, at least all the Jewish world, was on the tiptoe of expectation, looking for the Messiah. The Roman oppression couldn’t get much worse. Almighty God would not only deliver, but also vindicate God’s people, and that, very soon. Could the wild prophet John be the one? John who dressed in a camel hair coat and who ate grasshoppers and honey, who thousands of people went out to listen to, could he be the one to lead the people in a revolt?

John was not the one. He was no friend of the Romans, but instead to calling for an upraising against the political oppressor, John preached against the cancer within. John preached repentance of sins, and he baptized people as a disjunction, from the old life of self-satisfaction to a new life, a life lived in the power and glory of God.

John was such a powerful preacher that he still has followers in 2022. The Coptic Church in Egypt hold John in almost equal reverence with Jesus. They worship God in the language of Jesus and the disciple. But Luke, and the readers of his gospel knew that John, devoted mouthpiece of God that he was, was not the Messiah. John prepared the road that the Messiah would travel. John’s hard work and self-sacrifice laid the pavement that the Messiah would walk on.

Cousin Yeshua

John knew his cousin almost too well: Jesus was the son of Joseph, the carpenter, and cousin Mary. John was never convinced that cousin Jesus was the Messiah. How, then will the people recognize the Messiah? “I baptize with water. The One who comes after me baptizes with the Holy Spirit and with fire!” John doesn’t spare the feelings of his fellow Jews. Whoever the Messiah might be, John warned the people, that the Messiah would reveal and judge, separating sinners from the righteous as the wheat is separated from the chaff on the threshing floor, the chaff burning away explosively, gone forever.

Scary Fire

Fire is the scary part of today’s Gospel. Without fire the Baptizer’s message is boring. But baptism discriminates. It burns up sin forever, and leaves people cleanse and charged with the mission of living the new life of the Kingdom of God.

Pay attention to the sequence of events in today’s Gospel. AFTER the people were baptized, and Jesus along with them, and Jesus was praying, heaven OPENED. Look at the stained-glass window behind me. That one artistic depiction of an event when Jesus was praying and heaven opened! 

You are My Son

In today’s Gospel, God says, “You are my son, the beloved, with you I am well-pleased,” God says to Jesus, and the people do not hear the voice. God speaks to Jesus, and, incidentally, to Luke and the readers of Luke’s Gospel. Jesus in prayer is Jesus at a turning point: here, and again before the crucifixion. The Son speaks to the Father seeking confirmation about the way forward.

Jesus was baptized, not because He had sins to repented and burned away, but rather to show He is one with any and all who do. For God so love the WORLD that God gave God’s only begotten Son. 


What about that dove? I’m not going to try to dislodge an ages-old symbol, but Luke never said that the Holy Spirit looked like a dove. “Like a dove…” is a phrase that modifies the verb “descended.” “Dove” is not a stand-alone noun. Luke says that the Holy Spirit descended not violently, but as gently as a dove settles onto its roost. And yes, the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form, but Luke does not describe that form. His readers assumed the form was human, as angel’s forms were human, though much larger than ordinary humans.

With the descent of the Holy Spirit which the people saw, came the voice that they did not hear, reaffirming to Jesus of Nazareth, that He was offspring of God. This is Jesus’ inauguration as the Messiah. It’s the beginning of the Kingdom of God on Earth. In that day of such high-pitched expectation of the beginning of the Messianic age, the people expected some real fireworks. They expected the end of the Earth as we know it, not something gentle, like a dove landing.

The Messiah is not out to execute vengeance on the enemies of Israel, as the people expected. Rather He is the one who separates evil from good, within individuals. He also separates evil individuals from followers of God’s law. The baptism of Jesus shatters many images and many expectations. He LOVES sinners, and encourages evil people to repent.


What about us? What is God saying to people today? Thousands of preachers today are reminding millions of little Christs, Christ-ians, of their own baptism. Like those baptized by John, our baptism marked a radical departure: past is our focus on selfish pleasures; our new life started at the moment of our baptism. We were baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The new life we were born into is the life of the already and yet, not yet. We are already living in a world in which Christ reigns. We live in the presence of the saints in light, and yet only our eyes of faith see the Kingdom we live in. Already and yet not yet we put God’s will above our own.

We, who have heard Jesus’ call to repent, are also called to love those who have not yet heard that call. Little children, love every sinner, for you were once a sinner, yourself.
What Is an Annual Parish Meeting?

The Annual Parish Meeting is a meeting of the members of a parish. The by-laws of the parish generally require an annual parish meeting and state the qualifications to be a voting member of the parish. Diocesan canons may state requirements concerning parish meetings. The annual parish meeting typically elects vestry members, and it may elect vestry officers. Delegates to diocesan convention and representatives to other diocesan, deanery, or parish entities may also be elected by the parish meeting. The budget of the parish may be presented. The rector, vestry officers, and ministry leaders may make presentations at the annual parish meeting. The parish by-laws may allow the rector or a majority of the vestry to call a special parish meeting at any time. The by-laws may specify the requirements for a special parish meeting, including the requirements for notice to the members of the parish.

All Saints' Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday, January 30, 2022, 10:30AM
On Sunday, January 30th, All Saints' will hold its Annual Parish Meeting. On that Sunday, we will have both 8:00 and 9:30AM services. These will be livestreamed as usual.

After the 9:30AM service is finished, we will hold our Annual Parish Meeting in the sanctuary. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are giving members the option to attend the Annual Parish Meeting virtually, via a secure Zoom link.

With Zoom, attendees will have the option of participating in the meeting and voting, via hand-raise, chat or Zoom poll.

Details about the Zoom link and other pertinent information about the Annual Meeting will be published in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned.
The Rev. Dcn. Viliami Langi
Rest eternal grant him, O Lord
The Reverend Deacon Viliami Langi died on Thursday, January 6, 2022, after a long illness. Viliami faithfully served the Tongan community at St. Elizabeth’s Church, Honolulu, for many years.

ALMIGHTY AND ETERNAL GOD, to whom there is never any prayer made without hope of mercy, be merciful to the soul of your faithful servant, Viliami, being departed from this world in the confession of your Holy Name that he and all the departed may be welcomed into the company of your saints, through Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Rest eternal grant him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. May our brother, Viliami, rest in peace. Amen.
Welcome Madison!
Meet Madison Franks, the Diocese's Event & Communications Coordinator
Madison Franks joins the Diocesan Support team in a newly created position due to the recent restructuring of staff roles and responsibilities.

Madison started on January 4, and comes with four years of experience executing large-scale corporate incentive programs in the Hawaiian Islands. She specializes in marketing and event processes and will be responsible for coordinating the Annual Meeting and other Diocesan events/activities. She also joins the communications team to organize informational systems, manage social media, disseminate the online news and help maintain the Diocesan website. Madison's contact information can be found on the Diocesan Support Center page HERE.

Madison earned her degree in Marketing at the University of Hawai'i: Shidler College of Business. In her free time, Madison likes to teach yoga, free-dive, and hike with her dog Ollie.
Global Partnerships Lectio Divina
January 16, 2022

Fr. Daniel Karanja, Bishop Rose Okeno, and Bishop Vicentia Kgabe
The season of Epiphany is when we celebrate the revealing of Christ to the world. We mark the arrival of the One who is the light of the world: a light that brings life, a light that brings hope. This light shines its brightest when we are in community - with God and with one another. The Office of Global Partnerships of The Episcopal Church invites individuals, small groups, congregations, and dioceses to use our weekly video series throughout the season of Epiphany to draw closer to each other and our Lord. Using an adaptation of lectio divina with the gospel passage for each Sunday, you’ll meet and hear from Episcopalians and Anglican partners from around the world as they read and reflect on Jesus’ revelation to us.

This week’s lectio divina features the Rev. Daniel Karanja, Episcopal Church Partnership Officer for Africa, the Rt. Rev. Rose Okeno, Bishop of Butere in the Anglican Church of Kenya, and the Rt. Rev. Vicentia Kgabe, Bishop of Lesotho in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. Watch their discussion at iam.ec/epiphany2022 and follow along by yourself or in a small group. To participate:

1. Read today’s Gospel passage:
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. (John 2:1-11, NRSV)
2. Reflect:
Which word or short phrase caught your attention or came to mind? Whether you’re alone or in a group, say it aloud.

3. Read:
Reread the passage, perhaps in a different translation. In this week’s video, you’ll hear the text in Portuguese.

4. Reflect:
Where does the passage touch your life today? If you’re with a group, share your responses with each other, without discussing further. If you’re alone, say your response aloud or write it down.
5. Read:
Reread the passage, perhaps in yet another translation.

6. Reflect:
From what I’ve heard and shared, what do I believe God wants me to do or be? Is God inviting me to change in any way? You might consider journaling out your response and meditating on it over the course of this week.

7. Pray:
In closing, say the Lord’s Prayer, today’s collect, or the Collect for Proper 28 in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 236).
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It's been a while...Let's ReConnect!
December 6, 2021
Dear friends,
In this Advent season of hope and expectation, we are reminded that Jesus came to earth amid difficulty and chaos, and today we rejoice that God still comes to us in the midst of the same. Hope and expectation are on my mind as I also reflect on the ministry of Invite Welcome Connect, and with this email, I share with you our hope-filled current reality.
Last year’s Invite Welcome Connect Digital Gathering drew 1,700 participants from 48 states and 11 countries, and its unprecedented success taught me an important lesson that continues to resonate with me. Faith communities around the world are hungry for help with evangelism, hospitality, and the ministry of belonging, and it is time for Invite Welcome ReConnect. To that end I want to make several important announcements: 
We are thrilled to introduce our team of certified Invite Welcome Connect Facilitators who are available to bring an Invite Welcome Connect workshop to your faith community. More information can be found at the Schedule a Workshop link on the website. 
We are also excited to introduce our team of certified Invite Welcome Connect Coaches who are ready and available to assist your clergy and lay leaders in the implementation of this ministry. Click on the Book a Coach link on the website for more information about this new coaching initiative. 
In the ReConnect Conversations link on the website, you will find interviews with practitioners about the innovative and creative ways they are ReConnecting and Re-Engaging with newcomers and long-time members. What a joy and delight to hear all the fresh energizing ideas for evangelism, hospitality, and belonging that have been created during these post-pandemic days! 
We invite you to SAVE the DATE for our Epiphany-tide Digital Gathering - Wednesday, Feb 9, 2022 – where clergy and lay leaders from around the country will share fresh Invite Welcome Connect ideas!
One of the gifts of the pandemic was an emerging clarity that the time had come for Invite Welcome Connect to launch from our wonderful ministry incubator, the Beecken Center. Our affiliation with Sewanee helped to shine a light on both organizations and introduced thousands to our respective missions, and I am so very thankful for the wonderful friends we made and the amazing creative energy that our four-year partnership sparked. 
I am deeply grateful for the leadership of our newly expanded Invite Welcome Connect Advisory Board. This talented team of leaders has worked over the last six months to shape a new vision for Invite Welcome Connect and I am so very thankful for their wisdom and encouragement. 
Engaging with the ministry of Invite Welcome Connect will help our faith communities reach more people with the good news of God’s love than ever before. I truly believe that God is calling us to not just survive but THRIVE in this post-pandemic, digital landscape and I look forward to sharing our new offerings in the months to come. As we lean into this new interim season with Invite Welcome Connect, I ask for your prayers for me and this ministry.
With hope and Advent blessings,
Mary Foster Parmer
Founder and Director
Invite Welcome Connect

Being Enough

Leslie Scoopmire
January 13, 2022
Being Enough: John 2:1-11

The failure of hospitality that Jesus encounters while he and his mother are guests at a wedding jumps out every time I read the passage from John for this coming Sunday. I have always found it fascinating that this miracle of wine, which occurs only in John’s gospel, is the first of John’s seven signs. It seems to be rather a small miracle, performed off the main stage in a tiny backwoods town in a tiny backwoods region to which no one, at the time, gave much thought.

Hospitality back then was a bigger deal than it is nowadays. The notions of hospitality in the culture of first century Palestine often required people to take strangers into their own homes, and to give those same strangers whatever they requested, even if doing so might meant that the host would do without.

Indeed, the only people who learn that a miracle has taken place were Jesus, his mother Mary, a handful of servants – whose arms probably ached from toting perhaps huge vessels of water – and some of Jesus’ new disciples. The wedding hosts apparently did not know, despite the fact that had the wine run out, cultural shame would have befallen them. After all, wine was a symbol of the blessing of God, of the abundance of God’s gifts, not to mention that wine was safer to drink than water.

Here is where our gospel speaks to us about. We live in a time in which cries of “There’s not enough!” pervade nearly every moment of our lives. We live in a consumer society, one that only functions when people are led to believe that the way to happiness is through how much they can accumulate. “He who dies with the most toys, wins” say the bumper stickers. And people toil away, so that they can spend, so that will not feel an emptiness inside.

But it goes deeper. Society tells us that we, by ourselves, are “not enough.” Not skinny enough. Not smart enough. Not tech-savvy enough. Not pretty enough. Not young enough. Not old enough. Not talented enough. Not rich enough.

That un-enoughness extends outward. We are told that there is not enough to go around. We have to ruthlessly, zealously guard what little we have, because the scarcity mindset that runs our culture has convinced us that there is never enough.

Isn’t that where the miracle is? Jesus enters with us in our struggles just like he showed up at that small town wedding, assuring us that, yes, there IS enough. Every time we gather around God’s table, every time we share what we have with others and don’t worry about running out for ourselves, we participate in the abundant life and love of God, where there is always enough, and more besides. Where the best stuff is just as available at the end as it was in the beginning.

Just as Jesus turns water into wine, Jesus works within ordinary people, like you and me, because he knows we have the potential to be transformed by his gospel into the good stuff- the best- by God’s transforming love and call to each of us. We are enough—and Jesus chooses us to work his miracles in the world today. That’s more than enough.
Leslie Scoopmire is a writer, musician, and a priest in the Diocese of Missouri. She is rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Ellisville, MO. She posts prayers, meditations, and sermons at her blog Abiding In Hope, and collects spiritual writings and images at Poems, Psalms, and Prayers.
Holy Eucharist: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 16, 2022 | 11:15AM
Join us in-person or online as Washington National Cathedral hosts a special Holy Eucharist in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner will preach. There will be special music and prayers as we honor and reflect on Dr. King’s life and legacy.
Learn more about Dr. Williams-Skinner’s work here.

Washington National Cathedral will continue to honor the holiday with a service for students on Tuesday, January 18 that will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel. Dr. Williams-Skinner joins Dr. Arthur Brooks on the evening of January 18 for an Honest to God conversation on the economy with Dean Randy Hollerith. More information to come. 

Please note that masks are required if you choose to join us for in-person worship. Reservations are not required for in-person worship. Learn more about our reopening at cathedral.org/faq

This service will be streamed here on our website, our YouTube page, or through the link below.
Presiding Bishop to Speak at King Center Celebration as Nation Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

David Paulsen
January 13, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to a crowd of about 5,000 outside Sproul Hall at the University of California, Berkley, on May 17, 1967. Photo: Associated Press

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be the keynote speaker Jan. 17 at the annual Martin Luther King Day observance organized by the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia, as Episcopalians prepare to join citizens around the United States in remembering the civil rights icon on the holiday that bears his name.

The King Center, founded by King’s family after his 1968 assassination, has scheduled a week’s worth of activities to commemorate King’s birthday and celebrate his legacy. All of the events will be accessible online, as will the Beloved Community Commemorative Service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Jan. 17. Curry will be among the limited number of participants speaking at that event in person. Others include Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.

“We often ask ourselves how the life and legacy of people like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. remain relevant in our current moment, and it would be difficult to overstate how much we need King’s prophetic witness right now,” Curry said in a written statement to Episcopal News Service. “From his tireless advocacy for the right of all Americans to vote, to his model of faith animating nonviolent work for justice, King calls us to continue his work — and to truly labor for the realization of God’s Beloved Community.”

King was born 93 years ago on Jan. 15, 1929. As a Baptist preacher in Montgomery, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia, he was the leading voice and icon of the civil rights movement in the late 1950s and 1960s, and in the last years of his life, he also spoke against economic injustice and the Vietnam War. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968, during a trip to Memphis, Tennessee, to support city sanitation workers who were striking for better pay and working conditions.

As in past years, dioceses and congregations across The Episcopal Church are organizing, hosting and participating in a variety of worship services and other public events honoring the civil rights leader.

King preached his final Sunday sermon four days before his death at Washington National Cathedral. This year, the cathedral will celebrate King’s life at Holy Eucharist at 11:15 a.m. Eastern Jan. 16, with a sermon by Barbara Williams-Skinner, co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Prayer Breakfast. It will be livestreamed on the cathedral’s YouTube channel. In addition, the cathedral will host a service for students of its three Episcopal schools at 9 a.m. Jan. 18 featuring King’s 13-year-old granddaughter, Yolanda Renee King.

On Jan. 15, a luncheon honoring King will be sponsored by the Union of Black Episcopalians chapter in Jacksonville, Florida, and hosted by St. John’s Cathedral. Civil rights activist Rodney Hurst Sr. is the featured speaker.

The Diocese of Los Angeles will hold an online service honoring King at 4 p.m. Pacific Jan. 15. Los Angeles Bishop John Harvey Taylor will be the celebrant, and Missouri Bishop Deon Johnson will preach. It will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Episcopal diocese has partnered with the local synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to organize an ecumenical tribute to King. It will be held at 4 p.m. Eastern Jan. 16 at Pittsburgh’s Berkley Hills Lutheran Church. The service will include in-person attendance and will be livestreamed.

The Diocese of Arizona is promoting “Let Justice Roll,” a celebration of King’s life and vision, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Chandler. The event at 5 p.m. Mountain Jan. 16 will feature music and readings from King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

Also in Atlanta, All Saints’ Episcopal Church will welcome guest preacher Luther Smith, a retired professor of church and community from Emory University at its worship services on Jan. 16. Afterward, a group will embark on a pilgrimage to the Sweet Auburn neighborhood, which includes King’s birth home.

To begin the Jan. 17 holiday, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church and Union United Methodist Church in Boston, Massachusetts, will host their 52nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. Annette Gordon-Reed, a historian and Harvard Law School professor, will speak at the 9 a.m. Eastern event. It will be held online, with registration in advance.

New York Bishop Andrew Dietsche will preside at an online service at 10 a.m. Eastern Jan. 17 as part of a Martin Luther King Day celebration in the Bronx. The Rev. Robert Jemonde Taylor from Raleigh, North Carolina, will preach, and donations will be collected for the MLK Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Diocese of Georgia, led by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Savanna, will participate in that city’s Martin Luther King Day Parade on Jan. 17, followed by a short worship service at the church.

The Maine Council of Churches, of which the Diocese of Maine is a member, is offering an online event at 12:15 p.m. Eastern Jan. 17 called “Committed to Listen” that will include a reading of King’s National Cathedral sermon, “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution.” Those wishing to participate should register here.

The dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania are organizing a five-hour prayer vigil on the King holiday titled “Embodied Peacemaking,” to be held online from noon to 5 p.m. Eastern.

“In 1963, Dr. King specifically addressed the apathy of white Christians and why African Americans could no longer wait for justice,” Gabrie’l Atchison, administration missioner for the two-diocese partnership, said in a news release. “Now, many decades later and one year after the death of George Floyd, what steps do we need to take as leaders of the Christian church to become the Beloved Community that Dr. King called us to be?”

The King holiday also is celebrated across the country as a day of service, designated by Congress and coordinated by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Some churches have service projects planned to coincide with the holiday. St. James’ Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon, Virginia, is organizing a canned food drive. All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, will provide a meal and activities for seniors. And in Fayetteville, Arkansas, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invites people to meet in the afternoon to participate in projects that support Black-led organizations in the community.

– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at dpaulsen@episcopalchurch.org.
IN BRIEF . . .

These news briefs were featured in previous issues of "The Epistle"
From The Epistle, January 7, 2022
Mobile Showers Lunches and Laundry Love Go-Bags Paused
To Resume as COVID Cases Decline
Due to the rapid rise in COVID cases on island, Laundry Love Go-Bags and the lunches provided by All Saints' to the Mobile Showers patrons will be on temporary hold. We hope to begin these ministries again in February. Mahalo to those who serve in these two important ministries.

-Kahu Kawika+
Who Do You Call?

Contact information for All Saints' Ministries and Outreach

Please submit your story ideas to the Epistle Staff at news@allsaintskauai.org.
If you would like to serve as an All Saints' usher, please contact Cami at church@allsaintskauai.org.

There is an on-going need for travel sized toiletries and canned goods so these items will be accepted every week. As always, monetary donations are gratefully accepted. Leave them in the red wagon outside the sanctuary

Any of our All Saints' kupuna who need assistance with grocery shopping can contact Carolyn Morinishi at church@allsaintskauai.org to set up a delivery.

If any ministry has an unmet need, reach out to put it in the All Saints' Virtual Swap Meet and it will be published in the Epistle. Contact Bill Caldwell at news@allsaintskauai.org.

Whenever you have a need for support, please call (650) 691-8104 and leave a voice mail. The system will immediately forward the information to the Pastoral Care Committee who will respond to each request. If you prefer, you may send an electronic pastoral care request via email to pastoralcare@allsaintskauai.org.

Individuals who want to participate in the Prayer Chain Ministry must re-enroll to continue receiving the email communications. To re-enroll, please visit the newly established Pastoral Care web page or contact the Church Office at (808) 822-4267.

Prayer requests will now be submitted online or by contacting the Church Office at (808) 822-4267.

Names can be added to the Prayers of the People petitions by using the Prayer Chain Request form or by contacting the Church Office at (808) 822-4267. Names will remain in the Prayers of the People for a maximum of four Sundays before a name must be resubmitted.