St. John`s Journal Summer 2013



St. John`s Journal Summer 2013
St. John’s Journal
Summer 2013
Pentecost, the Holy Spirit & St. John’s
> Sexual Misconduct Training
Saturday June 8, 2013.
9am - 2pm, Parish Hall.
Led by Rev. Al Miles, Lunch Provided
> St. John’s Vestry Meeting
Tuesday June 11, 2013.
6:30pm, Parish Hall.
> St. John’s Founders Day
Celebration & Dinner
Saturday June 22, 2013.
6pm, Parish Hall. $15 advance tickets
> Monthly Fellowship Dinner
Friday June 28, 2013.
5:30 - 7pm, Parish Hall.
> Hui Pu Summer Youth Camp
July 5-11, 12-14, 2013.
Camp Mokule’ia, Oahu
> Safeguarding God’s Children
Saturday, August 31, 2013. 1pm
Good Shepherd Church, Wailuku
Story By Rev. Kerith Harding, Photo: Kay Kunisawa
Those of you who were at St. John’s on Pentecost heard the
juxtaposition of two stories about human language and communication. First, we heard the story of the Tower of Babel, the
etymological story of our fall from a common language. In a display
of hubris, humans gather to build a tower to the heavens. Yahweh
decides to humble them by confusing their language and scattering
them abroad. Second, we heard the Pentecost reading from Acts,
where the Holy Spirit causes a huge commotion by descending on
the disciples and giving each a new language, opening the doors of
the church to people everywhere. Visitors from Asia and Libya and
Egypt and Rome, strangers really, suddenly feel at home, hearing
> Diocesan Stewardship Retreat
September 27-29, 2013.
Camp Mokule’ia, Oahu
> St. John’s Kula Festival
Saturday September 28, 2013.
9am - 4pm, Church Grounds
> Diocesan Convention
October 25-26, 2013.
St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Oahu
> For ongoing events at St. John’s, please
see the Calendar section of our website.
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> Pentecost, the Holy Spirit &
St. John’s p.1-2, 10
> Ahoy Fellow Stewards! p.2
> Kula Festival’s New Look p.3-4
> 30 Hour Famine p.5, 11
> Spring Happenings p.6
> A Cup of Cold Water p.7
> Church School p.8, 12
> Fr. Damien Performance p.8
> Birthdays p.10-12
> Why Couldn’t I Have
�ought of that Sooner? p.11
St. John’s Episcopal Church ~ An Inclusive and Caring Christian Community
8992 Kula Highway, Kula, Maui, Hawai’i 96790 • 808.878.1485 • • [email protected]
The success of our supplying
the Mother/Father Ship, St.
John’s has been significant.
The amount of “fuel” we have
pledged to supply is amazingly close to that required
for this year’s journey. We
have 98% of what we need!
To be quite specific, the
navigators of our ship’s journey
(aka the Vestry) have called
for $140,000 worth of pledge
fuel for the year. $137,336
has been promised! (The total
budget and its funding is not
the task of Stewardship crew.
Our focus is on the pledging.)
Congratulations on the great
progress. Only $2664 is still
needed to fulfill (fill full?) our
task (tank?).
And wouldn’t it be fine to
go beyond that number by a
considerable amount (auxiliary tanks?)? That could lead
to expanding our mission and
once again becoming a sailing
vessel with a full-time captain! Can you help by expanding your pledge, by bringing a
new person on board, praying
for more resources?
If you have not pledged,
that can be done by email or
with a form in the Parish Hall,
or by calling the office: 8781485. With God’s help this can
Your fellow stewards,
Keith and Lynette McCrary
St. John’s Journal, Summer 2013
Pentecost, the Holy Spirit & St. John’s
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Vestry Visioning Day held on May 4 at the Hirashima Home. Photo: Janet Makua
their mother tongue come from the mouths of these Galileans.
In the Kingdom, the Holy Spirit is not eager to scatter us but
rather to gather us, to hasten our understanding of each other,
to enable us to hear another’s testimony, and to join in solidarity with those we consider foreigners or strangers. The Holy Spirit
helps us overcome all those obstacles that keep us from loving,
ministering, and communicating with and to each other. The Holy
Spirit dismantles our self-made stumbling blocks that keep us from
relationship with God and each other. The Spirit makes a way in
the wilderness of our uncertainty, and even when we are mired in
the depths of our own self-centered misunderstanding pushes us
far along enough that we can look back and understand where we
have been, where we are now, and where we are going.
At the recent Vestry Visioning Day on May 4, our Vestry did just
that. Using the “Appreciative Inquiry” model, the Vestry took a
deep look at where we are as a church, what gives us life, and how
we would like to see that life-giving spirit grow in such a way that
it forms and transforms us, our community, and our world, in new
and exciting ways. From this Visioning Day, a few themes emerged
that are of note.
First is the idea that life-giving ministries lead to transformation and growth. In other words, when we know and feel that
we are being transformed by our participation in a community or
ministry, we feel compelled to reach out and invite others to join us,
and our personal investment in the community deepens. Growth
comes as a result of these life-giving ministries, rather than the
other way around. As many of us voice our desire to return to fullparish status, this point is a crucial one.
Second, the desire to nurture personal and communal growth
and transformation through new and renewed outreach and
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June 22, 2013.
6:00 PM
Adults: $15
Children (5-12) $10
Children (0-4) Free
Seats are limited. Call (808)
878-1485 to make reservations or purchase tickets at
the church office.
Menu: Chow Mein, Steamed
Rice, Sweet Sour Shrimp,
Mongolian Beef, Oyster Chicken, Mixed Vegetables with
Tofu, Chinese Chicken Salad,
St. John’s Summer
Community Dinners
Volunteers are needed to
organize and cook the July
Dinners in Judy’s absence.
Please contact Judy if you are
willing at: 808-878-6911 or
[email protected]
There will be no September
Community Dinner due to Kula
Festival preparations.
A New Look for the Kula Festival
Crowds enjoy the Kula Festival’s full line-up of entertainment from local musicians.
Story By Co-Chairs Monnie and Barry Gay, Photos: Kay Kunisawa
Thirty-one years ago St John’s Kula Festival was a small, lovedfilled event designed to fulfill our mission to help our neighbors and
support our community. That hasn’t changed. As we prepare for
the new, expanded St. John’s Kula Festival we remember our first
mission and embrace it with the same love and adventure.
We have made a few changes to enhance our festival. We will
again donate to charities. The two organizations are “A Cup of Cold
Water: Community Care Van,” an outreach program of all four Maui
Episcopal churches in which trained volunteers deliver water, nutrition, clothing, and comfort to homeless individuals on Maui, and
“Malama Family Recovery Center,” which provides residential therapeutic and intensive outpatient substance abuse services to support women and children.
For the first time we will charge a small admission fee: $1 per
person (children 10 and under are free). This gives us a realistic
figure on how many people come to the festival, how much food
to prepare, helps cover our expenses, and increases our contribution to the two charities. The booths have been moved around to
accommodate a flat area for the food vendors (St. John’s will be
providing all the food this year) and to allow more crafters to join
us. We have formed an advisory committee to explore the possibility of having a Friday night event to kick off the auction and bring
in another group of guests. We might even a have “disk golf tournament” (more on that later!). Hours this year will be from 9am to
4pm with entertainment going the length of the festival.
Paul Janes-Brown will be running the auction and will need all of
our help in securing items. He is thinking of bringing back the live
auction! Please email Paul ([email protected]) regarding your
donations. As our auction theme develops, wine will be brought
back and donations of wine and other items are welcomed. Entertainment is in the capable hands of Liz and Glenn Gregg and Elaine
Olson. They are going gangbusters on securing our lineup for this
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A New Look for the Kula Festival
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‘Opio (“youth”) Session:
July 5-11, 2013 $300
Lokahi (“unity”) Session:
July 12-14, 2013 $150
The Episcopal Diocese of
Hawai’i presents... Hui Pu
(meaning “gathering”) at
Camp Mokule’ia this summer. This camp was designed
with youth in mind and gives
participants the opportunity
to experience God through
nature and camping while
developing friendships and
bonds that will last a lifetime.
Programming includes such
activities as a ropes course,
beach art, night fishing, hikes,
scavenger hunts, and much,
much more, all while developing and fostering faith, and
embracing Hawaiian culture
and beauty. Youth will explore
different ways of worship
through music, art and friendships. The theme for 2013 is
“Breaking New Ground.”
IS JUNE 21. Youth entering
10-12 grade may also apply
to be Kokua (junior counselors), but must submit application by JUNE 14th.
To register, go to the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i
events/3156023 Or contact
Sarah Klitzke, Hui Pu Director at (808) 536-7776
ext. 309 or [email protected]
St. John’s Journal, Summer 2013
�e ever popular Silent Auction will be coordinated by Paul Janes Brown this year.
year’s performers and have some surprises for us. Don’t miss the
opening ceremony at 9am! Have you heard about the baked goods
area? Well, how about a cake walk? Come check us out!
Many of our “volunteer chairs” have signed up for another year,
but we are still looking for chairs in some very important areas.
If you have not already volunteered to be a part of this year’s
festival please consider helping out. Chairs are needed for Parking, Children’s Games, and First Aid. If you volunteered last year,
we ask that you do so again! Please contact Volunteer Chair Ellen
Lundquist ([email protected]) and let her know where
you have agreed to work or would like to work and she can confirm
your choice.
We have more expenses this year since we need to increase the
number of tables and tents. To raise funds, we are collecting any
“old gold jewelry” that you no longer wear. That one earring will
help move us forward! A broken chain, an old ring, whatever you
no longer hold dear could be the difference in our overall budget.
Please email Janet ([email protected]) to arrange for drop off
or pick up. If you have a better idea on how to cover our expenses,
please let us know, as we are always looking for good ideas!
We look forward to another fun and successful St. John’s Kula
Attend the
2013 TENS Stewardship
Conference via webcast.
Registration grants access to
opening worship, plenaries and
four designated workshops.
To learn more and to register,
go to:
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St. John’s Members Attend 30 Hour Famine
Top left: In a team competition, Namaka
is “carried over the border” simulating
life as a refugee �eeing her current situation for better conditions. Top right:
Aina and Namaka cleaning windows at
IHS, the Institute for Human Services,
a homeless shelter for women and families. Bottom left: Aina randomly chooses
her “tribe” for the weekend. Each participant was put in a small group with
whom they competed in games, discussed
scripture, and spent time getting to know
new people.
St. John’s Journal, Summer 2013
Story By Robin White, Photos: Sarah Klitze
My daughter Namaka, her friend Aina and I attended the Famine
camp on Oahu this past weekend. We all made it through the 30
hour fast!
Our group leader was Sarah Klitzke the new Diocesan Youth
Director, who had help from her husband, Father Paul, a pastor in
Kapolei. Thirty-two kids and six adult leaders from Kaua’i, Oahu
and Maui met at St. George’s Preschool where the event was held
and where we slept, boys in one classroom and girls in another.
Sarah loaned me her little air mattress which saved my life (or
should I say my back!). I am past the age of sleeping on the floor.
Our fast started as soon as we arrived at 4pm and we did not eat
again until 10 pm the next day.We had a few juice breaks but it
sure got tough!
The kids got a firsthand look at how it feels to be hungry--frustrated, irritated, and even hopeless, knowing that you won’t be able
to get food for a long time. Hunger truly consumes your thoughts..
You also start to feel tired and don’t have a lot of energy. We
thought about how if kids don’t have enough to eat it would be
hard for them to focus at school or help their parents.
We also went on a service trip to one of the homeless shelters in
Honolulu. It is a huge facility which feeds and houses 150 people
every night. It surprised Namaka and Aina that a lot of the people
who stayed there had full-time jobs, but the money they made just
wasn’t enough to pay rent in Hawaii and support a family.
With the help of juice breaks and shave ice we all got through
the fast. As we approached 10pm, we had hope because we knew
we’d be eating. We were aware that hope is precisely what hungry
children do not have because they don’t know if they will be getting
any food that day.
Before we broke our fast Father Mike from St. George’s gave a
most inspiring sermon about the history of fasting in the church, and
Namaka remarked that she was really interested in his talk, which
is good sign from a 12 year old! We were so happy to break our
fast with a wonderful meal at 10pm and stumble off to bed at 11pm.
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At Left: Gary Mohrling represents the small but mighty crew on May 18th’s Work Day. Together with Junior Warden Joy Williams,
Senior Warden Jean Fiddes, and Reverend Kerith, they accomplished all the blowing of driveways, de-webbing and washing of the
playground, weeding and treatment of weeds in �ower beds. Photo By: Joy Williams. At Right: Godparents Julia Huff and Constantin
Novoselsky commit themselves to Alexander Kalinin as he is baptized on May 9. Photo By: Donnette Jean Wilson
Spring Rummage and Bake Sale Raise Over $3200
�e two-day Rummage and Bake Sale in
late April, coordinated by Elaine Olson
and Janet Makua reaped great �nancial success for St. John’s, particularly on
Friday. Many mahalos to everyone who
helped out, especially Evie Culbert who
made lunch for all the volunteers each
day. Photos By: Elaine Olson and Janet
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A Cup Of Cold Water:
Community Care Van -
Summer Status Update from the Episcopalian Ministry’s Organizers
A St. John’s Member
Attends 1st CCW Training
By Kit Hart
As a Cup of Cold Water
(CCW) moves towards “rockin’ and rollin’” (in the words
of Keku Akana) volunteers
met Sat. May 4th at Good
Shepherd church for an all
day training. I have worked
in programs serving persons
experiencing homelessness
in Fort Smith, Arkansas, but
doing outreach from the Care
Van will be something new
for me. A lot of good information was packed into the
day including guidance on
personal safety, driver safety, when to call 911, mental
health issues and basic first
aid. Speakers shared experiences of being homeless and
told of persons who reached
out to them, and what it took
for them to be able to reclaim their lives. Rev Linda
Decker spoke on the basics
of evangelism, emphasizing
three points: we don’t know
another person’s problems,
we need to listen, and we
CAN know that God is working through us and them. We
were also reminded that in
approaching a campsite, we
will be approaching someone’s home.
You may help CCW by volunteering, donating items to
stock the van or with financial contributions.
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Participants in a Cup of Cold Water Training on May 4. Photo: Louise Aloy
If you are interested in helping out with this new ministry,
please see your St. John’s Kula CCW leaders Kit Hart, Rick Collins or Jean Fiddes, or call Keku at (808) 264-6783. We have a
$15,000 United Thank Offering grant to purchase the van, and
each parish is beginning to collect bottled water, rubber slippers,
food, and hygiene supplies for the runs in their area.
During the month of May and into June, we plan to set up
and organize the CCW supply room, finish the CCW informational
Brochure, continue to do field scouting, develop initial run routes
and develop the run schedule, keeping it flexible as we work
towards a launch date. This month, we ask specifically for hats.
We also welcome bottled water, non perishable food items (packaged granola bars, cheese & crackers, dried fruits, anything that
can store safely), new or good condition shoes & rubber slippers,
new t-shirts, rain gear, new hygiene items ( toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, alcohol wipes, small shampoos, razors), basic first
aid items, ( band aids, bacitracin packets, sunscreen, lip balm),
feminine hygiene items, & bibles in good condition.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] If you are interested in a copy of the brochure, include your mailing address. We would be happy to email you our
brief Cup of Cold Water Prayer and Reflection (about every ten
days to two weeks).
We are accepting monetary gifts of any amount. Until the incorporation of this Shared Ministry under the Diocese is complete,
checks may be made out to Good Shepherd Church with a notation for Cup of Cold Water, and mailed to 2140 Main Street, Wailuku HI 96793.
As always, prayers are always appreciated.
Please see Page 10 for information on the COCW Item Of the Month
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DAMIEN: 1 Man Show
By Marilynn Hirashima
On June 1st St. John’s was
blessed to experience the
performance by Vinnie Linares of “Damien” by Aldyth
Morris. Linares has performed
this play many times over
the last 13 years, including
in Rome, at the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival, at Kalaupapa and various locations in
Maui and Oahu. This was the
second time that it has been
performed at St. John’s and
was attended by 90 people.
Although the story may
be repeated again and again,
it will never lose it’s importance, especially here in Hawaii. The play highlights the
significant moments in the
life of St. Damien. By the
time of his death on April 15,
1889, he had an international reputation similar to that
of Mother Theresa in India.
Linares said; “This is
quite an honor (to perform
this play) and it has a lot of
“emotional weight” His outstanding performance reveals its subject as both man
and saint as he reviews his
journey through his turbulent and compelling life while
answering his detractors and
critics. “It is an affirmation of
how powerful devotion can be.”
We are very grateful to Mr.
Linares for this special performance at St. John’s and
his donation of the proceeds
to our church.
St. John’s Journal, Summer 2013
Church School Attendance Rewarded
By Marilynn Hirashima, Photo: Kerith Harding
On June 2, attendance awards were given to several church
school students for their faithful attendance in the past year. The
first thing we do each Sunday is make sure everyone puts their
star on the attendance chart for that day. Receiving attendance
awards were Lauren Guard, Patricio Santiago, Zoe Mounts, Napua
Jost-Ikeda, Quinn & Finn Wilson. Honorable mention went to Patrick Sutherland, Antonio Spring, Russell Lopez & Emma & Namaka
Cosma-White. Receiving Mahalo awards for their service as helpers in the primary class are Serena Sakata, Andrea Rubio, Simone
Baldwin, Dara Reckard & Feona Rehfuss. We also recognized and
thanked our dedicated teachers – Joy Williams, Julenne Mounts,
Ivana Sain, Diane Fell & Betsy Mannick and the church school coordinator, Marilynn Hirashima.
The church school program at St. John’s needs to change and
adapt as situations change. For many years we had 4 classes:
Nursery – for those 0-3 yrs, Primary- for those 3-8, Elementary
– for those 8-12 and Teen class for those 12 and up. For the last
couple of years we had very few, if any, children showing up for the
elementary class so that was put on hiatus and we concentrated
on the large primary class. The teen class was attended by several
regulars. Things have shifted again now and we are putting the
teen class on hiatus. Many of the teens are serving as helpers in
the primary class to help with some of our special needs children.
At the same time several of the regulars in the primary class have
grown and are ready for the more mature instruction of the elementary class. This means that we need a different set of teachers. We will have only one or two teachers in the primary level and
only one or two in the elementary level. Generally we try to only
ask the teachers to teach one Sunday a month so obviously we
are short about 4 teachers. We are not forgetting about the teens.
We would love to have a more active program for them that might
meet at some other time than Sunday morning. Next summer will
be the national youth event in Philadelphia and we hope to send
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This column is for the shy
people like me who don’t dare
get up in front of everybody
at church. It does not mean,
we’re not thankful. It’s just
that we tend to have temporary paralysis when it’s time
to stand up and face a crowd.
Here is our way to prove that
even if we can find a thousand excuses not to stand up
on Sundays, we are still very
On May 11, St. John’s member
Christy Fell competed in the
State Track finals on O’ahu.
She took 6th place in the 300
hurdles and competed in the
100 high hurdles, triple jump
and 4x4 relay team.
She also aimed high at the
Maui Interscholastic League
championships and won three
gold medals in the 100 meter
hurdles, triple jump and 300
meter hurdles.
Photos By Rodney S. Yap
St. John’s Journal, Summer 2013
• I am thankful for the gift
of children, when they are in
class and when they are at
home disturbing my routine.
• I am thankful for my mother
who has been a great example
to me over the years.
• I am thankful for all the volunteers in the Sunday School.
• I am thankful for the gift
of music and songs and even
• I am thankful for the diplomacy of our Reverend Kerith.
• I am thankful for the spontaneous help I receive.
• I am thankful for my husband when he turns himself
into a jungle gym.
• I am thankful for my husband not telling me how to
drive or how to spend my
Sunday mornings.
And the list keeps on going!
Now your turn!
- Proud ATO
(Anonymous �ank Offerer)
The Bishop’s Office is
Submit a picture to be used
in the Bishop’s Christmas
card this year and earn bragging
guidelines are as follows:
•Photos of an artwork (stained
glass, painting, sculpture,
etc.), property shot, or people from an Episcopal Church
in the Diocese of Hawai’i
•Christmas theme, such as
Mary & Baby Jesus, the Nativity, etc. •A hi-res digital file
(no less than 1MB) •Must be
original work of the submitting photographer •Limit of
two entries per person.
The contest is open to
members and clergy of the
Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i.
Please include your name,
church affiliation, address,
phone, e-mail (if available),
title of photo (if applicable),
and location where photo was
The contest submissions
will be judged based on the
creativity, originality and in
accordance to the contest
received by Wednesday, July
31, 2013, 11:59 pm (HST).
Please submit photos to:
[email protected]
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Pentecost, the Holy Spirit & St. John’s
Continued from Page 2
Missing birthdays? Please send
them to Janet Makua at:
[email protected]
> Monnie Gay -
> Laurie Guard -
> Hal Jobe -
> Sokha Furumoto -
> Art Kusumoto -
> Duncan Harrisson
> Sueko Wong -
> Cathy Burton -
> Wayne Steel -
> Alexa Fell -
> Alan Lipson -
> John Harrisson -
> Maynard Olson -
> Jennifer McBarnet -
> Hana Steel -
> Kamalani Makua -
> Alexsandra Trofka -
> Andrea Rubio -
St. John’s Journal, Summer 2013
in-reach efforts. As we imagined what St. John’s might look like
in 2016, we saw our facilities being utilized for any number of
sacred and secular activities. We imagined a children’s choir, drawn
from all over upcountry, learning about music, singing in Hawaiian,
Chinese, and English, and transforming the lives of the young
people who participate. We imagined farmers gathering in our
parish hall for fellowship and exchange of ideas. We imagined
musicians gathering for an open-mic night, and others gathering
for a weekday morning scripture study. We imagined groups from
St. John’s being commissioned and sent out to serve those whom
Jesus called “the least of these” both on Maui and abroad. The
energy in the room was palpable as we imagined o reaching out to
the surrounding community in deep and meaningful ways.
Third, a desire to take a close look at our worship service, and
how we might enhance its life-giving qualities so that it transforms
not only us, but all who join us for Sunday worship. As Episcopalians, we know that juggling two hymnals, a prayer book, a leaflet,
and a leaflet-insert is not always conducive to participation, and
neither is it intuitive! As we take a look at our worship service
and imagine how to enhance it, we will not only try and look at
our church with fresh eyes, but we’ll hope to engage our newermembers and seek their input.
Guided by the Holy Spirit, the next step in this process is to
engage a wider portion of the community in this conversation. Over
months of Ordinary Time (the Season after Pentecost), we will hold
a series of conversations in this regard, to determine where the
most energy is for these efforts, and determine what resources will
be needed to make them a reality. There is no better time to do this
than during a liturgical season in which “mission” is our main focus,
and the liturgical color is green, symbolizing hope and new life.
The promise of Pentecost is that the Spirit gives us the vocabulary that we need, to build caring communities, and to create new
visions for the church, for our families, and for the world. May we
all recommit ourselves to God’s teachings, speak from our hearts
as the Spirit has taught us, and by doing so, be vessels of transformation at St. John’s, our community, and our world.
A Cup Of Cold Water: Item Of the Month
This month we are asking our fellow Episcopalians from our four churches to supply
us with any new or in very good condition
headwear, including baseball caps, straw
hats, or any type of head cover, that we may
be able to distribute. As you are all aware,
sun exposure is always a concern with the
unsheltered. We anticipate that this will be an item which will be
regularly dispensed on our run routes. If you have a closet full
of caps, hats or if you see baseball caps on sale anywhere and
you want to “Kokua” some for the outreach..... we will appreciate it! There is a marked plastic bin in the parish hall. Contact
Kit Hart or Rick Collins if you need more info.
St. John’s Members at 30 Hour Famine
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> Caitlyn Campbell -
> Judy �ompson -
> Nani Achay -
> Jim McLemore -
> Mark Ausbeck -
> Ted Cleghorn -
> Paci�c Poe -
> David Rowe -
> Charlie Guard -
> Sarah Shim -
> Elizabeth Ausbeck -
> Sue Williams-Rowe - 12
> Derrick Lopez -
> Shanna Pettie -
> Mark Speidel -
> Marilynn Hirashima - 18
> Steve VanSlyke -
> Christine Makua-Lopez 22
> Hunter Cleghorn -
> Joy Williams-
St. John’s Journal, Summer 2013
Namaka and Aina raised $660 from our church family, family
and friends. Namaka’s goal was to feed a child for a year, and she
almost made enough to feed two for a year! It takes World Vision
a dollar a day to feed one child. $450 came from our generous
church members and Namaka raised the rest. So know that you all
made a huge difference in the lives of children in Africa. Namaka’s
goal was to go on the service trip to Ethiopia this year but we found
out you have to be 14 years old. So... maybe in two years!
All in all it was a great weekend of fellowship and a chance to
raise money for the less fortunate. In total, we raised $2666 for
world hunger, collected 202 pounds of food for local food pantries,
and donated 86 collective man hours of community service. Thank
you all for funding this trip. I believe it has made a lasting impression on Aina and Namaka. I think it made them think of others less
fortunate, and also feel what it is like to be hungry (for real).
Namaka said, “The most important thing I realized is that we
need to help the kids who are hungry and in need because we have
it so much better off here in Hawaii and in America, and we need
to watch how we waste our food.”
Why Couldn’t I Have Thought of That Sooner?
Story By Segolene Wilson
This winter came and left my whole household with bronchitis. Dad picked it up first and then shared it with the kids.Once
the kids were finally done with it, I dared to breathe a sigh of
relief, and that’s when I inhaled it. I then put up a good fight of
complete denial by repeating to myself and anyone who was
listening: “I am NOT sick, I am fine.”
I decided to treat it like a good American: first ignore it as long
as you can, then try every over-the-counter drug, then move on
to the local Chinese syrup in desperation, meanwhile categorically
refusing any help from friends or relatives despite how often it
is offered. “I am a big girl, I can deal with this. There are other
people on this island that need more help, this is just a cold.”
I especially didn’t want to impose on my most insistent friend
because she had an infant to care for. Her plate was full. She
kept offering, and I kept refusing. However, once I lost my voice
from the infection, I could no longer hide it and finally called in
medical reinforcements. In the doctor’s waiting room, it dawned
on me how selfish I had been: my friend was feeling lonely with
a brand new baby and needed some company. I totally forgot
about her, focusing on my own cough. I could have let her do
what she likes to do best, help a friend, and I could have spent
some precious time with her visiting, while I recuperated. Why
couldn’t I have thought of that sooner?
Next time someone asks you, “Can I help you?” don’t be so
polite and self-reliant, try to say “yes” early and often. You might
avoid a shot of antibiotics.
Thank you, Lana, for being more stubborn than me!
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Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays,
9:30am - 1:30pm. Please see
Janet Makua or call the office.
Vestry minutes and monthly
financial reports are posted on
the bulletin board in the Parish Hall. Everyone is invited to
attend Vestry Meetings which
are held on the 2nd Tuesday
of each month at 6:30pm in
the Parish Hall.
several of our young people to
that event. They need a young
and energetic leader.
In light of all this, we are
asking that you each and all
prayerfully consider if you might
be called to teach one of these
classes once a month. We are
using an excellent curriculum
called “Living the Good News”
which is accessible online and
provides lots of material for the
teachers each week. If you have
not taught before, we can set
up a training program and have
one of the experienced teacher
mentor you. It is a fulfilling experience to pass along our faith
to these young ones and on top
of that, it is fun! “Teacher Touch
Eternity – One Heart at a Time”
If you have any questions,
please contact Marilynn Hirashima at 878-1866.
Deadline for submissions to the next St. John’s Journal is August 20.
Articles, photos, announcements, reports or other newsworthy items
can be emailed to:[email protected]
St John’s is a community that is celebrating
God ’s love, nurturing spirituality and proclaiming
the Gospel through worship, word and works.
Sunday School & Child Care
available during the 9:30 service.
Kula Hospital Service
St. John’s Journal, Summer 2013
Healing Service
Communion & Healing
Service 8:30am
Evensong 5:30pm
> Sissie Fink -
> Jane Santiago -
> Dwight Mounts -
> Rachel Lopez -
> Dale Forsythe -
> Mitsuru (Mich) Hirano 14
> Casey N H Ching -
> Conrad Horrnick -
> Marilyn Cleghorn -
> Bill Bonnet -
> Linda Jameson -
> John-Michael Achay - 29
Julenne F. Mounts
Alison Donohue
Janet Makua
Kay Kunisawa, Janet Makua,
and others as submitted.
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