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In This Issue:
A Message from the Bishop: The Bible Challenge
Ministry team now serving Windward O'ah churches
Safeguarding God's Children Training
Good Shepherd announces the 10-year Anniversary Celebration of their Ka 'Ohana Kitchen
Sundance Film Festival Comes to St. Clement's
Discernment Day 2012
UTO Spring Ingathering Coming Up
Correction - Continuing Education report in survey form
Bluegrass Music Festival
Chrism Mass & Acculturation Day 2012
Save the Date! Happening!
Presiding Bishop's Lenten Message
Episcopal Church offers Lenten resources
Applications now accepted for scholarships from The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Logos and Brands Available Free of Charge
Contact Information

Upcoming Meetings 

Mark Your Calendars!


February Governance Meetings

Saturday, February 18

Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

8:00 am - Standing Committee

11:00 am - Diocesan Council

1:00 pm - Commission on Ministry


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MAUI - Safeguarding God's Children
Saturday, February 25, 1:00 pm
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Wailuku
O'AHU - Godly Play Core Training
Friday - Sunday, March 2 - 4
Church of the Epiphany, Honolulu
KAUA'I - Safeguarding God's Children
Saturday, March 3, 9:00 am
All Saints' Episcopal Church, Kapa'a
O'AHU - Discernment Day 2012
Saturday, March 10, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Honolulu
BIG ISLAND - Safeguarding God's Children
Saturday, March 10, 9:00 am
Christ Church Episcopal, Kealakekua
ALL CHURCHES - UTO Spring Ingathering
Sunday, March 11
O'AHU - Chrism Mass & Acculturation Day 2012
Thursday, March 29, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu
O'AHU - Were you there?
 A Journey through Good Friday to Easter morning
Friday - Sunday, April 6 - 8
Camp Mokule'ia
O'AHU - Safeguarding God's Children
Saturday, April 14, 9:00 am
Church of the Epiphany, Honolulu
Friday - Sunday, April 20 - 22
Camp Mokule'ia
More info to come
O'AHU - God Camp 2012
July 5 - 19
Camp Mokule'ia
More info to come
Parish Happenings

Deepening the Soul's Journey

6 Mondays through April 2, 5:30 pm

St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Honolulu

For more info...


2012 Britt Lectures

Fri.-Mon., February 17-20

First United Methodist Church, Honolulu

For more info...


Mardi Gras Brunch

Sunday, February 19, beginning after the 7:30 am service

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 539 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu 


Love Free or Die Documentary

Wednesday, February 29, 6:30 pm

St. Clement's Episcopal Church, Vi and Paul Loo Parish House, Honolulu

For more info...


(See Diocesan Events above for Safeguarding God's Children Training on O'ahu.)


Bluegrass Music Festival

Mon.-Thur,, March 19-22

St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Honolulu

For more info...


Save the Dates!

Diana Butler Bass at St. Clement's, Honolulu - March 24 - 25

For more info...





Tropic Care Kauai - Free Health Care

February 28 - March 9

All Saints' Episcopal Church, Kapa'a

For more info...


(See Diocesan Events above for Safeguarding God's Children Training on Kaua'i.) 




Ka 'Ohana Kitchen 10-year Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, February 26, 8:30 am

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Wailuku

For more info...


(See Diocesan Events above for Safeguarding God's Children Training on Maui.)





Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Tuesday, February 21, 6:00 pm

Church of the Holy Apostles, Hilo

For more info...


(See Diocesan Events above for Safeguarding God's Children Training on the Big Island.)








Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

O Lord, who has taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth: Send thy Holy Ghost and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee.  Grant this for thine only Son Jesus Christ's sake, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, p. 164, 165


Bishop's Prayer

A Simple Prayer of Commitment:

Come Holy Spirit; fill me so that I can: Dedicate my heart to Christ Jesus, open my mind to seek truth and justice, lift up my hands to welcome the outcast and care for the borken, behold with my eyes the wonders of creation, hear with my ears the story of God in the world, and sing with my lips a song of God's love - with laughter and without worry.  And always in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

 - As shared in the Annual Meeting of the Convention 2011


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Keeping up with Canon Liz:

Beasley's Blog


Where you'll find announcements and links to upcoming
events & activities from around the Diocese and beyond!
 February 17, 2012 


A Message from the Bishop:  The Bible Challenge

Bishop Fitzpatrick 



I invite the Diocese to join me in reading the Bible through in a year beginning on Ash Wednesday. Will you join me in taking The Bible Challenge?


Many vibrant churches share one thing in common - they have a strong commitment to teaching and reading the Bible.  There is a vast difference between attending church and listening to a portion of the Bible being read aloud, and actually reading the Bible on your own. Understanding how the entire Word of God coheres and what God is saying to you daily through Holy Scripture can be a transformational experience.  It also makes worship come more alive.  It is like the difference between riding a car as a passenger and not paying close attention to the route being taken, versus driving the car and learning the roads that get you to your destination.


In The Bible Challenge, I encourage participants to go directly to the source of the Christian faith and see how the Bible coheres.  Reading the Bible on a daily basis can inspire people to start new ministries, and make important decisions and significant changes in their lives. It will give them strength and comfort as they face major life challenges and allow them to feel truly alive in Christ.


The link below can be shared throughout the Diocese. It is a handout from the Center for Biblical Studies that offers a plan to read the Bible through in one year.  


Lent to Lent Read the Bible in a Year


I commit myself to the project beginning on Ash Wednesday, and I particularly ask the clergy and wardens to join me.  I will keep the Diocese informed of my progress and my reflections.






The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick


Ministry team now serving Windward O'ahu churches

Four of the six churches on the Windward side of O'ahu are now being served by a team of three, and soon to be four, clergy, in the new Windward Regional Ministry.

The churches are St. John's by-the-Sea, Kahalu'u; Kane'ohe Episcopal Mission (aka Calvary), Kane'ohe; Emmanuel, Kailua; and St. Matthew's, Waimanalo. The clergy are the Revs. Peter Besenbruch, Carol Arney, and David Blanchett; pending graduation and approval for ordination, Leo Loyola will join the team in July. Loyola, who has been sponsored for ordination to the priesthood by St. John's by-the-Sea, is currently in his final year at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Each of the four congregations has one of the priests as their primary clergy in charge, who is usually present with them for Sunday worship. However, the priests also rotate among the congregations, so that about every six weeks or so, one of the priests conducts the worship at two of the four congregations.

The purpose of the new configuration is to provide for greater possibilities for ministry through the cooperation of several small congregations and through drawing on the differing gifts of several priests.

St. Christopher's, Kailua, and its full-time Rector, the Rev. Giovan King, is also cooperating in some of the joint ministries, and King is participating in the weekly meetings of the clergy.

Safeguarding God's Children Training

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Four training classes for Safeguarding God's Children have been set and are listed below.  To register for a class, click on the link for the desired location:


MAUI - February 25, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Wailuku

Register Maui - E-mail Good Shepherd or call their office at 808-244-7244.


KAUA'I - March 3, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

All Saints' Episcopal Church, Kapa'a

Register Kaua'i - Click HERE


BIG ISLAND - March 10, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Christ Church Episcopal, Kealakekua

Register Big Island - Click HERE


O'AHU - April 14, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Church of the Epiphany, Honolulu

Register O'ahu - Click HERE


Safeguarding God's Children is required of all clergy, Vestry and Bishop's Committee members, and anyone (paid or volunteer) who works with children. This includes Sunday school teachers, youth group leaders, and preschool and school teachers. Anyone in a church who is interested in learning how to watch for child abuse warning signs is encouraged to attend the workshop.   


To learn more about Safeguarding God's Children, visit the Diocesan website HERE.   


The following contains excerpts from a News Release by Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, dated February 9, 2012. (Photos courtesy of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.)

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Good Shepherd announces the 10-year Anniversary Celebration of their Ka 'Ohana Kitchen 

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on Maui will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its Ka 'Ohana Kitchen with a Ho'olaule'a on Sunday, February 26, 2012.  The Celebration, open to the public, will begin with a worship service at 8:30 a.m., and a blessing of the facilities at 10:00 a.m., followed by food, entertainment, door prizes, and children's activities on the Church's front lawn.


"Since 2002, the Ka 'Ohana Kitchen has given a sign of love and compassion to our neighbors in Central Maui by serving a free 'no questions asked' hot meal every Sunday.  Many of the individuals we serve do not qualify for any other program," said the Rev. Marvin Lee Foltz, Rector of Good Shepherd.


Mary Lou Mellinger, Chairperson of Good Shepherd's Outreach Committee, is spearheading the Ho'olaule'a and described the outpouring of support for the Ka 'Ohana Kitchen.  "I am amazed how the church and community are so suportive of helping those who are less fortunate than the rest of us, especially during these hard times when it is so easy to forget the needy."


To read the News Release in its entirety on the Diocesan website, click HERE. For more information, visit the Good Shepherd Website.


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Sundance Film Festival comes to St. Clement's:

Love Free or Die Documentary By The Rev. Liz Zivanov

Bishop Robinson 

At the recent Sundance Film Festival in Colorado, the film, Love Free or Die, a documentary about Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for An Agent of Change. St Clement's is honored to provide a screening of this film on Wednesday, February 29 at 6:30 p.m., in the Vi and Paul Loo Parish House, located at 1515 Wilder Avenue in Honolulu.  This event is open to the public (although there is seating for only 125) so please feel free to spread the information. 


For more information and to read a description of the film from award-winning director, Macky Alston, click HERE.        


Discernment Day 2012 By Canon Liz Beasley

The Commission on Ministry will sponsor a Discernment Day for the Diocese on Saturday, March 10, 2012.  It will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church (behind the Cathedral) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Discernment Day is a workshop designed for church groups ("congregational discernment committees") who help an individual or one another with answering questions of who God has made them to be and how God calls them to serve. Meeting with a discernment committee is the first step in the ordination process, but discernment committees can be helpful for many people - not just those called to ordination.


There is a budget for a certain amount of airfare for those on Neighbor Islands, so register early and contact Cn. Liz Beasley if you will be requesting travel. The fee for the event is $15.00 which includes lunch.


For more information and/or to register, click HERE.  


For answers to questions, please e-mail Canon Liz Beasley or call 808-536-7776, ext. 326.


UTO Spring Ingathering Coming Up

UTO boxThe suggested date of the United Thank Offering (UTO) Spring Ingathering is Sunday, March 11, 2012.   


United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world. 

Requests for the BLUE BOXES can be made by e-mailing Joyce Kim, UTO Hawai'i Coordinator.


CORRECTION: Continuing Education report in survey form link 

Clergy and lay professionals in churches are asked to complete a report on their continuing education for 2011.  In the most recent issue of the E-news, an erroneous link was given for the online survey.  To be taken to the correct survey link, click HERE.


The report is also available on the diocesan website (Year-End-Report), but the survey is the preferred method. 


Please submit your report by Thursday, March 15.


Continuing education is required of all clergy by the Canons of the Episcopal Church.  The Diocese of Hawai'i also requires continuing education for lay professionals in paid positions in churches (such as music directors and Christian education directors).  It is not required of church secretaries and administrators.


Bluegrass Music Festival

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St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Honolulu will be sponsoring the Bluegrass Music Festival on March 19 - 22, 2012.  This event brings together young musicians from the mainland who teach guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, ukulele and many other instruments to all who want to learn.  


There are two sessions available each day, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  The tuition for this remarkable 4-day class is only $125.00.  This is open to the public and all are welcome!


For detailed information and to download the registration form and literature about the Aloha Music Academy (AMA), visit the Diocesan website HERE.


Chrism Mass & Acculturation Day 2012

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The Chrism Mass for 2012 will be held on Thursday, March 29, at the Cathedral of St. Andrew, in Honolulu, followed by an educational event. 
The educational event is Acculturation Day.  This is an introduction to some of the cultures and cultural norms in Hawai'i.  We hold this event, the program for which varies, every two to three years.  Usually it is intended especially for clergy new to the Islands.  This year all clergy, and their spouses, are invited and encouraged to attend.  Airfare is covered and lunch will be provided.  There is no cost for the event. 
For more information and/or to register, click HERE.  For questions, please e-mail Canon Liz Beasley or call her at 808-536-7776, ext. 326. 
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Save the date! Happening!
All high school age youth are invited to attend this year's Happening, taking place on Maui, April 20 - 22, 2012, at Church of the Good Shepherd.  Save the date!  Mark your calendars!!!  More information and details will be coming shortly! 


What's Happening in The Episcopal Church? 

Announcements from around The Episcopal Church...


Presiding Bishop calls for focus on Millenium Development Goals during Lent 2012

[February 16, 2012] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori invites a focus on the Millennium Development Goals in her Lent message for 2012:


Jefferts SchoriI greet you at the beginning of Lent. 


In this year I'm going to invite you to think about the ancient traditions of preparing in solidarity with candidates for baptism, to think about the old disciplines of prayer and fasting and alms-giving and study, through the focus on those beyond our communities, in the developing world, who live in abject poverty. 


I invite you to use the Millennium Development Goals as your focus for Lenten study and discipline and prayer and fasting this year.  I'm going to remind you that the Millennium Development Goals are about healing the worst of the world's hunger. They're about seeing that all children get access to primary education.  They're about empowering women. They're about attending to issues of maternal health and child mortality. They're about attending to issues of communicable disease like AIDS and malaria and tuberculosis. They're about environmentally sustainable development, seeing that people have access to clean water and sanitation and that the conditions in slums are alleviated.  And finally, they are about aid, foreign aid.  They're about trade relationships, and they're about building partnerships for sustainable development in this world.


As you pray through the forty days of Lent, I encourage you to attend to the needs of those with the least around the world.  I would invite you to study, both about how human beings live in other parts of the world and our own responsibility as Christians. 


What the Bible says more often than anything else is to tend to the needs of the widows and orphans, those without.  Jesus himself says, "Care for the least of these." 


I invite you to consider your alms-giving discipline this Lent and remember those in the developing world who go without. 


I wish you a blessed Lent and a joyful resurrection at the end of it that may be shared with others around the world. 


God bless you.  

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church


An audio of her 2012 Lenten message is available HERE.   


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Episcopal Church offers Lenten resources, meditations

Resources, meditations and study guides for experiencing a reflective Lenten season are now available from The Episcopal Church.  The resources have been compiled by the Mission Staff of The Episcopal Church and include a wide variety of offerings that are available online and in hard copy.  To see a list of the different Lenten resources, click HERE.  Additional resources will be added throughout Lent and will be available through Easter.

Applications now accepted for scholarships from the Episcopal Church

[February 14, 2012] Applications are now being accepted for the 2012-2013 awarding of more than 60 scholarships from the Episcopal Church.
Scholarships are available for ethnic communities, children of missionaries, bishops and clergy, for education and training. 
Applicants are strongly encouraged to read each trust and identify in the application those trust funds that best fit their own profile.  Requirements for applying for the scholarships include:  the applicant must be an Episcopalian, must be a member of the Episcopal Church, and must have the endorsement of his/her bishop. 
All materials, including the application form and the instructions for filing are available online at The Episcopal Church website HERE.

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Episcopal Logos and Brands Available Free of Charge

The Episcopal Church logos and shields which feature the new type treatments in both English and Spanish are available at no cost for downloading HERE.  The new graphic guidelines outlining important details for the use of the Episcopal Church shield and logos, including fonts, color palette, use of the shield, and important design information are available HERE.  The Episcopal Church Welcomes You signs are available for purchase from Episcopal Marketplace. 



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Did you miss an edition of the E-News?  Listed below are the titles of some recently published announcements to be aware of. To see the complete article, click on the linked issues below, or visit Previous E-News Editions on the diocesan website, and click on the desired issue.




Message from the Bishop End of Year Reports  and the Diocesan Calendar


Continuing Education report in survey form (The link has been corrected--see article above)


The Britt Lectures: Taking God's Next Faithful Step


Rev. Ben Nelson heads to Texas


Convention Manual: February Chapter Available


Your Photos Wanted for new Diocesan Website and Sesquicentennial Celebration


God Camp 2012 - Save the dates! July 8 - 15, 2012


New Community Clergy and Lay Conference




Message from the Bishop Responding to current economic and world problems 


Of money and re-membering


Sesquicentennial: A Journey of Faith, A Promise of Hope


Convention Manual Project


Marking the second anniversary of the Haiti earthquake - A message from the Presiding Bishop




Godly Play Core Training on O'ahu


Got Photos?  New Diocesan website wants to feature your photos!


2012 Budget Revised for New Diocesan Structure


Vestry Handbook Third Revised Edition


New Website for The Episcopal Church




2012 Diocesan Prayer Calendar is up


Redesigned ENS website - Free advertising available


New Faith in Action ads focus on year-round stewardship


Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music offers updated and new resources online




Bishop's Reading List for 2012  

Contact Information
Office of the Bishop
229 Queen Emma Square
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 536-7776, ext. 326; Neighbor Islands: 1-800-522-8418