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In This Issue:
+ SESQUICENTENNIAL: The Episcopal Church celebrates 150 years in Hawai'i
+ New Diocesan Website to Launch in June
+ Feast of Ascension Choral Services
+ Stay in touch through Facebook!
+ Updated Manual of Business Methods for congregations now available
+ Christian Educator's Conference in June
+ Upcoming Webinars, Webcasts & Videos
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Upcoming Meetings

Mark Your



May Governance Meetings

Saturday, May 19:

Cathedral of Saint Andrew 

1:00 pm - Commission on Ministry

***Please note that there is no Standing Committee meeting and Diocesan Council meeting this month.***



Episcopal Church Women

Saturday, May 19, 9:00 am

Episcopal Church Center, Honolulu

(*Note: Change in venue)

For more info... 


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O'AHU - Regional Confirmation for Honolulu
Sunday, May 20
St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Honolulu
O'AHU - God Camp 2012 & LIT Training
Thursday, July 8 - 15
(LIT July 5 - 15)
Camp Mokule'ia
O'AHU - Clergy Day with Peggy Kai Lecture
Saturday, August 4
Details to follow
MAUI - Safeguarding God's Children
Saturday, August 25, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Church of the Good Shepherd, Wailuku
O'AHU - Clergy Retreat
September 30 - October 2
Details to follow


Parish Happenings



Cathedral Kahili Project

Ongoing, Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Aunty Mary Lou's Na Lima Mili Hulu Noeau, Honolulu

For more info... 


Feast of Ascension Choral Services

Wednesday, May 16 & Thursday, May 17, 5:30 pm

The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

For more info...


Cathedral Kahili Project Workday

Evening of Friday, May 18, and all day Saturday, May 19

Saint Andrew's Priory, Honolulu

For more info... 


(See Diocesan Events above for the Regional Confirmation dates.)





End of Life Workshop

Saturday, June 2, 9:30 am - Noon

St. Michael & All Angels, Lihue

For more info...


7th Annual Fun In Fellowship Dodgeball Tournament

Friday, July 27 - Saturday, July 28, All Saints' Gym, Kapa'a


(See Diocesan Events above for the Regional Confirmation.) 





(See Diocesan Events above for the Regional Confirmation, the Stewardship workshop and Safeguarding God's Children Training .)





St. James' 2nd Annual Brunch & Fashion Show

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm, St. James' Episcopal Church, Kamuela

For more info...


(See Diocesan Events above for the Stewardship workshop.)











Ascension Day

O Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abideth with his Church on earth, even unto the end of the ages; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.  Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, p174


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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May 16, 2012



The Episcopal Church celebrates 150 years in Hawai'i

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Beginning in September of this year, The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i will celebrate its Sesquicentennial!  Defined in Merriam-Webster as "a 150th anniversary or its celebration" the Diocese of Hawai'i has a full slate of activities lined up as we honor our history and our hope for the future. 


Plans include celebrations on each island with churches coming together to focus on the history and special ministry of their particular communities.  Committees on each island have been formed and are currently in the planning process.


The main event will coincide with the Annual Meeting of Convention on November 9 - 11, 2012.  It will be centered on the Cathedral Close and will include speakers, a Ministry Fair, the Meeting of Convention, a banquet, and a celebration Eucharist on Sunday morning at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.  Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will be in attendance to preach at the closing Eucharist, and invitations to former Bishops of Hawai'i and dignitaries from our state, the country and the world are being extended.


The concluding Sesquicentennial event will be a celebration of the Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma "Saint's Day" on or around November 25, 2012, at every church.


DOCUMENTARY VIDEO  Part of this occasion will be the creation of a video documentary of our diocese's history.  It will be shown at the main  celebration, and each church will receive a copy.  Event organizers are seeking content for the video, and would like information, pictures and videos from all congregations, focusing on activities and especially outreach ministries. 


Most importantly, VOLUNTEER!  Putting together an event of this magnitude will require the concerted effort of many volunteers. We are seeking persons to share their God-given talents and gifts, especially those in congregations with musical groups.  Also needed are people to craft, decorate, serve, clean up and much more.


For more information and any questions regarding all things Sesquicentennial, contact the Rev. Carol Arney, Event Support staff in the Office of the Bishop, at 808-536-7776, ext. 310, or e-mail her.


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New Diocesan Website to Launch in June

The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i will soon have a new website up and running.  Scheduled to launch in just a couple of weeks, this project was sparked by the Internet Evangelism Task Force (IETF) nearly 2 years ago.  Led by the Rev. Michael Barham, the IETF was originally formed to help churches expand their reach through website formation and other internet offerings.  Through their work, they established a relationship with Digital Faith, a web management company with a number of Episcopal Dioceses as clients. Several churches were involved in the pilot project utilizing the unique features of Digital Faith to interconnect with other churches involved, and continue with great success.  (See St. Nicholas website here.)


The new features and capabilities of Digital Faith's system led to the creation of the new diocesan website designed by Sybil Nishioka, the Communications contractor for the diocese. With the input and advice from a recent survey in the e-news, and the help of the entire Bishop's staff & IETK members, the website hopes to give visitors a taste of the unique culture and offerings in our diocese, as well as a user-friendly site to find resources and information.  Since there is so much information to be loaded, the complete website will be a work in progress over the next couple of months.  As with any new launch, we expect a period of tweaking and adjusting, so your input will be most welcome! 


Most importantly, the new website will mean that all Episcopal churches in Hawai'i will be able to create their own website through Digital Faith, linking into the diocesan site free of charge! Features such as event registrations, Capital Campaigns, church directories, and much more will be available to each church.  More information will be forthcoming as soon as the website is up and running. Stay tuned!


Feast of Ascension Choral Services By Karen Sender

The Cathedral of Saint Andrew will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension with two choral services. On Wednesday, May 16, at 5:30 pm, Choral Evensong for the Eve of the Feast will be sung by the Cathedral Choir with music of Charles Villiers Stanford, Bryan Kelly, and Vaughan Williams. On Thursday, May 17, at 5:30 pm, a Solemn Mass will be held with the Cathedral Choral Scholars singing Tomas Luis de Victoria's Missa Ascendens Christus. 
Ascension Day is one of the Principal Prayer Book Feasts, equal in importance to Christmas, Epiphany and Pentecost!  The feast commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven (Acts 1:6-11) following his crucifixion and resurrection. All are welcome. Free, calabash offering gratefully accepted. The Cathedral is located at 229 Queen Emma Square in Honolulu.  Parking is free.  For more information call the Cathedral office at 808-524-2822, ext. 217.


Stay in touch through Facebook!

Facebook logo The Diocese of Hawai'i has officially "come of age", with a new Facebook site.  Although Bishop Bob Fitzpatrick has been an active member for a while, the diocese has finally come on board!  Be sure to visit regularly where photos and news from around the diocese will be shared.  It is listed as "The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i" with the Diocesan Shield.


What's Happening in The Episcopal Church? 

Announcements from around The Episcopal Church...


Updated Manual of Business Methods for congregations now available

The Episcopal Church Finance Office has updated major sections and chapters of the Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs, available for downloading at no charge HERE


"The Manual of Business Methods is an important tool for efficient congregational financial management and oversight," explained N. Kurt Barnes, Episcopal Church Treasurer and  CFO.  "The recent updates, which are indicated by dates at the end of each chapter, include new areas important for congregational operations."


Section topics include Financial Management, Internal Controls, Taxes and the Episcopal Church, Bookkeeping, Clergy Discretionary Funds, Audit Guidelines for Congregations, Risk Management and Insurance, Parochial Reports, and Records Management. For more information, e-mail Kurt Barnes.


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Christian Educator's Conference in June 

Christian educators from across the country will gather June 11-15 at Kanuga Conferences Inc. in North Carolina, for a special week of sharing stories of faith. Award-winning children's author Rabbi Sandi Eisenberg Sasso, will be the keynote speaker. Her talks will focus on nurturing the spiritual imagination of children, what to do when life treats us unfairly, midrash as a tool for spiritual reflection and finding the light of the first day of creation.


Kanuga's Christian Formation Conference is the largest event of its kind in the Episcopal Church. This premier gathering includes childcare for ages 4-18, and recreation options for spouses, so the whole family can enjoy a Blue Ridge Mountain getaway. Participants can extend their retreat with an optional networking day on June 10. Affiliated with the Episcopal Church since 1928, Kanuga is a 1,400-acre camp and conference center in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Hendersonville, N.C. Financial aid and discounted rates for commuters are available. For more information, visit the Kanuga website HERE or call 828-692-9136. 


Upcoming Webinars, Webcasts & Videos


Live Webcast: Episcopal Presiding Bishop, Archbishop Desmond Tutu to discuss mission
Saturday, May 19, 3:30 pm Eastern (9:30 am HST)
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will conduct a conversation about mission with Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a live webcast with no fee, on the website of the Episcopal Church, and will be available on demand afterwards.  Framing the conversation on the Anglican Five Marks of Mission, the questions to be explored are: "What does Mission mean to me", and "What does mission look like in the world."  This is the first in a series of discussions about mission with the Presiding Bishop and other prominent religious leaders.


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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.




God Camp 2012 - Applications now available online


Rev. Tom Buechele serves as Interim at St. Jude's


Continuing Education Policies and Grant Forms


Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation


A message from the Episcopal Church Executive Council


Upcoming Webinars, Webcasts & Videos




Message from the Bishop - Preparing for our death


Camp Mokule'ia now affiliated with the Episcopal Service Corps


Cathedral Kahili Project


Members announced for Official Youth Presence at Episcopal Church General Convention


Webinars and Webcasts from The Episcopal Church 




St. James' 2nd Annual Brunch & Fashion Show May 19, 2012


The 62nd Sewanee Church Music Conference July 9 - 12, 2012


Vaughan Park 2013 Scholarships




Shared Ministries A report by Canon Liz


Beach Mass on the Big Island is a welcome venue


Ohana Care Program provides help and support for caregivers


Sacred Sojourns - Women's Pilgrimages to Holy Lands, May 2013


Episcopal Church General Convention: July 5-12 



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