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***** DECEMBER *****
St. James, Waimea
Christ Church, Kealakekua
Work from Big Island
Big Island Regional Confirmation
St. Columba's, Paauilo
St. Jude, Ocean View
December (week of 11th-TBD)
St. Augustine, Kapaau
Holy Apostles, Hilo
Legacy Society Luncheon
St. James' Beach Mass, Kawaihae Harbor
Chapel: St. Andrew's Priory
Governance Meetings at The Cathedral
Service: Christmas Eve
Service: Christmas Day
***** JANUARY *****
(And Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Greg Johnson)
St. Mary's, Honolulu
St. Timothy's, Aiea
Christ Memorial, Kilauea
Episcopal Church on West Kaua'i
Provincial House of Bishops Meeting
Community of Deacons Meeting
Governance Meetings at The Cathedral
Work from Kaua'i
Chapel: St. Andrew's Priory
Bishop's Bible Study
Follow the Bishop's year-long Bible Study plan beginning with Advent 2013.
To read Bishop Fitzpatrick's latest messages to the Diocese, click on the Bishop's Messages link above.
Canon Liz Beasley shares her thoughts and wisdom. Click on the Beasley's Blog link above to read her latest entry.
Message from the Bishop: The Season of Advent
Aloha my Sisters and Brothers,
The Diocese is truly into "The Season" with the commemoration of the Feast of the Holy Sovereigns, Thanksgiving, Advent and then Christmas. Holiday concerts and parties are taking place around the Diocese. While I pray we can give time to offer thanks this Holiday Season and can find opportunities for gracious fellowship and personal joy, I hope we will also have the opportunity during Advent to consider well the vision of the Kingdom of God in the lessons on Sundays during the month of December.
On the First Sunday of Advent (December 1), Paul reminds us in his Letter to the Romans (13:11-12), that our relationship with God is immediate: "You know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near." In Matthew's Gospel (24:36, 42, 44), Jesus says to the disciples, "But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.... Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.... Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour."
On the Second Sunday of Advent (December 8), we again read from Paul's Letter to the Romans (15:4-9). Here Paul encourages the believers to live together in diversity: "Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy." In Matthew's Gospel (3:1-2, 4, 11), we will again be introduced to John the Baptist. "In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near....' Now John wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey." He comes, however, announcing another: "I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
As we move to the Third Sunday of Advent (December 15), we will be reading from the Letter of James (5:7-10) and like Paul he too speaks to the gathered community: "Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord." And again, we meet John the Baptist (Matthew 11:2-6). He is now in prison. "When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, 'Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?' Jesus answered them, 'Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.'"
On the last Sunday before Christmas (Advent 4: December 22), we again hear from Paul (Romans 1:1-7): "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all God's beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." Finally, we have a story about the birth in Matthew 1:18-21: "Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.'"
During Advent, we are called to look to the future and the promise of the Kingdom of God - the time of justice, peace and love. We do that by being called to examine how we live today. Are we living before God every moment of our lives? Further, do we live in a community of faithful inclusion without judgment, rancor, self-centeredness or anger? Do we help create a community of justice and love? John the Baptist connects the vision of the future in the person of Jesus Christ. Finally, as we look to Christmas and the Feast of the Incarnation, Paul boldly affirms "Jesus Christ our Lord" connecting the entire story of salvation to the Church in Rome and, therefore, to the story of salvation to the Church in Hawaiʻi. Matthew prepares us for the story of the Nativity, but only insofar as it points us to the promise of new life and Easter.
Perhaps this Advent we can look around to find a glimpse of the true Kingdom - the place of acceptance and God's love. The place where we can stand with our hands and hearts open, and declare: "See, the Judge is standing at the doors!" and it is good.
A story recounted from a recent run of the A Cup of Cold Water Van on Maui: A run leader shared that a client in Lahaina asked, "What are you people selling?" The reply was "Nothing, we are giving food, water, clothing and stuff.... things you might need." The client a bit surprised: "Wait, you are here to help us?" The volunteer simple answer: "Yes". The client: "Nobody came here to help us, nobody."
When we have eyes to see, the Kingdom breaks upon us every day. The Advent of the Prince of Peace is upon us when "... the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense.'" Take your time this Advent. Give thanks and give. The promise of Christ has its meaning in today and looking to the unfolding of what is to come.
Be assured of my prayers for you and for a most holy Advent.
Aloha ma o Iesu Kristo, ko mākou Haku,
The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick
Visit the Bishop's new Bible Study page on the diocesan website HERE. Follow along on his year-long Bible Study plan beginning with Advent 2013.
Education Day & Convention XLV Coverage
In case you missed it, the Special Edition E-Chronicle with coverage of this year's Diocesan Education Day and Annual Meeting of Convention held in October, is available online HERE
. The issue wraps up the weekend's activities and contains the Bishop's Address to Convention in its entirety, and photos and reflections of attendees over the two-day event. Also included are photos of the Convention Eucharist with the Ordinations of Deacons Steve Costa and Kaleo Patterson, and the Clergy Spouse Dinner.
To view all past issues of the E-Chronicle visit the diocesan webpage HERE
Introducing The St. Andrew's Schools
By Stephanie Jones, Admissions Associate, St. Andrew's Schools
The great Hawaiian leader Queen Emma was a visionary thinker. A progressive and passionate advocate for justice, she worked tirelessly to address Hawaiʻi's most pressing social needs, including healthcare for the Hawaiian people and equal education for girls. St. Andrew's Priory, the oldest all-girls school in Hawaii, is a lasting testament to her towering vision and efforts.
At The St. Andrew's Schools, we look to her leadership for inspiration as we improve and extend academic opportunities to the widest possible range of Oʻahu's youth. And, since 1867, The Priory has earned a reputation as one of Hawaiʻi's premier college preparatory programs for girls, graduating confident and articulate young women who go on to achieve greatness - in Hawaiʻi and around the world. Queen Emma Preschool prepares preschool boys and girls to love learning.
Now, with the establishment of St. Andrew's Preparatory School for Boys, The St. Andrew's Schools opens a new chapter on academic excellence for Hawaiʻi and the nation. With this bold new initiative, we bring our years of leadership in individualized learning to bear on one of the most urgent challenges facing America today: the education of boys.
The only school of its kind in the state of Hawaiʻi, St. Andrew's Prep offers boys in grades K-5 the same commitment to individualized learning that distinguishes The Priory among independent schools in Hawaiʻi. Combining the latest research in how boys learn with our own proven expertise in student-centered education, The Prep represents an entirely unique educational opportunity designed from its inception to help each boy discover his own special gifts and flourish as a lifelong learner.
We are currently accepting applications for Queen Emma Preschool, The Priory, and The Prep for the 2014-2015 school year. For more information, please contact 536-6102 or visit our website at www.standrewsschools.org
A Celebration of Gratitude & Thankfulness
By Leimalama Lee Loy, President, 'Iolani Guild
'Iolani Guild was founded by Her Majesty Queen Emma and Anglican Bishop Thomas Staley's wife, Catherine, on February 1, 1863. In celebration of its 150th Anniversary as the oldest organization in the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i, seven members of 'Iolani Guild journeyed to Kaua'i recently to participate in two outstanding and memorable events. Participating as guests at both activities were Leimalama Lee Loy, President; Bea Fitzpatrick, Vice-President; Kilani Ventura, Recording Secretary; Ann Hansen, Chair, Public Relations; and members, May Holokai, Leianne Lee Loy, and Barbara Vlachos.
The first event, held at Koke'e on a balmy, cool, yet sunny day, on October 12, 2013, invited guests to help celebrate the 25th Annual Eo E Emmalani I Alaka'i Festival, commemorating Queen Emma's 1871 journey to Waimea-Uka. Although Queen Emma's trek, with more than 100 people in her entourage, was through cold, wet and swampy conditions, she persevered and inspired the spirits of those traveling with her. This same spirit was reflected in our all-day program, which was "illuminating, celebrating and nurturing the essence of Koke'e, engaging all in a spirit of appreciation and service." 'Iolani Guild hosted a booth, sharing the history of the Guild as well as the current activities of our organization.
Our entourage felt the mana that exuded from the awesome journey we took to our second event at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Kapa'a, where the congregation held its Commemorative Services on Sunday, October 13, 2013, honoring King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma. You would have had to be present to have felt the spirit of aloha, exuding from everyone who participated in the festivities of the day-- wonderful, kind-hearted, friendly, spiritual souls! We were all so proud to have been a part of this sacred journey and particularly, to be honored and recognized as members of the Guild. Noteworthy was the blessing of the Church's Peace Garden, where our Hawaiian Hibiscus plant, which we "gifted" as our Hooku'pu, was planted in a suitable spot of the garden, under a set of Plumeria trees, with benches "to rest one's soul, if need be!" All of us, including the Royal Societies, also gave leis honoring King Kamehameha IV, Queen Emma, and Prince Albert. Our contribution was a beautiful orchid lei.
Our weekend quickly sped by, but the memories of the beautiful days we spent with the beautiful people of Kaua'i shall be forever remembered as a celebration of "Gratitude and Thankfulness." Especially to Queen Emma, "dearly loved are you, Queen Emma, you are a great chiefess, dearly beloved, much praised by your people." (He Lei no 'Emalani, Bishop Museum Press. 2001)
(Pictured above with their ho'okupu of white hibiscus at the All Saints' Peace Garden, are Ann Hansen, Bea Fitzpatrick, All Saints' member David Murray, May Holokai, Leimalama Lee Loy, Kilani Ventura, Barbara Vlachos, Leianne Lee Loy.)
Diocesan Youth Updates & New Website!
By Sarah Klitzke, Diocesan Youth Director
The Bible tells us that when two or three are gathered in God's name, he is there.....but it is more fun sometimes with fifty! We are going on our fourth month of Oahu Youth Gatherings (OYG) in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on Oahu. It has been a great way to gather larger amounts of youth, explore different kinds and styles of worship, and make new friends. OYG has been a way for churches to participate in a pre-planned, "easy" event, where we rotate sites to different areas of the island and different churches, for activities, worship, and dinner together. This is open to all churches (both as participants and/or hosts), and we would love to see more participation. We currently have seven O'ahu Episcopal and Lutheran congregations bringing their middle and high school youth on the first Sunday evening of each month for OYG.
OYG also hosted a camp out this month at Camp Mokule'ia. Unfortunatley, the weather was not ideal, but we still had a great time! A little rain didn't deter us from camping out, playing games, eating, and praying together. It did mean we needed sweatshirts but couldn't bring out the guitar, but it was a fun time nonetheless. Thirteen youth and three adults participated and we look forward to more camp outs in the future.
So far, we have done events at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, a park/picnic worship in Kapolei, and Evensong at St. Andrew's Cathedral followed by a theme dinner at St. Peter's.
COMING UP: This coming Sunday, December 1, we will be meeting at Calvary By-The-Sea Lutheran in Aina Haina, from 5:00-8:00 pm. We will start with worship and dinner, followed by crafts and making decorations for the Christmas Party at Onemalu Transitional Living Center which takes place on Saturday, December 21, in Kalaeloa. The youth have been invited to come and volunteer at the party, serving food, running games for the children, and giving out gifts and prizes for the residents.
We look forward to a year filled with fun events and activities for our youth. We would love to have more congregations join in whenever they are free. Any neighbor island youth who happens to be on O'ahu on first Sundays, are encouraged and welcome to join in the fun! I would also be happy to help neighbor island churches plan island-wide youth events. It has been a positive experience for youth to meet each other and the the adult leaders as well.
I'll continue to send out e-mails and post updates on our new website and Facebook group, and we always welcome newcomers.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, or if I can help you with your youth program in any way. Contact Info: Sarah Klitzke, 808-536-7776, ext. 329, or email me
VISIT THE NEW HAWAI'I EPISCOPAL YOUTH WEBSITE HERE
Ultreya A Huge Success
By The Rev. John Connell
There is new life in "Cursillo"!
The Ultreya (meeting) held November 17, 2013, at St.Timothy's Episcopal Church, attracted about fifty people who prayed, shared their Faith, sang songs, laughed, ate, and discussed the future of the Cursillo Movement in Hawaii. In their evaluations those attending gave high marks "across the board."
Several people came over from the Big Island, others had been active in the movement on the mainland, and some were members of similar movements such as the Methodist "Walk to Emmaus" and the Lutheran "Tres Dias." Others came because they were curious and wanted to know what Cursillo was all about.
The "Cursillo" is a lay movement to strengthen people in their Faith, and train and inspire them to be a Christian influence in their respective environments. It starts out with a three day retreat, and is followed by weekly "fourth day" support groups. It was started by the Roman Catholic Church in Spain in the 1940s and quickly spread to the United States and other countries. The Episcopal movement was very active in Hawai'i from the late 1970s, but has tapered off in recent years.
The Ultreya opened with prayer and then participants separated into small groups where each person had an opportunity to briefly share their "Piety, Study, and Action" during the past week. Carol Williams from Arizona, the 2nd Vice President of the National Episcopal Cursillo Board, shared what is happening across the mainland, and had the group think about the possible future of Cursillo in Hawai'i. She pledged that the National Cursillo would willing to send a team to Hawai'i to train people how to be more effective in "making a friend, being a TRUE friend, and bringing our friend to Christ." Then people had an opportunity to respond to her talk and ask questions.
Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick gave an inspiring talk about what is happening in the larger Church, the plans for the future in the Diocese of Hawai'i, and the roll Cursillo might play. He said that since the Cursillo was a "Lay Movement" it was up to the people to decide what they wanted to do, and he pledged his support.
The meeting closed with a large prayer circle where people could thank God and ask for guidance. Kelly Connell and David Jones from the St. Nicholas band then led the singing as long as people wanted to stay and finish off the delicious finger food.
Even though some could not attend the Ultreya, they communicated by phone and letters how important the Cursillo Movement was to their lives. (Editor's note: To read these responses, visit the diocesan Cursillo webapge HERE.)
The Planning Committee was so pleased with the Ultreya and its evaluations, that they have decided to schedule another one in three months, while they decide what their options are for the future. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Cursillo Movement, send an e-mail to Fr. John Connell, or call him at (808) 626-3409.
Blessing of the Animals
With many churches offering a Blessing of the Animals service in October, we scouted newsletters and social media to share some pictures of precious pets around the Diocese. Although dogs clearly ruled the roost, we spotted turtles, Guinea pigs, lambs and even St. Francis cuddling a baby goat!
O'AHU PARISH NEWS
Ladies Night: Mai Tais and Monet
On October 5, 2013, the ladies of St. George's and St. Nick's joined up with the ladies of St. TImothy's in Aiea, for a fun "ladies night"! They enjoyed a spaghetti dinner followed by a Mai Tai and Monet Painting party. (Photo by Sarah Klitzke)
Visitation & Classes with the Bishop at Emmanuel
Bishop Robert fitzpatrick is pictured above at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Kailua, during a visitation on Sunday, October 6. He stands with members of Waiolaihui'ia and Naimiloa, the Diocesan formation programs. He also taught a seminar on the Liturgy and the Canons of the Church. (Photo contributed by John Tomoso.)
The Journey of St. Nick's
By The Rev. Paul Klitzke, Vicar, St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
As we prepare to celebrate our patron saint, we are also preparing for some significant changes. St. Nicholas is no stranger to change though. We have had three primary locations for our Sunday worship since we began. Even in those locations we often changed the way we use the space to suit our needs, or to accommodate the other uses of the same space. One Sunday we arrived to find a large "tree" and a tower sitting on the stage of the multipurpose room.
For over a year St. Nicholas has been searching for a space that suits us better. We wanted something larger, somewhere we might be able use beyond some Sunday mornings too. A thorough search of all the available rental commercial property in our community, along with checking all the different schools, showed that the commercial spaces would take our entire annual budget on rent alone and that every single school in our area was already rented on Sunday mornings to other churches. So, we began to think broader.
As the new church year begins this Advent (December 1) we will begin worshipping in new places. On Sunday mornings we will be worshipping at 'Christ Gathering Place' (St. Timothy's) in Aiea. Their space is really quite fantastic, offering much larger worship and fellowship spaces than are available anywhere in Kapolei. The classrooms and other spaces are further helpful to us. This will help us to realize another goal, starting an evening service. On Friday evenings we will worship in Kapolei, this will help us to retain our presence in Kapolei as the community continues to grow. This service will take place at Island Pacific Academy, but in a different room than has been used so far.
Our priorities of offering contemporary sacramental worship and meaningful formation for the whole family remain central for us. We hope that these changes help us to continue to grow. We appreciate your prayerful and financial support. I can assure you that we reciprocate the prayerful support as we strive to become financially independent. (Pictured above are photos from their recent Chili Cookoff and Trunk or Treat, by David Jones.)
The following are excerpts from an article that appeared in the St. Elizabeth November newsletter:
Halloween Bash at St. Elizabeth's
Call us crazy (oh, you already have?) but what better place to recall those who have gone before us than in the historic O'ahu Cemetery? Sooooo, on Halloween Night, after dark, about 50 of us ghoulies (mostly young ghoulies) got ourselves there, with incense burning and candles lit (and boom box playing "When All is Said And Done"---the perfect song for a graveyard visit, eh?) and spent some time with psalms prayed and readings read and loved ones remembered... it was very cool indeed! Then we all headed back to the church for a grrrreat Trick or Trunk night with the kids all in costume (hey! isn't that Moses? Hey! Look, the Bishop! OMG it's Godzilla!) as the young 'uns went from car trunk to car trunk getting treats, deciding whether to play a trick, and having an all around fun, safe and sugar-loaded Halloween. (Pictured above, Fr. David Gierlach leads the candlight ceremony in the cemetery, and James Fitzpatrick, who planned the party, poses with some awesome characters. Photos provided by Sarah Klitzke)
11th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza
By Carolyn Remedios and Jane Tonokawa, Co-Chairs, Emmanuel Episcopal Church
The 11th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza is now history, but it was, once again, a rousing success, raising over $17,000 for Family Promise of Hawai`i and Emmanuel Church. The annual event was held on Saturday, November 9, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Honolulu.
The sanctuary was transformed with beautiful floral arrangements and twinkling lights. Six dozen VIP guests were served our best decadent chocolate confections. God tested our flexibility that day when heavy rains came upon us an hour before the start of the event. We quickly adjusted our plans and the rain never returned. The buffet was overflowing with wonderfully sweet chocolate desserts. The chocolate fountain was flowing warm dark chocolate for the guests to dip fruits, chips, and other sweets. The smiles and looks of sheer delight on the faces of our guests was a testament to the wonderful time that they were having. Many commented that it was the "best Chocolate Extravaganza event ever!"
Aside from the Family Promise and Emmanuel volunteers, we enlisted volunteers from the 'Iolani Key Club and the Bank of Hawaii. We were very fortunate to have them that evening.
Thank you to all of our Episcopal community and beyond who supported our event in some way, whether it was by purchasing tickets, distributing flyers, promoting awareness of our event, or by donating to the auction or the buffet. Many in the Emmanuel 'ohana worked tirelessly to make this happen, and it was wonderful to see the fellowship of our faith community working together to be a part of the solution to homelessness in Hawaii.
(Pictured above is Non De Mello from Agnes' Portuguese Bake Shop preparing Red Velvet malasadas; chocolate mousse donated by Morton's The Steakhouse; the crowd enjoying everything chocolate and goodies from the all you can eat chocolate table. Photos by Dalton Sue, and Logan Laveti)
KAUA'I PARISH NEWS
St. Michael's Celebrates 50!
The month of November was a time of great celebration at St. Michael and All Angels in Lihue, Kaua'i, that kicked off with their 50th Anniversary Service on Sunday, November 3, 2013, All Saints' Day. St. Michael's very first service was held on All Saints' Day in 1963. The special service brought together founding members and former rectors including founding rector, the Venerable Charles Crane, who flew in from Arizona. 30-year rector Jan Rudinoff and his wife Paula were also present. An alumni choir sang the prelude piece that was sung at the dedication of the new church almost 25 years ago. Current rector, the Rev. Bill Miller, gave a sermon on "The Saints of St. Michael's" that honored Rev. Crane, Rev. Rudinoff, and the late Rev. Malcolm Miner along with his wife Imogene, who was also present. A catered Italian buffet lunch followed with live jazz music.
Then on the weekend of November 15 - 17, St. Michael's held their annual King Kamehameha IV & Queen Emma Festival that included a Benefit Hawaiian Concert, a Holiday Craft Fair, Online Silent Auction, and a special worship service and luau to honor our Holy Sovereigns on Sunday, the 17th.
Commemorating their 50th anniversary is a book written by church member Lindsay Kamm that brings five decades of history to life with quotes and recollections. It features a watercolor on the cover by well-known Kaua'i artist Patrice Pendarvis, and includes "A Brief History of the Founding of the Church of St. Michael and All Angels" by Rev. Crane. You can purchase a copy of the book through the St. Michael's website HERE
(Pictured at top are the clergy and some of the founders in attendance, L-R: The Rev. Bill Miller, Bishop Richard Chang, Mary Wilson, Bill Balfour, Imogene Miner, Hobey Goodale, The Rev. Carol Arney, the Ven. Charles Crane, Paula Rudinoff, the Rev. Jan Rudinoff. In the middle photos are: The kitchen crew for the laulau plates - Marj Stanphil, Connie Law, Clarita Medeiros, Gilbert Medeiros; Ita Rubio dancing at the Holy Sovereigns service; the children parade through church; and Josh Rudinoff and Dominic Simmons at the reception. Photos by Danny Hashimoto and Lindsay Kamm.)
MAUI PARISH NEWS
Ordination of Deacon Cris South
& Blessing of A Cup of Cold Water Van
On Saturday, November 2, 2013, folks from the different Maui Episcopal churches gathered together at Holy Innocents in Lahaina, for the Ordination of Cris South as a Deacon, and the blessing of the van for A Cup of Cold Water (ACCW) ministry. Pictured above are John Tomoso leading the processional; Cris South and recently ordained Deacon Steve Costa follow; Bishop Fitzpatrick celebrates; Deacon Cris at the van blessing.
Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick has been a huge supporter of outreach ministries like ACCW. In his recent address at the annual Meeting of Convention, Bishop Fitzpatrick used this ministry as an example. "More people need to hear a message like that of 'A Cup of Cold Water' on Maui," he said, "a shared ministry of all our Maui churches, grounded in prayer and Scripture, arising from God's people to serve those the world has overlooked, forgotten, or ignored." Pictured above is Bishop Fitzpatrick blessing the van, and van volunteers and founder and President Keku Akana (far right) pose with Bea Fitzpatrick (center). (Photos by Alfredo Evangelista)
Waiolaihui'ia Stops In at Trinity By-the-Sea
Members of the diocesan formation program, Waiolaihui'ia, attended the Sunday Eucharist at Trinity By-the-Sea in Kihei, on Sunday, November 10. Pictured above are (kneeling): Paul Nahoa Lucas; (standing L-R) John Hau'oli Tomoso, Canon Liz Beasley, the Rev. Austin Murray, the Rev. David Kennedy, Malcolm Keleawe Hee and Phyllis Mahi Beimes. (Photo by Alfredo Evangelista)
Good Shepherd Celebrates the Feast of the Holy Sovereigns
On Sunday, November 24, Church of the Good Shepherd celebrated the Feast of the Holy Sovereigns with beautiful Liturgy, music and offerings. (Photos are from the Good Shepherd Facebook page by Alfredo Evangelista)
BIG ISLAND OF HAWAI'I PARISH NEWS
St. James Wraps Up Year-long Centennial Celebration
On Sunday November 10, 2013, St. James Episcopal Church in Waimea, wrapped up nearly a year of activity and celebration commemorating their Centennial. Members gathered for a festive potluck that included the burying of a time capsule, slideshow and planting of the Centennial tree. But the celebration really began with a cake and ice cream social held on December 19, 2012, "in honor of the very first service that was held there in 1912," writes church member Julie Mattson in her message for the Time Capsule. Mattson, who was the Centennial Celebration Chairperson, was responsible for overseeing all of the different events throughout the year and her message, that tenderly articulates the year-long celebration, is shown below.
"She is so gracious in mentioning all that everyone else did," says Rev. David Stout, Priest of St. James. "I would add that she was AMAZING in coordinating the year of Centennial Celebration. We are blessed by her vision, attention to detail and working to involve and encourage so many others." Here is her letter:
As the chairperson of the Centennial Celebration of St. James' Church I can tell you all that we accomplished most of our goals in celebrating the 100th year of worship in 2013. We had a willing and dedicated group of people serving on various committees. We started off the year with a cake and ice cream social on December 19, 2012 in honor of the very first service that was held here in 1912 (except that we had electricity). We celebrated again with a fabulous luau complete with hula dancing, music and "ono grinds" on April 20th. Thanks to the research and recording skills of our parishioner, Jo Piltz, and her history committee we produced a history of the first hundred years of our parish. These were made available to all who wanted them and you will find one in the time capsule. Dr. Dana Lee and many great cooks put together a centennial cookbook of our favorite recipes. Father Guy Piltz penned an anthem for the occasion, which is also enclosed within. Our final event on November 10, 2013, included the planting of a special tree just outside the back door of the church, and the burying of our time capsule. We also celebrated with a family style potluck lunch and a video slide show of photos both old and new. We hope that our efforts here will show you of the love we have for this church and encourage you all to keep the light going forward in the years to come. May God continue to bless St. James' Church. Mahalo, Julie Mattson
You can take a peek at bits of St. James' humble and faithful history that was eloquently written by Jo Piltz. First Christmas
was shared at the beginning of the events, and 100 Years Talk
was shared at the final event on November 10: First Christmas, St. James' Cookbook, St. James' Time Capsule, 100 Years Talk. You can also read an article in the North Hawaii News dated April 11, 2013 HERE.
Top Photo: Members gather for a group picture for the Time Capsule; Second Row: Fr. David with Luau Chair, Marci Yardley; Members enjoying the Spring luau; hula by Rona Lee; Rose and Eddie Spencer; Cassidy Balkus and Michalangelo McPeek; Third Row: Rev. Piltz and his anthem; Anniversary cake; Music Director Everett Knowles; Third Row: Procession with McPeek and Fr. Tom Buechele; Senior Warden Terry Kennon, Fr. David and former rector, Fr. Dave Coon; a full church; Dr. John Stover, Tim Bostock and Grace Bostock. (Photos by Jacque Miller)
Feast of the Holy Sovereigns at Holy Apostles
Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Hilo, celebrated the Feast of the Holy Sovereigns on Sunday, November 24, 2013, with hula performed by Halau Unukupukupu. Rev. Moki Hino is pictured above with the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Hilo Chapter, who attended the special service that honors King Kamehameha IV & Queen Emma. (Photos by Kerstyn Au)
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH & BEYOND
Advent Message from the Presiding Bishop
Advent is a time of waiting and for many people it's a time to reflect on what Mary must have experienced as she waited for the birth of this unusual child.
You may never have been pregnant or lived with someone who was, but put yourself in her place for a while. Consider what it would have been like to have a new life growing within you. And reflect on what new is growing within you this season of Advent.
What new concern is growing for the people around you? What new burden is on your heart for the woes of the world? What new possibility do you see emerging in the world around you, and how might you be part of that?
Advent is a quieter time of the year in the Church's understanding. It's a time to be still and listen, listen deep within to what is growing, ready to emerge into new life.
And as the season for the birth of the Christ Child arrives, I would encourage you to consider how you yourself will be present in the world in a new way this year. How will you give evidence of love incarnate to the world around you?
I pray that you have a blessed and joyful and peace-filled Advent. God be with you.
Sioux Episcopalians Celebrate New Church
Arisen Out of Arsonist's Ashes
The ceiling of the new church is meant to evoke a teepee and a dream catcher. (Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS)
[Episcopal News Service - Cannon Ball, North Dakota] "Let the door be open," said North Dakota Bishop Michael Smith, wearing an Indian feather headdress in place of a miter and loudly pounding on the door.
When the Rev. Neil Two Bears and acolyte Mia Two Bears opened the door, Smith announced "Peace be to this house, and all who enter here," using his pastoral staff to mark the threshold with the sign of the cross.
The scene was a far cry from the night of July 25, 2012, the Feast of St. James, as an arson fire tore through the wooden church building and guild hall. The sole visible reminder of that night is the cross that hangs in front of a star quilt above the pulpit. It is made of two rugged and charred pieces of timber from the floor of the St. James Guild Hall, the only wood that was not reduced to ashes in the fire.
"It feels like a homecoming," said Senior Warden Florestine Grant before the service began. "We're dreaming about the things we can do here for the children, for the elders and for the culture." READ THIS STORY IN ITS ENTIRETY
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