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In This Issue:
+ Announcement from the Bishop: Ordination of Ernesto "JaR" Pasalo, Jr.
+ St. Elizabeth's Featured on CBS Evening News
+ 2016 United Thank Offering Grant Applications
+ Hawaiian Issues Workshop
+ Music Conference with Dent Davidson
+ A Tasteful Benefit for A Cup of Cold Water
+ 10th Annual All Angels Jazz Festival at St. Michael's
+ Upcoming DOK Event Open to All Women
+ Godly Play Core Training - Honolulu
+ YASC: Untold Opportunities Throughout the Anglican Communion
+ The Rev. Stephanie Spellers Named Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation
+ Updated Safe Church Training Dates
+ Chrism Mass and Clergy Education Day
+ Discernment Day Workshop
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This issue's header features the Rev. Kerith Harding of St. John's on Maui, (center) holding Ekahi, a pet rooster from one of the patrons at the community Christmas Camp that the church hosted. With her at left is Elise Stone and Alison Donohue at right. Be sure to read about this wonderful outreach event in the next February E-Chronicle. (Photo contributed by St. John's)


The Epiphany
O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son
to the Peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by
faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to
face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Book of Common Prayer
p. 214

Upcoming Meetings

Mark Your


Saturday, January 16, 2016
The Cathedral of St. Andrew: 

Commission on Ministry
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bishop's Reading Room

Standing Committee
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Von Holt Room

Diocesan Council
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Videoconference from the Diocesan Conference Room

Diocesan events header
Saturday, January 9, 10:30 AM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew

January 22 & 23, 2016
St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Aiea

Friday, February 26, 2016
9:00 AM - Chrism Mass, St. Paul's
10:30 AM - Education Day, The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Von Holt Room

Saturday, February 27, 2016
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew

Upcoming Safe Church Trainings
Please check under the island listings for a class taking place in your area. 
Parish Happenings

Sunday Adult Christian Formation Hour 
Sundays, 9:20 AM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

Choral Evensong at The Cathedral
Ongoing every Sunday, 5:30 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

Na Himeni Sing Nights
Ongoing every third Sunday, 6:00 PM
St. Stephen's, Wahiawa
For more info: (808) 330-3769

Harmony Health & Wellness
Ongoing every Monday, 3:30 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Davies Hall, Honolulu

Healing Mass at St. Mark's
Ongoing every Tuesday, 12:00 PM 
St. Mark's, Honolulu

Aina Haina Farmer's Market
Ongoing every Tuesday, 5:00 - 7:30 PM
Holy Nativity, Aina Haina

Moʻiliʻili Service Center
Free medical & legal services, clothing, food, bus passes
Ongoing every last Thursday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Mary's, Honolulu
(808) 949-4655

Makiki Farmers Market
Ongoing every Thursday, 4:30 - 7:30 PM
St. Clement's, Honolulu

Centering Prayer
Ongoing every Thursday, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu
For more info: E-mail

Jazz Vespers at St. Peter's
Ongoing every Thursday, 
6:00 PM (Soup & Salad served after the service)
St. Peter's, Honolulu

Pacific Peace Forums (with Potluck)
Ongoing every first Friday, 6:00 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Von Holt Room, Honolulu
Contact: Dr. Haʻaheo Guanson, (808) 330-3771

Tai Chi at Epiphany
Ongoing every Saturday, 9:00 AM
Epiphany, Honolulu

Holy Hikers!
Ongoing every first Saturday, 1:30 PM, meet at Holy Nativity parking lot
Holy Nativity, Honolulu

Meal Prep for IHS
Ongoing every second Saturday, Noon
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

Hawaiian Issues Workshop
Friday, January 15, 8:00 AM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Davies Hall, Honolulu

Narcissus Carving Classes
Saturdays, January 16-February 6, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
St. Peter's, Honolulu

24th Annual Hoʻokuikahi Reconciliation Service
Sunday, January 17, 7:00 PM
Harris United Methodist Church, Honolulu

Free Movie on Climate Change
Saturday, January 23, 6:00 PM
Central Union Church, Honolulu

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training
Saturday, January 30, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu

Safeguarding God's Children Training
Saturday, February 6, 8:30 AM
St.Timothy's, Aiea

DOK Quiet Day
Saturday, February 6, 9:00 AM
Holy Nativity, Honolulu
For more info: E-mail Denisse Kwan or call (808) 373-2131

Godly Play Core Training
February 13 - 15
Epiphany, Honolulu


Christ Memorial Food Pantry
Ongoing Saturdays, 3:30 PM
Christ Memorial, Kilauea

Saturday Market and Swap Meet
Ongoing every second Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM
All Saints', Kapaʻa
For more info...

Saturday Evening Jazz Vespers Communion Service
Ongoing Saturdays, 5:15 PM
St. Michael's, Lihue

ReSource for Christian Spirituality Centering Prayer Group
Ongoing Tuesdays, 8:00 AM
St. Michael's, Lihue
Ongoing Wednesdays, 9:30 AM
St. John's, Ele'ele

Laundry Love Kauai
Ongoing first & third Wednesdays, 5:30 PM
Kapaa Laundromat, Kapaʻa

ReSource: God-Led Filmmaking with Stephanie J. Castillo
Friday, January 8, 7:00 PM
St. Michael's, Lihue
Call (808) 245-3796

ReSource: An Epiphany Experience
Saturday, January 9, 7:00 AM
Lydgate Beach Park, Wailua
Call (808) 647-4346

10th Annual All Angels Jazz Festival
February 5-7
St. Michael's, Lihue

ReSource: Molokaʻi & Kalaupapa Pilgrimage
April 11-15, 2016



Centering Prayer Group
Mondays, 6:15 - 8:00 PM
Trinity By-the-Sea, Kihei

Centering Prayer Group
Thursdays, 4:00 PM
Holy Innocents, Lahaina
For more info: E-mail

A Tasteful Benefit
Saturday, January 30, 5:00 PM
Trinity By-the-Sea, Kihei

Safeguarding God's Children Training
Saturday, April 9, 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
St. John's, Kula 
Registration coming soon



Teen Tech at St. James'
First & third Sundays, 10:30 AM
St. James' (Spencer Building), Kamuela

Free Community Meal
Ongoing every 4th Saturday, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
St. Augustine's, Kapaau

St. Jude's Women's Bible Study
Ongoing Tuesdays, 10:00 AM

Brown Bag Bible Study
Ongoing Tuesdays, 12:00 PM
St. James', Kamuela

Ka'u Food Pantry 
Ongoing last Tuesdays, 12:00 PM
Ocean View Community Center
Call Karen:  (510) 778-5500

St. Jude's Men's Bible Study
Ongoing Fridays, 9:00 AM
McKinney Place

The Labyrinth Book Group
Ongoing Fridays, 9:30 AM
Christ Church, Kealakekua

Financial Aid Workshop for College Bound Students
Saturday, January 26, 4:00 PM
St. Jude's, Ocean View





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Part-time, St. Christopher's, Kailua

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Director of Music

Part-time, St. Peter's, Honolulu

Click HERE for details.


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January 6, 2016


Announcement from the Bishop: 
Ordination of Ernesto "JaR" Pasalo, Jr.
Having received the consent of the Standing Committee, I hereby inform the Diocese of Hawaiʻi that on Saturday, January 9th, at 10:30 AM, it is my intention, God and the People willing, to ordain Ernesto "JaR" Pasalo, Jr., to the Presbyterate in The Cathedral of St. Andrew, 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu (O'ahu). Clergy are invited to vest (White stoles). If you are available, please join us. Please remember to keep JaR in your prayers.

Yours faithfully,
The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Bishop
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i
St. Elizabeth's Featured on CBS Evening News

The topic of homelessness in Hawai'i has been a mainstay in the headlines of local news for months, but with the highest rate per capita in the nation, the issue has become a crisis that hit the national airwaves on the CBS Evening News. 

Although many of our churches have taken great steps to help with the homeless and houseless, Fr. David Gierlach of St. Elizabeth's has dealt with it on a daily basis for years, in part because of the inner city location of the church. Pictured above, Fr. David talks about the problems facing the city and those struggling with trying to make ends meet during an interview on the CBS Evening News that aired on January 2. (To see the news feature in its entirety, click HERE.)

Fr. David has been involved in movements to provide medical assistance to Pacific Islanders, bringing a container home onsite to house the houseless, provide laundry assistance to the needy, and in this particular news piece, allows a family to park their van in the parking lot that they live out of. Church members and nearby Episcopal Churches work tirelessly to tend to the youth in the community, offering hot breakfasts before school, after school tutoring programs, sports opportunities and a number of other outreach activities. 
2016 United Thank Offering Grant Applications 
Now Accepted
UTO Logo[January 4, 2016] Applications are now accepted for the 2016 United Thank Offering grants. The application forms are available HERE. 

The focus for the 2016 United Thank Offering grants is Mark Five of the Anglican Marks of Mission:
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

"The United Thank Offering is continuing its tradition of thankfulness by awarding grants for 2016," commented Sandra K. Squires, Ed.D., United Thank Offering Board President.

Established by United Thank Offering, a ministry of The Episcopal Church to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church, the purpose of the grants is to provide start-up money for a new project that focuses on the Fifth Mark of Mission. The funds are not permitted for the continuation of ongoing ministries.

Detailed guidelines for applying for the grants, and the list of allowable projects and projects not eligible can be found HERE. The deadline is 5:00 PM Eastern (12:00 PM HST) on Friday, March 4, 2016.

Important notes - The United Thank Offering will accept:
  • grant applications for start-up costs of a new ministry
  • one grant application per diocese within The Episcopal Church
  • one additional application for a companion grant from a diocese of The Episcopal Church may be submitted. This relationship may be formed with an aided diocese from The Episcopal Church or with a diocese from The Anglican Communion. The sponsoring bishop with jurisdiction will be responsible for the accounting of the grant.
For more information about guidelines and applications, e-mail the Rev. Heather Melton, Missioner for United Thank Offering.
Hawaiian Issues Workshop
The Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center (PJRC) invites clergy and lay leaders to attend a special workshop on Friday, January 15, 2016, for an introduction and exposure to essential Hawaiian issues including hot button topics such as Sovereignty and governance of the TMT on Mauna Kea.Guest list includes former Governor John Waihee and Leon Siu with Coalition of Hawaiian Nationals.

The training will take place in Davies Hall at The Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu, and will begin with a Lup Chong fried rice breakfast at 8:00 AM. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $100 for O'ahu residents and $50 for Neighbor Island participants, which goes towards the cost of bringing in guest speakers. Space is limited, so sign up early! For more information, download the informational flyer HERE, or contact Kahu Kaleo Patterson at 808-330-3769 (or e-mail him).
Reminder: Deadline to Register is January 15
Music Conference with Dent Davidson
January 22 and 23
A Music Conference will be held on Friday, January 22, and Saturday, January 23, at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Aiea. Leading the conference is Dent Davidson, Associate for Arts and Liturgy on the bishop's staff in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.

Join Dent for a day of exploring our role as leaders, teachers, inviters, and transformers as we preach the Good News through God's gift of song.  If you play an instrument, please bring it with you.

A professional church musician since his teens, Davidson's primary work is to unite voices in song with joy and passion.  He travels frequently as a workshop clinician and consultant in music and worship, and also serves as Chaplain and Musician to the House of Bishops. Having earned a degree in Composition and Vocal Jazz, Dent enjoys widening the scope and variety of music sung and heard in worship, and spends much of his time composing and searching for new resources.  His goal:  To touch hearts by embracing the beauty of the Anglican Choral Tradition and expanding it. (In other words,Church that swings!)

For more information and to register, click HERE.
A Tasteful Benefit for A Cup of Cold Water
Trinity By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Kihei, will be hosting A Tasteful Benefit event on Saturday, January 30, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. It will be an evening of gourmet pupus followed by a full dinner and delicious beverage pairings in the church gardens. There will also be live music and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit two great causes: A Cup of Cold Water (ACCW) and Trinity By-the-Sea.

Donation to attend is $100 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event webpage HERE.
10th Annual All Angels Jazz Festival at St. Michael's
Jazz mass strip
St. Michael and All Angels in Lihue, Kaua'i, announces their 10th Annual Jazz Festival taking place February 5 - 7, 2016. Kaua'i's most popular jazz event will feature two concerts and two free jazz masses, that brings together talented musicians from around the globe. For more information on the different event offerings throughout the weekend and to purchase tickets for the concerts, visit the webpage HERE.
Upcoming DOK Event Open to All Women
DOK logo
The Holy Nativity Chapter of the Daughters of the King (DOK), invites and welcomes all women in the Diocese to attend a special Quiet Day gathering on Saturday, February 6, 2016. The theme is "Three Gardens, a Girl, and the Gardener" led by guest speaker Mary Carson, who coordinates women's ministry at Glacier Valley Baptist Church in Juneau, Alaska.  

"The teaching of 'Three Gardens' is rooted in the Gospel of John," says Carson about the theme. "Three Gardens celebrates our Great Gardener and His work in the garden of our lives."

The event will take place at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Aina Haina, located at 5286 Kalanianaole Highway, from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The cost is $15 and includes a workshop and catered lunch. For more information and to register, contact Holy Nativity Church at (808) 373-2131, or e-mail Denisse Kwan. Deadline to register is Thursday, January 28, 2016.
Godly Play Core Training - Honolulu
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Jenny Wallace will be conducting a Godly Play Core Training from Saturday, February 13 through Monday, February 15, at the Church of the Epiphany in Honolulu.

Core Training is the essential training for all Godly Play teachers in the Godly Play room. You will learn the processes and Core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. This time of retreat will strengthen your understanding of children's spirituality and leave you spiritually refreshed!

For more information, download the event flyer HERE, or register online HERE

What's Happening in The Episcopal Church? 

Announcements from around The Episcopal Church & beyond 

Reminder:  Deadline to apply is this Friday!
Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps: Untold Opportunities Throughout Anglican Communion
Young adults (21-30 years old) have an opportunity to transform their own lives while engaging in mission and ministry in the Anglican Communion by joining the Young Adult Service Corps. Applications are now available for 2016-2017 placements in the Young Adult Service Corps, commonly known as YASC. The application with additional information and instructions is available HERE. The application deadline is Friday, January 8, 2016. For more information e-mail Elizabeth Boe, Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society Global Networking Officer, or Grace Flint, Young Adult Service Corps, Networking Officer. 
The Rev. Stephanie Spellers Named Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry announced that the Rev. Stephanie Spellers has been named Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation.

Spellers will be responsible for supporting the ministry of the Presiding Bishop and Primate as it pertains to evangelism and reconciliation efforts at the local, congregational, diocesan, and churchwide levels. 

"Her work will involve helping to spread the good news of Jesus to the church and through the church to the world," commented the Presiding Bishop. "Canon Spellers will join Canons Hunn and Robertson in connecting me to the excellent work underway by the staff of The Episcopal Church."

"There's no better time than this to be in the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement," Spellers said. "So many of us are ready to partner, risk, heal and celebrate the good news in our neighborhoods. So many of us are hungry to fall more deeply in love with Jesus and to create spaces where different people can grow in that love, too. So many of us are yearning to follow Jesus beyond fear, beyond comfort and beyond the walls keeping us from each other and from our neighbors. I can't wait to commit my whole heart and energy to this Spirit-work with our whole church."

Spellers began her position on January 1 and will be based in New York City. To read the article in it's entirety, click HERE.
Editor's note: We were honored to have Canon Spellers as the guest speaker and Chaplain for the Diocese of Hawai'i's Annual Meeting of Convention this past fall, and her powerful message was inspiring and uplifting.
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UPDATED: Safe Church Training Dates
The Church's Safe Church Policies require church leadership and those working with children to attend special training classes. The following classes have been set up with more to come. Please read the Safe Church Policies to note the differences between Safeguarding God's Children and Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training, and to see if you are required to attend a class. 
  • Saturday, January 30, 2016 - Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training (The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu, Oʻahu) - Register HERE
  • Saturday, February 6, 2016 - Safeguarding God's Children  (St. Timothy's, Aiea, Oʻahu) - Register HERE
  • Saturday April 9, 2016 - Safeguarding God's Children Training (St. John's, Kula, Maui) - Registration coming soon
Chrism Mass and Clergy Education Day
Chrism oils
On Friday, February 26, 2016, the annual Chrism Mass will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Honolulu. At this service, the Bishop blesses the oils of chrism (for baptism), healing, and the catechumenate, and the clergy take a portion of these oils back to their own churches for use during the coming year.

Following the Chrism Mass, a Clergy Education Day will be held in The Cathedral of St. Andrewʻs Von Holt Room, with guest speaker, the Rev. Robert S. Heaney, Associate Professor of Christian Mission and Director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies, Virginia Theological Seminary.

The topic will be The Future of Anglican Mission: Critical and Constructive Conversations. Mission is a contested word and a contested practice. Yet, the nature of God is mission. How do we understand and how do we practice mission that does not deny missionary malpractice and at the same time does not reduce mission to charity? This will be a question at the heart of our conversations together. For more information and to register, click HERE.

Discernment Day Workshop

All clergy and laypersons are invited to attend a special Discernment Day gathering on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at The Cathedral of St. Andrew. Join the Commission on Ministry (COM) to explore the questions:
  • How do Vestry/Bishopʻs Committees, Clergy and Discernment Committees help shape the ministries of Christians in this diocese? 
  • How do lay ministries really differ from ordained ministries? 
  • What are deacons and priests called to do?
  • In this diocese, how are they formed and what resources are offered? 
  • What are the steps in the ordination process? 
  • How do you say "no" to someone?
The program will begin at 9:00 AM (registration at 8:30 AM), and will conclude at 1:30 PM. For more information and to register, click HERE.

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Did you miss an edition of the E-News? Listed below are the titles of some recently published announcements. To see the complete article, click on the linked issues below or visit the Diocesan website's 

The Rev. Charles Tarleton Crane

Pastoral Memo on Congregational Membership

Dengue Outbreak: Precautions and Staying Informed

Music Conference with Dent Davidson January 22 & 23

Chrism Mass and Clergy Education Day February 26

Discernment Day Workshop February 27

Molokai and Kalaupapa Pilgrimage

Presiding Bishop Released from Hospital

Episcopal Congregations Research Available

St. Peter's Jazz Vespers features Theme Thursdays

Pacific Islander Young Adult & Youth Retreats

Annual Narcissus Carving Classes at St. Peter's

Opportunities for Big Island College Bound Students

Presiding Bishop Calling People to Prayer

Presiding Bishop Issues Message

Annual Meeting Quick Recap

St. Stephen's Offers Free Resume Service

St. Peter's Jazz Vespers Features Theme Thursdays

Hale Mo'ili'ili Available for Use

Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps Opportunities



Contact Information
Sybil Nishioka, Editor

Office of the Bishop
229 Queen Emma Square
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 536-7776