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***** OCTOBER *****
Celebration of New Ministry
(The Rev. Craig Vance)
Good Shepherd, Wailuku
Sunday Visitation: St. Luke's, Honolulu
Kaua'i Legacy Society Luncheon
Christ Memorial 75th Anniversary, Kilauea
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu
Sunday Visitation: Holy Nativity, Honolulu
Meeting of the Joint Committee on Provincial Companionship
48th Annual Meeting of Convention
***** NOVEMBER *****
Chapel: St. Andrew's Schools
Semi-annual visit to the Episcopal Church in Micronesia (ECIM)
CPG Wellness Conference for Health & Finance, Honolulu
Celebration of New Ministry
(The Rev. Bruce DeGooyer)
Trinity By-the-Sea, Kihei
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu
Feast of the Holy Sovereigns, Good Shepherd, Wailuku
Staff Retreat (1/2 day)
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu
Advent Sunday Service
The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu
Editor's Note: In place of the usual message from Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick, in this issue we share a couple of important videos. The first is from our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, released on September 15, 2016, furthering his message on The Jesus Movement. He has "painted a picture" of what this movement looks like and invites you to be a part of it. The second video is from the House of Bishops that was created during their recent meeting in Detroit last month. The video, entitled A Word to the Church for the World was released on September 20, 2016. Click on the image to be taken to that video.
The Jesus Movement:
Loving. Liberating. Life Giving.
House of Bishops:
A Word to the Church for the World
To view a daily video account of the meeting that took place September 15-21, 2016, click HERE.
| Our Schools|
The St. Andrew's Schools:
Fruit Loop Chapel!
School has begun and the traditional Fruit Loop Chapel for The St. Andrew's Schools students was a first not just for kindergartners, but also for Dr. Ruth Fletcher, the new Head of School, and the Rev. Annalise Castro, the new Chaplain. Fruit Loop Chapel is the first chapel service of the school year, where Seniors are commissioned as the leaders in the school and present kindergartners a lei made with Fruit Loops. Pictured above are Dr. Ruth Fletcher addressing the students; Rev. Castro enjoying a moment with senior girls; a kindergartner admiring her lei. Below are the happy students on the steps of The Cathedral after the service. (Photos from The St. Andrew's School Facebook page)
'Iolani School: Links of Legacy
'Iolani School's first K-12 chapel service of the school year was held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Senior students escorted the kindergartners across campus to their first chapel service in St. Alban's. School Chaplains, the Revs. Daniel Leatherman, Nicole Simopoulos Pigato and Heather Graham, spoke of the "Links of Legacy" which relates to the school year's theme of "Legacy." Pictured above, representatives from each Lower School class brought their "Links of Legacy" to the altar. Each link contains a personal hope, goal, dream or prayer for the 2016-17 school year.
Pictured above, the prelude was a ho'okupu (gift from the heart) by the kane of Hālau 'Iolani. Their hula performance of "Kui Moloka'i" teaches us that we must be mindful of the signs in life that guide us along our way. (Article excerpts and photos from the 'Iolani School website and Facebook page)
Honoring & Remembering Bishop Browning:
"There will be no outcasts!"
The following are excerpts from a special feature article on Bishop Browning's services and remembrances that will be available on the diocesan website with slideshow and video soon.
On Saturday, August 13, 2016, the Rt. Rev. Edmond Lee Browning, beloved sixth Bishop of Hawai'i and 24th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, was laid to rest on the grounds of The Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu.
The Requiem and Committal at the Cathedral was preceded by funeral liturgies at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Hood, Oregon, where he resided in retirement, and at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, that brought together leaders in the Episcopal Church from around the country. Pictured below in Trinity Cathedral, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick and Bishop Richard Chang joined hundreds to pay tribute to a man who brought far-reaching change to the church; below right, 25th presiding bishop, the Rt. Rev. Frank Griswold, 26th presiding bishop the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori and current Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, lead the service. (Trinity Cathedral photos courtesy of Frank DeSantis, Diocese of Oregon)
In Hawai'i, family members were greeted and joined by a community who admired a compassionate and courageous leader. A champion for civil rights, Browning fought against injustice and worked for equality with full inclusion of LGBT people in the church. He consecrated the first female bishop in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, the Rev. Barbara Harris of the Diocese of Massachusetts.
The Rev. Brian Grieves, a close colleague of Bishop Browning, and the Rt. Rev. Richard Chang, coordinated the service that included the creation of a special oli. Paulette Moore, the Rev. Malcolm Chun and Roth Puahala, led the procession while chanting the oli that included the names of all the bishops of Hawai'i.
Bishop Browning's wife, Patti Browning, was surrounded by her children and grandchildren who took part in a moving service of remembrances that brought both tears and laughter to those in attendance. Browning's oldest son, the Hon. R. Mark Browning, judge of the first circuit court of O'ahu, spoke about growing up in a busy household that involved traveling around the globe, the strong influence of his mother who opened their home to all, but mostly about the "magnificent love story" that his mother and father shared up until the end. He spoke of his father in retirement, and how "his greatest gift was his love." Grandson, Philip Browning Winkle, also shared fond memories of his grandfather.
The Rev. Cn. David Kennedy shared a letter from the Rt. Rev. David Hart, 7th Bishop of Hawai'i. Bishop Chang read a letter from Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick who couldn't attend, but knew that Bishop Browning would understand considering the work he was doing in Melanesia at the time.
But it was Rev. Grieves' homily that brought to light the profound impact that Browning had and continues to have on the church and the world. Grieves eloquently shared stories of a remarkable life of service and commitment that paralleled the teachings of Jesus. Despite the difficult challenges Browning faced, from his first confirmation of a leper in Okinawa to the ordination of the first woman bishop in the Episcopal Church, he remained steadfast in his beliefs that all are equal and welcome to the Body of Christ. In his first address to the General Convention after being elected, Grieves shared how the new Presiding Bishop uttered "There will be no outcasts!" -- a phrase that would become his legacy.
"Forty years ago almost to this day, on August 1, 1976, Ed Browning was installed as our Bishop in this very cathedral," said Grieves, "and now he has come home."
Following the Requiem, a Service of Committal took place in the Memorial Garden where he was laid to rest. Guests were invited to enjoy refreshments under the Aloha tent. (Service photos by Sybil Nishioka)
Ordination of The Rev. Paul Nahoa Lucas
On Saturday, August 27, 2016, Paul Nahoa Lucas was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick, at St. John's By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Kaneohe. Lucas is among the first four priests to come out of the successful Waiolaihui'ia local formation program, all of whom are native Hawaiian. He interned at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Honolulu, under the Rev. Paul Lillie, and has been serving at St. John's By-the-Sea during his time as a Deacon.
Over 170 people attended the ceremony. The sermon was given by Canada's National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, the Right Rev. Mark MacDonald. Other out-of-town guests included the Rev. Canon Debbie Royals, Director of the Native American Ministries in the Diocese of Arizona, and the Rev. Rose Mary Joe-Kinale, Paiute-Shoshone Priest from the Diocese of Nevada, who presented Rev. Nahoa with a Golden Eagle feather from her tribe as a symbol of worship (pictured above far right).
The service was followed with family and friends presenting lei to the newly ordained Rev. Lucas, and a festive lu'au with lots of ono food served up in Ho'okano Hall. Along with the delicious food, folks enjoyed hula and music by the group Smooth Remedy.
(Photos by Moki Hino and Vicki Fay; excerpts from the St. John's By-the-Sea website HERE.)
Stewardship University: Building Relationships
Nearly 60 people signed up for the Diocese's second Stewardship University event, a workshop led by the Rev. Cn. Timothy Dombek who is the Canon of Stewardship and Planned Giving for the Diocese of Arizona. This year's event took place at The Parish of St. Clement's in Honolulu, on August 5 and 6, 2016. Two workshops were offered; the first one on Friday was geared for clergy (pictured below), and the second one on Saturday was open to both clergy and laity (pictured at the bottom).
Dombek, who is the author of Making the Annual Pledge Drive Obsolete, talked about garnering resources for ministry now and for the future, and covered topics such as "Building Relationships" and "How to Talk About Money and Pledges" as well as planned giving.
"The Stewardship University session in August presented by the Rev. Tim Dombeck was excellent in many ways," said Jane Tonokawa from Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Kailua (pictured at left). She shared that those in attendance "gained a basic understanding about the underlying and most important element of stewardship - RELATIONSHIPS!!!" She continued, "It's never about the programs or worship or marketing or anything else, but RELATIONSHIPS. A group of dedicated parishioners need to 'date' other church members, cultivate relationships, and build upon them over time. Solicitation comes next, followed by a positive giving response, and of course, a 'thank you.' I feel fortunate and am grateful to have been included in this session."
The Rev. Giovan King, Rector of St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Kailua, recalled one of Dombek's stories that struck a chord with her: Dombek's friend, a priest, was told by a member that he quit coming to church because in the past year, he had come to church four times and each time the priest talked about money. Instead of moving toward a critique about how seldom the church member actually came to church, the priest shifted to something positive, thought-provoking, and God-centered: She said to the member that it seemed that God had called him especially to church on those particular four Sundays, and asked him what he thought that might mean. A great kind of question that Jesus would probably ask.
"Stewardship University reminds us that stewardship is not just about the outward acts of a congregation," said the Rev. Leo Loyola from Calvary Episcopal in Kaneohe. "Stewardship provides us with a mirror into the health of a congregation and its members."
"I've been to Stewardship University twice," said one participant in an anonymous follow-up survey, "and each time it was well presented and full of very useful information."
(Photos by Charmaine Ito.)
Annual Clergy Retreat
This year's annual Clergy Retreat took place on August 28-30, 2016, at it's usual Camp Mokule'ia site, a place that invokes a spirit of both awe and serenity. The theme of the retreat was "Call and Sermon" facilitated by the Revs. Moki Hino from Holy Apostles, and Diana Akiyama from St. Augustine's, both located on the Big Island of Hawai'i.
Over 30 clergy gathered together for three days of sharing, discussion, Sabbath time, and fellowship that included a plenary on the theology of ordination by Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick, a report and panel discussion with the Commission on Ministry, a question and answer session with the Bishop, and more. But it was the session featuring "five call stories" that made an impact on participants. The Rev. Linda Decker, who is the Chair for the Commission on Ministry, shared that everyone she talked to "was moved and humbled by the five 'call stories.'"
(Photo by Bruce DeGooyer)
|Formation for the Priesthood
McPeek at The Seminary of the Southwest
On Monday, August 22, 2016, Steve McPeek, began his first day of a three-year program at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. McPeek shared that the date was significant because it was also his birthday. "Starting seminary on my birthday is one of the greatest gifts I have been given and I thank God and all of those who were involved this decision and path from the bottom of my heart."
Steve, who was born in Grand Junction, Colorado, was raised in Hawai'i from the age of 3. For most of his adult life, he felt called to ministry. He and his wife spent 20 years working as missionaries in Germany and for a few years in Albania, before returning to the United States. Sadly, cancer took his wife's life eight years later. The next years were spent taking care of his five children and forging a new path. During this time, he owned various businesses and also worked for the County of Hawai'i's Department of Research and Development, and for the North Hawai'i Education and Research Center, a rural branch of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. "Hawai'i Island has been home and I am extremely grateful to be a part of St. James' in Waimea and St. Columba's in Pa'auilo," said McPeek.
With his five biological children now grown and a proud grandfather of nine, Steve shares this new journey with a sixth child, his five-year-old daughter Alexis, who was adopted at birth. They arrived in Austin on June 1, quickly settling into the on-campus housing, surrounded by a loving and supportive community. He will also be close to his youngest son Michelangelo who will be working and studying in Austin.
Steve expressed his deep gratitude to the Rev. David Stout, Rector of St. James' "who always believed I had a calling." For the past year, Steve had taken part in Waiolaihui'ia, the local formation program, where he found solid support from the dean, staff, and fellow students. McPeek especially thanks Fr. Ray Woo and Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick who strongly encouraged him to attend seminary.
"I look forward to the next three years of learning in preparation for being of service to God and God's people," said Steve, and in a poignant tribute, he added, "I would like to thank my mom who passed away in 2009, because she prayed for so many years of my life that I would be a priest."
(Pictured at top is Steve with his first year fellow seminarians, from the St. James' E-News; center photos contributed by Steve McPeek upon his arrival at the Seminary of the Southwest.)
By Ann Dugdale Hansen, Assistant Verger, The Cathedral of St. Andrew
On Saturday, September 10, 2016, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick led a training on the use of the thurible (censers) and incense, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Kaneohe. The Rev. Leo Loyola organized and hosted this workshop because he and his congregation at Calvary wanted to add incense to their service, but the training was open to any all interested in the Diocese.
Of the eleven in attendance there were three clergy and eight lay people. Bishop Bob explained the first rule for thurifers: "Do not burn down the church!" The workshop included lively discussion with topics that included the historical reason for using incense (to cover the smell of sacrificial offerings during Old Testament days), to the modern reason (to draw attention to the most important parts of the service). Bishop Bob explained how to select "good" incense, and despite advertisements that this incense is "hypoallergenic" none of them actually are. He showed us which thuribles are easiest to handle and we all had a chance to practice handling a thurible.
Rev. Leo videotaped the workshop, so if your congregation would like to add incense as a sensory element to emphasize the most important moments in the service, you may view the training video on Facebook HERE
(Pictured are the Rev. Malcolm Keleawe Hee holding the thurible while Bishop Bob instructs. Photo by Ann Hansen)
| Episcopal Church Women
Annual Meeting and ECW Specials Awarded
By Louise Aloy, President, Episcopal Church Women
The annual meeting of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of the Diocese of Hawai'i, took place on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at The Cathedral of St. Andrew. Thirty women gathered together in the Von Holt Room where Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick led the group in morning prayer.
The guest speaker was the Rev. Ernest "JaR" Pasalo, Jr., from St. Nicholas Church in Kapolei. He shared his journey from when he was a youth and young adult on Maui, to when he answered God's call to the priesthood. He is excited about the future and is very thankful for all the love and support he received from so many.
For the business portion of the meeting, the annual ECW Specials grants were selected. The Bishop's Pastoral Care Fund is a standing ECW Special award each year that assists clergy and other individuals in emergency situations. This year, they also selected the Pacific Islander Ministry's (PIM) Incubator Sewing Project. Fane Lino, Diocesan Missioner for PIM, is planning to get a pilot program launched at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, where women can learn to sew and eventually branch out to other areas. Funds received for this wonderful project will be used to purchase sewing machines. fabrics and notions.
The women enjoyed lunch wraps from Simply Ono Catering, and had a chance to "talk story" with one another. It was a wonderful Saturday morning being among sisters and brothers in Christ. (File photos)
O'AHU PARISH NEWS
Celebrating Prince Albert at The Cathedral
By Ann Dugdale Hansen, Chair, Nohona Hawai'i
On Sunday, August 21, 2016, The Cathedral of St. Andrew held its second commemorative service honoring Prince Albert, the son of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, who died at the tender young age of four. This year, the service featured the youth of the Cathedral in various liturgical roles; as acolytes, lectors and guest organist. The Keiki Choir presented a musical offering of himeni (Hawaiian hymns).
Commemorative Sunday services are organized by the 'Iolani Guild under the direction of President, Leimalama Lee Loy (pictured below left) and are celebrated at the 8:00 AM service which is the bi-lingual Hawaiian mass. These services honor ali'i (Hawaiian royalty) who became Anglican.
(Photos by Jan Motoshige)
Emmanuel Bids a Fond Aloha to Rev. Matthew Lukens
Emmanuel Church bids a fond farewell to our much loved priest Rev. Matthew Lukens. Matthew will be remembered for his zest, exuberance, insightful messages, singing, and love of community. His time with us has been a great chapter at Emmanuel, and for that we are grateful! We wish him Godspeed on his new journey! (Photos and article from the Emmanuel weekly E-news)
Addressing Hawai'i's Housing Crisis at St. Elizabeth's
On Tuesday,September 6, 2016, over 20 representatives of church, union, community organizers, and peace and justice groups gathered at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Honolulu for the latest Housing Now! Coalition meeting. Focused on solving Hawai'i's housing crisis, this active advocacy group organizes rallies at the State Capitol and City Hall, urging systemic changes and financing for the island's housing needs. Their goals are as follows:
(Photo and article from the St.Elizabeth newsletter and website)
- Require 20% of new rental units be affordable to those earning 61-80% of Area Median Income (AMI)
- 25% of "for sale" units to be affordable to those earning 100% of AMI
- Expedite permitting for developers
- Give developers density bonuses
- Favorable land leases for developers building on government land
- Keep affordable units affordable for 30-60 years
St. Mary's Seeks Redevelopment Partner
St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Mo'ili'ili is seeking to have a portion of its King Street property redeveloped and its current buildings renovated and maintained. The vision is a high-rise residential building which will also provide parking for church services and meeting/educational space on the ground floor.
In an article in the Star Advertiser
published on August 29, 2016, Rev. Gregory Johnson explained the struggles that have plagued the church from its very beginning. "They didn't have any money in 1917, and we don't have any money in 2016," Johnson said. "It's still a poor community, which is why we have to seek redevelopment of our property."
According to St. Mary's September newsletter, a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be out shortly. For more information and to get a copy of the RFP, contact the St. Mary Church Office at 2062 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826, or call (808) 949-4655.
ECWO: The Episcopal Church of West O'ahu
Dedication of Soldier's Chapel: Honoring Queen Lili'uokalani
By Ann Dugdale Hansen, 'Iolani Guild
On Friday, September 2, 2016, Queen Liliʿuokalani's birthday, members of the ʿIolani Guild made their way to Schofield Barracks to commemorate the dedication of the Soldiers' Chapel. In 1913, Queen Liliʿuokalani donated funds to help establish a chapel for the spiritual well-being of soldiers. That was twenty years after the United States, with the help of missionary descendants, illegally overthrew the Kingdom of Hawaiʿi, dethroning Queen Liliʿuokalani. For the Queen to care for soldiers of the army that overthrew her country is a remarkable act of generosity and reconciliation.
For the first time in 103 years, the Episcopal Bishop of Hawai'i, the Rt. Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick, and the minister from Central Union Church, the Rev. David Rivers (pictured above center), joined together for the special service that was hosted by Army Chaplains, the Rev.s Major Jeffery Van Ness and Head Chaplain Lt. Col. James Blount. The Rev. Charles Buck, Head of UCC (United Church of Christ) Conference Hawai'i, also participated in the service. This event was initiated by St. Stephen's Vicar Kaleo Patterson and The Cathedral of St. Andrew's member, Dr. Haʿaheo Guanson, both of whom serve on the Native Hawaiian Advisory Council for the U.S. Army.
Those in attendance represented sub-groups of Hawaii's community that do not often mix: modern-day Hawaiian aliʿi, the military and military families, social-justice groups, United Church of Christ and Episcopalians. Everyone was keenly aware of the historical significance of this service and felt we were moving along the path of reconciliation that Queen Liliʿuokalani had started.
(Photos courtesy of Ann Hansen and Kaleo Patterson; to read the Hawai'i Army Weekly article with additional photos, click HERE.)
KAUA'I PARISH NEWS
St. Michael and All Angels Welcomes The Rev. Andrew McMullen
On September 1, 2016, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Lihue welcomed their new Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Andrew McMullen, who moved to the Garden Island from Colorado. McMullen is no stranger to Hawai'i though, having served at St. Peter's in Honolulu from 2011-2013. Pictured above, decked in flower lei at his first Sunday service, is Rev. Andrew with his wife Renate, and three of their eight children, Rayna, Moriah and Kenna. (Photo from the St. Michael Facebook page.)
Christ Memorial Celebrates 2nd Anniversary of their Food Pantry
By Nancy Norelli, Christ Memorial Episcopal Church
On Saturday, August 27, 2016, Christ Memorial Episcopal Church (CMEC) commemorated the second anniversary of its food pantry with a special celebration for its food pantry 'ohana. Since its inception in 2014, the all-volunteer CMEC Food Pantry has been steadily growing, and in the second year of operation, fed 2292 shoppers, representing food for 7,713 people and family members.
"The CMEC food pantry was launched to help people who have a difficult time feeding themselves and their families," said Cathy Butler, operations manager. "Hawai'i has some of the highest food costs in the nation. With many people earning minimum wage and seniors on fixed incomes, it is often difficult for them to make ends meet."
To help launch the pantry, Christ Memorial established a partnership with the Hanalei Bay Rotary during the first two years of set-up and operation. The Rotary generously offered volunteers, financing and business advice. The Food Pantry is now nearly self-sustaining with donations from individuals, and foundation grants, from across Kauai and from the mainland.
Christ Memorial's pantry is dedicated to serving the healthiest food possible, and is set up to allow people to "shop" and choose what they need. The pantry includes large amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables (shown at left), which are often donated by local growers.
"It is a privilege to serve our north shore ohana with a food pantry," said Rev. Robin Taylor, Vicar at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church. "As Christians, we believe God calls us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every single human being. So in our mission to care for our neighbors, we start with meeting basic needs."
The pantry would not be possible without community volunteers and community financial support. During the second year, more than 3,000 volunteer hours were tabulated, three times the volunteer hours of the first year of operation, involved in purchasing and moving 70,000 pounds of purchased food, and donated produce, stacking and unstacking large shelves and serving behind the tables of food for shoppers.
Pictured at top from left, holding candy leis for the volunteers is Cathy Butler with Rev. Robin Taylor; pantry volunteers take a moment to pose for a group shot. (Photos contributed by Nancy Norelli)
MAUI PARISH NEWS
Installation of The Rev. Craig Vance at Good Shepherd
On Saturday, October 1, 2016, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Wailuku celebrated a Renewal of Ministry with the installation of the Rev. Craig Vance, who has been with Good Shepherd since February. Pictured above before the service, acolytes and thurifer surround the attending clergy (in red) from left, Rev. Bruce DeGooyer from Trinity By-the-Sea, Rev. Amy Crowe from Holy Innocents, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick, Rev. Craig Vance, Rev. John Hau'oli Tomoso, Priest Associate at Good Shepherd, and Rev. Cn. Alexander Graham from the Office of the Bishop.
Pictured above from left, Louise Aloy holds strands of ti leaf lei for the Bishop and special guests; during the service, the traditional presentation of gifts included Holy Oil from Rev. Tomoso and Lynne Takara, as "a sign of his ministry in the healing presence of Christ among them"; the youth performed a hula to "Shout to the Lord."
Following the service, fellowship and a fabulous feast were shared, including salmon! Hailing from Canada, Fr. Vance suggested the delectable fish to bring a touch of Canadian influence to the celebration. His children, Amadea and Daniel, flew in to share in the festivities. It was a joyous day for the congregation of Good Shepherd.
(Photos by the Evangelistas from the Good Shepherd Facebook page HERE where you can also view a video of the youth dancing to "Shout to the Lord.")
A Cup of Cold Water Celebrates Three Years
By Paula Baldwin, Trinity By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Kihei
On Sunday, August 21, 2016, Maui's highly successful Care-van outreach ministry, A Cup of Cold Water (ACCW), celebrated its third anniversary with a volunteer social at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Lahaina. The ministry, which was formed by the Episcopal churches on Maui, have grown to include numerous volunteers and organizations from around the island.
Over 50 volunteers gathered together on the seaside lawn to honor each other and the completion of our third year of operation. Some have been together since day one and some are brand new. We honored the Kahului Hongwaiji who make thousands (yes, THOUSANDS) of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the runs.
The food was excellent (we are Episcopalians after all), stories were flowing, the ocean sang with its beauty, and we gave thanks for the hundreds of donors who helped us serve the most needy on the island of Maui.
To learn more about ACCW, visit their webpage HERE. (Photos contributed by ACCW)
THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAI'I PARISH NEWS
St. Margaret's Episcopal School Lends a Hand
St. James' and St. Columba's Episcopal Churches got a lot of helping hands in early August. The football team from St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, CA, were on island for a football camp and non-conference games with Hawai'i Preparatory Academy. For two afternoons, the team gave their time for mission service projects at St. James' and St. Columba's.
The young men and their coaches trimmed trees and bushes, pulled weeds, washed windows, scraped peeling paint from the pavilion wall, and helped with other projects at the churches and at the homes of some of our kupuna. Church members supervised and provided lunch for the hardworking young men. (From the Congregations of St. James' and St. Columba's E-News)
St. James' Thrift Store: Reaching Out Globally
The St. James' Thrift Store and Boutique is putting smiles on the faces of children not just in their community, but around the world. On top of providing gently used merchandise for sale to the public (they are known to be the best thrift store on the island), they take up special collections for various organizations such as Dress a Girl Around the World
, shipping items across the globe, and donating merchandise and funds to dozens of local charities.
The store requires over 40 volunteers to keep it running, led by coordinator Nina Disbro and several dedicated team leaders. Some of the volunteers have been there for over 20 years. Pictured above from left, they supplied over 100 dresses to four local groups for their back-to-school blessing; girls from the Mabodis tribal village in Ransang, Philippines, proudly wear the dresses they received; below, shorts and dresses were sent to the Ohino-Waa orphanage in Uganda where missionaries distributed the colorful clothing as well as books which were received with great enthusiasm!
(Photos from the St. James' Facebook page)
Pop-up Eucharists Brings Christ to the Houseless
Exactly one-year ago in the October 2015 issue of the Chronicle
, an article featured Holy Apostle's first "Pop-up Eucharist" service that was held in downtown Hilo's Lincoln Park, a place where the houseless spend their days. What began as an idea during a casual "talk story" session after church, has now become a solid ministry where an informal Eucharist is held and refreshments and hygiene items are distributed regularly in the park.
"It makes us feel good to see the people in the park waiting for us to administer the sacraments," said Rev. Moki Hino in a weekly letter to his parish. "After we do that, we talk story and hand out the items, but we don't judge, we don't look down on them and we don't try to convert them. All we try to do is to see the Christ that dwells in them the way they see the Christ in us..."
Pictured above, rain or shine, the pop-up Eucharists go on in Lincoln Park, serving any and all who show up. (Photos from the Holy Apostles Facebook page)
The Jesus Movement is Alive and Well at St. Augustine's
Pictured above during Sunday service at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church on September 18, 2016, the youth of the congregation played a big role in Rev. Diana Akiyama's sermon. With the recent release of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's video The Jesus Movement, Rev. Akiyama focused her sermon on his message and had the children walk up and down the aisle displaying posters with his words and phrases.
In a message to the congregation that appeared in the church's newsletter, Akiyama shared how today's declining attendance at Sunday services has "heightened our awareness that we need to do a better job of talking about this Jesus who is at the center of our faith." She continues, "Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, is doing just that. From his very first sermon after he was elected, he has emphasized that our first priority must be to return to the heart of our faith, Jesus, and to live into the life Jesus exemplified. He is calling this re-engagement with the heart of our faith, 'The Jesus Movement.' And during the year since his election he has talked about The Jesus Movement anywhere and everywhere he goes." (Photo by Diana Akiyama)
New Altar at St. Columba's
The folks at St. Columba's recently welcomed their spectacular new altar. After many long hours of hard work by Clay Reeves, Bryan Hillman and his son Dominic, and many of their family and friends, the altar, which was actually made from the old pulpit, returned "home." The original pulpit was given in memory of Edith Marian Davies. Its beautiful and intricate carvings were carefully preserved and brought back to life in the form of an altar. The only portion not from the original structure was the top that was carefully chosen to match the exquisite grain of the koa wood. (Photos from the Congregations of St. James and St. Columba's Facebook page.)
United Nations Peace Day Parade in Honoka'a
Members of St. Columba's Episcopal Church walked in the Honoka'a United Nations Peace Day parade on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Priest-in-Residence, Rev. Linda Lundgren organized members for the annual community event, that promotes the existence of Peace Day in Hawai'i. (Photos from The Congregations of St. James' and St. Columba's E-News)
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH & BEYOND
Presiding Bishop Tells Standing Rock Protectors "The Way of Jesus Honors the Water"
By Mary Frances Schjonberg
[Episcopal News Service - Bismark, North Dakota] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry came to North Dakota Sept. 24-25, to declare in person that he, the Episcopal Church and, most importantly, God, stands with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in its struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline that will run under their water supply, over its treaty lands and through some of its burial places.
Curry also called for racial reconciliation in the midst of opposition that has at times surfaced the area's historical tensions between Indians and non-Indians. He engaged Episcopalians, leaders of other churches, Bismarck residents and its mayor in conversations about racism and environmental justice. He urged people to continue talking with each other after he left.
The Rev. John Floberg told Curry that action against the pipeline is a "kairos moment," a Greek word meaning God's appointed time to act. The moment, said Floberg, supervising priest of the Episcopal churches on the North Dakota side of Standing Rock, is filled with hope because "God is doing something here" beyond the actual protest.
That something has brought together Standing Rock Indians with members and leaders of at least 250 of the recognized tribes in the United States in an unprecedented show of unity
. Many non-Native people have come to join the protests, as well, including Episcopalians from other parts of the country.
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