The Episcopal Church in Hawai'i Diocesan E-News
HEADER PHOTO: This issue's header photo is of the Christmas tree now gracing the Diocesan Support Center. It features a handmade ornament of the Diocesan shield crafted by Administrative Assistant Sonny Liu. He freely shares his creativity and talents with a generous and humble heart. Be sure to feel the Spirit the next time you visit the DSC. (Photo by Rae Costa)
December 10, 2019
Be sure to check your church's worship schedule for December. Most have special services during Advent and Christmas including Blue Christmas and Lessons & Carols. Visit the Diocesan "Our Church" webpage HERE , and click on the names of the churches that are linked to visit their website.
Visit the Diocesan website's COMMUNITY CALENDAR page to see the ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Blood Drive at Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Emmanuel Episcopal Church is hosting a blood drive on Sunday, December 15, 2019, from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Only 2% of people in Hawai‘i donate blood. With 60% of people needing some kind of blood product in their lifetime, you can imagine how serious this gap is. There is no substitute, and only ONE source...volunteer donors! Please sign up today and bring a friend! Sign up HERE.

Emmanuel is located at 780 Keolu Drive in Kailua.
‘Iolani School Chorus and Hōkūloa Singers
The Chorus and Hōkūloa Singers of 'Iolani School welcome everyone to their glorious Christmas concert at St. Andrew's Cathedral at 7:30 PM on Friday, December 20, 2019, featuring organist Katherine Crosier, pianist Joanne Watanabe, and a host of singers in grades 5-12 under the direction of John Alexander. A variety of Christmas repertoire will be presented, from some old familiar chestnuts to some exciting newer works. Admission and parking are free!
Cathedral's Annual Candy Sale
The Cathedral's annual candy sale is taking place December 21-22, 2019. The recipient of this year's proceeds will be Angel Network Charities, which serves over 1,500 people in need each month in East O'ahu by providing them with food items and other services. You can purchase delicious homemade baked goods and candies on Saturday, December 21, after the HTY performances at noon or 5:30 PM, or on Sunday, December 22, after the 8:00 and 10:30 services in the walkway in front of the manger.
28th Annual Ho'okuikahi Service
The 28th annual Queen Lili'uokalani Ho'okuikahi will be taking place on Friday, January 17, 2020, at Central Union Church in Honolulu, from 6:00-7:00 PM. This ecumenical event will feature the Cathedral Choir of St. Andrew, Hokuloa Singers of 'Iolani School, and others. 

The date of the event represents a dark time in Hawaiian history when Queen Lili'uokalani was overthrown, but is now being recognized as a day of reconciliation and hope that focuses on the Queen's courage and conviction for non-violence that has been an example and legacy to her people.  The  Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center (PJRC) has organized this annual event to "educate and advocate for justice and mercy for Na Kanaka Maoli and all the people of Hawai`i in the spirit of reconciliation." For more information, contact the Rev. Kaleo Patterson at (808) 330-3769.
Visit the Diocesan website's COMMUNITY CALENDAR page to see the ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Kalaupapa 2020 Service Retreats
St. Michael and All Angel's ReSource for Christian Spirituality have set the dates for their Kalaupapa Service Retreats for the first half of 2020:
  • January 22-26, 2020 (Deadline passed)
  • March 11-15, 2020
  • June 24-28, 2020
The theme is Powerful Connections: Then and Now, as participants discover Kalaupapa-- its history, culture, people and the 'aina-- and listen to the personal stories of the people who lived in exile there. For more information, download the flyer HERE, or contact the Rev. Phyllis Meighen at (808) 647-4346.
Take advantage of Early Bird pricing now!
14th Annual All Angels Annual Music Festival
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Lihue will be holding their 14th Annual Music Festival February 7-9, 2020. The event will feature concerts nightly on Friday and Saturday and end with their popular Sunday jazz masses. Purchase tickets now to save with early bird pricing through December 31 HERE. For more information, download the event flyer HERE or visit their website HERE.
Visit the Diocesan website's COMMUNITY CALENDAR page to see the ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Liturgy of Lessons & Carols at Good Shepherd
Good Shepherd Church is, once again, having the liturgy of Lessons and Carols – think King’s College, England! This is a beautiful Service with nine lessons read from the Bible, with matching carols before and after the readings. This special service takes place on Wednesday, December 18, beginning at 7:00 PM. For more information, e-mail Fr. John Hau'oli Tomoso. Good Shepherd is located at 2140 Main Street in Wailuku.
Trinity By-the-Sea's Annual Tasteful Benefit 2020
Mark your calendars! Trinity By-the-Sea will be holding their annual Tasteful Benefit on Saturday, February 1, 2020, from 5:00 - 9:00 PM, at the Kamehameha Golf Club House. Proceeds go towards A Cup of Cold Water ministry and the David Malo Fund. The evening features a lavish buffet, silent auction and great entertainment. More information will be posted soon.
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Visit the Diocesan website's COMMUNITY CALENDAR page to see the ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
St. James' Parish 'Ohana Retreat
St. James' will he holding a Parish 'Ohana Retreat for parishioners and all who would like to join them, for a two-part workshop on Spiritual Discernment, January 24 and 25, 2020. The event will be led by Brother David Vryhof, SSJE (The Society of Saint John the Evangelist). The Society of Saint John the Evangelist is the oldest Episcopal monastic community in the United States. For more information, download the informational flyer HERE.
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Sybil Nishioka, Editor & Communications Contractor
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i
229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 636-7776
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