October 13, 2022
Proper 24
Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
This issue's header photo was taken during the Bishop's Visitation at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Honolulu, on September 25. After two years of pandemic restrictions, the Bishop is enjoying his visits with congregations once again. (Photo from St. Paul's Facebook page)
From the Bishop
Office Transitions: Danny Casey
After five years of working for the Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi, I am sad to share that Danny Casey is resigning to move to North America for family reasons. His last day in the office will be in November, but he will continue as a consultant through the end of the year.

Danny joined the Diocesan Support Center staff as our Treasurer, Peter Pereira, had to take extended medical leave. Danny was invaluable as he stepped into the role of accountant to support the Diocese and Peter. He was then on the frontlines during the Pandemic doing much of the hardwork to get congregations the available grants. Finally, over the past year following Peter’s retirement, Danny has filled the role of Controller as we reorganized following the tenure of a beloved thirty-year Treasurer.

I have found Danny particularly helpful in clearly explaining our diocesan finances. He has worked diligently to present the finances in a clear and transparent way, so the Council and I clearly understand the funds available. In his quiet and very hard-working way, he has provided the Diocese a steady hand through unusual – and sometimes difficult -- five years. I deeply appreciate Danny’s time on staff, and I have valued his input and advice. He goes with the prayers and blessing of the entire Diocese.

Yours faithfully,


P.S. A Task Group of Dixie Kaetsu, Trip Lynch, Paul Lillie, Rae Costa and Danny have been hard at work on a transition plan for the “business” side of the Diocesan Support Center. More about the plan will be forthcoming.
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Feature Story
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October 21 & 22, 2022, 'Iolani School

Updates & Reminders:
Nominees, Proposed Budget, Resolutions

This is an in-person event only. Please wear a mask.
All are invited to attend Friday activities!
EDUCATION DAY: Peace & Reconciliation
ALOHA RECEPTION: Bishop's Cross Presentaiton
All are invitied to attend Convention 54 activities taking place on Friday, October 21, that now also includes a play about Queen Lili'uokalani by Rianna Williams. Based on information from Queen Lili'uokalani's diaries and other documented sources that took place in Washington Place (the Queen's home), Williams captures the most poignant moments in the personal life of Hawai'i's last monarch.

The theme for this year's Education Day is Peace and Reconciliation, with workshops featuring guest speakers Travis Idol, President of Hawai'i Interfaith Power & Light, and Jonathan Kuttab, a well-known international lawyer, who is the co-founder of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq, and co-founder of Nonviolence International. Cost is only $35 and includes lunch.

The Bishop's Cross presentation will take place during the Aloha Reception along with delicious food. To view this year's recipients, click HERE, Cost is only $15. There is no cost to attend the Convention Eucharist. Click on the buttons further below for more info and/or to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Rae Costa by email HERE, or call (808) 536-7776, extension 326. To visit the Convention 54 webpage for all information regarding this year's gathering, click HERE
Annual Clergy RETREAT
Brother Randy Greve from the Order of Holy Cross will lead the upcoming annual Clergy RETREAT that will be taking place January 9-11, 2023, at Camp Mokule'ia. This will be a "true" retreat, far from the city, the noise, the distractions of daily life. For more information and to register, click HERE.
Presiding Bishop Nominating Committee Releases Churchwide Survey, Seeks Participation by October 31
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The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop invites all Episcopalians to participate in a survey. The responses will help the committee develop a profile of the skills, qualities, and gifts the church seeks in its next presiding bishop, considering what the church and world may look like in the next decade. For more information click HERE, and to take part in the survey, click HERE.
Retired Clergy Families: Talk Story Project Continues
The latest installment in the Retired Clergy Families Talk Story Project is now posted on the Diocesan website HEREIn this issue, the Rev. John Connell and the Rev. Edwin Bonsey are featured. The Talk Story Project is a (growing) collection of stories from Diocesan-related retired clergy, spouses, and widows. Stay tuned for more updates!
Shine Your Light Offers Special Prayers and Meditations for this Election Season
The Shine Your Light team invites members of all faiths to join us in prayer and meditation for the upcoming elections and the social justice issues that are at stake. Our weekly meditations (found HERE) cover a variety of social justice topics, such as voting rights, immigration, and gun safety issues that would insure our ability to live and worship in safe spaces. We will also be holding weekly prayer/meditation times on Facebook Live. These will be held every Wednesday up to the week of elections, from 6:00 to 6:15 PM, starting October 5, led by the Rev. Dr. Scott Landis.

The Shine Your Light team is composed of three UCC ministers (Rev. Danette Kong, Rev. Kealahou Alika, and Rev. Dr. Scott Landis), one Episcopalian Priest (Rev. Dr. Robert Nelson), one Buddhist Priest (Kerry Kiyohara) and members of various faith groups, Dr. Ellen Caringer, Connie Kissinger, and Robin Leong.
(This is a new Chronicle series that will feature articles from the Diocese's deputation team. In this issue, the Ven. Steven Costa shares a reflection about his time at GC80. You can visit the GC80 Connection webpage HERE where all featured articles will be housed.)
The Ven. Steven Costa, Archdeacon
Our co-chairs of Deputation discerned that we should meet once a month to review and discuss key issues facing the church today and how we, as the church, would address them. So we were tasked with picking certain key issues in the Blue Binders, reading up on them, and sharing them with the entire Deputation.

While this did allow us to be akamai (wise/smart) about pertinent issues facing us at GC, for me, it was more about building and living Beloved Community. As we engaged with each other, as we shared in prayerful meditation, our community of servants grew stronger and closer. By my actions, teach my mind (Maka hana ka ʻike), is an ancient Hawaiian proverb. Some of us bemoaned the process of reading and making annotations so we could report back to the Deputation at our monthly meetings, but soon it became evident that our opening prayer and our presence was drawing us closer together, that the mystical presence of the Holy Spirit (ʻUhane Hemolele) was at work, despite the messiness of our human condition. READ MORE
TIPS FROM LOT'S LIST - "Know your politicians. Work to elect those who will sponsor and pass laws supporting carbon footprint and greenhouse gas reduction."
NATIONAL DRIVE ELECTRIC WEEK - September 24 kicks off National Drive Electric Week! Come join the celebration as Hawai'i EV hosts events on all of the main islands to spotlight electric vehicles. They also host webinars and activities on environmental issues. For more information on your island's events, visit the HawaiiEV website HERE.

Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
At The Cathedral...
Around this time of year, many churches in the Diocese observe the Feast of St. Francis with a pet blessing. The Cathedral of St. Andrew held their furry gathering on Sunday, October 2. A drive-by blessing was also offered. (Photo from The Cathedral Facebook page) Then on Sunday, October 9, The Cathedral held a special Solemn Choral Evensong commemorating the life of Queen Elizabeth II who passed away last month. Pictured above right, the Celtic Pipes of Hawai'i performed along with the St. Andrew's Ringing Society, and the Cathedral Choir with Orvis Scholars. Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick was the preacher. To view the service video in its entirety, click HERE. (Photo by Steve Costa)
Coming Up: Halloween Family Stay Cay at Camp Mokule'ia
Come get your spook on at Camp Mokule'ia this Halloween! Join us October 28-30, 2022, for pumpkin carving, a sand monster contest, a movie night of Hocus Pocus, spooky campfire stories, paddle boarding, zip-lining, and trick or treating. Family friendly costumes are encouraged! Lodging, meals, and activities are all included in one great price! Spots are filling up so click HERE to register your family today!
Coming Up: St. Elizabeth's Celebrates 120 Years!
On Sunday, October 16, 2022, St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church will celebrate its 120th anniversary of ministry in Palama. To commemorate this special event, a beautiful history wall (pictured above) was created by Stuart Ching and Allen Low design company, and was installed in their Shim Hall. It recounts the marvelous, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural heritage of this inner city church located at the gateway for immigration into Hawai'i. A special liturgy will be held during the Sunday service with Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick presiding, and many clergy and lay friends of St. Elizabeth’s in attendance. After the wall is blessed a potluck celebration will follow! St. Elizabeth's is located at 720 N. King Street in Honolulu. (Contributed photo)
Coming Up: St. Clement's Book & Treasure Sale
The Parish of St. Clement is holding a unique fundraising event called The Book & Treasure Sale, taking place on Saturday, November 12, 2022, from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. You won't find clothing here, but you may find some treasures. They will have books and items valued at $5 and above, to include paintings, knick knacks, toys, kitchen appliances, housewares, backpacks and more! St. Clement's is located at 1515 Wlder Avenue in Honolulu. For more info, call the church office at (808) 955-7745.
Coming Up: Holy Nativity Thrift Shop Fall Festival & Christmas Sale
Holy Nativity will be holding their annual Fall Festival and Christmas Sale on Saturday, November 12, 2022, from 900 AM-2:00 PM. There will be a silent auction and lots of holiday decorations, jewelry, artwork, clothing, accessories, housewares and much more for sale! All proceeds are given to organizations that serve our community. Holy Nativity is located at 5286 Kalanianaole Hwy in Aina Haina. Church Office: (808) 373-2131
Coming Up: Seasonal Events & Activities at Emmanuel
Tree & Wreath Sale
Order your Christmas tree and wreath today and pick up on December 3! Emmanuel's Habilitat Christmas Wreath & Tree Fundraiser is open now through October 25. Download the informational flyer HERE.
Please join us on the front lawn of Emmanuel for Halloween fun on Monday, October 31, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM for trick or treat and pumpkin painting fun for the keiki!
Fundraiser Plant Sale
on Saturday, November 12, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. We will also be selling bundled firewood, and taking kadomatsu pre-orders. Keep up with our "growing" list of available plants by following our event page HERE.
Emmanuel is located at 780 Keolu Drive in Kailua. Contact Lisa in the office at (808) 262-4548.
(Visit the Diocesan website HERE for more information.)

  • The Cathedral of St. Andrew - Maintenance (Part-time, flexible hours)
  • St. Mark's Church, Honolulu - Organist (Part-time)
  • St. Stephen's Church, Wahiawa - Organist (part-time)
Kauaʻi Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Christ Memorial Accepting Applications for Vicar
Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Kilauea is now receiving names for a full-time Vicar, through December 31, 2022. They are currently building a vicarage on campus that should be completed by summer 2023. For more information and to view the church profile, visit the Diocesan website HERE.
Maui Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
In the News: Trinity By-the-Sea Flooding... again!
The recent rains that drenched Maui last month were welcomed by farmers, but wreaked havoc on Trinity By-the-Sea Episcopal in Kihei. They were featured in a Hawaii News Now segment on October 3, HERE, where the church's outdoor sanctuary was inundated with mud and debris.
Hawaiʻi Island Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Students Turn Out In Force to Help at St. James'
With school back in session, students have turned up in force to help with the different outreach ministries of St. James'. Pictured above left, 4th and 5th graders from Waimea Country School restarted their community service program by bringing food donations collected from the school and St. James' to neighboring Annunciation's Food Bank Program. At right, over 50 students from Hawai'i Preparatory Academy spent the afternoon volunteering at the Thrift Store and Community Meal Ministries. (Photos from the St. James' weekly e-news)
Coming Up: St. Columba's Thrift Sale
St. Columba's Thrift Sale is scheduled for October 14 and 15, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Lots of good things that everyone needs. We will have our $5 a bag sale, along with specially priced boutique and household items. St. Columba's is located at 43-1425 Hauola Rd, in Pa‘auilo.
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
Celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day gains momentum across Episcopal Church
[October 7, 2022] Episcopal dioceses and congregations are preparing services and celebrations marking Indigenous Peoples’ Day as part of the nationwide movement away from honoring the Italian explorer whose federal holiday, Columbus Day, is the second Monday in October. (Photo: Associated Press) READ MORE
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Annual Meeting: Rae (ext. 326)
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Monthly Statement: Fatima (ext. 307)
Ordination/Licensed Ministries: Denise (ext. 302)
Payroll: Danny (ext. 306)
Property (Contracts, Insurance, Agreements): Rae (ext. 326)
Safe Church: Denise (ext. 302)
Stewardship: Sandy (ext. 309)
Supply/Visiting Clergy: Denise (ext. 302)
Worship/Sacraments: Sandy (ext. 309)
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