Inside the seventh week of Easter...
 In his weekly Monday message, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick thanks all in the Diocese, as we head into a "new normal" of public worship and gatherings.
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MAY 22, 2020 - In a special e-mail announcement, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick announced that churches are currently working on plans for returning to public worship in accordance with CDC, State and County guidelines, as well as an extensive Diocean "Customary in the Time of Pandemic" document. To read the Bishopʻs announcement, click  HERE
Join digital fellowship this Sunday 5/17/2020 from 10:00 - 11a.m.. You can join anytime within those hours by clicking on this link:

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry offered a brief sermon for a  virtual memorial service  for the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Christian denominational leaders from the National Council of Churches USA will offer words of lament, comfort, encouragement, and hope during an Ecumenical Memorial Service to remember the lives of those lost so far in the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. This virtual memorial service will include a listing of the names of many of those whom we have lost, inspirational music, scripture readings, a sermonic reflection and space for grieving. You are invited to join us for this time of remembering, mourning and celebrating the lives of loved ones.
Send a congratulatory note or gift to the church at the students' attention by May 29, 2020 (extended deadline) and we will basket up loving aloha to be delivered to each student.
Mailing Address (For any student):
Church of the Holy Apostles
Attn: Graduating Senior
1407 Kapiolani Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Bible Study is open anytime! Email Pastor Katlin if you are interested in spending some quality time on the Book of Acts. All are welcome!
Hawaiʻi County Office of Aging is here for our kupuna!
Anyone over 60, especially those who live alone should call the Office of Aging at  808-961-8600  to get services tailored to your needs.
An Invitation to Centering Prayer
Come and join our Holy Apostles small group of centering prayer followers on Mondays starting at 3:30 pm online Zoom meetings. Drop in 15 minutes ahead of time for a brief introductory period. Questions? Contact

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Meeting ID: 223 091 057

Centering Prayer
A method of quiet meditation in which a single symbolic word is used as a sign of one's willingness to wait on God and be available to God's presence. This word is used as a point of focus. The discipline involves setting aside twenty minutes or so for quiet prayer. This apophatic method has been widely taught and practiced in the Episcopal Church since the early 1980s. Thomas Keating's Finding Grace at the Center (1978) encouraged the practice of centering prayer.

From the Episcopal Dictionary of the Church
Click here for re sources for children and the adults who love them to cope with coronavirus anxiety and sickness, provided by Sesame Street.
An invitation for you, from Presiding Bishop Curry: As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’ A new meditation will be posted on Mondays through May.
In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, we are now at another one of those threshold moments when important and significant decisions must be made on all levels of our global community for the good and the well-being of the entire human family. In this moment, I would ask you to allow me to share with you a Word to the Church: What Would Love Do?
SCAM ALERT!! Please be aware that scammers posing as Bishop Bob or Pastor Katlin have been emailing random congregation members asking for favors. Please DO NOT respond or click on any links. If in question, please call the office at (808) 935-5545. Here is a reference link to the most current scams out there:
The Stations of the Resurrection, also known as Via Lucis (Way of Light), are a form of Christian meditation upon the Resurrection of Jesus and of the Resurrection appearances as recorded in the New Testament.
The Stations of the Resurrection complement the Stations of the Cross, a traditional devotion commemorating the Passion of Jesus typically prayed on Good Friday.

As with the Stations of the Cross, the Stations of the Resurrection typically includes for each Station a reading from Scripture, a short response, and a prayer. The Stations are a series of 14 images arranged along a path and usually takes the form of a procession, with movement from one Station to the next sometimes being accompanied by the singing of one or more verses of a hymn. As you begin, take a moment to gaze at the image and ponder the scene. Then begin reading the scripture followed by the response with Alleluias. The station prayer(collect) is next followed by a hymn. Take time to pause and contemplate between the reading and the prayers and the hymn. And lastly, enjoy the Lord’s presence with you as you walk together the way of Light!
Are you needing assistance?
Through the generosity of our congregation, we are able to meet some basic needs for anyone facing critical hardship to purchase groceries, rent, electric, and medicine. When we offer such assistance, it is done in the form of a check or giftcard and bills are paid directly to vendors and landlords. If you are in need of assistance from the church, call the office and leave a message for Pastor Katlin. 808-935-5545
Liliʻuokalani Trust 

Liliʻuokalani Trust is providing kōkua through one-time emergency stabilization financial assistance for those who qualify. The following bullets reflect general information about LT’s financial relief program:

• Eligible families must have a Hawaiian kamaliʻi (child ages birth to 17 years old) residing in the household of the requestor and they must have legal authority to request this assistance;

• There must be a direct financial impact resulting from COVID-19 (e.g., job loss, reduced hours, quarantine). Requestors are asked to provide documentation, if possible.

• The requestor and kamaliʻi are not currently enrolled in Liliʻuokalani Trust services (e.g., case management, youth development programs).

If you or those you serve are interested in applying for one-time Emergency Stabilization Financial Assistance, please call our  LT Kōkua Line at 
(808) 466-8102

Hours of operation:  Tuesdays – Fridays, 9:00am–11a & 1:00-3:00pm, excluding State/Federal Holidays. If inquiring after business hours, please leave a message or email
The Hawaii Resilience Fund

The Resilience Fund was established by Hawaiʻi Community Foundation and Pierre and Pam Omidyar to “rapidly deploy resources and encourage community giving to address the COVID-19 Pandemic,” according to the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation website. United Way’s Rent & Utility Assistance Program was established to assist those who are in immediate and urgent need of support with paying their rent and utility bills due to their income being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The funding will allow three Hawaiʻi Island non-profit organizations, Hope Services Hawaii, Neighborhood Place of Puna and Hawaiʻi County Economic Opportunity Council, the opportunity to approve one-time emergency financial assistance of up to $1,000 per household to Hawaiʻi Island residents who have recently been laid off or whose income has been reduced.

Also, eligible applicants for financial emergency assistance must meet income limits, currently earning at or below 80% of Hawaiʻi County’s Area Median Income (AMI). The 80% AMI cap starts at $46,700 for an individual, and increases with each additional family member. Verification of income, proof of economic hardship as a result of the pandemic, and a government-issued Hawaiʻi ID is required. For a full list of required documents and grant guidelines (including AMI limitations) contact the following agencies for additional information:

Hope Services Hawaii  
Phone: (808) 935-3050  

Neighborhood Place of Puna
Phone: (808) 965-5550

Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council
Phone: (808) 935-5219

OR call United Way at 211 for more information.

Funding is limited and agencies are asking for your consideration in making sure you meet all requirements before applying. 

Hope Services Hawaiʻi will be able to assist households seeking mortgage, rent or utility assistance. HOPE will assist with the payment of one household bill or expense. 

Neighborhood Place of Puna and Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council will assist with rent and utility costs only. Applicants of this program can apply once a month for up to 3 months. 

Payments will be sent directly to creditors on behalf of applicants.
Looking to serve and help the community?
Food Basket Needs Volunteers

The Food Basket is working to thoroughly clean and sanitize their packing room and warehouse so that they can safely serve those who are hungry in our community. They are desperately short on volunteers, however. Please let your congregations know that they need people who can clean, wipe, sanitize, and pressure wash. They particularly need people on Thursdays and Fridays. For more information or to volunteer, call the Food Basket at 808-933-6030. 
Neighborhood Place of Puna oversees Hale Iki in HPP. They are   primarily looking for individuals willing to help for short periods of time with some cleaning. Down the road, they may need some help with food prep. Contact Paul Normann if interested Office: 808-965-5550
Feed the Hungry Program 
Due to the risk of coronavirus, some of CHA’s regular teams have to step out of serving meals at this time. Salvation Army FTH is looking for help on the first Sunday of May 2020. If you’re healthy and not in the high-risk population, contact Cheryl Chow .
Looking for a paying job?

           Neighborhood Place of Puna is hiring a “Shelter Monitor.” See the job posting. Click  HERE  for job description.
Native Hawaiian Wellbeing During COVID-19
Kūkulu Kumuhana is a wellbeing framework, developed by Kānaka Maoli and others for the lāhui and all who live in Hawaiʻi. It is a transformative model to be utilized by families and communities for holistic wellbeing. Especially in these times of endless change, stress and the reality of COVID-19, we remember that we are the descendants of resilient people. Below are a few tips and ideas for self care, ʻohana care and community care. Please follow all recommendations for stay/work at home, physical distancing and sanitation.
Do you have experience taking notes? Would you be willing and able to attend meetings once a month? This advertisement might be for you!  The Vestry is looking for a Secretary . If you are interested, please email  Pastor Katlin .