With the Diocese's Annual Meeting being held virtually this year, and the inability to have our traditional Convention Eucharist, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick shared a Convention Sermon with churches for this past Sunday, October 18. In case you missed it, here it is.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, preached this sermon via video at a service of Holy Eucharist at Washington National Cathedral, Washington D.C., on Sunday 27 September 2020.
With the Bishop's schedule uncertain while preparing for this year's virtual Annual Meeting, he will be offering reflections on elements in the Book of Common Prayer and theology during the months of September and October. He will also be addressing questions and concerns you have on worship, theology, the practice of faith, or social issues.  If you have a question, please send it to the Bishop at Questions for the Bishop (be sure to include your name and congregation). He will do his best to answer your questions.  
Exciting news from our Senior Warden!
Aloha kakou!
On behalf of the Wardens and the Vestry of the Church of the Holy Apostles, I am pleased and grateful to report that your prayers for our discernment have come to an appropriate resolution. The Reverend Katlin E. McCallister has been elected the Rector of our parish and the Letter of Agreement that establishes the parameters of her new status has been signed by her and by me on behalf of the Vestry, and acknowledged by Bishop Fitzpatrick on this day, October 20, 2020. Information regarding Pastor Katlin's installation will be forthcoming, but will likely coincide with the Bishop's visit in March 2021. Congratulations to Pastor Katlin and to us, the parishioners of the Church of the Holy Apostles! We have a Rector!
Stewardship Campaign 2021
Stewardship Season 2021 kicked off with the mailing of a pledge packet. Did you receive your packet? If not, please call the office and request one. So far 7 people have turned in their pledges.

With God’s Help you are invited to take a moment to reflect on our individual and collective callings as members of the Body of Christ, and how we each are blessed by our Lord with gifts to seek and serve Christ in those around us.

A generous person will prosper whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25
Starting on Sunday, October 4, and each successive Sunday through October, members of our faith community will share their stories of invitation and thanksgiving at the beginning of each streamed service. It is our fervent prayer that these times of sharing, meditation, and reflection will help you in your spiritual journey.
This Sundayʻs featured speaker: Laurie Zieglar - Mahalo Laurie!
Click to see Stewardship testimony from Dora Kraul and Deb Lewis
The Rubbah Slippah Drive
Our Slippah Collection Drive ends today and we thank all of you who dropped off new slippers at our church office. A request from the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island came to us and within two weeks, you responded generously. We know that the Covid-19 season is still affecting us. Some of you were not able to go out of your homes to shop for slippers. We understand. Today's public health and safety requirements forces all of us to think of our personal health first. But once again, members of our church came through and supported the Slippah Collection Drive. Thank you!

"This will truly be a blessing no matter how big or small the result. I often say 'one is better than none'... one more child that we provide for." --Chad Cabral, CEO Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island
On Sunday, October 25, we will hold 9:00 am service of Morning Prayer in-person AND online. You have our full support to worship from home if you do not feel comfortable coming in person. We will continue to share the bulletin online also. If you do come in person, please be prepared to keep your distance and wear your mask for the duration of your time at church, sign a contact tracing list, and participate less verbally than usual (i.e. no congregational singing or reading). Sunday School will be hosted online at 10:30 am by ZOOM.
All Saints Day- Sunday, 11/1/2020
Please send photos of your departed loved ones for a video montage during the litany of the saints. Send photos to Doug Adams at kumutrikoru@gmail.com no later than Wednesday, October 28th, in order to be included in the video. 

We will officiate a service of Holy Eucharist at 9:00 am in-person and online. You have our full support to worship from home if you do not feel comfortable coming in person.  We will continue to share the bulletin online also. If you do come in person, please be prepared to keep your distance and wear your mask for the duration of your time at church, sign a contact tracing list, and participate less verbally than usual (i.e. no congregational singing or reading). Sunday School will be hosted online at 10:30 am by ZOOM.

The following precautions are highlights, but not comprehensive of the measures taken to maintain as safe an environment as possible for Holy Communion:
-       No physical passing of the peace or plates, etc.
-       No distribution of wine or passing of the chalice.
-       Only the celebrant priest will handle the vessels and elements for Communion with sanitized hands and a mask. Gifts will not be brought forward for presentation, but will be present at the altar already for the celebrant. 
-       Ushers will be trained to direct the congregation one pew at a time to receive Holy Communion in one kind (bread wafer), one person at a time in the center aisle. The receiver should sanitize their hands as provided, outstretch their arms from the space marked for the priest to drop the wafer into the hand. Once received, the communicant should return to their seat, remove mask, consume the sacrament, and then replace mask.  
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Pastor Katlin.
Next online Sunday School for families will be happening on October 25, 2020. If interested, please email familylife@episcopalchurchhilo.org OR click on this link to join:
Centering Prayer
Contemplative Outreach of Hawaiʻi; October Newsletter
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 lindymarzo@gmail.com

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 223 091 057
Voting Toolkit and Resource Guide
The Episcopal Church and the 2020 U.S. Elections: An Overview of Resources

As the United States gets closer to Election Day, November 3rd, The Episcopal Church will continue to release new resources, including an ongoing educational series on the basics of the election process and transition of power.
 
Other resources include a Plan Your Vote guide, toolkit for supporting others in your community to vote, a tool for recognizing and combatting disinformation and misinformation, and much more. 
 
The Office of Government Relations, and members of the Episcopal Public Policy Network, have also continued advocacy through Action Alerts, direct meetings with Congressional offices, and sign-on letters, pushing for additional funding for the election given the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The Office of Government Relations carries out this work in collaboration with other faith-based and secular organizations through both official partnerships, like with Faithful Democracy, National Voter Registration Day, and National Vote Early Day, and less formal collaborations on election and advocacy messaging. 
 
To explore these resources, begin at the Office of Government Relations’ Civic Engagement page.

Hawai'i County Rent & Mortgage Assistance Program
Aloha all,
The eligibility requirements have been relaxed for the Hawaiʻi County Rent & Mortgage Assistance Program, which can provide up to $20,000 for people financially impacted by COVID-19. We need your help to make sure this CARES Act money goes to keeping people on Hawaiʻi Island housed. 
Notably, we can now also help people who:
  • Paid their rent or mortgage with personal savings, credit cards, or loans from family/friends
  • Have a mortgage in forbearance
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: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts
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