Inside the third week of Easter...
April 28, 2020

Aloha nui to all our friends and family out there.

We find ourselves within the third week of Eastertide and the seventh (?) week of stay-at-home orders in Hawaii. Did you know three and seven are considered holy numbers? Superstitious people might say they are lucky numbers. 3 and 7 are both referenced throughout scripture, the most well-known probably being the 7 days of Creation and the 3 days between Christ's death and rising to new life.

Speaking of new life, we also find ourselves in Springtime! Here in Hawaii many flowers are blooming beautifully and filling the air with delightful fragrance and maybe you're noticing the spring bloom of little bugs too!

In the midst of these mysterious reminders of new life, I wonder about how God is making us new again through this experience of the pandemic. How is the natural order being made new? The atmosphere? The ocean? Our values? Our priorities?

I wonder if before we come to the 4th Sunday in Eastertide, we might find some signs of new life in our own households and hearts.

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As a reminder, our weekly bible study recently began the Book of Acts. I encourage you to consider joining this venture to reflect on the early journey of the Body of Christ after Christ was risen from the dead. It is fitting for this time in our lives. The early followers searched for their path in following the risen Christ who no longer was with them in physical form. It was a strange time; none among them had experience in navigating such circumstances as the ones they found themselves within, and yet the call remained: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,   and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Bible Study meets 4:00-5:00 HST by ZOOM on Wednesdays. Join by sending an email to me  pastor@episcopalchurchhilo.org

If you or someone you know needs help due to the impact of the pandemic, please contact me at the office 808-935-5545. 

If you are in a position to make an offering and want to further our service in alleviating hardship in our community, you can send in offerings designated to Benevolence or Outreach. 

Mahalo to all of you for your spiritual friendship and walking the way together. 

God’s peace be always with you. 

Pastor Katlin
Stations of the Resurrection 
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 5:30pm
This service is similar to the Stations of the Cross experience. With the stations of the Resurrection, we recount Jesus' appearances and significant moments after he was risen from the dead. Join us online for this unique devotional of recalling the acts of Jesus Christ. 
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  lindymarzo@gmail.com

Join Zoom Meeting
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
Want to check in and catch up? Join digital fellowship this Sunday 5/3/2020 from 10:00 - 12p.m.. You can join anytime within those hours.
You must email Senior Warden Doug Adams to enroll. Email him at kumutrikoru@gmail.com
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.
Our wonderful May babies:
1 - Janet Snyder
2 - Tere Chandler
3 - Warlito Raquel
4 - Nicole Nash
5 - AJ Torricer & Karl Eschbach
6 - Jennifer Walker
8 - Francis Zee
9 - Maria Jampolsky
11 - Claudia Wilcox-Boucher
14 - Rick Witter
15 - Meilani Jose
17 - Chelsey Chow
22 - Lesley Hohenstein
29 - Ken McGilvray
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  covidhelp@onipaa.org
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
Website:   http://hceoc.net

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  cnchow96749@gmail.com .
Digital Fellowship Coordinator for CHA
Looking for a volunteer to organize more fellowship digitally. We would like a volunteer to act as point of contact, take sign-ups, facilitate small groups digitally, etc. If you’re a people person and want to help build friendships in our church, this is for you! Contact Pastor Katlin 808-935-5545
Lincoln Park supply coordinator
We're looking for a new supply coordinator (or co's) to begin learning from our existing leader (Maria) and begin serving May 3 to learn and June 7 th  to lead. This entails shopping, bag prep, receipts and vestry report on monthly basis. Contact Pastor Katlin 808-935-5545
Looking for a paying job?

           Neighborhood Place of Puna is hiring a “Shelter Monitor.” See the job posting. Click  HERE  for job description.
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 .