November 16, 2020:
Special Monday Message from the Bishop: A Note of Thanks
Coming soon!
The Bishop’s Bible Study Beginning December 2:
The Gospel According to Mark

Bishop Bob will again be offering his weekly online reflection on a book of the Bible beginning on the first Wednesday in Advent, December 2, 2020. Over the following weeks, he will walk through the Gospel according to Mark. These twenty-minute reflections can be part of individual study and prayer, or they can be used as part of a small group study (perhaps for a Bishop’s Committee/Vestry as a shared study). To prepare for this new Bible Study series read the Bishopʻs message in the Chronicle HERE. Join the journey through the Gospel according to Mark.
A message from the Rector
November 17, 2020

Aloha kakou,

I want to tell you about my favorite part of Vestry meetings. While we always open with prayer, this past year the Vestry took up the custom to begin each meeting with 20-30 minutes of faith-reflections and devotion with each other. The devotional time is a time to get to know each other through a faith lens, to share the Good News of Jesus through our stories, and orient our minds and sprits toward God as the starting point from which we pursue “the business” of the church. 

The reflection is led by a different volunteer of the group each month and this past meeting, Vestry Member Rick Witter led. He invited us to reflect on how God has worked in our lives through scripture.  Many things of faith (scripture, song, prayer) that were embedded in us early in life, almost imperceptibly, later rise at pivotal moments in our lives as an offering from God to meet the moment. It was moving to witness, receive, and be blessed by partaking in that spiritual exchange. 

I invite you, therefore, to join us. Reflect on a time when God acted in your life through scripture, prayer, song or something of faith. Consider inviting someone you know to do the same and share those stories with each other.  Witnessing to each other’s lives and God’s work in us is an important part of the Christian life. It speaks wonders to coming to know God in different ways and unveils the present Christos that dwells within. 

If you decide to do this on your own, perhaps write it down and speak it to the “Great Cloud of Witnesses.” I would love to hear your stories if you want to share, as well.  Early in 2021, if not sooner, we will begin a video series on “Kupuna Stories” and “Faith through the Pandemic,” as a means of sharing inspiration, wisdom, and witness to Christ’s good news for us and anyone out there thirsty for life-giving water. 

And perhaps, you might prayerfully consider to join the Vestry when we hold elections for new members in January. ;) 

May your story be a blessing. 

Pastor Katlin
A Salute to our Veterans!
Almighty and Gracious God, we pray for all veterans of the military and their families, for their sacrifices, their wellness, and for all who work for justice, freedom, and peace; that we all may use our liberties in accordance with God’s compassion.

2020 Hawaiʻi Island Virtual Veterans Day Parade Video: https://youtu.be/dFKWHGuQfpk
Stewardship Campaign 2021
Stewardship Season 2021 kicked off with the mailing of a pledge packet. So far 43 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.

You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us. 2 Corinthians 9:11
Thank you to Dora Kraul, Deb Lewis and Laurie Zieglar for sharing their stories of stewardship and thanksgiving!
Next Sunday School class: 
November 29 at 10:30am by Zoom Video Conference

First Sunday in Advent. Students and parents, prepare now and make your Advent wreath so we can all share our family wreath online.

Lighting the Advent Candle
A tradition in Advent is to create an Advent wreath made with evergreen branches fashioned into a circle with four candles, one for each of the weeks of Advent. The lighting of the candles reminds us of the coming of God’s promised light into the darkness of the world. Each week, beginning on Sunday, November 29, light another Advent candle and watch the light grow as we get closer to celebrating the birth of Jesus.
A Prayer for our Sunday School students
God of wisdom and truth,
We lift our hearts to you,
Giving thanks for the life we share through our Holy Apostles Sunday School;
We thank you for learning and discovery;
For our Bible stories, reflections and activities;
For arts to make and games to play,
And most of all
For loving teachers, parents and caring classmates.
Teach us to understand one another,
And to love and worship God;
Help us grow together in goodness and peace;
Through your many names we pray. Amen.
Sunday School Schedule
*please notice a change in scheduling
Sunday - Nov 29 Zoom 10:30am
1st Sunday in Advent
*Sunday -Dec 6 class rescheduled to Dec 13
Sunday Dec 13 Zoom 10:30am
3rd Sunday in Advent
Thursday Dec 24 Zoom 6:30pm
Christmas Eve Family Gathering 
Sunday Dec 27 no class
*Sunday Jan 3 class rescheduled to Jan 10
Sunday Jan 10 Zoom 10:30am
Resume regular class
Sunday Jan 31 Zoom 10:30am
 *CHA Annual Meeting
Sunday Feb 7 Zoom 10:30am Sunday School class
New Podcast this Advent Season:
A Prayer for Birthdays (BCP p830)
O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray on your servants as s/he begins another year. Grant that s/he may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen his/her trust in your goodness all the days of his/her life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Centering Prayer
Contemplative Outreach of Hawaiʻi; November 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? Please contact lindymarzo@gmail.com
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
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
The Advent Wreath
A traditional Advent wreath will have four taper candles (three blue and one may be pink) set in a wreath of evergreen branches. A bright blue ribbon may be tied to each candle. Frames to hold the candles could be purchased at a religious book store or on online for as little as $4.00 and as much as $50.00.
One candle is lit the first Sunday of Advent, two on the second, three on the third and all four on the Fourth Sunday of Advent. If the candles have not burned all the way down, a white candle may be placed in a candle holder and set in the center of the wreath for the season of Christmas (December 25 – January 5).

Interested in purchasing your very own Advent Wreath? Click here: