Welina Mai e Bishop Fitzpatrick!
All are invited this Sunday March 7, 2021 at 10:00 am for Holy Eucharist with baptism, confirmation and reaffirmation of vows.
A letter from the Rector
Dear ohana CHA,

This coming Sunday might feel a little bit like an early Easter here at church. Normally during Lent we do not celebrate baptisms or other festive sacramental rites, but the pandemic has begged flexibility and adaptability from all of us. 

On Sunday, March 7th, at 10:00 am, Bishop Fitzpatrick will fly over from Honolulu to visit with us. During our 10:00 service, we will baptize one of our keiki, confirm one of our sisters, and reaffirm 5 of our siblings in Christ. We will also ritually recognize our partnership in ministry since this past fall I was called from being your temporary priest to a tenured call as rector. 

At the heart of Lent, we seek closeness with God, and while uncustomary, the celebrations of baptism and the growth of the Church are surely signs that point us toward God and draw us closer in the Body of Christ. As you know, our theme this Lent is "Healing Toward New Life," despite the hardship of the pandemic, the Church is seeing new life spring forth! 

Let rejoice and give thanks. Join us either virtually or in-person. 
Service begins at 10:00 am. 

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Katlin
Healing toward New Life
Lenten Prayer & Learning Invitations
The Sounds before the Cross
A Hawaiʻi Island Lenten offering of Evening Prayer and Devotion
Wednesdays @ 6 PM 
February 24 – March 24
Via ZOOM

This year our parishʻs Lenten Journey includes our sisters and brothers from our Hawaiʻi Island Episcopal congregations! 

Each week, via ZOOM, Evening Prayer or Evensong will be offered, which will include a devotional talk. Our guest, devotional speaker/leader is the Right Rev. Bob Gillies. He will be join us from his home in St. Andrew’s, Scotland (although it will be 5 AM for him!). The title of his talks is ‘Sounds before the Cross’. In these talks Bishop Gillies will be speaking about various sounds associated with Jesus’ approach to his final days in Jerusalem.

There is no sign up required to attend, but please do download the devotional booklet that Bishop Gillies has created for us. CLICK HERE to download a copy. Of course the Parish Office is glad to print out one for you to pick up.
 
Note that offering of Evening Prayer may vary from week to week with our sister island congregations taking turns officiating the service. Enjoy the blessing of hearing different Island folks lead us in prayer. We will try our best to display the congregational portions on the screen so you may join in. However, as always with such technology, if it doesnʻt go exactly as planned, our hope is that you will allow the liturgy to wash over you and enter into each offering with aloha.

The ZOOM link to join is: CLICK HERE 
Meeting ID is 883 0584 9898. 
Passcode is faith.

Baptism and Reaffirmation of Vows
Thursdays, Feb. 18, 25 and March 4
via Zoom 
6pm

Baptism is a sacrament, an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, by which God makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of God’s kingdom. It requires that we renounce evil, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as our Savior. 
 
In the Episcopal Church, we believe in one baptism through which we are marked as Christ’s own forever. There come times in people’s lives when the Holy Spirit calls to them in new and inspiring ways. God occasionally stirs the tide of our lives to bring us closer. There are times when we are moved to recommit ourselves to rediscover and refresh our baptismal covenant with God. For such a time, we gather the people of Christ to witness desiring candidates publicly reaffirm their baptismal vows in Christ. This is a sacramental rite embedded within the liturgy of Baptism and it is officiated by a bishop. 
 
On March 7th, Bishop Bob is scheduled to visit with us at CHA. Are you feeling called to reaffirm your baptism? Or perhaps you have yet to be baptized or confirmed into the faith; even if you’re only interested in the discussion, join us! 

Thursdays via Zoom 6pm:
March 4; We are the Body of Christ
Catechism and Sacraments as a way of life
 
Join Zoom Meeting
Topic: Baptism and Us 
 Mar 4, 2021 06:00 PM
Meeting ID: 969 1366 5559
Passcode: 052934

“What does the Bible say about…”
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. 
Feb. 24 – March 24 (omit 3/11)
via Zoom 
Ever wonder what the Bible says about certain topics? We will explore some hot topics and themes and take a look at what scripture says about it. Join us for this exploratory contemporary discussion. 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 963 3668 0495
Passcode: 693691
Latest Video Messages from Bishop Bob
LATEST VIDEO MESSAGE: March 1, 2021 - In this week's Lenten Monday message, the Bishop continues his series on praying the words to the hymns by Charles Wesley, with Hymn #638, Come, O thou Traveler unknown.
LENTEN STUDY: February 24, 2021 -Every Wednesday during Lent, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick will be walking through the Baptismal Covenant in the Book of Common Prayer.
Join us at 10:00 am on March 7th
in-person and live-streamed; note the time change from the regular 9:00 services due to Bishop's travel circumstances.
A Message from our Family Minister
Our next Sunday school will be held on:
Sunday, March 21th on Zoom at 10:30am. Email familylife@episcopalchurchhilo.org to join.
All are invited to participate in the Diocese of Hawai'i's Annual Spring Training on Saturday, March 13, 2021.
 
This year's Spring Training features 15 courses to choose from that cover a broad spectrum of topics including grant writing, human resource issues, youth ministry, and communications. There will also be a number of speakers addressing the issues of our times with race relations, worshiping during a pandemic, faith in our homes, and much more! 

To view course descriptions and register, visit the event webpage through the link above.
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Camp Mokuleia is excited to be expanding their Day Camp program this summer to include several locations on Oahu, one on Maui, one on the Big Island, and one on Kauai. These five Day Camps are for children finishing grades 1-5. All Day Camps are led by our highly trained Camp Mokule`ia staff and include games, arts & crafts, spiritual formation, and much more!

June 14th - 18 Day Camp #2 Church of the Holy Apostles $200. / $150 Early Bird
Please Be Aware of Hilo Medical Center's Vaccine Availability
  1. Hilo Medical Center is focused on specializing in vaccinating our kupuna.
  2. We are currently vaccinating our kupuna 75 years and older.
  3. 65+ can complete the 1st step of the registration process on HiloMedicalCenter.org. Pre-registering on our site will hold your place in line to receive an email from the CDC to register for your shot.
  4. In order to ensure vaccines are available for you, we only open appointment slots as vaccines become available. Currently all vaccine supplies are being utilized by our 75+ population. Until we receive additional vaccines, we will not be vaccinating 65+ and other groups until further notice.
  5. Vaccination appointments for 65+ will be made available as vaccines are received.
  6. Please refrain from calling the helpline if you are not 75 and older to allow access for our very senior and most vulnerable population.
  7. Our commitment is to give out the vaccines we receive – currently a 1,000 plus doses per week.
  8. Please continue to visit us at www.HiloMedicalCenter.org for the latest information about our vaccination clinic.
Here is a step by step instructional video of how to register and schedule an appointment to receive the COVID--19 vaccination on the CDC VAMS website. Please help sign up your kupuna.
Happy Birthday!
O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servants as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
March 1 - Becky Kaaihili
March 3 - Judith Torricer
March 6 - Erlinda Raquel
March 7 - Alfonso Alexander, Sr.
March 8 - Mandy Doty
March 9 - Jim Penny
March 10 - Sandra Curtis
March 14 - Roy Chandler
March 21 - Penny Chu
March 26 - Kenneth Saito
March 28 - Joan Stewart
March 29 - Tiana Tehero
March 30 - Anne Gibson
March 31 - Leland Nash
Centering Prayer - Prayer as Relationship
Contemplative Outreach of Hawaii: March Newsletter
"Be still and know that I am God."
Psalm 46:10

This simple wisdom saying is an invitation given to you by God. It is a call to set aside all activity, rest in silence, and come into an intimate relationship with the Beloved.  

Throughout the ages, most cultures and religions have practiced some form of prayer as a way of relating to God or spirit. In the modern Western world, we tend to think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed through words. Often these prayers become supplications to a God "out there"--a God that we perceive to be somewhere else. Although these prayers are those most commonly practiced, they are not the only expressions of prayer.

In Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, the word for prayer is shela. Shela can be interpreted to mean "to open oneself and listen to the Divine Presence." In this sense, prayer is not necessarily words being spoken; rather, it is closer to what, in the Christian tradition, is called contemplation. It is important for you to be open to a new understanding of prayer in the context of the contemplative Christian.

In the contemplative sense, prayer is not something you do, but is instead a relationship between you and the Divine Indwelling. To pray is to accept God's invitation to turn your mind and heart inward and open to the realization that you are not separate from God. God is always with you, whether you know it or not. This understanding of prayer as a relationship with God is a primary foundation of the practice of Centering Prayer. The more you practice silent prayer in the contemplative Christian tradition, the more you come to understand this new paradigm of prayer.

I invite you to spend ten minutes in silence. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and be still so God can use this time. It doesn't matter that odd thoughts will come to mind. When they do just let them go away. At the end of ten minutes, you are done.  

Closing prayer: Thank you, God, that you are right here with me as I wait. Amen. 

from Fr. Thomas Keating,"Centering Prayer"
Contemplative Outreach of Hawaii is a chapter of Contemplative Outreach Ltd. which is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. The common desire for Divine transformation, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice, unites our international, interdenominational community.
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
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Please, please do not click on links unless you can verify who the link came from.