Church of the Holy Apostles
1407 Kapi'olani Street 96720
https://www.episcopalchurchhilo.org
A letter from the Rector
One year ago we closed the church at the direction of the bishop from public services and gatherings. We took everything virtual for the first time ever. I will never forget the oddity of my first time preaching to a phone camera or how I thought, surely we would be over it in a month or two. (LOL)

Through God's grace, we made things possible that we had never done before; we experimented and trusted God more than ever to be our shepherd and show us the way.   It is quite the miracle looking back at it all. I am overwhelmed with gratitude as I think back on all the ways our members and staff sprung into prayerful action and their dedication all along the way. Our congregation came together as family once more, though not in person, we stayed bonded in love and spirit.

Now a year later, Easter is rapidly approaching and more and more people are getting vaccines against COVID19, it feels as if we are on the horizon of another transition, a welcomed one at that. 

Throughout this Lent we have been focusing on healing toward new life, and come to think of it, that is quite close to what we have been doing as a world since the pandemic began: finding our way to heal in a new way of life. Now on the brink of change once more, I invite the congregation to contemplate God's presence in coming weeks. Look, listen, and reach out for hope, then share it too. 

You're in my daily prayers and I hope I am in yours.

Aloha nui,
Pr. 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.

“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
Lend a Helping Hand-Parish Clean-Up
March 20, 2021
Saturday
8a.m.
*masks required/ 3/27 rain date
Looking for anyone willing to volunteer as a Greeter/Usher on Sundays. Please contact Barbara Gallop at (808)785-8121 or at bcgallop@yahoo.com. Your help is much appreciated.
Latest Video Messages from Bishop Bob
Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick continues his Monday Lenten series on the Hymns of Charles Wesley. This week he talks about Hymn #535​ from The Hymnal 1982, Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim.
LENTEN STUDY: In his continuing Wednesday Lenten series on the Baptismal Covenant from the Book of Common Prayer, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick discusses the third clause, "Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?"
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.
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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.
Book Review
"Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life" by Henri Nouwen (with M. J. Christensen and R.J. Laird). HarperCollins, 2013.

Henri J.M. Nouwen (1932-1996) was a Catholic priest and author who taught at many universities before finally becoming a senior pastor of L'Arche Daybreak, a community in Canada where people with disabilities created a home for one another. I stumbled across him while searching for books that could help me understand Incarnation Theology (please ask Pastor Katlin to explain this if you don't know what this means). While I found many intriguing titles by him, I was drawn to reading "Discernment" because the preface spoke directly to what I was feeling during this pandemic:

"The premise of this book is that God is always speaking to us - individually and as people of God - at different times and in many ways: through dreams and visions, experience and reason, nature and events. And that discernment is the spiritual practice that accesses and seeks to understand what God is trying to say." (p. 8)

The part of this book that I liked the best was his chapter "Read the Book of Nature". Nouwen asserts that "nature . . . points to God and offers signs and wonders indicating God's presence and will." (p.96) This has become a greater reality since I moved here nine years ago, being surrounded every day by the beauties of this island. I found Nouwen's writings to be truly comforting and hopeful.

This book is available through the Hawaii State Library System and can be purchased on Amazon or abebooks.com. Abebooks is an online source for used books from independent booksellers and I have had nothing but positive experiences with them.

Linda Watson, Librarian SFPL (retired)
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

Please, please do not click on links unless you can verify who the link came from.