November 30, 2018
Aloha our beloved parish ‘ohana,
Advent Waiting

Waiting is a boring word. Just the word connotes boredom. Waiting in the 'Waiting room' is never fun. It is useful, but rarely fun. So, waiting is a drag. Or is it? When I was young, the first snowfall in Northern Minnesota was always magical. It meant Christmas was coming and the Christmas wait had started. Every day was a tick off the timeline until the coming of Christmas morning! The wait for Christmas was literally half the fun of Christmas! The expectation of what was going to be under the tree was well worth the wait. Also, all that lead up to Christmas was just as exhilarating. The cookie baking, the tree hunt, the decorating of the house and tree, present buying and wrapping, card sending and receiving. And we musn't forget the Christmas specials on TV. My personal favorite, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer featuring the Abominable Snowman! Yes, the Christmas wait was glorious. 

Has anything changed now that I am old(er)? Yes it has. I still get excited for the holiday, but I wait now in expectation differently. I still bake, wrap and send, and watch, but I also sit quietly and ponder. I open my heart to the magic of Christmas through the coming of the Christ Child. I wait in silence and in awe of what transpired that day so long ago. I wait differently then I waited as a child, but the excitement is still there. When I was a child I waited with expectation for the gift under the tree. Now I wait with expectation for the Gift given within my heart. Waiting does not have to be boring. It can be fruitful and rewarding and fun. May we all wait with the same excitement for the perfect Gift that was given to all of us. The Gift that never wears out. The Gift that never gets old. The Gift that never, ever disappoints. Blessings to all who are in the 'Waiting Room' this Advent. Christmas is coming and it is glorious!

Peace be with you,
Linda+
 
Link to the readings for this Sunday:
Long time parishioner Jacinto "Joe" Ignacio's funeral will be held on Saturday at 10 AM At St. James. Visitation and viewing will be from 8:30 to 10:00 AM. Internment will follow immediately in the St James cemetery, followed by reception in the Savanack Pavilion.

You may sent notes of sympathy to 
Rose Spencer at: PO Box 81, Kamuela, HI 96743

May Joe’s soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, and rise in Glory.
from David+

When parishioner Irene Kubo looked down on the pew, during the 7:30 AM Mass, she noticed what little 7 year-old Falon, grandchild of Theresa Ka'aekuahiwi, had written on the her note pad. Little ears hear what we say and sing in worship.

Mahalo to Falon's tutu for giving permission to share this moment of grace.

_____________
 
David, our rector, asked several members of our parish 'ohana to write a reflection on their experience of God's grace working in and through our parish. Do you have a reflection/experience of “Grace at work” in our parish ‘ohana or in the wider community? Don’t keep it to yourself. Share the grace! Please email it to  newsletter@stjameshawaii.org .

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and our Advent Journey
Wednesdays, December 5, 12, 19 • 5:30 – 7:30 PM  (note time)  • at St. James’
 
This Advent  as we prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ, let's explore the spiritual dimension of the Christian life, as presented by C. S. Lewis in one of the most beloved of the Chronicles of Narnia! In  The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,  spirituality is presented as an adventurous journey over the sea — seeking the home of Aslan, the Noble Lion (who represents Christ). Joining us via Skype from his home in Atlanta will be Christian author Carl McColman, whose book  The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader  unpacks how C. S. Lewis wove together Celtic mythology and the teachings of the Christian mystics to compose his charming sea adventure. As we journey through the season of Advent, come join in a lively discussion as we reflect on the wisdom of C. S. Lewis who shows us how faith can be an adventure — pointing us toward deeper union with God.

Because of the time zone difference, there are a few changes to this year’s Advent series offering. We’ll begin with potluck at 5:30 PM. At 6 PM, we’ll welcome our guest speaker, after which we will enjoy discussion over coffee and dessert. We will close with our evening prayers. Sign up below.

For now, you are invited to read C.S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader . In addition, you are invited to read Carl McColman’s book, The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader  that he’ll be using for his discussions. Copies will soon be available at the parish office to borrow, and it is also available on Amazon for ebook readers.
A little more about our special guest speaker: 
Carl McColman  is a contemplative writer, speaker, retreat leader, catechist and spiritual companion. He is the author of several books, including  Befriending Silence Answering the Contemplative Call , and  The Big Book of Christian Mysticism . He is a life-professed Lay Cistercian (a layperson under formal spiritual guidance of Cistercian monks) affiliated with the Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia. He also received formation in the practice of Christian spirituality and contemplative leadership through the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. Carl and his wife, Fran, are part of the Adult Faith Formation team at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Decatur GA where they work with adults who are preparing for baptism and confirmation.

Carl regularly leads retreats and speaks on the contemplative life at monasteries and retreat centers, cathedrals, parishes and seminaries. His ministry is ecumenical in scope, and he has also participated in a number of interfaith initiatives. He maintains a blog at Patheos ( www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman ) and is the co-host of a podcast,  Encountering Silence  ( www.encounteringsilence.com ) !
         
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Our Advent Journey
LOCATION
St. James'

DATE AND TIME
12/05/18 5:30pm

Advent program with Carl McColman, examining the Advent Journey through the writings of C.S. Lewis, December 5, 11, 19 from 5:30 to 7:30.
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We Welcome New Members of our Parish ‘Ohana This Weekend




Making the decision to become a member of a parish family is not something people tend to take lightly. Sometimes a person knows early on as a newcomer that they have found a church home they had been searching for; others take a few months or even years to discern that this is where God is calling them to live out their promises made at baptism. On Saturday and Sunday, December 1st & 2nd, we will welcome and celebrate the decision of those who have recently asked to be recorded as members, making this their Hawaiian parish home.
    
Who can become a member? Any person who has been baptized with water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, whether in the Episcopal Church or any other Christian church, and has requested that their baptism be recorded in this parish’s records becomes a member of the parish.
           
Are you already baptized and interested in learning about becoming a member? Speak to any of our clergy. They will be happy to talk with you. Click HERE for additional information on becoming a member.

If you are not baptized and would like to find out what baptism means, do not hesitate to contact any of the clergy. The next scheduled baptism is at the beach mass, on Saturday, December 15 th . There is also a helpful brochure at the back of the church, or you can find the same information on our parish website HERE
 
Greening of the Church - St. James'- Saturday, December 22nd, 9 AM 

St. Columba's - Saturday December 15th, 10 AM


The Annual Greening of St. James’ Church will be on Saturday, December 22nd from 9 AM until pau. Volunteers will be needed to help with the decorating - this is always a fun time as we ready the Church for the Christmas services.

The more help we get the more fun we have! If you have greens, including cypress, magnolia, cedar, pine, holly, mac nut,  eucalyptus or other long lasting foliage to donate please drop them off at the church on the morning of December 22nd.

Please bring your own gloves and clippers. All other supplies will be provided. If you have questions please contact Terri Greenwell at 885-8038. 

St. Columba’s will be greened on Saturday, December 15th, at 10 AM. If you have greens to donate please drop them off at St. Columba’s on Saturday morning.
St. Columba's Advent Study Group
THE REAL GOD
How He Longs for You to See Him
by Chip Ingram

There is a deep sense of unease in our rapidly changing world. We all know something has been lost but don’t know why or where it all leads. Popular culture says it’s all about me – that the end justifies the means, that love means self-satisfaction, that status and appearance are what count. And this ultimately self-destructive perspective has thoroughly infiltrated the church as confusion replaces conviction. The way back, the path of hope, starts with knowing God for who He really is. 

In this in-depth study of seven attributes of God – His goodness, sovereignty, holiness, wisdom, justice, love, and faithfulness – you’ll see Him in a whole new light. It will change the way you think about God, yourself, and others. You will pray and live with a deep peace and a renewed purpose as you see Him as He longs to be seen. 
            
Please join us at St. Columba's in Pa'auilo on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 PM ending on December 19th (no meeting on November 21) . B ring supper along with your desire to learn.  Each session will begin with a DVD lesson, watched while we eat.  Discussion and prayer will follow as we enjoy dessert and decaf coffee! Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be present at each lesson. Come and learn how God wants us to know Him!
KAWAIHAE HARBOR, SATURDAY 5 PM

Upcoming at Beach Mass - baptism, December 15, 5:00 PM
Peggy Rein, Patricia Eckstrom, Sarah, Gloria Seiden, Narcisa Yagin, Menelio Balmilero, Nicole Anderson, Marlene Thees, Trevor, Carl Stanforth, Alan Ackerman, Brad Young, Monica Parker, Gladys Takeya, Gerry Goodenough, Monique Abbasi, Jack A, IsaacDeRego, James Knox Everett,  Riley Furlong, Jerry Reyla, Debbie Gaines, Israel Kahoopii, Pedro Ka'awaloa, Eleanor, Nathan Lee, Ted Lindsey, Jane Cook & Family, Eleanor Mendias, Mark & Kay Segal, Maurice Cecil &  Pukaua Summer Sommers, Betty Santorio, Cheyanna Lahnum, Jesse Osmun, Art-Andre (Petit) Dieme, Patrick OʻBrien, Pegi Young,  Helen Cronk, Shin Runkel, Mary Avery, Alex Ka'aua, the Reyes family, Paterno Balmilero, Jeff Morrell, Vicky Tagaca, Victor Wusstig, Maelle Wolf, Steven, Kaipo Young, Coe Atherton, Annette LaBonte, Pat Holiday, Nancy Davidson, Dr. Jill Fishback Chambers, Karen Sanchez, The Rev. Katherine Cunningham, Tony Abbott, Verna Chartrand, Elizabeth Babin McCarthy, Guy Piltz, Pricilla Bertleman, AnneMarie Kennedy, Bobbi Stewart , Greg Sliva, Katy Grainger, Eli Ching, Shawn & Stephanie, Michael Mangarin, Heidi Barnett, Rik Mangarin, Theresa Ka'aekuahiwi, Diane Feeney, Gael Burke, family & friends of Louis Byron Jr., brother of Scott Byron, Leta Shattuck, Colin Tiplady ++
If you would like to be added to the Prayer List or would like to add someone else (please get their permission first), call the parish office at 808-885-4923 or email at  prayer@stjameshawaii.org  by the Tuesday before you would like the name to appear in the bulletin. Please mention 'Prayer List' in the Subject line of the email to Jacque so that she knows it's not a spam email from someone she doesn't know personally.
  
Names will remain on the list for 4 weeks. You must then request to have the name added again.  
In the back of the church are note cards. Please take 5 to 10 cards and envelopes home with you. Use them to reach out to one another and those in the wider community.  
Please keep in your thoughts and prayers parishioners who are unable to be with us in worship. Please reach out to them and let them know they are missed. 
Gerry Goodenough          
PO Box 988                
Kamuela, HI 96743         

Tepa Farias 
PO Box 1152 
Kamuela, HI 96743 
 
Alexandra "Alex" Ka'au'a
67-5165 Kamamalu St Apt 19B
Kamuela, HI 96743

Coe Atherton
c/o Tripper Atherton
144 Stone Pointe Trail
Castle Rock, CO 80109

Rev. Guy Piltz
Hale Ho'ola Hamakua
Attn: Guy Piltz, Room 111
45-547 Plumeria St, Honokaa, HI 96727

Theresa Kaaekuahiwi
PO Box 673
Kamuela, HI 96743

Rehab Hospital of the Pacific
Attn: Diane Feeney, Room 409
226 N Kuakini St, 
Honolulu, HI 96817
 
Leta Shattuck
65-1272 Ki Road
Kamuela, HI 96743

Please remember the Spencer and Ignacio `ohanas at the death of Joe Ignacio. You may sent notes of care to Rose Spencer at: PO Box 81, Kamuela, HI 96743.

Please also remember the Byron `ohana at the death of Scott’s brother, Louis Byron Jr . You may send notes of care to Scott at: 67-1216 Halalena Pl. Kamuela, HI 96743 


Do you know of someone else to whom we could reach out?
Please get their permission first, then contact the parish office to have them added to the list. email here or telephone at 808-885-4923
Birthdays:  Nate Lee, Nancy Edmondson, Caryl Bayless, Gerry Goodenough, John McDermott IV, Christopher Thomason, Peter Cellier
Anniversaries:  Janice & Michael Mulvany, Bryan & Jennifer Burr, Braley & Dianne Pastorino, The ordination into the Priesthood, The Revs. Guy Piltz and Marnie Keator.
Remembrances:  Walter Ackerman, James Ketchum, Domenic Bisesi




This ministry is an outreach of love and prayer through the knitting and crocheting of shawls for individuals who are ill, in mourning or in need of comfort. Prayers are offered at the beginning and during the creation of the shawls and lap blankets. When they are completed they are blessed at one of our worship services and sent to those in need.
Parishioner, Dallas Burr, has oversight of this important pastoral ministry. If you know of anyone who is in need or if you wish to be part of this ministry of blessing, talk with Dallas after worship (an usher will be glad to make an introduction) or contact her through the parish office.
from Susan Acacio, Parish Youth Ministries Coordinator
Godly Play Blocks
Debi Brun was our storyteller in Godly Play. We have started telling the story of Advent, and the keiki are so excited. Debi did a great job in building the excitement about the story. The keiki also enjoy working with stories they have heard in the past. It always amazes me the things they remember from past stories. And their work time is spent reflecting on things they have learned in the story. Debi is a gifted storyteller and will share the Advent series with the keiki over the next three weeks.
 

After School Tutoring and Ukulele resumed on Wednesday, November 28 th  in the church. Tutoring begins at 1:30 and Ukulele begins at 3:00. All ages welcome for both programs. You don’t need to be a teacher to help with tutoring. Our younger keiki love reading stories, and love being read to.
 
Mahalo to all who supported our Camp Fundraiser buy purchasing See’s Candy at the Christmas Bazaar. We apologize if your candy was melted. Please know that we are working with See’s Candy on this. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Susan Acacio.
 
Our Annual Christmas Pageant will be performed on Christmas Eve at our 5PM service. There are many opportunities for our youth and keiki to participate in “Let’s Keep God’s Love in Christmas”. 

And don’t forget about our Nursery At Small World Preschool during our 9AM service. Mahalo to our Nursery providers Suzette, Hanah and Henia.
 
For questions or further information on any of our programs, please contact Susan Acacio at  youth@stjameshawaii.org  or call 808-895-2086.
 
Upcoming Youth Events
 
Keiki Ukulele group began Wednesday, November 7 in the Church from 3PM-4PM and will continue on Wednesdays after the After School Tutoring Program. We are looking for keiki ages 8 to 18 to learn Ukulele from the Aunties. Please register early. Space is limited to 20 keiki. Adults who want to learn to play or volunteer are always welcome.
 
Sundays: Godly Play in the Spencer Building 8:55AM. Nursery in Small World Pre-School 8:30AM-10:30AM.

Teen Tech Tutors - THIS SUNDAY, December 2nd: Kupuna  (Seniors):  Bring your iPhone, iPad, Android Phone or Tablet, e-Reader (Kindle or Nook), or laptop, Our Teen Tech Tutors will be available to assist you with your technology and Internet questions Sunday, December 2nd from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Spencer Building. 
 
For more information on our Programs, to register, or to volunteer, please contact Susan Acacio 895-2086,  youth@stjameshawaii.org
 
I always welcome any suggestions, comments, ideas or prayers. Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions, or to volunteer.
Susan Acacio, 
Youth Ministry Coordinator  
(808) 895-2086
Seventeen students and two teachers helped Malu and Nina on the day before Thanksgiving. What a blessing! The guys helped with gardening and the ladies helped out at the Thrift Store. The ladies were shocked at the quality of the items at the store and several bought items.  

Mahalo Waimea Country School
Susan and Nina presented Amy Salling, head of Waimea Country School, a check for $500 for their scholarship program from the proceeds of the Thrift Store the day of the Bazaar. Thanks so much for your help!

Help with our charity bags
Missy, a volunteer at the Thrift Store, is loading her vehicle with charity bags and headed for Kona to assure that we can keep donations out of the landfill and repurposed where they can be used.

We still need help getting charity bags to Goodwill and the Salvation Army. If you can help, even occasionally, contact Nina.
Nina Disbro


Nina Disbro, 
Thrift Store Ministry Coordinator
from Sue Dela Cruz, photos by Marnie Keator and Jeanne Savage
Tonight's Chef, Grace Loving had a vision - a simple meal after all of last week's holiday food. That vision was realized with a meal of meatball kabobs accompanied by delicious tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers, and it was a huge hit!

We were back serving dinner at the pavilion. Live Aloha, one of our sponsors tonight, did an amazing job on the line! They really had fun serving up those wonderful kabobs, creative salads and the surprise "peas & carrots" cake and many other great desserts! 

In addition to Live Aloha, tonight was co-sponsored by Rev. Nick White, In honor of Diana White, whose birthday was today! Happy Birthday Diana, thank you for letting us share this night with you!

241 meals were served at the pavilion and so many keiki's tonight! 85 additional meals were delivered for a total of 326 meals for this week! 

Thank you to Andy McKay and friend who provided entertainment for us all night long. 

Besides being back in the pavilion, we were also back in the brand spanking new kitchen!! The double ovens were put to use baking cookies, peach cobbler, and the "peas & carrots" cake, and roasted tomatoes. The Wolf range made making the charred salad fun! 

We are still working out the kinks, figuring out where things go, and how the flow of the kitchen will work with all our wonderful morning volunteers!! It will take a while to move things around and get a feel, but we LOVE the new kitchen!

Thank you all for having been, and continuing to be flexible and supportive during this next transition phase!

TOTALLY BLESSED DAY TODAY! "Feeding body and soul"

Smiles,

Sue Dela Cruz

Mahalo to this week's meal sponsor, Live Aloha! They brought staff, family and friends to assist with serving. HPA also had servers. Thanks too, to Rev. White and Hau'oli La Hanau to Diana White!

Smiles, Sue

eat@stjameshawaii.org  or 498-7383.  








Sue dela Cruz
Community Meal Ministry Coordinator
Volunteer Opportunities and Community Needs
Painter Still Needed

Our sign needs a fresh coat of paint. Especially the green background and the white letters. Who would be willing to take on this project?

Our sign is on the front line of our reaching out to passerbys. Please help make it shine again!

Contact the parish office if you can help. office@stjameshawaii.org
The holidays are here! Can you help by donating your Foodland coupons for the Community Meal?
Needed: Help bringing donated items inside off the Thrift Store Lanai


Does your schedule bring you by St. James’ in the later evening? Would you be willing to stop by the Thrift Store and bring items donated after hours inside? We are trying to reduce the amount of donations left out overnight. We often come into to find things scattered and gone through. If you can help, even one day a week, contact Nina at the Thrift Store by Email or phone, at  Office@StJamesHawaii.org  or 885-4923.
Bookworm? Bibliophile? Library Lover?
We have a place for you!
 



 Library substitutes are needed for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. Check in with Nina if you can help.

Monthly Women's Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study meets next on Friday, December 7, in the Church from 10-12. We are making an in depth study of Mary, the mother of Jesus. All women are welcome. Bring your friends! 

Noon Bible Study   at the Piltz's Home in Kanehoa subdivision
Bible study will be on hiatus for the immediate future. We are all praying for our study leader, Guy's, speedy and complete recovery.

Scripture Readings for this Weekend
Presiding Bishop Curry's On-line Bible Study
Bishop's Bible Study

The Most Reverend Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, will be with us in the Diocese of Hawaiʻi on March 22-24, 2019. Please mark your calendars particularly for Friday...

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Education for Ministry - EfM
Recruiting for the next program year has begun. New program participants can sign up beginning in November for the study year beginning in January. Contact Mentors John Sucke or Elsbeth McKeen through the church office at office@stjameshawaii.org . For additional information about the program see the brief video HERE
Wisdom Corner
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth and you will get neither."
~ C.S. Lewis
RESPECT

Following Jesus informs how we view people and ourselves. Rather than restricting people and taking offense, following Jesus invites respecting people, supporting and encouraging their development.
- Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE




An Episcopal Monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
   
A Prayer for the End of Day
"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Be thankful to him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting and his truth endures to all generations."
~ Psalms 100:3-5
VESTRY MINUTES
CLICK HERE to read the approved minutes from the November vestry meeting.

The next vestry meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 17 at 10 AM in the Parish Office. All are welcome to attend.

We will elect new vestry members at our Annual Parish Meeting in January. Please prayerfully consider serving in this ministry.
Midweek Worship
Every Wednesday 
Morning Prayer, 9 AM 

Every Wednesday, at 9 AM in St. James' church, we offer the service of Morning Prayer. This is a beautiful way to begin one's day. The service of Morning Prayer, also known as Matins, is one of the two main Daily Offices in the Episcopal church. One of the beautiful aspects of Morning and Evening Prayer is that as you pray the office you are praying it with thousands of people around the world who are also engaged in these same or similar prayers. In addition, during the service, we will be incorporating the reading of the names on our parish prayer list. Please come and join us in prayer. 
"Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." 
Romans 15:7 
E Komo Mai!



If you are already baptized, and desire to make this parish 'ohana your parish 'ohana, then do not hesitate to contact David+, our rector, or any of our clergy, if you have questions about becoming a member of our parish.



Up-coming Parish Events at a Glance

Thrift Store Christmas Store Opens
Saturdays, November 3 running through December 22

Teen Tech
THIS SUNDAY December 2nd. Teens assist Seniors with electronics and social media - Kupuna bring your smart phones, I-pads, e-readers and other tech. Sunday ,  December 2nd from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Spencer Building. 

Welcome Weekend
Saturday, December 1 and Sunday December 2, we recognize and celebrate those who have recently asked to be recorded as new members of the parish. Talk to anyone of our clergy to learn about being welcomed as official member of our parish 'ohana.

Advent Evensong & Study at St. James', Waimea
Voyage of the Dawn Treader and our Advent Journey, Wednesdays, December 5, 12, & 19
5:30 - 7:30 PM (Potluck Soup & Salad dinner)

Advent Study at St. Columba's, Pa'auilo
Continuing with The Real God study series, Wednesdays, November 28, December 5, 12, & 19
5 - 7 PM (Bring your supper with you)

Thrift Store Ministry Volunteer Party at Anna's Ranch
Sunday, December 9
Noon - 2 PM

Ordination of Jazzy Bostock to the Priesthood
December 22, 10 AM at St. Peter’s Church, Honolulu.
NOTE: If you cannot attend, Jazzy will be with us at the Beach Mass and St. James' on the weekend after Christmas. She will be preaching and officiating at all three services.

Greening of the Churches
December 22, in the morning at St. James’ and at 10:00 AM December 15 and 16 at St. Columba’s.

Christmas Eve, December 24,
At St. James':
5 PM Christmas Pageant & Carols 5 PM
7:30 PM Christ-Mass by Candlelight with choir, carols, hula, and Christmas message.

At St. Columba's:
5:30 PM Christ-Mass by Candlelight with carols and Christmas message.

Christmas Day, December 25
At St. James':
9 AM December 25 A Blessed Christmas Morn Holy Eucharist with favorite carols, accompanied by trumpet and soloist 9 AM

One Starry Night Children's Program
January 4, 5 to 7 PM

For Full Parish Calendar,  CLICK HERE
Journeying the Way of Love

For the season of Advent, Journeying the Way of Love offers four sessions to be explored as we await the coming of Christ by moving through the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke. Luke's gospel provides a pattern for understanding how we...

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From:  Robert Fitzpatrick < RLFitzpatrick@episcopalhawaii.org >
Date:  November 27, 2018 at 9:12:50 PM EST
Subject:   How can you help to define the future of the Diocese?
TO: Diocese of Hawaii 
Aloha,
How can you help to define the future of the Diocese? By joining one of the Design Teams (Phase II) or Task Groups – there are a total of six to choose from. If you’re ready to join, the form is live! Please nominate yourself or forward to someone who you think may be interested in helping define the future of the Diocese. If you need more information, please read on through to the end. 
The link to the Nomination form to join:
  Nominate!
If the “Nominate!” link doesn’t work, please copy/paste this URL:
http s://episcopalhawaii.formstack.com/forms/design_team_and_task_group_nominations
Learn More
There are six options for joining a Team or Group. 
1-A. Spiritual Growth Design Team Phase II
This Design Team will identify, design, and implement opportunistic activities and programs that will enable significant spiritual growth in the lives of our clergy, lay leaders, and members of the congregations. This Design Team will consider questions like:
  • How might we help our leaders and congregations find their connection with God? 
  • How might we encourage a Diocesan-wide spiritual revival that will draw people to joyful faith and the presence of Jesus in our churches? 
1-B. 'Ohana Design Team Phase II
This Design Team work will address any operational issues such as clarifying and refining the roles and processes and practices we use to work together, to find ways to make the work both more efficient, and more importantly, more a form of worship in action. This Design Team will consider questions like:
  • How might we increase cooperative efforts among clergy and lay leaders? 
  • What leads us to care about each other and work together? 
  • How might we invite people to take up key roles and give them the tools they need to be successful? 
  • How might we help people overcome their tendency to be separated by geographic, personal, ethnic, and sociological differences?
1-C. Communications Design Team Phase II
This Design Team will address the language of the Church that explains our relationship with God that establishes the basis of our relationship with each other and the world, and how our Story as Episcopalians can be best shared with the broader community. This Design Team will consider questions like:
  • What is our shared identity? 
  • What is our unifying Story (this goal grew out of a realization that all the media tools in the world cannot compensate for a lack of common understanding of the meaning of the Story that defines us as Christians and Episcopalians in Hawaiʻi)?
  • What informs our understanding of God and discipleship? 
2-A. Worship Task Group
At the 2018 General Convention, Bishops were specifically urged [in Resolution A068 (see  https://www.vbinder.net/resolutions/A068?house=hd&lang=en ) ] to engage “…worshiping communities in experimentation and the creation of alternative texts to offer to the wider church, and that each diocese be urged to create a liturgical commission to collect, reflect, teach and share these resources with the TFLPBR” (Task Group on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision). The same resolution, also, “memorialize[d] the 1979 Book of Common Prayer as a Prayer Book of the church preserving the psalter, liturgies, The Lambeth Quadrilateral, Historic Documents, and Trinitarian Formularies ensuring its continued use” and affirmed that the Church would continue “to engage the deep Baptismal and Eucharistic theology and practice of the 1979 Prayer Book”.
The resolution is nuanced and calls the Church to well-ordered and communal liturgical renewal. It also instructs that any liturgical revision to “utilize the riches of Holy Scripture and our Church’s liturgical, cultural, racial, generational, linguistic, gender, physical ability, class and ethnic diversity in order to share common worship.” 
This Worship Task Group will help the Bishop establish guidelines with limits of use for experimental liturgies and a means for their evaluation. Liturgical revision happens within a broader community rather than an isolated congregation alone or as designed by an individual.  Such liturgical revision ought never be the work of individuals or a unique creation in an isolated congregation. This Task Group will have five to seven members and do most of the work electronically. 
2-B. Reconciliation Task Group
There were several resolutions and presentations of reconciliation in the broadest terms at 2018 General Convention. There were three keys areas for discussion and reflection: (a) Racial Reconciliation, (b) Sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment, and (c) The Church’s historic response and/or non-response to such issues. The intertwining of the three areas are about awareness, power, control, repentance, and amendment of life – as individuals, as a Church, and as a society.  
Recognizing that these concerns are broad and deep, this Task Group will need to help develop a plan for the Diocese to seriously address the issues of reconciliation over the course of the next few years. This work will require sub-groups. This group will require five to seven members to get started and will do most of their initial work electronically.  
2-C. Creation Care Task Group
In fulfillment of a resolution adopted at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Convention (see http://www.episcopalhawaii.org/uploads/2/5/4/8/25486559/annual_mtg_website_reso_4.pdf ), this Task Group will “address the scientific, cultural, theological and ethical realities of climate change, and its impact on our Islands and the world.” The Bishop has stated that “no single issue impacts us more immediately as human beings entrusted by God with the care of creation who have a responsibility to future generations.” To address the reality, however, will require changes in behavior at both societal and individual levels.  
This Task Group will begin with five to seven members and do most of their work electronically.
The submission due date is: Friday, December 14, 2018; 5:00pm
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