In our parish, we pray for: Richard, The Townsend Family, Norma & Carlos, Godwin, Hanohano & Makena, Sylvia, Ryan, Blake, Bruce, Olga & Yuri, Taghi, Susan K., Erwin, Heather, Wayne, Jeff & Kristi, Eugene &
Lois, and Lora V.
AND all who have COVID-19, caregivers, and those facing employment or housing struggles.
Please contact Athena in the office with any additional prayer requests
We are posting a brief day by day meditation from Forward Movement. It's a great way to start your morning! Just click on the website above.
WhileWillis and I spent Thanksgiving with family in Alexandria, VA, we had an opportunity to visit the Museum of African American History and Culture, the newest of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution. It was a very powerful experience. One visit just scratched the surface, and I am sure I'll be reflecting on what I experienced and learned there for a long time yet.
In addition to the Museum, we also attended the Thanksgiving service at the National Cathedral. As we sang "America the Beautiful", I began to cry while singing the second verse. It became a prayer uttered from the depths of my soul,
America! America! God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law.
Singing those words on Thanksgiving, the day after visiting the museum and then learning of the verdict convicting the murderers of Ahmaud Arbery was overwhelming!
In my own journey of coming to terms with my Whiteness, I have begun to see our nation and its history from the perspective of those who are not white. In the museum I experienced the perspectives of people descended from those who were enslaved in this country; and then upon learning of the convictions in Georgia, my conventional understanding of how God operates in the world and of American history was turned on its head!
As we move into the new Church year, we will be walking through the Gospel of Luke. Jesus in that gospel also turns conventional thinking of power and privilege on its head. I hope we all will take time this year to allow Luke's perspective on Jesus, and transform our perspectives on God, love and justice.
ADVENT AIDS & INSPIRATIONS!
This year, due to supply chain issues we did not get our Advent booklets; HOWEVER, we have a link to the same booklet that you can read and/or print at home:
On December 5 we will discuss the first three sections of Saving Us by Katharine Hayhoe (an introduction to Hayhoe’s topic can be viewed in her Ted Talk found here.) On December 12, we will hear from our own Adrienne Fung about Hawai'i's watershed and challenges with cesspools and flooding as sea levels rise. The third Sunday, December 19, we hope to hear from a local organization doing reef restoration in Maunalua Bay. On January 9 we will welcome John Cheever, faculty member of Entrepreneurial Studies for a Global Society at Mid Pacific Institute, who will tell us more about fossil fuels and renewable energy here in the islands. The final week we will discuss the last two sections of the book. At the end of each session we will spend some time in a creative process of our choosing. Please gather art materials to have handy for this part of our gathering (choose what you enjoy: paints, markers, colored pencils, writing materials, musical instruments).
There is no need to register and we will have some copies of the book available in the office.
Scroll down the list; HNC & Thrift Shop sign-up options available toward the bottom of the list. THERE ARE STILL PLENTY OF OPTION SLOTS AVAILABLE!! Please don't miss out on this opportunity to help these families.
Poinsettias Flower Fundto decorate the Nave.
If you would like to purchase a poinsettia plant(s) and make a dedication(s).
Forms are available in the office and after services.
LOOK FOR THE BIG RED BOX where you can deposit your dedication forms and donations.
If you would like to print a form from home click on: