July 24, 2021
This issue's header photo takes us to the Garden Island of Kaua'i where the Helen Mitsui Shared Blessings Thrift Shop of Christ Memorial is in full swing. The thrift shop is hugely popular to residents and visitors alike. Please see the article below about the Diocese's online thrift shop gathering coming up. (Photo by S Nishioka)
Proper 12
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
From the Bishop
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Registration Now Open for CONVENTION 53 and Education Day
The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i takes place October 22-23, 2021, at 'Iolani School in Honolulu. This year's theme is "Remembering those who have gone before." Both the Annual Meeting and Education Day (on Reconciliation) will be live-streamed. There is no fee to watch but online viewers must also register. For more information and to register, go to the Convention webpage:
The Diocese's Reconciliation Task Force will be hosting this year's Education Day being held on Friday, October 22. The theme is on Reconciliation, and will feature guest speakers, Jonathan Okamura, PhD., Professor Emeritus from the University of Hawai'i, and Akiemi Glenn, PhD., founder and executive director of the Pōpolo Project. The event is free and will be live-streamed, but all attendees, whether in-person or online, must register. For more information about Education Day and to register, click on the button below.
Upcoming Online Diocesan Forums: Coffee Hour & CHATS
Two of the Diocese's informational gatherings are coming up next week, Thursday, July 29. Coffee Hour with the Diocesan Support Team is open to all Church Administrators and Wardens, and takes place every other Thursday at 9:00 AM. The next session's topic will be "Boundaries in a Church Setting" with a guest speaker from Pacific Health Ministries. For more info, visit the Coffee Hour webpage HERE, or contact Rae Costa HERE.

CHATS (Communicate, Help, Ask, Thank, Share) is a monthly forum hosted by the Diocese's Communications Design Team that begins at 2:00 PM. Next week's topic is on "Free & Simple Video Editing Tools." All are invited to join in the conversation and to share your expertise or ask questions. Visit the CHATS webpage for more info HERE, or sign up HERE to be included in monthly reminders and receive Zoom info.
Online Thrift Shop Gathering Coming Up!
A number of churches in the Diocese have successful thrift shops that serve their communities, but also generates (sizeable) income for the congregations. If your church has a thrift shop, or is considering one, please join us on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, from 10:30-11:30 AM, for a conversation on this topic.

The online Zoom gathering will be led by the Diocesan Support team of Canon Sandy Graham, Rae Costa (Business Manager), and Danny Casey (Accountant). Our plan is to have folks share with each other the joys, struggles, plans, etc., of your ministries for the first half hour, and then invite other congregations who are considering starting a thrift shop ministry to ask questions of the group. Clergy, thrift shop leaders, wardens, treasurers, and those interested are encouraged to attend. Please email Canon Sandy for Zoom connection information.
Province VIII ECW Annual Retreat
“Leading with Heart” is the theme for this year’s Annual Retreat and Business Meeting via Zoom. The Annual Retreat and Business Meeting for Episcopal Church Women and Women's Ministry groups throughout Province VIII, Leading with Heart: Step One, will take place online via Zoom on Saturday, August 14, 2021 from 10:00 AM until 2:30 PM. Registration and Hospitality begins at 9:30 AM.

Registration is $20, and covers the cost of event materials and postage. Register by Sunday, August 1 to allow ample time for mailing. For more information and to register, click HERE. For questions, contact Christine Budzowski HERE.
FREE Book Study
Godly Play: A Way of Religious Education
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Join us for a seven week virtual book study of Godly Play: A Way of Religious Education beginning August 22, 2021. This year we celebrate 30 years since the publication of Dr. Berryman’s book that is the seminal text, grounding the development of hundreds of Godly Play spaces around the world. There is so much to celebrate! We thought a global study of the book is the perfect way to kick-off that celebration. We hope you will join us! Register HERE.
Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
St. Christopher/Emmanuel Blood Drive
Over in Kailua, St. Christopher and Emmanuel Episcopal Churches teamed up to promote a blood drive that was held on Sunday, July 18, at St. Christopher's. They received enough blood to help save 96 people! Pictured above in the inset, a St. Christopher's family whipped up special cookies for donors. (From the St. Christopher Facebook page)
St. Elizabeth's Wallyhouse Featured in Star-Advertiser
Wallyhouse at St. Elizabeth's was recently featured in the Star-Advertiser, with a highlight on two of its volunteers, Lovely Reiger and Jinna Stevens. Both women were once patrons of Wallyhouse and are now dedicated volunteers. To read the article by Pat Gee, click HERE. (Photo by Craig T. Kojima, Star-Advertiser)
Hawai'i Youth Symphony Performs at the Cathedral
A string quartet from the Hawai'i Youth Symphony performed beautiful selections during the Cathedral's July 18, 10:00 AM service. They provided Prelude and Postlude music, and even a mini-concert beforehand for those that attended the 8:00 AM service. To view a video of their mini-concert performance, visit The Cathedral's Facebook page HERE.
Holy Nativity: ‘O ‘Oe ‘Io, Virtual Choir Project
The Holy Nativity Choir, led by Director Chris Suzuki, was part of a Virtual Choir Project with two other Hawai‘i choirs: Kona Choral Society and Windward Choral Society both under the direction of Susan McCreary-Duprey. The video premiered on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021. To watch and listen to the video on YouTube, click HERE.
Kauaʻi Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Maui Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Aloha to Pastor Kerith Harding
St. John's Episcopal in Kula bid a fond aloha to their Rector for the past eight years, the Rev. Kerith Harding, during her final Sunday service on July 11. Kerith and her family will be moving to Connecticut. You can view the service and the emotional farewell at the end on the St. John's Facebook page HERE. (Image from the live video posting)
ACCW: Care for Pets Too!
Maui's A Cup of Cold Water outreach ministry extends beyond "humans." Care for pets belonging to our unsheltered is a part of their mission as well. Here's Ruth and Mika Eisen showing much love and compassion for a hungry member of someone's family. (From the ACCW July Newsletter)
Good Shepherd Offers Online Wednesday Service: The Anglican Rosary
Every Wednesday at noon, Fr. Moki Hino offers the Anglican Rosary online. Join them live on their Facebook page HERE or watch later at your convenience.
The Big Island Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
St. Jamesʻ Community Meals
St. Jamesʻ relies heavily on volunteers from the many partnerships developed with community businesses and organizations through the years. Pictured are folks from Mauna Kea Resort who helped prep and serve up 585 meals on a cold and drizzly Waimea afternoon during their community meal this past week. (From their weekly e-news, photo by Paul Lee)
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
Photo: St. Bede’s via Facebook
Dozens of Episcopal churches give to nonprofit helping to eliminate millions of patients’ medical debt
[July 21, 2021] St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, a congregation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with about 250 members, sets aside 10% of its plate and pledge collections each week for outreach efforts. This year, St. Bede’s used that money to join a growing number of Episcopal congregations that are each helping ... READ MORE
A choir from St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York sings during the July 17 prayer service.
Online prayer service marks one year to 80th General Convention in Baltimore, Maryland
[July 19, 2021] The Episcopal Church’s presiding officers welcomed other clergy and lay leaders and Episcopalians from across the church for an online prayer service on July 17 in what was to have been the month of the 80th General Convention until the pandemic forced a one-year postponement. READ MORE
Photo: Reuters
In Haiti, Episcopalians stand at intersection of pandemic, political violence
[July 16, 2021] Despite the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the country and the ever-increasing violence in the nine days since Haitians awoke to the news that President Jovenel Moïse had been assassinated, Episcopalians there are trying to serve their communities. “Well before the assassination, gang activity, kidnappings and killings were on the rise,” Kenneth H. Quigley ... READ MORE
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