News from your Parish

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 19

Please find below an outline of  pertinent events at the parish for the next two weeks .  

Construction begins on Saturday, Sept. 7th on the Cook Room bathroom. Beginning Monday, September 9th there will be no water to the building.

Monday, September 9
1:00PM Cancelled - Staff Meeting
4:30PM Centering Prayer

Tuesday, September 10
8:30AM Pastor @ Kilauea Hui
10:00AM Ribbon Lei Making  - Cook Room – All are Welcome!  
12Noon Pastor @ Faith Leaders meeting at Prosecutorʻs office 
5:30PM Pastor @ ICIA Steering Meeting

Wednesday, Sept 11
12Noon Noonday Prayer
4:00PM Cancelled - Bible Study
5:30PM Cancelled - Holy Eucharist
6:15PM - 7:45PM Choir Practice

Thursday, September 12
10:00AM - 12Noon - Office closed for offsite meeting
10:15AM Vision Process Team Meeting

Friday/Saturday, September 13-14
All Day : Pastor @ Youth Summit on Oʻahu

Sunday, September 15 Proper 19;  Immediately following each service:   "ICONS: Windows to Heaven or Idolatry? on the lanai.  
7:30AM Holy Eucharist Quiet Service 
10:00AM Holy Eucharist w/ Music 
11:45AM Vestry Meeting in Cook Room

Monday, September 16
1:00PM Staff Meeting
4:30PM Centering Prayer
4:30PM Worship Team Meeting
 
Tuesday, September 17
10:00AM Ribbon Lei Making  - Cook Room – All are Welcome!  

Wednesday, September 18
10:30AM Preschool Chapel in Sanctuary 
12Noon Noonday Prayer
4:00PM Bible Study
5:30PM Holy Eucharist
6:15PM – 7:45PM Choir Practice 

Thursday, September 19
10:15AM Vision Process Team Meeting 
2:00PM Peanut Butter Ministry – Prep Crew – Hilo United Methodist Church
4:30PM – 8:30PM Private Funeral Services 
5:00PM Peanut Butter Ministry – Serve Crew – Hilo United Methodist Church

Saturday, September 21
11:00-1:00PM Ministry Leader Potluck – lanai 
3:00-5:00PM Kanikapila on lanai.  E Mele Kākou!   

Sunday, September 22 Proper 20 ; Immediately following each service:   "ICONS: Windows to Heaven or Idolatry? on the lanai.  
7:30AM Holy Eucharist Quiet Service 
10:00AM Holy Eucharist w/ Music 

Monday, September 23
1:00PM Staff Meeting
4:30PM Centering Prayer

Tuesday, September 24
10:00AM Ribbon Lei Making  - Cook Room – All are Welcome! 
 
Wednesday, September 25
12Noon Noonday Prayer
4:00PM Bible Study
5:30PM Holy Eucharist
6:15PM – 7:45PM Choir Practice 

Thursday, September 26
10:15AM Vision Process Team Meeting 

Sunday, September 29
Volunteer Appreciation Sunday w/ Sunday School 
9:00AM Holy Eucharist with Music
11:30AM Meeting for all Diocesan Delegates 

Monday, September 30
Pastor @ Conference :  On the Border of Holiness- Tucson, Arizona
thru October 5,  2019
1:00PM Staff Meeting 
4:30PM Centering Prayer

Tuesday, October 1
10:00AM Ribbon Lei Making  - Cook Room – All are Welcome!  

Wednesday, October 2
12Noon Noonday Prayer
4:00PM Bible Study
5:30PM Sung Evening Prayer
6:15PM – 7:45PM Choir Practice 

Thursday, October 3
10:15AM Vision Process Team Meeting 

Sunday, October 6 
7:30AM Holy Eucharist Quiet Service
10:00AM Holy Eucharist with Music & Sunday School  
4:30PM Lincoln Park Service
5:00PM Feed the Hungry Program at Salvation Army 

UPCOMING Events:
Blessing of the Animals - October 13 at BOTH services

Fellowship follows all Sunday services.   
September 29:  ONE Service Only at 9:00AM; Volunteer Appreciation Sunday!  
October 1 – 5 – Pastor @ conference - On the Border of Holiness, Tuscon, AZ
On August 27, 2019, Reverend Paul Normann, Executive Director of Neighborhood Place of Puna presented Catherine Chow, high school senior at Church of the Holy Apostles in Hilo, an award of recognition by the Interfaith Community in Action for her outstanding leadership and service of Hale Iki garden project. Hale Iki was originally a transitional housing village built for evacuees from the 2018 Kilauea lava flow. It was a tremendous interfaith and social service effort. Through the coordinating of Holy Apostles, the Episcopal Church contributed approximately $35,000 toward the emergency housing. Catherine initiated and implemented, along with the help of church members and school peers, a sustainable garden to provide food for the residents' use, as well as lessons in gardening and growing food for the children in residence. Hale Iki now houses many families transitioning out of homelessness and is overseen by Neighborhood Place of Puna, while Catherine continues to maintain leadership in the farming project. 
In the image Catherine is supported by Pastor Katlin McCallister, The Rt. Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick, and Reverend Paul Norman.
Consider nominating yourself or someone else (with their permission) to serve the Diocese of Hawaii. Nominations are still open and lay people with a heart to serve are needed. Is this you?

Nominations
Diocesan Council:  Exercises the power of the Convention and performs planning and policy-making between meetings of Convention. Oversees the policies, programs, mission, and budget of the Diocese and may initiate new work. Also is the legal corporate body of the Episcopal Church in Hawai‘i and, as such, is responsible for the business and property of the Church. This is the Board of Directors of the Diocese. 

Standing Committee:  Serves as the Bishop’s Council of Advice. Performs duties as specified by the General and Diocesan Convention, and the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Hawai‘i. Serves as the Ecclesiastical authority when there is no Bishop. 

Cathedral Chapter:   Serves as the oversight body for The Cathedral of St. Andrew (both as a congregation and as the seat of the Bishop). 

Secretary of the Convention:  Records minutes, enters them in the Journal, and, under the supervision of the Bishop, attends to the publication and distribution of the Journal, and performs other duties as prescribed in the Diocesan Constitution and Canons. Chairs the Committee on Convention Plans for planning the agenda and making physical arrangements for the Convention. Maintains various directories of Diocesan officers, commissions, departments, etc.

General Convention Deputies:  Deputies represent the Diocese of Hawai‘i in the House of Deputies at the meeting of the General Convention of The Episcopal Church. Both Deputies and Alternates will meet in caucus several times prior to the Convention. During the Convention, the Deputies and any Alternates in attendance will meet daily. Deputies and First Alternates attend General Convention at the expense of the Diocese. Other Alternates may attend at their own expense.
It was a beautiful day to worship at the beach. Mahalo to all who made it happen. Ke aloha o ke Akua.
Strategic Vision Update Corner
Our final tally - as a result of our Vision SpeakOut, approximately 104 parishioners have participated by providing comments to the four (4) questions! Thank you so much for your participation!!

Who is the Vision Process Team?   VPT is busy behind the scenes. Our core team consists of Penny Chu, Amy Kaawaloa (Admin Assist), and Susan Gagorik. BJ Saito and Deb Sakurai-Horita has graciously joined us during this phase to assist us with processing all the input we received.

Where are we in the process? 
  • Data processing stage which is the most time consuming stage of the Vision process
  • We take all the information and input it into excel and then need to identify each comment by a key word to find themes; then we sort/cluster common ideas together to dwindle down the 100+ ideas for each question into smaller groupings. 
  • Once this is done, we will be coming back to the full congregation for prioritization.

What will the final document look like?
  • All of the information will be used to Update our current Vision and Mission Statement
  • We will create new Core Values
  • We will develop a Strategic Action Plan for Holy Apostles that will take us into the future. A plan that we can all work on together in a strategic way through various Ministries. 

Sincerely,
Your Holy Apostles Vision Process Team
Vestry Corner:
Interested in the minutes of the last Vestry meeting? You may download HERE.
All are Welcome to Attend Christian Education classes:
 ICONS: Windows to Heaven or Idolatry?”
September 8, 15 and 22 after both services
In this class we will explore the history and purpose of icons, how the church has used them in public worship, how to use them in private devotions and how they have been surrounded by mystery and at time superstition. We will take about half of the class to look at different icons specifically and talk about their meaning and theology specifically in Anglican/Episcopal churches.
Having Fellowship hour with refreshments after every Sunday service is truly a blessing. We give special thanks to those individuals who have committed every Sunday to making sure we are able to break bread together and that we have time to share our stories. This is important to our growth as a Christian family and has been expressed in our SpeakOuts.

Fellowship teams at both the 7:30am and 10:00am service need help. Some teams are down to one member. In order to continue providing food every week, we need to grow the size of our teams. The 10:00am service needs at least 5 families or members on each team to share in time and expense for this stewardship service . You could make a difference, please volunteer!

Please contact Amy at the church office to join a fellowship team. Mahalo!
Reminders and Announcements:
The Cook Room bathroom will not be available for use from September 7 - 16th. CHA campus will be shut down for all community groups during that time.
New Choir Season starts Wednesday, August 28th! 

The choir will sing  Sep 1st  at Onekahakaha, and usually performs at the  10am  service each Sunday. 

6:15pm - 7:45pm  on Wednesdays through the end of May

* all are welcome to join, no experience necessary, as a portion of each rehearsal is dedicated to proper choral singing techniques

* instrumentalists are welcome to accompany the choir as well, in particular trumpet/violin/flute would be helpful

* It’s an adult choir, but permission from the Pastor may be granted for youths on an individual basis. 

* new choir music is on the way, and anyone who would like to help the church defray the cost of purchasing sheet music is welcome to donate, as it is surprisingly expensive these days. 
Fellowship Teams need your help for coffee hour. Please consider signing up and volunteering.
Itʻs a new month, so the Prayer list will be refreshed . Please submit your prayer requests at pastor@episcopalchurchhilo.org
Supplies needed: We are in need of regular flavored Spam for our Salvation Army feedings. Drop off at the Parish Office.
How can our Holy Apostles Community take steps to be more sustainable and kind to our environment?

September, 2019 GREEN TIP

Have you heard of the Sargasso Sea? It’s in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean and named after sargassum, a brown free-floating seaweed that never anchors to the ocean floor. Why is it of significance? It is the only sea on earth not bound by land but surrounded by four strong currents. It’s also where sea turtles, sea horses, fish, birds and other marine species find shelter, food, and sustenance.
CNN news staff recently joined a Greenpeace expedition and witnessed the alarming concentrations of plastic pollution – especially microplastics. Remember, those single-use plastic bottles & caps, plastic packaging, and plastic utensils we all use? They don’t ever totally breakdown and disappear. Some are floating and entangled in the sargassum, and often ingested by marine animals and sea birds. These plastics continue to exist in some form - buried in our landfills; floating in our stream and oceans; ingested in our food chain; and somehow ends up in our bodies. Please remember the story about the Sargasso Sea - view the  CNN article and video clip  and be inspired to make a small change that will make a big difference.
Noonday Prayer is now being held every Wednesday. Join us in the sanctuary.
Sung Evening Prayer will be held the first Wednesday of each month.
Sunday school is back in session! Mahalo to teachers Meilani Jose, Sylvia Soram, Jim Penny, Anne Gibson and Katie Bradshaw!
Paying it Forward: We have been gifted a boxful of ribbon from visitors from Pennsylvania. Rick and Debbie Lee visited us and received lei as our welcoming gift to them. In appreciation, they have sent us ribbon to continue to make lei for visitors. Their letter explains that Mrs. Lee was born and raised in Hilo.

If you are interested in participating in this project and weaving lei (we will teach anyone who has never woven lei before), please contact  BJ Saito  or come to CHA on  Tuesdayʻs at 10:00AM . All levels of lei makers are welcome! 

The general plan is to weave as many lei as possible from the ribbon we received; collect all of the lei and when the project is completed, take a photo of the lei and send it to the Lees to show them that their gift will keep on giving. E Komo Mai!
Whatʻs going on in the Diocese?
Click HERE for the most current news!
Looking for a spiritual network of individuals committed to receive the gift of contemplative prayer in which we experience God's presence within us? This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Visit our weekly Centering Prayer meetings held on Mondays at 4:30p.m..


The Guidelines
From the pamphlet published by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.  

1. Choose a sacred word as the
symbol of your intention to
consent to God’s presence
and action within.

2. Sitting comfortably and with
eyes closed, settle briefly
and silently introduce the
sacred word as the symbol
of your consent to God’s
presence and action within.

3. When engaged with your
thoughts*, return ever-so-
gently to the sacred word.

4. At the end of the prayer
period, remain in silence
with eyes closed for a
couple of minutes.

*thoughts include body sensations,
feelings, images, and reflections
Kupuna Korner:

Get the most current edition of the Hawaiʻi County Office of Aging monthly report here:

55-years or older? Enroll in some classes!
Kamana Senior Center Fall Quarter Schedule
September 30 - December 6, 2019 (10 Weeks)
Download HERE
Pastor Katlin is available for Pastoral Care at #808-333-7693
Prayer List: Call the church office or speak with our pastor if you have a prayer request. (808-935-5545) or admin@episcopalchurchhilo.org. Prayer Lists are refreshed monthly.
Hurricane Season is here! Are you prepared?
With NOAA predicting 5 to 8 tropical cyclones for 2019, we thought we would send you some links to resources to prepare yourself:

Phone: 808-935-5545  
email: admin@episcopalchurchhilo.org
CHA is now registered at Amazon Smile ! When customers shop on  AmazonSmile  ( smile.amazon.com ), the  AmazonSmile  Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to CHA! Be sure to select CHA from the list of charitable organizations FIRST.