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Preparing for the Fourth Sunday in Lent


These are the pertinent events at the parish for the next two weeks:
A Letter from the Pastor:
4 th  Update; COVID-19
March 17, 2020

Good morning, beloved Holy Apostles,

You are in my daily prayers as we confront these uncertain times. I hope you will be extra mindful of your health, as well as caring for your emotional needs during this time.  Everyone should practice physical distancing to help prevent contagious spreading and lots of hand washing.

The Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii has made a collective choice at the direction of the Bishop to cease all public worship, meetings, and events. You can read and watch Bishop’s Fitzpatrick’s message below.

In this letter, you will find suggestions for coping at home and spiritual nourishment, as well as the ways we, Holy Apostles ohana, hope to keep connected. 

Help is ready for your necessary errands! 
If anyone in the high risk category (over 60 and/or has an pre-existing condition such as respiratory or immune issues) would like assistance running necessary errands while isolating, such as groceries, post office, pharmacy, etc., call the church office 808-935-5545. Leave a detailed message with your request and we’ll get you taken care of. We have compiled a list of healthy volunteers to run errands and drop things by your door.  

Assistance is available for anyone facing food insecurity!
If you and your family need assistance to purchase food, medication, or necessary items, contact the pastor at 808-935-5545. Leave a message.

Supply drive: if you can spare it, share it!
If you’d like to donate rice, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, or other hard-to-get items for those in need, drop it by the church office door. 

Stay Connected with Holy Apostles
We will utilize facebook live to 
-       livestream worship services
-       video scripture reflections
-       livestream Lenten learning opportunities

If you have a Facebook account, click HERE to watch and participate in all LIVE events.


If you do not have a Facebook account but would like to participate without creating an account, CLICK HERE to download instructions.

We will do our best to email PDF bulletins for Sunday digital worship for you to participate from home. We will email updates and information as this situation progresses. 

The church staff and leadership has primarily began to work from home. Please refrain from visiting the office; call or email anytime and we will return your message as soon as possible.  

We want to know how you are and support you should you need it. Call either the wardens or clergy and I hope you’ll pray for us too. 

Prayers 
Almighty and Gracious God, we humbly ask you to hear our prayers. We pray with great faith that you are our strength in this fragile life.
We pray for those who are sick.
We pray for those who are responding to the sick and leading the community.
We pray for leaders in making wise choices.
We pray for fortitude and compassion.
We pray for people’s livelihoods, food and shelter security.
We pray especially for the most vulnerable: elderly people, people with pre-existing conditions, people who lack hygienic access and healthcare.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers. Amen.
Spiritual Practices at Home
Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.net; daily devotions on pages 136-140
• Read the Bible, try the Gospel of John, the Book of Job, or Proverbs
• Sing to the Lord, you can borrow a hymnal from church 
Follow Holy Apostles live videos online: Click HERE
• Pray the psalms
• Use Anglican Prayer Beads
• Sit in silence and listen for God
• Talk to the Saints, contemplate Christian icons
Emotional Care at Home
• Journal your feelings and thoughts
• Self-affirm, “I am safe,” “I will be OK,” “This is temporary.” 
• Unplug from media and devices for a period of time
• Call a relative, friend, or your priest 
• Meditate
• Read 
• Light a candle and set an intention
• Cook or Bake

Physical Care at Home
• Breathe slowly and deeply 
• Stretch
• Dance
• Sleep
• Sing 
• Eat well
•   Shower, care for your body

Stay Informed
• Only sick people should wear masks, save the medical supplies for the medical personnel and sick people.
• Everyone should practice physical distancing
• Anyone with fever, coughing, difficulty breathing should stay home, let someone know you’re sick and call your doctor. 
• Anyone in Hawaii with questions and concerns on COVID-19 can dial 2-1-1
Thank you very much for your continued support of Holy Apostles during this time of physical separation. You can send your financial contributions to the church by mail or online via paypal on our website. 

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Mailing address:
1407 Kapiolani Street
Hilo, HI 96720