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Lectionary for the 1st Sunday of Lent



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Ash Wednesday Events are as follows: This quiet day of contemplation will be marked by many opportunities reflect:

7:00AM Holy Eucharist with Ashes
9:30AM "Ashes to Go" starting at Lincoln Park
12Noon Noonday Prayer
4:00PM Bible Study – Gospel of Matthew
5:30PM Holy Eucharist with Ashes 
6:15PM Choir Practice
The Way of Lent:
Download a Lenten calendar to help you follow the Way of Love throughout the season of Lent. 

Based on  Mary Bea Sullivan ’s book, Living the Way of Love: A 40-Day Devotional put together by  Jenifer Lee Gamber  and  Sharon Ely Pearson  as part of the Way of Love Working Group. This free download offers daily suggestions for engaging in the seven practices that encompass the Way of Love: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest for each of the 40 days of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday, March 6th.

Click on each to get more information:





Follow Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry on Facebook for the live feed of his keynote address:
@PBMBCurry

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RENEWAL 2019 T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE!

The Diocese is abuzz with the news of the Presiding Bishop's visit in March, and we're pleased to offer a couple items you may want to consider adding to your weekend wardrobe.

We are also pleased to offer RENEWAL 2019 t-shirts! The shirts are 100% cotton, royal blue, available in adult and youth sizes, and also a women's style. The shirt features a 3-color print of the RENEWAL 2019 taro logo on the front, and a listing of our churches on the back. The cost is only $16! 

You may choose to pick up your shirt at the RENEWAL 2019 conference, or for an added fee, have it shipped directly to you.  Deadline to place your order is February 28, 2019 , and those selecting direct shipping should receive it by March 18.

So get ready for a weekend of reconciliation, inspiration and revitalization, and greet our Presiding Bishop with a sea of red and blue, the colors of our Episcopal shield! 

Deadline to order is February 28, 2019
Please find below an outline of  pertinent events at the parish for the next month.
Monday, March 4
4:30PM Centering Prayer

Wednesday, March 6 Ash Wednesday
Office Quiet Day - Church open for prayer and reflection
7:00AM Holy Eucharist with Ashes
9:30AM "Ashes to Go" starting at Lincoln Park
12Noon Noonday Prayer
4:00PM Bible Study – Gospel of Matthew
5:30PM Holy Eucharist with Ashes 
6:15PM Choir Practice

Sunday, March 9
9:00 - 3:00PM Vestry Retreat - Camp Mekokiko (44-3342 Kula Kahiko Road, Paʻauilo)

Sunday, March 10 - Lent 1
Lenten Formation Classes after EACH  service: "Scripture, Tradition, and Reason"
7:30AM Holy Eucharist - Quiet Service 
10:00AM Holy Eucharist with Music

Monday, March 11
4:30PM Centering Prayer

Tuesday, March 12
7:00AM Faith Leaders meeting with Prosecutorʻs office
4:00 – 5:00PM Worship Team Meeting (Holy Week / Easter) 

Wednesday, March 13 ( Amy out thru March 22)
12Noon Noonday Prayer
4:00PM Bible Study – Gospel of Matthew
5:30PM Holy Eucharist
6:15PM Choir Practice

Saturday, March 16
9:00AM-12:00N United in Prayer Day – Cook Room – contact L. Marzo for location
 
Sunday, March 17 – Lent 2
Lenten Formation Classes after EACH service:  “Scripture, Tradition, and Reason”  
7:30AM Holy Eucharist - Quiet Service 
10:00AM Holy Eucharist with Music

Monday, March 18
4:30PM Centering Prayer

Tuesday, March 19
8:30 – 9:30AM Kīlauea Hui

Wednesday, March 20
12Noon Noonday Prayer
4:00PM Bible Study – Gospel of Matthew
5:30PM Holy Eucharist
6:15PM Choir Practice

Thursday, March 21
2:30 PM Peanut Butter Ministry – Prep Crew – Hilo United Methodist Church
5:30 PM Peanut Butter Ministry – Serve Crew- Hilo United Methodist Church
 
Friday, March 22  Renewal 2019 – Neal S. Blaisdell Center

Saturday, March 23 Renewal 2019 – Neal S. Blaisdell Center
10:05 – 10:45AM Keynote Speaker:  The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry 
Watch the Livefeed:    

Sunday, March 24th – Lent 3   Supply Priest:  The Rev. David Glaser  
Lenten Formation Classes after EACH service:  “Scripture, Tradition, and Reason”
7:30AM Holy Eucharist - Quiet Service 
10:00AM Holy Eucharist with Music

Monday, March 25th - Amy back in Office 
1:00PM Staff Meeting
4:30PM Centering Prayer

Tuesday, March 26th  Office Closed : Prince Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Day

Wednesday, March 27th
12Noon Noonday Prayer
4:00PM Bible Study – Gospel of Matthew
5:30PM Holy Eucharist
6:15PM Choir Practice

Saturday, March 30th Family Ministry Picnic- All are welcome!
10:00AM – 2:00PM Onekahakaha Beach Park 

Sunday, March 31st - Lent 4
7:30AM Holy Eucharist - Quiet Service 
10:00AM Holy Eucharist with Music and Sunday School 

Fellowship follows all  Sunday services.   
Reminders and Announcements:

Attend Lenten Formation Classes beginning March 10th. Classes will be held after each Sunday service.

Noonday Prayer is now being held every Wednesday. All are welcome!
March 30th, 10-2pm:  Family Day at the Beach to promote faith and friendship. Mark your calendars!
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Sunday, April 21. Easter Egg Hunt  – pack eggs and hide them.  
Wishlist: Some of our members have asked to donate supplies to the church. If you are interested, download the wishlist here. We will be updating the list periodically.
Still wanting to share items? See a starting list of items  here . This list will be placed at the back of the church for you to fill out. No exchange of money please. Have fun sharing items!
Prayer List: Call the church office or speak with our pastor if you have a prayer request. (808-935-5545) or admin@episcopalchurchhilo.org
How can our Holy Apostles Community take steps to be more sustainable and kind to our environment?

March Green Tip : Polystyrene foam containers (commonly known as Styrofoam) for single use have been banned on the island of Maui. The Big Island will soon follow in July, 2019. These containers are primarily single use, and once in the environment, they are very slow to breakdown and could last for generations… Similarly, plastic forks, spoons and straws are not biodegradable and not recycled in Hawaii. We all know where they end up. They also fragment into small pieces and if they find their way to the ocean, could choke animals who ingest it.

How can you help? Buy recyclable, compostable or other sustainable alternative products and utensils made from plant materials. Better yet, when eating out, bring your own take out containers to place your order or leftovers in (available at our local Hopaco). By taking small steps to be more environmental conscious, we will not only protect our island environment, but also help businesses cut their costs, as purchasing compostable containers are more expensive. 

By the way, if you are carrying your water bottle or coffee mug to church, THANK YOU!!! Please don't forget to thank each other. We appreciate your contribution as our Holy Apostles community works together to make a difference.
Mahalo to all who attended the Introduction to Centering Prayer on March 2nd. These are some reflections of the day:

Centering Prayer is rooted in the word of God, both through Scripture and in the person of Jesus Christ.

Anchored in four basic guidelines, the method is designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer by preparing you to receive it. The method presents the teachings of our ancient predecessors in an updated form. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather, it casts a new light and depth of meeting on them. This method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ and into communion with him. The source of centering prayer is Trinitarian--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is Christ. The effect of the method is ecclesial; that is, it builds communities of faith and bonds the members together in love.

Centering Prayer is fundamentally two things at the same time: first, the deepening of your personal relationship with Christ; and second, a method of freeing you from obstacles that prevent faith, hope, and love from unfolding within you. It reduces the tendency for over activity in prayer and exercise dependence on concepts or ideas in order to think your way to God. In short, it allows you to become sensitive to the subtle inspirations of the Holy Spirit that lead to intimate relationship.

Prayer is a Relationship.

Throughout the ages, most cultures and religions have practiced some form of prayer as a way of relating to God or spirit. In the modern Western world, we tend to think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed through words. Often these prayers become supplications to a God "out there"--a God that we perceive to be somewhere else. Although these prayers are those most commonly practiced, they are not the only expressions of prayer.

In Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke, the word for prayer is shela. Shela can be interpreted to mean "to open oneself and listen to the Divine Presence." In this sense, prayer is not necessarily words being spoken rather, it is closer to what, in the Christian tradition, is called contemplation. It's important for you to be open to a new understanding of Prayer in the context of the contemplative Christian tradition.

In the contemplative sense, prayer is not something you do, but is instead a relationship between you and the Divine Indwelling. To pray is to accept God's invitation to turn your mind and heart inward and open to the realization that you are not separate from God. God is always with you, whether you know it or not. This understanding of prayer as a relationship with God is a primary foundation of the practice of Centering Prayer. As you undertake and learn more about silent prayer in the contemplative Christian tradition, remain open to this new paradigm of prayer.


How do I know I am making progress? Is it working?

Let go of any expectations you may have for your period of Centering Prayer. The whole prayer is an exercise in letting go. Even to try is a thought! To struggle is to want to achieve some goal in the future. The prayer is about letting go of all exterior and interior preoccupations and bringing you into the present moment with God. The present moment is the only place where God is. There is only one activity in Centering Prayer--your consent. When engaged with any thought--including those of expectations and future results, renew your consent by returning ever-so-gently to your sacred word. Remember, that the fruits of the prayer are not experienced in the prayer itself, but in the ordinary events and relationships of daily life. 


Want to know more? Contact Lindbergh Marzo at familylife@episcopalchurchhilo.org
Kupuna Korner:

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2019 Summer Camp - Register Today!
Summer Camp is right around the corner and we could not be more excited! Camp has the power to change lives! At camp children and youth can make new friends, learn new skills, become more independent, have fun, and grow spiritually.

This summer we are expanding our summer camping program in many ways in order to meet the needs and wishes of our campers. We will be offering 5 weeks of summer camp (3 at Camp Camp Mokulē‘ia on Oahu, one on Maui, and one on the Big Island). This summer we are also adding new activities such as paddle boarding, outrigger canoeing, snorkeling, and much more!


Elementary #1  June 16-20
Elementary Camp - finished grades 2-5
$295 early bird rate/$345 regular rate 

Middle School #2 June 16-20
Middle School Camp- finished grades 6-8
$295 early bird rate/$345 regular rate 
 
A 5 day/4 night camp session that is led by our highly trained staff that includes camp activities such as swimming, group games, devotions, special activities, and much more. 
Senior High Camps on Oahu at Camp Mokuleia
(finished grades 9-12)
Senior High June 9-14
$410 early bird rate/$460 regular rate

A 6 day/5 night camp session for the older, more seasoned campers which gives campers a little more freedom while still getting to participate in all the camp activities they have loved in the past as well as some special activities. 

VFW UPCOMING CALENDAR EVENTS. ( Lots going on! Mark your calendars, come on out & join us!) 

7 Mar 2019  – 5:30 pm Thursday       Next VFW Post Meeting
31 Mar 2019  – COB                          Post Audit Due to State

Longer Range:
1 April 2019                            Community Hours Due to State
27 May 2019  – 10:00 am Monday     Memorial Day Ceremony at Cemetery #1
11-13 June  – Tues- Thurs                  Hawaii State VFW Convention in Honolulu
14 June 2019  – 10:00 am Friday       Flag Day Ceremony and cookout at our Post
21-22 June  – Friday-Saturday           Veterans Summit in Honolulu  (all Vets/Carlos Santana POC)
4 July 2019 – 7:00 am Thursday         Salute to Veterans 5K Run/Walk  at Queen Liliuokalani Gardens
Pastoral Care
For Pastoral Care, please call Pastor Katlin at 333.7693.
[808-935-5545]  [admin@episcopalchurchhilo.org]