January 8, 2021
This issue's header was taken Christmas Eve at The Cathedral's of St. Andrew's drive-in service where the service took place on the steps. Folks remained in the safety of their cars or socially distanced on the lawn. To view more photos, visit the Cathedral's website HERE.
First Sunday After the Epiphany
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Word to the Church: What shall we be?
[January 8, 2021] Presiding Bishop Curry has issued a "Word to the Church" in the face of these unsettling times. To view the video message, click on his image or HERE where you will also find a transcript of the message.
From the Bishop:
A Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Hawai'i

January 8, 2021

Aloha my beloved Siblings in Christ Jesus,

I write to you following the insurrectionist riot that led to the storming of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., and the subsequent Congressional confirmation of the Electoral College’s election of Joseph Biden as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President on Wednesday, January 6.

This Sunday, January 10, is the First Sunday after Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The lesson from the Hebrew Scripture for this Sunday is from the beginning of the first chapter of Genesis (verses 1-5):
When God began to create the heavens and the earth— the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters— God said, “Let there be light.” And so light appeared. God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness. God named the light Day and the darkness Night. There was evening and there was morning: the first day.
In the Gospel according to John, Jesus and Pontius Pilate enter into a dialogue during the trial before the crucifixion (John 18:33-38a):
Pilate went back into the palace. He summoned Jesus and asked, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own or have others spoken to you about me?” Pilate responded, “I’m not a Jew, am I? Your nation and its chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus replied, “My kingdom doesn’t originate from this world. If it did, my guards would fight so that I wouldn’t have been arrested by the Jewish leaders. My kingdom isn’t from here.” “So you are a king?” Pilate said. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this reason: to testify to the truth. Whoever accepts the truth listens to my voice.” “What is truth?” Pilate asked.
As a Bishop, I promised at my ordination to “boldly proclaim and interpret the Gospel of
Christ, enlightening the minds and stirring up the conscience of [God’s] people” and to
be “merciful to all, show compassion to the poor and strangers, and defend those who have no helper.”

The events of these past days require me to try to bring to light our proper roles as faithful Baptized Christians and as citizens of a democratic republic. Likewise, I must tell the truth by God’s grace as I understand it as your Bishop. Read the Bishop's letter in its entirety HERE
In case you missed it...
Special Video Message from the Bishop on the Capitol Riots
Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick addresses the unrest and rioting that took place at our nation's Capitol and around the country, with a reflection on Isaiah 26:1-7, and a passage from a book by William Stringfellow, An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land (Word Books, 1973). Stringfellow (1928-1985) was an Episcopal lay theologian, lawyer, and social activist. Click on the image to view the message.

Be sure to stay informed with the Bishop's latest messages by clicking on the button above left, and his new series of Bible Study videos on the right. All video messages also appear on the Dioceseʻs YouTube Channel and Facebook page.
Chronicle Feature Stories:
Honorary Canon Instituted at The Cathedral of St. Andrew
The Rev. Cn. Naim Stifan Ateek
On Sunday, January 3, 2021, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick instituted the Rev. Naim Stifan Ateek as an Honorary Canon of The Cathedral of St. Andrew. This special event was originally to have taken place in March in conjunction with public talks and gatherings with the honored guest, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 lock down. READ MORE
Christmas Around the Diocese
Worshiping and Celebrating During a Pandemic
Like Easter, celebrating important days during a pandemic has been a challenge for our churches. Thankfully, we've all become a bit more creative and educated on how we worship, communicate, and fellowship. Below, we share videos of Christmas services around the Diocese. READ MORE
Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for Diocesan events & activities.
Mark your Calendars: The Power of Prayer
January 13 & 20 at Noon
In Bishop Fitzpatrick's Pastoral Letter above, he asks "that every
Episcopalian in the Diocese of Hawaiʻi join in a collective time of silent prayer next Wednesday, January 13, and on Inauguration Day (Wednesday, January 20) at noon for three minutes. Just pause at that time and pray for the United States, Hawaiʻi and all those in civil authority. If your church has a bell, ring a simple Angelus” (the triple stroke of the bell repeated three times with a pause between the first and second triple stroke – time enough to say the Lord’s Prayer and a Hail Mary) on those Wednesdays."
Coffee Hours with the DSC: Prepare for Annual Meeting & Reports
Coffee Hours with the Diocesan Support Center kicked off in early December (Chronicle, December 9, 2020), and has helped church administrators and wardens address questions and concerns they may have at their churches. With annual meetings about to take place around the Diocese and reports and forms to complete, lay leaders might find these sessions especially helpful. The next session will take place on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Meetings are also being recorded and will be posted on the Diocesan website (password required) for reference. If you'd like to attend these online Zoom Coffee Hours, contact Rae Costa.
Camp Mokule'ia Announces Spring Family Stay-Cay Weekends!
With their fall Family Stay-Cay weekends a big success, Camp Mokule'ia will be offering more Stay-Cay weekends this Spring:

  • February 19-21, 2021
  • April 16-18, 2021

Package pricing includes a fabulous line-up of activities and meals in all areas that include the Lodge, cabins, tentalos and campsite. For more information and to make your reservation, visit the Camp website HERE.

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION OPENS ON JANUARY 18! Visit the Camp website HERE for more information on their summer camp program.
Being a Church in a Pandemic
In this month's ECF Vestry Papers, the following articles may be especially helpful to congregations this month:

To view a listing of churches offering online services with links to connect, click on the ONLINE WORSHIP button at left.
The Cathedral of St. Andrew
Honoring Queen Emma & the Institution of The Rev. Cn. Naim Ateek
Sunday, January 3, 2020
This issue's featured service takes place at The Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu, where Queen Emma's birthday (January 2, 1830) was commemorated and the Bishop instituted the Rev. Naim Stifan Ateek as an Honorary Canon. To view the service in its entirety on the Cathedral's Facebook page, click HERE or on the image above.
Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Coming up: Halau Wa'a Offers New Online Knitting Ministry
Interested in joining a knitting/crocheting group in 2021? Halau Wa’a Episcopal is starting a prayer shawl ministry. Email us back if you are interested in joining us on-line on Saturday, January 16, at 9:00 AM. You can work on your own and/or join us once a month, every third Saturday morning. If you are a beginner and need help finding a pattern and supplies, have we got a kit for you! You can participate in many, many ways. For more info, contact Jill Haworth or Fr. Mark Haworth HERE.
Cathedral's Annual Meat Distribution at Kalihi Waena School
Despite the limitations that COVID-19 has had on our communities, The Cathedral of St. Andrew's annual meat distribution to the families of Kalihi Waena School was bigger and better than ever, thanks to the generosity and hard work of so many. To read the full story, visit The Cathedral's website HERE.
St. Elizabeth's: Sharing Gifts at Christmas
St. Elizabeth's youth leader, Melanie Langi, along with her family and the Langford family, distributed hundreds of gifts to children in homeless shelters, federal housing projects, and elsewhere in need, bringing a little bit of joy to children who otherwise may have had nothing. (From the St. Elizabeth e-newsletter)
Emmanuel Christmas Party for the Community
While supplies lasted, Emmanuel invited all to drive up as they shared gift cards, toys, and food from the Kailua Chamber of Commerce Holiday Sharing Drive-By donations and delicious donated ham dinners from Cinnamon's Restaurant with anyone in need!
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.
The Big Island Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Waimea Congregations Wrap Up an Astonishing Year of Meals to the Community
The parish congregations of St. James' that includes St. James' and St. Columba's, ended 2020 with an incredible numbers of meals served up in their communities.

St. James' Community Meals in Waimea generated a whopping 26,515 meals, while St. Columba's in Pa'auilo, active for only 35 weeks, churned out over 13,000 meals!

We give thanks and praise to all of the dedicated volunteers and community leaders who make it possible to serve and share with so many.
St. Augustine Hosts Movie Day
On Wednesday, December 23, St. Augustine's Episcopal Church held a Movie Day for the youth at the Waikoloa Luxury Cinemas. The youth enjoyed watching Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey! Thank you to St. Augustine's for the refreshments, Peter & Susan Denman for renting out the movie theater and Kathy Matsuda for coordinating the event with parents and guardians.
Part-time Interim Youth Ministry Coordinator- St. James'
Visit the Diocesan website for more info HERE
The Episcopal Church & Beyond
Epiphany 2021: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry - Call to Prayer for the Nation
[January 6, 2021] On this day of the Feast of the Epiphany, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians and people of faith to turn and pray on behalf of our nation. Watch the video of the Presiding Bishop’s statement along with the transcript HERE.
Biden presidency spurs renewed optimism for Episcopal Church’s immigration advocacy
[01/07/21] President Donald Trump spent his four years in office targeting both legal and illegal immigration on multiple fronts. Critics condemned his administration’s hardline policies as cruel and xenophobic, while Episcopal leaders joined ecumenical partners in arguing the country was failing to live up to Christian and American values. READ MORE
Presiding Bishop condemns ‘coup attempt’ at US Capitol
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry strongly denounced the riotous assault on the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 by supporters of President Donald Trump, referring to it as an “attempted coup.” READ MORE
More Headline Links:
CAMP MOKULE'IA 2021 SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM - Camp Mokuleʻia has set their summer camp program dates for 2021. Registration opens up on January 18. Click HERE to learn more about the summer camps dates!

SCHOLARSHIPS - Camp Mokuleʻia is once again offering scholarship funds in 2021. All congregations are eligible to receive up to $1,000 to help their children and youth attend camp.

SUMMER STAFF - The Campʻs goal next summer is to hire the majority of summer staff locally. If you have college students in your congregation that you think would make good counselors, please provide them with the following link HERE.

For more information about Camp Mokuleʻia and their programs, visit their website HERE.
YOUTH WEEKLY COMPLINE SERVICE: Fr. Jar Pasalo, the Diocese's Youth and Young Adult Missioner, has launched a weekly LIVE Compline on the Episcopal Youth of Hawaii Facebook Group page. All are invited to join in every Thursday at 8:00 PM. All sessions are available for viewing on the page if you miss it. If you are interested in assisting/leading Compline, contact Fr. Jar HERE.
PALAKA FACE MASKS FOR SALE: Don't forget to order your palaka face mask from the Good Shepherd Women in Ministry for only $5 each plus postage. All sales benefit their outreach ministries. Place your order via contact form HERE, and mail your check to 2140 Main St., Wailuku, HI 96793.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM OUR CHANCELLOR: LICENSE REQUIRED FOR LIVE STREAMING MUSIC: As you may know, U.S. copyright laws do not apply for the performance or display of copyrighted works during on-site religious services. However, this religious service exemption does NOT apply to livestreaming or retransmission of the service over the Internet. Churches using copyrighted music in a live streamed service must either obtain specific written permission or a streaming license. Please review the article for more information HERE. Please contact me if you have any questions or call (808) 282-6088.

PROPER LICENSING NEEDED FOR MEDIA SHARING: Like the music industry, movies and books require permission to be shared publicly. For churches interested in showing movies, public performance rights can be obtained from two companies (representing different studios): Swank Motion Pictures (includes Disney and faith-based films) and Criterion. For reading books online, permission should be obtained from the author (or copyright holder).
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