November 11, 2020
The Season after Pentecost - Ordinary Time
Proper 28
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, page 236)
From the Bishop:
The Bishop’s Bible Study Beginning December 2:
The Gospel According to Mark

Bishop Bob will again be offering his weekly online reflection on a book of the Bible beginning on the first Wednesday in Advent, December 2, 2020. Over the following weeks, he will walk through the Gospel according to Mark. These twenty-minute reflections can be part of individual study and prayer, or they can be used as part of a small group study (perhaps for a Bishop’s Committee/Vestry as a shared study).

As in the past, the Bishop recommends the Common English Bible (CEB) translation for study and, especially, the CEB Study Bible with Apocrypha if you would like a good study Bible. He will be using the CEB for this study. The publishers of the Common English Bible have an “online sampler advertisement free of charge” HERE. This sampler provides an explanation of how this translation of the Bible was created, a sample article on the authority of Scripture, and the complete Gospel according to Mark! You can take a look at this translation and even have the complete Gospel available for this study (although the Bishop still hopes you get your own copy of the CEB).

As preparation for this time together, Bishop Bob invites everyone (lay and clergy) in the Diocese to read a chapter of Mark out loud everyday from today until December 2. There are only 16 chapters, so if you start right away, you can actually read it through almost twice (although you will need to double up on a few days, but try to get through the Gospel twice). Remember, though written down, Scripture was meant to be read aloud in the community. The Bishop particularly thinks a believer can get much more out of Mark’s Gospel if it is read out loud. Right now, he and Bea are reading a chapter of Mark every night.

Join the journey through the Gospel according to Mark.
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 videos also appear on the Dioceseʻs YouTube Channel and Facebook page.
Chronicle Feature Stories:
A Deacon's Life: Service & Compassion
Archdeacon Steven Costa's Journey of Salvation

This article is about the Diocese's Archdeacon, the Venerable Steven Costa, whose face is familiar to many in the Diocese. As the Archdeacon, he assists at official services where the Bishop is the Celebrant, including those held on the neighbor islands. On any given Sunday, he can be seen at a service somewhere in the Diocese. As a deacon, he has dedicated his life to serving others in the community, and fills his time volunteering in countless outreach efforts.

But not many know about Steve's remarkable journey to a life of service and prayer. It's a riveting story ─ one that movies are made of ─ filled with drama, crime, guns, drugs, illness, despair, romance, hope, and salvation! It is an inspirational journey and a powerful example of God's grace and love overcoming adversity. It is also a deeply personal story of a man's battle with his demons, his unshakable faith, and an unyielding commitment to serve God and community. READ MORE
Special Series: Our Schools
ʻIolani School Chapel in COVID Time:
A Focus on Spiritual Formation
​Masks, Shields, and Distance Set the Scene for a Focus on the Inner Life

Safety protocols, PPE guidelines and traffic patterns have become the new normal for our students as they adjust to ʻIolani School’s return to campus life. The expectation is that everyone in our ʻohana follows our guidelines to protect not only those of us at school, but everyone on our island as well. So, everyone wears a mask and a shield and practices physical distancing. Large groups only meet outside, and everyone does a health check on an app every morning before coming to school. In St. Alban’s Chapel, these protocols also apply, and mean that we can only seat a small fraction of the number of students we normally do.  READ MORE
Visit the Diocese's Calendar page HERE for Diocesan events & activities.
In case you missed the Special Edition Chronicle with full-coverage of Convention 52, the Diocese of Hawaiʻi's first virtual Annual Meeting, visit the article webpage HERE.

Posted is the full live-stream video of the meeting and the videos shown that include the Bishopʻs Convention Sermon, Bishopʻs Address, Response to the Bishopʻs Address, Memoriam (Necrology) video and Highlights video.

Text versions of the Bishopʻs messages are also available to view and download along with the approved budget.
This Saturday! Itʻs not too late to sign up!
Invite Welcome Connect Free Webinar
Mary Parmer, the founder of Invite Welcome Connect (IWC), returns "virtually" to the Diocese of Hawai'i, leading a FREE webinar on Saturday, November 14, 2020, on Zoom. The webinar will run from 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon.

Parmer led workshops on Kaua'i and O'ahu last August on practices of of evangelism, hospitality, and belonging. But how do we implement these practices during a pandemic? Parmer will discuss launching IWC during a pandemic and address your questions and concerns. For more information and to register, click HERE.
Camp Mokuleʻia Forges Ahead with Optimism in 2021: Mark your calendars and save the dates!
Despite the uncertainties of life during a pandemic, Camp Mokuleʻia has set its sights on making sure programs will be in place for our children, youth, and families in 2021. They have already had a successful weekend "Stay-Cay" offering, and have announced plans for the following camp dates next summer (tentative of course). Save the dates!

  • June 6-11 - Elementary, Middle School, Senior High Camps
  • June 14-18 - Day Camp at The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Honolulu
  • June 14-18 - Day Camp at Holy Apostles, Hilo
  • June 21-25 - Day Camp at Epiphany, Honolulu
  • June 21-25 - Day Camp at All Saintsʻ Kapaʻa
  • July 5-9 - Day Camp at Good Shepherd
  • July 11-13 - Mini Camp, Elementary
  • July 15-18 - Family Camp
  • July 18-23 - Elementary, Middle School Camps

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.
Article featured in Ka Wai Ola by the Rev. Dr. Keleawe Hee
Native Hawaiian Clergy in Hawaiʻi’s Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church has a long history in Hawaiʻi. King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma were close friends with the British Royal family and were familiar with the Anglican Church in England.

They invited the religion to the islands in 1862, where it became the Hawaiian Reformed Catholic Church, now known as the Episcopal Church. The priests that came here to run the services were not Native Hawaiian. READ MORE
Prophetic Voices: Preaching & Teaching
Across our church and our society, we are having profound dialogues about race, truth, justice, and healing. Coming this Advent, Prophetic Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community explores where that dialogue intersects with our faith. Join us and our invited guests as we share prophetic voices and explore the readings for each week of Advent and Christmas Day through the lens of social justice.

You’ll hear ancient texts interpreted in new ways, find fodder for preaching and teaching, and make present day connections to the prophetic voices of the Bible. This podcast will help us rethink how we hear, see, and interact with the lectionary readings, refocusing from the rush of the Christmas season to the voice crying out in the wilderness. Click HERE for more info.
To view a listing of churches offering online services with links to connect, click on the ONLINE WORSHIP button.
Eucharist at Waterʻs Edge with Halau Waʻa Episcopal
This issue's featured service takes us to Oʻahu, where the Dioceseʻs newest church community, Halau Waʻa, held a service at Camp Mokuleʻia on October 25. Along with their faithful followers, they had a number of folks join them that were attending the Campʻs first "Stay-Cay" weekend. Over two dozen souls enjoyed worshiping in a beautiful setting with gorgeous weather! Following the service, the Camp provided yummy lunches in picnic baskets. It went so well that Halau Waʻa has been invited back for the next Stay-Cay weekend this Sunday! If youʻre in the mood for some wonderful music and worship at waterʻs edge, head out there this Sunday at 10:00 AM, or tune in online HERE. Click on the image to view the service that took place at the Camp in October.
Oʻahu Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
Coming up: Holy Nativityʻs Fall Festival & Christmas Sale
Holy Nativity will be holding their Fall Festival and Christmas Sale this Saturday, November 14, from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. Thrift Store volunteers ask for your patience as they take precautions to keep everyone safe. All proceeds will benefit organizations that serve our community. For more information, contact the church at (808) 373-2131. Holy Nativity is located at 5286 Kalanianaole Hwy. in Honolulu.
Emmanuel's 18th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza
Still time to support our first responders and Family Promise!
For the past 17 years, one of the most anticipated and successful annual fundraisers in the Diocese is the Chocolate Extravaganza put on by Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Kailua. COVID-19 nearly forced the cancellation of this year's event which supports Family Promise, but they have forged ahead with a "pandemic" version. Although it will not feature the in-person chocolate feast, they will still celebrate chocolate by giving luscious treats to our first responders on November 21. They are accepting donations for Family Promise, and all donors will be entered in a prize giveaway. For more information and to make a donation, visit their website 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.
The Big Island Happenings
Visit the Diocese's Community Calendar page HERE for ongoing activities in your neighborhood.
St. Augustine's Happy Halloween Trick or Treat Drive-Through
Mahalo to the St. Augustine Outreach Committee for packing 300 goody bags for Halloween. Thank you to the teens and volunteers who helped organize the Happy Halloween Trick or Treat Drive - Through! (Photos from the St. Augustine weekly e-news.)
Coming up: St. Augustine Makana Pack Drive
On Saturday, November 14, the teens of St. Augustineʻs Episcopal Church will be collecting baby bath products, toys, and books for keiki 0-5 years. This drive through drop-off event is to help the Hawaiʻi Diaper Bank fill their holiday gift bags. Collection will take place in the St. Augustineʻs parking lot at 54-3801 Akoni Pule Hwy. in Kapaʻau,from 4:30-6:00 PM. They will also be accepting donations at their thrift shop and community meal. For more information, contact the church office at (808) 889-5390.
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The Episcopal Church & Beyond
UTO grants help feeding ministries expand to meet needs of communities hit by pandemic
A Caring Place didn’t start as a feeding ministry. When the upstart nonprofit in Lexington, Kentucky, was founded last year by members of two closely aligned Episcopal and Lutheran congregations, its primary mission was to alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness among senior citizens in the area. One initial plan was to gather seniors for conversation over doughnuts once a week. READ MORE
Episcopal priest wins election, becoming Georgia’s first LGBTQ state senator
In last week’s general election, LGBTQ candidates made history with milestone victories around the United States. Among them was the Rev. Kim Jackson, a priest in the Diocese of Atlanta, who is now the first out LGBTQ person ever elected to the Georgia state Senate. READ MORE
National Cathedral’s interfaith prayer service takes America on journey from grief to hope
On Nov. 1, with the most turbulent U.S. election in recent memory two days away and the COVID-19 pandemic causing widespread suffering and death, thousands of Americans tuned in to Washington National Cathedral’s virtual interfaith prayer service, which brought together an array of Americans of diverse faiths, races and backgrounds – from internationally known leaders to middle school students – to heal and pray for the country. READ MORE
More Headline Links:
Respond to the Census!
Grants Available for Young Adult and Campus Ministry
Deadline to apply: November 20, 2020
The Episcopal Church announces its 2021 grants program for Young Adult and Campus Ministries currently engaged in or seeking new relationships with young adults on or off college campuses. Episcopal ministries or ecumenical ministries with an Episcopal presence are invited to apply. Eligible applicants include dioceses, congregations, or college/university ministries. Grant information and applications are available HERE. READ MORE
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.
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS! Hurricane season runs through November. Be prepared and make sure your 14-day emergency supplies are in place. For more information visit the State of Hawai'i's Emergency Management webpage 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.
The Presiding Bishop’s delegation to the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW 64) invites all to join the online study group Beijing +25: Celebrating the Blessing, Realizing the Dream This series of webinars, blogs and conversations are facilitated by the delegates from July through November 2020. To download the schedule, click HERE. For more information and to register, click HERE.
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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