Message from Fr. Moki, May 14, 2017

Dear Cathedral Ohana:

I am happy to report an attendance of 215 people over four services last weekend and I’m grateful to Father Keleawe Hee for joining us at the 10:30 service to preach and preside.  Father Keleawe’s being with us gave me the opportunity to sit in the pews and take part in the service as a congregant and it was interesting to see things from that perspective.

The Worship Committee met on Monday afternoon in the Manger and we identified a need for additional acolytes, lectors, and Lay Eucharistic Ministers.  An ad to that effect went out last week in our Cathedral eNews and if you feel called to any or all of these ministries, please let me know and I will endeavor to get you trained as soon as possible.

A number of you commented on the sermon at 7:00 and 8:00 that I preached on Keanakolu, the plum farm that my uncle leased on the slopes of Mauna Kea in the 1970s and 1980s.  For those of you at the 10:30 who missed it and would like to read it, it is posted on the Cathedral website.

I’d also like to report that sometime ago, I met with representatives of the Outreach Committee (Priscilla Millen, Ann Reimers, and Warren Wright) to discuss the Sandwich Ministry at the Cathedral.  I asked for the meeting to explore enhancing the ministry by putting together small shopping bags with basic hygiene items and non-perishable food items.  The representatives endorsed this idea and agreed that the bags should be placed at the font for congregants to pick up and deliver after the service and during the week.  If we put out 50 bags and asked people to deliver one, the active ministry net would be cast much wider.  We are in the process of endeavoring to launch this effort and will keep you posted as our plans progress.

On Friday morning I traveled to Hawai‘i Island to visit with my grandmother and before I got on the plane, I had the opportunity to spend an hour with about 20 international high school students from Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; several of whom were Muslim or from predominantly Muslim countries.  The students seemed to be fascinated by our Cathedral sanctuary and I gave them a tour and answered their questions.  It warmed my heart to see them curious and excited about spending time with us and they left me with a sense of hope for the future and the holy possibility of world peace.

As you know, I am in the midst of doctoral studies at Virginia Theological Seminary and this week I spent some time analyzing numbers for my Ministry Development class.  I’d like to share these excerpts:

Of the 1.3 million people who live in the State of Hawai‘i, 953,207 live in the County of Honolulu and 224,618 live within a 3-mile radius of the Cathedral Close.  In that 3-mile radius 56% of the population is Asian, 15% are White, and 23% are Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian.  The median age in the study area is 41 years old.  There are 25,777 school-aged children, and 34.15% of the population has a college and/or postgraduate education.  Of the households in the 3-mile radius, 17, 246 gave $200 or more a year to religious organizations, and 35% of the population engages in traditional worship services.

I also reported the following financial figures:

The parochial report also reports revenues of $1,792,826 for 2016 and only $217,697 (or about 12%) of that amount came from 118 pledging units. $186,754 (or about 10.5%) came from dividends from investments and endowments and an additional $1,117,262 (almost 62%) came from parking lot revenue and rental income from leasing the Cathedral sanctuary out for Japanese wedding reenactments. The budgeted amount for pledge income for 2017 is $196,730, which is equal to the parish from which I came in Hilo, Hawai‘i (which had an average Sunday attendance of 92 in 2016). The perception in the community is that the Cathedral is a wealthy congregation. With an Average Sunday Attendance of 244 and pledge income of $196,730 and an average pledge of $1,668, the indication is that the Cathedral is not wealthy. The pledge income does not support the cost of its paid staff, which amounts to $358,477. This figure is not inclusive of benefits like health insurance and pension payments.  It is worth noting that the Cathedral budget for outreach is $10,853, which is 0.6% of its total income.

To me, these numbers tell an interesting story and provide good guideposts for looking toward the future of our mission and ministry as a Cathedral congregation.

I very much look forward to seeing everyone at worship this weekend.  Please take care until then.


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