Dear Cathedral Ohana:
Last week I took two trips to the big Island – one to celebrate my grandmother’s 99th birthday and another to attend the funeral of my cousin who died just shy of 94 years of age. I come from a family that tends to live long lives and it makes me pause to think on how full so many of those lives have been. And then when I reflect on my own life, I realize that it has been full as well even though I’m only 53, which, by the way, is the age at which my father died in 1993, right in between Christmas and New Year’s. I must say that a big part of the richness and fullness of my life has been the gift of serving at this Cathedral – two times. I am so privileged to have the depth of relationships that I have here and I thank God for that every day. It’s the best Christmas gift that I could ever have – being in ministry and relationship with all of you. Please know that I consider myself very blessed.
The Cathedral chapter met yesterday evening (Tuesday, December 18) and we approved the minutes and financials for November 2018 as well as the budget for 2019 that will be presented to you at the annual meeting, which is slated for Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM. I will provide you with formal written notice of that meeting shortly after Christmas.
On Sunday morning I preached a sermon about driving on the road from Hilo to Honokaa. I thought I would share a couple of photos of that drive with you so that you can see what it actually looks like. Please enjoy and take in the beauty of that road.
Winter Solstice Yoga
Please remember that we will have a special offering on Friday, December 21 at 5:30 PM in the Cathedral where we will have you in yoga to observe the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. There is no charge and all are invited encouraged to attend. We will have a calabash out and any monies collected that evening will go to the students of Central Middle School.
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the candy sale this past weekend. $1,243 was raised and all proceeds will go to relief efforts in Saipan after Typhoon Yutu. I know that the people there will be most grateful to the Cathedral community.
Pageant & Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
See below for the worship offerings for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on our web site.
The 5:30 PM service on Christmas Eve is a joint service between the constituents on Queen Emma Square. The service will be geared toward children, and Chaplain Annalise Pasalo from St. Andrew’s Schools will be the preacher. We will not be having a pageant this year as we have in years past.
Please note that the Cathedral offices will be closed on Christmas Day and the day after Christmas (December 26) and New Year’s Day and the day after New Year’s (January 2). The Wednesday Eucharist on both those days will be canceled. We will resume them again on Wednesday, January 9. Thank you very much for understanding.
Until we meet during worship this weekend and at Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, please take care.