Dear Cathedral Ohana:
On Tuesday morning this week I woke up as soon as it got light outside and even though it was pouring rain, the orange and pink light of the sun was coming through the clouds as it rose over Punchbowl Crater. The view that morning had an ethereal quality to it and I sat on my lanai and took it all in while I drank my coffee. And while I sat there, I thought about the persistence of the Christ light as it worked its way through the water in the sky that, to me, symbolized the waters of my baptism. It was a wonderful blending together of qualities that I have taken with me into the rest of my week and I was grateful for the subtle reminder of both things.
Ordination of Andrew Arakawa and Steve McPeek
As I mentioned from the lectern during the announcements on Sunday morning, I am just so grateful for the way the Cathedral community came together to help make the ordination on Saturday morning happen. Not only was the liturgy itself beautiful, but I was so touched by the way everybody pulled together to make sure that we had a good reception afterwards and it did my heart good. I walked home afterwards feeling very proud of the Cathedral and of all of you. Thank you again and again from the very bottom of my heart.
We have set the date for funeral services for Paulie Jennings for Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 AM with visitation beginning at 9:00 AM. I will put out a sign-up sheet to request folks to help with the reception much the way we did for the ordination on Saturday. Also, I spoke with Auntie Vicky Hollinger and like we did at the funeral services for Kilani Ventura, she will come with the guitar and anyone who wants to come up and join in singing Hawaiian songs during the visitation is welcomed and encouraged to come on up and join her—and me.
We had quite a bit of rain this week and it knocked out our Internet capabilities for one morning. There was also some flooding in the basement of the Tenney Theatre because the piece of slate from the roof above it came loose and blocked one of the gutters. Ramona worked very hard with HTY to do damage control and everything seems to be OK.
Brian‘s last day with the Cathedral was last week Wednesday and Ramona will be the Acting Facilities Manager. Please direct any concerns to her about the facilities as well as calendaring issues.
I very much appreciate the way so many of you came together on Sunday morning to ensure a smooth-running aloha hour for the people who came to church. Again, thank you so very much.
Away Next Week
I will be away next week on vacation so that I can travel to Guam to take in an exhibit at the Guam Museum about a place called Camp Roxas. After World War II, the US military had to rebuild the infrastructure of Guam and many laborers from the Visayas in the Philippines were brought in to do the work. That operation was called Camp Roxas and my grandfather was the general manager. There are many pieces in the exhibit that were donated by my family and I would like to go out and take it all in before the exhibit closes in September. I will leave on Monday afternoon and will be back on Friday evening. I will not miss any Sunday services.
That is all I have for this week. I look forward to seeing you all at worship. Please take care until then.