Dear Cathedral Ohana:
My morning started with a 7:00 Ash Wednesday service here at the Cathedral. It was a simple, solemn service and, for me, a wonderful start to Lent. I start this Lenten season with gratitude for all God has given me-family, friends, a good job, a nice place to live, the gift of being able to travel, and all of you. I am very grateful and I feel very blessed.
I have now been back from New Mexico for a week and things for me are back in full swing here at the Cathedral office where the week has been spent getting worship booklets ready for Lent, preparing for Sunday’s services, writing sermons, monitoring budgets, meeting with staff, and getting ready for the visit of the Presiding Bishop to the Cathedral on Sunday, March 24th at 10:00AM and then again at 5:00PM when he will have a talk-story session with Barbara Tanabe. All are invited and encouraged to attend both. A few pictures from this trip:
And then, of course, there was last week Friday where many of us gathered at Borthwick to say aloha to Uncle Hartwell Lee Loy. It was sad and difficult to let him go, but at the same time there was an air of joy and celebration during the service. I’m sure Uncle Hartwell would have loved it. The Lee Loy Family has given me permission to share the sermon with those of you who weren’t able to attend the service and I have attached it here for you.
While I was in New Mexico the Chapter met and approved the minutes for its January meeting. I will attach them here for your review and ready reference. The January financial statements were not ready and I will share them with you once they are approved along with the February financial statements at our March 26th meeting. In the meantime, I will attach the Treasurer’s report for January here.
Please remember that Ha‘aheo Guanson will be ordained to the priesthood this coming Saturday, March 9th at 10:00AM at St. Clements in Makiki. All are invited and encouraged to attend the service and to support Ha‘aheo as she culminates her journey to ordination that began with the Cathedral community.
And finally, please remember that the Presiding Bishop will be with us on the morning of Sunday, March 24th at 10:00AM and that while we will have the 7:00 service as normal, the 8:00 and 10:30 services will be combined into one service at 10:00.
That is all I have for this week. It is good to be home and back with all of you. Until we see each other at worship this weekend, please take care.