Dear Cathedral Ohana:
The midterm election is over and the results are in, and this morning I find myself reflecting on what the future will look like as I strive to be here and now in the present. I watched TV on and off for much of the day yesterday, wanting to know what results were coming in and what they were. This morning, I feel different. I have no desire to see with the news has to say, and I feel called to just sit and be for a little while. And as I sit and think about who I am and who the Cathedral is, I feel grateful. We may have our challenges, but we are financially sound and our doors are open to the community to come to worship, pray, or just sit in our sanctuary and simply be for a little while. In a world that often frets about its future, we offer spiritual gift to the community and for that, I am very grateful, because that’s the kind of thing that will help change the world and make it a better place.
While I am reflecting, I am also grateful to you for your pledge commitments for 2019. It greatly helps the Finance Committee and me as we begin the work of building a budget for the coming year. Please remember that those of you who turn in a pledge card are cordially invited to a thank you dinner on December 1 at 6:00 PM in Davis Hall. To date we have 67 pledge commitments totaling $179,499.
You have been extremely generous and I am going to ask you to prayerfully consider helping out just a bit more this weekend when we plan to take up a second collection at our services to help with relief efforts on the island of Saipan after the devastating effects of Typhoon Yutu. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Saipan suffered extensive damage. As many of you know, we have had a relationship with this congregation over the years, especially helping them with their annual clothing drive. They are our brothers and sisters and they need our help. When I was your Canon Pastor I often talked about this congregation and how many of its congregants are displaced migrant workers who cannot get home and who live in abject poverty due to not being subject to standard immigration and employment laws that are different in a commonwealth than they are in a state or territory like Guam. I still remember visiting a family who worshipped at St. Paul’s and who lived in a tin shack with three children and who had to raise chickens and grow their own vegetables in order to eat and at the same time figure out how to live on less than $500 a month in a place where the cost-of-living is equal to that of Honolulu. As I write today, I wonder if that family still has a home. I fear they may not. Please join me in a commitment to help our brothers and sisters out. See more photos here!
Please remember that The Rev. Allison Dingley will be with you all this Sunday and that I head out today for Asheville, North Carolina to attend an Episcopal revival there. The revival will have plenary sessions that address social justice issues, and I am eager to learn what I can and share my insights with you when I get back next week.
We also have an Evensong to honor Queen Liliuokalani on Sunday evening at 5:30 PM in the Cathedral sanctuary. Father Hee will be officiating and Father Malcolm Chun will be with us as the preacher.
Next week Saturday, November 17, the Cathedral will hold funeral services for Connie and Sophia Wharton, the daughter and granddaughter of Glen and Sandy Moribe, at 10:30 AM, with visitation beginning at 9:00 AM.
Also, on Sunday, November 25 at 8:00 AM, Bishop Fitzpatrick will be with us for the Feast of the Holy Sovereigns. The Royal Civic Societies will also be in attendance.
We also received word that the Rev. Tom Van Culin passed away earlier in the week and his funeral services are scheduled for this coming Saturday, November 10 at 10:00 AM in the Cathedral. As many of you know, Tom was a regular attendee of our 8:00 AM services.
That is all I have for this week. I look forward to seeing you after I get back from Asheville. Please take care until then.