Dear Cathedral Ohana:
I cannot believe that we are in the first week of October and that fall is here. I look forward to the cooler temperatures that are to come along with it eventually. October also means that things are revving up for our diocesan convention. This year it will take place at ‘Iolani School and I will serve as secretary for the seventh year in a row.
Please remember that we will honor St. Francis of Assisi with an animal blessing at both the 8:00 and 10:30 services this coming Sunday, October 8th. For those of you who are unable to bring your pets, please feel free to bring a photo instead.
I took part in St. Andrew’s Schools’ animal blessing yesterday and blessed dogs, birds, fish and cell phone photos of cats! Many of you have let me know that you saw it on KHON on Tuesday evening.
Please note that the Cathedral is hosting a weekend to observe the 500th anniversary of The Reformation and we are working in conjunction with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in this endeavor. In addition, the Cathedral is sponsoring a Peggy Kai Speaker, Dr. David Lose. Dr. Lose will be here on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The Cathedral offerings for this Peggy Kai event are
- 3:00PM Saturday, October 14th service in the Cathedral with reception to follow in Davies Hall
- 2:00PM Sunday, October 15th lecture in the Tenney Theater.
For more information, see http://www.lchwelcome.org/site/500-anniversary/.
On Thursday morning I met with representatives from Kuraudia USA, Ltd. Kuraudia is a company based in Japan and who uses the cathedral facilities for wedding re-enactments. The meeting was a good one and I was grateful for the opportunity to touch bases with Kuraudia, introduce myself, and visit with them.
I am extremely pleased with the results of our stewardship endeavors thus far. To date we have over $50,000 in commitments. That is remarkable and I am very proud of the Cathedral. Please know that at any time, commitments can be mailed in, dropped off at the office, or placed in the offertory bowls on Sunday mornings. Your financial commitments will greatly help the congregation move forward in mission and ministry in 2018.
Thank You Ha`aheo
I’d like to close this week by thanking Ha`aheo Guanson for her sermon this past Sunday and for the way she tied it in to Children’s Youth Day. I feel blessed to have Ha`aheo with us and I look forward to seeing how her ministry unfolds after she completes her studies at Waiolaihui`ia (the local formation program) in December.
The past week, as usual, has been busy and full. On Thursday I went to Waikiki to meet with Kuraudia before boarding a plane to Hilo to honor my commitment to my grandmother to go and see her once a month. On Saturday I flew home in time for the 5:30 Eucharist and then went to the Ala Moana Hotel to attend a benefit for the Royal Order of Kamehameha I. On Sunday I presided at three services, worked on a sermon for this Sunday, and then took Dee Chang out to watch Debbie Nakanelua dance at the Halekulani Hotel. On Monday I had a meeting in Kaimuki, took an Episcopal college student from Florida out to lunch, conducted a spiritual direction session, and attended a meeting to talk about our organ. On Tuesday I participated in the St. Andrew’s Schools’ pet blessing, took the staff out to lunch to thank Julia for her work (above and beyond the call of duty) on the audit, and met with The Rev. Ruth Peterson to go over details for the Reformation Event. This morning I took Dee Chang to the airport, will hold a staff meeting, preside at the 11:30 Eucharist and lead a Worship Committee meeting in my office. In the midst of this, I continue to deal with phone calls, emails, and writing thank you letters to those who have made a financial commitment to the Cathedral for 2018 (these notes are handwritten).
I look forward to seeing you all at worship this weekend. Until then, please take care.