Dear Cathedral Ohana:
Shortly after I wrote to you last week, I got a very sad phone call that informed me about the tragic fire that had taken the lives of a nine month old infant and her mother in Kahala. Since then, many of you have learned that the mother and baby were the daughter and granddaughter of Glen and Sandy Moribe who are devoted members of our 5:30 PM Saturday service. In a letter that I sent out to the congregation on Thursday I asked that you each take a moment to say a prayer upon receiving my communication. I thank you all for being devoted and dedicated in that ministry. This is a very sad and tragic event indeed and upon reflection, it has given me the grace to take pause and to be grateful for life and all it has to offer, whether that life be long or short. Funeral services for Sophia and Connie Wharton will be on Saturday, November 17 at 10:30 AM in the Cathedral sanctuary with visitation beginning at 9:00 AM, luncheon to follow in Davies Hall.
In the midst of this horrible tragedy, life goes on and today and tomorrow people across the Diocese of Hawaii will be traveling to Kona for our convention on Saturday morning. I will leave this afternoon, spend an evening with my grandmother, and will be back in Honolulu on Saturday evening.
I wish to thank the many of you who have submitted and sent in pledge cards for 2019. To date we have over $66,000 in pledges committed, for which I am very, very grateful. Your generosity will help to ensure the vitality of our mission and ministry in the coming year.
Please mark your calendars for a special evensong to honor Queen Liliuokalani on November 11 at 5:30 PM in the Cathedral sanctuary. This will commemorate the 101st anniversary of her death at Washington Place, right next-door to the Cathedral itself. Todd Beckham has been working very hard to put together a wonderful musical offering for worship and I invite and encourage each and every one of you to attend.
I will keep my missive short for this week and will look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday at worship. Please take care until then.