Dear Cathedral Ohana:
It was good to be back with you on Sunday morning, although I do have to admit that it was quite hot in the Cathedral sanctuary.
Please know that we have plans to procure new fans that are 7 feet in diameter and that will go slightly higher than the current fans. We brought in an architect for a consult and he feels that this will greatly mitigate the heat in the cathedral. Having said that, I’m glad that the summer is officially over and that we can look forward to cooler temperatures. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
I will confess that as I write to you this morning, I am feeling a bit heavy hearted. Todd‘s last Sunday with the Cathedral will be this coming Sunday and I am going to miss him tremendously. Todd and I started out here together and our working relationship has been really quite phenomenal. From the bottom of my heart, I am so deeply grateful to him and I wish Jennifer and him well as they move on their next adventure. Please join me after evensong on Sunday for a reception for Todd under the Diamondhead tent and please rest assured that there will be a calabash out for anyone who would like to express their thanks with a makana.
Please know that John Alexander and Leohone Magno will provide leadership in music while the chapter discerns how to move forward in replacing Todd. John Alexander wrote to me earlier in the week to assure me that plans for evensongs could continue and that he and Leohone are looking forward to putting them together for the congregation and the community.
And part of the way I plan to express my gratitude for Todd’s being with us is by putting some funds in my UTO box so they can go to the United Thank Offering box for the good of the wider church. The United Thank Offering was founded to support innovative mission and ministry in The Episcopal Church and to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. 100% of thank offerings given to UTO are granted the following year. These awards have supported everything from staff positions, conferences, creation of educational resources, and contributions to building projects. Our in gathering will be on Sunday, October 20. When I said 14 October, I miss spoke.
Having said that, please know that in the middle of October we will be sending out a letter in regard to our annual pledge drive. Again, I invite you to prayerfully consider what you can give toward the mission and ministry of the Cathedral of St. Andrew for 2020. Please remember that we will have a $30,000 shortfall due to a reduction in income from the Japanese wedding contract. I am hoping that the congregation and I will be able to make up this difference.
The Cathedral Chapter met yesterday evening and we approved the minutes of the August 2019 meeting and adopted/accepted the treasurer’s report along with financial statements. Those documents are linked here for your review and ready reference.
I will close for this week by telling you that I had a wonderful experience with the seminarians at St. Andrews Theological Seminary in the Philippines. I thank the Cathedral community for their support for this endeavor and for helping out by assembling the materials necessary for an exercise that I did with the seminarians called Photo Language. The display cases in the hallway at the Memorial Building have pictures of my time in the Philippines and I hope that you will endeavor to take a look in the next week or so.
Until we all see each other at worship this weekend, please take care.