A Blessing for Waking Up to Summer
Blessed are we, beginning to feel some release
From pandemic constraints,
From the long sad season of anxious vigilance,
The boredom and frustration of plans deferred.
There is new ground appearing, and paths we didn’t know were there.
Blessed are we who say, okay!
But God, you’re going to need to help me wake up, the music,
The movement and the color of living,
The wonder of the lily, the mystery and power of the tiniest seed,
Cracked open, doing what it was always destined to do. Bloom.
Blessed are we who say, wake me too God, I’m awake.
“Wonder if the heaviest element on the periodic table. Even a tiny fleck of it stops time.” – Diane Ackerman
Put yourself where love and beauty can reach you.
That’s the summer for you.
Kate Bowler, Blessings for the Lives we Actually Have
Mahalo to our musicians who provide such gorgeous music each week; to Aunty May for organising the food pantry; and to everyone for bringing what you can to share for potluck once a month. Thank you for being a part of our church ‘ohana, and for all you do to make it so beautiful.
Do you have good news to share? Ever wondered what it’s like to preach a sermon? A few weeks ago, I asked if any one had ever felt called to being a lay preacher. I was serious! The Episcopal Church allows for lay preachers – that is, for non-ordained people to get up and share a sermon. Maybe you’d like to share about your journey of faith, or maybe you have a favorite bible passage you’d like to preach on. Talk to me for more information!
School Supplies Drive
This is the last month to contribute to our joint school supplies drive, in conjunction with Maluhia. We will be donating to Kamaile Academy, Makaha Elementary, Waianae Elementary, and Leihoku Elementary. Keep an eye on the sales! We will be collecting through the end of July – whatever you have to share will be appreciated!
Kids going to EYE
Aiza, Kia’i, Kaimalu, Jordan, and Jade will be representing Hawaii at the Episcopal Youth Event this year! We have raised enough money through our NOMS and t-shirt fundraisers that our families do not have to pay. Hooray! Our teens will be gone from July 3 through July 12 – please pray for them both at EYE and then during their mission work in Washington DC. May their faith grow in this time away!
Church Biz Conference
On Saturday, July 29th, the Diocesan Support Center is hosting a “Church Biz” conference – a day of workshops on the business of the church. It will be at the Cathedral of St Andrew, 9am-2pm. Interested in attending? Let me know and we’ll get you signed up!
5 Rev Jazzy
13 Alana Akiona and Chynne Kekua
18 Randy Tandal
Mark your calendars
Kids Klub: Tuesday, July 11th and Tuesday, July 25th
Bishop’s Committee Meeting: Tuesday, July 18th
One Pot One Hope : Saturday, July 29th
Potluck: Sunday, July 30th
Other important Dates
Diocesan Convention October 21-22