We are truly rich in diversity. Our congregation reflects the islands – a melting pot of many cultures, many traditions. The majority of us live on the leeward and central areas of the island, though our jobs and schools take us to all parts of O’ahu, and we encompass a broad range of people. Although English is our common tongue, culturally we are a multi-ethnic community who joins hands regularly to become one body in Christ.
St. Tim’s is a place for everyone, those in need, who are outcast, who are sick, who are lost, who are searching, who are healthy, who want to give back, who want to worship, thank, and celebrate our Lord!
We invite you to come, take a look, worship with us, ask questions and hopefully stay for a cup of coffee and/or Christian education.
Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) and May God Bless You!
The following are excerpts from a message released today to all Clergy, Wardens and Administrators, from Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick.
As the Islands prepare for the arrival of Ana (as a hurricane or a tropical storm), I hope you are all personally prepared as best possible with water and batteries at the ready. I hope you have dusted off your congregation's emergency plan prepared as suggested a couple of years ago by the Disaster Preparedness Task Force of the Diocese. I'm sure the congregation has checked on the Kupuna.
I also know that some congregations will be reaching out to the houseless and those who are homebound in this time of need. Thank you for your ministry of care.
For a prayer, I have modified a prayer from the 1928 BCP for our time and place:
ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech thee, of thy great goodness, to re-strain those immoderate rains and winds, that doth afflict these Islands from time to time. And we pray thee to send us such seasonable weather, that the earth may, in due time, yield her in-crease for our use and benefit; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sent with my hope and prayer for the safety of everyone,
The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick
A hui hou kakou “Until we meet again!”
Fr. David Lemburg “YOU” will be missed!
Fr. David’s Message: Episcopal Church in West Oahu-(ECWO) Newsletter Issue II
By far this experience has been the best four month job I've ever had. I came to the islands at the end of January with the expressed expectation to help Fr. Paul out with whatever was happening. Within 24 hours of arriving, I was saying Mass on a Friday night in a converted High School space. I let go of lots of prejudices of what Episcopal Church worship needed to be "normal." My time on the islands has been a wonder-ful mix of sharing what I know and love (mainly liturgy and church history) and learning about dynamic and local ways of being the Church.
Each community has wonderful things about it. St. Philip's has a mix of Hawaiian and family-sized church practices. Worship there is familiar, comfortable, and honest. St. Stephen's is a community of traditional BCP worship and a lived out way of "loving your neighbor." St. George's (now closed) was a community rooted in military itinerancy hospitality (i.e., when you're here, you're family). St. Timothy's has a breadth of opportunities for worship, out-reach, community development that spans generations, languages, and church communi-ties. St. Nicholas has array of prayerful practices that are energetic and Spirit-filled.
I have enjoyed my time here, working with someone I like who encourages me to be a better priest every week. I have met and worked with so many new and exciting people - both ordained and lay - that it would be too hard to put into words all of the wonderful times we have shared. I know I will look back on the year of ministry with happy thoughts and long stories.
I am sad to leave you now. I feel some of you may be sad as well. There are exciting times going on the Diocese of Mississippi right now. The same day that the Rev. Dr. Kaleo Patterson was ordained, the Diocese of Mississippi re-ceived its new bishop. The Rt. Rev. Brian Seage was my choice for bishop and I am sure the future will be bright with him as Bishop. I have a meeting set with him the week after I get back to the mainland. There are new opportunities for my wife, Melanie, and word has come to me the day I write this about a church opening 20 miles from my house.
Aloha and Mahalo are Hawaiian words which have root concept of divine breath. These past nine months I feel that I have share in the divine breath with each of you. I hope to share those gifts with those whom I may meet in the fu-ture.
Mahalo nui loa!