Welcoming you with the spirit of aloha
"You go out to my people as God's messengers...Our beloved Church regards her children as having bodies as well as souls to be cared for, and sanctions the consecration of these and of all that is beautiful in nature and in art to the service of God" 
-- Queen Emma
Honor a Loved One

A beautiful way to honor a loved one during Christmas is with a poinsettia at St. Michael's. The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought of as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity. Poinsettia donations are $25 for each plant. Please use the donation envelopes provided on the Information Table in the back of the church. Your loved one's name and dedication will be included in our Christmas Eve service bulletin. The deadline is Thursday, December 20th.
Light up the Advent Tree!

There are only 2 more weekends left in Advent. Our Advent tree still has many unlit lights. Please help us light up the tree, and the world, by bringing your gifts of socks and/or sweaters/sweatshirts for someone in our community. As winter is upon us, the need is more urgent, particularly among the unsheltered. Now is the time to let your light shine. When Christmas arrives, we'd like to see the Advent tree glowing with the love that the people of St. Michael's have given! Mahalo for your generosity!

Contact Pat Hillegonds at phillegonds@gmail.com or (808) 634-6154 with any questions.
Our twelfth annual All Angels Jazz Festival, this year featuring Latin Jazz, will be February 2 through 4, 2018. Friday and Saturday night's concert times are 7pm. Sunday Jazz Masses are at 8:30am and 11am. Tickets can be bought via Brown Paper Tickets or from the church office starting December 18.  Earlybird tickets may be purchased only online and only through December 31. Quantities are limited, so please purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.  Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the door. 
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Weekly Announcements
Last Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve
This year we encounter the relatively unusual occurrence when the Last Sunday of Advent falls on Christmas Eve. We will observe the Last Sunday of Advent with one service on Sunday morning at 9am. Following worship, all are invited to remain and assist in the Christmas decoration of the nave. Two services are held on Christmas Eve: 6pm Holy Eucharist with our children and youth leading much of our liturgy and 9pm Holy Eucharist with sacred music.

Adult Formation
On December 17, we will explore the origins of Christmas and the early celebrations of the faithful.  We are then on holiday break until January 7 when we return to begin our exploration of the Gospel of Mark.  No formation classes on December 24 or 31!  

Advent Program Concludes this Wednesday!
We will gather at 6pm in the church for Evening Prayer followed by a potluck meal in the parish hall (traditionally this has been soup and salad but any offering will be accepted - see the sign-up sheet in the parish hall!). Our conversation will begin at approximately 6:45pm and will focus upon A. J. Jacob's book, The Year of Living Biblically, which outlines his effort to live his life following the Bible as literally as possible. This invites a variety of discussion topics including the nature of Biblical Law, what it means to be faithful and the exercise of personal discernment. As always, everyone is welcome (even if you haven't quite had a chance to do all, or even any, of the reading!).
Annual Meeting
As required by the Canons and By-laws of the Church, the Annual Meeting of St. Michael and All Angels will take place on Sunday, January 28. We will gather in our Parish Hall at 6pm for a reception with a catered meal to follow. More than an occasion to address our annual church business and affairs, this is meant to be a time of celebration and joy, giving thanks for all the love, friendships and blessings that we share in this parish. We are asking everyone to RSVP to Loretta in our parish office by January 17, 2018 so that we can make the appropriate arrangements for food, beverages, etc. We will conclude the evening with dessert and address the meeting agenda that will include, among other things, the Priest-in-Charge report, Treasurer's report and submission of the 2018 Parish Budget, and the elections of Junior Warden, Vestry (four open spots, 3 for the class of 2021 and 1 to fill a vacancy in the 2019 class), and our Delegates to the Diocesan Convention (5 elected plus any alternates). Nominations are now open for these leadership positions in the parish. Any nominee must be at least 18 years old, a member of the parish for at least 6 months and should ideally have shown a full commitment to the life and ministries of St. Michael's. Nominations must be in writing, signed by the one nominating and should include a confirmation that the one nominated is aware of the nomination and is willing to serve. Any and all nominations must be received by Father Andrew in the parish office no later than January 17, 2018. Please do not hesitate to contact Father Andrew or Senior Warden Amy Null if you have any questions. We hope to see everyone there!!
Update Your Contact Information
Please keep St. Michael's up-to-date about your contact information-name, mailing address, email address, telephone numbers by contacting the office directly at (808) 245-3796.
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