Holy Nativity Church Update  August 19, 2015
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity
Aug 25 Vestry meeting 6:30 pm
Aug 26 Daughters of the King chapter meeting 7 pm in the Chapel

Aug 29 Community Yard Sale hosted by Thrift Shop at Osco Field (see below for details)

Sept 4 Cooking for IHS 1 - 3 pm

Oct 3 Diocese EM and EV training at the Cathedral; click here for info

Oct 17 Holy Nativity School's Great Pumpkin Festival 10 am - 4 pm

Oct 23 Diocese Education Day 9 am - 4 pm at Iolani School, click here for more info, below

Oct 24 The 47th Annual Meeting of the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii,  click  here  for more info

Nov 14 Holy Nativity Thrift Shop annual Fall Festival and Christmas Sale

Nov 29 First Sunday of Advent


Worship Schedule:

  Wednesday 10 am

  Sunday 7:30 and 9:30 am

  Sunday School 9:30 am



Rev. Debra Vanover



The Vestry

Sr. Warden: Barb Poole-Street

Jr. Warden: Eva Eglinton

Treasurer: Greg Kwan

Lila Johnson, Kip Jones, Mike LeHouck, Tusi Mayer, Bonnie Stevens, Gretchen Yamaguchi


Office Hours

Closed Mondays

Tues-Fri 9 am - 2 pm

(808) 373-2131




Parish Administrator

Annabeth Stem (part time)



Parish Bookkeeper

Didi Wong (part-time)





Serving August 23

7:30 am service
Lector - Linda Sayegusa
Prayers/EM - Vivian Tom
Ushers - Jim Pavelle, Kanani Souza
Refreshments - TBD

9:30 am service
Lectors - Sumner Howard, Jeff Taylor
Prayers - Jeanne Nelson
EMs - Sandra Braham, Lila Johnson
Ushers - Rich Miller, Ethan Street, Steve Street
Refreshments - Yamaguchi Family

Altar Guild - Lorraine Mau's team


Serving August 30


7:30 am service
Lector - Kim Garner
Prayers/EM - Bonnie Stevens
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Chris Souza
Refreshments - TBD

9:30 am service
Lectors - Joel Verghese, Cynthia Ramirez
Prayers - Mark Slovak
EMs -  Liz Thompson, Kathy Otani
Ushers - David Buck, Sumner Howard, James Manaligod
Refreshments - TBD

Altar Guild - Jean Yee's team 



Sunday, August 23
First Reading: 1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43
Psalm 84
Second Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20
Gospel: John 6:56-69

Sunday, August 30
First Reading: Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10
Second Reading: James 1:17-27
Gospel: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 31
9:30 am service - 64

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 28
9:30 am service - 70


Prayer List


Chris Stingle, Jane L., Barb P., Laurie Orwick, Kimi Uto, Mark Boesser, Tai, Al T.


Holy Nativity School
Tim Spurrier,  Head of School
(808) 373-3232

Holy Nativity School is dedicated to excellence in education within a small and personalized environment. Built upon the qualities of respect and inclusion, as exemplified in the Episcopal tradition, Holy Nativity School values each child's individuality as it develops principled citizens who recognize their role in a global community.

Click here to visit the School website.

Holy Nativity Thrift Shop
Caroline Bond Davis, Manager
(808) 373-3744

Wednesdays and Fridays 
9 am - 3 pm

9 am - 12 noon

Click here to visit the Thrift Shop website.

Prayer for Today

O God: Give me strength to live another day;
Let me not turn coward before its difficulties or prove recreant to its duties;
Let me not lose faith in other people;
Keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery, or meanness;
Preserve me from minding little stings or giving them;
Help me to keep my heart clean and to live so honesty and fearlessly that no outward failure can dishearten me or take away the joy of conscious integrity;
Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things;
Grant me this day some new vision of thy truth;
Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness; and make me the cup of strength to suffering souls; in the name of the strong Deliverer, our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Summary of Actions 
of the 78th
General Convention

The Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Barlowe, Secretary of General Convention, has announced that A Summary of Actions of the 78 th General Convention is now available online at the General Convention website here.

A Summary of Actions of the 78th General Convention presents particulars of the legislative activity that was at the heart of General Convention. By adjournment, 392 resolutions had been filed and acted upon. The resolutions cover a wide range of topics from budget, canons, and Christian formation to criminal justice, equality, environment, international relations, and poverty.
One resolution requires the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to prepare a plan for the comprehensive revision of the current Book of Common Prayer and present that plan to the next General Convention. Another specifically commits The Church to opposing environmental racism. In two other resolutions, the church made a canonical change eliminating language defining marriage as between a man and a woman as well as authorized two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples.

A resolution titled "Leveraging Social Media for Jesus" creates a task force to develop curricula for clergy and lay people for the purpose of leveraging social media for evangelism. Another directs The Episcopal Church, at all levels, to engage in and advocate for increasing the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour or a living wage. Supporting expanded immigration relief for youth and parents designed to keep immigrant families together was addressed in another resolution.

The 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church was held June 25 - July 3, in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah). The Episcopal Church's General Convention is held every three years and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It comprises the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay deputies elected from the 108 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members.

You can read Bishop Fitzpatrick's thoughts on the actions of the General Convention and what they may mean for the Diocese of Hawaii on the Diocese website  here.
Holy Nativity 
Thrift Shop
Admission Day Sale!

All clothes and shoes $1
August 19 - 22
Don't miss it!

EdDayEpiscopal Diocese of Hawaii
Education Day
Friday Oct 23, 2015
9 am - 4 pm
Iolani School

In conjunction with the Annual Meeting of Convention, there will be an Education Day held on Friday, October 23. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers,  Director of Mission & Formation and Adjunct Professor of Church & Society at t he General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church.   

Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers guides us on a practical, inspiring journey that explores The Episcopal Way of following Jesus and embracing the gifts of our changing cultural context. Trying to figure out how our Anglican traditions translate for church in the 21st century?  Come with a team and get ready to envision the church we're becoming ... together.
Canon Spellers is the author of Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and The Spirit of Transformation and The Episcopal Way, Book 1 of the Church's Teachings for a Changing World series. She teaches and directs programs in Mission and Formation at General Theological Seminary in New York City; she also serves as Director of New Ministry Development with the Center for Progressive Renewal, an ecumenical church consulting group based in Atlanta.

The Chaplain to the House of Bishops, she has worked as Canon for Missional Vitality in the Diocese of Long Island and as founding priest at The Crossing, an emergent Christian community rooted at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Boston. An alumna of Harvard Divinity School and Episcopal Divinity School, Canon Spellers is a popular teacher and speaker nationwide. Learn more about her work HERE

Education Day is open to all persons in the Diocese. Registration for Education Day can be found through the Convention registration here,  where you can sign-up for all events on the same form.
Parishioner Particulars
News and Notes about our Parish Ohana

Rich & Kim Miller's four children, all former Holy Nativity acolytes, are all currently serving in uniform: LT Jessica Miller, USN (San Diego); Capt Robbie Miller, USAF (Guam); Firefighter Billy Miller (Kauai); and 2nd Lt Geoffrey Miller, USMC (Quantico, VA). Congratulations and prayers for safe tours of duty for all the Miller "kids."

Holy Nativity parishioners Greg and Denisse Kwan recently returned from a trip back east which included a visit to the beautiful Pennsylvania  Amish country. They were particularly impressed by the covered horse-and-buggy parking area at the Costco in Lancaster, PA. Apparently the Amish like a good deal as much as anyone!

Have some news about yourself, your family, or another Holy Nativity member to share? Send it to us at holynativity@gmail.com or call the church office at 373-2131 and we'll include your item in an upcoming newsletter. Mahalo!