Holy Nativity Church Update  November 18, 2015
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity

Nov 18 Soup and Bread Supper with the Bishop at 6 pm at the church

Nov 23 Advent Book Study begins 6:30 pm; Mondays or Wednesdays Nov 23 - Dec 21 (see below for more info)

Nov 24 Vestry meeting 6 pm

Nov 26 Thanksgiving Dinner at the Rectory; see sign-up sheet on back table on Sundays

Nov 29  First Sunday of Advent

Nov 29 Wreath making (details coming soon)

Nov 30 Advent Book Study 6:30 pm

Dec 7 Advent Book Study 6:30 pm

Dec 13 No morning services (Hon Marathon); 4 pm service and potluck

Dec 14 Advent Book Study 6:30 pm

Dec 21 Advent Book Study 6:30 pm

Dec 21 Longest Night Service 8 pm

Dec 24 Family Christmas Eve Service 5 pm

Dec 24 Carols and Hymns 9 pm followed by Candlelight Choral Service 9:30 pm

Dec 25 Christmas Day Service 9:30 am

Jan 19 Third Quarter Huddle 11:30 am location TBA

Jan 24 Holy Nativity Church Annual Meeting and vestry elections at 8:30 am combined meeting


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

Adrienne Fung, Kimberly Garner, Lila Johnson, Kip Jones, Mike LeHouck, Tusi Mayer, Sharon Souza, 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 November 22

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

9:30 am service
Lectors - Sumner Howard, Cynthia Ramirez
Prayers - Greg Kwan
EMs - Liz Thompson, Kathy Otani
Ushers - David Buck, Ethan Street, Steve Street
Refreshments - Mark Slovak

Altar Guild - Jean Yee's team

Serving November 29
First Sunday of Advent
7:30 am service
Lectors - Kim Garner
Prayers/EM - Linda Sayegusa
Ushers - Jim Pavelle, Kanani Souza
Refreshments - TBD

9:30 am service
Lectors - Bob Nelson, Jeff Taylor
Prayers -  Adrienne Fung
EMs - Tom Simpson, Sandra Braham
Ushers - James Manaligod, Rich Miller
Refreshments - Tusi Mayer

Altar Guild - Sandra Braham's team 


Sunday, November 22
First Reading: 2 Samuel 23:1-7
Psalm 132:1-19
Second Reading: Revelation 1:4b-8
Gospel: John 18:33-37

Sunday, November 29
First Sunday of Advent
First Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:1-9
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Gospel: Luke 21:25-36

Coffee Hour Refreshment Schedule

Nov 22
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - Mark Slovak

Nov 29
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - Tusi Mayer

Dec 6
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - Lori Bloom

Dec 13
No morning services (Honolulu Marathon); 4 pm service followed by potluck


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 34
9:30 am service - 105

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 28
9:30 am service - 76

Prayer List
Chris Stingle, Jane L.,  Barb P., Laurie Orwick, Kimi Uto, Mark Boesser, Al T., Sylvia Cockett, Murray Grune, Betty Jo (Bea) Torres, Luella Windisch and her brother, Sherry, Noah, Barbara

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.

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.

Another Successful Thrift Shop 
Fall Festival and Christmas Market!

The annual Fall Festival and Christmas Market hosted by the Holy Nativity Thrift Shop took place on Saturday, November 14 in the community center gym. A wide variety of Christmas items as well as other merchandise hand-picked from Thrift Shop donations over the past year was offered to shoppers in lovely, holiday-themed displays.

The Fall Festival and Christmas Sale raises funds for local charities selected by the Thrift Shop volunteers and brought in over $16,000 this year! This year's event will benefit Family Promise, Meals on Wheels, and the Hawaii Domestic Violence Action Center. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will also be dedicated to the Church's capital improvement and maintenance fund. 

Many thanks to ALL the volunteers who helped with the event -- we couldn't do it without you!

Angel Network Thanksgiving Dinner
Holy Nativity is helping Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church provide a Thanksgiving dinner to local seniors, homeless persons, and others who would not otherwise have a special dinner on Thanksgiving.

Holy Nativity will donate five (5) side dishes and five (5) desserts to the meal.

We still need a couple more sides and desserts; please contact the Church Office to volunteer or see the sign-up sheet on the back table Sunday morning.

NOTE: Dishes/desserts must be delivered to Calvary by the Sea by 10 am on Thanksgiving Day. The church is located at 5339 Kalanianaole Hwy. (Please deliver hot dishes already heated.
Holy Nativity Facility Rental Rates to Increase 
in 2016

Holy Nativity Church is honored to provide a place for the community to enjoy gathering, recreation, and exercise, especially for our young people. Our Community Center facilities -- gym, meeting rooms, and Osco Field -- have held countless sports practices and games, support groups, Scout meetings, family reunions, parties, and other events over the years. However, providing these facilities to the community has mostly been a labor of love as expenses regularly outstrip revenues. In order to make the Holy Nativity Community Center self-sustaining, we must begin to incrementally raise our rates. 
Effective January 1, 2016, the new rate for the gym will be $45 per hour , which is still considerably lower than other gyms in East Oahu and other similar facilities. Rates for the other Holy Nativity Church facilities will be increased as well.  

Church members and Church and School faculty and staff will receive a 50% discount on Community Center rental rates for events at which they are present.

If you have any questions, please contact Thrift Shop and Facilities Manager Caroline Bond Davis at 373-2131 or hntsmgr@gmail.com.
New Member 
Information Session

Sunday, November 22
After the 9:30 am service

What does it mean to be a member of The Episcopal Church? A member of Holy Nativity Parish? This is an informal class, with time for questions and answers that will give you a clearer perspective on membership, church teachings, and Holy Nativity Parish programs and services. This class is not a requirement to become a member, but is a good way to get started and meet other newcomers.  

To sign up, please contact the Church Office at 373-2131 or holynativity@gmail.com or put your name on the sign-up sheet on the back table on Sundays.
Advent Book Study
An Altar in the World
Nov 23 - Dec 21
Mondays at 6:30 pm
Wednesdays at 8:15 am

Rev. Vanover will lead an Advent book study for five weeks beginning the week of November 23 centered on the book An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor.

The study will meet each Monday at 6:30 pm in the Chapel OR each Wednesday at 8:15 am in the Rector's Office. Each class will be offered twice; participants may attend either series or mix and match to fit their schedule.

In the New York Times  bestseller  An Altar in the World,  acclaimed author Barbara Brown Taylor shares how she learned to find God beyond the church walls by embracing the sacred as a natural part of everyday life. In  An Altar in the World , Taylor shows us how to discover altars everywhere we go and in nearly everything we do as we learn to live with purpose, pay attention, slow down, and revere the world we live in. 

To register for the book study, please contact the Church Office at 373-2131 or holynativity@gmail.com or watch for the sign-up sheet on the back table on Sundays.

Carroll's Island Christmas Trees will sell Christmas trees at Holy Nativity again this year, beginning on November 28th.  Weekday hours are 12-5:30pm and weekends are 10am-5:30pm. For more information, please click HERE.
Altar Guild Tea 
and Meeting

Saturday, December 12
9 am on the Church Lanai

All Altar Guild members are encouraged to attend!

Upcoming Safe Church Training 
Offered by the Diocese

Safeguarding God's Children
Saturday,  December 12
8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Epiphany Episcopal Church

This training is mandatory for all clergy, church leaders, employees and volunteers who work with children. The class  must be taken annually, with the first time being an in-person training. Subsequent training can be done either in person or via the Diocese's online courses. For more information and to register, click  HERE .

Sexual Misconduct Prevention 
Saturday,  January 30, 2016
8:30 am to 1:00 pm
The Cathedral of St. Andrew (Von Holt room)

This training is mandatory for all clergy, staff, Vestry and Bishop's Committee members, Eucharistic Visitors and anyone in a supervisory position.  For more information and to register, click  HERE .