Holy Nativity Church Update March 25, 2015
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity


Feb 11 - Mar 25 Wednesdays - Book Study: Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, 6:30-8:30 pm, conference room


Mar 28 Making palm crosses for Palm Sunday 9 - 11 am


Mar 29 Palm Sunday services


Apr 2 Hawaii Prayer Breakfast at Hilton Hawaiian Village; Rev Deb will attend and invites folks to join her. Click here for info and registration.


Apr 2 Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 pm


Apr 3 Good Friday services at 12 noon and 6:30 pm


Apr 4 Need help unloading the Easter lilies upon delivery (time TBA)


Apr 4 Easter egg decorating 1-2 pm at the church


Apr 4 Tea for Fr. Charlie Crane 4-6 pm at the church, please RSVP to the church office by March 27


Apr 5 Easter Sunday services


Apr 11 Diocese EM/EV Licensing Training; click here for details


Apr 12 Sunday 8:30 am combined service


Apr 17 Holy Nativity School "Sapphire Night" Pa'ina at Waialae Country Club; click here for details


May 9 East Honolulu Regional Confirmation at Holy Nativity at 10:30 am (as the host church, we'll need to provide goodies for the coffee hour following the service)


Serving Palm Sunday
March 29

7:30 am Service
Lector - Lorraine Mau
Prayers/EM - Kim Garner
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Chris Souza
Refreshments -

9:30 am Service
Lectors - Joel Verghese, Jeanne Nelson
Prayers - Wyn Aubrey-Child
EMs - Michele Cockett, Lila Johnson
Ushers - Sumner Howard, Rich Miller, Ethan Street, Steve Street
Refreshments - Ann and Chuck McCrary

Altar Guild - Sandra Braham's team and Delia Moore's team (Holy Week)

Palm Sunday
Passion Narrative Readers

7:30 am service
Narrator - TBD
Jesus - Alika Souza
Other parts - TBD

9:30 am service
Narrator - Ed Moore
C. Priest - Glenys Yaranamua
Bystander 1 - Kathy Otani
Bystander 2 - Sumner Howard
Jesus - Keane Ishii
Disciple - Jeanne Nelson
Peter - Cindy Ramirez
Judas - Greg Kwan
Witness - Adrienne Fung
H. Priest - Cindy Ramirez
Council - Lynn Simpson
Servant - Lila Johnson
Pilate - Tom Simpson
Crowd - all
Soldier - Mark Slovak
Passerby - Ann McCrary
Scribe - Wyn Aubrey-Child
Centurion - Mark Slovak


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, Mike LeHouck, Jane Loo, Tusi Mayer, Bill Seeley, Robert Skillman, Bonnie Stevens, John Verghese, Gretchen Yamaguchi


Office Hours

Closed Mondays

Tues-Fri 9 am - 2 pm

(808) 373-2131




Parish Administrator

Annabeth Stem (part time)



Holy Nativity Thrift Shop

John Smith, Manager


271-2559 cell


Thrift Shop Hours

Wed and Fri 9 am - 3 pm

Sat 9 am - 12 noon  


Prayers for This Week


Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Bishops and ministers in: Morogoro, Tanzania; Mount Kenya Central and South; Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; Mpumalanga and Mthatha, South Africa; Muhabura and Mukono, Uganda


Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Honolulu


Parish Cycle of Prayer

Bob and Jeanne Nelson and family; Ralph and Muriel Niesz and family; Kathy Otani and family; Carol Otani and family; and the leadership of our church and school as we move forward together


Special Prayers

Aileen, Christopher, Sarah, Don, Rick, Sappel McCracken, Chris Stingle, Jonathan, Rev. Margot Critchfield, Cynthia, Charles Fernandes, and in memory of Eleanor Hough Slovak



Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 30
9:30 am service - 68

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 29
9:30 am service - 72


We know the end,

yet walk this way with song.

With each step into the story

the story permeates us.

This annual trudge to Calvary

the impulse to Jerusalem

no angel encouragement

no accompanying miracle.

We cluster like women who weep

recruited like unwilling Simon

offering our crooked consolations,

yet Christ took comfort from a thief.

Girls lift altar cloths aloft

borne in graceful arms like shrouds

or banners, woven in white linen

heralding this sacred way we walk.


Kathy Coffey, "Palm Sunday," Theology Today, Vol. L,

No. 4, January 1994, p. 595.


Holy Week and Easter
at Holy Nativity Church


Saturday, March 28

Palm Cross Making, 9-11 am on the pre-K lanai


Palm Sunday, March 29

Services at 7:30 am and

9:30 am with Procession of the Palms


Maundy Thursday, April 2

Service at 6:30 pm


Good Friday, April 3

Services at 12 noon and 6:30 pm


Saturday, April 4

Easter egg decorating, 1-2 pm on the pre-K lanai

Tea for Father Charlie and Mrs. Marilyn Crane, 4-6 pm


Easter Sunday, April 5

Services at 7:30 am and 9:30 am

Easter egg hunt following 9:30 service



Thank you to everyone who volunteered to read a part in the Passion Narrative on Palm Sunday (see list to left). The Passion Narrative script is available on the church website here if you would like to review it in advance. Copies are also available at the church office.
Please come help make
Palm Crosses
Saturday, March 28
9 am - 11 am
Pre-K lanai

We need several hundred palm crosses for the Palm Sunday services and many hands make light work. Come join the fun! No experience necessary.


Our Rector in the News


Holy Nativity's Rev. Debbie Vanover was featured in an article in the Kodiak Daily Mirror in Kodiak, Alaska last week about the tragic sinking of a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea in 1999. Rev. Vanover was Kodiak's Episcopal priest at the time and officiated at the memorial service for the five fisherman lost in the accident.

You may download the complete article about the sinking of the fishing vessel Lin-J and the impact on the tight-knit community of Kodiak from the church website

Thrift Shop Needs Volunteers


The Thrift Shop needs a few more cashiers to help serve customers during shop hours. No experience required, they will provide all the training you need. Join this amazing group of volunteers, make some new friends, and help support the Thrift Shop as an important mission of our parish.

Please contact John Smith, Thrift Shop Manager, at 271-2559 or hntsmgr@gmail.com if you can help out. The Thrift Shop is open Wednesdays and Fridays 9 am to 3 pm and Saturdays 9 am to 12 noon.
Lent Madness Continues!
Kamehameha Heads to Next Round

Our dear Kamehameha IV prevailed in the Saintly 16 round and advanced to the round of the Elate Eight! He takes on Brigid of Kildare TODAY, March 25, over on the Lent Madness website.

So get over there and vote! But only vote once, as the Bishop cautioned. Cheating is not very saintly behavior, of course.
Easter Egg Hunt
Following the 9:30 am service on Easter Sunday

All keiki are invited to the annual Easter egg hunt at the church after the 9:30 am service on Easter Sunday.
We still need plastic Easter eggs and small goodies to fill them (prefer non-candy items such as small toys, stickers, trinkets, coins, etc.). Please drop off donations at the church office by March 29. Mahalo!
Afternoon Tea
for The Rev. Charlie
and Mrs. Marilyn Crane
Saturday, April 4, 2015
4 - 6 pm
Holy Nativity Church


Father Charlie Crane, Holy Nativity Rector from 1966 to 1988, is visiting Oahu this spring and we are pleased to host a gathering at the church for him and his wife. 


Please RSVP to the Church Office at 808-373-2131 or holynativity@gmail.com by March 27. (If you would like to contribute tea sandwiches, cookies, or other goodies for the tea, please let us know.) 

Parishioner Particulars

News and Notes about our Parish Ohana


Our resident astronomer, Mark Slovak, is featured in UH Manoa news for his prediction that a star orbiting the black hole at the center of our galaxy will eventually slide into the black hole. (Let's hope our planet does not suffer the same fate!) You can read about Mark's work in a UH Manoa news release here.



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! 

Last Sunday's Collect


Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Readings for Sunday, March 29


       Mark 11:1-22 or John 12:12-16       

       Isaiah 50:4-9a

       Psalm 31:9-16

       Philippians 2:5-11


Thank you for bringing me through the night to a wonderful day and I pray I can live each day given with love, with gratitude, with courage and with generosity. Amen