Holy Nativity Church Update  October 7, 2015
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity

Oct 17 Holy Nativity School's Great Pumpkin Festival 10 am - 4 pm; click here for more info

Oct 12 Third Quarter Huddle 11:30 am at the Elks Club, watch for details

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

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

Oct 27 Vestry meeting 6:30 pm

Oct 28 Daughters of the King meeting 7 pm in the Chapel

End of Oct Stewardship drive begins

Nov 1 All Saint's Day, reading of names of the departed at both services

Nov 14 Holy Nativity Thrift Shop annual Fall Festival and Christmas Sale, 9 am - 2 pm

Nov 15 Pledge ingathering

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

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 October 11


7:30 am service
Lector - Lorraine Mau
Prayers/EM - Linda Sayegusa
Ushers - Jim Pavelle, Chris Souza
Refreshments - Taide and Mike LeHouck

9:30 am service
Lectors - Jeff Taylor, John Roberts
Prayers - Jeanne Nelson
EMs - Liz Thompson, Kathy Otani
Ushers - Rich Miller, Ethan Street, Sumner Howard
Refreshments - Chandi Hinrichs

Altar Guild - Delia Moore's team


Serving October 18


7:30 am service
Lectors - Shauna Nakamura
Prayers/EM - Bonnie Stevens
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Chris Souza
Refreshments - TBD

9:30 am service
Lectors - Mark Slovak, Coralie Vellis
Prayers - Tom Simpson
EMs - Lila Johnson, Louisa LeRoux
Ushers - James Manaligod, Ed Moore
Refreshments - Catherine Burton

Altar Guild - Lorraine Mau's team 



Sunday, October 11
First Reading: Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Psalm 22:1-15
Second Reading: Hebrews 4:12-16
Gospel: Mark 10:17-31

Sunday, October 18
First Reading: Job 38:1-7, 34-41
Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37b
Second Reading: Hebrews 5:1-10
Gospel: Mark 10:35-45

Coffee Hour Refreshment Schedule

Oct 11
7:30 - Taide and Mike LeHouck
9:30 - Chandi Hinrichs

Oct 18
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - Catherine Burton

Oct 25
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - Ann McCrary

Nov 1
7:30 - Vivian Tom
9:30 - OPEN 


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 29
9:30 am service - 103

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, Al T., Sylvia Cockett, Murray Grune

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.

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.

Rev. Debra Vanover

Greetings Sisters and Brothers!

What do the installation of a grease trap in the Holy Nativity Community Center kitchen and Rev. Deb's trip to Greece have in common?

Well, both involve archaeological digs! Yes indeedy! While on vacation in Greece recently, I received an email about our permit status for the long-awaited grease trap, including notice that archaeological review is required before the permit will be granted. It seems that the church property used to be a holy, religious, and educational site for early Hawaiian people and, as suc h, the Archaeology Division from t he Department of Land and Natural Resources must check site history before granting a permit for the grease trap, which will be installed underground.

Humans have an insatiable interest in where we came from, in our roots, and all that helped form us and mold us as people culturally, religiously and geographically. If you doubt it, look at all the genealogical societies and the online DNA tests we can take to help us understand from whence we came. Yes, the longing, need, and compulsion to look back and explore and understand our past seems to be deeply implanted in our DNA.

Well, my trip to Greece, travels around the Peloponnese, and tours through the museums brought this home. I think I knew this, but I had just forgotten it in the frantic pace of my own life in the here and now. A trip to antiquity has a way of  re-prioritizing  one's life, slowing it down, and giving a much broader perspective that spans millenniums, not decades. This trip reminded me of the timelessness and sameness of our human condition as it was revealed afresh through my exploration of antiquity. I was walking among the ruins of civilizations that existed 3000 years before Christ, civilizations that were in the forefront of power, innovation, and trade, and yet today are known only through what we can surmise from the rubble that was once their empire. Through the gleaning of those items that have remained buried for centuries, the sameness of our human condition, and the reality of the transitory nature of our world, "empires" was brought home. One day, will  archaeologists  be digging in the ruins of our civilization to seek understanding and enlightenment, and if so, what will they find?  

I saw surgical tools from 3000BC uncovered at a healing site to the God of Healing  Aesculapius . I also saw tweezers! Yes, and they look just like ours today. Who said pierced earrings were recent? I have a picture of jewelry found in a tomb dating back 3000 years before Christ. The writer of Ecclesiastes in Ch. 1 talks of this also and reminds us that people truly are people wherever they come from,  wherever  they are headed. There are things that just don't change that much: 

"The thing that has been, it is what will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.  Is here a thing of which it may be said, See, this is new?  It has already been, in the vast ages of time which were before us."

B ut what is important to remember for me, is the deep belief humans have in an afterlife, the continuation of being. That too, is something that has not changed along with our vices and our virtues, our desires, pursuits, and complaints. Our "finds" about those who have gone before us are most frequently found in the tombs of the dead who were buried with items that were thought to be necessary for their life in the  after world  or in the ruins outside the walled cities, or in the temple remains of their worship communities. Hence the longing for eternal life is also  ingrained  in our DNA (God-planted, I would declare), the desire to be remembered, to not have lived in vain. Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor who died in 180 AD, said: "He that sees the present has seen all things, both that which has been from everlasting and that which shall be in the future." 

Historical investigation and scripture reminds us also that the heart of humankind, the longings,  strivings,  challenges, loves, vices, and virtues likewise remain the same. No, there is nothing new under the sun. We may package it differently but the e ssence is consistent.

So where is this blurb taking me..? I think to remind us that there are other ways to be remembered than simply from that which we have physically left behind. As children of God, we claim that this is merely the beginning of our journey and not the end. As people of faith, we proclaim that we will never be forgotten, for we are held always in the heart of God.   

With that in mind, we have a celebration of remembrance coming soon. All Saints Day is November 1 and it is our Christian way of remembrance. We will be reading the names of the people in our lives that we have lost, individuals who have been important in our lives (look for the signup sheet on Sundays). It is in a sense a spiritual archaeological dig for us as we recall the rich history each of us has had with these individuals who have formed us, encouraged us, and modeled good and godly character for us.  Thus in gratitude we lift them before each other and God. We do this with thanks knowing by faith that they will never be forgotten and relegated only to their earthly remains, for they are held in the hand of God and their names carved on his heart and ours for all eternity.

Blessings All, 
Rev. Deb
Don't miss Holy Nativity School's Annual 
Great Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct 17!

We need a few folks to staff the Church booth at the festival. Shifts are 10am-12pm, 12-2pm, and 2-4pm. Sign up at the back table on Sundays or contact the church office to volunteer 373-2131 or holynativity@gmail.com.

Click here for more information about the event.
Third Quarter Huddle Luncheon
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
11:30 am
Elk's Lodge

Reservations required. Sign up on back table after Sunday services or call the church office 373-2131.

Guest speaker is Anna Blackwell, former Executive Director of the Moanalua Gardens Foundation and Co-founder of the Prince Lot Hula Festival. She will speak about environmental concerns in Hawaii over the past 40 years.
The Third Quarter Huddle luncheons provide a special opportunity for Holy Nativity parishioners and friends in the "third quarter" of life (approx. age 50-75) to connect, socialize, and learn together over lunch. The luncheons are held several times throughout the year at different Honolulu restaurants. 
"Here I Am Send Me" Grants
Available for Those 
Preparing for Christian Service

The Fall 2015 application period for the Nellie Hartman "Here I Am Send Me" grant program is September 15 - October 31, 2015.

Nellie Hartman was a longtime member of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church.
 Upon her death she left endowed funds to be used for the preparation of young men and women for a life of Christian service and/or mission work. Accordingly, Holy Nativity Church is offering individual grants and stipends of up to $5,000 for work-study, educational, and enrichment opportunities to eligible individuals. Applications must be received by the Church by October 31, 2015 to be considered.

This fund is available to individuals seeking to prepare themselves for a life of Christian service or mission. Ms. Hartman's expressed objective for all of the recipients of the monies from the fund was that they develop a personal Christian rule of life, support Judeo-Christian values, come to know Jesus Christ and the "fun" of life, experiencing the joy which comes from serving both God and humanity as summed up in the two great commandments. 

For complete information about the "Here I Am Send Me" grant program and to download an application, click here.

It was a lovely, overcast day in the St. Francis Garden for the annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct 4. Rev. Vanover blessed a number of dogs and cats, a few of which even seemed to enjoy the blessing!