Holy Nativity Church Update  November 4, 2015
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity

Nov 8 Laity Stewardship Sunday; parishioners share personal thoughts and stories about giving

Nov 11 Veteran's Day, church office closed, WEDNESDAY MORNING EUCHARIST CANCELLED

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

Nov 15 Author and consultant Dennis Maynard to speak at both services

Nov 15  Pledge Ingathering at both services

Nov 18 Soup and Bread Supper with the Bishop at 6 pm at the church (see below for more info)

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

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)

Dec 13 Honolulu Marathon; no morning services; 4 pm service and potluck

Dec 21 Longest Night Service 8 pm

Dec 24 Family Christmas Eve Service 5:30 pm

Dec 24 Candlelight Choral Service 9 pm

Dec 25 Christmas Day Service 9:30 am


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 8

7:30 am service
Lector - Lorraine Mau
Prayers/EM - Linda Sayegusa
Ushers - Jim Pavelle, Kanani Souza
Refreshments - Jyo Bridgewater

9:30 am service
Lectors - Cynthia Ramirez, Justin Donahue
Prayers - Jeanne Nelson
EMs - Sandra Braham, Louisa LeRoux
Ushers - David Buck, Ethan Street, Steve Street, Sumner Howard
Refreshments - Jeanne and Bob Nelson

Altar Guild - Delia Moore's team

Serving November 15
7:30 am service
Lectors - Kanani Souza
Prayers/EM - Kim Garner
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Chris Souza
Refreshments - TBD

9:30 am service
Lectors - John Roberts,  Tom Simpson
Prayers -  Lila Johnson
EMs - Lynn Simpson, Michele Cockett
Ushers - James Manaligod, Rich Miller
Refreshments - Lori Bloom

Altar Guild - Lorraine Mau's team 


Sunday, November 8
First Reading: Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17
Psalm 127
Second Reading: Hebrews 9:24-28
Gospel: Mark 12:38-44

Sunday, November 15
First Reading: 1 Samuel 1:4-20
Canticle: The Song of Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-10)
Second Reading: Hebrews 10:11-14, 15-18, 19-25
Gospel: Mark 13:1-8

Coffee Hour Refreshment Schedule

Nov 8
7:30 - Jyo Bridgewater
9:30 - Jeanne and Bob Nelson

Nov 15
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - Lori Bloom

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

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


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 27
9:30 am service - 72

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 28
9:30 am service - 75

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, and the family of Donald Monroe

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.

Stewardship 2016

Dear Members of Holy Nativity both old and new,
We are delighted that all of you desire to make The Church of the Holy Nativity your spiritual home.  We are blessed to share God's awesome abundance together. Each week, we are nurtured in word and sacrament. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to care for those who are ill or hurting and welcome all those searching for a connection to God and community. Your generosity, in response to all God has given you, allows us to continue to live out the good news of God in our community.
The life of faith is a journey we make together, not a solo expedition. The annual giving campaign is a time set aside to reflect on how the practice of intentional giving is in keeping with what God has given us. One of the most important passages of the Bible, John 3:16 states: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only son." God so loves each and every one of us that God gave and continues to give.
Last year we encouraged those of you who were working towards a tithe to consider increasing your pledge by $1,350.00, the daily operating cost of our parish. The same is being suggested this year.  Such an act of faith and generosity will need to be prayerfully considered in conversation with God. We only ask that your giving be out of gratitude, joy, and delight in knowing you are furthering God's work in the world around. 
Treasure is not the only part of stewardship. Stewardship also involves sharing our time and talent. There are so many ways to be involved in the parish. Pledge cards for 2016 are available from the church office. Please use the card to designate your pledge and also list the areas of service and outreach that you are willing to participate in. Please return completed pledge cards on ingathering Sunday, November 15, 2015, or mail it to the church office.
The leadership of the parish prays that your giving will come from a deep abiding sense of gratitude for the gift of Christ. Our lives are enriched when we give not from a perspective of "what is my fair share," or even, "what can I afford." Rather, our faith comes alive when we give from an expectant grace-filled and grateful heart. Giving generously gives us strength and hope for the journey ahead.
Thank you for joining us as we consider God's gifts to each of us. May our exploration open us to a deeper gratitude for the gift of Christ and each other in our community.

Rev. Debra Vanover                   Dr. Barbara Poole-Street
Rector                                         Senior Warden
Volunteers needed for the Thrift Shop Fall Festival and Christmas Market!  Contact the Church Office at 373-2131 or holynativity@gmail.com to sign up.
The Rev. Dr. Dennis Maynard to Speak at Holy Nativity on November 15

The Rev. Dr. Dennis R. Maynard will speak at both the 7:30 am and 9:30 am services at Holy Nativity on Sunday, November 15, 2015.

The Rev. Dr. Maynard is the best-selling author of fifteen books, including the popular  Sheep Attack Series, Those Episkopols, Forgive and Get Your Life Back, and the popular  Magnolia Series. He has served as a consultant to bishops, clergy, vestries, schools, and congregations in thirty-two dioceses in the United States and Canada. During his thirty-eight years of parish ministry, Doctor Maynard served some of the largest congregations in the American Church.

In the National Episcopal Church, Maynard served multiple terms on the board of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and as a trustee for Seabury Western Theological Seminary. He was named an adjunct professor in congregational development at Seabury and founded The Seabury Institute Southwest in Houston, Texas as a satellite campus of Seabury. Dr. Maynard was twice named to Oxford's Who's Who The Elite Registry of Extraordinary Professionals and to Who's Who Among Outstanding Americans.
Annual Meeting of the Convention 
of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii
Report from Mark Slovak, Holy Nativity Delegate

The convention began, after the opening ceremony, with the Bishop's address, which typified his humorous and engaging style. It was marred only by his choice of 1980s disco music in an attempt to build enthusiasm for the upcoming agenda.

Five resolutions were considered at the convention and resolutions 1 - 4 were discussed and accepted with little modification. Resolution 5 "Homelessness/Houselessness in Hawaii" drew sharp interest among the delegates and provoked the most controversy on the role of the diocese in how best it can participate in providing short-term and long-term solutions.

From the 2015 Parochial Data: Holy Nativity (4th; average Sunday attendance: 96) ranked fourth among Hawaii churches for plate + pledge income, with St. Andrews (1st; attendance: 274), St. Michael's (2nd; attendance:166), St. Clement's (3rd; attendance 135). Clearly p + p income is directly proportional to parishioner attendance. Holy Nativity 2013 operating income was $486,252 with a diocesan assessment of $97,250.

Nominations for diocesan elections proceeded smoothly and without delay. The delegates discussed and added candidates to ballots A-1 through I-1 and proceeded to vote. A re-vote was necessary on Ballot E-1 due to ballot irregularities.

Five budgets were discussed and reviewed: 2015 and 2015 actual budgets, 2016 draft budget, and 2017 and 2018 forecast budgets. The diocesan assessment will decrease from 20% to 19% in the 2016 draft budget, reflecting a 0.6% decrease in total income. Significant additions to the 2016 draft budget include funds for a grant writer and social media.

Many thanks to all the Holy Nativity delegates to the Annual Meeting: Sandra Braham, Kathy Otani, Pennor Ennor, and Mark Slovak.

Soup and Bread 
with the Bishop

Wednesday, November 18
6 pm 
Church Lanai

Bishop Robert L. Fitzpatrick will make his annual "non-Sunday" visit to the Holy Nativity Parish on Wednesday, November 18. Parishioners are invited to talk story with the Bishop over a soup and bread supper on the lanai outside the Sanctuary. 

To sign up, please contact the Church Office at 373-2131 or holynativity@gmail.com or watch for sign-up sheets on the back table on Sundays.
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.
Advent Candle Lighters Needed

We invite families to light the Advent Candles at the Sunday 9:30 am services throughout Advent (Nov 30 - Dec 20) as well as at the Christmas Eve services. Please speak with Rev. Deb or contact the Church Office at 373-2131 or holynativity@gmail.com. 

Parishioner Particulars

News and Notes about our Parish Ohana


Donald Monroe, longtime Holy Nativity parishioner, passed away quietly at home on Monday, November 2. A private family service will be held in the near future.


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! 

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.