Holy Nativity Church Update  January 20, 2016
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity

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

Feb 6 Daughters of the King Quiet Day Workshop 9 am - 4 pm at Holy Nativity; all women welcome, see below for details

Feb 9 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 5-7 pm in Glantz Hall

Feb 10 Ash Wednesday services at 10 am and 6:30 pm

Feb 14 First Sunday of Lent

Feb 14 Read the Bible in a Year begins; click here for more info

Feb 17 Lenten Book Study 6-8:30 pm Forgive and Get Your Life Back by Rev. Dennis Maynard; click here for more info

Feb 24  Lenten Book Study 6-8:30 pm Forgive and Get Your Life Back by Rev. Dennis Maynard

Feb 26 Diocese Chrism Mass and Education Day 9 am - 3 pm at St. Andrew's Cathedral; click here for details

Feb 27 Diocese Discernment Day workshop 8:30 am - 1:30 pm at St. Andrew's Cathedral; click here for more information

Mar 2 Read the Bible in a Year discussion group meets following 10 am service; click here for more info

Mar 2 Lenten Book Study 6-8:30 pm  Forgive and Get Your Life Back  by Rev. Dennis Maynard

Mar 6 Read the Bible in a Year discussion group meetings following 9:30 am service


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 January 24
8:30 am Combined Service and Annual Meeting

Lectors - Bonnie Stevens, Mark Slovak
Prayers - Jeanne Nelson
EMs - Greg Kwan, Denisse Kwan
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, James Manaligod, Kanani Souza, Chris Souza

Altar Guild - Delia Moore's team

Serving January 31
7:30 am service
Lector -Shauna Nakamura
Prayers/EM - Linda Sayegusa
Ushers - Jim Pavelle, Kanani Souza
Refreshments - TBD

9:30 am service
Lectors - Tom Simpson, Cynthia Ramirez
Prayers - Sumner Howard
EMs -Liz Thompson, Lynn Simpson
Ushers - James Manaligod, Rich Miller
Refreshments - Lois Taylor Clarke and Chandi Hinrichs

Altar Guild - Lorrain Mau's team 


Sunday, January 24
First Reading: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Gospel: Luke 4:14-21

Sunday, January 31
First Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Gospel: Luke 4:21-30

Coffee Hour Refreshment Schedule

Jan 24
8:30 am Combined Service and Annual meeting; potluck following

Jan 31
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - OPEN

Feb 7
7:30 - Vivan Tom
9:30 - Carol Bielecki

Feb 14
7:30 - Mike and Taide LeHouck
9:30 - OPEN


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 34
9:30 am service - 90

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 33
9:30 am service - 80

Prayer List
Sylvia Cockett; Murray Grune, Jo Dell, Eyrus, Wayne, and the family of Bradley Koki

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 webpage.

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 Church
Vestry Elections

At the Annual Meeting on Sunday, members of Holy Nativity Church will elect a Junior Warden and seven (7) new Vestry members for 2016.

We understand that there has been some confusion around who are the candidates for vestry as you received an email earlier this week from a small subgroup of those running for vestry.

Listed below are all the candidates who are running for vestry seats.  Biographical and other information about each candidate is available on the church website or from the church office (call 373-2131).

I believe each of these individuals seek to serve our parish with faithfulness, fidelity, and transparency.  Each seek to further the mission of our parish and bring harmony and unity between the church, school, and our other missions.  Each bring their own unique gifts and talents that can be used to this end.  There will be a time at the annual meeting, before voting, for each candidate to share something about themselves and their hopes for the parish moving forward.

Please take time to pray for all the candidates and for clarity as you cast your vote.

Having said that, know that this is a combined service at  8:30 am  on Sunday and there is a brunch following.  Please plan to stay and please bring some food to share!  Questions about what to bring: please call Chandi at 735-8409.

Rev. Deb

Candidates for 2016 Leadership Positions are:
Eva Eglinton
Mike LeHouck
VESTRY (7 open seats)
Lori Bloom
David Callies
Justin Donahue
Kimberly Garner
Kip Jones
Louisa LeRoux
Tusi Mayer
Edward Moore
Austin Nakoa
Linda Sayegusa
Bill Seeley
Mike Sen
Sharon Souza
Bonnie Stevens
Steve Street

(4 Delegates and 2 Alternates)
Penny Ennor
Tusi Mayer
Kathy Otani
Mark Slovak

To get to know the candidates before the election, please read their bios on the church website here.
Holy Nativity Church
Annual Meeting
January 24, 2016  
Following the 
8:30 am Combined Service
  • Business Reports
  • Election of Junior Warden, Vestry Members, and Diocesan Convention Delegates
  • Please join us as we meet to shape the future of our parish community.
  • Potluck after the meeting; please bring brunch items to share!

Episcopal Church  Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued a statement concerning the actions of the Anglican Primates at their meeting in Canterbury, England.

At their meeting on January 14, a majority of Anglican primates asked that the Episcopal Church, for a period of three years, "no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity."

Expressing their unanimous desire to walk together, the primates said that their call comes in response to  the decision by the Episcopal Church's General Convention last July to change canonical language that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman ( Resolution A036) and authorize two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples ( Resolution A054).

The following is the text of the Presiding Bishop's statement:

Before I say a word about our gathering here at the Primates Meeting, I just want to say a word of thank you to you for all of your prayers: your prayers for this meeting, your prayers for me personally, both here and in my earlier sickness. We are well, and God is God, and I thank you.

Let me say a word about the meeting.

This is not the outcome we expected, and while we are disappointed, it's important to remember that the Anglican Communion is really not a matter of structure and organization. The Anglican Communion is a network of relationships that have been built on mission partnerships; relationships that are grounded in a common faith; relationships in companion diocese relationships; relationships with parish to parish across the world; relationships that are profoundly committed to serving and following the way of Jesus of Nazareth by helping the poorest of the poor, and helping this world to be a place where no child goes to bed hungry ever. That's what the Anglican Communion is, and that Communion continues and moves forward.

This has been a disappointing time for many, and there will be heartache and pain for many, but it's important to remember that we are still part of the Anglican Communion. We are the Episcopal Church, and we are part of the Jesus Movement, and that Movement goes on, and our work goes on. And the truth is, it may be part of our vocation to help the Communion and to help many others to grow in a direction where we can realize and live the love that God has for all of us, and we can one day be a Church and a Communion where all of God's children are fully welcomed, where this is truly a house of prayer for all people. And maybe it's a part of our vocation to help that to happen. And so we must claim that high calling; claim the high calling of love and faith; love even for those with whom we disagree, and then continue, and that we will do, and we will do it together.

We are part of the Jesus Movement, and the cause of God's love in this world can never stop and will never be defeated.

God love you. God bless you. And you keep the faith. And we move forward.
The Most Rev. Michael Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i, has also issued a statement about the Primates' Actions.  Bishop Fitzpatrick's statement and the video of Presiding Bishop Curry's statement are available on the Diocese website along with links to these and related news stories.

Vestry Meeting Minutes
are available on the church website here.

Delegates and Alternates for 
Diocese Annual Convention

In addition to the vestry members and other church leaders elected at the annual meeting, Holy Nativity members must elect four (4) Delegates and two (2) Alternates to represent the parish at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i on October 28-29, 2016.

If you would like to be considered for Delegate or Alternate from Holy Nativity to the Diocese Annual Convention, please contact the church office at 373-2131 or holynativity@gmail.com to have your name added to the ballot.
Daughters of the King

Quiet Day Workshop
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016
9 am - 4 pm
Holy Nativity Church

$15 registration
All women are invited!

"Three Gardens, a Girl and the Gardener" is speaker Mary Carson's theme for the Quiet Day  Workshop set on Saturday, February 6 at Holy Nativity. The event is hosted by the Holy Nativity DOK Chapter and is open to all women. Registration is $15 and includes a catered lunch.

The teaching of 'Three Gardens' is rooted in the Gospel of John. Three Gardens celebrates our Great Gardener and His work in the garden of our lives. We walk through the Scriptures snipping verses and building bouquets; we sort through seasons. Three gardens is a reflection on relationship. Leave the control of the computer. Leave the clutter of the kitchen. Leave the chaos. Go to the garden. Ponder the One who brings mud to life and makes dust dance.

Mary Carson was born in Detroit at a time when milk was delivered to homes. She attended  Precious Blood School where Dominican sisters taught her to love words. She currently coordinates women's ministry at  Glacier Valley Baptist Church in Juneau, Alaska. She loves gathering women around God's Word. She  has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from the University of Alaska Southeast. She enjoys walks, coffee, and reading with her husband, Russ. They have two adult sons, Alek and Nick. Mary is a novice gardener.

For more information about the Quiet Day and to register, contact Holy Nativity Church at  (808) 373-2131 , or  e-mail Denisse Kwan . Deadline to register is Thursday, January 28, 2016.
Please join us for
Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
10 am
6:30 pm