Holy Nativity Church Update  August 5, 2015
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity


Aug 8 Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for Rick Thompson 11 am at the church


Aug 13 Choir practice moved to chapel


Aug 16 Sunday Morning Prayer services at 7:30 and 9 am


Aug 25 Vestry meeting 6:30 pm


Aug 26 Daughters of the King chapter meeting 7 pm in the Chapel



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, Kip Jones, Mike LeHouck, Tusi Mayer, 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 August 9

7:30 am service
Lector - Shauna Nakamura
Prayers/EM - Linda Sayegusa
Ushers - Jim Pavelle, Kanani Souza
Refreshments - Taide and Mike LeHouck

9:30 am service
Lectors - Wyn Aubrey-Child. John Roberts
Prayers - John Verghese
EMs - Lila Johnson, Sandra Braham
Ushers - Rich Miller, Ethan Street, Steve Street
Refreshments - Verghese Family

Altar Guild - Sandra Braham's team


Serving August 16

Morning Prayer Services


7:30 am service
Morning Prayer led by 
Linda Sayegusa and Bonnie Stevens
Ushers - Jim Pavelle, Kanani Souza
Refreshments - TBD

9:30 am service
Morning Prayer led by 
Sandra Braham and Liz Thompson
Ushers - David Buck, James Manaligod
Refreshments - Barb Poole-Street

Altar Guild - Delia Moore's team 



Sunday, August 9
First Reading: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
Psalm 130
Second Reading: Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Gospel: John 6:35, 41-51

Sunday, August 16
First Reading: 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14
Psalm 111
Second Reading: Ephesians 5:15-20
Gospel: John 6:51-58


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 29
9:30 am service - 64

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 28
9:30 am service - 70


Prayer List


Don M., Chris Stingle, Jane, Barb P., Laurie Orwick


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 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.

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.

Another successful
Holy Nativity 
Vacation Bible School! 

About a dozen kids ages 4 to 10 years attended the summer Vacation Bible School at Holy Nativity in late July. The theme was "Treasure God's Love" and activities focused on people from the Bible who loved God with all their heart no matter what happened to them. Through fun crafts, games, songs, and stories, the kids learned about Daniel and the lions, David and Goliath, Jesus, and other stories of  people  truly devoted to God.

Many thanks to Chandi Hinrichs, Tusi Mayer, junior leaders 
Nico and Leah, and everyone else who made VBS possible!
Thrift Shop Volunteer Luncheon
Thrift Shop volunteers were treated to a delicious luncheon prepared by Holy Nativity's own Chandi Hinrichs on Tuesday, August 4 in Glantz Hall. Here, volunteers Suzanne Theissen and Theresa Brennan and Thrift Shop and Facilities Manager Caroline Bond Davis model the spiffy new aprons Thrift Shop volunteers wear in the shop.

Mental Health: A Compassionate Response
Saturday, August 29, 2015
8 am to 12:30 pm
The Parish of St. Clement, Parish Hall
1515 Wilder Ave, Honolulu 96822

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in partnership with The Parish of St. Clement and The Cathedral of St. Andrew, is offering a half-day conference for family members, volunteers, church staff and clergy, and others in contact with the seriously mentally ill.

The conference will begin with a general session led by Jerry Coffee, Clinical Director of IHS and Dr. Denis Mee-Lee, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UH Manoa. Then participants may chose from three break-out sessions: (1) First and second responses to the mentally ill; (2) Mental illness in your family; and (3) Faith and the mentally ill led by Rev. Alison Dingley, retired Episcopal Priest and former IHS shelter manager, and Kumi Macdonald, Executive Director of NAMI Hawaii.

For more information and to register, please contact the NAMI Hawaii office at  ( 808) 591-1297 or visit their website here.


EM/EV Training
Saturday, October 3, 2015
9 am to 12 pm/3:30 pm
The Cathedral of St. Andrew

A training session for Eucharistic Ministers (EM) and Eucharistic Visitors (EV) has been scheduled for  Saturday
October 3, 2015 at  The Cathedral of St. Andrew, Von Holt Room.  The  Trainer will be The Rev. Giovan King.

A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized to administer the Consecrated Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist.  A Eucharistic Visitor is a lay person authorized to take the Consecrated Elements to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, are unable to be present at the Celebration.

Both EMs and EVs should attend the morning session, which will begin at 9:00 a.m. That session will last 2-1/2 hours.  Those intending to be Eucharistic Ministers only may then leave. 

**Special note for Eucharist Visitors:  Those who intend to be Eucharistic Visitors will stay for the afternoon session, which will last until  3:30 p.m.  Lunch will be served to those who stay for the afternoon session. 

Anyone may attend the training, but in order to be licensed as an EM or EV, a person needs to have the endorsement of the priest in charge of his or her congregation. 

Click here for more info and to register for the training.

Licensing requirements and the application to be completed and submitted after the training can be found on the Diocese website here.
Farmers Market 
5 - 7:30 pm

Beginning in August, Our Farmers Market will take place in the Holy Nativity Church parking lot every Tuesday from  5 pm to 7:30 pm. The market features fresh, local produce along with many other vendors that can be found at similar night markets around the island. You'll find food trucks, fresh pressed juice and lemonade, and local artists with varying products such as jewelry, homemade soaps, and Hawaii-designed clothing and swimwear in an environment that is both child and adult friendly for the residents of Aina Haina and nearby neighborhoods. 
It's Back to School Time!
School began for Holy Nativity School students on Tuesday, August 4. Judging by the happy voices, smiling teachers, and cool new backpacks, it's gonna be a great year!

Parishioner Particulars

News and Notes about our Parish Ohana


Devoted Holy Nativity parishioner Rick Thompson passed away peacefully at his home in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 15, 2015. Rick was born on July 16, 1945 to Warren and Evelyn Thompson in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris with a degree in Economics and Mathematics. Rick married Elizabeth Newman in 1968 and began working for Gillette Razor Company. Rick and Liz were blessed with a daughter Sara and a son Luke. Rick had a long and successful career with Gillette, retiring after 42 years as new project manager. Rick always exhibited love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. He had a strong faith in God and was a good son, husband, father, brother, and friend. His generous smile and gentle spirit will be truly missed. Rick is survived by his wife Elizabeth, daughter Sara (Chris) Zalek of Chicago, son Luke of Honolulu, brother Steve (Candy) Thompson of Bemidji, Minnesota, and sister Kathleen (Dave) Larson of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Aaron Larson. A memorial service and celebration of Rick's life will be held at Holy Nativity on Saturday, August 8 at 11 am.


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!