Holy Nativity Church Update May 5 , 2016
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity

May 6  Cooking for IHS 1-3 pm

May 7  Honolulu's annual Regional Confirmation Ceremony, 5:30 pm at The Cathedral of St. Andrew


Worship Schedule:

  Wednesday 10 am

  Sunday 7:30 and 9:30 am

  Sunday School 9:30 am



The Rev. Dr. George Clifford 

Designated Supply Priest

Office Hours: Wed 10:30 am - 3 pm


The Vestry

Sr. Warden: Barb Poole-Street

Jr. Warden: Eva Eglinton

Treasurer: Wendy Yu

David Callies, Justin Donahue, Lila Johnson, Ed Moore, Austin Nakoa, Bill Seeley, Mike Sen


Office Hours

Closed Mondays

Tues thru Fri 9 am - 2 pm

(808) 373-2131




Parish Administrator

Annabeth Stem (part time)



Parish Bookkeeper

Didi Wong (part time)




Serving May 8

7:30 am service
Lector - Mike Sen
Prayers/EM - Mike Sen
Ushers - TBD
Refreshments - TBD

9:30 am service
Lectors - John Roberts, Jeff Taylor
Prayers - Lila Johnson
EMs - Louisa Le Roux, Wyn Aubrey-Child
Ushers - Ed Moore, Mark Slovak
Refreshments - Rosemary Domecki

Altar Guild - Delia Moore's team

Serving May 15

7:30 am service
Lector - Shauna Nakamura
Prayers/EM - Mike Sen
Ushers - TBD
Refreshments - Jyo Bridgewater

9:30 am service
Lector - Bob Nelson, Cindy Ramirez
Prayers - Mark Slovak
EMs - Lila Johnson, Kathy Otani
Ushers - Rich Miller, Dave Nixon
Refreshments - Barb Poole-Street

Altar Guild - Lorraine Mau's team


Sunday, May 8
First Reading: Acts 16:16-34
Psalm 97
Second Reading: Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
Gospel: John 17:20-26

Sunday, May 15
The Day of Pentecost
First Reading: Acts 2:1-21 or Genesis 11:1-9
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
Second Reading: Romans 8:14-17 or Acts 2:1-21
Gospel: John 14:8-17, 25-27

Coffee Hour Refreshment Schedule

May 8
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - Rosemary Domecki

May 15
7:30 - Jyo Bridgewater
9:30 - Barb Poole-Street

May 22
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - OPEN

May 29
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - OPEN


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 28
9:30 am service - 70

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 31
9:30 am service - 77

Prayer List
Sylvia Cockett, Murray Grune, Jo Dell, Joyce and family, Lorraine Mau, Shirley, Michelle, Joshua and family, Karen Harp, Suzanne Thiessen

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.

A Message from Father Clifford
The Rev. Dr. George Clifford, Designated Supply

Over twenty years ago, when stationed at Pearl Harbor as a Navy chaplain, Sundays usually saw me serving as a non-stipendiary priest associate at Holy Nativity. I have many fond recollections of the congregation then and look forward to an opportunity to once again serve in Aina Haina at Holy Nativity.
My wife, Susan, and I moved back to Hawaii last year after having lived in Raleigh, NC, for ten years following my retirement from the Navy at the end of 2005. Among my nine assignments in the Navy were two tours at Pearl Harbor, duty in London on exchange with the Royal Navy, service with the Marine Corps, school chaplaincies at the Naval Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School, and on the staff of the Navy Chief of Chaplains. During over forty years of ministry, I've led a dozen different congregations, some military and others civilian, arriving at nine of them following a period of conflict. In retirement, I've published articles about ethics, leadership, and spirituality; held a part-time appointment for several years as a visiting professor of ethics and public policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey; spent eighteen months as priest-in-charge of a congregation and supplied elsewhere; and worked as a consultant for clergy, bishops, and civilian corporations. Susan and I also traveled three to four months per year, once going around the world and annually spending six to eight weeks in Europe. We love Honolulu's beauty, people, multicultural urban ethos, and great climate and hope to spend the remainder of our lives here.
Jesus taught by telling stories. Telling our story to one another is both biblical and a Hawaiian tradition. Additionally, talking story builds community and forms the narrative that shapes our communal identity. In the midst of difficulties, especially if those feel overwhelming, the story can unintentionally become disproportionately negative. Yet much about Holy Nativity is positive.
What factors, aspects, or persons lead you to continue being part of the Holy Nativity community?
My personal answer to that question includes:
  • Warm and welcoming parishioners, many of whom have deep commitments to Holy Nativity and some of whom I remember from twenty years ago;
  • An extensive facility that hosts vibrant programs including worship, Holy Nativity School, the Thrift Shop, and several weekly AA meetings;
  • Great potential in this congregation with its gifts and resources to produce even greater growth and transformation in persons, the neighborhood, and the world;
  • Memories of a spiritual community that played an important role in my spiritual journey and, from what I have already heard, continues to play a similar role for people today.
I hope that you will take a few moments to share your individual stories and answers with me.
God bless,
Fr George
Holy Nativity Welcomes 
Father George Clifford 
as  Designated  Supply Priest

Last Sunday, May 1, Holy Nativity  worship services were presided over by The Rev. Dr. George Clifford, who will serve as our Designated Supply Priest for the months of May and June

Long-time parishioners with good memories may remember Father George  as having served at Holy  Nativity for about a year in the early 1990's when he was  a Navy Chaplain assigned in Hawaii, during Father John Millen's tenure at Holy Nativity. Father George, along with his lovely wife Susan,  has since retired from the Navy and has relocated to Honolulu. We are fortunate to have been able to lure him out of his well-deserved leisure to guide Holy Nativity through this time of transition.

During May and June, Father George will preside at the worship  services on Sundays (7:30 am and 9:30 am) and Wednesdays (10 am) and also participate in vestry and school board meetings. His office hours are Wednesdays from 10:30 am to 3 pm.

We are so appreciative of Father George's assistance during these challenging times at Holy Nativity and anticipate that his talents and expertise will be most helpful as we rebuild community within our parish family and shape the future of Holy Nativity.

Father George has indicated he is most interested in getting to know us. Please introduce yourself to Father George and Susan and welcome them to Holy Nativity once more.

The Holy Nativity Sunday  School kids and their teachers  gave Fr. George Clifford and his wife Susan a warm welcome last Sunday!
Let's Begin Again

The Hawaiians have a wonderful saying that essentially means "To end well, you must begin well." Discussions between the church and the school did not begin well and they went downhill from there.

This week, the lawyers for the church went to court to officially ask that the lawsuit against some of the school parents be dropped, and that request was granted. What remains are some very important issues for both the church and school to discuss and work through in a way that is mutually beneficial. 

It is in the best interests of everyone in this congregation that we engage in honest, civil, and constructive discussions with the goal of doing what is best for our church and our school. It won't be easy, but with the lawsuit stopped by the church, there is now a good opportunity to begin anew. 

Dr. Barbara Poole-Street
Senior Warden
It's almost time for 
Summer Camp!

Hui Pu is a summer camp for youth in grades 4 through 12 that takes place at Camp Mokule'ia, the Diocese facility on the North Shore, June 24 through July 8, 2016.

Kids can expect a week full of adventure, fun, and learning about God, all while making new friends!  Activities include ropes course, zip-lining, kayaking, hiking, campfires with s'mores, and much more.

* June 24 - 26 camp is for kids in grades 4 - 5  
* June 27 - July 1 camp is for youth in middle school, grades 6-8
* July 4 - 8 camp is for youth in high school, grades 9-12 

For more information and to register, please visit the Camp Mokule'ia website here .
HNS Kindergarteners Learn About Sharing Their Treasure
Last week, church staff were honored to welcome the Holy Nativity School kindergarten class who stopped by the office to deliver a special donation to the church. The kindergartners have been learning about money management, including the importance of saving and donating their money -- not just spending it. They each brought in some of their own money to contribute to the church. Mahalo Kindergarten!
Parishioner Particulars
News and Notes about our Parish Ohana

Donald Edwin Ka'aukaiokeali'i "Aukai" Monroe III, son of Kristy Monroe and the late Don Monroe, Jr., will graduate May 22, 2016 with honors from the University of San Diego. USD awarded Aukai a football scholarship when he graduated from Punahou. He is following in the footsteps of his late father Donald Jr. and grandfather Donald Sr. with a double degree in Commercial Real Estate and Business Finance. Aukai will celebrate his graduation with his mother and sisters. Congratulations!