Holy Nativity Church Update  June 17, 2015
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity


June 19 Church Office closed for staff to attend Diocese church administrators conference 


June 21 Young Adult Group book study CANCELLED for Father's Day


June 23 Vestry meeting 6:30 pm


June 24 Daughters of the King chapter meeting, 7 pm in the Chapel


June 28 Young Adult Group book study, 11 am - 12:30 pm in the small conference room 


July 3 Cooking for IHS homeless shelter 1-3 pm


July 5 Church Picnic and BBQ, 4 pm, Osco Field, bring friends and family - everyone's invited! Sign-up sheet for potluck on back table Sunday mornings.



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, John Verghese, 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 June 21

7:30 am service
Lector - Shauna Nakamura
Prayers/EM - Kim Garner
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Chris Souza
Refreshments - 

9:30 am service
Lectors - Lisa Tamura, Sumner Howard
Prayers - Mark Slovak
EMs - Michele Cockett, Lila Johnson
Ushers - David Buck, James Manaligod
Refreshments - Barb Poole-Street

Altar Guild - Delia Moore's team


Serving June 28


7:30 am service
Lector - Kanani Souza
Prayers/EM - Vivian Tom
Ushers - Jim Pavelle, Kanani Souza
Refreshments - 

9:30 am service
Lectors - Greg Kwan, Adrienne Fung
Prayers - Bob Nelson
EMs - Kathy Otani, Sandra Braham
Ushers - Rich Miller, Ethan Street, Steve Street
Refreshments - Yamaguchi Family

Altar Guild - Lorraine Mau's team 



Sunday, June 21
First Reading: 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16
Psalm 133
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Gospel: Mark 4:35-41

Sunday, June 28
First Reading: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
Psalm 130
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Gospel: Mark 5:21-43


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 25
9:30 am service - 67

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 29
9:30 am service - 71


Prayer List


Aileen, Christopher, Sarah, Don, Rick, Chris Stingle, Marie Kerry,Jane, Barb, and Mark Perreira


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.

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!


As we move into summer, many will find their routines changing and different opportunities arising. Many will be taking vacations and visiting with family members. Have a wonderful time everyone. This time is often called ordinary, common time. But remember the word "ordinary" actually comes from the word "ordinal," which simply means counted time. This season after Pentecost began on the first Sunday after Pentecost and continues all the way to the 1st Sunday in Advent. It is by far the longest liturgical season on the calendar! Yet all the seasons of the church year tell the complete "good news" story of our faith. Ordinary time allows us to work on our daily discipline, to hopefully slow down and work at keeping every day a day of Sabbath rest. Perhaps use the handout that came in the bulletin last Sunday and "with God's help" deepen your daily communication with God. I wish you all joy and peace!


Here at Holy Nativity we will continue our two Sunday morning services through the summer, at 7:30 am and 9:30 am, but there will be a couple of changes in the service. Firstly, our choir will not be blessing us with their singing; however they will be in the pews singing their hearts out. They will return, with Keane directing, the first week of August. Lorraine will continue to provide accompaniment at both services. Thank you Lorraine!  Another musical change is that we will replace the singing of the Gloria with the SINGING of "Holy, Holy, Holy" at BOTH services. Yes, you 7:30 people will get to sing a second song each Sunday.


I would also like to provide some opportunities for training for all individuals who are interested in being an usher/greeter (hand out bulletins, collect alms, count funds), acolyte (carry cross and candles in procession), lector (read lessons or prayers), or Lay Eucharistic Minister (serve at the Altar during Holy Communion by administering the Chalice, assist in preparing the table, etc).  


If any of these ministries sound interesting and you want to know more talk to Rev. Deb or one of the individuals now serving in your ministry of interest. If you know you want to do one of these, please sign up on the sheets on the table and once the trainings are set up we will notify you. THANK YOU.


Take care and may God's blessing be upon you and yours.  


Rev. Deb

Opportunities to Serve
Holy Nativity Needs You!
Lectors (readers)
Eucharistic Ministers
Can you serve in one of these ministries? Contact the church office at 373-2131 or holynativity@gmail.com or add your name to the sign-up sheet on the back table Sunday mornings.  Training will be provided.

Daughters of the King Retreat
Women of the Bible

On Saturday, May 30, 2015, The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK) held a retreat at Ewa Beach Japanese Garden Room. The theme of the retreat was Women of the Bible: Ancient Words, Contemporary Wisdom, with featured guest speaker the Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman. Several members of the Holy Nativity DOK chapter attended the retreat, as did Holy Nativity Rector, Rev. Deb Vanover, who serves as Chaplain for the Hawaii DOK.

Guest speaker Lindsay Freeman, a Minnesota-based Episcopal priest for 29 years, has won over thirty awards for journalistic excellence and is the author/editor of six books. She currently serves as a ministry developer for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, and as adjunct clergy for St. David's, Minnetonka. For the last four years, she has worked with a research team to explore in detail the lives of women of the Bible.


Retreat participants engaged in Bible study, a game, and conversations about being women in the ancient and modern world. The women at the retreat also painted a picture of today's reality where our stories intersect with the voices and struggles of women and girls speaking through Scripture. Participants went home with a new appreciation of women through the ages. 

Please join us for food, fun, and fellowship!
The church will provide burgers and hot dogs.
Please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share.
Look for sign-up sheet on back table Sunday mornings or  contact the church office 
at 373-2131 or holynativity@gmail.com.

Parishioner Particulars

News and Notes about our Parish Ohana


Jessica Miller, longtime Holy Nativity acolyte and daughter of Rich and Kim Miller, recently earned her Doctorate degree as a Nurse Practitioner from Chapman University. Dr. Miller is serving in the Navy Nurse Corps. 


Madeleine Pluss, granddaughter of Holy Nativity parishioner Marge Perreira, graduated from the University of Colorado in Denver with a degree in Envronmental Law. She will begin a Master's program at the University of Oregon in the fall.


Devony Schulte, also Marge Perreira's granddaughter, graduated from Interlake High School in Bellevue Washington and will attend Bellevue College in the fall. 
The memorial service for Beryl St. Sure, former Holy Nativity member who passed away recently, will be held on June 21 at 1 pm at St. Alban's Chapel at Iolani School.  You may view her obituary here.

Coralie Vellis, longtime Holy Nativity Church parishioner, celebrated her 90th birthday with many devoted family and friends at a wonderful party at the Elk's Lodge on June 3. Happy Birthday Coralie! 

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! 

Dr. Jessica Miller with her parents, Rich and Kim Miller
Coralie Vellis receives birthday greetings from Jeanne Nelson