Holy Nativity Church Update February 3 , 2016
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity

Feb 6 Daughters of the King Quiet Day Workshop 9 am - 4 pm at Holy Nativity

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

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

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

Mar 9 Lenten Book Study 6-8:30 pm

Mar 16 Lenten Book Study 6-8:30 pm

Mar 20 Palm Sunday; looking for readers for the Passion Narrative at both services; please contact the church office to participate

Mar 23 Lenten Book Study 6-8:30 pm

Mar 27 Easter Sunday


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

David Callies, Justin Donahue, Lila Johnson, Louisa LeRoux, Ed Moore, Austin Nakoa, Bill Seeley, Mike Sen, Steve Street


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 February 7

7:30 am service
Lector - Lorraine Mau
Prayers/EM - Kim Garner
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Chris Souza
Refreshments - Vivian Tom

9:30 am service
Lectors - Wyn Aubrey-Child, Bob Nelson
Prayers - Mark Slovak
EMs - Louisa Le Roux, Lila Johnson
Ushers - David Buck, Ethan Street, Steve Street
Refreshments - TBD

Altar Guild - Jean Yee 's team

Serving February 14
First Sunday in Lent
7:30 am service
Lector - Shauna Nakamura
Prayers/EM - Vivian Tom
Ushers - Jim Pavelle, Kanani Souza
Refreshments - Taide and Mike LeHouck

9:30 am service
Lectors - John Roberts, Adrienne Fung
Prayers - Jeff Taylor
EMs - Tom Simpson, Sandra Braham
Ushers - Rich Miller, Ed Moore
Refreshments - TBD

Altar Guild - Sandra Braham's team 


Sunday, February 7
First Reading: Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm 99
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Gospel: Luke 9:28-43a

Sunday, February 14
First Reading: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
Second Reading: Romans 10:8b-13
Gospel: Luke 4:1-13

Coffee Hour Refreshment Schedule

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

Feb 14
7:30 - Mike and Taide LeHouck
9:30 - Barb Poole-Street

Feb 21
7:30 - Jyo Bridgewater
9:30 - Coral Bielecki

Feb 28
7:30 - 
9:30 - Kathy Otani


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 30
9:30 am service - 109

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 33
9:30 am service - 88

Prayer List
Sylvia Cockett; Murray Grune, Jo Dell, Eyrus, Wayne, Kelsey Pomroy

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.

Lent through the Lens of Grace

Just imagine that this Lent is going to be different from every other Lent we've experienced. Imagine that there will be many graces offered us this year. Let's even imagine that God is going to help transform our lives, with greater freedom, greater joy, and deeper desires for love and service.

Preparing our hearts is a process of preparing our desires. This means practicing our sense of anticipation. If we imagine Lent as an "ordeal" or a time to dread in some way, then we've already pre-disposed ourselves to not get very much out of it. These days before Lent are a time to start anticipating something wonderful that is about to happen.

Our sense of excitement and anticipation will grow more easily if we begin to imagine what God wants to give us. There is something coming that we can truly look forward to. If we get too focused on ourselves and what we are going to do or not do, we could risk missing the gift God wants to give us. We have to keep aware of the fact that grace comes from God. This is about God's great desire to bless us. With this mindset, it is easier for us to imagine that what we really want to do is place ourselves in a space to receive what God wants to give us.

We receive God's gifts as body-persons. We experience things with our senses, relish them with our imaginations, and share in God's own creative and loving activity when our hearts and hands work together for and with others. 

We can let our homes be places full of the holy - things that help raise our minds and hearts to God. Our world is full of so many images that lure our minds and hearts elsewhere. Some symbols will carry the ongoing meaning we give them, for us and for our families and loved ones.

We can make sure that we have a cross in a central place in our home during Lent. A bowl of water on our dining room table can be transformed into a reminder of our preparing to renew our baptismal promises. A candle can be lit at each meal to remind us of the light of Christ among us in Lent and to prepare us for the new fire being lit at the Easter Vigil. Placing a Bible in a central place in our home reminds us of the central place of God's Word in our lives on this Lenten journey.

This year's Lent can be different. It will take openness to God's grace, a deep desire to receive what is being offered us, and a few signs and symbols to help us stay focused throughout the season. But if we do these things, God's desire for our hearts and our desire for greater union with God will meet. Lent will no longer feel like a burden, but rather a blessing.

Andy Alexander, S.J. and Maureen McCann Waldron, co-founders of Creighton University's Online Ministries, are authors of the booklet Praying Lent: Renewing Our Lives on the Lenten Journey

Also, pick up a daily devotion on the back table and use it through the 40 days of lent as the focus of your reflections and prayer. Or join the others who will be reading the Bible through together this year.

Lent begins on Sunday, February 14, 2016.
Parish Informational Meetings
Sunday, February 7 after each service 
(Approx 8:30 am and 10:45 am)

Those with questions about the status of the ongoing negotiations between Holy Nativity Church and Holy Nativity School can meet 
with outgoing vestry members after each service on Sunday, February 7,  2016Please gather around the couches at the back of the church. 
Guest Speaker 
Mary Carson 
to Share at Several Church Events  in February

Mary Carson, Women's Ministry Coordinator at  Glacier Valley Baptist Church in Juneau, Alaska, will speak at both services on Sunday, February 7 at Holy Nativity Church.

On Ash Wednesday, everyone is invited to join Mrs. Carson for a special one-hour session on reading God's Word. The sessions will take place after each Ash Wednesday service at 10 am and 6:30 pm. Mrs. Carson will guide participants in simple methods of reading, studying, and staying in the Holy Scriptures, the Word of Life.

Mrs. Carson is also the guest speaker at the February 6 Daughters of the King Quiet Day Workshop at Holy Nativity.

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. In Ketchikan, Alaska in 1975, on board the old wooden cabin cruiser  The Honker she met the Living Word, Jesus Christ who spoke order and rhythm into her life. As a young believer she deepened her love for God's Word through a five-year correspondence course from Moody Bible Institute. Today, Ms. Carson 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.
Mini Farmer's Market
at Holy Nativity
5 - 7 pm

A select few produce and food vendors return to the Holy Nativity Church parking lot on Wednesdays from 5 pm to 7 pm.  Stop by and check it out!
What is Shrove Tuesday Anyway?
Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter, was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were "shriven" (absolved from their sins). 
Shrove Tuesday was also the last opportunity to use up perishable foods before embarking on the Lenten fast. To keep food from being wasted, many families would have big feasts on Shrove Tuesday to consume the foods that would spoil during the next 40 days. The English tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday came about as a way to use as much milk, fats, and eggs as possible before Ash Wednesday began.
The ingredients for pancakes can be seen to symbolize four points of significance at this time of year: eggs ~ creation; flour ~ the staff of life; salt ~ wholesomeness; and milk ~ purity.
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between February 3 and March 9.
Please join us for
Ash Wednesday Services
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
10 am
6:30 pm
Following each service on Ash Wednesday, Mary Carson will lead a one-hour session on reading God's Word. She will guide participants in simple methods of reading, studying, and staying in the Holy Scriptures, the Word of Life. Please stay.

Parishioner Particulars

News and Notes about our Parish Ohana


Sosamma (Susan) and George Abraham recently moved back to their home in Trivandrum in the state of Kerala in southern India. Parishioners treated them to a going-away lunch last week. We have Susan's email address in the church office if anyone would like to keep in touch with them. We hope to see them at Holy Nativity again when they visit Hawaii.



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! 

The following poem was shared by Ernie Albrecht at the 7:30 am service at Holy Nativity Church on Sunday, August 11, 1998. Holy Nativity parishioner Lorraine Mau saved the bulletin in which the poem was printed and brought it out to share again. Thank you, Lorraine!

I'm drinking from the saucer 'cause my cup has overflowed.
I've never made a fortune, and I'll never make one now,
But it doesn't really matter 'cause I'm happy anyhow.
As I go along my journey, I'm reaping better than I've sowed.
I'm drinking from the saucer 'cause my cup has overflowed.
I don't have lots of riches and sometimes the going's tough,
But while I've got my kids to love me, I think I'm rich enough.
I'll just thank God for the blessings that His mercy has bestowed.
I'm drinking from the saucer 'cause my cup has overflowed.
If you give me strength and courage when the way grows steep and rough,
I'll not ask for other blessings, I'm already blessed enough.
May I never be too busy to help another's load,
Then I'll be drinking from the saucer 'cause my cup has overflowed.