Holy Nativity Church Update February 17 , 2016
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity

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 Clergy 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 4 Cooking for IHS 1-3 pm in the gym kitchen

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 21

7:30 am service
Lector - Kanani Souza
Prayers/EM - Bonnie Stevens
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Chris Souza
Refreshments - Jyo Bridgewater

9:30 am service
Lectors - Cynthia Ramirez, Sumner Howard
Prayers - Greg Kwan
EMs - Michele Cockett, Greg Kwan
Ushers - David Buck, James Manaligod
Refreshments - Coral Bielecki

Altar Guild - Delia Moore 's team

Serving February 28
7:30 am service
Lector - Kim Garner
Prayers/EM - Linda Sayegusa
Ushers - Jim Pavelle, Kanani Souza
Refreshments - TBD LeHouck

9:30 am service
Lectors - Ed Moore, Lisa Tamura
Prayers - Jeanne Nelson
EMs - Liz Thompson, Lynn Simpson
Ushers - Rich Miller, David Nixon
Refreshments - Kathy Otani

Altar Guild - Lorraine Mau's team 


Sunday, February 21
First Reading: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Psalm 27
Second Reading: Philippians 3:17 - 4:1
Gospel: Luke 13:31-35

Sunday, February 28
First Reading: Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 63:1-8
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Gospel: Luke 13:1-9

Coffee Hour Refreshment Schedule

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

Feb 28
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - Kathy Otani

Mar 6
7:30 - Vivian Tom
9:3o - OPEN

Mar 13
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - Ashley Edwards


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 33
9:30 am service - 71

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 33
9:30 am service - 84

Prayer List
Sylvia Cockett; Murray Grune, Jo Dell, Eyrus, Wayne, Kelsey Pomroy, Betty Jo Torres and family, Joyce and family, Mark, Glenn

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.

Healing a Hurting World...
Day by Day
From the 2016 Lenten Meditations published by Episcopal Relief and Development

"Nothing is little in God's service," wrote George Herbert, the English poet and Anglican priest. "If it once have the honour of that Name, it grows great instantly."

Most of the days I have served God have not been filled with big moments, dramatic flourishes, recognition or accolades. Most days have been filled with small things: speaking a kind word, crafting a sermon, working on a newsletter, recruiting a church school teacher. The days are filled with taking communion to a lonely man whose wife of sixty years recently died, praying with the young person who is unemployed and then calling people to see if they might have a lead on a job, writing a thank-you note and then another, saying my prayers, breaking the bread and drinking the cup.

These are the daily practices of love and service that never make headlines but do, day by day, help heal a hurting world. George Herbert is right. I believe it with all my heart: nothing is little in God's service. Everything we do (well, almost everything) becomes great when we offer it to God. To learn that and remember it is a spiritual practice for our entire lives.

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings is the President of the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church

Lenten Meditations Available

The Lenten Meditations booklet from Episcopal Relief and Development is available in the church office and after services on Sundays. 

This year's devotional focuses on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, with a particular focus on empowering women. The daily readings are co-authored by a group of leaders from across the Anglican Communion, who bring a range of perspectives as they reflect on Scripture and other sources of spiritual wisdom. 

For more information about Episcopal Relief and Development and their programs, please visit their website here.
It's time again for...LENT MADNESS


As if the season of Lent isn't enough fun, in 2010, a couple of Episcopal priests came up with a unique and engaging Lenten devotion called Lent Madness. On their website, Lent Madness, you can read and learn about the men and women comprising the Church's Calendar of Saints--then vote for your favorite saints throughout Lent as they progress (or not!) through a tournament-like single elimination bracket.


The madness begins with 32 saints paired on the "tournament" bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.Throughout the competition, the writers and their guest bloggers provide basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints along with quotes and quirks, legends, and even saintly kitsch.


So check out Lent Madness and vote for your favorite saint! 

2016 Budget 
Holy Nativity Church

The Vestry has adopted the following budget for 2016 
(as presented at the Annual Meeting in January):

Contributions $225,500 44%
Community Center Rental $120,131 23%
Thrift Shop $99,300 19%
Investments $72, 400 14%
TOTAL $517,331

Personnel $228,754 44%
Physical Plant O&M $119,255 23%
Work Outside $115,992 22%
Parish Admin $44,400 9%
Worship and Christian Formation $9,000 2%
TOTAL $517,331

The East Oahu regional confirmation is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at 5:30 pm at St. Andrew's Cathedral.

Anyone wishing to be confirmed, received, or reaffirmed in the Episcopal Church should plan to participate in this service. Please speak with Rev. Deb about confirmation preparation and other requirements.

Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which candidates "express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop" (BCP, p. 860). In the Episcopal Church, those who were baptized at an early age and those baptized as adults without laying on of hands by a bishop are expected to make a mature public affirmation of their faith, recommit themselves to the responsibilities of their baptism, and receive laying on of hands by a bishop (BCP, p. 412). Adults baptized with the laying on of hands by a bishop are considered to be confirmed.
Daughters of the King
Quiet Day
February 6, 2016