Holy Nativity Church Update April 20 , 2016
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity

Apr 20 Vestry Meeting 6:30 pm

Apr 24 Congregational Meeting 10:30 am; click here for details

Apr 29 Holy Nativity School May Day Pageant

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 Vestry

Sr. Warden: Barb Poole-Street

Jr. Warden: Eva Eglinton

Treasurer: Wendy Yu

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


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 April 24

7:30 am service
Lector - Kim Garner
Prayers/EM - Linda Sayegusa
Ushers - Jim Pavelle, Arne Phillips
Refreshments - TBD

9:30 am service
Lectors - Cynthia Ramirez, Kathy Otani
Prayers - Mark Slovak
EMs - Louisa Le Roux, Mike Sen
Ushers - Ed Moore, TBD
Refreshments - Ann McCrary

Altar Guild - Jean Yee's team

Serving May 1

7:30 am service
Lector - Lorraine Mau
Prayers/EM - Linda Sayegusa
Ushers - Chris Souza, TBD
Refreshments - TBD

9:30 am service
Lector - Adrienne Fung, Justin Donahue
Prayers - Jeanne Nelson
EMs - Sandra Braham, Michele Cockett
Ushers - TBD
Refreshments - TBD

Altar Guild - Sandra Braham's team


Sunday, April 24
First Reading: Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 148
Second Reading: Revelation 21:1-6
Gospel: John 13:31-35

Sunday, May 1
First Reading: Acts 16:9-15
Psalm 67
Second Reading: Revelation 21:10, 22 - 22:5
Gospel: John 14:23-29

Coffee Hour Refreshment Schedule

April 24
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - Ann McCrary

May 1
7:30 - Vivian Tom
9:30 - Chandi Hinrichs

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

May 15
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - OPEN


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 33
9:30 am service - 62

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 31
9:30 am service - 75

Prayer List
Sylvia Cockett, Murray Grune, Jo Dell, Eyrus, Ashu, Joyce and family, Lorraine Mau, Anna Marie Kennedy, 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.

Rev. Debra Vanover

To the members of Holy Nativity Church,
After much prayer and conversation with family, fellow clergy, and my spiritual director, I have concluded that it is now time for me to leave Holy Nativity Church. I would have you know that this has not been an easy decision as I have come to love this community of faith and have found joy in being a part of your lives. I am so very grateful for the affection and support that I and my children (and pets!) have received from so many of you.

I want you all to know that I am truly grateful for the transition package that has been made available to me and my family by your current vestry. They have worked hard to ensure our needs are met as we move forward, seeking God's plan. Your vestry members, like you, have a deep love for this church, the school, and all the other missions that have sprung from this congregation though the years. May you all move forward with a shared enthusiasm and focus, united in a common vision for Holy Nativity Parish.

Lastly, know that you are forever etched on my heart and will remain in my prayers in the months ahead as we all move forward in expectation of what God will do as we continue to love and serve Him. 

Be encouraged. I leave you with the scripture that I have shared repeatedly:

Jeremiah 29:11 - "
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the  Lord , "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Blessings and joy to each of you ,
Rev. Deb
On behalf of the vestry of Holy Nativity Church, we are sincerely grateful to Rev. Deb for her many contributions over these past three years. She has embraced this congregation with loving care and guidance as we have worked together to discuss, debate, and plan a future that is strong and sustainable for our church and school.
Rev. Deb has been a passionate and engaged spiritual leader for Holy Nativity Church who touched us all with her pastoral care. For this reason, we will miss her very much, but we also understand and accept her decision. We want Rev. Deb and her family to have a smooth transition and have worked with her to achieve that.
Mahalo, Rev. Deb, your contributions to Holy Nativity Church will long be remembered and we wish you and your family all the best in your next venture.

Warmest Aloha,
Barb Poole-Street, Senior Warden
Eva Eglington, Junior Warden
Wendy Yu, Treasurer
David Callies
Justin Donahue
Lila Johnson
Louisa Le Roux
Ed Moore
Austin Nakoa
Bill Seeley
Mike Sen
Bishop Fitzpatrick to Visit Holy Nativity on Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Right Reverend Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Bishop of Hawaii, will be  celebrant and preacher at both services (7:30 am and 9:30 am) at Holy Nativity Church on Sunday, April 24.

The Gospel lesson for April 24, the Fifth Sunday of Easter, includes the following: Jesus said, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35.  In keeping with the lesson, the Bishop's theme for the day will be "love."

The Bishop will join Holy Nativity vestry members in a meeting with the congregation following the 9:30 am service (see below).
meetingNOTICE OF 
April 24, 2016 at 10:30 am

Members of the Holy Nativity vestry, along with The Rt. Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Bishop of Hawaii, will meet with parishioners following the 9:30 am service on Sunday to answer questions regarding the clergy  transition at Holy Nativity. All are welcome.

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii....

Please join
Holy Nativity School
for their
66th Annual May Day Celebration

Friday, April 29, 2016
8:30 am