Holy Nativity Church Update  December 16, 2015
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity

Dec 20 Help the Altar Guild decorate the church after the 9:30 am service!

Dec 21 Advent Book Study 6:30 pm

Dec 21 Longest Night Service 8 pm

Dec 22 Vestry meeting 6:30 pm

Dec 24 Family Christmas Eve Service and Children's Pageant 5 pm

Dec 24 Carols and Hymns 9 pm followed by Candlelight Choral Service 9:30 pm

Dec 25 Christmas Day Service 9:30 am

Dec 25-26 Thrift Shop closed

Dec 28 - Jan 1 CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED, for emergencies contact Rev. Vanover on her cell phone

Dec 30 Wednesday morning Eucharist cancelled

Jan 1-2 Thrift Shop closed

Jan 24 Holy Nativity Church Annual Meeting and vestry elections at 8:30 am combined meeting


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

Adrienne Fung, Kimberly Garner, Lila Johnson, Kip Jones, Mike LeHouck, Tusi Mayer, Sharon Souza, Bonnie Stevens, 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 December 20
Fourth Sunday of Advent

7:30 am service
Advent Candles - Bonnie Stevens
Lector - Bonnie Stevens
Prayers/EM - Vivian Tom
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Chris Souza
Refreshments - Vivian Tom

9:30 am service
Advent Candles - Bloom Family
Lectors - Jeff Taylor, Cindy Ramirez
Prayers - Bob Nelson
EMs - Sandra Braham, Sosamma Abraham
Ushers - Rich Miller, Ed Moore
Refreshments - Lisa Tamura

Altar Guild - Jean Yee's and Sandra Braham's teams

Serving December 21
Longest Night Service
Advent Candles - Mark Slovak
Readers -   Lila Johnson, Barb Poole-Street
EM - Wyn Aubrey-Child

Serving December 24

Christmas Eve 5 pm
Advent Candles - Tamura Family
Lector 1 - Justin Donahue
Lector 2 - Sumner Howard
Prayers - Sunday School
EMs - Linda Sayegusa, Vivian Tom
Ushers - David Buck, Chris Souza

Christmas Eve 9 pm
Advent Candles - TBD
Lector 1 - Ed Moore
Lector 2 - Wyn Aubrey-Child
Prayers - Jeanne Nelson
EMs - Bonnie Stevens, Denisse Kwan
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, TBD

Serving December 25
Christmas Day
Advent Candles - Mark Slovak
Lector - Mark Slovak
Prayers/EM - Wyn Aubrey-Child

Serving December 27
7:30 am service
Lector - Shauna Nakamura
Prayers/EM - Linda Sayegusa
Ushers - Jim Pavelle, Kanani Souza
Refreshments - TBD

9:30 am service
Lectors - Mark Slovak, John Roberts
Prayers - Jeanne Nelson
EMs - Greg Kwan, Liz Thompson
Ushers - Rich Miller, Ed Moore
Refreshments - TBD

Altar Guild - Delia Moore's team


Sunday, December 20
First Reading: Micah 5:2-5a
Canticle 16: The Song of Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79)
Second Reading: Hebrews 10:5-10
Gospel: Luke 1:39-45

Sunday, December 27
First Reading: Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Psalm 147
Second Reading: Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
Gospel: John 1:1-18

Coffee Hour Refreshment Schedule

Dec 20
7:30 - Vivian Tom
9:30 - Lisa Tamura

Dec 24
5 pm - Please bring cookies to share after the pageant!

Dec 27
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - OPEN

Jan 3
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - OPEN

Jan 10
7:30 - Mike and Taide LeHouck
9:30 - Barb Poole-Street


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 35
9:30 am service - 84

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 28
9:30 am service - 77

Prayer List
Chris Stingle, Jane L.,  Barb P., Laurie Orwick, Kimi Uto, Mark Boesser, Al T., Sylvia Cockett, Murray Grune, Betty Jo (Bea) Torres, Luella Windisch and her brother, Sherry, Noah, Barbara

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.

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.

Mary Did You Know?

The true Spirit of Christmas is expressed so well in the song "Mary Did You Know?"  

Mary did you know that your baby boy
Will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy
Will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know that your baby boy
Has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered
Will soon deliver you

Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Will calm a storm with his hand?

Did you know that your baby boy
Has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby
You've kissed the face of God

Oh, Mary did you know...

The blind will see,
The deaf will hear,
The dead will live again

The lame will leap,
The dumb will speak,
The praises of the lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy
Is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy
Will one day rule the nations?

Did you know that your Baby Boy
Is Heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding
Is the great I Am

This is the message of Christmas. This is the hope and joy and the grounds for all our gratitude all the days of our lives. God in the flesh, come to set us free, to call us to himself and honor us with his love. God in Christ, the creator, redeemer and sustainer of our being.  
May we sing out the Hallelujahs this season as we find Christ birthed among us, in our pain, joy, sorrow, delight, and in the ups and downs of our life.
Come one and all to the services this season and lift up your hearts and kiss the face of the one who called you by name and delights in you!  Allow yourself to be renewed, loved and enveloped by the grace which is this season.

- Rev. Vanover

Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died or it may be a time that has always been difficult. The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds us of what we have lost or never had. As the days grow shorter, our spirits sink. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. 
The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation-all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the holiday celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern.  We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us. We need to know that we are not alone. 
For these reasons, The Church of the Holy Nativity offers a special Longest Night service on December 21, 2015 at 8 pm.  The service will feature special music by Kathy Otani and Alika Souza.

Join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God's presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle, and that God's Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome. The short service will be followed by a time of fellowship.

Please join us for the annual
Christmas Eve Family Service
and Children's Christmas Pageant

Thursday, December 24 at 5 pm

Please bring cookies to share after the service!

  Schedule Changes
  Church and Thrift Shop

Please note the following schedule changes for Holy Nativity Church and Thrift Shop over the holidays:
   Dec 25 Church Office closed
   Dec 25-26 Thrift Shop closed
   Dec 28 - Jan 1 Church Office closed
   Dec 30 Wednesday morning Eucharist cancelled
   Jan 1 - 2 Thrift Shop closed

Church email and phone messages will be checked daily throughout the holiday week.
Baptism Service
December 27

Rev. Vanover has planned a baptism service for Sunday, December 27, 2015.

Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church. It is a public statement of one's intentional decision to follow the way of Jesus. In the case of infant baptism, it is the parents' declaration of their intent to raise a child in the way of Jesus. 

The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble, so baptism is only administered once. When you choose to be baptized yourself or to have your child baptized in the Episcopal Church, it means you are choosing to live out the  Baptismal Covenant  in the context of an Episcopal church community, taking your part in the worship, mission and ministries of the local parish. For more information about baptism in the Episcopal Church, please click here.

If you feel called to be baptized, or to have your child baptized, at the December 27 service, please speak with Rev. Vanover as soon as possible.
Announcement of 
Annual Meeting
January 24, 2016 
8:30 am

Our parish annual meeting will soon be upon us! It will be held in a combined service on the 24th of January at 8:30 am to be followed by a potluck. As you know, there are important issues before us that will impact our parish life. These issues will be presented and resolved at this meeting. We hope that all of you that love this parish will put this commitment on your calendar and come and join us as we meet to shape the future of our community

There have been some questions about who can vote at the annual meeting. Per the national canons, voting members must be "communicants in good standing." Rest assured, if you are a communicant of the Episcopal Church who, for the previous year has been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and has been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God, you are considered a communicant in the Episcopal Church in good standing, (Canon I.17.3.)  and hence you are entitled to vote at our annual meeting.

For a fuller understanding of membership requirements in our denomination please click here. This link is to a document that has been made available to all the individuals who have recently requested membership information.

If you have any questions about this please feel free to contact the Rector or Sr. Warden.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in January.  May the spirit of the season surround you and grant you the joy of new birth at the coming of God in the flesh of Jesus Christ. 
Parishioner Particulars
News and Notes about our Parish Ohana

Rev. Charles Tarleton Crane died on December 7th in Sedona, Arizona, where he was living in retirement. Charlie died of liver cancer at the age of 87 and just shy of the 58th anniversary of his ordination to the Priesthood (on December 23, 1957, in the Cathedral of St. Andrew, by Bishop Harry Kennedy).  He served on the staff of the Cathedral from 1957 to 1959.  He was Rector of All Saints Church, Kapa Ľa, from 1959 to 1966. He then served as the Rector of the Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina, from 1966 until his retirement in 1988.  Services will be held on December 15, 2015, at Christ Lutheran (ELCA) Church, Sedona, Arizona.  He is survived by his wife of four years, Ms. Marilyn Snyder.   Notes of condolence may be sent to her at 405 Jacks Canyon Rd, #204; Sedona, AZ 86351. There will be a Celebration of Ministry for Rev. Crane at Holy Nativity in early 2016. Watch for details.

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!  

MERCIFUL GOD, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.