Holy Nativity Church Update  June 3, 2015
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity


June 5 Cooking for IHS homeless center 1-3 pm in the gym kitchen


June 7 Young Adult Group book study, 11 am - 12:30 pm in the small conference room


June 15-19 Rev Deb off island; for emergencies please contact the church office


June 16 Farmers Market in Church Parking lot 5-7:30 pm


June 23 Vestry meeting 6:30 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 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, Jeanne Nelson
Prayers - Jeff Taylor
EMs - Louisa LeRoux, Kathy Otani
Ushers - David Buck, James Manaligod, Sumner Howard
Refreshments - Jeanne and Bob Nelson

Altar Guild - Jean Yee's team


Serving June 14


7:30 am service
Lector - Kim Garner
Prayers/EM - Vivian Tom
Ushers - Jim Pavelle, Kanani Souza
Refreshments - Taide and Mike LeHouck

9:30 am service
Lectors - Joel Verghese, John Roberts
Prayers - Cynthia Ramirez
EMs - Sandra Braham, Liz Thompson
Ushers - Rich Miller, Ethan Street, Steve Street
Refreshments - Verghese Family

Altar Guild - Sandra Braham's team 



Sunday, June 7
First Reading: 1 Samuel 8:4-20 and 11:14-15
Psalm 138
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Gospel: Mark 3:20-35

Sunday, June 14
First Reading: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
Psalm 20
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-17
Gospel: Mark 4:26-34


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 25
9:30 am service - 78

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 29
9:30 am service - 73


Prayer List


Aileen, Christopher, Sarah, Don, Rick, Sappel McCracken, Chris Stingle, Jonathan, Rev. Margot Critchfield, Cynthia, and Marie Kerry


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.


Barb Poole-Street




For the past two months your vestry has worked very hard, spending long hours rewriting the Church and School bylaws so they are compatible with each other, reflect 21st century business practices, and create the church-school relationship that will be mutually beneficial to both entities. Vestry members are to be congratulated and appreciated for the long hours and thoughtful efforts that went into this work.


The new school bylaws were presented to the School Board on June 2 and are now presently in effect. Copies will be available Sunday morning. If anyone has concerns or questions about them, please contact me or a vestry member. We will be glad to explain. 


With this exhausting work behind us, it seems like it is time for our church to gather just for some fun! So, I would like to propose a picnic on Osco Field on Sunday, July 5 at 4 pm. Bring all your family and friends for games, a potluck and barbeque, and a marshmallow roast -- and wear your swimsuits if you like to slip'n slide!  If folks will bring ukulele or guitars we can sing around the campfire as we roast marshmallows. I will put out a sign-up sheet on Sunday, where you will also be able to offer suggestions  for the event.   


With thanks for all you do for Holy Nativity,

Barb Poole-Street, Senior Warden

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.
Young Adult Group Book Study
Sundays June 7 - July 26
11 am - 12:30 pm

The Young Adult Group, led by Holly Hood, will take on the book  Gray Areas: Finding Truth When Life Isn't Black and White by Mike Glenn in their eight-week book study.

For more information please contact Holly Hood at hollymichellehood@gmail.com

Organ Builder from Germany
Inspects Holy Nativity Organ

In late May, Hans-Ulrich Erbsl?h, master organ builder from Hamburg, Germany, visited Holy Nativity to inspect the Casavant Opus 3602 electric pipe organ installed in the church in 1985. Church and visiting organists have experienced difficulties with the organ for some time and local tuners have not been able to correct the problems.


Hans and his wife Christiane were visiting Hawaii to tune several organs around the state, as they do every two years or so. As an apprentice organ builder in 1975, Hans worked with Rudolf von Beckerath to build the organ at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu and he has been coming to Honolulu regularly to maintain that organ, and others around the state, ever since. We were fortunate that Hans could make time during his recent visit to Hawaii to look at the Holy Nativity organ and offer his advice regarding the instrument.


Unfortunately, the news about Holy Nativity's organ is not good. In short, Hans believes that the organ was not built or installed in the optimal manner and has been slowly deteriorating over the last 10-20 years. He does not believe it's worth spending any more money on maintenance or repair of the organ. He recommended that the church continue using the organ until such time the sound becomes so bad it cannot be tolerated, which could be a few more years. During that time, the church can raise funds needed to purchase a new organ or decide to have the existing organ removed and not have an organ in the church. While this is not the news we wanted to hear, it is very helpful to have a professional assessment of the organ at this time.


Parishioner Particulars

News and Notes about our Parish Ohana


Tyler Ford, Haim and Jill Edery's grandson, graduated from Kaiser High School. Congratlations Tyler!


Kelly Graf, grandchild of Chuck and Ann McCrary, graduated from Kaiser High School and will attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the fall. Congratulations Kelly!


Keegan McCrary, also a grandchild of Chuck and Ann McCrary, graduated from Iolani School and will attend the University of Portland in the fall. Congratulations Keegan!


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! 

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.