Holy Nativity Church Update March 11, 2015
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity


Feb 11 - Mar 25 Wednesdays - Book Study: Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, 6:30-8:30 pm, conference room


Mar 14 EM/EV meeting 9:30 am at the church


Mar 21 Chrism Mass and Education Day; click here for details


Mar 28 Making palm crosses for Palm Sunday 9 - 11 am


Mar 29 Palm Sunday services


Apr 2 Hawaii Prayer Breakfast at Hilton Hawaiian Village; Rev Deb will attend and invites folks to join her. Click here for info and registration.


Apr 2 Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 pm


Apr 3 Good Friday services at 12 noon and 6:30 pm


Apr 4 Need help unloading the Easter lilies upon delivery (time TBA)


Apr 4 Easter egg decorating 1-2 pm at the church


Apr 4 Tea for Fr. Charlie Crane 4-6 pm at the church, please RSVP to the church office by March 27


Apr 5 Easter Sunday services


Apr 11 Diocese EM/EV Licensing Training; click here for details


Apr 12 Sunday 8:30 am combined service



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, Mike LeHouck, Jane Loo, Tusi Mayer, Bill Seeley, Robert Skillman, 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)



Holy Nativity Thrift Shop

John Smith, Manager


271-2559 cell


Thrift Shop Hours

Wed and Fri 9 am - 3 pm

Sat 9 am - 12 noon 



Serving on Sunday
March 15

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

9:30 am Service
Lectors - Mark Slovak, Bob Nelson
Prayers - Adrienne Fung
EMs - Lila Johnson, Liz Thompson
Ushers - David Buck, Sumner Howard, Ethan Street, Steve Street
Refreshments - Barb Poole-Street

Altar Guild - Lorraine Mau's team


Prayers for This Week


Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Bishops and ministers in: Meru, Kenya; Western Mexico; Eastern Michigan, US; Minna, Lokoja, Nigeria; Minnesota, US; Brazil; Mississippi, US 


Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

Grace Church, Moloka'i; The Rev. James Loughren, Vicar


Parish Cycle of Prayer

Rich and Kim Miller and family; Don Monroe and family; Kristy Monroe and family; and the leadership of our church and school as we move forward together


Special Prayers

Aileen, Christopher, Sarah, Don, Rick, Sappel McCracken, Chris Stingle, Jonathan, Rev. Margot Critchfield of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Cohasset, Massachusetts; and our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East and all others in harm's way



Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 22
9:30 am service - 78

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 28
9:30 am service - 72


Barb Poole-Street




Along with all the activity that is taking place at Holy Nativity--book studies, teas, hikes, etc.--the vestry is working very hard on your behalf to ensure Holy Nativity's well-being and I thought I would take the opportunity to share with you some of what we are working on.


As you may know, your vestry takes its responsibility for the financial health of this parish very seriously. To this end, we are trying to arrange the use of the facilities so that they generate enough income to pay for the facilities' upkeep. To learn how this best could be accomplished, we have had Chaminade MBA students perform an analysis of the Community Center (Glantz Hall, Osco Field, the kitchen, the gym, and the conference room). They have performed a competitive analysis and developed recommendations as to how we should manage these facilities to maximize their income. The vestry will receive th e Chaminade students' report next week and begin deliberating on the best use of these facilities.


We will certainly keep the congregation informed as we make thoughtful, well-informed decisions designed to ensure financial stability into the future. These decisions might require changes to our traditional uses of the Community Center, and if they do, we encourage your patience and understanding as we work through the challenges of change.


Thanking you for your support and prayers,

Barb Poole-Street, Senior Warden


Glantz Hall was refreshed with new paint, flooring, and window coverings last fall
New roll-up doors on the gym side wall are much safer for users to operate

Easter Eggs Needed!

Our Sunday School needs
plastic Easter eggs and small goodies to fill them (prefer non-candy items such as small toys, stickers, trinkets, coins, etc.). Please drop off donations at the church office by March 29. Mahalo!


Altar Guild Luncheon at Maple Garden

Restaurant last Saturday

Easter Flower Dedications

Share the beauty of Easter by sponsoring a lily or lilies to be used as decoration in the Sanctuary. Easter lilies can be given in memory of a loved one or to honor family and friends. All dedications will be printed in the bulletin on Easter Sunday.

If you would like to dedicate an Easter lily, please complete a dedication card (located in the glass-enclosed bulletin board in front of the Sanctuary) and place it in the collection plate on Sunday or drop it by the church office. Suggested donation is $20 per plant.

Vote Friday, March 13
for Kamehameha!

Are you following the action over on the Lent Madness website? If you are, you know that our dear King Kamehameha IV spanked William Laud 84% to 16% in the first round and has now advanced to the Saintly 16.

In the Saintly 16 round, King Kamehameha IV goes up against another formidable Saint, David Oakerhater, this Friday, March 13. Mark your calendars and be sure to cast your vote! 
Meeting of all current and interested
Eucharistic Ministers (EMs) and Eucharistic Visitors (EVs)

Saturday, March 14, 2015
9:30 am in the Sanctuary


All current EMs and EVs are asked to attend the meeting as well as anyone interested in learning about becoming an Eucharistic Minister or Visitor. The meeting is a refresher training and discussion for all current EMs, focusing on the differences between the 7:30 and 9:30 services so that we can move gracefully from one to the other and work both independently and with a partner. Those interested in becoming an EM or EV can learn about the duties and responsibilities of each role.


A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized to administer the Consecrated Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist (communion). A Eucharistic Visitor is a lay person authorized to take the Consecrated Elements to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, are unable to be present at the Holy Eucharist. Eucharistic Ministers must be confirmed Episcopalians and members of Holy Nativity who are licensed by the Diocese and serve at the pleasure of the Rector.


NOTE: This session does not replace the required Diocese EM/EV licensing training scheduled for April 11, 2015. For more information about the EM/EV training and to register, click here.

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
Annual Quiet Day
March 28, 2015
St. Anthony Retreat Center, Kalihi Valley

This year's theme is Season of Lent, with guest Spiritual Leader, the Rev. Diane Martinson of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. The deadline to register is Sunday, March 15. For more information and to download the registration form, click  here.
Afternoon Tea
for The Rev. Charlie
and Mrs. Marilyn Crane
Saturday, April 4, 2015
4 - 6 pm
Holy Nativity Church


Father Charlie Crane, Holy Nativity Rector from 1966 to 1988, is visiting Oahu this spring and we are pleased to host a gathering at the church for him and his wife. 


Please RSVP to the Church Office at 808-373-2131 or holynativity@gmail.com by March 27. (If you would like to contribute tea sandwiches, cookies, or other goodies for the tea, please let us know.) 

St. Andrew's Schools Summer Programs
Registration for St. Andrew's Summer Programs is open!
The St. Andrew's Schools offers an extensive and diverse summer program that is open to all children from grades K - 12. Click here to visit their website for complete information.

Last Sunday's Collect


Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Readings for Sunday, March 15


       Numbers 21:4-9

       Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

       Ephesians 2:1-10

       John 3:14-21

Thank you for bringing me through the night to a wonderful day and I pray I can live each day given with love, with gratitude, with courage and with generosity. Amen