Holy Nativity Church Update March 18, 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 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 7:30 am and 9:30 am


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


Apr 12 Sunday 8:30 am combined service


Apr 17 Holy Nativity School "Sapphire Night" Pa'ina at Waialae Country Club; click here for details


May 9 East Honolulu Regional Confirmation at Holy Nativity 



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 22

7:30 am Service
Lector - Linda Sayegusa
Prayers/EM - Bonnie Stevens
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Jim Pavelle
Refreshments -

9:30 am Service
Lectors - John Roberts, Sumner Howard
Prayers - Liz Thompson
EMs - Louisa LeRoux, Kathy Otani
Ushers - Ed Moore, James Manaligod
Refreshments - Yamaguchi Family

Altar Guild - Jean Yee's team


Prayers for This Week


Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Bishops and ministers in: Missouri, US; Mityana, Uganda; Mombasa, Kenya; Monmouth, Wales; Montana, US; Montreal and Moosonee, Canada; Moray, Ross, and Caithness, Scotland


Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

The Postulants for Holy Orders: Andrew Arakawa, Mahi Beimes,  Christopher Bridges, Annalise Castro, Mark Haworth, Malcolm Hee, Frances Kramer, Preston Lentz, Paul Nahoa Lucas, Phyllis Meighen, Ernesto "Jar" Pasalo, John Tomoso, Ray Woo


Parish Cycle of Prayer

Ed and Delia Moore and family; Helen Morita and family; Austin and Dana Nakoa and family; Shauna Nakamura 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, Cynthia, 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 - 37
9:30 am service - 75

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

News from the Altar Guild




The Altar Guild is busy working behind the scenes helping to prepare the altar and the sanctuary for our many services. The Altar Guild has 23 women and 1 man. The teams work on a rotating schedule to make sure the sanctuary is clean, the altar is prepared, the hymns are posted, the linen is clean and pressed, and the chapel is cared for. Our most important duties are the proper set up, removal and care of the blessed sacraments. In addition to weekly services, we work together to decorate the church for Christmas and Easter and to make sure that baptisms, weddings, and funerals run smoothly.


Recently we enjoyed a lovely luncheon and short business meeting at the Maple Garden by Yen King restaurant. It was an excellent opportunity for fellowship among all the members of the Altar Guild. Special thanks to Lorraine Mau for securing the location and selecting a wonderful family menu.


Sandra Braham, Lorraine Mau, Delia Moore, and Jean Yee

Altar Guild Team Leaders


The Altar Guild prepares the church and altar for all Holy Eucharist and other worship services as well as weddings, funerals, and holidays like Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.
Readers Needed for Palm Sunday Passion Narrative
We need folks to read the various roles in the Passion Narrative for both services on Palm Sunday, March 29. Please contact the church office at holynativity@gmail.com or 373-2131 if you can serve in this way.
Our Farmer's Market coming to Holy Nativity
First Tuesday of Each Month 5-7:30 pm
Begins Tuesday, April 7


A new farmer's market is coming to Aina Haina! Our Farmers Market will set up in the Holy Nativity Church parking lot and will feature fresh, local produce along with many other vendors that can be found at similar night markets around the island. The market, to be held on the first Tuesday of each month from 5 pm to 7:30 pm, will include food trucks, fresh pressed juice and lemonade, and local artists with varying products such as jewelry, homemade soaps, and Hawaii-designed clothing and swimwear.


Our Farmers Market offers an environment that is both child and adult friendly to the residents of Aina Haina and nearby neighborhoods. While parents enjoy shopping, their kids can participate in fun activities just for them. Our Farmers Market will be a destination on Tuesday evenings for everyone in the community!

Train the Trainer Course for
Safeguarding God's Children Leaders

The Diocese has scheduled a "train the trainer" class to train new leaders for the Safeguarding God's Children (SGC) course that is required for all clergy, vestry members, and anyone working with children in the church. Upon completion of the train-the-trainer course, trainers can teach the Safeguarding God's Children class as their own church, for their church members, as well as at other area churches.

The Train-the-Trainer for SGC training will be held on:
Saturday, April 18
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Diocesan Conference Room
Class size is limited.

Here's a link to the Safeguarding God's Children course information on the Diocese website:  http://www.episcopalhawaii.org/safe-church-trainings.html

For more information and to register for the training, please email Irina Martikainen in the Bishop's Office at BishopSecretary@episcopalhawaii.org

Easter Lily Dedications


Have you submitted your Easter lily dedication yet? Now you can do so via the church website, just click here to complete the dedication form.
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.
You may submit your dedication via the church website or 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. Please make check payable to Holy Nativity Church.
The annual Pa'ina to benefit Holy Nativity School is Friday, April 17, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the Waialae Country Club.  For complete event information, including tickets, sponsorship, and silent auction bidding, please visit their website here .
Longtime Holy Nativity parishioner Ed Moore, Vice President of the English-Speaking Union Hawaii Branch, moderated their annual Shakespeare Competition last month which included students from 16 schools and three islands. Ed is pictured here with contest winner Sarah Spalding who will travel to the Lincoln Center in New York in April for the national finals.

Last Sunday's Collect


Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Readings for Sunday, March 22


       Jeremiah 31:31-34

       Psalm 119:9-16

       Hebrews 5:5-10

       John 12:20-33

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