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

Sept 19 Daughters of the King breakfast at Kahala Zippy's

Sept 22 Vestry meeting 6:30 pm

Sept 23 Daughters of the King chapter meeting 7 pm

Oct 3 Diocese EM and EV training at the Cathedral; click here for info

Oct 4 Blessing of sacramental items in Jean Tonaki's memory and blessing of St. Francis Garden benches at 9:30 am service

Oct 4 Blessing of the Animals 1 pm

Oct 9-11 5-9 Dinners weekend, click here for details

Oct 17 Holy Nativity School's Great Pumpkin Festival 10 am - 4 pm; click here for more info

Oct 12 Third Quarter Huddle 11:30 am at the Elks Club, watch for details

Oct 23 Diocese Education Day 9 am - 4 pm at Iolani School, click here for more info

Oct 24 The 47th Annual Meeting of the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii,  click  here  for more info

Nov 1 All Saint's Day, reading of the names of the departed at both services

Nov 14 Holy Nativity Thrift Shop annual Fall Festival and Christmas Sale

Nov 29 First Sunday of Advent


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, 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 September 20

Rev. Alison Dingley 

7:30 am service
Lector - Shauna Nakamura
Prayers/EM - Vivian Tom
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Chris Souza
Refreshments - Vivian Tom

9:30 am service
Lectors - John Roberts, Tom Simpson
Prayers - Adrienne Fung
EMs - Michelle Cockett, Kathy Otani
Ushers - David Buck, James Manaligod
Refreshments - Lori Bloom

Altar Guild - Lorraine Mau's team


Serving September 27

Rev. Alison Dingley


7:30 am service
Lectors - Linda Sayegusa
Prayers/EM - Kim Garner
Ushers - Jim Pavelle, Kanani Souza
Refreshments - TBD

9:30 am service
Lectors - Bob Nelson, Mark Slovak
Prayers - Greg Kwan
EMs - Lila Johnson and TBD
Ushers - Rich Miller, Ed Moore
Refreshments - Coralie Vellis

Altar Guild - Jean Yee's team 



Sunday, September 20
First Reading: Proverbs 31:10-31
Psalm 1
Second Reading: James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Gospel: Mark 9: 30 - 37

Sunday, September 27
First Reading: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, and 9:20-22
Psalm 124
Second Reading: James 5:13-20
Gospel: Mark 9:38-50

Coffee Hour Refreshment Schedule

Sept 20
7:30 - Vivian Tom
9:30 - Lori Bloom

Sept 27
9:30 - Coralie Vellis

Oct 4
7:30 - Vivian Tom

Oct 11
7:30 - Taide and Mike LeHouck
9:30 - Chandi Hinrichs


Last Sunday's Attendance
8:30 am service - 85

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 28
9:30 am service - 69

Prayer List
Chris Stingle, Jane L.,  Barb P., Laurie Orwick, Kimi Uto, Mark Boesser, Al T., Sylvia Cockett, Murray Grune

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.

Prayer for Today

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.

Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii
Education Day
Friday Oct 23, 2015
9 am - 4 pm
Iolani School

In conjunction with the Annual Meeting of Convention, there will be an Education Day held on Friday, October 23. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers,  Director of Mission & Formation and Adjunct Professor of Church & Society at t he General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church.   

Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers guides us on a practical, inspiring journey that explores The Episcopal Way of following Jesus and embracing the gifts of our changing cultural context. Trying to figure out how our Anglican traditions translate for church in the 21st century. Come with a team and get ready to envision the church we're becoming ... together.

Education Day is open to all persons in the Diocese. For more information please click here.
The church will pay registration fees for any parishioners who wish to attend the Education Day program on Oct 23.  Please contact the church office by email or call 373-2131 to register by September 25.
"Here I Am Send Me" Grants
Available for Those 
Preparing for Christian Service

The Fall 2015 application period for the Nellie Hartman "Here I Am Send Me" grant program is September 15 - October 31, 2015.

Nellie Hartman was a longtime member of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church.
 Upon her death she left endowed funds to be used for the preparation of young men and women for a life of Christian service and/or mission work. Accordingly, Holy Nativity Church is offering individual grants and stipends of up to $5,000 for work-study, educational, and enrichment opportunities to eligible individuals. Applications must be received by the Church by October 31, 2015 to be considered.

This fund is available to individuals seeking to prepare themselves for a life of Christian service or mission. Ms. Hartman's expressed objective for all of the recipients of the monies from the fund was that they develop a personal Christian rule of life, support Judeo-Christian values, come to know Jesus Christ and the "fun" of life, experiencing the joy which comes from serving both God and humanity as summed up in the two great commandments. 

For complete information about the "Here I Am Send Me" grant program and to download an application, click here.
New Rental Rates for Holy Nativity Community Center Beginning January 2016

Holy Nativity is fortunate to be able to provide a place for the community to enjoy recreation and exercise, especially for our young people, in our gym and other Community Center facilities. However, providing these spaces to the community has largely been a labor of love, as expenses currently outpace revenues from rental fees. In order to make the Holy Nativity gym self-sustaining, we must begin to incrementally raise our rates. 
Effective January 1, 2016, the new rate for the gym will be $45 per hour , which is still considerably lower than other gyms in East Oahu and the public school gyms. Rates for the other Holy Nativity Church facilities will be increased as well.  

Holy Nativity Church members as well as Church and School staff will receive a 50% discount on the rental rates for Community Center facilities.

In recent months we have had offers of assistance with labor and funds for doing some needed work on the Holy Nativity gym. One of our user groups has graciously resurfaced the gym floor and is willing to work with us to replace the screens, paint the walls, refinish the floor (down to bare wood), and install wall padding. We are eternally grateful. In the coming weeks/months you will hear of opportunities to come and help with gym improvements and we hope you will join us.

If you have any questions, please contact Holy Nativity Thrift Shop and Facilities Manager Caroline Davis at 373-3744 or hntsmgr@gmail.com.
Young Adult Ministry
Holy Hikers!

Youth and young adults are invited to join us on a hike to enjoy the beauty God has created as well as some fun and fellowship! 

We will meet every Sunday after the 9:30 am service to go hiking for a few hours (usually about 11 am to 2 pm). Please wear hiking clothes/shoes and sunscreen and bring water and some snacks or a light lunch for the journey.

Sept 20 : Kaau Crater (3-4 miles)
Sept 27: Aiea Loop (5 miles)
Oct 4: Lulumahu Falls (2.5 miles)
Oct 11: Kuliouou Ridge (4 miles)
Oct 18: Maunawili Falls (3 miles)
Oct 25: Kailua Pill Boxes (3 miles)

Feel free to invite friends!  For more information, please contact Holly Hood at hollymichellehood@gmail.com.
Blessing of Altar Items and Benches in St. Francis Garden Planned for 9:30 am Service on Sunday, Oct 4

A blessing of new sacramental linens and paten in memory of devoted Holy Nativity parishioner and Altar Guild member and Jean Tonaki will take place at the 9:30 am service on Sunday, October 4. Jean passed away in December of last year and her family generously contributed funds to the church for the purchase of the new altar table items by the Altar Guild.

At the same service, a blessing of the new benches in the St. Francis Garden, on the mauka side of the church, will take place. The benches were donated by several parishioners in honor or memory of their loved ones and were installed in the garden last spring by parishioner Mike LeHouck.
Blessing of 
the Animals

Sunday, October 4
1 pm
St. Francis Garden

Join us as we celebrate the legacy of St. Francis  and our connection with all God's creation.
All creatures great and small are welcome. 
(For safety's sake, we ask that all animals be
leashed, crated, or otherwise restrained.)

Dinner595-9 Dinners are Back!

It's time again to kick off the 5-9 Dinner Groups -- groups of five to nine folks who get together for a potluck dinner at the host's home. (Date and time selected by the host.)

The first 5-9 Dinner weekend will be Friday, Oct 9 through Sunday, Oct 11.  Watch for sign-up sheets on the back table after Sunday services or call the church office at 373-2131 to add your name to the list. Spots available for hosts and participants.

The 5-9 Dinners help parishioners get to know each other in a relaxed manner and welcome new parishioners into parish life. The emphasis is on fun and fellowship so you don't have to be a gourmet cook to participate.  C'mon, join a group!

Third Quarter Huddle Luncheon
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
11:30 am at the 
Elk's Lodge
Watch for more details and sign-up coming soon!

The Third Quarter Huddle luncheons provide a special opportunity for Holy Nativity parishioners and friends in the "third quarter" of life (approx. age 50-75) to connect, socialize, and learn together over lunch. The luncheons are held several times throughout the year at different Honolulu restaurants. Guest speakers are invited to share relevant and timely information with the group. Advance reservations are required.

The Holy Nativity Sunday School presented a special Grandparents Day program last Sunday!
Special Collection for Lopez Family on Sunday, September 20

Josephine Lopez, wife of Holy Nativity Maintenance Supervisor Rafael Lopez, died unexpectedly last week.  A special collection will be taken for the family at both services on Sunday, September 20.