Holy Nativity Church Update  January 6, 2016
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity

Jan 9 Newcomer's Dinner at the Rectory 6 pm

Jan 13 Daughters of the King chapter meeting 7 pm in the Chapel

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

Jan 26 Vestry meeting 6:30 pm

Feb 6 Daughters of the King Quiet Day Workshop 9 am - 4 pm at Holy Nativity; all women welcome, see below for details

Feb 9 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 5-7 pm in Glantz Hall

Feb 10 Ash Wednesday services at 10 am and 6:30 pm

Feb 14 First Sunday of Lent

Feb 26 Diocese Chrism Mass and Education Day 9 am - 3 pm at St. Andrew's Cathedral; click here for details

Feb 27 Diocese Discernment Day workshop 8:30 am - 1:30 pm at St. Andrew's Cathedral; click here for more information


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 January 10

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

9:30 am service
Lectors - Adrienne Fung, Wyn Aubrey-Child
Prayers - Greg Kwan
EMs - Louisa LeRoux, Tom Simpson
Ushers - Rich Miller, James Manaligod
Refreshments - Barb Poole-Street 

Altar Guild - Jean Yee's team

Serving January 17
7:30 am service
Lector - Kanani Souza
Prayers/EM - Kim Garner
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Chris Souza
Refreshments - TBD

9:30 am service
Lectors - Lisa Tamura, Mark Slovak
Prayers - Justin Donahue
EMs - Sandra Braham, Sosamma Abraham
Ushers - David Buck, Ethan Street, Steve Street
Refreshments - Lois Taylor Clarke and Chandi Hinrichs

Altar Guild - Sandra Braham's team 


Sunday, January 10
First Reading: Isaiah 43:1-7
Psalm 29
Second Reading: Acts 8:14-17
Gospel: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Sunday, January 17
First Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 36:5-10
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Gospel: John 2:1-11

Coffee Hour Refreshment Schedule

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

Jan 17
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - Lois Taylor Clarke and Chandi Hinrichs

Jan 24
8:30 am Combined Service and Annual meeting; potluck following

Jan 31
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - OPEN


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 33
9:30 am service - 91

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 28
9:30 am service - 76

Prayer List
Sylvia Cockett; Murray Grune, Jo Dell, Eyrus, and Wayne

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.

Announcement of 
Annual Meeting
January 24, 2016 
8:30 am

The parish Annual Meeting 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 who love this parish will put this commitment on your calendar 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 the meeting, please feel free to contact the Rector or Sr. Warden.
Saturday, Jan 9, 2016
6 pm at the Rectory
Are you a newcomer to Holy Nativity Church? If you've been attending Holy Nativity for a year or less, or if you've been invited to a Newcomers' Dinner before but haven't been able to attend, or if you're just feeling new to our church and want to get more closely connected, you're invited to attend the Newcomers' Dinner at the Rectory on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 6 pm.

Couples, singles, and families are invited. Members of the Holy Nativity Vestry (the parish's governing board), the Rector, and other long-time members of the congregation will be present. Come meet new people and get to know Holy Nativity!

RSVP to the church office at 373-2131 or holynativity@gmail.com.
Daughters of the King

Quiet Day Workshop
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016
9 am - 4 pm
Holy Nativity Church

"Three Gardens, a Girl and the Gardener" is speaker Mary Carson's theme for the Quiet Day  Workshop set on Saturday, February 6 at Holy Nativity. The event is hosted by the Holy Nativity DOK Chapter and is open to all women. Registration is $15 and includes a catered lunch.

The teaching of 'Three Gardens' is rooted in the Gospel of John. Three Gardens celebrates our Great Gardener and His work in the garden of our lives. We walk through the Scriptures snipping verses and building bouquets; we sort through seasons. Three gardens is a reflection on relationship. Leave the control of the computer. Leave the clutter of the kitchen. Leave the chaos. Go to the garden. Ponder the One who brings mud to life and makes dust dance.

Mary Carson was born in Detroit at a time when milk was delivered to homes. She attended  Precious Blood School where Dominican sisters taught her to love words. She currently coordinates women's ministry at  Glacier Valley Baptist Church in Juneau, Alaska. She loves gathering women around God's Word. She  has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from the University of Alaska Southeast. She enjoys walks, coffee, and reading with her husband, Russ. They have two adult sons, Alek and Nick. Mary is a novice gardener.

For more information about the Quiet Day and to register, contact Holy Nativity Church at  (808) 373-2131 , or  e-mail Denisse Kwan . Deadline to register is Thursday, January 28, 2016.
Lent Book Study

Forgive and Get 
Your Life Back 
by Dennis R. Maynard

This book is about our need to forgive those who have injured us. In it, The Rev. Dr. Dennis Maynard encourages us to leave the past in the past and resolve never to bring it to the present again. It is about letting go of the hurts that take their toll on our bodies and souls and beginning again.

Wednesdays, February 17 thru March 23, 2016
6:30 - 8 pm a t the church
Cost is $10 to purchase the book

Over 2,500 clergy have used this book in their congregations. Dr. Maynard helps the reader understand that forgiveness is a process and identifies and describes each of the steps in the process. He also helps the reader discern the difference between forgiving, reconciling, and restoring those who have hurt them. As with all his writings, Doctor Maynard illustrates this book with inspirational stories and humor. 

For more information and to register for the book study, please contact the church office at 373-2131 or by email.
Read Through the Bible in a Year

Beginning on Sunday, February 14, the first Sunday of Lent, Holy Nativity parishioners are invited to read through the Bible with daily readings in The One Year Bible. Cost is $10 each.

In as little as 15 minutes a day, you can read the entire Bible in a year.  Daily readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs will guide you through God's Word.

Discussion groups will meet:
1st Sunday of each month following 9:30 am service 
1st Wednesday of each month following the 10 am service
(Participants may attend either session)

For more information or to join a discussion group, please contact the church office at 373-2131 or by email.
Christmas Eve
Children's Pageant
at Holy Nativity Church

Many thanks to the Sunday School children, parents, and teachers who worked so hard and gave an outstanding performance!