Holy Nativity Church Update  September 2, 2015
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity

Sept 4 Cooking for IHS 1-3 pm

Sept 12 Training for Holy Nativity EMs 9-11 am in the church; click here for more info

Sept 13 Combined 8:30 am Morning Prayer Service with Grandparents Day program by the Sunday School; please bring brunch items to share after the service; click here for details

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 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

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 6

7:30 am service
Lector - Lorraine Mau
Prayers/EM - Linda Sayegusa
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Chris Souza
Refreshments - Miriam Chun

9:30 am service
Lectors - Jeff Taylor, Lisa Tamura
Prayers - Jeanne Nelson
EMs - Sandra Braham, Louisa LeRoux
Ushers - David Buck, Ethan Street, Steve Street
Refreshments - Liz Thompson

Altar Guild - Sandra Braham's team


Serving September 13

8:30 Morning Prayer Service


Service Leaders:
   Kim Garner
   Bonnie Stevens
Ushers - Sumner Howard, Ed Moore, Kanani Souza
Refreshments - Please bring brunch items to share

Altar Guild - Jean Yee's team 



Sunday, September 6
First Reading: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm 125
Second Reading: James 2:1-10, 11-13, 14-17
Gospel: Mark 7:24-37

Sunday, September 13
First Reading: Proverbs 1:20-33
Psalm 19
Second Reading: James 3:1-12
Gospel: Mark 8:27-38

Coffee Hour Refreshment Schedule

Sept 6
7:30 - Miriam Chun
9:30 - Liz Thompson

Sept 13
All please bring brunch items to share after 8:30 am combined service

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

Sept 27
9:30 - Coralie Vellis


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 31
9:30 am service - 64

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 28
9:30 am service - 70

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.

Young Adult Group
Studies Gray Areas
of Truth for Today's Christians

Aloha church! I just wanted to share with you all some of the wonderful discussions we had at our Young Adult Group Bible Study. We were blessed to have three ladies join our group, as it became an inter-generational discussion. We learned so much from the videos, discussions, and each other.
Our group studied the book, "Gray Areas: Finding Truth When Life Isn't Black and White" by Mike Glenn. We weren't sure what to expect from this book, but as we dove into the Word and the videos together, we were challenged with interesting questions which took us out of our comfort zones. The discussion topics included trusting in the Bible, the honor code, addiction, dating, marriage and divorce, sexuality, and living in the shadows.
During each session, Mike Glenn would pose thought-provoking questions while providing us with metaphors for life and how to follow God's plan. Mike led us through the book by offering wisdom and guidance while remaining true to the Bible and God's teachings. We loved the fact Mike didn't tell us exactly what to think, but helped us navigate our thoughts and feelings about different gray areas. We looked forward to our weekly meetings after church, where sometimes our discussions would last for two and a half hours! Here are a few words from the ladies in our group about the study:
"This study has been life changing" and "the study has really helped me to see my worth."
Aleeka Kay Edwards said, "The Bible study gave me an appreciation for the scriptures and a new-found desire to have Christian dialogue whenever possible."
Adrienne Fung said, "The study was more than a book study, or a Bible study - it was like a life study. We reflected on ourselves, on the world around us, and supported each other through listening and sharing. The study has broadened my mind, and while I have more questions now than before the study, I am better equipped to explore these questions. I am also more cognizant of my thoughts and actions and how I relate to others around me. I'm really grateful for each person who participated in the study. We developed a fellowship based on trust and openness, understanding that we are each God's artwork. The lessons from the study are so critical to becoming a stronger Christian, as they focus on important ideas about truth, honor, addiction, and relationships that we are uncertain about, avoid, fear, or have not considered yet."
We had no idea what God had in mind for our group as we began this study. We grew closer to each other and most importantly closer to Christ! Like Adrienne mentioned, we have more questions than ever, but this study really helped us explore our thoughts and expand our minds.
With the warmest Aloha,
Holly Hood, Young Adult Group Leader

Adrienne Fung, Young Adult Group Leader Holly Hood, Aleeka Kay Edwards, and Glenys Yaranamua display Gray Areas, the focus of the group's recent book study.
Aleeka Kay Edwards, Wyn Aubrey-Child, and Kathy Otani participated in the Gray Areas discussions.
Holy Nativity Eucharistic Minister (EM)  Training and REMtrainefresher Class

Saturday, Sept 12
9 am - 11 am
Holy Nativity Church

All new EMs should attend to learn the specifics of serving as EM at Holy Nativity.  (Note this session does not replace the required Diocese EM training on Oct 3.)

All current Holy Nativity EMs are also invited to attend to review the EM procedures at Holy Nativity as well as get to know the new EMs and provide input to the discussion.

Please RSVP to the church office via email or call 373-2131 so we know how many folks to expect.

Sept13Sunday, September 13

8:30 am Morning Prayer Service
featuring a 
Special Grandparents Day Program 
by the 
Holy Nativity Church Sunday School

Please bring brunch items 
to share after the service.

Emmanuel Church in Kailua is hosting the 13th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza on Saturday, October 3rd! 
The 13th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza is a family fun and elegant event for the chocolate lover in all of us. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet of gourmet homemade and professionally crafted chocolates. The silent auction has nearly 100 items ranging from Hawaiian food gift certificates to a two-night stay at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Proceeds from the Chocolate Extravaganza will benefit Family Promise of Hawai'i and Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The mission of Family Promise of Hawaii is to mobilize existing community resources to help families with children experiencing homelessness and help them transition to sustainable independence.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 780 Keolu Drive in Kailua from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Tickets are available $25 pre-sale ($35 at the door) via the church website here  or by calling  808-262-4548 . Limited seating VIP event at 5pm always sells out fast! Ask for more information!

Blessing of 
the Animals

Holy Nativity School
Friday, October 2
8 am
Holy Nativity Church
Sunday, October 5
1 pm
In the 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!

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.

EdDayEpiscopal 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.
Canon Spellers is the author of Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and The Spirit of Transformation and The Episcopal Way, Book 1 of the Church's Teachings for a Changing World series. She teaches and directs programs in Mission and Formation at General Theological Seminary in New York City; she also serves as Director of New Ministry Development with the Center for Progressive Renewal, an ecumenical church consulting group based in Atlanta.

The Chaplain to the House of Bishops, she has worked as Canon for Missional Vitality in the Diocese of Long Island and as founding priest at The Crossing, an emergent Christian community rooted at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Boston. An alumna of Harvard Divinity School and Episcopal Divinity School, Canon Spellers is a popular teacher and speaker nationwide. Learn more about her work HERE

Education Day is open to all persons in the Diocese. Registration for Education Day can be found through the Convention registration here,  where you can sign-up for all events on the same form.
Parishioner Particulars
News and Notes about our Parish Ohana

Cindy Ramirez is performing in the upcoming theatre production Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room, or The Vibrato r Play a comedy about marriage,  intimacy, and electricity that runs  September 17 to October  4  at Manoa Valley Theatre. Click here to visit  the MVT website for more information. Break a leg, Cindy!

After a successful summer teaching an introductory astronomy course, Dr. Mark Slovak was recently appointed to  the faculty of the UH Manoa  Department of Physics & Astronomy for the 2015 - 2016  academic year. Congrats Mark!

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!