Holy Nativity Church Update March 16 , 2016
The Episcopal Church
of the Holy Nativity

Mar 16 Lenten Book Study 6-8:30 pm

Mar 19 Palm cross making 9-11 am on the church lanai

Mar 20 Palm Sunday

Mar 23 Lenten Book Study 6-8:30 pm

Mar 24 Maundy Thursday service 6:30 pm

Mar 25 Good Friday services 12 noon and 6:30 pm

Mar 27 Easter Sunday services at 7:30 am and 9:30 am; kids Easter egg hunt following the 9:30 service

Apr 12 Thrift Shop volunteer appreciation luncheon 11:30 am


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: Wendy Yu

David Callies, Justin Donahue, Lila Johnson, Louisa LeRoux, Ed Moore, Austin Nakoa, Bill Seeley, Mike Sen


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)




Palm Sunday
March 20

7:30 am service
Lector - Kim Garner
Prayers/EM - Linda Sayegusa
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Chris Souza
Refreshments - TBD

9:30 am service
Lectors - Sumner Howard, Jeff Taylor
Prayers - Jeanne Nelson
EMs - Liz Thompson, Lila Johnson
Ushers - James Manaligod, Rich Miller
Refreshments - TBD

Serving Maundy Thursday
March 24 at 6:30 pm

Lectors - Lila Johnson and Tom Simpson
EM - Sandra Braham

Serving Good Friday
March 25

12 noon Readers:
Jill Edery, Kim Garner, Kathy Otani,
Liz Thompson, Joel Verghese, John Verghese, Rebecca Verghese

6:30 pm Readers:
Wyn Aubrey-Child, Justin Donahue, Bob Nelson, Jeanne Nelson, Tom Simpson

Altar Guild for Holy Week - Delia Moore's team and Lorraine Mau's team

Easter Sunday
March 27
7:30 am service
Lector - Bonnie Stevens
Prayers/EM - Linda Sayegusa
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Jim Pavelle
Refreshments - everyone

9:30 am service
Lectors - Mark Slovak, Wyn Aubrey-Child
Prayers - Ed Moore
EMs - Lynn Simpson, Michelle Cockett
Ushers - David Nixon, Steve Street
Refreshments - everyone

Altar Guild - Jean Yee's team 


Palm Sunday, March 20
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11
The Passion Gospel: Luke 22:14 - 23:56

Maundy Thursday, March 24
First Reading: Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 116: 1, 10-17
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Gospel: John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Good Friday, March 35
First Reading: Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12
Psalm 22:1-11
Second Reading: Hebrews 10:16-25
Gospel: John 19:1-37

Easter Sunday, March 27
First Reading: Isaiah 65:17-25
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
Gospel: John 20:1-18

Coffee Hour Refreshment Schedule

March 20
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - OPEN

March 27
Easter Sunday - everyone please bring refreshments to share!

April 3
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - OPEN

April 10
7:30 - OPEN
9:30 - OPEN


Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 33
9:30 am service - 78

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 32
9:30 am service - 81

Prayer List
Sylvia Cockett; Murray Grune, Jo Dell, Eyrus, Ashu, Joyce and family, Mark, Glenn, Lorraine Mau, Dennis Maynard, Anna Marie Kennedy, Shirley, Michelle, Muriel Niesz, the family of Betty Joe Torres

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 webpage.

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.

Rev. Debra Vanover

Greetings to all who call The Church of 
the Holy Nativity home!  

Easter  Sunday this year is very early. In fact it is the earliest that it ever can be in the church calendar! It feels like we have just left the Christmas season behind and voila, here we are. In spite of that, I do hope you find the time to join us in the services during Holy Week. 

These times of worship will help us prepare our hearts for Easter Morning. They allows us to remember and perhaps, due to our own circumstances, walk with Jesus through the last days of his life and recognize his suffering. In so doing, we can see that the pain and anguish which at times overcomes us can be held in the hope that resurrection will also break through in our lives. 

We will be stripping the cross  on Thursday night which is a very pensive and solemn part of our Maundy  Thursday service (6:30 pm) and very powerful. On Good  Friday we will remember His death at services at  12 pm and 6:30 pm. "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?" is the reflection of that day. Please come prepared to enter into the season of penitence that you might experience the power of rebirth and the gift that Christ is for us.  Let the call to accept his gift of forgiveness and delight in his love spur you on to offer these same gifts to those in your life and the world.  

Rev. Deb

A Prayer for Easter Morning

O Lord Jesus Christ, who upon this day did conquer death and rise from the dead, and who is alive for ever more, help us never to forget your Risen Presence forever with us.

Help us to remember,
That you are with us in every time of perplexity to guide and to direct; 
That you are with us in every time of sorrow to comfort and console; 
That you are with us in every time of temptation to strengthen and to inspire; 
That you are with us in every time of loneliness to cheer and befriend; 
That you are with us even in death to bring us to the glory of your side.

Make us to be certain that there is nothing in time or in eternity which can separate us from you, so that in your presence we may meet life with gallantry and death without fear. 

You turn our darkness into light, in your light we shall see light.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Christ the Lord is risen today! 

-- Adapted from ThisIsChurch.com
Please join us for these Holy Week and Easter activities and services

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Palm Cross Making
9-11 am
Palm Sunday
March 20, 2016
7:30 am service
9:30 am service with Procession of the Palms
Maundy Thursday
March 24, 2016
6:30 pm service
Good Friday
March 25, 2016
12 noon service
6:30 pm service
Easter Sunday
March 27, 2016
7:30 am service
9:30 am service
Easter egg hunt for kids following 9:30 service

Palm Sunday
Passion Gospel
Sunday, March 20, 2016

Luke 22:14 - 23:5

The 7:30 am service on Palm Sunday will include a reading of the Passion Gospel.

The 9:30 am service will begin with a procession into the church; parishioners are asked to gather outside the church before the service. The service will also include a reading of the Passion Gospel.

Palm Sunday, also called Passion Sunday, in the Christian tradition is the first day of Holy Week and the Sunday before Easter. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem before his crucifixion and resurrection.
Many churches today begin their Palm Sunday service with a procession of palms (leaves of the date palm or branches from locally available trees) and follow with a reading or enactment of the Passion Gospel. These special ceremonies may have begun toward the end of the 4th century in Jerusalem and were described in writings from that time. During the Middle Ages in Europe, the Palm Sunday ceremony was quite elaborate: the procession began in one church, went to a church in which the palms were blessed, and returned to the church in which the procession had originated for the singing of the liturgy.
Passion plays grew out of the liturgy of the Catholic Church and  were highly popular in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, sometimes featuring hundreds of actors. Over time, the play became more secularized and were even banned in some areas by Catholic authorities. However, several versions of the play survived and experienced a revival beginning in the late nineteenth century. The longest running currently-performed passion play is the Oberammergau Passion Play, which has been performed since 1634 by the inhabitants of the village of Oberammergau in Bavaria, Germany.

Holy Nativity Passion Gospel Reading, March 20, 2016:

7:30 service
Narrator: Bonnie Stevens
Jesus: Rev. Vanover
Other roles: Kim Garner 
9:30 service
Narrator: Ed Moore
Jesus:  Tom Simpson
Peter: Sumner Howard
Disciple: Wyn Aubrey-Child
Servant 1: Kathy Otani
Servant 2: Lila Johnson
Servant 3: Kathy Otani
Soldier 1: Bob Nelson
Soldier 2: Noah Zitz
Elder 1: Cindy Ramirez
Elder 2:  Jeanne Nelson
Elder 3: Erin Zitz
Pilate: Mark Slovak
Criminal 1: Steven Taylor
Criminal 2: Lynn Simpson
Centurion:  Jeff Taylor

Easter Sunday

Parishioners are invited to bring fresh flowers and greenery to decorate the cross on Easter morning.

Please also bring refreshments to share during coffee hour after the service.
Please deliver donations of plastic Easter eggs 
or items to fill them (small toys, stickers, coins, candy) to the Church Office by  Wednesday, March 23. Mahalo!
Episcopal Bishops Issue 
A Word to the Church  
"We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others."

The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church, meeting in retreat, unanimously approved A Word To The Church for Holy Week 2016. The full text may be read on the website of The Episcopal Church  here.

Holy Nativity School 
Annual Pa'ina
A Toast, to Character, Heart, and Excellence

Saturday, April 2, 2016
6 pm Cocktails and Tastings
8 pm Program, Class Auctions, Dancing

Pacific Club, 1451 Queen Emma Street
$125 per guest

Please email PTO@holynativityschool.org
for more information