Holy Nativity Church Weekly Update - Feb 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 (no class Wed Mar 18)


Feb 20-21 Vestry Retreat


Feb 28 Stewardship University; click here for details and to register


Mar 1 Oahu Diocese Youth Gathering, kickball game and picnic dinner, 4-6 pm at the church, everyone is invited!


Mar 7 Altar Guild luncheon 12:30 pm (location TBA)


Mar 14 EM/EV meeting 9:30 am at the church


Mar 21 Chrism Mass and Education Day; click here for details


Mar 29 Palm Sunday services


Apr 4 Easter egg decorating 1-2 pm at the church


Apr 4 Tea for Fr. Charlie Crane 4-6 pm at the church (details TBA)


Apr 5 Easter Sunday services


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



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
February 22

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

9:30 am Service
Lectors - John Roberts, Adrienne Fung
Prayers - Ed Moore
EMs - Wyn Aubrey-Child, Lila Johnson
Ushers - Sumner Howard, Ethan Street, Steve Stree

Altar Guild - Jean Yee's team


Prayers for This Week


Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Bishops and ministers in: Mandalay, Myanmar; Manicaland, Central Africa; Mara and Masasi, Tanzania; Marathwada, North India; Maridi, Sudan; and Maryland, US


Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

Calvary Kaneohe Episcopal Mission, Rev. Leo and Mrs. Melody Loyola


Parish Cycle of Prayer

Nobuko Loncar and family; Greg and Jane Loo and family; James and Sonia Manaligod and family; and the leadership of our church and school as we move forward together


Special Prayers

Aileen, Christopher, Sarah, Don, Rick, Sappel McCracken, Linda and family, Cynthia and Arnold, Chris Stingle, Jonathan, and Haim



The Season of Lent




Here we are on the cusp of Lent. This season may not be the longest season in the church year, but it is an important season. It is the time for spiritual preparation through repentance and growth in faith for Easter. It is the time in the church year when the passion and death of Christ comes into focus. It begins with Ash Wednesday and ends in the depth of sorrow and tragedy on Good Friday.


Lent is the season of the Christian Year when Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God. Renunciation of pleasure during Lent is not the goal but as Rabbi Abraham Joshua Herchel said: "Repentance is an absolute spiritual decision made in truthfulness. Its motivations are remorse for the past and responsibility for the future." Lent is the time to consider standing together for an issue of justice and peace. To stand in solidarity against abuse and anything that degrades and demeans the human spirit and face of God in our world.


Lent is the time to free ourselves from our idolatry and embrace the resurrected Christ through seeking His face. It a journey which balances the cross and resurrection. It is the season when we focus on self not community and consciously put aside the things that clutter our lives: mindless TV, meaningless chatter, stimulants, alcohol, business, or other things that keep us running from life and God. Lent is a time to "repent," to return to God and refocus our lives. But remember, is not just another time to try and fulfill unmet New Year's resolutions!


Some of the practices you might try during the next six weeks of Lent are:


FASTING: Not just food; cut out something in your life that distracts you from God. It can be candy, TV, soft drinks, cigarettes, skip one meal a day, whatever it is, you use that time to come and be in the presence of God and enjoy his Creation. What do you need to "fast" from in order to focus on God?


SERVICE: Take on something for Christ. Pack food at the local food bank up the road. Volunteer once a week to tutor children. Or work on reform and justice in our community. Help a stranger, co-worker, or friend every day.


PRAYER: Set time aside for intentional prayer. Pray while you walk. Sing the Psalms, sit quietly, and let the Spirit speak.



  1. An electronic fast. Give up TV, tweeting, email for one day a week. Instead read and pray, or play games with your kids.
  2. Start a ritual of prayer. Say a prayer every time you comb your hair, check your email, or hear an ambulance. Before you send a text, pray for that person.
  3. Read one chapter of the bible each day. Mark would be a good book this year, or the Psalm.
  4. Give up soft drinks, fast food, tea or coffee and give the money you save to those in need.
  5. Create a quiet space in your life on a daily basis. Save 30 minutes a day for silence and prayer
  6. Cultivate a life of gratitude. Write a thank you letter each week and give thanks for the blessings of your life.
  7. Be kind to someone each day.
  8. Pray for others when you see them walking to and from classes, or work, and driving in the car
  9. Volunteer one hour a week with a local shelter, tutoring program, nursing home, or ministry of your choice.
  10. Go on a private retreat at one of the retreat centers on the Island.


Rev. Deb 

 Burning palm crosses from last year's Palm Sunday at the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper.  The ashes will be used for Ash Wednesday services.
Oahu Youth Gathering
Everyone is Invited!
Sunday, March 1, 4-6 pm

Oahu Episcopal youth are invited to a good old-fashioned kickball game followed by a picnic dinner at Holy Nativity Church on Sunday, March 1 from 4 to 6 pm. Come meet youth from all over the island for an afternoon of fun.

All Holy Nativity members are invited to the event. Contact Eva Eglinton at hncjrwarden@gmail.com for more information.

Parish Directory Update Underway


We are undertaking an update of the parish directory this spring. If your contact or family information has changed, please call or email the church office at (808) 373-2131 or holynativity@gmail.com with the changes. Mahalo!

AWAKE High School Retreat

March 19-21, 2015

MacCray House near UH Manoa, Honolulu


High school retreat is a time of revitalization and renewal of body, mind and spirit with people your own age. Come join the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii high school youth for three days of faith, formation and friendship. We will eat great food, have tons of fun, and attend the Hawaiian Island Ministries (HIM) conference at the Hawaii Convention Center and the Jesus Culture concert on Friday night! The cost of the retreat is $100 before Feb. 26, and $150 after that date due to increased ticket costs.  This fee will cover all lodging, food, convention and concert tickets.  For more information, click here

Last Sunday's Collect


O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Readings for Sunday, February 22


       Genesis 9:8-17

       Psalm 25:1-9

       1 Peter 3:18-22

       Mark 1:9-15