Holy Nativity Church Weekly Update - Feb 25, 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


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
March 1

7:30 am Service
Lector - Bonnie Stevens
Prayers/EM - Kim Garner
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Chris Souza

9:30 am Service
Lectors - Greg Kwan, Lisa Tamura
Prayers - Jeff Taylor
EMs - Sandra Braham, Kathy Otani
Ushers - David Buck, Ed Moore

Altar Guild - Sandra Braham's team


Prayers for This Week


Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Bishops and ministers in: Maseno, Kenya; Masindi-Kitara, Uganda; Masvingo and Matabeleland, Central Africa; Matlosane, Southern Africa; Mbaise, Nigeria, and The Episcopal Church of Massachusetts


Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

Christ Church, Kealakekua on the Big Island: The Rev. Richard Tardiff, Rector and Mrs. Pamela VanWechel


Parish Cycle of Prayer

Lorraine Mau and family; Rev Hollis and Ethel Maxson and family; John and Tusi Mayer and family; and the leadership of our church and school as we move forward together


Special Prayers

Aileen, Christopher, Sarah, Don, Rick, Sappel McCracken, Chris Stingle, and Jonathan



Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 25
9:30 am service - 72

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 28
9:30 am service - 68

Forget About March Madness, Check Out



As if the season of Lent isn't enough fun, a couple of Episcopal priests have come up with a unique and engaging Lenten devotion called Lent Madness. On their website, Lent Madness, you can read and learn about the men and women comprising the Church's Calendar of Saints--then vote for your favorite saints throughout Lent as they progress (or not!) through a tournament-like single elimination bracket.


The madness begins with 32 saints paired on the "tournament" bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.Throughout the competition, the writers and their guest bloggers provide basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints along with quotes and quirks, legends, and even saintly kitsch.


Of special note, Kamemeha IV goes up against William Laud in the first round TODAY, March 25, so visit the Lent Madness website and vote for Kamehameha to help him get to the second round! 

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.

Altar Guild Luncheon
Saturday, March 7
12:30 pm
Maple Garden by Yen King Restaurant
909 Isenberg Street 
Meet at the church at 12 pm to carpool. Altar Guild team leaders: please confirm which of your team members will attend the luncheon and RSVP to Lorraine Mau. Mahalo!


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!


Philosophy and Practice in World Religions


A facilitated dialogue with Mainland and Local Scholars

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin

1727 Pali Highway, Honolulu

  • Dr. Dale Bishop, former Executive Minister of UCC Wider Church Ministries, is a Middle East Scholar and has written extensively on Iran, Lebanon, and the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
  • Imam Ismail M.M. Elshikh, Ph.D. of the Hawai'i Muslim Association and visiting professor of Islamic studies at the Graduate Theological Foundation and Islamic University of Minnesota.
  • Rev. Dr. David Greenhaw, President of Eden Theological Seminary and Professor of Preaching and Worship, is a frequent speaker and preacher at gatherings around the world. 
  • Bishop Eric Matsumoto head of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai'i.
  • Rabbi Peter Schaktman leader of the O'ahu Jewish 'Ohana. Prior to becoming a rabbi, he spent two years living in an Israeli Arab village as a community worker in Arab-Jewish relations.
  • Rev. Dr. Damayanthi Niles, Professor of Constructive Theology at Eden Theological Seminary.

Sponsored by The Interfaith Alliance Hawai'i through a generous gift to Eden Seminary from Armin and Shirley Limper. For further information please contact Bishop Stephen Randolph Sykes at interfaithalliancehawaii@hawaii.rr.com or at (808) 561-6010.  

May 9, 2015 at Holy Nativity

The Diocese East Oahu Regional Confirmation is set for Saturday, May 9th at 10:30 am here at Holy Nativity Church. If you would like to be confirmed, reaffirmed, or received, please speak with Rev Deb about preparation requirements.

Rev. Deb shared the following poem at the services on Sunday.....


Alone With God
by Rainer Maria Rilke

I am like a flag in the center of

Open space

I sense ahead the wind which is

Coming, and must live

It through.

While the things of the world

Still do not move,

The doors still close softly, and

The chimneys are full of silence,

The windows do not rattle yet,

And the dust still lies down.

I already know the storm, and I

Am troubled as the sea.

I leap out, and fall back,

And throw myself out, and am

Absolutely alone

In the great storm. 

Last Sunday's Collect


Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for Sunday, March 1 


       Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

       Psalm 22:22-30

       Romans 4:13-25

       Mark 8:31-38