Holy Nativity Church Weekly Update - Mar 4, 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


Mar 6 Cooking for IHS homeless, 1-3 pm in Kristy's Kitchen


Mar 7 Altar Guild luncheon 12:30 pm at Maple Garden by Yen King Restaurant, 909 Isenberg Street; meet at church at 12 noon to carpool


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


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


Mar 28 Making palm crosses for Palm Sunday 


Mar 29 Palm Sunday services


Apr 4 Need help unloading the Easter lilies upon delivery (time TBA)


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


Apr 4 Tea for Fr. Charlie Crane 4-6 pm at the church, please RSVP to the church office by March 27


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 8

7:30 am Service
Lector - Lorraine Mau
Prayers/EM - Linda Sayegusa
Ushers - Mike LeHouck, Jim Pavelle

9:30 am Service
Lectors - Cynthia Ramirez, Ed Moore
Prayers - John Verghese
EMs - Wyn Aubrey-Child, Michelle Cockett
Ushers - James Manaligod, Rich Miller
Altar Guild - Delia Moore's team


Prayers for This Week


Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Bishops and ministers in: Mbale, Uganda; Mbamili, Nigeria; Mbeere, Kenya; Mbhashe, Southern Africa; Meath and Kildare, Ireland; Medak, South India; and Melbourne in Victoria, Australia


Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Kapa'au, on the Big Island


Parish Cycle of Prayer

Ann McComas and family; Chuck and Ann McCrary and family; the Holy Nativity School 5th grade students and teachers and their families; and the leadership of our church and school as we move forward together


Special Prayers

Aileen, Christopher, Sarah, Don, Rick, Sappel McCracken, Chris Stingle, Jonathan, Rev. Margot Critchfield of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Cohasset, Massachusetts; and our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East and all others in harm's way



Last Sunday's Attendance
7:30 am service - 30
9:30 am service - 99

Average Attendance Year to Date
7:30 am service - 29
9:30 am service - 72


Rev. Debra Vanover


As I mentioned in the sermon a couple a weeks ago, we were made for joy. That is what God desires for us, that we live in His Joy. Now, that does not mean we will always live in happiness, for this world has its share of heartache. The joy God is speaking of is tightly linked to the hope that we have in Christ; hope not that we will get a new car, a good job, or never face heartache and hardship, but the hope that because of Christ's death on the cross, the ultimate death, that of our Spirit, has been defeated and that though this body will die, we will not.


This is the focal point of our hope, eternal life. To not grasp that is to be a slumbering Christian. To think that faith is just for the betterment of our life here is to miss the point. Christianity declares that we were created in the image of God and as such are precious and loved and God longs to commune with us and be known to us for all time. Our faith declares that we are not body with a spirit but we are Spirit and Body and it is our Spirit with a new body that will live forever in the presence of God. For Christians the flesh is made holy in the incarnation, God in the flesh. When we think we are merely flesh and bones and blood then our focus gets misplaced and we forget to nurture and feed the true self, our Spirit created in the image of God. It is in rightly appreciating this truth that we can live in joy and take heart that our lives are indeed "Hid in Christ" and secure for all eternity.


Do you know this? I do so hope so! This is indeed the gift of grace, nothing we can or have earned of ourselves, for it came to all who would but receive it when Jesus took the brokenness and sin of the world upon himself at Calvary. If we truly get this we will be like kids in a candy story with unlimited access and then, we will live our lives in the joy, delight, hope, gratitude and the excitement of knowing and being known by our gift-giving Father God.


So during this Lenten time, remember that the disciplines of the season are to bring you into Joy and profound gratitude for the gift of Christ to you yourself. Remember: "God danced the day you were born."



Rev. Deb 

Afternoon Tea
for The Rev. Charlie
and Mrs. Marilyn Crane
Saturday, April 4, 2015
4 - 6 pm
Holy Nativity Church


Father Charlie Crane, Holy Nativity Rector from 1966 to 1988, is visiting Oahu this spring and we are pleased to host a gathering at the church for him and his wife. 


Please RSVP to the Church Office at 808-373-2131 or holynativity@gmail.com by March 27. (If you would like to contribute tea sandwiches, cookies, or other goodies for the tea, please let us know.) 

Young Adult Ministry

Holy Hikers!


Youth and young adults are invited to join us on a hike to enjoy the beauty God has created as well as some fun and fellowship! 

We will meet in the Holy Nativity parking lot every Saturday at 1:30 pm to carpool (unless specified in the weekly email). Please wear appropriate hiking attire (shoes, hat, sunscreen) and bring water.


**Every first Saturday of the month we would like to invite anyone and everyone for an intergenerational fun hike!!

March 7th - Makapu'u Lookout (4 mi)**

March 14th - Maunawili Falls (3 mi)

March 21st - Aiea Loop (5 mi)

March 28th - Old Pali Road (3.1 mi)


April 4th - Lanikai Pillboxes (3 mi)**

April 11th - Lulumahu Falls (2.5 mi)

April 18th - Hunauma Bay East (1 mi)

April 25th - Makiki Valley (5 mi)


May 2nd - Manoa Valley (2.5 mi)**

May 9th - Moleka and Ualakaa (2 mi)

May 16th - Diamondhead (1.6 mi)

May 23rd - Hawaii Loa Ridge (5 mi)

May 30th - Kailua Bay (3 mi)


For more information, please contact Holly Hood at hollymichellehood@gmail.com.

Hawaii Prayer Breakfast
Thursday, April 2, at 7 am
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom

Rev. Deb will attend the annual Hawaii Prayer Breakfast on April 2nd at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The guest speaker will be Dr. Nabeleel Qureshi, a medical Doctor and former devout Muslim who came to believe in the Risen Christ. He now works with the Ravi Zacharias Ministries and works throughout the world for reconciliation between people of faith.   

If you would like to attend the prayer breakfast with Rev. Deb, please call 486-8986 to register or register on the event website here. Cost is $32/person.
Attendance and Revenue Trends
Episcopal youth from all over Oahu gathered at Holy Nativity last Sunday for an old-fashioned kickball game and picnic dinner. Mahalo to everyone who helped with the event!

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.

Last Sunday's Collect


O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for Sunday, March 8


       Exodus 20:1-17

       Psalm 19

       1 Corinthians 1:18-25

       John 2:13-22

Thank you for bringing me through the night to a wonderful day and I pray I can live each day given with love, with gratitude, with courage and with generosity. Amen