In our parish, we pray for Kelly, Hanohano, Chris, Lola, Sylvia, Deedie, and for all who have contracted the Corona virus, those who are caregivers, and those who are seeking to develop a vaccine or measures of relief. We pray for those in Hawaii facing unemployment or under-employment.
We also pray for victims of violence around the world.
If you wish to add a name to the prayer list, please be in touch with Puna Coldwell in the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are posting a day by day meditation from Forward Movement. This is a great way to start your day with prayer. Please consider clicking on the website above.
Join us for a family service on Sunday, Dec 13. Amie Lawyer will be leading our music, and two Holy Nativity families will be lighting our Advent wreath, adding items to our nativity creche, and reading the lessons of the day.
JOIN US FOR CHRISTMAS SERVICES at HNC:
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24 at 5PM
(in person and on Zoom)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25 at 9AM
(in person only)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27 at 9AM
(in person only)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 at 9AM
(in person & on Zoom)
EDUCATION/FORMATION OPPORTUNITIES CONTINUE
DECEMBER 16: On next Wednesday at 7pm, Ed Moore will conclude our Advent series with a session entitled, "Letting go of the Worship of 'Mamman.'" The "Zoom" link to join this group will be on the front page, bottom right, of the Holy Nativity website: holynativityhawaii.org. All are welcome!
"LIVING WELL THROUGH ADVENT"
BOOKLETS STILL AVAILABLE
A one-page devotion is printed for each day. Pick one up on Sunday in person or request that Puna, our administrator, mail one to you: email@example.com
JANUARY & FEBRUARY
In the season of Epiphany, Frank Condello, our student in formation for ordination, will offer a Bible Study on the Book of Acts on Sunday mornings and Compline on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.
A NOTE FROM THE VERGHESE FAMILY IN VIRGINIA
Our family is keeping well here. Both Saro and I are working at our jobs here. Our two youngest children are with us taking their college classes at home. No idea how their classes will be next semester. Our address is 8025 Washington Road, Alexandria VA 22308. We would love for anyone in the church who are in the neighborhood to drop by. We are only 12 miles from DC. We have joined the Episcopal church nearby, St Luke’s Episcopal Church. There is one outdoor service at 8 am, a little too cold for us at that time. We join the online service at 10 am.
Glad to know (Holy Nativity) church services are back to in person and online. Please convey our love and regards to all in church.
ALISON KITTLE, SECRETARY OF THE HNS BOARD
Do you know gentle, good-natured Alison Kittle? Would you believe she started her career as a Marine?!
Alison was born in Kansas, grew up in Arizona and has lived in several other places across the United States. After her military hitch, Alison put herself through college by alternating years of work with years of study. She earned a BS in microbiology and was hired by a major computer consulting firm in Michigan. She spent twenty-five years in the environmental industry, working with State and Federal agencies. Her role was to manage a software development team while her peer on the same project honchoed the hardware. Along the way, she earned another degree: a Master of Teaching degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
When Alison and her husband Doug decided to retire, they made the perfect plan. They would live in Phoenix for several months a year but in the summer, they would live in West Virginia. They sold their home and put their belongings in storage. They were ready to go when the phone rang and their only child, daughter Dana, said “Guess what? I’m pregnant!” That changed everything...
Alison knew at once that the retirement plan was out the window. Doug soon caught up with her. They were moving to Hawaii to be near daughter and grandchild. That was two years ago. Now they live in Hawaii Kai, attend the Church of the Holy Nativity and Alison spends as much time with her toddler grandson in Kailua “as her daughter will allow.” She has also recently become a member of our school’s Board. Alison is currently engaged with a team in the development of HNS’s strategic plan, bringing her gifts of organization, research and writing to the cause. Alison, we are glad you are "aboard" and among us!
GET YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS
AND HNC MUGS HERE!
These are two of the several cards with Christmas greetings which feature pictures of our church. There are also coffee mugs! All the items are illustrated, with their prices, on Our Church of the Holy Nativity Facebook page. They may be ordered by using the Survey Monkey process. Mele Kalikimaka!
GIVING TO HOLY NATIVITY THROUGH Tithe.ly
Have you noticed a change to our Church of the Holy Nativity webpage? To the right of the photographs is our parish’s mission statement and below is
GIVE TO SUPPORT OUR MISSION.
If you click, you will begin a short and simple process which enables you to transfer money from a bank account or a credit/debit card to our church. If you choose, it can be a recurring gift: for instance, your monthly pledge amount. There is a small fee which you can pay in addition to your gift amount or you can elect to have the church pay the fee. It’s easy-peasy!
POINSETTIAS FOR CHRISTMAS
Please consider contributing to the Holy Nativity Flower Fund to decorate our nave for Christmas. For $10.00, you can purchase a potted poinsettia. You may make a dedication to be noted with your name in the church bulletin. After Christmas you can take the poinsettia home to plant.
The Outreach Committee welcomes you to sign up to be part of a "foyer group" (French for "hearthside") in the new year. Alison Kittle will coordinate groups of a few households, each; groups can begin to meet whenever it is safe. Each household will "host" once during the year, either by making reservations at a local restaurant (where each person will pay for his/her own meal) or by inviting folks into their home and organizing a potluck meal. For the sign-up form, go to the Holy Nativity website (www.holynativityhawaii.org) or pick up a form from the Holy Nativity Church Office or the bulletin board outside the church.