Sadly, it is time to say a fond aloha to both Peggy Budlong (manager) and Cheri Keefer (assist. manager) who will be retiring from Thrift Shop service within the next few weeks. This news was announced at a recent gathering of Thrift Shop volunteers, most of whom are pictured above. A search will be underway soon for a new Manager. If all goes well, Peggy and Cheri will continue their service as volunteers, so we can see them both regularly! Mahalo nui loa to Peggy and Cheri for all they have done. We wish them all good luck going forward!
Front row L to R: Elisa, Nancy, Cindy, Diane, Isadora, Tomma, Cheri, Norma, Arlene
Back row L to R: Brandy, Kim, Ann, Dorothy, Peggy, Holly, Rev. Libby, Edwina, Miyo, Anne
What’s Up, Buttercup?
How Can We Afford Our Solar System?
Part II by Jean Steele
The solar panels and their associated devices and modifications to our meters were, indeed, expensive. The good news is that we did not have to pay for them.
First, several years ago we applied for HECO’s Net Energy Metering (N.E.M.) program; the number of participants in the program was limited, but HNC got one of the openings. This program allows us to produce some electricity (that’s what our solar panels do) and contribute it to HECO’s electric grid as well as allowing us to draw electricity from HECO when we need it (for instance, at night when we cannot collect solar energy).
Second, we entered into a Power Purchase Agreement with a private investor. This resulted from our Diocese putting together a comprehensive plan for the several parishes that take part in the N.E.M. program. For seven years, we will pay the investor at a contracted “bargain” rate-- for the net electricity we use. The investor gets several tax advantages in the bargain. The Church of the Holy Nativity can buy the system when the contract expires—at a “bargain” price.
There’s more of this story to be told, so watch this space for Part III !
Keri Sarbida, that's who!
Our Holy Nativity School has a new Board member, elected by our School’s Board and approved by our church’s corporation:
Keri Sarbida. She was born and raised in Hawaii Kai and holds degrees from the University of Washington and Seattle University.
She has twenty years of experience in Hawaii’s public, private and charter schools, working with students with diverse learning needs. Keri also mentors new teacher candidates at UH Manoa and at Chaminade University. She describes herself as passionate about sustainability, inquiry-based learning and social justice. She is involved with Kokua Foundation Aina in Schools and Hawaii Farm to School programs.
Keri is the parent of a HNS student (alumnus), thus bringing the perspective of both teacher and parent. She brings to the Board an understanding of students’ academic, social and emotional needs. She looks forward to problem-solving and working collaboratively on issues brought to the Board.
In preparation for Ash Wednesday, please bring your palm crosses to the HNC office OR to Sunday services, where they will be collected after service.
Deadline is Feb. 20th if you wish the ashes [from your palms] to be used for Ash Wednesday service.
Taco Night is being reschedule and will NOT take place on February 19th.
Please stay tuned for the new date & time -- to be announced soon!
Refreshing the prayer list
If you wish to add OR continue names on the prayer list, please contact the HNC office:
email@example.com OR (808) 373-2131
We will be starting a fresh prayer list after Epiphany.
This week we are creating the new
2022 Church Directory,
If you have changed your name, residential/mailing address, phone number, email address or if you have listing specifications,
please let us know!
Call (808) 373-2131
The formal installation of TheReverend Moses Barrios as Senior Pastor of Calvary-by-the-Sea Lutheran Church (5339 Kalaniana'ole Hwy) is on