an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
February 19, 2020
The Coming Week
at Holy Nativity

Worship this Sunday, 
February 23, 2020

The Last Sunday
after the Epiphany
Eucharist 9am
Sunday School 9am

Wednesday, February 19
Eucharist 
(10am) Church

Thursday, February 20
 Centering  
Prayer (4pm) Chapel

Worship the 
following Sunday,
March 1, 2020

The First Sunday
in Lent
Eucharist 9am
Sunday School 9am

Serving this Sunday 
(February 23)  
The Last Sunday
after the Epiphany

9am Eucharist
Celebrant: 
    The Rev. Libby Berman
Preacher:
     The Rev. Libby Berman
Server/Eucharistic Minister:
    Lila Johnson
Lectors: Bob Steele & Kim Garner
Acolyte: Lila Johnson
Prayers of the People: 
   Lorraine Mau
Usher: Bob Steele

Altar Guild: Nina Livingston's Team



Serving next Sunday 
(March 1)   
The First Sunday
in Lent

9am Eucharist
Celebrant: 
     The Rev. Libby Berman
Preacher:
     The Rev. Libby Berman
Server/Eucharistic Minister:
    Kim Garner
Lectors: Ed Moore & Alison Kittle
Acolyte: Kim Garner
Prayers of the People: 
   Lorraine Mau
Usher: Austin Nakoa

Altar Guild: Sandra Braham's Team

The Sunday Readings


 
Rector
The Rev. Libby Berman
hncrector@gmail.com

The Vestry
Sr. Warden: Austin Nakoa
Jr. Warden: Joe Kindrich
Treasurer: Jean Steele
Clerk: Nancy Thomas
Members at Large: Justin Donahue, Rich Miller, Lila Johnson, Jeff Taylor, Ed Moore, Wyn Aubrey-Child, Nina Livingston, Tusi Mayer

Office Hours
Monday-Thursday, 9am-1pm
(808) 373-2131
hncparish@gmail.com
www.holynativityhawaii.org
 
Parish Bookkeeper
Kathy Kia
hncoperationsmanager@gmail.com
 
Parish Administrator
Punahele Coldwell
hncparish@gmail.com
 
Prayer List

In our parish, we pray for Lora V.,  Frank, Dorie, Rita, Wayne, Victoria, Sandee, Ronny, Donna, Sylvia, Blake, Bruce, Helen, Wes, Terri, Kendall, Bob, Yoko, Lola, Robert Y., Lena Y., Bobby Y., Lois C., The King Family, June A., and for those who have contracted the Corona virus. 

 

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. 
Interim Head of School 
Jeanne Wilks

Rooted in the Episcopal tradition, Holy Nativity School is dedicated to excellence in education within a small and personalized environment. Built upon principles of respect and inclusion, Holy Nativity School values each child's individuality as it develops principled citizens who recognize their role in the local and global community.  


Holy Nativity Thrift Shop
(808) 373-3744

Wednesdays and Fridays 
9 am - 3 pm

Saturdays 
9 am - 12 noon

Click here to visit the Thrift Shop webpage.



"Peeking In"

Before our regular morning Eucharist in Monteiro Chapel last Wednesday, I heard the regular sounds of the children of Holy Nativity School in the playground outside.  These sounds always make me smile; the children are doing all that they should be--learning and laughing, wondering and playing.

As our service began, I experienced something I had not seen before.  From the other side of the lowest window (just next to the big curtain that separates the chapel from the playground) I saw a small face, peeking in. I could see that this small person was very excited to have discovered us. I couldn't help myself from giving him a small wave.  Very soon, several other small faces were peeking in, carefully, one at a time. The congregation that had come to worship in the chapel couldn't see the children, so they were a bit mystified by my "peeking back" and waving toward the window. Finally, I let folks know what was going on: the pre-K-ers were "peeking in"!

As usual, I remembered then that our children lead us.  The curiosity they bring to everything they do is wonderful!  They were "peeking in" to our chapel and Eucharist. What caught their attention?  The lighted candles? The colored vestments? The quiet bodies? Were they interested in what would happen next?  The mystery of it all clearly appealed to them...

...as, if we would let it, God's mystery appeals to us.  In our calmest, quietest moments, do we not wonder what will happen next?  Who is with us? Who is God?   

I wanted to invite that first child, and the second, third, fourth, and fifth one at our chapel window to come in to teach us about wondering and mystery.  I didn't, as they and we all had our respective "work" to do; we were called to worship and they to have their snack and return to class. But I knew immediately that I wanted to write about them in this column, and so I have.

As we think of the neighbors around us at Holy Nativity, who, I wonder, is "peeking in"?  Who among those who play basketball in the gym wonders what else goes on here? Who among the families at Holy Nativity School wonders about Holy Nativity Church?  Who, among those who drive by on Kalaniana'ole Highway, see our sign and wonder what the community might be like?

I have said, a few times lately, that all we do, on Sunday mornings and throughout the week, should be less for those of us who already are here and very much more for those who might be peeking in and wondering what goes on inside.  What might a welcome to these inquirers look like? I invite you to join me in figuring it out.

Peace,
Rev. Libby+ 

PS  Please be in touch if you would like to meet or pray together.  I am best reachable by email  at  hncrector@gmail.com or through the church office at (808) 373-2131.  I look forward to hearing from you!
Save The Date!
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER AND MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION
Tuesday, February 25 on the LANAI at Holy Nativity Church
5-7pm
Pancakes and a Party--Adults, Children and Families warmly welcome!

Ash Wednesday Services on February 26
in Monteiro Chapel at 10am & in the Church at 630pm

"I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to an observation of a Holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance, by prayer, fasting, and self-denial, and by reading and meditating on God's Holy Word" (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 265)

Lenten Study & Fellowship
Rev. Libby will lead a short study series entitled "Signs of Life," a program offered by the brothers of Saint John the Evangelist, who are based in Cambridge, MA. We will meet ahead of the Sunday Service (from 8-8:45am) in Monteiro Chapel on all of the Sundays in March. For more information, go to SSJE.org. Please join us!

A Warm Welcome to Frank and Leah!
Please welcome Mr. Frank Condello, our Student in Formation for Ordination, and his wife Leah. They have joined Holy Nativity Church for several months at the request of our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick. Frank is in the third year of his four-year formation process for ordination in the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii. His "field education" time with us will help Frank gain experience in liturgy, pastoral care, teaching and parish governance; in addition, I hope he will share the gifts of his own background and experience with us. Frank will be serving each Sunday and getting to know folks at coffee hour and at parish events. If you haven't already, please introduce yourself and welcome them (and their son, Frank, who is in college in North Carolina) to CHN!         --Rev. Libby+
Aloha from the Outreach Committee to all the Congregation

A quick reminder having to do with the flag project near the church and school and around the Kalanianaole Highway.  We have to make sure that everyone using the flags (adults and children) know how to use them effectively.  Remind each other that when using them we must hold them up high enough for the oncoming traffic to see them, and always remember to look carefully before you step off the curb. If possible, catch the eye of the driver to make sure he/she has seen you.  We want to eliminate the number of accidents on crosswalks to zero, and these flags will help.  We want the general public to know that Holy Nativity Church and School cares for its neighbors.  

Summer Camp Opportunities

Camp Mokule'ia, our Episcopal Camp on the North Shore of Oahu, has announced its June and July schedule of mini- camps for kids finishing grades 1-2 and weeklong camps for youth finishing grades 2-5, 6-8, and 9-12. There are also week-long day camps for elementary kids at St. Andrew's (June 22-26) and Epiphany (July 13-17). Go to www.campmokuleia.org to learn about cost (there are scholarships available through Holy Nativity) and other information. I hope to attend their Open House on the North Shore on Sunday, April 19; let me know if you'd like to go!     
--Rev. Libby+
Acolyte meeting scheduled for this 
Sunday, Feb 23

Af ter coffee hour in the church. All youth in grade 5 and above are welcome. If your child is younger and interested in being a junior acolyte, please let Rev. Libby know.