an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
January 22 , 2020
The Coming Week
at Holy Nativity

Worship this Sunday, 
January 26, 2020

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

Wednesday, January 29
(10am) Church

Thursday, January 30
Prayer (4pm) Chapel

Worship the 
following Sunday,
February 2, 2020

The Presentation of our
Lord  in the Temple
Eucharist 9am
Sunday School 9am

Serving this Sunday 
(January 26)  
The Third Sunday
after the Epiphany

9am Eucharist
    The Rev. Elizabeth "Libby" Berman
    The Rev. Elizabeth "Libby" Berman
Server/Eucharistic Minister:
   Sandra Braham
Lectors: Kim Garner & John
Acolyte: Sandra Braham
Prayers of the People: 
    John Verghese
Usher: Rich Miller

Altar Guild: Delia Moore's Team

Serving next Sunday 
(February 2)   
The Presentation of
our Lord  in the Temple

9am Eucharist
    The Rev. Elizabeth "Libby" Berman
    The Rev. Elizabeth "Libby" Berman
Server/Eucharistic Minister:
    Lila Johnson
Lectors: Ed Moore & Alison Kittle
Acolyte: Lila Johnson
Prayers of the People: 
    Rebecca Verghese
Usher: Austin Nakoa

Altar Guild: Nina Livingston's Team

The Sunday Readings

The Rev. Elizabeth "Libby" Berman

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

Office Hours
Monday-Thursday, 9am-1pm
(808) 373-2131
Parish Bookkeeper
Parish Administrator
Prayer List
We pray for repose of the souls of police officers Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama, and for peace and comfort for their families.

In our parish, we pray for Lora V.,  Frank, Rita, Wayne, Dorie, Victoria, Sandee, Ronny, Elsie Ching's Family, Sylvia, Blake, Bruce, Helen, Wes, Terri, Kendall, Yoko, Kenji, and Lola 


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

9 am - 12 noon

Click here to visit the Thrift Shop webpage.

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these..."  
(Luke 18:16)
What have I learned since arriving at Holy Nativity one week ago?  One thing is for sure: sounds of children fill the air! On my very first morning, when I walked across the street from the rectory to the church, I saw parents dropping off their children for school.  The kids were bright-eyed and eager, filled with energy for their new day. Some of them literally were hopping down the sidewalk to get to the entrance! (Thankfully, the folks from Kapuna Watch were on duty, ready to say "Good Morning," and to help these small ones settle in, just a bit, for their day!)  On Sunday morning, at my first Eucharist with you all, the sights and sounds were much the same. Families with kids were stirring about the courtyard, wondering what lesson or experience might be in store for them in the church that day. It was my great pleasure to receive a welcome poster from them in the middle of the service--and a whole set of leis!  I loved the fact that they gathered around me with hugs, shared their names and asked many, many questions. They welcomed me in the precious way that only children can.

One of the reasons I felt called to serve with you all at Holy Nativity was the church's long history of commitment to children and youth.  Holy Nativity School has been the most significant ministry of the Church for nearly as long as the parish has existed, and I know that there also is a long history of ministry and strong programming here for children and youth.  Practically speaking, we all know that children are our future. Not only in church, but elsewhere in our lives, we seek to offer children the nurture and training they need in order to be healthy and productive members of our society.  But in the church, we love, teach, and honor our children because Jesus called us to do so. Jesus knew that children not only welcome newcomers like me into community in a particular and precious way. He also knew that they are instinctively loving, pure in thought and inquiry, and usually right-on in their ethical judgments.  Jesus said the kingdom of God belongs to the children, and so, I truly believe, we should take many of our cues about how to live in community from them. I am so happy to join Holy Nativity in following Jesus' teaching closely, honoring our HNC and HNS children and following where they lead!

God's peace,
Rev. Libby

PS  On a practical note, please know that I am just getting settled into the church and the rectory.  Not all systems are "up and running" quite yet, but I am with you all on campus every day except Fridays, which is my Sabbath.  Please be in touch through the church office, or email me at .  I am eager to talk with you!
Prayers and Care for our Fallen Police Officers

This week, we offer prayers for the repose of the souls of police officers Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama, who were killed in the line of duty in the Diamond Head area on this past Sunday, and for the comfort of their families.   

We have learned that, if, in addition to prayer, you would like to make a donation to assist the families, you may make a check out to "The Episcopal Church in Hawaii"; please write the following in the memo section: "Bishop's Pastoral Fund: Police Officers."  Our bishop and the diocesan staff will ensure that  your donation gets to the families.  

(Please note that  some false "GoFund me" accounts have been set up.  The police department is working on setting up the authorized one where our funds will be sent.)
May Tiffany and Kaulike rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them.
2020 Pledge Envelopes available at CHN

Please know that the 2020 pledge envelopes have arrived in the church office.  If you would like a set, they should be available at church on Sunday.  Please contact our Operations Manager, Kathy Kia, in the church office, if you have questions: 808-373-2131.  Thanks to everyone who has offered a pledge in support of our work and ministry together this year!

Have You Seen the Flags?!?!

As one of Holy Nativity's Outreach projects, "buckets" of safety flags have been installed at a number of intersections near our premises.  The bright orange flags are available to our school's children and our neighbors so that they may safely cross our busy and heavily traveled streets.  Within days, more buckets of the eye-catching flags will go up.  On each bucket are the words:  THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY NATIVITY CARES ABOUT THE SAFETY OF OUR NEIGHBORS.  ALOHA!  

   Aloha church members and friends.  This is #5 project of our Outreach Ministry.  Just to refresh your memories, #1 was Family Promise.  #2 was the Prison Ministry.  #3 was the Crosswalk Flags, and # 4 was the Lemonade in the Gym.
   Outreach Project #5 concerns I.H.S. (Institute of Human Services)   I.H.S. does a wonderful job of housing homeless for the night and feeding those who need to be fed, providing clothes and toiletries, showers and personal hygiene items to all who need them, and a host of other services.  In the past, at Holy Nativity, we cooked food once a month for I.H.S., but had to stop because of kitchen issues.  We have made a gift of $1,000.00 to I.H.S. towards all of their programs, and we urge members of the congregation to give unneeded clothing and household items which may be of use to the homeless.

The Annual Meeting of Holy Nativity Church will be held January 26, 2020 after the 9am service at 1030am.

Service on the Holy Nativity Vestry

OPENINGS:         Vestry - (3) 3-year term
Junior Warden - 1-year term
Four (4) delegates and two (2) alternates for 2020 Diocesan Convention
At the Annual Parish Meeting on January 26, 2020, the Parish will elect new Vestry members, a Junior Warden, and delegates to the Annual Diocesan Convention. Please remember by serving on the Vestry you are also a member of the Corporation which has oversight of Holy Nativity School
.   For those of you interested in other ministries in the church, please complete the back of the pledge card. We ALWAYS have a place for you to serve!
QUALIFICATIONS: To serve on the vestry a member needs to be a contributing, actively involved communicant in good standing in the parish and with the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Episcopal Church. Article 1, Section V Parish bylaws state: " Lay members of the vestry shall be adult communicants in good standing, except a non-communicant may serve as treasurer."
For more information contact Lila Johnson