an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
July 1, 2020
In this Issue of the Banyan Tree:  

We pray for ourselves and our country on the 4th of July

HNC Vestry offers funds to our neighbors' food ministries

Thrift Store volunteers tour the church and school

Notes from Holy Nativity 
School & Board

Invitation to Dedicate  Flowers


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Upcoming Services
at Holy Nativity
(Go to the front page of our website, "" 
and click "Sunday Banyan")

July 5, 2020
Fifth Sunday
after Pentecost
Morning Prayer with Music-- 9am
In-person & ONLINE

July 12, 2020
Sixth Sunday
after Pentecost
Morning Prayer with Music -- 9am
In-person & ONLINE


Thursday Centering Prayer
(Thursday afternoons, 4-5pm)
Join us online using "Zoom." Go to and click on the phrase,"Join a Meeting."  When prompted, type in the Meeting ID, which is 330990103.

(Please note that our Wednesday 10am Eucharist
postponed until further notice; please pray for one another during this time!) 

Serving this Sunday 
(July 5)  
Fifth Sunday
after Pentecost

9am Morning Prayer
Officiant & Preacher: 
   The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Eucharsitic Minister: Lila Johnson
Readers: Frank Condello &
   Rebecca Verghese
Acolyte: Lila Johnson
Prayers of the People: 
   Julia Yamaguchi
Usher: Ed Moore
Altar Guild: Delia Moore's Team

Serving next Sunday 
(July 12)  
Sixth Sunday
after Pentecost

9am Morning Prayer
Officiant & Preacher: 
   The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Eucharistic Minister: Louisa Le Roux
Readers: Barbara Abe & Alison Kittle
Acolyte: Louisa Le Roux
Prayers of the People: 
   Frank Condello
Usher: Rich Miller
Altar Guild: Nina Livingston's Team

The Sunday Readings

The Rev. Libby Berman

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

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 9am-1pm
(808) 373-2131
Parish Bookkeeper
Kathy Kia
Parish Administrator
Punahele Coldwell
Prayer List

In our parish, we pray for Sylvia, Lola, Heather, Rico, and Chris, for those who have contracted the Corona virus and those caring for them and/or seeking a vaccine or other measures of relief.  We pray for those in Hawaii who are facing unemployment and under-employment.

We also pray for the repose of the soul of George Floyd and for all victims of violence.

To add a name to our prayer list, please contact Punahele Coldwell in the church office at (808) 373-2131 or 


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

Wednesday & Friday: 10am - 2pm
Saturday: 9am - 12pm

Click here to visit the Thrift Shop webpage.


Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our  heritage: may always prove  ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will.

Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and  pure manners.  Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;  from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend  our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes
brought together from many lands. 

Endue  with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in your Name we entrust  the authority of government, that there may be justice and  peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we  may show forth your praise among the nations of the earth.

In times of prosperity, fill our hearts  with thankfulness,  and in the days of trouble, let not our trust in you ever fail;  all this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

(adapted from The Book of Common Prayer, p.820)



The Church is now open regularly on Sunday mornings in advance of our 9am worship.  
We also continue to offer this service on Zoom.  To find information about how to join us online, go to the front page of our website (
 OR look for your email copy of our Thursday "Banyan Tree."
--Jean Steele


While the number of Covid-19 cases here in Hawaii has been much lower than in many other States, our level of unemployment is very high.  It follows that many families are in need of food, shelter and medical care they cannot afford.  

Rev. Libby and Jean Steele recently visited the Angel Network Ministries at Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church , 5339 Kalanianaole Highway.  What a beehive of activity!  Numerous volunteers filled boxes with a variety of foodstuffs while others carried them to waiting cars snaking through the campus.  There are many neatly labeled shelves in the "warehouse," large refrigerators, and scrupulously clean floors.  Volunteers wear masks, gloves and closed-toe shoes.  Angel Ministries receives food from federal and state programs, at an average cost of ten cents a pound.  Since the onset of the COVID-19, the amount of food given away has tripled

At our June Vestry meeting, Pastor David Barber from Calvary was present.  He was surprised and pleased when Wyn Aubrey-Child (herself a long-time Angels volunteer in the past) announced our gift of $2500.

Wally House at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church at 720 King Street is another extraordinary ministry.  It is managed by Barbara Bennett and David Catron.  To quote them, it is "a Franciscan house of hospitality, in the Kalihi/Palama district of central Honolulu. Our mission is radical friendship and welcome, service and prayer, with and for the poor and marginalized."  They are right in the thick of it, close to Chinatown and a new homeless encampment right on King St.  When Wyn Aubrey-Child visited this ministry in 2019, they were offering laundry services and showers, a veggie garden and small outdoor meeting space. Their services are limited right now, but they still do a lot; currently, they provide  food bags to the needy six days a week, hot lunches every Tuesday, and free masks.

The ministry relies on private donations, assistance from the food bank, the Mormons, and the Quakers.  Our Vestry has made a gift of $2000 to support Wally House's food program.  

It is so gratifying to know how far the volunteers can stretch our gift--providing (literally) one ton of food!

Pictured left to right are Thrift Store Volunteers Dorothy, Jane, Ann, and Ginny, who are sorting some of the donated goods that, when sold, benefit our church and its ministries.

Many of our Thrift Store volunteers are members of Holy Nativity Church.  But we recently learned that many of the thirty volunteers had not seen the church or school or met the staff.  Once we realized this, our staff organized a three 45-minute tours of the whole campus, for seven or eight volunteers at a time.  They met Puna and Kathy in the church office, listened to organ music in the nave, walked past HNS classrooms and were greeted by HNS staff in the school office.  At the end, we sent them off with a small gift bag and an encouragement to them to return anytime, to ask a question, say hello, attend church, or just spend a few minutes in the St. Francis Garden.  We are so grateful for all that our Thrift Store volunteers do!


Holy Nativity will open its three-week Summer School session on July 6 and, after a week of in-service for staff, open for the fall term "in person" on Tuesday, August 4.  We pray for a safe and successful return for all students, faculty and staff!

Applications now are open (through July 8) for one new member of the HNS Board.  If interested , please be in touch with Rich Miller for more information.  


As our Sunday services return to the church, we continue to honor God through our use of the space in which we worship.  Many hands help with this ministry, cleaning and polishing, refreshing supplies, and setting out silver and fabrics that draw our attention to the liturgy and church season.  

We also grace the altar with flowers that either are brought from homes or prepared by a florist.  If you would like to dedicate Altar flowers to commemorate a special occasion, we welcome you to do so.  You might wish to remember someone's birthday or anniversary, or dedicate flowers in memory of a loved one.  The name of the person you are honoring will be listed in the service bulletin.   Please contact Puna in the church office ( or 808-373-2131) or complete the form below.  The cost the church approximately forty dollars each week, but any amount is welcome. No donation is required.  


Name(s) of person(s) dedicating flowers:


Date of dedication: ________________

Dedication: ______________________



The name of the fish that Amie Lawyer caught on June 20 is a "toau" (Blacktail Snapper), not a "toad"!

Jean Steele, Wyn Aubrey-Child, & Ed Moore.
Thank you!   If you have something you would like to share, let Rev. Libby know and we will make a plan!