an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
March 18, 2020
The Coming Week
at Holy Nativity

Worship this Sunday, 
March 22, 2020

The Fourth Sunday
in Lent
Morning Prayer -- 9am

Wednesday 10am Eucharist
postponed until further notice; please pray for one another during this time! 

Thursday Centering Prayer
postponed until further notice; please pray for one another between 4-430pm!

Worship the 
following Sunday,
March 29, 2020

The Fifth Sunday
in Lent
Morning Prayer -- 9am

Serving this Sunday 
(March 22)  
The Fourth Sunday
in Lent

9am Morning Prayer
     The Rev. Libby Berman
     The Rev. Robert Steele

Student in Formation: Frank Condello
Lectors: Alison Kittle &  Jean Steele
Prayers of the People:   Ed Moore

Serving next Sunday 
(March 29)   
The Fifth Sunday
in Lent

9am Morning Prayer
     The Rev. Libby Berman
     The Rev. Robert Steele

Student in Formation: Frank Condello
Lectors: Wyn Aubrey-Child & 
   Barbara  Abe
Prayers of the People: 
   Rebecca Verghese

The Sunday Readings

The Rev. Libby Berman

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-Staff may be working from home; please call ahead to make sure someone is in the office; thank you!
Monday-Thursday, 9am-1pm
(808) 373-2131
Parish Bookkeeper
Kathy Kia
Parish Administrator
Punahele Coldwell
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., Bobby Y., Lois C., The King Family, June A., Diane M., Pamela F., Heather, Richard P., 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

Our Thrift Store currently is closed until at least April 13, given the COVID-19 outbreak.  Please check here or on the website for more information.  Take care; we hope to see you soon!

Click here to visit the Thrift Shop webpage.

Dear friends,
My intention is to write regularly to the parish during this time when our public worship and gatherings are on hiatus, due the Corona virus.  Please know that, though we are not together in large groups in person, our work and ministry continue!  

The Vestry met online last night and conducted regular business.  Several people who had not used the "Zoom" tool to join a meeting virtually experimented successfully with the technology.  We are pleased to report the election of Gretchen Yamaguchi, who will fill the open position vacated by Joe Kindrich when he became Junior Warden.  Welcome, Gretchen!  

We also are planning online Sunday worship for this coming Sunday, March 22, and other Sundays in the future where it is needed.  You will find more information about our plan below.  As in all worship planning, there is much consultation and an invitation to you all to let worship leaders know how the experience is for you.  Let's keep in touch!

Our dedicated staff continues its work, either at the church or at home.  A vestry team is working with me (and our Parish Directory) to make sure we are reaching everyone in our community personally during this time.  

My new slogan is,  "The Holy Spirit is completely immune to the corona virus!  We are people of the Spirit, and God is with us!"  Call and email one another, pray for one another, and be of good cheer. God is with us!

-Rev. Libby


On this coming Sunday, March 22, we will invite anyone from HNC whose email address we have to join us for a Morning Prayer Service at 9am.  You will be invited to join us online by clicking on a website that will be provided in the email OR by calling one of the phone numbers provided and typing in our "meeting ID."  If you have questions, please call the church office or email Rev. Libby at, and we will do our best to find someone who can coach or practice with you.

In addition, we are sending copies of the service and lessons to those in the HNC community who do not have email addresses listed in the parish directory.


From Church Publishing Company, published on March 17 from Episcopal News Service (ENS):
"As congregations, families, and individuals seek to live faithfully in these uncertain times, Church Publishing Incorporated is easy-to-navigate PDF version of the  Book of Common Prayer, and other free resources for devotional use.

Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, well-known author and retreat leader, offers  Living Lent, meditations on the hymns of the season. "I hope that you find yourself humming familiar tunes to yourself as you read, and that this condition persists for the rest of the day," writes Crafton. Those who have known the hymns forever as well as those who are new to these verses will find them, and Crafton's meditations on faith, prayer, forgiveness, healing and more, an excellent companion for these important seasons of the year.

For children, Karin Holsinger Sherman offers  Candle Walk, a beautiful illustrated picture book that prepares children for sleep by taking them on a candlelit wander through the woods and inviting them to experience the Compline, a centuries-old practice of contemplative evening prayer. Appropriate for toddlers through elementary aged children, Candle Walk is a wonderful way to prepare children for sleep, assured of the nearness of God. The Order of Compline from The Book of Common Prayer is also included at the back of the book.

We are thankful to both authors for helping us to share their books digitally, and hope you will support them.   These free resources are available until April 15, 2020. Please visit  to learn more..."
In light of the COBID-19 outbreak, Bishop Robert Fitzpatrick issued a special announcement on Monday, March 16, 2020 regarding the suspension of worship and gathering in our churches.

To view his video message, or to read his full announcement, click HERE
Rev. Libby, Thrift Shop Manager Peggy Budlong, Sandy, and Delia deliver an outreach check to "Parents and Children Together" on Wednesday, March 18

Thrift Shop Outreach Continues!
The Thrift Shop, itself, is closed for the moment, given the COVID-19 virus.  But Outreach continues!  The small team, above, delivered the third, large donation check on Tuesday afternoon.  All the volunteers are eager to be back in the shop and will be, as soon as it is safe.  Keep up the good work, everyone!

The Following Events are Postponed:

Luncheon to Honor Thrift Shop Volunteers
postponed to a later date, TBA.

Lenten Study & Fellowship
with Rev. Libby & Frank Condello.  Stay tuned for opportunities to continue with us online or when we return to coming to church together

Getting-to-Know-Libby Potluck
Carol Ching's on Monday, March 23.  New date TBD.

Diocesan "Spring Training" Education Day
Saturday, March 28 has been changed to an online offering.  For more information, go to

Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Lent are on the "Lectionary Page" located in the left column of the Banyan Tree

...and already looking ahead, with anticipation, toward Easter!

To purchase an Easter Lily in honor of or in memory of someone you love, Altar Guild Director Sandra Braham asks that you put $10 and a note indicating the money is for "Easter flowers in honor/memory of _____ " and place it in the offering plate on Sunday morning.  You may also send a check and note to the church office. If you have questions, contact Sandra.

To help with Easter Morning festivities, our Easter Egg Hunt coordinators welcome your donations of new, plastic eggs.  We also welcome sign-ups for the different parts of our light coffee hour after church on that day.  Sign up sheet is on the church bulletin board on the lanai.
Holy Week Services
(...with great hope that we can return to the church, and the knowledge that we will continue online, with faith and joy, if not!)

April 8 --  Wednesday in Holy Week
Eucharist in Monteiro Chapel at 10am

April 9 --  Maundy Thursday in the Church
Liturgical Re-enactment of the Last Supper & Stripping of the Altar at 6:30pm

April 10 --  Good Friday in the Church 
Family Service with our children's art:10am-10:40am
Traditional spoken service at 12noon

April 12 --  Easter Sunday in the Church
Festive Holy Eucharist with Music at 9am

Mission Possible Bites

Our HNC Treasurer and Mission Possible team member, Jean Steele, has written several short pieces she calls "Mission Bites" to help us all learn more about the partnership Holy Nativity School and we are enjoying, particularly as our board and vestry have recently adopted new and helpful agreements between us.  We bring these "Mission Possible Bites" to you in four parts in coming days: "Our Church and School Mission Statements," " Exploring our Church's Mission," "Exploring our School's Mission,"and "The Episcopal Identity of Holy Nativity School."  Enjoy!    --Rev. Libby

Mission Bite B
Mission Possible: Exploring our Church's Mission

Our mission calls us to glorify and enjoy God's love, celebrate Christian life as expressed in the Episcopal/Anglican tradition, provide for education, encourage spiritual growth and share God's bounty through outreach.

How do we glorify and enjoy God's love?  We schedule, publicize and conduct regular worship; we worship in the Episcopal/Anglican tradition; and reach out to include others through intentional hospitality.

How do we celebrate Christian life as expressed in the Episcopal/Anglican tradition?  We respect the Anglican interplay among Scripture, tradition and reason.  We are committed to open, honest, transparent and timely communication.  We live out the reality of our Baptismal Covenant.  We take a comprehensive approach to the use of our time, talent and treasure in support of our common life, as well as the local and global community.

How do we provide for education?  We provide youth and adult Christian Education.  We have a Sunday School program, hear sermons during worship and host and support Holy Nativity School.

How do we encourage spiritual growth?  Both clergy and lay members offer pastoral care to people in need or trouble.  We have a regular pattern of worship which is thoughtfully planned and executed.

How do we share God's bounty through outreach?  We have a thriving thrift shop and participate in Diocesan outreach efforts.  Our primary other outreach activities address homelessness, the elderly and relief for those in crisis.

Did you "read, mark, learn and inwardly digest" the church mission statement recently?  Did you think of many of the implications we have listed here?  What else did you think about?           --Jean Steele

Applications Now Open for the Holy Nativity School Board
I f interested, please be in touch with Rich Miller for more information and the timetable.
From the Outreach Committee

The church has a website, and this has recently been updated. I would like to draw your attention to the Outreach section.  Please see what the church is doing in the Outreach area, and if you would like to join in with any of the projects, and/or have comments or suggestions on anything in that section, please contact the Church office at 808-373-2131 or call me at 808-366-1386 to possibly discuss and implement your ideas.   Mahalo, Wyn Aubrey-Child