an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
March 4, 2020
The Coming Week
at Holy Nativity

Worship this Sunday, 
March 8, 2020

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

Wednesday, March 11
Eucharist 
(10am) Church

Thursday, March 12
 Centering  
Prayer (4pm) Chapel

Worship the 
following Sunday,
March 15, 2020

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

Serving this Sunday 
(March 8)  
The Second Sunday
in Lent

9am Eucharist
Celebrant: 
     The Rev. Libby Berman
Preacher:
     The Rev. Libby Berman
Server/Eucharistic Minister: 
   Sandra Braham
Lectors: Wyn Aubrey-Child & 
   Barbara Abe
Acolytes: Alexander Domecki and Nicholas Livingston 
Prayers of the People: Ed Moore   
Usher: Bob Steele

Altar Guild:  Delia Moore's Team


Serving next Sunday 
(March 15)   
The Third Sunday
in Lent

9am Eucharist
Celebrant: 
     The Rev. Libby Berman
Preacher:
     The Rev. Libby Berman
Server/Eucharistic Minister: 
   Lila Johnson
Lectors: Sumner Howard & 
   Kathy Otani
Acolyte: Lila Johnson
Prayers of the People: 
   John Verghese
Usher: Rich Miller

Altar Guild:  Nina Livingston'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., Bobby Y., Lois C., The King Family, June A., Jean Y., Pamela, 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.


Lenten Reflection  
As Lent begins, we often have to decide at the last minute what we ought to do for our observance of Lent. The traditional Lenten observances, outlined for us in the Gospel for Ash Wednesday, are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. These are indeed good and worthwhile exercises and we should consider including them in some fashion in our life during this Lent. There may indeed be other special observances that we have traditionally practiced and have become an inseparable part of Lent for us over the years.

We may need to be cautious, however, against putting Lent on "auto-pilot," as it were, and repeating automatically the same observances year after year with no clear idea of why we are doing them. We ought to consider our Lenten observances with a specific end in view, such as reining in bad habits by strengthening our self-control through fasting, drawing closer to God through a more attentive practice of prayer, or expressing our penance and gratitude for God's forgiveness by generosity in charitable contributions.

In his Rule, St. Benedict devotes a special chapter, Chapter 49, to the observance of Lent. He begins with the admission that, while the life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent, few monks seem to have the strength for this. He, therefore, goes on to suggest some appropriate ways of observing this "holy season," as he calls it. St. Benedict suggests that the monks observe Lent "by refusing to indulge evil habits and by devoting ourselves to prayer...reading, to compunction of heart and self-denial." He also recommends that "each one deny himself some food, drink, sleep, needless talking and idle jesting." He had, of course, already made provision for all of these things as part of the normal daily life of the monastery. However, St. Benedict knew that, even with the best of intentions, we repeatedly fall short of the life we desire to live. He, therefore, uses Lent as a time to focus more acutely on our normal everyday obligations and our effort to live them with greater integrity. Perhaps for Lent, rather than imposing artificial penances on ourselves, we might consider recommitting ourselves to live more authentically the demands of our own state in life.

There is a further way in which St. Benedict's Rule might guide us through Lent. In Chapter 4, entitled "The Tools of Good Works", St. Benedict presents a list of seventy-four precepts intended to lead us to greater goodness. The list begins with the two great commandments of love of God and of neighbor and then proceeds to various other maxims such as, "love fasting," "your way of acting should be different from the world's way", "do not grumble," and so forth. After listing this whole series of precepts, he concludes, perhaps a bit surprisingly, with the most important of them all: "And finally, never lose hope in God's mercy." If we could just do this, we would truly have a most fruitful Lent. After all, the heart of our observance of Lent is not what we do for God. Rather, God wants us to open ourselves to what He has already done for us in the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. So most of all, as we journey through this Lent, let us never lose hope in God's mercy.

--- Frank Condello,  Student in Formation for Ordination at Holy Nativity
Church and School kids come together to play one of the games hosted by Chandi Hinrichs 

Shrove Tuesday - Fun for all Ages!

So many folks from Holy Nativity made the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper both fun and meaningful.  Thanks to Chandi Hinrichs and her team for set-up, cooking, and clean-up.  Many hearty thanks to Joe Kindrich, for all the electrical (and other) prep work--truly a labor of love.  Thanks to Mrs. Kukea from the school, who provided props for our kids' games, and for ALL the families who came to join us.  Good fun! 

Kudos to the cast and crew!
This week, we send our congratulations to parishioner Julia Yamaguchi, who did a fabulous job as cast member of Iolani School's comedy and musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone."   Several of us who attended could not stop laughing!  There was fine acting and singing, along with some pretty fancy dancing.  Great work, Julia and company; keep up the good work!

Save the Date

Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of the new Rector  Saturday, May 16 at 4pm  
at Holy Nativity Church.
The Rt. Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick officiating
Getting-to-Know-Libby Potlucks

Carol Ching will host a potluck on Mon., March 23 from 4:30-6:30pm at her home.  Frank and Leah Condello will host a potluck on Sat., March 21 at 1pm. Sign-up and more info available on Sundays at 9am.

Lenten Study & Fellowship
Rev. Libby and Frank Condello are leading a short study series entitled "Signs of Life," a program that invites us to think about how God touches us through daily  experiences we often think of as simply "ordinary."  We meet ahead of the Sunday Service from 8-8:45am on all of the Sundays in March. For more information, go to SSJE.org. Please join us for one or all of our sessions!
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From the Outreach Committee to all the Congregation

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

Dr. Cat Peterson shares with us a new and different side of his musical persona... 

Gratitude for P'aina

Thanks to everyone at HNC who supported the P'aina fundraising party downtown this past Saturday night.  It was a lovely event, complete with dinner, a silent auction, and wonderful company.  Best of all, the fundraising was a success; the signifiant proceeds from the event will help HNS build toward an even stronger 2020-2021 school year .  Thank you!