In our parish, we pray for: Sandy T.A.,Lora V. Sylvia, Donovan, Ryan, Blake, Bruce, Chris, Wayne, Heather, Erwin, John, Todd, Terry, Sharon, Elaine, Tom, Sue, David W., Eric, Katy, Kate, Sandee, Barbara, Mary F. and Michael T.
AND all who struggle with illness and/or hardship.
Please contact the HNC office with any additional prayer requests
We are posting a brief day by day meditation from Forward Movement. It's a great way to start your morning! Just click on the website icon above.
I was again shocked and moved by the death of 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas earlier this week. Seeing the news footage made me grieve for all of them and reminded me of the deep responsibility we have for our children here at Holy Nativity. I was heartened by our Head of School, Jeanne Wilks' letter to the school community; she emphasized the the fact that, while none of us can protect ourselves completely from senseless violence, there are may things we can do to strengthen our community and our resilience. Jeanne mentioned "maintaining a positive and supportive culture for students and employees, as a means of prevention." I would add to that comment a reminder that, in all we do here, we are seeking to form caring, thoughtful young people who will take their place in the adult world and work for good.
I am grateful for all who took time this week to make sure our students and families received the attention they needed in the wake of this tragedy. I ask your prayers for those in Texas who need them today:
"O God, whose beloved Son took children into his arms and blessed them, Give us grace to entrust these children and adults from Texas to your never-failing care and love. Deal graciously with their families, friends, and community in their grief. Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence to meet the days to come. Amen."
-The Book of Common Prayer
--May God's peace be with them and us,
Who's in the Pew? And at the Organ?!
By Jean Steele
Have you ever looked behind the preacher, behind the pulpit, behind the partition, behind the music stand? That’s where you’ll find Lorraine Yamamoto, our shy but skilled organist (and pianist). Lorraine studied piano at school in the fourth through eighth grades. In high school she had private lessons with Ernest Chang, while also beginning organ lessons with her school’s music director.
Lorraine went to college in Washington (state) and spent her junior year in Beirut, Lebanon, where, instead of pipe organs, she practiced and gave her junior recital on a Hammond organ. She describes it as the best year of her college life. After graduation, she returned to Hawaii and taught in Mr. Chang’s studio, then worked in an office and then married. Her husband had come from Japan and spent a year here learning English before going to California for college and then Loma Linda’s School of Dentistry while Lorraine worked as a billing clerk.
Then they moved to Los Angeles for 20 years, but her husband wanted to return to Japan to be near his aging parents; during the years they were in Japan, he was able to practice in a hospital clinic. Lorraine was able to manage the language orally because of exposure to it throughout her life.
Their next move was to Hawaii. Lorraine’s sister was ill and Lorraine cared for her the last six months of her life. Then she assumed the care of her mother, who lived only another year. It was a hard time.
Next Lorraine took a sales auditing job with Food Pantry, a subsidiary of Foodland. She liked the work very much because she likes “everything to be just so.” She retired in 2014.
Lorraine has been organist at Holy Nativity for sixteen years. She laughingly says it’s too long! But she enjoys the people here. She works with Chris Suzuki, choir director, and with Revs. Libby and Jenn, to plan the music for several Sundays at a time. She says Libby is the first priest to ever involve the musicians in planning the music.
You may not see much of Lorraine—she doesn’t seek the spotlight—but we know you hear her playing as the music wafts through the nave and down the transmission lines to those of us on Zoom.
Trinity Sunday is June 12th
Beginning in 2015, the Diocese of Hawaiʻi began setting aside Trinity Sunday of every year as a time to collect a special offering to support
More info coming soon!
New expanded hours for the
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9am-12pm
Thrift Shop phone # is (808) 373-3744
Aloha/Coffee hour needs volunteers to bring refreshments starting in June!
The volunteer sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board outside the Nave.
Please contact the HNC office with any questions or to