an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
November 12, 2020

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

November 15, 2020
Twenty-Fourth Sunday
After Pentecost
Online worship - 9am
Liturgy of the Word

Officiant: The Rev. Libby Berman
Preacher: Mr. Ed Moore
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Readers: Alison Kittle & Ed Moore
Prayers of the People: 
   Kathy Otani

November 22, 2020
Reign of Christ
Online Worship -- 9am
Liturgy of the Word

Officiant and Preacher: 
The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon:  The Rev. Bob Steele
Readers: Kathy Otani & 
   Barbara Abe
Prayers of the People: 
   Wyn Aubrey-Child

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.

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 Guthrie, Heather, Lois, Sylvia, Wayne, Rico, Chris, Lora V., Michael, David, Anna Marie, Lorraine N., Brian, Jolene, June, Michael, Doady, Kelly, and for all who have contracted the Corona virus, those who are caregivers, and those who are seeking to develop a vaccine or measures of relief.  We pray for those in Hawaii facing unemployment or under-employment.
We also pray for victims of violence around the world.

If you wish to add a name to the prayer list, please be in touch with Puna Coldwell in the parish office at  


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

   Saturday: 9am - 12pm
Wednesday: 10am - 2pm
Click here to visit the Thrift Shop webpage.

To join our Zoom service online, Click HERE
Or Dial-in by phone at one of these numbers:
        +1 253 215 8782
        +1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 537 938 292  (No Password)

Click HERE  for the Service Booklet

All proceeds to benefit organizations that serve our
(Thrift Store volunteers ask for your patience as we
take precautions that will keep everyone safe.)

Our annual pledge campaign concludes next week.  
If you like, offering envelopes will be provided for your use on Sundays.  Periodically through the coming year, you will receive statements confirming your giving against your pledge as well as other gifts, such as purchasing flowers for worship services and the like.  These several weeks have allowed us time to pray over our giving of time, talent and treasure, and to discuss it with family and others.  We have had the gifts of testimony from our Announcements Time speakers, sharing their thoughts and experiences with giving.  We thank them heartily.
Benjamin Mays, long-time president of Morehouse College, said "We make our living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give."
--Jean & Bob Steele, Rosemary Domecki, and Ed Moore, HNC Stewardship Committee

Wednesday, November 18 from 7-8pm on Zoom:
Rev. Libby and Juditha Murashige, a longtime member and leader of the Thursday afternoon prayer group at Holy Nativity, will conclude their short series introducing different methods of contemplative prayer.  All are welcome to join us; no experience necessary!  The Zoom link will be on the front page of the Holy Nativity website.  If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Libby at
Wednesdays in December (all at 7pm on Zoom)
Ed Moore will offer a short series, lifting up 
Advent themes in works of poetry and short fiction

December 2: "Hope in a Time of Darkness" 

December 9: "The Child we await brings the Reconciliation we yearn for"

December 16: "Letting go of the Worship of 'Mamman'"
9 am to 12:30 in Monteiro Chapel at HNC
Let us gather to prepare our hearts to receive the miracle gift of the Christ Child. The gift of God to humanity, sharing in a person, the goals of our soul's growth and be more like Jesus.  We shall check in with one another, hear an Advent teaching, observe a 20 minute period of centering prayer, then choose a printed reflection item, and wander or quietly sit anywhere on the campus, Nave, St Francis Garden, Lanai, playground or columbarium. You may bring your journal to enter your reflections.  At noon, we shall gather again, to share our insights and questions.  Participants are welcome to share or remain quiet, as they wish. We will close with prayer and a blessing from Rev. Libby, so we may go out refreshed and encouraged!  Peace be with you.

Sign up with Puna at or Louisa: (808)-277-0246


A few dozen Christmas cards featuring images of our church have been ordered and are available for $10 for ten  5x7 flat (not folded) cards.  "Merry Christmas" is printed on the cards. The backs of the cards are suitable for writing notes.  The envelopes are lined with silver foil. Anyone wanting to purchase cards should email Jean Steele at or call 301-237-2467.  Your order will be left at the church office for pickup during the usual hours of opening, unless you require a different arrangement.  While the current supply will be exhausted quickly, Jean can arrange for more cards within a week.  Sample cards will be posted on the lanai bulletin board for those wanting a closer look.
But what they really are is the equipment we need at Holy Nativity Church to improve our AV system and get ourselves ready for concurrent in-person + online worship services, beginning on the first Sunday in Advent, November 29!  Our tech consultant, Mr. Kingsley Kalohaloni, Sound Engineer at Iolani School, will be with us to install the equipment and train our tech team on Nov 21-22.  God willing, we will be using the new equipment on Nov. 29, with Kingsley coaching and backing us up, both on Nov. 29 and Dec. 6.  Thanks to the vestry, for their support and encouragement, and to the tech team, for sharing their gifts of time and talent.  We hope to see you--in person OR online--very soon!
We will refresh our Parish Prayer List on Advent I, which is Nov. 29.  Please send the names you wish to place on our list anytime.