an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
November 5, 2020

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

November 8, 2020
Twenty-Third Sunday
After Pentecost
Online worship - 9am
Liturgy of the Word

Officiant and Preacher: 
The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Prayers of the People: 
   Julia Yamaguchi

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

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

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 community!  
(Thrift Store volunteers ask for your patience as we take precautions that will keep everyone safe.)
Each Tuesday during our pledge campaign, you will find a short essay about giving in your email.  These materials were provided by our diocesan office and we hope you find them thought-provoking and useful.  But we all approach giving our own ways, based on our experiences, our perceptions of the needs of others, our Christian teaching and our spiritual life.  If you would like to discuss your thoughts about giving, please speak to our rector Reverend Libby, a vestry member or a member of the Stewardship Committee.

--the HNC Stewardship Team (Rosemary Domecki, 
Ed Moore, Bob & Jean Steele) 

(An occasional series helping us get to know our Holy Nativity School Board members)


Andrew Rocheleau has a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from the University of Hawaii.  Andrew serves as President of Sea Engineering, Inc.  The firm performs local coastal engineering, waterfront construction, commercial diving and offshore marine operations.  He is also Board Director for the Hawaii chapter of ESOP, the Employee Stock Ownership Association.  His wife Marissa was his college sweetheart and works as a nurse at Shriners Hospital.  Growing up in Hawaii, Andrew spends his free time surfing, paddling, hiking and teaching his kids the love of the outdoors.  He also loves snow-boarding during Spring Breaks when time allows.  

Andrew's parents brought the family from Delaware to Hawaii Kai when he was six.  He immediately started at Holy Nativity School and he migrated to Punahou for later years.  Today his son Dean is in Miss Petey's class and Wyatt is in Dr. Cat's.  Andrew has enjoyed volunteering at HNS, especially for the Pumpkin Festival and the Paina.  When the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic swept into Hawaii, Andrew reports he and his wife were amazed by the stupendous effort put forth by the teachers to support students learning from home. "They rose to the occasion in an amazing way," he said.  When he learned that nominees for the Board were desired, he felt he could do more to support our school and he submitted his name.  He is one of the Board's newest members.  

Welcome, Andrew; we're very glad you're "aboard"!

At its October 20 meeting, our Vestry funded several Outreach endeavors:

*Family Promise "shallow subsidy": one family $3500
*IHS: Institute of Human Services  $2250
*Samaritan Counseling Center. $3000

*Episcopal Prison Ministry. $2000

*Underemployed Musician Subsidies $500

*Angel Ministry (food), Calvary Lutheran $2000

*Clothing for men & women in/leaving prison $1000  


Earlier this year, the Vestry approved contributing to the purchase of a table at our school's HNS Paina, $3500 for the Angel Ministry and $2000 for Wally House (both food ministries) as well as $500 for restaurant subsidies (gift certificates) and $250 for hula hoops for children attending Holy Nativity School (helping the young children to socially distance themselves from each other).  The Hjorth Fund contributed $1000 toward the most recent Angel Ministry gift.  

The parish owes a vote of thanks to the Outreach Committee for its steadfast efforts to find worthy approaches to relieving the economic impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic here in Hawaii!

November 4, 11, and 18:  Rev. Libby and Juditha Murashige, a longtime member and leader of the Thursday afternoon prayer group at Holy Nativity, will offer a short series introducing different methods of contemplative prayer.  We will meet on three Wednesday evenings, November 4, 11, and 18, from 7-8pm on Zoom.  This series aims to serve those who have not experienced the many, ancient forms of contemplative prayer before, but are interested to learn more about it.  We will explore Ignatian prayer, Centering prayer, and learn Brother Lawrence's "Practice of the Presence of God," which an be used anytime, anywhere!  All are welcome to join us for one or more of the sessions.  The Zoom link will be on the front page of the Holy Nativity website, as it has been for our other fall offerings.  If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Libby at

December 2, 9, and 16:  Ed Moore will offer a short series, lifting up Advent themes in works of poetry and short fiction.  Details to come.
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.

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Many thanks to long-time parishioner Nina Livingston for leading the effort to create and place this bright invitation to Holy Nativity Church in all the "flick-or-treat" bags that went out to those who attended the sold-out drive-in movie shows over the last two weeks.  The note was accompanied by a very bright "glo-stick," which was very well-received by our young friends!  Thanks to those at Holy Nativity School who helped make movie night--and these wonderful gift bags--happen!

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace.  Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.  Amen.
(The Book of Common Prayer)
"Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly."

(Thanks to Chandi Hindrich for sharing this message of inspiration for today.)