an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
October 1, 2020
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Upcoming Services
at Holy Nativity
(Go to the front page of our website, "" 
and click "Sunday Banyan")

October 4, 2020
Eighteenth Sunday
after Pentecost
Online worship - 9am
Liturgy of the Word

Officiant and Preacher: 
   The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Readers: Frank Condello
   & Alison Kittle
Prayers of the People: Ed Moore

October 11, 2020
Nineteenth Sunday 
after Pentecost
Online Worship -- 9am
Liturgy of the Word

Officiant and Preacher:
   The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Readers: Youth, TBD
Prayers of the People: 
   Julia Yamaguchi
St. Francis Prayer: 
Sophia and Allison Yu


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, 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.

Please join us at our regular, online worship service this coming Sunday.  We welcome one and all to this joyful, weekly celebration!    -- Rev. Libby

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

This week, we celebrate, lift up, and pray for our schools throughout the Episcopal Church. We give thanks for NAES, the organization that supports all of us in our work and ministry as church-and-school.  We can call upon NAES anytime for encouragement and advice, as we continue to educate, form, and serve together!   --Rev. Libby

The National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) is an independent, 501(c)(3), voluntary membership organization that supports, serves, and advocates for the vital...ministry of those who serve...Episcopal schools, Early Childhood Education programs, and school establishment efforts throughout The Episcopal Church. Chartered in 1965, with historic roots dating to the 1930s, NAES is the only pre-collegiate educational association that is both national in scope and Episcopal in character. The Association advances Episcopal education and strengthens Episcopal schools through essential services, resources, conferences, and networking opportunities.

* 1,160 - the number of Episcopal schools and Early Childhood Education programs.
* 160,000 - the approximate number of students in Episcopal schools. The students represent significant socio-economic, racial, cultural, and religious diversity.
* 25% - the approximate (overall) percentage of Episcopal school students who are Episcopalians. This means that Episcopal schools serve large numbers of students from other Christian denominations, non-Christian traditions, or no formal faith backgrounds.
* $212,000,000 - the estimated value of financial aid Episcopal schools offered in 2013-2014.
* 28,500 - the approximate number of administrators, faculty, and staff members Episcopal schools employ.*

*information from the NAES publication pictured above
Opportunities for Christian Formation
We welcome one and all to these online fall sessions; links will either be listed here and/or on the front page of the Holy Nativity Church website: 

October 1 & 8:  Bob and Jean Steele will facilitate two sessions. See the article, below, for more information.

November:  Rev. Libby and Juditha Murashige will offer a short series introducing different methods of contemplative prayer.  

December:  Ed Moore will offer a short series, lifting up Advent themes in works of poetry and short fiction.

Allan Rohan Crite's depictions of the everyday lives of Boston's African American community in the 1920s and 1930s transformed the American art scene and society's view of people of color in a way that no other artist has ever replicated.  In the 1940s, Crite to turned to religious themes, illustrating Biblical figures and stories with African and Asian faces.  For a long period he produced Sunday bulletin covers, following the lectionary but placing the figures in urban streets.  Besides painting, drawing and print-making, Crite is known for his large altar pieces.  He was a sweet and humble man of deep spirituality.

Allan Crite is just one of the African American artists Bob and Jean Steele would like you to know more about.  They are hosting two sessions:  7 p.m. by ZOOM on Thursday, October 1 and Thursday, October 8.  You can join the sessions by clicking on the link on the first page of our Holy Nativity website.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic affecting the viability of small local businesses, the Outreach Committee will be assisting restaurants in our community by a concerted patronage effort. If you'd like to participate jointly in this venture, please read the following proposal:

The Outreach Committee will be purchasing $25 gift certificates from two nearby restaurants - Greek Marina in Hawaii Kai and Maguro-Ya in Kaimuki. (Below are the menus of both restaurants along with directions and hours of operation). The certificates will then be offered to you, our parishioners, at $12.50 each (half the cost). At the moment, we have the approval to purchase forty gift certificates. Please email your request (one per family member) to Kathy Otani (

 We plan to continue our restaurant 'assistance' program per approval of additional funds from our Vestry. If you would like to suggest another restaurant in our community that could benefit from our collective patronage, please email Kathy the name and location of the restaurant and the Outreach Committee will consider by vote your request.

(call for prices)

A big Mahalo to all the participants in our Zoom Outreach brainstorming session on Thursday Sept. 17th.  We collected  a whole host of wonderful, creative and exciting ideas for everyone to take part in. We divided our events into three categories, Outreach, Inreach, & Joint Events with our School.  

Some ideas we will be able to work with during this time of restriction. The bolder, "out in the community" ones we will be preparing, but must be patience about, until we can mingle freely again.  The Vestry will ponder over them in our next meeting on October 20th at 6:00pm (zoom, everyone welcome). Then we will work out how to disseminate the ideas to all congregants, so that people can join in the planning of these fun and exciting events.  To whet your appetites, there are ideas that include services on the beach, events with other local churches, cook out competitions (with prizes,) bingo nights, film nights, art projects and much much more. We will be joining in partnership with our wonderful school for many of our events, so look out for further bulletins and be ready to participate in these fun church activities, going forward to the future with Rev. Libby at the helm.  --Wyn Aubrey-Child, Chair


On Sunday, October 11, we will tell the story of St. Francis, pray his prayer, and bless the animals he loved so much.  Children, youth--and all others!--are invited to have your pets ready to bless at the end of our service that day.  We welcome live animals who can sit quietly over Zoom for a few moments, as well as photos or drawings of your active animals who need to stay outside!

The first Drive-In Movie Weekend was a great success! The hope is to continue the tradition in late-October with a Halloween theme.  Stay tuned here for more info and/or keep an eye on this website: