an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
October 15, 2020

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

October 18, 2020
Twentieth Sunday
after Pentecost
Online worship - 9am
Liturgy of the Word

Officiant and Preacher: 
   The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Readers: Lila Johnson & 
   Kim Garner
Prayers of the People: 
   Frank Condello

October 25, 2020
Twenty-First Sunday 
after Pentecost
Online Worship -- 9am
Liturgy of the Word

Officiant: The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Preacher: Frank Condello
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, 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

Sunday, October 11 saw a wonderful celebration of the Feast of St. Francis.  At the end of the service, after two of our youth read the prayer attributed to this saint, nearly twenty pets (including mostly dogs and cats, but also a few koi!) were blessed.  Thanks to our family service musician, Amie Lawyer, and to all of our youth readers and artists.  Join us for our next family service (offered on the second Sunday of each month) on November 8.

Jeanne Steele with her daughter, Elisabeth

Jean Steele's family are not strangers to the Hawaiian Islands. Her great-great-grandfather came to Hawaii from the Azores in 1852.  Jean and Bob did not come to live here until 2016, however, when they left their home in College Park, Maryland.  They re-located to Hawaii to be near their daughter, Elisabeth, pictured above with Jeanne, their son-in-law and granddaughter. 
Born in California and raised in Hawaii, Virginia, California and New York as her father's Navy career advanced, Jean graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1965 with a double major in English and Education. Three years later, she earned her M.Div. degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was during that time that she met and married Bob Steele, who also was attending the Divinity School.  

Jean has had a busy and varied career. She spent six years at the Yale School of Medicine where she was the business manager of a basic science department.  During that time she was also the Director of Christian Education for Trinity Church on-the-Green, New Haven, Connecticut. After that, she moved on to work with AMCAS (American Medical School Application Service). She was a systems analyst, designing systems and developing and teaching training courses. In 1980 Jean joined the mortgage company "Freddie Mac" as a systems analyst, and after rising to the executive ranks, retired in 2002.  During this period she chaired the Alumni Executive Committee and served on the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Divinity School.  She also served on the Board of Directors of the Children's Law Center of Washington, D.C. and chaired the Endowment Board at St. Andrew's, College Park.

Jean and Bob have been lovers of art throughout their married life. They have collected African American art, and lent much of it to schools, universities and museums, as well as donating some to various institutions on the East Coast. They also have some beautiful examples of their collection displayed in their home in Hawaii Kai. 

We all know Jean as our amazing Treasurer for Holy Nativity Church. Jean is also the co-director of the Outreach Committee and has many creative ideas for projects in our Outreach Ministry.  We are so glad she is here!

It is an important tradition within the Episcopal Church (and those of many other denominations) to remember loved ones who have died as a part of our All Saints Day observance.  On All Saint's, we recall all of those from the church's past and remind ourselves that we, too, are a part of this "great company of saints."  It is a feast day; we use white and ring our church bells to signify resurrection and joy. We invite you to submit the name(s) of those you wish to remember to our parish administrator, Puna Coldwell, at by October 27.  We will read each of the names aloud on Nov. 1.
This year, our 8th annual Great Pumpkin Festival has been re-imagined - we present 2020's Flick-or-Treat @ TheGreat Pumpkin Drive-In over two long weekends (October 22-25 and October 28 - November 1).  Our event will feature:
  • Four different family-friendly Halloween movies over the course of the event (2 movies a night)
  • Trick-or-treat bags filled with Halloween goodies and coupons from local sponsors 
  • An opportunity to dress up for Halloween and have a socially-distant family photo taken (in costume!)
  • Socially distant costume contests with prizes
  • Dinner and a Movie, as we are partnering with a local small business to provide gourmet bentos
This event is open to the public (admission only through pre-paid online ticketing) and will feature 2 family-friendly movies every night.  We will screen "How to Train Your Dragon" and "The Greatest Showman" the first weekend, and "The Peanuts Movie" and "The Princess Bride" the second weekend.
We take the safety of our school community, our neighborhood and our attendees seriously.  Face masks and social distancing are required when moving outside of vehicles.
Our events begin at 5:30pm and feature movies projected on the big screen, with audio streamed through FM radio. 
This event is a benefit for Holy Nativity School - please support our little school in the valley, and purchase your tickets today! (Tickets available through the website:

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.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic affecting the viability of small local businesses, the Outreach Committee is assisting restaurants by a concerted patronage effort, matching outreach funds to purchasers' funds. Last weekend, project coordinator Kathy Otani and Outreach Chair Wyn Aubrey-Child, purchased and distributed more than forty $25 gift certificates for use at Greek Marina in Hawaii Kai and Maguro-Ya in Kaimuki. If you would like to suggest another restaurant that could benefit, please email Kathy ( and the Outreach Committee will consider your request. 

The Vestry will ponder the many ideas collected at our recent Outreach Committee meeting on October 20th at 6:00pm (zoom, everyone welcome).  The events are divided into three categories: Outreach, Inreach, & Joint Events with our School. To whet your appetites, there are ideas that include services on the beach, events with other churches, cook-out competitions (with prizes), bingo & film nights, art projects and 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!  --Wyn Aubrey-Child, Chair
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges:  Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.  
(Book of Common Prayer, p. 822)

"Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the cares of this world.  At times like these may I be aware of the comfort of your Presence, Your infinite love for me."

--from a daily prayer cycle offered by the Irish Jesuits: