an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
October 22, 2020

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

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

Officiant: The Rev. Libby Berman
Preacher: Frank Condello
Readers: Kathy Otani & 
   Barbara Abe
Prayers of the People: 
   Wyn Aubrey-Child

November 1, 2020
Feast of All Saints
Online Worship -- 9am
Liturgy of the Word

Officiant: The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon and Preacher:
The Rev. Bob Steele
Readers: Ed Moore & Kim Garner
Prayers of the People: 
   Jean Steele

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
This Sunday marked the beginning of our Pledge Drive.  We are entering a few weeks when we will be counting our blessings and being mindful of the needs of others.  We will contemplate experiences we have had with giving and how they have made us feel.  We will pray for guidance and support in making our pledges for the coming year at Holy Nativity.

The theme of this year's campaign is "Faith-Filled Generosity."  The focus is anchored in a key element of our Parish's mission statement: "to share God's bounty through outreach." The Stewardship Committee consulted with the Rector and the Treasurer.  We made a review of the results of last's year campaign and the current challenges in our community as a result of COVID-19 pandemic to determine the financial goals and the level of participation. The dollar goal is $130,000 and unit goal is 40 pledges. This represents a 10% increase from last year's accomplishment. The purposes of seeking increased funds will be to stabilize our operating budget and enhance our outreach budget.
--the HNC Stewardship Team (Rosemary Domecki, 
Ed Moore, Bob & Jean Steele) 
OF GOD -- NOV 1, 2020

On All Saint's, we recall all of those saints from our church's past and remind ourselves that we, too, are a part of this "great company of saints."  It is our tradition to remember loved ones who have died as a part of this observance.  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.

Because we are unable to meet in-person for the Diocesan Annual Meeting of Convention on Sat, Oct 24, Bishop Bob made a recording of his sermon beforehand so that anyone in our congregations can view it. Here is the link:
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, 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:  Ed Moore will offer a short series, lifting up Advent themes in works of poetry and short fiction.

An Advent Quiet Morning at Holy Nativity with leaders Louisa LeRoux and Rev. Libby -- details to come

Do you enjoy reading the daily scripture passage and short meditations in this publication?  If you haven't given it a try, consider doing so!  The current issue concludes on Oct 31; the next issue, which currently is available in the office, covers November through January. If you would like a hardcopy mailed to you, please let our administration, Puna Coldwell know, at  Blessings on your reflections!
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)

in "all creatures, great and small"
Amie Lawyer sent this sweet photo of a kitten, who was one of a few who found their way into their workshop at home. If you are interested in taking one home, you can let Amie know at