An online publication of the

Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina

October 26, 2023

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Service Participants:

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The Rev. Libby Berman

[email protected]

The Rev. Jennifer Latham

The Rev. Robert Steele

The Vestry

Sr. Warden: Bill Seeley

Jr. Warden: Austin Nakoa

Treasurer: Jean Steele

Clerk: Nina Livingston

Members at Large:

Rich Miller, Lila Johnson, Tusi Mayer, Kim Garner, Jack Tonaki, Ginnie Long, Carol Ching, Barbara Coles

Office Hours: M-Th 9-12

(808) 373-2131

In our parish, we pray for:

Agenhart E, Wayne O, Heather, John M, Todd T, Tom, Kate, Michael T, Lucille D, Lance, Ann C, Cynthia K, Joyce H, Sandee K, Doris, Sheri G, Raj R. & Renu R, Eric & Kathy M, Brown, Arthur, Don, Antone, Grace, Kitten, Jamie Y, Pam E, and Cynthia.

AND all who struggle with illness and/or hardship.

Please contact the HNC office with any prayer requests

[email protected] 

We are posting a brief day by day meditation from Forward Movement. It's a great way to start your morning! Just click on the website icon above.
Holy Nativity Thrift Shop
(808) 373-3744

Wednesdays: 9am-12pm
Fridays: 9am-12pm
Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Click here to visit the Thrift Shop webpage

For donations, please donate during store hours, and please do not leave items outside the gate after hours. Mahalo!

The Twenty-Second Sunday

after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist

October 29, 2023 at 9am


To join our Zoom service(s) online, Click HERE

Or Dial-in by phone at one of these numbers:

       +1 253 215 8782


Meeting ID: 537 938 292 (No Password)

Click HERE for Sunday Bulletin

Click HERE for FAMILY Sunday Bulletin


HNS Pumpkin Festival a Huge Hit!

The two day event was well attended,

and lots of fun!

Above: The Pumpkin patch

Below: Bake sale & plant sale



During the Diocesan Convention this past weekend,

Rev. Jenn led an on-line game show to help the whole Diocesan Convention learn more about climate change. 

“What’s the strongest force standing against our work of caring for the planet?” Doomerism!

 Let’s get over that thinking that our actions don’t matter—and get involved!


During these terrible days as our eyes and ears are filled with words and images of death, destruction, and horror, the natural temptation is to try to make sense of it all. However, nothing in the Middle East has ever been black & white. The narratives run deep and are decades long, complex, and the situation on the ground hurts everyone who lives there. We as Americans, who have the advantage of distance and safety, must listen, watch, learn and always be on our guard NOT to give into the temptation of vilifying an entire group of persons in an attempt to identify the evil responsible. It will never be that simple. There is no one group of persons responsible, not Jew, not Arab -- but as Shakespeare wrote in the end of

Romeo & Juliet, “All are punish’ed.”


In the news, we are seeing a return to the ugly

anti-Muslim blaming that plagued the USA

post 9/11. Likewise, we are seeing a dangerous rise in hateful antisemitism, which has Jews everywhere (even in Hawai’i) questioning their safety. We know historically that nothing good comes from rhetoric that pits one camp against another, and eliminates the possibility for solutions.

Know that everyone is “the other” to someone, and that we can’t let fear dictate our thoughts and actions. What we can and should do is to remember ourselves and keep ourselves in check. Continue to live lives of decency and good will, doing good works, and avoiding the trap of judgement, bias, and belief systems that bring hate and distrust.

How we think and feel is a choice;

let us choose wisely.


By Athena DeRasmo.

A Jew, an American, and a citizen of Israel. Lived in northern Israel for 5 years (2000-2005). A [then] graduate student and regular participant with on-the-ground / co-existence activism with other Jews, Arabs, and Foreign Nationals.

Athena is the acting (secular) Parish Administrator for

Holy Nativity Church.


On 10/19, All School Chapel was a delight!

This month's theme was

The Greatest Commandment!

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."

Mahalo to 6G, Dr. Bridgewater, and Ms. Fong




Thrift Store Fall Festival - Sat, Nov 4

(9am - 2pm)

75th Anniversary Celebration – Sat, Nov 11


East Honolulu ecumenical Thanksgiving service at Calvary-by-the-Sea – Tues, Nov. 21 (time TBD)


Fall Soccer,

concluded with an autumn bang for the HNFC Steele Phoenix!

Thanks to all keiki and parents from our summer and fall sessions.

What a great way to celebrate 75, what a great way to Believe!



Halloween Fun!

THIS Sunday, October 29th!

The Sunday School invites the children (and adults) to come in costume and enjoy a Halloween celebration.

Please bring wrapped candy for trick o' treat,

after service!



Inviting your help with our Nov. 11 celebration!

If you are able, please volunteer for one a number of needed positions:

Decorating, greeting guests, serving beverages, assisting with set-up or clean-up, or helping out at the Thrift Store that night.

Contact Rev Libby [email protected] or Athena in the parish office [email protected] and we will put you in touch with Quinn Takahashi, our event coordinator.



Join us on Sunday, Nov 12, as we celebrate

"All the Saints of Holy Nativity"

at the 9am service.


The Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity
5286 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96821