an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
October 29, 2020

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

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

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
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.

Celebrate with us on this Feast Day, as we remember our connection to all the saints of God, throughout all the ages!

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
During our annual pledge drive, you have the opportunity to pledge your support for our parish during 2021.  Pledge cards have been mailed for you to complete.  Our goal for this campaign is to receive at least 40 pledges, totaling at least $130,000.  We are pleased that the entire Vestry has already pledged for next year.  Let's all thank them for their leadership in this effort!  You may approach Reverend Libby or any member of the Committee if you have questions or comments about pledging.  We will be completing our drive with an offering of our pledges during the Ingathering service on November 22.

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

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


Ed Stikeleather is a West Point graduate who earned an MBA at Fordham University. He spent twenty-two years in the Army, moving his family from New York to Hawaii, South Korea, Kansas and California. For the last 18 years he has served as the Office of Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff representative to the US Indo Pacific Command, Camp Smith. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, he traveled 120-140 days a year, largely in the Far East. He is involved in negotiations with allies concerning ballistic missile defenses. 

He has two sons and five grandchildren in the Seattle-Tacoma area and a daughter in Alexandria, Virginia, who has twin daughters almost eight. His youngest daughter lives here and is the mother of a 5-month old daughter whom Ed can be seen taking for walks in her stroller.

Ed attended Christ School (Episcopal) for boys in Asheville, North Carolina. Growing up on a lake, he learned to fish and swim, but he likes the ocean, too (his father and uncles had Navy careers). He jogs and likes to hike the trails in East Oahu. The pandemic having curtailed his travel, he has adjusted to Zoom communication and the luxury of grandfatherhood. He had volunteered at our school before he received a call from Reverend Libby saying she prayed regularly about the roles our members can play in our church and school. He has been impressed with the excellence of HNS and was willing to be nominated to its Board. Ed is interested in the challenges of education and in the nuances of learning approaches. In the near term he looks forward to involving himself in the calling of a permanent Head of School.

(Ed, we are glad that you're "aboard"!)
This weekend, our 8th annual Great Pumpkin Festival concludes with two new drive-in movies on Osco Field from Oct 29-Nov 1):  "The Peanuts Movie" and "The Princess Bride."  For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

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.

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 becoming ... to be more like Jesus.  We shall check in with one another, hear an Advent teaching, and 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 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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We will refresh our Parish Prayer List on Advent I, which is Nov. 29.  Please send the names you wish to place on our list anytime.

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)