an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
October 8, 2020

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

October 11, 2020
Nineteenth Sunday
after Pentecost
Online worship - 9am

Officiant and Preacher: 
   The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Readers: Owen, Noah, and Isaiah Zitz & Shawn and Wyatt Goheen
Prayers of the People: 
   Julia Yamaguchi
St. Francis Prayer: 
   Sophia & Allison Yu

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


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.


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...  See you then, 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

Jeanne always had the sweetest smile.  She was at home with family when she died on the morning of Wednesday, October 7.

Jeanne Nelson attended the teachers college in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  She and Bob were married in 1953.  In the following years they had five children, taught school and continued their educations.  In 1966, Jeanne received her B.A. from Iowa State.  Meanwhile, Bob had been working on his graduate degree and teaching in Red Oak and Deep River, Iowa.  They moved to Hawaii in 1965, where Bob became choral director for Girls Glee and Concert Glee Clubs at the Kamehameha Schools.

Soon Jeanne was back in the classroom.  She taught mathematics at the Kamehameha Schools and coached the Math Team.  It engaged in monthly competitions with teams from other schools.  Jeanne's teaching was exemplary and soon gained wide attention.  In 1985 and 1986, she won State Commendations for her teaching.  In 1991-92, the Tandy Technology Scholars gave her their Outstanding Teacher Award.  Best of all, in 1991, Jeanne won the Presidential Award for teaching in math and science.  Her family traveled to Washington, D.C., for a White House ceremony over which George H. W. Bush presided, where Bob said they were treated royally.

Always very active at Holy Nativity, Jeanne became Treasurer while Charlie Crane was rector and she served for several years. At this same time, Bob was serving as choir director.  

Jeanne wanted to retire from the Kamehameha Schools in 2000, but the event was delayed when the school said they couldn't afford to lose her.   For so many of us at Holy Nativity, it is hard for us, too, to lose her.  Our prayers are with Bob, their children and extended family.  May she rest in peace and rise in glory.  Amen.

Jeanne Nelson with her daughers, granddaughters, 
and great-granddaughter
(Mahalo to Jean Steele for this article and to Kalei Anderson for the photos of her mom and dad.)


A few weeks ago, we reported that, for a second time, the HNC Vestry, upon the recommendation of the Outreach Committee, voted to send $1000 to Angel Network Ministries, a hunger-relief effort hosted by Calvary-by-the-Sea, our church neighbor to the east on Kalaniana-ole Hwy.  Pictured here are Rev. Libby, who is passing the outreach check on to Cheryl Tuitele, Council Chair of Calvary-by-the-Sea.  Standing next to Cheryl is Calvary's new interim pastor, Rev. Karla Wildberger.  Welcome, Pastor Karla!  We looking forward to continuing to partner with you all in ministry in the days ahead. 
Join Bob and Jean Steele, as they are hosting the second two sessions on African-American artists.  Last week, several participants were privileged to hear the Steeles speak about several important men, some of whose work are in their own, personal collection; this week, they will focus on women artists.  Join them at 7 p.m. by ZOOM on Thursday, October 8.  Click on the link on the first page of our Holy Nativity 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 in our community by a concerted patronage effort. As of Oct 5, project coordinator Kathy Otani had received 31 Greek Marina and 11 Maguro-Ya gift certificate requests!

Kathy will purchase the $25 gift certificates from Mr Goro Obara (of Maguro-Ya in Kaimuki) and Mr. Nasser Rizk (of Greek Marina in Hawaii Kai). She then will alert those who have reserved certificates to pick them up at HNC, paying $12.50 for each.         

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

Did you happen to notice that the picture in the upper left corner of our weekly Banyan Tree looks different this week?  That's because members of the HNC property recently saw to it that our evening lights, turned on by a timer each night, were repaired and made ready to go.  Thanks to Bill Seeley and Joe Kindrich, especially, who coordinated this project. (Joe invites us to look closely at the photo--to see that the arrow on the pavement points directly to the cross!). Thanks, team!
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.  

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 events.  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
OCT 22-25 & OCT 29-NOV 1

While HNS will not be able to hold the traditional version of its October Pumpkin Festival, another set of drive-in movies is coming to town later this month.  While events are still in the planning stages, we look forward to some Halloween-themed fun, including costumes.  Everyone is welcome!  For more info:

(from the Foster Botanical Garden in Honolulu)
Stay safe -- and go outside to play...