an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
September 17, 2020
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Upcoming Services
at Holy Nativity
(Go to the front page of our website, "" 
and click "Sunday Banyan")

September 20, 2020
Sixteenth Sunday
after Pentecost
Online worship - 9am
Liturgy of the Word

September 27, 2020
Seventeenth Sunday 
after Pentecost
Online Worship -- 9am
Liturgy of the Word


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.

Serving this Sunday 
(September 20)  
Sixteenth Sunday
after Pentecost

9am Liturgy of the Word
Officiant:  The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon and Preacher: 
The Rev. Bob Steele
Readers: Wyn Aubrey-Child & 
   Alison Kittle
Prayers of the People: John Verghese

Serving next Sunday 
(September 27)  
Seventeenth Sunday
after Pentecost

9am Liturgy of the Word
Officiant: The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Preacher:  Frank Condello, student in formation for ordination
Readers: Alison Kittle & Jean Steele
Prayers of the People: 
   Julia Yamaguchi
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, 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

   Closed until Further Notice due to COVID--we will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so!

Click here to visit the Thrift Shop webpage.

Please join us at our regular, online worship service this coming Sunday.  We welcome one and all to this joyful, weekly celebration!    -- 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

The nave was quiet, but online, the congregation was joyful and well, as we celebrated the formal beginning of our new ministry together at Holy Nativity on this last Sunday, September 13, with our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick, presiding.  In his sermon, the bishop offered advice on leadership and questions for each of us to consider, as we plan our ongoing ministries.  I will share all of that material with you in an article next week.  For today, let me simply share how thankful I am for all of you!

I am so grateful for all the hands, hearts, and voices that made this service of commitment to one another and our ministries incredibly special. Thanks to the altar guild, who arranged for the celebratory red on the altar and in the flowers.  Thanks to the more than twenty people who said "yes" when they were asked to speak during the liturgy.  Thanks to our amazing musicians for providing their wonderful and varied styles.  Thanks to Chandi Hinrichs and Tusi Mayer for arranging for the beautiful leis, and to Jean Steele and many others who shared comments during coffee hour.  Thanks to our dear friends at Holy Nativity School and our Thrift Store volunteers for their presence and contributions. Thanks to our tech team, who puts it all together, every week!  

Finally, thanks to our congregation for "saying yes" to this new ministry.  I am very honored that you called me to be your rector.  I pledge my best to you in the days ahead, as we seek to strengthen the bonds between our church and school, invite more people into our fellowship of faith and love, and deepen our commitment to God, here on this beautiful island.  May God bless us richly in this new time of our work and ministry together! --Rev. Libby


A wise person recently suggested that churches think about the program year (usually a busy time of Christian formation for adults and youth) differently this fall  Her notion was that touching quietly on a variety of subjects through these months may enable more of us, who are weary from the struggles of COVID, to engage in formation than a longer, deeper study would right now.  With that notion in mind, we have planned four short series for the next few months, as we finish the season of Pentecost and enter a new church year in Advent.  We welcome one and all; links for these online sessions will either be listed here and/or on the front page of the Holy Nativity Church website:

September:  Frank Condello, our student in formation for ordination, will offer the end-of-day service of Compline on each Wednesday at 7pm.  

October:  Bob and Jean Steele will facilitate two sessions and conversation on faith and justice, using images from African-American visual art.  See the article just below this one for more information.

November:  Rev. Libby will offer a short series that will introduce different methods of contemplative prayer.  Often, we talk to God through our prayer; contemplative prayer helps us learn to listen for God. Members of the contemplative prayer group that is sponsored through HNC may assist.

December:  Ed Moore will offer a short series, lifting up Advent themes in works of poetry and short fiction.


You might know the names of August Wilson or James Baldwin or Toni Morrison, major African-American writers of the last century, but do you know the names of Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence or Romare Bearden?  A gold star for you if you can say yes.  Women and minorities were long neglected by museums and academicians, but they produced works which told stories and expressed emotions and advocated for values and attitudes as powerfully as those who got more attention.

On Thursdays, October 1 and October 8, by ZOOM at 7 p.m., Bob and Jean Steele will host sessions about African-American art with special attention to the topics of Christianity and justice.  The image accompanying this announcement is by Jacob Lawrence and addresses the demonstrators crossing the Pettus Bridge, risking their lives in the cause of justice.


You'd be surprised and wonder what you're missing...

Lila Johnson and Bill Seeley recently attended the Aina Haina Neighborhood Board Meeting with a number of interested folks from the community.  These are monthly meetings held on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  The current venue is the Wailupe Community Park (Formerly Wailupe School, way up at 969 Hind Luka Drive). The usual meeting location is the Aina Haina Library, but its closure due to COVID-19 has necessitated the new temporary site.  Holy Nativity's geographical location entitles it to be part of this board's jurisdiction that runs from Kuliouou to Kalani Iki.  

The meeting has an organized agenda with a capable chair and topics of interest for everyone.  Official reports are given by government and private entities.  Representatives come from the Governor's office, the legislature, the Mayor's office, the Honolulu County Council as well as from the police and fire departments, city refuse, the Board of Water Supply and HECo.  When they cannot attend, there is generally a written report.  Here's where you learn just what is happening and the decisions being made for our part of East Oahu.   

The neighborhood board provides a perfect  opportunity to share some of the issues affecting Holy Nativity, the church and the school.  Traffic is a hot topic.  And, the intersection at Kalanianaole and Nenue is a frequent subject of conversation.  Also, did you know that Longs is trying to get its access improved at Kalanianaole Highway and West Hind Drive?   If you want a voice in what happens in our community, this is where you want to be.  Getting involved is good for church members, school parents, and it even could provide a civics class opportunity for our school's older kids. 

For more information, go to:>Neighborhood Commission Office>Neighborhood Boards
Kuliouou-Kalani Iki No. 2 Neighborhood board.
(The link to connect is on the front page of the Holy Nativity Church website.) 

Some people like to Google their own name and see what they find.  What you can do is look up the listing for you and your family in the Parish Directory 2020!  Do we have the right names for your household members?  What about address(es), emails, telephone numbers?  We want to communicate with you as effectively as possible!  You can send your additions and corrections to our parish administrator Puna at .  Mahalo nui loa!