an online publication of the
Church of the Holy Nativity, Aina Haina
September 24, 2020
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Upcoming Services
at Holy Nativity
(Go to the front page of our website, "" 
and click "Sunday Banyan")

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

Officiant: The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Preacher:  Frank Condello
Readers: Alison Kittle & Jean Steele
Prayers of the People: 
   Julia Yamaguchi

October 4, 2020
Eighteenth Sunday 
after Pentecost
Online Worship -- 9am
Liturgy of the Word

Officiant and Preacher: 
The Rev. Libby Berman
Deacon: The Rev. Bob Steele
Other servers: TBD. (Rota for 4th quarter will be coming out shortly.)


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, 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.

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


We are excited that our kids will be back on campus, beginning on Thurs, Sept 24, with Kupuna watch in full swing each morning.  May all teachers and learners be safe and joyful in-person in coming days! 

The Holy Nativity School Board welcomes two new members: long-time HNC parishioner Ed Stikeleather and HNS alum and parent Andrew Rocheleau.  They were elected to three year terms by the vestry on Sept 15, upon the recommendation of the joint nominating committee (Tessa Gomes, Lila Johnson, Rich Miller, and Patty Van Kuren).  Welcome, Ed and Andrew, and thanks to the nominating committee for their hard work.

Our bishop's message and query

When Bishop Bob joined us on September 13, he used this passage from the readings for the day as his text:
"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in  the Lord; in whom you also are built together." (Ephesians 2:19-22)
The bishop suggested that our new task, in coming together in this new ministry, is to determine "who we are" and "where we are going."  In order to do that work well, he said, our parish leaders must first have a sense of the deep desires and aspirations that already exist within our congregation.  He quoted James MacGregor Burns, who, in his book, Leadership, wrote that "...leaders (induce) followers to act for certain goals that represent the values and motivations--the wants and needs, the aspirations and expectations--of both leaders and followers." 

As a way of helping our leaders get to know what our deep desires and aspirations are, Bishop Bob presented three questions.  He asked members of the parish to think about each of them, and to share responses with the rector and with one another:
  • Why am I Christian? 
  • Why am I an Episcopalian? 
  • Why am I member of Holy Nativity? 
In each case, Bishop Bob encouraged us to "tell our stories," that is, to reach back into our lives and share what experiences we have had that led us to feel called to be Christian, Episcopalian, and affiliated with Holy Nativity Church.  Doing that work will, in turn, provide the material for our rector and vestry to chart a course into our future that is in true alignment with those issues we care about most deeply.
I look forward to hearing your feedback and responses to these questions.  Our vestry meets for its next visioning/planning session on November 7, at which time we will continue to discern "where we are going."  I am excited about our journey together!
--Rev. Libby

The thrift store will open this Saturday Sept. 26th at 9am to 12pm and Wednesday the 30th 10am to 2pm.  

The plan will be for us to continue opening on Wednesdays and Saturdays accepting donations and also allowing donations upon appointment.  If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please call our thrift store at 808-373-3744.
Opportunities for Christian Formation
We welcome one and all to these online fall sessions; links will either be listed here and/or on the front page of the Holy Nativity Church website:

September:  Frank Condello will offer the end-of-day service of Compline on each Wednesday at 7pm.  

October 1 & 8:  Bob and Jean Steele will facilitate two sessions. See the article, below, for more information.

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.


Over a period of almost twenty years, Romare Bearden was a case worker in New York City's Department of Social Services, but that didn't keep him from producing art prodigiously.  He also wrote songs, cofounded a gallery, designed costumes for Alvin Ailey Ballet Company and won many awards for his visual art.  Bearden's art reflected both his North Carolina birthplace and his urban adulthood.  He is especially known for his collages which allowed him to join in one piece of art references to different places, people and times.  Trains frequently appear in his work:  they represent both the northern migration and how experience and imagination take us to greater understanding.

Bearden is only one of numerous artists Bob and Jean Steele would like to introduce you to on Thursdays, October 1 and October 8, at 7 p.m. by ZOOM:  you can join the sessions by clicking on the link at our parish website.  Particular attention will be paid to the subjects of religion and justice as addressed by African American visual artists.  Questions and discussion are, of course, encouraged.

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.  

 Some ideas we will be able to work with during this time of restriction. The bolder, "out in the community" ones we will be preparing, but must be patience about, until we can mingle freely again.  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 fun and exciting events.  To whet your appetites, there are ideas that include services on the beach, events with other local churches, cook out competitions (with prizes,) bingo nights, film nights, art projects and much 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 in these fun church activities, going forward to the future with Rev. Libby at the helm.  --Wyn Aubrey-Child, Chair


COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our State's tourist industry, producing widespread unemployment here.  Food ministries across our islands are having to double and triple their efforts to meet the new needs.  In June, the Church of the Holy Nativity donated $4500 to food ministries.  This week we are donating another $1000 to the Angel Ministry at Calvary Lutheran Church, our near neighbor.  Please join us in rejoicing that we are able to do this.

September is Hunger Action Month, and the Hawaii Foodbank faces unprecedented challenge...

Upon the return to school (after fall break) on Oct 13, the Holy Nativity School PTO will be working with the student council to help collect food and launch our live food drive.  Our fall drive will benefit our underrepresented neighbors with the most basic needs - thank you for your big hearts in helping our community during this difficult season!


The first (rescheduled) Drive-In Movie Weekend starts this Thursday. Ticket sales were so successful that there is an added Sunday show!  Purchase tickets at