An Invitation from the Vicar
Welcome. On behalf of the more than 400 members of Nativity Church, I invite you discover this exciting congregation, first on line and then on a Sunday morning.
This web site will introduce you to the ministries of our congregation, but only a personal visit can help you to know if this is the church you are looking for. Join us for worship and discover the blessing of being in a Christian community with diverse membership and an inclusive spirit that welcomes all persons to the altar. We are not quite the United Nations, but we do have a lovely mix of ethnic heritages among our members.
Family Friendly. We happily call ourselves a family church, with a big heart for children and youth. Family includes single parents and their children as well as seniors and singles who enjoy the vitality of energetic children. Gay and lesbian families feel at home here, as do Mom and Dad and their 2.2 children. Children and adults with special needs always feel welcome and cared for at Nativity which enjoys a fully accessible facility.
Supporting Your Spiritual Journey. We are here to support each other on the spiritual journey and we hope it will one day lead to your membership at Nativity, but please understand that we welcome the sojourner who wants to see what is going on here and who may be looking for a safe way to return to church after what might have been a hurtful experience earlier in life. A lot of healing takes place in this congregation as folks find their way back to faith.
Nativity is an Episcopal Church and member congregation of the world-wide Anglican Communion. We are not dogmatic in our principles of faith – many different points of view are at home here – but we are very serious in our belief that coming to know the saving work of Jesus will convince you that God’s gifts of peace and joy can be yours today, even in this sometimes sinful and broken world.
Community Consciousness. Finally, you should know that Nativity does not exist for the sake of its members alone, but for the good of our whole community and the welfare of our neighbors who join us for dinner every Wednesday evening or who grow healthful food in our summer gardens or who receive pastoral care here. A congregation can only be as strong as the community it serves.
Look further through this website and then come see us on Sunday morning. We look forward to meeting you.
View The Parable of the Tethered Woman sermon, given by Denis.
If you would like to met with the vicar, please call Sandy in the office to schedule an appointment. 952-435-8687
Scheduled Office Hours:
- Monday: 9 am-1 pm
- Tuesday: 9 am-1 pm
- Wednesday: 9 am 12 noon, 6 pm-9 pm
- Thursday: 12 noon-3 pm
- Sunday: varies based on program and committee meetings
We Gather Together
Take a look at this year's events on the We Gather Together page
- 7 - Stations of the Cross, 6-7pm
- 7 - Friday Fellowship, 6:15-7:15pm
- 8 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
- 9 - Youth Ensemble Practice,12:45-1:15am
- 9 - Voice of Lent, 3:30-5pm
- 10 - Scout Troop #261, 6:45pm-8:45pm
- 10 - Voices of Lent, 7-8:30pm
- 11 - Bible Study, 10:30-11:30am
- 11 - Living Sober, 7pm
- 12 - Community Cafe, 5-7pm
- 12 - Bell Choir, 5:30-6:30pm
- 12 - Choir, 7-8pm
- 12 - Voices of Lent, 7:30-8:30pm
- 13 - Voices of Lent, 7-8:30pm
- 14 - Stations of the Cross, 6-7pm
- 15 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
- 15 - Voices of Lent, 9-10:30am
- Episcopal Youth Music Camp 2014 Registration: Start planning now. Registration forms available on-line. EYMC takes place August 3-9, 2014
Lenten Program 2014:This I Believe
This I Believe: The Voices of Lent are our voices as the worshiping community of Nativity: the staff, who developed the themes and chose the readings, our Scripture, the facilitating voices of the group leaders, and, of course, the sharing among the participants.
Please join these groups by signing up in the gathering room or email Anna. Groups meet weekly beginning Sunday, March 9. Possible group times are 3:30-5:00 p.m. Sundays; 7:00-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays and 9:00–10:30 a.m. Saturdays.
Join Us Sunday
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
9:00 am Holy Eucharist
(traditional with music)
11:30 am Holy Eucharist
(informal with music)
Readings for Sunday,
March 9, 2014
The First Sunday in Lent
- Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
- Romans 5:12-19
- Matthew 4:1-11
- Psalm 32
Sermon by: Rev. Canon Denis O’Pray
This week’s sermon will begin our This I Believe Lenten series.
If you are interested in finding this weeks readings, visit the Lectionary Page: www.lectionarypage.net
Looking Ahead: Fashion with a Passion
A Ready for Success Fundraiser, Thursday, May 1, 5:30-8:00 pm
See attached flyer for more details or www.readyforsuccessmn.org
Episcopal Creative Arts Day Camp
July 28-August 1 from 9 am-3 pm at St mark’s Cathedral
Registration begins March 1.
Visit www.ourcathedral.org for more information