Upcoming “Towards Tomorrow” Congregational Conversations
Nativity’s Bishops Committee, with the congregation’s support, has asked Father Denis to work full-time during 2014 in order to help us improve our programs and be ready to call a full-time rector. During this time of transition, it is imperative for the entire congregation to come together as a committed community to prepare for that call and change. In preparation for this, the Transition team and the Stewardship group are combining efforts to develop an upcoming congregational conversation program. The purpose of this conversation will be to focus on and discuss two key elements with each and every household:
- Who are we as a congregation?
- What are we looking for in a new Rector?
- What are the gifts of time and treasure you can offer?
- What financial commitment can you make through 2015?
As the “Towards Tomorrow” program is developed and ready for kick-off in the coming weeks, please watch for your opportunity to be part of the conversation and this exciting time in the life of Nativity!
Denis and Doug introduce and discuss the Toward Tomorrow program
Our Nativity community has yet another reason to celebrate during this blessed Easter season. Bishop Prior informed us that our application for Parish Status has been fully approved!! There is yet the formality of a congregational meeting to ratify this action, which Bishop Prior will lead on the evening of May 22, and the creation of Articles of Incorporation, which are in process, but the Bishop does not think this should hold up our announcement and celebration.
This is the day the Lord has made; Let us be rejoice and be glad in it!! Psalm 118:24
Watch for a “Volunteer Survey” coming May 1st
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35
Love. It's part of who we are as individuals and as members of Nativity. We are committed to loving our neighbors by serving others and welcoming all, this is what makes Nativity unique. This year, we have made community outreach one of the core initiatives for our parish with the intent, in part, to create a program for supporting and connecting members who volunteer in the community. In the next few weeks, watch for a survey about your volunteer interests and activities, both inside and outside our church community. Your input is very important! Survey will be available May 1-22.
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.
- 25 - Office Closed
- 26 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
- 27 - Holy Eucharist, 8-8:45am
- 27 - Holy Eucharist, 9-10am
- 27 - Holy Eucharist, 11:30-12:30
- 27 - Men's Group, 6:30-9pm
- 29 - Living Sober, 7pm
- 30 - Community Cafe, 5-7pm
- 1 - Office Closed
- 1 - Friday Fellowhsip, 6:15-9pm
- 2 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
- 3 - Holy Eucharist, 8-8:45am
- 3 - Holy Eucharist, 9-10am
- 3 - Holy Eucharist, 11:30-12:30
- 5 - Living Sober, 7pm
- 6 - Community Cafe, 5-7pm
- 8 - Office Closed
- 9 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
- 10 - Holy Eucharist, 8-8:45am
- 10 - Holy Eucharist, 9-10am
- 10 - Holy Eucharist, 11:30-12:30
- 12 - Primary Election Site, 6am - 1pm
- 12 - Living Sober, 7pm
- 13 - Community Cafe, 5-7pm
- 15 - Assumption of Mary
- 15 - Office Closed
- 16 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
- 17 - Holy Eucharist, 8-8:45am
- 17 - Holy Eucharist, 9-10am
- 17 - Holy Eucharist, 11:30-12:30
Vacation Bible School
6-8 pm at Nativity
Look Who I Found Hiding in the Bible, Five Lesser Known Voices that have Shaped the Faith.
Cost: $40 for the first child, $35 each child after, with a family cap of $100
July 27, from 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
The group meets for a meal, fellowship and a discussion. The discussion leader is Bill Johnson.
Join Us at Nativity
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
9:00 am Holy Eucharist
(traditional with music)
11:30 am Holy Eucharist
(informal with music)
Readings for Sunday,
Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
- 1 Kings 3:5-12
- Romans 8:26-39
- Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
- Psalm 119:129-136
Sermon: The Rev. Kathleen Brusco
If you are interested in finding this weeks readings, visit the Lectionary Page: www.lectionarypage.net
Tuesday Morning Bible Study returns for the summer months!
Join us this summer for weekly discussion, fellowship and prayer. We will study the upcoming lectionary.
The group will meet from 10:30 am-11:30 am in the Fellowship Room. All are welcome!
For Tuesday June 15: Genesis 1:1-2:4a, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Matthew 28:16-20, Psalm 8 www.lectionarypage.net
Annual Gala Fundraiser
October 11th from 6-10 pm
Join us for a fun evening of disco dancing and bidding on great auction items. Keep watching for more details on the event and pre-Gala activities, and start thinking about what you could contribute (auction items, time, talent).
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
End your day with Compline at Nativity
Growing Together Through Prayer, Nativity’s prayer group, will be offering the service of Compline on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings now through August 14. ( July dates: 7/29, 7/30, 7/31)
The program starts at 8 pm with ten minutes of silent, still prayer, followed by the Order for Compline.
What is Compline? Compline is the final piece in the daily office (BCP page 127) . It is an intimate conversation with God using psalms and prayers. A service booklet is provided for use.
Come as you are and pray with us! We will be gathering tonight and tomorrow night this week.