The Vestry and Transition Team Lead Nativity into Its Second Fifty Years

Preparing for Our Future – 2015 Transition/Stewardship Campaign

We are fast approaching the final phase of the Toward Tomorrow Campaign. Thanks to everyone for their time and efforts with the canvassing portion of our process! The canvassing team has interviewed over 145 of our 216 households. The team will have completed the remaining to-be-canvassed households in the next few days. As we have communicated in the past weeks, if you have not been contacted to be canvassed and would like to be, please contact one of the team members listed below. The information gathered from our Nativity members has been extremely informative as we prepare the process of searching for a new Rector. The feedback received is giving the Transition Team a solid direction as they prepare for the search.

As part of this campaign, we also conducted our 2015 Stewardship campaign. We were looking for a 15% increase in Pledge commitments from our current year in order to accomplish our goals of a full time Rector, while maintaining current structure. From the 111 pledges received to date, we are rolling up short of that goal (10%) and hope to close the gap as we complete the pledge portion of the campaign. It is crucial we have complete pledging information as we prepare the 2015 budget. If you have not turned in your 2015 pledge commitment, please send it in to the office or drop it off in the offertory plate today. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in this very important Parish-wide initiative and to everyone for your generosity of time and pledges!

If you have any questions or further feedback, please contact any of the following:

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Nativity celebrates our return to Parish Status

On Thursday, May 22nd, Nativity members gathered for a congregational meeting presided over by Bishop Prior, in order to vote on approving our return to Parish Status. For several years, Nativity has been a Mission Parish which meant we were under the direction of the Bishop and not in full control of our congregation’s future or finances. Now that we have shown that we are capable and ready to take back control of our future and finances, we have been approved by the Episcopal Church of Minnesota to be a parish once again.

It was a very exciting, proud and special event. The congregational members present voted unanimously to approve the status change and then voted to accept the proposed members of the Vestry (formerly known as the Bishop’s Committee). The Vestry members then voted to accept Denis O’Pray as our Rector. The meeting was followed by a lively and warm-hearted reception. THANK YOU to everyone who attended this momentous occasion!

Transition Team

The Transition team is looking for an additional team member to help in the preparation and search for our new Rector. If you are interested in being part of the Transition Team,

Please consider these requirements:

  1. Meetings every two or three weeks
  2. Review and judge resumes
  3. Possibly fly or drive to listen to sermons
  4. Engage in selection interviews
  5. Process may last through the end of the year.

And these Qualifications:

  1. Contribute to the diversity of the committee
  2. Experience with selection interviewing or have demonstrated listening and discernment skills.
  3. Active membership in Nativity
  4. Ability to present Nativity in its best light.
  5. Ability and willingness to support and help our new Rector succeed.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer for this very important team position, please contact Doug Maust.

Nativity is in transition and the Vestry, together with the Transition Team, is making progress toward our search for a new Rector. The process started with our every member canvas and has reached the majority of the households in our congregation, as described in the article about Toward Tomorrow. The responses will be consolidated and used to discern the common themes of who we are, what we do and who we are looking for in our new Rector.

The Transition team includes Grace Carlson, Ron McFall, Enid Kariuki, Deb Arnold, Jane Bizal, Kim Batham, and Doug Maust. The team is charged with using what we learn from the canvasing effort, together with their own experience at Nativity, to prepare the document that will be presented to the Office of the Bishop and to prospective candidate(s) to be used in the search. It is our goal to have the document in the hands of Bishop Prior in early July. The document will be a Parish Profile describing Nativity to prospective candidates. This will includes a brief history of the Parish; information about our surrounding community(ies); a description of our facilities; short staff biographies; our opportunities, challenges, and hopes; and some statistics.

The Episcopal Church of Minnesota will assist in the search effort and we will use the web to advertise our search as well. The Transition Team will vet candidates and forward them to the Vestry for final consideration and selection. The Committee does the leg work. The Vestry makes the decision. We expect this process to potentially last a few months, with the goal of allowing Denis to retire at the end of the year.

While we are in this process, talk to the Transition Team and the Vestry about your questions or things you forgot to say during your meeting with your canvasser. Thinking up questions we should be posing to candidates so we can discern who they are and the experiences they will bring. Pitch in. We welcome your thoughts and the insight you can bring.

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.

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Weekly Reminders

Visit the Nativity facebook page.

Read about Nativity's 2013
Jerusalem Pilgrimage

Upcoming Events

Nativity Calendar


  • 17 - Church Office Closed
  • 18 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
  • 19 - Holy Eucharist, 8-8:45am
  • 19 - Holy Eucharist, 9-10am
  • 19 - Faith Formation, 10:25-11:25am
  • 19 - Holy Eucharist, 11:30-12:30
  • 19 - Blessing Anna and David, 11:30am
  • 26 - Youth Ensemble rehearsal, 12:45-1:15pm


  • 1 - Nativity Clean-up Day, 9-12pm
  • 30 - Advent Begins

Annual Gala Fundraiser

Our annual Gala was held last Saturday, October 11. There were about 100 people in attendance throughout the evening. There were about 90 silent auction items, close to 20 We Gather Togethers, and five Live Auction items. Deejay music was provided by Steve Dickens and many people got out to boogie throughout the evening.

A very good time was had by all! Final numbers should be available in the E-Notes on October 29.

There are a few silent auction items remaining that are available for purchase. They will available for viewing on Sunday, October 26, during coffee hour or in the church office. Contact Kim Reeves, Andrea Thermos or Sarah Watters if you are interested in any or all of these items listed below. Anything remaining on November 1 will be donated.

The items are:

  1. Minnesota Twins Memorabilia Basket - Twins backpack, Lou Gehrig bobble head, Twins flip flops, peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
  2. 4 Thomas Kincaid plate grouped and framed in oak frame.
  3. 2 Framed wildlife prints by Jim Meger, one has a pair of ducks floating in some water at dusk the other is a pair of pheasants flying over a farm field with the farmhouse in the background.
  4. YMCA Basket - "Y" T-shirt, jacket, backpack and a certificate for 1 youth sports session.

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,
October 12

  • Exodus 33:12-23
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
  • Matthew 22:15-22
  • Psalm 99

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Denis O’Pray, Rector

Theme: The mysterious Holy Spirit and “How do I love thee…?”

During the 11:30 service we will be celebrating and blessing the marriage of Anna and David. The reading will be Colossians 3:12-17

There will be a light reception following the 11:30 service. All are invited.

If you are interested in finding this weeks readings, visit the Lectionary Page:

Growing Together Through Prayer

Growing Together Through Prayer – Praying the Psalms, with a service of Compline will be held on October 6.

Session from 6:30 pm-8 pm, Compline at 8 pm.

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The Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity calls for his congregation to aid the children who have crossed the boarder into the US from Central America.

View his sermon here

The Voices of Prayer

Register now for the , half-day prayer mini-retreat at Nativity.

When: October 25

What time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Where: Nativity Church in Burnsville

Suggested donation- $10

Call the Church office to register. 952-435-8687