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

February 19, 2015

The Transition Team and Vestry want to share the news that we are restarting the search process for our new Rector. As was communicated two Sundays ago, we were in negotiations with our top two candidates and, unfortunately, those negotiations were not successful. Our Senior Warden, Doug Maust, has spoken to Bishop Prior and Karen Olson, who assisted the Bishop and our team in the first search, and they will be setting up the nationwide search for new candidates ASAP.

Obviously, this is not an ideal situation, but the Transition Team and the Vestry are focused on finding a Rector and a leader that will take Nativity into our next 50 years of growth and we believe the right candidate is still out there for us, we just haven’t found him/her yet!

Be assured that while our Search process continues, Denis has agreed to continue as Nativity’s Rector. Please note that the April 12th celebration date originally communicated in January’s newsletter has been postponed. We will offer the regular 3 service times (8,9 and 11:30 am) with Faith Formation for all ages at its usual time on that Sunday.

Thank you for your patience and vigilance and stay tuned for communication on the next phase of our search.

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.

Denis O’Pray,


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
Weekly Reminders

Visit the Nativity facebook page to read about Mary & Joseph's journey during Advent.

Read about Nativity's 2013
Jerusalem Pilgrimage

Upcoming Events

Holy Land Pilgrimage update

The link below will connect you to a blog for the 2015 Nativity pilgrimage to the Holy Land. (September 26-October 7) The site will contain essays, articles, useful links, trip updates and more. Whether you are interested in the trip or just want to tag along in the virtual world you are invited to follow this blog. Once the link is open there should be a connection on the lower right where you can sign up as a follower of the blog. If you have any questions you may contact Chris Schul at

nativitytonazareth blog

Lenten Half Day of Prayer titled "In the Desert"

Registration now open. (Shared Ministry counter or by contacting the office)

A suggested donation of $10 will be gratefully taken at the door.

Nativity Calendar


  • 27 - Office Closed
  • 28 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am


  • 1 - Holy Eucharist, 8-8:45am
  • 1 - Holy Eucharist, 9-10am
  • 1 - Faith Formation, 10:25-11:15
  • 1 - Holy Eucharist, 11:30-12:30pm
  • 1 - Youth Ensemble Rehearsal, 12:45-1:15 pm
  • 2 - Pastoral Care, 1:30pm
  • 2 - Scout Troop #261, 6:45-9pm
  • 3 - Bible Study, 10:30-11:30am
  • 3 - Living Sober, 7pm
  • 4 - Community Cafe, 5-7pm
  • 4 - Bell Choir Practice, 5:30-6:30pm
  • 4 - Choir Practice, 7-8pm
  • 4 - Youth Group, 7-8:30pm
  • 6 - Office Closed
  • 6 - Friday Fellowhip, 6:15-9pm
  • 7 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am

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,
March 1
Second Sunday in Lent

  • Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
  • Romans 4:13-25
  • Psalm 22:22-30
  • Mark 8:31-38

Sermon The Rev. Canon Denis O’Pray

Theme What to expect at 99 when you are expecting.

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

Sunday Adult Forum

February 22: Rabbi Lynn Liberman on Judaism

March 1: Rector’s Forum

Feed My Starving Children

50 Nativity members - adults, youth and children - took part in the MobilePack event last week in Burnsville. Nativity, along with 17 other church partners and 7 business partners, organized a week long event that packed over 2,500,000 emergency meal packs. Many of those meals are already on their way to Haiti.

In addition to helping with meal packing, Nativity members raised over $2,700 to support the MobilePack event, through discretionary Sunday donations, gift card sales and donation jars. Thank you for your generosity

Nativity Annual Meeting Update

As reported at all services on Sunday and at the Annual Meeting, the Transition Team and Vestry met with both Rector candidates last week for interviews. Both teams then met again on Saturday to prayerfully consider both candidates. We are excited to report that a call was made to one of the candidates. We hope to have an official announcement soon.