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,

Vicar

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: 9am-12pm, 1-3pm
  • Tuesday: 9am-12pm, 1-3pm
  • Wednesday: 9am-12pm, 1-3pm
  • Thursday: 9am-12pm, 1-3pm
  • 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

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Upcoming Events

Prayer Group
August 3

On Monday, August 3, Nativity’s prayer group will consider Chapter 17 of John’s account of the Gospel.

Nicole McKenzie will lead us through this amazing declaration that Jesus makes to his disciples. How can we pray from these words of our Savior?

We will meet at Nativity from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. All are welcome. Come as you are.

Nativity Calendar

July

  • 31 - Office Closed

August

  • 1 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
  • 2 - EYMC Music Camp, All Day
  • 2 - Holy Eucharist, 8-8:45am
  • 2 - Summer Holy Eucharist, 10-11am
  • 3 - EYMC Music Camp, All Day
  • 4 - EYMC Music Camp, All Day
  • 4 - Living Sober, 7pm
  • 5 - EYMC Music Camp, All Day
  • 5 - Community Cafe, 5-6:30pm
  • 6 - EYMC Musci Camp, All Day
  • 7 - EYMC Music Camp, All Day
  • 7 - Office Closed
  • 7 - Friday Fellowship, 6:15pm - 9pm
  • 8 - EYMC Music Camp, All Day
  • 8 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
  • 9 - Holy Eucharist, 8-8:45am
  • 9 - Summer Holy Eucharist, 10-11am
  • 11 - Living Sober, 7pm
  • 12 - Community Cafe, 5-6:30pm
  • 14 - Office Closed
  • 15 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
  • 16 - Holy Eucharist, 8-8:45am
  • 16 - Summer Holy Eucharist, 10-11am
  • 16 - Nativity Twins Game Event, 1-5pm

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 cjaschul@gmail.com.

nativitytonazareth blog

Join Us at Nativity

8:00 am Holy Eucharist

10:00 am Holy Eucharist
(traditional with music)

Readings for Sunday,
August 2

  • John 6:24-35
  • 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a
  • Ephesians 4:1-16
  • Psalm 51:1-13

Growing Together Through Prayer-Compline
Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 7 pm

Growing Together Through Prayer, Nativity's Prayer Group, will offer a service of Compline each Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday evening from Tuesday June 23 though Thursday, August 6th. Compline is the last of the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer and is a peaceful and prayerful way to end the day.

We begin at 7:00 pm, with 12 minutes of silent prayer and then move into the Order for Compline. A service booklet is provided. Come as you are and pray with us.

2015 Nativity Gala
November 7

The new theme for the Gala raffle basket is “coffee!” Take a look at the donation board on Sunday.

2015-2016 Faith Formation

The 2015-2016 Faith Formation program for Sunday mornings is being planned.

Ann Wolf will be leading the Godly Play group at this time.

We are still looking for some story tellers for our Pre K/K and 3rd/4th grade classes.

If you are interested in finding out more about these roles, contact Ann. annlwolf@hotmail.com