Nativity Annual Meeting, Sunday, January 25 at 12:30 pm
There will be a pot luck lunch prior to the meeting. Both will take place in the Gathering Room. Please plan on attending Nativity’s Annual Meeting. We will be discussing future programs , plans, budgets and hold our Vestry elections. You can learn more about our Vestry candidates two ways: There is a bio of each candidate on the bulletin board above the bookshelf near Anna’s office and some are in your newsletter.
Childcare is available during the meeting.
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:
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!
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:
- Meetings every two or three weeks
- Review and judge resumes
- Possibly fly or drive to listen to sermons
- Engage in selection interviews
- Process may last through the end of the year.
And these Qualifications:
- Contribute to the diversity of the committee
- Experience with selection interviewing or have demonstrated listening and discernment skills.
- Active membership in Nativity
- Ability to present Nativity in its best light.
- Ability and willingness to support and help our new Rector succeed.
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.
Join Us at Nativity’s
Mardi Gras Pancake Supper!
Tuesday, February 17th
5:00 – 6:30 pm
$3 for children 10 and under
$6 all others
$18 Family max
Enjoy a fun meal, great music, fellowship and a craft for the kids!
Tickets can be purchased Feb. 8 and 15 between services or at the event.
Carnaval and Worship
Bishop’s Intergenerational Fun Day
Engaging the Spirit in Haiti
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Saint Mark’s Cathedral
Join Episcopalians from Minnesota and Haiti as we remember the 5th anniversary of the devastating earthquake. An offering will be collected to support ongoing mission in Haiti.
Schedule of the day – come when you can:
- 2 pm: Create shoe box floats, decorate masks and learn Creole songs for the procession and Worship
- 4 pm: Participate in the vibrant Worship service, including music, drums, and stories
- 5:15 pm: Enjoy a light Haitian-themed meal and talk with clergy visiting from Haiti
- 17 - ECMN School of Formation, 9:30am- 4pm
- 17 - We Gather Together, 8-3pm
- 17 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
- 18 - Holy Eucharist, 8-8:45am
- 18 - Holy Eucharist, 9-10am
- 18 - Faith Formation, 10:25-11:15
- 18 - Holy Eucharist, 11:30-12:30pm
- 19 - Women of Today, 6:30-9:30pm
- 19 - Growing Together Through Prayer, 6:30-8pm
- 19 - Scout Troop #261, 6:45-9pm
- 19 - Service of Compline, 8-8:30pm
- 20 - Bible Study, 10:30-11:30am
- 20 - Living Sober, 7pm
- 21 - Community Cafe, 5-7pm
- 21 - Bell Choir Practice, 5:30-6:30pm
- 21 - Vestry, 6:30-9:30pm
- 21 - Choir Practice, 7-8pm
- 21 - Youth Group, 7-8pm
- 23 - Office Closed
- 24 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
- 25 - Nativity Annual Meeting and potluck lunch, 12:30pm
- 25 - Holy Eucharist, 8-8:45am
- 25 - Holy Eucharist, 9-10am
- 25 - Faith Formation, 10:25-11:15
- 25 - Holy Eucharist, 11:30-12:30pm
- 25 - Mens's Group, 6:30-9:00pm
- 25 - Youth Ensemble Rehearsal, 12:45-1:15 pm (subject to change)
- 6 - Bishop’s Family Fun Night, 6-9pm
- 21 - Growing Together Through Prayer ½ day Prayer Retreat at Nativity, 9-10am
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,
- Jonah 3:1-5,10
- 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
- Psalm 62:6-14
- Mark 1:14-20
Sermon The Rev. Canon Denis O’Pray
Theme “…the present form of this world is passing away.”
If you are interested in finding this weeks readings, visit the Lectionary Page: www.lectionarypage.net
Sunday Adult Forum
January 25: Round table discussion facilitated by Christin Garcia
February 1: Rector’s Forum- Alcoholism, the disease that keeps on giving
South of the River Hunger Crop Walk
The Crop Hunger Walk was held on October 12th and raised over $16,000. Several Nativity members volunteered and walked for the event including: back row-Helen Goeden, John Curran, Claudia Kinville, Avelenna Melsha, front row-Brenda Steinkamp, Colin Brownlow and Hilary Brownlow. Next year's walk will be Sunday, October 11th-Mark your calendars!
Nativity Annual Meeting and potluck lunch
Sunday, January 25 at 12:30
Nativity Annual Meeting and potluck lunch, Sunday, January 25 at 12:30 pm Please plan on attending Nativity’s Annual Meeting. We will be discussing future programs , plans, budgets and hold our Vestry elections. Child care is available during the meeting.