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.

Read about Nativity's 2013
Jerusalem Pilgrimage

Upcoming Events

We Gather Together

Nativity Day at the Ballpark!

Sunday, May 18

vs. Seattle Mariners

1:10 first-pitch

$25 tickets each

We have reserved a group of 60 tickets for the game in the Powerball Pavillion area.

Ticket count and money are due by Wednesday, April 23rd.

Sign up at the Shared Ministry Counter

Questions? Contact Jonelle Joyner or 952-898-7237

Take a look at this year's events on the We Gather Together page

Nativity Calendar


  • 25 - Piano Recital, 6-8pm
  • 26-27 - Youth Lock-in, 3:45-11
  • 26 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
  • 26 - Going Solo Conversation, 9-10:30am
  • 26 - The Gathering IV/Potluck Dinner, 4-6pm

Annual Progressive Dinner
Saturday, May 3

This year’s dinner theme is Cinco de Mayo. To reserve your spot, your reservation needs to be submitted by April 6.

What takes place: There is a social hour at the church followed by separating into small groups for dinner in hosts homes. Then at the end of the evening everyone meets back at church for dessert. There is no charge for the event, however contributions to the dinner are asked. (hosting, food, beverage).

Attention Youth

  • Episcopal Youth Music Camp 2014 Registration: Start planning now. Registration forms available on-line. EYMC takes place August 3-9, 2014

This Holy Week
at Nativity

Palm Sunday, Sunday, April 13, 8:00 am, 9:00 am and 11:30 am

Maundy Thursday, April 17, 7:00 pm

Good Friday, April 18, 12 noon and 7:00 pm

Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 19, 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday, April 20, 7:00 am and 10:00 am

All services are Holy Eucharist.

Child care is available for these services. (except Palm Sunday 8 am & Easter 7 am)

Readings for Sunday,
April 27, 2014
The Second Sunday of Easter

  • Acts 2:14a, 22-32
  • 1 Peter 1:3-9
  • John 20:19-31
  • Psalm 16

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

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

Sunday Adult Forum
Sunday, April 27

Topic:Toward Tomorrow Kick-off

Please plan to attend the Vicar’s Forum on Sunday, April 27, at 10:30 AM in the Gathering Room. Our Senior Warden, Doug Maust, will join Denis to describe the process of selecting a permanent rector for Nativity, and he will introduce the members of the Transition Team. Jon Stoa and Ron McFall will discuss details of the Every Member Canvass to be conducted this Spring.

This is the time for all members of Nativity to share their views about our future and to take part in the discussions that will lead us Toward Tomorrow.

Looking Ahead: Fashion with a Passion

A Ready for Success Fundraiser, Thursday, May 1, 5:30-8:00 pm

See attached flyer for more details or

Lenten Program 2014:This I Believe

This I Believe: The Voices of Lent are our voices as the worshiping community of Nativity: the staff, who developed the themes and chose the readings, our Scripture, the facilitating voices of the group leaders, and, of course, the sharing among the participants.

Please join these groups by signing up in the gathering room or email Anna. Groups meet weekly beginning Sunday, March 9. Possible group times are 3:30-5:00 p.m. Sundays; 7:00-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays and 9:00–10:30 a.m. Saturdays.

Episcopal Creative Arts Day Camp

July 28-August 1 from 9 am-3 pm at St mark’s Cathedral

Registration begins March 1.

Visit for more information