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
  • 29 - Palm Sunday, All Day
  • 29 - Holy Eucharist, 8-8:45am
  • 29 - Holy Eucharist, 9-10am
  • 29 - Faith Formation, 10:25-11:15am
  • 29 - Holy Eucharist, 11:30-12:30pm
  • 29 - Youth Ensemble Rehearsal, 12:45-1:15pm
  • 29 - Mens's Group, 6:30-9:00pm
  • 31 - Bible Study, 10:30-11:30am
  • 31 - Living Sober, 7pm


  • 1 - Community Cafe, 5-7pm
  • 1 - Bell Choir Practice, 5:30-6:30pm
  • 1 - Choir Practice, 7-8pm
  • 1 - Youth Group, 7-8pm
  • 2 - Maundy Thursday, All Day
  • 2 - Holy Eucharist, 7-8pm
  • 3 - Office Closed
  • 3 - Good Friday, All Day
  • 3 - Holy Eucharist, 12-1pm
  • 3 - Holy Eucharist, 7-8pm
  • 4 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
  • 4 - Holy Saturday, All Day
  • 4 - Holy Saturday Vigil, 7-8pm
  • 5 - Easter Sunday, All Day
  • 5 - Holy Eucharist, 7-8am
  • 5 - Holy Eucharist, 10-11:30am

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)

Upcoming special services:

  • Palm Sunday, March 29 Services: 8 am, 9 am and 11:30 am
    Services start in the Gathering Room with The Liturgy of the Palms.
    No Faith Formation this Sunday. Childcare at 9 and 11:30 services.
  • Maundy Thursday, April 2- 7 pm
    Includes foot washing, Holy Eucharist and stripping of the altar
  • Good Friday, April 3, 12 noon & 7 pm
    Includes the Good Friday Liturgy and communion from the reserved sacraments.
  • The Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday, April 4, 7 pm
    Lighting of the Paschal candle, scripture readings recalling our salvation history, renewal of baptismal vows and the first Eucharist of Easter.
  • Easter Sunday, April 5, Services: 7 am and 10 am
    No Faith Formation this Sunday. Childcare at the 10 am only.

Readings for Sunday,
March 29

  • Liturgy of the Palms (BCP 270)
  • Mark 1:1-11
  • Passion of our Lord according to Mark- Mark 14:1-15:47
  • Isaiah 50:4-9a
  • Philippians 2:5-11

Sermon The Rev. Canon Denis O’Pray

Sunday Adult Forum

No adult forum on March 29 (Palm Sunday) or April 5 (Easter)

Rector Search update

We have received resume information for two Episcopal priests from the Episcopal Church of Minnesota (ECMN). The Transition Team has reviewed their written material and we are starting the process of listening to sermons from each. On Tuesday of next week, we will conduct a Skype interview with each candidate, in an effort to decide if we will travel to their respective parishes to learn more about them and the people they lead. We will continue to provide updates.

Because the field is narrow, we will ask our ECMN to re-advertise the position nationally, to see if there are additional candidates for us to consider. Questions can be directed to: Doug Maust, Senior Warden and Transition Team lead.