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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 15 - Community Cafe, 5-7pm
- 15 - Bell Choir Practice, 5:30-6:30pm
- 15 - Vestry, 6:30-9:30pm
- 15 - Choir Practice, 7-8pm
- 15 - Youth Group, 7-8pm
- 17 - Office Closed
- 18 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
- 19 - Rite 13 Ceremony, 9 & 11:30am
- 19 - Holy Eucharist, 8-8:45am
- 19 - Holy Eucharist, 9-10am
- 19 - Faith Formation, 10:25-11:15am
- 19 - Holy Eucharist, 11:30-12:30pm
- 20 - Women of Today, 6:30-9:30pm
- 20 - Scout Troop #261, 6:45-9pm
- 21 - Bible Study, 10:30-11:30am
- 21 - Living Sober, 7pm
- 22 - Community Cafe, 5-7pm
- 22 - Bell Choir Practice, 5:30-6:30pm
- 22 - Choir Practice, 7-8pm
- 22 - Youth Group, 7-8pm
- 24 - Office Closed
- 25 - J2A Retreat/House of Prayer, All Day
- 25 - AA Bible Study, 8-10am
- 26 - J2A Retreat/House of Prayer, All Day
- 26 - Holy Eucharist, 8-8:45am
- 26 - Holy Eucharist, 9-10am
- 26 - Faith Formation, 10:25-11:15am
- 26 - Holy Eucharist, 11:30-12:30pm
- 26 - Mens's Group, 6:30-9:00pm
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,
- Acts 3:12-19
- 1 John 3:1-7
- Luke 24:36b-48
- Psalm 4
Sermon The Rev. Canon Denis O’Pray
The Nativity Youth Ensemble under the direction of Bruce Nelson & vocal coach Rob Arnold will be sharing their music with us this Sunday.
Sunday Adult Forum
April 19 - Rector’s Forum, part II. The rector will continue his interview with Nativity’s Wardens: Doug Maust and Andy Cerio on the State of the Parish.
April 26 – The Ven. Canon Ben Scott on Henry Benjamin Whipple, A Bishop for All Seasons.
Join us on Sunday, April 19 as our 7th & 8th grade youth participate in the Rite 13 ceremony during the 9 am & 11:30 am services. Rite 13 is a community of seventh and eighth graders, led by Christin Croll Carlson, Mark Fuller, Jack Wolf, Sylvia Mikhail and Anna Ostenso Moore. It is the first building block in the Journey to Adulthood (J2A) programs, which celebrates the energy, enthusiasm and challenges of these students, as well as the transition from child to adult and the gift of being a man or woman.
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.