Nativity Scene January 2016 - Episcopal Church of the Nativity

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Nativity Scene January 2016 - Episcopal Church of the Nativity
The Episcopal Church of the Nativity
January
2016
22405 North Miller Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85054
THE NATIVITY SCENE
Nativity Annual Meeting
Please join us for Nativity’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 31. The schedule
for that day is:
7:45 – 8:30
9:00 - 9:30
9:30 – 10:45
10:45 – 11:15
11:15 – Noon
Quiet Eucharist in the Chapel
Morning Prayer Rite II
Annual Meeting and Rector’s Address
Peace, Offertory and Eucharist
Hospitality
You can come for some or all of the morning. The Annual Meeting is a time for
us to hear about the vision and goals for the parish in the coming year, to elect
vestry and diocesan convention representatives, and to hear budget and other
ministry reports. It’s an important time for us to come together as a parish in
mission.
This year, our candidates for election and appointment are:
Senior Warden: David Bolger (appointed for the third year of his 3-year term)
Junior Warden: Mark Miller
Vestry Members (vote for three): Bill Deihl, Jen Goins, Art Graf, Donna Hartz, Alastair Longley-Cook.
Diocesan Convention Delegates: Mark & Jennie Dobbins, Jan & Cheryle Dunkelberg, Jeff Jameson.
Diocesan Convention Alternates: George & Donna Hartz, Steve Smith, Darrell Spencer.
Introducing a new “Quiet” Service
Beginning Sunday, January 3, Nativity
will add a new service at 7:45 a.m. on
Sunday mornings in the Healing
Chapel. It will be a simple service of
Holy Communion with sermon, no
music.
All are welcome!
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480.307.9216
Nativity Schedule
22405 N. Miller Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
Telephone:
480-307-9216
www.NativityScottsdale.org
Sunday Schedule!
Wednesday Schedule
7:45 - 8:30
Quiet Eucharist
6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer Rite II
9:00 - 10:00
Festive Eucharist Rite II
featuring Healing Prayers
with Children’s Chapel
6:30 p.m.
Bible Study “Sermon on the Mount”
10:00 - 10:30
Hospitality
10:15 - 11:00
Children’s Sunday School
10:30 - 11:00
Power Bible Study & Parents’ Coffee Klatch
10:30 - 11:30
Festive Eucharist Rite II
11:40 - 12:15
Power Bible Study
11:40 - 1:00
Youth Group (Grades 6-12)
Take a moment to wish a Happy Birthday To:
Every month we list those whose birthdays are being celebrated. If you would like your name added to the list, please contact
Mina Rafferty at [email protected]
Heldi Francis
Keaton Ross
Amy Youssefi
Robert Whichello
Willard Hosford
Dennis Myrick
Rion Poland
Ruth Byrnes
Joyce Ditzler
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18-Jan
20-Jan
21-Jan
25-Jan
26-Jan
29-Jan
31-Jan
Nativity’s Vestry
Nativity Staff
The Rev. Susan B. Snook
Rector
[email protected]
The Rev. Dr.Wayne V. Whitney
Associate Rector
[email protected]
Dr. Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler
Director of Music Ministry
IlonaKubiaczyk-Adler @TheNativity.net
Shelley Byrnes
Director of Christian Formation
[email protected]
Mina Rafferty
Parish Administrator
[email protected]
Tim Kosky
Sexton
Senior Warden:
Junior Warden:
Treasurer
Suzanne Cohen
Jennie Dobbins
Kris Haugen
Cotty Peabody
Lani Sambach
Steve Smith
Darrell Spencer
Colleen Whichello
David Bolger
480-945-3810
Mark Miller
480-368-5530
Kara Erickson
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602-770-0513
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480-588-8328
602-793-2808
480-285-7679
702-540-5050
301-520-2689
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A note from Pastor Susan
Transforming lives with the love of God in Jesus Christ
In the mystery of the Word made flesh, you have caused a new light to shine in our
hearts, to give the knowledge of your glory in the face of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
- from the Proper Preface for Epiphany, Book of Common Prayer p. 378
The season of Epiphany
is a time for
remembering how Jesus
made himself known to
the world as the Light of
the World, the eternal
light that shines in the
darkness. In this time
each year, we remember the signs and miracles by
which many people in the world came to know and
understand Jesus as he truly was – God Incarnate, the
Word made flesh. Through the glory of Christ, we can
see the glory of God. To understand who God is, we
merely have to look at Jesus.
One of the questions Jesus asks Simon Peter is, “Who
do you say that I am?” This is the question all of us
have to answer as followers of Christ. Who do we say
Jesus is, and what difference does he make in our lives?
How is the light of Christ shining in our lives and
through us into the world around us?
That question, “Who do you say that I am?” is at the
heart of our Christian journey. Who is Jesus and how
has he made a difference in our lives? What does his
love and his gift of himself mean to us? What times in
our lives has he been present with us, teaching us,
comforting us, challenging us to new lives and new
possibilities? When has he made our lives more
difficult? And when has he made them easier?
These are questions that I hope all of us will be asking
ourselves this spring, in the Lenten season, and beyond.
We are planning some Lenten studies and small groups
that will give us each new ways to approach these
questions and share our thoughts with others, as well as
learn from each other. In your worship and prayer,
please consider the question of who you say Jesus is,
and why he makes a difference to you.
Pastor Susan
COME TO OUR FIRST
PARISH LENTEN
RETREAT!
We'll be going to the beautiful Chapel Rock Camp and conference Center in Prescott, AZ February 12-14! There
will be programs for all ages:
• The Rev. Gil Stafford, Canon Theologian for the Diocese will be leading the adults in a program called "The
Integrated Spiritual Life".
• Harriet Cole, Professional Storyteller, will be leading the Children in the art of listening, crafting, learning and
telling Bible stories as a path to connecting with community and God through Storytelling.
• And the Youth will be working with the youth leaders and the Ropes Course Certified professionals on both low
and high ropes course to hone communication skills through group and individual goal setting, strategy planning
and group bonding.
Additionally there will be a bonfire and talent show, prayer stations and worship that all ages do together. Join us
in this idyllic place for some peace and growth time to start your Lent off right! Watch for a brochure, and contact
Shelley Byrnes at [email protected] for more information.
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Theological Conversation for the Laity
All laity are encouraged to join diocesan Canon Theologian, the Rev. Dr. Gil Stafford for a presentation and
conversation entitled, "Richard Rohr, Contemplative and Mystic." Rohr is a Franciscan monk and Roman Catholic
priest who, at times. has been a controversial preacher, writer and teacher. His theology is often considered
progressive. Stafford will offer an overview of theological ideas focused on Rohr's three books, The Naked Now,
Immortal Diamond and What the Mystics Know. There will be time for questions and conversation following the
presentation.
Please join us at one of the following locations:
January 16, 10 am-noon, St. Philip's in the Hills, Tucson
January 23, 10 am-noon, All Saints, Phoenix
February 6, 10 am-noon, St. Thomas, Clarkdale
Wednesday Evening Prayer with Prayers for Healing
Join your community of faith for a brief service of corporate prayer as a mid-week pick-me-up every Wednesday night
from 6:00 to 6:30 in the Prayer Chapel. Evening Prayer Rite 2 in the Book of Common Prayer features heart-warming
prayers of historic and spiritual significance for every Christian. Prayer with others is a good way to feel connected to
God and your community here at Nativity.
Big Fun Bible Movie Night!
“Romero” starring Raul Julia is this month's flick for Big Fun Bible Movie Night on Friday, January 15. “Romero" is
the 1989 biopic of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero who was martyred in 1980 while celebrating mass. His
beatification by the Roman Catholic Church was finally completed in May 2015. Romero was a bookish don’t-rockthe-boat priest who found his heart changed and his eyes opened when confronted with the injustice and oppression
perpetuated by the government of El Salvador in the 1970s. He became a champion of and for the people and his
advancement to sainthood after his death had wide public support. Raul Julia portrays the Archbishop quite
convincingly in this production which hit the big screen 27 years ago. Showtime is at 6:30. Bring a friend, your
favorite beverage and a snack to share. Your hosts Dr. Wayne and David Bolger will provide the popcorn.
Bible Study Wednesday presents "The Other Faiths of Abraham"
Do you know what Christianity has in common with Judaism and Islam? All 3 religions trace their heritage back to
Abraham. Beginning January 13 Bible Study Wednesday will be introducing these other faiths of Abraham in 4
sessions: January 13, 20, 27 and February 3. Class time is 6:30-7:30 p.m. Here is your chance to learn more about
these sibling faiths. Recommended reading is “Judaism: A Very Short Introduction” by Norman Solomon and
“Islam: A Very Short Introduction” by Malise Ruthven. Each book is available via Amazon for about $11. Please let
Dr. Wayne know you are planning to attend via email at [email protected]
Lent is Closer Than You Think!!!
Yes, the Season of Lent is officially one month away. This year, 2016, Lent starts on February 10 with Ash
Wednesday. Be sure to mark your calendar for this holy service featuring Imposition of Ashes offered at Noon and
7:00 p.m.
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January came and it is time to
sum up what happened in
2015. One of the most
exciting music ministry
projects in the past year was
arranging the year round
professional concert series
called Arts at Nativity. In
partnership with 3rd Ave Arts
we worked on tools needed to
run a concert series, and we
created professionally looking
brochures, posters, and marketed our series in the
neighborhood. We are in its beginnings, but we
have started attracting people from outside of the
parish. Another nice element of this collaboration
is that recitals function as self-funding outreach for
the church - 10% of the ticket sale revenue goes
back to the church budget. So far we hosted 4
concerts: vocalist Suzanne Rovani, violinist Daga
Suchoń Hobbs and myself in September, Qais
Essar on rabab in October, Jacob Adler on piano
with ensemble in November, and Bartholomew
Faire with Christmas concert in December. We
have 5 more scheduled for Spring 2016.
Before we joined 3rd Ave Arts we hosted 3 other
concerts that happened in the Spring 2015:
Phoenix Symphony violinist Levon Zarasian and a
pianist Peter Gharibian recital on March
1st, Desert Sun Brass Quintet performance on
April 12th, and Fun Choir Concert with tunes
by ABBA, Queen, Leonard Cohen, Jackson 5,
James Taylor, Sting, The Beatles, and others on
May 24th.
Reflecting on the hard work of the Adult
Choir, which is the core of the music ministry they learned many important repertoire pieces by
such composers as Bach, Mozart, Wesley, Händel,
Stainer, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Davies, Rutter,
Saint-Saëns, Goss, Ferguson, Hopkins, Gounod,
Bruckner, Scarlatti, Purcell, Rachmaninoff, as well
as Gospel selections and traditional music. There
were two Bishop's visitations on February 8th and
December 20th when the choir performed L.
Shackley's spiritual “Lord, I Know I Been
Changed,” W.A. Mozart's “Laudate Dominum,”
and Rachmaninoff's "Bogoroditse Djevo".
Apart from the fun concert in May, the Adult
Choir performed an extremely moving Veteran’s
Day concert on November 7th. Joined by soloists
Arijana Lempke and Michael Frongillo, as well as
guest instrumentalists, they honored those that
fought for our freedom with beautiful music. Adult
Choir also entertained all those who came to the
December 4th ADVENTure fundraiser with the
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favorite Christmas carols sing-along. And last but no
least - they performed beautiful and meditative Holy
Week and glorious Easter services, as well
Christmas celebrations with splendid anthems by
Wilberg and Sjolund, accompanied by a woodwind
trio.
This year choir members continued taking
their ministry outside of the church and have
joined monthly sing-alongs at the Vi Silverstone
Care Center organized by Mary and Alastair
Longley-Cooks for the Alzheimer’s patients.
The leading soprano Suzanne Rovani worked
with us the first half a year, after which she moved
back to Chicago for good. Marcy McKee joined us
back after a break, and is about to finish her doctoral
program at ASU. We are very fortunate to have these
two leading singers this year: mezzosoprano Marcy
McKee and tenor Michael Frongillo with us. They
have been a tremendous asset to our choir - their
expertise, talents and wonderful voices made our
choir sound more beautiful.
Some of our favorite guest musicians came
back this year to bring high quality instrumental
music: volinist Dagmara Suchon Hobbs,
saxophonists Shea Marshall, clarinetists Tim
Haas and Josh Bennet, and trumpet player Tim
McCarthy. Our very special Nativity musicians are
Ann Phillips, who regularly plays the Native
American Flute during the Communion time at our 9
a.m. services, and Alastair Longley-Cook who plays
his guitars at 10.30 services, and leads a Gospel
music sing-along at the Vi Silverstone once a month.
What a wonderful year of making music! Big
thanks to the Adult Choir members, who make our
services so much more beautiful. They come
to rehearse every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., and
sing every Sunday during one of the services. If you
would like to join this exciting ministry too, please
talk to me after a service, or email
me: [email protected]
Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler, DMA
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Vestry Nominees: we have five candidates for three 3 year terms on the Vestry. Bill Deihl, Jen
Goins, Art Graf, Donna Hartz and Alastair Longley-Cook. Their biographies are below. Each
member may vote for three.
Bill Deihl
I have chosen to ‘run’ for a vestry position because I believe as a lifelong Episcopalian
with numerous past experiences as a vestry member, participation in the found and start-up of
Nativity, a 30+ year experience in management within a large company, and a friendship with
many people within our congregation will help me to make positive contributions to our
future.
My vision is to help Nativity grow and make positive contributions to each of us, our
children and grandchildren, and those within our community who need our help while
Jen Goins
Hello, Jen Goins here, I’m asking to be elected to the vestry. I’ve attended Nativity for
over 5 years with my sons, Devin and Colin. With kids in tow, I’ve been involved in the
Children’s program at Nativity as an Upper Elementary teacher (now Pepsicola club). I’m also
the crazy chick who runs the Nativity Rummage Sale with a great team. (This year February
27…save the date!)
I’m impressed how this church has grown and supports so many ministries and supports
family and youth opportunities. Our youth can learn from older members on outreach and
our older members can learn from youth on the newness of the church experience and excitement. They’re not
hyper kids…they are “Episcopal excited”! I’m sure the catch phrase will spread like wildfire.
I’ve been a Cub Scout den leader and Pack committee chair for the past 5 years. With Colin crossing over to
Boys Scouts, it frees up some of my time. I see the benefit of getting involved to really help an organization.
I’d love to hear how you think we can improve Nativity with your help. So, at the next coffee hour look
down, spot me and lets talk!
Art Graf
I am Art Graf, candidate for Vestry here at Nativity.
I am a retired financial executive, a cradle Episcopalian and in love with The Lord. In my career,
Kathy and I have attended eight parishes, immersed in the service of each. I have served on six
vestries and as Treasurer here. My pet ministry is that of children’s Christian formation but have
found it difficult to say no to a variety of others.
I read recently an article shared by Susan on Facebook. Its writer, an Anglican scholar, predicted
the demise of the US Episcopal Church by the year 2040, citing an aging membership and
diminishing relevance to today’s young family. I also read about the fate of a mainline Protestant church in one of
our hometowns, a vibrant community of 750 members in the 1950’s but shutting its doors in 2015 with a faithful
but tired congregation of only 11. I cannot accept such an outcome.
Without our bold actions, I am fearful that we might suffer from similar stresses and outcomes over time.
I envision my role on the vestry as an advocate for bold initiatives with goals of growing the church through
evangelism, strengthening stewardship, building a vibrant service mentality and at the same time preserving the
Episcopal Churches unique approach to mission.
If you are timid or comfortable or accept the status quo, you should not vote for me.
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Donna Hartz
Donna has been a member of the Nativity family since 2008, attracted by its spirit
and its people. She grew up as a Roman Catholic - was part of a contemporary
liturgical choir for three decades and during the 1980’s and 90’s was a part-time
youth retreat director. At Nativity she has been a member of the choir, a delegate to
the Diocesan Convention, a participant in adult education and prayer programs, and
an active member and leader of the Women's Group. She also recently was invited to
join the Worship Committee. In the community, she is a member of the Board of
Directors for Scottsdale Sister Cities Association, and has been a Steward for the
McDowell Sonoran Preserve. She is a climatologist with a PhD from ASU, and continues to do research on
issues of climate and health in both the U.S. and Kenya. She and her husband are authors of two books on
the history of land preservation in Phoenix and Arizona. In Kenya, she works with Scottsdale’s sister city
on educational exchanges, on programs aimed at improving health and healthcare delivery, with the
Anglican Diocese of Eldoret on a variety of projects, and helps support a fledgling, but growing, rural
primary school. Donna is married to George, lives in Scottsdale, and has three children and four
grandchildren. “I would be honored to serve on the Vestry, and to use my enthusiasm and skills to
strengthen our mission to transform lives with the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Alastair Longley-Cook
Alastair, a retired actuary, lives nearby Nativity with his wife Mary
and two German Shepherds Bella and Zena. He and Mary were among the
founding members of Nativity, and currently serve as Chalicists,
Lectors, Healing Prayer Leaders, and Lay Eucharist Ministers to
housebound and Care Center residents. Alastair has served as Junior
Warden and Treasurer of Nativity. His music ministry includes playing
guitar at the 10:30 service on Gospel Sunday and in solos, as well as
leading monthly gospel music singalongs at the Vi Silverstone Care Center.
MARK MILLER: Candidate for Junior Warden
I’ve been a lifelong Episcopalian. My wife is Mary Dexter and my daughter is Martha
Miller. You probably have seen us all in the choir. We’ve been members of Nativity
since shortly after we moved here from Oakland, California in 2009. During our
“church shopping” we came to Nativity and decided this is the place for us. We loved
the warmth of the people and Susan’s ministry. Prior to coming here we were at St.
John’s Oakland for 13 years. During that time I was on the vestry twice and was junior
warden once. I also managed the technical infrastructure (computer systems, network, and phone system)
from 2003 until we left in 2009. At our church prior to St. John’s I was on the vestry and later served as the
treasurer. At Nativity I’m currently a member of the choir, teach upper elementary Sunday school, and
manage the computer network and HVAC system. I am very enthusiastic about Nativity’s future and want
to be a part of helping it to grow and provide the opportunity for more lives to be transformed. I have
worked for APL (American President Lines) since 1984 in many different Information technology positions.
My entire career has been in information technology. I’ve also worked for the University of Oklahoma,
Visa, and Gap in various technology and management positions.
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On Friday evening, December 4, 2015, over 100 Nativity members and guests gathered at the church to celebrate the
second annual ADVENTure, a gala affair to raise money for our various Outreach ministries. Thanks to the many who
participated this year, over $10,000 was raised, a 42% increase over last year!
Although fundraising was the primary purpose of this event, those who attended enjoyed fun and fellowship as well.
The evening included appetizers, fine dining, and desserts provided by many talented Nativity cooks and kitchen
volunteers and served by cheerfully competent Nativity youth volunteers, two no-host bars staffed by spirited bartenders,
and a lovely Christmas concert by Ilona and the choir. Thanks to the many generous donors (listed below), both from
within and outside the Nativity community, there was an amazing array of silent auction items available for a robust
round of bidding.
As with any fundraising event, the success of this year’s ADVENTure would not have been achieved without many
individuals working together. From the “Save the Date” in July through ticket sales in late October/November, many
members solicited and donated auction items from family, friends, and the business community. An astounding 111
items were secured for this event, from several vacation getaways and a letterman jacket from Late Show with David
Letterman’s last broadcast, to handmade jewelry and scarves, and beautifully arranged baskets of themed goodies.
In addition to these volunteers, many others contributed in various ways, proving that many hands make light work.
When a call for help went out, many members responded by helping with decorations and set-up, managing the auction
operations, handling the invoice/payment transactions and auction item redemptions, and helping with clean-up.
Finally, this event owes a debt of gratitude to the clergy and Mina Rafferty, our office administrator, as a result of their
wholehearted support and creative, dedicated commitment to ADVENTure. Thank you one and all.
Of course, the true beneficiaries of this event are the
many men, women, and children who are and will be
served by Nativity’s various Outreach ministries.
Members of Nativity volunteer throughout the year,
collecting presents and gift cards for the Christmas
Giving Program and the Back-to-School drive,
preparing packages for distribution to our troops,
participating in regular mission trips to Navajoland
and Barrio La Laguna, building homes with needy
families under the direction of “Habitat for
Humanity”, and serving with various other Outreach
ministries. The money raised at ADVENTure will
help provide critically necessary financial support,
which allows these organizations to thrive so that we
have plentiful ways to “transform lives with the love of
Jesus Christ.” Truly, ADVENTure reminds us that
we are blessed to be part of a sharing and committed
community.
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Aura salon-day spa
Butterfield's Pancakes
Capital Grill
Cilento Photography
Jazzercise
Cobblestone Auto Spa
Cortiva Institute
McDowell Conservancy
Neighborhood Treatery
Denny's on Mayo
Fabulous Cuts
OHSO
Pei Wei
Freshbox
Spiga Cucina
J J's Delicatessen
Jalapeno's Inferno
Trader Joe's
Alastair & Mary Longley-Cook
Art and Kathy Graf
Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler
Jan and Cheryle Dunkelberg
Natalie Jensen
Nativity Vestry
Barbara Woodall
Janyce Schneider
Nativity Women's Group
Bishop Harris
Bob and Colleen Whichello
Jeff and Gayle Jameson
Jim and Annie Blum
Nativity Men's Pub Fellowship
Nativity Outreach Committee
Bolger, Dobbins, Sambach Families
Jim & Kathy Wasson
Pat Goessling
Chris and Kerry Belair
Chuck and Kathleen Potts
Jim and Joyce Ditzler
Joy and Duv Wiseman
Patricia Shaler
Paul Jensen
Cotty and Andrea Peabody
Joyce Blankenship
Judy Dygert
Paul and Mary Ann Rank
David and MaryLynn Bolger
David Deppen
Keith Jameson
Kris Haugen
Debbie Myrick
Debra Lee Murrow
Della Le Blanc
Marc & Therese McGowan
Marilyn Petrina
Martin Treinen
E. Sarah Walton
Ellen Johnson
Gail Dreyer
Moji Zucker
Nancy Bleasdale
Glenn and Susie Paulson
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Polly and Bob Ringdahl
Ron and Joan Harris
Susan Burnham and Bob
Schoenbachler
Suzanne Cohen
The Bright Family
Wendy Jenkins
Kali Higgins
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Women’s Group Events: There was a good turnout for the Christmas Tea at Debbie Myrick’s in December. Great food, and
much fun and fellowship was had by all.
There are two upcoming events scheduled, though we are always looking for new ideas! Talk to us, or send an email; Donna
Hartz; [email protected] or Annie Blum; [email protected]
UPCOMING EVENTS:
WHAT:
Second Annual Quarter Auction
DATE: Thursday; January 14, 2016
TIME: 6:30 PM
DETAILS:
Dinner, fellowship, fun and an opportunity to acquire some “goodies” – Cheap!
So, what’s a Quarter Auction? Basically what happens when an auction marries a raffle! For a quarter, you
can get a chance to enter a raffle for some cool items that have been donated. Each person gets a number, a
numbered “paddle” and stack of numbered slips of paper with your number on it. To bid on an item, you
raise your paddle, and two auctioneers will come with bowls – one to collect as many “chances” as you want
to put towards an item, and the second “auctioneer” will collect a quarter per “chance”. Some “luxury”
items may cost two quarters per chance, but the vast percentage will be one quarter. Once all the bids are
collected, a number will be pulled from the bowl – and if it is YOUR number, you get to take it home! Last
year some of the items donated were candles, jewelry, nick-knacks, outfits for an “American Girl” sized doll;
Wine. We will be collecting items for the Auction: Do you have a Christmas gift you didn’t like? Maybe a
hostess gift you won’t use? jewelry you don’t wear? Handbag that isn’t your style? How about that fancy box
of Christmas candy that is calling your name but you really shouldn’t be eating? As they say, one woman’s
trash is another’s treasure. Look around your house for items and donate them for this Women’s Ministry
fund raiser.
Last minute donations are welcome – bring them with you that night. RSVP’s are preferred, so we can
estimate food quantities, but not absolutely necessary. To RSVP or for more information, contact:
[email protected] or 602-538-2648 or Donna Hartz, 480 513 3155, [email protected] or Annie
Blum: (480) 502-2005 [email protected]
WHAT:
DATE:
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Western Spirit Museum Tour
Thursday March 10th, 2016
9:45 a.m. Tour begins at 10:00 a.m.
Western Spirit Museum: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
3830 N. Marshall Way (1st Street and Marshall Way)
Scottsdale, AZ (Old Town) free parking in garage
LUNCH:
Arcadia Farms 12:15
COST:
$13.00 per person. Seniors (65+) and Active Military is $11.00 per person to be paid at the door, day of the
event. If we have 15 or more women, the cost will be $10 per person.
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February Ones and Twos
Ones and Twos is a social group of adults at Church of the Nativity, which meets about once a month. It is open
to all members, visitors and guests.
February Ones and Twos is scheduled for Friday, February 5th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of Bob
Schoenbachler and Susan Burnham. Their house is located at 9253 E. Sands Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85255. The
house is in Pinnacle Peak Vistas III, which is off Pima just south of Pinnacle Peak Rd. Drive east on Los Gatos,
right on Adobe and right on E. Sands. They are on the left, 5 houses from the corner. Please RSVP to Susan at
[email protected]
It will be a Mardi Gras style party, so please try to wear purple, green and/or gold, which are the colors of Mardi
Gras. Also, please bring a plate to pass and your favorite libation.
2015 saw the start of our Shepherd Ministry
What is a Shepherd? According to the dictionary it is "one who leads, guards, protects, guides and watches
over." He/she is the responsible one - the one whose job it is to take care of his or her sheep. The Shepherds at
Nativity are committed to reaching out to group members insuring they will feel included and assimilated into
the parish family. Each and every member of Nativity will be (or has been) contacted by their shepherd. Please
welcome them when they contact you! If you have any questions about this ministry please contact Lani
Sambach - [email protected] or Jennie Dobbins at [email protected]
Parish Lent Retreat Feb. 12-14
Our Parish Lent Retreat is a spiritual experience for all ages! In beautiful Prescott, AZ, Chapel Rock is our
Episcopal camp and conference center. Our adult program is "The Integrated Spiritual Life," led by the Rev.
Canon Gil Stafford, Canon Theologian for our diocese. We will focus on building an integrated spiritual practice,
including body, mind, and soul. Children's program is about storytelling, and helps children learn to tell their
own stories while teaching stories from the Bible. Youth program focuses on team-building. It will be fun for all
ages! More information can be found at http://nativityscottsdale.org/2016-parish-lent-retreat/.
THE ANNUAL DIAPER DRIVE - February 7th thru February 21st
Pampers, wipes and diaper cream,
For Homeward Bound, oh, what a dream.
Their diaper drawer is a little bare,
So bring some diapers to show you care.
Bring in diapers of all sizes, diaper cream and wipes to be given to the moms at Save the Family and
Homeward Bound. We all know that babies go through lots of diapers and they are expensive. Our help will
give the moms a hand up towards independence.
Contacts: Barbara or Bill Worthington [email protected]
Janyce Schneider [email protected]
Annual Rummage Sale
The annual rummage sale is Saturday, February 27. We are collecting gently used items every Sunday. Either
place them under stairwell or, if able, please carry them upstairs. Would you like to help this year? Contact Jen
Goins [email protected]
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Upcoming Events
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Arts at Nativity Concert on Saturday January 16th at 4 pm
Phoenix Symphony violinist, Levon Zarasian and his accompanist, Peter Gharibian will bring us the classics of
the piano and violin repertoire, as well as some of their favorite folk music from their home country, Armenia.
We hosted this duo twice in the past at our Church, and their performances left us with amazing energy and
beauty. Don't miss this extraordinary treat! For tickets go to artsatnativity.org or pay at the door ($20 adults /
$5 students & children)
Sleeping Bag Drive for homeless youth:
The month of January, to match up with Epiphany, the magi took gifts to a stable to one who had none, we
are asking that we share and give a new sleeping bag to a youth that is sleeping on the street.
The Sleeping Bag Drive will support One in Ten, a local organization serving gay and lesbian homeless youth.
While gay and lesbians make up 10% of the youth population, they make up 40% of the homeless
population. One in Ten estimates that over 21,000 gay youth in our state are homeless.
One in Ten works at the systemic level to get them educations and jobs, but it all starts with food and a bed—
a sleeping bag from you. This is done with social workers, educators, job training, and housing assistance; all
short-term services that put them back into society as adults or into family care. These are youth that have
been forgotten by family or worse yet kicked out of their homes at very young ages. They request new bags to
raise self-esteem and for health regulations at shelters.
During the month of January, please bring a new, adult sleeping bag for us to help these youth start a new
path to success and find some comfort in the coldest months of the year.
It is easy to take a place to sleep for granted, let alone a warm place to sleep.
Drop-off new adult sleeping bags off from January 10-31.
Our Music Director Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler's CD
Our Music Director Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler's CD has been published! She is hosting a release party on January 31st at 3 p.m.
Ilona traveled last summer to record an album on the 1719 Hildebrandt organ in Pasłęk, Poland. Her CD "Antique Sound Palette" has
arrived, and she is hosting a release concert and party on Sunday, January 31st at 3 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Sun City
(17200 N Del Webb Blvd, Sun City, AZ 85373). A half-an-hour recital with the excerpts from the CD will be followed by a presentation of
photos and videos from the trip, and a reception. Join her for this fine celebration of music and art!
Get the Service on Your Tablet or Smartphone!
If you would like to see each Sunday’s Powerpoint presentation on your device instead of on the screens, please go to
nativityscottsdale.org.bulletin and click on the icon there.
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Warren, the Rescue Bear, for Scottsdale
Police
Nativity’s sewing group enjoyed making the Christmas
stockings so much they decided to continue doing other
projects. We contacted the Scottsdale Police and they were
excited to have us make 100 teddy bears to be used for
domestic violence, accidents and other calls. Warren, the
Rescue Bear, is a simple and easy bear to create and also
gives opportunities for non-sewers to help: we need cutters,
stuffers and sewers to complete this meaningful project.
And a great bonus: once the bears are completed, a few
police officers and a photographer will come to the church
for a photo op when receiving the bears—what great
publicity for Nativity! Our project work dates are Jan. 12th,
19th and 26th from 10-12 at the church, so if you are interested
in joining this fun group, show up or contact:
Barbara Worthington 480.575.7830 [email protected]
Bag-A-Meal: Sandwiches for the Homeless VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
On January 5th, 13 Nativity volunteers made 200-bagged meals for the
homeless for our 1st month of helping the Phoenix Rescue Mission.
Marty and Bob Christopher sponsored January’s sandwich-making day,
which was filled with messy hands and happy hearts.
We filled 200 bags with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, three cookies,
an apple, two fun-sized pieces of chocolate, a napkin and a bottle of
water. We also placed an inspirational quote written by the Christophers
in each bag.
Phoenix Rescue Mission is a Christian-based organization that is
committed to helping the homeless and those in need in our community.
This project specifically brings Mission workers in contact with homeless
on the street in hopes that the homeless will learn of the Mission’s
facilities and programs and seek out their help. Our support is an
important piece of this effort.
Interested in helping?
Please contact:
Barbara or Bill
Worthington
480.575.7830
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OLDIES, BUT GOODIES…other Outreach Projects
SAVE YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR ST. JUDES
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children located in Boulder City, NV collects new and
used greeting cards, especially Christmas, to be turned into new “up-cycled”
cards. They remove the fronts of the cards and attach new backs to create the
new card, which they sell to the public. This project gives the kids at the
ranch a hands-on project as well as teaching them about entrepreneurship. A
collection box will be in the church office on December 27th. All sizes and
types of greeting cards accepted: Birthday, Thank You, Get Well, Christmas,
etc. Please make sure there is no writing on the inside of the front cover. Any
questions contact:
Sandy Spencer [email protected]
Barbara Worthington [email protected] 480-575-7830
Start Collecting…PURSE PROJECT is Back for 2016!!!
Tell your friends…Our Mother’s Day Purse Project is back!
It was such a huge success last year with so many happy kids and moms; we had to bring it back. So start collecting
and bring us your gently used purses and we’ll store them until May.
COLLECTION ITEMS:
ï Gently Used Purses
ï Travel size hygiene items, perfume, and nail polish
ï Scarves and costume jewelry.
START THE NEW YEAR WITH
CLUTTER FREE CLOSETS! Whenever
you get items collected please let us know;
we have plenty of storage. The big
collection boxes will be out April 3rd, but
if you want to turn items in early, contact:
Barbara Worthington at 480.575.7830,
[email protected]
Nativity’s Angels
Christmas Giving Program a Santa-Sized Success!Thank you to everyone who brought in a toy, stuffed a
stocking or donated a gift card for seniors. With your donations and Outreach purchases, Nativity delivered over
100 toys, 30 overflowing stockings and $660 in gift cards. Once again Nativity’s generosity shines and has made
Christmas special for many kids and seniors in the Valley. Thank you Nativity Angels for your support!!!
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Jan 10 - Regular Youth
Group Meeting
Jan 17 - SuperBowl Snack Pack
Sales Begin! Youth Group
Jan 22-23 - Diocesan Youth
Service Overnight (at Christ
Church of the Ascension)
Jan 24 - SuperBowl Snack Pack
Sales Continue! Youth Group
Meeting with Paul and Natalie
Jensen - Life Coaches!
Jan 31 - Annual Meeting - No
Youth Group
Dear Nativity Families,
Happy New Year and a Blessed Epiphany! Feb 6 - SuperBowl Snack Pack
Stuffing 2:00 Instead of regular
meeting!
This Friday (January 8th) is Pizza Night for Pepsicola Club!
All 3rd-6th graders are welcome. Please bring $5 and a good attitude for
fellowship and fun!
Feb 7 - SuperBowl Snack Pack
Delivery - No Youth Group
The Annual Meeting will be on January 31. I am looking for parent
volunteers to bring a kid friendly but healthful snacks for the kids so we
don't have unsupervised children going back and forth from the food in the
meeting to the classrooms
Help supervise the children so the Sunday School Teachers can attend the
meeting.
Feb 9 - Shrove Tuesday Pancake
Supper! Youth group serving!
Feb 10 - Ash Wednesday
Please contact me at [email protected] if you can volunteer for
one or both!
Feb 12 - 14 - LENTEN
RETREAT AT CHAPEL
ROCK!
Peace and Joy,
Shelley
Feb 21 - Youth Group with
Jensens
Feb 27 - Rummage Sale!
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C h i l d r e n ’s a n d F a m i l i e s M i n i s t r y
Parish Lenten Retreat
February 12-14!
Sign up NOW to bring your family to
the Parish Lenten Retreat on February
12-14! It will be a perfect way to begin
Lent and there are programs for all
ages!
This is for EVERYONE of Every
AGE!
The Adult program theme is "The Integrated Spiritual Life"
The Youth Program will be about team building and communication (including both high and low
ropes courses!)
The Children's Program will experience Storytelling with a professional Storyteller
All ages will combine for worship, singing, meals, bonfire with storytelling, jokes and songs and
prayer stations!
However, YOU NEED TO SIGN UP NOW! You will miss out if you don't get your registration
in ASAP! Teens are allowed to come without parents but Pepsicola Club kids and younger must
bring a parent. Please register online by clicking on this link and filling out the form! http://
nativityscottsdale.org/2016-parish-lent-retreat/
Pepsicola Club
THANK YOU!
will be having
their February
Pizza Night on
a new night
February 19th!
Thank you to everyone who
participated in the three parts of the
pageant! The children did a
wonderful job memorizing lines and
adding feeling to bring all the stories
to life! Thank you also to the parents
who brought their kids to rehearsals!
A special thank you to our Director,
Darrell Spencer and the assistant to
the director, Sandy Spencer! They
made it fun and inspired the best
performances from our children!
All 3rd - 6th Graders are welcome
to join us!
Bring $5 and have pizza and fun!
Fellowship and games!
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S u p p o r t t h e Yo u t h G r o u p M i s s i o n T r i p !
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Please support the Youth Group Mission Trip! This year we
are going to Cortez, Colorado and intend to do
approximately 288 hours of service in this diverse and
poverty stricken area. One of the projects that only exists
because youth groups like ours volunteer to run it during the
summer is a Kids Club for children who live in two trailer
parks. This provides a safe and fun environment for children
when school is not in session. Population served is diverse and
includes children from both the Ute and Navaho Nations.
On Mission Trip we not only learn the value of serving others in need, but we have worship and educational time
that helps us connect with those we are helping with a spirit of love learning to see God in all those around us. It
is a transforming experience for everyone.
You have three opportunities to support this amazing
outreach endeavor!
1.
SuperBowl Snack Packs are Back!
Snack packs will include:
popcorn
tortilla chips
crackers
humus
guacamole
summer sauage
cheese
and home baked cookies
Buy one Snack Pack for $20 . . . OR . . . for the small
donation of $300 you can purchase snack packs for 15
parishioners (you can choose who or leave it to us to
pick recipients) The way we make the bulk of our
funds is when five people choose to send a snack pack
to one person! We make one snack pack for that
person and put five people's names on the card!
We are hoping that this fundraising event will be successful enough that we will be able to limit our constant
request for money and focus on service and discipleship this Spring.
So buy one for your own Super Bowl party! Buy one for your Neighbors or Friends!
2. Be sure to sign up to come to the Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper!
This is a wonderful Opportunity for all ages to come together and have a meal! We thank the men's group for
cooking and the youth group will set up, clear, clean up and help with the children's activity! $5 per person or
$15 per family! Sign up in the Parish Hall!
3. A scholarship fund has been established to help youth group members who have special financial need to go
on Mission Trip. Please contact Shelley Byrnes at [email protected] if you'd like to donate to this
fund. Any funds not needed this year will be forwarded towards next year in a dedicated account.
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Yo u t h G r o u p O p p o r t u n i t i e s
Diocesan Service Overnight! January 22-23!
The youth group will be joining youth groups from around the Diocese on a Service Overnight on
January 22 - 23!
We will gather at Christ Church of the Ascension
(on Lincoln) at 7:00 on Friday night for
fellowship, worship and preparation for service.
Early Saturday morning we will split into groups
and go to various agencies in the Phoenix Area
to do service! We will return to Ascension for
lunch and reflection. Parents can pick up at
1:30!
Join us to help others!
DON'T THROW OUT YOUR OLD CHRISTMAS CARDS!
The youth group is participating with the Outreach Committee to support St.
Jude's Ranch for Children in Boulder City, NV. They collect new and used greeting cards, to be turned
into new "up-cycled" cards. They remove the fronts of the cards and attach new backs to create the new
card, which they sell to the public. This project gives the kids at the ranch a hands-on project as well as
teaching them about entrepreneurship. The only limitation is that there should be no writing on the
inside of the front cover.
Please bring your old ones in to the box that will be in church office on the file cabinets over the next two
weeks!
The Annual Meeting will be on January 31. I am looking for three teen volunteers to help supervise the children
during the meeting and the service. I will sign off on service hours for school if you choose to do this. Please realize
that volunteers will be expected to interact with the children and keep them interested and busy. This will not be a
time to spend visiting with other youth volunteers but a working time with the kids. Please contact me at
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F a m i l y & C h i l d r e n ’s M i n i s t r i e s
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Congratulations to all the youth group members who were
confirmed by Bishop Smith on December
20!
Destiny Spencer-Trienen
Ryan Murphy
Olivia Link
Charlotte Erickson
Johnny Franke
Zander Munhall
Aaron Graves!
Youth group is proud of you!
N a t i v i t y ’ s N e w Yo u n g A d u l t M i n i s t r y
Young Adults Group
This newly formed ministry is geared towards
people who are college age and young adults
who are by nature transient and less regular
church goers. Through a dedicated and
closed Facebook group, coffee dates and
quarterly dinners planned for college
breaks, this ministry allows young people to
maintain a connection with the church and
continue spiritual development and
fellowship after High School graduation and
during their young adulthood when most
people tend to fall away.
The Holiday dinner was cozy and fun! The next dinner will be in March but there will be a virtual lenten
study happening on the Facebook page as we join the Society of Saint John the Evangelist to discuss
and practice Growing a Rule of Life.
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The Episcopal Church of the Nativity
Mailing Address:
22405 North Miller Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
www.NativityScottsdale.org
Worship Sundays
7:45, 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.
Upcoming Events!
ArtsatNativityConcert
Saturday,January16
NativityAnnualMeeting
Sunday,January31
ShroveTuesdayPancakeSupperTuesday,February9,6:00pm
AsheWednesday,February10:
NoonSpokenService
5:30pmChildren’sService
7:00pmChoralService
NativityParishRetreatFebruary12-14
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