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Nativity Scene August 2013

Nativity Scene August 2013

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Episcopal Church of the Nativity's August 2013 monthly newsletter, including previews of fall programs for adults, youth, and children.
Episcopal Church of the Nativity's August 2013 monthly newsletter, including previews of fall programs for adults, youth, and children.

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The Episcopal Church of the Nativity 22405 North Miller Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85255 480.307.9216
Our new Sunday schedule beginning Sunday, August 18:8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I (very traditional) with Hymns9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II (traditional) with Children’sChapel (children join their families for communion)10:45 a.m. Christian Formation for all ages11:30 a.m. Jazz/Gospel Eucharist5:00 7:00 p.m. Middle School Youth Group ( Grades 6 - 9 )6:00 8:00 p.m. High School Youth Group ( Grades 10 - 12 )
We are excited about the diversity of choices, and the opportunitythis new schedule gives us to reach new people for Christ! If you are interested in being a ministry leader or participant at the new 11:30 Jazz/Gospel service, please contact Pastor Susan atSusanSnook@TheNativity.net- or watch the bulletin for details.
August Events
August 4 & 11Sunday School and Youth RegistrationAugust 11Backpack Collection andBack-to-School BlessingsAugust 11Meet Your Teacher Day!August 11Youth Pool Party, 5:00 p.m.(Location TBA)August 18Fall Programs Begin
Christian Formation at Church of the Nativity
This fall brings an exciting new set of Christian formation programs for all ages, to equip us all for lifelong learning asdisciples of Jesus. We have innovative,expanded learning opportunities for adults (see specialinsert); lively new curriculumalong with some continued programs for our younger children (pages 8 and 9 ); and a wonderful new youth leader with great plans for teen faith-building (pages 10 and 11 ). Please take a look at the opportunities for getting involved, inside this issue.Sunday School and Youth Registration – Sunday, August 4 and 11Youth Kickoff Pool Party – Sunday, August 11All Programs Begin – Sunday, August 18
About the New Jazz/Gospel Eucharist
On Sunday, August 18, our 10:00 service will move to 9:30 and we willadd a new Jazz/Gospel Eucharist at 11:30. The service will highlightsome lively and beautiful traditional American religious music – jazz,gospel, and other forms that touch the heart. The music will include our gospel choir twice a month, as well as singers and instrumentalists eachweek. The service will be a bit more informal than our 9:30 service, witha children’s story time and involvement from our youth as leaders in theservice. It will last an hour or less. Hospitality and Christian formationfor all ages will happen right before the 11:30 service (at 10:45), so youhave the opportunity to see and learn alongside your friends from the9:30 service.
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JoAn Goan 1-AugAlison Walukiewicz 1-AugJeff Jameson 4-AugAnn Julin 5-Aug Nicholas Francis 12-AugAmelia Casebolt 13-AugMark Dobbins 14-AugElizabeth Ross 14-AugJake Haugen 15-AugPaul Jensen 16-AugDavid Smith 16-Aug Nadine Huiskamp 17-AugWayne Whitney 17-AugJulia Francis 17-Aug Nancy Deppen 8-AugKatie Rafferty 18-AugCollin Rafferty 21-Aug Nate Haugen 26-AugAnnie Blum 28-AugSusie Paulson 29-AugGail Price 29-Aug Natalie Jensen 31-Aug
Every month we list thosewhose birthdays are beingcelebrated. If you would likeyour name added to the list,please contact Mina Rafferty atminarafferty@thenativity.net.
Our New AddressTake a moment to wish a Happy BirthdayTo:
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist10:00 a.m. Children's Chapel -available for first half of service11:00 a.m. Hospitality11:15 a.m. Power Bible Study
8:00 a.m. Rite I Eucharist w/ Hymns9:30 a.m. Rite II Traditional Eucharistwith Children’s Chapel10:45 a.m. Hospitality and ChristianEducation for all ages11:30 a.m. Jazz/Gospel Eucharist5:00 p.m. Youth Group
Nativity’s Vestry
Senior Warden: Jeff Jameson480-262-7957 Jeff Jameson@cox.netJunior Warden: Bill Deihl480-595-9546 bjdeihl@aol.comTricia Beaird 480-699-7893 pbeaird@cox.netNancy Bleasdale 602 421-3631 schoolmarm@att.netMike Brown 480-342-9423 mbr own@bromatco.comKara Erickson 480 518- 2683 theazericksons@hotmail.comGeorge Hartz 480-513-3155 gehartz@yahoo.comJane Heist 480-419-1229 Ljh0cpa@hotmail.comLani Sambach 602-793-2808 wasjr ra@cox.netClaire Smith 480-285-7679 csmith@lifetouch.comDavid Smith 480-538-7068 VIDSmith@gmail.com
Nativity Staff 
The. Rev. Susan B. SnookRector SusanSnook@TheNativity.netDr. Wayne V. WhitneyCurateWayneWhitney@TheNativity.net
Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler Director of Music MinistryIlonaKubiaczyk-Adler @TheNativity.netShelley ByrnesDirector of Children’s & FamilyMinistriesShelleyByrnes@TheNativity.netJulie BogleDirector of Youth MinistriesJulieBolger@TheNativity.net Art Graf Treasurer Mxgk25a@aol.comMina RaffertyParish Administrator MinaRafferty@TheNativity.net
22405 N. Miller RoadScottsdale, Arizona 85255Telephone:480-307-9216
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In 2006, a group of intrepid pioneers were sent out to becomelaborers for God’s harvest.Together, this group of pioneers planted the Church of the Nativity,which over the last seven years has been one of thefastest-growing congregations in The EpiscopalChurch. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of many of you, we moved into our own building lastyear; and our new location has contributed to churchattendance that is 30% higher in 2013 than 2012, so far this year.Happily, after seven years, we still have our pioneer spirit. This church continually amazes me with itsenergy and its dedication to reaching new people for Christ. We don’t try to grow just for the sake of getting bigger; we try to reach new people because we believewe have good news worth sharing. The good news isthat Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into this worldfor us. In his death and resurrection, he united us withGod and gave us the gift of eternal life in God’skingdom. In his life, he demonstrated what God’skingdom is: a place where love, peace and justicereign; where everyone’s basic needs are met; where people forgive and are forgiven, so they can be restoredin relationship with God and one another. This is life-transforming news: it is news that could change theworld.This good news is worth sharing. That’s why Nativitycontinually looks at how to reach new people,to share what we have found in Christ and inour church community with others.This fall, we are beginning some new growthinitiatives. First is our new service schedule.Adding a new service is one of the mosteffective ways a church can grow and reachnew people. The more options a church has – in worship style, times, etc. – the more peopleit can reach. And when a worship service isconsistently 70% full, as our 10:00 service has been, research shows that a church stopsgrowing. Newcomers arrive and literally feelthat there is no place for them. Adding a newservice creates places for new people to fit. Iam excited about starting a Jazz/GospelEucharist because this music has a long religious tradition,yet also speaks to the American heart in a different waythan our traditional Anglican music. Both are beautifuland inspiring, and I look forward to sharing both withyou!Our second big initiative is a way of growing notnecessarily larger, but deeper. Being a disciple of Christmeans a lifelong process of learning, growing, andserving. Our Adult Formation Council has created awhole menu of different adult formation offerings, to provide opportunities for people of all levels of religiousexperience and time availability. Please take a look at our new adult offerings in the special insert and decide whichones work for you.And as always, our children’s and youth formation arehigh priorities at Nativity. I am delighted to be workingwith our new youth director, Julie Bogle, and our almost-new children’s director, Shelley Byrnes. These twodynamite women have a terrific year planned for our children and teens. See pages 8 to 10 for our fall programs.Growth in Christ means growing in size and growing indepth. This fall, at Nativity, we have the opportunity to do both. I hope you’ll join in!In Christ,Susan
 A note from Pastor Susan
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Transforming lives with the love of God in Jesus Christ 
 After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every townand place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but thelaborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Luke10:1-2

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