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Nativity Scene March 2014

Nativity Scene March 2014

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Episcopal Church of the Nativity Newsletter for March 2014
Episcopal Church of the Nativity Newsletter for March 2014

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The Episcopal Church of the Nativity 22405 North Miller Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85054 480.307.9216
 Ash Wednesday Services – Wednesday, March 5
 Ash Wednesday is an ancient tradition of the church as we enter into the holy season of Lent. We spend 40 day s preparing ourselves for Easter through acts of self-denial, service, and giving. Ash Wednesday is the day we enter this holy season. We remind ourselves of our mortality and our utter dependence on God, and through our repentance we remember also the gracious gift of forgiveness and reconciliation that God offers. Don’t miss this holy opportunity to worship as Lent begins.
 We provide three worship services on Ash Wednesday. All include Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes:
Noon Spoken Service5:30 p.m. Children’s Service7:00 p.m. Choral Service
 All services include Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes.
Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras Celebration!On Tuesday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m., enjoy our last hurrah before Lent begins! The  Youth Group and Men’s Group join forces to provide our traditional Shrove  Tuesday Pancake Supper, with pancakes, sausage, and king’s cake! There will be mask-making activities for children, and a Mardi Gras parade. At the end of the evening, we gather outside to pray and burn last year’s Palm Sunday palm crosses to make ashes for the next day’s Ash Wednesday services.
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Nativity Staff 
The. Rev. Susan B. Snook Rector SusanSnook@TheNativity.netDr. Wayne V. WhitneyPastoral AssociateWayneWhitney@TheNativity.net
Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler Director of Music MinistryIlonaKubiaczyk-Adler @TheNativity.netShelley ByrnesDirector of Children’s & Family Ministries ShelleyByrnes@TheNativity.netSusan WeidhaasBookkeeper Susanw@nativityscottsdale.orgMina RaffertyParish Administrator MinaRafferty@TheNativity.net
22405 N. Miller RoadScottsdale, Arizona 85255Telephone:480-307-9216www.NativityScottsdale.org
Ralph Cope 3/9Rachel Davis 3/14Ashley Oliver 3/18Camryn Walukiewicz 3/19Tom Snook 3/22Donald Balint 3/22Mark Miller 3/22Adelyn Bieszczad 3/26Hannah Lenz 3/26Amanda Lenz 3/27Riley Bright 3/28
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 minaraffer ty@thenativity.net. SCHEDULE ON SUNDAYS:8:00 a.m. Rite I Eucharist with Hymns9:30 a.m. Rite II Traditional Eucharist with Children’s Chapel
10:45 a.m. Hospitality and Christian Education for all ages
11:30 a.m. Jazz/Gospel Eucharist
 5:00 p.m. Youth Group, Grades 6-9 6:00 p.m. Youth Group, Grades 10-12
Nativity ScheduleTake a moment to wish a Happy Birthday To:
Nativity’s Vestry
Senior Warden: David Bolger  480-945-3810 David@DJBolger.comJunior Warden: Mark Miller  480-368-5530 msmiller@value.netTreasurer Kara Erickson 480 518- 2683 theazericksons@hotmail.com Tricia Beaird 480-699-7893 pbeair d@cox.netSuzanne Cohen 480-586-6625 Secohenjd@yahoo.comJennie Dobbins 602-770-0513 jenniedobbins@gmail.comGeorge Hartz 480-513-3155 gehartz@yahoo.com Kris Haugen 480-515-4803 kris.haugen@cox.netJane Heist 480-419-1229 Ljh0cpa@hotmail.comCotty Peabody 480-588-8328 Epeabody@earthlink.netLani Sambach 602-793-2808 wasjrra@cox.net
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 From the Book of Common Prayer service for Ash Wednesday:
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.
Lent, I think, is my favorite season of the church year. Its solemnity and reverence fill me with awe at God’s presence with us and God’s gracious gift of forgiveness. And each year, like many of you, I adopt some discipline that allows me to remember that this time is devoted to God. The traditional disciplines of the church are self-examination and repentance, prayer, fasting, and self-denial, and reading and meditating on the scriptures. This year, I would like to invite you all to join me in a special set of disciplines, suggested by The Restoration Project, an Episcopal group that wishes to restore the centrality of our spiritual lives. Their Lenten challenge to us is:
That is:
Pray for 20 minutes a day. Worship for 1 hour a week. Serve others for 4 hours a month.
Why do these numbers make a difference? Studies show that people who pray for 20 minutes a day report being stronger, more satisfied, and more joy-filled than those who pray less or not at all. Worshipping one hour a week is how we allow God to nourish us spiritually. Serving others is how we put our faith into action, reminding ourselves that loving others is something we do not just with our hearts,  but with our hands.How to go about doing this? Worshipping one hour a week is simple – Nativity’s Sunday worship services offer ample opportunities. Praying 20 minutes a day is more difficult, unless you have a way to focus your prayer. Here is what I recommend. Follow the daily prayer discipline in the Book of Common Prayer. You can pray it alone or with another person, or a group. The simplest way to do this is online. Here are some sources:My favorite online source is www.missionstclare.com (click on “Morning and Evening Prayer,” then on “Rite II Calendar,” then on today’s date (either the sunshine or the moon, depending on the time of day). You can also find a version at www.dailyoffice.org A shorter version is found at www.prayer.forwardmovement.org/daily_prayer_anytime.php. Serving four hours a week can be a challenge. Here are some options:Join the group of Nativity parishioners who serve at our sister church, Iglesia Santa Maria, by giving away food to people in need, the third and fifth Saturday morning of each month. For more information, please contact Don Balint at dhbalint1@cox.net.For April, join Nativity parishioners in building a house for Habitat for Humanity. Please see the information on page  ____.Search out a service opportunity within Nativity (help with children’s programs, serve in the kitchen, etc.), or at your  place of work, or in your community. What matters is that you are serving others!I will commit to doing the 20 + 1 + 4 challenge alongside you! Together, we will grow in faith and prepare for the Lord’s Resurrection Day on Easter, April 20!In Christ, Susan
 A note from Pastor Susan
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Transforming lives with the love of God in Jesus Christ 
An Invitation to a Holy Lent

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