The Episcopal Church of the Nativity

22405 North Miller Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85255

480.307.9216

August 2013

THE NATIVITY SCENE

FALL PROGRAMS BEGIN AUGUST 18!
Our new Sunday schedule beginning Sunday, August 18: 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I (very traditional) with Hymns 9:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II (traditional) with Children’s Chapel (children join their families for communion) Christian Formation for all ages Jazz/Gospel Eucharist Middle School Youth Group ( Grades 6 - 9 ) High School Youth Group ( Grades 10 - 12 )

We are excited about the diversity of choices, and the opportunity this 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 at SusanSnook@TheNativity.net - or watch the bulletin for details.

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 as disciples of Jesus. We have innovative, expanded learning opportunities for adults (see special insert); lively new curriculum along 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 11 Youth Kickoff Pool Party – Sunday, August 11 All Programs Begin – Sunday, August 18

August Events
August 4 & 11 Sunday School and Youth Registration August 11 Backpack Collection and Back-to-School Blessings August 11 Meet Your Teacher Day! August 11 Youth Pool Party, 5:00 p.m. (Location TBA) August 18 Fall Programs Begin

About the New Jazz/Gospel Eucharist
On Sunday, August 18, our 10:00 service will move to 9:30 and we will add a new Jazz/Gospel Eucharist at 11:30. The service will highlight some 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 each week. The service will be a bit more informal than our 9:30 service, with a children’s story time and involvement from our youth as leaders in the service. It will last an hour or less. Hospitality and Christian formation for all ages will happen right before the 11:30 service (at 10:45), so you have the opportunity to see and learn alongside your friends from the 9:30 service.

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Our New Address
22405 N. Miller Road Scottsdale, Arizona 85255 Telephone: 480-307-9216

T ake a moment to wish a Happy Birthday T o:
JoAn Goan Alison Walukiewicz Jeff Jameson Ann Julin Nicholas Francis Amelia Casebolt Mark Dobbins Elizabeth Ross Jake Haugen Paul Jensen David Smith Nadine Huiskamp Wayne Whitney Julia Francis Nancy Deppen Katie Rafferty Collin Rafferty 1-Aug 1-Aug 4-Aug 5-Aug 12-Aug 13-Aug 14-Aug 14-Aug 15-Aug 16-Aug 16-Aug 17-Aug 17-Aug 17-Aug 8-Aug 18-Aug 21-Aug Nate Haugen Annie Blum Susie Paulson Gail Price Natalie Jensen 26-Aug 28-Aug 29-Aug 29-Aug 31-Aug

www.TheNativity.net SUMMER SUNDAY SCHEDULE 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m. Children's Chapel available for first half of service 11:00 a.m. Hospitality 11:15 a.m. Power Bible Study SUNDAYS BEGINNING August 18TH 8:00 a.m. Rite I Eucharist w/ Hymns 9:30 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

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 minarafferty@thenativity.net.

Nativity’s Vestry
Senior Warden: Jeff Jameson 480-262-7957 JeffJameson@cox.net Junior Warden: Bill Deihl 480-595-9546 Tricia Beaird Nancy Bleasdale Mike Brown Kara Erickson George Hartz Jane Heist Lani Sambach Claire Smith David Smith bjdeihl@aol.com

Nativity Staff The. Rev. Susan B. Snook Rector SusanSnook@TheNativity.net Dr. Wayne V. Whitney Curate WayneWhitney@TheNativity.net !"#$Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler Director of Music Ministry IlonaKubiaczyk-Adler @TheNativity.net Shelley Byrnes Director of Children’s & Family Ministries ShelleyByrnes@TheNativity.net Julie Bogle Director of Youth Ministries JulieBolger@TheNativity.net Art Graf Treasurer Mxgk25a@aol.com Mina Rafferty Parish Administrator MinaRafferty@TheNativity.net

480-699-7893 pbeaird@cox.net 602 421-3631 schoolmarm@att.net

480-342-9423 mbrown@bromatco.com 480 518- 2683 theazericksons@hotmail.com 480-513-3155 gehartz@yahoo.com 480-419-1229 Ljh0cpa@hotmail.com 602-793-2808 wasjrra@cox.net 480-285-7679 csmith@lifetouch.com 480-538-7068 VIDSmith@gmail.com

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A n o t e f r o m Pa s t o r S u s a n

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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 town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Luke 10:1-2

In 2006, a group of intrepid pioneers were sent out to become laborers 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 the fastest-growing congregations in The Episcopal Church. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of many of you, we moved into our own building last year; and our new location has contributed to church attendance 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 its energy 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 believe we have good news worth sharing. The good news is that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into this world for us. In his death and resurrection, he united us with God and gave us the gift of eternal life in God’s kingdom. In his life, he demonstrated what God’s kingdom is: a place where love, peace and justice reign; where everyone’s basic needs are met; where people forgive and are forgiven, so they can be restored in relationship with God and one another. This is lifetransforming news: it is news that could change the world. This good news is worth sharing. That’s why Nativity continually looks at how to reach new people, to share what we have found in Christ and in our church community with others. This fall, we are beginning some new growth initiatives. First is our new service schedule. Adding a new service is one of the most effective ways a church can grow and reach new people. The more options a church has – in worship style, times, etc. – the more people it can reach. And when a worship service is consistently 70% full, as our 10:00 service has been, research shows that a church stops growing. Newcomers arrive and literally feel that there is no place for them. Adding a new service creates places for new people to fit. I am excited about starting a Jazz/Gospel

Eucharist because this music has a long religious tradition, yet also speaks to the American heart in a different way than our traditional Anglican music. Both are beautiful and inspiring, and I look forward to sharing both with you! Our second big initiative is a way of growing not necessarily larger, but deeper. Being a disciple of Christ means a lifelong process of learning, growing, and serving. Our Adult Formation Council has created a whole menu of different adult formation offerings, to provide opportunities for people of all levels of religious experience and time availability. Please take a look at our new adult offerings in the special insert and decide which ones work for you. And as always, our children’s and youth formation are high priorities at Nativity. I am delighted to be working with our new youth director, Julie Bogle, and our almostnew children’s director, Shelley Byrnes. These two dynamite 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 in depth. This fall, at Nativity, we have the opportunity to do both. I hope you’ll join in! In Christ, Susan

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New Adult Formation Offerings New opportunities for adult Christian learning and spiritual growth are coming your way this fall. Please see all the information about these exciting new offerings in the special insert by Dr. Wayne Whitney.

ARE YOU THE CURIOUS TYPE?
Do you like learning? Are you comfortable using a computer (even somewhat)? Enjoy talking about faith, spirituality and religious stuff? Want a safe place to ask questions you’ve wanted to have answered or at least discussed? Looking for a group where you can do all of that without leaving the comfort of your den, living room, or wherever? Then Education for Ministry (EfM) Online might just what you’re looking for. Ministry is not just for ordained people who wear white collars! Every Christian is a minister whether inside the church or out in the world. EfM is a four-year program of theological learning designed especially for lay people who want to go deeper into the Bible, church history, theology, ecumenical relations and the role of ministry in their lives. In EfM Online we have people from all over the country (and sometimes outside the US) who meet once a week for 90 minutes in a classroom situation and nobody cares if you are in your pajamas! If you travel a lot, are a snowbird, can’t drive at night, or just enjoy the world of cyberspace, this is a great opportunity to be part of an EfM community from wherever you are. If you would like more information, please contact Linda Ryan at mumcat37@gmail.com (call 623.695.3344) or leave a message in the church office.

ARE YOU AN EfM ALUMNI/AE?
Do you miss the theological reflections? The text discussions? The feeling of community with others who share an interest in learning? Here’s something for you! We are looking to see how many alumnai/ae we have who might be interested in getting together several times during the program year for discussion, reflection, worship and fellowship. It might be monthly, it might be quarterly – we’re open to your input. If you’re interested in this program, please contact Linda Ryan at mumcat37@gmail.com (phone 623.695.3344) or leave a message in the office. Let’s see how we can build this group together. Also, please ask about the EfM Alumni/ae Association if you aren’t already a member. It’s a great way to support EfM with a donation that goes towards scholarships for some who might not otherwise be able to participate in the program and get some nice benefits for yourself as well! w w w. T h e N a t i v i t y. n e t

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A NOTE FROM OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR
North, close to Gda"sk (Danzig) in Pas!#k. The former was made by Casparini in 1717, and the latter by Hildebrandt in 1719. These two stunning 18th century organs, also in perfect condition due to recent high quality renovations, are a source of pride in Poland. Dr. Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler.

During my holiday in July I travelled to 4 countries in Europe. In the beginning of our trip my husband, son and I were in Poland where we visited our relatives and friends, and I performed solo organ recitals. Then we went on a trip South from Poland. First we travelled to the Czech Republic where we saw a very unique Bone Chapel in Kutna Hora. This church, also called Ossuary, comes from the time of the 17th century 30-years war when the number of burials outgrew the space available. The older remains had to be exhumed and stored in the chapel. It is estimated that nowadays the chapel contains the bones of up to 40,000 people. (photo 1) After visiting the Czech Republic, we drove to Austria where I played a solo recital at the beautiful Benedictine Abbey in Sankt Lambrecht. I was honored to be a part of the festivities for the 10th year anniversary of the fabulous instrument built in a historically informed style by Westenfelder (photo 2). After this musical treat we drove to Italy. We visited Venice and its beautiful churches. I was also able to play one of the oldest extant Italian instruments from 1533, located in Valvasone, an hour drive north east from Venice. The organ is in perfect condition, restored in a very precise way a few years ago (photo 3). Also in Poland I saw two very beautiful instruments, one in a southwestern city named Wo!ów (photo 4), and in the

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MUSIC MINISTRY ACTIVITIES Fall 2013
CHILDREN’s CHOIR is for all children from the age of 6 through 13. It is about sharing the love of God through music. Children learn how to use their voices properly and acquire skills that help them to express themselves through music. Children’s Choir performs during Christmas and Easter, and during some Sunday services at our church. Classes are up to 45 minutes long and take place every Wednesday at 6 p.m. starting on August 21st. ADULT CHOIR rehearses on Wednesdays 7-9 p.m. It is the core of the music ministry and an extremely energetic group of parishioners who are passionate about music. It leads the congregation in singing during the 9:30 a.m. traditional service. If you are interested in joining the choir please contact our Music Director Ilona at ilonakubiaczyk-adler@thenativity.net to set up an audition. GOSPEL CHOIR is the occasional incarnation of our Adult Choir, and is also open for those who want to sing only Gospel at the 11:30 a.m. service. It rehearses on Wednesday evenings prior to each Sunday performance. Please, contact our Music Director Ilona at ilonakubiaczyk-adler@thenativity.net to get more details. JAZZ/GOSPEL SERVICE ENSEMBLE is a new idea for all those who would like to share their talent in a less formal 11:30 a.m. service environment. If you play an instrument and would like to be a part of an ensemble which plays music in a variety of styles, this is a place for you. The ensemble is about to form, so if you are interested please contact Ilona at ilonakubiaczyk-adler@thenativity.net.

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U p c o m i n g Ev e n t s a n d O p p o r t u n i t i e s

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OVER 1000 PEOPLE WERE FED ON July 4th! THANK YOU NATIVITY! Thank you to everyone who donated supplies and money to the 4th of July Cookout for the Homeless, it was a huge success. The men, women and children were very appreciative and so polite; I haven’t heard that many “thank you ma’am or sir”(s) in a long time. It was a really hot day, but all of the volunteers kept smiling and working; the energy of the event was amazing. Volunteers used vans to collect the homeless from their ‘hangouts’ and bring them to the BBQ. Some who came were neighborhood families struggling to make ends meet. There were plenty of burgers, hot dogs, water, chips and fresh watermelon; plus people were treated to a sno-cone when they arrived- a great way to welcome people in the heat. This year’s count was over 1,000 and everyone left with full bellies, take-home snacks and water, plus donated clothing and shoes. Thank you to Nativity for making this event a truly special success. For those who are interested, next year we would like to take a group of volunteers to help at the event. All of your donations made a difference to the Gunnell family and especially those served at the event. Thank you. WOMEN’S GROUP IS GOING TO THE PHOENIX RESUCE MISSION The Nativity women will be making sandwiches and preparing lunch on Tuesday, August 6th at the Rescue Mission. We will be leaving from the church at 8:15 a.m. If interested please contact Kathy Graf 480 570-2276. NOW COLLECTING NEW: BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES BACKPACKS, CLOTHING For the seventh year in a row, Nativity is pleased to participate in this annual collection for school children and is seeking donations of new back to school supplies, backpacks, tennis shoes, socks, school uniform pants and skirts. While Nativity’s collection focus is generally on backpacks and school supplies, certain clothing items are also needed in all sizes for youth from kindergarten through high school. Please drop off all donations to the Healing Chapel at Nativity no later than Sunday, August 11. Nativity will celebrate a Blessing of the Backpacks on August 11 for Nativity members returning to school and for all items collected for charity.

SISTER SCHOOL AND PARISH IN BARRIO LA LAGUNA,
The efforts of the Nativity Parish, our friends and our partners at Trinity and Diocese have, again, come together to accomplish great things. Over the course of the last 13 months we have been able to raise enough money to add a permanent, hurricane-proof roof to the school in La Laguna, in Veracruz, Mexico. What does this mean? It means that once the roof is completed they will no longer sustain damage to their supplies every time they get a heavy rainstorm, tropical storm or hurricane. It also means that there will be a safe building in the barrio in which families can take shelter during inclement weather. Finally, it will also provide the foundation for the second floor of the building which will be completed in phase two of this project. The school, under the leadership of Reverend Goldi Santana Mera, is doing great things for the community. There have been a number of graduations over the last year. Goldi has also implemented an adult education program which is teaching parents in the community to read and to achieve high school graduation equivalency. The school continues to provide care and education to infants through preschool aged students, as well as daily instruction and reinforcement in English and academics. Lastly, Goldi and the students make baked goods on a weekly basis to sell in the community, providing life skills to the students while earning much needed income for the school. We are currently discussing the implementation of building the new roof, the timing, the funding, and the help needed to complete this project, as well as the daily support of the school. If you are interested in being a part of this, please watch the announcements and newsletters for upcoming meetings or see one of the la laguna team members - Claire Smith, Steve Smith, Sarah Dobbins, Jeff Jameson or David Smith.

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365 Days of Nativity

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365 Days of Nativity A Daily Devotional Booklet
For YOU And made By YOU beginning January 1, 2014 We want YOU to be part of this, in fact WE NEED YOU to be Part of This -- we need 365 submissions!!! Share with your church family words that have been a source of inspiration or comfort, special prayers, especially meaningful scriptures, meditations, or any advice that you treasure. Here’s How: 1. Write it down. 2. We’d like you to choose at least two dates and offer two submissions! Consider your Birthday or anniversary. Or perhaps the birthday of a loved one, etc. There is No limit to the number of submissions you can have. 3. Get your submission to me Email me at wasjrra@cox.net or drop it off in the basket available in the church office. 4. Check for more information in the monthly newsletters and Sunday bulletins. 5. You may have your name appear in the finished booklet or submit your choice anonymously. Should you have any questions or would like to help, please call me. I believe our Nativity Family Devotional Booklet will transform OUR lives with the love of God in Jesus Christ. Lani Sambach Email (wasjrra@cox.net) or call me at 480--451--6995. Here are a couple of examples for your use. Feb. 22
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Mina Rafferty
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Lani Samabch
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THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16
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Galatians 5:22
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Nativity Scene Jr.
Faith Formation - infant through fifth grade, By SHELLEY BYRNES, Director of Christian Education

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Thank you
to all the parishioners who helped make Nativity's very first Vacation Bible School week a success! Thank you, thank you, thank you to: •Everyone who purchased or donated supplies; •Kathy Graf for organizing the snack brigade and all women who provided fun and healthy snacks for the kids each day! •My craft and game helpers: Lana Allbright, Tracy Creamer, Carol and Angie Puma. Harriet Cole for sharing her storytelling skills and labyrinth. Julie Bogle for taking photos and making sure Flat Jesus was seen! Katie and Abby Call for their hard work during our preparation week; The extended care providers: Tricia Beaird, Grace Byrnes, Julia Snook, Ruthie Byrnes. All the volunteers who spent the week dressed in robes and hats as Harry Potter characters: Sawyer Forbes, Crystal Rothenberg, Jeremy Spencer-Treinen, Art Graf, Bob Montheard, Darrell Spencer and Susan Snook! Shannon Rafferty who created our "Sorting Hat" Desert Foothills Theater for the use of their costume closet and building materials. A very special thank you needs to go out to Tracy Creamer and Crystal Rothenberg without them as my right and left hands - Hogwarts would never have materialized! The week was fun and filled with learning about who we are and whose we are. We learned about how God gave us each special talents for a reason and how we are all part of the body of Christ. Eventually, we learned that because God is with us always and Jesus loved us enough to give his life for us, we have been transformed by Grace. We prayed together and played together and made ice cream in bags and tornados in bottles. I am grateful for each of the 20 children who participated. They allowed us all to see God through their eyes which was a beautiful gift. Shelley Byrnes, Director of Children’s and Family Ministries

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Fa l l o f f e r i n g s f o r C h i l d r e n a n d Fa m i l y M i n i s t r i e s :
Children's Chapel Continues! In the new service schedule we will have Children's Chapel at the 9:30 service. This program is for children 4 years through second grade. It is a children's level worship service beginning with a blessing from the celebrant and a procession from the sanctuary. The children return to the service at the Peace to have communion with their families. Older children are encouraged to sit with their families in the service. Leaders: Liz Andre, Tracy Creamer, Art Graf, Pam Montheard Activities Bag: There are activities bags available for any children sitting in the church with their families. These bags are in a basket by the main door to the sanctuary and contain several crayons, a clipboard and an activities bulletin with puzzles and coloring pages based on the lessons for the day.

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL CHILDREN BETWEEN 10:45 - 11:30
Primary Level Sunday School: 4 years old through second grade. This class will be using the Spark 2-year story based curriculum reading Bible stories in the Old and New Testaments. All the children in this class will receive their own Story Bible with pictures and activities. The children in this class will sometimes split according to age for the activities after Bible Stories have been read. The emphasis for pre-K/K children will on learning the basic concepts and emotions: love, forgiveness, faith, hope, etc. Grades 1/2 will read the same stories with emphasis on characters and events. This helps these children identify things and people they can relate to since they have experienced similar emotions. For instance, David was scared when he fought Goliath, but he had faith because he knew God was with him. Teachers: Sarah Banks, Kris Haugen, Ashley Oliver, Lani Sambach. The Upper Elementary Sunday School: Third through fifth grades. This class will continue using the "Living the Good News" curriculum. This curriculum is lectionary based and focuses on teaching our children how to find things in the Bible as well as reading aloud and understanding what they find. Children this age understand God in concrete terms and use stories to give meaning and coherence to life. This curriculum is particularly flexible for various teaching and learning styles, with activities such as art, games and drama. Teachers: Mary Dexter, Jen Goins, Amanda Lenz, Mark Miller.

Nativity After-School Community Education
We are so excited to announce that we'll be having various Community Education opportunities during after school times this year. These opportunities will begin after Labor Day. We'll have Arizona Sunrays (arizonasunrays.com) offering gymnastics on Tuesdays. And Desert Foothills Theater (desertfoothillstheater.org) will be offering various classes including an introduction to acting on Thursdays. More details will follow.

Parents' Coffee Clutch:
This group will be meeting in the gathering area outside the Sunday School classrooms and will be focused on issues relevant to parents. The first meeting will gather ideas from the group and decide the focus for the first six weeks. Led by Shelley Byrnes, Director of Children’s and Family Ministries.

NATIVITY MEMBERS AT THE CIRCUS On June 28th several members of Nativity attended the circus. Von Dunkelberg had a great time!

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WHOʼS THAT NEW PERSON?

Meet Julie Bogle Hi! My name is Julie Bogle. I am the new Youth Director here at Nativity. I am so excited to get to know all of you this year! This month’s newsletter I wanted to include some information about me. I graduated from Concordia University Irvine in 2012 with a degree in Christian Education Leadership. This last year I completed an internship in Children's Ministry. I enjoyed the younger children, but I am really looking forward to working with Jr. High and High school again. I was recently married in November to my husband Tim. We just moved from California, and are very excited to start this new adventure. I look forward to meeting each of you and hope to get to know all of you better throughout this year!

Mission Possible 2013:
! Our Youth Mission Week this year was great! This was a great kick off for me as the new youth director. I was able to get to know the awesome students that are involved in our youth ministry! We are so blessed with students that are willing to give up days in their summer to serve in many different capacities. It was such an honor to serve alongside these wonderful students. I believe I walked away from this experience transformed because of them! ! We were able to go to Epiphany in Gila Bend to help with some remodeling they needed to do. We were also able to have Harriet help us learn how to do story telling. The next day we went to Matthewʼs Crossing to help in the food bank. After the food bank we went to St. Lukeʼs At The Mountain to help publicize the different ministries they are doing this year. The following day we went to Tucson to learn about Imago Dei Middle School, an Episcopal school that serves underprivileged students in Tucson, and help them get set up for the new school year. Finally, we finished our week serving with St. Andrewʼs Episcopal Church, Nogales, at their Childrenʼs Medical clinic. ! All of these experiences truly helped enrich our lives. We were able to serve others, learn what it means to love our neighbors as ourselves, and grow in our walk with God. It was great to see how God used all of these students to further His kingdom. Julie Bogle, Director of Youth Ministries

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NATYG UPDATES
Julie Bogle, Director of Youth Ministries

NATYG – Nativity Youth Ministries for Fall 2013 - Grades 6 - 12
We can’t wait for the new church year to begin! We’re planning some great activities this fall, from service work to youth group to lots of fun! We’ll be exploring the Bible, wondering about God’s call to us, thinking about how our faith affects the decisions we make every day, praying, learning about ourselves, serving others, and laughing and talking and sharing our stories!

Sunday School Starts Sunday August 18, 2013 10:45-11:30 am:
Our Middle and High School Sunday school will be together in the Youth Room. This will be an opportunity to dive into the Bible stories and have an open discussion. We’ll be talking not only about the Bible, but about how our faith affects our daily lives. Leaders: Julie Bogle, Liz Sambach.

Youth Group begins Sunday August 18, 2013 5:00pm-8:00pm
This year we are structuring youth group a bit differently, to allow both age groups to come together for dinner and social activities, but still give them separate small group times. The schedule will be: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 6:00 – 7:00 7:00 – 8:00 Younger Youth Small Group (Grades 6 - 9) Dinner and Activities for both groups Older Youth Small Group (Grades 10 - 12)

Therefore, Grades 6 - 9 will meet from 5:00 to 7:00, and Grades 10 - 12 will meet from 6:00 to 8:00. This new schedule will be an opportunity to discuss topics that the students in each group want to talk about that may be world issues, issues they are facing at school, or just topics they have questions about. We will take time to discuss the issue, search the Bible for answers, and have an open discussion. NATYG will also have other activities during the year, including service opportunities and just plain fun! The younger youth class will include Confirmation preparation. Leaders: Julie Bogle, Skyler Chew.

Youth Ministry Pool Party Kick Off: Sunday August 11, 2013
On Sunday August 11th from 5:00pm-8:00pm we will be having a Pool Party to kick off the year! This will be a great opportunity for families to get acquainted with one another. Julie Bogle and Pastor Susan will also ask parents to come inside during the early part of the party for a parent meeting. We’ll talk about our visioning session from last spring, and about how we are structuring the program in response. We’ll also meet about the calendar for the year, sign up for meals, and answer any questions you may have about the coming year. The location for this party will be determined shortly. We will let you know as soon as possible!

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The Episcopal Church of the Nativity Mailing Address: 22405 North Miller Road Scottsdale, Arizona 85255

www.TheNativity.net Worship Sunday Through August 11th 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. Beginning August 18th! 8:00 & 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.

New Sunday Service Schedule Begins August 18th!
During the program year, our 10:00 service consistently runs about 75 – 80 % full. Churches stop growing when they are consistently this full – newcomers get the message that there literally is no room for them. The vestry has considered how to provide more worship opportunities, and have decided to modify our Sunday schedule slightly to add a third Sunday morning service, which will be a lively, informal Jazz/Gospel service. Beginning August 18, our Sunday schedule will be: 8:00 9:30 10:45 11:30 5:00 Rite I Eucharist with Hymns Rite II Traditional Eucharist (same as our current 10:00 service) with Children’s Chapel Hospitality and Christian Education for all ages Jazz/Gospel Eucharist MARK YOUR CALENDAR Youth Group

We are excited about the diversity of choices, and the opportunity this 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 at SusanSnook@TheNativity.net - or watch the bulletin for details.

PRESIDING BISHOP TO VISIT NATIVITY Nativity is excited to announce that the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, +Katharine Jefferts Schori, will be visiting Nativity and celebrating and preaching on Sunday, June 8, 2014. We are looking forward to her visit!

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