The Episcopal Church of the Nativity

22405 North Miller Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85054


March 2014



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. 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 days 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 5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Spoken Service Children’s Service Choral Service

All services include Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes.

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Nativity Schedule
22405 N. Miller Road Scottsdale, Arizona 85255 Telephone: 480-307-9216

T ake a moment to wish a Happy Birthday T o:
Ralph Cope Rachel Davis Ashley Oliver Camryn Walukiewicz Tom Snook Donald Balint Mark Miller Adelyn Bieszczad Hannah Lenz Amanda Lenz Riley Bright 3/9 3/14 3/18 3/19 3/22 3/22 3/22 3/26 3/26 3/27 3/28

SCHEDULE ON SUNDAYS: 8:00 a.m. Rite I Eucharist with 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. 5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Jazz/Gospel Eucharist Youth Group, Grades 6-9 Youth Group, Grades 10-12

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

Nativity Staff Nativity’s Vestry
Senior Warden: David Bolger 480-945-3810 Junior Warden: Mark Miller 480-368-5530 Treasurer Kara Erickson 480 518- 2683 Tricia Beaird Suzanne Cohen Jennie Dobbins George Hartz Kris Haugen Jane Heist Cotty Peabody Lani Sambach 480-699-7893 480-586-6625 602-770-0513 480-513-3155 480-515-4803 480-419-1229 480-588-8328 602-793-2808 The. Rev. Susan B. Snook Rector Dr. Wayne V. Whitney Pastoral Associate !"#$Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler Director of Music Ministry IlonaKubiaczyk-Adler Shelley Byrnes Director of Children’s & Family Ministries Susan Weidhaas Bookkeeper Mina Rafferty Parish Administrator

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A n o t e f r o m Pa s t o r S u s a n
Transforming lives with the love of God in Jesus Christ

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An Invitation to a Holy Lent
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:

20 + 1 + 4
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 (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 A shorter version is found at 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 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

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Wayne’s World
Francis' spirituality and mysticism. I am going and I invite you to join me there. I am declaring a meet-up for this Friday night event. You can find out more about Fr. Rohr and his teachings from the CAC website Do let me know if you plan to attend so I can know to look for you. There will be an informal repairing to a local pub for libations and discussion afterward, the location of which is currently undecided, but will be announced prior to the night of the event. If you would like to attend but need a ride, let me know. As always you can inform me at The details again: When: Friday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. Where: Christ Church of the Ascension 4015 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley What: "The Francis Factor" with Fr. Richard Rohr With: Dr. Wayne, et. al.

One of the factors that went into me progressing past my Baccalaureate degree to a Master of Divinity and eventually a Ph.D. was a personal dissatisfaction with the quality of the Christian teaching in my world. Said another way, maybe even arrogantly, I was sure I could do it better. Now 24 years after receiving my last diploma I trust God is using my, shall we say, personal fortitude, to advance His Kingdom in the world. I can name only a handful of teachers in the Christian tent that truly impact my life and continue to challenge me and help me grow in my spiritual life. At the top of the list is Fr. Richard Rohr. Fr. Rohr is a Franciscan priest and his writings embody the wisdom of what it looks like to live a life of Christian transformation. He is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, NM and considers the proclamation of the gospel to be his primary calling. Fr. Rohr will be in Paradise Valley at Episcopal Christ Church of the Ascension, 4015 E Lincoln Drive on March 7 at 7:00 p.m. The topic for his lecture is "The Francis Factor" which explores the themes of St.

Pax et Lux, Dr. Wayne

Lenten Personal Study Book: "Wondrous Encounters"
Available for Lenten Personal Study is Richard Rohr's "Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent." This devotional-style book is a great tool for your undertaking a Lenten journey of self-disclosure and to enter into wondrous divine dialogue with clarity, insight and holy desire! These daily meditations for Lent are a gift for our transformation into our original "image and likeness," which is the likeness of God. Limited copies are available to you just for the asking. See Dr. Wayne for yours. w w w. N a t i v i t y S c o t t s d a l e . o r g

Our February 23rd violin and piano concert was a big success! We had a nice mixed group of Nativity people and music lovers who came just to hear the duo. Levon Zarasian and Peter Gharibian gave a splendid performance, and people left our church thrilled with the music as well as the fantastic venue we have. I heard many comments on how wonderful the acoustics of our church is, and the musicians themselves expressed that too. With our new grand piano that we all worked so hard to get, we can host much more events of this class, and bring more people in! As David Bolger said during the opening speech - music transforms people lives, and I am excited that Nativity is becoming more and more the music center to accommodate these transformations. I received a wonderful letter from one of the musicians saying: "Your church is really a warm and welcoming place I know ... we really enjoyed playing for such nice people. Your church members were very warm, very gracious and very welcoming. We felt at home." The next concert in the series is on Sunday, March 23 at 4 pm. We are proud to host the final voice recital by ASU doctoral student, baritone Christopher Hutton. He will be joined by a string quartet in the performance of 18th century Italian music and Samuel Barber's "Dover Beach". Wonderful music selection, professional musicians in our perfect-forclassical-music venue! You can't miss that! The Adult Choir has been working hard on new challenging and beautiful music. Last month you had a chance to hear a mix of American, British and French music: a rendition of Canticle 17, Nunc dimittis or "The Song of Simeon" by K. Nichols; G. Martin's "Lord, Lead Me, Lord"; the meditative "Ubi Caritas" by Maurice Durufle; and William Boyce's "Teach me, O Lord, the Way of Thy Statutes" based on Psalm 119. This month we will start with Sunday

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School Children Choir performing "This Little Light of Mine" and the Adult Choir taking you for a gospel trip in "Let everything that hath breath" by J.L. Ames. Accompanied by Noah Simpson on trumpet and Alastair Longley-Cook on guitar, it should make a perfect ending of the Epiphany season. Ash Wednesday on March 5th will help you move spiritually toward Lent - the choir will put you into the meditative mood with wonderful traditional hymns from the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as music from the Taize community. During five Sundays of Lent this year we will bring more prayerful music: you will hear "Agnus Dei" from Camille Saint-Saëns' "Requiem", John Stainer's "God so loved the world", Johann S. Bach's Aria "Erbarme Dich" from the famous St. Matthew Passion, and also our Children Choir singing "Do You Know Your Shepherd's Voice?". We are thrilled to welcome new members in our choir! Sopranos Destiny and Jeremy SpencerTreinen, Jan Parisian, and an alto Cynthia Cohen. We are still searching for more members, so if you'd like to join us, please talk to me after the service, or send me an email at Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler THE NATIVITY MUSIC SERIES Baritone Christopher Hutton In recital on Sunday, March 23, 4 pm. Nativity is proud to host the final voice recital by ASU doctoral student Christopher Hutton. He will be joined by a string quartet in the performance of 18th century Italian music and Samuel Barber's "Dover Beach". Wonderful music selection, professional musicians in our perfect-for-classical-music venue! You can't miss that!

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Updates and Opportunities

Women’s Retreat April 4 and 5, 2014
Women of Nativity are invited to join the women of Good Shepherd, Cave Creek, for their women’s Lent Retreat. The group will come together for an overnight retreat at Spirit of the Desert, Carefree, hosted by Daughters of the King. A time apart for fellowship and reflection on our spiritual journey, we will learn how to nourish our souls and feed our spirits. Good food, refreshing location, a time away from the normal schedule. This year our theme of Be Still My Soul will bring presentations on prayer and simple meditation, and being aware of our journey with God. We welcome you to join us. Retreat registration will begin on Friday mid-afternoon, and we will end our time together mid-afternoon on Saturday. To register, please send a check to Good Shepherd at the address below, to the attention of Jeanie Robertson, marking "Women’s Retreat" in the memo line and enclosing the following information: Name: ____________________________________________________________________________ Phone: _________________________ Email: _____________________________________ 3 meals, double occupancy $145 ! 3 meals, single occupancy $165 ! 2 meals, Saturday Only $ 55 !! I would like to share with _____________________________ 3 meals, no occupancy $ 75 Lunch, Saturday Only $ 45

Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 110, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 480-488-3283

Nativity’s 2nd Annual ! ! ! April 26
Donations will be accepted every Sunday between service times Volunteers needed for sorting, unpacking and day of event selling Youth can earn service hours for prep work ahead of time or day of the event For more info and volunteer sign up contact : Jen Goins email: Phone: 480-322-4298
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M o re U p d a t e s a n d O p p o r t u n i t i e s
Nativity has helped scores of single mothers with infants who cannot afford diapers. These unfortunate women are at Homeward Bound. Please bring size 4 or 5 diapers to church on Sundays During the week is also okay if that fits your schedule. In the past, we have collected over 4,000 diapers. Let's carry out this humane outreach ministry in typical Nativity kindness. Questions? Marty or Bob Christopher at
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Diaper Drive for Homeward Bound

Birthday and Anniversary Prayers
Nativity will offer birthday and anniversary prayers on the first Sunday of every month at the 9:30 service. If you are having a birthday, anniversary, or other occasion for which you are thankful during the month of February, you will be invited to come forward during the announcements time so the church can pray for you.

Healing Prayers
If you or someone you know is in need of healing prayers for healing of body, mind, or spirit, please submit your prayer request to Nancy Byrnes at, or call her at 480-512-1929. Your request will be submitted to a ministry group committed to daily prayers for those in need. All prayer requests are kept confidential within the prayer group. Also, please notify Nancy Byrnes if you would like to commit to praying daily for those who request prayers.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Nativity's outreach day with Habitat is scheduled for Saturday April 12th. The project is a renovation of an old home in Mesa for a single mother and her 4 children. We need Volunteers to work on the interior (no roof work) alongside volunteers from several other churches in the valley. It is a fun day and while the work is generally not too hard and requires no technical skills, the reward is great! Please plan to join us on the 12th. We can meet here at Nativity at 7:00AM or you can travel directly to the job site in Mesa where work begins at 7:30. We are usually finished by early afternoon. Lunch is provided!Please be good enough to sign up on the sheet provided in the Parish Hall along with your phone number. Any questions? Pl.ease call us at 480-588-8328 Thank You Cotty and Andrea Peabody

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M o re U p d a t e s a n d O p p o r t u n i t i e s Big Fun Bible Movie Night

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For March, Big Fun Bible Movie Night goes on the road! On Sunday night, March 9 we will be hosting a discussion of the movie "Son of God," an adaptation of the miniseries "The Bible" which showed on the History Channel recently. This is an interfaith event with our friends at Or Chaddash Synagogue. Go see the movie on your own sometime before March 9 at 7 p.m. We will gather at Nativity for discussion and prayer on March 9 at 7 p.m., led by Pastor Susan, Dr. Wayne, and Rabbi Micah Caplan of Or Chadash. Bring dessert to share and a libation of your choice! In April, stay tuned for Part 2 of Big Fun Bible Movie Night: On the Road Edition, as we join Or Chadash again to see the movie "Noah"!

The Adult Choir is Seeking New Members!
If you enjoy making music in a group, being involved in a ministry that brings a lot of satisfaction and is always visible during our worship, consider joining us. We are a very energetic and fun group of people who meet to rehearse every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. We love welcoming new members and sharing our love of music. If you are interested, come to any of our rehearsals on Wednesdays, or talk to our Music Director, Ilona, after the service.

Hospitality Help Needed.
Do you enjoy Sunday morning coffee hour? So do we! But we need your help! Please bring cookies or other treats to share, on Sunday mornings or anytime, and drop them off in the kitchen. Your church thanks you! For information, please contact Suzanne Cohen at

Custom Laminated Luggage Tags: A Women’s Group Fundraiser
Just in time for the Holidays, all special occasions, Birthdays or no occasion at all! Choose your own artwork and personalization from a large selection, all for a very reasonable value. E mail us for more information or to order your Custom Luggage Tags. Contact Donna Hartz,; Kathy Graf,; or Annie Blum,

A lovely way to commemorate . . .

The 2014 Flower Dedication Chart is now available for your consideration. Flowers may be dedicated in memory of a loved one, or in thanksgiving for blessings received. Once the last Sunday service is completed, the flowers can be taken home with you or given to someone as a gift. Please return the vases by the following Sunday. Should you have any questions, please contact Kathy Graf at 480-570-2276.

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Nativity Scene Jr. BySHELLEY BYRNES, Director of Christian Education
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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: Please plan to attend our annual Pancake Supper Fundraiser! It's a great time for an intergenerational meal with other members of the parish and support the youth group for their mission trip! Please join us at 6:00pm on Tuesday March 4th for breakfast for dinner. There will be a craft table set up for children to make Mardi Gras masks which they will wear for a parade through the parish hall while we sing "When the Saints Go Marching In!" before going out to the patio to burn old palm crosses to make ashes for ash Wednesday. Suggested donation is $5 per person with a maximum of $15 per family. All are welcome even if you cannot donate! Ash Wednesday Children's Service Join us again on Wednesday March 5 for a family friendly interactive Ash Wednesday Service. Lenten boxes will be distributed and a discussion of lenten discipline/devotions and how children can choose to participate in helping others during the lenten season will be part of the "sermon." Watch for more information about how the parish can support our children's efforts! Spring Break Theater Camp We will be having a Spring Break Theater Camp meeting at Nativity during the Scottsdale School District's break. Ages 5-7 will be here from 9:00 - 1:30 am and children ages 8-13 will meet from 9:00 - 3:00 daily March 10 - 14. There is also a Theater camp during PV and Cave Creek School district's break held at the FCF-Holland Community Center. Also after school classes will be starting on February 20th! There are flyers with more details on the counter in front of Mina's desk or you can sign up online at! Sign up your child and give focus to the drama! VBS is Coming! I know some parents are already planning summer activities for their children. Church of the Nativity will be having morning VBS program with before and after care available the week of July 14 - 18. Save the week and join us for tons of fun! Good Friday Passion Stations for ALL ages The Christmas Pageant was such a wonderful success that we'd like to involve our dramatically gifted children and youth in presenting a dynamic experiential Stations of the Passion on Good Friday! Parents, expect a call from Shelley or Darrell about how your children can participate. All other parishioners should watch next month's newsletter to hear more about this wonderful, worshipful experience of pre-Easter Holy Week!

Funny Faces At Nativity
Nicky Francis (on the left) Dylan Mulumba (on the right) having fun after church.

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Children and Family Ministry Summer Activities"

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Chapel Rock for Kids! Church camp is a wonderful experience where children explore and deepen their relationship with Christ and other Christians. Kids make Life-long memories and friendships at Chapel Rock! Consider giving your child an amazing camp experience in the cooler weather of Prescott this summer! More detailed descriptions of each camp, costs and online registration can be found at http://!

Youth Camps - Grades 7-8 and 9- 12 June 1 - 7 June 8 - 14 WILD Wilderness Introduction to Leadership DevelopmentGrades 9 - 12 June 1 - 7 June 8 - 14 June 22 - 28 June 29 - July 5 Children's Camp - Grades 3 - 6 June 22 - 28 June 29 - July 5 Little Kid's Camp - Grades K - 3 (two options): Ankle Biter's Camp - Grades K- 2 with parent June 22 - 28 Mini Camp - Grades K - 3 June 25 - 28 Register before March 31st for a $20 discount! w w w. N a t i v i t y S c o t t s d a l e . o r g


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Shrove Tuesday: March 4th is Shrove Tuesday. The youth group is teaming up with The League of Extraordinary Men to serve pancakes and sausage. Dinner will begin being served at 6:00pm. If students would like to participate in this event please come to the church at 5:00pm to help set up. Tickets are $5/person or $15 maximum/family. Ash Wednesday Family Service: is March 5th at 5:30pm in the Sanctuary. Please come begin the Lent season with us as we celebrate Ash Wednesday. Confirmation Class: is March 9th at 5:00pm in the Youth Room. Please let Pastor Susan know if you will not be able to attend this session ASAP.


Hello Nativity Families!

! I would like to start off by thanking all of the families and the wonderful youth for helping make the Have A Heart Soup lunch such a wonderful success! We were able to raise a great amount of money for our Youth Mission Trip this summer! Thank you to everyone that participated in this event. I would like to let everyone know that February 23rd was my last day. At this point in our lives, my husband and I need to make sure we are putting our family needs first. This has been a very difficult decision to make because I love all of the youth and their families so very much. I am so grateful to all of the youth that made my experience at Nativity so wonderful. I will cherish all of the memories I have made here. We had such a wonderful time on Mission Trip, Confirmation class, Animal Blessing service, Booing, Zoo Lights, Cookie Bake off, Christmas party, and Super Bowl Party. I want all of you to know how much I love and appreciate each of these youth and all of their huge hearts, great personalities, and a desire to deepen their faith. I will miss spending time with all of these students on a regular basis, because they make life such an adventure! I will continue to pray for these students and this ministry. It is such an important age and I am sad to leave them. I hope and pray that Nativity continues to thrive and that God will continue to use all of you in Mighty ways. I hope to keep in touch with you and have included my personal e-mail address in case you ever want or need to contact me. Blessings to all of my Nativity family, Julie Bogle

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An Open Note to Nativity Youth and their Parents from Pastor Susan Special Insert
Dear Nativity Youth and Parents, I know you have already received the news that Julie Bogle will be leaving Nativity, and Feb. 23 was her last day with us. "We are sorry to see her go, but she needs to do what is right for herself and her family. " A couple of you have asked me about our plans for the future. "Youth group will continue, and we will have an announcement for you soon! "I want to assure you that youth ministries remain every bit as high a priority as ever at Nativity, and that we will make sure this ministry continues. "You, the youth, are very important to us and to our church, and we will support you through this transition. I would like to invite youth and parents to a special meeting on Sunday, March 2 at 5:00 p.m., during"the regular youth group time. "It will be a potluck supper, so please email Pastor Susan at if you can bring a main dish, side dish, salad, or dessert. "I will be talking with parents, and Shelley Byrnes will be talking with youth, about the plans we are making and about how you would like to see the youth group go forward. "We hope to have some concrete ideas to share with you then, and we also want to hear your thoughts. " In the meantime, we want to assure you that plans are moving forward for the mission trip to San Diego this summer.!"We will give you an update at the student-parent meeting!" I want to thank you all for your support of youth ministries. "Students: thank you for being yourselves. "You are wonderful kids, and we are glad you are a part of Nativity. "Parents: thank you for your support of your kids and for Nativity in this transition time. Blessings, Pastor Susan+

Nativity’s Daily Devotional "




Church of the Nativity 2014 Daily Devotional
Prayer is our connection with God, the discipline that helps our souls stay aligned with God’s will. Daily prayer is the most basic of Christian disciplines, helping us remember that God is present in all the joyous, sorrowful, mundane, and ordinary parts of our lives. By maintaining a steady diet of daily prayer, we learn to open our hearts and minds to God’s will, and grow to recognize God’s voice as it speaks in our hearts. $ Most of us, however, stay so busy so much of the time that it is hard to make time for daily prayer, or even when we make time for it, it is hard to keep our minds focused. One way to approach this problem is to begin with daily devotions. This collection of daily devotions, spiritual exercises, and prayers was created by a group of people from Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale. These are prayerful people who have found ways to share the prayers of their hearts with you. I hope that as you begin to use this book, you will find your mind enlightened and your heart opened to the presence of the living God, for whom our souls are athirst. Many thanks to Lani Sambach, the editor of this collection. In Christ, The Rev. Susan Brown Snook

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The Episcopal Church of the Nativity Mailing Address: 22405 North Miller Road Scottsdale, Arizona 85255 Worship Sunday 8:00 & 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Join us for these Special Events During Lent
Tuesday, March 4 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 Ash Wednesday Services: Noon Spoken Service 5:30 Children’s Service 7:00 pmChoral Service (All Ash Wednesday services include Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes.) Wednesdays, March 12 through April 9: 6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer with Healing 6:30 p.m. The ABCDs of Faith: The Holy Habits of Discipleship w w w. N a t i v i t y S c o t t s d a l e . o r g