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The Episcopal Church of the Nativity 22405 North Miller Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85054 480.307.9216
Presiding Bishop Comes to Nativity!
Nativity is honored to welcome the Presiding Bishop of
The Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Katharine
Jefferts Schori, as our presider and preacher this
Sunday, June 8, at 9:00 and 10:30. Our own Arizona
diocesan bishop, The Rt. Rev. Kirk Smith, will also be
joining us for both services. We will have confirmations
at the 9:00 service, and will be joined by some of our
friends from Iglesia Santa Maria, our sister church in
west Phoenix, for the 10:30 service.
Katharine Jefferts Schori was elected Presiding Bishop
of the Episcopal Church in June 2006. She serves as
chief pastor and primate to the Episcopal Church's
members in 16 countries and 110 dioceses. Bishop
Jefferts Schori's career as an oceanographer preceded
her studies for the priesthood, to which she was
ordained in 1994. She holds a B.S. in biology from
Stanford University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in
oceanography from Oregon State University, an M.Div.
from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and several
honorary doctoral degrees.
Special Events for June and July – Please Mark Your Calendars!
Vacation Bible School for children who have completed kindergarten through grade 5: July 14-18.
See page 7 for more information. Please register by July 1 so we can get teachers and supplies!
Youth Mission Trip to San Diego
for teens who have completed grades
6-12: June 22-27. Youth leave after
church on June 22, so come give
them a sendoff and a blessing that
day! See page 7 for more
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Nativity Schedule
Take a moment to wish a Happy Birthday To:
Nativity Staff
The. Rev. Susan B. Snook
The Rev. Dr.Wayne V. Whitney
Pastoral Associate
Dr. Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler
Director of Music Ministry
IlonaKubiaczyk-Adler @TheNativity.net
Shelley Byrnes
Director of Christian Formation
Susan Weidhaas
Mina Rafferty
Parish Administrator
Nativity’s Vestry
Senior Warden: David Bolger
480-945-3810 David@DJBolger.com
Junior Warden: Mark Miller
480-368-5530 msmiller@value.net
Treasurer Kara Erickson
480 518- 2683 theazericksons@hotmail.com
Tricia Beaird 480-699-7893 pbeaird@cox.net
Suzanne Cohen 480-586-6625 Secohenjd@yahoo.com
Jennie Dobbins 602-770-0513 jenniedobbins@gmail.com
George Hartz 480-513-3155 gehartz@yahoo.com
Kris Haugen 480-515-4803 kris.haugen@cox.net
Jane Heist 480-419-1229 Ljh0cpa@hotmail.com
Cotty Peabody 480-588-8328 Epeabody@earthlink.net
Lani Sambach 602-793-2808 wasjrra@cox.net
Sunday Schedule
9:00 a.m. Traditional Worship With Children’s Chapel
10:00 a.m. Hospitality
10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
Debra Williamson 1-Jun
Bethany Jameson 2-Jun
Jay Youssefi 5-Jun
Deanna Chew 5-Jun
David Erickson 6-Jun
Maggie Forbes 6-Jun
Alastair Longley-Cook 6-Jun
Noah Simpson 8-Jun
Jaclyn Fishbach 10-Jun
Darya Youssefi 12-Jun
Lily Youssefi 12-Jun
Suzanne Allen 14-Jun
Lynda Orescanin 17-Jun
Ann Phillips 17-Jun
Steve Smith 18-Jun
Claire Smith 20-Jun
Ray D. Wiseman 23-Jun
Joshua Deihl 24-Jun
Kara Erickson 25-Jun
Bill Worthington 26-Jun
Martha Casebolt 27-Jun
Jasmine Youssefi 29-Jun
Julie Gildersleeve 30-Jun
22405 N. Miller Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
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I think in every
Christian’s life, there
comes a time when she
or he needs some quiet
time to rest, rejuvenate,
pray, read, and
recharge spiritual
batteries. After eight years at Nativity, that time
has come for me, and I am grateful that the vestry
has agreed to give me a three-month sabbatical
this summer. I will be leaving officially on June
14, and will return on September 2, just in time
for our fall programs to kick off on Sunday,
September 7.
During my time away, I will spend some time
vacationing with my family, do some spiritual
work (including, I hope, a Benedictine retreat at a
monastery), pray, and relax. I also have a big
project ahead of me: I plan to work on writing a
book on church planting in The Episcopal
Church. Founding Nativity with a wonderful
group of lay leaders eight years ago did not make
me an expert, but I am a practitioner. I plan to
interview a number of other church planters and
learn about their experiences, and write something
that I hope will be helpful to others embarking on
this adventure.
Nativity will be in good hands during my absence:
the Rev. Wayne Whitney will continue as your
priest over the summer; David Bolger and Mark
Miller will be on hand as the Senior and Junior
Wardens; and Mina Rafferty will continue to hold
down the fort in the office. I know you will find
the same great experience at Nativity you always
I will be praying for you all daily during my
absence. You are all very dear to me, and I look
forward to seeing you in the fall, refreshed,
relaxed, and full of new ideas!
A not e f r om Pas t or Sus an
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Transforming lives with the love of God in Jesus Christ
For God alone my soul in silence waits;
truly, my hope is in him.
Psalm 62:6
Please Pray for our Confirmands!
We are pleased to welcome the newest Episcopalians, Nativity’s fifteen candidates
for confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation. The confirmation ceremony will
be held on June 8 at our 9:00 service. Please pray for:
Youth Confirmands
Katie Call
Jaclyn Fishbach
James Link
Danielle Millett
Andrew Philipsen
Crystal Rothanburg
Jeremy Spencer-Treinen
Andrew Stuckey
Emily Weidhaas
Debra Williamson
Adults Confirmands
Bill Bailey
Cody Cowan
Matt Pierson
Finn Pillsbury
Sandy Spencer
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Wayne’s World page 4
Most of the time when we pray, I
submit, we are doing it as an individual
to God. Considering we only come
together once a week, and sometimes
twice if you come on Wednesday
nights, we do only a small percentage of
our prayer together or corporately. One
kind of Prayer that WE ALL DO
together most vibrantly is our
Eucharistic Prayer on Sunday mornings,
that part of the service that precedes the Communion, or
partaking of the eucharistic elements. During Pentecost
Season we will get to experience the prayer that has the
most congregational input of all the Eucharistic Prayers. It
is what the Book of Common Prayer designates as
"Eucharistic Prayer C" on page 376. It has been
nicknamed "The Star Wars Prayer" because it is the one
that contains the phrase "vast expanse of interstellar
space." (But if you think about it that phrase is much more
"Star Trek" than "Star Wars" but the nickname has stuck all
the same.) Like I said, it is also the most responsive of all
the Eucharistic Prayers which means the congregation gets
to chime in and add to the Presider's words on 6 occasions.
These 6 responses, which are direct responses lifted from
Scripture verses, are entirely absent from the other
Eucharistic Prayers labelled A, B and D. My invitation to
you is to fully step in to the role you get to play as we
prepare the elements together. Please get this: We are
doing this TOGETHER. The Presiding Priest is not
performing, and you are not the audience. God is the
audience and the Priest is the prompter for the true actors
in this drama, the whole congregation. So this Pentecost
Summer come be a part of this wonderful experience
during Pentecost Season as we, you and I, team up to really
do it up great for God.
See you in church,
Pax et Lux,
Dr. Wayne
A note from our Music Director
As you all have probably noticed
by now, I am 9 months pregnant
and more than ready (!!!) to
deliver my second son. I will play
my last Sunday on June 15th
before I go on maternity leave.
After that you will have a trio of
very skilled organists playing for
you: Christine Kyhn, Josh Hill,
and Nancy Wiand. Nancy Wiand,
apart from being a musician, is
also a nurse who works at the
Scottsdale Shea Hospital, where I will be delivering.
She will be one of the nurses taking care of me after
the delivery. What a wonderfully small world!
During summer you will hear two of our talented
parishioners playing their favorites for you during the
Communion time at 10.30 a.m. services: Ann Phillips
on the Native American Flute and Alastair Longley-
Cook on guitar. You will also hear the organists
playing some contemplative music on our fabulous
I will be back at the end of August. Meanwhile I will
keep you updated about the baby's arrival and the first
weeks of his life. I wish you all a great summer and
see you very soon! Dr. Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler
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I was privileged to go in late May with a group of other Episcopal clergy to the Holy Land. I went to
pilgrimages sites in Jerusalem and Galilee, and also spent time talking with Israelis and Palestinians and learning
about the long history of conflict there. I was deeply moved by all I saw and learned there, and overwhelmed by
seeing many of the same sights Jesus saw, and even touching some things he surely touched. Here are some
photos of the trip. Stay tuned - I would like to arrange a Nativity pilgrimage to the Holy Land sometime in the
next year or so. Watch for information! It is truly a life-transforming experience. -Pastor Susan+
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A view down the hillside where Jesus preached the
Sermon on the Mount (Matthew Chapters 5-7),
including the Beatitudes (“Blessed are the poor....”)
A sailboat on the Sea of Galilee at sunrise.
The Wailing Wall, the only wall of the ancient Jewish
Temple still standing in Jerusalem, after the Romans
destroyed it in 70 AD.
In the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, light
shines down from the dome onto the empty
tomb where Jesus was laid, and from which he
rose on Easter morning.
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The ancient steps of the synagogue in
Capernaum, where Jesus lived and
preached during most of his ministry.
Jesus would have walked up and down
these steps frequently.
An archway in the Old City of Jerusalem,
leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
A camel hangs out in the ancient Roman ruins of Samaria.
On the Mount of Olives, if you
like, you can pay this nice fellow
to let you ride on his donkey, in
the same place Jesus rode a
donkey on Palm Sunday.
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Remember to mark your calendars for July 14-18 from 9:00-12noon for VBS for children who have just finished
kindergarten through grade 5! We'll be discovering the Workshop of Wonders and learning how to Imagine with God,
Build with God, Grow with God, Work with God and Walk with God! Registration is going on now! Forms are available
on the information table right outside the office. The cost is $35. Before and after care is available at an additional cost.
In order to better plan for activities, please register as soon as possible.
Please return registration form and check, payable to Church of the Nativity, to the church office by no later than
July 1st. We do need advance registrations so we can plan, get supplies, and make classroom assignments!
Nativity’s youth will be heading to San Diego June 22-27 to do some awesome mission work (and have some
fun too)! They will be traveling with the YouthWorks mission group, which hosts youth mission trips at sites
around the country. Our students will mix with students from other cities to do mission work like repairing
homes or other work in the local community. Each day, they will take part in chores like making breakfast for
the whole group, will go out to a work site and help others in need, will come back and worship, reflect, and
socialize, and will sleep in a church or school. This trip is a great opportunity for Nativity youth to learn more
about themselves, to help others, and to grow closer to Christ.
Come to church on Sunday, June 22, as we bless the youth and send them on their way!
Nativity Youth are on a Mission!
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Can You Help?
This is a special request for all those wonderful people who have volunteered at Nativity in the past 12
months and might still have their copy of the church’s key - please return them to the office. Thank You!
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The Episcopal Church of the Nativity
Mailing Address:
22405 North Miller Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
Worship Sundays
9:00 & 10:30 a.m.
Summer Events!
Sunday, June 6 Pentecost and Presiding Bishop's Visit to Nativity
Episcopal Relief & Development Photo Exhibit
June 22-27 Youth Mission Trip to San Diego
July 14-18 Vacation Bible School: Workshop of Wonders
June 9 - Sept. 2 Pastor Susan's Sabbatical
Sunday, Sept. 7 Fall Programs Begin!