The Episcopal Church of the Nativity

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January 2015

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22405 North Miller Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85054

480.307.9216

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THE NATIVITY SCENE

Bishop Kirk Smith to Visit Nativity, Sunday, Feb. 8

Please come to church for a very special day on Feb. 8! The Episcopal Bishop of Arizona, Bishop Kirk Smith,
will make an official visitation to Nativity on Sunday, February 8 at both services. He will preside and preach,
and we will have baptisms at the 9:00 service and confirmations at the 10:30 service. After the 10:30 service, he
will lead an adult forum presentation about finding God in the darkness of life – all are welcome to come hear
him speak! Congratulations to the following special folks:

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Baptisms: Alexsis Munhall and Natalia Sipp.
Confirmations, Receptions, and Reaffirmations: Rubie & Tony Czerwinski, George & Donna

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Hartz, Marc & Therese McGowan, Elizabeth Evans MacNabb, and Steve & Claire Smith.  

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper,
! February 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Happy Mardi Gras! Our annual Pancake Supper
celebrating the last night before Lent begins will be
sponsored by the youth group as a fundraiser for their
mission trip, and will feature the yummy cooking of the
Men’s Group. Come for a delicious dinner, kids’
activities, and lots of fun! If you have your palm cross
from last year, bring it along, and we will burn the
crosses at the end of the evening to prepare for Ash
Wednesday. Tickets $5 per person, $15 per family.

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Feb. 18

Lent begins with the powerful experience of repentance and
cleansing that is Ash Wednesday. We offer services at noon
(spoken) and 7:00 p.m. (with choir). We also offer a
children’s and family service at 5:30 p.m. in the Healing
Chapel. Come and prepare your heart for the Lenten
journey.

Congratulations to New Nativity Vestry Members!
Reappointed to a second one year term as Senior Warden, David Bolger.
Re-elected to a second one-year term as Junior Warden, Mark Miller.
Elected to three-year terms: Steve Smith, Darrell Spencer, and Colleen Whichello

!And thanks to our retiring vestry members, George Hartz, Jane Heist, and Kara Erickson! We
appreciate your dedicated service! And thank you to Kara for agreeing to continue serving as
Nativity’s treasurer in the coming year.

!Diocesan Convention Delegates: Jennie & Mark Dobbins, Cotty & Andrea Peabody, Cheryle Dunkelberg

Diocesan Convention Alternates: Jan Dunkelberg, Donna & George Hartz, Mary Dexter, Jeff Jameson, Darrell Spencer,
Steve Smith.

Nativity’s Annual Meeting Update
!Nativity’s Annual Meeting featured
discussion of our mission and future direction, how we can serve our
community, treasurer’s report, and talks by Pastor Susan and our Senior Warden, David Bolger, and Junior
Warden, Mark Miller.

!A summary of the Treasurer’s Report can be found on page 8.
!A condensed version of Pastor Susan’s Annual Meeting address is on page 6.

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Nativity Schedule
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Sunday Schedule

Wednesday Schedule

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Festive Eucharist Rite II
with Children’s Chapel
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Hospitality
10:15 - 11:00 a.m. Sunday School for All Ages
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Festive Eucharist Rite II
11:40 - 12:15 p.m. Adult Christian Formation
11:40 - 1:30 p.m. Youth Group

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22405 N. Miller Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
Telephone:
480-307-9216
www.NativityScottsdale.org

6:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m.

Evening Prayer Rite II
featuring Healing Prayers
Transforming Questions Class

Take a moment to wish a Happy Birthday To:
Polly
Sarah
Margaret
Jeremy
Kathy
Shirley
Lani
Jennifer

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Miller
Stuckey
Byrnes
Spencer-Treinen
Wasson
Cope
Sambach
Deihl

2/8
2/12
2/12
2/18
2/18
2/21
2/22
2/23

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Nativity Staff
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The Rev. Susan B. Snook
Rector
SusanSnook@TheNativity.net

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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.

Senior Warden:

Junior Warden:

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Treasurer

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Dr. Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler
Director of Music Ministry
IlonaKubiaczyk-Adler @TheNativity.net

David Bolger

480-945-3810

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The Rev. Dr.Wayne V. Whitney
Associate Rector
WayneWhitney@TheNativity.net

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Nativity’s Vestry
David@DJBolger.com

Mark Miller
480-368-5530

msmiller@value.net

Kara Erickson
480 518- 2683

theazericksons@hotmail.com

Tricia Beaird

480-699-7893

pbeaird@cox.net

Suzanne Cohen

480-586-6625

Secohenjd@yahoo.com

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Jennie Dobbins

602-770-0513

jenniedobbins@gmail.com

Kris Haugen

480-515-4803

kris.haugen@cox.net

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Cotty Peabody

480-588-8328

Epeabody@earthlink.net

Lani Sambach

602-793-2808

wasjrra@cox.net

Steve Smith

480-285-7679

claire.steve@gmail.com

Darrell Spencer

702-540-5050

darrellwspencer@yahoo.com

Colleen Whichello

301-520-2689

cwhichello@yahoo.com

Shelley Byrnes
Director of Christian Formation
ShelleyByrnes@TheNativity.net
Susan Weidhaas
Bookkeeper
Susanw@thenativity.net
Mina Rafferty
Parish Administrator
MinaRafferty@TheNativity.net

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Tim Kosky
Sexton

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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

One of the most beautiful parts of the Book of Common Prayer, I think, is
in the opening of the Ash Wednesday liturgy:

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Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great

devotion the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection, and

it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of
penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided 

a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy 

Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of 

notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful 

were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to 

the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation 

was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set 

forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all 

Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.


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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 may be my favorite season of the church year. And before you accuse me of being a church geek
(okay, I admit it, I’m a church geek), let me say that it is the solemnity and reverence of Lent that touch
me deeply. It is the discipline that Lent inspires me to practice that draws me closer to God. And it is the
fact that Lent connects me with God’s greatest gift – the gift of forgiveness and reconciliation with God in
Christ – that fills me with deep gladness. When I worship on Ash Wednesday, I feel cleansed, because this
day reminds me that, though I am mortal, yet God’s love promises me resurrection. In Jesus, I am assured
that God’s love will never leave me.

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Lent is famously a time for adopting special disciplines of prayer and fasting – giving up something for
Lent. I do often give up something for Lent, but I also think it’s important to take something on, so that
Lenten discipline is more than just another good thing to do. This Lent, Nativity is offering several special
options for Lent studies: the Transforming Questions series, which continues on Wednesday nights, and
two new offerings – the Crucified Life small-group study (see page 6), and a special course on Nutrition
(see page 10).

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I also suggest, once more, taking the 20 + 5 + 1 Challenge. That is:

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Pray 20 minutes a day;
Serve others 5 hours a month;
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Worship 1 hour a week.

Check out the website www.prayworshipserve.com for more information on the challenge. Check out
Nativity’s website for a number of resources on daily prayer, here: http://nativityscottsdale.org/
spirituality. And watch Nativity’s bulletin for opportunities to serve others in our community.

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In the name of the church, I invite you to a holy Lent.
Susan
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Four years after Martin Scorcese’s
1988 release of “The Last
Temptation of Christ” I found
myself working as a school bus
driver in Colorado participating
in a table chat with other drivers,
one of which was a youth minister
at a local Baptist church in
suburban Denver. I mentioned in
passing that I had seen the movie and I thought it was
a decent attempt at presenting the struggles of the man
Jesus on his journey to fulfilling his Divine mission.
Later that day the youth minister/bus driver castigated
me for having seen the movie. “How could you, a
Christian, go see a such a thing of blasphemy as that
movie?” he asked me. To which I responded, “It’s
just a movie based on some guy’s book.”
February’s Big Fun Bible Movie Night on Friday the
13th at 6:30 features this controversial and infamous

Wayne’s World

flick which caused so much hubbub in the late
Summer of 1988. When I first saw the movie I was in
seminary working on my doctorate and I found
myself amused over how a movie that was based on a
novel written 35 years earlier could still push so many
people’s buttons. Come and see for yourself.
Showtime is at 6:30 p.m. with a running time of 2
hours and 42 minutes. Your hosts David Bolger and
Dr. Wayne will provide the popcorn. Bring your
favorite libation and snacks.

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That conversation with the youth minister/bus driver
friend helped me to know myself as a Christian even
more than ever before because I found my faith
confirmed in the process of testing and trying things
without prejudgment. Christians have no reason to
fear. The peace of Christ is always with us.

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Dr. W+

Big Fun Bible Movie Night Presents!

!Greetings, Nativity movie mavens! Big Fun Bible Movie Night is kicking off the second half of Season Two, and you

need to get these dates on your calendars now, because seating is limited and nobody wants to get “left behind” when it
comes to these special nights.
Here’s what you need to know:

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Friday, February 13: “The Last Temptation of Christ,” a dramatic interpretation of the novel by
Nikos Kazantzakis, was an über-controversial film when it came out. It graphically depicts
Christ’s life and struggles and ultimate collusion with Judas in His betrayal and death, followed
by His marriage and long, post-crucifixion life. Starring Willam Dafoe and other cinematic
luminaries. (1988; 2h, 42.)

Friday, April 10: “The Apostle,” an Academy Award-winner for Robert Duval as a Texas
Pentecostal minister whose life takes so many bad turns that he changes his name, moves to
Louisiana and becomes a radio preacher. But things still go bad, even when he’s having extended
monologues with God. Farah Fawcett and Billy Bob Thornton help out. (1997; 2h, 14m.)

Friday, May 8: “Salome.” BFBMN wraps with a made-for-the screen production of Richard
Strauss’ hair-raising one-act opera about one of the Bible’s really bad girls. (You know, “Dance
of the Seven Veils,” etc.) “But I don’t know anything about opera,” you say? You don’t need to.
This lush – artistically, musically and cinematically – performance will take care of all of that.
It’s sung in German with English subtitles and it is stunning. (Composed, 1905; filmed, 1974;
2h, 30m.)

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Doors open at 6:15 PM; showtime at 6:30.
Color commentary and theological musings from Dr. Wayne. Popcorn and miscellaneous munchies provided by Mary
Lynn and David Bolger and the Friends of BFBMN. Bring the beverage of your choice.

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A note from our Music Director
The Adult Choir is welcoming three
new members: Mary Ann and Paul
Rank, and Cathie Gauntt. We are also
excited to have Brenda Russell-Basso
back with us from her travels. Our
leading tenor/baritone Michael
Frongillo will stay with us for whole
2015!
What wonderful news to start the year
with!

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Last month the choir was working on a new motet by W.A.
Mozart “God is our refuge and strength” KV20, and
performed more beautiful music from their repertoire:
Traditional “Down to the River to Pray”, Bach's “Jesu, Joy
of Man’s Desiring”, Boyer's “Lord, Your Word is a Lamp”.

!This month they will present quite a few new pieces:

Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley's "From the rising of the
sun”, Larry Shackley's "Lord, I Know I Been
Changed” (with a stunning solo sung by Mark Dobbins!),
and one of the most beautiful pieces in the choral and

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soprano repertoire “Laudate Dominum” by Mozart with
our fabulous Suzanne Rovani singing the solo.

!This month you will also hear Ann Phillips - after a

successful recovery she is back to playing her flute, and we
will have a chance to experience her beautiful meditative
improvisations again. Alastair Longley-Cook will also
show off his talent on guitar during Communion time.

!Don't forget to join us on Ash Wednesday, February 18th at
7 p.m. The choir will lead the music and take us to Lent in
one of the most beautiful ways - through singing. Mark
your calendars for Sunday, March 1st at 4 p.m.! Two
wonderful musicians: Levon Zarasian, who plays in the
Phoenix Symphony violin section, and a pianist Peter
Gharibian, both of Armenian origin, will come back to
perform again after their amazing concert last year. This is
going to be a real treat, so don't forget to bring all your
music loving friends

!Dr. Ilona

Altar  Guild  Corner  
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A"er  every  service  you  may  no0ce  one  or  several  church  folk  scurrying  around  
the  sanctuary—those  are  Altar  Guild  members  whose  duty  it  is  to  set  the  Lord’s  
Table  and  to  0dy  up  the  Lord’s  Table.    These  faithful  and  dedicated  people  polish  
the  silver,  wash  the  altar  linens,  and  set  up  for  the  priests’  needs  for  the  various  
services  carried  out  in  the  church.    We  fill  the  candles  with  fuel  and  perform  
other  du0es  that  have  direct  0es  with  the  religious  services  of  the  Episcopal  
Church.    Others  who  would  like  to  learn  about  and  take  part  will  always  be  
welcomed  and  trained  to  carry  out  these  du0es.    You  may  contact  Nancy  Bleasdale  (schoolmarm@aL.net)  if  you  would  
like  to  become  a  part  of  the  Altar  Guild;  men  and  women  will  be  welcomed.  
We  only  do  altar  linen  laundry.    Some0mes  we  find  an  alb  set  on  our  counter,  but  chalicists  are  responsible  for  their  own  
albs.    We  expect  that  the  albs  for  chalicists  will  be  hung  up  in  numerical  order  just  as  they  were  assigned.    Our  Verger  
oversees  that  sec0on.    Please  help  him  out  by  making  sure  your  alb  is  hung  up  a"er  each  service  and  not  thrown  on  the  
shelf  or  the  floor.  
One  of  the  things  we  prepare  for  each  service  are  the  obla0ons  –  the  wine  and  wafers  that  are  used  for  communion  
during  each  service.    The  ciborium  with  the  wafers  and  the  cruet  with  the  wine  are  set  on  the  obla0ons  table  at  the  back  
of  the  church  by  the  door.    The  ushers  ask  various  parishioners  at  are  each  service  to  present  the  obla0ons  at  the  altar  at  
the  beginning  of  the  offertory.    These  people  represent  the  congrega0on  offering  up  the  wine  and  bread  to  be  sanc0fied  
and  given  out  during  communion.

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Pastor Susan’s Annual Meeting Address

Church of the Nativity is eight years old, and what a great eight years it’s been! In record time, we have
grown to a program-size congregation with over 200 people in Sunday worship on average; we have become
a full parish of the Diocese of Arizona, and we have built our own permanent church building. More than that,
we have touched many people’s lives, and we have lived into our Christian commitment to “Transform Lives
with the Love of Jesus Christ.” I give thanks for the partnership and dedicated servant that so many servants
here have given to Nativity’s mission.

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New challenges lie ahead of us. In 2014 overall, our attendance was about the same on average as 2013. It
was flat or a little down for the first 9 months of the year (possibly partly attributable to Ilona’s maternity
leave and my sabbatical), but began to grow again in October. The new growth is good to see, but it points to
a challenge that congregations our size often have. When a church gets to the size of about 150 on a Sunday,
studies show that it needs to make some conscious changes in the way it operates in order to continue to grow.
Without making these changes, the church might shrink back to attendance of 150. Your vestry has been
studying these changes, and has begun to make progress on some of them. For instance:

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• We have instituted new software for accounting and member data;
• We have created a “Shepherd Program” to stay in touch with our members and to help newcomers get
incorporated into the parish;
• Most importantly, we have been researching the community around us, looking for more ways to get
involved in our community and serve those in need.

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More activities lie ahead of us. For instance, we would like to:
• Live into the full potential of our new member software for communications and newcomer tracking;
• Find a way to get more administrative and communications help;
• Bring our Associate Rector on as full-time staff in 2016;
• Create a plan for long-term financial sustainability;
• Create new leadership identification, training, and recruitment processes;
• Offer more ways for people to get involved in Christian learning, especially in small-group opportunities;
• Continue our project of researching our community and determine the best ways to serve the people here;
• Begin to research our own congregation’s unique character, including the ways each of us live out our faith
and what brings us together.

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In all of these activities, we are really going deeper into an exercise that our group of founders did together
way back in the summer of 2006. We spent several months working to discover what business writer Jim
Collins calls our “Hedgehog Concept,” modified to apply to churches:
Continued on the following page
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The Hedgehog Concept for a Church

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Who are we?

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Who are
Our
Neighbors?

What does
God call the
Church to Be?

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A church’s Hedgehog Concept, I believe, is the intersection of these three questions:
• Who are we? What do we, uniquely, have to offer?
• Who are our neighbors, and what are their hopes and needs?
• What is God calling our church to be?

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As we continue down the road of answering these three questions, we will periodically report to the
congregation, or even invite you to come together and help us address them together. Already, some of our
neighbors in the community have suggested that we could provide services like an after-school program, an
addiction recovery program, and a grief support group.

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I want to mention how proud I am of Nativity’s Outreach ministries. We are making a big difference to those
in need in many parts of the Valley and the world, including our three sister churches: Santa Maria (west
Phoenix); St. Mary’s of the Moonlight (Navajoland); and Santa Maria Magdalena (Veracruz, Mexico).
Through giving significant amounts of money, and building relationship through active service, we are truly
helping those in need.

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In our worship, prayer, service, study, and proclamation of the good news of Christ, may we continue to
Transform Lives with the Love of Jesus Christ.
Blessings, Susan+
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N e w s f r o m N a t i v i t y ’s A n n u a l M e e t i n g ,

Feedback from Nativity Members

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Nativity members offered ideas at the Annual Meeting for how we can get
more involved in our nearby community. The ideas included:

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An after-school or preschool program;
A grief support group;
Work to support people and families struggling with addiction and
recovery;
Support for seniors living isolated lives or needing transportation;
Help with financial planning;
Crisis assistance;
And many more.

Nativity’s vestry will be completing our community leader interviews, considering all these suggestions, and
putting them together into a plan to reach our community.

Kara Erickson,
Treasurer, presented the financial report at the Annual Meeting.
Highlights included:

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Actual Pledge and Plate Receipts in 2014 were $484,607;

Nativity’s Pledge receipts were $22,357 short of budget due to unforeseen circumstances due to
death, illness or family relocation;

Nativity ended the year with a surplus of $2,150 as budgeted expenses were less than anticipated;

Building loan was reduced by $197,000 (including a $100,000 special donation at our
ADVENTure Silent Auction) to an outstanding 12/31/14 balance of $463,042;

Another payment was made in January 2015 to reduce the building loan by $32,000;

Fundraising was above budget by $4,132 and raised $14,132;

Committed more than $20,000 to outreach programs.

The 2015 Stewardship campaign resulted in a 5% increase in pledge commitments from 2014, to
$488,600, a very good result considering the pledge losses due to death, illness, and relocation in

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2014.

Summary financial statements are on the next page. Detail statements are available upon request.  
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Nativity’s  Comparative  2014  Financial  Performance  
 

       

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Projections

Income
Pledges
Plate*Giving
Fundraising*
Other*Income

2013
$ 55555555555384,842
5555555555555558,187
555555555555555558,245
555555555555555556,909

2014
555555555442,355
55555555555542,252
55555555555514,132
55555555555513,342

2015
555555555475,284
55555555555545,000
55555555555512,000
55555555555513,632

Total*Income

$ *********458,183

*******512,081

*******545,916
Projections

2013
55555555555101,727
55555555555132,557
5555555555555535,801
555555555555555556,966
5555555555555591,630
5555555555555556,017
5555555555555520,963

2014
555555555131,018
555555555137,613
55555555555544,474
5555555555555556,707
555555555102,672
55555555555548,549
55555555555538,898

2015
555555555151,936
555555555143,032
55555555555551,252
5555555555555557,041
555555555107,582
55555555555548,573
55555555555536,500

Total*Expense

$ *********445,661

*******509,931

*******545,916

Net*Surplus

$ ************12,522

*************2,150

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Expenses
Evangelism
Worship
Education
Fellowship
Outreach
Administration
Amortization*of*Loan

$

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C h u r c h o f t h e N a t i v i t y C o m m u n i t y Fo r u m s

Community Forum on Human Trafficking.

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On Tuesday evening, January 27th, Church of the Nativity held its first community forum on public
interest issues. Jayne Baker, a Diaconal Minister from Ascension Lutheran Church, led the
discussion on Child Trafficking at a gathering of about fifteen people. For most of us the statistics
were shocking:

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Over 100,000 American kids are victims of human trafficking in the United States
While life expectancy of a girl born in the USA today is around 80yrs, the average mortality of a girl
caught up in trafficking is 34.

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Rozlind, a survivor/advocate, told her story that began when she was but three years old. Her story
was both shocking and hopeful. Shocking in all that she has gone through, but hopeful that there are
organizations such as StreetLightUSA, that are working with these children to make them whole
again. StreetLightUSA is located in metropolitan Phoenix and can always use volunteers and
mentors. You can find out more about them at StreetLightUSA.org .

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The next Nativity Public Issues Forum will be held on addiction on Feb. 26. See the announcement
below.

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Paul Rank, Outreach Chair

Community Forum on Addiction: Thursday, Feb. 26, 7:00 p.m. Joyce Ditzler

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Our member Joyce Ditzler, a specialist in addictions, will offer a seminar on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7:00
p.m. 'Recovering from addictions: How to stop and stay stopped.' The seminar includes facts on
addiction, whether alcohol or drugs; what family and friends can do-including when to seek help and
how to find it; how to move from despair to hope; and how to maximize the chances of recovery. A
discussion for the family, the 'addict' and helping professionals.

The Crucified Life:
Jesus’ Seven Last Words - a Study for Lent
For Lent, we invite you to join in a small-group study of Jesus’ Seven Last Words, and what they mean for our lives.
The study includes a short DVD, a Bible study, and a discussion each week. Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 p.m. February 19
through April 2. Participation is free, but if you’d like to purchase an optional devotional guide, it is $15. Please email
Pastor Susan to register at susansnook@thenativity.net.

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Upcoming Opportunities

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Parish Timeline - Add Your Special Dates!
Nativity is starting a parish history project. A parish timeline is in Christopher Hall. Add your special dates,
photos, drawings, etc. - when you joined, when a family member was baptized, special memories, etc. We
look forward to sharing our history with each other!

Nutrition Class Offered for Lent!
Want to learn a bit more about proper nutrition habits? Then please join our fellow member and Registered
Dietitian, Theresa Price, as she will be leading a five-week nutrition course during the Sundays of Lent, Feb.
22-March 22. Each week we will learn how to properly fuel our bodies to achieve our healthy way of life
goals. The nutrition classes will last approximately 60 minutes and are following the 10:30am service.
Please sign up for participation by emailing Theresa at Theresa.Price77@gmail.com, and plan to meet for
the entire 5-week course! If you have additional questions you may email Theresa or call her at
601-668-8933.

Newcomer Café, Sunday,
February 15 after the 10:30 Service
Are you new to Nativity? Come join our clergy, vestry members, and Newcomers team for Newcomer Café –
a time to get to know each other in a friendly and casual setting. We’ll gather in Christopher Hall after the
10:30 service for refreshments and friendly conversation. For more information, please contact Jennie
Dobbins at JennieDobbins@gmail.com.
Nativity”s Rummage Sale - February 7!
Saturday, February 7 from 7 am to 2pm is Nativity's annual
yard sale . We need your donations to make this event a
success. Our goal is $4000 for a one day sale! We will collect
items each Sunday until week of event when we will collect
daily. Have large furniture that needs to be picked up? Please
contact us so we can get a crew to your house the week of
event. We also need volunteers for set up and pricing. There
are day and evening shifts. Youth can earn service hours for
helping too! Contact Jen Goins 480-322-4298 or
azjen13@hotmail.com to volunteer or with questions.

Habitat for Humanity.
Our next scheduled volunteer day will be Saturday, Feb 14th, and we are looking for 5 or more volunteers.
We will be in the early stages of starting a new home in Phoenix near to downtown. Complete information
will be in next week’s bulletin or on the sign-up sheet to be posted by the parish office. The work is not
difficult or complicated and is usually over by 2:00pm.
Please plan on joining us. For information please contact Cotty Peabody at epeabody@earthlink.net

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Please purchase your tickets to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper which
will take place on Tuesday, February 17! Tickets are $5 per person or $15
per family! Enjoy pancakes and sausages made by the Men of Nativity and
support the Youth Group Mission Trip! The youth group will provide a
children's activity as well as clear tables and serve drinks! Bring your Palm
Crosses from lat year, and at the end of the evening we will burn them in
preparation for Ash Wednesday. Sign up and buy your tickets at the table in
the Parish Hall. If there are men who would like to help in the kitchen please
contact Art Graf at mxgk25a@aol.com to volunteer!

!*This is a Family Activity so children will be with their parents when they
are not participating in the provided activity.

Ash Wednesday Services

The holy season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, February 18. Nativity
offers three services that day, all with Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes.
Regular services are at noon (spoken) and 7 p.m. (choral) Children’s & Family
service is at 5:30 p.m. In the Healing Chapel.

2015 Flower Dedication Chart The 2015 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.

A New Mah Jongg Group is Forming
Anyone interested in playing a fun tile game, please contact Kathy Graf. We will be
meeting on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the church. This is a fun
and easy game to learn to play with lots of opportunity to socialize. Kathy may be
reached at KGraf518@aol.com.

Office Volunteers Wanted!
In response to feedback received at the annual meeting, we are putting out a call for office volunteers once
more. We need people to take two-hour shifts on Mondays and Fridays, as well as people who don't want a
regular shift but are willing to substitute sometimes. It's easy and fun, and greatly appreciated! To volunteer,
please contact Mina Rafferty at minarafferty@thenativity.net, or fill out this form on our website: http://
nativityscottsdale.org/office-volunteer-form/.
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Youth Group Stuff:
If you haven't turned in your Mission Trip deposit but intent to go with us to San Diego the week of July
5-10 to do mission work, please do so now! Once Shelley puts in the deposits with Group Mission Trips
the spots will be filled!

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Thank you to all the parishioners who have purchased Christmas Ornaments and Super Bowl Snack Packs
to help fund our Mission Trip!
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Thank you also to our anonymous Mission Trip Angels who have offered to match our fundraising! This is
an amazing gift and will allow us to spend some time on learning to be disciples and doing service even
before we go on Mission Trip!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper!
Join us on Tuesday February 17th for delicious pancakes and sausages made by the Men of Nativity and
support the Youth Group Mission Trip! The youth group will provide a children's activity as well as clear
tables and serve drinks! Sign up and buy your tickets at the table in the Parish Hall. If there are men who
would like to help in the kitchen please contact Art Graf at mxgk25a@aol.com to volunteer!

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*This is a Family Activity so children will be with their parents when they are not participating in the
provided activity.
MARK YOUR

Lenten Service Trip!

CALENDARS
The teens are going on a Lenten Service Retreat February 20 - 22. We will be
going to Chapel Rock (our Diocesan Camp and Conference Center) to help with
• Feb 6 and 7 - Rummage Sale
some of the manual labor required to keep the camp in it's beautiful condition.
We will be doing 8 hours of service as well as team building and devotions! Dr.
Wayne will join us on Saturday evening and will lead a eucharist at Rock Chapel • Feb 17 - Shrove Tuesday
after our service work on Sunday. Contact Shelley at
Pancake Supper Fundraiser!
ShelleyByrnes@TheNativity.net, if you would like to join us and haven't yet
committed. I am confirming the dates with Chapel rock NOW!

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• Feb 18 - Ash Wednesday

Lenten Book Drive
During Lent we will be collecting easily used and new books to
be donated to UMOMs Read-to-Me program. This is a great
opportunity for children to help other children! Please have your
kids go through their books and pick the ones they enjoyed at an
earlier reading stage, bring them to Children's Chapel and/or
Sunday School and your child will receive a sticker! The books
will be blessed and then given to homeless children! Start
cleaning now!
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The Episcopal Church of the Nativity
Mailing Address:
22405 North Miller Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255

www.NativityScottsdale.org
Worship Sundays
9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

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Upcoming Events:
February 7
February 8
February 13
February 14
February 15
February 17
February 18
February 19
February 20-22
February 22
February 26

Annual Rummage Sale
Bishop Visitation
Big Fun Bible Movie Night
Habitat for Humanity Work Day
Newcomer Cafe
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Ash Wednesday
The Crucified Life Lent Study Begins
Lenten Service Trip at Chapel Rock!
Nutrition Course Begins
Public Forum on Addiction

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