The Episcopal Church of the Nativity

March 2015

22405 North Miller Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85054




Holy Week at Nativity

Easter at Nativity!

Palm Sunday, Sunday, March 29, 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.
The services begin with the gospel for Jesus’ entry into
Jerusalem, outside on the front patio. The service
continues with the dramatic reading of the Passion,
and Holy Communion.

Sunday, April 5 is Easter this year, and two unique and
beautiful worship experiences await you at Nativity.

Maundy Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m. Worship
includes beautiful music by our choir, optional
footwashing and the stripping of the altar as Maundy
Thursday fades into Good
Good Friday Prayer Vigil
Can you watch with Jesus for
one hour? Sign up for one-hour
shifts to pray in the Chapel in
our all-night prayer vigil,
beginning with the end of the
Maundy Thursday services and
continuing until the Good Friday noon service begins.
Good Friday, April 3.
Spoken Service
5:00 p.m.
Stationary Stations of
the Cross, provided
for the congregation
by the youth.
7:00 p.m.
Choral Service

7:30 a.m. Sunrise Service. This Nativity tradition
celebrates the Easter Vigil at sunrise, when the women
discovered the empty tomb. This is the most special service
of the year, when you experience the coming of Easter to
Nativity! We begin outside with the lighting of the first fire
of Easter, then hear the stories of salvation history, walk
together through the Red Sea, and then experience the
moment when Easter comes. Children will flower the
cross, and our adult and children’s choirs will sing.
9:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast and Children’s Easter Egg
Hunt. Enjoy an Easter breakfast while the children hunt
for eggs.
10:00 a.m. Festival Service. This beautiful service
features our adult choir and guest musicians, and will finish
with a rousing chorus of Handel’s Messiah. Everyone is
welcome to sing along! The glory of God shines bright as
we celebrate the greatest festival of the Christian year!

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Nativity Schedule
Sunday Schedule
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
10:15 - 11:00 a.m.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
11:40 - 12:15 p.m.
11:40 - 1:30 p.m.

22405 N. Miller Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255

Wednesday Schedule
Festive Eucharist Rite II
with Children’s Chapel
Sunday School for All Ages
Festive Eucharist Rite II
Adult Christian Formation
Youth Group

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

Evening Prayer Rite II
featuring Healing Prayers
Transforming Questions Class

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Nativity Staff
The Rev. Susan B. Snook
The Rev. Dr.Wayne V. Whitney
Associate Rector
Dr. Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler
Director of Music Ministry

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’s Vestry
Senior Warden:

David Bolger

Junior Warden:

Mark Miller


Kara Erickson
480 518- 2683

Tricia Beaird


Suzanne Cohen


Jennie Dobbins


Kris Haugen


Cotty Peabody


Mina Rafferty
Parish Administrator

Lani Sambach


Steve Smith


Tim Kosky

Darrell Spencer


Colleen Whichello


Shelley Byrnes
Director of Christian Formation
Susan Weidhaas

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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

This is the
time of year when
you begin to notice
in the stores displays
of little men dressed
all in green, wearing
top hats and sporting
shamrocks, saying,
“Top o’ the mornin’
to ya!” St. Patrick’s
Day is famous for
leprechauns, parades
and green beer, but do you know the story of the
real St. Patrick, one of my favorite saints?
Patrick was born in Britain around the year
400, in a nominally Christian family. But his faith
didn’t mean much to him until age 16, when he
was captured by pirates, taken to Ireland, and sold
as a slave. In Ireland, he tended sheep, and in his
trouble, fear, loneliness, and suffering, he began to
recall the Christian teachings of his family, and
began praying for comfort. In his memoirs, he
“After I came to Ireland, every day I had to
tend the sheep, and many times a day I prayed –
the love of God and his fear came to me more and
more, and my faith was strengthened. And my
spirit was moved so that in a single day I would
say as many as a hundred prayers, and almost as
many as night, and this even when I was staying
in the woods and on the mountains; I used to get
up for prayer before daylight, through snow,
through frost, through rain, and felt no harm, and
there was no sloth in me – as I now see, because
the spirit within me was then fervent.”

Ireland, a dangerous pagan country, but a land
that Patrick understood from the inside out.
Patrick began to evangelize the Irish,
founding monasteries all over Ireland, where
Christian men, women, and children would live a
life steeped in prayer, exercising the gift of
hospitality for all who cared to visit, and telling
the story of Jesus. Within two or three
generations, Patrick and his followers had
converted all of Ireland to Christianity, making
him one of the greatest evangelists the world has
ever known.
The courage of Patrick and thousands of
other early Christian saints are the reason that you
and I know about Jesus today. Yet so often we are
reluctant to share our faith the way our spiritual
ancestors shared theirs. Evangelism at its heart is
simply telling someone else about something that
is meaningful to you. Why does Jesus make a
difference in your life? Why is the community of
the church important to you? And do you know
someone else who could use that same comfort
and community? Invite them to share the
experience of Christ with you some Sunday at
Nativity! And you can even wish them the top of
the mornin’!

After 6 years as a slave, Patrick had a
dream that a boat was waiting for him, and he
escaped back to Britain, studied to become a priest
in France, and then lived a comfortable life back
home. But one night he had another dream, in
which he heard the voice of the Irish: “We beg
you, young man, come and walk among us once
more.” He got ordained bishop and went back to
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Wayne’s World

"So, how’s your Lent going?”
I never really know how to
answer this question. For a
penitential season, if I say Lent
is going well, might I not be
guilty of, shall we say, being a bit
full of myself? Think about it.
How is Lent supposed to go? Isn’t it
supposed to go in a way that we are constantly
reminded of being dust and “to dust we shall return?”
If failure is the gateway to the dust bin then I’ve seen
them open mighty wide. The main question is, what
to do with that failure. The Apostle Paul compared
the Ten Commandments (aka “The Law”) to that
thing that will always lead us to failure. Failure is
built in to the human experience AND failure is one of
the best teachers or mentors that we will ever have. If
you have experienced any failure around your Lenten

commitments, whether it was taking on some new
practice or giving up some old habits, consider that
experience as the next lesson there is to learn. Don’t
let it be the end of the commitment you made, let it be
an opportunity for a new start, this time being wiser.
This is one of the promises we make in our Baptismal
Covenant, to wit “whenever you fall into sin, will you
repent and return to the Lord?” Let your Lent be a
time of practicing simple repentance and returning. If
this is the new habit you pick up during Lent, it will
make the rest of your year a Holy breeze. So however
your Lent is going, make all of it, the failure and the
success, a starting point for something the draws you
closer to God, even if the something is a failed good
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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:

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.)

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
We had a wonderful
concert on Sunday March 1st! Two
wonderful musicians: Levon
Zarasian, who plays in the Phoenix
Symphony violin section, and a
pianist Peter Gharibian played
again at Nativity after their
amazing concert last year.
Other concerts in the series:
April 12th - Desert Sun Brass Quintet.
ASU based brass quintet will bring joyful,
majestic and entertaining selection to
celebrate the Easter time at Nativity.
May 17th - Nativity Choir presents their
favorite sacred and secular music.
This is the rare opportunity to hear our choir
perform music that would not fit during Sunday
worship. Some old tunes by Queen and ABBA as well
as lots of fun guaranteed!

In March we will perform a bit more
meditative music, as we always do in Lent. You will
hear some traditional favorites like “Take My Hand
Precious Lord”, "Amazing Grace", "How Great Thou
Art", as well as classical anthems by Steiner, Handel,
Saint-Saens and Mozart.
We have a special treat for you on March 15.
John Becker, who is a friend of one of our choir
members Claire Smith, is also an author of a few
sacred choir anthems. He is going to be in town
worshiping with us on March 15th at 10.30 a.m., and
we will perform one of his compositions during the
I am thrilled to welcome a new member in our
choir, Pat Jones, who joined our alto section. Pat is an
experienced singer and chorister, and our choir is
delighted to have her with us. Welcome, Pat!
Our Music Director performing in the Valley
If you would like to hear Ilona playing concert
type music on some of the nicest organs in the
Valley feel free to come to her upcoming
performances: on Friday, March 6th, at the Trinity
Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix at noon, and on
Tuesday, March 10th, at the American Lutheran
Church in Sun City at 1 p.m. Free admission.

Congratulations to Eagle Scout Tyler Allen!
Tyler Allen, a member of Nativity and of our Boy
Scout Troop 869, was formally inducted as an Eagle
Scout on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Tyler's Eagle
Scout project was to coordinate Nativity's move
from our old Chauncey Lane location to the building
that is now our church home. Those who
participated in that move, back in December 2012,
probably remember how hard Tyler, his family, and
his friends from Troop 869 and their parents worked
to get our move accomplished. Thank you to Tyler,
and congratulations on a big accomplishment! He is
pictured here with his father, Matthew Allen, twin
sister, Casey Allen, and mother, Suzanne Allen.
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Men’s Pub Fellowship
The “Society for Enlightened,
Sensitive, Progressive Boyfriends
and Husbands” (the Men’s Pub
Fellowship) will be meeting
We always meet the first Thursday of
every month to share feelings and
discuss the role of the pro-feminist male in society today. If the women in your life question your role in our
organization, we can provide you a notarized Certificate of Authenticity, along with a handy list of excuses (patent
Remember to sign up for our email list posted right outside the Nativity front desk!

Nativity Community Forum on Addiction
On Thursday evening, Feb 26th, parishioner Joyce Ditzler led a discussion on addiction with a group of about twenty
people. Joyce has over 30 years of experience in this field, practicing in New York and England. She discussed the many
facets of addiction and how it not only impacts those inflicted with the disease but those who are closest to them.
Numerous examples in all walks of life were presented. This disease in one-way or another impacts us all.
Joyce emphasized that addiction is a disease and should be treated that way. It is not the result of weakness or poor
character. She also emphasized the importance of twelve step programs in the treatment of not only the addict, but all
those closest to them.
While Joyce is not licensed to counsel in Arizona, she is more then willing to talk to parishioners as long as they
understand it is as a fellow church member. Her number is 480 595 2927.
This was the second in an ongoing series of forums on issues facing our community. Future forums will be announced
By Paul Rank,

The flower guild invites you and your family honor loved ones in thanksgiving or to memorialize those we have lost
by providing flowers for our Easter Sunday worship service. These dedications will be included in our Easter
celebration and will help to beautify our worship space. Please provide the following information to Mina Rafferty
via email at by March 29th.
In Memory of _________________________________________________________________________________
In Thanksgiving of _____________________________________________________________________________
Given By _________________________________________ Contribution amount __________________________

The flowers will be available for you to take home
following the second service on Easter Sunday.

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Transforming Questions
Transforming Questions is a program exploring important questions of the Christian Faith. The sessions
are open to all interested. 'Transforming Questions Upcoming Sessions:
• March 11

Does God answer prayers?

• March 18

Why do bad things happen?

• March 25

Where do we go when we die?

• April 15

Why do I need Church?

• April 22

Where do we go from here?

Please join us each Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Bring an item of of food to share with the group and
email Dr. Wayne at to let him know you are coming.

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.Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. February 19 through April 2. Participation costs $20 for a
study guide and devotional book. Please email Pastor Susan to register at
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 in the back Sunday School Room. Please sign up for participation by
emailing Theresa at, 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.
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 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! Please contact
Mina Rafferty at, or fill out this form on our website: http://
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Santa Maria Food Bank Welcomes Volunteers
Our sister church, Santa Maria Phoenix, runs a food bank for the community the third Saturday of each month.
Volunteers are always welcome to organize and give away food. The next date is Sat., March 21. Arrive by 9
am and report to Rev. Carmen to get your assignment. The church is at 6533 W. 39th Ave, Phoenix 85019. It's a
fun and rewarding ministry! For more information, please contact Don Balint at

We Need You!
The Church of the Nativity Outreach Committee has defined its mission: "To inspire and equip every member of
Nativity to participate in ministries that touch those in need.” To be successful we need you to join us. We need
people with communication and marketing skills to get the word out about the ministries we are involved in. We
need people with ideas for forums that would be valuable to our community and to help organize them. We
would like to revitalize parish health ministry at Nativity and leverage this ministry into the community, so we
need health professionals. And we also would encourage any parishioner interested in outreach to join us. The
committee’s next meeting is on Tuesday Mar. 3 at 6pm in the parish hall. If you are interested, give Paul Rank a

Jobs for Veterans
Do you have a family member, friend or neighbor who is a veteran seeking employment? Or do you know of a
job opening for a valued veteran? If so, we have a valuable local resource, David Willis, Az. Veterans
Employment Advocate for the Department of Economic Security. Reach him through info. below or he is at
the Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek every Tuesday. Any questions contact Nativity's Bill Worthington
Contact Information: David Willis 602-861-0496 x 1038
Desert Foothills Library 38443 N Schoolhouse Rd. Cave Creek, Az

Ones and Twos is a social group of adults at Church of the Nativity that meets about once a month. It is
open to all members, visitors, and guests. It is a time of “getting to know each other “ in the oldfashioned sense, a time for coming together for delicious food and drink, as well as enjoying the
warmth and joy of being with our Church family. It is a welcoming time for all and a perfect
opportunity to bring guests!
Save the dates for the 1's and 2's April 15th and May 15th. These events are a great way to get to know people
better and meet new people. If you would like to host one of the gatherings please contact Susan Burnham, Look for more details on the May’s gathering in next month’s newsletter.

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Upcoming Opportunities

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The Nativity Women’s Group
The Nativity Women’s Group is going to do an evening event Tuesday March 24th, 6 PM. It will be a little
bit of dinner, a little bit of wine, and a great program by Shelley Byrnes on: “Essential Oils in the Bible:
What They Are and What Are Their Uses”. We hope the women of Nativity will join us for this Lenten
social/educational/spiritual program and fellowship. More detailed information will be forthcoming –
watch for it in bulletin or in your e-mail, or contact Donna Hartz at

New Flags in Christopher Hall
Thank you to all who contributed toward the purchase of the new Episcopal Church flag and United
States flag in the Parish Hall. Information about the symbolism of the Episcopal Church flag is posted
next to it. Thank You!

Altar Guild Corner
During the Lenten season, the Altar Guild members set up for the special services held on weekdays, such
as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. The Altar Guild also sets up for special occasions
such as weddings and memorial services. The vestments of the chalice match the vestments of the priests
denoting season or occasion. The basic colors of the church year are blue (or purple) for Advent, white for
Christmas, green for Epiphany, purple for Lent, white for Easter, and green for the long Pentecost season.
For special days on the church calendar, red may be used. On the third day of Advent, pink or rose may be
used for the recognition of Mary’s Sunday. Seasons and events use special colors.
In the Sanctuary on the right side at Church of the Nativity is a golden locked box or “vault.” This is the
repository for the Reserved Sacrament which is consecrated bread and wine set aside after the regular
communion in the church for the communion kits which are taken to those who are sick or shut-in. These
elements are also available in case of other emergency situations. This safe box is called a tabernacle or
aumbry; sometimes it is called a pyx. The tabernacle
traditionally resides behind the altar in the sanctuary. An
aumbry is usually set into the wall in the sanctuary.
The chores of the Altar Guild members extend our knowledge
in our faith and traditions. We are invited to Diocesean Altar
Guild events as well as participation in the National Altar
Guild Association. If you would like to participate in our Altar
Guild, please contact Nancy Bleasdale

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Lenten Book Drive
The children are participating in a Lenten Book Drive as
well! Parents, please help your children to go through
their books for lightly used books that you no longer read
and bring them to the classroom during Children's Chapel
or Sunday School. These books will be donated to
UMOM's Read-to-me program so that homeless children
can have books of their own. All parishioners are welcome
to join in this book drive.
The children will be practicing a song to sing during our 7:30
Family Easter Service during Children's Chapel over the next
couple of weeks! Bring your children so they will feel
comfortable joining in on Easter.

The children are participating in Lenten practices along with the rest of the parish. The Pancake Supper was a great
success thanks to the men's group and youth group! The food was great and the children created their own homemade Mardi Gras necklaces made of dyed pasta! Thank you to Drake Pillsbury who organized the craft activity! On
Ash Wednesday we had a lovely children's service with an interactive sermon, imposition of ashes and a simplified
I know it
seems early,
but summer
is just
around the
corner! I
have been
to be asked to help create the curriculum for the children's summer camp at Chapel Rock this year! I'm working with
six other Children's Ministers from the Diocese and Jana Sundin and I can't wait to see how our children respond to
this program!
If you have never considered taking your children to Chapel Rock, please consider doing it this year! Camp at Chapel
Rock creates lifelong friendships, amazing memories and builds connection with Christ. It is never too early for camp!
We have camps for kids finishing Kindergarten through 2nd grade that are only three days and two nights and even a
camp where a parent can come too!
Camp for grades 3 - 6 run June 21 - 27 or June 28 - July 3
Please click on then click on "Summer Camps" to get descriptions of camps available for ages K-6th
grade and watch a short video of Kid's Camp last year! You register on - line as well with a discount of $20 if you

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Chapel Rock Scholarship Guidelines

Please apply directly to Chapel Rock for a scholarship by April 15. You can get
an application by emailing CR at or pick up a form in the
youth room.
Notify Pastor Susan by email by April 15 if you are applying for a scholarship,
so she knows to follow up.
Pastor Susan will be in touch with Chapel Rock to work out the arrangements for
those scholarships that are approved, so she will notify the family if we can give
them a scholarship.

Nativity Youth Group Members cheerfully created dozens of Snack
Packs for Super Bowl Sunday - yet another fun fund raiser for the

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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.
Easter Sunday
7:30 & 10:00 a.m.

Upcoming Events:
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