The Episcopal Church of the Nativity


April 2015

22405 North Miller Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85054




Holy  Week  and  Easter  at  Nativity  

Please join us at Nativity for a beautiful Holy Week and Easter
as we celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection! Our many services are listed below. 

Holy Week at Nativity

Easter at Nativity, Sunday April 5!

Maundy Thursday, April 2 
7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service commemorates
Jesus’ last night with his disciples, with optional footwashing and stripping of the altar for Good Friday.

7:30 a.m. Sunrise Family Service:
Begin outside with the first fire of Easter and the stories
of salvation history, process inside through the “Red
Sea,” and experience the moment when Easter comes to
Nativity! Service includes music of our adult and
children’s choirs.


!All-Night Prayer Vigil, Maundy Thursday 8 p.m.

through Good Friday at noon.   “Stay awake with [Jesus]
for one hour” as he asked the disciples to do in the
Garden of Gethsemane. Sign up for a time slot during our
all-night Vigil.

!Good Friday, April 3              


!9:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt
!10:00 a.m. Easter Festival Eucharist:

Enjoy our festival service, including music of our adult
choir and guest musicians, and a postlude sing-along of
the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah!


Noon: Good Friday Service (Spoken)
5:00 p.m.: Stations of the Cross, Provided by the Youth
7:00 p.m.: Good Friday Service (with Music)


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Nativity Schedule


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

!Patti  Worthington  

Elizabeth  Barrett  
Elizabeth  Stuckey  
Bill  Deihl    
Ryan  Bright  
Patricia  Beaird    
Colleen  Whichello  


22405 N. Miller Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255

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

Evening Prayer Rite II
featuring Healing Prayers
Transforming Questions Class

Easter Sunday Schedule
7:30 a.m.
Sunrise Family Service
10:00 a.m.
Festival Eucharist

Take a moment to wish a Happy Birthday To:

!Jim  Blum    

Kali  Higgins    
Susan  Snook    
Barbara  Woodall  
Jim  Davis    
Art  Graf    
Barbara  Worthington    



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

The Rev. Susan B. Snook


The Rev. Dr.Wayne V. Whitney
Associate Rector


Dr. Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler
Director of Music Ministry


Shelley Byrnes
Director of Christian Formation


Mina Rafferty
Parish Administrator


Tim Kosky


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


Lani Sambach


Steve Smith


Darrell Spencer


Colleen Whichello


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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

The greatest
celebration of the
Christian year is
almost here: the day
of the Lord’s
resurrection, when
he overcame death
and the grave, as
God raised him to
new, resurrection
life. On this day, the
women, followed by others, discovered the tomb
empty. Slowly, as the day dawned and a new week
began, people began to have strange sightings – a
man who had died, walking and talking,
appearing behind locked doors, so real that people
could see him, touch him, feel his scars.


With Jesus’ resurrection, a new creation began – a
creation in which death no longer triumphs over
us, a creation in which all are promised new life in
Jesus. In Jesus, God crossed the chasm between
finiteness and infinity, and opened the way for us
to join God for all eternity.


The resurrected body of Jesus tells us something
about our own resurrection hope. Paul calls Jesus
the “first fruits” of the resurrection that God
promises to all of us. He describes our hope in 1


So it is with the resurrection of the body. What is
sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable.
It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory…. It is
sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual
body…. Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will
not all die, but we will all be changed, in a
moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead
will be raised imperishable, and we will be
changed. For this perishable body must put on
imperishability, and this mortal body must put on
immortality. When this perishable body puts on
imperishability, and this mortal body puts on

immortality, then the saying that is written will be
fulfilled: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’
Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death,
is your sting? (1 Cor. 15:42-44, 51-55)


Easter is the greatest triumph of human history,
not because a very sad story had a happy ending
after all, but because God took action to relieve us
of the burden of death. Because of God’s great
love, we can be confident that God will always
hold and treasure us, in this life and beyond.


But what does Easter, the beginning of a new life,
mean for our daily lives? Why should it make a
difference to us here and now? The answer is this:
Easter means that God’s kingdom on earth has
already begun. God has taken decisive action to
inaugurate a new era in human history.


Now it is our task to live into that gift, to act as
citizens of God’s kingdom now and always. Now
is the time for us to recognize that as the Body of
Christ, we are called to do the same things our
Lord did: feed the hungry, heal the sick, preach
good news to the poor and to all who hunger and
thirst for God. In our daily lives, we are to live
with love and compassion; in our families, we are
to put our loved ones ahead of ourselves. Easter
changes everything. Let us live in recognition of
the great gift of life we have been given in Christ
Jesus our Lord.



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Wayne’s World
Of course we’re all familiar with
the 40 days of Lent that come
before Easter, but did you know
there is a 50-day period AFTER
Easter called, appropriately, “The
Great 50 Days of Easter?” Yes, it’s
true! Easter Sunday is day 1 and
Pentecost which comes 7 weeks hence
Day 50. The theme of this season, also
called Eastertide, is baptism, specifically our baptism. It
is a time of pondering anew what it means for me (and, of
course, you) to be a member of Christ’s body, the church.
In the lectionary cycle we look at accounts of the
resurrection and post-resurrection appearances of Christ
to find their meaning for us. It is a time of asking
ourselves questions like “how do we as a community live
the life of the Risen Lord" This could be a real no-brainer
if you consider that we can, like the Emmaus road
travelers, know Christ in the sharing of the Word and in
the breaking of bread. Oh, and let the Alleluias fly! The
joy we express during The Great 50 Days of Easter
should match, if not exceed, the level of intensity of the
40-day Lenten time of self-denial or self-discipline. Take
what you’ve learned over the Lenten time and let that
continue to grow. So celebrate as members of the
resurrected body of our Lord with your community of
faith AS WELL AS your life wherever you are.


Big Fun Bible Movie Night Presents!

!Friday, April 10: “The Apostle,” is the story of a Texas

revival preacher whose life takes so many bad turns that
he changes his name, moves to Louisiana and tries a doover at life and his ministry. Academy Award-winner
Robert Duval plays Sonny, and Farah Fawcett plays his
ex-wife. Will Sonny ever reach a place of “all’s well”
without his past ever catching up to him? Will the love
that he finds in ministering be the salve that soothes the
savage beast? Join David Bolger and Dr. Wayne on
Friday, April 10 at 6:30 in the Sunday School Room.
Bring your own libation and your favorite munchies and
we’ll provide the popcorn.


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.

A note from our Music Director
This year we will start April with Holy
Week services. Each service will bring
special offerings from the Choir.
On Maundy Thursday April 2nd at 7
p.m. we will perform a beautiful
rendition of "Ubi Caritas" by Mark
Burrows, hymns from our hymnal, as
well as poignant Taize music which will
transfer you to the mood of Good
On Good Friday April 3rd at 7 p.m. you
will hear John Stainer's "Jesu, Lord Jesu",
and an extremely powerful African-American Spiritual
"Calvary", where both our leading singers, Suzanne Rovani
and Michael Frongillo, will perform solos that will not leave
a dry eye in the house.
Finally on Easter morning, April 5th, you will have a
chance to hear our Sunday School Children Choir singing a
joyful "This is the day that the Lord have made" with solos
sung by Destiny and Jeremy Spencer-Treinen. Our annual
favorite Handel's Messiah "Halleluiah" sing-along will also
take place at the end of the 10 a.m. service. The Choir is
preparing festive musical offerings - among others Mozart's
"Alleluia", an excerpt from Handel's Coronation Anthem no
2, and Tchaikovsky's "Glory be to theee, thou all in all".
Accompanied by a woodwind duet, this Easter should be
Don't miss a splendid offering by ASU brass quintet
on April 12th, Sunday, at 4 p.m. Desert Sun Brass
Quintet will bring joyful, majestic and entertaining
selection to celebrate the Easter time at Nativity. Admission
free. Don't forget to bring all your music loving friends!
And I will leave you with the beautiful words of "Ubi

!Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.

Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.

!Where charity and love are, God is there.

Christ's love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.

!Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler, DMA

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Church of the Nativity

Serve Others, Give of Yourself

!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 April 7, at 6pm in the parish hall. If you are interested, give Paul Rank a
call (513 300 3729) or just show up.

Attention Ladies!

!Our First Annual Purse Project Collection is set to begin April 6th. We will be collecting gently used purses and

jewelry, scarves and small toiletries and cosmetic items to "stuff" the purses. Hotel shampoos, etc are great. The
purses will be taken to Save the Family's abused women shelter and their transitional housing center. They will
hold a kids-only party where the children from each family will choose a purse to give to their mom for Mother's
Day. We also hope to supply gift wrap/bags to help the kids keep the gift a secret from their mom until the big
day. Feel free to enclose a note with the history of the purse or inspirational words for the mom. Tell your
friends and start collecting, the box will be in Christopher Hall on April 6th thru April 30th. For more
information on Save the Family be sure to check out April's newsletter or contact below.
Contact: Barbara Worthington 480-575-7830
Sandy Spencer 702-540-5055


Ones and Twos

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 old-fashioned 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!

!This month the group will be gathering on April 17th at the home of Maxine and Win Billingsly. Their address is
10585 E Crescent Moon Drive in a small community called Privada which is adjacent to the Four Seasons
Scottsdale. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend.


Save the dates for the 1's and 2's on 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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Pa g e 1 0 C h i l d r e n & Yo u t h
During Lent we have been collecting easily used
and new books to be donated to UMOMs Readto-Me program. This is a great opportunity for
children to help other children! These books will be blessed on the Sunday following
Easter and then given to homeless children! Start cleaning now!


Easter Sunday: Children will be presenting the first lesson at the 7:30 Family Service on
Easter Sunday! This is a fun service with full family participation!

!Children will gather with me outside to do our lesson and then will stay with me

through the procession back into the Sanctuary. The children will sing, and then after
the first "A-word" of the season, the children will come with me to put flowers in the
cross while the choir sings in celebration. Then the children will go sit with their
families for the rest of the service.

!After the 7:30 service, the youth group will offer an Easter Egg Hunt for the younger

children. Toddlers through Kindergarten will have their hunt inside the Sunday School
Classrooms. Children 1st - 5th grade will have their hunt in the wash/desert area just east of the parking lot.
There will be a lovely family brunch offered between the two services as well.

!Especially on such a busy Sunday it is important for the safety of all the children that parents supervise their children when they
are not doing church planned activities. With all the extra people on site it could be dangerous to have children running around
in the parking area. Please keep an eye out.

!Camp is for the younger kids too! I’m on the committee writing curriculum for the Kids’ Camp this year and it’s going
to be a blast!
!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 go to 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
register before March 31!

!I plan to be at Kid's Camp Jun 21 - 27so your children will have a familiar face to welcome them!
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Remember we are trying to all go to Chapel Rock together this year! Go to and register for session 1 Junior or Senior high school and request
Nativity Youth Group as your cabin mates! If you need financial assistance:


Chapel Rock Scholarship Guidelines

Ask Shelley for an application. She can has some in the office or can email one to you.

!Turn it in to Shelley by April 10.
!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

Thank you to all the youth group families for the for the delicious soup you made for our Soup Sunday on Palm Sunday! It
was all very yummy! And, we raised $241 which will be doubled by our Mission Trip fundraising Angel!


Please sign up to "stay awake just one hour" between Maundy Thursday and Good Friday,
(April 2 - 3), with Jesus as the disciples tried to do at the Garden of Gethsemane. It can be a
transformative experience to be silent in the dark church with only your prayers and God for
company! Talk about it with your parents and keep the rule of three. But join us!


Remember that we will be meeting at the church at 3:30 on THIS FRIDAY APRIL 3rd (Good
Friday) to rehearse for our Stations of the Cross presentation for the rest of the church! Darrell
Spencer will be your contact on Good Friday because I will need to be in charge of the
activities for the younger children back in the Sunday School area!

!Have a Blessed Holy Week!
!Peace and Joy,


The Inspiration GalleryIis a group of artists who offer classes, art parties and inspiration through
their own art. Soon you will see some of their work displayed in the Children’s Gathering Area.
If you are interested in trying your hand at various kinds of art, having an art party or even summer
camp please email Debra Lee Murrow at
A portion of the proceeds from art sales and teaching go back to Church of the Nativity to help
strengthen the community and fund various on going projects.
See Art - Do Art - Buy Art
By giving a portion back to a non-profit we support our community.
When you buy local, you also help support local artists and encourage the arts to stay alive and to

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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:

!Maundy  Thursday,  April  2  


7:00  p.m.  
Maundy  Thursday  Eucharist  
                             All  night  prayer  vigil  

!Good  Friday,  April  3  

Spoken  Service  
5:00  p.m.  
Stationary  Stations  of  the  Cross  
                             provided  for  the  congregation  by  
                             the  Youth  of  Nativity  
7:00  p.m.  
Choral  Service  

!Easter  April  5  

7:30  a.m.  
Easter  Sunrise  Vigil  Service  
9:00  a.m.  
Easter  Breakfast  and    
                             Children’s  Egg  Hunt  
10:00  a.m.  
Easter  Festival  Eucharist  

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