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September 17, 2020
New in this issue In-person Holy Eucharist begins this Sunday Meet Our New Intern - Phillip Bass "The Endurance of Job" from The Rev. Dr. David Lynch Becoming Beloved Book Club October Selection
This week at Nativity Friday, September 18
9 pm Compline Zoom
Sunday, September 20
8 am In-person Outdoor HE at Nativity Sign up here
9:30 am In-person Outdoor HE at Nativity Sign up here
10:30 am Morning Prayer Service Rite 2 Service bulletin found here
12 pm Coffee Hour Zoom
4:30pm In-person Outdoor HE at Nativity Sign up here
5:30 pm EYC - Episcopal Youth Community
7 pm Youth Group
6:30 pm Evening Prayer with Sermon Service bulletin found here
Thursday, September 24
The Endurance of Job The Rev. Dr. David Lynch
The Daily Office lectionary has, for the last 36 days (August 20- September 17), included readings from the book of Job – all 42 chapters. On some days, this does require the patience attributed to this Biblical hero. All that eloquent poetry can be heavy going; but it’s extremely worthwhile.
You know the story: Job, a godly man who has prospered in every way, is suddenly stripped of almost everything to prove a point to Satan, the prosecuting angel. God gives Satan permission to take away Job’s livestock, crops, and even his children to test Job’s faith and to cause him to curse God.
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Nativity News
In-person outdoor Holy Eucharist service Beginning this Sunday, September 20, Nativity will hold three Holy Eucharist outdoor services on campus. We will have seating set
up in the back parking lot - no need to bring your own chairs.
Sign up on the church website here to attend HE at 8am, 9:30 am, or 4:30 pm
Meet Our New Intern
Phillip Bass joins Nativity for the next few months as an intern discerning a call to the priesthood. Phillip will be joining in on Zoom calls, participating in worship, and being a part of the community as we help him learn more about his call and prepare for his next steps towards ordination.
Read more about Phillip here.
Upcoming Events
On Sunday, October 4, we will have a live-streamed service for the
Blessing of the Animals.
Send in your pet's name and photo to be included in our video. Photos must
be received by September 30.
Email photos to
We are excited to offer another Formation opportunity at Church of the Nativity.
The Christian Essentials curriculum is a holistic approach to exploring, growing, and deepening your relationships with God, neighbor, world, and self.
Christ Church Charlotte developed and curated the Christian Essentials curriculum to help people of all ages live a Christ-centered life. These sessions are broken up into three modules: Love God, Care for Each Other, and Serve the World.
Each module is covered over 6 weeks, with weekly 90-minute sessions. The Zoom sessions are very interactive and a lot of fun! Groups are kept small, around 8-10 people hosted by 2 facilitators. Meeting times will be set after considering everyone's schedule. The sessions require minimal preparation and if you miss a meeting, you can catch up!
Our plan is to start with a beta-test for the first module, Love God. The Introduction meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 29 from 7:00- 8:30 pm.
Please contact Cuyler O’Connor here if you have interest in this new opportunity.
Becoming Beloved Community Book Club Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 7pm on Zoom
Join us for October's book club centering on social justice, race, and becoming beloved community. This month's selection is The Little Book of Restorative Justice: Revised and Updated by Howard Zehr.
With over 150,000 copies of this book sold, author Howard Zehr is considered the father of Restorative Justice and is known worldwide for his pioneering work in transforming our understanding of justice. Restorative Justice, with its emphasis on identifying the justice needs of everyone involved in a crime, is a worldwide movement of growing influence that is helping victims and communities heal, while holding criminals accountable for their actions.
Books are available for sale here. Unfortunately this one is not available at the Wake County Library. Zoom link will be provided before the meeting in the Glad Tidings newsletter and email.
Youth and Families
Youth Formation
EYC This fall, youth will be exploring Formation in a new way. Through video conversations, activities, and small groups, our focus will be allowing the youth to start defining their faith and what it means to be the church. Instead of "Sunday School", Formation, or "Rooted", we call it "Episcopal Youth Community" or EYC. This fall there will be three series of 4-week sessions held on Sunday evenings. September will be virtual, but we will hopefully move to some in-person gatherings in October.
Youth Group Virtual kick-off is Sunday, September 20. Youth Group provides an opportunity for youth to be a little more active with the church while at home. We will play games, participate in challenges, and talk about what is going on in the world.
Children's Formation
Kids' Club We will gather virtually on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 4-4:30. Parents will need to pick up supplies for each month at church. More details will be emailed out.
Backyard Bible Study This is a way for kids to be in nature - taking a walk, relaxing in a hammock or playing in the sandbox - while we talk about some fun Bible stories over Zoom. No Bibles required!
Socials These will occur once each month to allow the kids some time to be silly and get to know each other (and Kathryn). Each will be themed and will have fun games and activities. Make sure you are on the email list!
Rise Against Hunger Update
Earlier this year the Outreach ministry team paid $3,452 for our 8th annual Rise Against Hunger (RAH) meal-packaging event optimistically thinking we'd be able to have the event in Corlett Hall on the last Sunday of August! With the different COVID restrictions, we could not.
RAH stepped up and changed their warehouse operations to include an area with tables and COVID-safe protocol. This allowed 15 members of Nativity's community to gather (socially distanced) to package about two- thousand meals in a little over one hour.
Thank you to the seven families who participated and helped RAH get closer to their goal of ending world hunger by the year 2030. Our donation and meals will enable communities around the globe to rise and break the cycle of poverty! See photos below of our Nativity volunteers in action.
Operating contributions for two week period ending 9/13: $14,497 Thank you for your continued generous support of Nativity.
Checks may be mailed to our locked mailbox at 8849 Ray Road, Raleigh, NC 27613
or you may pay using PayPal or VenMo. Questions about using our online service to make your donation?
Find instructions here.
This is a disorienting time. Call Stephanie at 919-744-1663 or David at 919-805-1902. We will talk and pray with you!
If you would like resources to help talk with your children about the coronavirus, please call Kathryn at 662-722-3052.
Please keep in touch with each other. Email the parish coordinator, Megan, here, if you need a phone number.
We remember the sick and suffering in our community Becky, Bill, Carol, Charlotte, Chuck, Don, Don, Frank, Jack, Janey, Jenny, Karen, Marion, Mary, Mary, Maxine, Michael, Pam, Richard, Richard, Ron, Tim
We pray for our friends, family, and neighbors Ali, Anna, AnneMarie, Anna Rose, Audrey, the Barham Family, Becky, Beth, Bill, Bob, Carlie, Casey, Cathy, Charlie, Dan, Dean, Diane, Dick, Don Eddie, Ellie, Emma, Fay, Gary, Gemma, George, Harry, Helen, Henry, Jake, James, Jason, Jason, Jaylen, Jeanette, Joe, Joe, Julia, Justin, Karen, Kathleen, Kathryn, Keith, Kelli, Kelvin, Kenny, Kevin, Licia, Lori, Madeline, Mark, Mary, Matt, Megan, Michael, Michelle, Mimi, Molly, Nancy, Patricia, Patricia, Roy, Roy, Sally, Sandy, Sara, Shannon, Shirley, Spencer, Stephanie, Stephani, Steve, Sylvie, Vivian, Von, William
We pray for those who are expecting a child Brianna and Robert
If you would like to add someone to the Nativity prayer list, email the Parish Coordinator here.
Church of the Nativity 8849 Ray Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 919-846-8338