Serving Others

Written by susansnook@thenativity.net on Apr 06, 2013

IMG_0147At Church of the Nativity, reaching out to others is not just a Christian responsibility, it’s a passion! When we give, the joy we receive far exceeds the time, money or effort we give.

We are blessed to be able to help many different organizations in our community and internationally – truly watching lives being transformed with the love of Jesus Christ. There are many in our area who are in need and through our efforts we are able to touch many lives.  Some of our major mission partners are listed below.  For information about any of these ministries, please contact our Ministry Leader for Outreach, Paul Rank paulrank1@mac.com.  Some of our other ministry leaders are listed below.

Navajoland – Our sister church in Navajoland is St. Mary’s of the Moonlight in Utah.  Nativity parishioners make two mission trips per year to visit our friends, help repair and rebuild the church and parishioners’ homes, and do other mission work.  Ministry Leaders:  Barbara and Bill Worthington, bandb718@msn.com.

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Barrio La Laguna – In the poverty-stricken barrio of Veracruz, Mexico, is an Episcopal church, Santa Maria Magdalena, our sister and companion church.  They have a special mission to the children of the barrio.  They feed, provide medical care, and educate many children every day, giving them a start in life, hope for the future, and much-needed academic and vocational training.  We partner with them to do mission trips to help build their new Community Center, the home for the church and school, and to hold events to raise money for their great ministries.  Ministry Leader:  Sarah Dobbins Banks, sdwnaz@yahoo.com.

Habitat for Humanity – Nativity participates in the Episcopal Coalition for Habitat.  In partnership with other Episcopal churches in the Valley, we build houses for families who have inadequate shelter.  We participate in two build dates per year.  Our parishioners and outreach committee also make significant financial contributions to this mission.  Ministry Leaders:  Cotty and Andrea Peabody, epeabody@earthlink.net.

Children’s Outreach to UMOM – Nativity’s children have adopted UMOM, a shelter for homeless families with children, as their outreach partner.  The children visit UMOM to learn about the mission and to read to younger children there, and also collect Lenten offerings and create crafts for UMOM children to enjoy.  Ministry Leader:  Shelley Byrnes shelleybyrnes@thenativity.net.

navajoland vanTeen Mission Weeks – Each summer, our youth group does a week of mission work.  Generally, this week takes the form of a day camp, with the kids going out each day to do a service project in the Phoenix area.  They also usually do a one or two-night overnight trip to a service project in Arizona, outside of the Phoenix area.  Ministry Leader:  Shelley Byrnes shelleybyrnes@thenativity.net.

Nativity Blood Drives – Nativity parishioners have two opportunities per year to give the gift of life through the bloodmobile that comes to the church on a Sunday morning.

Phoenix Rescue Mission — Nativity’s Men’s Group and Women’s Group alternate making monthly visits to make sandwiches for the homeless.

Homeward Bound — We provide Christmas gifts and diapers for this domestic violence shelter for women and children.

Foothills Caring Corps.— Several Nativity parishioners participate in this community organization that drives elders to appointments, delivers Meals on Wheels, and other important services to shut-ins in our area.

Vista del Camino — Nativity helps Scottsdale’s premier community services organization provide Angel Tree for Christmas presents for those in need, and also leads a Back-to-School backpack drive for children who cannot afford school supplies.

New Orleans Photos-37Packages from Home — Nativity collects personal and entertainment items, and packs boxes with items to be sent to troops overseas.

St. Mary’s Food Bank – We save our coins and bring them to the church to feed the hungry through this Phoenix area food bank.

 

Thank you to all who have contributed items, money and especially their time. We have set a high standard in years past and plan to reach even higher.  Working together we can continue to make a difference in our local community and our community around the globe.

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