Nativity Notes
From the Dean
Getting Along

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is, when brothers and sisters dwell together in Unity. Psalm 133 vs. 1

Tommy and I have been friends since kindergarten. I treasure a picture that appeared in the local newspaper of Tommy and me holding up chestnuts following “mat time” and an object lesson from our kindergarten teacher. 

Tommy and I grew up together. Growing up in a small town meant our parents knew each other, they themselves went to school together. I had one of my first “play dates” with Tommy, though we didn’t call them that then, we just called it “playin”. We spent each year mostly in the same classes with the same teachers. We went to the same sporting events, same Christmas musicals, we graduated high school together.

In college we went our separate ways in the beginning, but then we were unified again when we both headed to the main campus at Penn State where we became roommates with two others. I am a person now who spends his life praying and banking on transformation. The most exciting transformation I can remember from college was Tommy finding the light and his way from being an avid (and obnoxious) Notre Dame Football Fan to dripping with the fervor of Blue and White! The climax of which was our celebrating together in Arizona, Penn States national championship victory over the University of Miami. 

The point. Tommy and I don’t see each other nearly as much as my affection for him and I believe his for me would allow. He has a full life and lovely family and lives in Florida. He is an engineer with a brilliant scientific acumen. As for me, I am trying hard to be a theologian and decent Priest. We have had enough discussions to know that he and I might look at the world differently enough that those who like to play the game of divide and conquer those with differing opinions and world views would think they could have their way with us. At the same time because of the common fabric of coal region common sense, hard work ethic, and valuing things like friendship and loyalty most, we also tend to see the world a whole lot the same.  Tommy and I have a common narrative and experience that has bound us together in friendship, love, and respect that is as strong as any binding agent one could dream of.

In theological terms it is Unity. Bound together in Love. On any terms, this friendship is a gift for which I am most grateful. 
Last Summer Breakfast Fellowship will be Sunday, August 12 from 8:45-9:45 AM in the Dining Room. Spend some time getting to know and catching up with one another. Free will offering (covers expense of breakfast and helps underwrite other fellowship activities). Please note, we will not have breakfast on August 19 due to lack of volunteers.
Dean Pompa is away on vacation on Sunday, August 12th, returning to the Cathedral Saturday, August 25th. We are grateful to Canon Michelle Moyer for leading our worship Sunday, August 12th and are thrilled to welcome Bishop Sean as our Celebrant and Preacher Sunday, August 19th.
Mission Opportunity  Our friends at St. John’s AME Church in Fountain Hill are sponsoring again a back-to-school Rally Day for local young people on Friday, August 17 th . Children will receive much needed school supplies for the upcoming year. We have been invited to help. Please consider donating composition notebooks, 3-ring binders, crayons and pencils. A box will be placed in Sayre Hall and at the entrance of the Cathedral. Also, if you would like to volunteer for the event itself at St. John’s AM E, folks will be meeting at 4:30 on Friday the 17th for a brief orientation and the families are expected as early as 5pm. Their address is 718 Pawnee Street Bethlehem, PA. Parking is on the street.
Cathedral Arts – Piano Recital  On Sunday, August 19 at 3 pm Michael Cerveris will play a program of Impressionist Music by the well-known 19 th – 20 th century French composer, Claude Debussy. The program will be Volume 2 of Debussy’s beautiful and emotional Preludes completed in 1913 just five years before his death. Dr. Cerveris has had an illustrious career blending performing, teaching, and college administration. He is currently Artistic Director of the Cerverii Circus Collaborative, a collective of artists dedicated to presenting devised multi-disciplinary works in the Pittsburgh area. All are welcome! $10 suggested donation benefits the quickly approaching 2018-19 Cathedral Arts series of concerts.
Volunteer Opportunity   Volunteers and substitute volunteers are needed to deliver baked goods from Wegman's Bethlehem or Giant Market, Rt. 191 Bethlehem, to New Bethany Ministries' food bank at  333 W. 4th St, Bethlehem. Currently each volunteer picks up the baked goods set aside for us in the morning at one of the two markets and delivers them to New Bethany where help is available for unloading the goods. The whole pick-up and delivery process would require only about 1 hour of your time per week.   Deliveries occur on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and most volunteers perform one delivery per week. If you'd like to help but don't want to commit to weekly deliveries, we welcome volunteers willing to substitute on an as-needed basis. For more information on this valuable ministry please contact one of the current volunteers: Sue Snyder ( ), Joe Tramontana ( ), Gene Witiak ( ) and Karen Norelli ( ). 
The National Museum of Industrial History is searching for oral history participants, particularly individuals who have personal history of immigrating and working for Bethlehem Steel Corporation, or descendants of those who immigrated to South Bethlehem to work at the plant. If you (or a family member) would like to discuss your stories, please contact Pete Hodson by email: or telephone: 1-702-234-5764.
Cathedral Choirs – It’s not too early to start thinking about choir activities starting in a few short weeks! Cathedral Choir rehearsals begin Wednesday, August 29 at 7 pm. Cathedral Choristers rehearsals begin on Wednesday, September 12 at 4:30 pm. Our new Cathedral Handbell Choir will have their first rehearsal on Thursday, September 13 at 7 pm. Interested in participating? Call or email Canon Stephen at 610-865-0727 or . Thanks!
The second quarter financial update, as prepared by our Finance Committee, i s available (click here to view report)
Ordination and Consecration of the Rev. Canon Kevin D. Nichols - God willing and the people consenting, The Reverend Canon Kevin D. Nichols will be ordained and consecrated a Bishop in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, and IX Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem on September 15, 2018 at  First Presbyterian Church of Allentown . The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, will be the Chief Consecrator. The Right Reverend A. Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop of New Hampshire, will preach.
Service Information:
The service begins at 11am. Please plan on arriving early to be seated before the processions. Clergy: red stoles. Bishops: rochet, chimere, tippet.
A reception and luncheon will follow the service and will take place on the campus of First Presbyterian.

Parishioners in the Hospital  If a family member is hospitalized, please contact either the clergy or leave a message with the parish office (610-865-0727) informing us of who is in the hospital and at which hospital.
Cathedral Schedule

Friday, August 10
6:30 AM Men's AnD Group - Bethlehem Diner
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop
12:00 PM Office Closed

Saturday, August 11
9:00 AM Altar Guild Preparations - Sacristy
10:00 AM Thrift Shop open until 1 PM
5:00 PM The Feast | Celtic Eucharist - Cathedral

Sunday, August 12
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist - Cathedral
8:45 AM Summer Fellowship Breakfast - Dining Room
0:00 AM Holy Eucharist | Baptism - Cathedral

Monday, August 13
9:00 AM Flower Arranging for Hospital Visitations - Sacristy
10:00 AM Food Access Committee Meeting - Room 21
7:00 PM Celtic Cultural Outreach - Room 21

Tuesday, August 14
910:00 AM Diocesan Finance Committee - Room 23
1:00 PM History Group - History Room
1:00 PM Al-Anon Meeting - Room 21
2:30 PM New Bethany Ministries Staff Meeting - Goodwin Room
7:00 PM Property Committee Meeting - Conference Room

Wednesday, August 15
9:00 AM Holy Eucharist | Healing Service - Good Shepherd Chapel
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop
6:30 PM New Bethany Ministries Parenting Class - Good Shepherd Chapel & Nursery
7:00 PM Nativity Night at Iron Pigs (tickets required) - gates open at 5:45 PM

Thursday, August 16
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop
11:00 AM Bethlehem Steel Vets - Room 21
7:00 PM S-Anon - Room 21

Friday, August 17
6:30 AM Men's AnD Group - Bethlehem Diner
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop
12:00 PM Office Closed

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