Nativity Notes
March 15, 2019
“Let’s talk about Fear”

A reflection by Matilda Kitabwalla

Matilda is a junior at American University. Matilda is currently studying abroad in Kenya. Below find her reflection which may I pray will resonate with your Lenten journey. 

Let’s talk about fear. It comes in many different forms: fear of the unknown, fear of trying new things, fear of oneself, fear of others. For some of us, fear and anxiety rules our lives because it is so easy to get sucked into the “what if’s” of life: what if I fail, what if I’m not good enough, what if I’m not perfect.
And while it is okay to be nervous for a little while (my dad once told me that being nervous means you care), we can’t let it hold us back. So let’s try to change our narrative—together. Instead of negative “what if’s” let’s try and turn them positive: what if I succeed, what if I get the job, what if he/she likes me back, what if I get an A, what if everything turns out okay.
I’ve felt a lot of anxiety during my time in Kenya and gone through countless “what if’s” in my head. Being a different culture is so hard because it’s so easy to mess up. But instead of letting the butterflies in my stomach get the best of me, I chose to let go. To let go (to the best of my ability—nobody is perfect) of the “what ifs” and the “I’m not good enoughs” because at the end of the day what makes me isn’t my mistakes. What makes me is the time I chose to stand up and laugh it off after falling down in front of a bunch of people. The time I asked for directions after being lost for 20 minutes. The time I cried to my parents after holding it in all day. Because, at the end of the day, what makes us, more than the mistakes that we have made, are the times we picked ourselves up and chose to be brave.
Adult Forums:

 Mar. 17 – Rebecca Randall: Cultivating a Forgiving Self continued
Mar. 24 – The Rev. John Marcantonio: A Forgiving God, a Reconciling Church
Sunday Bulletin For those of you worshiping with us via Livestream, below please find the Sunday bulletin.
For Lenten Resources Visit
Wednesdays in Lent!  A Journey with Luke  Featuring E-resident The Rev. Dr. Tim Luckritz Marquis. Join us Wednesday evenings in Lent for a Journey into the good news as told in the Gospel of Luke. We will welcome Dr. Tim Luckritz Marquis, New Testament Biblical Scholar as our e-resident, and presenter for some of our sessions. You come along for the journey as well with a resource book from, A Journey with Luke: The 50 Day Bible Challenge . A combination of scholarly presentation, personal study and reflection, and group conversation will lead us deeper into the discovery of God’s Love and inspiration for our own lives.

Join us March 13 through April 17.
Wednesday in Lent Format:
5:45 p.m. Holy Eucharist and Simple Chants (Cathedral)
6:15 p.m. Covered Dish Supper (Bring something to share)
7-8 p.m. A Journey with Luke.

Book: Order through the office, $15 check payable to the Cathedral. Also available for your own download on Kindle, Nook and iTunes. To register, email or call the church office at 610-865-0727.
Cathedral Arts – Coming up very soon, there will be four unique organ recitals in celebration of the 20 th anniversary of the installation of the Cathedral’s beautiful Austin organ. March 17 , Erik Meyer, Organist-Choirmaster at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in (Germantown) Philadelphia and Anna Meyer, doctoral candidate in flute performance at Temple University will offer a very creative recital including original compositions by Erik. April 14 , Nativity Cathedral Organist, Canon Stephen Williams will perform a Palm Sunday recital including works of Bach, Langlais, Duruflé, and the complete Symphonie No. 4 by Louis Vierne. Two weeks later, April 28 , Neil Harmon, recently appointed Professor of Organ at Brigham Young University will perform a recital that will also include his own compositions. And, on May 19 , Robert McCormick, Organist-Choirmaster at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia will play a recital of works by Elgar, Bruhns, Vierne, delightful hymn settings, and will close with an exciting improvisation based on three themes presented to him just before he plays. All recitals/concerts are at 4 pm. A $10 suggested donation benefits the Cathedral Arts , and a reception will following each performance. Please come, celebrate with us!
Calling all members of the Altar Guild! We will be serving at the Wednesday Pot Luck on March 20, 2019. We need people to set up for the dinner and to clean up after dinner. If you can help set up, please come at 4:30 pm. If you can help clean up join us for Eucharist and dinner at 5:45 pm.
Phila Book Club News We are reading  The House At Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper for the month of March. We will be meeting on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 11:00 am in room 23 to discuss it. We hope you can join us. Bring along new book ideas when you come. We are looking forward to seeing you.
Calling Bowlers of all ages! ShareCare Bowlathon  Saturday, March 23rd, 12:45-3:00 p.m. at BarDon Lanes, 3700 Nicholas St. Easton, PA .Donation includes hot dog and drink, 2 games of bowling, shoe rental and a lot of FUN! Suggested donation is $45 per person. Prizes will be given to the highest fund-raisers. Please contact Bill Yale to register: or 610-559-5959. Please register as soon as possible! The Cathedral Church of the Nativity is a member of ShareCare Faith in Action. ShareCare Faith in Action is a non-profit network of trained volunteers from faith groups and the wider community that provides compassionate and practical services to the elderly and those with special needs to enhance their dignity, independence and quality of life.
Lenten Quiet Day Retreat with author Barbara Crafton will provide insights and inspiration at a time when many Christians seek to deepen their understanding of Jesus and what it means to live a Christian life. Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 9 AM - 3 PM at St. Francis Center for Renewal 395 Bridle Path Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18017. Seating is limited and cost is $25.00 covering workshop materials and a light lunch. It is sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church of Easton. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the church at 610-253-0792.
Cathedral Foundations is an experience for those who are newer to the Cathedral and/or the Episcopal Church to grow in understanding of our faith and practices. The Foundations experience takes place Sundays, March 31 through May 12 at 9:20-10:15 AM. The first three sessions will meet as part of Adult Forum in the Dining Room of Sayre Hall; the remaining sessions in the Goodwin Room (3 rd floor of Sayre Hall). Click here for more details. To register, email Dean Pompa at or call the church office at 610-865-0727.
Chrism Mass  You are cordially invited and most welcome to the Blessing of Oils and Reaffirmation of Ordination Vows to be held in the Cathedral on Thursday, April 11 at 11 a.m.
Easter Flowers If you would like to contribute toward the Easter chancel flowers in honor of or in memory of loved ones, please complete this form and send it with a donation of your choice to the Cathedral Office no later than Wednesday, April 3 . You may also place the form and your donation in an offering plate. The names will appear in the Easter service bulletins on Sunday, April 21.
Making Palm Crosses  Join us on Saturday, April 13 at 1:00 PM in the Quilter’s Room to learn the secret of making palm crosses and visit with others who are keeping this tradition going. Open to children and adults. 
Christophany Youth Retreat  April 26 at 6:30 p.m. to April 28 at noon. An event for middle and high school youth. Learn to overcome obstacles with God's help. Join up with youth from around the diocese at Bear Creek Camp in Wilkes-Barre. Activities will include the high and low ropes courses, a talent show, hiking and campfire. The cost to attend is $125. Scholarships are available. Contact Deacon Michele Causton, Coordinator of Diocesan Youth Programs, at or visit HERE to learn more.
ShareCare Faith in Action is in need of 10 volunteer drivers. ShareCare is a program which links volunteers with individuals who are elderly or disabled.  Volunteers are needed to drive these individuals to a doctor appointment, the grocery store or pharmacy or to the bank.  Volunteers have complete control as to how many and which rides they are available for. It can be as little as one ride per month.  If you would like more information please contact ShareCare Faith in Action via email or by phone 610-867-2177. If you would like to hear about my personal experience with ShareCare please email Cathy Bailey at . Thanks for considering this ministry. We are doing God's work in our community.  
Inclement Weather Information  Service cancellations and updates can be found on WFMZ Channel 69 or , voicemail at Nativity Cathedral Office 610-865-0727, our website: , and our Facebook Page: 
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, March 15
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop

Saturday, March 16
8:00 AM Finance Committee - Room 23
8:30 AM Morning Prayer - Good Shepherd Chapel
9:00 AM Altar Guild Prep – Cathedral
10:00 AM Thrift Shop Open Until 1 PM
5:00 PM Holy Eucharist – Cathedral

Sunday, March 17
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist - Cathedral
8:45 AM 321 Contact Worship Service - Sayre Hall
9:20 AM Sunday School | Adult Forum
10:30 AM Holy Eucharist - Cathedral
4:00 PM Cathedral Arts Concert: Erik Meyer & Anna Meyer - Cathedral
Reception immediately following in Sayre Hall

Monday, March 18
9:00 AM Flower Arranging for Hospital Visitations - Sacristy
3:45 PM Homework Club - Welcome Place

Tuesday, March 19
1:00 PM Al-Anon Meeting - Room 21
2:00 PM Clergy Bible Study - Good Shepherd Chapel
3:45 PM Homework Club - Welcome Place
5:30 PM ShareCare Board Meeting - Room 21
6:30 PM Vestry Meeting - Dining Room

Wednesday, March 20
9:00 AM Holy Eucharist & Healing - Good Shepherd Chapel
9:30 AM EfM - Goodwin Room
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop
1:30 PM Exploring Christian Literature Book Club - Goodwin Room
3:45 PM Homework Club - Welcome Place
4:30 PM Cathedral Choristers Rehearsal - Choir Room
5:00 PM New Bethany Ministries Board Meeting - Room 22
5:45 PM Holy Eucharist & Simple Chants - Cathedral
6:15 PM Covered Dish Supper - Dining Room
6:30 PM EfM - Goodwin Room
6:30 PM New Bethany Ministries Parenting Class - Good Shepherd Chapel, Nursery
7:00 PM Journey with Luke (Lenten Program) - Dining Room
7:00 PM Confirmation Class - Room 22
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal - Choir Room

Thursday, March 21
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop
11:00 AM Phila Book Club - Room 23
11:00 AM Bethlehem Steel Vets - Room 21
3:45 PM Homework Club - Welcome Place
7:00 PM Cathedral Handbell Choir Rehearsal - Bishop Gray Room
7:00 PM S-Anon - Room 21

Friday, March 22
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop

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