Nativity Notes
From the Dean
Sometimes you just can't get away
Generosity abounds, because of it I find myself on retreat. I am surrounded by a yard filled with beauty, two tall Oaks worthy of my hugging and an imagination pulling like a 10 month old lab to come out and play.
> Ocean waves, rainbows, and sunsets set out to do their magic act of calming souls of all who dare get near their rhythm. John Steinbeck’ s travels with a dog named Charley invites a dialogue and engagement with an America of his devotion and struggle. A narrative written over 50 years ago that may easily have been written yesterday.

So much to be reflected on, so much offering in this escape.

Yet, the sobering news of a Grand Jury’s findings of alleged sex abuse in the Roman Church and the institution’s misguided (and horrific)systemic response for self-protection can do nothing other than draw all of us out of any hiding we may be in. 

I actually know or have known some of those names in this report. I am sure some of you reading this have or do as well. 

My heart work is focused on justice. Justice that must come to those who violated so many. Justice to all of those in authority who chose in a moment to protect an institution over a victim’s broken life. The institutional sin is overbearing. Justice means accountability and setting things right so such destructive behaviors have Zero place. 

It goes without saying that the many many faithful and devout Christian brothers and sisters in the Roman Church need our support and prayers. They need our hearts and our love. They must keep their faith in Jesus alive, especially now. We must too. 

It also goes with lots of saying that those who have been abused, mistreated, violated probably far outnumber the thousand named by this report. It also goes with a-lot of saying that our focus need be there, with those who were violated.

I know first hand the destructive force of such a trust violating perpetration. The wounds of such are not often visible. They run deep and sometimes hide, waiting for the most inopportune time to rise to the surface and wreak a devastation. The path to healing is long, arduous, and sometimes lonely. Prayers, open hearts, and God’s Grace the only ointment I have known. 

Someday soon I will write about hugging Oak Trees and becoming a child again in a beautiful yard that invites imagination.

Today I lament and ask you to do the same. 

Dean Pompa is away on vacation returning to the Cathedral Saturday, August 25th. We are thrilled to welcome Bishop Sean as our Celebrant and Preacher Sunday, August 19th.
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.
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!
Kick-off Celebration!  Sunday, September 9th, 9:15-10:20 AM. Worship is at 8:00, 8:45 (Sayre Hall) and 10:30 with a great celebration with food, music, activities and registration for Church School and other events in Sayre Hall at 9:15. All are welcome!
The Ordination and Consecration of The Rev. Canon Kevin D. Nichols as IX Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem will be held on September 15 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. The service begins at 11AM. Please plan on arriving early to be seated before the processions. A reception and luncheon will follow the service and will take place on the campus of First Presbyterian. If you plan on attending the consecration, please RSVP.

Fall Bible Study  “Meditating with the Psalms” begins Tuesday, September 18 to October 30, 9:30–11AM in the Dining Room. All you will need is a bible. To register, please contact Barbara Iannelli after August 27 at or call 484-515-6334. Come and find peace, comfort and God.
Looking for Volunteers  Fountain Hill Elementary School is in need of additional student mentors for the coming school year. This service has been very successful in helping students improve their performance. Several Nativity parishioners are currently volunteering for this opportunity. If you would like to get involved or have questions, please contact Don Appleton at or 610-730-6676.
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.
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 17
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop
12:00 PM Office Closed

Saturday, August 18
8:00 AM Finance Committee Meeting - Room 23
9:00 AM Altar Guild Preparations - Sacristy
10:00 AM Thrift Shop open until 1 PM
1:00 PM Piano Rehearsal - Cathedral
5:00 PM Holy Eucharist - Cathedral

Sunday, August 19
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist - Cathedral
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist - Cathedral
3:00 PM Cathedral Arts Piano Recital - Cathedral -- Reception following in Sayre Hall

Monday, August 20
9:00 AM Flower Arranging for Hospital Visitations - Sacristy

Tuesday, August 21
1:00 PM Al-Anon Meeting - Room 21
7:00 PM Yarns of Love - Dining Room

Wednesday, August 22
9:00 AM Holy Eucharist | Healing Service - Good Shepherd Chapel
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop
1:15 PM Yarns of Love - Dining Room
6:30 PM New Bethany Ministries Parenting Class - Good Shepherd Chapel & Nursery

Thursday, August 23
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop
7:00 PM S-Anon - Room 21

Friday, August 24
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop
12:00 PM Office Closed

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