Nativity Notes
“My difficulty is that on the whole I am not very good at change, I cling to the safe and the known... I must live in this moment, not looking either forward or back, or to right or left, but realizing that unless I am what I am there cannot be any growth. If I promise myself that life will be better, that I shall be a more agreeable person, that I shall be closer to God on the next stage along the way, then I am failing to live as I am called to live because I go on dreaming of that ideal which does not exist. The past has brought me to this moment and if I begin today anew I can also begin tomorrow anew and the day after that, and so I shall be truly open to change.”

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September 9 – Kick-off Sunday
September 16 – Inviting people to share the bread. A presentation of potential designs for improving our campus and making it more welcoming. Mr. David Horn, principal of Architerra, landscape architect, will be joined by the task force of the Cathedral for the design of our campus improvement plans. Come and see what explorations have produced and offer your feedback.
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!
Cathedral Choirs Cathedral Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays 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 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 at or call 484-515-6334. Come and find peace, comfort and God.
Past & Present Luncheon It's not Back to School-- no, no-- it's BACH TO PAST AND PRESENT.  Indeed!  Friday, September 21st we have The Bach Choir Director, Greg Funfgeld joining us as our opening program. He will have slides and stories and will be assisted by our own Eve Campbell, who has put together a history of how the Bach Choir is tied to Nativity Cathedral. As always the program will be followed by a lunch. Please hold the date and join us for our 1st luncheon of the 2018-19 season.  Program at 11:00 am. Luncheon at Noon. R.S.V.P.  Sarah Norwine 610/ 954-8052 or Pam Bayliss 610/ 798-7671. 
Nativity Book Club will be meeting Thursday September 27, at 11:00 am in room 23. (Please note the change of date.) We will be discussing  The Column Of Fire by Ken Follet. Our Leader will be Doris Burnside. Bring your list of books you may want to read and discuss this year. Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Take the Bible Challenge! A Journey with Matthew  This 50 day study follows the good news of Christ as revealed to us through the Gospel of Matthew. Study book allows for daily reading and reflection. Weekly gathering led by Dean Pompa invites us to discover together major themes of the Gospel and share our discoveries with one another. Tuesdays, October 9 through November 27, 7-8PM at the Cathedral. To register by Monday, September 24, email or call the church office at 610-865-0727. Order your workbook through the office - $15.00 check payable to the Cathedral. Also available for your own download on Kindle, Nook, and iTunes.
The first Cathedral Arts concert of the season will be on Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 pm featuring early music artists The Bricolage Project & The Chivalrous Crickets who will present “The French Connection”– delightful Scottish and French choral works, folk music, lute song based on the famous early Renaissance song ‘L’homme armé’ ( The Armed Man ).
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.
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.
Worship Schedule
8 AM, 8:45 AM & 10:30 AM

Sunday, September 9th, 9:15 AM - 10:20 AM
Kick-off Celebration!
Sayre Hall
Food – Music – Activities – Registration for Sunday School
Fun for ALL ages!
We are so very appreciative to singers and instrumentalists who have contributed to our worship this summer . . . Emily McManaman, Allyson Starr, Rebekah Graver, Carol Yale, Rachel Lutz, Lucy Kitch-Peck, Kelly Schmidt, Lauren Curnow, Lauren Smith, Greg Funfgeld, Adam Rizzo, Naoko Cauller, Joe Mozingo, Charles Drum, Keegan Lerch, James Henry, George Fennell, Robert Peruzzi, and Grace Spruiell Hochella. Thank you all for sharing your tremendous gifts and talents!
Cathedral Schedule

Friday, September 7
Thrift Shop Closed
9:00 AM Funeral Preparation - Sayre Hall, Dining Room, Kitchen

Saturday, September 8
9:00 AM Altar Guild Preparations - Sacristy
10:00 AM Thrift Shop open until 1 PM
11:00 AM George Kernan Funeral - Cathedral
Reception following in Sayre Hall
5:00 PM Celtic Eucharist | The Feast - Cathedral

Sunday, September 9
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist - Cathedral
8:45 AM 321 Contact Worship Service - Sayre Hall
9:15 AM Kick Off Sunday Celebration - Sayre Hall, Dining Room
10:30 AM Holy Eucharist - Cathedral

Monday, September 10
9:00 AM Flower Arranging for Hospital Visitations - Sacristy
10:00 AM Food Access Committee Meeting - Room 21
12:00 PM Thrift Shop Volunteer Luncheon - Louise Moore Park
7:00 PM Celtic Cultural Outreach - Room 21

Tuesday, September 11
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
7:00 PM Yarns of Love - Dining Room

Wednesday, September 12
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
3:15 PM Private Tutoring - Good Shepherd Chapel
4:30 PM Cathedral Choristers Rehearsal - Choir Room
6:30 PM Campus Planning Meeting - Dining Room
6:30 PM New Bethany Ministries Parenting Class - Good Shepherd Chapel & Nursery
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal - Choir Room

Thursday, September 13
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop
7:00 PM Daughters of the King - Good Shepherd Chapel
7:00 PM Cathedral Handbell Choir Rehearsal - Bishop Gray Room
7:00 PM S-Anon - Room 21

Friday, September 14
Thrift Shop Closed
10:00 AM Clergy Luncheon - Sayre Hall, Dining Room, Kitchen

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