Nativity Notes
"The urgency of seeing anew, seeing with eyes washed clear by contemplative prayer, seeing with eyes cleansed by tears, but above all seeing with delight and wonder. . . . Delight [is] a glorious word which carries a lightness about it and seems to be saying this thing is good and I am good, and I am happy with my relationship to this world around me, but above all I am happy with my relationship to myself, to my own inwardness, and also to my own outwardness."

Lost in Wonder , Esther DeWaal
Pilgrimage to Wales: A Celtic Journey to Health, Healing & Wholeness.
Join us in the spirit of God's healing grace as we live a pattern of prayer, journey, exercise and communion with God's healing spirit.
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September 23 – October 14  (week 2 of 4) - Dr. Brett Hendrickson, Professor of religious studies at Lafayette College: Difficult Religious Issues in the News . As much as we might like to 'keep religion out of politics,' religious issues and disputes occupy a central position in many public debates. In this four-week series, we will discuss how and why religious ideas and beliefs affect some of today's thorniest issues, including separation of church and state, legalized abortion, protection of the environment, and Islamophobia. Come with an open mind and explore how understanding other people can help us understand our own convictions more clearly.
Hurricane Relief: Dear friends, in addition to our prayers, you can help those in the south effected by Hurricane Florence. Please visit www.episcopalrelief.org and make a donation. 
Cathedral Choirs  Cathedral Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7 pm. Cathedral Choristers rehearsals begin on Wednesdays, at 4:30 pm. Our new Cathedral Handbell Choir rehearses Thursdays at 7 pm. Interested in participating? Call or email Canon Stephen at 610-865-0727 or swilliams@nativitycathedral.org . Thanks!
Fall Bible Study  “Meditating with the Psalms” bible study Tuesdays through October 30, 9:30–11AM in the Dining Room. All you will need is a bible. To register, please contact Barbara Iannelli at biannelli@me.com or call 484-515-6334. Come and find peace, comfort and God.
Night Songs  Join us Wednesday, October 3 at 9PM in the Cathedral for Night Songs Compline, a sung choral night prayer. Candlelight, beauty, rest – a peaceful end to our day. 
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 email teisenreich@nativitycathedral.org 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.
Seating of the New Bishop  will take place in the Cathedral on Friday, October 12 at 5:30 PM. This is a moving ritual that literally places our Bishop in the Cathedra as a sign of Episcopal Leadership and Care.
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 ).
Priscilla Payne Hurd Lecture Series on Church and Society  Please join us on Saturday, November 10, 11:30AM to 4:30PM, for an afternoon of learning and experiencing Spiritual Healing and Wholeness. Dr. Tricia Kelly, Breast Surgeon, and Rev. Wilma Alvarez, Cancer Counselor, at St Luke’s University Health Network will share their knowledge and practice of going beyond conventional medicine to treat their patients. Conference participants will also experience three small group healing sessions with experts in their fields. Sessions in Guided Meditation, Reiki, Qigong, Yoga, Art Therapy, and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment will be offered. A Celtic Spirituality service will immediately follow the conference. $10 registration fee. Additional $10 charge for optional lunch. For more information and to register.
CONNECT 2018 High School Retreat  CONNECT is designed by our youth for our youth. It is a weekend for youth to share their faith stories and further explore their own faith. Those who participate will have the chance to connect with God, each other, and the world around them. The retreat will run from November 9 to November 11 at Pocono Plateau Camp and Retreat Center, Cresco, PA. The cost of the retreat is $125. Scholarships are available. Registration deadline is November 4 th . For more details and to register (click here).
The Episcopal churches in the Lehigh Valley invite you to see yourself as part of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement , sharing our resources together. Each church has opportunities for Adult Formation, on Sunday mornings and at different times during the week. We are opening these up to members of one another’s congregations so that we can get to know one another, break down our silos, and more effectively be the Jesus Movement together. 
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, September 28
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop
12:00 PM Stewardship Meeting - Good Shepherd Chapel

Saturday, September 29
9:00 AM Altar Guild Prep – Cathedral
10:00 AM Thrift Shop open until 1PM
4:30 PM Order of St. Luke Centering Prayer - Good Shepherd Chapel
5:00 PM Celtic Spirituality Night – Cathedral

Sunday, September 30
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist - Cathedral
8:45 AM 321 Contact Worship Service - Sayre Hall
9:20 AM Sunday School | Adult Formation
10:30 AM Holy Eucharist - Cathedral

Monday, October 1
9:00 AM Flower Arranging for Hospital Visitations - Sacristy
3:45 PM Homework Club - Welcome Place

Tuesday, October 2
9:30 AM Meditating with the Psalms Bible Study - Dining Room
10:00 AM Nativity Serves at New Bethany Meal Center
1:00 PM History Group - History Room
1:00 PM Al-Anon Meeting - Room 21
3:45 PM Homework Club - Welcome Place

Wednesday, October 3
9:00 AM Holy Eucharist | Healing Service - Good Shepherd Chapel
9:30 AM EfM - Room 22
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop
3:15 PM Private Tutoring - Dining Room
3:45 PM Homework Club - Welcome Place
4:30 PM Cathedral Choristers Rehearsal - Choir Room
6:30 PM EfM - Goodwin Room
6:30 PM New Bethany Ministries Parenting Class - Good Shepherd Chapel & Nursery
7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal - Choir Room
9:00 PM Night Songs Compline - Cathedral

Thursday, October 4
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop
3:45 PM Homework Club - Welcome Place
6:30 PM Discover Islam Program - Dining Room
6:30 PM Pastoral Visitor Team Meeting - Good Shepherd Chapel
7:00 PM Cathedral Handbell Choir Rehearsal - Bishop Gray Room
7:00 PM S-Anon - Room 21

Friday, October 5
10:00 AM Nativity Staffs the Thrift Shop


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