Nativity Lutheran Church

1300 Collingwood Road

Alexandria, VA 22308


The Rev. Brent H. Thalacker, Pastor

People of Nativity, Ministers

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January 8, 2020
Baptism of the Lord Sunday
9:30 am
In the waters of the Jordan, Jesus is revealed as the beloved Son of God. Through this great epiphany, Jesus fulfills all righteousness and becomes the servant of God who will bring forth justice and be a light to the nations. In the waters of baptism we too are washed by the Word, anointed by the Spirit, and named God's beloved children. Our baptismal mission is to proclaim good news to all who are oppressed or in need of God's healing. 

This Sunday we will remember our own baptisms and dedicate our intentions of giving (pledges) for 2020... baptism and new beginnings go hand in hand.  If you've yet to pledge, simply drop your intention into the offering plate or contact Joe Mattis, our stewardship chair.
Men's Breakfast

Join the men of Nativity this Saturday, January 11 at 8:30 am as they gather at Mamma's Kitchen for a time of fellowship and fabulous food!  Mamma's Kitchen is located at 7601 Fordson Road.  See you there!
Sunday's Givers (Part 1)
Thanks to Pastor Brent for furnishing our flowers this Sunday and delivering the goodies for fellowship which follows worship.  And Sandi Kottman keeps the light of Christ's presence lit in the sanctuary and above the baptismal font in honor of Zac's birthday.

Sunday's Givers (Part 2)

Thanks to everyone for your faithfulness in offering flowers, candles and food for fellowship in 2019. Now let's do it again!  Sign ups for 2020 are available in the Narthex.  Let each of us do our part.  Remember, "doing fellowship" just became easier.  You don't have to set up any tables or break them down.  Pastor Brent will make the coffee.  Easy peasy!  
Sunday School
Disciples: Many Follow Jesus
Luke 5:1-11, 6:12-16, 8:1-3
The stories of Jesus calling followers demonstrate how he broke down society's barriers to invite people into community and vocation. The kids will hear how Jesus calls disciples from many backgrounds. They will explore ways they are called to be disciples and create outreach invitations for visitors. 
When:  January 19; 9:00-9:30AM
Where:  Green classroom
Who:  All children are welcome and adults are welcome to volunteer.
Questions:  Contact Megan Armenti or Suzanne McKillop


Calling All Sunday School Leaders!
As the second half of our school year gets underway, we invite congregation members to volunteer to lead a class on Sunday. All classes are held on the first and third Sunday of the month from 9:00AM to 9:30AM. All materials are provided, we only ask for your time and enthusiasm. Each Sunday has a theme, bible passage, and activity. If you're curious, stop by and follow along with the kids. The full schedule is posted on the bulletin board outside of the church office. If you're interested in volunteering for a Sunday, email Megan Armenti.

Spring 2020 Class Dates:   1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/1, 3/15, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3, 5/17, 6/7
Gifts of Hope Thanks

Many thanks to all who gave to Gifts of Hope during Advent and Christmas!  Big thanks to Barb Gigure for leading our effort, but she will be the first to tell you that Gifts of Hope can be given year round for any occasion.  Reach out to Barb if you'd like to place an order in any season!
2020 Offering Envelopes
Be sure to stop by the Narthex this Sunday and pick up your 2020 offering envelopes.  
New Directory

Please take a look at the Church Directory in the narthex and make any changes to addresses, phone number and email' we can update and print a the new 2019-2020 directory before the end of the year.

Thank you for your assistance.

United Community
UC celebrates its 50th year with a new name and logo...Nativity will also be looking at creative ways to offer our support.  At least one ministry will remain unchanged...
The UC Food Pantry always has need for heart healthy food items. Some of  the items that are always needed Include-

      -canned tuna (or other meats) in water
      -whole wheat pasta
      -low salt canned goods
      -low sugar cereals
      -canned beans or dry beans
      -olive oil or canola oil for cooking
     -unsalted nuts and seeds 

The baskets in the Narthex are empty awaiting us to fill them as we help to stock the United Community Food Pantry.   The Food Pantry is part of the Basic Needs program at UC and serves as a supplemental food source for hundreds of Mount Vernon Families per week. The Food Pantry is open Monday to Friday as well as the last Saturday of the month.
Many thanks to all in Nativity who donate regularly and generously.
A holiday tradition at Nativity for many years has been our Chrismitt Tree which is adorned by your hanging hats  and gloves for children who need warmth.  With temperatures in the 60s, we've waited until now to ask you to help.  Simply pick up a pair of gloves or a stocking cap and clip it to the tree this month.  We'll make sure they are delivered... some crisp morning, a child will be snug as a bug in a rug because of you!
The Last Word
First I am grateful for your fidelity in reading this column in 2019, as we walked together through "This Week in History." That venture is now history, and off we go on a new year for "The Last Word." Second, I appreciate your patience as we went "dark" for the last couple of weeks...a bit of recovery time from the holidays coupled with surgery for my office manager and editor Marianne. So I am most thankful for the success of that operation and the news she will return in a few weeks! Marianne makes this "Connect" and everything else better for her being here.

Allow me to begin with a confession...I am guilty of jealousy, coveting, and stealing. On my commute to work I pass by at least a half dozen churches with snazzy digital sign boards that advertise events and convey information without having to stand in the cold to take down and put up the letters that comprise them...the old school way. If I had an unlimite d discretionary fund to install one here at Nativity, I believe I would. But I don't, since "must-pays" dominate our spending. Maybe "one of these days..."

B ut more compelling to me than displaying date and time data is the use of the technology to convey a thought...usually with wit that hopefully brings a smile or provokes for the passerby a bit of reflection. Since my sign is still a's where the thought theft comes in. I figure I'll display some other church's finished product available on the internet, along with a bit of commentary. I need not give should already be found on their signage. Somebody else constructed these...but they'll all come under the heading "Things I wish I'd thought of..."

Let's add lying to the list...the one we all participate in when we check the box in an app that states we've read the accompanying "Terms & Conditions." Maybe you do...I do not. But I do agree to abide by the contract struck between purveyor and consumer...even when I'm not aware of the details. I understand the reasoning for the minutiae of the agreement...preventing abuses, privacy protection, copyright infringement, limits of liability, and termination clauses to name but a few.

When Eve and Adam shared the apple in the story from the Garden, they left paradise behind and ushered us into the era where legalities are necessary for all concerned. But you don't have to be or hire a lawyer to understand God's terms in relationship with us...we don't call it a contract, rather it's a covenant. God promises to be our God and we will be God's people. It's not like the covenants of old...which didn't last because we break our promises. Each Sunday before the communion I speak Jesus' words on the night before he died. "This cup is the new covenant in my blood"...God offers forgiveness for our brokenness in Jesus' broken body and blood shed for us. God chose to break The Son rather than break The Promise to us...and there are no term limits!   And there are zero conditions...God's regard for us is unending and unconditional!

So you may set aside that first garden apple, lay your iPhone down...and remember the most important Apple. Never forget that you are the Apple of God's eye!

Happy New Year!

Pastor Brent,
January 12 , 2020

Bob Wales
Monday, January 20
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Church Office Closed

Wednesday, February 26
Ash Wednesday begins Lent
Holy Communion at 7 pm



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STAR Mission Statement

SEEK to grow in God's Word

TELL the story of Jesus' love & forgiveness

ACT as God's Hands in the world

REACH OUT to welcome all

The Rev. Brent H. Thalacker,

Carrie Brutscher, Music Director and Council Secretary

Bob Kehler, Council President

Brian Bauman, Vice President

Debbie Bowers, Treasurer

Joe Mattis, Stewardship

Sandi Kottman, Council Member (at large)

Marianne Wendel, Administrative Assistant
Weekly Calendar
January 12, 2020 thru
January 18, 2020

9:00 am:  Advent Study 
9:30am: Holy Communion & Fellowship following  worship 
11:30 am:   COI Service
2:00 pm:  Cristo te Llama
7:30 pm: AA Meeting

10:00 am:  Mom's & Tots
1:00 pm:   AA Meeting
2:30 pm: Teen Yoga with Amy
7:00 pm:   Cristo te Llama


8:30 am: Music Together
1:00 pm: AA Meeting

9:00 am:  TADSAW Service Dog Training

9:00 am:  Music Together
Enegetic Yoga
6:30 pm: 
COI Band Rehearsal

Friday 7:30 am  Zenergy Yoga
9:00 am:  Music Together


6:00 pm:  Cristo te Llama