Welcome to Nativity!

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Dear Friends,
Our Pentecost Service was proof to me that the Holy Spirit is alive and well and moving all around us. I am so grateful for the way in which you each welcomed our new friends from the Church of the Holy Comforter. Their pastor David Eisenhuth preached an amazing and timely sermon highlighting his congregation’s current challenges and hopes for the future. Please watch it online here if you missed it. And many thanks to David Neff and our great choirs as well as those who helped set up and cleanup the great lunch!

I am eager to hear what you thought about Sunday’s joint service. What did you enjoy? Did you miss anything? What more could we do together in the ministry to which God has called us should Holy Comforter begin to worship regularly with us? Please feel free to email me your thoughts or to find a time when we can chat.

This is an exciting time of discernment and listening. I hope you will continue to pray and ask God’s guidance as we seek to determine where the Holy Spirit is calling us. I will share more of my thoughts with you in my sermon this Sunday.

We do need you to join us this week as we welcome the Reverend Doctor Angela F. Shepherd, Canon for Mission for the Diocese of Maryland. She will lead our Adult Forum at 9:15am in Hart Hall as we continue the discussion on Race and Reconciliation especially in Baltimore. Angela supports congregations in their mission and outreach initiatives, works with interfaith and ecumenical groups in areas of social justice, and is co-chair of the Diocese of Maryland’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

And finally help us get ready after the 10:30am service this week as we form that great chain line to move all of the ‘stuff’ folks have been donating for our June Fair sale from the basement to Hart Hall. Feel free to bring more books & ‘stuff’ with you this week to support our fair. Start baking and also bring a 12 pack of soda or bottled water to sell. More details below.

Faithfully yours,
Stewart+

Blessing our Home
Also join Stewart at 729 McCabe Avenue this Saturday, May 30th at noon to pray and write messages to the homeowner, Dyshawn Adams, on the unfinished walls of her home. Bring a lunch and enjoy the neighborhood park with new and old friends!

JUNE FAIR!!!
We will host the 89th Annual June Fair on Saturday June 6 from 8am-2pm. Most of the activities are organized, but we need some major help with the ‘Flea Market’ that is held in Hart Hall. First of all, clean out your closets and basements and bookshelves and ask your friends for their donations. Drop donations off on Sunday or Monday-Thursday from 8am-1pm. This is the largest moneymaker of the day. On May 31 after the late service we will form a human chain to get the donations we have already received up from the basement. Then the rest of that week whenever you can, please sign up to come and sort and price items. Baked goods are also needed to sell. Please sign up on the board in the foyer or email your offering or time availability to office@nativitycedarcroft.org.

Ellie Sharkey is organizing the Bake Sale. She writes, “So far only 4 of us have volunteered to provide baked goods for the sale. We really could use more. Here’s what is on our list so far: chocolate chip cookies; an assortment of vanilla and chocolate with special icings, Asiago breads; Angel food cake; pineapple coconut cake; mini apple pies, mini peach pies. There is still room for any special goodies you may wish to contribute. I am asking that anyone who doesn’t wish to wrap or price their own contributions bring them to the church on Friday after 2 pm. I have a supply of bags, tags, ribbons, boxes, etc. to wrap our treats for a pleasing presentation.” Email Ellie to let her know what you would like contribute, and lets make the bake sale a great & profitable part of our Fair!!!

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