Pastor Stewart shares some good news and some hard news in this week's message.
On this Veterans Day we remember all those who have served our country
and their families who have supported them.
O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Compline & Conversation
Pastor Stewart will lead the conversation tonight about our stained glass windows by famous artist Rowan LeCompte. Recently a famous photographer and documentary film maker came by to take pictures our windows for a new website. Stewart will share an interview with him, and we'll talk about the importance of beauty in worship and in our lives. Ginny North, former member and archivist here at Nativity will join us too at 7:30 pm!
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- If you did not get a Day by Day devotional booklet, please email Carolyn or call the office so we can mail one to you.
- There are still some Salvation Army stockings to be filled here too. They need to be returned by Thanksgiving. We can also mail you one of those or the list of items to include. Thanks to all of you who brought Seafarer's Christmas bags. 30 of them! If you still have one, bring it when you can. And kudos to our quilters fo 27 works of art and warmth that went to Lutheran Mission Society this week.
- The Diocese of Maryland has cancelled all in person services for the next two Sundays due to the rising COVID-19 positivity numbers. Pastor Stewart addresses this in his message above. We will only have the 10:30 am Zoom worship for the next two Sundays.
- York Road Partnership Night at Soul Kitchen: Next volunteer opportunity with YRP is November 15. To sign up, contact Carolyn Anewich at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up for Thanksgiving Donations.
- From Italian Cultural Center of Maryland - Be a Chef for a Day: Sign up for Operation Thanksgiving. Volunteers are needed to chop, cook, pack, drive, and deliver meals city-wide. For more information, contact email@example.com.
THE THIRD DAUGHTER by Talia Carner. Batya, the third daughter in a family of Jews forced out of their home in one of Russia’s endless pogroms, is married off to an apparently wealthy and kind American businessman. Feeling like a princess in a fairytale, Batya leaves her old life behind as she is whisked away to a new world. But soon she discovers that she's entered a waking nightmare. Her new "husband" does indeed bring her to America: Buenos Aires, a vibrant, growing city in which prostitution is not only legal but deeply embedded in the culture. And now Batya is one of thousands of women tricked and sold into a brothel. The meeting will be on Saturday November 21st, at 5 p.m. on Zoom. Email Margaret Dowding to join.
Watch our Stewardship Video here!
A Message from the Standing Committee and Bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
November 7, 2020
This has been a tumultuous year in so many ways. The global pandemic, economic turmoil, racial and social injustice, and the effects of climate change with increasingly devastating fires and hurricanes have left many of us emotionally wrought. And now that the contentious national elections have come to an end and Joe Biden declared to be the President-elect, some are very pleased with the result and some are very distressed. Emotions are high, and there is the potential for more unrest, polarization and violence.
We pray that this period of transition will be peaceful and respect the dignity of every human being. As Christians, we are called to be witnesses of civil discourse by our own words and actions. There should be no place in our civil society for violence against others, either in speech or in violent behaviors.
Nonviolent protest has a long and valued place in our nation and in our Christian ethics. If you feel called to protest in some way, we support your doing so peacefully and with dignity. This election season was marked by heightened fear, anger, mistrust and division. This kind of divisiveness in our society is not erased simply because the election is over. We, however, are called to protest as followers of Jesus, characterized by the “fruit of the Spirit” in St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”(5:22-23)
Let us model for the world how a community of diverse viewpoints can also be a community of love. Let’s be known as those “blessed peacemakers, who shall be called the children of God.”
Remember our three “stay-cees” during a time of distress:
Stay calm. Stay connected. Stay church.
A Prayer for the President of the United States and all in Civil Authority
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to your merciful care, that, being guided by your Providence, we may dwell secure in your peace. Grant to the President of the United States, the Governor of this State, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do your will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in your fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 820)
- The Cares Food Pantry is putting together holiday baskets. Please bring the following items to the church in the next few weeks. They also have a great Amazon Wish List set up. You can order items and have the sent directly to the pantry. canned sauerkraut, canned cranberry sauce, can (or jar) of gravy, boxed stuffing, boxed mashed potatoes, boxed elbow macaroni, can of turkey or chicken broth, large can of yams, jello/pudding, boxed cake mix, can of cake icing.
Here are all the Zoom links for our online activities.
These links should remain the same each week.
Sunday Worship @ 10:30 am
Followed by Coffee Hour
Click here to join or call in +13017158592, 81549645294#.
You can also watch the live on YouTube.
Monday Chair Yoga @ 10:00 am
Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 4102369650#
Watch Monday October 19 session here.
Leader: Linda Laharte, 410-235-3612 or 410-236-9650 or email
Wednesday Healing Prayers @ 10:30 am
Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 87331904395#
Wednesday Night Live @ 7:30 pm
Compline Evening Prayers and Conversation
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Thursday Morning Bible Study @ 11:00 am
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The Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA has worship here on this website. The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland worships virtually at 11:00am at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. All services are cast on this worship page. Watch Washington National Cathedral's worship here.
Annual Meeting Agenda
November 8, 2020
Call to Order
Election of Secretary
Thank outgoing Church Council Members
Nomination and Election of New Council Members
LEAD Team Report
Treasurer’s Report & Budget Approval
Approval of 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes
I have been a member of Nativity & Holy Comforter for three years. My family and I were also members of Nativity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. My daughter Kathleen was baptized at Nativity. Both Scott and Kathleen were acolytes and I taught Sunday School (that is where I learned that 5th graders drink coffee before class). I also had the pleasure of working in Holy Comforter’s former church building when I worked at GEDCO in the late 1990s and early 2000s. I have worked in the nonprofit sector for nearly 30 years. These days, I split my time as a fundraiser for Central Scholarship and Maryland CASA Association. My favorite free time activities are reading, my cat, outdoor time, and training to walk the El Camino in 2021. I am honored to be called to serve on the Council at Nativity & Holy Comforter. I am looking forward to learning more about the church’s work, how we can use our collective faith for the greater good, and how I can be of service beyond the church walls.
This became a church for me in January 2016. It was my immediate church family until early 2019, when I shifted to another church for cultural and personal support. At that point, CNHC was still home... just extended church family. However, the connective love of church members and God's gentle nudging brought me back in March 2020.
Raised in mid-state New York, I graduated from Dutchess Community College with a Liberal Arts Associate degree, then transferred to Vassar College where I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. I worked for a non-profit (which is how God led me to storytelling) organization for a couple of years before heading to Boston to acquire a Master of Arts in Teaching Middle School English.
My first career was being a daughter and a sister, learning what it means to stay connected through calm seas and vicious storms. The career I chose was as a middle school teacher of language arts/English plus writing, and eventually math and social studies as well. I continued as a classroom educator for five years.
That changed June 2000 when I went to my first storytelling festival. I had been connected to storytelling as a fringe element of my life since 1993. I took a leap of faith into the profession that called me into it. By God's grace, I have continued as a professional storyteller, a narrative artist, and educator for two decades strong!
During the pandemic, God has shifted the way I see myself as a storyteller which includes being a writer and looking at communicating narrative online. This career "opening" has been quite an adventure.
When we were in church, two passions where very clear: teaching and dancing. The elders who sit on the porches at GEDCO's Stadium Place know me as the walker who will venture out like the postal service, in snow, rain, sleet, or hail. I feel so much joy when I get to walk, especially among trees. My other passion is cooking healthy, gluten free food! I am passionate about the welfare of children and seniors, honoring God's earth, respecting other species, and stewardship of a sustainable human narrative with love at the core of it.
I consider myself a Baptist, Non-Denominational, Methodist, Episco-Lutheran, Closet Quaker. I follow God's lead about where to serve and have no doubt that He wants me to do so at CNHC. In the time since I left, we have all grown in grace and care. I fit now as perfectly imperfect me.
I have been at Nativity & Holy Comforter for almost two years. I came to a service on Christmas Eve a few years ago and fell in love with the church and the community. I am a father of two sons (37 and 22) and one daughter (20) and happily married to my best friend, Wendy.
I have been a lifelong learner. Since completing my bachelor’s degree in computer science at Indiana University Bloomington and my master’s degree in computer science from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne Florida, I have taken courses in areas such as pastoral counseling, exercise science, theology, web development, and several new programming languages. Right now, I am finalizing my dissertation for my PhD in Information Systems with Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. My fulltime job is for Johns Hopkins Health System where I am an IT Technical Manager for the Enterprise UNIX engineering team and our Enterprise Document Management team.
I enjoy motorcycle riding, archery, and reading. I’ve recently stopped my martial arts business because my 57-year-old body couldn’t take it anymore! I miss teaching martial arts, but my body appreciates the change. I was involved in Scouting for several decades. I am passionate about the environment and equal rights for all.
I grew up in the Episcopal church as my stepfather was an Episcopal priest. We lived in St. Mary’s City @ Trinity Church from 1968-1976, then Sayre Pennsylvania at Church of the Redeemer from 1976-1979, and then Indianapolis when he moved to the United Methodist Church.
I returned to the Episcopal church when I lived in Orlando from 1986-1993. I attended the Cathedral where I met Bishop Howe and discussed the priesthood and the diaconate. In a major post twist, I ended up moving to Baltimore for a new job with Black & Decker. I studied at St. Mary’s Seminary at the Ecumenical Institute for 3 years working on a Master’s in Theology. I really enjoyed it but when my son was born, I took a break and never went back to finish.
I love our church. I love our diverse community that expresses love in so many ways. I love the way we accept everyone that walks through the door (except maybe squirrels!). What brought me to Nativity & Holy Comforter was gluten free communion (I had not had communion since 2003!) What kept me here is the love, acceptance, joy, and community.
REPORT TO NOVEMBER 8, 2020 ANNUAL MEETING
The Finance Team is a standing committee of the Church Council. The Finance Team assists the Treasurer, providing oversight for all money matters of the Church, including investments, gifts, and managing the Church’s endowment fund(s). This Team is responsible for formulating overall Church policies governing its investments, endowment fund(s), and acceptance of gifts, subject to approval by the Council, and establishing investment guidelines in furtherance of those policies. The Team also monitors the management of the overall portfolio for compliance with investment policies and guidelines and for meeting financial objectives over time.
The Team shall be comprised of the Pastor/President, Vice President and Treasurer, as ex officio members, and Church members in good standing as appointed by the Pastor/President who are generally knowledgeable on investment and financial matters. The Pastor/President shall appoint the chair and shall cast a vote only in the case of a tie.
The present members of the Team are Susan Bollinger, Justin Dowding, Richard Perry, T. Stewart Lucas+, Jeffery W. Valentine, and Douglas E. Vaughan
On December 31, 2019 our total mutual funds’ investments at Vanguard was $961,200. On October 31, 2020 the total was $742,864. We have been able to reinvest all of our earned interest and dividend income.
The Finance Team Applied for and was awarded a $25,000 loan from the PPP to cover staff costs. We will apply for this loan to be forgiven in the coming weeks.
On October 8, 2020 we withdrew $250,000 from our mutual funds investments to purchase Dr. Frances Litrentra’s property at 6110 York Road.
As of October 31, 2020, the Parish held the following Vanguard mutual funds:
LifeStrategy Moderate Growth $347,500
Wellesley Income Admiral $350,906
World FTSE Social Index $44,459
- Mutual Funds Investments $742,865
Market Value Amount Market %
Equities $390,371 52.55%
Fixed Income $337,062 45.37%
Short Term Reserves $15,397 2.07%
Other $35 0.00%
Total $742,865 100.00%
December 31, 2019 October 31, 2020 Difference %
$961,200 $742,865 ($218.336) - 22.71%
Checking and Savings Balances October 31, 2020
PNC Operating Account $57,591
PNC Enterprise Account $38,229
6112 York Road $32,379*
Vanguard Money Market $31,688
*Not including escrow payments
Purchase 6110 York Road
Dr. Frances Litrentra has agreed to sell her property at 6110 York Road to the church for $200,000.
- Purchase Price:
1.Withdraw $250, 000 from our mutual funds at Vanguard.
- Financing the Purchase:
a. Sell the mutual funds on Thursday, October 8, 2020
b. Divide the $250,000 equally between the three Vanguard funds.
. c. Transfer the $250,000 to the PNC Checking account after the
sale has been completed.
2. Apply to the Diocese of Maryland to increase the Middendorf
Revolving Loan by $125,000. These funds are to be reinvested equally between our three funds at Vanguard.
3. The $250,000 Withdrawal is to cover the cost of the purchase of the
property plus the settlement cost and repairs to make the building
ready for the prospective tenant.
4. The Prospective Tenant is a local nonprofit. They have indicated that
they would like to have a multi- year lease with a monthly rent of
$2,000 that will cover the mortgage and create a maintenance fund.
Douglas E. Vaughan, Chair Finance Team
2021 Operating Budget
The Church Council has approved this Operating Budget for 2021 and presents it to the congregation for approval at the Annual Meeting. If you would like a detailed 2020 Profit and Loss to date or an entire 2021 budget, please contact Treasurer Justin Dowding or email the church office.
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Congregation
of the Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter
November 17, 2019
- Call to Order: The Annual Meeting of the congregation of The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter was called to order at approximately 9:15 a.m., November 17, 2019 in Hart Fellowship Hall, with a quorum being declared. The meeting was convened by the Rev. Stewart Lucas, with a prayer led by the Rev. Donald Burggraf, Pastoral Associate.
- Election of Secretary: Dottie Doepke was elected to serve as Secretary for the meeting.
- Approval of Minutes: A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the November 4, 2018 Annual Meeting of the Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter as submitted.
- Election of Church Council: Three persons were nominated to replace those members whose terms have ended: Sue Fowler, Dick Perry and Ellie Sharkey. The nominees for a three-year term are Amanda Eversley, Judy Jones, and Margaret Raymond. The slate was elected by voice affirmation. Pr. Stewart thanked Sue, Dick and Ellie for their service.
- Budget: A proposed 2020 budget was presented for discussion. The budget projected total income of $374,000 and operating expenses of $401,305, for a projected deficit of $27,305. It was noted that a separate budget applies to operations at the adjacent office building at 6112 York Road, including the offices of State Farm Insurance and the Cedarcroft Center. It was further noted that, despite projected deficit budgets approved for the previous two years, the church had closed its books without a deficit in both years and without having to use any earnings from the church’s endowment. A motion was made, seconded, and carried by voice affirmation to approve the 2020 budget.
- Pr. Stewart’s Sabbatical: Pr. Stewart thanked those folks who have agreed to “step up” and help the staff while he is away. Substitute preachers are being lined up, with Bishop Gohl preaching February 23, and we will also celebrate Mardi Gras that day. We won’t celebrate Seder this year but will instead have an Agape Pot Luck supper on Maundy Thursday. Pr. Don Burggraf will change his work days to Wednesdays and Thursdays.
- Adjournment: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:58 AM with prayer.
Dottie Doepke, Secretary