November 7, 2019                                                                                     View this email in your browser
Guest Preacher Mark Jefferson rocked the pulpit on Sunday. Watch this sermon "Confidence in Cosmic Confusion."
All of our recent sermons are on our new Youtube page now.

November BT Times

The November newsletter is now online here. Find out more about Pastor Stewart's sabbatical, read bios of Church Council nominees, preview the proposed 2020 budget, and even read some poetry from one of your fellow parishioners.

Annual Meeting - November 17 @ 9:15 am

The Church Council has set the Annual Meeting for Sunday November 17, 2019 at 9:15 am in Hart Hall. 

We will elect three new Council members to three-year terms. The Council has approved the following three nominees: Amanda Eversley, Judy Jones & Margaret Raymond.
Amanda Eversley grew up in the Midwest, and moved to Baltimore in 2005. She was confirmed Lutheran, and married an Episcopalian, so our current church mash up is a great fit.  t took a long time to find a church home, but it was the Nativity June Fair with a bounce house that sealed the deal with little 3-year-old Rachel.  Amanda has a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and a Masters from Johns Hopkins in School Supervision and Administration. She currently works part-time at CCBC overseeing a child care grant and at Harford Heights Child Care (before and after school programs) in three area private schools. 
Amanda enjoys craft nights with friends and fun adventures around the city with the family. She likes to volunteer with The Teacher Supply Swap, ShareBaby and children's hospitals.
Throughout college, Amanda was very active in churches serving as a Youth Group Coordinator, teaching Sunday School and being on various event planning committees. It is because of Rachel, Cameron and the youth at church that Amanda feels a call to be on a part of the Church Council.
Judy Jones has been a member of Nativity since she was two years old! Her parents were married at Holy Comforter, and she was baptized there. When it was time her her brother, who was five years older, to go to Sunday School, her father wanted to return to the Episcopal church. Her Mom taught Sunday School, and she was in the children's choir. As an adult, she became a Sunday School teacher. Her Father was ordained to the Deaconate and served Nativity for years.  
Judy is retired from her "day" job as a fingerprint examiner for The Baltimore County Police and now keeps busy with her Real Estate License. She spends a lot of time with her 3 youngest grandchildren! In previous years, Judy has served two terms on the Nativity Vestry. She writes “It's a responsibility to be a trusted Church leader. I am happy to serve in that position again. When God calls, the answer is yes!”

Margaret Raymond had been a lifelong Lutheran until becoming a “Lutherpalian.” She was born in Kansas City but left for college and law school, the latter in Boston, Massachusetts. She stayed in the Boston area for the next 30 years, working at a private law firm, the government, and ultimately a financial services firm. She got married and had a beautiful son, Simon (now 22). Sadly, the marriage came to an end, and Margaret raised Simon as a single mother.
Margaret came to Baltimore to start a job as in-house counsel at T. Rowe Price, bringing her then 15-year-old son too. They lived in Lutherville-Timonium and attended a variety of Lutheran and Episcopal churches trying to find a home. She writes “When I read about Nativity and Holy Comforter’s combination, I was intrigued. I was impressed by the congregation’s rejection of the racial separation that persists in a number of churches even today, and its obvious dedication to making something new out of two distinct traditions. I am now happy to call Nativity and Holy Comforter my church home.”


Chair Yoga

This Chair Yoga class will help you build strength and endurance, increase flexibility, and improve your posture and balance. Special attention will be paid to bone health and preventing/reversing bone loss related to osteoporosis. It is designed for mid-life and older adults who may benefit from a slower pace and a recognition of age-related functional changes.

We will do seated chair poses and standing poses. Beginners are
welcome and encouraged. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can easily move in and bring some water to stay hydrated. Suggested donation for the class is $5.00. Please come join us for Chair Yoga in the Church. People interested in signing up, or have any questions, please
contact the teacher; Linda McGill at

Forum on Faith

November 24 – A Study of Mr. Rogers. Pastor Stewart will lead the group in getting to know more about Mr. Rogers, a Presbyterian minister who was so caught by the lack of healthy TV programs for children that he decided to roll up his sleeves and create something himself. He created Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this PBS program. Pastor Stewart will help us learn more about Fred Rogers’ story.

Dec 1 – Loneliness at Holiday Times – When everyone else is busy singing, attending parties, giving and receiving gifts, loneliness can hurt even more sharply. We will examine Holidays through the lens of loneliness, sharing stories of how we have coped and even thrived.
Dec 8 – Diocese of Jerusalem; Israel; Palestine. Pastor Stewart and Neal Baroody share updates.
Dec 15 – Christmas in other Countries. Lee Taylor presents. Come find out how other folks share this world-changing Holiday.
Dec 22 –Holiday Brunch with special activities provided by Sam Dowding
Dec 29 – No Forum. Come back for an interesting new season of classes in January!

Upcoming Events
Chair Yoga in the Sanctuary at 10:00am
English Country Dancing in Hart Hall at 8:00pm
Community Yoga in Hart Hall at 7:00pm
Choir Practice at 7:30  




CARES Food Pantry
Your donations throughout the summer have really made a difference to our neighbors in need. Needs: paper products, toiletries, cleaning supplies, pasta, sauce, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, and veggies. Also paper and reusable bags.

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