Thanks to Father Gerry and Millie Bennett, some 45 Nativity
members and friends attended the 27th annual Singing Christmas Tree event at Sarasota's
First Baptist Church on Sunday, December 10. This was 20 more than last year, and everyone
said they truly enjoyed it.
The Bennetts got up very early one chilly morning and
stood in line for some time so that we could not only have seats, but good ones. Hopefully
next year, we will have even more people attend.
The early bird gets the birdie. One under par, that is.
Yes, it's that time again. Time to start thinking about
Nativity's Fourth Annual Golf Tournament, which will be held at Rolling Green Golf Club on
Saturday, April 21. A shotgun start for the Florida scramble format will be at 1:00 PM.
This year's tourney is limited to the first 72 golfers, but Chairman Dick Berg said he
would take eight alternates in case of cancellations. For those who come to for the meal
only, there are only 44 spaces available so make your reservations early.
A sign up sheet will go up on Saturday, February 17. Mark
that date on your calendar. The cost will be announced at a later date.
Dick also said that anyone who is interested in donating a
door prize should contact him. "Any prize would be appreciated," he said.
"Last year, there were 50 or 60 golfers and more than half of the people there won
The main schedules are out and it's also time to start
thinking about which spring training game Nativity baseball fans want to attend.
For the past two years, a group from Nativity has attended a
Grapefruit League game at Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium, spring home of the Cincinnati Reds.
One year, we saw the New York Yankees and last season we saw the Boston Red Sox.
This spring, we have several choices. The first question is
whether to continue attending the games in Sarasota or perhaps try McKechnie Field in
Bradenton where the Pittsburgh Pirates play. No, Dean, the Atlanta Braves are not coming
to this area in 2001.
However, Father Jim has mentioned that his Cleveland Indians
are coming to Sarasota on Friday, March 2. The Kansas City Royals come to town on
Wednesday, March 14. Bradenton will host the Houston Astros on Tuesday, March 13, and the
Montreal Expos on Friday, March 30.
Both Sarasota and Bradenton will host the Minnesota Twins,
New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Detroit
Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox. And, of course, the Reds and the Pirates
will play each other a couple of times each in both parks.
If you have a preference, please tell Jabbo Gordon so he can
make the arrangements. But you have to be quick because the good seats go in a hurry.
Last year, by the way, we had 30 folks go, but many said it was a little too hot
because it was late in the season. If we go earlier, it might be cooler, but we see mostly
rookies. Toward the end of spring training, most of the rookies are gone, and fans see
some of the big stars.
When I moved to our last parish, several women invited me to
attend a Community Bible Study (C.B.S.) I always had an excuse, i.e. too busy, etc.
Finally, I accepted their invitation and went. Well, I am sorry now I didn't do it sooner
as it turned out to be the best bible study I have ever participated in and I learned and
retained so much. I just found out that there is a C.B.S. in Sarasota and I am now
inviting you to go with me. Their new semester begins Jan. 10th (every Wednesday from 9:30
a.m. 11:30 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church on Bee Ridge Rd.) I would
be happy to stop at the Church of the Nativity and pick anyone up who is interested. The
study is Romans this year. Give me a call for more information 792-8893 or if you would
like me to pick you up on the way.
For more Fellowship opportunities in March, see: