Nativity Notes

(From January 2001 Nativity newsletter)



A new year, a new beginning, a new ALPHA Course!

The Alpha Course is a ten-week practical introduction to the Christian faith designed for non-churchgoers and those who have recently become Christians as well as people who have been in the church for many years. Each session begins with dinner and fellowship. After dinner we will watch a video together and then break into small groups. The sessions will begin at 6:15 PM and end at 8:45 PM.

It is emphasized that everyone be allowed to ask any questions they like in their small groups. Nothing will be treated as too trivial, threatening, or illogical. Every question will be addressed courteously and thoughtfully. It is a policy that people are given the freedom to return or not. No one will chase them.

The Alpha Course is truly a time of learning our faith. It is not limited to Church of the Nativity members. Please invite those outside the church to join you in this wonderful time of fellowship and learning. Alpha is “FRIENDS BRINGING FRIENDS!”

The Course will held on Wednesdays, beginning February 7 and will continue through May 2. The exceptions are Ash Wednesday, February 28, when there will be no Alpha Course session. A weekend retreat (location TBA) will be held on March 30 and 31.

Please put the Alpha Course on your calendar. You,  your family and your friends will be blessed.


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 Bennett’s 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 something."


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.

Marilyn Davis


The directories have not arrived and, unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they ever will. We have contacted the Better Business Bureaus, both locally and in the city where the company who took the pictures is located. We will, in the not too distant future, do a new Parish Pictorial Directory, but only after we undertake a very careful research of the business practices of the company that we select to produce it!

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Congratulations to Michael and Nora Abraham for successfully completing the “Preparation For the Toddler Years” course, a part of GROWING KIDS GOD’S WAY.

Our congratulations are also extended to Joanne Marino for the completion of “Preparation For the Toddler Years.” Joanne took the course in order to be better equipped to work with and train our little ones in Sunday School.

Our Lord is truly blessed by these members of our Nativity family who are committed to raising children in the ways that He has commanded - to love, serve and obey our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Well done, good and faithful servants.


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