Scripture | Stewardship

Stewardship

This weekend we are celebrating Stewardship Sunday all weekend long.  It is the one time of the year when we reflect on the financial stewardship of Church of the Nativity. We have been increasingly disciplined about this in recent years, eliminating fundraisers and other distractions from the giving God wants.  We talk about giving that […]

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Making Church Matter | Stewardship

Make church Matter

People are leaving the Catholic Church in droves. It’s an exodus that’s beginning to look like a stampede. You already know this from your circle of family and friends, I do from mine. But more than our antidotal experience a simple staggering fact tells the story.  Currently one in three Catholics have walked away from […]

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Scripture | Stewardship

Worship Giving

We wrapped up our second message series of the season today.  It is always a little sad to come to the end of a series, and close the chapter. We called this series ‘Counterfeit gods” because we’ve been arguing that pagan worship is alive and well in our culture. Over the course of the series […]

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Making Church Matter | Stewardship

Raising Givers

Every year on the weekend before Thanksgiving we celebrate what we call “Stewardship Weekend.” It’s the one weekend of the year when we talk about giving here to this local church community.  We talk about money all the time, because Jesus did.  But we only talk about giving to Nativity once a year. We don’t […]

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Making Church Matter | Stewardship

Money, Money, Money

We are in the 4th week of our series all about priorities.  Priorities always come down to time and money.  How we use our time and how we use our money tell the story about what our priorities are.  The past three weeks we’ve been talking about time, and giving some of our time to […]

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Discipleship | Stewardship | What's new at Nativity

Charity at Home

Some days are just more interesting than others. Yesterday was one of those days for me.   Our Missions Director, Brian Crook, and the co-Chair of our Strategic Planning Team, Jim Hayden, spent the day touring Catholic Charities programs and services in and around Baltimore.  Our guide was Nativity Parishioner Bill McCarthy, who is the […]

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Communication | Discipleship | Evangelization | Leadership | Making Church Matter | Stewardship | Team Building

Ten Reasons I Know We’re Growing a Healthy, Mature Congregation (Part 1)

I was thinking today about how healthy and mature our congregation is becoming. I know, I know, that sounds self-congratulatory and prideful.  But I think on Father’s Day its OK to be a little proud of the family. No kidding, this is the most mature and healthy Church community I have ever been part of […]

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