NATIVITY OF THE
HOLY THEOTOKOS

NEWS & EVENTS


Great Lent is Coming!
Mar 2, 2020 / Church

This year the season of Great Lent begins on Sunday, March 1 with the Vespers of Forgiveness and Rite of Forgiveness. Please see our parish schedule below regarding our various Lenten services. However, several weeks before Lent begins we have what is called "Pre-Lenten Sundays" which prepare us for Lent. Soon we will be hearing two special hymns at the end of Liturgy: "Open to me the Doors of Repentance" and "By the Waters of Babylon" which both speak about the need for forgiveness and repentance. These hymns will be sung throughout Lent as a reminder for our constant need to change and become more and more like Jesus. Jesus forgave, we are called to forgive. Jesus loved, we are called to love. Jesus was generous, we are called to be generous.

Consider Giving Online
Feb 5, 2020 / https://holyvirgin.net/donations/

Giving online allows us maintain a steady stream of donations so that we can continue God's work. For questions about online giving please contact Matt Reuther at [scoer84@gmail.com](mailto:scoer84@gmail.com) PARISH WEBSITE [https://holyvirgin.net](https://holyvirgin.net/) ONLINE GIVING [https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/​#/tithely/give-one-time/​1088287](https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/1088287)

Assistant Choir Director Needed
Feb 5, 2020

We are looking for someone who feels called to serve as an assistant choir director to help Dianne. Basic tasks and requirements are below. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS AND TASKS: 1. Be an active member of our parish community (i.e regular Church attendance at Vespers and Divine Liturgy) 2. Participate in the Sacrament of Holy Confession and Communion. 3. Have a keen interest in music. However, professional music training IS NOT required. 4. Be able and willing to work with Dianne in your new role as assistant director 5. Be able and willing to pursue basic Orthodox music directing classes online under the guidance of the OCA Liturgical Music program. Nativity will pay for this training. 6. Learn basic Orthodox music rubrics and directing skills. 7. Be able to work closely with both Fr. Bill and Dianne.

If you think that you are called to this ministry please reach out to either Dianne or Fr. Bill.


Meal at the Mission
Feb 9, 2020

Every month, our parish purchases food and cooks a hot lunch for approximately one hundred men at the Men’s Rescue Mission in Charlotte.

Please contact Matt Winter if you would like to help mcw2166@tc.columbia.edu


Sewing at the FCC
Feb 5, 2020

Please contact Ann Lowther if you would like to help teach sewing to teenage moms. You do not need to know how to sew; your presence would provide company and fellowship to the girls. Cell 704-778-8851, email [ann@gadget.org](mailto:ann@gadget.org). These are the upcoming dates and times for sewing: February 15 at 2:00 pm February 29 at 11:00 am March 21 at 2:00 pm March 28 at 2:00 pm

Loaves and Fishes Canned Food Drive
Feb 5, 2020

Please bring canned food to Church with you every Sunday. Last year, Loaves & Fishes provided groceries to over 77,600 people. 46% were children.

Annual Talent Show and Candy Donations
Dec 8, 2019 / Church
After Liturgy

Once again, we will have our Annual Parish Talent Show on Sunday, December 8. Let's share our wonderful talent with Archbishop Alexander! A sign up sheet is in the coffee room and Erynn will set up a SignUp Genius

We are also seeking candy donations and volunteers to wrap the candy. We need approximately 50-60 bags.


Parish Painting
Nov 23, 2019 / Church
4:00pm

We are having the entire inside of the Church building painted this week. We are seeking donations to help pay for this. Please be generous. We prefer not to use funds from savings to pay for this project. Thank you for your generosity!

We also need 5-6 people to help with putting items back and some light cleaning on Saturday afternoon around 4pm. More hands mean less work!


Angel Tree Program
Dec 8, 2019 / Church

Diann Zablotsky has 5 "Angels" left who need adoption. She will not be in Church next Sunday but you can email her if you would like to adopt a little Angel. Gifts are due back on our before Sunday, December 8. You can contact Diane at dlzablot@gmail.com

The Relatives House
Nov 17, 2019 / The Relatives House
1:00pm - 3:00pm

The Relatives House is a safe house for local youth who need support. We will provide minute to win it games and snacks.

Advent Youth Retreat
Dec 7, 2019 / Church
10:00am - 7:00pm

We will have an all day Advent youth retreat. We will begin our day at 10:00am and finish with Vespers. Our bishop, Archbishop Alexander, will be in town that weekend and the parish is providing dinner after Vespers if you would like to stay for that too.

Donation Request - Dove's Nest
Feb 5, 2020

The Dove's Nest, which is the female side of the Men's Rescue Mission is in need of laundry pods* and laundry supplies. They have over 100 women staying with them in October through December.

You can give throught our donations page.


Deacon Informational Meeting
Oct 29, 2019 / Church
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Fr. Bill is hosting a deacon informational meeting and pizza supper for any men who may be interested in serving as a deacon one day.

Please RSVP to Fr. Bill at wcmills3@yahoo.com or 704-894-0363.


Stephen Ministry Guest Speaker
Nov 3, 2019 / Church

Dr. Mary Thornberry, a retired Political Science Professor at Davidson College will lead a presentation for us during coffee hour about the benefits and blessings of serving as both a Stephen Minister and a Stephen Leader. Mary has been a Stephen Minister for 12 years and also volunteers as a volunteer chaplain at Novant Hospital Huntersville. Mary is a long-time member of Davidson College Presbyterian Church.