Dear Friends in Christ,
As we enter the fall season, the word ‘transition’ has been on my mind. Charcoal grills are making room for the fire pits. First-week jitters are turning into comfortable routines for our
school kids. And Fr. Dave, Fr. Jerry, and I are building new relationships here at Nativity and the other Crescent Parishes. We live in a world of continuous transition. One look outside reminds us that transition is natural. Even our faith must continually grow and transform as we become our best selves and proclaim Jesus’s light with greater joy in turbulent times.
The generosity of Nativity families humbles us. Donations to the “Welcoming our Community” Annual Fund met our goal of $110,000. Your altruism allowed us to expand keycard access toour campus buildings, replace the near-obsolete fire panel in the school, install a security vestibule at the school entrance, and install new carpeting in the parish office building. In addition, we added $10,000 to our School Education Fund and provided $2,500 each to St.Vincent de Paul and The Caring Place to help our neighbors in need.
WE CAN NOT DO IT WITHOUT YOU! The ongoing improvements to our campus are made possible by your donations to the Nativity Annual Fund. We are sincerely grateful!
Looking ahead to Nativity’s future, the “Beacons of Our Community” 2022-2023 Annual Fund seeks $110,000 to repair and preserve the church exterior, buy new desks for three classrooms, update sacristy furnishings, and replace the Nativity shield outside the main church doors. Furthermore, we will add $10,000 to the School Education Fund and allocate $2,500 each to St. Vincent de Paul and The Caring Place.
Please take a moment to read more about the “Beacons of Our Community” Annual Fund in the enclosed brochure. Feel free to contact us with questions.
Will you help Nativity improve our facilities to remain a beacon in our community?
Thank you for your past generosity and lasting support in the future. May we continue to enjoy God’s blessings as together we help improve our facilities and provide a beacon in our community.
Fr. Patrick Sloneker
Pastor, Crescent Parish Family
Jason D. Moser
Annual Fund Chair
Your donation makes a difference. Thank you!
Nativity seeks $110,000 to reach the Beacons of Our Community goals:
- $57,000 to repair, rejuvenate and preserve the exterior of the church building. That will include renovation of the church steeple, and cleaning and sealing of the limestone walls.
- $21,000 to update sacristy furnishings.
- $14,000 to buy new desks for three school classrooms.
- $10,000 for the School Education Fund to provide tuition assistance to families in need.
- $3,000 to replace the Nativity shield outside the main church doors.
- $2,500 each for Nativity’s St. Vincent de Paul chapter and The Caring Place neighborhood food pantry to help neighbors in the community.
Church of the Nativity of Our Lord, now 105 years old, has been blessed with caring and generous parishioners who have supported Annual Fund campaigns since 1999.
This year, the Nativity story adds a new chapter, as one of five churches in the South 6 region under the Beacons of Light effort – or what pastor Fr. Pat Sloneker has christened the Crescent Parishes. Other Crescent Parishes are Holy Trinity in Norwood, St. John the Evangelist in Deer Park, St. Savior in Deer Park/Blue Ash and Church of the Resurrection in Bond Hill. Fr. Sloneker, in his 25th year as a priest, was most recently pastor of Church of the Incarnation in Centerville. Fr. Pat is assisted by two parochial vicars – Fr. Dave Lemkuhl, ordained in 1979 and most recently pastor at Church of the Resurrection; and Fr. Jerry Gardner, also ordained in 1979, last serving as pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in North College Hill and Assumption Parish in Mount Healthy. In addition to new spiritual leadership, Nativity’s support team is also in transition, with the retirement of many key staff members and recruiting for replacements in progress. Nativity’s mass schedule changed too, with the Saturday mass now at 5:15 p.m. and the Sunday mass still at 11 a.m. As Nativity moves into a future that will include new collaborations, members of the Parish Council, Development Commission and Finance Committee are pleased to move forward with the long-standing Annual Fund at Nativity.
Your donation, no matter its size, is most appreciated. If your employer offers matching gifts, please contact your human resources office for details.
Your generosity has made Nativity’s growth possible. Thank you for your continued support!
Aerial views of the Nativity campus in the early 2000s (top) and in 2019 (bottom) highlight almost 20 years of improvements to the Nativity campus.
Thanks to the Development Commission who planned the 2022-2023 ‘Beacons of our Community’ Annual Fund. Members include:
- Fr. Patrick Sloneker - Pastor, Crescent Parish Family
- Ann Dempsey
- Mike Garry
- Jason Moser - Annual Fund Chair
- Patti Newberry
- Jim Robinson - Chair
Special thanks to the Annual Fund 2022-2023 brochure team: Patti Newberry, writer; Jim Molloy, designer, Jim Kaufman, photographer, and Sandy Schleibaum, administrative support
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