Most would agree the year 2020 will be a year to remember. It has been wrought with world-wide, national and local challenges.
Within our Nativity community, we have faced transitions due to Father Paul’s retirement and the changeover of our school principal. Yet, with God’s blessings, most Nativity families have met the challenges with grace and resilience.
Despite the challenges, Nativity parishioners collectively donated $93,930 to this past year’s Annual Fund. Your generosity allowed us to update the cafeteria; improve the sound system in church; install a fire detection system in church; add security cameras to our campus; and add $10,000 to our School Education Fund, all the while remaining debt free.
WE CANNOT DO IT WITHOUT YOU! The on-going maintenance and improvements to our campus are made possible by your donations to Nativity Annual Funds. We are sincerely grateful!
As we look ahead to Nativity’s future, the “Building Our Community” 2020-2021 Annual Fund seeks $100,000 in donations to establish a COVID Relief Fund to help pay unexpected expenses in the school during the pandemic; install a fire detection system in the parish office building; and install technology in church to allow for streaming of Mass and sacramental celebrations. Furthermore, we will add $10,000 to the School Education Fund which provides tuition assistance to families in need. Additionally, we will allocate $5,000 to be shared between St. Vincent de Paul and The Caring Place, a first-time Annual Fund priority to help our neighbors in the community. Exploring the feasibility of air conditioning the school in the future remains a priority once we get through the pandemic.
Please take a moment to read more about the “Building Our Community” Annual Fund in the enclosed brochure. Feel free to contact us with questions.
Will you help Nativity continue to improve our facilities and help members of our community during these unprecedented times? Will you consider giving generously to the 2020-2021 Annual Fund?
Thank you for your generosity in the past and for your lasting support in the future. May we continue to enjoy God’s blessings as together we help improve our facilities and build our community.
|Fr. Eric Roush||Jason D. Moser|
|Pastor, Holy Trinity/Nativity Pastoral Region|
|Annual Fund Chair|
Your donation makes a difference. Thank you!
2020-2021 Annual Fund Goals
Nativity seeks $100,000 to reach “Building Our Community” goals:
- $57,000 to establish a COVID Relief Fund to provide for unexpected expenses in our school incurred due to the pandemic like the installation of cameras in all classrooms for distance learning, software to conduct daily wellness checks, and sanitizer.
- $13,000 for a system in the parish offices to detect fire during evenings and weekends.
- $15,000 to install technology in the church to allow for streaming of Mass and sacramental celebrations such as First Communion and Confirmation. (Nativity has been awarded a grant to help cover the full cost of this expense.)
- $5,000 to be shared between St. Vincent de Paul and The Caring Place, a first-time Annual Fund priority to help our neighbors in the community.
- $10,000 for our School Education Fund to provide tuition assistance to families in need.
The Nativity Story
Nativity, now 103 years old, has long been dedicated to caring for its home for worship, learning and gathering. In the last 30 years, thanks to the efforts of so many, we’ve been able to complete much work without incurring parish debt.
In 1990, we created a Facilities Management Commission to begin drafting a Long-Range Pastoral Plan.
In 1995, we created a Development Commission to evaluate short- and long-term financial needs of the parish.
In 1999, we launched the first Annual Fund campaign.
In 2001, we created a Master Plan Steering Committee and began crafting a $2.8 million capital campaign to build St. Sebastian Hall and other major projects.
In the years since, we’ve counted on the great generosity of Nativity families to support the Annual Fund that has made possible continued upgrades to the school (cafeteria, classrooms, elevators, offices and the Learning Commons); the church (new roof, new heating and cooling, window repairs, new pews and altar upgrades); the grounds (parking lot, courtyard, gathering spaces); and the overall security, accessibility and utility of all of our spaces.
The 2020-2021 Annual Fund asks for your continued support for our parish, its people and its neighbors. Your contribution, no matter its size, is most welcome.
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.
The Development Commission
Thanks to members of the Development Commission who planned the 2019 Annual Fund. Members include
- Fr. Eric Roush – Pastor, Holy Trinity/Nativity Pastoral Region Pastor
- Julie Abraham – Development Director
- Allan Burgei – Chair
- Holly End
- Mike Garry
- Rick Jones – Planned Giving Chair
- Charlie Knapke
- Jason Moser – Annual Fund Chair
- Patti Newberry
- Mary Anne Phalen
- Tammy Reasoner
- Jim Robinson
- John Vonder Haar
Special thanks to the Annual Fund 2020-2021 brochure team: Jim Molloy, designer; Patti Newberry, writer; Rudy Gruenke, photographer & web support; and Sharon Kindell, staff support.