Ministry

There are many ministry opportunities at Nativity! We encourage all who are interested to get involved and add to the fullness of our parish life!

 

 

Exercise with Kim Haas

Come join an active group of ladies and guys who work out at Nativity!
Fun, aerobic exercise and body sculpting. Classes meet Mon-Tues-Thurs at 6:30PM and Sat at 9:15AM.
Come join us and get fit! Check Nativity Calendar for changes in this schedule!

 

Funeral Information and Support Services

Anyone requiring funeral information should contact the parish office. Nativity also offers after funeral meal support.
Delicious meals are provided by our wonderful volunteers.
There will be no charge for the members of our parish, but in order to cover the cost of the meat, a donation to the Ladies’ Guild would be greatly appreciated.
There will be a minimal fee for the cost of the lunch for non members of our parish.
Meats offered are: Baked Ham or Fried Chicken.

There is a form to be filled out by the family detailing their needs. Look for this under “forms” on this web site.
For any additional information, please call Funeral Dinner Coordinator Joan Rankine at 699-4866.

Volunteers
Would you like to volunteer to help with a very rewarding ministry?
We could use your help either in the kitchen, serving food, or donating a casserole or side dish for the luncheons.
Since taking over as coordinator of the funeral luncheon minister, I have made few changes.
There will be two teams who will alternate in assisting with the luncheons.
Team A and Team B. By doing this, it will eliminate the need to serve or donate for every funeral luncheon.

Those of us who are on the committee find our assistance to be greatly appreciated and we have also made some new friends.
If this sounds like something you would like to be involved in, please call me.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who bring in their delicious casseroles, vegetables and desserts.
Because of your generousity, grieving families have somewhere to come and enjoy a meal after the funeral in the company of their loved ones. God bless you all!

Joan Rankine
Funeral Luncheon Coordinator
330-699-4866

 

Ladies Guild

Ladies Guild supports the parish by fundraising.
In addition, they sponsor the Mother-Daughter Banquet, Christmas Dinner, Easter Fun Day and other activities.
Please, come join us!

Questions: Contact Joyce: jsveda@neo.rr.com or 330-671-3453 .

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

This ministry is a group of women from Nativity and cluster parishes
who get together the second Tuesday of the month at 10AM to knit and
crochet prayer shawls that are then blessed, and given to those who are in need.
Anyone can request a shawl for a sick family member or friend by calling Nativity Parish 699-5086.

 

Silver Stars

A fun group of seniors that meet the third Friday of the month.

 

St. Vincent de Paul

Since 1865, the St. Vincent de Paul Society has cared for the needy and disadvantaged of the
Cleveland, Akron, Lorain, Lake, Geauga, Medina, Ashland and Wayne county areas.
Through home visits, food , clothing and furniture programs, thrift stores and outreach programs,
St. Vincent de Paul provides support to individuals in need regardless of race, origin, religion or gender.

Help for Ozanam Center
The Ozanam Center located at Annunciation Parish in Akron is in need of volunteers with a truck to pick up furniture
for the center, most in their parish area. If you are interested, please call Cathie or Jim Perusek 467-5762 for more information.

Volunteers
St. Vincent de Paul and Lakemore United Methodist Church need volunteers to help distribute food at the Food Pantry
the last Wednesday of every month. The Food Pantry is located at Lakemore United Methodist Church on Flickinger Road.
If you can help, please call the Nativity Office 699-5086.

 

We Care Group

We Care is a parish group that visits the sick and homebound of the parish and bring Holy Communion.
Active for over 30 years, four devoted gals meet on Mondays for a prayer service then communion to the sick and suffering.

In 1981, there was a little group that bonded during the Monday noon Mass. Part of that group was Lil and Joe Molnar.
Sadly, Lil suffered from cancer. Rita Weekly and Sister Susanne would visit Lil and after one visit decided they could visit
others who were ill or homebound. And so our wonderful We Care volunteers came together to live the Gospel by reaching
out to others and bring Nativity to them.

Since then, a small group meets at Nativity on Mondays at noon. Sr. Susanne would assign the members,
preferably in two’s to visit and take the Eucharist. We consider our short visits very important contact with
the sick and the homebound and it is a very great privilege to take the Eucharist to them.
We receive a warm response from those we visit. We are a rather “laid back” group who enjoy each other’s company.

In 1999, Sr. Susanne celebrated her 50 years as a sister in the Humility of Mary Community and decided
to take a sabbatical and asked Rita to take over the ministry for one year.
Today, they co-lead We Care and are delighted to welcome men as members.

Some of the longtime dedicated members were Pat Yogan, Lennie Raumberger (now deceased), Romain Pritt,
Terry Zink, Joan Garro, and Betty Spellman. Others spent a brief time with us, Bev Kirkpatrick,
Gloria McDaniel, and Amy Lawless. We appreciate their time and effort.

In today’s wonderful group are Rita and Stan McDonald, Ed Eitner, Joanne & Jerry Glinsky,
Linda Twigg, Sue Samuels, and Sr. Susanne. Thanks to Rita and Franciska Kiraly who send cards to our homebound and sick.

We have visited hundreds through the years.
Our quiet, dedicated members invite you to contact us if you know of anyone who would appreciate a visit on Monday afternoons.
Call the office at Nativity 699-5086, Rita 733-4437, or Sr. Susanne 699-2357.
God has truly blessed this ministry throughout the years and prayers are always included before we visit and with those we visit.
We are grateful to Fr. Dave and the office staff who guide us to our Nativity friends who request a visit.