THE STAFF


Pr Karen Hanson

Welcome to Nativity!

We are an inclusive, intergenerational Community in Christ. Where ever you are on your journey, you are welcome here.

It is my delight to have joined the people of Nativity as their Pastor in September of 2015. Prior to that, I have been privileged to serve in congregations as Pastor, Associate Pastor and Interim Pastor as well as many years walking with patients and families as a Hospice Chaplain. As a Spiritual Director, I listen with people for the whisper of God and walk with them through the questions and ever-changing terrain of faith.

My husband, Terry and I enjoy time on the Olympic Peninsula, hiking, camping and lingering by the water. Collage workshops are my “play time;” there’s always a project in my knitting bag. If you’ve read a good book that makes you laugh, drop me a line.

Whenever you can, drop by Nativity and say hello. You have a place among us.

With joy,

Pastor Karen L Hanson


 Congregation Council

Alan B

Alan B'Hymer
Treasurer
Resources - Team Leader
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Cydney K

Cydney Korneliussen

Faith Formation

Robert G

Robert Gusse
 
 Planning / Facilities
 

Kay E

Kay Edgerton
Council President
Planning / Vision
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Lynn S

Lynn Strub
 
Resources / Web/Social Media
 

Steve N

Steve Nehrenberg
 
Worship & Music  
 

Richard K

Richard Keltner
Council Vice-President
Parish Care
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Mark B

Mark Brannfors
 
Resources  
 

Marsha HR

Marcia Holland Risch
Council Secretary
Ministries Team Leader  
Church in the World / Vision   




 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Nativity Staff

  
 
 
 
 

Pr Karen Hanson

Pastor
 
Pastor Karen L Hanson
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Information Specialist
 
Evan Edgerton
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Music Coordinator / Bookkeeper
 
Steve Nehrenberg
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Custodian
 
Contractor
 
 

Choir Director
 
Greta Nehrenberg
 
 

Financial Secretary / Data Entry
 
Gerry Myers
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Webmaster / Technology
 
Unassigned (Temporary)
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Youth Leader (Jr / Sr high)
 
Donna Lund-Curran
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Youth Leader (elementary)
 
Jean Abrahamson
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Head Teller
 
Jim Guenther
 
 

Building Use Coordinator
 
Evan Edgerton
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Nursery Attendant
 
Marichu Vacca
 
 

Kids Church Coordinator
 
Jean Abrahamson  
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Servant Clusters

Servant clusters … are meant to open and introduce each of us to new ways of serving, both inside and outside the congregation.

Servant clusters … provide new opportunities for connecting as Nativity disciples and servants.

Servant clusters … are a way we can continue to live into our congregation’s stated goal of becoming a program-style church. 

Several years ago Nativity congregation decided that we desired to grow into being a program style church.  In some churches, the bulk of the ministry work is “done” by a few key people or families.  In others, the pastor and paid staff are the driving force for ministry.  In a program style church, ministry is shared among all the people of God in the congregation.  Nativity people want to be active, serving people of God.  Servant clusters help us achieve our ministry goals.

How does this work?

With two different Sunday worship services, worship servers are scheduled differently.

8 am worship serving slots (greeter/usher, reader, communion assistant) are filled via a “sign up” method, on a clipboard, placed out a month in advance.

10:30 worship service serving slots are filled by the individual servant cluster leaders.

The servers scheduled in this way are:

Greeter – greet worshippers at the front door
Usher – assist the assembly in seating and movement during worship
Acolyte – another name for “server”; performs various duties during worship
Communion assistant - helps with the distribution of the sacrament during worship
Communion bread baker / provider – bakes / brings bread for the sacrament
Reader – publicly reads the Scriptures during worship

Altar Care and Assisting Ministers are currently scheduled outside the Servant Clusters; see the sheet “Ministries for Serving and Fellowship” if you are interested in taking part in these ways of serving.  Fellowship is scheduled by a separate servant cluster, made up of those who currently serve fellowship, as they seek to expand the pool of servers and scope of serving.

Each serving cluster is scheduled to be a primary serving cluster four times a year, on a staggered schedule, about Three months apart.  The primary cluster is scheduled to serve during those months.

Each serving cluster is scheduled to be a secondary or backup serving cluster four times a year, on a staggered schedule, about three months apart.  This means that you may be called upon to serve in those months too, if the primary cluster and leader “run out” of available servers for that month.
Each cluster is paired with another, and in these pairings they take turns being primary and secondary. 

How do I know what servant cluster I’m in, and when I will be scheduled to serve?    
Lists of who is in each servant cluster, along with the months scheduling grid, are posted on the bulletin board in the hallway outside the pastor’s office.
The church directory, printed after Sept 2013, has the servant cluster name within your directory entry.
Your servant cluster leader will also be in contact with you as they begin to set up their servant cluster. 

What if my month of serving is my usual vacation month?
You can change servant clusters.  Contact your servant cluster leader.

Will I be asked to do something I’m not ready to do / comfortable doing?
No.  Your servant cluster leader will invite you into different ways of serving, and provide you with the necessary instruction / information you will need for serving.  But no one will be asked to do something they don’t want to do.  We hope, however, that you will be open to the movement of God’s Spirit, and prayerfully consider serving in what may be a new or different way for you.

What other ways will the servant clusters be used?
Servant clusters may be called upon during their months of serving to help with the following:
            Funeral receptions
            Wedding receptions
            Providing meals for Nativity people in need (family illness, etc.)
            Preparing food for meetings at Nativity (synod council, cluster pastors’ gatherings, etc.)
In the future, servant clusters will also be given regular opportunities to serve outside the congregation, in such places as the Compass Center, ARISE … and ways God hasn’t shown us yet!

Do we have other small groups at Nativity?
Yes.  There is a Small Group for Bible Study and Fellowship, led by Debbie and Gary Johnson.  These are elective groups; not all Nativity people are part of them.
In contrast, every Nativity person is part of a servant cluster and has the opportunity to serve, both inside and outside the congregation.  Since servanthood is central to living as Jesus’ disciples, servant clusters will help us grow in faith and discipleship.

 

Summer Worship

June 18th-September 3rd

One Sunday worship service at 9:30 a.m.