Come, nurture your call to Christian service! Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice.
I have interviewed about two dozen singles and couples who have been members of COS since 1967 or earlier, but I don't want to leave anyone out I may have missed. If I haven't interviewed you yet, and you have been here for a third of our corporate history, please give me a call as soon as possible. Our 150th Anniversary Committee is preparing a brief write-up of our veteran members. You may call me at the Church at extension 39 or on my cell phone: (626) 616-4498.
The Power of Words
I’m a writer. I also read a lot. So words are important in my life, and I am aware of the beauty and power that words can carry. As most of us are surely aware, words have the power to raise people up but they also have the power to tear someone down. So we should always – and in all ways – choose our words carefully. Jesus reminds us that words are a reflection of what is in our heart.
VBS 2017 was a big hit! The theme this summer was ‘Tell Us your Stories, Jesus’. Each day at VBS 52 kids (ages 4-5th grade) would meet in the gathering place for some music, cheers and fun, led by Taylor and Gabe Vazquez-Reyes and Hailey Gold. After gathering time it was off to a variety of stations. We had a craft room where children would make a craft pertaining to the parable of the day. A music room where the kids (and leaders) learned musical concepts through Kodaly musical games and songs.
WE WILL SOON begin another season. I invite all who are 18 and older to become a member of this vital ministry of the church. The choir has a weekly rehearsal, Thursday evenings, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The FIRST REHEARSAL of the season is Thursday, AUGUST 31. We will sing our first service on September 10, Our Saviour Sunday. JOIN US!!!
In this selection of the Gospel we hear the story of how Jesus goes on to pray alone while his disciples wait in a boat. When Jesus reappears, the disciples at first believe he is a ghost. Jesus calms them by telling them not to be afraid saying “take heart, don’t be afraid, it is I”.
Peter shows his trust in Jesus’ power and said if Jesus commanded it, he would join him on the water. When Jesus called, he went out on the water. The minute Peter saw it was windy he became afraid and began to sink. He cried out “ Lord save me!”. Jesus reached out his hand and took hold of Peter saying “oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
MASS ON OUR OWN GRASS A HUGE SUCCESS!!! -- What a beautiful Service! With the Altar facing east right outside the eastern doors of Cleaver Hall South, chairs were set up in a U-Shaped configuration under our pepper trees. For the most part everyone was in shade; but the sun moved, some escaped into the Hall where they could still participate in the Service. For us the whole experience was lovely and moving. Do you realize that there is no other parish in the West San Gabriel Valley who could hold a Service like this on their own Campus? Also, on a less spiritual level, where would we be withoutStephen Faux setting everything up for the Service?
In my recent meditations I have been thinking about the privilege we have as children of God.
What a privilege it is to walk with God. I hope you share in this sensation from time to time, and I hope we can work together to adopt this approach to all of life. In the context of walking on the sea Jesus says to his disciples, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid!” In the context of walking hand in hand with Jesus these words ring true. Only when we walk with God do they seem relevant.
Our Saviour Center has an Immediate Opening for an Accounting / Finance Manager
Our own Yuhadhi held this position years ago, then Gabby, so the standard is quite high! Here are the non-negotiable qualifications:
Mission Driven; Honest; Flexible ; Efficient Time Manager
The specific accounting / financial responsibilities include:
Full cycle accounting
Fund and Accrual accounting
Numerous monthly government grant reports
MIP Accounting software and/or nonprofit accounting experience desired, but not required
And of course, we need this experience and these personality traits in a candidate for whom MONETARY COMPENSATION is NOT their highest priority. Our Saviour Center is, after all, a nonprofit!
As an extra bonus to refer candidates, if your candidate is hired, you will receive $250 in “OSC CASH” to bid on any of our fabulous Silent Auction items at the upcoming OSC event on Saturday, Sept. 30 at COS. And you and your “Plus 1” can attend the event for free!
Please send candidate names to: JaneMF@Our-Center.org.
OK, let the games begin!
THE BEACON: CELEBRATING KNEELING IN EXACTLY THE SAME PLACE FOR 150 YEARS
"This is the Lord's Table and ALL are Welcome!" Fr. Gary 2017
KEEP THESE PROMISES...KEEP THESE PROMISES...KEEP THESE PROMISES -- The Rev. Canon Denis O'Pray Emeritus was in church last Sunday to preach, and many of you were not. So, you missed a very challenging Sermon which ended with the charges, the challenges, to "KEEP THESE PROMISES..." Which ones?, you should be asking. They are the ones found on Page 304 of The Book Of Common Prayer in The Baptismal Covenant. THE PROMISES WE ALL SAID 'YES' TO:
Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
Can you answer the question “Where is your treasure buried?” Some people say they really don’t know where or what it is. A few young children might think we are about to discuss pirates. (Buried treasure, you know.) Some might pause and then recall that the question may have something to do with Jesus, but they don’t remember what.
Yes, it does “have something to do with Jesus,” but some of the time we forget these connection, and the actions of our lives lose the focus we intend when we say: “Thy will be done…”
Dear COS Community,
I am back from Haiti and I want to thank you for your financial support of Heartline Ministries and for your prayers. The Haitian people were so welcoming and hospitable and it was such an honor to experience the various ministries of Heartline first-hand. The picture above (left to right) includes the group of women I went with to the women’s prison, the bread that we gave out in both prisons, and the young men in prison praying.
The “Tare-ible Parable
It’s early in the morning and you are VERY sleepy. You have no choice; you have to get up and get going. You find your way into the kitchen and see that the coffee pot has some coffee left in it that could be microwaved and made hot. It would help wake you up. You fill your favorite mug. After you’ve done this, you reach back to the counter and automatically pour some of the powder in the container from the counter into your coffee. You sit down and begin to drink. One swallow and you practically blow it back out. “Who ruined a perfectly good cup of coffee by adding salt instead of sugar?” you say out loud.
Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Water: essential to our survival and absolutely necessary for plants/everything to grow. This coming Sunday we have the Lectionary readings from Isaiah 55, Psalm 65, Romans 8 and Matthew 13. Water, seeds, fruits of the Spirit: “The Sower” parable, we have heard many sermons on these passages throughout our spiritual lives.
THE BEACON: CELEBRATING KNEELING IN THE EXACTLY THE SAME PLACE FOR 150 YEARS
"This is the Lord's Table and ALL are Welcome!" Fr. Gary 2017
OUR GREATEST EPISCOPAL MOMENT!!! -- Saturday, July 8, was the most exciting institutional Episcopal moment we have ever experienced. On that day, at 1:30 the Ordination and Consecration of The Rev. Canon John Harvey Taylor as Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles began. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was filled to capacity (3.156), and there was hardly a vacant space on the spacious stage. Rex Botengan captured the beauty of the gathering on stage in a picture he took from the Founders Circle (below), and I was struck by Kathy Vine's comment.Sunday morning. She and Von were sitting in the same area with Rex, and she said the music, the colors, the splendor made her feel like she was experiencing a Church of England celebration in one of its cathedrals.
MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS -- For years Bev and Jerry Harris & Fred Garside have overseen the preparation of the Sunday 4th of July Breakfast between the Services. This year, even though Fred was incapacitated, Bev and Jerry were committed to carrying on the tradition -- The Breakfast must go on! -- and as always happens at COS, others stepped forward to take Fred's place. I saw Patti Beith, Tom Lenzo and Henrietta Ma serving, and I know that Cynthia Berne arrived early to set the tables and that Aaron Lowe "was on eggs". The food was delicious and the conversation stimulating. What a wonderful Community we have!!!
THE BEACON: CELEBRATING KNEELING IN EXACTLY THE SAME PLACE FOR 150 YEARS!
"This is the Lord's Table and ALL are welcome!" Fr. Gary 2017
"I'M BILL DOULOS, AND I'M A DRUG ADDICT AND A DEACON, FORTUNATELY IN THAT ORDER" -- Being in recovery myself for almost 26 years, I can testify that we have come a long, long way in our understanding of the illness that is alcoholism and addiction. Thirty or forty years ago there were few places, let alone the pulpit, where Deacon Bill Doulos would have been able to stand up and state that he is an addict. However, Sunday for the 15th time he was able to stand in front of us in this capacity and celebrate the incredible work JUBILEE HOMES is doing in providing 50 people safe, affordable places from which to continue their Journeys in Recovery.
We all have some experience with trying to stop a behavior only to return to what you don’t want to do, or trying to start doing something only to return again to where we start from, much like St. Paul in the epistle reading today. Maybe we have been trying to lose weight for years only to gain it all back. Maybe we have been trying to grow closer to God through worship, prayer and study, only to feel cold and distant from God.
How often have we felt like Paul did in his letter to the Romans? No matter how hard we try to live according to the great commandments, to love God and love our neighbor, it doesn’t always turn out that way.
“Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me”
This week is LA City Pilgrimage. It is an exciting, exhausting, inspiring and sometimes uncomfortable 5 day experience that is designed to challenge students to think about how they are called to bring what they have heard in church the rest of the world. Over the past few years, this trip has become my favorite trip that we do because of the “realness” of LACP.
FATHER'S DAY SUNDAY AT THE CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR -- I've never been a fan of Father's Day. I've always thought of it as a creation of Hallmark Cards. Sunday at COS changed my mind. From start to finish, it was a day of joy and celebration.
Thanks to the generosity of Fr. Gary and Rev. Peg Bradley, breakfast was served to those of us who were on Campus between 9:00 and 10:00. Deacon Bill Doulos assisted in the preparation, and it is rumored that Rev. Peg cracked 180 eggs! Along with a mountain of bacon and all of the fixin's, no father should have gone to church or home hungry.