"We who are many are One Body, because we all share one bread and one cup."
MORE WORDS TO LIVE BY FROM PARKER PALMER -- "Here is a summertime truth: abundance is a communal act, the joint creation of an incredibly complex ecology in which each part functions on behalf of the whole and, in return, is sustained by the whole. Community not only creates abundance -- community is abundance. If we could learn that equation from the world of nature, the human world might be transformed."
The first major project of the Parish Profile Committee—Congregational Input—is now entering its third phase. The first phase featured some preliminary or “warm-up” activities to explain the
information gathering process and to get our brain waves acclimated. It began with an explanatory Sunday morning Forum and continued with two Saturday seminars led respectively by Father Bob and Tom Shenk.
Exciting news at the Cleaver Family Wellness Clinic (CFWC): We are partnering with City of Hope to conduct a DIABETES PREVENTION clinical trial at CFWC.
The honor paid to Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, goes back to the earliest days of the Church. Two Gospels tell of the manner of Christ’s birth, and the familiar Christmas story testifies to the Church’s conviction that he was born of a virgin. In Luke’s Gospel, we catch a brief glimpse of Jesus’ upbringing at Nazareth, when the child was wholly in the care of his mother and his foster-father, Joseph.
During Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, we learn that Mary was often with the other women who followed Jesus and ministered to his needs.
We are now into the month of August and that means September is CLOSE at hand. That also means that the adult and children’s choirs will once again beginning their respective rehearsals.
Our Saviour Choir begins with our FIRST REHEARSAL of the season, SEPTEMBER 6, Thursday evenings, 7:30 – 9:15 p.m. There is space available for your participation this coming season.
This Sunday, August 12 we will have a conversation about hymns, songs and YOUR favorite hymns, old and new. Come prepared to think, to explore and learn of our faith through HYMNODY.
Our Saviour Center’s original outreach ministry, the Food Pantry, is serving more families in 2018 than last year. Thanks to the hard work of over 25 volunteers, including COS’s own Basil Johnson, David Waller, Patti Teele, Roger Cairns - Berteau, Michael Watkins, Manuel Cabrales
The Parish Profile Questionnaire – Reminder to fill it out and submit it, please!
The deadline for all of us to submit our Parish Profile Questionnaires is looming! The Parish Profile Committee has led seminars and forums to engage everyone in the importance of participating in the transition currently underway at Church of Our Saviour. Filling out the Questionnaire is your opportunity to be heard, to have a voice, and to be a part of informing prospective rectors about who we are as a church community and what we want to be in the 21st century.
THE BEACON: "We who are many are One Body, because we all share one bread and one cup."
SUNDAY FORUM: 'CAMP SONG SING-A-LONG' SHOWS GEEZERS CAN SING TOO -- Kicking off Vacation Bible School (VBS) Week which began on Monday, August 6, Gabe and Taylor Vazquez-Reyes led a group of parishioners whose average age was probably above 65 in a series of Camp Songs most had not re-visited in 40 or 50 years. That we sounded pretty good is a tribute to them AND Miss Addie Voris. One of the highlights for me was watching Sherm Telleen enthusiastically follow Miss Addie's and Taylor's gestures as we sang. We've known the Telleens since 1965 when I went to work for him at Scudder, Stevens & Clark.
As many of you know COS is home to A Child’s Garden School, a quality preschool during the school year. Did you know we also provide a Summer Program for the preschool set? This summer we provided a wonderful program for 68 children – a new record!
Dominic was born in Castile, in Spain, in 1170. He entered the priesthood, and eventually became prior of the canons of the cathedral chapter (the clergy who formed the staff of the cathedral and conducted the daily worship services) at Osma. The turning point of his life came in 1206, when he was chosen to accompany the bishop on a visit to southern France, to an area held by the Albigenses. These were a heretical sect more or less directly descended from the early Gnostics and Manichees. They were dualists, holding that there are two gods, one the god of goodness, light, truth, and spirit, and the other the god of evil, darkness, error, and matter. The material universe is the creation of the bad god. The good god made the souls of men, and the bad god kidnapped them and imprisoned them in bodies of flesh. On their first night in Albigensian country, they stayed at an inn where the innkeeper was an Albigensian. Dominic engaged him in conversation, they sat up all night talking, and by dawn the man was ready to become an orthodox Christian.
As noted in The Lessons Appointed for Use on the Feast of Joseph of Arimathaea on Wednesday, August 1, Joseph was a secret disciple of our Lord whose intervention with Pilate ensured a burial for Jesus’ crucified body. After the Crucifixion, when many of Jesus’ disciples went into hiding for fear of the authorities, Joseph courageously came forward to ask Pilate’s permission to remove Jesus’ body from the cross in accordance with pious Jewish practice, namely, to provide the deceased with a timely and proper burial. Moreover, Joseph freely offered his own newly dug tomb for Jesus, preventing further desecration by humans or animals.
Last Sunday’s Forum was all about the recently distributed Parish Profile Questionnaire, created by the Parish Profile Committee (PPC). Paul Kilian, PPC chair, rallied most of the committee to meet with fellow parishioners who had questions or who just wanted to talk more about the Parish Profile that is being created. In all, there were about 35 who attended the Profile Forum. The Parish Profile will be used to inform prospective rectors about the Church of Our Saviour community.
THE WEEK OF JULY 22 - 29: I HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMED BY A SERIES OF EPIPHANIES & REVELATIONS -- As I have expressed on numerous occasions, COS occupies the entire Second Ring of our Concentric Circle of focus, after our family. In fact, Sue might suggest that 'obsessed' would be a more descriptive verb for our allegiance to this parish. In any event, last week I was impacted more than I usually am by a series of church related events, meetings and readings which either filled me with joy or new knowledge. I'm blessed to have made it to 81 so I could witness a week like July 22 - 29!!!
Welcome to The Center Spotlight. Please look in this section each week for highlights of things happening at (Y)OUR Saviour Center in El Monte.
Since founding Our Saviour Center in 1985, Church of Our Saviour has generously given of our time, talent and treasure to live OSC’s mission “to share love, hope and resources with our neighbors in need”. Thanks to the combined generosity and support of COS, Federal, State, County and City grants, as well as private foundations and donors like you, Our Saviour Center impacted over 23,000 lives in 2017.
The Episcopal Church has general convention every three years and this year it was held in Austin Texas. Brother Dennis and I were able to attend and stay in a house with two other nuns; a Franciscan and Mother Hillary, the prior of Julian of Norwich. We all helped out in the CAROA (Conference of Anglican Religious Orders of the Americas) booth which provided information about the diverse and rich life of monastics. It was great fun to be with our monk and nun family who are so supportive and encouraging to us.
THE BEACON: CELEBRATING THE AMAZING PEOPLE OF THE CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR AND THEIR UNPARALLELED OUTREACH MINISTRIES
"We who are many are One Body, because we all share one bread and one cup."
"TAKE THESE PROPHETS, TAKE THESE PEOPLE AND LIGHT UP THE WORLD" -- With these words Tom Shenk opened the second Parish Profile Committee (PPC) sponsored seminar designed to gather input from the parish regarding the characteristics we will be looking for in our next Rector. Following up on Fr. Bob Honeychurch's first session entitled "Sharing Our Stories: Personal Histories at COS", Tom asked us to address "What We Do Well And Beyond". I did not count the house, but I believe there were approximately 45 Prophets in attendance. While the two hour time frame did not allow us to shine a light on the world, we did indeed shine a bright light on THE Church of Our Saviour!
Last Saturday, the Parish Profile Committee hosted the second seminar designed to elicit information from parishioners that will ultimately guide the Vestry in the Rector search. The theme of the seminar was What do we do well and beyond? The free-ranging discussions inevitably included areas in which we need to improve.
Approximately 40 parishioners attended the seminar facilitated by Tom Shenk. Everyone was seated at a round table and each table had a facilitator. Tom asked three questions. Each table discussed among themselves and then shared their responses with the entire room.
On Wednesday, July 25, we celebrate the life and witness of Saint James the Apostle, who is sometimes called Saint James the Greater to distinguish him from the younger disciple also named James.
James and his brother John were sons of Zebedee and Solome and were wealthy fishermen until Jesus appeared and simply said, “Follow me.” Without question they laid down their nets, left their home and became disciples. This must have been disconcerting for the family!