The Beacon

THE BEACON: FOCUSING ON PEOPLE AND EVENTS WHICH MAKE THE CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR EXEMPLARY AND UNIQUE

FIRST IMPRESSIONS BEING EVERYTHING, THE VAST WASTELAND SURROUNDING GENERAL PATTON SUGGESTS HE WAS ON THE LOSING SIDE! In fact, from our rusting front gates to The Rev. Peg Bradley's tree (deceased?) at the rear of the parking lot, one has to wonder whether the landscape reflects either an indifference to first impressions OR a church in financial stress. I believe neither is the case, BUT ... 

BISHOP JOHN TAYLOR ASKED THIS QUESTION ON 10/5/18: "WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? I'M PRETTY SURE JESUS WOULD VOTE!" TO QUOTE HIM FURTHER --

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Walking with the Saints

Saint Ignatius of Antioch

This coming Wednesday, October 17, at the 11:30 a.m. Healing Eucharist, we celebrate the Feast of Ignatius. Saint Ignatius of Antioch, martyred in 115, had a profound sense of two ends—his own, and the consummation of history in Jesus Christ. In ecstasy, he saw his impending martyrdom as the fitting conclusion to a long episcopate. He was accounted the second Bishop of Antioch in Syria.

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Parish Profile Committee

No lazy hazy crazy days of summer for your Parish Profile Committee

Over 170 of you responded to the Parish Profile Questionnaire this past summer and the Parish Profile Committee has now completed its review of each questionnaire. The results will now inform the Profile of Church of Our Saviour and ultimately will be given to those seeking to be our next rector.

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Y(OUR) Saviour Center

(Y)Our Saviour Center’s Cleaver Family Wellness Clinic (CFWC) is thrilled to announce our newest team member, Julia Pazos.  Julie received her Master of Science in Nursing from UCLA and started working at CFWC as a Family Nurse Practitioner on Friday, September 28.

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The Beacon

THE BEACON: CELEBRATING WHO WE ARE IN OUR 151ST YEAR

'GRATITUDE' WAS EXPRESSED OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN CLEAVER HALL SATURDAY NIGHT! -- If anyone ever, ever doubted that the Jubilee Homes Ministry saves lives, all you need to do is to attend one of Jubilee's monthly dinners. When you do, as part of the program, you will hear one resident after another testify to what this ministry means to each of them. This Saturday in particular was very special as four men -- Gary and James from El Nido House and David and Michael from Fair Oaks House -- spoke passionately about God, their Higher Power, the Twelve Steps, recovery and their goals. In addition, everyone of them thanked THE Church of Our Saviour for providing safe, welcoming and affordable housing AND Deacon Bill Doulos for his guidance, friendship, compassion and spiritual direction.

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Walking with the Saints

Julia Vida Dutton Scudders

Educator, Writer, and Welfare Activist in the Social Gospel Movement.

Julia Vida Dutton Scudders is described as “Educator and Christian Socialist” She was born in Madurai, India, in 1861, the only child of two missionaries, David Coit Scudder, a Congregationalist missionary, and Harriet Louise (Dutton) Scudder. Her father was accidentally drowned in 1862 and she and her mother returned to the family home in Boston. She and her mother joined the Episcopal Church when she was a teen.

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Y(OUR) Saviour Center

Soccer for Success

Enrollment is under way for Our Saviour Center’s Soccer for Success program (our 7th year), which is held during the fall and spring for children in grades 1st through 8th at El Monte schools.  Last year 1800+ youth participated in Soccer for Success for the 2017-2018 school year. This week we’re starting week four with about 650+ children enrolled in the program.  

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The Beacon

THE BEACON: CELEBRATING WHO WE ARE

OUR CROSSES TO BEAR ... AND THE CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR DOES IT BETTER THAN MOST!!! -- For you hundreds of parishioners who were not in church Sunday, I URGE you, I PLEAD with you, to find and LISTEN to Deacon Bill Doulos' Sermon which he entitled "Holy Suffering". Provocatively, he concluded the Sermon with this summary of a statement from Fr. Honeychurch's Sermon of September 12. "To be 'people of the cross' means to proclaim without reservation that Christ meets us not only in our successes, but most especially in our suffering."

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Praying Towards Sunday

Luke 7: 11-17 describes one example of Jesus bringing back to life a man who had died, and whose body was in the process of being buried.  Luke describes the man’s mother, a widow, whose only son has died, and a large crowd in the funeral processional.  Upon seeing this, Luke says “the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her”. And he restored life to her only son.

When I read this, my first reaction is “how big is our God!”. What an overwhelming thing to observe. What an incredible time to be alive; to witness such a miracle. 

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Lights, Camera, Action!

The week of October 1-5 will be an exciting time around the COS campus, as our facilities will be used as the location for filming a television show. Of course, with all of the excitement, there will also be a certain amount of disruption to our regular routine. The areas in and around Allen Hall, Cleaver Hall, and the connecting patio will be inaccessible during most of the week.

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Walking with the Saints

Lancelot Andrewes

It is wonderful that Father Bob has asked us to write for the enews and preach at the Wednesday healing Eucharist on important men and women in Christian history. What fun it is to find out about this seemingly obscure character Lancelot Andrewes! Well at least I had never heard of him – have you? Well he is the original church nerd! He loved to study so much that his parents had to force him to go outside and play. But they say he also loved nature and loved to take long walks in God’s great creation.

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The Beacon

THE BEACON: CELEBRATING THIS FAITH BASED COMMUNITY'S COMMITMENT TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF ALL PEOPLE IN 2018 AND BEYOND  

FR. GARY & REV. PEG BRADLEY AND MATTHEW 25 -- Most of you

Episcopalians know what you are charged to do if you have read Matthew 25: to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to take in the stranger, to clothe the naked, to visit the sick and the prisoner. However, there is another little known 'charge' which has been omitted over time: TO VISIT THE RETIRED PRIESTS!

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Join the Annual Giving Campaign

Join the Annual Giving Campaign 2018-2019

Let us Give, Gather and Grow Together

Please pledge early so that we can budget effectively for the next year.  The Church of Our Saviour needs a generous parish in order to sustain itself.  We rely on generous annual pledges from our parishioners.  Weekly plate offerings during our Church services, always important and appreciated,  will not sustain our Church operations and successful ministries. 

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Y(OUR) Saviour Center

We would like to share with you a special act of kindness that resulted in a new resource for at Our Saviour Center’s Food Pantry. I received a phone call from a mother with a handi-capable son. The mother is trying to find ways for her son to contribute and be more involved in the community. They decided they could go the grocery store and purchase food to give to the food pantry.

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Walking with the Saints

One of the thoughts I used to have about Episcopalians is that they were well educated people. Being Episcopalian, in my view, requires engaging your mind as well as your heart.  I was not a cradle Episcopalian but rather a convert late in life. I have not been disappointed as I continue to learn new things, the celebrations of holy men and women being one of them. Since being asked to reflect on various feast days I have learned quite a bit, and I hope you have as well.

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Profile Committee Update

A few quotes from the Parish Profile questionnaire 

As you all know, parishioners carefully and thoughtfully responded to the Parish Profile questionnaire. We wanted to share a few comments that are helping inform the Parish Profile document that will be built from your input and shared with rector candidates.

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From the Sr. Warden

The Vestry held its monthly meeting on Sept 3, 2018. The Revered Canon Joanna Satorius-Canon for Formation and Transition Ministry attended as a guest speaker. She spoke to the vestry about the next steps the vestry and this church would be taking as the Parish Profile committee is compiling its data and preparing to complete the final document of the Parish Profile. Canon Satorius described various search processes we could undertake She described how the parish profile and its summary will be used to attract a field of potential rector candidates. The information she provided will be invaluable as the vestry plans for the actual search process.

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Y(OUR) Saviour Center

Our Saviour Center, located in the heart of El Monte is growing again! 

El Monte’s international population has changed over the years, just like San Gabriel and much of the San Gabriel Valley.  Almost 20% of El Monte resident’s now identify as “Asian” which includes Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese language households.  Our Saviour Center must meet the needs of this growing and diverse population by providing our services, in this case, our medical services at the Cleaver Family Wellness Clinic, not only in English and Spanish, but also in Mandarin.

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