The vestry is excited to announce that Rex Botengan has been appointed to fill the vacancy position resulting from Charlie Perry resigning his position. Rex brings a great deal of knowledge to the vestry, as past Director of Our Saviour Center, a long time parishioner and an individual of great faith. Rex’s tenure will run through 2021.Read More
THE BEACON: CELEBRATING ARMISTICE DAY, NOVEMBER 11, AND THE 'BOYS' AND A PARISHIONER WHO CONTRIBUTED MIGHTILY TO SAVING THE WORLD FOR DEMOCRACY
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO -- "On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918 the Armistice was signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany. It was thought and hoped at the time that this was the "War To End All Wars". (Twenty years later on September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland!!!)Read More
Our featured saint this week is Willibrord, who served as a missionary to the Netherlands when this part of the world was called Frisia in the Seventh Century A.D. We wouldn’t know much about Willibrord if not for the Venerable Bede’s writing of an Ecclesiastical History in the Eighth Century and for a biography of Willibrord written by a man named Alcuin.
All three of these church luminaries came from Northumbria, part of England, at about the same time.Read More
The holidays are upon us and that means many upcoming events here at the church. In preparation for this busy season I want to remind and clarify a few items in reference to Cleaver Hall and the kitchen.Read More
Today, October 31, we remember the lives of Bishop Paul Shinji Sasaki and Bishop Philip Lindel Tsen. Both of these men exemplified what it meant to be a disciple of Christ in the face of extreme adversity. The Rt. Rev. Paul Shinji Sasaki was born in Japan, educated in England and would eventually become the first Japanese Diocesan Bishop of Mid-Japan. He would then go on to serve as Primate of the Anglican Church in Japan during World War II.Read More
Our Saviour Center’s annual fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 20 was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who attended, donated auction items, helped with event preparation and of course bought auction items! If the pictures below are any indication, everyone enjoyed themselves. And we definitely learned that COS people love to eat and drink! Some of the most highly contested auction items were dinners accompanied with spirits!Read More
Very soon the work of the Parish Profile Committee will be completed. Currently, the committee is in the process of gathering photographs and proofreading and checking the statistical data gathered over the past few months. It will then be sent to The Vestry for approval.
On Sunday, November 11 at the 9am Forum, the Parish Profile Committee will make its report to the Congregation. Each committee member will explain his/her individual portion of the process and provide a brief overview of their findings. Members of the committee are eager to share their findings with the congregation.Read More
Father Hiram Hisanori Kano (1889-1988) was added to the Episcopal Church calendar of commemorations by the 2015 General Convention. His ministry has been celebrated in Nebraska and Colorado churches for years where he is known as “the Saint of Nebraska and Colorado.” His was a ministry of reconciliation and peace during a time of intense racial agitation and hatred in America.
The details of his both his life and his ministry are described in this excerpt from a University of Nebraska Foundation article, reproduced with written permission.
“From royal roots in Japan to humble roots in Nebraska: Proud daughter plants a seed for the future-a CASNR scholarship-in memory of her saintly father”Read More
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 --Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
(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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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."Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More