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.
Please give to the Annual Giving Campaign 2018-19. Give, Gather and Grow With Us.
Please help to keep our historic Bell Tower ringing, Our Church Strong and our wonderful ministries flourishing with your annual gift. It is our Christian obligation to keep the cross of Jesus shining before us.
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.
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.
FR. BOB SHOWED US THE FUTURE -- The most memorable memory of a most memorable Our Saviour Sunday occurred when Fr. Bob opened the Service with the Blessing of Backpacks, Planners, Books, Teachers and Redeemers. There must have been 40 people ranging from across the age spectrum gathered in the Chancel for Fr. Bob's blessing from the Book of Common Prayer. However, what was so telling to me was the diversity of the people standing up there. I thought to myself "This is Southern California! This is what the present is AND what the future will look like, only more so." Fr. Bob, in his effort to show us that changes in the status quo can be extremely uplifting and exciting, again showed us a different way to do things.
Feast Day of John Henry Hobart, Bishop of New York
John Henry Hobart can be counted as one of the important first leaders of the Episcopal Church after the revolution. Born in Philadelphia on Sept.14, 1775, he attended the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton, graduating in 1793. Nothing is known about his early childhood, but one can assume that he came from a wealthy family. Right after graduation, he was ordained as a deacon and then as a priest in 1801 by his friend and adviser Bishop William White. I imagine that for those who are going or have gone thru the ordination process might wonder what has happened to make it so difficult now.
The Parish Profile Committee thanks you!
A huge thank you to all who took the time to thoughtfully fill out the Parish Profile Questionnaire. The response from the congregation was wonderful. Approximately 170 questionnaires were submitted.
4th Generation of Alumni Joins the Dorris Dann Kids Campus.
Not long ago, Simon Chen appeared in front of us at a church service at COS and told us how much he loves coming to the Dorris Dann Kids Campus. He spoke on why he loves coming to DDKC: friends he made, staff he completely trusted, and all the exciting activities he was able to participate in. That same day, Simon asked me for a job. Well, Simon Chen is now part of the Dorris Dann Kids Campus and has been since May 2018. Today, Simon is joining AmeriCorps and will become a Coach-Mentor to over 150 children at the Dorris Dann Kids Campus through our partnership with Up2Us Sports.
THE BEACON: CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF KNEELING IN THE SAME LOCATION AND FOCUSING ON PLANS FOR AN INCREDIBLE FUTURE
"ROOTED, NOT STUCK"!!! -- What a remarkable 10:00 Sunday Service! Grace Chapel, a full house providing a wonderful and much needed intimacy, robust voices led by the Choir and a gentle breeze flowing through the open doors. And then, there was THE SERMON! Preacher Br. Dennis Gibbs creatively linked the Pharisees of the Holy Gospel of Mark (7:1-8, 14-15 and 21-23) and James Taylor in making the point that tradition should never trump the commandments of the heart.
Gregorio Aglipay, Priest and Founder of the Philippine Independent Church, 1940
Activist, revolutionary, champion of the people and modern-day apostle. These are the attributes that describe Gregorio Aglipay. I must admit that I didn’t know much about Gregorio before I was assigned this weeks’ reflection on the saints taken from Holy Women, Holy Men, which required that I take a closer look than I obviously had in the past. I’m glad I did. I did know that he was guiding force and principle founder of the Philippine Independent Church, but there is a rich and interesting back-story.
During last three and half years, Li Tim-Oi Center has been offering monthly Chinese Lay Leadership Training classes to the members of COS as well as the members of St. Thomas’ Church, Hacienda Heights. Those courses are certified by Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont.
Our Saviour Sunday is approaching quickly. Sunday, September 9 to be precise. Our Saviour Sunday celebrates the beginning of our new church year. We have come home from vacations, the kids are back in school and we are back at work. So now its time to gather again refreshed and renewed for the year ahead.
A BEACON HIDDEN IS A BEACON UNSEEN -- There ALWAYS is something going on within THE Church of Our Saviour family. That said, because we Episcopalians are so low profile, all too often one has to really search for stories about what's going on around here. Fortunately for you all, I spend a lot of time in my La-Z-Boy Office reading about the Anglican Communion, The Episcopal Church (U.S.) and the Diocese of Los Angeles. For the record, we in this Diocese are blessed to have an outstanding staff of reporters led by Canon Janet Kawamoto following events around Southern California. If you read nothing else related to the Episcopal Church, I urge you to subscribe on line to "The Episcopal Diocese News Update". Here are some things I discovered about the COS staff over the last two weeks from reading that publication:
We would like to share with you a special act of kindness and a new connection for the food pantry at Our Saviour Center that occurred last week. I received a phone call from a mother with a handi-capable son that she is trying to find ways for him 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.
This week at our Wednesday Healing Service we celebrate the life of John Bunyan (1628-1688), best known for his writing about a man called “Christian” and his journey toward salvation in his book called “The Pilgrim’s Progress.”
I first became aware of this book in my high school days in the late 1950’s. I became familiar with the theme of “Christian” making progress toward the eternal “Celestial City”--“Land of Beulah” against all of the temptations and pitfalls that lay in his way. In this allegory, Christian passes through the “Slough of Despond” and the “Valley of the Shadow of Death” and encounters such villains as “Obstinate,” “Beelzebub,” “Mr. Worldly Wiseman,” “Hypocrisy,” “Talkative,” “Mr. Despondency,” “Mrs. Inconsiderate,” and “Formalist” (ouch!).
COS’s very own Brendan Kim donated his considerable time, talent and treasure to Our Saviour Center with the completion of his Eagle Scout project on Saturday, August 18. We are so grateful Brendan chose to provide a much needed “makeover” to the backyard of our Food Pantry on the Main Campus at OSC.
This may sound incredibly obvious to some of you, but I learned to love going to church… by going to church. And I believe that the kids at Church of Our Saviour will learn to love going to church by going to church as well. So, to that end, we are beginning to include our children in our regular Sunday morning worship service in an intentional way beginning this Sunday, August 26.
Do you have a heart for worship?
Not just worshiping, but being a part of designing what that worship might look like? Bob Honeychurch is forming a group of interested individuals to imagine new ways to continue to bring life and energy and passion into our worship experience here at Church of Our Saviour.
A big thanks to all the parishioners who submitted their Parish Profile Questionnaires. The grand total stands at 170! Of that number, 67 of you chose to fill out the online version. 170 Surveys is quite a fair sampling of the members of our parish. You submitters will have an influential say in how we calculate the culture and climate of COS, where we see pluses and minuses amidst church life, and what kinds of hopes and dreams we have for the future of the church.
Today August 23 is the feast day of Martin de Porres, Rosa de Lima and Toribio de Mogrovejo on the liturgical calendar of The Episcopal Church. They are remembered for their great contribution to Christianity in South America, moreover, they are honored particularly for bringing comfort to the downtrodden and the outcast.
Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru on December 9, 1579. He was an illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a young black former slave.