I have attended COS since I went to ACGS and have been here practically my whole life. Sunday School, VBS, Confirmation, Children's Choir, Acolyte, Youth Group, Boy Scouts, married here and am now raising my daughter here. Having received so much from this church, I figure it's my time to give back and serve, wanting to give my perspective on our successful past and do what I can to make sure my daughter (and others) has the same wonderful memories of COS as I do.
My wife, Sharon, and I have been attending COS since 2011. During our time at COS, I have been elected to a three-year term on the Vestry, two years of which I served as Senior Warden. I have been a member of the choir (but more recently only periodically) and also serve as a Eucharistic Minister and Liturgical Coordinator, and chair of the Property Committee. I was baptized and confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church, and received into the Episcopal Church in 1986. Sharon and I were married at Grace Episcopal Church in Glendora, where we were the directors of the youth group for 10 years, and where I also served as a Eucharistic Minister and acolyte coordinator. After moving to Pasadena in 1992 and attending Church of the Angels, my work took us to New York City and later San Francisco, but we returned to Pasadena and made COS our church home. Professionally, I have been employed in the commercial real estate industry for over 30 years, and am currently a Managing Director with Pacific Western Bank, providing structured financing for all types of commercial real estate projects nationwide. It has been a great honor and blessing to serve Fr. Gary and COS, and I am grateful to have yet another opportunity to serve as COS ushers in its next 150 years.
My spiritual journey while in Los Angeles has afforded me with numerous opportunities to stretch and grow. I have served as verger of a large parish, wedding coordinator, and director of the Homeless Assistance Services with a team of forty volunteers. I have had the opportunity to found and lead a Centering Prayer group and organize several Taize services. I have served as Senior Warden at one parish here in Los Angeles while serving on the worship committee and presenting a series of forums on spiritual growth. I have preached at three different parishes in the Diocese and coordinated outreach opportunities for the parishioners of those parishes. I am a trained spiritual director and an oblate of the Order of Saint Benedict. I am now honored to serve as verger at Church of Our Saviour as well as chalice bearer.
I am Patricia Beith, better known as Patti. I worked for the US Department of State for over 30 years and worshiped/participated at several English speaking congregations around the world. I retired to San Gabriel in 2009 and joined the Church of Our Saviour, my neighborhood church. I have been active in the Altar Guild, Lay Reader (LEM), and volunteer at church functions. I have been the Vestry Clerk for the past two years. I am developing a Docent program as part of the 150th Anniversary of the Church. I look forward to church’s growth in the Chinese and English communities.
I, Xue (Angela) Rong, was born in Beijing (P.R. China) in 1988 and was baptized at St. Thomas Church, an Episcopal Church, in Newcastle Upon Tyne (England, UK) in 2011. In 2016, I confirmed at the Church of Our Saviour in USA.
I have two master’s degrees. In 2012, the Master of International Business Management Degree was achieved from Newcastle University Upon Tyne in England. In March of 2017, the Master of Accounting Degree will be got from University of La Verne.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go". This is the word of god that we have heard when Jacob and I decided to come to America in 2013. Inspiring by these words, Jacob and I found the Church of Our Saviour. Since that time, I had great enthusiasm to contribute my time and energy to serve in the church. Therefore, I asked Father Gary to introduce me to help in the food bank, which is located in El Monte. I assisted to prepare paperwork of the people. Meanwhile, I organized the patients’ files for the clinic. Few months later, considering my professional skills of accounting, I transferred to accounting department to help with the monthly bank reconciliations. With God’s help, I got the Certification of Congressional Recognition by providing the outstanding service to the community on March 2014. On April 2015, I have been nominated and awarded as “2014-2015 Spirit of La Verne Award – Engaged Student” by exemplified University’s value of justice and has influenced the student’s growth personally, professionally, and academically. And currently, I am working in a local CPA firm.
Time flies, however, my enthusiasm had never faded. I still believe that no matter where we are and what we do, we can influence those people around us in various positions through our Christians’ life. Therefore, I will never stop contributing my time and energy to serve god by plying my role in this society and bring more people come in front of God.