Walking with the Saints

Absalom Jones

Absalom Jones, the first African American ordained in the Episcopal Church, is a giant in the history of our church. Imagine being born a slave in the middle of the 17th century and accomplishing what this man accomplished. He managed to buy his wife’s freedom and seven years later his own while studying and fulfilling the responsibilities his owner put upon him. You can tell from his story that he was a man of profound integrity and morality.

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Computers Needed 

We are in need of a few personal computers or laptops that we can make available to some of our Jubilee sober living home residents who are going to school.   It is almost mandatory nowadays for college or vocational school students to have access to a computer.

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Farewell to Taylor

It is with a mixture of joy and sadness that I write to tell you of an exciting new chapter in Taylor Vazquez-Reyes’ life and ministry. Taylor has accepted a full-time position with Bright Star Charter Schools in Panorama City, where she will be teaching music education and choir.

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Walking with the Saints

Jesuit priest Francis Xavier was sent by Spain to develop a mission in Japan. The daimyo (powerful feudal lords) who were hoping to create a trade agreement with Europe gave permission. The Daimyo was hoping the Catholic mission would lessen the influence of Buddhist monks and help trade with Spain and Portugal. Increasingly they saw Catholicism as a threat and began to persecute Christians.  Christianity was banned and those Japanese who refused to abandon their faith were killed.

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The Legacy of Sam Shoemaker

This week we honor the life of The Reverend Samuel Shoemaker who was an Episcopal priest and not only a friend of the pioneers of Alcoholics Anonymous, but also a spiritual guide for the program in its fledgling years. In fact, it was Rev. Shoemaker – who as a member and leader of the Oxford Group in America in the 1930’s – influenced the development of the 12 Steps for recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous. A.A’s co-founder Bill Wilson once wrote that “Dr. Sam Shoemaker was one of A.A.’s indispensables.

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To All Beacon Readers

Most of you know that Sandy Smock, author of The Beacon for the last five years, is gone. I am writing to thank those of you who faithfully read his weekly writings. I know you all know how much he loved our church and how he believes that we are capable of great work at Church of Our Saviour!

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The Pilgrimage Towards Selecting a New Rector

A pilgrimage is how Rev. Joanna Satorius described the journey the Search Committee  would be embarking on in the process towards selecting a new rector for the Church of Our Saviour.

Rev. Joanna Satorius is the Canon for Transitional Ministries with the Diocese. She met with the Vestry and the Search Committee on Tuesday night (Jan. 22) to describe the process of conducting a search for a new rector.

The Search Committee is headed by Dennis Duling, members include Sharon Crandall, Katherine Feng, Eric Miller, Kit Shenk and Kari Stewart.

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Walking with the Saints

Phillips Brooks

I first became aware of the name Phillips Brooks when I was a seminarian at Gordon Divinity School in Massachusetts, just north of Boston, where the Rev. Brooks made his mark as the Rector of Trinity Church. He gained a reputation as a superb preacher, of great stature both physically and theologically.

He was ordained to the priesthood in 1860, and two of his greatest sermons were preached upon the death of Abraham Lincoln and in commemoration of those who had died in the Civil War. His feast day is celebrated in the Episcopal Church on January 23.

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Richard Meux Benson 

Born in London on July 6, 1824, Richard Meux Benson was the principal founder of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist.  He was a student at Christ Church, Oxford and ordained priest in the Church of England in 1849. He served as a curacy at Surbiton, then became rector of Cowley, a village neighboring Oxford.  In 1859, Benson started a new parish church dedicated to St. John the Evangelist.

In 1866, together with two other priests, he founded the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, styled as a missionary order patterned on St. Vincent de Paul’s Company of Mission Priests, was the first stable religious community for men in the Anglican Church since the Reformation.

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Julia Chester Emery: Putting Episcopal Women on the Map

I have often wondered how and when the turning point was for lay women of the church to be recognized, seen and heard, and I think I found my starting point.

Julia Chester Emery was born in September of 1852 into an Episcopal family, of whom were all involved in the Episcopal church. Julia’s two brothers were Episcopal priests and Julia’s sister and mother was heavily involved in their church as well as the Women’s Auxiliary. Julia served 40 years as secretary of the Woman’s Auxiliary to the Board of Missions of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

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Y(OUR) Saviour Center

Happy New Year from OSC!!

Calling all art aficionados.  Our Saviour Center has received some art donations in the last couple of years.  The various donors have all been flexible in how Our Saviour Center retains, or sells, the donations.    We need someone to manage the on-line sale of 6 (possibly 7, if we split up a pair) original art pieces, with the money raised going to Our Saviour Center. 

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The Beacon

THE BEACON: CELEBRATING THE PEOPLE AND MINISTRIES OF ONE OF THE OLDEST EPISCOPAL PARISHES IN THE DIOCESE OF LOS ANGELES 

THE CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR PROVIDED ONCE AGAIN EXAMPLES OF THE POWER OF MUSIC, THANKS TO SR. GRETA RONNINGEN, GLORIA & PAUL KILIAN, ALICE RUCKER, THE COS CHOIR & THE INCREDIBLE CANON PHIL SMITH -- Over the last ten years as COS experienced some challenging times as it moved towards its 150th Anniversary, the strength of our Music Ministry under the direction of Canon Phil Smith sustained many of us.

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Walking with the Saints

Lillian Trasher was born in 1887 in Georgia. She died in 1961 in Asyut, Egypt, some 380 miles south of the port of Alexandria.  Her humanitarian ministry ranks alongside the efforts of Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Lillian grew up during the Protestant Pentecostal movement of the early 20th century.  This evangelical emphasis formed her missionary zeal to help others.  As a young girl she had prayed, “Lord, if ever I can do anything for You, just let me know and I’ll do it.”  While in her teens, she worked at a North Carolina orphanage and attended two evangelical Bible schools.

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The Beacon

THE BEACON: CELEBRATING THE GREAT WORKS OF THIS 21ST CENTURY FAITH BASED COMMUNITY AT 533 WEST ROSES ROAD AND IN THE 'WILDERNESS'

COS Episcopalians PRAY WELL with others!!!

FOR 41 HOURS FROM FRIDAY NIGHT TO SUNDAY NOON, COS PARISHIONERS FOUND PEACE, COMPASSION AND JOY IN THE MIDST OF THESE TRYING TIMES -- This parish is blessed by the presence of the Community of Divine Love, and one of the manifestations of this blessing is the offering of a Taize Service on the first Friday of each month which attracts both parishioners and members of the greater Community. Yet again Br. Dennis Gibbs and Sr. Greta Ronningen officiated and Canon Phil Smith directed the music.

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Praying Towards Sunday

In Isaiah 57:14-19, Isaiah is speaking to the people of Jerusalem, and calling the people back to God, telling the people of God’s salvation through the coming of the Messiah.

According to the NIV of the “Life Application Study Bible”, “prophets stood with the priests as God’s special representatives.  The prophet’s role was to speak for God, confronting the people and their leaders with God’s commands and promises.”  Talk about putting your service to God ahead of yourself.  This is a serious responsibility, being a prophet.

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Convention Recap

The Theme for this year’s convention held on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Ontario was “Come Home-EDLA (Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles). The delegates for the Church of Our Saviour included: (Clergy) Rev. Bob Honeychurch. Rev. Marilyn Omernick, Rev. Thomas Ni, Rev. Gary Bradley and Rev. Peg Bradley and (Lay) Jonathan Burke, Juli Kennedy, Katherine Feng, Eric Miller (Friday) and Kevin Vine (Saturday). Kevin may have been one of the youngest delegates.

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