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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The Rector Search Committee

On Tuesday December 4 at the monthly Vestry meeting, the vestry selected the parishioners to be members of the Search Committee.

The search committee will be made up of six individuals: Sharon Crandall, Dennis Duling, Katherine Feng, Eric Miller, Kit Shenk and Kari Stewart.  The Vestry also appointed Dennis Duling as the Chair of this Committee.

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Walking with the Saints

Clement of Alexandria was born in the middle of the second century in Greece.  Born to pagan parents, Clement had a deep knowledge of Greek mythology presumably because of his family’s religious practices, but he would eventually reject these traditions because of the corruption he perceived. 

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The Beacon

THE BEACON: CELEBRATING THIS REMARKABLE PARISH AS IT MOVES INTO ITS SECOND 150 YEARS

This is the Lord's Table and ALL are Welcome. We COS Episcopalians PRAY WELL with Others!!!

JOHN HARVEY TAYLOR, OUR NEW BISHOP, HAS A VISION FOR THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN 2018 AND BEYOND: WILL THE CHURCH OF SAVIOUR BE OPEN TO EMBRACING HIS VISION?

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Diocesan Convention Update

The Annual Convention for the Dioceses of Los Angeles will be held on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Ontario. The Church of Our Saviour will be represented by our clergy: Bob Honeychurch, Thomas Ni, Ellen Wekall, Marilyn Omernick and the following lay representatives: Juli Kennedy, Kevin Vine, Jonathan Burke and Katherine Feng. The alternates are Rex Bontengan and Eric Miller.

Highlights from the convention will be highlighted in the upcoming Messenger as well as in news releases from the Dioceses.

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Walking with the Saints

As I write this reflection I am a little distracted. As I left the Cathedral Center on Wednesday I listened to a voicemail that said, “Hi Sister Greta, this is Wyatt Gallery in New York and I have some good news for you. You will be on the cover of Time magazine tomorrow.” I never expected to hear those words!

I had participated in a photo shoot about a year ago for an artist named Hank Willis Thomas. He was making a series of pictures based on the Four Freedoms – a series of oil paintings by Norman Rockwell painted in 1943.

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From the Parish Administrator

Dear Church of Our Saviour Family,

It is with sadness that I must announce that Chris Case is resigning from her post as the Church of Our Saviour’s Parish Secretary at the end of this year.  Chris came on as our Secretary at a time of transition and we are grateful for her four years of service. Chris will continue as the church’s volunteer Acolyte Coordinator and her many activities at the church … so you are not losing her as a fellow member. 

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The Beacon

THE BEACON: CELEBRATING THE PEOPLE AND INSTITUTIONS OF THE CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR

This is the Lord's Table and ALL are Welcome!

REAL BELL RINGERS: THE CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR ANNUAL GIVING COMMITTEE -- In the 27 years we have been parishioners we don't remember a more challenging time to head up a Stewardship Campaign. Thankfully, yet another group of parishioners stepped forward to volunteer their talents this year, and what a job they have done. With a goal of $500,000, it appears by looking at the Church Tower Bell Chart that we are approaching $450,000, with Chairman Dennis Duling announcing that the average pledge is up 9%!

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Walking with the Saints

Saints of God: John Merbeck, Thomas Tillis and William Byrd

When I realized the feast day we celebrate for musicians was my topic this week I immediately thought of the lyrics to “I sing a song of the saints of God” which speaks to the variety of people who can be thought of as saints of God. Today we focus on John Merbecke, Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. 

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Parish Profile Update

This past Sunday, at the Forum, Paul Kilian, Parish Profile Committee Chair, explained the work of the committee thus far and then introduced the committee members who shared their experiences and areas of focus.

Parishioners returned 170 of Parish Profile questionnaires. Page one requested statistical data from each respondent. That data is still being formatted and reviewed. Each Profile committee member was assigned a narrative question to review and analyze and their findings were shared with the congregation.

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The Beacon

THE BEACON: CELEBRATING WHO WE ARE IN 2018

JESUS MAY HAVE ATTENDED A FUNDRAISER AT COS -- Last Saturday night the PRISM Restorative Justice Outreach Ministry led by Br. Dennis Gibbs and Sr. Greta Ronningen hosted its Third Annual Fundraiser in Cleaver Hall. It may sound disrespectful, perhaps even sacrilegious, to state this, but I tell you truly that those of us who were in attendance came away acknowledging that a special spirit was present as we witnessed amazing examples of the impact of ministering to the least among us, particularly those exiles in prison.

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Walking with the Saints

Samuel Seabury

Samuel Seabury was born in Croton, Connecticut, and the son of a Congregational Minister, who later in life became a priest of the Church of England.  Samuel graduated from Yale College in 1748 and then studied theology with his father.  He then went to Edinburgh to study medicine for a year and then was ordained as a deacon and later as a priest in 1753.

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Parish Profile Update 11/13

This past Sunday, at the Forum, Paul Kilian, Parish Profile Committee Chair, explained the work of the committee thus far and then introduced the committee members who shared their experiences and areas of focus.

Parishioners returned 170 of Parish Profile questionnaires. Page one requested statistical data from each respondent. That data is still being formatted and reviewed. Each Profile committee member was assigned a narrative question to review and analyze and their findings were shared with the congregation.

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From the Sr. Warden

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.

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The Beacon

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!!!)

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Walking with the Saints

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.

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Walking with the Saints

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. 

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