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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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Walking with the Saints

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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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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