A Thank You Letter

Thank you Family!

For almost 40 years, Church of Our Saviour has been my church home. I have had my own organ jobs, minister, and choir director gigs to take me away, but I could still sing in concert choir performances here. During that time when the second greatest sorrow I have faced occurred (I was widowed at age 30), you have been there. Those of you knew my daughter-in-law, Eve Lynne Reeve, watched with me as her great musical talent was drained from her by illness.

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Walking with the Saints

Adelaide Teague Case

Adelaide Teague Case was born on January 10, 1887 in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in New York City. She was the first woman appointed to a full professorial rank in any Episcopal or Anglican seminary in 1941 when she joined the faculty of Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts as professor of Christian Education. She devoted her life to religious education and social justice.

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Music Ministry Notes

Where do I begin? I have been BLESSED these years here at The Church of Our Saviour.  Sometimes it feels like I’ve been here since 1989, when I first became Organist, with James Person, Director of Music. Those were wonderful years here with The Rev. Canon Nicholas Kouletsis, as Interim Rector and then the calling of The Rev. Canon Denis O’Pray. The choir went on two tours, and I was privileged to be organist for these trips abroad. In the intervening years, I was invited back to be guest organist for various music activities with then Director of Music, Linda Duffendack Mays.

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Our Saviour Center Spotlight

God is at work in El Monte!

Fr. Roberto of the Church of the Nativity, located within a mile of OSC,  stopped by OSC recently. Fr. Roberto just said he wanted to learn a little about Our Saviour Center.  It turns out, Fr. Roberto had an intention in addition to learning about OSC!  After chatting for a few minutes about the different services provided at OSC, Fr. Roberto explained that his congregation conducted an alms offering this past Lent.

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Search Handoff

On Tuesday night, June 11 the Search Committee and the Vestry held a joint meeting. The names the final 3 candidates for the next rector were presented to the Vestry. The Search Committee has completed their work. The Vestry is eternally grateful to the hard work and dedication that has been put forth by Dennis Duling, (Search Chair), Sharon Crandall, Katherine Feng, Eric Miller, Kit Shenk, and Kari Stewart. The Search Committee will be thanked and de-commissioned on Sunday June 23 at all worship services.

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Enmegahbowh

John Johnson Enmegahbowh, an Odawa (Ottawa) Indian from Canada, was raised in the Midewiwin traditional healing way of his grandfather and the Christian religion of his mother. He came into the United States as a Methodist missionary in 1832. At one point Enmegahbowh attempted to abandon missionary work and return to Canada, but the boat was turned back by storms on Lake Superior, providing him a vision: “Here Mr. Jonah came before me and said, ‘Ah, my friend Enmegahbowh, I know you. You are a fugitive. You have sinned and disobeyed God. Instead of going to the city of Nineveh, where God sent you to spread his word to the people, you started to go, and then turned aside. You are now on your way to the city of Tarsish....’”

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Vestry Happenings

News from the Vestry as of June 4, 2019

The vestry met tonight. Our transition plans, regarding Fr. Bob’s departure were discussed. As of this writing, we have not been given possible rector names from the Search Committee.  The committee continues to do their work of interviewing candidates and discerning the best possible future rector for the Church of Our Saviour. The Search Committee will give the 3 final candidate names to the Vestry, when they have concluded their work of discernment.

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Boniface

Boniface is known as one of the “Makers of Europe.”  His courage helped spread the Gospel at the time national churches were forming.  His fearless example helped build and develop the growing Christian Church.

Boniface was born about 675 and was murdered on June 5, 754.  It is said this outrageous event happened when Boniface was attacked while he was waiting for a group of converts for confirmation instruction.

St. Boniface was born in what is now known as the county of Devonshire. Boniface  is also known by the English names “Winfred” and “Winifred.”  Boniface was a leading figure in the Anglo-Saxon mission to the Germanic parts of the Frankish Empire during the 8th century.

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Bethlehem Handcrafts

Dear brothers & sisters

We are here on behalf of the Christian families in Bethlehem and Jerusalem. These families are currently facing an economic hardship that lead many of them to leave the Holy Land and search for other places that are more secure to live. Years ago the percentage of Christians in the Holy Land was 63%. Now it is less than 2%! If this hardship continues as it is now, we believe in few years there will be no Christians in the Holy Land.

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From the Rector's Desk

Dear Members of the COS Community,

 As the process toward the selection of our next Rector unfolds, it is now time for me, as the Interim Rector, to determine my own timeline toward the conclusion of my tenure here at the Church of Our Saviour.  In consultation with the Senior and Junior Wardens, I have determined that my final Sunday with you will be on July 14, 2019. This will allow for approximately six weeks between my departure and the hoped-for arrival of your next rector in late August or early September.

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Jeanne d’Arc (1412-1431)

“Joan of Arc, mystic and soldier”.  This is the summary title description from A Great Cloud of Witnesses.  Mystic and Soldier. Which of these draws your attention?  What is your image of this fifteenth century young French woman?   Mine is from the classic 1948 film starring Ingrid Bergman as the ill-fated national heroine.  She is pictured in full medieval armor, gallantly riding a majestic horse into battle.  Joan’s story, with both her unexpected rise to fame and her sudden fall from favor, has been a dramatic favorite for movie directors.

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Florence Nightingale

From Christianity TODAY:

“Say the name ‘Florence Nightingale’, and instantly the word nurse pairs with it. Probably she was the most extraordinary nurse in history. Kings, queens, and princes all consulted her, as did the president of the United States, who wanted her advice about military hospitals during the Civil War.”

“It was Florence Nightingale who revolutionized hospital methods in England—and indeed throughout the world. During the Crimean War, she served in the first field hospital ever run and tended by women. She established schools for training nurses, and she introduced procedures that have been benefiting people ever since.”

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The Martyrs of Sudan

It is small wonder that young people are fed up with organized religion. What they see is one group killing the other group, not only now but throughout time. It is shocking the level of distrust and even hatred that exists between people of faith. Young people see this and the long history of religious wars and want to have nothing to do with it. Many of our youth are choosing the Eastern traditions that emphasize compassion and inner peace. Honestly, the future of Western organized religion is on shaky ground.

I think Jesus is very sad about all this strife. I think the Prince of Peace is angry that we can’t get along as a human family. I really don’t think that Jesus demands that all worship in the same way. We need only look at the Parable of the Good Samaritan to see what Jesus feels about those who worship differently.

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Julian of Norwich

How does one exactly distill Julian of Norwich into a short reflection?  It may very well be an impossibility.  More wizened and learned people have given their lives to journey alongside Julian in their spiritual paths.  I say this to offer this reflection as a very brief entry point, because in my week journeying with Julian, I am thirsty for more.

Let us start with what we do know about Julian.  Julian of Norwich was an Anchorite, a person who for religious reasons has removed themselves from secular life to devote their lives to an intensely prayer-oriented life.  This was an early form of monasticism, in which Anchorites would vow to be confined to a certain place, certain cell or something of the like.  Julian took her name from the church that resided in for most of her life: St. Julian’s Church in Norwich. 

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Athanasius of Alexandria

Almost every Sunday we all stand in unison and recite the Nicaean Creed.  I love the words of that creed.

I marvel at how expertly it is crafted as a full explanation of what we believe about the Trinity and our faith.

Today we celebrate the feast day of one of the proponents of this creed and he is attributed with writing a key portion of it.

The saint whose feast day we celebrate on May 2nd is Athanasius born in 295 AD.  He was ordained a deacon in 319 He became the advisor to Alexander, Bishop of Alexandria.

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Reflection on Genocide

The United Nations refers to Genocide as “the denial of the right of existence of entire human groups, aiming of complete extermination of such groups.”  Much to my horror I found out that this has been a favorite past-time of many nations.  Many nations now seem to have a day of remembrance, and some continue with this inhuman practice.

We can start with Rwanda where 800,000 people were murdered in a church building and continue with the extinction of the Romas.  Then in Bengali, Greece, the Armenian Holocaust, Russia’s pogroms of Jews, Pakistan, the massacre of Sikhs in New Delhi, and more.

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Dorris Dann Kids Campus Spotlight

On Saturday, April 13, Marguerite Ponce, the Dorris Dan Kids Campus Program Director was honored at the Los Angeles Girl Scouts Council award luncheon.  Marguerite received the Appreciation Pin (picture nearby) for delivering outstanding service to  at least one service unit.  Marguerite was honored because she has “significantly contributed to meeting one or more council goals in membership growth, retention, or increased community visible in one service unit”.    

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Deaconess Emily Cooper

This week we commemorate the life of Deaconess Emily Cooper who devoted her later life to orphans as the Director of The Home of the Innocents, founded in 1880 in Louisville, Kentucky. The home’s primary purpose was to rescue helpless children suffering from neglect, disease and abandonment. The home provided the very first kindergarten in Kentucky.

During her time as Director of the home she assisted in the baptisms of 284 children, many of whom were nameless and given Christian names by Sister Emily upon their baptism. Sadly, the number of children she buried was even larger than those baptized.

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