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Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, 1153

Bernard was born in 1090 into Burgundian landowning aristocracy.  He grew up in a family of five brothers and one sister. He saw in his parents exceptional models of virtue, mercy, justice, and loyal affection for others. His mother’s death caused Bernard to move toward a life of renunciation and solitude.

In 1098 Bernard decided to enter a struggling, small, new community established by St. Robert of Molesme.  The monks worked to restore Benedictinism to a more primitive and austere pattern of life.  Bernard persuaded his brothers and about 25 companions to join him.  Bernard entered the Citeaux community in 1112.  From then until 1115, Bernard cultivated spiritual and theological studies.

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Jonathan Myrick Daniels

 Just imagine making the split-second choice to jump in front of a shotgun in order to save the life of another. Imagine doing such a brave thing at the tender age of 26. This is what Jonathan Myrick Daniels did when he jumped in front of the shotgun of a racist murderer in order to protect the life of a seventeen-year-old African American girl named Ruby Sales.  

It was August in Alabama when Jonathan, an Episcopal seminarian, made this choice to lay down his life for another. He and other protestors had just spent six hot days in jail without air conditioning, showers and even toilets. But it was in these conditions that Jonathan Daniels sang hymns and said prayers to boost the morale of his friends and to combat the bleakness of the conditions.

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Y(Our) Saviour Center Spotlight

(Y)Our Saviour Center’s Food Pantry is busy with lots of new programs.  During the last 4 weeks, under the enthusiastic and learned guidance of Diane Williams, the Food Pantry has added a free diaper program and Senior food program.  So, if they qualify, the 400+ families who receive food weekly from the Food Pantry can also receive free diapers for children and a free bag of supplemental food for Seniors. 

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John Mason Neale

John Mason Neale, an eminent English clergyman, author, hymn writer and translator, was born in London on January 24, 1818. Neale was named after the Puritan cleric and hymn writer John Mason, of whom his mother Susanna was a descendant. He was educated at Shelbourne Grammar school and by private tutors before he entered Trinity College at Cambridge in 1836.

While studying at Cambridge, he was deeply affected by the Oxford Movement and developed an extraordinary interest in church archeology, especially in architecture. In 1839, he, along with a few others, organized the Cambridge Camden Society, afterwards known as the Ecclesiological Society, which exercised an immense influence on the architecture and ritual of the English Church.

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Ignatius of Loyola  

Priest and Monastic, 1556

Ignatius of Loyola was born into a noble Basque family in 1491. In his autobiography he tells us that until the age of 26 he was “a man given over to the vanities of the world and took special delight in the exercise of arms with a great and vain desire of winning glory.” In 1521 an act of reckless heroism led to his being seriously wounded.  He experienced a profound spiritual awakening during his convalescence. Following his recovery and an arduous period of religious retreat, a call to be Christ’s knight in the service of God’s kingdom was deepened and confirmed.

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Church of Our Saviour calls a new Rector

The Vestry of the Church of Our Saviour is excited to announce that it has called the Rev. Jeffrey D.S. Thornberg to be our next rector . This announcement concludes the search process that started January of 2018 when Father Gary Bradley retired.

Rev. Jeffrey Thornberg comes to the Church of Our Saviour from Fayetteville North Carolina where he is the rector of Holy Trinity Church. Jeffrey brings with him his wife Annie and three children, Eleanor, Harriet and Francie. Jeff’s first Sunday will be Sunday September 8th. We will celebrate the beginning of his ministry with us as well as the birthday of our church.

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Thomas á Kempis

Thomas á Kempis (or Thomas “of Kempis”) was a German and Dutch “Canon Regular” that lived in the Netherlands in the late 1300’s. A “Canon Regular” was a type of ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church that lived under a “rule”, much like “The Rule of St. Augustine”. Kempis was a member of “Brethren of the Common Life” a community and movement founded by Gerard Groote that focused on living in obedience, humility and a simple life. Kempis entered the Monastery of Mount St. Agnes in 1406 but was not immediately ordained until given Holy Orders in 1413. St. Agnes was a place founded on the ideals of the followers of Groote, and a place that they could fully realize their calling. His time at the Monastery was spent as a copyist and writer, until he eventually served as Sub-Prior.

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Y(Our) Saviour Center Spotlight

Greetings from (Y)Our Saviour Center in El Monte!  Does anyone ever shop on Amazon? What about Ralphs?  Or maybe Office Depot?

Well, if you shop at ANY of these places, did you know your regular shopping habits can turn into MONEY for our MISSION?  It’s true!  All it takes is a couple of minutes registering for the shopping rewards programs.    

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Education for Ministry

As Christians, we face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the church’s faith in a complex and confusing world. Education for Ministry (or as it’s better known, EfM) is a program for adults who desire to grow deeper into scripture, church history and theology in a small group. 

Definitely not your grandmother’s Bible study program, EfM understands that adults are responsible for their own learning and that bible study is more than just reading scripture and being “taught” what it means.

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William White was the second bishop consecrated for the Episcopal Church of the United States. He was ordained in England and then went home to Philadelphia. He became first the assistant rector and after 12 years became Rector of Christ and St. Peter’s in Philadelphia for 57 years. He also served as chaplain of the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1789 and subsequently as Chaplain of the Senate.

Although an Anglican (Episcopal) cleric is sworn to the King in his ordination ceremony, White like all but one of his fellow Anglican clerics in Philadelphia, sided with the American Revolutionary cause.

After the war White wrote a pamphlet called The case of The Episcopal Churches in the United Sta

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Kuddos to so Many Individuals

Lately a number of parishioners have been putting in many hours getting the rectory and the campus ready for the vestry interviews of potential rector candidates.

I would like to thank Scott Kennedy, Sharon Crandall, Peggy O’Leary, Dinah Roberts and Lovey Sherman for all the work they put in getting the rectory ready.  Peggy is the “Power Washer Queen”. She bought the patio area in the rectory back to life, including all the outdoor furniture. It looks fabulous. Sharon Crandall has spent countless hours inside and outside the rectory. She planted azaleas, camellias, lavender, and spruced up the front of the rectory. She also worked scrubbing and working in the kitchen.

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That “In Between Time”

The Opportunity to pray for each other following Fr. Bob’s departure and the starting of a new rector.  

During Lent of this year, we as a parish took on the spiritual practice of praying for each other. For me, it was a powerful experience to pray for individuals that I knew and others that were not familiar to me. I would like to bring back this practice. While the vestry continues to interview and discern the call of a new rector and Fr. Bob is departing as our interim, I would like us, as a church, to pray for each other during this time of anticipation.

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Canon Dorris Dann, Fierce Advocate For the Poor and Needy in El Monte Dies

Dorris Dann began her tenure as Director of Our Saviour Center in 1987. Our Saviour Center is the outreach program of the Church of Our Saviour in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and Immanuel Church, El Monte on which the Center’s main facility is located. Annually the Center serves thousands of individuals with food; shelter; medical care; and children’s and youth programming.

Dorris’s decision to become the Center’s Director was a surprising one: she was nearing retirement as the women’s sportswear buyer for the upscale Broadway department store.

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St. Benedict of Nursia  480-550

Not much is known of St. Benedict’s early life, except that he was born in Norsia,  studied in Rome and was disgusted  with life there.  He withdrew from society and lived in a cave in Subiaco as a hermit.  Eventually a community grew up around him, and he established 12 monasteries around him with 12 monks each, with an abbot, appointed by him to lead each monastery.

Local jealousy forced him to leave Subiaco and move to Monte Cassino with a few monks where he remained until his death.  It was there, that he composed his Rule of Life which is still followed today. The rule is marked with prudence and humanity and leads by observance and obedience to a perfect following of Christ. The chief task of the community is the discipline of the Divine Office which with private prayer, spiritual reading and work which  fills the day. 

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Harriet Beecher Stowe

Writer and Prophetic Witness, 1896

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on June 14, 1811, and from an early age was influenced by the humanitarian efforts of her famous parents. Her father, Lyman Beecher, was known for his zealous preaching and involvement with the temperance movement, while her mother, Roxana Foote Beecher, ran a school for girls and publicly advocated for the intellectual development of women.  Harriet was the sister of the educator and author, Catherine Beecher, and clergymen Henry Ward Beecher, Charles Beecher and Edward Beecher. Her sister Catharine led the women’s opposition against the Jackson Administration’s Indian Removal Bill.   

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Changes and Farewells

It’s time to say farewell to two individuals that have made a significant impact on the life of the Church of Our Saviour.

Our first farewell and thank you will be to Father Bob Honeychurch on July 14, at 9:00 AM, between the two morning services.  This will be Bob’s last Sunday at the Church of Our Saviour. Bob has been serving as our interim rector since Feb. 2018. His time with us is coming to an end as we draw closer to calling our next rector.

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Praying Towards Sunday

This Sunday is a very momentous day in the life of this Parish.  We are celebrating 17 years of service of Jubilee Homes to the recovering community of the San Gabriel Valley.

I began my tenure at the Church of Our Saviour on July 1, 2002, as the Director of Jubilee Homes—a network of four sober living homes and apartments located in Pasadena and Altadena for adult men and women in recovery from addiction.  Fifty residents at any one time have been given the opportunity to live in a supportive community of their peers to begin a new life in the company of a dedicated Staff and Board and a family of friends. 

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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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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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