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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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Walking with the Saints

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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Walking with the Saints

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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Walking with the Saints

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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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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Walking with the Saints

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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Walking with the Saints

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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