Welcome 

No matter where you come from or where you’re going,
No matter what you believe or what you doubt.
No matter what you feel or don’t feel today.
You are welcome into this space to be met by
a God who knows you by name,
Who knows your heart, who knows your mind, and
Who wants to be in a relationship with you.

We respect the dignity of every human being by welcoming, validating, and supporting all persons, whatever their race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, health status, physical ability, marital status, or stage of spiritual journeying.

 

Notices 

For your information

Services will not be held onsite this coming Sunday, January 17th, nor for the foreseeable future, but will be livestreamed on our Facebook page. Please click here for the bulletin and here for our Facebook page.


NEWS, NOTES, AND COMING EVENTS

Annual Giving Statements : Annual Giving Statements have been mailed along with a form for recording your 2021 pledge. There appear to be some errors in the Giving Statements. If you need your statement corrected please contact our bookkeeper, Karen Cornell at cornellkl@me.com and let her know if there is a discrepancy. She will straighten it all out.

Pledge Forms: Pledges enable our vestry to anticipate income for the year and to make plans accordingly. Please return your pledge form as soon as possible in the envelope provided. Even though we are unable to meet in person there are ongoing expenses for the church that must be met - and will be met with your help.

Read interviews in the Fall 2020 issue of Crossings: Amid Church Divinity School of the Pacific's ongoing discernment about their role in the future of leadership formation in the Episcopal Church and beyond, Bishop Megan and several other Bishops were interviewed to provide wisdom and vision for developing lay and ordain ministers in a wide range of contexts. To read the article, click here.

If you’re intrigued by what you read, check your favorite podcast app or cdsp.edu/podcasts to subscribe to Crossings Conversations. The full interviews will be regularly featured there in the coming months.


January 15 Annual Reports Due: All leaders of ministries at Our Saviour will need to have their annual reports to the office no later than January 15.  Please send them to oursaviour@gmail.com.


January 31 Annual Meeting including Elections: This year's annual meeting will be an online affair.  Details are being worked out now for what will most likely be a Zoom meeting. 


A new Sacred Ground Circle is forming: Beginning Thursday, February 4, 1:00-2:30 pm. The Commission for Intercultural Ministry is forming a Sacred Ground Dialogue Circle, a film-based dialogue series on race and faith. For more information click here. A recommendation from the 2020 Diocesan Convention is that all parish leaders need to renew their anti-racism training. There are choices, but Rev. Debra asks that all licensed support ministers and parish leaders consider this series. For this session please register by January 25, 2021.


Ordo Calendars: Ordo calendars are church year guides to the seasons of the church year and show the dates for special commemorations, feasts and fasts, along with the appropriate color for each season. The Sunday lessons are printed on the back page for each month. Ordos are used by your clergy, Altar Guild and writers of Prayers of the People. We have several extra copies of the 2021 calendar. If you would be interested in having a copy please contact Lee Weikert at 644-0382 or eklktcwe@earthlinnk.net.


 

Christmas Outreach Requests:

#1: Deacon Steve asks for support for the re-visioning of the Hummingbird Gallery at the Good Shepherd Mission located on the Colorado Plateau in the Four Corners Region of the Navajo Nation. The Hummingbird Gallery was a place where you could find friendly fellowship and a safe space to engage over a cup of coffee. It had also offered lunch options that were fresh, healthy, and affordable. The funds that you donate will be used to purchase the tools we need to re-establish a plan to help the people in our church participate in a ministry that helps youth learn work skills, business ethics, and the ability to problem solve. The profit accumulated from this coffee shop will help with local ministry programs that help the community learn about community gardening, culinary arts, soup pantry, and even models other Native tribal garden programs within the Episcopal Indian ministries. To make a donation you can send a check made out to Our Saviour with "Hummingbird Gallery" in the memo line and give it to Deacon Steve. He will forward your donations to the project. 

#2: An invitation to give to the Bishop's Partnership Book of Dreams: The Bishop's Partnership Appeal is a collaborative year-end process, designed to directly support the congregations and institutions of our diocese. Last year, a total of $12,000 was received in donations, 100% of which went directly to the designated recipients. The booklet itself is worth viewing but more importantly the activities, projects, and outreach around our diocese are most impressive.  Included on the list are a Campus Food Ministry in Quincy and a Shower Ministry in Healdsburg.

Click here to view the 2020 Bishop's Partnership Appeal Book of Dreams.

#3: Rev. Debra maintains a Discretionary Fund that she can use to provide assistance as needed.  She can provide emergency assistance for food, transportation, and help with medical bills. The Vestry provides some funding for this every year, but additional donations would expand what Rev. Debra can do during the year. Donations may be made to Our Saviour, with "Discretionary Fund" in the memo line.


Shared Communion: Rev. Debra asks you for your input. For Shared Communion (so that those at home could have a consecrated communion host) she would consecrate the hosts and people could either pick them up or have them delivered to their home prior to the Sunday service. Would you be interested in adding this to our worship service? Talk to Rev. Debra by phone (530-848-7765), by email (revdebra.oursaviour@gmail.com), or on Facebook.


Bubble Groups: Just a term for small groups that meet under the current saftey guidelines as we begin to regather and connect in person.  A group could meet for coffee and talk, for book study, for prayer, or just to gather.  If you are interested in helping form a Bubble Group, please contact Rev. Debra after church or email at revdebra.oursaviour@gmail.com.


When services are onsite: 

  1. Communion: Rev. Debra brings the communion host to the people in their pews. All safety protocols are observed. We continue to require that you wear a mask (you may bring your own or we will provide a disposable one) when inside the church and observe safe distance guidelines, sitting six feet apart only in designated pews. Watch for the marking of pews. Our sanitizing crew will be at work between services. She asks that those of you who join online have bread and wine, or grape juice, to join us. Prayers will be provided online for you to use at home for an Agape Meal like those held by early Christians, and later developed into the service of Holy Communion.
  2. Help Is Still Needed:  We need persons willing to participate in the readings, ushering, and being on the team that sanitizes the sanctuary and the downstairs bathroom after the 8:30 service. If you are willing to help with ushering or being part of the sanitation team, please contact Rev. Debra. If you are interested in reading the Prayers of the People, please contact Lee Weikert at 644-0382 or eklktcwe@earthlink.net.
  3. Note:  There will be no coffee hour for the time being.

Forward Movement Day by Day:  We have received our shipment of booklets and they will be available in the church beginning Sunday, September 13th. If you would like a copy, but aren't yet coming to church, please contact LeAnn Bettencourt at lkbett@live.com or Lee Weikert at eklktcwe@earthlink.com, and they will mail a copy to you. The daily reflections, the readings, and other resources continue to be available on the Forward Movement website. On the site menu at the top of the page, click on Forward Day by Day and select Today's Meditation for the reflection of the day. You can also explore the site from the home page.


Disaster Relief: In our diocese there are four main fires that burned over 800,000 acres. These fires impacted 28 churches and three parishioners lost their homes. In addition to prayer, if you would like to reach out a helping hand, you may donate to the Bishop's Discretionary Fund for Disaster Relief. Click Here and 100% of your donation will go directly to assist victims in the first stage of the disaster and later during long term recovery. Although the amount is set at $20.00, you can enter any amount, more or less than $20, in the amount field.
 
If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to EDNC and put "Disaster Relief" in the memo line and mail to:

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California
350 University Avenue, Suite 280
Sacramento, CA 95825 


Parish Interviews: Rev. Debra has embarked on a project to interview individual parishioners and to post those interviews weekly on our Facebook page. Here are the very thought provoking questions she has written to guide the interviews. Click here to check weekly for each new interview or to listen to any you may have missed.

  • What was your childhood experience with religion? 
  • Did you go to church, and if so, which one and with whom?
  • How did you come to the Episcopal church?
  • Do you have any Biblical passages or stories from the Bible that have guided you throughout your life?
  • Viktor Frankl was a Holocaust survivor who later became a psychiatrist. He devoted his life to helping others finding meaning in life. He said that each person is irreplaceable and inimitable. The question a person should ask themselves each day, and each hour, is not “What can I expect from life ?” but rather “What does life want from me?” As a Christian, the question is "What does God want from me at this time?" How would you answer that question? 
  • Fred Rogers - "Who loved you into being?"

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9 Days of Prayer

Dear Friends in Christ,

I invite you to join with me in nine days of prayer leading up to, and surrounding, Inauguration Day on Jan 20, 2021.

Each night, at 6 pm, starting on Thursday, January 14, one of our Regional Deans or our Cathedral Dean will lead us in prayers, following The Order for Worship for the Evening. I will lead the prayers on Wednesday, January 20. 

The Zoom link and additional call in numbers may be found HERE.

Whenever we are confronted with moments of great import, we gather as the people of God to pray together. The fellowship and grounding we receive gives us strength to engage in a non-violent manner with critical events such as those arising last week.

This worship is my call, to all our members, to engage in the hallmark of our vocation as Christians: to be peacemakers, who engage one another across difference to create bonds of friendship and connection in the power of the Spirit.

Please join us as we pray for our nation.

In Christ,

+Megan 

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An Epiphany Blessing ~ Chalk your door with "holy graffiti"

The church has a custom of blessing homes on January 6th and the weeks following. January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany and on that day family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and those who live in or visit the home. From Epiphany and continuing for days to come, we will join with others around the world in writing this ancient yet ever-changing formula on their doors: 21+C+M+B+21. The numbers, letters and symbols have been called “holy graffiti.”

The letters C, M, B come from the traditional names for the wise men: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, whose arrival at Mary and Joseph’s home is celebrated on the Epiphany. The letters are also an abbreviation for “Christus Mansionem Benedicat,” which means “May Christ bless this dwelling.” The first and last numbers refer to the current year, and the plus signs in between represent the cross.

This year we are going to have members from the church come to people’s homes, stand outside near the front door, bless the home and write 21+C+M+B+21 above the door (if possible) and draw an Epiphany star with blessed chalk.

We ask that each home would have a candle to light and bring to a front porch, or through a window, as someone leads a prayer to ask God’s grace and protection on all who enter the dwelling.

If you would like to bless your own home we will have bags at church that contain blessed chalk and prayers for a blessing.

Please let us know if you would be interested in having an Epiphany blessing said at your house. You can email me at: revdebra.oursaviour@gmail.com

Where Love Has Lived

 A home is not simply a building; it is the shelter around the intimacy of a life. Coming in from the outside world and its rasp of force and usage, you relax and allow yourself to be who you are. The inner walls of a home are threaded with the textures of one's soul, a subtle weave of presences. If you could see your home through the lens of the soul, you would be surprised at the beauty concealed in the memory your home holds. When you enter some homes, you sense how the memories have seeped to the surface, infusing the aura of the place and deepening the tone of its presence. Where love has lived, a house still holds the warmth. Even the poorest home feels like a nest if love and tenderness dwell there.

~ John O'Donohue