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.



For your information

Services will be held onsite this coming Sunday, April 18th. Masks are required. The service will also be livestreamed on our Facebook page. If you are joining us from home, please click here for the 10:30 am service bulletin and here for our Facebook page.


Memorial service for Coralie Persse ~  The service was livestreamed on our Facebook page Saturday, April 10th. Please click here for the bulletin.

Onsite Services: We are now gathering for in-person services. With the protocols that we established, the Regathering Team decided that we will be able to open safely under the constraints of the Orange Tier in El Dorado County. We can resume indoor worship at 25% capacity.

Regathering for in person worship requires the support of volunteers helping in a variety of ways. Would you consider serving? The surveys were anonymous so if you volunteered there we still don't know who you are. Please contact Rev. Debra at revdebra.oursaviour@gmail.com with your name and contact information, if you can help. These are the immediate jobs:

Being an usher or reader.

Supporting Rev. Debra by learning the sound system.

Serving on the Sanitizing/Cleaning Crew after services.    

Vaccine Rollout Information: Please read the information (to the right) and share with friends and family who may not have access to a computer or online information.

Invite Welcome Connect

At the February Vestry Retreat Cherie Raffety stepped up to head a new program at Our Saviour called Invite Welcome Connect. Cherie invites you to consider joining her. If this program is of interest to you, please contact Cherie at 530-626-8020. Leslyn Shortes, also a vestry member, will be working with Cherie.
From the website: Invite Welcome Connect is a ministry of transformation that equips and empowers individuals and congregations to cultivate intentional practices of evangelism, hospitality, and belonging. Rooted in the Gospel directive to “Go and make disciples of all nations”, this ministry provides a practical theological framework and comprehensive process for engaging communities of faith to move from a maintenance culture to a gospel driven mission culture. Invite Welcome Connect is a program of The Episcopal Church with roots in the Diocese of Texas with further development at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Further information can be found on their website by clicking here: http://invitewelcomeconnect.com

Forward Movement Day by Day for February, March, and April: The current edition of the Day by Day booklet is now available. If you wish to have one mailed to you please contact LeAnn Bettencourt at 530-644-4789 or lkbett@live.com

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.

Annual Giving Statements: Please contact our bookkeeper, Karen Cornell at cornellkl@me.com, if there is a discrepancy with your Statement. 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.

Discretionary Fund: 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.

Crossings Conversations Podcasts: 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 hereIf 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.

Safety during COVID:

  • 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.

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?"

  April 2021  
STAY CURRENT with COVID Vaccine availability

California State:

You can register at MyTurn.

Residents can register in the state's MyTurn system to be notified by email or text when they become eligible for a vaccine AND when an appointment becomes available!  Signing up for the service is simple and takes less than 5 minutes. You'll get an email or text confirming your eligibility and another email or text when an appointment is available.  It does not work with landline phones.  Visit MyTurn.ca.gov for more information.  

If you are registering for an El Dorado Public Health Clinic through MyTurn, we still request that you print, complete, and bring with you the COVID19 Screening Consent form Eng 3.30.21.pdf

 If you need assistance registering for a #COVID19 vaccine via MyTurn or have questions, including verifying your appointment, there's a Chat function you can use at the bottom of the homepage. There's also a hotline for assistance 7 days a week: 1-833-422-4255.

El Dorado County:

IMPORTANT: Vaccine Clinic information New vaccine resources - and you can also subscribe to Vaccine Clinic updates!

NEW! 4-1-21 Eligible populations are those in all of Phase 1A, Phase1B, Phase 1C and individuals 50 year old and older with an emphasis on residents 75 and older. Anyone who meets the criteria in these Phases is eligible to sign up for an available vaccination appointment. Vaccines will be administered based upon supply provided by the State, not solely on one's eligibility.

El Dorado County Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Registration and Consent Form for those 16 and older (minors are eligible starting April 15th, 2021)

COVID Registration and Consent Form Eng - 3/20/21


Vaccine webpage weekly updates.


General COVID-19 information and links.

General Information:

(El Dorado County posts the weekly vaccine inventory at the link above.)

Please be aware that the Pfizer vaccine cannot be administered to persons under 16 years of age; Moderna vaccine cannot be administered to persons under 18 years of age.

Emergency Use Authorization/Common Side Effects (Food & Drug Administration):

Moderna information

Fact Sheet for Recipients and Care Givers

Pfizer information

Fact Sheet for Recipients and Care Givers

Vaccine Rollout Process:

The State has prioritized vaccination rollout into phases; the first, Phase 1A, is sub-prioritized into tiers, as shown below. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/CDPH-Allocation-Guidelines-for-COVID-19-Vaccine-During-Phase-1A-Recommendations.aspx

NEW! Are you a Senior and need help Registering for a Vaccine Appointment? El Dorado County Senior Information and Assistance and County Libraries are offering a service to help seniors aged 75 and over who don’t have Internet access or those having trouble navigating the online registration for a vaccine. Please see this flyer (in English and Spanish) to learn more.

COVID19 Senior Services Vaccination Flyer English

COVID19 Senior Services Vaccination Flyer Spanish

Register Your Agency:

If your agency falls into any of the prioritized tiers for COVID vaccine, please complete this form to register your agency: https://forms.gle/pxnsEaHZPrY97jnn9

Register to Receive a Phase/Tier Alert:

Sign up here for notification when your Phase/tier becomes eligible (Note: this does not mean there are appointments available to receive a vaccine): https://forms.gle/J152S7TYTv3pmDu97

Frequently Asked Questions (vaccine registration)

New! COVID19 vaccine FAQ 2-2-21.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions (General)

Q: What El Dorado County facilities are receiving doses of the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: The County is following State guidelines in developing its COVID-19 vaccine allocation plan. It is a phased and tiered approach.

Phase 1a includes people at risk of exposure through their work in any role in direct health care or long-term care settings. As such, Barton Health and Marshall Medical received the first allocation of Pfizer vaccine.

Q: When are they receiving their doses?

A: Barton received its first allotment on Dec. 17th, 2020; Marshall received its first allotment on December 20th. Both have received additional doses weekly.

Q: Who will be vaccinated first?

A: Phase 1a only includes health care workers and employees at skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and similar long-term care settings for older or medically vulnerable individuals. The majority of our County's skilled nursing and long-term care facilities are under a federal program to receive doses. See information about this program here.

Q: When will fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel be vaccinated?

A: They began receiving the Moderna vaccine December 23rd.

Q: When will our Community Health Center workers be vaccinated?

A: They began receiving the Moderna vaccine December 23rd.

Q: When will Phase 1a be completed?

A: We completed the bulk of Phase 1a eligible residents the week of January 18th, but continue to vaccinate people in Phase 1a as we move along the timeline.

Q: When will vaccines be available for essential workers, teachers and the general public?

A: We opened appointments to those in Phase 1b the week of January 18th. We are hopeful all El Dorado County residents who wish to be vaccinated will have the opportunity by Summer 2021.

Q: Will I still need to wear a mask after getting the vaccine?

A: Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, staying at least six feet away from others, and not gathering with people you don't live with. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC's recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.

Together, COVID-19 vaccination and recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. We need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before we change recommendations on mask use.

Q: How many vaccine doses are needed to be fully effective?

A: The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses to be fully effective. The manufactured doses should not be interchanged, i.e., if your first dose is from Pfizer, the second needs to be from Pfizer. The second dose of Pfizer’should be administered no sooner than three weeks after the first dose; the second dose of Moderna should be administered no sooner than 28 days after the first dose.

Q: Will a flu vaccine protect me against COVID-19?

A: Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however flu vaccination has many other important benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu but also to help conserve potentially scarce health care and public health resources. Coinfection has been shown to dramatically increase mortality rate by up to 43%.

Q: What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: Among the 36,000+ people who have received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine through phase 3 clinical trials (Pfizer and Moderna), no serious safety concerns have been reported. Some participants reported transient side effects including: sore arm, fever, muscle pain and fatigue that resolved in 24 hours. Older adults reported fewer and milder side effects. In a small percentage of cases these side effects were severe — defined as preventing daily activities.

Q: Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

A: None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms that are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity, including fever. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it's possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

Q: If I've recovered from COVID-19, do I still need to get a vaccine?

A: Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before. At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long. We won't know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have a vaccine and more data on how well it works.


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