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

The 8:00 am and 10:30 am Sunday services continue to be held onsite. The 10:30 am service will be livestreamed on Facebook. Bulletins are posted here and on our Facebook page. Click here for the October 25th bulletin.


NEWS, NOTES, AND COMING EVENTS

A Time To Gather: Our country has been impacted by violence, polarized politics and social division in ways we haven’t experienced before. COVID and California fires have added additional layers of trauma that can lead to anxiety, depression and a sense of hopelessness.

The Church of Our Saviour will be open on Wednesday evenings in October from 6 - 6:30 for those who want to have a place to sit with others in an atmosphere of calm and silence. It is open to all regardless of whether you are religious or not, and regardless of your political party affiliation. Click here for details.

We will be setting up an ofrenda in the Parish Hall for Dia De Los Muertos and will process to the Hall after each service on November 1st to say a prayer for our loved ones. Click Here to see our poster and details for bringing your photos (or other items) for the ofrenda.

Communion Returns: Rev. Debra is bringing back communion to both Sunday services. She will bring the communion hosts to the people in their pews. We will not be sharing the cup. Rev. Debra will wear gloves and a mask for safety. 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.

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.

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?"

Disaster Relief: In our diocese there are four main fires that have burned over 800,000 acres. These fires have impacted 28 churches and three parishioners have 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 

The 2020 Diocesan Convention will be held online November 6-7.

Forum Online: The Eucharist
 Click here to watch our first online Forum which was with the Rev. Libby Vincent. Rev. Libby is a Transitional Deacon (soon to be priest) in the Episcopal church, with a focus on the Eucharist. She became a Christian in the middle of her college years and, knowing that she was being called by God to full time professional ministry, pursued her M.Div. and Ph.D. which led her to places like Pasadena, CA, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Berlin, Germany. She has been a Presbyterian pastor, conference speaker, and spiritual director and taught for Fuller Seminary in the area of Systematic Theology and Theology and Film. She resides in Folsom with her husband, Dan, and has two adult children. After you you watch the interview, be sure to give Rev. Debra some feedback on the content and the process.

Safety:  We continue to require the wearing of masks in church for the entire service (you may bring your own or we will provide a disposable one) and we must maintain social distancing following Diocesan guidelines. There will be no coffee hour for the time being. The surfaces in the church will be sanitized before each service. To read the Diocesan guidelines, Regathering with Safety and Care, Click here.

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.

Rev. Debra Does Podcasting!  Rev. Debra interviewed Hudson Mathews, grandson of Ed and Sandy Mathews, about his experience participating in El Dorado High School's production of the play "The Laramie Project”. Click here to watch it on YouTube. If this technology works smoothly, Rev. Debra plans to use it as a way to re-start the Forum on Facebook and through email classes.

Concert on YouTube: Dennis Johnson, occasional pianist at Our Saviour and contributor to our booklet of Lenten reflections, performs a benefit concert annually for Spirit In Action. This year the concert was not at the Johnson's home, but is available on YouTube under "Dennis Johnson, Piano, House Concert" or at www.spiritinaction.org/piano. There are two parts, each around half an hour long. Spirit in Action provides community grants and small business loans in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, and Burundi to reduce poverty, increase prosperity, and change communities for the better. You may make a donation to Spirit in Action, PO Box 3384 Santa Cruz, CA 95063.


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Virtual Convention 2020

2020 Diocesan Convention, Nov. 6 - 7

Each year clergy and parish lay delegates meet in an annual convention to make plans for the diocese and to deal with matters relating to the operation of the diocese. All Our Saviour clergy are delegates. Each parish elects a number of lay delegates based on the size of the parish. At Our Saviour we elect three delegates. This year the convention will be entirely online providing a unique opportunity for the inclusion of a special category of attendee - visitors. Everyone in the Diocese is invited to attend with the new category of attendees.

The Diocese of Northern California invites you! 

We're excited to offer these 4 learning tracks for convention this year! When you register you will be able to participate in one of the learning tracks as well as attend the general sessions. Click here for more information and to register.

Please read the descriptions below, and select the track you are most interested in.

Track 1: A Perfect Storm: Mental Health in the Collision of Pandemics

  • Presenters: Diocesan Partners in Ministries of Health

The goal of these workshops are to explore how the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Systemic Racial Injustice Pandemic impact on mental health and learn strategies and resources for supporting faith communities, families, local communities and ourselves. In addition, we will explore what congregations are already doing to address mental health challenges and provide new resources to expand those ministries. The workshop are for lay people and clergy; the information will be relevant to anyone concerned with pastoral care of those affected by the mental health challenges of these colliding pandemics.

Track 2: Becoming Beloved Community in the Diocese of Northern California

  • Presenters: Commission for Intercultural Ministries

The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community frames a path for Episcopalians to address racial injustice and grow as a community of healers, justice-makers, and reconcilers who share a passion for the dream of God. Where are you and your church in this lifetime journey as you learn, pray and act and then turn again to find a new revelation or challenge? Discover how the Becoming Beloved Community Labyrinth relates to your Baptismal vows. Hear how churches are telling the truth, proclaiming the dream, and following the Way of Love towards repairing the injuries to ourselves and our world.

Track 3: Best Skills: Best Churches Nonprofit Management for Churches

  • Presenters: Arizona State University, Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation

This program, offered through the Nonprofit Management Institute at the Arizona State University's Lodestar Center for Nonprofit Innovation and Philanthropy, is specially designed to meet the needs of communities of faith. This session will provide engaging, practice-oriented learning experiences that are focused on knowledge, skills, and techniques that can immediately be implemented in your faith-based organization. This program will provide you with an unparalleled opportunity to develop and enhance your leadership and management skills in order to best serve your faith community.

Track 4: Living into our Baptism: Ancient/Future Formation for Baptismal Living

  • Presenter: Rev. Bryon Hansen

We cannot force Spiritual growth and vitality, however we know that God desires abundant and growing life for his followers. So, we can expect God is working to bring such vitality to our communities, if we can but cooperate. The Catechumenal process is precisely such an open door; it welcomes the work of the Holy Spirit consciously into the lives of new and long-term members. They embrace baptismal living. Lives are changed, communities are transformed and neighborhoods are helped. The process is drawn from the ancient pattern of formation for those seeking baptism. We use it for those seeking Baptism, Confirmation or Reaffirmation. It is for any person who is returning to a relationship with God in Jesus Christ. Millennials love its ancient/future flavor and seniors rejoice to find God has purpose and relationship for them still.

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