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, December 6th, and for the foreseeable future. The 10:30 am service will be livestreamed on Facebook. The bulletin will be posted soon.


NEWS, NOTES, AND COMING EVENTS

Advent Booklets: The latest edition of "Living Well Through Advent 2020: Practicing Hope with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind" is available. If you want a copy mailed to you, please contact Lee Weikert at 530-644-0382 or eklktcwe@earthlink.net. Rev. Debra ordered 100 copies so we have enough for you and any one you think might like to read along with us during this season.

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.

Men's Virtual Retreat Saturday December 12th, 2:30 - 6:00 PM: Praying with Thomas Merton During Seasons of Darkness. This retreat is arranged by Faith Church and includes our very own Deacon Steve. You will be participating from your own home via Zoom. The meeting link will be sent to all those who register for this unique retreat.  Watch for a separate email with more information, the retreat schedule and information on how to register.

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 

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.

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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Men's Virtual Retreat in December

PRAYING WITH THOMAS MERTON DURING SEASONS OF DARKNESS

~ December 12th ~

How do we reconcile an all-loving and all-powerful God with a world of suffering?

The writings of influential author and Trappist monk Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968) offer some helpful wisdom in responding to this age-old question of theodicy. Moreover, his personal trials, teachings, poetry, and prayers invite us to bring our own questions of suffering honestly to God in prayer. During this Saturday afternoon retreat (2:30 - 6 PM), we will learn about the life, theodicy, and theodical spirituality of this Trappist monk; and explore ways that his wisdom can help us pray honestly during our own seasons of darkness.

Click here for details and registration information.

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