Thank you! We're off to a great start in our challenge grant with $1,925 contributed since the end of October. Recall that an anonymous donor and friend of the parish has issued a challenge for the parish to close our current operating deficit of about $10,000 in the year-to-date. The challenge is for each of us to give a little more than our pledge or intention for the current year, which will be matched, one-for-one up to $5,000. This parish is fortunate to have friends, as well as faithful members, who believe in the importance of the mission and ministry of this parish. To have your gift count in this campaign and qualify for the match, please note “Challenge Grant” on your check or online gift. The challenge remains open until November 30.
Thursday, Nov. 22, 10am
Plan on attending this special middle-of-the-week Holy Eucharist service.
The first settlers knew in whose hands their very survival lay, and gave thanks to Him for it. Let us keep this national Day of Thanksgiving by offering to God the thanksgiving He Himself commanded us to offer, in gratitude for all His gifts to us.
The Fall session of classes have gotten underway and all are encouraged to attend. This season’s class is exploring the Book of Common Prayer. Class meets on Sunday from 9:45–10:45am in the Library (located off Pettway Hall).
Activities to keep your children occupied during the service are available at the back of the church (on the right just inside the main entrance). Our worship bags include materials for all age groups. Please get a container when you enter and return it when you leave. If you need assistance, the greeters will be happy to help you.
Are you, or someone you know, interested in receiving the Sacrament of Holy Baptism? These are the upcoming dates for Holy Baptism:
The Baptism of Our Lord – Sunday, January 13, 2019
The Great Vigil of Easter – Saturday, April 20, 2019
The Day of Pentecost – Sunday, June 9, 2019
"Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble."
If you've got the time, the Midtown Assistant Center can put you to work. We have an ongoing need for volunteers. You can come one time, weekly, or monthly. Teenagers are welcome in most roles. Complete the Volunteer Application at www.midtownassistancectr.org/volunteer/ to get started.
Needed roles include:
–Front Desk Support – greet clients, pass out sandwiches and water at the door
–Administrative Support – scan client cards
–Clothing Closet – sort and tag clothing donations
The Stewardship Committee wants to let everyone know about an initiative to update our parish records that we are embarking on. In the upcoming weeks you will see the committee members (Jeff Chancellor, Lauren Giles, Brian Mullaney and Mary Sommers) armed with laptops and tablets asking you to update the basic records we have for you. You will be asked to enter—or let us enter for you—this information into your own personal record in Realm, the parish’s online database, or submit it the old-fashioned way (on paper!). Each member will set up a login and password so that they will be able to access their own information going forward. Among the things you will be able to do in Realm will be to indicate how you want to receive communications from the parish; send messages to the parish administrator, priest or other parish members; view your donation record or set up a recurring donation (via electronic giving).
The first time we ask you to enter your information, we want everyone to check the following:
While these are the most essential elements we are looking for, there is a whole range of other information you can enter and which we will encourage you to complete as you desire. And you can even add a picture to enhance your profile!
Realm is an online ministry tool designed for real-time connection. Once we get everyone registered it will act as an online directory of parishioners. (And if everyone adds a photo there will finally exist a photo directory of the parish!) Everyone can connect from anywhere at any time, even from their mobile devices. In the near future, we'll add a link on the parish's website that will take you to Realm's login page.
Our decision to adopt this platform reflects our hope to strengthen parish connections. However, your privacy is one of our greatest concerns. Realm keeps your data safe and gives you control over what information you share and who can see it. The database includes only people in our parish—it is not like a social network that’s open to everyone—and only people in our parish can access it.
As mentioned above, our giving records are connected to the Realm platform and will be accessible online, to you, once you have created an account. Let us assure you that access to giving records remains restricted, and information will be visible only to you (when you log in) and to the parish’s financial staff.
To download a copy of the November 2018 Angelus, click here.
Church of Our Saviour can now be selected as a Community Rewards Partner in conjunction with your Kroger Plus Card. Make sure you have a card, sign in to your account and designate the parish as your selected organization. (47253 is our official Kroger number.) From then all you have to do is use your card when you shop!
And don't forget, make your Amazon purchases through AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the parish. All monies raised from both of these programs will be donated to our parish’s St. Vincent Fund which is used to assist the poor and people in need.