Next Sunday, January 26, we will a single combined Mass at 10am and immediately following it, in the parish hall, we will convene for lunch and our Annual Meeting. This is a very important and special time in our parish life and we encourage everyone to attend. Even if you have just started attending services here, we invite you to come, enjoy a great meal, get to know people and find out what Our Saviour is all about. Father Chris keeps the meeting moving along, but there is lots to cover as guild heads give short synopses of what their group has accomplished in the past year along with the senior and junior wardens, and the treasurer, making short presentations. The lunch is potluck style and we are asking those with last names beginning in A-H to bring a main dish, I-R a vegetable or side dish, and S-Z a dessert. Please note: Childcare will be available during the meeting.
This Thursday, Jan. 23, at 10:30am, we will be celebrating the life of Charla Allen, a long-time member of Our Saviour, with a funeral Mass in the nave. Immediately following the service there will be a reception held in Pettway Hall for everyone to meet Charla’s family and friends, and to continue our celebration of her life. If you would like to assist with the reception in any way, please contact Mary Sommers at 770-401-0415 (call or text).
Our next Keeping the Feast day is coming up on Sunday, Feb. 2, when we will be celebrating the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple at both the 8:30am and 11am services. Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend one of the services that day to observe this feast with your fellow parishioners.
Morning Prayer is offered at 8:30am, Monday through Thursday, and Low Mass on Tuesdays at 12:10pm. All of these services are held in the Lady Chapel.
The Adult Education program will start the 2019-2020 season on Sunday, September 8. Classes will again run from 9:45am to 10:45am. Our seminarian, Josh Hilton, will be the leader for the first six sessions of the year (Sept. 8 through Oct. 13). The topic the class will be discussing is “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” which is a close examination of the words of the Lord’s Prayer. We say the words, but do we know what they mean?
The Children & Youth Formation program will start the 2019-2020 season on Sunday, September 8. Classes will again run from 9:45am to 10:45am. For more information about our children and youth formation programs, which follow the Godly Play curriculum, click here to download this year’s registration form.
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 or ushers will be happy to help you.
If you've got the time, the Midtown Assistant Center can put you to work. They 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.
The Stewardship Committee wants to remind everyone about our initiative to update our parish records. If you haven’t yet done so, please let one of the Stewardship committee members (Brian Mullaney, Roger Press, or Mary Sommers) know you are interested in checking the records we have online for you and we will get an invitation emailed to you. You will need to reply to the email from Realm, set up a login and password, and then you will be able to access and update your 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 encourage you to complete. 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.
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 on 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 goes to our parish’s St. Vincent Fund which is used to assist the poor and people in need.