To download a copy of the Lent 2020 Angelus, click here.
We had a wonderful Annual Meeting last Sunday and want to extend a heartfelt welcome to our three newest members of the vestry. Meg Pagán, Ken Molinelli, and Dowman Wilson are all coming on for three-year terms. Jennifer McGlynn will serve as Senior Warden again this year, and Ken has agreed to step into the shoes of Junior Warden. Please reach out to Fr. Chris, or a vestry member, if you have questions or concerns. Each vestry member has a specific area of our parish life they are responsible for and this list can be found on the back of the weekly service bulletin.
Our Vision: Working to grow our parish as we raise up faithful disciples, form loving relationships, and worship God in the beauty of holiness.
At our Annual Meeting we announced our new Vision Statement, which was developed by our Vestry in January, and builds on the priorities identified in our Congregational Assessment Tool. To keep our momentum moving forward, we also announced three short-term goals and assigned team leaders. The team leaders for these goals have each received the names of parishioners who indicated they wanted to help make the goals a reality and everyone should be contacted shortly by the team leaders. If you don’t receive an email or phone call, please let the church office or Father Chris know (404-872-4169).
The next get-together is scheduled for Saturday, March 21 – again at 12:30pm, at George’s. Hope to see you there! If you want reminders about Christian Formation opportunities or access to the Sunday morning curriculum online, text @cooslove to 81010.
At the brunch, which will follow the service, not only will we be talking about the various opportunities and ways to get involved, and asking you to complete time and talent cards, but we will also be having FUN! We will have randomly assigned teams created and then there will be some very friendly team competitions going on. And these competitions are easy, easy, easy – all you have to do is show up and fill out a card. Obviously, we hope you will take the opportunity to try on a new guild or ministry for 2020, but even if you only put your name on a card, you will be contributing to your team’s point total. The Stewardship Committee has come up with some great prizes with one of the best being dinner at the rectory with the whole Miller family. We hope you will plan on joining the party and helping your team win.
We will be having our annual Pancake Supper in Pettway Hall this evening. Pancakes, bacon, egg casseroles, fruit and all the rest of the fixings will be available. This is another great chance to see your vestry members in action as they’ll be the ones doing the cooking, serving and cleaning up. Contributions are accepted to defray expenses.
This day begins the forty-day season of Lent, a period marked by prayer, fasting, acts of devotion, and special liturgies. All three Liturgies that day will be in the Nave and consist of the Liturgy for Ash Wednesday, Imposition of Ashes, and Holy Eucharist. Please make plans to attend one of the services so you can prepare in heart and mind for the Lenten pilgrimage. Note: Ash Wednesday (and Good Friday) are days of fasting (BCP, 17).
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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.