Effective Monday, March 16, all services, meetings, programs, and community group gatherings which utilize any space at the Church of Our Saviour have been suspended until further notice.
Last Friday Father Chris concluded his pastoral note with the following words. Please keep them in mind as we adjust our lives to this new reality we are living.
"In the midst of what is going on around each of us, I beseech your prayers during this time of uncertainty and anxiety. Pray for our parish family. Pray for our public health officials, doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers on the front lines of this outbreak. Pray for the Church, that she may be a beacon of hope, light, and grace to a chaotic and anxious world. And pray for the world.
Lastly, I leave these words from our Bishop's letter this morning and I echo them to each of you: “God is still God and by the grace of God we will steady ourselves, take care of one another and continue on.”
May the Lord bless thee, and keep thee. May the Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen
Grace and Peace,
Currently our services are either being live streamed on Facebook or conducted via Zoom.
From 7:30 to 8:20pm, Bible Study will be offered via Zoom as part of Christian Formation. Make plans to join Fr. Chris as we look at the Lectionary lessons for the upcoming Sunday. Following Bible Study, Compline will be offered at 8:30pm.
To download a copy of the Pentecost 2020 Angelus, click here.
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 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.
From time to time our parish documents events and services with still images and video for use in parish publications, website, and social media. By your presence, we assume you grant the Church of Our Saviour unrestricted rights to use and publish images and likenesses that may be taken of you for use in communications related to the parish. Please contact Fr. Miller, if you have any questions or concerns.