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July 19, 2018

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This Week

Discretionary Fund Thank you!

Dear Church of Our Saviour:

revstepanieThank you for your generous July donations to the Rector's Discretionary Fund on July 1 ($58) and July 15 ($378), with contributions totaling $436. With such funds we are able to assist people with meeting basic expenses for living necessities in our modern world: gas and electricity, cell phone, transportation, rent, and food assistance. Your giving makes a difference in the lives of our neighbors!

Our next community collection for the discretionary fund will be on August 5, as per our parish's tradition of designating free offerings on the first Sunday of the month for the discretionary fund. We are also sure to have fresh requests for assistance at that time, too!

With gratitude and appreciation,
Pastor Stephanie+
Associate Rector for Children and Family Ministries/ Sabbatical Interim

Learn more now about our Sunday readings:

Preparing for Sunday



Care of Creation: Cedars of Lebanon--Then and Now

In this week's reading from the Hebrew bible, Kind David proclaims to the prophet Nathan, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent" (2 Sam. 7:2). David wishes to know if he should build a temple for God. David will not be given the task of building the temple (God will build his "house" instead). Rather, Solomon, his son, will build the temple using the cedars of Lebanon--the same trees used for David's palace in the establishment of his kingdom: "And Hiram, king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also carpenters and masons who built David a house. And David perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel" (2 Sam. 5:11-12).

In the ancient world, Lebanese cedars were excellent building materials for palaces, temples, and boats. They had a pleasant fragrance and the strong wood was resistant to both insects and rot. Yet today, those same trees are suffering from something quite different from any form of deforestation by the ancient empires or more recent colonization: Climate Change.

Check out the recent NY Times article on the effects of greenhouse gases on the ancient trees now reduced to sporadic groves stretching over 17 square kilometers in Lebanon.

Before any temples, how do we honor God's dwelling with us in our care for creation--and especially in our care for trees, the lungs of the earth?

--Pastor Stephanie+

Summer Sunday School

SS2018Our annual Summer Sunday School Program continues every Sunday through September 2nd.

Give Rev. Gerry a hand! Assistant teachers are needed! At least one volunteer is required for each week to work with Rev. Gerry. Please sign up at our Signup Genius web page as soon a possible!

Contact Rev. Gerry by email or 415-786-3949 if you have any questions or require further information.

The Church Office will be closed

The Church Office will be closed on Mondays, July 9th through the 30th, while Br. Richard is on sabbatical.

Coming Up

Contemplative Prayer Group Continues

prayerAll who are interested are invited to join Nancy Cone for contemplative prayer practice in the parish library from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm following coffee hour.

This ancient Christian practice helps calm the mind, reduce stress, and center us in God’s presence, paralleling meditation practices in many other spiritual traditions.

No experience necessary, no sign up necessary, just join us!

Mark you calendars for July 29 for the next meeting.

Come Feed the Homeless at our Monthly Free Lunch

mtcarmelhotlunchOn the third Tuesday of every month, Church of Our Saviour sponsors a free hot lunch to all comers at the Mt. Carmel Church in Mill Valley. Many homeless and others in need depend on this meal. The lunch is also a time for them to enjoy some peace and fellowship. Volunteers are needed to drop off a salad, hot vegetable, or starch or to stay and help prep and serve the lunch - or both! (No need to volunteer every month, just the dates that are convenient for you.) There is a lot of camaraderie in the kitchen and the entire experience is very gratifying. If you are interested in volunteering, please email your name and email address to Elise Paisley. She will send you a monthly sign-up request.

The lunch is held in the gymnasium of the Greenwood School which is across Oakdale from Mt. Carmel church. You can park in the large church parking lot and enter the gym from the back of the Greenwood School building. The cross streets are Buena Vista and East Blithedale but the closer entrance is on Oakdale.

Thank you in advance for volunteering and supporting this important ministry!

Third Tuesdays in 2018: August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20 and December 18.


Fellowship in Christ: 2018 Parish Retreat

September 21-23, 2018, Friday evening through Sunday lunchtime.

Mark your calendars and make your reservations now for our popular annual parish retreat for all ages at the beautiful Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg.

Our ever-popular, annual parish retreat draws members of all ages into a fun-filled, relaxing weekend, making a perfect start to your autumn activities. The Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg offers hiking trails, a pool, easy access to fabulous wineries, delicious meals, beautiful space for prayer, reflection, and conversation, with comfortable accommodations for singles, couples, and families.

To reserve a spot, simply email the office. More details will be sent in August!

Coming Up at Church of Our Saviour

Sunday – July 22 – 1:30 pm – Ecumenical Service – The Redwoods

Sunday – July 29 – 11:30 am – Contemplative Prayer – Library

Wednesday – August 8 – 6:30 pm – Vestry Meeting – Fireside Room

Sunday – August 12 – 11:45 am – Adult Education Forum: Debriefing General Convention – Nave

Tuesday – August 21 – 9:30 am – Mt. Carmel Hot Lunch Program – Greenwood School Gym across from Mt. Carmel Church

Sunday – August 26:
11:30 am – Contemplative Prayer – Library
1:30 pm – Ecumenical Service – The Redwoods

Wednesday – September 5 – 2 pm – Youth & Family Ministries Team Meeting – Fireside Room

Sunday – September 9 – 10 am – Community Sunday

Wednesday – September 12 – 6:30 pm – Vestry Meeting – Fireside Room

Sunday – September 16 – 11:30 am – Adult Ed – Nave

Tuesday – September 18 – 9:30 am – Mt. Carmel Hot Lunch Program – Greenwood School Gym across from Mt. Carmel Church

Seeking the Spirit

The Rev. Br. Richard Edward HelmerListen to a Recent Sermon

Witnessing to Pentecost

May 20th

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

What do a Royal Wedding, the Tower of Babel, and the Day of Pentecost have in common?

Come Unto Me

Feast Day of St. Macrina the Younger

Matthew 11:27-30

comeuntomeWhen I spend a good chunk of time in contemplative prayer, I wind up being more grounded in what is truly important. This is not because my prayer time is filled with blissful awareness of God. For me, even after a good twenty years, contemplative prayer is still a struggle in which I must constantly shift away from internal clamor again and again to refocus on God’s presence. Little oases of internal resting in the Holy are interspersed between bouts of planning, theorizing, feeling good or bad about events of the day and so forth. And still prayer nourishes me like nothing else.

For each one of us prayer is the fundamental task in which we were created to engage. God yearns for relationship with us, and prayer is the medium through which this happens. We all have a way of praying that is unique to us. If we allow God to do so, God will guide us to its discovery and development.

St. Macrina, whose Feast Day we celebrate today, was the older sister and spiritual guide of two of the Cappadocian Fathers, Gregory of Nyssa and Basil the Great. Her spiritual presence must have been pretty genuine to stand up to the scrutiny of those irritating younger siblings, and it did so, admirably. All nine of Macrina’s brothers were deeply influenced by her. They became theologians guiding the church, bishops, and creators of monastic communities.

Macrina herself, in collaboration with her mother, founded and led her own religious community, finding her way to a practice steeped in prayer. Out of this life of devotion came works of charity – feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and taking in women who were homeless or destitute. She was like a shofar, sounding the call to come to the one who loves us.

“Come unto me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest,” says Jesus in the reading for her Feast Day. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

The spiritual disciplines that are mainstays of the monastic life have been made accessible to all of us. We can each find our natural devotional expression. “Come unto me,” Christ says, and we can, through our prayer practice. Day by day, moment by moment, we can turn our attention to the companion who is always right there with us, and listen to his silent presence.

From personal experience I can tell you that it will pretty often seem like nothing is happening. Listening, we hear only the crickets – or the neighbor’s irritating music. Our intercessory prayers seem to fall into nothingness. And yet, through the practice of coming again and again into Christ’s presence (sometimes twice in the same minute if the mental distractions are strong) there is rest. There is nourishment. And, over time, we become models to others who see us “up close and personal.” We ourselves become the shofars of Christ, sounding, “Come to me.”

Laurie Gudim is a religious iconorgapher and writer living in Fort Collins, Colorado.

From Episcopal Café.

Prayers this Week

In our Church of Our Saviour Cycle of Prayer, we pray today for Luidmila Bachyla, the Balasuriya family and Heather Young, and for the ministry of our Middle Saints and their teachers, and for those who celebrate their birthdays, especially Frederick Paulenich, Avery Maverick, Rob Wilkinson and Orville Erringer. In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Episcopal Church in the Philippines. Please pray for those who are ill and in need of comfort, especially Dan, Will, Elessar, Kern, Deborah, Barry, Murray, Burnet, Marghi, Scott, Grace, Maggi, Ann S., Molly, Tim, Nolan, Sarah, James, the Wiseman family and the Coleman and Helmer families; those serving in the military and overseas, especially Leif, Steven, Quinn, Christopher and Andrew; and those who have died, especially Aylin, Jennifer W. and Richard C. We pray for all who have lost their homes due to volcanoes, fires and earthquakes and for those who help in rescue and recovery efforts. We pray for justice and peace in the Middle East and for the comfort for all victims of violence around the world. We pray for all immigrant families separated at the US/Mexican Border and for those who seek asylum. In  the Bay Area, we pray for those seeking stable housing and for all who organize to address the housing crisis.

Prayers of the People are updated weekly. Names of those desiring prayers may be added to the Sunday prayers or to this bulletin, with their permission, by contacting the church office.

Faith in Action

An opportunity for learning and advocacy for Climate Solutions in the Diocese of California

The Diocese of California is partnering with Bay Area-based Climate Solutions Net in a drive to help all Episcopalians make choices to protect our earth and our climate by developing a web-based platform that will allow us to:

We’re excited to offer this opportunity since this will allow Episcopalians (starting in the Diocese of California) to make a difference, as individuals and in community. All data is protected, and the ability for participation across the Episcopal Church (mainland USA) is planned by January 2019. To see further information about how the program will work, click here or watch this video of Dr. Sheila Andrus describing it at General Convention.


United Thank Offering at General Convention

Submitted by Dani Scoville on Tue, 2018-07-17 11:48
Joanna Henrichs, Diocesan UTO Coordinator

Linda Daniel (Holy Trinity/La Santisima Trinidad, Richmond) and I, were happy to represent all of you, our Episcopal Women in the Diocese of California at ECW Triennial, which runs concurrently with General Convention, in Austin, Texas.

Triennial hosted 280 delegates and alternates from around the country and from Puerto Rico and Province 9 which covers many South American and Caribbean Dioceses among others. It was wonderful to renew old acquaintances and meet many new people from around our church.
There were two non-profit organizations which were the focus of our fundraising during the week –Loaves and Fishes, which provides little houses for a number of qualified persons and which have gardens so the residents can grow their own crops, and the Shower Ministry which opens its doors to homeless women who, once a week can come and take a shower, being given soap and shampoo, a wash cloth and towel. We collected over $10,000 for each which was then matched by ECW, giving $20,000 to each organization! Fantastic!

On Friday night, during a special Eucharist service, the United Thank Offering was given, every diocese presenting the offering of the past Triennium to the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies. The total given in these last 3 years by the Diocese of California was $26,403.78. Remember every penny is given in grants, down to .78 cents! This is an incredibly moving service, and I was so glad again to make the offering on your behalf.

So please, keep filling your Blue Boxes. The Diocesan Ingathering will be held during Diocesan Convention in October. Let’s see if in this next Triennium we can exceed the funds of the last!
If you need supplies, please let me know. I will be glad to get boxes, envelopes and other items to you. I can be reached at

The Wider Church

General Convention wrap-up: Following the Way of Jesus

gencon2018[Episcopal News Service | July 16] Responding to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s call to “Follow the Way of Jesus,” deputies and bishops at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, meeting July 5-13 in Austin, Texas, acted on a record number of resolutions on key issues such as immigration, prayer book revisionIsrael-Palestine, and readmitting the Episcopal Church of Cuba as a diocese. Convention also passed a $134 million budget that reflects for a further three years the presiding bishop’s priorities of evangelism, racial reconciliation, and creation care.

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The Universe Story as a Modern Myth: A Physicist's Perspective, a lecture and conversation with Professor Jonathan Halliwell at St. Columba's, Inverness

halliwellToday, many people from a number of different backgrounds are finding ways to rework the story of the universe into a potent mythological tale for our times, the Universe Story fills an important gap where conventional science alone remains silent. In this talk, Professor Halliwell will explore the background science in this burgeoning field, emphasizing the realms in which some modern scientific theories indicate the existence of realities very distant from ordinary human experience. Halliwell will explore how work on the “Universe Story” supports our human need to feel more integrated into the cosmos, and how it fits into older philosophical and spiritual traditions. Jonathan Halliwell is currently a Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London. A former PhD student of Stephen Hawking, one of his main research interests is quantum cosmology.

Where: St. Columba's, 12835 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness
When: Tuesday August 7, 7 pm
Contact: Anna Haight, 415.690.6287


Canon changes for diocesan convention

Anyone wishing to propose changes to the Canons or Constitution of the diocese at the next diocesan convention must submit them to the Secretary of Convention, David Frangquist, no later than July 21, 2018. Please include the text of the proposed change, an explanation of the reason for the change, if it is being proposed by a congregation or other diocesan organization, and contact information for the proponent. Submit proposals to the Secretary.

Resolutions for Diocesan Convention

The deadline for submitting resolutions for the upcoming diocesan convention is Saturday, July 21, 2018, but the Resolutions Committee greatly appreciates earlier submissions. Draft resolutions should be emailed to the Chair of the Resolutions Committee, Jay Luther, or faxed to 415.532.1807 by the deadline. The Committee prefers email, but if you are unable to email, please mail proposed resolutions to: Resolutions Committee, Attn: Stephanie Martin Taylor, Working Group Head for Communications, 1055 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94108. Please be sure to give the submitter's name and phone number or email address. More information will be posted in future editions of DioBytes.

Link: 2018 Procedure for Submitting a Resolution

Bishops Ranch events

brrainbowWriting in Ordinary Time

Week 1: August 5-10
Week 2: August 12-17
Week 3: August 26-31

Each week is 5 nights/14 meals (Sunday dinner-Friday breakfast)
$855 per person/per week single occupancy only

Sink into the quiet places of creative work supported by facilitator Laurie Glover. Modeled after Silent Days of Advent, Writing in Ordinary Time is offered to give writers a week or two to enter into the deep work of writing in the company of others doing the same, whether starting writing for the first time, starting new work, or seeking a fresh approach to ongoing work. All hold supportive silence with each other through the course of each day and gather to share every evening. Leave behind the pressures of getting published, networking, making career moves, the fears of not being any good, and just write!

Retreat Leader: LAURIE GLOVER, MA, PhD, is a poet, essayist and novelist who has been teaching writing since 1990, at UC Davis since 1997. She has facilitated artist and writer’s retreats and writing workshops for over ten years.

PAYMENT IS DUE IN FULL FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION. Contact the Ranch office to register with a payment plan at 707-433-2440. (All balances are due by June 30, 2018.)

Please Register By: July 22, 2018


Holy Hikes 2018 Schedule

On Saturday, once a month, Holy Hikes leads outdoor liturgical hikes, which include a celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the beauty of the outdoors. The group meets at 9:45 am and hiking starts at 10:00 am sharp. All are welcome; mark your calendars and please let your congregations know about these upcoming hikes:

Contact: the Rev. Justin Cannon,

Parishioner Classifieds

Need a House-sitter and/or Pet-Sitter?

housepetsittingIf you need someone to take care of your house and/or animals while you are on vacation, COS has two trusted options for you!

Debbie Lewis (parishioner) is available to hire for house-sitting and/or pet-sitting; lives in Mill Valley, contact at telephone (415) 819-8712; references available.

Rose Scarff (parish administrator) is also available for house-sitting and/or pet-sitting. Contact at or 415-887-8768; references available.


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Weekly Archives


July 29th

Contemplative Prayer
11:30 am

August 12th

Adult Ed: Debriefing General Convention
11:30 am

August 21st

Mt. Carmel Hot Lunch Program
9:30 am
Greenwood School/Mt. Carmel

August 26th

Contemplative Prayer
11:30 am

August 26th

Ecumenical Service
1:30 pm
The Redwoods

September 5th

Youth & Family Ministries Meeting
2:00 pm
Fireside Room

September 23rd

Ecumenical Service
1:30 pm
The Redwoods

January 27th

Parish Annual Meeting
11:15 am

February 2nd

Vestry Retreat
9:00 am

Monthly Calendar

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