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June 22, 2017

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This Week

John Denver

Benefit Concert for the Curtain Theatre

John Denver was one of few musical artists to emerge from the 1970s whose impact extended far beyond a long string of hit recordings. He was a crusader for the environment, a member of Jimmy Carter's Council to End World Hunger and a committed philanthropist. We have selected songs to illuminate the evolution of his work, his personal struggles and the times he helped shape. 

So please come and join us for an evening of John Denver's music.

Date: Saturday 24 June, 7pm
Location: Church of Our Saviour, 10 Old Mill Street (opposite Old Mill School)
Admission is free. A voluntary collection will be taken to support the Curtain Theatre.
Reception to follow.

Band and Crew:
Steve Beecroft- lead vocals
James Harman - lead guitar
Don Clark - guitar, mandolin, vocals
Michele Delattre - fiddle, banjo, tin whistle, vocals
John Main - bass
Vince Littleton – percussion
Richard Helmer – piano
Simon Eves – sound engineer
Diane Pickell-Gore – stage manager

The Curtain Theatre is a 501c3 non-profit theatre company based in Mill Valley. It is committed to producing high quality and approachable theatre in the beautiful redwood grove in Old Mill Park. Shakespeare is our focus, though occasionally we mix it up with other classics. Music, dance, fine acting and beautiful sets and costumes are combined with a true commitment to the text to produce shows that please the whole family.

Come see this year's show: "The Miser" by Moliere, directed by Kim Bromley.
August 19, 20, 26, 27
September 2, 3, 4, 9, 10
All performances start at 2 pm.

Contemplative Prayer Group this Sunday

prayerJoin other members and Fr. Matt Lawrence for contemplative prayer practice in the parish library from 11:45 to 12:30 following coffee hour this Sunday, June 25.

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!

If you can't make this Sunday, Fr. Matt will be doing one more Contemplative Prayer session on July 23, before he leaves us for Portland at the beginning of August.

Mission Trip in Action

The team arrived safely and have been doing good work all week.

Gerry Caprio updates us today: "Our Taos Mission has progressed with increasing success and our COS volunteers have been leading the work force. The two groups (COS and St. Stephen's) bonded quickly - the first night - and all are making a great contribution to the project - and off hours have been great fun for all. While a full report will follow shortly, just know that our kids are 100% - and we should be justifiably proud of every one of them. Thank you so much for your ongoing encouragement and support!"


Besides Youth Minister Gerry Caprio, the COS team consists of Frances and Camilla Tarpey-Schwed, Leo Johnson, Lane Stervinou, Fiona Smeltzer, Kade Ott, Corbin Holland and Sebastian Carter.

Please keep the whole team in your prayers for a continued wonderful time in Taos and safe travels home.

Help teach Summer Sunday School!storytime

Summer Sunday School has started!

The Summer Sunday School program is easy, low-commitment, and fun! Materials will be provided. Preparation is minimal. Teachers greet children as they arrive, read a story to them, and facilitate snack time-duties which are divided between two adults.

Please sign up on the flip chart in the Fireside Room (near the stairs) or online or contact Gerry Caprio.

Medical BridgesHelp with AIDS and HIV Relief in Africa

This Sunday, Frances Tarpey-Schwed will be collecting donations to help with medical care for those suffering from HIV and AIDS through the UNAIDS Foundation and Medical Bridges.

An envelope is also available in the parish office to leave a donation.

godlyplayGodly Play Coordinator Position Open

Church of Our Saviour is seeking qualified applicants for a paid, part-time Godly Play Coordinator position. Check out the full job description, contact Tiana Wimmer or Br. Richard Edward for more details, and feel free to share this position with anyone who might be interested.

Coming Up

Bishop’s Visit to COS July 2nd

bishoppowellBishop Marc is on sabbatical this summer so we will a different Bishop for our Bishop’s Visit on July 2nd. Please extend a warm welcome to the Rt. Rev. Neff Powell and his wife, Dorothy, who have travelled from their home in Eugene, Oregon to join our diocese for a few weeks!

Bishop Powell, retired Bishop of Southwestern Virginia, will be filling in for Bishop Marc, allowing him and Sheila to take a couple of short trips, including one to see Bishop Marc’s mother on her 93rd birthday! A big thank you to the Powells for sharing part of their summer with us. Bishop Powell’s schedule includes four Sunday visitations, one of which is to us! The Powells, both lifelong Episcopalians, met at a church dance. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

Please mark your calendars for July 2nd! More details to follow.

Save the Date! Fall Parish Retreat

Join a relaxing weekend at the beautiful Bishop's Ranch in Sonoma

Friday evening through Sunday lunchtime, September 22-24, 2016

The Bishop's Ranch

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, and comfortable accomodations for singles, couples, and families.

The Retreat for this year is fully reserved, but if you would like to be put on the waiting list, please contact Rose in the office by email or at 415-388-1907.

Coming Up at Church of Our Saviour

June 18-24 – Taos Mission Trip

Saturday – June 24 – 7 pm – John Denver Concert – Join Steve Beecroft and band for a performance of John Denver songs.  Free/donations accepted for Curtain Theatre.

Sunday – June 25:
11:45 am – Contemplative Prayer – Library
1:30 pm – Ecumenical Service – The Redwoods

Thursday – June 29 – 3 pm – Staff Meeting – Office

Sunday – July 2 – Bishop’s Visit

Tuesday – July 18 – 9:30 am – Mt. Carmel Hot Lunch Program

Sunday – July 23:
11:45 am – Contemplative Prayer – Library
1:30 pm – Ecumenical Service – The Redwoods

Thursday – July 27 – 3 pm – Staff Meeting – Office

Tuesday – August 15 – 9:30 am – Mt. Carmel Hot Lunch Program

Wednesday – August 16 –  6:30 pm – Vestry Meeting – Fireside Room

Sunday – August 27 – 1:30 pm – Ecumenical Service – The Redwoods

Seeking the Spirit

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

The Rite of Trinity

Trinity Sunday
June 11th

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Rather than attempting to explain the Trinity, we might do better to look at what life in the Trinity is like for us.

Bet the Farm

Luke 20:41-21:4

feedThere’s a saying among my relatives: “bet the farm.” It means to put your whole self behind a venture, to risk everything you have, to give it all you’ve got. As you might guess, my ancestors were all farmers. In the 1870s they bet the farm to flee from Russia in the middle of the night the day before a son was to be conscripted into the army. And half a century later my grandfather, in his middle years, bet the farm to become a Lutheran pastor. It was never what my grandmother wished for her family.

In today’s Gospel reading it is the widow who bets the farm. Everything she needs to live on she throws into the Temple treasury. It is a drastic measure in which she gives herself entirely into God’s keeping. And it’s probably not the Temple authorities who wind up taking care of her; it’s probably Jesus himself and his network of supporters.

Jesus, just before he almost got thrown off a cliff by his friends and relatives in Nazareth, had alluded to another widow who risked all she had. The disciples would remember the story. It was about the woman who baked her last cake and fed Elijah with it. She bet the farm on the crazy homeless man who had just come into her drought-stricken town, who promised her abundance of the most unlikely kind.

But what did she have to lose? Maybe that is what makes these widows so willing to put everything at risk: they are desperate. They are at the end of their rope, and so they gamble everything on some wild notion that God will care for them.

Here’s the thing, though. When it comes to what is most important, we are all as impoverished as are the widows. To think we can manage our lives on our own, without God’s help, is delusion. Our souls need God, rely on God, are nourished only by God. So it is only when we see life as the widow does, when we bet the farm on God, that we have any hope at all of the kingdom of heaven.

The second we reach rock bottom and really understand this is the moment of transformation. We give up our last morsel of food. We leave everything we own in the middle of the night. We trade in our hoe for a stole. We watch our two small coins roll around and around in the chute designed to collect such things until they are swallowed by the machinations of the Temple. We bet the farm.

And then we are free in the paradoxical way that only slavery to God allows. We follow the generous, footloose, homeless Master who claims us as his own. Off we go on the wild goose chase our lives are really meant to be. Our deepest yearnings become realities as we give over our illusion that we are in charge. It was never really our farm in the first place.

Laurie Gudim works is a religious iconographer and writer in Fort Collins, Colorado. You can view some of her work at Everyday Mysteries. She has recently published her novel, Loving the Six-Toed Jesus, available from Amazon.

Image: By Giovanni Lanfranco (Italian, 1582 – 1647) (1582 – 1647) – artist (Italian) Public Domain, Link

From Episcopal Café.

Prayers this Week

In our Church of Our Saviour Cycle of Prayer, we pray today for Lyn Jessup, the Earl Johnson family and Debbie Lewis, and for the ministry of those who do the Eucumenical service at The Redwoods, and for those who celebrate their birthdays, especially Maggi Nicholson, Alex MacDonald, Tim Gaumond and Steve Quarles. In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Diocese of Nyahururu (Kenya). Please pray for those who are ill and in need of comfort, especially Dan, Jack, Katie, Michael, Will, Yolanda, Aylin, Bob, Harriet, Gary, Larry, Rufus, Michael, Mel, Elessar, Stephanie, Merritt, Vanessa, John, Willy, Kern, Tana, Charles, Deborah, Barry, Palmer and Scott; those serving in the military and overseas, especially Leif, Steven, Jane, Quinn, Christopher and Andrew; and those who have died, especially Rev. Lisa Eunson. We pray for all who are affected by terrorism around the world. We pray for justice and peace in the Middle East, especially at this time for the people of Aleppo and all of Syria, for comfort for all victims of violence around the world. We pray for all who seek stable housing throughout the Bay Area, 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

Camp Create at St. Stephen’s, Belvedere

Looking for help!campcreate

Do you know a high school student who might be interested in working with elementary school aged kids? High schoolers are needed as counselors at Camp Create, for one week this July, at St. Stephen's in Belvedere. Please click on this link or this one for more information. Interviews begin in June.

The links provide all necessary information or contact Rev. Alberta Buller can be reached by email or by phone: 415-717-3224

The Wider Church

Programs at St. Dorothy’s Rest

stdorothyshikeWe wanted to let you know about the upcoming programs taking place at St. Dorothy's Rest.

September 11-14th- Camp Wise
Camp Wise is a 4-day experience that invites Seniors (ages 60+) to come and experience highlights of our summer camp program with peers. Attending camp provides young and old an opportunity to experience the healing that we believe can occur by being in nature. Camp also is a place where participants can meet new people, play and try new things. Our staff is uniquely equipped to provide seniors with a memorable camp experience that is full of fellowship, fun, activities, worship, s'mores & more!
Register Here:

Join us for a Saturday Hike!
Explore portions of our 380-acre property from our reservoir, waterfalls, amazing vistas, organic garden, and more. Each hike will explore a different area and experience of the property and will be led by Ben Evenbeck, Land Manager of St. Dorothy's Rest.
Saturday Hike: June 3, September 9, October 14
Register Here:

Parishioner Classifieds

Charles Forest is looking for an office

I'm starting my Jungian practice, which consists of a combination of psychological and spiritual counseling. The emphasis is on dreamwork and other imaginal practices. At present I'll be doing this work on a volunteer basis, free of charge.

I'm looking for an office for all day Saturday. Please let me know if you know of one, at Thanks in advance for your help.

- Charles Forest

Help Lisa Roberts with her Avon 39 Breast Cancer Walk

I am walking in San Francisco this July in the Avon 39 Breast Cancer Walk. I need to raise $1800 in order to participate—so if you can, please support me.

Please visit my fundraising page (link below). I have lots of information there.
Thanks so much! Lisa

Click here to visit my personal page.
Click here to view the team page for Rain Dancers


Send in your work, service, or spirituality-related classifieds for the parish. Postings will be retained for one month, after which you may refresh them for re-posting.


June 25th

Contemplative Prayer
11:45 am

June 25th

Ecumenical Service
1:30 pm
The Redwoods

June 29th

Staff Meeting
3:00 pm

July 2nd

Bishop's visit
10:00 am
10 am Service

July 18th

Mt. Carmel Hot Lunch Program
9:30 am
Mt. Carmel

July 23rd

Contemplative Prayer
11:45 am

July 23rd

Ecumenical Service
1:30 pm
The Redwoods

July 27th

Staff Meeting
3:00 pm

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