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December 14, 2017


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From the Rector

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

Flavors of Apocalyptic

The Second Sunday of Advent
December 10th

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

For Christians, the times have always been apocalyptic. The prophets are always knocking at the door and sounding the alarm, and the time for repentance is ever at hand.


CandleAre you making time to pray this Advent? The beginning of the new church year marks an excellent time to review your prayer life and try out new practices to deepen your faith and walk with God.

Church of Our Saviour offers a variety of resources beyond our regular Sunday services to help you in your prayer life:

And see you this season on Sundays for a dynamic offering of prayers, teaching, music, and fellowship!

With prayers for a blessed Advent, and love in Christ,

Br. Richard Edward+


Christmas PageantThis Sunday, December 17

Children participating in the Children's Pageant will have their Dress Rehearsal after the 10 am service. Proceed to the Choir Room immediately after the service.

There are still a few parts to fill in the Pageant, or if you would like to volunteer for a parent position, please contact Amy Wilson.


Contemplative Prayer Group this Sunday

prayerAll who are interested are invited to join Br. Richard for contemplative prayer practice in the parish library from 11:45 to 12:30 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 January 14 for the next meeting.


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Giving Tree Gifts due this Sunday, December 17

Hello Kind Gift Givers!

Thank you all again for taking a gift request to fulfill for our Giving Tree, on behalf of Episcopal Community Services.

This is just a reminder that all gifts are due this Sunday, December 17th!

Please bring your gift(s) wrapped with the gift tag taped to the outside and leave them under the tree in the Fireside Room on or before this Sunday.  Santa’s sleigh (okay, Mallary and I in our cars) will be leaving on Monday morning to deliver to the recipients in San Francisco.  Please don’t let your gift miss the boat!!

If you have any questions about the gifts, please let Tiana Wimmer know. And thanks again for your kindness and generosity!!


Christmas Poinsettias for Discretionary Fund requests are due this Sunday, December 17
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The Altar Guild of the Church of Our Saviour will decorate the sanctuary with poinsettias and other holiday greenery this Christmas with your memorial gifts and thank offerings. The funds raised beyond the expense of the floral decoration will be donated to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund to help those in need in our community.  If you would like to remember a loved one or give thanks in this way, please fill out the green form in your bulletin, attach a check marked “Christmas Poinsettias” and return it by December 17 for your dedication to be included in the Christmas bulletins. Or contact the office at 415-388-1907. 


Godly Play (for children pre-K-grade 4), Sunday, December 17

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Godly Play stories are devoted to the narratives around the nativity of Christ, complete with Advent candles, crèche figures, angels singing, and a very surprised cow. Children are invited to make the connections between the story of Jesus' birth and their own dramatic parts in the Christmas pageant. Please note: There is no Godly Play on the morning of Dec. 24 for the 10 am service. (Morning Prayer only.)


R.E.S.T. Shelter on December 14th-Today!

RESTThe next Winter REST shelter we are scheduled to help with is Thursday, December 14th. We will be partnering with Marin Lutheran again to serve dinner at the Women's shelter, located at the Wellness Center at 3240 Kerner Boulevard in San Rafael. Our duties include setting the table, serving in the buffet line, and cleaning up. The food is prepared at Marin Lutheran, beginning at 3 pm, and the food is delivered to San Rafael, arriving by 5:30 pm.

We will be serving with them on the second Thursday of each month. For those of you who participated last year, you know how rewarding this service can be. It's so wonderful to sit and dine with the women, sharing stories, and knowing that their evening with us is a short respite in an otherwise difficult life. Children are welcome to help, and the women really enjoy seeing them. If the children come, just be aware that they will need to be supervised. There will be a sign-up by the bulletin board this Sunday.

Future dates include January 11th, February 8th, March 8th, and April 12th. Mark your calendar now!

For more information, contact Br. Richard Edward or Rosalind Patterson. We would be happy to talk with you!


Mt. Carmel Lunch next Tuesday!

pastaJust a reminder that if you will be in town the week leading up to Christmas, please sign up for the Mt. Carmel lunch for our usual third Tuesday, December 19. We need Veggie dishes, Starch Dishes and Volunteers to serve the food. Use the Sign-up Genius link here.

Please pass this information along to anyone who might be interested in Volunteering and they can be added to our list of possible volunteers. If you can add a note reminding people to join the sign up even if they can’t do it right now. Then they will receive reminders as the time gets closer.


Building Momentum Logo 2018Building Momentum for the Future

Make your financial pledge now to support Church of Our Saviour for 2018

Every pledge makes a difference, and it's easier than ever to let us know about your commitment. Reply to this email, or simply make your pledge online now.

If we don't hear from you about your pledge, expect to hear from us!

- The 2018 Church of Our Saviour Pledge Committee
Tom Brophy, Chair
Br. Richard Edward Helmer, Elizabeth Mooney,
Tatem Read, Michael Yelverton


Pledge Envelopes are here!pledge

If you ordered envelopes for your pledge in 2018, they are ready for pick-up in the Fireside Room on the ledge above the sink area. Would you like envelopes, but didn’t see your name? Let the office know at 415-388-1907 or office@oursaviourmillvalley.org.

Thanks for pledging!


Pick-up your pictures from the Ofrenda

Thank you to everyone who brought photos and momentos of loved ones for the annual Dia de los Muertos/November Ofrenda. Please take your photos and other mementos home. They are in the office for you to pick up.


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Donate now to the relief effort for Hurricanes Harvey and Hurricanes Irma.


Coming Up


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Attention All Knitters and Crocheters!

We are collecting warm scarves and hats for the homeless or others in need. Now is the time to use up those ends of yarn to make colorful scarves or hats, or bring in those extra ones waiting for a home. There will be a box or basket in the Fireside Room for your donations. These will be distributed through Ritter House and other Bay Area agencies. Please bring them in by December 19. Questions: Ros Patterson or Joan Peck . Thank you!


Blue ChristmasA Blue Christmas

Wednesday, December 20th, 7:00 pm @ Church of Our Saviour

The holiday season is not always joyous. It can often bring with it sad memories and a sense of loss in need of healing. Come join our annual “Blue Christmas” service, an evening of meditative musical chant, prayer, and communion, offered to share Christ’s blessing, healing touch to all who need it this time of year.


Coming Up at Church of Our Saviour

See below for Advent/Christmas calendar.

Thursday – December 14:
3 pm – Staff Meeting – Office
5:30 pm – R.E.S.T. Shelter – Help serve dinner at the Women’s Center
6 pm – Adult Education Meeting – Fireside Room
7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room

Sunday – December 17  – 11:45 am – Contemplative Prayer – Library

Tuesday – December 19 – 9:30 am – Mt. Carmel Hot Lunch Program – Mt. Carmel

Thursday – December 21 – 7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room

Thursday – January 4:
3 pm – Staff Meeting – Office
7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room

Sunday – January 7 – 5 pm – Confirmation Class – Fireside Room

Wednesday – January 10 – 7 pm – Vestry Meeting – Fireside Room

Thursday – January 11:
5:30 pm – R.E.S.T. Shelter – Help serve dinner at the Women’s Center
7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room

Sunday – January 14 – 11:45 am – Contemplative Prayer – Library

Tuesday – January 16 – 9:30 am – Mt. Carmel Hot Lunch Program – Mt. Carmel

Thursday – January 18:
3 pm – Staff Meeting – Office
7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room


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17 December     Third Sunday of Advent                    
8 am Eucharist Rite I
10 am Lessons and Carols
After 10 am Service
Pageant Dress Rehearsal

20 December     Wednesday                                        
7 pm Blue Christmas Service

24 December     Fourth Sunday of Advent
10 am Morning Prayer

24 December     Christmas Eve
Children’s Christmas Pageant       4 pm
Choral Christmas Eve Service   8:45 pm

25 December     Christmas Day
Redwoods Christmas Service       10 am


Seeking the Spirit


When We Cannot Bear the Good News

toledoThe Feast Day of St. John of the Cross
John 16:12-15, 25-28

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now,” says Jesus in the reading from the Gospel of John for the feast day of St. John of the Cross. This gentle statement, followed by the promise of the Holy Spirit, opens my heart.

For so many people the holidays are difficult. Half remembered childhood traumas tend to cluster in this season because it is a time of huge stress, and it was in the days of our parents and grandparents as well. Work and money are often issues, as the desire to buy special gifts for loved ones crashes into the reality of the escalation of prices for rent, food and fuel, not to mention the cold-weather purchases we simply must make. We want to please those dear to us, and we cannot. We struggle just to hold it together and get through the days without blowing up, wigging out, or disappearing into the bottomless grayness of depression. And so the Advent promise of joy at the entry of the incarnate God into the world often cannot be borne. It is too much. It is simply too much to ask of the grieving, anxious, PTSD-ridden, barely-coping heart.

When we cannot bear the gift of Christ, this coming of the bridegroom, when we simply have no room in which to receive it, the Spirit of truth is our hope and our promise. She will come, and she will guide us into all truth.

St. John of the Cross knew that the dark night of the Soul is a period that marks the beginning of transformation. The bleakest times hold that promise, even when we can get nowhere near it intellectually or emotionally. So it is all right to be where we are – struggling, coping, reacting, grieving. Though God may feel very far away and any kind of hope whatsoever may feel like it is sinking into the black abyss of despair, feel it or not, believe it or not, the Lord is near.

The Spirit of truth will come. Integration and understanding will emerge. For God truly does love us, and God claims us, no matter what we can feel or perceive.

Laurie Gudim is a religious iconographer and writer living in Fort Collins, Colorado. Some of her ions can be viewed at Everyday Mysteries. And check out her novel here.

Image: El Greco‘s landscape of Toledo depicts the priory in which John was held captive, just below the old Muslim alcázar and perched on the banks of the Tajo on high cliffs.

From Episcopal Café.


Prayers this Week

In our Church of Our Saviour Cycle of Prayer, we pray today for the Cullen family, the Cunningham-Wilson family and the Redwine family family, and for the ministry of our Middle Saints and their leaders, and for those who celebrate their birthdays, especially Rosalind Patterson and Charlotte Thomas. In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Diocese of Wyoming. Please pray for those who are ill and in need of comfort, especially Dan, Jack, Will, Aylin, Bob, Harriet, Elessar, Vanessa, Kern, Deborah, Barry, Palmer, Scott, Grace, Bernadette, Carolyn, Adam, Myrna, Michael and Read; those serving in the military and overseas, especially Leif, Steven, Jane, Quinn, Christopher and Andrew; and those who have died, especially Rufus, Sister Cecelia, Samuel, Richard, Kerry, Bo, Doran nd Br. Max. We pray for all the displaced people who have lost their homes due to the fires in California, for victims of shootings, hurricanes and earthquakes, and all who face danger as they help in rescue and recovery efforts. 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


Holy Hikes: Celebrate Christmas at Muir Woods

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The December Holy Hikes gathering will be at Muir Woods on Saturday, December 23. The group will meet at 9:45 am outside the Visitor’s Center/Gift Shop at the main entrance to the park and will begin hiking at 10 am sharp. Bring layers because in December it can be quite chilly, especially in the morning. The group will hike along the main trails, which are paved and handicap accessible. The entrance fee to Muir Woods National Monument is $10 for people 16 years and older. Children 15 years and younger have free admission. Parking is free. Wait until the group has gathered before paying because some of us have park passes that can get guests in. No RSVP is required– just show up! Hope to see you there!

When: Saturday, December 23, 9:45 am (gather); 10 am (event starts) to 1 pm
Where: Muir Woods National Monument, 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley
Link: www.holyhikes.orgnps.gov/muwo/index.htm


The Wider Church


BRviewComing Up at Bishop's Ranch:

December 15-17—Wisdom of the Heart with Kayleen Asbo

Come enjoy this Advent weekend designed to bring men and women together to be nourished by an experience of contemplative community. The weekend offers care for the mind, body and spirit through worship, prayer, study, work and leisure. Each day will be framed with the sung offices (Lauds, the Eucharist, Vespers and Compline), weaving together ancient plainchant, Celtic poetry, and the music of Taizé. Lectures and meditations will draw on the wisdom of the writings of the Christian mystics and the Desert Fathers and Mothers. Register

Epiphany Reflection Day
January 6, 2018, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

$90 per person, includes lunch

Gather together with other seekers to consider the themes of the season of Epiphany, the season of the revelation of light to the world, which begins in the dark with the story of the wise men following the star to the cave. The season offers a beautiful way to lift our hearts and eyes to the cosmos and to the reality of the expansiveness of divine creative energy at work in darkness and in light.

Scholar, cosmologist, advocate for the earth, chef, ecclesiastic, enthusiastic philosopher, historian, bishop, and perhaps most of all, teacher, The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus will be our guide for a day that will lay claim in fresh ways to the ancient practice of turning to the light–in company with others who have travelled to the Ranch for a day of ideas, discussion, music, and prayer.

PLEASE Register BY: December 30, 2017

Celtic Consciousness & Winter’s Stillness:
An Annual Retreat and School of Spiritual Practice with John Philip Newell
January 30-February 1, 2018

2 nights/6 meals (Tuesday dinner-Thursday lunch)
$350 commuter rate (meals included)
$440 standard occupancy (3-4 per room or cottage)
$490 double occupancy
$665 single occupancy

Join the second gathering of an annual event in Northern California to nurture a community of shared vision and transformative spiritual practice. The teaching activities will focus on the relationship between contemplation and action for wellbeing and healing in our lives and world. From the stillness of the winter earth new life rises. Out of the silence of the soul new vision emerges.

Our daily schedule will consist of prayer at the beginning and ending of each day, presentations by John Philip that focus especially on teachings from the Celtic tradition, meditative practices, silence, and sharing. All will have free time to hike and rest; meals will be taken in community and on the second night we will have a party to celebrate our time together.

John Philip Newell, internationally acclaimed Celtic teacher from Scotland, is the celebrated author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality. In 2011 he received the first-ever Contemplative Voices Award from the Shalem Institute in Washington DC for his work as poet, peacemaker, and scholar. Based in Edinburgh, where he does most of his writing, he is also the Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Spirituality at Iliff School of Theology in Denver where he teaches every spring. John Philip Newell is one of the most prominent Christian teachers of spirituality in the Western world and has authored over 15 books, including Christ of the Celts, Praying with the Earth, A New Harmony, and his most recent visionary title, The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings www.heartbeatjourney.org.

PLEASE Register BY: January 16, 2018

Ranch Quilt Retreat
February 11-15, 2018

4 nights/12 meals (Sunday dinner-Thursday lunch)
$335 commuter rate
$535 shared occupancy
$687 single occupancy

Make time for those unfinished projects or new endeavors at a four-night quilt retreat. With all meals provided and no chores in sight, beginning through advanced quilters can truly focus on their passion. You’ll have time to be with old friends and the opportunity to make new ones while working on your own projects or sharing your creativity with other participants. This retreat is intended to give you the time you need for yourself without formal instruction or sales pitches.

PLEASE Register BY: February 1, 2018

The Enneagram and the Spiritual Life
February 24, 2018, 9 am-5 pm

1 day/1 meal (Saturday lunch)
$110 per person

Explore the spiritual wisdom of this dynamic psychological system. Both beginners and those who have working knowledge of the Enneagram are welcome, as is anyone interested in examining the graced complexity of human nature and relationships with others and with the divine. The workshop will include an overview of the Enneagram and a thorough explanation of the nine strategies and their relationship to the whole, using anecdotes and illustrations from contemporary culture, both sacred and profane (often one and the same!), delivered with generous humor and group interaction. For those with a meditation, contemplative or centering prayer practice, time in the workshop will be devoted to those disciplines and ways the Enneagram can enhance their efficacy.

William D. Glenn MA, MDiv, practices psychotherapy and spiritual direction in Sonoma County and San Francisco. He was introduced to the Enneagram in 1978 and has worked with its intuitive principles both in his clinical and spiritual practices and as a workshop leader for over 35 years. A former Jesuit, Glenn has worked extensively in schools, in health care communities, in prisons, and has provided leadership for many Bay Area nonprofit organizations.

PLEASE Register BY: February 17, 2018


Parishioner Classifieds


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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.


Weekly Archives


Calendar


Sunday
December 17th

Lessons & Carols
10:00 am
Nave

Sunday
December 17th

Contemplative Prayer
11:45 am
Library

Tuesday
December 19th

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

Wednesday
December 20th

Blue Christmas Service
7:00 pm
Nave

Thursday
December 21st

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir Room

Sunday
December 24th

4th Advent Eucharist
10:00 am
Nave

Sunday
December 24th

Children's Christmas Pageant & Festive tea
4:00 pm
Nave & Fireside Room

Sunday
December 24th

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
8:45 pm
Nave

Monday
December 25th

Christmas Service
10:00 am
The Redwoods

Thursday
December 28th

Staff Meeting
3:00 pm
Fireside Room

Thursday
January 4th

Staff Meeting
3:00 pm
Office

Thursday
January 4th

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir Room

Sunday
January 7th

Confirmation Class
5:00 pm
Fireside Room

Wednesday
January 10th

Vestry Meeting
6:30 pm
Fireside Room

Thursday
January 11th

REST Shelter
5:30 pm
Wellness Center

Thursday
January 11th

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir Room

Sunday
January 14th

Contemplative Prayer
11:45 am
Library

Tuesday
January 16th

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

Thursday
January 18th

Staff Meeting
3:00 pm
Office

Thursday
January 18th

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir Room


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