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September 20, 2018


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This Week


Welcoming the Stranger

from the Rector

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” - Matthew 25:35

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

Mt 25-35All of us at one time were new at Church of Our Saviour. And all of us can talk about the few friends here who welcomed us for the first time, who walked with us as we became an active part of this community, who got us thinking about what kind of programs or ministries would most nurture us, who invited us to serve in a way that would help us find purpose and growth.

In doing so, they welcomed us as Christians have welcomed newcomers since the beginning: not as strangers, but as friends; not as outsiders, but as Christ coming into our midst. This work is absolutely critical to not only for the growth of the parish, but our identity as a Christian community.

Our welcome defines us. It bears witness to the love of Christ at work among us.

This autumn, I am seeking three or four leaders in the parish who will help us better organize our walk with newcomers as they settle into the life of Church of Our Saviour. Specifically, they will:

- Follow up with and watch out for newcomers identified by our Greeters Team and staff.

- Plan regular newcomer gatherings/socials to help our newest members get better acquainted with parish leadership and foster community.

- Meet quarterly with the Rector to discuss how our newcomers are finding a place in community, plan special welcome Sundays, and talk about inviting our newest members into the ministries of the parish.

Any of this intrigue you? Contact me and let me know!

Br. Richard Edward+


Learn more now about our Sunday readings:

Preparing for Sunday


September 23, 9:45 am: Sunday School

You Are StardustChildren and their families gather in the courtyard at 9:45 am for song and a prayer. Parents and grandparents continue to the sanctuary for worship, where children join them for Holy Communion.

On this Sunday that coincides with the Parish Retreat, we will have one combined Godly Play classroom for children PreK-Grade 3.  There is no separate Faith Quest class; children (grades 4-6) are welcome to join their families in the sanctuary or join Gerry Caprio and the Middle Saints for their "Heroes" series in the Library. (Middle Saints Focus: Chef José Andrés and the World Central Kitchen, serving 3.6 million meals after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and 90,000 meals in North Carolina following Hurricane Florence.  How does the humanitarian service of the World Central Kitchen reflect our Gospel values?)

Children in Godly Play will read You Are Stardust with Julie Knox and enjoy work time and Feast with Brigitta Erpen.  The book explores close connections between humans and the non-human natural world--from growth, to language, to the water we drink.  Through children's literature we delve deeper into our Fall themes of Care of Creation and Becoming Beloved Community.  Thank you to our Story Teller, Julie, and Greeter, Brigitta, for ministering with the children on this day!

Next Week (September 30)

Godly Play (PreK-K): The Great Family with Nancy Cook and Hiroko Helmer

Godly Play (Gr. 1-3): A Church for All with The World Communion with Pastor Stephanie and Bobbi Jones

Faith Quest: Maker Day -- Mosaics -- with Tatem Read


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Church office closed

The church office will be closed on Fridays, September 21 and 28. Our parish administrator is back in the office from September 24-27, but out on the 28th.


Back to School Support for Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy in Marin City

schoolsuppliesOur high school youth have been volunteer after school tutors at MLK Academy in Marin City for the past three years. Now Jackie Chin of our parish has joined an effort by the Boys and Girls Clubs to support MLK through a collection of school supplies. A bin has been placed in the Fireside Room for this purpose. Kindly support this effort by donating in any way you can.

The most needed items are #2 pencils and erasers, Crayola markers, dry erase markers, Elmer’s glue and glue sticks, pencil boxes and white copy paper or you may shop at their Amazon.com wish list at bgccsc.org. See the flyer by the bin in the Fireside Room for more suggestions of their needs. The children will be most grateful that you have remembered them. Thank you!


Youth Faith-in Action Volunteer Projects
Fall Semester 2018

Coastal Clean-up – September 15, 9 am – 12 noon
Horseshoe Cove, Sausalito

Tutoring - Bayside Martin Luther King Academy – Mondays 3:15 – 4:30 pm
200 Phillips Dr, Sausalito – begins September 17

COS Parish Work Day – September 29, 9 am – 3 pm
Come when you wish and stay as long as you wish.

Green Gulch Farm Zen Center Gleaning and Meditation – October 7, 1:30 – 4 pm
1601 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach
Intro to Meditation 1:30 – 2:00, Farm Work 2:00 – 4:00

Marin Food Bank – October 13, 9 am – 12 noon
2550 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael (note new location address)

St. Vincent’s Dining Hall
820 B St, San Rafael
October 27, November 3, December 1 - 10:30 am – 1 pm


Join the Our Saviour Choir

choirWelcoming all willing voices to join the new season of singing at Church of Our Saviour!

This fun-loving group of parishioners leads our congregational singing during our primary Sunday and Holy Day services of the year and presents a wide variety of anthems ranging from Renaissance music to Gospel. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm and Sunday mornings at 9:15 am.

For more information, contact our Music Director, Albert Campbell.


Coming Up


The Annual Parish Work Day is Coming Up!
Saturday, September 29
9 am to 3 pmworkday

Here is a service opportunity for everyone in the COS family! We will have lots of jobs, big and small, to help spruce up our parish building and grounds. Please plan to come for an hour or two -- or the whole day! Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. If you have any questions or would like to head up a specific work project, please contact Mary Washburn at 415-518-5123.


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 September 30th for the next meeting.


Robert Schumann

Schumann Piano Quintet
Op. 44 in E-flat

Tuesday, October 23rd
7:15 pm

The Redwoods Auditorium
40 Camino Alto
Mill Valley

Richard Edward Helmer, piano
Tiana Wimmer, violin
Rachel Carlin, violin
Jocelyn Startz, viola
Nick Carlin, cello

Free Admission

For those of you who enjoyed hearing the first part of Schumann’s famous quintet for piano and strings at our April Evening of the Arts and for those of you who were not able to attend, please mark your calendars for a performance of the complete work in October at the Redwoods! Father Richard Edward will again be joined by Tiana Wimmer, Rachel and Nick Carlin, and Jocelyn Startz to play this magnificent mainstay of the classical chamber music literature. Admission to the concert is free - we hope you to see you there!


Coming Up at Church of Our Saviour

Thursday – September 20 – 7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room

Last Chance to Sign Up for the annual Parish Retreat at Bishop’s Ranch, September 21-23. There is still plenty of room. To sign-up, fill out a form online or in the brochure or contact the church office at office@oursaviourmillvalley.org or 415-388-1907.

Sunday – September 23:
1:30 pm – Ecumenical Service – The Redwoods

Wednesday – September 26 – 7 pm – Marin Deanery Meeting – Fireside Room

Thursday – September 27:
2 pm – Staff Meeting – Office
7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room

Saturday – September 29 – 9 am-3 pm – Parish Work Day – Join us to help spruce up COS. Continental breakfast & lunch will be provided. Stay part of the time or all day.

Sunday – September 30:
11:30 am – Contemplative Prayer –
Library

Thursday – October 4:
Noon – Youth & Family Ministries Meeting – Fireside Room
7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room

Sunday – October 7 – Community Sunday & St. Francis Day
5 pm – Confirmation Class – Fireside Room

Wednesday – October 10 – 6:30 pm – Vestry Meeting – Fireside Room

Thursday – October 11:
2 pm – Staff Meeting – Office
7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room


Seeking the Spirit


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

A Gospel of Futility

Proper 19 [Track 1]
September 16th

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Jesus rebukes Peter for doing precisely what we all do: confusing the power of God with our own ways of violence and domination. To the world's eyes, the path of the Gospel, the path of the cross, is a scandal for no other reason than appearing completely futile.


At the Threshold

John 12:27-36a

“While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.’”

There’s something very magical about the liminal times of day – dawn and twilight.  They are not quite one thing or the other, neither day or night. They capture in the ebb and flow of light the reality of the transition that is always happening within and around us.  We are always on the way somewhere.

When in his Gospel John talks about light, he is talking about a different consciousness.  Jesus is a brand new understanding made manifest – the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is a bright flame torching the darkness.  His revelation shatters all that has gone before. “Figure it out while you can,” he tells the people whom he is teaching, and I feel the potency of being invited to become.

“Become.  Become children of light,” Jesus bids us.  My heart yearns for that state of being in which I am a child reaching out in wonder.  I know where to find it; in contemplative prayer. Sinking down into silence and stillness, I feel the sun crest the horizon.  Warmth fills my body, a belonging so deep there can never be words. Instinctively I know that here is where the world is redeemed.

It’s a process, though.  At some moments I see with the eyes of the Lord.  At others I am immersed in my tiny, dark ego perspective.  When I believe in the light I feel my profound connection with everything that is.  When I don’t, I am tangled in shame, competition and fear. By God’s grace I stand in the light of dawn.  But then I feel the shadows lengthening toward night.

We do not have a lot of time.  And yet, we have the eternal time packed into each moment.  I am a woman at the threshold. And aren’t we all, each of us, always on the Way somewhere?

Laurie Gudim is a religious iconographer and writer living in Fort Collins, Colorado. For more information and to see some of her images, visit everydaymysteries.com.

From Episcopal Café.


Prayers this Week

In our Church of Our Saviour Cycle of Prayer, we pray today for the Caprio family, the Carter-Meyer family and the Sutherland family, and for the ministry of our Youth and Family Ministries Team, and for those who celebrate their birthdays, especially Mark Chavez, Montana Beecroft, Lynn Sandberg and Blakeley Peck Whitney. In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan. Please pray for those who are ill and in need of comfort, especially Dan, Will, Elessar, Kern, Deborah, Barry, Murray, Burnet, Scott, Maggi, Tim, Nolan, Sarah, James, Jeevani, Rich, John, Mary-Jean, and Margot; those serving in the military and overseas, especially Leif, Steven, Quinn, Christopher and Andrew; and those who have died, especially Br. Robert James, Bob and Deborah S. We pray for all who are struggling with the effects of war and natural disaster at home and around the world. We especially remember the Carolinas, the Southeast and Japan. Help us to address a climate in crisis and to pass on a better world than we inherited. 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


Come Feed the Hungry at our Monthly Free Lunch next Tuesday, September 21!

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 struggling with homelessness 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: September 18, October 16, November 20 and December 18.


The Wider Church


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This Fall At The Bishop’s Ranch

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Holy Hikes 2018 Schedule here


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 rose.scarff@gmail.com or 415-887-8768; references available.


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Weekly Archives



Calendar


Wednesday
September 26th

Marin Deanery Meeting
7:00 pm
Fireside Room

Thursday
September 27th

Staff Meeting
11:00 am
Office

Thursday
September 27th

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir Room

Saturday
September 29th

Parish Work Day
9:00 am
Fireside Room

Thursday
October 4th

Youth & Family Ministries Meeting
8:00 am
Fireside Room

Thursday
October 4th

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir room

Sunday
October 7th

Youth at Green Gulch for Gleaning & Meditation
1:30 pm
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center

Thursday
October 11th

Staff Meeting
2:00 pm
Office

Thursday
October 11th

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir room

Saturday
October 13th

Youth Service Project
9:00 am
Marin Food Bank

Sunday
October 14th

Confirmation Class
5:00 pm
Fireside Room

Tuesday
October 16th

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

Thursday
October 18th

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir Room

Tuesday
October 23rd

Schumann Concert
7:15 pm
The Redwoods

Thursday
October 25th

Staff Meeting
2:00 pm
Office

Thursday
October 25th

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir Room

Saturday
October 27th

Youth Service Project
10:30 am
St. Vincent's Dining Hall

Sunday
October 28th

Contemplative Prayer
11:30 am
Library

Sunday
October 28th

Ecumenical Service
1:30 pm
The Redwoods

Thursday
November 1st

Youth & Family Ministries Meeting
12:00 pm
Fireside Room


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