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November 8, 2018

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This Week

On the Remarkable Faith of Widows

from the Rector

Ruth And NaomiThis Sunday, we hear the conclusion to the ancient Hebrew Book of Ruth.

Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi, are both widowed and left desolate in a harsh, patriarchal world. Their journey back to Naomi's country turns into a story of courage, hope, and shrewdness that is part melodrama, part racy romance, and part comedy. (You can find the brief four-chapter story in your nearest Bible, or online here). But what is most remarkable is their faith. Ruth, as a foreigner, refuses to abandon her mother-in-law and return to Moab, and insists that she will go where Naomi goes, follow her God, and suffer the same fate. Naomi leverages this faith into a viable future for them both, leading to an extraordinary turn of fortune that gives rise to the ancient line of kings of Israel -- a line that later Christian authors write also leads to Jesus.

In Mark, Jesus sits outside the Temple treasury in Jerusalem and makes note of the unjust selfishness of the religious authorities of his day. One of their victims, a widow, puts everything she has into the treasury: a gift, Jesus points out, more heartbreaking and generous than those of the wealthiest givers.

Again, we are confronted with stories that are meant to turn our world upside-down. The greatest and most influential faith among us is not found in the powerful or even the popular but, like these widows of scripture, among the marginalized, the destitute, the invisible, the unexpected.

Where have you recently met faith in unexpected places or people?

Quick reminders this week:

With love to all of you,

- Br. Richard Edward+

Learn more now about our Sunday readings:

Preparing for Sunday

Bring a Memento for the Ofrendaoffrenda

To commemorate the Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead), we celebrate this Latin American tradition by providing an ofrenda, an altar where we place mementos and pictures of our dearly departed. The ofrenda is in the nave in front of the pulpit. You can bring your mementos throughout November.

Additionally, a notebook is on the ofrenda for you to record the names of the departed you would like publicly remembered during our eucharists in November.

Christmas is coming! Get these dates on your calendar!

christmasDecember 2 - Children's Christmas Boutique & Pageant Costume Fitting

December 9 - Christmas Bake Sale & Pageant Rehearsal

December 16 - Lessons & Carols at 10 am service & Pageant Rehearsal after

December 23 - Pageant Dress Rehearsal & Greenswinding with Stone Soup afterward

December 24 - 4 pm - Children's Christmas Pageant with festive tea afterward
8:45 pm - Choral Christmas Eve Eucharist

December 25 - 10 am Christmas Day service at The Redwoods

More information is below under Coming Up!

christmascrackersYouth Faith-in Action Volunteer Projects
Fall Semester 2018

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

Friday, November 30 at 5:30 – Youth Christmas Cracker Making (for the Christmas Bake Sale). Dinner included.

Sunday School Registration: Ongoing!

childrenyouthDid you know . . . Sunday School Registration is open year-round on-line? Click here for the brief form. (Paper registration forms are also available from Children's and Youth Ministry Leaders and the Church Office.)

If you are a parent or grandparent bringing children and youth to Church of Our Saviour for any programs on-site or off-site, please complete the registration and photo permission so that we can continue to organize our programs to best serve our children, youth, and families! Thank you! -- Pastor Stephanie

Altar Flower and Candle Dedications

altarWould you like to dedicate the lovely flowers or the candles you see on the altar each Sunday in memory or in honor of a loved one? We would love to have you sign up!

There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Fireside Room by the Office or you could call the office at 415-388-1907. The suggested donation is $40 for flowers or $20 for candles. Your donations help with the expense of our flower budget.

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

Children’s Christmas Boutique

cgiftsAnnual Children’s Christmas Boutique will be held on December 2, the first Sunday in December. As per tradition, all gifts are only 25 cents and the money raised doubles as an opportunity to teach children about the gift of giving! This is a great opportunity for children to shop for gifts for family members and caregivers while also raising money for a good cause. In the past we have bought goats and chickens for needy communities in the developing world, nets to prevent malaria in Africa, and we have given it to the parish discretionary fund.

We need your help to insure that this Boutique remains a success for all involved! Please donate!

Donation ideas: New or gently used: adult accessories, used household decorative items, board games, card games and puzzles, Dad and brother gifts are always in short supply so special request for these items.

Where to donate: There is a labeled basket - CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE DONATIONS - kept outside the office door.

Contact with Questions or if assitance is needed with donations: Anna Nicoletto, Faith Bruins or the church office.

Lastly, if anyone has an interest in contributing to this boutique by undertaking the task of creating cloth bags, so as to help keep this event “green,” please contact Anna or Faith. Thank you all in advance!

Sign Up Now for the 2018 Christmas Pageant

Everything you need to know is here.


christmascookiesCalling All Bakers and Chefs!!

We need your contributions to the Church of Our Saviour Christmas Bake Sale on Sunday, December 9th! Baked goods, home-canned goods, savory dishes, snacks and other edibles are welcomed. Please wrap your goodies ready for sale and bring them to the Fireside Room before the 10 am service. Then come back at coffee hour to shop! Contact Tiana Wimmer for more information.

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 November 25th for the next meeting.

Coming Up at Church of Our Saviour

Thursday – November 8:
2 pm – Staff Meeting – Office
7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room

Sunday – November 11 – 11:30 am – Godly Play & Faith Quest Planning Meeting – Nave

Wednesday – November 14 – 6:30 pm – Vestry Meeting – Fireside Room

Sunday – November 18 – 11:30 am – Altar Guild Meeting – Leppo Room

Tuesday – November 20 – 9:30 am – Mt. Carmel Hot Lunch Program – Greenwood School Gym across from Mt. Carmel Church

Wednesday – November 21 – 7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room

Saturday – November 24 – 9-11 am – Deanery Meeting – St. Paul’s, San Rafael

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

Thursday – November 29:
2 pm – Staff Meeting – Office
7 pm – Choir Practice – Choir Room

Friday – November 30 – 5:30 pm – Middle Saints/Youth Christmas Cracker Making – Fireside Room

Seeking the Spirit

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

Risking Sight

Proper 25 [Track 1]
October 28th

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Healing is harder than we think. We prefer the devils we know to the mystery of Christ's call, just as we prefer a familiar culture of violence and division to the uncertain world of love, unity, and peace that God offers. Bartimaeus shows us the courage it takes to step into that world and follow after Christ.


The Narrow Gate

Luke 13:18-30

Tuesday, interviewed during the program 1A on NPR, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was asked to define love. “Is there a Biblical definition that you go to?” the interviewer asked. “Yes,” said Bishop Curry. “The paradigm for what being loving is for Christians is Jesus of Nazareth going to the cross. His giving up his life was an act of selfless, sacrificial love.” And he goes on to explain that this is not about the appeasement of an angry deity but is rather Jesus saying, “Look, I’ve got to show you what love looks like.” This is what it looks like.

Jesus commands us, “Love God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your strength; and love your neighbor as yourself.” Selfless, sacrificial love is giving up our lives for our neighbors. It’s not about dramatic, isolated acts, though those can sometimes occur. It’s about a focus that guides all our decisions, every single one of them. It’s the true north on our moral compass. We have to look at everything we do in the context of the love that Jesus modeled for us. All our actions, decisions and discerning need to be informed by this love.

This leads me to a new understanding of today’s reading from the Gospel of Luke. Jesus instructs his followers, “strive to enter through the narrow door.” We are asked to hone down our focus and pare away the things that are not important. What is life really about, anyway? What will fill us with joy, make us whole, and bring us peace? What is enough? In what direction ought we to look in order to find true fulfillment?

All our fears, all our shame, all our competitive striving, all our desire for fame, wealth, and security have their real satisfaction in the sacrificial, selfless love shown to us by Jesus going to the cross. That narrow door will bring us into whole and holy relationship with one another and with God. It is when we are focused on this love that we know and are known by Christ. In selfless, sacrificial love we become who we are meant to be.

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

From Episcopal Café.

Prayers this Week

In our Church of Our Saviour Cycle of Prayer, we pray today for the Chris Shaffer family, Charlaine Shackelford and the Colloton family, and for the ministry of our Christmas ministry teams, and for those who celebrate their birthdays, especially Alex Dugan. In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba. Please pray for those who are ill and in need of comfort, especially Will, Elessar, Kern, Deborah, Barry, Murray, Will P., Scott, Maggi, Tim, John, Mary-Jean, Margot, Lisa and Elizabeth; those serving in the military and overseas, especially Leif, Steven, Quinn, Christopher and Andrew; and those who have died, especially Dan Hoggatt and Louise Johnson. 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 city of Thousand Oaks, the Tree of Life Community in Pittsburgh, and the people of Yemen this week. 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

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 Tiana Wimmer. She will send you a monthly sign-up request or use this link.

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: November 20 and December 18.

The Wider Church


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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


November 15th

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir Room

November 18th

Altar Guild Meeting
11:30 am
Leppo Room

November 18th

Pageant Planning Meeting
1:00 pm
Fireside Room

November 20th

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

November 21st

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir Room

November 24th

Deanery Meeting
9:00 am
St. Paul's, San Rafael

November 25th

Contemplative Prayer
11:30 am

November 25th

Ecumenical Service
1:30 pm
The Redwoods

November 29th

Staff Meeting
2:00 pm

November 29th

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir Room

November 30th

Youth Christmas Cracker Making
5:30 pm
Fireside Room

December 1st

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

December 2nd

Christmas Boutique
11:00 am
Hammond Hall

December 6th

Youth & Family Ministries Meeting
12:00 pm
Fireside Room

December 6th

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir Room

December 9th

Christmas Bake Sale
11:00 am
Fireside Room

December 13th

Staff Meeting
2:00 pm

December 13th

Choir Practice
7:00 pm
Choir Room

December 16th

Lessons & Carols
10:00 am

December 18th

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

Monthly Calendar

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