Join Us Online For Christmas

Christmas Eve, December 24, 4 p.m. Online Christmas Pageant

Christmas Eve, December 24, 10:30 p.m. Online Carol Sing with the Church of Our Saviour choir
11:00 p.m. Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Liturgy of the Word (online)

Christmas Day, December 25, 9:00 a.m. – Christmas Morning Pajama Service

First Sunday after Christmas, Sunday, December 26, 10:30 a.m. Online Service of Lessons & Carols

Click on this link to join any of the Christmas services by video from your computer or phone: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/721544150?pwd=dDNBQ3cyTlYvMzhjaVphcllDamZ5dz09The password is 1895.

  • If you need to join only with a phone call and not on video, please dial 646-558-8656 and use the code 721544150# when prompted. If you need a password, use 1895.

  • If you have any difficulties or are not able to use video or make a long-distance phone call, please text Rebecca Wilson at 330-524-2067 and she will help you get connected.

image: Hofheinz-Döring, Margret, 1910-. Holy Family, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56749

A Letter from Mother Debra: Online Worship During COVID Spike

December 21, 2021 

Dear Friends: In the last several days, we have learned that two members of our parish, both fully vaccinated, have tested positive for COVID-19. Both were at church on Sunday, and both are at home experiencing symptoms. People who came in close contact with either of them have been notified. Please pray for our beloved friends who are ill and for everyone who has COVID. 

As you know, infection rates in Summit County are soaring. The Georgia Tech COVID-19 Risk Assessment Planning Tool indicates that right now, a gathering of 50 people in Summit County has an 82% chance of having an infected person present. In light of that data, the vestry and I unanimously determined last night that we must move our worship services online until the local situation is less risky. I am heartbroken that this means we will spend our second Christmas online, but I would be far more heartbroken if any of you became ill at church. Since March 2020, we have learned so much about how to be the church on Zoom, and I know that when we gather online this weekend, God will be with us and will bless our efforts to care for the most vulnerable people in our midst. Our Zoom Christmas schedule will be: 

  • December 24, 4 p.m.: Christmas Pageant–Come support our children as they share the gospel story on Zoom from their homes. If you attended the Zoom Christmas pageant last year, you know that this was a highlight of our online Christmas!
  • December 24, 10:30 p.m.: Zoom Christmas Carol Sing–Led by Peter Wright and Mickey McGroarty
  • December 24, 11 p.m.: Feast of the Nativity Liturgy of the Word–We will gather on Zoom for a traditional Christmas service with familiar hymns, scriptures, and the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke.
  • December 25, 9 a.m.: Christmas in our Pajamas!–This service, which we had always intended to hold on Zoom, will be a short liturgy to celebrate the coming of Jesus into the world.
  • December 26, 10:30 a.m.: Service of Lessons and Carols–Join us on Zoom this first Sunday after Christmas for a traditional service of scripture readings and Christmas Carols.

After Christmas, we will assess the public health situation in Summit County week-by-week and will update everyone via email and the website about the plan for each Sunday. 

As the local situation worsens and we contend with a new variant that researchers are still seeking to understand, please exercise caution for yourself and those you love. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID, please get tested immediately. You can find information about COVID-19 testing in Summit County on the Summit County Public Health website

In the midst of yet another COVID spike, we continue to give thanks for the scientists and medical experts who have made life-saving vaccines possible, and if you have not yet been fully vaccinated and received your booster shot, I urge you to do so as soon as possible. You can schedule a vaccine online. If you have any questions, please email me at revdebcoos@gmail.com or call the church cell phone at 330-607-5905. 

Yours in Christ, 

The Rev. Debra Bennett, Rector

I Am Doing a New Thing: 2022 Pledge Campaign

“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 NRSV

November 28, 2021

The Akron of 129 years ago is a place most of us would recognize by looking at a street map. However, Akron’s total population in 1892 was roughly 1/5th of its population today and its economy depended primarily upon the production of oatmeal, farm equipment, match and rubber products. The only tires produced Akron were bicycle tires, a new product made by a single company.  Some started to purchase their groceries at Acme #1 – then, the only Acme, southeast of downtown Akron.

Akron, like many of its residents, was about to undergo decades of significant and fast change as Akron and those living in it began to do many new things. Some families with the ability to do so started to move out of downtown to West Hill, seeking a newer neighborhood where they could live without the congestion and traffic of Akron’s existing neighborhoods.

It was 129 years ago this month that a group of women living in West Hill began to meet with the goal of establishing an Episcopal parish in their neighborhood – as an alternative to the existing Episcopal parish (over a mile away, when few owned or drove cars). Their group – St. Mary’s Guild – received  “mission” status from our Diocese in 1892, a first-step towards becoming a “parish” (i.e., a self-sustaining Episcopal congregation). These women and their families made their mission a priority, both for their time and money. As a result, these families’ financial support allowed our parish to exist as a mission sustainably, without requiring funding from other parishes or the diocese. Today, we ask you like these families almost 130 years ago, to make a commitment of your time and financial resources to help our parish to continue to do God’s work in 2022.

We are at a new moment in our parish’s life as we, like our neighborhood and world, work to create a “new normal” in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The unmet needs of our neighborhood and world are greater than ever which is why we respectfully ask you to consider an increased commitment (as you are able) of your time and your financial resources so that we can continue to do God’s work –  both, in and outside of our parish home.

Our parish would not exist and we would not be able to do God’s work as we do it today without the forethought, determination and intentional generosity of these early families, those who followed them and you – both through annual support and special gifts (both during life and at death). As we each pray and discern the new things that God is calling of each us to do in 2022, please listen for and be open to doing the new things that God is calling each of us to do and to providing our parish, as you are able, the necessary annual and special support to do the new things that God is calling all of us to do together as a parish.

Sincerely,

The Stewardship Committee

P.S. This year, you will be able to make your pledge online or by paper, depending on your preference. As you prayerfully consider your annual pledge, we ask that pledges be received by Monday, December 20, 2021 to allow us the time we need to prepare and submit our Parish’s annual budget for the Vestry’s consideration.

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