In Memoriam: Helen Fleming (1930-2024)

In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life, we share the sad news that Helen Davison Fleming, a longtime member of Church of Our Saviour, died at home on Wednesday. 

Helen and her husband, Chisna, who was called Cue, moved to Akron in 1955, and they and their family became active members of Church of Our Saviour soon afterward. Helen, shown above reading at Mother Debra’s celebration of new ministry in 2014, was a lector and sang in the choir.

Helen was preceded in death by Cue in 2006, by her son Kevin in 2017, and by her brother, Harold Davison in 2019. She is survived by her son, Martin; daughters, Giselle and Rachel; and by their families and many other relatives and friends. Read her obituary.

Calling hours will be held at Billow Funeral Home, 85 N. Miller Road, Akron, on March 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. Helen’s funeral will be held on March 5 at noon at Church of Our Saviour. Mother Debra will officiate and preach. Inurnment will be at Ohio Western Reserve Cemetery in Rittman. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Church of Our Saviour in Helen’s memory.

Lent 2024 at Church of Our Saviour

Download the Lenten schedule as a pdf.

Tuesday, February 13, 5:30 p.m.: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Wednesday February 14: Ash Wednesday

  • Noon to 1:00 p.m: Imposition of Ashes & Noonday Prayer
  • 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m: Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist

Tuesdays & Thursdays, beginning February 15

  • Not By Bread Alone: Contemplative Prayer & Reflections
  • Noonday Contemplative Prayer & Reflection: the church will be open for individual prayer & reflection from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Conversations on the Prodigal Son: Reflections by Henri Nouwen and others. Service of Compline follows conversation.

 Lenten Series: Jesus Wept. A Sunday Lenten Series Of Music, Story & Lament

Sundays, Noon to 1:30 p.m., beginning February 18

You are invited to join us as we focus each week on the human condition, where we find Christ in our midst, and how our lives and the lives of others are impacted by the words we will hear through music, story and lament. We will use various selections and reflections as a guide for our conversations. Each week will help us see how our wilderness experiences and witness are integral to our seeking and serving Christ in all persons and to loving our neighbors as ourselves. Mickey will lead the discussion with musical selections and Mo. Deb will give the theological reflections.

See Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, one of the pieces of music that will guide our reflections:

February 18: First Word

  • “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” – Jesus Wept

February 25: Second Word

  • “Today you will be with me in paradise’’ – Jesus Wept

March 3: Third Word

  • “Woman, behold your son!” Behold your Mother!” – Jesus Wept

March 10: Fourth Word

  • “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – Jesus Wept

March 17: Fifth Word

  • “I thirst” – Jesus Wept

Palm Sunday, March 24: Sixth Word

  • “It is finished” – Jesus Wept

Seventh Word

  • “Into your hands, I commend my spirit”  – Jesus Wept

Reconciliation of a Penitent*

This sacrament will be offered during the Lenten season by appointment.

If you wish to engage in this sacrament, please contact Mo. Debra

*A rite by which a minister of the church absolves and offers forgiveness of sin to a penitent in the name of Christ and the church. It provides a means by which one who experiences separation from the Christian community because of sin can be reconciled and healed. It is particularly appropriate during the penitential season of Lent.

Holy Week

March 24, 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday

  • Liturgy of the Palms & Eucharist with dramatic reading of the Passion Narrative with music

March 25, Tuesday of Holy Week

  • 11:00 a.m. Renewal of Baptismal Ordination Vows
  • 7:00 p.m. Conversation on the Prodigal Son Lenten Study via Zoom. Compline follows          

March 26, Wednesday of Holy Week

  • 7:30 p.m. Service of Tenebrae

March 27, Maundy Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. Agape meal
  • 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday Eucharist/Foot Washing/Stripping of the Altar
  • 9:00 p.m. Friday Vigil Watch at the Altar of Repose

March 28, Good Friday

  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Reconciliation of the Penitent
  • Noon: Good Friday Liturgy
  • 7 p.m.: Good Friday Liturgy with the Seven Last Words

March 29, Holy Saturday

  • 8:00 p.m. Great Vigil of Easter

March 30, Easter Sunday

  • 10:30 a.m. Festival Eucharist with the Music of Easter