Hear Mickey McGroarty’s Setting of “Ego Sum Vitis Vera” on April 28

On April 28, the Fifth Sunday of Easter, churches across the world will hear the gospel reading John 15:1-8, which includes the text “I am the true vine, and my father is the vinegrower.” At Church of Our Saviour, and at churches in Kansas, North Carolina, and Ottawa, Canada, we will also hear “Ego Sum Vitis Vera,” a Gregorian chant setting of the same text for SATB choir by our very own Mickey McGroarty. Hear the setting on YouTube.

Stewardship Sundae Funday April 28

Please join the Stewardship Committee after church on April 28 for a delightful event centered on fellowship and enjoyment. We will be serving up pizza, salad, and sundaes, after lunch there will be a “Spiritual Scavenger Hunt” complete with selfies and prizes.

The Stewardship Committee thanks you for your commitment to supporting the mission and activities of our church.  Your pledge makes a significant difference in the lives of our neighbors.  

Funeral for Beth Britton on March 18

Thank you for your continued prayers for the Britton family and for Beth, who now rests with God. Beth’s funeral will be Monday, March 18 at 1 p.m. at Church of Our Saviour, with a reception to follow in the parish hall. Burial at Foxfield Preserve will be private.

The service will be broadcast on Zoom. Download the bulletin.

Into your hands, O merciful Saviour, we commend your servant Beth. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

(Book of Common Prayer, 499)

In Memoriam: Beth Trevathan Britton (1966-2024)

In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life, we write to tell you that our own beloved Beth Britton, a longtime member of Church of Our Saviour, died this morning at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center in Fairlawn.

Born and raised in Akron, Beth was a graduate of North High School, the University of Akron, and Kent State University, where she studied school and community counseling. As founder and owner of Britton Counseling, Beth supported more than a thousand clients through grief and loss, specializing in treating postpartum depression. As she wrote several years ago, “Upon finding out that I am a counselor, people usually say to me, ‘I could never listen to people’s problems all day,’ and my response is that I get to help people change their lives for the better every day. I have the best job in the world.”

Music was a mainstay of Beth’s life, and one that she shared with her husband, Bill, and sons, Matthew and David. Together with her family, she sang in the parish choir for many years, sharing her sense of humor, love of life, and beautiful alto voice with her choir family. She also loved performing with Summit Choral Society as well as gardening, knitting and crocheting, and cuddling with her beloved dogs, Pippa and Gemma.

Beth was preceded in death by her father, Robert E. (Bob) Trevathan, in 2016. She is survived by Bill, Matthew, and David, by her mother, Beverly Trevathan, and by her sister, Becky Feora, and Becky’s family. 

Information about funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day our sister Beth. We thank you for giving her to us, her family and friends, to know and to love as a companion on our earthly pilgrimage. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, 493)

Choral Evensong

Join the parish choir for evensong on Sunday, March 10 at 4 p.m. Evensong is a service of evening prayer wherein we give thanks to God for the day and for God’s works throughout human history. Readings from the bible and prayers from the many years of the Christian church are interspersed wit psalms and canticles to proclaim the wonder of the birth, life, and death of Jesus Christ.

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

The Friendly Closet: 2023 Review

The Friendly Closet continues to be a great resource for the community and through donations from the parish and friends of the parish, we have been able to provide clothing and household goods to our neighbors and guests for another year. A number of major improvements have taken place in the Friendly Closet in 2023 including new lighting, new shelving, and increased organization. We have many more projects planned for 2024!

This year the Friendly Closet has received numerous donations including a large donation of men’s clothing from the family of the Rev. Canon Dr. Harold T. Lewis. These donations have boosted our inventory and allowed us to expand our ability to help more guests. In addition, donations of age appropriate clothing, formal wear, and interview ready apparel have been sent from our closet to North High School, where a similar operation is in place. (Thank you to Kay for heading up that mission).

A special thank you to our wonderful volunteers, without whom this project would not be possible, Margaret & John McBride; Kay Starr; Maggie & Ray Boswell; Jennifer Boswell; Sue Papp; Diane Hawkins; Anne Schwan; Clara Vagadia; Megan Smith; Eric Smith; Vicki & Mike Smith; Kevin Metz; Hannah Lebo; Jim Simon; Victoria Ramey; Mike Kemp; and Bill Culbertson.

As the temperatures get (and stay) colder the Friendly Closet needs the following items:

  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Winter Coats (Men’s & Women’s)
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Winter boots/Shoes (Men’s & Women’s)
  • Warm socks

As always, we accept donations of gently used clothing, books, and household goods.

Interested in volunteering with the Friendly Closet?

We meet at 9 am on the Saturday before the first Dinner on Us of the month for a workday and re-set the closet on the Sunday between the two Dinner on Us days of the month

Upcoming work dates

  • Sunday, January 28: re-set day [after 10:30 service]
  • Saturday, February 3: Closet workday [9 am – noon (ish)]
  • Sunday, February 25: re-set day [after 10:30 service]
  • Saturday, March 16: Closet workday [9 am – noon (ish)]
  • Sunday, March 24: re-set day [after 10:30 service]

Please see Megan Smith with any questions.

The Feast of Blessed Absalom Jones and Commemoration of the Rt. Rev. Barbara Clementine Harris

On Saturday February 10 at 1 p.m., Church of Our Saviour, together with the the people of the Wilma Ruth Combs Northeast Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians, will host the diocese’s annual festival Eucharist celebrating Absalom Jones, the first Black priest ordained in the Episcopal Church, whose feast day is February 13. At this service, we will also commemorate the life of the Rt. Rev. Barbara Clementine Harris, the first female bishop in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, whose life and ministry is commemorated on February 11, the anniversary of her ordination as bishop.

This service will be a joyful celebration of these saints whose lives and ministries inspire us as we continue our work of reconciliation and dismantling racism to move closer to becoming Beloved Community. Please join us!

Bishop Anne Jolly will preside at the service, and the Rev. Edwin Daniel Johnson, director of organizing at the Episcopal City Mission in Boston, Massachusetts, will preach.

About the Rev. Edwin Johnson

The Rev. Edwin Daniel Johnson is an enthusiastic and lifelong lover of Jesus and Episcopalian. Walter and Vilma, his loving parents from Montserrat and Costa Rica respectively, sought out diverse and loving communities in which to raise him which included St. John’s and St. James’s Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Edwin experienced the call to ministry at age five during baptism and got his first taste of community organizing and collective power at age 11 with the Roxbury Church Collaborative. It was then he gained clarity around the nature of his call to Gospel Joy and Justice

Read more on the website of the Episcopal City Mission.