Advent at Church of Our Saviour

Please join us for these Advent events at Church Of Our Saviour:

Sunday, November 27: Advent wreath making and coffee hour fellowship in the parish hall immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service

Sunday, December 4 at 4 p.m.: Blue Christmas Service–A time for prayer and reflection acknowledging the sadness and anxiety many experience during this season of joyful expectation.

Mondays in Advent, November 28 and December 26: Friendly Pantry

Tuesdays in Advent beginning November 29 from 7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. via Zoom: Joy Is Waiting For You, an Advent series. Discussions and reflections on the theme of joy in the midst of grief and loss, worry and anxiety, peace, and joy. Stories, scripture and videos will be shared during the sessions. Each session will end with compline. Use the Zoom link for Sunday worship (above).

Wednesdays in Advent beginning November 30 and continuing on the last two Wednesdays of December (December 22 and 27): Dinner on Us community meal and the

Friendly Closet

image: Plummer, Lauren. Advent Candle, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Upcoming Outreach Events

October 29, noon-2 p.m.: Trunk or Treat

Join us in the COOS parking lot to give treats to our neighborhood kids and grill hot dogs for everyone who attends!. Feel free to wear a costume and/or decorate your trunk to make a fun Halloween for kids and adults alike. If you are not able to participate in person, we welcome any donations of candy, small prizes, or other treats. It’s always a great time!

October 22 and November 12: Habitat for Humanity

Once again this year, Church of Our Saviour is part of the Common Mission Coalition effort to build a new Habitat home. We don’t have our build dates yet, but St. Paul’s on Market St. has extended an invitation for our members to assist on their build dates on Saturday, October 22, and Saturday, November 12. If you would like to volunteer on one or both of these days, please email Jennifer Boswell or Anne Schwan

Szalay’s Corn Maze Fellowship Event

Fall is here, and so we thought it would be fun to take advantage of Szalay’s Corm Maze before the snow flies. Please join us on Sunday, October 16 at 2 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. This is open to all, so bring the entire family! Please RSVP to Colleen Denholm at 330-603-4989 or by email at Look forward to seeing you all there!

“Witness to Innocence and Mercy: The Tragic Flaws of Ohio’s Death Penalty” on October 11

On Tuesday, October 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Church of Our Saviour will host a forum on Ohio’s use of the death penalty. The panel will include Mother Debra; Jonathan Mann, a murder victim’s family member who is a member of the Ohioans To Stop Executions board; and Bernard A. Smith, retired U.S. federal prosecutor, Dept. of Justice (Cleveland).

The event is co-sponsored by Akron Interfaith Advocates against the Death Penalty, and Trinity Cathedral’s Episcopal Peace Fellowship chapter. To learn more, email Jeff Campbell at the Catholic Commission of Summit County. Download a flyer.

The event will also be broadcast on Zoom. Email for the Zoom link. 

Living Bridges Update Late August 2022

by Vicki Smith

Through August the Congregational Leadership Initiative team continued to meet and work virtually with coach, Dr. Barbara Wilson. Sessions with Barbara will conclude in September. Our discussions have inspired us to delve into the possibilities of connecting Church of Our Saviour with new partners, re-engaging past partners, and bolstering current ministries as we move forward together doing the sacred work of loving one another that God has given us. The flow of communication between the CLI team, the vestry, parish committees, and individual parishioners has and will continue to unify the collective vision of a Church of Our Saviour Impact Center. Truly, all ideas are welcome for this evolving mission.

In conjunction with the September 11 Homecoming, the team will present a visual model, opportunities for involvement, and refreshments during coffee hour. In October, CLI and Living Bridges will effectively merge and go forth together in the name of Christ.  Please join us and share the passion!

Living Bridges Update Early August 2022

by Kevin Metz 

Living Bridges (LB) and the Congregation Leadership Initiative (CLI) sub-committee wish to thank Ebony Yeboah-Amankwah for her leadership and commitment. Throughout this process, Ebony has been a beacon of light through our 4-year journey of transformation. Ebony’s contributions enable us to land where we are today.  

Living Bridges met for the first time June of 2018. The committee was tasked with identifying ways of expanding our ministries both inside and outside of the church doors. LB solicited congregational input and acted to supplement our existing ministries.   

By 2020 LB, had identified three key areas of focus:  Building usage, fundraising, and advocacy. Our current ministries continued through the pandemic but our vision of expansion was halted. Then something happened. 

In 2021, Church of Our Saviour was selected to participate in the Congregational Leadership Initiative. CLI is a year-long program, in collaboration with the Episcopal Church Foundation and the Church Pension Group in partnership with the Office of Black Ministries that provides newer clergy or clergy moving into new rectorships or priest-in-charge positions and their lay leaders with resources, tools and other support to help address the leadership and financial challenges of congregational ministry in the 21st century. It was a great opportunity to work on an existing project but with new information and the ECF team and coaches supporting us along the way!

Throughout this dynamic and intensive process, the CLI sub-committee was able to take the input from the congregation, LB and resources provided by CLI and create a transformation change outline. Our vision was of a Community Impact Center moved by the Holy Spirit that prayerfully collaborates and forms meaningful connections with our neighbors.   

The concept of the Community Impact Center leverages our current successes and strengths to focus on 3 areas that we best feel can substantially increase our impact and transform our neighborhood and surrounding community. Those areas include Education & Enrichment, Home & Garden, and Food & Fashion. Our existing ministries fall within these three categories.   

In May, the CLI sub-committee updated the congregation on our work. At that time, more ideas and suggestions were shared with the sub-committee. We have incorporated the input into our transformational change process. Many of you volunteered more of your time, knowledge and resources to one of the three areas. Thank you! LB will be calling on you in the fall to commence our transformation.  

Until then, LB and CLI sub-committee thank you for your dedication to our current ministries and your willingness to make the vision of the Community Impact Center a success. Should you have any questions, please reach out to Mo. Deb, Jim Simon, Vicki Smith or Kevin Metz. 

In the next couple of months, the CLI sub-committee will finish with our outside support, finalize our recommendations, and present our vision to the congregation in September. Watch for updates in the newsletter and during announcements. 

Holy Week and Easter at Church of Our Saviour

April 10, 10:30 a.m.: Palm Sunday–Liturgy of the Palms & Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist, with the Passion narrative and special music of the season

April 11, noon: Noon Day Prayer  with family- Monday

April 12, 7-8 p.m.: God In Plain Sight; 8-9 p.m.: Compline and checkin

April 13, 7:30 p.m.: Service of Tenebrae

April 14, Maundy Thursday:

  • 6 p.m. Agape meal cancelled due to COVID concerns
  • 7-8:30 pm. Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist with Stripping of the Altar

April 15, Good Friday:

  • 10-11:30 a.m. Virtual Reconciliation of the Penitent
  • 12 p.m. Good Friday liturgy
  • 7 p.m. Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ

April 16, 8 p.m.: The Great Vigil of Easter

April 17, 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday:  Easter Worship

Lenten Series: God in Plain Sight

Tuesdays, March 8-April 5 on Zoom

The Holy Season of Lent is a time for self-examination, repentance, prayer, fasting, self-denial and reading and meditating on God’s word. These 40 days are meant to bring us closer to God through Christ in order to joyfully celebrate his Resurrection on Easter Sunday. In times of stress or challenge, we often find it difficult to experience the divine presence in our midst. We may well ask the question, “ where is God in all this?” And then we are amazed to discover God was there all along – perhaps just hiding in plain sight – in the everyday mundane of our lives.  During this Lenten season, we will explore our relationship with God through Christ, each other and our neighbor as we reflect together on where we might find God in plain sight.

On Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. on Zoom, you are invited to journey with us as we delve into what it means to discover God is still here in our present context. From 8-9 p.m. each Tuesday, we will pray a service of compline that will include a Lenten meditation. Use this Zoom link to join the conversation.

March 8
7-8 p.m. God in Plain Sight – Dust: Genesis 2:27; Luke 9:1-6
Remember that you are dust, Shake the dust off your feet.
8–9 p.m.  Compline with Lenten Meditation

March 15
7-8 p.m. God in Plain Sight – Bread: Matthew 4:4; 6:11
One does not live by bread alone, Give us our daily bread
8–9 p.m.  Compline with Lenten Meditation

March 22
7-8 p.m. God in Plain Sight – Coins: Mark 12:15b; Matthew 26:15b-16
Give to Caesar/Give to God, Thirty Pieces of Silver
8–9 p.m.  Compline with Lenten Meditation

March 29
7-8 p.m. God in Plain Sight – Oil: Psalm 23:5; Luke 10:33-34
You anoint my head with oil, Bandaged Wounds
8–9 p.m.  Compline with Lenten Meditation

April 5
7-8 p.m. God in Plain Sight – Cross: Mark 8:34; John 12:32
Take up your cross, I will draw all people
8–9 p.m.  Compline with Lenten Meditation

Annual Meeting on January 23

On Sunday, January 23 following our online worship at 10:30 a.m., Church of Our Saviour will hold its 2022 annual meeting online. At the meeting, which we expect to begin about 11:30 a.m., we will elect members of the vestry and nominating committee, review the 2022 budget, and hear a report from Mother Debra.
Download the 2022 annual meeting packet.

The slate of vestry members presented by the nominating committee includes:

  • Kathleen Decatur (3 year term)
  • Kay Starr (3 year term)
  • Anne Schwan (3 year term)


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: 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.