Worship Outdoors and on Zoom on June 13

On Sunday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m., we will gather in the green space next to our church building (note the change in venue) to worship together in person for the first time since March 2020. You will be able to enter the green space through the gate on Oakdale next to our building. Please bring lawn chairs if you have them. 
The service will also be broadcast on Zoom.

After this morning’s service, we will celebrate our recent graduates with a picnic in the courtyard of our church building. Please RSVP for the picnic and sign up to bring a dish to share: RSVP online.

A Letter from Megan Allen

Hello my beloved friends of Church of our Saviour! 

I cannot believe that it has already been three years and that my time in seminary is coming to a close. My seminary journey has brought both challenge and joy, especially during this last year as we all navigated life in the midst of a global pandemic. But even in this difficulty, I am grateful for the pockets of joy. Those times that I was able to join you virtually — to see your faces and hear your voices — have given me comfort and sustained me through the difficulty of this last year of my formation. 

For the past three years you have prayed for me, supported me, checked in on me, and loved me from afar. As my time in seminary comes to a close, I hope that you will join me in celebrating this milestone by being virtually present for my commencement festivities on May 18th and 19th using the details found below. This will mark the first of many upcoming transitions that I will encounter on my ministry journey. And although these transitions will bring new beginnings in new places, Church of Our Saviour will always be my home. You will always be my people and hold a special place in my heart, regardless of where God calls me to serve. 
I hope to soon be able to share more details regarding what lies ahead for me, and am looking forward to celebrating these transitions with you when I return to Ohio!

Your fellow servant in Christ,Megan

Seminary of the Southwest Commencement Evening Worship: May 18 at 6:30 pm Eastern/5:30 pm Central Live Stream: ssw.edu/commencement-2021
Seminary of the Southwest Commencement Ceremony: May 19 at 11:00 am Eastern/10:00 am Central Live Stream: ssw.edu/commencement-2021
Ordination and Ministry Registry: If you would like to support me as I prepare to transition into my new role after graduation, feel free to check out these items that will help me continue to grow as a spiritual leader and serve well: https://www.myregistry.com/giftlist/megansordinationandministry

Virtual Akron Area Interfaith Council Hunger Walk

The Akron Area Interfaith Council sponsors the Hunger Walk to benefit the Akron Canton Regional FoodBank. Due to the pandemic, this year’s walk will be virtual again. We benefit enormously as a Partner Agency with the FoodBank. Please consider supporting this activity. Email Anne Schwan with any questions and download a flyer to learn more.

Tuesday Lenten Series: I’m Still Here

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. During this Lenten season, we will explore our relationship with God through Christ, each other and our neighbor. You are invited to journey with us as we delve into what it means to say “I’m still here” in our present context.

Join the Tuesday Lenten series each week on Zoom using this Zoom login information. From 7 to 8 p.m. we will study scripture, and at 8 p.m., we will say compline together.

February 23: I’m still here – Into the Desert 

Matthew 4:1-10; Mark 1:12: It is written – one does not live by bread alone

A song emerges: Compline with Lenten Meditation

March 2

I’m still here – Is this the fast that I chose?

Isaiah 58: 7-10: From what are we fasting?

Turn off the TV: Compline with Lenten Meditation

March 9

I’m still here – Lead me to Calvary 

John 12:32: When I am lifted up, I will draw all people to myself

The Color Purple: Compline with Lenten Meditation

March 16

I’m still here – Here is your son…

John 19:26-27; Micah 6:8: Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly

I am hungry: Compline with Lenten Meditation

March 23

I’m still here – Stay with us

Luke 24:13-35: Were not our hearts burning within us

It takes a village: Compline with Lenten Meditation

March 30

I’m still here – Do you love me?

John 21:15-17: Tend my lambs

I am resurrection & I am life: Compline with Lenten Meditation

Episcopal Church Stands Against Christian Nationalism, Commits to Deradicalization

At the meeting of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council held last weekend, House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings addressed the church’s responsibility to stand against Christian nationalism.
“The use of Christianity to advance white supremacist extremism did not begin in 2016, and it did not end at noon on Wednesday. This violent and exclusionary movement is on the rise in the United States, and those of us who believe that God is calling us toward a very different vision, toward the Beloved Community, have a special responsibility to stand against it. If we will not tell the world that it is not Christianity, then who will?” Read her remarks.

At the meeting, Executive Council passed a resolution that reaffirms the church’s rejection of white supremacy, acknowledges the church’s past complicity with racist systems and asks the Office of Government Relations and the Office for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations to develop a plan for the Episcopal Church’s holistic response to Christian nationalism and violent white supremacy, and report its progress to the next meeting of Executive Council. Read more from Episcopal News Service.

Share God’s Expansive Love: 2021 Pledge Campaign

Dear Friends:

2020 has been a year beyond our imagination — unlike anything we have seen or could have imagined. The same can be said about God’s never-ending love. It also describes our ability as a parish to make God’s world a better place for all of God’s people.

During the last pandemic, our newly constructed Marvin Parish House was used for “a large work” by the Red Cross. Just over 100 years later, during the current pandemic, that same building continues to be a center for our community sharing God’s bounty through our Friendly Closet, Friendly Pantry and Dinner on Us ministries.

There are other parallels. Nearly 100 years ago, our parish struggled with significant budget deficits resulting from decreased pledges caused by deaths, economic hardship, etc. In recent years, while deaths, relocations and economic hardships have caused us to lose some pledge income, we have also pulled together in order to address what at one time seemed in insurmountable budget deficit. The good news is that we expect to finish 2020 without a significant budget deficit. However, for us to continue that good work in 2021, we need every member of our parish to continue, and when possible increase, their level of support for our parish’s mission and ministries through our annual pledge campaign.

Just as 100 years ago, when the vestry and rector lead the way to emphasize the importance of every person’s financial commitment to the life of the parish, our vestry, fundraising committee and rector are committed to maintaining a balanced budget that allows us to continue to do God’s work in the world. We have each committed to maintain and where possible increase our own annual pledges to bring our parish closer to a sustainable balanced annual budget, and we respectfully ask for you to join us in that work.

We have faith that if everyone in our parish prayerfully considers their ability to support our parish’s mission and ministries and then makes their annual pledge, we will be able to balance our budget in 2021 and create a firm foundation for our parish’s next century.

2020 has been beyond anything that any of us could’ve imagined. With your participation, we as a parish can continue to share God’s expansive love in ways that are also beyond anything we can imagine. You can make your annual pledge online using this link. If you would prefer a paper form, please contact Jim Simon at jamesssimon@icloud.com. Please feel free to reach out to any of us with any questions or concerns


Kevin Metz, Warden   Vicki Smith, Warden    Jim Simon, Stewardship Chair

Join Us Online For Christmas

Christmas Eve, December 24, 3 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 ServiceJoin us online in your pajamas for a short service to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity!

First Sunday after Christmas, Sunday, December 27, 10:30 a.m. Online Service of Lessons & Carols

  • 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: Unidentified Kenyan artist. Nativity, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56354

Blue Christmas Service on December 13

On December 13 at 4 p.m., everyone is welcome to join us on Zoom for a service that acknowledges Christmas is not filled with joy for everyone. Join us to shed tears, pray for hope and comfort, ask for healing, and be part of a community at this tender time of year. Find information on how to join the service and download the bulletin.