Budget Requests Due October 31

The Finance Committee is in the process of developing the 2020 operating budget for the parish. The letter below has been distributed to ministry committee chairs and other leaders with budget responsibility. Completed budget request forms are due by October 31:

Download a budget request form (pdf)
Download a budget request form (Word)

September 15, 2019

Dear Friends:

Since January, the finance committee has been working to address the operating deficit in Church of Our Saviour’s budget and now, as we begin to develop the 2020 budget, we need your help.

In recent years, we have had a gap between our income from pledges and investments and the expenses required to run the church and fund our ministries. For a number of years, we have covered that gap with some funds bequeathed to our church without restriction on how they could be spent. But in 2018, we depleted those funds.

This means that, beginning in 2019, we are forced to draw more income from our investments than the 5% that financial experts tell us can be sustained over time. The gap between what we take in and what we spend is approximately $25,000/year, although we will not be able to provide an exact figure until the end of the year.

We know we need to close this gap, and we know that doing so will take a combination of increasing income and decreasing expenses. A fundraising committee that is part of the Living Bridges initiative is working on the first. The second—reducing what we spend—is something we need to address as we create the 2020 budget, and so we are making some changes to the way the budget is developed.

Attached to this letter you will find a budget request form. By October 31, we ask that you fill it out for the ministry or committee that you chair, letting us know what your area of ministry will need to spend in 2020. Please return the form to Jim Simon at JSimon@BDBLAW.com or Rebecca Wilson at rebeccaswilson@me.com.

You’ll see that we’re asking for three kinds of expenses:  1.  your routine expenditures—what it takes to continue business as usual; 2.  your top priorities if additional funds are available; and 3.  any funds required to address issues or concerns that you can foresee.

The finance committee will meet in early November to review your budget requests, and we may be back in touch with you then to ask questions or get more information. By mid-December, we will present a 2020 budget to the vestry for approval and provide it to you and to the congregation for review before the January 2020 annual meeting.

Members of the finance committee will be available on several Sundays in October during coffee hour to answer questions and help your committee fill out the budget request form if that is helpful to you. Please watch the newsletter and the bulletin for dates.

If you have questions about this new budget development process, please talk with Jim Simon, chair of the finance committee. Thank you for your help and your work which will help us ensure that Church of Our Saviour remains a vibrant community of faith for many years to come.


Church of Our Saviour Finance Committee

Prayer Vigil Against Gun Violence

On Saturday, June 8 at 9:30 a.m., as part of Wear Orange Weekend, Church of Our Saviour, Episcopal will host a community prayer service to ask for the courage to continue working against the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our community and our nation.

After the prayer service, we invite participants to join in the Wear Orange Community Picnic and Garden beginning at 11:30 am: https://every.tw/2JOURu2

Learn more about Wear Orange: https://wearorange.org/

God is Seen: a Choral Concert

You are invited to join the Church of Our Saviour Chancel Choir on Saturday June 15th at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of joyous music and spiritual reflection. “God is Seen” is a musical exploration that aims to seek the divine in the world around us–in ourselves, in nature, and in our fellow mankind. Especially in the troubled times in which we live, music is a force for unity, solace, and perspective. The Church of our Saviour Chancel Choir is proud to present an uplifting and personal musical reflection on these themes, featuring guest singers and instrumentalists from the NE Ohio area, and music by some of the great modern composers including Alice Parker, Ola Gjielo, and Moses Hogan, and culminating with a masterwork of the Baroque period: “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi. Please join us after the concert for refreshments in the main hall.

It Is Well with My Soul: Messages of Hope for the Bereaved – A Book Signing with The Rev Dr. Harold T. Lewis

It Is Well with My Soul: Messages of Hope for the Bereaved – A Book Signing with The Rev Dr. Harold T. Lewis

Please join us at Church of Our Saviour Sunday February 10th for an afternoon and book signing with the Rev. Dr. Harold T. Lewis former Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church Pittsburgh and former Staff Officer for the Office of Black Ministries of the Episcopal Church.  Dr Lewis will discuss and sign his latest book, It Is Well with My Soul: Messages of Hope for the Bereaved following the 10:30 a.m. service at 12:30 p.m.   The book can be purchased at a cost of $20. The In addition to his latest book, Dr Lewis will have on hand Christian Social Witness ($10) and The Recent Unpleasantness: Calvary Church’s Role in the Preservation of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Pittsburgh ($12) for sale and signing as well.  Refreshments will be served.

The Rev. Dr. Harold T. Lewis has written seven books, including Yet With a Steady Beat: The African American Struggle for Recognition in the Episcopal Church; A Church for the Future; South Africa as the Crucible for Anglicanism in a New Century; and Elijah’s Mantle:
Pilgrimage, Politics and Proclamation
. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he has served parishes and taught in seminaries in the U.S., Central America, Africa, the West indies and England.  He is a graduate of McGill University and Yale Divinity School, and holds a Ph.D. in theology  from the University of  Birmingham (UK). He and his wife Claudette have a son, Justin, at whose wedding Mo Deb officiated in 2015

A Place for Everyone at Christmas

In her Christmas message, the Rev. Debra Bennett extends a special Christmas invitation to our friends in the LGBTQ community and to all those who have felt unwelcome during their faith journeys. There is a place for everyone in our community as we celebrate the light and love of Christ. Join us on Christmas Eve at 4 pm and 11 pm; find details on the calendar.


Akron Community Vigil – Thursday, November 1st

Standing Together: Akron Community Vigil on Thursday, November 1st

The Akron Jewish community mourns the loss of many innocent people and those who were severely wounded at Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers, sisters, first responders and community members who were impacted by this horrific crime of hate. Together we stand with all of Pittsburgh and the victims in the face of this terrible violence. May the memories of those who lost their lives be for a blessing.

We invite the entire Akron community to join us for an interfaith community vigil “Standing Together” on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., at the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life located at 750 White Pond Drive in Akron. Community members of all faiths, backgrounds and neighborhoods are invited to join the gathering.

Clergy from Anshe Sfard Synagogue, Beth El Congregation and Temple Israel will lead the public in prayer. Interfaith community members and public officials have been invited as special guests.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Due to heightened security, no large bags or backpacks will be permitted. For more information, please call 330-867-7850 or visit www.jewishakron.org.

If you would like to contribute to a special fund for the victims of the tragedy in Pittsburgh, please visit: https://jewishpgh.org/our-victims-of-terror-fund/.

Living Bridges Parish Conversation on October 28

Living Bridges
Sunday, October 28
12:30-1:45 pm

Earlier this year, the Living Bridges Committee of the vestry, which includes Jennifer Boswell, Nancy Foye-Cox, Rita Livergood, Kevin Metz, Kathy Schaefer, Shirley Smith and Ebony Yeboah, met several times to learn, pray and discern our congregation’s call to mission with our community. During those meetings, we read articles and watched videos about missional growth around the Episcopal Church and beyond. We took our name from one of these videos, which tells the story of the Living Bridges in Meghalaya, India.

Based on our work, we believe that the people of Church of Our Saviour are being called out of the doors of our church to partner with our neighbors and community members, particularly in the areas of immigration, racism, LGBTQ issues and gun violence.

Join us on October 28 after church for lunch and a conversation to learn more about the work of the committee and to share your ideas about how we might form even closer partnerships with the people of West Hill and Akron in the service of God’s mission.