Announcements Dec 11, 2016

Combined Holiday Dinner & Talent Show: Lifeline Academy and Church of Our Savior will co-host a Talent Show on Saturday, December 17 starting at 5:00pm. Dinner will be catered. There will be music, dance, singing, and perhaps the “wide-mouthed frog” will perform before and after the meal. Only 80 tickets are available; $10 per person. Please see Fran Leonard, Gail Naidu or Johanna Lyons to purchase tickets for this special event!

 “Come & Celebrate”: Posters and handouts delineating our Christmas Service dates and times are available for you to pick up in the Welcome Center. Invite a friend to one of our holiday services where you’ll surely be blessed!

Advent Quarter Books: The Advent Quarter Books are available for pickup in the Narthex and the Welcome Center. Proceeds will help fund Youth activities such as Summer Camp, New Beginning’s, etc. Thank you for your support!

Christmas Stockings: It’s that time of year when you have the opportunity to show your appreciation to the Church Staff, and Christmas Stockings are hanging up in the Parish Hall. You are invited to show your appreciation as your heart leads you. Thank you in advance for your kindness!

Congratulations! Nancy LaFave has earned her AA degree from Eastern Florida State College! The graduation ceremony will be held at the King Center on December 15 at 3:00pm. Join us in congratulating Nancy on her well-deserved success!

Family Promise Christmas Needs: Family Promise needs your support this Christmas season, with the items listed below. All items donated will be taken to the Resource Center to be available when needed. Please leave them in the Family Promise mailbox in the Welcome Center, or give to Christine G.

  • New Socks – all sizes from infant to adult, men’s and women’s;
  • New Underwear – all sizes for children
  • Towels and washcloths – in good & clean shape
  • We also ask for your prayers for Riverside Presbyterian in Cocoa Beach who will Host Christmas Week!
  • Tax deductible contributions can be sent to Family Promise, PO Box 562666, Rockledge, FL  32956

Sisterhood Luncheon Bash: ALL women (young and old) are reminded to save the date of January 7 at 11:30am for this inaugural luncheon. You are requested to bring $1 and your RSVP can be made by signing up on the Friendship Form. Thank you! Betty P.

Church Ministry Faire & New Photo Directory: What a better way to welcome in the new year than to be reacquainted with all of the various ministries our church supports. The first two Sundays in January – the 8th and 15th – our ministry groups will set up informational tables and displays in the Parish Hall. We’ll also use this time to take photos of all the members of the Church for a brand new Church Directory! See the January Good News for more details.

Announcements Dec 4, 2016

Memorial Service: There will be a memorial service for Mary Parmenter on December 5 at 10:00am up at Florida Memorial Gardens on US #1.

Thanksgiving Offering for Honduras: Historically, each year the churches in the Diocese of Central Florida earmark their Thanksgiving Offering to be used for Missions in the Diocese of Honduras. This year the Honduras Commission has determined that the most pressing need is with Migrants and Migrant returnees. COOS collected $717 on Thanksgiving and it will be sent to support this mission.

A Big Thank You: Our heartfelt thanks to the COOS Family for their on-going prayers for Paul’s recovery, and for their visits and encouragement during his hospitalizations, and now that he is at home ~ from The Arthur Family.

Christmas Socks Party:  Inviting all children and grandchildren of the congregation (elementary school to a special event on Saturday, December 10 at 2:00pm.  This Party is the new format of our annual Happy Birthday Jesus! Party. We are hoping everyone will bring a pair of Christmas Socks for us to use for the party, and there’s a collection box in Parish Hall.

Shoebox Collections: Special “Thanks” for those who contributed to the Samaritan’s Purse Shoeboxes. We received over 36 shoeboxes ~ many of them were oversized and bulging with gifts. The Eau Gallie Baptist Church (our collection site for the past 4 years) was very thankful and prayed for (1) the children receiving the boxes and the joy these gifts will bring, and (2) the persons who contributed so graciously. Many thanks to those who generously participated in our 12th year supporting this mission. Joyce O’Flaherty.

Christmas Stockings: Christmas Stockings are hanging up in the Parish Hall.  You are invited to show your appreciation for the Church Staff by whatever means you are led to do so. Thank you!

Announcements Nov 27, 2016

Parade’s This Week!:  Church of Our Savior will once again sponsor a float in this year’s Palm Bay Holiday Parade on December 3. Come and cheer us on! (Team members need to be at EFSC by 5:00pm).

Christmas Socks Party:  Inviting all children through elementary school to a special event on Saturday, December 10 at 2:00pm.  This Party is the new format of our annual Happy Birthday Jesus! Party. We are hoping everyone will bring a pair of Christmas Socks for us to use for the party, and there’s a collection box in Parish Hall.

Perspectives: Starts in January!  Fifteen weeks with speakers from around the country. A fresh look at how the Bible, History, the Church, and Missions all fit together in God’s plan.  Take a look for our Space Coast class details at the national website: www.perspectives.org.

Vestry Nominations: The role of the Vestry is to look ahead at the next five years, to shape our parish direction, and to be stewards of our assets and finances. If you are interested, please speak with Nancy LaFave, Carol Leacock, or Paul Reddish.  Nominations are due by December 1.

Annual Reports: What has God done in your ministry area during 2016? The Annual Report is first and foremost an opportunity to rejoice in the ways that God is at work in and through our parish family. We would like all ministries to be included. Reports are due December 15 to the Church Office; send email: office@oursaviorpalmbay.org .

Episcopal Church 2017 Calendars: The calendars for 2017 have arrived! They are available in the Welcome Center; requested donation is $3.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) will host an excursion to the beautiful Bahamas, May 8-11, (Monday–Thursday) 2017. The pleasure of your company would be greatly appreciated. If interested, please sign the sheet on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall, and include your telephone number. More details will be forthcoming soon. Note: passports are mandatory; check yours now.

Christmas Concert to benefit Family Promise of Brevard:  National recording stars Freda Payne (Band of Gold), Maureen McGovern (The Morning After) and Florence LaRue (The 5th Dimension – many hits including “Up, Up and Away”, and “Aquarius”) will perform their hits and Christmas music on December 1 at 7:00pm at Our Savior Catholic Church, 5301 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. See Flier HERE. Tickets for $35 and $50 for preferred seating (front rows) are available at www.homelessheart.org. Contact Christine G. at 759-2523 to carpool or share a ride.

New Reader/LEM Schedules: The new Lay Eucharistic Minister/Reader schedules are available for pick up in the Welcome Center. Also available are the schedules for persons reading the Prayers of the People at the 10:30am service. The new schedules cover assignments for December, January and February.

Christmas Tree Ornaments: Help us decorate the Christmas Tree in the Narthex by bringing an ornament of your choice.

Announcements Nov 20, 2016

Prime Time: Prime Time happens on Wednesday the 23rd, 4:00 – 5:30pm.  All children, ages 6—12 (Elementary School) are invited to participate.

Perspectives: Starts in January, 2017. Fifteen weeks with speakers from around the country. A fresh look at how the Bible, History, the Church, and Missions all fit together in God’s plan.  Take a look at the website for details: www.perspectives.org—and for our Space Coast class details.

Looking Ahead:  Church of Our Savior will once again sponsor a float in this year’s Palm Bay Holiday Parade on December 3. Then, in the afternoon of December 10 we will have our Christmas Socks Party! This Party is the new format of our annual Happy Birthday Jesus! Party. We are hoping everyone will bring a pair of Christmas Socks for us to use for the party.

Vestry Nominations: The role of the Vestry is to look ahead at the next five years, to shape our parish direction, and to be stewards of our assets and finances. If you are interested in learning more, please speak with Nancy LaFave, Carol Leacock, or Paul Reddish.  Nominations are due by December 1.

Annual Reports: What has God done in your ministry area during 2016? The Annual Report is first and foremost an opportunity to rejoice in the ways that God is at work in and through our parish family. We would like all ministries to be included. Reports are due December 15 to the Church Office; send email: office@oursaviorpalmbay.org.

Episcopal Church 2017 Calendars: The calendars for 2017 have arrived! They are available in the Welcome Center; requested donation is $3.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) will host an excursion to the beautiful Bahamas, May 11–17, (Monday – Thursday) 2017. The pleasure of your company would be greatly appreciated. If interested, please sign the sheet on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall and include your telephone number. More details will be forthcoming soon. Note: For early planning, be aware that passports are mandatory.

Thank You: The Sewing Bee thanks everyone who participated in the year’s Silent Auction.  Monies collected will be shared equally between Our Savior’s Youth and the Sao Paulo Mercy Ministry in Brazil.  November and December’s Sewing Bee monthly meetings are canceled to prepare for the holidays. Thanks, again.

Christmas Concert to benefit Family Promise of Brevard:  National recording stars Freda Payne (Band of Gold), Maureen McGovern (The Morning After) and Florence LaRue (The 5th Dimension – many hits including “Up, Up and Away”, and “Aquarius”) will perform their hits and Christmas music on December 1 at 7:00pm at Our Savior Catholic Church, 5301 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. See flier HERE. Tickets for $35 and $50 for preferred seating (front rows) are available at www.homelessheart.org. Contact Christine G. at 759-2523 to carpool or share a ride.

Chancel Choir:  There will be no choir practice this coming Wednesday 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will sing on Sunday, November 27, and practice at 9:45 a.m.

New Reader/LEM Schedules: The new Lay Eucharistic Minister/Reader schedules are available for pick up in the Welcome Center. Also available are the schedules for persons reading the Prayers of the People at the 10:30am service. The new schedules cover assignments for December, January and February.

Announcements Nov 13, 2016

Harvest Sunday: We welcome the Rev. Matt Walter, the founder of Tampa Muslim Outreach, as our guest preacher today. Matt lived five years in Tehran as a child and ten years in Jordan teaching Arabic to non-profit workers. Since 2013, he has been reaching out to evangelize the growing Muslim population of the Tampa Bay area with the Gospel.

Pasta & Game Night with PBES: COOS has partnered with Palm Bay Elementary School (PBES) to host a Pasta and Game Night for students and their families, Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 5:00pm. We are looking for four more volunteers to help serve food, play games with the families, and/or clean-up afterwards. Please call the church office at (321) 723-8032 to sign up.

Vestry Nominations: The role of the Vestry is to look ahead at the next five years, to shape our parish direction, and to be stewards of our assets and finances. If you are interested in learning more, please speak with Nancy LaFave, Carol Leacock, or Paul Reddish.  Nominations are due by December 1.

Prime Time: No Prime Time this week! Prime Time returns Wednesday the 23rd, 4:00 – 5:30pm.  All children, ages 6—12 (Elementary School) are invited to participate.

Annual Reports: What has God done in your ministry area during 2016? The Annual Report is first and foremost an opportunity to rejoice in the ways that God is at work in and through our parish family. We would like all ministries to be included. Reports are due December 15 to the Church Office; send email: office@oursaviorpalmbay.org .

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) will host an excursion to the beautiful Bahamas, May 11 – 17, (Monday – Thursday) 2017. The pleasure of your company would be greatly appreciated. If interested, please sign the sheet on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall, and include your telephone number. More details will be forthcoming soon. Note: For early planning, be aware that passports are mandatory.

BSA 20th Anniversary Celebration: On Saturday, November 19 at 11:00am, the BSA will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary as a Chapter at COOS. Fr. Ed Bartle, the diocesan coordinator for the Brotherhood, will be our guest preacher. The Brotherhood chapters from Fort Pierce to Titusville have been invited—and you are invited! A brunch will be served after the Celebration. A sign-up sheet is posted in the Parish Hall. If you could bring a desert, please note this on the sign-up sheet.

A BIG “Thank You”: The members of the Order of St. Luke (OSL) wish to thank all the brothers and sisters who attended the Healing Mission on Saturday, November 5, 2016. We sincerely hope that you have been blessed and healed, not only in body but also in spirit. Special thanks to Ms. Winsome Fuller who provided us with beautiful songs and music. To all the OSL members who worked so hard before, during and after the mission teachings to make the day a special day. God bless you all! Johanna Lyons.

Perspectives: Starts in January, 2017. Fifteen weeks with speakers from around the country. A fresh look at how the Bible, History, the Church, and Missions all fit together in God’s plan.

Announcements Nov 6, 2016

All Saints’ Sunday: Today will be a big day here at Our Savior.  Firstly, All Saints is a day to remember all the saints who have gone before us—and so we will mention by name those who have died this past year. The Daughters of the King will also remember All Saints Day with a special offering and corporate communion.

Secondly, we will gather in our Covenant Cards for 2017.  As we remember those who went before us, we renew our commitment to the Lord who leads us in his Church forward. Remember to bring your Covenant Card! If you did not receive the Annual Letter, let us know on the Bulletin Tab so we can send you one this week.  Thank You!

Sewing Bee’s Silent Auction: The Sewing Bee’s 8th Harvest Silent Auction ends today after the second service. If you haven’t already placed your bid, today is the last opportunity to win one of the beautiful hand-crafted items!

Harvest Sunday: Harvest Sunday Service will be at 9:30am on November 13. Bring your fruits, vegetables, and baked goods! National flags will process—so please arrive early to line up in early. Thank you.

Loving Your Muslim Neighbor: This all day workshop will be held at COOS on November 12, and taught by Fr. Matt Walter. The purpose of this training session is to equip Christians with tools to reach Muslims with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Registration and refreshments start at 8:30am with training commencing at 9:00am. Cost is $10 (lunch included).

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoe Box Collection: Collection days at our church start today and will continue through Wednesday, Nov. 16. This will be our 12th year helping with the mission to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to children worldwide. More details are in the November GOOD NEWS. Questions? Call Joyce O’Flaherty at (321) 768-8565.

Vestry Nominations: The Vestry has already begun to ask individuals to stand for election in January. The role of the Vestry is to look ahead at the next five years, to shape our parish direction, and to be stewards of our assets and finances. If you are interested in learning more about the Vestry, please speak with Nancy LaFave, Carol Leacock, or Paul Reddish.  Nominations are due by December 1.

Prime Time: Prime Time is a little bit of VBS each week during the school year—Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30pm.  All children, ages 6-12 (Elementary School) are invited to participate.  For more information contact Felicia Warner. (All volunteers are required to have completed Safe Guarding God’s Children, and training is available for those who need it.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Felicia at Outreach@OurSaviorPalmBay.org or by calling the Church Office.)

Annual Reports: What has God done in your ministry area during 2016? The Annual Report is first and foremost an opportunity to rejoice in the ways that God is at work in and through our parish family. We would like all ministries to be included. Reports are due December 15 in the Church Office.

Hospital & Shut-In Reminder: If you know someone in the Hospital or shut-in at home, please call the Church Office or write their names on the Bulletin Tab.  We would be glad to visit and to pray for you—but we need to be made aware.  Thank you.

Condolences: Virtulie Giordani, mother of Guy Giordani, passed away last Sunday. Mrs. Giordani was 112 years young. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 9:00am at The Lady of Grace church located at 300 Malabar Road, Palm Bay.

Announcements Oct 30, 2016

Loving Your Muslim Neighbor: This all day workshop will be held at COOS on November 12, and taught by Fr. Matt Walter. The purpose of this training session is to equip Christians with tools to reach Muslims with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Registration and refreshments start at 8:30am with training commencing at 9:00am. Cost is $10 (lunch included).

Harvest Sunday: Harvest Sunday Service will be at 9:30am on November 13. Bring your fruits, vegetables, and baked goods! Thank you.

OSL “Breaking Through the Darkness”: The OSL Healing Mission with Pastor Carl Rivera will be on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Pastor Carl was a first responder on 9/11 with the New York Police Department.  Just two years ago, he retired from pastoring a church in Palm Bay facing cancer.  A routine surgery turned into a crisis—and yet God brought him through the middle of it.  Come and hear him teach from the Word about God’s grace and light!  It’s not too late to invite a friend—more info available in the Welcome Center!

All Saints’ Sunday: Next Sunday, November 6, will be a big day here at Our Savior.  Firstly, All Saints is a day to remember all the saints who have gone before us—and so we will mention by name those who have died this past year. The Daughters of the King will also remember All Saints Day with a special offering and corporate communion.

Secondly, we will gather in our Covenant Cards for 2017. As we remember those who went before us, we renew our commitment to the Lord who leads us in his Church forward. Remember to bring your Covenant Card! If you did not receive the Annual Letter, let us know on the Bulletin Tab so we can send you one this week. Thank You!

Time to Fall Back: Daylight Savings ends next Sunday, November 6, so be sure to turn your clocks back one hour and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!

Sewing Bee’s Silent Auction: The Sewing Bee’s 8th Harvest Silent Auction is in full swing and continues through next Sunday, November 6. Come place your bid on one of the beautiful hand-crafted items!

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoe Box Collection: Collection days at our church will begin next Sunday, and will continue through Wednesday, Nov. 16. This will be our 12th year helping with the mission to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to children worldwide. More details are in the November GOOD NEWS. Questions? Call Joyce O’Flaherty at (321) 768-8565.

Today’s Fifth Sunday Offering: We are designating today’s offering for relief in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew.  Information about CHAP can be found at www.chaphaiti.org. Please donate your soft cash, and in the meantime, continue to pray.

Vestry Nominations: The Vestry has already begun to ask individuals to stand for election in January. The role of the Vestry is to look ahead at the next five years, to shape our parish direction, and to be stewards of our assets and finances. If you are interested in learning more about the Vestry, please speak with Nancy LaFave, Carol Leacock, or Paul Reddish.  Nominations are due by December 1.

New Parish Banner: Mrs. Elsie Cruz has graciously volunteered to replace the banner used at the Caribbean Festival which has fallen into disrepair. The new banner will feature ALL countries represented in our parish. We need ONE 8″ x 12″ flag for each country no later than today. Please give your flag to Judith Doyle. Thank you!

Prime Time: After our costume party on Friday evening, our weekly Prime Time begins this week. Prime Time is a little bit of VBS each week during the school year and will be on Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30pm. All children, ages 6-12 (Elementary School) are invited to participate. For more information contact Felicia Warner. (All volunteers are required to have completed Safe Guarding God’s Children, and training is available for those who need it. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Felicia at Outreach@OurSaviorPalmBay.org or by calling the Church Office.)

Altar Flowers: Today’s Altar Flowers are dedicated in celebration of Heather Brathwaite’s birthday on Nov. 2, and Danielle Brathwaite’s birthday on Nov. 3.

Hospital & Shut-In Reminder: If you know someone in the Hospital or shut-in at home, please call the Church Office or write their names on the Bulletin Tab.  We would be glad to visit and to pray for you—but we need to be made aware.  Thank you.

Announcements Oct 23, 2016

PrimeTime Launch Party: Felicia Warner, our Outreach Coordinator, will have a launch party for this faith-based after school program on Friday, October 28 at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall. Ages 6 – 12 are invited to dress up as their favorite character and come enjoy games and snacks as they learn more about the PrimeTime program.

Sewing Bee’s Silent Auction: The Sewing Bee’s 8th Harvest Silent Auction starts today and continues through November 6. Come place your bid on one of the beautiful hand-crafted items!

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoe Box Collection: Collection days at our church will be Sunday, November 6 through Wednesday, November 16. This will be our 12th year helping with the mission to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to children worldwide. More details will be coming shortly. Questions? Call Joyce O’Flaherty at (321) 768-8565.

New Parish Banner: Mrs. Elsie Cruz has graciously volunteered to replace the banner used at the Caribbean Festival which has fallen into disrepair. The new banner will feature ALL countries represented in our parish. We need ONE 8″ x 12″ flag for each country no later than next Sunday, October 30. Please give your flag to Judith Doyle. Thank you!

Sanctuary Candle: Today’s Sanctuary Candle is given in loving memory of Franciso F. McLennon, who went home to Glory on October 27, 2013. You are gone but will never be forgotten…your loving wife, Anita.

A Big THANK YOU!: Thanks to Fr. Loren, Deacon Tom and everyone at Church of Our Savior for your loving kindness during my recent illness. Words cannot adequately express my great appreciation for all you did. I am really blessed and so thankful to be a part of this special congregation. God bless you all. In His service, Hyacinth Clunie.

Relief Plans:  We will be responding to Hurricane Matthew in November, including a donation to our partners in Haiti, CHAP. In the meantime pray, pray, and pray.

Announcements Oct 16, 2016

OSL “Breaking Through the Darkness”: The OSL Healing Mission has been rescheduled for November 5, 2016. Please mark your calendars! If interested in attending, please sign up in the Welcome Center, or call the Church Office.

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoe Box Collection:  Collection days at our church will be Sunday, November 6 through Wednesday, November 16. This will be our 12th year helping with the mission to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to children worldwide. More details will be coming shortly. If you have any questions, please contact Joyce O’Flaherty at (321) 768-8565.

New Parish Banner: Mrs. Elsie Cruz has graciously volunteered to replace the banner used at the Caribbean Festival which has fallen into disrepair. The new banner will feature ALL countries represented in our parish. We need ONE 8″ x 12″ flag for each country no later than October 30. Please give your flag to Judith Doyle. Thank you!

Sewing Bee’s Silent Auction: The Sewing Bee’s 8th Harvest Silent Auction will be held October 23 through November 6. Display setup is scheduled for Saturday, October 22 at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall. Please bring items for bidding on, or before, this time to ensure adequate space is available. Call Carmen Cruz or Sharon Rohde for additional details. (The Sewing Bee Meeting scheduled for October 17 has been cancelled.)

Finance Committee Meeting:  Tuesday, October 18 at 10:00am in Fr. Loren’s office.

Condolences: Jim Winters passed away on Thursday after a long illness. Arrangements are being made for his interment in November.

Sanctuary Candle: Today’s Sanctuary Candle is dedicated in loving memory of William Cole from the Henry-Lyons Family.

Altar Flowers: Today’s Altar Flowers are dedicated in loving memory of my beloved husband, William Cole – time will never erase your memory – you are sadly missed by wife Elaine, family & friends.

Relief Plans:  We will be responding to Hurricane Matthew in November, including a donating to our partners in Haiti, CHAP. In the mean time pray, pray, and pray.

Today We Welcome

  • The Rev. Amy Turner as our morning preacher and celebrant; Rev. Amy is the Chaplain at Holy Trinity Academy in Melbourne;
  • Barbara Hayley as our organist, now enjoying retirement; and
  • Phillip Nunez as our preacher at the 6:00pm service. Phil is Youth Director at Holy Trinity Church in Melbourne.

While Fr. Loren is away this week, Deacon Tom will be covering all pastoral duties and will be teaching Wednesday’s Bible Study.

Announcements Oct 9, 2016

Due to Hurricane Matthew:
        •  The church office will be closed Thursday and Friday.

        •  OSL Healing Mission Service scheduled for October 8 is cancelled.
•  The 8:00am Sunday Service on October 9 is cancelled.

OSL “Breaking Through the Darkness”: Will be rescheduled for a later date. Please spread the word of its cancellation to those who don’t have access to email.

The Practical Book of James: How do you apply the Book of Leviticus to life today? The Book of James is the answer. Our study occurs on Wednesdays at 11:00am.

Wanted: A new Chairman for the Annual Silver Tea held in December. Please consider taking the lead for this special event—the rest of us are ready to follow! If interested, call or talk with Barbara Kaufmann at (321) 953-1379. Thank You!

Vestry Meeting: The next meeting of the Vestry Committee will be held on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00pm in Fr. Loren’s office.

Singles Luncheon Group: The next Singles Luncheon will be on Thursday, October 13 at 11:30am, at Carrabba’s Italian Grill located at 1575 Palm Bay Rd NE in Palm Bay. For reservations, please call Barbara Kaufmann at (321) 953-1379.

Blessing of the Animals: Deacon Tom will hold this ceremony on Saturday, October 15 at 10:00am outside the church. It will be a simple ceremony, so please bring your pet and invite others to come as well.