This Week at Chapel of Our Saviour
February 3, 2019 - Fourth Sunday After Epiphany
By Susan Garsoe

Look with pity, O heavenly Father, upon the people in this land who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions. Have mercy upon us. Help us to eliminate our cruelty to these our neighbors. Strengthen those who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law and equal opportunities for all. And grant that every one of us may enjoy a fair portion of the riches of this land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 
                                               - The Book of Common Prayer , p. 826

I come from a political family. My father was a farmer and a forest ranger, and held public offices in our small town in Maine, among them selectman and school board member. His last work was the Minority Whip (Republican) of the Maine House of Representatives. He didn’t always vote party lines, he cared about the marginalized, he even supported public art. When I was able to vote for the first time, I voted for Hubert Humphrey. It caused quite a stir. Our family never showed a unified front when it came to politics. We differed on many things. We still do. But we have lively conversations, mostly civil, and we love each other.

When I was young, my parents and their many friends would gather at our house, and talk about politics and everything under the sun. The living room was right under my bedroom, and I could hear them shouting and arguing and laughing. I wondered if, in the morning, they would all still be friends, and they always were.

I once asked my father what he thought was the most important thing citizens could do, once they had elected someone to office. He said that it was important to stay connected. To write, to call, to visit. He said that sending someone to Augusta (Maine) or Washington, and not stay in touch was a dereliction of duty as far as he was concerned. He said that when we stay connected to our public officials, we keep them in community.

When I read the above prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, I remembered all these things. The shape of politics these days is to disassociate ourselves from family members who have voted differently, from our friends who do not believe as we do, from members of the other party. It is a dangerous time. When we fight over politics, we use our time and energy on the unimportant, and have no strength left to support legislation that will create a country where all may enjoy “the riches of this land.”

From Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “If you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself. Something to repair tears in your community. Something to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you. That’s what I think a meaningful life is – living not for oneself, but for one’s community.”

Jesus said, “Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison, and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’” (Matthew 25: 34-40.)

Let us keep our brothers and sisters in prayer. Let us keep our political family in prayer, and let us stay connected. Remember to follow Jesus’ command and work for the common good. And Lord, have mercy upon us.
Ministry to survivors of human trafficking presentation
Join Krista Dias, Deborah L.owery, Betsy VanderWerf & Amy Roth Sandrolini in Casey Hall next Sunday, February 10 at 9:40 am to learn about Bakhita Mountain Home, a new non-profit to help heal and support women survivors of human trafficking.

If you were unable to be part of our Annual Meeting held during our worship service last Sunday, please be sure to check out the parish’s 2018 Annual Report by clicking the link above. And even if you did attend, it is well worth reading – it covers in much more detail the remarkable number of ministries ongoing at Chapel.  It is uplifting reading.
We call your attention to the Treasurer’s section of the Annual Report. As Barbara Lewis told us on Sunday, we enjoyed the double good fortune last year of seeing our giving surpass what we budgeted for and our expenses fall short of budgeted expenses. We made huge strides toward our goal of ending deficit budgets. Additionally, we are off to a good start to 2019. This is thanks to your gracious response to our Stewardship Committee’s pledge drive, and to the offer by an anonymous donor to match any new pledges. We thank our donor for this generous gift. Since we went to press for the annual meeting, we have received additional pledges. We know that these will continue to come in, and we thank you in advance.

Our current figures:
Thursday Morning Eucharist
Saint Mary Chapel, 7 am
Join us at every Thursday for Eucharist 
followed by breakfast and lively conversation.
All are welcome.

Weekday Wednesday Bible Studies (Parish House)
7:00am  A study in Luke
9:45am  Bible study resumes Feb. 20. We will discuss the book of Numbers.

Thursday Book Group
10:00am  "God Of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam" by Mirabai Starr

Chapel Reading Guild: 
4th Tuesday of the Month at 6:30 pm (Dining Room)

February 26: " Baracoon" by Zora Neale Hurston. NY Times best seller. Amazon's Best book of the year 2018. "This is a true story of one of the last survivors of the Atlantic slave trade, Cudjo Lewis, who was abducted 50 years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the US."
Thrift House—Best of the Springs!
Please vote for the Episcopal Church Women Thrift House to be listed as “Best in the Springs” Visit and go to the listing for Thrift Stores. Voting ends on Feb. 18.
Volume 2 Issue 1 of the Thrift House newsletter is now available.
Read it here HERE.

ECW Brunch and Meeting
Saturday, Feb. 16th, 10 am--12 noon in Casey Hall. All are welcome.

Men's Wild Game Dinner
Feb 8th, @ 6:00 pm.
Men's Wild Game Dinner tickets are on sale now! There are only 35 tickets left! Please call Birdie Lowery @ 719-685-9026 to purchase or reserve tickets. Tickets are $25 each. Hope to see you there! Thanks, Chef Birdie.
7th Annual Feast of Saint Arnold
June 8, 2019
The Feast of Saint Arnold is in the process of forming its steering committee for the 7 th annual (FOSA VII). Planning starts the end of January and continues through to the event. We have a large committee and subcommittees that focus on certain aspects of the event.
Subcommittees include: Beverage Partners, Facilities and Set Up, Vendors, Operations, Pilgrimage of Pints, Sponsorships, Sponsor and Vendor Fulfillment, Ticketing and Sales, Volunteer Co-ordination.

The committee meets on Mondays with Fellowship (bring a beverage or snack to share) starting at 5PM with the opening prayer to start the agenda at 5:30. Meetings are generally over by 6:30 to 7PM. We have 13 Monday meetings scheduled leading up to the event. You are invited to learn more by attending the first meeting on January 28 th .
If you would like more information about serving on this ministry, please contact Brian Bennett by email or by phone at 719-231-4803.
Altar Flowers
If you would like to provide Altar Flowers, please sign up on the Altar Flowers sheet in the Narthex. If you prefer, you can email
A donation of $50 is requested for Altar Flowers. Thank you!
Visit the Outreach Webpage for more information or contact MB Shively , to discuss how you can help to make a difference in the lives of our less fortunate neighbors.
Outreach Meeting – 2019 Plan
Come and help us develop the 2019 plan for Outreach! The Outreach Committee meeting is on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm in the Dining Room
The Lord’s Dinner February 3
Please volunteer for the Lord’s Dinner on February 3 and help with preparing, cleaning up, and serving a meal to approximately 100 men, women and children at the parish hall behind Sacred Heart Church, West Colorado Ave. and 21st Street.  Preparation of the meal occurs from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and serving and clean up from 6:00 to 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome, please RSVP to Liz Nichol at 578-9061.Volunteers under the age of 18 will need to have a signed parental consent form and release of liability. The form can be downloaded at  or you can see the Parish Administrator, Sarah.  Hope to see you! 
Spread the Warmth Blanket Drive: 
Spread the warmth to our IHN guests and homeless shelters! We are collecting twin sized blankets and comforters in Jan and Feb to replace the worn blankets used when we host IHN guests and for the expanded homeless shelters. With the recent approval of additional beds at the Springs Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army Shelter, more blankets are needed. Please put your donation in the little red wagon. 
Christmas Designated Offering 
Thank you for honoring the spirit of a very special family who needed a place to stay during the Christmas services. A portion of the collection plate offering has been donated to Interfaith Hospitality Network. The offering will house two families in a hotel during the weeks that churches cannot house them (Christmas and Easter weeks.) 
Thank You Outreach Committee
Thank you to the Outreach Committee for your dedication and hard work in insuring that Chapel of Our Saviour has the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Penny Bever, Rev Krista Dias, Sarah Hogan, Teri Orthwein, Linda Rowe, Audra Ruffennach, and Patty Smith - your wonderful efforts have helped almost 24,000 people in our global community. You show us all how to love thy neighbor as thyself. Thank you!
B Street Food Pantry – Warming Food & Drink (hot chocolate, soup, canned chili, canned stew, instant oatmeal, etc.)   
Winter presents unique challenges to our neighbors in need. Food pantries help families who are making ends meet throughout the rest of the year stretch their budgets and save money for other critical expenses such as increased heating bills. This month we are collecting warming food and beverages to help offset the challenges. We are also collecting warm outerwear such as coats, gloves, hats, and socks. On Sunday, please put your donation in the basket by the baptismal font. Otherwise, the little red wagon will be just inside the main door of the Parish House and donations may always be dropped off there. Last year, Westside Cares food pantries served almost 22,000 neighbors consisting of 6,500 children and 2,000 seniors. Thank you for your generous donations of over 3,000 pounds of food in 2018.  
The Thrift House
We invite you to join us in volunteering at the Episcopal Church Women's Thrift House. One 3 hour shift makes a lot of difference. Prayerfully consider if you could give us a few hours to help make a difference. Remember, that the volunteer hours translate into outreach dollars, and the need in our community is great. Your help is always appreciated. Contact Teri Orthwein: or 719.375.0502
This week's fellowship will provided by the Gardening Group . To learn more about this group email Debbie:

Next week's fellowship will be provided by the Feast of Saint Arnold Committee.

The Reverend David Dill, Priest in Charge        
The Reverend Krista Dias, Associate Priest      
Bonnie Linder, Director of Music                        
Sarah Carter, Office Administrator              
Jack Sterling, Sr. Warden * Cliff Wieger, Jr. Warden * Barbara Lewis, Treasurer, 
Betsy VanderWerf, Clerk * Tammy Boettner * Katherine Brennan * George Hammond 
Sarah Hogan * Patti Marrison * Miles Mathieu * Christine Owino * Mary Beth Shively